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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

Free iPad 2 Buyers' Guide released today

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iLounge, which is one of the best sites for learning about accessories, has today released their free iPad 2 Buyers' Guide, a 146-page downloadable book in pdf format. It includes articles about the various iPad models and such things as how to download and use iBooks, using the cameras and camera apps, and iTunes media syncing. The heart of the book is the Accessories Buyers' Guide, a massive look at iPad 2 add-ons.



Announcement coming Monday on iCloud, iOS 5

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Finally we have official word from Apple that Steve Jobs will keynote Monday's WWDC event in San Francisco and that he will be introducing Apple's new iCloud as well as iOS 5. You can read more on Yahoo News. Of course, Apple has already had the cloud-based MobileMe for several years, and it's not clear what iCloud will add to that. Since Apple has recently closed deals with the top four music labels, everyone is expecting that iCloud will include a music storage service.



Chimani National Parks -- free app offers news and info about national parks in the U.S.

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As we approach the end of May, a lot of people are looking ahead to their summer vacation. If you're planning to visit a national park, you'll want to download Chimani National Parks (free), which has information and news about the nation's 394 National Parks System locations. The app includes details on all national parks, monuments, memorials, seashores, recreational areas, sites, battlefields, historical parks, and parkways. It also gives you access to the news provided by the National Park Traveler website.



Infinite Walls -- free app lets you search Google Images and automatically converts to wallpapers

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I haven't yet tried Infinite Walls (free), but it seems like a great idea. The app lets you search Google Images for photos of subjects that interest you. The app automatically resizes the files for use as wallpapers on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, automatically detecting which device you're using. In-app purchases let you add more features, such as a vault where you can store images and have access to them without an Internet connection.



Hound -- new free app lets you search for info about music just by speaking

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The makers of SoundHound have just released Hound (free), which lets you do a search just by speaking the song name, artist, or band. The app then gives you access to song previews, lyrics, album art, videos, artist bios, album info, tour dates, and more.



Opera Mini -- latest version of popular free browser supports iPad, iPhone retina display

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Opera Mini Web browser (free) was hugely popular right from its first launch. And now a new version has just been released that supports both iPad models as well as the retina display on the iPhone 4. Like many people, I prefer alternates to Safari mainly because of their superior implementation of tabbed browsing. Opera Mini not only  offers that but is also notable because it greatly speeds browsing — as much as 6 times faster.



Catalogue -- another free catalog app for the iPad

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In an earlier post, I pointed you to Catalog Spree, an attractive app with about a dozen catalogs from major vendors. And now comes Catalogue by The Find (free), with over 40 catalogs — Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, eBags, Sundance, Uggs, and many more.



Parkbud -- full-service parking app tracks meter, helps you find your car, and more

Apps that assist you with parking seem to be a perfect application for the iPhone. You'll never again need to be concerned about remembering where you parked your car. Parkbud ($1.99) lets you easily set a timer and an alert so that you don't get fined for overtime parking. It also lets you set your location and guides you back to your car. It includes a feature that lets you find nearby parking garages. Other features include a notepad in case you want to make a note regarding parking restrictions, etc., and a camera function for taking a photo of your location.



Apple iCloud coming; free music-streaming cloud services from Amazon and Google

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Apple has purchased the iCloud domain name, and rumors have been hot that they'll reveal their new service at WWDC early next month. They've negotiated deals with the four major music labels, and it appears that iCloud will be a giant jukebox in the sky — any song you want, whenever you want it. One goal is the convenience of having all of your music available from any of your computers or devices without having to sync. You can read more in the New York Times.



Plizy -- free iPad app aggregates videos that you like

Just launched yesterday, the free video app Plizy, bills itself as a combination of Flipboard and Pandora. It offers channels of video and uses an intelligence engine to generate videos based on your interests.


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