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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.

#macworld2011 -- Wigglehop, free app for creating your own custom movie listings

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One of the fun things at Macworld was meeting developers and seeing demos of apps that likely would never have come to my attention. Tyler Young stopped by our booth, and I was impressed with the elegant and intuitive design of his free app Wigglehop.  It's unlike other apps that show movie times, because you don’t look up showtimes with it so much as build your own custom movie listings. His demo was pretty slick.



Where were the lines? Verizon iPhone fails to create frenzy, but sales are strong

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According to AppleInsider, the long lines at Verizon stores never materialized around the country. But according to a Wall Street analyst they spoke to, this could have been due in part to a large number of people pre-ordering online. He estimates that between 700,000 and 1 million Verizon phones were sold between the initial pre-order and the general online pre-orders that began Wednesday.



Why I subscribed to The Daily

When I first tried The Daily, my response was, "Wow, this is cool. It makes me think of something that Steve Jobs would create." Then I read in the news reports that in fact he was actually involved in this project by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Simply put, The Daily feels visionary — different from other news apps.



Why I subscribed to The Daily

When I first tried The Daily, my response was, "Wow, this is cool. It makes me think of something that Steve Jobs would create." Then I read in the news reports that in fact he was actually involved in this project by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Simply put, The Daily feels visionary — different from other news apps.



Verizon iPhone uses different parts and accessories

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As you may have seen in the reports about the new Verizon iPhone, it's mostly the same as AT&T's iPhone 4, but with one exception: the antenna has been redesigned. Because of this, many cases for the iPhone 4 from AT&T won't fit the Verizon iPhone. And DirectFix.com is reporting that parts for the Verizon iPhone are different from those of the AT&T phone. This even includes parts such as the back cover and the battery.



#macworld2011 -- MacPractice offers solutions for doctors

Mobile technology has long been a boon to medical professionals — most obviously the ability to have a complete medical reference in the palm of their hand. And now that utility is increasingly being integrated other areas, such that doctors can now pull up medical records or radiology images on an iPad, for example, in order to show  the patient information about his his situation. At Macworld I had the opportunity to interview MacPractice, a leading provider of software for managing a medical practice and found it quite interesting.



Time magazine names 50 best apps for 2011

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Time magazine recently announced its list of 50 Best iPhone Apps 2011 divided into the following categories: games, on the go, lifestyle, music & photography, entertainment, and social. I see that Instapaper is on the list. That was one I wished I had downloaded to my iPad before taking my recent flight to San Francisco for Macworld. It lets you capture web content for offline viewing. Overall, this is an excellent selection of must-have apps.



Verizon iPhone sells out in less than a day

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As expected, the Verizon iPhone is a big hit. The New York Times reported that its debut has surpassed any other Verizon phone, including the Droid, and that the company sold all of the phones being made available to current customers in less than a day.



Great video demo of upcoming iOS 4.3, which could be available as early as Feb 13

I've been looking at some of the video demos of the upcoming iOS 4.3, and am really looking forward to it — especially the multitouch capability. Apple Insider is suggesting that iOS 4.3 could be available as early as February 13.



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