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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.

David Pogue selects the best camera apps

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There are some 6,500 camera apps, and a recent column by David Pogue points you to the best. These apps, most of which are free or low cost, can transform the iPhone's mediocre camera into a useful tool. He covers apps that you simply use in place of the iPhone's Camera app and give you much better quality. For example, the many features of Camera+ ($1.99) include image stabilization.



mSpot streams current movies

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You have a number of choices when it comes to on-demand streaming movies, including apps from Netflix and Hulu. mSpot, however, distinguishes itself by offering movies that are more current than other services via their free Movies by mSpot app. Their titles become available on the same day as the DVD is released, which is four weeks before the movies are available on Netflix and a year before they're available on Hulu. If you want to try out the service, they offer a free movie that changes every two weeks. Their pay movies cost $3.99 or less.



White iPhone now available

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It's been a long wait, but the white iPhone is finally available for purchase either via Apple's website or at a store near you. I guess I'll be sticking with my black iPhone 4, but I went for white when I got my new iPad and much prefer it.



Apple posts Q&A on iPhone tracking issue

As I noted in two previous posts, it was recently revealed that there's a log file on your iPhone that records everyplace you go. It created a bit of a stir, even though it was evident that that information wasn't being transmitted to Apple or to any other entity. Members of Congress even questioned Apple about it. Apple today posted a Q&A that explains what this log file is, and says that in fact it's not tracking your location. Rather, it's maintaining a record of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell phone towers, some of which can be as distant as 100 miles, in order to be able to quickly and accurately respond when an app requests location data.



PIM -- free app helps you find places to park

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Not much need for this here in rural Iowa. But if I lived in one of the hundreds of U.S., Canadian, and European cities covered by this app, I'd definitely give it a try. PIM (free) lets you find, reserve, and pay for a parking space via your iPhone. It has information on over 16,000 parking facilities, including rates, hours of operation, entry points, and facility type. It even helps you navigate to the facility.



Terra -- free iPad web browser offers tabs, importing of bookmarks

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I can't live without tabs. When I browse my personalized Yahoo news page, I click on links to items of interest and have them load in a background tab. That way I don't have to wait for pages to load when I'm ready to read specific news stories or blog posts. Terra is a free web browser for the iPad that offers tabs. It has an unusually high rating in the App Store and was recently ranked as the top free iPad app in the U.S. App Store. The new version 1.2 now adds importing of bookmarks from Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.



CNET reports that police have accessed the location information on iPhones and 3G iPad

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As I posted earlier, on Thursday it was revealed that the iPhone and iPad 3G store your location data and keep a record of everywhere you've been. According to PocketNow, the cache file with the information appears to be a bug or an oversight that will likely be fixed in an upgrade soon.



Your iPhone and 3G iPad are tracking your every movement

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Yesterday was a stellar day for Apple, with earnings that stunned Wall Street yet again. And yesterday was a bleak day for Apple, as it was revealed that iPhones and 3G iPads both have software that keeps a record of wherever you go.



Amazon to offer lending library for Kindle app

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Libraries are increasingly offering patrons the opportunity to check out ebook and audio versions of current books. And later this year that opportunity will expand with Amazon's new Kindle LIbrary Lending. Some 11,000 U.S. libraries, in partnership with OverDrive, a media distributor, will make ebooks available to local patrons. You'll be able to check out a book electronically and begin reading it immediately on Amazon's free Kindle app.



Crackle -- free app offers hundreds of free streaming movies, thousands of TV shows

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Crackle is a free app for the iPhone and iPad that offers free streaming movies and TV shows, including 10 episodes of Seinfeld. The movies include The Da Vinci Code, Ghostbusters, Gridiron Gang,Snatch, 21, We Own the Night, and hundreds more from companies such as Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Classics. Crackle comes to you from Crackle.com, which also has free streaming and which is a division of Sony.



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