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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.

10 billionth app downloaded is free game Paper Glider

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The 10 billionth app was downloaded on Saturday — and it was the free game Paper Glider. The developer, Neon Play, is understandably thrilled with their good fortune. In their press release, they exult at the 1 in 10 billion odds. The lucky downloader is Gail Davis, who actually hung up on Apple when they called to tell her, thinking it was a prank call. "Not interested," she said, and hung up the phone. Not interested in $10,000?



iOS 4.3 beta hints at iPad camera, new cloud service from Apple

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I hate to be a rumor monger, but this seems pretty solid — since the source is the new beta of iOS 4.3. This new version has been sent to developers, and according to an interesting post on MacRumors, it included an image that shows a preview of the wallpaper that one has selected for one's iPad. And right there in the preview are icons for FaceTime, Camera, and PhotoBooth.



Free tax app from H&R Block

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H&R Block offers a free app, Tax Central, that gives answers to popular questions, includes a tax refund estimator, and offers a checklist of key filing dates and materials needed. It also has a glossary of tax terms, and, of course, information to contact your nearest H&R Block rep. And there are links to entertaining videos on YouTube that contain useful tax information.



10 billionth app download expected noon Saturday -- Apple offering $10,000 gift card

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Apple will give a $10,000 gift card to the lucky iOS user who downloads the 10 billionth app. You can see the counter at the link above, with ITProPortal calculating that the download will happen at noon on Saturday. (My question, how would one spend $10,000 in the iTunes Store?



Movie Club -- free app offers over 60 streaming movies, also free

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Everybody likes movies, and here's yet another app for streaming them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The free Movie Club gives you free access to over 60 movies. Naturally, these aren't recent movies, but they do offer early appearances of well known actors such as Robert De Niro, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Kirk Douglas. These may be movies that are also freely available on YouTube.



Juicy iPad, iPhone rumors -- new version of iPad expected in April

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The Internet has buzzing with iPad and iPhone rumors the past two days. Ben Patterson offers a roundup on Yahoo. Perhaps the juiciest is that the new iPad and iPhone will have a faster, dual-core version of Apple's A4 processor — making it possible to power a 2048 x 1536 display. Think 1080p video on your iPhone or iPad. Yes! Other rumors have included tidbits such as: the new iPad, which is expected in April, will be thinner and will have front- and back-facing cameras and Facetime.



Apple founder Steve Jobs takes medical leave

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The news headlines today are saying that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has taken a medical leave from the company. No information is available regarding the reason, or where he is. The announcement sent to Apple employees said that he'll continue to be involved in strategic decisions and that chief operating officer Tim Cook will be in charge of day-to-day operations. We wish him good health. There is no doubt that his vision has had a remarkable influence on technology. Apple, unlike other companies, doesn't do market research. One man decides what the market wants: Steve Jobs. And his instincts have been uncanny.



15 apps for healthy cooking

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I happen to be into healthy living — including organic, vegetarian food. If you have a similar interest, you might want to check out a recent post on the 15 Coolest iPhone Apps for Health-Conscious Cooks.



Vote now for Best App Ever

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Again this year Jeff Scott of the website 148apps.com is hosting a vote for the Best App Ever. Nominations are now closed, and he's selected the top 10 nominees in each category. Voting is open until January 25, with the winners to be announced at the Macworld Expo. There are 35 categories overall, with 15 of those related to games. Check out the nominees if you want to find some great apps.



Verizon announces they'll be offering their iPhone in early February

The long-awaited Verizon iPhone is finally here! On Tuesday Verizon announced that their iPhone 4G would be available to current customers on February 3 and to everyone else on February 10. There was a bit of good news/bad news. The good news is that their iPhone will come with tethering. You'll be able to use your iPhone as a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 computers and devices. The bad news is that it'll be 3G — and won't be able to use the 4G network that Verizon is rolling out. It's basically the same phone as the current iPhone 4, but with CDMA chips instead of GSM and the ringer/mute switch in a slightly different location.



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