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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.

iPhone 5 rumors: more evidence of 8-megapixel camera, October release, Sprint offering

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It has been rumored for some time that the next iPhone, expected in October, will have an 8-megapixel camer. AppleInsider reported today the latest evidence for this: information regarding the two manufacturers that will be providing the lens.



Deep Twitter integration with iOS 5

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When Apple announced iOS 5 in June, they said that one feature would be deep integration with Twitter. Basically, the idea is that you will be able to post just about anything from your device to Twitter with a tap. One barrier to this deep integration was that Twitter was reluctant to have other apps supercede it's own. That has changed. The buzz yesterday was a note from Twitter head Jack Dorsey to deveopers encouraging them to work with Twitter to make this deep integration happen.



Rumor: iCloud will allow music steaming -- sort of

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News reports early Tuesday, such as this one on TechCrunch, were excitedly saying that the iTunes feature of the forthcoming iCloud will offer music streaming. This is, of course, already available from services such as Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google. The advantage is that your music resides on their servers rather than filling up the memory of your device. When iCloud was announced, it was download-only, no streaming.



iPhone 5 rumors abound, with many suggesting October 7 launch, and new rumor of thinner shape

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Apple really knows how to stir up enthusiasm in its fan base — say nothing and enjoy weeks and months of speculation. It's extraordinary advertising, and free. By the time they announce, everyone is at the peak of frenzied interest. The rumors this summer have been all over the map. Lately, the word is that there will not be a big change in the form factor. However, a recent report says that the cases that are appearing strongly suggest the new iPhone will be much thinner. You can read more on TNW Apple.



iRad -- app actually uses the camera to measure radiation

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I hope I don't ever have a need for this app. iRad ($5.99) uses an algorithm to detect gamma and X rays passing through the camera chip. It takes up to an hour to get an accurate measurement. The app uses your location to post the measurements taken by you and others on a map — basically a way of crowdsourcing radioactive hotspots around the world. You need to occlude the camera while your device is taking the measurement, but for the iPhone 4 that's as simple as placing your phone on a flat, opaque table. It's amazing what people come up with.



Editions by AOL -- another gorgeous and free Flipboard-like app for reading news

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In the mold of the wildly popular Flipboard and Zite, Editions by AOL is a new free app that lets you create a personalized magazine on your iPad that's tailored to your interest. You can select from 16 different sections, ranging from Top News, Tech, and Business, to Entertainment, Music, and Sports. You can select the order, and you can add additional news sources. Editions also offers local news and weather, and it can sync with iCal and Facebook to create a personalized calendar for you.



Boxee for iPad -- free app lets you watch free streaming

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I really enjoy Boxee's free streaming video service. I have a laptop connected to my HDTV and pretty much exclusively watch streaming video from Boxee: The Daily Show, CNET videos, TV shows, movies. There's a lot of free content, as well as on-demand HD movies from Vudu. And Boxee apps give you access to even more content. Plus, it works with the remote that came with my Mac. Now there's Boxee for iPad (free). It gives you access to featured videos and to any videos that you've saved for later in your regular Boxee account.



Apple is now world's largest smartphone maker

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Apple was widely scorned when they first brought out their iPhone, and critics said they'd never have much of an effect on the market. Now, four years later, they are the world's largest smartphone maker, according to an article posted today on AppleInsider. Based on figures for the second quarter, they sold 20.3 million phones compared to second place Samsung's 19.2 million. Nokia, long the leader, dropped back to third place.



Free App Magic -- free app offers three paid apps for free each day

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Can't beat this deal. Free App Magic (free) selects three high-quality apps each day that normally cost you money and makes them available for free. 



HowStuffWorks -- free app gives you access to 30,000 articles, podcasts, and videos

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HowStuffWorks is a free app, with versions for both the iPhone and iPad, that gives you access to the bounty of 30,000 articles, podcasts, and videos contained on the website of the same name. This is a great resource, and their podcasts have been named some of the best in the iTunes Store. They include podcasts such as Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class.



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