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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.

Be careful with your iPhone 4 -- study says screen is more fragile than iPhone 3GS

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First off, you have to realize that this study was done by SquareTrade, which sells warranties. That said, their study found that there's an 82% increase in broken screens in the iPhone 4 compared to the iPhone 3GS. Part of the problem is that now there's twice as much surface area to break. Hard to know what to make of this report, but it does suggest a protective case would be  good idea.



WalMart to start selling iPad on Friday

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The iPad continues to sell at a rate of 1 million per month — and is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device of all time, except for cell phones. And now even more iPads will be sold, thanks to their presence in hundreds of WalMart stores nationwide starting on Friday. Read more on MacWorld. The iPad is already on sale at Target stores.



Top 5 apps for productivity, email, laughs, making music, and more

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MarketWatch's Cody Willard has put together a number of top-5 lists for iPhone and iPad apps. Check it out if you want to see what he feels are the 5 best iPhone apps for email, humor, getting things done, stock market quotes, and making music. And he offers up the top 5 iPad apps for Wikipedia, business travelers, reading, and toddlers.



New York Times reports that Verizon iPhone is coming

First you hear rumors of a Verizon iPhone, then you hear that the rumors were unfounded. And now it's cropping up again — but this time the New York Times is reporting it. So it must be true, right? The Times says that an anonymous source (of course) who's in direct contact with Apple said that Verizon will begin selling the phone early next year. The article says that Apple really doesn't have a choice: it needs to sign up other carriers because the competing Android platform is gaining so much momentum. Anyway, I hope they're right, because in this corner of Southeastern Iowa we're stuck with pokey Edge speeds, and Verizon not only has 3G here but also much better coverage.



Where to Eat -- $3 app is indispensable for finding nearby restaurants that suit your taste

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I tend to eat a vegetarian diet, and one of the really hard things about traveling is finding good vegetarian food. The $3 app Where to Eat, for both iPhone and iPad, has been indispensable. The app lets you select from 45 different cuisines and 30 different food types, including vegan and vegetarian. When I'm traveling, I simply select one of those two categories, and then the app shows a list of nearby restaurants, the distance, and their location on a map. I can quickly get directions, as well as other information such as the phone number.



Pocket WavePad -- free app for recording and editing audio

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NCH Software, a leading provider of audio and telephony tools, has just released Pocket WavePad for the iPhone. (There's not yet an iPad-specific version.) It lets you record audio and edit the recordings, apply audio effects, reduce background noise, and easily email or upload the audio files that you've recorded.



More free apps for streaming video

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I'm writing an article for the magazine about streaming video for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In addition to the YouTube app, there are several more apps that serve up content from video sharing websites. Dailymotion is probably the best one, since the Dailymotion site has quite a lot of content, and the app serves it up well. The $1.99 version is ad-free.



Using the iPad to create content

The rap against the iPad is that it's more for consuming content than creating. But people are using it to create content in interesting ways. An article on Business Insider, titled 10 Ways People Are Using The iPad To Create Content, Not Just Consume It," presents an amazing slide show of images and video.



STM Jacket iPad -- the ideal case for me

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I want a case for one purpose: toting my iPad wherever I go. And I want that case to be over my shoulder and out of the way. My first solution was the Kensington Sling Bag, which I posted about in early May. It served my needs well, but I wore it out in a few months of heavy use: frayed and coming apart at the seams. Fortunately, just as it was fading, STM sent me their Jacket iPad. And it's just what I was hoping to find.



Joost -- free video streaming app, free service

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Whew, I just finished an article for the magazine about all the video streaming options for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A big job. We've covered a number of them, and most entail some sort of cost. Joost, though, is free, and the content is free. It offers a motley assortment of content that can be fun. I enjoyed watching a couple old Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes, and The Lone Ranger. The app streams celebrity news and gossip, music videos, action sports, comedy, and original web content.



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