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Apple's fix for iPhone 4 antenna angst: free cases or a full refund (updated)

Apple still doesn't think there's anything seriously wrong with its new iPhone 4 and says it has the data to back that claim up--but just in case, it's offering free cases to customers worried about the device's reception and will offer a full 30-day refund on the device to those...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 16, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Mobile , The business we have chosen  
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Reports: Steve Jobs ignored warnings on iPhone 4 antenna design

The Story That Refuses To Die took another twist this afternoon, as Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Wall Street Journal each reported that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs waved aside engineers' warnings that the iPhone 4's externally-mounted antenna could suffer from interference. Neither the WSJ piece nor the BusinessWeek story name...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 15, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Verizon's Droid X: differences without distinction

Verizon Wireless has yet another "Droid" smartphone going on sale today, Motorola's Droid X.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 15, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Mobile  
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Apple to hold iPhone 4 press conference Friday about [fill in the blank]

Apple has been inviting journalists to a press conference on its Cupertino, Calif., campus at 10 a.m. Pacific time Friday, the subject being the iPhone 4. But what about the iPhone 4 would require the company to summon the press on such short notice? Could Apple be introducing a new...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 15, 2010; 1:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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What's on Vint Cerf's mind: security, cloud computing and interplanetary Internet

Last night, I endured plodding, water-logged, rush-hour traffic to Tysons Corner to hear a guy talk about the Internet. But this wasn't just any guy, it was one of the people who helped invent the Internet -- Vint Cerf. Decades before starting his current day job as a "vice president and chief Internet evangelist" for Google, Cerf co-wrote the Internet's TCP/IP language with Bob Kahn.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 14, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Apple tech-support chatter about Consumer Reports' iPhone snub vanishes

The saga of the iPhone 4's possible reception flaws -- the subject of a harsh Consumer Reports blog post yesterday -- has taken another, weirder turn. Users are complaining that after they post a comment or a query about CR's refusal to recommend the phone on Apple's tech-support forum, company...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 13, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gripes , Mobile  
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Microsoft retires Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2

Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 officially get dragged to the Recycle Bin today. Those two old editions of Microsoft's operating system won't magically stop working at the stroke of midnight. But today ends the company's support for each: It will no longer release new security fixes or...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 13, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Security , Windows  
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Consumer Reports can't recommend iPhone 4

All you southpaw iPhone 4 users can freak out. Consumer Reports conducted its own research into the phone's fading reception when held with a palm or a finger covering a gap between its external antennas. The magazine found that the problem goes beyond the software flaw Apple cited last week,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 12, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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At WPC keynote, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has his head, heart in 'The Cloud'

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer had a mostly full Verizon Center applauding his vision of the company's future in a keynote that opened the company's Worldwide Partner Conference. But Ballmer's roughly 30-minute speech also served to illustrate his employer's challenges. Ballmer structured the keynote around the theme of Microsoft moving...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 12, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , Productivity , The Web , Windows  
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New blog feature: PostPoints tips

As some of you may know, since 2007 I've been writing a tip-of-the-week e-mail that goes out to members of The Post's PostPoints rewards program every Tuesday. And as others among you may have noticed from the overnight arrival of several dozen new entries here, I now have the past...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 12, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The business we have chosen , Tips  
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