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3 years ago

Samsung responds to Apple over antennagate

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Samsung responds to Apple over antennagate

And the quadfecta is now complete, with Samsung responding to Apple over the iPhone 4 press conference's demonstration of the death-grip causing signal loss on an Omnia II.

"The antenna is located at the bottom of the Omnia 2 phone, while iPhone's antenna is on the lower left side of the device. Our design keeps the distance between a hand and an antenna. We have fully conducted field tests before the rollout of smartphones. Reception problems have not happened so far, and there is no room for such problems to happen in the future"

Apple must be ecstatic. Any company that stayed quiet would have ridden out the story pretty much uninvolved. Any company -- now all of them -- that spoke up guaranteed their phones a bump in YouTube demos and/or free case requests.

And that "problems in the future" bit? Sigh. Early reports already indicate Samsung's new Galaxy S-class Captivate and Vibrant are having the same problem. Here's a sample from InformationWeek:

I have both a Samsung Vibrant and Captivate on hand for testing purposes. In both phones, the internal antenna is apparently located on the back of the phone, towards the very bottom edge. When gripped around the bottom of the phone (with either hand) the signal strength drops almost immediately. The Vibrant went from three bars to zero bars in about five seconds, and the Captivate went from four bars to zero bars in about six seconds. When I let go, the signal returns immediately.

Sure, death-grip isn't the same as iPhone 4's single-point touch, but in a media frenzy no phone is safe.

Video after the break.

Update: Samsung Galaxy S suffering from death-finger in second video after the break .

[Samsung Hub via Korea Herald via Gizmodo, InformationWeek]

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3 years ago

HTC responds to Apple over antennagate

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HTC responds to Apple over antennagate

HTC's Eric Lin has responded in statistical fashion to Apple's iPhone 4 press conference where Steve Jobs showed off a Droid Eris losing singnal when death-gripped:

"Approximately .016% of customers [have complained]. We have had very few complaints about signal or antenna problems on the Eris".

Which could also just mean there hasn't been the attention or scrutiny placed on signal strength attenuation in the past, and again it will be open season now with any number of YouTube videos popping up showing everything from the HTC Droid Eris to HTC Droid Incredible to HTC Nexus One succumbing to the death-grip, just like Apple demonstrated.

However, HTC does have the forethought to warn customers not to touch the spot over their antenna (see image, top).

[Pocket-Lint via Android Central, Daring Fireball, Engadget]

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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 18 July 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 18 July 2010

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3 years ago

Michael Bay directs Transformers 3 with iPad 3G

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Michael Bay directs Transformers 3 with iPad 3G

Famous movie director Michael Bay is using his iPad at work. Specifically, Mr. Bay has been spotted with his iPad 3G in hand while directing Transformers 3. In the photo above, he's showing Patrick Dempsey how a scene is supposed to look.

We don't know about you, but we at TiPb love to see the different ways that people are using their iPads to improve their lives whether it be for work, home, school, or play.

[9to5Mac]

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3 years ago

The reason behind the white iPhone 4 delay: Apple's glass supplier

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The reason behind the white iPhone 4 delay: Apple's glass supplier

Many of us were disappointed when June 15th arrived and the white iPhone was not available for pre-order or reservation. The day before the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple provided a vague explanation claiming that the white iPhone 4 had "proven more challenging to manufacture than expected." It turns out that this manufacturing problem comes from Lens Technology, Apple's glass supplier.

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3 years ago

iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

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iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

You know the drill. Come time, we'll be talking about everything iPad. We'd love to talk with you, so come by, chat, and share you views.

And yeah, it'll be hard not to discuss "antenna-gate". Does it apply to iPad 3G?

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

We'll take over the front page 15 minutes before the show -- chat with you soon!

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3 years ago

iPad at Work: Audio Visual Coordinator

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iPad at Work: Audio Visual Coordinator

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3 years ago

Sex shock! Nudity disbelief! iChatr Chat-Roulette-style app for iPhone 4 pulled from App Store

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Sex shock! Nudity disbelief! iChatr Chat-Roulette-style app for iPhone 4 pulled from App Store

Apple has yanked iChatr -- the chat-roulette-style app for iPhone 4 -- from the iTunes App Store.

If you're familiar with what goes on in these kinds of apps, the (predominantly male) nudity and sexual activity, then this probably doesn't come as much of a surprise. If you're not familiar, you probably downloaded it, became familiar quickly, and near instantly complained to Apple prompting the removal.

According to the developers, SKJM:

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3 years ago

iOS4 apps: Amazon.com, WebMD, SimplyTweet, Mapquest, Audible

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iOS4 apps: Amazon.com, WebMD, SimplyTweet, Mapquest, Audible

It's been a while since our last iOS 4 compatible apps roundup so we figured it was time for another.  I've seen quite a few updates come through in the past week or so but here's the ones that caught my eye the most.  And as always, if you see any you think are above the curve, let us know in the comments!

Keep reading to see what's been added this time!

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3 years ago

Apple iPhone 4 press conference post-game - TiPb and SPE sound-off

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Apple iPhone 4 press conference post-game - TiPb and SPE sound-off

The sun has set and risen again following Apple's unprecedented iPhone 4 press conference, and the folks behind TiPb and the SPE network have had time to listen, absorb, cry fair and foul, and figure out our thoughts. Here's the post-mortem from your favorite editors and writers at TiPb, Android Central, CrackBerry, Nokia Experts, WMExperts, as well as the Cell Phone Junkie.

Hit the jump to hear what we think, then hit the comments to tell us what you think.

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