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The 404 610: Where it won't work if you hold it wrong (podcast)

On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu look into the latest Apple iPhone 4 reception and display issues, debunk a new iPhone app that supposedly fixes erectile dysfunction, and look into the .xxx suffix that might soon identify NSFW pornographic Web sites.

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The show title for today's episode of CNET's The 404 Podcast actually refers to two stories in the rundown. The first, of course, refers to the masses of complaints from early Apple iPhone 4 adopters. As if yesterday's heatstroke line nightmares weren't bad enough, some owners are experiencing disappearing signals when the steel bands antennas are covered by gripping the phone in use.

Ironically, the external antenna band was supposed to increase reception bars, but many feel jilted that Apple and Steve Jobs failed to mention the glaring design error during the keynote earlier this month. In response to several angry e-mails, Jobs' response reads, "Non issue. Just avoid holding it in that way."

If you own an iPhone 4 and don't feel like checking your hand position every time you pick it up, Apple sells a rubber bumper case for $29 that solves the problem, but even Wilson is upset at what seems like a sneaky ploy to sell more accessories.

iPhone app scams certainly aren't new, but a recent addition to the store deserves your attention. Called Fire Up Your Sex Drive, the app promises to cure your erectile dysfunction using a 6-minute daily audio clip of "high-frequency alpha wave to synchronize with your own brain wave." That sentence barely makes sense, but neither does the technology behind it. Despite the questionable description, we're sure that a couple dummies out there will shell out the $2.99.

It's a big day for the Web! The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization in charge of overseeing the Internet for the government, will vote today to add a .xxx suffix for Web sites that contain pornographic content. Sites now use domains like .org, .net, and .com, but some Webmasters are worried that the new suffix could censor traffic from popular search engines.

Adult content companies fear that legislation will force them to move to .xxx, and that parents and libraries will filter out the domain, but the suffix has been shot down before by groups like the Family Research Council because it would "expand the industry's evil empire on the Internet." We actually think the addition of .xxx would be a good idea because it would alleviate any confusion plaguing current .com sites.

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