Apple to give away cases to deal with its touchy iPhone trouble, while FCC's indecency rules get slammed by court. Also: Juggling passwords.
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Perhaps Apple's wake-up call came when Consumer Reports announced that it can't recommend the iPhone 4 due to problems with its reception. According to a story posted on Consumer Reports' Web site, it was forced to withhold its recommendation after its engineers found that when you touch the gap in the antenna on the phone's lower left side, "the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal."
Though Consumer Reports' latest findings are significant, it is not alone in reaching them. Indeed, during testing, CNET and other outlets have discovered that the iPhone 4 call quality degrades when you touch the gap on the left side.
The Internet, YouTube, and Twitter have changed the way Americans consume media--and mean that the FCC's restrictions on seven dirty words should no longer be constitutional, a federal appeals court says.