Verizon Announcement at 1pm, iPhone 4?

We’ve all heard the rumors that the iPhone 4 will be in the hands of Verizon this year. When? No one knows, but today at CES, Verizon will be making an announcement at 1pm. Will this be the fateful day that the man in Black comes a knocking. More to come after the announcement.

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Apple’s iPhone 4: Fix it with duct tape

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Customers that have had issues with Apple’s latest iPhone have had to endure a number of fixes and commentary on what to do when their signal drops including to simply “avoid holding it that way.” Or not holding it with your left hand which is kind of hard to do if you happen to be left-handed.

As I commented earlier, the problems may also be related to a number of standards that require the antennae to be where it is. Apple may have had no choice, but it doesn’t excuse anyone from trying to find a better solution. One that preferably does not require a $30 bumper. Or duct tape.

Wait, duct tape? You can chalk that up to Consumer Reports’ final word on the iPhone.

After giving it glowing marks on several of its tests, the non-profit organization ultimately decided not to recommend the new device based on their last test which pointed out its antennae issues. Because, you know, signal is kind of important when you want to place a call with a mobile phone.

This is something that iPhone 4 early adopters have known all along but which Apple has tried to downplay by keeping silent aside from offering the colorful advice above. It hasn’t stopped the device from flying off shelves, but now that Consumer Reports has added its considerable voice to the issue, it’s that much harder to ignore.

iPhone 4 antenna issues?

The iPhone 4 is out. Are you one of the lucky ones to snag Apple’s latest must-have gadget? Even if you’re not, you have to admit that when they release something, the world waits in line to get it. That’s not by chance.

Still, they’re as mortal as the next company and, according to PC Magazine, it sounds like there are a few problems with its antenna reception. The solution? Apparently, it’s to hold it differently. It’s not the first time something like this has happened, either, but there might be a good reason why.

Another article – this one by an actual antenna designer at a company called Antennasys, Inc. – points to the requirements placed on them by the FCC and even by AT&T for the awkward antenna.

It’s good blog entry that shows us another side of what goes into the actual engineering of a device like the iPhone. And the best part is that it doesn’t sound like radio instructions.

The Apple iPad

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(photo: Kimberly White/Reuters)

Apple’s newest gizmo was officially revealed today to a select audience of technophiles setting Wednesday’s slice of the ‘net alive with buzz that ranged between giddy excitement to murmurs of meh.

Called the iPad, it has quite a few people buzzing about how it will do everything from saving print media to providing the missing link between laptops and iPhones. It will even wage war against e-book readers, like Amazon’s Kindle, with the iBook interface that will show you a virtual bookshelf filled with your downloaded library making it as easily accessible. Its starting price is set at $499 and will be out in two months.

A few iPhone developers are already eying the increased real-estate and power that its 9.7″ screen, 1Ghz processor, and starting 16GB of space that it will offer potential creations.

While some were impressed with its fashionable look and touted features combining the function of an iPhone and a laptop, others weren’t as wowed, regarding it as simply a bigger iPhone with its lack of multitasking and its ties to AT&T. Only time will tell whether or not it makes as big a splash, but one thing is still certain: when Apple speaks, everyone is still listening.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc.’s CEO Steve Jobs says he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

Jobs told employees in an e-mail that his health issues are more complex than he thought.
Last week, Jobs announced he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight.

Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will take over Jobs’ responsibilities while he is on leave.