The New York Times reports on Apple's recent confirmation of connectivity issues with the iPhone 4's antenna. Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling acknowledged that handling the latest iPhone in certain ways can decrease the phone's signal reception, thus garbling or dropping calls. The issue has triggered a wave of concern, speculation, and solutions across the Web. Unfortunately, Apple's response merely claims the problem is a "fact of life" with wireless phones, and advises users to use a case or avoid touching the phone's lower left-hand corner. follow link
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.
- ExtraBITS for 28 June 2010 (28 Jun 10)
Apple Confirms iPhone 4 Antenna Issue
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Holding the iPhone 4 in my DRY left hand had no effect; holding it in with my salt-water dampened left hand did show a slight degradation. I suspect that if your right ring and pinkie fingers are also damp with sweat (which contains salt) it might also suffer the same way.
I've read that there have only been about 4,000 complaints about this out of the 2+ MILLION sold. Dividing 4,000 by 2,000,000 gives .2% So we have .2% (probably less) problem; and 99.8+% no problem. Definitely a Tempest in a Teapot