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ExtraBITS for 19 July 2010

The iPhone 4 antenna problems dominated the news this week, and along with a number of articles in this week’s issue, we wanted to point you to an engineer’s dismissal of the Consumer Reports testing methodology and Jason Snell’s tour of Apple’s previously secret wireless testing lab. Also, if you’re thinking of going to Macworld Expo next January, you can get a free show floor pass through next week.

Macworld Tours Apple’s Secret Wireless Lab — As part of the campaign to reverse the damaging discussions of iPhone 4 antenna problems, Apple took 11 journalists on a tour of the company’s previously secret wireless-testing facilities. The tour was designed to show just how seriously Apple takes wireless design and testing, and Macworld’s Jason Snell provided a fascinating description of the experience.

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Engineer Dismisses Consumer Reports iPhone Tests — Consumer Reports has often taken flack for their coverage of the Macintosh, and that trend may be continuing into the iPhone world. On his blog, electromagnetic engineer Bob Egan claims that the RF testing that Consumer Reports did with regard to the iPhone 4 antenna issue was seriously flawed.

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More Free Registration for Macworld Expo 2011 — If you missed the two-week window for free Macworld Expo 2011 registration earlier this year, you have another chance. Through 25 July 2010, you can sign up for a free Expo Only pass at the Macworld Expo Web site. The show floor will be open from 27 January 2011 through 29 January 2011.

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