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The science behind the iPhone 4's antennas

The iPhone 4's outer ring of antennas has been earning some grief lately as some owners have found that reception can change even based on where your hand is placed. Even Steve has weighed in on this issue via his itchy email finger. Spencer Webb of AntennaSys (an "antenna design" firm) knows the...

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Apple wants the FCC to keep quiet on iPhone 4

What could be lurking among the iPhone 4's innards that hasn't already been disclosed to the public? Apparently Apple isn't just hinting that there's more than meets the eye with the new iPhone 4, they're flat-out admitting it. In a recent letter filed with the FCC, Apple has requested that...

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FCC shows off internal shots of iPad

Typically the iFixit guys are the first to post pictures of dismantled Apple hardware, but this time it's the FCC, and the hardware is the iPad. Engadget has the shots of the iPad's internals. Before you get too excited, note that the FCC took the time to cover up the specific chips, so we'll...

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TUAW Reports: FCC filing, photos detail last-minute iPad changes

First, and most important to the estimated quarter-million people who will have iPads in their hands on Saturday, is that there will be a front-facing digital camera on the device. As you can see in the gallery, the camera is a 6.0 megapixel unit with a zoom lens. It's apparent that Apple...

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FCC wants to know your mobile broadband speed

You may remember that Verizon started running ads a while ago showing AT&T's anemic 3G coverage map. AT&T responded by saying "Our coverage includes 97% of the country!" In the small print on Verizon's ads they make it clear that AT&T does have coverage outside of 3G. In the small print...

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SlingPlayer Mobile finally works on 3G

We all knew it was coming, and it's here. Yes, Apple has finally approved, with the belated blessing of AT&T, a version of the SlingPlayer Mobile app that now works on the 3G network. The original release of SlingPlayer Mobile [iTunes link] was WiFi only, and was one of the great...

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iPad still pending FCC approval, not a problem

A few of our readers have pointed out this interesting little blurb currently found down at the bottom of the iPad's specs page: This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease,...

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New Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse show up in FCC database

We've been hearing a lot about a new mouse from Apple lately, and earlier today images and additional documentation about a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (using Bluetooth) showed up in the FCC database. The new keyboard has a model number of A1314, while the mouse has a model number of...

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FCC makes it official: Cellular carriers policies getting a closer look

Maybe the submissions by Apple, Google and AT&T helped, or maybe they hurt, but the FCC is going to take a closer look at the U.S. cellphone industry and if competition is helping consumers. [Link to FCC announcement in PDF format] Today the Commission said: As communications...

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Real Networks submitting Rhapsody music service for iPhone. Duck!

Now this will be interesting to watch. RealNetworks, not always best of friends with Apple, is submitting an iPhone app so subscribers can access the Rhapsody music service. The app is designed to be full-featured, and will let Rhapsody subscribers get easy control of the on-demand music service....

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Distinctions without differences: Apple's inconsistent app store rejection policies

I admit, I was one of those to pile on ol' Ma Bell as the culprit for keeping the Google Voice app (don't I wish that was a real iTunes link) off the App Store. Restrictions on Skype and the SlingPlayer app on the iPhone had conditioned me to believe that the "game changing" iPhone had, well, a...

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FCC Responses: Google's turn to answer to the FCC

Along with Apple's and AT&T's response, Google has also responded to the FCC's inquiry on the Google Voice rejection. Unfortunately, the contact between Apple and Google on the rejection has been removed from the letter, which will not clear up everything just yet. There's no apparent reason...

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FCC Responses: Apple's take on the GV apps mess

The functionality allowing an app to replace Visual Voicemail with a separate service is neither novel nor categorically banned from the App Store, as this is already available in the YouMail app. The iPhone supports standard GSM codes for conditional forwarding of calls to third-party answering...

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FCC responses are in: AT&T disavows any knowledge of App Store internal shenanigans

Engadget got a copy of AT&T's response to the FCC inquiries, and to sum it up: the Death Star finds the FCC's lack of faith disturbing. The telecom giant says that it neither supported not opposed the Google Voice apps for iPhone -- in fact, Apple didn't mention the GV apps to AT&T, nor...

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More red meat for the FCC to chew on with AT&T and Apple

Reflecting on my last post -- and how unbelievable the AT&T statement was that they have nothing to do with what gets approved in Apple's App Store -- convinced me I needed to refresh my dimming memory banks. Remember all the flames about whether Skype would come out for the iPhone last year?...

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