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The fire hazard in your pocket: iPhone

I’m eagerly awaiting the possibility of a new PSA concerning millions of people who are unknowingly packing heat every day.  Within the past week, two reports of the iPhone spontaneously combusting have emerged. Could there be a massive recall in the iPhone’s future?It Happened in Australia: Could Your iPhone Self-Combust? [UPDATED]

A Second iPhone 4 Catches Fire, This Time in Brazil


The first incident came from a flight landing in Sydney where a passenger’s iPhone began producing “a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” according to news reports. Several days later, a similar incident occurred in Brazil where the charging iPhone began to spark just a few feet from the sleeping owner’s face. Definitely not the type of alarm I want to wake up to.

Apple has not commented on either report as of now, and we’re guessing these are just two isolated incidents. Knowing there is possibility of my iPhone catching on fire doesn’t sit well, but I’m not losing sleep over it … yet.


To learn more about the exploding iPhone, click here.

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Apple experiences record-breaking Black Friday

Two Apple insider reports are claiming record-breaking Black Friday sales. Analysts from Deutsche Bank checked in with more than 200 Apple stores and retailers to gauge customer demand for products including the iPhone 4s, iPad and MacBook Air. Their findings suggest Apple should be pretty thankful this holiday season.

The analysts found 75 percent of the stores polled were sold out of the iPhone 4s on Friday while iPad sales were up 68 percent. iPad sales surpassed projections with almost 15 units sold per hour on Black Friday alone. MacBook and MacBook Air were also popular with their $101 dollar discount.

With online retailers expecting a big Cyber Monday, we’re eager to see how Apple products faired the rest of the shopping weekend.

Did you pick up any Apple products this weekend? Or, did you put off shopping for today’s Cyber Monday deals?

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AT&T stores stock up on iPhone 4s and iPad 2

If you have either the iPhone 4s or iPad 2 at the top of your wish list this holiday, you’ll be relieved to know that AT&T will have both available in stores on Black Friday. After inventory shortages of the iPhone 4s after its initial release, we’re excited to hear that anxious shoppers can pick up their new phone right at the store this Friday.

If you’re looking to invest in a tablet, AT&T stores will also have the iPad 2 along with a slew of accessories.  With recent launch of several other tablets such as the Kindle Fire and the Nook by Barnes and Noble, it will be interesting to see how the iPad 2 performs during the shopping season.


What about you? Are you looking to snag any gadgets on Black Friday?

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Tech blog review: Apple iPhone 4S

After Apple’s weekend launch, there are now 4 million or so new iPhone 4S owners out there in the world.  It’s a fairly impressive number – the iPhone 4S has racked up the largest launch to date of any iPhone.

So how impressive is the iPhone 4S itself? In recent days we were able to play around with one here in the office, among both current iPhone users and nonusers.

To some degree, we’re still a bit disappointed that this isn’t an iPhone 5. It could have been, but it’s not. With that said, we’ll get over it because the iPhone 4S is a definite evolution on the iPhone 4. They may look the same on the outside, but the changes are all inside.

We like the speed; there’s a noticeable difference between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S has Apple’s dual core A5, the same processor currently found in the iPad. It’s decidedly zippier – iPhone users who upgrade will notice a definite speed change, which we applaud.

In terms of network speed, AT&T has claimed that they have a significantly faster phone because of their HSPA+ service, which is available in numerous markets here in Wisconsin.  A number of national blogs have run speed tests like this. (

The other element we really like is the improved camera, which does away with the annoying pause after snapping a photo. With a resolution upgrade to eight megapixels and an improved flash over the built-in flash on the iPhone 4, we can leave our digital cameras in the drawers from now on.

For all the talk about Siri, it’s a signature feature that’s left us a bit underwhelmed. Yes, it is cool. Yes, it works fairly well. Yes, it’s clever. But to some degree, particularly for existing iPhone owners, it’s a novelty feature.  Siri “remembers” your data, such as the relationships among those people in your contacts, and can fetch data for you, but the whole effect to us was more novelty than an actual function we craved as an iPhone user.

That isn’t to say we disliked it. It was certainly cool, particularly since Apple released Siri in its beta form. But our collective practical side is weighing whether Siri falls into that proverbial “want” or “need” category.


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Is it the technological perfect storm for the iPhone 4S launch this weekend?

Though some critics are disappointed with the release of a new version of the iPhone 4 rather than an iPhone 5, there’s a lot to be excited about in the new iPhone.

Apparently many other people think so, too. First of all, there’s the existing iPhone  believers. You know them –they’re the ones who placed their orders last week and are eagerly waiting for their little box.

You can’t deny its appeal. Not only are people intrigued by the introduction of Siri, the new voice recognition software, and the improved camera. But most smart phone users are also speed freaks, and the promise of a faster processor is enough to seal the deal for heavy users. Give the masses a faster phone, and they’ll pull out their credit cards.

But with the continued service problems plaguing RIM’s Blackberry, there’s a whole new market segment that’s taking a good look at what the iPhone 4S might offer.

So how are sales shaping up? A good way to look at it is to do some historic comparisons. The first weekend the iPhone 4 was available last year, it sold 1.7 million units. Analysts are predicting that sales of the iPhone 4S will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 to 3 million this weekend, the first weekend it’s available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. Some analysts expect sales to exceed that launch target.

In Wisconsin this morning, lines are already reported at AT&T and Apple stores in Milwaukee and other parts of the state.

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Rolling RIM outages continue to plague Blackberry users

According to Research in Motion: “BlackBerry subscribers in the Americas may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience. We will provide a further update as soon as more information is available.”

So what’s going on? The RIM outages started on Monday with outages in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions and have since moved on to North and South America. As of yesterday, RIM released a statement saying that the messaging and browsing delays were caused by a core switch failure with within RIM’s system, resulting in a significant backlog of data.

Critics are noting that the timing on the outages couldn’t be worse for RIM, which is not only looking for a buyer but also with the pending release of the iPhone 4S. On the upside, the outage level in North America does not seem as significant as elsewhere around the globe.

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Itching for the new iPhone 4S?

Today is the first day that it’s possible to place an order for the new iPhone 4S and we’ve already had one staff member place his pre-order. In case you’re wondering how to have one in hand on October 14, here are some quick links to get your new phone pre-ordered.

You can pre-order the fifth generation iPhone directly from Apple, or depending on your current contract, from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

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