Dropped an iPhone in water? Follow these steps, quick!

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Other than dropping an iPhone onto solid ground and watching it smash to bits, dropping it by accident into water is likely the next most unnerving thing that can happen to your precious gadget. If this ever happens to you, don’t panic (too much) and follow these instructions that can potentially save your iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Death Grip issue finally solved with the release of Air Phone No 4

Ok, we know that the Chinese are a crafty bunch; literaly days after the Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak you could get almost an exact replica of it in China. Now that the iPhone 4 has been available officially for a few months, the quality of the fakes was bound to get even better. But how much better I couldn’t have guessed until I saw this excellent video review of China’s latest grab at the cell phone market – the Air Phone No 4.

This miracle of modern technology addresses almost all complains about the original iPhone 4, including a plastic rim – hence no deathgrip issues – as well as support for two sim cards, replaceable batteries and support for flash cards.

Video and tech specs after the gap.

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iPhone users busier in the bedroom

Who’d ever have guessed that the iPhone’s not only great as a smartphone, but also at getting sex? Online dating site OkCupid recently conducted an in depth study dubbed “Don’t be ugly by Accident”, whereby hundreds of photographs were analyzed along with camera models, aperture, flash, focus and other good stuff. Among the data were stats for Sexual Activity by Smart phone brand and you can guess which device won out. Men who own an iPhone had on average 10 sexual partners by the time they turned 30, whereas women had 12.3 partners. By contrast, Android users “only” had 6 in the same time frame and Blackberry owners found themselves smack in the middle.

So what does this all mean? Not much if you don’t care to boost your partner count. If on the other hand you’re single and hoping for a bit more action, dump your Android phone/ Blackberry and grab that iPhone 4, STAT!

In other news today…birth rates around the world are at an all time high. Back to you Billy Bob…

[TIME via Holy Kaw]

Weak iPhone 4 Reception? Papermaster off Apple’s team

Rumors are swirling around the unexpected departure of Mark Papermaster, Apple’s Senior VP of Devices Hardware Engineering.

An IBM stalwart before moving to Apple, Papermaster worked in the company from 1998-2008 where he served as Vice President of the blade server division. His controversial exit from IBM became the subject of a court case which was ruled on the scope and validity of the ‘non-compete’ clause in his employment contract with IBM.

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4 Generations of iPhone Compared [video]

Time to boot up Plants vs. Zombies

Ever wondered how all previous iPhone models stack up against the iPhone 4 in terms of performance?  Two fellas (Chris Pinnoch and Mike Hellas) have created a neat video comparing the time it takes each iPhone to boot up apps like Plants vs. Zombies, Google Earth and Seadragon Mobile. Device shutdown and startup times are also recorded. Surprisingly, the iPhone 4 doesn’t top every task, with the original iPhone even coming out on top for one of them. Take a look at the full video after the break.

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Canada to sell unlocked iPhone 4 for $659/$779

Earlier today, Apple officially announced that the iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries this Friday, July 30th. And with just a few days away from launch, CBC news is reporting that Apple will also be selling unlocked iPhone 4s for $659 (16GB) and $779 (32 GB). Having an unlocked iPhone 4 would of course mean that owners will no longer be tied down to a 3 year term and can choose which of the major carriers (Fido, Rogers, Bell and Telus etc.) they’d like to go with. Aside from the iPhone 4, Canada is already selling unlocked 3GSes (8 GB) for $549.

Here are the 17 countries that will be selling the iPhone 4 come July 30th:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

If you live in one of these countries, consider yourself lucky that you don’t have to wait until September before Apple commences its third wave of iPhone 4 launch.

iPhone 4 antenna issues solved by iGlowPhone

Having trouble with iPhone 4 Death Grip issues? Well, now you can solve them in style. Apple’s Free Bumper case program, while a reasonable solution in its core, leaves much to be desired. I’m talking, of course, about the eventual look of your iPhone 4 with the bumper case on. It sucks :) And the availability of other third party cases is still unknown.

But all is not lost! Mobile Riot Gear has just put on sale a spectacular case for your iPhone 4 – the iGlowPhone. Made of high-quality vinyl, it seamlessly wraps around the device and is made to resemble the style of the stock creation of the genius that is Steve Jobs. And did I mention it glows in the dark? And all that for a measly sum of $10.95 with FREE shipping!

Video after the gap!

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Apple posts Antenna Performance webpage

Some of you maybe pleased with yesterday’s announcement of free Bumper Cases for every iPhone 4 purchased, while others may have felt that Apple did not do enough to address the reception issues. With much at stake, and 17 more countries selling the iPhone 4 come July 30th, Apple has posted a page dedicated to antenna performance - one aimed at showing all current and potential owners that signal lose in smartphones (depending on how it’s held) is unavoidable. Images and videos demonstrating a drop in signal strength for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia II as well as the iPhone 4 and 3GS are included in the webpage.

And to show the world that they do in fact test antenna performance on all their products, Apple has also posted some info on their very impressive antenna design and test labs. More than $100 million has gone into this state-of-the-art facility and you can bet that the iPhone 4 had gone through all sorts of testing right here before being launched.

If all this recent drama has raised some doubts about buying an iPhone 4, perhaps checking out these two webpages will help make your decision a little easier.

Apple Press Conference: No iPhone 4 recall. Free Bumper Cases until Septemper 30

Apple’s highly anticipated press conference to address the iPhone 4′s reception issues is now over and according to Steve Jobs, the entire fiasco was completely blown out of proportion.  He made it a point that signal issues (depending on how you hold it) are prevalent on all smartphones and not just on the iPhone. Surprisingly, only 0.55% of iPhone 4 users have called AppleCare to voice their concerns and AT&T’s return rates for early shipments was only 1.7% (compared to 6% for the 3GS). As such, there will be no recall – as some have speculated – but rather, Apple will be giving away a free Bumper Case for every iPhone 4 purchased through September 30th. For those who already bought one, they’ll be given a refund. And since Apple won’t be able to manufacture enough of these in time, other cases will be sourced and buyers will have a choice to the one they want.

Antenna issues aside, Jobs also shared that the White iPhone 4 will begin shipping by the end of July. More importantly, the next wave of iPhone 4 releases will not be affected and 17 countries (including Australia, Canada, HK, Italy etc) will begin selling the phone on July 30th.

Are you satisfied with Apple’s decision to give out free cases for every purchase? Personally, I didn’t think that a recall was going to happen, so this offer was their next best move. Nicely done Jobs.

The entire Press Conference (+ Q&A session) can be found on Engadget’s live blogging event.

Update: You can now watch the entire Press Conference via Apple website.