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Square Trade Study: iPhone 4 Glass Breaks More Than 3GS


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And in other news, water is wet.  As 9to5Mac reports, when one of the main features of the iPhone 4 was the strength of the glass casing, it is sort of alarming that it would break 82 percent more than an iPhone 3GS’ casing, says Square Trade’s study.

Granted the iPhone 4 has two sides of glass instead of one, so that would probably amount to double the incidents versus previous iPhone generations that maintained plastic backs.

It was also determined that the plastic around the sides of the iPhone 3GS is able to cushion potential impact much better than the iPhone 4’s metal antenna-frame.

Other findings:

-iPhone 4 owners reported 82 percent more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.

-More than 25 percent of damage reported was to the glass on the back of the unit.

-The reported accident rate for the iPhone 4 was 68 percent higher than for the iPhone 3GS.

-An estimated 15.5 percent of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

-iPhone 4 screen damage is responsible for more than four-fifths of reported accidents during the last four months, slightly higher than the iPhone 3GS during the same time period.

Who is SquareTrade exactly?  They’re the largest independent warranty provider in the world, and they had analyzed iPhone accidents for well over 20,000 iPhone 4s and the results were pretty in line with their earlier prognostications.

How many of our readers out there have suffered iPhone 4 screen damage?  Does the iPhone 4 seem to be in better or worse off shape?  Feel free to leave your comments below!

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iPhone Apps Have Become More Popular Than TV Shows


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Given the sheer volume of downloading of apps, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  The daily audience of apps running on the iOS system has now expanded beyond 19 million users.  These users spend about 22 minutes a day on these apps, meaning the audience for iOS devices has now passed…you guessed it, Sunday Night Football on NBC.  It’s also just shy of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

According to MobileBeat, just 4 million daily viewers are all that separate the iOS audience from the No. 1 TV show, Fox’s American Idol.  The measures come from the analytics firm Flurry.

Flurry made mention that that’s only part of the picture, as its analytics code is only integrated into 50,000 of the 250,000 apps that are on the iOS.  Given that, Flurry feels that iOS is even larger than all the TV shows if one takes into account the whole iOS viewership.

“The most obvious [effect] is the impact on the advertisement industry, which has relied on the reach generated by its prime time television slot for years,” said Peter Farago, the vice president of marketing at Flurry.

With that readers, since the explosion of the App Store, have you found yourself enjoying your apps and utilizing them more than you used to watch television?  Movies?  Or on the flip side of that, are you finding yourself using apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc., to watch the above?  Feel free to leave comments below!

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Apple TV Glitch Makes Rentals Last Longer Than 24 Hours

Update: iLounge now reports that this may not work as the 24-hour rental trigger is automatically invoked when streaming to the Apple TV.

Even though the new Apple TV is a streaming-only device, you can still rent and watch TV shows and movies right from within iTunes. But, as MacRumors points out, Apple may not have thought this whole streaming-only plan out thoroughly because you can now rent shows and movies without abiding by the 24-hour rental policy that is standard in iTunes rentals.

Rentals used to work by actually moving the video files around to the different devices you wanted to watch them on within a 30-day period. Once you start watching these videos, however, the 24-hour countdown begins before you’ll no longer be able to watch the rented content. Because the Apple TV doesn’t have storage for moving videos over to, these rentals play directly from your iTunes library on your Home Sharing network.

This is where the bug comes in. By doing the following 3 steps, you can have 30-day rentals instead of 24-hour rentals:

1. Rent and download a TV show or movie from iTunes on your computer, but don’t open or play it as this will start the 24-hour counter

2. Start playing the video on your Apple TV. You’ll notice you get no warnings about the 24-hour rental.

3. When you check on iTunes, you will notice that you still have “29+ days remaining” on the video file.

MacRumors does note that because the Apple TV hasn’t been out for 30-days, it’s hard to test whether or not this bug will work long term, but you may still be able to watch your rentals multiple times over multiple days, just as long as you don’t trip the 24-hour counter in iTunes. Plus, there’s no doubt that Apple will soon issue an updates that resolves this issue in either iTunes or the Apple TV. So don’t expect it to work forever.


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