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    • Various Artists
    • Most musical episodes of TV shows frankly stink. They are usually little more than ill-conceived vehicles intended to let the stars show off what musical talent they have. Once More, With Feeling,

  • Haunted

    • 10 out of 10
    • Poe
    • Dropping like a bomb on some of the blah musical offerings of her contemporaries, Haunted was one of the best albums of 2000, obliterating the competition.

      Ostensibly a tie-in to her brot

  • Machine Gun Etiquette

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    • Punk rock is mostly associated with three chords and a bad attitude, but the Damned were one of the few bands of the era bent on bringing musicianship and a good sense of humor to the scene. And while
  • Mystics Anonymous

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    • Mystics Anonymous is the brainchild project of Jeff Steblea, a fantastic songwriter and good friend of mine, as well. In fact, I even played the drums on all but one of the tracks on this album. Jef
  • Is This It

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    • The Strokes set the music world on fire with this 2001 album, with headlines declaring that the New York band was here to save Rock and Roll. While the band hasn't made as much of a splash since t

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BW: Fix for iPhone 3G Glitches on The Way

Some Apple iPhone 3G customers have been having problems with their 3G connection, dropped calls and slow downloads. Neither Apple nor AT&T nor Infineon (reported maker of the 3G radio chip) have had much to say so far. Sources say that Apple plans to fix the problem with a firmware update, according to BusinessWeek on Thursday.

The problem has been attributed to the Infineon chips inability to switch properly between the EDGE and 3G networks.

The BW sources also said that Apple prefers the firmware update over the more expensive approach of recalling the iPhones already shipped. [Some have been critical of Apple’s secrecy to the point of not letting some carriers outside the U.S. test the new phone on their networks prior to July 11.]

The problem has been sporadic, affecting only about 2 to 3 percent of the iPhone traffic. "This is a problem, but it’s not a catastrophe," one of the sources added. Also, according to the source, Apple’s software demands a strong 3G signal, more than the phone really requires. As a result, in high traffic areas, the iPhone can prematurely switch to EDGE.

However, another theory is that AT&T hasn’t installed enough 3G equipment in some high traffic areas to absorb the new loads from 3G phones. There are reports of Apple customer service reps advising customers to turn of the 3G feature if they have problems, which has only irritated the users who bought the iPhone 3G for that feature.

BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows recalled that Nokia had similar problems when 3G was rolled put in Europe earlier this decade, and suggested that that the iPhone’s current problem is just one of the growing pains typical of cutting-edge technologies.

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