MySpace Identity Theft Scams On the Rise?
Not that this is surprising, there is an added twist that takes it beyond what I've seen done on sites like PayPal or Ebay. This can then be used to drain your accounts, run fraudulent auctions, and other malicious activity.

One Laptop Per Child Review
After about 10 minutes I felt really comfortable getting around it and everything worked in a rather simple manner. Once he figured out how to open it, he seemed to be impressed with the functionality of the product.

Online Retail Dead Zones
This assumes that you ignore all other variables, such as which market is the best fit for the products you're trying to sell. There are some exceptions for people who's bandwidth is so slow they'd still rather drive 20 minutes to shop at Target.

Overlapping Starfishes
Most people I know who use the web for professional conversations also have a personal life that's at least partly lived online. For example, a person may use Twitter to keep in touch with personal friends who may or may not share professional interests.

Minneapolis Gets Google Maps Streetviews
I though they would cover business districts and major streets to start but they've shot close to everything in the first round. On a comedic side, an entourage was caught leaving a strip club during daylight hours by the Google cam:

Live Chat at Its Worst
Clicking the live chat link brought up this screen, where I was told a "Specialist" would be with me shortly: I waited. Make sure your customer support incentives are aligned with your customer's needs to avoid situations like this.

CES 2008: R2D2 DLP Projector
In the Texas Instruments booth they were showing off this R2D2 projector. 1024x768, 1,500:1 contrast ratio and just under $3,000.

Las Vegas McCarran Airport Understands Business Travelers
And it probably costs them very little to do this since I get the impression that Verizon's helping front the costs. Las Vegas knows a lot about making money, and hosts more conventions than anywhere else on earth.

Capital One Can't Read Its Own Emails
I was in an out a fraction of the time it would have taken me to get in touch with a human on the phone. So, I found the appropriate area of the site: And shot them a quick note.

Press Kits on Small CDs Must Die
One piece of dying tech that caught me by surprise with its presence at this year's CES show was the small CD press kit. You just lost 25% of your audience by putting your press kit on an unusable media format.

Published: Sun, July 01, 2007
Technology | By Lena Tucker

Bad SIM cards plaguing new iPhones?

I had an interesting experience with my brand new iPhone:  it didn't work.  I would have full signal from AT&T, even in my basement (which seems to be the only provider to do so) and then all of a sudden... Nothing.  No service.  I would not get service back until I power cycled the phone at which point I would get full service back.  If I simply cycled the radio from on to off by turning the Airplane mode on then off I would get the message 'invalid SIM'.  This happened to me about 5 times in 24 hours and in different locations, so it wasn't isolated.  This told me I may have a bad SIM card and decided to pop in to an AT&T store to have it checked out (I don't think Apple can deal with SIM cards, but I may be mistaken, I only tried AT&T).

When I got to my local AT&T store the manager was on the phone with what I can only assume is someone high up at Apple or AT&T talking about the surge of SIM card replacements they have been doing.  I went to AT&T so that I could get a new SIM card and have them activate it as to avoid any registration problems in iTunes.  Alas, that's about the only thing they can't do.  It appears that AT&T can't even see any SIM information on iPhone user accounts whatsoever so all they can do is hand me a new card and have me install it and reactivate via iTunes.  I had no choice.  I got a new SIM card and decided to test and post the process here for other users that may run in to the same issue, and it appears that there are many, many users with this issue.

For those who need to install a new SIM here's what you need to do:  power off your iPhone by holding the power button atop the device for 5 seconds.  Slide your finger over the power confirmation screen.  Get a small paperclip and insert it in the small hole on the top of the iPhone.  A SIM card tray will pop out.  Remove the old SIM card and place your new SIM card into the tray with the metal side facing out.  Insert the tray back in to the iPhone and power the device back on.

The iTunes reactivation process is quite simple.  When I powered on my iPhone after inserting the new SIM it locked out and asked me to re-activate the device.  I plugged it in to iTunes and selected 'replace a line on my existing account'.  There were a couple of areas that made it look like I was going to get double billed but I advanced anyway.  When I was done I went back to the AT&T store and asked what the billing for my account would look like.  All was well, no double billing, no re-activation fee, we were golden.  If you get screens that make it look like you'll get double billed make sure to call AT&T to ensure that you won't, I can only say that my account wasn't.  The only issue I found is that my 2-year service contract started from the moment I added the new SIM, not the original activation date.  Since that was only about a 12 hour difference I didn't really care; however, if you are reading this article in our archives and have had your iPhone for a while make sure to call AT&T to see if there is a better way to activate a new SIM otherwise you'll be locked into a new 2 year contract.

After reading a bit on Twitter about users having issues I think they may want to consider the idea that they too may have a bad SIM card.  I don't know if Apple can help them at all, but AT&T was actually quite friendly and helpful.  The total transaction time was not very long and they knew exactly how to process the order in their system.  Results may vary based on location.

After replacing my SIM card I have yet to have any issues.  My iPhone has not lost connection and is whizzing along beautifully.  Seems that AT&T may have given Apple a bad batch of SIM cards, a very large bad batch. 

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