How To Check The Reception of Your Handset
Spoke briefly about Fraud Week and how Aussies were scammed out of the best part of $70 million last year – let's try and make it a lot less this year by being more aware and using common sense. If somebody is offering you a deal that is too good to be true, there is a high probability that it is.
Had a few calls this morning on varied subjects. George was looking at buying an iPhone or a Nokia, but had heard that there could be reception problems with the iPhone. I use an iPhone and have never had an issues in that regard, but I suggest you get your current phone and put it next to an iPhone and check out how many reception bars each has as a gauge.
Max asked if there was a way to clean your DVD player similar to a VHS recorder. I think the best way would be to go into your local DVD reseller to do it for you. You can also buy off-the-shelf cleaners, but the laser in the DVD player can be more sensitive than the rollers of a VHS player. The down side is, if you use the store's service, it could be pricey.
Brendan is thinking of buying a new laptop. He currently has the best of both worlds with a PC and iMac at home. He brought up an interesting point in that he has no security software on his Mac because he's never been targetted. First, I would suggest he get some sort of security software, but there is a reason why he hasn't been on the virus hit list – so far. When these selfish, lazy spammers develop netbots, malware, etc, they make them for the platform that gives them the most chances of getting hits – and as we know, the biggest selling computers are PCs. However, recently, this has begun to change, and we are seeing more scams aimed at Apple products, so Mac-lovers beware!
Finally, Caesar questioned me about the iPad, and what it's true functionality would be. It will be capable of printing, but it really it's a multimedia device as opposed to a PC. You will be able to do interactive things with it, but is missing a DVD drive and it is not seen by Apple as a replacement for your desktop or laptop. It will be coming out in about April, but be aware that some of the big players – HP, Toshiba and Lenovo – will be bringing out similar devices in the near future because they don't want Apple to get the advantage it had when the iPhone came out. Watch this space!
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
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