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Submission + - The impending dual-sim mobile phone problem

crath writes: In many countries, 2G mobile networks are due to be turned off in the very near future. This means that anyone with a dual SIM phone will effectively have the second SIM slot rendered unusable; since almost every dual SIM mobile phone manufactured to date only supports 2G for its secondary SIM card. This is a hardware limitation (I've seen some suggestions on the Internet that this is to extend battery life). I've just become aware of this issue as a result of starting a project that has me regularly commuting between Australia and Singapore; with a need for affordable data in both countries--hence, a dual SIM phone.

I'm quite surprised that this upcoming event hasn't garnered more attention in the press, because the thousands upon thousands of users who have dual active SIM phones will have them reduced to old fashioned one SIM active at a time functionality. This includes some very expensive Sony & Samsung devices currently for sale. I expect there will be an outcry from a lot of very unhappy users when 2G is switched off.

In researching this issue, I came upon the following:

What action are /. dual SIM users taking to prepare for the turning off of 2G? What phones can you recommend from 1st hand use (not just because you've read a review or spec. sheet)?

Submission + - Software To Flatten a Photographed Book? (slashdot.org) 1

crath writes: A little over two years ago, Slashdot was asked about "Software To Flatten a Photographed Book? (http://ask.slashdot.org/story/09/09/27/199251/software-to-flatten-a-photographed-book)" Well, here we are in Nov. 2011 and from what I can determine we're worse off than in 2009: Snapter--the only commercial software offering--has been removed from the marketplace. Scan Tailor has release a version that does part of what Snapter performed; but, it's still not all there. Is anyone aware of a real soution? I have 400 pictures of a century old family scrapbook that I would like to finish processing; what's holding me back is a lack of software.

Submission + - More iPhone 4 bad news (allthingsd.com)

crath writes: Consumer Reports' first look and testing of the iPhone 4: "The extra functions you’ll get with the iPhone 4 likely don’t merit the $200 and up you’ll pay for the device..." From the WSJ's coverage of the Consumer Reports announcement: “There is a problem with its reception,”the publication explains (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/07/apple-iphone-4-antenna-issue-iphone4-problems-dropped-calls-lab-test-confirmed-problem-issues-signal-strength-att-network-gsm.html). “When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.”

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