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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

How are you solving the iPhone's antenna problem?

July 16th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

The iPhone 4 broke Apple sales records upon its release on June 24, drawing positive reviews from tech bloggers and almost religious fervor from Apple fanatics who waited hours to get their hands on one.

How are you solving the iPhone's antenna problem?

How are you solving the iPhone's antenna problem?

But just hours after its release, reports of a problem with reception began surfacing.

One of the new phone's vaunted features is its sleek design, nearly 25 percent thinner than its most recent predecessor. That's achieved, in part, by snaking the antenna through a metal band around the edges of the phone.

Analysts determined that holding the band in a certain spot leads to interference, causing weakened reception and, sometimes, dropped calls.

For its part, Apple downplayed any problems.

Jobs, who in recent months has taken to communicating publicly through e-mails with customers, fanned the flame with what critics called a brusque dismissal of the complaints.

"Just avoid holding it in that way," he wrote in an e-mail that circulated on the Web during the last week of June.

iPhone owners have been taking a unique approach to solving the reception problems. Many are purchasing the Apple bumpers which the company says solves the problems and others are even wrapping rubber bands around the device.

We want to know some of the more unusual ways you are solving the phone's reception problem.

Are you purchasing the bumper? Have you changed the way you hold your phone? Have you gotten rid of your iPhone all together?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

We would also love you to send in your images and video through iReport by clicking here.


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Wednesday's Connector: Natasha Bedingfield

July 14th, 2010
05:32 PM ET

No British woman had done it in almost twenty years, but that didn’t stop Natasha Bedingfield from snatching the first U.S. number one pop single slot in a generation.

Natasha Bedingfield is your Connector of the Day.

Natasha Bedingfield is your Connector of the Day.

“Unwritten”—off her debut album of the same name – was the most played pop song on the radio in the U.S. in 2006.

And when it became the theme song for hit reality TV series "The Hills," Bedingfield became a household name all over America.

Back across the Atlantic, she was already making waves with the chart-topping single “These Words.”

Bedingfield was lucky enough to learn from the best. Her brother Daniel had already cracked the UK music market with “Gotta Get Thru This.”

Bedingfield well and truly stole his thunder when "Pocketful of Sunshine" - off her second album - sold nearly three million copies.

Her massive success led to collaboration with some of the biggest names in showbiz, including Justin Timberlake, Eve, Sean Kingston and Lady Gaga. She’s even rubbed shoulders with the biggest name in politics, performing for US President Barack Obama at his Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

And as an ambassador for children’s charity "The Global Angels," her off-stage work is just as inspiring.

Wednesday's Connector: Zahi Hawass

July 14th, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Famed archaeologist and Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass is the real life Indiana Jones.

Zahi Hawass is your Connector of the Day.

Zahi Hawass is your Connector of the Day.

Ranked as one of "Time Magazine's" 100 most influential people, Dr. Hawass has uncovered some of civilization's most important and influential historical relics.

In 2006, Hawass and a group of archaeologists uncovered the sealed tomb of Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Kings.

Archaeologists and historians alike described the finding as "one of the most important events in the Valley of the Kings for almost a hundred years."

In addition to his discovery, Hawass has worked on a number of digs at sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, and the Upper Nile Valley.

Today, Hawass is at the center of a new discovery that promises to be one of the region's biggest.

Hawass and a team of experts have just discovered two 4,300 year old tombs which were carved out of stone.

Monday's Connector: The Doors

July 14th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

They're one of the most legendary bands on the planet and nearly fifty years after they formed, The Doors are still entertaining audiences in one way or another.

Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger are your Connector of the Day.

Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger are your Connector of the Day.

Comprised of Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and the late Jim Morrison, The Doors were one of the most controversial bands during the so-called Woodstock era in the late 1960s.

The group's most well-known member, Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the group and many of his songs are still played on radio waves.

Their first album released in 1967 and was titled "The Doors." The album features one of the band's most famous songs - the 12 minute epic, "The End."

The band's second single, "Light my Fire," was another big hit for the group and it sold over eight million copies.

Between 1967 and 1971, the band released a total of seven albums.

On July 3 1971, the lead singer of the group, Jim Morrison, was discovered dead at a Paris hotel room.

Although the remaining three members of the band continued to perform and release albums, their allure was slighty diminished with the absence of Morrison.

A new documentary called "When you're Strange," chronicles the life and adventures of the group with archive footage and exclusive interviews.

The documentary was filmed by Tom DiCillo and features John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.

A sperm bank only for beautiful people?

July 14th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

There are dozens of dating websites currently active in cyber space, but there is only one that only allows beautiful people to join.

Called, beautifulpeople.com, it’s the website where people need to apply to become members and where members can vote on the looks of new applicants.

So far, some 5.8 million people have been already been rejected.

The company raised eyebrows last year when it allowed members to vote people off the site who gained too much weight over the holidays, but its newest development may put that to shame.

The site is considering plans to become a sperm bank for fertility clinics around the world.

“Since going global in 2009, we’ve been receiving numerous requests from fertility clinics around the world looking secure our members donations,” managing director of beautifulpeople.com Greg Hodge said.

"If you're in the unfortunate position as a couple unable to conceive a child you're going to want to secure every advantage for that child and like it or not, attractiveness is an advantage in our day and age."

Hodge said his company doesn’t make any money off the fertility forum, but it is a way to attract new members.

Angela, who is one of the site’s 650,000 members, defended joining the site and paying an annual fee of $480 to be listed.

“I think being attractive as you grow older helps you so much in the long run with jobs, with life in general and I think it actually is helpful,” Angela said.

We want to know what you think.

Are designer babies the way of the future? If you were choosing the characteristics of your child, would you want attractiveness to be one of them? Do you agree with the website's plans to become a sperm bank for beautiful people?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to include where you're writing from.


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