Nokia's big gamble

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Nokia may survive, and even thrive in the marketplace as a result of this decision. After all, iPhone isn't perfect (writer ducks, braces for angry emails), and Microsoft does have something like 90 per cent market share in the PC and laptop market, and people like their phones to work with their computers, and vice versa.

As long as they keep cranking out cheap phones I'll be happy.


Bubble-free protector screens

Just days before I dropped the family iPod Touch in the snow (see above) my wife bought a pack of three screen protectors. The previous screen was becoming unusable and in the week since we removed the old protector we managed to put a bunch of really fine scratches on the supposedly scratchproof glass.

I used alcohol and a lint-free cloth to scrub the screen and acted quickly, yet somehow three grains of dust got between the screens and screen protector to create fine bubbles. I lifted the protector to scratch one grain away, and when I laid it flat again another five grains snuck in. Frustrated, I ripped the protector off and threw it out.

My wife took the iPod to the store to ask the clerk's help in putting it on, and it came back with another half-dozen bubbles.

Frustrated? Very. To me, putting on a screen protector is one of those things that should be easy but is unnecessarily hard.

Turns out I was just using the wrong method.

There are a couple of systems I found online, but the best is to spray a small amount of soapy water onto the screen before applying the protector. You can slide it around until it's in the right place, then squeegee the excess water out. The final result is perfectly placed and bubble-free, although you can't use it until it dries in 12 to 24 hours.

The other method - which is not as good but faster - is to clean the face of your device and apply the screen by folding it in half lengthwise. You place the middle of the protector over the middle of your screen and release it slowly to fill both sides.

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