iPhone Press Conference

As we mentioned yesterday, Apple is meeting with members of the press to discuss the iPhone 4. The conference will likely revolve around the reception complaints about the iPhone 4 and what the company plans to do to rectify the situation. Stay tuned, as we'll be covering the news as it happens.

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iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 has had difficulties since launch with its reception, specifically when users hold the device in such a way that blocks the antenna in the lower left corner of the phone. Recently, Consumer Reports decided not to recommend the phone because of the defect. Despite having brisk sales so far, getting a thumbs-down from CR is never something a company wants to worry about, and it seems Apple is reacting. An iPhone 4 press conference has been scheduled tomorrow.

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Best of E3 2010

You've seen my picks...now see how they match up against the other judges who voted in the Game Critics Awards. After tabulating the votes, here are the winners, as chosen by the hive-mind of the publications pictured above:

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Best of E3

Yesterday I posted all of the nominees for the annual Game Critics: Best of E3 awards, a list created from the hive mind of 30 different publications. Today I mailed in my picks for each category, culled from the minds at MTV News who attended the show with me. Since the list of nominations closely matched what we thought were best at this year's E3, it really wasn't too difficult. So here we go!

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For the severalth year in a row (I really can't remember how many, exactly), I participated in the Game Critics: Best of E3 awards, wherein the most impressive products shown during the expo are given just deserts in the form of acknowledgment from crotchety game critics like me.

The balloting system for nominees is interesting, as judges send in any picks they want and the top five most common picks for each category move on to the final nomination round, which you can look at below.

Tune in tomorrow, as I'll be posting my personal selections for Best of E3 2010, which may or may not follow the will of the many when the final Best of E3 picks are revealed.

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UPDATE: Apple released an official statement regarding the reception issues on the iPhone 4:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

You should probably buy a case.

Original Story: The folks in the video above were pretty pumped about the launch of the iPhone 4, but they should be a bit concerned about all the reports that have been flooding the internet regarding connection issues on the iPhone 4. The problem, it seems, is that by simply holding a case-less iPhone 4 in your hands, you'll immediately begin to lose reception bars. Uh oh!

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

At this point, I think it's safe to say that "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero" are two completely distinct franchises. "Rock Band," which continues to push players to create their own experience with custom characters and additional expert modes as well as a new keyboard controller, simulates the experience of being in a rock band. "Guitar Hero" is now all about rock, punk, and heavy metal -- playing finger-melting solos devised by maestros of impossible solos -- while taking pre-made characters on an epic journey through rock-dom. Oh yea, it's also a game.

Brian Bright, Project Director on "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" wants to make sure that people realize that. "It's important that people understand we are not a music simulator. We are a music rhythm game." He stresses that last word quite clearly, and if "Warriors of Rock" is any indication of that, I'd say he's right on the money.
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You're looking at the future of Xbox 360 hardware and it's being shipped to store shelves today. Microsoft unveiled the next design of the Xbox 360, which features a notably smaller case, built-in WiFi, a 250GB hard drive and a $299 price tag.

During a behind-closed-door session with Microsoft, I got some hands-on time with the new design and there's some unexpected changes to take note of. Most of the buttons on the console are touch-sensitive, like on the PS3, so you really just need to rest your finger over the power or eject button for it to activate.

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iPhone 4

If you've been living under a rock for the last few hours, let me be the first to tell you that Apple has a new iPhone in the works and it's coming out soon. Very soon. This month, in fact! Since there's a lot of info floating about in a crazy tornado of techie lust, I'll try to break down everything iPhone 4-related into handy bite-sized chunks. And away we go!

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In just a few minutes, Apple will be kicking off their much-anticipated WWDC 2010 press conference, which will highlight the next new iPhone, and will likely reveal the date of iPhone OS 4.0. Thankfully these speculations need only last until 10am PST, as that's when the presentation begins. We'll be live blogging the events as they happen, so stay tuned!

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