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Thinking of making a major purchase and want to do some research before you take the plunge?

Well today is your day. Consumer Reports is offering 24 hours worth of free access to ConsumerReports.org.

Once you sign up (name, email, user name, etc., no credit card required) you get all of their ratings and reviews free for 24 hours from the time that you sign up. You can sign up from now until 3 a.m. ET on July 6.

[Source: Consumerist.com]

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And in the latest iPhone 5 rumor report.....

According to DigiTimes, Apple has placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units, which are expected to start shipping in September.

Citing sources from upstream component makers, DigiTimes said that Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology received the new orders from Apple. ... The iPhone 5, also referred to as the iPhone 4S by DigiTimes, does not seem to include any major updates from the current iPhone 4, according to the sources.

There is still some disagreement as to whether or not the next iPhone will be a major upgrade from the iPhone 4.

Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek believes it will be a minor update over the iPhone 4, also referring to it as an iPhone 4S. J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz is predicting an an iPhone "4 plus," a unit with some improvements but no major changes. However, Bloomberg and other sources still expect the next iPhone to sport several significant changes. [Source: Cnet.com]

And in non-earth shattering news, last month I finally upgraded my old iPhone 3G (that's the G, not even the 3GS) to the iPhone 4. The 3G was a good phone while it lasted, but I think I may have dropped it one too many times. It wasn't much good as a phone to make actual calls. And in case you were wondering, yes, I purchased the white iPhone 4.

I could have waited until September, but sometimes it's nice to just have a phone that works. I'll be ready to upgrade when the iPhone 11 comes around.

Who's still waiting for the iPhone 5?