July 12, 2008

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Having trouble upgrading your iPhone?
Are you an iPhone owner who's had trouble upgrading to Apple's new software? Boston Globe reporter Hiawatha Bray would like to hear from you. E-mail him at bray@globe.com.
Cheaper auto insurance?
Have you recently purchased auto insurance from Progressive that had lower premiums than your old policy? If so, talk to the Globe's Jeff Krasner at krasner@globe.com or (617) 929-3143.
Have you ever downloaded a textbook?
Have you ever downloaded an academic textbook from the Internet to avoid buying it? We'd like to talk to you. Contact Hiawatha Bray at bray@globe.com.
Cutting your work week to trim energy costs?
Does your company have a four-day work week? Or are the bosses talking about moving to one as a way to save gas and utility costs? E-mail eailworth@globe.com to share your story.
Red Sox on the radio
Know a place in New England (or beyond) where the Red Sox are always on the radio? A back porch? Pizza joint? Clam shack? Factory? Tollbooth? Tell reporter Andrew Ryan about it for a story about background music to the New England summer. Please e-mail your responses to acryan@globe.com.
Registry remorse?
You got married — congratulations! Are you now looking around at your gifts and regretting the things you registered for? Is it because you were in a rush to pick them out? E-mail your wedding registry remorse story to chollands@boston.com.
School's out for the kids. Now what?
Summer camps and family vacations are not yet in high gear. This week can be a challenging one for parents. What's your strategy? Email jkahn@globe.com.
Men's Body Wear
Are you a guy who wears body shaping underwear or stomach-trimming undergarments to look thinner or to fit into your jeans and suits? Please contact jodiaz@globe.com.
Beijing Olympics
Are you planning a trip to the Beijing Olympics? Are you going only for the sports - or any personal reasons? Please tell us about your plans at wen@globe.com.
Credit crunch got you down?
Having trouble getting a mortgage or refinancing? Email blanton@globe.com to tell us your story
Have a consumer question you want answered?
Want to know if an extended warranty is worth it? Wondering what to do if a dry cleaner ruins your clothes? We want to find answers for you in an upcoming feature. Email questions to consumer@globe.com.
Do you gamble?
Are you a regular at casinos? Would you let a photographer and reporter hang around on a visit and interview you at home? Let us know at richman@globe.com.
Curious Jobs
What are the quirky, odd, or just plain interesting jobs in Massachusetts? Tell us about someone whose job makes you envious, inspired, or perplexed.
Miss Conduct
Have a quandary? Share it, and your question and Miss Conduct's answer may appear in an issue of the Globe Magazine. Submit a question.
Tales from the City
The Globe Magazine is seeking anecdotes about life in Boston. They can be simple, funny, touching, baffling -- anything, really. If you have one, please share your tale.
Business etiquette
Do you have a business etiquette question? Submit it to Business Columnist Peter Post.
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The sweltering temperatures have hardly begun, but unhealthy, smoggy air has permeated parts of New England 18 days already, and many more are in the forecast. (By Beth Daley, Boston Globe)

In search of a beautiful mind

Seymour Papert is tinkering with a robotic, computer-controlled turtle in The Learning Barn, the rustic, light-filled laboratory where he developed and refined many of his ideas. (By Linda Matchan, Boston Globe)

Largest US insurer joins Mass. market

In a move that signals the state's newly deregulated auto insurance system is making the market more competitive, American International Group Inc. , the nation's largest insurance company, will soon start selling auto policies in Massachusetts. (By Jeffrey Krasner, Boston Globe)

For Apple, a taste of humble pie

Apple Inc.'s reputation for technical excellence has taken a beating in the past 24 hours. Yesterday's rollout of the company's new iPhone was marred by major technical glitches that prevented activation of new iPhones and rendered many older phones unusable. And a new Apple Internet service, called MobileMe, is also under fire for being inaccessible and unreliable. (By Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe)

It's the icon that counts

Joni Gleason of Haverhill spends about $100 a year on gifts for her pet-loving friends. But the gifts can't be held or wrapped. They can't even be seen unless her friends are online. (By Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe)

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