DroidDraw is an online tool to help you easily build graphical user interfaces for the Android cell phone platform. There’s also a standalone executable available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. This is a really quick way to emulate your application with almost no need to know code and focus strictly on the interface. Continue reading →
According to Consumer Reports, the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless’ network has a similar problem to the AT&T version. If the phone is held in a certain way, it could cause dropped calls or problems dialing out. This is due to blocking of the antenna which is in the band around the phone.
Consumer Reports tested the Verizon iPhone 4 and found that covering tiny gaps in the metal band surrounding the phone’s edge causes “meaningful decline in performance.”
In conditions where cell signal is weak, the iPhone 4 would drop calls when the user covered the gaps by holding the phone in a specific — but natural — way. This issue can also be avoided by using a cover on the phone which prevents contact with the antenna.
Consumer Reports conducted similar tests last summer on the iPhone 4 that runs on AT&T Inc.’s networks. In both cases, the publication has decided not to include the phone on its list of recommended smart phones.
I have to agree with everything he writes. In fact, in my personal use of Skype, I talk with people who are using a PC and I am flummoxed as to how to instruct them when they ask for help since the interfaces are so different. Why would that be? and why are the controls so non-intuitive? In fact, Skype seems to have doent he OPPOSITE of good interaction design with this version.
With so many users, one would think that they would have plenty of feedback to help make the newer versions of the application even easier… not harder to use.
All that being said, Skype still does a better job than Google Video Chat, which is still suffering from lukewarm reviews.
Obviously, HTC, Samsung and Google have released the Android based phones since then, but I thought it worthwhile to take a look at what has come before. As they say, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it in the future.
Since the introduction of the Apple iPhone on January the 9th, the world has gone touch pad crazy, touch pad technology is the way of the future and many companies have heard the call and made their own touch pad phones in direct competition with the iPhone. This is a top ten list of iPhone Competitors, some of the phones are the real deal, some are just concepts at the moment, all are cool.
Coming in at Number 1 is the recently announced Samsung F700 ultra slim phone, answering the call early Samsung have come up with a splendid touch pad phone. Main features of the phone include a 5 megapixel camera, touch pad technology, impressive downloads speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and a cool slide out QWERTY Keyboard, which is something the iPhone is lacking. With their first deluge into touch pad phones Samsung seem to have hit a home run straight of the bat. Continue reading →
Psystar is now selling several “Open Computers” that you can get OS X Leopard or Tiger installed on. These are cheaper than even the least expensive Macs and are actually high end machines that you would likely pay around $2000 for if it came from Apple.
Is it legal?…I don’t know, but I’ve heard alot of talk about Apple not following the law when it comes to monopolies on their software. There is a good story in Information Week outlining the possible law suits that may come about.