Verizon iPhone Has Antenna Issues

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.

Skype 5.0 Usability Sucks

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Patrick Neeman writes the top 5 reasons why the new Skype (for Mac) is worse than previous versions. 5 Reasons Skype for Mac Sucks.

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.

Review of Omnigraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials

Omnigraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials by Ruben Olsen from Packt Publishing.

I found the book poorly organized and the exercises in the first few chapters did not have clear objectives. It could really have used more information reviewing the “essentials” of Omnigraffle rather than spending so much time on the stencils that the author had placed on Graffletopia.

The information for the beginner is not as straightforward as it should be. Working through the exercises are not as useful to those who really need to get a handle on the overall flow and model of Omnigraffle.

The walkthroughs on OmniGroup Extras do a better job of pointing out key the tools and how to use them. It also provides tips on organizing your workspace. Continue reading