Tech Around WWWorld– Google Forms Simplifies Logic Branching, ScribeNext for Firefox

Google Stops Selling NexusOne Online

As part of Nexus One’s sunset program, Google has stopped selling the phone online.

“Nexus One will no longer be available online from Google. Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold by partners including Vodafone in Europe, KT in Korea, and possibly others based on local market conditions.” – source

iPhone4’s Antenna Problems – HTC/Nokia

iPhone 4’s antenna issue was the most talked about subject in the last few days. While Steve Jobs put the last nail on the issue, Apple has gone ahead and mentioned the competitors phone (and similar problems with their phones) officially on the site.

Blackberry replies

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

Reply from Nokia

Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

Simpler logic branching capability in Google forms

Google forms has made creating surveys/logic branching much more simpler. Now you can easily create multi-page surveys that adapt depending on how people answer your questions. Check out this form-based choose your own adventure game.

Scribefire for Firefox

Scribefire, the inside-browser blog editing tool has launched ScribeNext for Firefox

New features include

  • Supports image uploads
  • Dynamic layout.
    If your available space for ScribeFire exceeds a certain width and is wider than it is tall, ScribeFire Next will transfer everything but the title and content fields into a sidebar, giving you more space to write:

The ScribefireNext is currently available for Firefox only and will come to Chrome and Safari later.

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