Ben Logan

Ben Logan
2 May 2012

Research in Motion is handing out a nifty new testing device to developers this week, which is reported to resemble a small PlayBook tablet or an iPhone. The innovative gadget is being referred to as the “BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Testing Device” and is the first opportunity developers have had to get their hands on the company’s long awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system. This latest OS 10 is expected to be running on the next generation of BlackBerry smartphones due for release later this year. RIM will be keen to encourage the production of a range of applications for their…

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Ben Logan
26 April 2012

With the market for vehicle manufacturers becoming ever more competitive, brands are understandably looking to gain an advantage in any way they can.  One of the most obvious ways in which brands can try to attract customers is through reducing prices – although this is a short-term strategy which can impact on profits.  Many manufacturers feel that a better solution is to find sources of added value which can attract customers to their brand. Increasing numbers of vehicle manufacturers are coming to believe that a source of potential advantage can be found in improving the user interfaces provided within their…

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Ben Logan
26 April 2012

Summary Mobile apps should clearly prioritise key content and provide a ‘Back’ button if the device does not. Mobile apps should also minimise users’ data entry and ensure a consistent user experience across different mobile device orientations. Introduction – mobile app usability According to recent data, approximately 56% of the UK population have an active mobile-broadband subscription [1]. This means that designing for mobile devices has become a critical usability issue for most organisations. Whilst the usability guidelines for designing for mobile devices are still evolving (based on the audience’s developing familiarity with – and our usability knowledge of –…

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Ben Logan
23 April 2012

HTC recently launched the HTC One S smartphone, featuring the new Sense user interface (version 4.0).  Audiences had given mixed feedback on the previous version of the Sense user interface, with some consumers feeling that it was cumbersome and overly complicated.  The new version features numerous features and design touches that – its developers hope – will make it easier to use. At first glance, the interface does not look radically different to previous iterations, but small changes mean that it is much quicker and more convenient to use.  Users are now able, for example, to arrange many screens’ icons…

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Ben Logan
13 April 2012

The Dolphin Browser HD has proven to be highly popular amongst Android enthusiasts, even with the growing number of other browsers now available on the Google Play Store. And with their latest user interface update, the company behind Dolphin are sure to see even more uptake of their product. Dolphin Browser HD 8.0 has now been released as a free download with an impressive UI redesign that highlights an appealing range of new features. The biggest change that previous users will notice is the new menu bar that slims down the old double-row interface and tidily hides many of the…

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Ben Logan
11 April 2012

Google’s browser-based Chrome OS has had a visual revamp that makes it look like a cross between Windows and Apple’s OS X. The new Aura UI replaces Google’s original single browser window idea by presenting multiple overlapping windows instead, plus a few other features that give it the appearance of a desktop display. You’ll firstly notice the taskbar (renamed by Google as ‘shelf) – it stretches across the bottom of the screen to provide fast access to a range of web apps and also offers a quick glance at system information such as battery level, network connections, time and date…

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