Ben Logan

Ben Logan
26 March 2012

Sony are preparing to unveil their latest VAIO laptop – it will come complete with Google’s Chrome operating system as standard, a 11.6 inch display, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, SD card slot and the standard USB ports. The electronics giant is not the first company to deliver such a device. Samsung and Acer launched the first commercially viable Chromebooks last year following a public beta release of their Cr-48 OS prototype, but unfortunately they did not have major consumer success. Results from user testing have unfortunately not been favourable, with the operating system receiving criticism for being too simplistic and…

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Ben Logan
21 March 2012

An enhanced version of MessagEase, which offers an innovative nine-key virtual keypad, has just been announced by its developer Exideas. The application, which is available as a free download for Android devices from the Google Play Store, allows users to input text at speeds as high as 60 words per minute, thereby maximising accuracy and minimising the potential for error. In doing away with the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout, MessagEase sets out to provide a new approach for text input, with a layout that has been scientifically optimised for mobile platforms. Saied Nesbat, President and CEO of Exideas, commented: “The…

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Ben Logan
19 March 2012

A global survey of 2,000 tablet users by application performance management company Compuware has revealed that as many as 40% of websites crash or present glitches when accessed by these devices. These findings are significant because the study also showed that tablet owners have high expectations when it comes to their web experiences, and a third are less likely to make purchases online from companies that don’t meet those expectations. In other words, companies are losing out on a great deal of sales potential through having a poor website user experience for tablets. Usability issues such as shaky loading times,…

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Ben Logan
15 March 2012

Wind River has just won an award for their User Experience kit that enables the rapid creation of automated test scripts for Android devices. The award was earned at the Embedded World 2012 event in Germany and was chosen by an independent jury of experts in the categories of Hardware and Tools. Amit Ronen, Vice President and General Manager of Device Test at Wind River, commented: “As Android devices continue to flood the market, the industry is recognising that poorly tested applications can result in significant costs if the user experience is unsatisfactory. In order to deliver a quality device…

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Ben Logan
12 March 2012

Google have tidily integrated and rebranded their Google Music, Google Books, Google Movie and Android Market applications into one new product called Google Play. Product purchases made via the new app will be entirely hosted on a cloud service, meaning that Google will store each user’s data on their own servers at no additional charge, which will conveniently save space on people’s devices. Such a system is already in place with Apple’s iCloud (which comes packaged with the forthcoming Mountain Lion operating system) and Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google Play’s user interface remains intuitive and familiar to those who have…

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Ben Logan
6 March 2012

According to the latest annual report by IT trade body Socitm, UK council websites are confusing the public and improved usability measures are needed to make them less of a labyrinth. Socitm examined how easy it was to complete popular tasks on 433 UK local authority websites, such as paying council tax or finding school term dates. Only 5% achieved a top grade of four stars, indicating that too few of these government sites are sufficiently focused on the top tasks that are of most interest to users. The IT trade body also performed tests on four usability criteria –…

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