Ben Logan

Ben Logan
29 February 2012

Voice mail has never been a very exciting experience, but this looks set to change thanks to an innovative app from On Voicefeed. The app branches away from the largely audio-only interactions of traditional voicemail systems to present a clean visual user interface that allows the saving, deletion and sorting of messages, as well as a handy voice-to-text functionality which displays messages in a readable format. In the same way that people use different styles and tones when speaking with their various friends and colleagues, the On Voicefeed app will allow users to personalise their voicemail messages to suit the…

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Ben Logan
22 February 2012

Google has submitted a patent request for an exciting piece of software that will allow users to interact with their new TV platform using vocal commands. The cutting-edge voice activated user interface will relay a command to the television or set-top box which will then display the requested information. The software can also turn the set on and off as well as allow for keyword searches for live shows. Let’s not get too excited though, as it’s not yet set for guaranteed release. A Google spokesman recently commented: ”We file patent applications on a variety of ideas that our employees…

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Ben Logan
17 February 2012

Apple has long aimed for the ideal of a seamless user experience regardless of whichever of their devices a person happens to be working on. This utopia is now one step closer following the latest release of their OS X. The operating system update will see a better unification of their iPad, iPhone, iPad touch and desktop machines than ever before. Version 10.8 has been announced with the name Mountain Lion. It comes complete with many of the new features users are familiar with in the iOS 5, but tweaked for enhanced use on desktop Macs. Features range from the…

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Ben Logan
16 February 2012

Google is once again under fire from industry experts for releasing beta products and services that have not had adequate usability testing. This past week, a worrying exploit hack was discovered which made it possible to give criminals access to a person’s Google Wallet mobile payment app on the Android platform. Since this flaw was fairly simple to fix, it begs the question as to why such a potentially damaging vulnerability was not noticed by Google before the service was released. It seems that the giant isn’t too bothered about thorough beta testing to ensure no major flaws make it…

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Ben Logan
15 February 2012

New social search engine Volunia has been under scrutiny from its beta usability testers as part of a program to perfect the platform before it is launched to the public. Roughly 400,000 users have already signed up for Volunia, of which 100,000 were provided access in its first week.  This was done to not only allow for server load access to be evenly distributed, but also to allow the testers to offer timely feedback. Two of the primary criticisms from this testing phase have been about poor search results and also a lacklustre user interface. Volunia founder, Massimo Marchiori, blamed…

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Ben Logan
14 February 2012

While in the past Hotmail was notorious for excessive spam making it through to user accounts, they’ve been recently doing extensive user testing to tackle this issue, and with some impressive results. It seems that Hotmail may have found an edge to be able to compete with the likes of Google –one of the most crucial factors for users of webmail service is excellent spam control, and Hotmail seems to have got it right. A recent Microsoft funded study tested the anti-spam capabilities of Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. This was done by setting up accounts and seeding them across…

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