Ben Logan

Ben Logan
5 November 2013

Fresh details are filtering through about the much anticipated PlayStation 4 user interface, as well as about certain limitations it will present. Due for release on 29 November in Europe, the next-generation console’s UI (version 1.5) has three divided levels – the top section contains functionality for Friends, Profile and Settings; the middle section features icons of various games and the last layer contains the Library and Store. Overall, the user interface is said to be “light but fast” – players can leave and enter a game in an “instant”, while jumping between various areas is easily done through simple…

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Ben Logan
29 October 2013

The launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One is creeping towards us, and as the November 22 release date draws ever closer a new video has been released to showcase the next generation console’s updated user interface. First to be seen is the Home screen on display when users boot up their console – it features a Metro style interface (as has been known for some time) and various apps such as Netflix, Internet Explorer, Xbox Music, Skype and a Friends list. Although it is not made clear whether the user interface video is running in real time, a narrative voice is…

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Ben Logan
28 October 2013

The 6 inch G Flex smartphone has just been released by South Korean manufacturer LG, and whilst there are currently no plans to release the device in the West, it’s still interesting to have a look at its design and user interface as an indication of what we might expect in the near future. The phone’s release comes just weeks after the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Round smartphone, the difference being that the Round is curved from left to right, whereas the G Flex’s curve is from top to bottom – something the company claims will make it more comfortable…

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Ben Logan
25 October 2013

An automated Android testing framework, known as Espresso, has just been launched by Google – it allows for the automated testing of x86 machines in the cloud within a multi-threaded environment, which effectively addresses the concurrency issues usually associated with user interface testing. Due to the large number of available devices, testing Android products can be an expensive and time consuming process. The usual solution to this is to make use of an emulator to support a multitude of OS versions, screen sizes and memory constraints, which whilst being a useful method can sometimes be a slow process. Google’s new…

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Ben Logan
22 October 2013

Smart watches and other wearable technologies certainly seem to have caught the imagination of the industry of late – the XOWi Personal Voice Companion is another entry that could be worth keeping an eye on. The device is a small accessory that can be worn as a necklace or a badge. It pairs with the wearer’s smartphone and interacts via its companion app. As well as voice controls, a large tactile button on the device will allow for easy access to associated apps. Hints have also been dropped that the system will be able to interact with other virtual voice…

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Ben Logan
15 October 2013

Yahoo Mail’s major design update seems to have gone horribly wrong – there has been a huge backlash from the email service’s 275 million users, with some claiming that the UI now looks like “a knock off of competitor Gmail”. Tens of thousands of people have complained about the glitches and reduced functionality of the new Yahoo Mail interface, while many simply don’t like the new look and feel. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (previously a top Google executive) has been personally blamed by many for the redesign failure, with the general consensus being bafflement by what seems to be a…

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