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Here you’ll find our latest news, company updates, and events as well as some reviews of the latest trends and technology.

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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Ben Logan
13 February 2012

Tablets designed for youngsters are becoming ever more popular due to their easy and appealing user interface, with one of the most recent entries into the market being the Kurio from Techno Source. Their brightly coloured device, also known as “The Children’s Tablet”, was on display at Toy fair this week. It runs on the Android OS platform, for which Techno Source have developed a special child-friendly interface. To ease parent’s safety concerns, the tablet also features advanced filtering options, parental controls and locks. In addition, eight different profiles come pre-installed, allowing parents to easily choose which apps are to…

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Ben Logan
8 February 2012

According to feedback from UK tablet users, consumers find adverts more engaging on these larger devices than on their small screen smartphones. The research from Nielsen also shows that tablet users in Britain are far more likely to buy products online and respond to targeted advertising than smartphone users. The survey of over 1,700 users of various mobile devices showed that 10% of tablet users had made a direct purchase using their device, compared to 7% of smartphone owners. David Gosen, European Managing Director of Telecoms Practice at Nielsen, commented: “The connected device is moving from the discovery phase to…

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