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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
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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Ben Logan
6 February 2012

Despite competitors such as the Amazon’s Android Kindle doing their best to gain market share, a study by ChangeWave has shown that when it comes to consumer satisfaction levels, Apple’s iPad is undeniably rated top. The survey showed that customer satisfaction levels with iPads are through the roof, while Amazon’s Kindle barely measures above the rest of the rival tablets currently being released on the marketplace. Apple’s primary focus on an impressive user experience in their tablet definitely seems to be winning through in the long term, compared to Amazon’s strategy of offering a low-cost device. An analyst said earlier…

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Ben Logan
30 January 2012

Since the explosion of the Android platform into the smartphone market and the proliferation of near identical models and functionality that followed, it has become rather a daunting task to find the best device to suit individual user preferences. When it comes to prolonged battery life however, Motorola Mobility’s upcoming  Droid Razr Maxx will certainly stand out from the crowd – this powerhouse of a phone with nearly double the battery capacity of the previous Droid Razr model. The Maxx offers 3300mAh versus the 1780mAh of its slimmer cousin. And although this added juice capacity makes the smartphone 25% thicker…

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Ben Logan
24 January 2012

In a newly published Wired interview, Google’s Android UX Design Chief, Matias Duarte, discussed the future of their mobile OS design and technology. One of the first things he mentioned regarding design is “it always helps to know that you’re breaking the rules.” Duarte discussed how their Ice Cream Sandwich (the Android 4.0 OS), launched under his supervision late last year, is a first step in the goal of bridging the gap between tablets and smartphones. It is a robust, well-designed operating system that can measure up to the likes of Apple and Microsoft OS platforms. Regarding the much debated…

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