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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
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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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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