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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
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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Ben Logan
19 January 2012

Creative Virtual Ltd, a company which designs virtual assistant natural language web applications, has been shortlisted for the Econsultancy Innovation Awards 2012 in the category of ‘Innovation in Customer & User Experience’. This recognition is based on their seamless integration of O2 UK’s virtual agent Ask Lucy with their Live Chat functionality. The move was aimed at advancing online customer support one step further, and it’s proving successful. Creative Virtual’s advanced natural language technology allowed Lucy to answer a wide range of questions with a higher degree of accuracy than ever before. However, for some more complex questions being posed…

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Ben Logan
13 January 2012

It’s not uncommon for us to get snippets of information about Apple’s submitted patents, and the latest is that their lawyers have revealed a few very interesting patent details outlining the company’s plans to introduce gesture controls to its range of portable devices with motion sensor technology. The patent mentions their gestures patent “made a distance above a touch sensitive display”, reminiscent of gaming controllers such as the Nintendo Wii’s interface and more recently Microsoft’s controller free motion gaming peripheral which detects and transfers  commands into navigational movements and “clicks”. This gesture development, combined with new 3D interface technology, will…

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Ben Logan
10 January 2012

If the word at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is to be believed, we can expect an invasion of smart technology in our homes and a streamlined way to interact with multiple household devices. Smart kitchen tops, smart cameras, in-vehicle accessories, tablets and 3-D televisions – all connected to each other and to the Internet – are on the horizon. Many of these devices will also be connected to social networking platforms to allow for a seamless integration of home life and online activity. It’s also expected that a refinement of user interfaces will soon be unveiled. With ever…

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