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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
5 January 2012

Yahoo’s new CEO, Scott Thompson, has discussed how the company will move forward by focussing on enhanced content, customer experience and technology. Mr Thompson said “Yahoo’s future depends on its ability to create great products” and that “excellent technology and content are both needed at Yahoo, not just one or the other.” To this end, he explained that in addition to the company’s previously stated goal of being the premier digital media resource, innovation needs to be a core value. He has also stated that he wants to take the time to evaluate their content acquisition strategy with a view…

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Ben Logan
21 December 2011

Many industry experts and users feel that if Google was as careful about the apps it sells as Amazon, the tremendous surge of Android targeted malware would be taken in hand. Google has come under increasing fire for not vetting their apps aggressively. While the giant has been seen to pull apps from the Market when they are reported to contain malware; the problem is that by the time this happens, thousands of user’s mobiles might already have been infected. This is in stark contrast to Amazon – their Kindle Fire tablet uses a heavily modified version of Google’s Android…

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Tim Fidgeon
19 December 2011

Reviews require a firm grasp of the design problem and should precede usability testing. They should also: use multiple experts, include other relevant designs (including competitors’) and strongly communicate their results. What is an expert usability review? An expert usability review is one of the best – and lowest cost – methods for identifying usability issues with a design. An expert usability review involves a usability expert using their skills and experience to personally evaluate how well a design will support its target audience(s) in achieving their specified goal(s) with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction (within a specified context of use)….

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Ben Logan
9 December 2011

Twitter have just rolled out the latest version of their micro-blogging platform, only to be met with the now familiar cries of complaint from many of its users. In what has become an Internet phenomenon, whenever a social media platform changes its look and feel or introduces new features, an inevitable wave of complaints are never far behind – Twitter’s redesign is no exception. Speaking these changes, which represent the biggest revamp of the last five years, Twitter were keen to point out the ways in which their users will be able to explore new content, such as the ability…

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Ben Logan
6 December 2011

A usability expert has given Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet the thumbs down on a number of points. Jakob Nielsen, who has a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction, studied the behaviour of four Kindle Fire users. He argued that although this is hardly a large number of test subjects, smaller qualitative studies offer more insight than bigger studies which are more focused on metrics. Overall, Mr Nielsen said that the Kindle Fire “offers a disappointingly poor user experience”. Commenting on how heavy the hardware is, he said that “unless you have forearm muscles like Popeye, you can’t comfortably sit and read…

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Ben Logan
5 December 2011

In 2008, we saw a complete overhaul of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 user interface. Now at the beginning of December, there is going to be another round of updates that are equally game changing. The new Xbox Dashboard is based on the Metro design, now familiar to us from the Windows phone. It provides a simple and intuitive hub from where the user can easily access their games, music, movies and other content. Windows 8 is set to feature a similar interface, tying together all three platforms for a unified customer experience. In addition, Microsoft’s motion detection system Kinect will allow…

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