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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 October 2011

A pioneering new service from Japan’s Mitsue-Links Co. Ltd will allow companies to effectively test the usability and end user response of their products on smartphone and tablet devices. Using Tobii Technology’s eye-tracking technology, the system identifies the response of users to client interfaces by monitoring their eye movements. This gives developers the opportunity to simulate their end user’s cognitive responses and thinking. Tobii’s eye tracking system is worn on the body rather than around the eye area, so it does not distract the user during durability tests, allowing for authentic responses during day to day device usage to be…

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Ben Logan
12 October 2011

The hotly anticipated release of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet is finally nearly upon us, with a November 15th release in the US officially announced and at a $199 price tag. It has not yet been confirmed however when the device will make its appearance on shelves in the UK or at what cost. Amazon’s new 7 inch tablet includes a 1 GHz dual core processor, 8 GB of internal storage and an onboard 512Mbs of RAM.  As well as allowing users to directly purchase books, magazines and movies as with its predecessor, the Kindle Fire will also allow users…

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Ben Logan
9 October 2011

Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) will boast an entirely button-free design, leading to a seamless user experience that is currently hotly anticipated by Android fans and critics alike. The new system is doing away with a single menu button, which is being replaced by a context sensitive Action Bar that will reduce the number of screen taps required to initiate important user interactions. This Action Bar is adaptive and will present relevant options to suit the current scenario, thus doing away with the need to scroll lengthy lists full of menu options. The adoption of a purely onscreen button driven…

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Henny Swan
3 October 2011

Overview This article looks at the role of the Project Manager in delivering an accessible website. It’s the first in a series looking at roles and responsibilities within a team as they work together to deliver accessible websites. Each member of a team has a responsibility linked to their particular skill set however it’s the Project Manager who has the overview of the project both in terms of vision and implementation. A good Project Manager will recognize this and do what they can to give clarity and support teams in delivering their piece of the project. Requirements gathering At the…

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Ben Logan
3 October 2011

German antivirus testing lab AV-Test.org has now expanded its antivirus certification testing reports to bi-monthly instead of once per quarter. They have also broadened the field of subjects for their latest test to include corporate solutions and more. Products under the test spotlight can receive up to 6 points each for protection against malware attacks, repair of existing malware infestations and overall usability, with a total of 11 points needed for certification. In addition to performing regular antivirus certification testing on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, they have now added AVG Anti-Virus Free, Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Panda Cloud…

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Ben Logan
2 October 2011

A recent report by usability experts Nielsen Norman Group claims that the mobile web experience of today is in a similar state to the traditional Internet’s progress in 1999. This is in contrast to a similar survey undertaken by the company in 2009, which found that the Internet use of that year was comparable to the desktop Internet of 1994, showing a definite increase in usability. Nielsen Norman Group’s study asked participants to carry out a range of tasks on their devices, from looking up the prices of electrical goods to finding topical daily content.  Mobiles tested included a range…

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