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Ben Logan
26 March 2012

Techies are in for a treat – Canonical are set to release the latest version of their flagship Linux operating system titled Ubuntu 12.04, with the most recent beta version due to hit distributors on April 26. Many bloggers who received an early release of Ubuntu for usability testing purposes are already praising the latest version of the OS, which is based as ever on Debian Linux with GNOME 3.3.20 running under the unity desktop. The OS currently supports the expected range of Linux file systems, including Btfrs, ext3, etx4, JFS, ReiserFS, and XFS, using ext4 by default. It has…

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Ben Logan
26 March 2012

Sony are preparing to unveil their latest VAIO laptop – it will come complete with Google’s Chrome operating system as standard, a 11.6 inch display, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, SD card slot and the standard USB ports. The electronics giant is not the first company to deliver such a device. Samsung and Acer launched the first commercially viable Chromebooks last year following a public beta release of their Cr-48 OS prototype, but unfortunately they did not have major consumer success. Results from user testing have unfortunately not been favourable, with the operating system receiving criticism for being too simplistic and…

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Ben Logan
21 March 2012

An enhanced version of MessagEase, which offers an innovative nine-key virtual keypad, has just been announced by its developer Exideas. The application, which is available as a free download for Android devices from the Google Play Store, allows users to input text at speeds as high as 60 words per minute, thereby maximising accuracy and minimising the potential for error. In doing away with the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout, MessagEase sets out to provide a new approach for text input, with a layout that has been scientifically optimised for mobile platforms. Saied Nesbat, President and CEO of Exideas, commented: “The…

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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
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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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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