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Ben Logan
19 January 2013

July 2012 saw the release of Google’s “Handwrite” – a feature which allows the user to perform a Google search from a smartphone or tablet by writing their search term with a finger rather than inputting via keyboard or voice input. The app had been regarded as a nice feature or an alternate method of input, but with a new update released today, Google will be hoping for deeper market penetration of their handwritten user interface. Explaining some of the new features, product manager Lawrence Chang commented: “If you’ve tried Handwrite before, you may have had some trouble entering a…

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Ben Logan
11 April 2012

Google’s browser-based Chrome OS has had a visual revamp that makes it look like a cross between Windows and Apple’s OS X. The new Aura UI replaces Google’s original single browser window idea by presenting multiple overlapping windows instead, plus a few other features that give it the appearance of a desktop display. You’ll firstly notice the taskbar (renamed by Google as ‘shelf) – it stretches across the bottom of the screen to provide fast access to a range of web apps and also offers a quick glance at system information such as battery level, network connections, time and date…

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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
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
16 February 2012

Google is once again under fire from industry experts for releasing beta products and services that have not had adequate usability testing. This past week, a worrying exploit hack was discovered which made it possible to give criminals access to a person’s Google Wallet mobile payment app on the Android platform. Since this flaw was fairly simple to fix, it begs the question as to why such a potentially damaging vulnerability was not noticed by Google before the service was released. It seems that the giant isn’t too bothered about thorough beta testing to ensure no major flaws make it…

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Ben Logan
14 February 2012

While in the past Hotmail was notorious for excessive spam making it through to user accounts, they’ve been recently doing extensive user testing to tackle this issue, and with some impressive results. It seems that Hotmail may have found an edge to be able to compete with the likes of Google –one of the most crucial factors for users of webmail service is excellent spam control, and Hotmail seems to have got it right. A recent Microsoft funded study tested the anti-spam capabilities of Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. This was done by setting up accounts and seeding them across…

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