Mobile.

Ben Logan
25 January 2013

In partnership with world-famous base jumper and wing suit pilot Jeb Corliss, mobile company ADAIA are to release a virtually indestructible smartphone. The Android device is being marketed as ideal for adventurers and sports enthusiasts – it will be put through its paces by US athlete Corliss as he dives in Palau, jumps in Asia and Europe and explores the Nevada Desert. Corliss will also be testing the usability of the devices features, including military grade security, top of the range navigation, extended battery life and satellite functionality when no terrestrial network is available. ADAIA CEO Heikki Sarajärvi commented: “When…

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Ben Logan
8 January 2013

Car manufacturer Ford is taking further steps to integrate modern smartphones with their vehicles using a new SYNC AppLink developer program. The system, which was initially launched in 2007, allowed for the voice control of digital music players in their vehicles – Ford are now looking to increase the functionality of the concept. Speaking on behalf of the company, a representative commented: “Offering voice control so drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road has proven to be popular with our customers. Now, with an even faster adoption rate of smartphones, there is a need…

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Ben Logan
8 October 2012

Drupal, the free open source content management system, have been testing their new toolbar prototype with the aid of a participant moderated usability study on desktop and mobile platforms. Most of the participants had a positive reaction to the new changes, with the remaining of those involved being neutral and the mobile version being received significantly better than the desktop experience. The design was found to be clean and user-friendly, with visually appealing design elements and icons. Its clear viewability and ease of navigation on mobile phones also garnered praise. A number of flaws were found though, with participants failing…

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Ben Logan
11 June 2012

Tactus Technology, a US based start-up company, have revealed a prototype of their new touchscreen that features automatically rising and falling buttons. Demonstrated at the recent SID 2012 event, the prototype was shown on an Android tablet device. The patented tactile layer features a next-generation haptic user interface with real physical buttons that rise out of the surface and then recede back as needed. Such a system has long been sought after, and Tactus claim that their prototype is the first of its kind to be demonstrated. The display screen is completely flat and makes use of microfluidic technology to…

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Ben Logan
14 May 2012

In addition to its savvy range of features, Samsung’s recently introduced Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes with a new lower price, making it highly competitive in the tablet marketplace. The device weighs in at 14 grams lighter than its predecessor (The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) but is slightly thicker with a 1mm increase in size. Its host of applications, which should now be familiar to those who have used the Android platform, are placed within the bottom sliding navigation bar for an easily accessible customer experience. The tablet offers the standard web browsing – with Flash support, Google Maps, YouTube…

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Ben Logan
2 May 2012

Research in Motion is handing out a nifty new testing device to developers this week, which is reported to resemble a small PlayBook tablet or an iPhone. The innovative gadget is being referred to as the “BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Testing Device” and is the first opportunity developers have had to get their hands on the company’s long awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system. This latest OS 10 is expected to be running on the next generation of BlackBerry smartphones due for release later this year. RIM will be keen to encourage the production of a range of applications for their…

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