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Ben Logan
10 January 2012

If the word at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is to be believed, we can expect an invasion of smart technology in our homes and a streamlined way to interact with multiple household devices. Smart kitchen tops, smart cameras, in-vehicle accessories, tablets and 3-D televisions – all connected to each other and to the Internet – are on the horizon. Many of these devices will also be connected to social networking platforms to allow for a seamless integration of home life and online activity. It’s also expected that a refinement of user interfaces will soon be unveiled. With ever…

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Ben Logan
21 November 2011

Latvian startup Amooz are now offering a host of new gamification techniques which empower their clients to offer heightened interaction and loyalty rewards to their customers. Working with a selection of restaurants, bars and cafés, Amooz allows users to check in when they visit a venue with a quick scan of a QR code on their mobile. They then receive credit rewards that can be redeemed either immediately or saved up for a bigger incentive. Users can also send “Treatz” to friends, which take the form of free items from a suggested venue. The goal is to provide user incentives…

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Ben Logan
19 October 2011

Despite having the leading market share in the smartphone sector, the Google executives behind Android have their eyes fixed on new targets. Matias Duarte, Head of Android’s User Experience team, has recently spoken about Google’s user base research, which is aimed at getting a better understanding of how people use their smartphones and how the company has can improve on their product even further. The study has shown that many users find the Android operating system to be overly complex and unintuitive, often leading to frustration for those who know what their technology can do but don’t know how to…

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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
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
9 November 2009

Video is a key component of an internet presence and sites such as YouTube and Vimeo offer to host video for no additional cost. High bandwidth sites would have previously incurred significant charges for streamed video but now any site owner can frequently publish their video content online for no extra cost. Why caption videos? Multimedia presentations (rich media) usually involves image, sound and motion. This can present accessibility barriers to some people with disabilities, for instance visual impairments, hearing loss, photosensitive epilepsy, cognitive and learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia. Captions and subtitles make videos accessible to a…

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