UI (User Interface).

Ben Logan
27 November 2013

YouTube has now released their latest update – V5.3.23 features some user interface tweaks as well as a few other minor under-the-hood enhancements. It must be said that the UI changes are so subtle that many won’t notice them. For example, the slide-out menu used to have Uploads, History, Favourites, Playlists, and Watch later, followed by the user’s subscriptions; in the latest version Google has added “What to Watch and My Subscriptions” above those icons and have also mixed them up a little. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Google’s usability team is constantly on the case when it comes…

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Ben Logan
20 November 2013

PlayStation 4 hasn’t even been out for a week and already the 1.51 system update has been released, demonstrating that the company’s usability testing team are hard at work. While the new update is not nearly as expansive as the 1.50 ‘day one’ update that made many PS4 features available to gamers, it contains important usability features such as improved software stability and a refined user interface that clearly indicates when a person downloads a game and a game patch at the same time. North American PS4s have automatic downloads of system updates enabled by default when the PS4 is…

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Ben Logan
18 November 2013

On Friday (November 15), electronics giant Samsung took the next step in making its user interface compatible with all browsers, instead of its traditional internal Global Enterprise Resource Planning (G-ERP) UI. Samsung is aiming to enhance corporate productivity by becoming less dependent on IE while allowing diverse web environments for its employees globally. The new web standards-compliant UI now supports a range of different browsers and multiple platforms without needing to install virus-prone Internet Explorer-only features such as ActiveX. The G-ERP project began in 2009 in order to integrate Samsung’s ERP systems across the world. According to industry sources, the…

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Ben Logan
13 November 2013

Last night (November 12), Netflix rolled out a complete revamp of its user interface for smart TVs and connected devices. Their app’s new UI moves away from the old grid of box shot covers in favour of a much more visually appealing display that features large still images and more details on each show or movie. Other usability improvements include refined search – the app auto-suggests titles after users type even a single letter, and also allows a search for actors and directors across Netflix’s catalogue. Additionally, they have improved the initial loading when users start playing a title –…

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Ben Logan
5 November 2013

Fresh details are filtering through about the much anticipated PlayStation 4 user interface, as well as about certain limitations it will present. Due for release on 29 November in Europe, the next-generation console’s UI (version 1.5) has three divided levels – the top section contains functionality for Friends, Profile and Settings; the middle section features icons of various games and the last layer contains the Library and Store. Overall, the user interface is said to be “light but fast” – players can leave and enter a game in an “instant”, while jumping between various areas is easily done through simple…

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Ben Logan
29 October 2013

The launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One is creeping towards us, and as the November 22 release date draws ever closer a new video has been released to showcase the next generation console’s updated user interface. First to be seen is the Home screen on display when users boot up their console – it features a Metro style interface (as has been known for some time) and various apps such as Netflix, Internet Explorer, Xbox Music, Skype and a Friends list. Although it is not made clear whether the user interface video is running in real time, a narrative voice is…

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