UI (User Interface).

Ben Logan
30 May 2013

Google have been listening to users of their Gmail service – for many, the current system of grouping messages into conversations has proved to be a little confusing and in an attempt to counter this, Gmail will have a new Inbox rolling out over the coming weeks. The revamped Inbox, accessible from both mobile devices and desktops, will make use of a new bucket system. This method involves arranging incoming messages into ‘buckets’, allowing for a less cluttered interface and easier access to important messages. What’s more, those who don’t enjoy the new user interface can switch to a selection…

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Ben Logan
28 May 2013

Cisco has embarked on a new program of employing college graduates in a bid to improve their information technology department’s ability to provide an effective user experience. By hiring testers from the “Millennial Generation”, Cisco stands in direct contrast to the majority of their competitors who classically hire more experienced workers. But by making use of testers who have grown up without the burden of the initial cumbersome user interfaces and expect intuitive user experience right out of the box, Cisco are hoping to put themselves in a prime position to produce attractive, user-friendly interfaces. Cisco have acknowledged the fact…

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Ben Logan
23 May 2013

Microsoft has announced their next generation Xbox, dubbed the Xbox One. While the official press releases and sponsored articles appear very excitable, reaction from critics and members of the public who were given a preview have been less enthusiastic. The base unit will come with a new Kinect sensor and voice recognition, with Microsoft no doubt keen to do for gesture and vocal control what the iPhone did for the touch screen user experience.  Nevertheless, their decision to include a Windows 8 user interface will be less than delightful news to many. A lot of the concern (and disappointment) about…

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Ben Logan
15 May 2013

An app allowing Google Glass owners to use facial recognition functionality is on its way.  Originally developed for hospital employees to allow for a faster means of finding relevant medical records, the new application is still however in the early stages of production. Programmer Lance Nenek has been keen to point out the sharp learning curve of Glass’s user interface and the fact that even the high level developers working on the new device are still struggling to come to terms with the combination of voice, touch and motion that drives Glass’s user experience. Once the kinks have been ironed…

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Ben Logan
13 May 2013

Responsive design – what is it? It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that in order to look big and clever, all you need to do is make the same noises that you hear everyone else making.  This is especially the case in most business meetings, where you can often get away with simply repeating the noises you just heard in order to demonstrate that you:   a) Understood those noises b) Just contributed to the meeting As always, the noise itself is neutral – the important issue is what is intended, and understood, to be meant by it.  …

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Ben Logan
10 May 2013

Facebook to rethink Home’s usability Users of the world unite! Earlier this week, we heard that Microsoft was to improve Windows 8’s usability through a series of updates (based on users’ feedback) and now it is Facebook’s turn.  Less than a month after its official launch, Facebook have announced that complaints about Home’s usability will result in their releasing updates to address users’ concerns. User feedback on Facebook Home usability Thousands of users have been leaving none-too-complimentary reviews on Google Play, letting Facebook know exactly what they think of Home.  With an average rating of just 2.2 out of 5 stars,…

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