User testing.

Marianne Brierley
4 April 2014

Investment Explorer App from Fidelity has received positive reviews from The Telegraph this week, showing that involving user testing in the development process can improve user experiences and boost business.

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Ben Logan
14 October 2013

Following from the success of their beta testing mode for the Android application earlier this year which saw users drafted in as usability guinea pigs to try out experimental features that could become a part of the final release, Facebook is now set to ask the public to take part in a much earlier testing phase. Facebook announced their new Android alpha testing programme in a recent blog. Christian Legnitto, Mobile Release Engineering lead at Facebook, commented: “We started out with beta as we knew it would be a good balance between testing and usability, but we’d love to get…

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Ben Logan
13 September 2013

Those who joined up for Twitter’s recent beta testing program are reporting that the new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface and even functions differently from the Twitter apps we know and love. The new design of the app’s interface is even more minimal than before, with tabs represented by text rather than buttons. A sliding pane on the left hand side allows quick access to all the tabs, and also displays the number of unread messages and notifications. In-line media previews have also come to the new app (rather than the text links experienced in previous releases),…

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Ben Logan
28 August 2013

With the use of electrical brain recordings and magnetic stimulation, American scientists have performed what they believe to be the first non-invasive human-to-human brain interface. University of Washington researcher Ralesh Rao managed to send a brain signal across the room via Internet to colleague Andrea Stocco, causing their fingers to move on a keyboard. Stocco commented: “The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains. We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain.” Previously researchers at Duke University have tested brain to…

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Ben Logan
15 March 2012

Wind River has just won an award for their User Experience kit that enables the rapid creation of automated test scripts for Android devices. The award was earned at the Embedded World 2012 event in Germany and was chosen by an independent jury of experts in the categories of Hardware and Tools. Amit Ronen, Vice President and General Manager of Device Test at Wind River, commented: “As Android devices continue to flood the market, the industry is recognising that poorly tested applications can result in significant costs if the user experience is unsatisfactory. In order to deliver a quality device…

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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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