UX (User Experience).

Ben Logan
7 January 2014

Following many gripes about the usability glitches present at the release of the much anticipated Xbox One, Microsoft has now announced that they will be adapting and refining the device’s UI over time by listening to user feedback. Director of Programming at Microsoft, Larry Hyrb, commented: “When we look back and look at what we’ve done, we want to continue to adapt the system to what gamers want. The team that works on Xbox are gamers themselves. We want to build the system that we use and that we know gamers would enjoy using. We’re going to continue to refine…

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Ben Logan
18 December 2013

International company MovingKit.com has announced a newly redesigned website with vastly improved usability and enhanced functions. Their lead designer explained the aim and issues behind the firm’s UX overhaul: “If the end user cannot figure out how to navigate our website that is content that cannot be uncovered. We want our users to know everything we have to offer!” MovingKit.com CMO added: “We have a very large portion of our budget devoted towards marketing. We have to make sure that the people who come to our website are not just coming and then leaving because it is too complicated.” To iron…

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Ben Logan
18 December 2013

Music platform Spotify has begun rolling out a new desktop client update which features a refreshingly clean user interface. Although the update is currently being released for the Mac version of the app, a Windows version is expected to follow shortly. The first UI change that people will notice is a darker colour theme which is almost black in places, while deep greys accompany larger text, rounded graphics and filtered artwork. The overall effect is a cleaner appearance, however less information is immediately apparent compared to the previous UI. Theverge.com tested the new Spotify app, and have said that the…

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Ben Logan
16 December 2013

Those who’ve been reluctant about using their Android device with their Netflix account if they share it with others need never worry again – thanks to a recent update, queues and recommendations will now remain separate and private. While the Netflix feature released earlier this year which allows subscribers to easily share their accounts was a welcome enhancement, it caused trouble in that if one account is shared by a family, the queues and recommendations of individuals with different viewing habits were thrown into chaos. This nuisance is now a thing of the past – today the Netflix Android app…

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Ben Logan
6 December 2013

As a supplier of data recovery tools for a broad range of popular mainstream applications and file formats, Open File Tool users will agree that their latest major update of the PowerPoint program has impressively enhanced performance along with the intuitive UI that people know and love. The PPTX Opener is based on a brand-new recovery core, now enabling the program to restore data from PowerPoint files that are seemingly irrecoverable using other software of this kind. It uses a combination of advanced proprietary algorithms to identify and extract as much data as possible. In terms of the user interface,…

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Ben Logan
2 December 2013

TV subscribers with a YouView set-top box will be glad to know that a soon-to-be released update will provide a number of nifty usability enhancements, particularly when it comes to users who struggle with operating the remote control for searches. YouView software version 8.1 will allow people to use a USB keyboard to make the programme search process more smooth sailing. Although this new keyboard functionality is primarily being rolled to help visually-impaired viewers, it will also be a relief for those who simply find using the remote for searches clunky – people will no longer have to use SMS-style…

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