UX (User Experience).

Ben Logan
1 October 2013

The sharpness of the iOS 7 screen and the motion of its icons are being blamed for cases of motion sickness amongst certain users of Apple’s new operating system. Headaches, nausea and vertigo are being reported on Apple’s support website from users who have upgraded to iOS 7, which includes dynamic backgrounds and animations that were not present on previous versions of the software. All the icons displayed on screen are constantly in motion, albeit in a subtle fashion, but this movement against the background is being blamed by experts for causing the vertigo effect, as well as the zoom…

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Ben Logan
27 September 2013

This week’s launch of Samsung’s new smartwatch, called the Galaxy Gear, unfortunately seems to have failed to live up to the expectations of many consumers. Having gone on sale this week in over 1000 territories, the smartwatch device is currently only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, while support for the S4 is due within the next month. Curiously, an unnamed company spokesman has been reported as saying that “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”…

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Ben Logan
6 September 2013

A new app for both Android and iOS devices has been announced by ooVoo – the company are hoping it will go some way to reinventing the Video Chat experience. Already the largest independent social video chat provider with over 85 million registered users Worldwide, ooVoo’s new app brings with it a host of new features and a revamped user interface that boasts enhanced sharing capabilities, video filters and a new “tap-tap-go” call system. As well as enabling video chat calls, the app enables the user to record and edit video messages that can be shared via email or the…

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Ben Logan
4 September 2013

Elements from 1970s science fiction films entering our daily lives has increasingly become a part of living in the 21st Century – Google have joined forces with Virginia Tech to design a smartcar with automated driving. Earlier this week, a small crowd watched as two representatives climbed aboard the automated Google car which then went on to perform two test laps of a 2.2 mile track and demonstrated its ability to automatically decelerate in response to the proximity to a second vehicle. The prototype is still in the relatively early stages of development, but has already been tested on public…

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Ben Logan
27 August 2013

Swiss company Vanamco has designed an innovative tool called Ghostlab to help synchronise testing for web and mobile platforms across multiple devices. What makes it different from other testing tools in that you can synchronise more than just a page refresh over different devices. Ghostlab makes it possible to action simultaneous clicks, scrolls and form inputs, which simplifies the testing process on a practical level because the entire user experience is looked at instead of just a page load. Ghostlab requires no setup, just a JavaScript-enabled client to instantly connect. The tool keeps users updated on any changes that are…

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Ben Logan
21 August 2013

Apple have recently filed a patent, titled “Working with 3D objects”, which seems to describe fresh methods of manipulating user interfaces within a 3D space. While there is little official word of this yet, the possibilities of the announced system are fascinating, with a few juicy details being given away by the patent: “An apparatus for generating or modifying 3D objects can include a sensor to detect touch inputs, 2D gesture inputs that are associated with a surface, and 3D gesture inputs that include a movement perpendicular to the surface. A data processor is provided to receive signals output from…

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