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Displaying items by tag: Usability

The Commonwealth narrowly pipped Westpac as Australia’s top bank due to the usability of its mobile and digital services, but Westpac was deemed to be the bank with the highest score in mobile banking functionality, according to a newly published study.

Published in Mobility
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:48

Ubuntu Linux continues to pass the grandma test

Ubuntu Linux has been described as so simple your grandmother could use it. That continues to ring true as one user of social news site Reddit found this week, with his grandmother now swearing off Windows for life.

Published in The Linux Distillery
Thursday, 10 November 2011 00:12

Behavioural advertising opt-out tools don't work

A recent usability study of nine opt-out tools that target behavioural-based advertising found they were confusing, difficult to operate and communicated very poorly with users.

Published in Home Tech
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:04

Why smaller is sometimes better


There's a meme spreading that says Apple was right to stay with a 3.5in screen for the iPhone family despite calls for more real estate. The argument is that you can't easily reach the opposite corners when using a 4+in device one-handed, but I call shenanigans.


Published in Core Dump
Monday, 18 April 2011 18:07

Apple's iPad 2: resoundingly #winning so far!

With the iPad 2 under attack from a wide range of tablets that either most don't yet want or which still aren't available until later this year, with some just getting new delays in the last week, 2011 is already the year of the iPad 2 by availability, desirability, demand and default.

Published in Home Tech
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 10:13

iPad fails usability test

A new study has slammed iPad apps as inconsistent, finding "frequent user errors" were being made and that "users don't know where to click."

Published in Mobility

The Intranet Benchmarking Forum (IBF) today announced that Steve Krug, renowned Usability expert and author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability will appear on IBF 24 on 2-3 June 2010.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:26

Test Ubuntu for fun and profit

Live in London? Looking for something to do this Friday? Canonical are looking for volunteers to perform usability testing of the Ubuntu Empathy instant messaging client. A paid incentive awaits!

Published in The Linux Distillery
It seems that a hijacker can take over your smartphone via a suitably crafted SMS message or via an attack at a wireless hot spot, according to Trust Digital.

After a lengthier beta testing period than normal, at last Skype 4.0 has been officially released. I appreciate many of the changes, but even after all that testing there are some graphical user interface changes that I don't think much of at all.

Published in Market
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HTML clipboardPDF-XChange viewer should get an "Oscar" for having the best PDF viewer usability features yet.

Published in A Meaningful Look
HTML clipboardAs an alternative to Adobe Reader 9, which is extremely feature-rich but very bloated, the latest version 3.0 of Foxit Reader maintains is zippiness but adds some excellent new features.

Published in A Meaningful Look
Nearly half of technology users need help with new devices. Many encounter problems with their internet connections, home computers or cell phones. As gadgets become more important to people, their patience wears thin when things break, reports the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Published in A Meaningful Look
Clippy, the infamous Office Assistant introduced in Microsoft Office '97 has a new rival in the category of unpopular user interface elements that spread voraciously. This time it is the ribbon toolbar which was unleashed in Office 2007 and is now making a widespread appearance in Windows 7 including the first makeover to mainstays Wordpad and Paint for 15 years.

Published in Development
A “first of its kind” study says users are frustrated with some sites designed for mobile viewing on the iPhone, while only a low number of users are noticing or "clicking" on mobile ads. There’s still work to be done to get the Internet right on mobile devices!

Published in Market
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 09:43

Opinion: Web 2.0 - an inedible Pie!

The pie-in-the-sky hype surrounding "Web 2.0" seems to have enticed some organizations to the honey pot with less than impressive results. Buzzwords abound: is Web 2.0 the same as Web Services or SOA, and does Web 2.0 have to be implemented using AJAX techniques? Where are we now with all this, and where's it all leading?

Published in A Meaningful Look
Thursday, 14 August 2008 11:35

Major feature missing from Adobe Reader 9?

Adobe Reader 9, part of the Adobe Acrobat 9 package, seems to have omitted an important user interface feature that was present in earlier Reader releases, making its usability worse rather than better. I hope this wasn't part of a nefarious plan by Adobe Systems, but just an amazingly clumsy oversight!

Published in A Meaningful Look
The initial wave of excitement has calmed down and many iPhone 3G users are left wondering how to get that little bit more from the latest Jesus Phone. iTWire has the answer, well 10 of the hottest of them around to be precise...

Published in Mobility
Not yet available but due in stores by the end of May, the new Asus Eee PC 900 series is the most anticipated computer of the year, with more storage, more memory and a bigger screen in both Windows XP and Linux models. Clearly destined to be another major hit for Asus, the Eee PC 900 faces real competition this time in the new HP Mini-Note – will both be winners?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Monday, 21 April 2008 05:34

Study: iPhone UI lives up to the hype

So, does the iPhone live up to the massive hype it has enjoyed since Steve Jobs first unveiled it during the Macworld 2007 keynote? A new study says the answer is a definitive yes!

Published in Mobility
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