The LG G2 Official Launch – 7th August 2013

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And we now have a launch date! After much anticipation and sneak peaks such as the stylish 'QuickWindow case', the much-anticipated LG G2 will be unveiled on Wednesday 7th August at 11am (EST) in New York. And the best thing is that you too can enjoy the unveiling since the event will be streamed live. The LG G2 - The launch date teaser video The days preceding the … [Read more...]

Depositphotos – Buying and Selling Stock Images Made Easy

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Stock images - love them or hate them, they are very often a must for any designer - whether for graphic design, web design or print design. The reason is simple - they can save a lot of time and money that would have otherwise been spent on hiring a photographer. Of course, hiring a photographer has its own advantages such as the fact that photos are unique and tailor-made for … [Read more...]

iOS 7 Beta Reveals New Hidden and Radical Features

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As is so often the case, Apple has the tech world on the edge of its collective seat with release of iOS 7 beta for developers this past month at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference. The industry and the media are abuzz about the exciting updates and features this new release promises. When Apple first made iOS 7 beta release available, it could only be accessed via the … [Read more...]

New Five Euro Banknote – Balancing Security With Usability

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Very often we associate usability with websites or applications. Unfortunately, this is a very limited view. Usability encompasses anything that we interact with, such as household appliances, electronics, gadgets, tools and all the things which reside around us. And what is one of the things that we use on a daily basis? … yep, money! This train of thought went through my … [Read more...]

Republic Wireless’ $19 Per Month Unlimited Everything Plan

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Analysing Mobile phone usage statistics over the last couple of years indicates a predictable upward trend. As at May 2013, 91% of American adults have a cell phone. Naturally, one would expect that the economies of scale take into effect and the cost of mobile plan tariffs goes down. But unfortunately, despite the fact that the mobile phone has become a device that we cannot … [Read more...]

UserVOD: User Experience Improvement For Mobile Applications

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UserVOD is a useful tool service that enables iOS mobile application developers obtain insights into how users are using their apps. It achieves this by recording user sessions and capturing their actions and gestures. In addition to this, it provides aggregated visual analytics (such as heatmaps) via its dashboard. In this way, the developer would be able to know for example, … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday! UsabilityGeek is Two Today!

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Yes indeed! UsabilityGeek is 2 years old today! It has been another great and eventful year and surely would take me much more than a simple post to describe the awesome people I have interacted with and the engaging discussions that have taken place as a result of this blog. Therefore I will have to share with you the highlights that have taken place this year, the current … [Read more...]

Requirements Gathering: A Step By Step Approach For A Better User Experience (Part 2)

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Requirements are statements about an intended system that specify what it should do and how to do it. In Part 1 of this article we have seen the difference between the two types of system requirements - functional and non-functional requirements. The article then proposed a 3-step approach which you can use in order to conduct requirements gathering with good user experience in … [Read more...]

Requirements Gathering: A Step By Step Approach For A Better User Experience (Part 1)

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A great user experience is all about enabling users achieve their objective when using your artifact - be it a website, a software system or anything that you create. Now take a step back. Trying to understand how to make it easy for users to achieve their goals would be pointless if you don't place it within the context of what you know about your users. The more you … [Read more...]

Open Universities Australia TAFE Advert – Personas In Advertising

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Earlier this week I came across a YouTube advert for Open Universities Australia (OUA). The OUA basically consists of seven Australian Universities who have teamed to offer online tertiary education. The advert in question which is for the Technical And Further Education (TAFE) struck me for two reasons - the obvious one is its originality and humor. The second one is the way … [Read more...]

A Case Study In Responsive Web Design – FamousBirthdays.com

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It is no news to say that the days when users access websites via desktop based devices only are long gone. Even with the advent of the smartphones in the mid 2000's, a need had already been created to have a mobile version of a website. The technique that was used then was to to check (using JavaScript) whether the user was making use of a mobile phone to access a website - in … [Read more...]

Siemens – The Next Big Step In Wind Power

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In view of the world's ever-growing need for energy, Siemens has embarked on an ambitious project that makes use of its lean, highly efficient, robust and reliable wind turbines. These wind turbines are based on Siemens' Direct Drive Technology and have 50% less moving parts and a tower head mass of less than 350 tons. This makes these 6.0 MW wind turbines easier to set up and … [Read more...]

Samsung Series 9 SB970 Monitor

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The new Samsung Series 9 SB970 can be classified as a truly premium monitor designed with movie fanatics, photographers, tech geeks and and designers in mind. Launched in March 2012, this 27-inch-wide monitor comes individually colour calibrated and boasts 178 degrees and a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. … [Read more...]

How Your Website’s Crappy Usability Is Costing You Sales

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By focusing on how users interact with and use your website, you can increase sales and conversions much faster than almost any other traffic generating initiative. Everyone always thinks they know what will improve a company’s bottom line: higher search engine rankings, higher levels of website traffic, more social media outreach, more products, more blog posts and on and on. … [Read more...]

Paper Prototyping As A Usability Testing Technique

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Paper Prototyping is a technique that consists of creating hand drawings of user interfaces in order to enable them to be rapidly designed, simulated and tested. As simple as this technique may look like, it has been effectively used since the 1980s and is likely to continue to be used with a guaranteed degree of success for many more years to come. The objective of this … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday! UsabilityGeek is One Today

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Well, the headline says it all! I am thrilled to announce that today marks the first anniversary since I started UsabilityGeek. The reason why I started this blog was primarily because at that time, I had observed a discrepancy between the abundant academic information available and its real-life implementation in web development. … [Read more...]