Touchscreen Desktops: Yay or Nay?

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Touchscreen desktops are a surprisingly controversial subject. While the high tech community, like Microsoft, adopted a ‘yes we should because we could’ reasoning, many users strongly disagree. This has somewhat contributed to the sweeping dissatisfaction with Windows 8. Transitioning to touchscreen desktops is going to be a difficult process. (Lead image source: Intel Free … [Read more...]

UX: A Link In The Product Life Cycle Chain

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User Experience (UX) seems to have recently become ‘trendy’ (and I mean this in a disapproving sense.) It all happened because effectively UX has become a vaguely defined buzzword. UX should be thought of and referred to as a specifically defined and equally important part of a product life cycle chain. In this article I would like to address the concept of a product life cycle … [Read more...]

Google Hummingbird: A User Experience Perspective

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Google’s latest search algorithm, dubbed Hummingbird for being precise and fast, has sent marketers and business owners into a panic over their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts and search traffic. However, this Google algorithm update extends beyond just that of organic search. In an effort to maintain its dominance as a multi-use platform, the Hummingbird algorithm … [Read more...]

The 4 Design Assumptions Costing You Money

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Have you ever heard the saying, “when you assume, you make a you-know-what out of “u” and “me?’” It may sound a bit cliché, but it’s actually great advice, and it even applies to designing a website or app. If a site or app is designed purely based on assumptions and without data gathered from testing, it can result in a product that is hard to use. Not only does this reflect … [Read more...]

LG G2 Camera Review – The Most Extreme Camera Ever

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As we have stated in our early review, the LG G2 is a smartphone that impresses on all fronts. Witness to this are the numerous features that it comes equipped with. Since we have already covered most of them in our review of the product introduction video, we will be dedicating this article to one of the most interesting and unique features of the LG G2 - the camera. The LG … [Read more...]

4 Ways Wearable Technology Can (And Will) Improve Our Life

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The technology that we create has only one sole purpose: to improve our lives. Whether the technology is as simple as a light bulb or as complicated as mind-controlled prosthetics, technology aims to make life easier, and wearable technology helps us keep in touch with these benefits throughout the day. This article celebrates wearable technology and outlines 4 ways on how it … [Read more...]

Biometric Technology Trends – Security & User Experience

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The science and technology of biometrics includes everything from fingerprint reading, which has been around as a science since the 19th century, to measurements of human heat signatures, walking gait, vein patterns, DNA and of course face recognition measurement and iris or retina scanning. While biometrics has been existing for well over 100 years in some basic form (more … [Read more...]

Responsive Web Design Case Study: Crédit Agricole

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Crédit Agricole S.A. is the leading customer-focused banking group in France and the second largest in Europe. This article is a responsive web design case study that documents the thought process, implementation and results obtained when Crédit Agricole S.A re-designed their website from a fixed width to one which is responsive. To undergo this transition, the bank engaged … [Read more...]

LG G2 Product Introduction Video

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Ever since its launch on August 7th, the LG G2 has embarked on a mission to wow us all. We have already written about the cool features of the LG G2. And while we are waiting for this month's official debut on the major carriers, LG have stepped it up a notch by launching the LG G2 Product Introduction Video. The LG G2 Product Introduction Video LG have launched their LG … [Read more...]

The Art of Balancing User Experience and Security

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How much thought do users really give when they key in their username and password while making an online transaction or accessing online banking? Not much, I’m afraid. They trust the website and believe that the application they’re using is doing the right thing. But the World Wide Web is facing a growing concern of security breaches and phishing attacks, and that could put … [Read more...]

LG G2 Smartphone Review

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After so much anticipation the LG G2 has been launched on the 7th August in New York. Now that the phone has been revealed, the official site is showing much more than when we had written last time. The slogan “Learning From You” still dominates the official site - a clear indication that this was not just some pre-launch slogan but rather the official motto of the LG … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Dark Tourism: Website User Experience Analysis

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According to a study by Jakob Nielsen, users will look at your site for 10 to 20 seconds before deciding whether they should proceed on reading more or leaving. Needless to say, those few seconds can make or break you. We have already written about why website usability is important for a company and how to shift your business structure to provide a better user experience. In … [Read more...]