18 February 2010

Mobile Phone Predictive Technology Coming of Age?

I’m always on the lookout for something reliable to help me enter text quickly on mobile phones. I have high hopes for voice-recognition software but I personally can’t see it happening here any time soon. Given their diminutive screen and keyboard size, a tool to aid text input on mobile phones would be really useful, and right now it’s not …

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17 February 2010

Social media infiltrates Microsoft’s Outlook

Something came to my attention this morning and I must be honest, I have mixed feelings about it, but I can see the practicality of it. Microsoft’s information manager (their term, not mine), Outlook, now provides its users with the ability to connect to their social media profiles straight from the email client. It was announced in November last year …

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17 February 2010

Facebook launches Facebook Zero

Facebook has announced a new scaled-down version of its site called Facebook Zero. This stripped-down, low-bandwidth version of Facebook has been designed specifically with mobile users in mind.  Facebook has said that the site “omits data intensive applications like photos”. When you visit the URL on your mobile, you may see a notice that your carrier does not yet support …

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17 February 2010

7 lessons you can learn from Southwest Airlines

If you haven’t been following the ‘buzz’ on Twitter in the past few days, you may have missed what has become the social media story of the week, namely Director Kevin Smith’s experiences with the US airline Southwest. As it’s been immensely well covered, I won’t waste too much time giving you the background – if you want to read …

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17 February 2010

Google Buzz – damp squib or firecracker?

Last week, Google finally joined the social media trend by integrating social networking into Gmail. Unfortunately ‘Buzz’ has run into some pretty big problems pretty immediately. Buzz users and bloggers noticed that there were some pretty big privacy issues around the new Google offering, and now even the Electronic Privacy Information Centre, a US privacy watchdog group, has filed a …

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12 February 2010

Love Without Borders, Updated.

Given the prevalence of social networking sites and MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) communities, it is not surprising that there are people falling in love. Dating sites have been around for as long as the @ symbol has made sense to anybody, enabling people to enjoy the benefits of a relationship without the added pressure that sex and constant companionship …

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12 February 2010

Usability best practice, Part 2 – Mega drop-down menus

Following on from the first in the series ‘Usability best practice’ which focused on the use of Tabs as navigation I am continuing with another form of navigation system. This blog focuses on mega drop-down menus and their main features and how they have improved standard drop-down menus. The mega drop-down menu is a new and increasingly used navigation system …

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10 February 2010

Apple iPad: revolutionary, or just a silly idea?

The tablet computer, which is generally defined as a computer format with wireless capability and a touch screen, is not a new idea.  Arguably conceived from science-fiction television shows, often seen in Battlestar Galactica for instance, these computers are seen as lifestyle tools. So when the design savvi, hugely successful, technology company Apple Corporation recently announced that they were going …

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9 February 2010

Google Buzzing; Most applauding; Noticeable lack of Waving

In what is fast becoming the year of ‘big announcements’ from the major players, Google have unveiled their newest foray in to ‘the social space’ tonight. The launch of ‘Google Buzz’ was announced by Google at 10am west-coast-time, and has so far been met with mixed reactions – as most of these things seem to… In a nutshell, Google Buzz …

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9 February 2010

Twitter and Facebook in Google’s crosshairs

Things have changed in the online world over the past two years. Normally Google has been the company that has made the waves and innovations, but when it comes to social media the company has really struggled to implement some solid strategies and match the success that they obtained in the search department. So far Google have appeared to sit …

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