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Olympics 2012 Goes Mobile: Who Wins the Gold for Best App?

By M. H. Phan, J. R. Jardina, S. D. Jansen, & B. S. Chaparro Summary. The Olympics is one of the most renowned sporting events with billions of followers around the world. In order to aid the Olympics-viewing experience many

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I’ll Take a Large Pepperoni with a Side of Usability: Ordering Pizza on an iPad

By C. V. Lauterbach, A. Duvall & E. Pherigo Summary. This study evaluated performance and subjective perceptions of three iPad pizza ordering apps (Pizza Hut, Papa John’s and Domino’s). Sixteen users (8 male, 8 female) performed a series of tasks

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Mark that e-Page! The Usability of making Notes, Bookmarks, and Highlights in Three E-Readers

J. R. Jardina & B. Chaparro Summary. E-Readers, or electronic reading devices, are becoming a household item; however, there exists little research on the usability of these devices. This study investigates the ease-of-use of three e-Readers (iPad, Kindle 2, and

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Video Gaming Trends: Violent, Action/Adventure Games are Most Popular

By Mikki H. Phan Summary. The continual growth of the video game industry is a testament to many people’s enduring hobby of playing video games. Playing video games now is very different than when it first reached mainstream popularity in

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Facebook Sharing and Caring

By Justin W. Owens Summary. In the last issue of Usability News (13.1), we explored information (link) sharing among social groups. The current study expands on these results by examining how individuals share information through social networking, specifically Facebook. Participants

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