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How do Users View Search Results Presented in a Grid Layout?

By C. Siu & B. Chaparro
Summary. Previous research has shown that users scan traditional text-based Web pages using an “F-shaped” pattern. Evidence of this pattern exists because of the hierarchical structure of search engine result pages (SERP). In Windows 8, search

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e-Book Navigation on the iPad, Kindle, and Nook: Which is Better?

J. R. Jardina & B. Chaparro
Summary. This study investigates the usability of three touch screen e-Readers (iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tablet) for basic book navigation tasks. Participants (N = 16) were asked to complete a series of tasks

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Understanding How and Why People Play Facebook Games

By M. H. Phan & B. Chaparro
Summary. The main goal of this study was to assess the general attitude, habit, and behavior of people who currently or previously played Facebook games. Of the 287 who completed the survey on

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Exploring iPad Usage by Healthcare Professionals in a Pediatric Hospital

By J. Teves , B. Chaparro , B. Kennedy , R. Chan , N. Copic , R. Riss & J. Simmons
Summary. Healthcare providers have been given iPads for use in the workplace. One expected use was to

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College Students are Using the iPad, but Not for Schoolwork

By B. Nguyen & B. Chaparro
Summary. Since its release in April 2010, the Apple iPad has become the de facto tablet for consumers. In our last issue of Usability News, we reported survey results on how the iPad was

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