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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 provide portable

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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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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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Survey Results: iPad is Best for Reading, Communicating, and Gaming

B. Nguyen & B. Chaparro Summary. In the last issue of Usability News, we distributed an online survey exploring iPad usage. Results of the survey indicate that the iPad is mainly used for web browsing, email, reading news and e-books,

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