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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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iPad Usage Patterns On-the-Go and at Work

By B. Nguyen & B. Chaparro Summary. This study reports the results from an online survey exploring how our Usability News subscribers were using the iPad. Participants included owners of both the original iPad and the iPad 2. Results of

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