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Comparing the Highlight Feature on E-Readers: Kindle vs. Nook

M. Phan & J. Teves Summary. The rising demand of owning a light-weight, portable device that can hold an entire library’s worth of books has created a growing market of electronic reading devices. This article summarizes the major findings of

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Keyboard Performance: iPad versus Netbook

B. Chaparro, B. Nguyen, M. Phan, A. Smith, & J. Teves Summary. This study evaluated performance and subjective perceptions of three keyboard styles: the iPad soft keyboard (in both landscape and portrait orientation), as well as a Acer netbook keyboard.

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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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Comparing Data Input Methods on Handheld Computers

By Gina M. Copas & Lynn Elder Summary: Three data entry methods (external keyboard, internal keyboard, or Graffiti2TM ) were compared in terms of speed, accuracy and satisfaction. Results indicate that data entry was fastest on the external keyboard and

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Usability of Mobile Devices in the Cockpit

By Christopher J. Hamblin Summary: An Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) is a mobile computing device intended primarily for use in the cockpit for pre- and post-flight planning. Experiment 1 compared information retrieval times with an EFB and with paper documentation

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