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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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The Effects of Perceptual Grouping on Text Entry Performance

By Christopher J. Hamblin, Michael Bohan, & Alex Chaparro Summary: One of the primary challenges confronting designers of mobile computing devices is the issue of efficient text entry. One potential solution is to group multiple letters onto single keys, similar

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What’s the Skinny on Weight Loss Websites?

By A. Dawn Shaikh, J. Ryan Baker, & Mark C. Russell Summary: This study reports on the usability test of three weight loss websites. In addition, eye tracking patterns were observed for initial exposure to each site home page. Results

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Are You in Good Hands With Allstate?: A Comparison of Three Auto-Insurance Websites

By Ryan Baker & Candace Gilmore Purchasing insurance is a big decision. Comparing prices, finding the lowest rates, and deciding which company will provide the best service can all lead to frustration. Recently, several auto-insurance providers have begun advertising campaigns

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Online Shopping for Office Supplies: Factors Impacting User Satisfaction

By Barbara Chaparro, Vanessa Pereira, and Shawn P. Padgett OfficeMax and Staples have been touted as the top online office supply sites for small businesses (Konrad, 2001). Staples.com, in particular, has been acknowledged for its heavy focus on site usability

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