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Olympics 2012 Goes Mobile: Who Wins the Gold for Best App?

By M. H. Phan, J. R. Jardina, S. D. Jansen, & B. S. Chaparro Summary. The Olympics is one of the most renowned sporting events with billions of followers around the world. In order to aid the Olympics-viewing experience many

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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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The Effect of Input Device on Video Game Performance

by Kelsi Lenz Summary. First-person shooter (FPS) games have become increasingly popular, and the player’s ability to accurately control their weapon is very important in these games. This study assesses players’ accuracy on eliminating targets in the FPS game Star

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