iOS 5 Adds Wi-Fi Synching with iTunes

Apple recently released this video to highlight some of the many improvements coming in iOS 5. The new feature that I’m most pleased about is wi-fi synching; iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users no longer have to attach their mobile devices to their Macs to synch with iTunes. That’s a great usability improvement. (Wi-fi synching is explained 4 minutes 50 seconds into the video.)

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How to Hide the Twenty Ten WordPress Theme's Sidebars with CSS

This post explains how to hide the right-hand sidebars of the Twenty Ten WordPress Theme to give your main content more room, which makes reading your content easier on mobile devices.

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AppleStores Give First Generation iPads a New Lease of Life

Next to every iMac, MacBook, iPhone, iPod and iPad in my local AppleStore is a product information card. Each card is safely housed in a perspex display case and lists the products’ price and specifications. That is, until the introduction of the iPad 2.

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Alan Dix on Usability Testing with Five Users

In his recent post, Are five users enough?, Alan Dix discusses how many users are actually needed for a usability test. Read more...

How Google Performs Machine Translation

To conclude a trio of posts on adding and integrating the Google AJAX Translation WordPress plugin, here's a nice video from Google explaining how they perform machine translation. Enjoy. Read more...

How to Integrate the Google AJAX Translation Plugin Into the Twenty Ten WordPress Theme

My previous post explained why I chose the Google AJAX Translation WordPress plugin for translating the content of this website. However, to fully integrate the plugin into this website's Twenty Ten theme, I needed to modify both the Google AJAX Translation plugin and the Twenty Ten theme. This post describes those modifications. Read more...

Adding the Google AJAX Translation WordPress Plugin

I recently added the Google AJAX Translation WordPress plugin. Readers can now translate my content by clicking the Translate link under post, comment and page titles and selecting their language from a popup menu. The plugin then replaces the original English text with a translation provided by Google's translation service without requiring a page refresh to contact my website's server. Read more...

Useful Systems Must Also Be Usable Systems

While writing my previous post on the frequency of usability-related terms in publications, I started thinking about the connection between the usability and the usefulness of systems. Although most usable systems are useful—iterative usability testing tends to expose useless systems—useful systems aren’t always very usable, and the biggest example of this is the web. Read more...

iPad Usability Reports from the Nielsen Norman Group

Jakob Nielsen has published two iPad usability reports for free download in PDF format. The first report contains empirical data from testing iPad usability in 2010, when the iPad was a new device. The second report updates the 2010 usability findings with the results of new tests conducted in 2011. Read more...

A Google Book Ngram Chart of Usability Terms

After reading Robert X. Cringely's entertaining post in which he charts the decline of his literary popularity using Google's book ngram viewer, I thought it would be interesting to see what Google's ngram viewer would reveal about the popularity of some common usability words and phrases. Read more...