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Usability News is the longest established website for academics, practitioners and organisations working in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, UX and UCD. The site is run by a team of volunteers and is part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT's Interaction Group.
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Founded in 1984, Interaction is the longest-established and largest national group in Europe devoted to Human-Computer Interaction. A specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Interaction publishes Interfaces, the award-winning quarterly magazine for members and the high-ranking international academic journal Interacting with Computers. The group also organises a prestigious annual international conference (HCI 2012 is hosted by University of Birmingham in July) as well as regular workshops and events.


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RSS - Usability News: Latest Articles
  • The latest issue of the International Journal of Mobile HCI has been released.
  • We wanted to find out how the Homeware & DIY industry is serving its customers and if the industry is keeping up with the challenges of e-commerce.
  • Interview with Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo, CMO at Africa Internet Accelerator - talking about the main challenges for ecommerce businesses in Africa| emerging trends, the role of UX and more.
  • Our free whitepaper on the financial sector and mobile, with a particular focus on the British banking industry, which has started to invest heavily in the mobile payments.
  • eBay's latest report on omnichannel retailing identifies the behaviours and attitudes of the omnichannel consumer and gives various suggestions for retailers to keep up with the omnichannel consumer.
  • There was a huge gap in the market for an online poundshop but in the space of a week 3 discount retailers have gone digital: Hereforapound.com, PoundPanda and Poundshop.com.
  • There has been a lot of discussions lately around web analytics and how it ties in with UX. Whereas before the analytics team and the UX team were separate from each other, now the analytics team has joined in with product managers, business analysts, designers and developers in an ever growing team to complete shape a full UX project.
  • The inaugural User Experience UK (UXUK) Awards has been launched to find the most innovative and exceptional cases of user experience and user centred design.
  • There has been a lot of buzz lately regarding the 'death' of high street. It went as far as having Nick Boles, UK Planning Minister, suggesting that empty or boarded up shops should be turned into housing, by allowing local authorities more freedom to convert retail premises into private housing.
  • With so many players in the mobile payments landscape (banks, tech giants, emerging start-ups etc) and as many payment solutions, the current mobile payments market is quite fragmented and confusing for both consumers and merchants.