* Posts by Matt Bacon 1

4 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

Matt Bacon 1

Triumph of gimmickry over usability...

OK, so if I'm holding this phone (right-handed) so I don't drop it -- with a nearly 6" screen there's a fair amount of it trying to tip itself out of my hand. The ball of my thumb is covering the bottom three icons, I can't reach the next couple up, and the top few are a stretch that loosens my grip. Looking at that first image, I reckon southpaw guitar players have got a much better chance of using it than right-handers.

If they want to tweak the UI to make it non standard, they should take a leaf out of a Linux phone UI I saw at MWC a few years ago, which popped out an overlaly "fan" of icons from the middle of the screen at the right hand side, all of which fell under one thumb. It could do second level navigation, AND could fan from either the right or left screen edge, as you configured it...

Whatever happened to that....?

bestest,

M.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

Matt Bacon 1

And the fix is in...

...a few hours after the review appears, the firmware fix is released. More power to El Reg! I never knew Cupertino paid so much attention...

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1616?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

bestest,

M.

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

Matt Bacon 1

Are they peril-sensitive as well?

M.

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Paramount to recount The Martian Chronicles

Matt Bacon 1

Red Mars

... or if you want a REALLY ambitious mini-series, why not James Cameron’s version of Stan Robinson’s Red, Green and Blue Mars trilogy?

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