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Why the hardware button of mobile devices is not placed at the front?

The button at the bottom front of iPod/iPhone/iPad/Samsung is great UX. Why other mobile manufacturers don't offer such a button at the front as well? Most smartphones have a hardware button on the ...
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Large Touchscreen / Kiosk Hardware

A client has come to me wanting an interactive installation featuring a large (50"+) touch screen interface, one on a wall, and one built into a table. I've seen lots of touchscreen overlays on the ...
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Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards?

As you might be aware, there is no context menu button (similar to right click action) in modern keyboards. In latest laptops such as HP, Lenovo, etc. and Lenovo slim keyboard are missing the Context ...
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Should a device charger provide a visual indication that it is charging?

I just bought my brother an iPad and noticed there isn’t any visual indication on the charger when it's in an active charging state. Why wouldn’t a designer provide some visual feedback? ...
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Which ONE iOS device would you choose for design & testing? [closed]

If you had a shoestring budget and could purchase any SINGLE iOS device for testing design and interaction of an iOS app, which would you choose? iPhone 6, 6+, 5, 5S, iPod touch, something else? I ...
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How to indicate which way the boards plug into each other?

I'm developing a board like this that serves as an adapter for a given board that needs to be plugged like this given that the board size is the same, users tend to plug it the other way, the way ...
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How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?

Retractable pens typically have a rather noisy mechanism. Some users periodically start pressing the pen button frequently (while they're talking on the phone or while they're waiting for some result ...
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What is the best way to visually indicate correct plug alignment with socket (hardware)?

I currently have a problem where users are not correctly aligning a plug with a socket on an electrical device, leading to the plug being forced and the pins breaking. Users have suggested putting ...
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Why are keyboards still the predominant input device? [closed]

While reading about the history of the computer keyboard I was a little surprised to hear that it is still the primary interface between humans and computers... Despite the development of ...
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Why are monitors only at neck height by default?

Most computer monitors are too low. Almost everybody, at least once in their lives, has put a pack of printing paper, a cardboard box, or something else under their monitors stand to bring it to an ...
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Why did the mouse beat the light pen, paddle, and other pointing devices?

I recently watched the mother of all demos from 1968 which did an excellent job of showing how computers can be personal. Something that stood out to me was the mouse. This device has remained ...
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Hardware permissions in browsers

We're building an app that allows people to upload or record their voice or video using HTML5 (not flash). We've run into a problem where users can't seem to find the button to allow the app to use a ...
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How can cable TV Guide UX be improved using the arrow/channel buttons on a remote?

I've searched around and read UX's help section, but I'm still not sure if this question is too subjective for UX. If it is, I can remove it. This question applies to cable set-top boxes that have an ...
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Why most of the microphones are placed on the left of headsets / headphones?

I've noticed that the mayority of the well-known brands (Sennheiser, Logitech, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries, Audio-Technica, Phillips, etc) tend to make headsets with the microphone on the left, is ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintoshes only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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Need advice for web designer coming after 10 years break [closed]

I used to be quite a successful web-designer 1o years ago (before we I got children and moved to another country). Now I plan to restart my professional experienced, whilst still working mainly from ...
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Why do washing machines have windows?

I'm curious why every front-loaded washing machine I've seen so far comes with a window, while other household machines, like dishwashers, don't. From a design or UI/UX perspective, why would one ...