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I use the word device to mean anything you use to do work which extends to computers and (most of the time) mobile phones. English StackExchange suggests using mobile device for describing phones and laptops, so I don't see why adding in "immobile devices" would ruin the effectiveness of using the word device to include phones, laptops, and tower PCs.


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IF you don't want to use the word device then you could use something more specific like (obviously) operating system. Or just use "Restart your system." "Not compatible with your system" Or don't even give it a name and say "Restart" Not compatible with this OS.


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So the user is interested in the price history of a product? And this part of your website lets them see how much the price of that product has changed between the first date and the second date? What criteria do they use to pick the two dates? See if you can find a way to tie it to their workflow. As an alternative, and this doesn't directly answer your ...


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I think you're missing an element of the form. Trying to explain each individual field rather than the purpose of those two fields as a whole. Think of this from an accessibility perspective. If someone is using a screenreader to read out the elements on the page, so they get no visual cues as to the fields, what would they expect? Therefore I would go ...


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Unfortunately there is no better word than device. Not even 'hardware' or 'operating system' (which is the actual thing you want restarting / causing the incompatability). Nor appliance, system, environment, instrument, computer, processor, apparatus, equipment, etc. To make things clear, refer to this device, so whether it's a phone, desktop, or washing ...


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Assuming the rest of the form makes it clear how this is supposed to work, you don't need separate labels:


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If you are dead set on not using word device, then you should consider being more precise and say exactly what device you are referring to. So in case of desktop computer you would say something like: "Please restart your computer", and in case of mobile phone you would say "Please restart your mobile phone". Using generic term just to save few lines of ...


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The specific examples you gave: Please restart your device This application is not compatible with your device both have something in common - giving either of these messages to the user is awful UX. There's no reason something you, as an application/service/website/whatever developer, can produce should ever require the user to restart their ...


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Let's call the container where your input boxes and their labels reside a 'section'. I would base my changes to the UI on the idea that users have a better experience when they can read through the entire section in a flow. Consider placing appropriate labels to facilitate that. Compare prices between _____ and _____. or See how the prices changed from ...


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If the application you are using is connecting to a server you can use the term Client to describe all of these personal computers and devices. A client is a piece of computer hardware or software that accesses a service made available by a server. Note: I'll be the first to admit this is a somewhat flimsy definition, I carefully nitpicked for a ...


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“Device” is shorthand for “[computing] device.” You don’t have to use the shorthand: “Please restart your computing device.” “This application is not compatible with your computing device.”


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Electronic Device The term 'electronic device' is an overarching term which includes everything which has a piece of electronics to build some kind of intelligence. Electronic device includes washing machines, printers, speakers, 3D printers, quadcopter etc. Smart glasses, smart watches, smart socks etc are wearable electronic devices. Phones, tablets ...


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From Wikipedia:, Gaver's named them hidden affordances : William Gaver divided affordances into three categories: perceptible, hidden, and false. A false affordance is an apparent affordance that does not have any real function, meaning that the actor perceives nonexistent possibilities for action. A good example of a false affordance is ...


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The two answers that any geek would instantly endorse (but no one else would) are box (and it's plural boxen) and endpoint. Box speaks to the abstract nature of any machine which is turing complete, whereas endpoint speaks of the nature of network connections. Neither connotation would necessarily impinge on the understanding of the typical user. the ...


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I just googled for synonyms for device: device [n] 1. a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment, e.g. "a measuring device" synonyms: implement, gadget, utensil, tool, appliance, piece of equipment, apparatus, piece of apparatus, piece of hardware, instrument, machine, mechanism, ...


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Aside from Device, you may want to consider System and Machine. As in: Please restart your System or Please restart your Machine. The detail with System and Machine is that they are too broad. Also Machine may have the connotation of mechanical machine. Regardless, they are inclusive terms. For an antecedent consider the use of machine in "virtual ...


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How about: compare price at _____ and ______.


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Although I do like the word "devices" (as a trendy term, often used when throwing around the phrase "Internet of Things"), I'm also aware of some other terms used by some official specifications. When discussion network communications, the term node often has a more specific meaning. For example, when discussing IP networks, standards indicates that a ...


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When I have a problem like that I go to thesaurus.com and start searching there. I try different words, meanings, synonyms, antonyms, adjacent words. In 90% of the cases, if there is a word, I find it there. For your case, I found Quarters, though, I cannot judge how much it is a fit.


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You could use: Initial Date ../../.... Comparison Date ../../.... Also Start Date ../../.... Comparison Date ../../.... or Base Date ../../.... Comparison Date ../../....



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