Alex Bystrov

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An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Facebook Phone

“This is not a Facebook Phone.” Yeah, whatever. The HTC First is the first phone that has Facebook partnering up with an OEM to bake an Android pie with Facebook Home filling, so I’m calling it the Facebook Phone. There will be more. This is just the first. And guess what?<p>It’s really good.<p>Sitting …

Will The New York Times Redesign Lead To A New Web Standard?

Virtually unchanged since 2006, NYTimes.com has debuted a design overhaul that questions the very nature of a “publication.”<p>The latest conversation in web design has been, how do we reimagine the web for a mobile device? Do you design your mobile site first, then supersize it for PCs? Or do you …

Apps

15 Radical Redesigns For The TV Remote

Students at four top design schools were asked to serve up their ideas for the remote of the future. Couch potatoes, be forewarned: the results might shock you.<p>The evolution of televisions over the last several decades has been slow and steady. Every year, as true as the seasons, TVs have gotten …

Televisions

Google Kills Google Reader. Hitler Reacts

Last night, when news of Google Reader’s demise hit the web, journalists and bloggers everywhere let out a collective scream. A Change.org petition sprang up immediately, begging the honchos at Google to reconsider their decision. Alas, it seems that 50,000 signatures won’t be enough–Reader will …

Google Reader

Another Mega VC Firm Announces A Design Mentorship Program

NEA wants to mentor the next wave of designer-entrepreneurs, and they’re accepting applications now.<p>Not so long ago, it was engineers that ruled the Valley–the brilliant minds that solved practical problems like, how do you make a payment on the web? But increasingly, as powerful software …

Startups

Path 3.0 Bets That Paying Customers Are Happier

Stickers for purchase? Paid subscriptions? Path 3 wants to add value by charging you for it.<p>While Instagram blossomed to 100 million users with a dead simple design, Silicon Valley wunderkind Path has had its nose to the grindstone, continually innovating to find the alchemy of experience that …

Social Media

3 Ways To Make Wearable Tech Actually Wearable

To gain widespread popularity, wearables have to be more than just functional and innovative. People have to want to wear them.<p>Wearable technology <i>is</i> the next new wave of technology, and it’s bound to drive a lot of the innovation in the consumer electronics industry. We can expect to see a lot more …

Wearable Tech

Gigantic Bottle Of Perfume Mixes Every New Scent From 2012

Taking sensory overload extremely literally.<p>We’re all familiar with the wall of scent that hits like a ton of bricks upon gaining proximity to a department store perfume counter–that potent mingling of each and every spritzer on offer can be completely overwhelming when floating free. But what …

Fashion Week

Apple Patent Teases Augmented Reality Mixed With Social Networking

Apple is by no means first to propose augmented reality. But their simple, social vision of the technology could be every bit as disruptive as touch screens.<p>We all feel like augmented reality could power the next killer app, but how would it work?<p>A new Apple patent application hints at how …

Augmented Reality

Muji’s Iconic CD Player, Redesigned For The MP3 Age

The Japanese brand reworks Naoto Fukasawa’s legendary design as a Bluetooth speaker, for better or worse.<p>The inspiration came from a simple kitchen fan. “The idea that pulling a string could stir a musical device to action made me feel immense warmth,” Naoto Fukasawa explained of perhaps his most …

Audiophile

A Stylish Table Made From Legos, Which Anyone Can Make

Torino-based studio Nucleo reimagined their Histogram table using over 3,000 of everyone’s favorite plastic bricks. Then they released the build plans, so anyone can give it a shot.<p>Birthdays, for some, are a time to sit back and watch the presents roll in. For Nucleo, however, it was a chance to …

Lego

Is This A First Taste Of Jony Ive’s Influence On Apple Software?

The new Podcast app rights the most notorious wrong in Apple’s skeuomorphic history. Is this Ive’s hand at work?<p>The felt poker tables were a bit cheesy. And the paper shredder seemed over the top. But if there was one, most notorious piece of Apple’s trend toward skeuomorphism, it was the …

Product Design

Print your own Google Glass and look the part

Han Solo, Honest Abe, and even Aristotle are just a few of the people who look absolutely fantastic wearing their Google Glass computers. But unless you're a deep-pocketed developer from the US, chances are nil of getting anywhere near the audacious $1,500 spectacles. So why not do the next best …