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A Smartwatch That Tells Time With Scent

An idea that doesn't stink<p>Most smartwatches constantly pester their wearers about appointments, e-mails, or even calories they have left to burn. Aisen Caro Chacin, who teaches physical computing at the Parsons New School for Design in New York, has built one that doesn’t blast stressful reminders. …

The Scientifically Best Way To Get Through A Day On No Sleep

Sure, boss, I'll get—*yawn*—right to it.<p>Science is an endeavor by a bunch of flawed people, and the institution can be problematic—hey, we're all human—so I'm not usually one to say things like, "I love science!" This time, however, I'm grateful. <i>New York</i> Magazine talked with sleep researchers about …

Historical Pics on Twitter: "Coca-Cola Advertisement, 1956 http://t.co/GfXNXqZ7sS"

New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>HistoricalPics</b><p>“@<b>HistoricalPics</b>: Coca-Cola Advertisement, 1956 pic.twitter.com/1CKwAIrBrz”@<b>Mildenhall</b> x x<p>1 reply 0 …

Postcards Offers a Nicer Way to Browse your Tumblr Dashboard • Beautiful Pixels

For the longest time, I have had a “tumblog” on Tumblr that I kept auto-posting to every now and then, but didn’t really pay much attention to it. …

Google’s Dead-Simple Tool For Making UX Decisions: 2 Jars Of Marbles

When the Android team wants to decide whether a design decision is good or bad, they turn to the least techie of tricks.<p>Nothing is perfect. So even for the most successful platforms, design needs to continuously evolve. But beyond mere gut instinct or that ephemeral talent of taste, how can you …

Android News

Jony Ive’s new look for iOS 7: black, white, and flat all over

With the grand unveiling of Apple’s next operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch approaching, sources have provided detailed descriptions of what users and developers alike could expect from the software’s fresh look.<p>As we reported in April, Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial …

Easily Preview Your iOS Icons on the Device with Ikonica • Beautiful Pixels

Ikonica is another simple & nifty little tool that I came across earlier this week. It’s a fantastic app and a must-have for anyone who designs and …

Wiselist is an Innovative Task Manager for iPhone • Beautiful Pixels

In this life that always seems to be full of never-ending tasks, it is imperative that we make use of technology we have at our disposal. There are …

Wake is a Beautiful Alarm App for iPhone • Beautiful Pixels

I am a heavy sleeper. Not only do I sleep a <i>lot</i>, waking up early in the morning is a huge task in itself. So I usually set multiple alarms to ensure I …

A Ruthless Email App With Just Two Functions: Keep Or Delete

Triage gives you a single, simple tool for getting your inbox under control.<p>For most these days, email is a nuisance, if not an outright problem. Which means there’s a big opportunity for a mobile mail app to help us mitigate the daily flood. Mailbox, founded by a former IDEO designer, has been one …

Apps

Ashes is a Slick Fever° Client for iOS • Beautiful Pixels

I’ve had Fever for nearly 4 years now. As Shaun Inman's newest project after Mint, Fever was the HOT new topic around the block and everyone was …

Horizon for iOS Gets a Solid 2.0 Update • Beautiful Pixels

Back in February, when we first wrote about Horizon for iOS — the Calendar app for iPhone that also includes the weather stats for the day, Mikhail …

Secrets From Facebook’s Mobile UX Testing Team

By Jay Cassano9 minute Read<p>It’s easiest to get genuine UX feedback when the user is in the heat of the moment, but actually finding the right user at …

It’s Not A Bug–Your iPad Is Out Of Space

By Chris Dannenlong Read<p>The iPad’s lack of an apparent file system might be training the next generation of computer users to think differently about …

Windows Phone

How Facebook Did UX Testing For Facebook Home (With Fewer Than 60 People)

By Chris Dannen10 minute Read<p>Facebook Home is a project so monumental, it could actually redefine Facebook as a corporation–assuming it succeeds. …

UX Design

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo from Daft Punk, simply being awesome

Micro-review: Cord Taco cable-tidy

Every now and again, someone comes up with an idea which is deliciously simple yet rather useful. Meet Cord Tacos: a folded piece of leather with a rivet through it.<p>Yep, that’s it. The rivet acts as a kind of button, so you can unfold the leather, insert your cable and then clip it in place. No …

Yahoo Weather on the App Store

1.15.0<p>Feb 26, 2018<p>1.14.0<p>Jan 23, 2018<p>1.13.1<p>Dec 19, 2017<p>1.13.0<p>Dec 12, 2017<p>1.12.2<p>Aug 23, 2017<p>1.12.1<p>Aug 15, 2017<p>1.12.0<p>Jul 17, 2017<p>1.11.4<p>Jun 28, 2017<p>1.11.3<p>…

Minibar

There are apps that look amazing and apps that make you actually get things done. Until today most of the cocktail apps I had used looked nice but …

Tumblr's Updated Android app is Designed to Delight • Beautiful Pixels

I hope everybody reading this is aware of Tumblr by now. If you ask me, I think of Tumblr as a pro-multimedia Twitter on steroids without the 160 …

Facebook Home review: are people more important than apps?

On April 12th, the much-vaunted Facebook Phone will arrive — but it's not a phone at all. Facebook Home, as it's called, is a couple of pieces of software that transform any Android smartphone’s homescreen into a Facebook feed, and put Facebook Messenger chats on top of any app. Instead of making a …

Foursquare 6.0 finally brings Explore recommendations to center stage

When Foursquare launched in 2009, it was all about checking in and seeing where your friends were hanging out. A couple years later, the company had gathered over 3.5 billion check-ins across the world. CEO Dennis Crowley flipped a switch, and all of a sudden, Foursquare was about helping you find …

The usability error you don’t know you’re making

Most weeks you'll find me carrying out usability reviews for clients. Sometimes these are usability inspections and sometimes these are usability …

Facebook Home is beautiful, but what if your friends aren't?

A constant stream of friends' bad (and irrelevant) photos could turn your next phone into a minefield<p>Facebook Home, a lock screen and launcher replacement for Android, looks <i>very</i> good. In fact, maybe it looks too good.<p>In the social network’s promo trailer for Home, you first witness a woman picking …

4 Surprising App-Design Principles, From The Instagram Of Quick Quizzes

Designer Luke Wroblewski describes the sometimes counterintuitive tactics he used to make Polar stand out from the crowd.<p>When we first wrote about Polar, an addictive app that invites you to make and take “this or that”-style quizzes, we called it “an object lesson in mobile design done very, very …

UX Design