Former Googlers’ Cover App Makes Android Lock Screens More Useful (Video)

A startup brings personalization and context awareness to the basic Android user interface.

ATD Week in Review: Facebook Gets More Twittery and Kara’s Open Letter to Jeff Bezos

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!


The Battle for the Living Room Is Over — The War for the Consumer Is On

Companies that control the UI will dictate which software is accessed, and how.

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More Design Tweaks for Facebook as Friendship Pages Get New Look

Facebook will introduce a new layout to its Friendship Pages feature, the company announced Thursday, another in a series of recent visual tweaks for the social networking giant. The design refresh brings a Timeline-esque look to the Friendship section, with a heavier emphasis on photography. The visual refresh will begin with a small percentage of users, gradually rolling out to all users over the coming weeks.

Welcome to the Jony Ive Era at Apple

Jony Ive becomes the new steward of Apple’s user experience.

User Interface Guru Leaves RIM

Hampus Jakobsson, founder of The Astonishing Tribe, becomes the latest executive to leave the struggling BlackBerry maker.

Usability Guru Pours Cold Water on Kindle Fire

What’s annoying, heavy and slow and suffers from bad UI design?


Early Adopter: Is the Future of User Experience Design Made of Paper and Polish?

Everyone can move a sticky note. This is the concept of the trio of creators of UXPin, a paper prototyping kit for mocking up a Web site before a single line of code is ever written. It has become popular with designers who value speed and iteration–and, now, they’ll be able to UXPin-up a whole new set of interfaces.

PlayBook on Track for Q1 Kick-Off

Research in Motion’s PlayBook tablet is on schedule for launch in the first calendar quarter of 2011. And that’s the word from the company itself.

Mac App Store Lacks Social Apps, Save for Twitter

Social apps are few and far between for the grand opening today of Apple’s Mac App Store, meant to be a desktop app marketplace equivalent to the highly successful app stores for Apple devices.

Google’s App Store for the Web

Announcing the Microsoft Newton

Snow Leopard Ships Aug. 28

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Bing!