Items tagged with Design

Unless you happen to hail from north of the border or otherwise follow the digital design industry, you probably have never heard of Teehan+Lax, one of Toronto's most successful digital design agencies. And it's a name you may soon forget, though three of its top partners are headed to Facebook in what's being described as a talent acquisition, not a takeover. That means Facebook has hired the three partners in question -- Jon Lax, Geoff Teehan, and David Gillis -- as opposed to buying out the company, which will reportedly shut its doors. Some other members of the senior designers at the firm... Read more...
People have long accused competitive notebook manufacturers for copying Apple's MacBook Air design in some way or another, oftentimes shamelessly so. HP's Envy line looks entirely too much like a MacBook Pro, for example. And with the swarm of Ultrabooks taking over, well, let's just say there's some design influence going on there, arguably. Now, a newly granted patent could put Apple back into the legal spotlight, as if its ongoing fights with Motorola and Samsung aren't galvanizing enough. Just this week, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted a superbly broad design patent to Apple, and... Read more...
When your average technology company buys another, smaller technology company, it doesn't always make the news. Or if it does, it's just a blip on the entire tech news radar. But when Apple, Microsoft or Google buys a company, big or small, everyone takes a minute to evaluate the situation and give their take on things. That is what's happening this week after the world found a nugget of information tucked away within Apple's recent 8-K filing with the SEC. Liquidmetal is a small company that makes a tough, unique metal alloy that can be used in a variety of products, including personal consumer... Read more...
Art Lebedev. Ever heard of him, or his studio? No? That's a shame. Art's studio is one of the most impressive around, cranking out some of the most unique pieces of art/consumer electronics that the world has ever seen. Generally, the company comes up with more concepts than they could ever make into a reality, but some of their keyboards actually do hit the production line. A few years ago, the Optimus Maximus set the bar for what a sophisticated keyboard could be, offering up OLED keys with customizable graphics/macros and an insane $1000+ price tag. Needless to say, not too many were sold, but... Read more...
PCs continue to get more powerful, and mobile smartphones continue to gain functionality that could have never been imagined just a few years ago. But little attention in the mainstream is paid to how we control all the gizmos that we encounter in our lives. The mouse and keyboard combo has been the go-to tandem for years now, and the touchpad has been another stereotypical choice for controlling a cursor when space came at a premium. Brain-control interfaces have been reserved for universities and labs, while anything more elaborate than a mere multi-touch display is seen as too wild for Joe Six... Read more...
Anyone that considers themselves a sports fan will recognize that the MLB playoffs are in full swing, and we're guessing that the timing here is more than coincidental. Shortly after Dell rolled out a fleet of notebooks with 26 different design options, the company has now issued a slate of laptops with 30 Major League Baseball team logo options. Yup--you can snag an MLB notebook just in time to watch your favorite team get eliminated from World Series contention. Or win it, if you're lucky.Either way, the MLB logo notebooks include every single team in the major, and of course they're being offered... Read more...
Dell and OPI Partner to Deliver a New Polished Laptop Collection Deal Adds 26 Exclusive Color Choices for Dell Inspiron Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops with New OPI Partnership, Clever Names and Colorful Lids Deliver New Style to the PC, OPI Nail Polish Colors Now Exclusively Available on Dell Laptops Round Rock, Texas - 10 / 7 / 2009 - With colors like “I’m Not Really a Waitress,” “Big Apple Red,” “Strawberry Margarita,” “Rosy Future” and “Kyoto Pearl,” nail polish can say a lot about personal style. Now, those stylish colors and more will be available exclusively on Dell consumer laptops through... Read more...
We have no issues with companies setting high goals, but this one's amongst the tallest of tall orders that we've seen. Currently, Apple is atop its game. Never before has the company been so iconic and influential in society, and it's pretty much a given that Apple's media players are the ones to beat. Heck, even its smartphone is giving rivals from RIM, HTC and Palm a run for their money. That said, we still feel Asus' ambitions to "out-Apple Apple" aren't totally far-fetched. Just a few years ago, Asus was a name known only by PC enthusiasts. Mainstream consumers pointed their notebook purchases... Read more...
Enjoy Extreme Cooling and 109% Performance with ASUS Designed Graphics CardsASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards with Dark Knight Fansink and Luxurious Components Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS - In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced a range of self-designed version graphics cards comprising the latest EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series. These ASUS designed graphics cards will come equipped with the Dark Knight Fansink that... Read more...
There's something about the machine.  Some folks have a passion for things that fly, while others, an affinity for things that float.  However, nearly everyone, young, old, male, female, can appreciate a seriously stylish ride.  It's probably somewhere within those four wheels, that freedom speaks.  Perhaps your inner child, in adolescent transition from being house-bound and ever-reliant on your parents, yearns for the excitement that only a new automobile can bring.  From Little Red Corvette, to Mustang Sally, Little Deuce Coupe, Low Rider and Bitchin' Camaro, over the... Read more...
VIA Announces Major Mini-Note Design Win for China Tsinghua TongFang - Taipei, Taiwan, 2 September 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the S1 imini Mini-Note Series from Tsinghua TongFang, Co. Ltd., a leading PC OEM based in Beijing. Easy to carry and use, the S1 imini has a maximum power consumption of just 15W, and its distinctive, lightweight design makes it perfect for today's digital lifestyle.Powered by the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M processor combined with the VIA VX700 chipset, and sporting a bright 10.2" screen, the S1 imini... Read more...
According to retailer reports, an almost certain iPod line revamp is coming in September. That seems pretty likely, as Apple seems to favor September for iPod launches. At the same time, reports of actual iPod nano details have arisen. Mid-week reports arose of retailers such as Target showing current models of iPods as discontinued when scanned through their PDAs. Finally Lehman Brothers analyst Ben Reitzes restated his claim that the iPod Touch needs a repositioning (it clearly does, with the new subsidized iPhone 3G pricing): "We continue to believe Apple will need to reposition the iPod touch... Read more...
Gadi Singer, Vice President of Intel’s Mobility Group, and Doug Davis, Vice President of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, held a conference call today to discuss a brand new product line from Intel targeted at security, storage, communications, and industrial applications, the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor family. Although the Intel EP80579 branding will be new to most of you, the underlying technology is comprised of products that have a well established history at Intel.  In fact, this line of products is based on the Pentium M processor core, as it has been in development for quite... Read more...
Back in February of this year, NVIDIA announced their APX 2500 application processor. In the official announcement, NVIDIA described the product as a "breakthrough applications processor that enables intuitive 3D user interfaces and engaging high-definition video on connected Windows Mobile phones." -- a tall order to be sure.  At the time, we got a chance to play with the APX 2500 development platform and saw the unit's UI first hand.  We even saw Quake III running on the device, which brought back memories of the thousands of timedemo runs we've endured over the years,... Read more...
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