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Apple’s Plans To Compete In Hollywood Are Becoming Clearer

Apple didn’t need stars before, but it needs them now. Although the company was the first publicly traded American firm to be valued above $1 trillion, its most recent earnings report showed flat profits and falling revenue. So the plan now is not only to sell devices, but to fill them with content. That has led the company into the alien territory of Hollywood, where local customs can clash with Silicon Valley folkways. – The New York Times
Tags: Apple, Art, Hollywood, Media, Silicon Valley, 03.17.19


Millclock company plans to mass-produce Nixie Tubes for designers and hobbyists

This year is, for all intents and purposes, the year of the retro wave. The Moto Razr is relaunching, Disney is practically remaking all their glorious movies, and nixie tubes may just be making a full comeback too!The use of Nixie tubes dates back to the 50s, being used as light-up numeric indicators in various technical equipments. These tubes were hand-crafted, and required a great deal of technical expertise to manufacture. Needless to say, the tubes were soon replaced by flipboard display...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Disney, Stationery, Product Design, Nixie Tubes, Millclock Company


MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji


Spotify Accuses Apple Of Unfair Business Monopoly Practices

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says that if Spotify pays this cut it has to “artificially inflate” its prices “well above the price of Apple Music.” But if it doesn’t pay, Apple applies “a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions” that make Spotify an inferior experience. Ek also notes that Apple “routinely blocks our experience-enhancing upgrades,” including locking Spotify and other competitors out of Apple services like Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch. – The Verge
Tags: Apple, Art, Spotify, Music, EK, Daniel Ek, Siri HomePod, 03.13.19


The Windows OS is perfect for gadgets with folding displays

Think about it. We’ve been using Windows with large screens almost all our life. It still remains the most popular desktop/laptop OS, used by people of all ages, and even though Google’s ChromeOS and Apple’s MacOS are strong contenders, there’s a certain framework that Windows uses that’s universal. A start button and taskbar at the bottom, files and folders appearing as windows that can be minimized and maximized, and a screen that’s conducive to power-usage and multitasking. Windows is the per...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gadgets, Design, Microsoft, Cellphones, Laptops, Product Design, Andromeda, Folding Phone, Ryan Smalley, Surface Note


Sketch, maker of popular design tools, just landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round

You’ve probably noticed: design has become central for many businesses that might have once considered it an afterthought. Indeed, with sales and marketing so thoroughly optimized at this point — and companies wondering how else to trounce the competition — there’s now a race afoot for numerous startups looking to become the Salesforce of design. InVision is one of them. Just three months ago, the design collaboration startup raised $115 million in Series F funding at a $1.9 billion valuation. M...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Europe, Design, Adobe, Netherlands, Portugal, Sketch, Mac App Store, Benchmark, Invision, Figma, SA, Pieter Omvlee, Puttagunta


Microsoft’s flattest, most flexible, functional mouse yet

Curved when you want, flat when you need, the Arc Surface mouse by Microsoft follows a format it set a long time ago. The mouse comes as a flat, remote-ish shape and can bend/curve/arc into an ergonomic mouse when needed. When you’re done, the mouse unfolds and becomes flat again.The Arc Surface mouse, however, has a key difference that makes it rather useful and advanced. It ditches the clicking keys and scroll wheel for a touch surface, much like Apple’s Magic Mouse. The surface lets you perfo...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Gadgets, Design, Microsoft, Mouse, Desktops, Laptops, Product Design, Arc


Senator Elizabeth Warren Wants To Break Up Big Tech Companies, Including Apple

Wow. Senator Warren is dropping antitrust ideas as fast as, well, Facebook and Google and Amazon and Apple gobble up our time and privacy. After her Medium post didn’t mention Apple, Warren said she meant Apple as well, and she explained: “What was applied to railroad companies more than a hundred years ago, we need to now look at those tech platforms the same way.” – The Verge
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Art, Facebook, Elizabeth Warren, Ideas, Warren, 03.09.19, Apple Warren


The Next Big Tech Battle Will Be Between Apple And Facebook

And it will be about messaging. For more than a decade, they didn’t compete: “People bought iPhones, downloaded Facebook and Instagram, and spent large chunks of time on those social networks, while using Apple’s native apps for calling and texting. Facebook made money from the targeted ads in people’s feeds. Apple made money on the hardware, while its software kept users loyal.” – Slate
Tags: Apple, Art, Facebook, Instagram, Issues, 03.08.19


China hopes to bring solar power to space

China is looking to be the first country in the world to install a solar power outlet in space. Scientists at the China Academy of Space Technology are working on new technology to make solar power in space a reality, and they hope to have something in place by the year 2050. The story of China’s ambitious solar power initiative was first published by a newspaper ran by the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology. The scientists working on the project believe that installing solar power in...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Design, China, Nasa, Earth, Chongqing, Ministry of Science and Technology, China Academy of Space Technology, Pang Zhihao, Dezeen Zhihao, Zhihao


First, They Made a Six-Legged Robot. Now, They're Debuting a DIY Kit for Building Your Own.

Vincross's Hexa robot delighted—and in some cases creeped out—the internet. It scales rugged terrain and squeezes through tight spaces thanks to a camera and distance sensor, six algorithmically coordinated legs, and an AI "brain." Vincross was impressed with how creative backers got programming Hexa—MIND KIT expands the possibilities. Backers could use it to find sunny spots for their plants, survey construction areas, rock strollers, entertain pets, and hunt ghosts—and they didn't need a ton o...
Tags: Apple, Design, Crowdfunding, Tech, Kickstarter, Xu, Prototyping, Hexa, Vincross, Vincross COO Andy Xu


Shunned, seized and now celebrated: the porn paintings of Betty Tompkins

Inspired by her husband’s porn stash, the artist’s explicit work horrified galleries and customs officials. Now the world can’t get enough. We visit her New York studioWarning: adult contentBetty Tompkins sits slumped in her chair, knees wide apart, cheerfully reading from the phone in her hand with an attitude of scoffing amusement: “‘The venerable’, ‘the brilliant’, ‘the incomparable’, ‘the great living legend’ … ” She breaks off to frown and mutter: “How old am I?” Then she continues: “‘The f...
Tags: Apple, Art, New York, Women, Painting, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Exhibitions, Pornography, Soho, Tompkins, Manhattan Continue, Betty Tompkins


This foldable iPhone concept has the soul of a MacBook

Let’s ignore the fact that this conceptual iPhone XFold has the exact same format as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, because this who-did-it-first battle between iPhone and Samsung isn’t worth our time. It should be, however, more of a who-did-it-better battle. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is absolutely gorgeous, but the iPhone XFold looks like it would be a bigger commercial success… and that’s because the XFold’s design is instantly familiar.If you look at the iPhone X Fold’s OS, you see that it’s essenti...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Design, Samsung, Smartphone, Macbook, Cellphones, Display, Product Design, Foldable, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Foldable News, Roy Gilsing, xFold


Google’s Like ‘Oh, Let’s Just Go Ahead And Be Evil’

In other words, no, they’re not going to remove an app that lets Saudi men track and monitor and control their wives and domestic workers. It doesn’t violate Google’s terms of service, they say. (Apple hasn’t yet decided whether its similar app violates its TOS.) – Business Insider
Tags: Apple, Google, Art, Issues, 03.02.19


There’s A Massive Bidding War For TV Showrunners. Blame Netflix

Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, J.J. Abrams and their fellows are now getting nine-figure production deals, with next-rung creators like Mindy Kaling and Seth MacFarlane landing eight figures. Why? First Netflix, and then deep-pocketed Amazon and Apple, are competing with traditional studios to lock down the intellectual property those individuals create and supervise, and there are very few people who can do what they do. – Fast Company
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Art, Media, Seth Macfarlane, Mindy Kaling, First Netflix, 02.27.19, Shonda Rhimes Ryan Murphy J J Abrams


AirPods are now easier to find, carry and charge with this pal!

The AirPods are pretty great the way they are, but ask any designer and they’ll say that they could be much more. Ask designer Tang Gan of Pitaka and he’ll straight up tell you that the AirPods should A. Wirelessly charge, B. Have a longer battery life, and C. Not be so difficult to find inside a backpack. Combine those three insights and you get yourself the AirPodPal, an attachment that augments the abilities of the AirPods… or as Tang says, “Makes your AirPods easier to carry, charge & find...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Product Design, Tang, PITAKA, Tang Gan, EDCP Everyday Carry Power Bank Crafted


Huawei’s folding phone marks an interesting turning point for Android

As of now, we stand at a rather interesting junction. Samsung, Huawei, Apple. These three companies are the largest manufacturers of phones, and up until now, the leading two were playing catch-up to Apple in terms of innovative design. With Huawei’s Mate X, we can officially say that the two companies have finally moved onto bigger, more different things. Following Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launch, the Mate X is the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker’s attempt at folding phones.The Mate X fe...
Tags: Apple, Design, Samsung, Cellphones, Huawei, Mobile World Congress, Product Design, Samsung Huawei, Folding Phone, Galaxy Fold, Mate X


#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world AoiroStudioFeb 26, 2019 It's finally here, a couple weeks ago Apple has been running its contest for the best and the winners are here. The selected winners will be featured on billboards in selected cities, Apple retail stores and online. It's nice to see the winners are coming from a range of iPhone models, from iPhone XS Max to iPhone 7. We took the liberty of sharing them all on ABDZ inclu...
Tags: Apple, Design, Instagram, US, Andrew Griswold, Singapore Germany Belarus Israel, Dina Alfasi Follow @dinalf Elizabeth Scarrott, Bernard Antolin, Robert Glaser


Sphero's BB-8 Rolled into Robot Fame. Their RVR Prototypes Open Up a Much Wider Universe of Possibilities.

Sphero's RVR prototypes expand on the functionality that made their BB-8 bot a household name. Late one night in 2015, the Sphero team gathered in their Boulder, Colorado, offices to watch Star Wars Celebration Live, a 30-hour live stream hyping the first new Star Wars movie to come out in 10 years. The team knew something other fans didn't: this would be fans' first look at BB-8, a lovable new droid character. Disney had licensed their team to make it, but no one had spoken publicly about it...
Tags: Apple, Design, Microsoft, Crowdfunding, Disney, Nintendo, Boulder, Roomba, Sphero, Wilson, Kathleen Kennedy, Kalman, BURNETT, J J Abrams, Boulder Colorado, Ryan Burnett


Apple made the AirPods, Pitaka made them better!

The AirPods are pretty great the way they are, but ask any designer and they’ll say that they could be much more. Ask designer Tang Gan of Pitaka and he’ll straight up tell you that the AirPods should A. Wirelessly charge, B. Have a longer battery life, and C. Not be so difficult to find inside a backpack. Combine those three insights and you get yourself the AirPodPal, an attachment that augments the abilities of the AirPods… or as Tang says, “Makes your AirPods easier to carry, charge & find...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Popular, Product Design, Random, Tang, AirPods, PITAKA, AirPodPal, Tang Gan, AirPods Pitaka, EDCP Everyday Carry Power Bank Crafted


This USB-C To Lightning Cable Gives Your Apple Device Superpowers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that the USB-C standard is one of the biggest and best things to happen to consumer gadgets. The port is universal and is capable of doing quite a lot, including both power and data transfer. USB-C can power anything from a smartphone to a laptop, is capable of much higher data transfer speeds, and probably the most important feature yet… fast charging.Companies are eager to jump onto the USB-C bandwagon, with big players like Griffin, Belkin,...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Ces, Macbook, Lightning, Lightning cable, Anker, Product Design, Apple MFi, Cascade Cable, Griffin Belkin, Apple MFI Lightning, Cascade Cable Since Apple, Admiral Galaxy Anchor and Black Magic


Reader Submitted: SmartBowl: Homeware from Hardware

This rubber sleeve wraps tightly around smart hubs to transform hardware into homeware.At the moment, technology is on the home, against the home, and fighting for your attention. In the future, tech hardware will blend in, perhaps using its exterior, physical surfaces for our benefit—instead of simply protecting its own internals.To materialize this vision, I designed a flexible sleeve that wraps around both the Apple TV and Phillips Hue Bridge (two of the most popular smart home objects) to cr...
Tags: Apple, Design, Reader Projects, Phillips Hue Bridge


Verizon pledges $1 billion for programs that help the environment

Verizon is fulfilling its promise to better the environment. Keeping true to its commitment to corporate responsibility, the telecommunications company has allocated $1 billion to spend on programs that have a positive impact on the environment. Last year, Verizon committed to convert 50 percent of its energy consumption to renewable sources over the next six years. To that end, Verizon borrowed $1 billion worth of funds from green bonds to pay for projects that invest in renewable energy sourc...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Design, Spain, Denmark, Miami, Telefonica, Puerto Rico, Jim Gown, Copenhagen Verizon


What if Microsoft made a smartphone 15 years before Apple did?

The year is, well 1995, and Windows has just released an operating system that defines the company’s future, and pretty much the future of computing too. I’m talking about the extremely revolutionary (for its time) Windows 95. The graphical user interface based software spread like wildfire, becoming arguably the first professionally and personally used OS for Microsoft. Just for a second imagine if the past were different. If mobile computing devices did exist in 1995, and Microsoft beat Apple ...
Tags: Apple, Design, Microsoft, Windows, Smartphone, Cellphones, Product Design, Henrique Perticarati, WinPhone 95, 95, Henrique Perticarati. Microsoft


Sony’s smart-band adds smartwatch functionality to your analog timepiece

When Apple first debuted the Watch, kicking off the wearable/smartwatch trend, people (including the Swiss) thought it would spell doom for the analog timepiece industry, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. What’s worth noting is that the smartwatch could never replace the finely crafted analog timepiece, because their target audiences were completely different. A person who marvels in and pioneers the finely-tuned, hand-crafted intricate analog timepiece would never want to replace that wit...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Wearable, Band, Smartwatch, Watches, Sony, Product Design, Wena


YD Job Alert: Apple is looking for talented Industrial Designers!

Imagine getting to be an industrial designer at Apple! The company has been such an indomitable force over the past decades that it has arguably created, shattered, and evolved industries, technologies, categories, trends, and even boundaries! The one company that everyone looks to for design inspiration, Apple is clearly at the epicenter of consumer design and tech. With an incredibly revolutionary and secretive design team led by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson, Apple has been able to go from...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Jonathan Ive, Job Board, Product Design, Cupertino California, Marc-Newson, Industrial Designer, YD Job Alert, Marc Newson Apple, Apple Industrial Design Group, LOCATION Cupertino California USA


Alexis Houssou on How to Know If Your Company is Right for Venture Capital Funding

This interview is part of a series featuring the presenters who participated in this year's Core77 Conference, "Now What? Launching & Growing Your Creative Business", a one-day event aimed to equip attendees with tangible skills and toolkits to help produce and promote their products or services. Alexis Houssou, co-founder of the venture firm Hardware Club, worked with his business partner to upend the typical structure of venture capital firm. They didn't just want to fund successful hardwa...
Tags: Apple, Europe, UK, Design, Entrepreneurship, Africa, Tech, Harvard, Hardware Club, Bristol Robotics Lab, Carly Ayres, Core77 Conference, Pedro Sanches, Sina Sohrab, Alexis Houssou, Houssou


The Incredible Pressure of Building a Shower Head—One With the Potential to Save a Billion Gallons of Water

After years of tough engineering challenges, the Nebia 2.0 is a feat of elegant industrial engineering that pulls inspiration from agricultural irrigation, office furniture, and fuel injection.  California was in a drought—its worst in recorded history. And for much of 2014, Bret Recor had been trying to convince a Mexico City-based hardware team to show him a showerhead that they had designed to cut water use by as much as 85 percent. Now, he was finally sitting in a San Francisco hotel room,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Home Depot, Design, California, Mexico, San Francisco, Tesla, Nasa, Mexico City, Tim Cook, Kickstarter, Epa, Eric Schmidt, Cto, Carlos


An ambient-music-playing ambient light

Now this is a purely personal opinion so don’t @ me, but when I think of a good smart-light or a good smart-speaker, I’m thinking of a product that’s ingenious and creative, not internet-connected. I personally think Alexa-enabled speakers are great, but they’re not something I’d own. I don’t need myself a speaker or a camera in my house that spies on every single thing I do or say in the interest of ‘internet connectivity’ and convenience. I’m saying, if I want to play a song, I’ll play a son...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Silicon Valley, DAL, Popular, Lighting, Alexa, Product Design, Random, Jay Lee, Dal Light and Sound, Jay LeeClick


Avoid allergies this spring with these 7 natural remedies

The 2019 allergy season is almost here, and that means many of us will soon be dealing with frequent sneezing and coughing, congestion, runny noses, headaches and watery, itchy eyes. The spring allergy season in the United States usually starts in February and lasts until the summer, thanks to tree and grass pollination. Climate factors that can affect your seasonal allergy symptoms include things like pollen counts and mold growing in areas of high heat and humidity. Rainfalls and warm, windy ...
Tags: Apple, Design, United States, Bangkok, Cleveland Clinic, ACV, European Journal of Allergy, Exercise Research, Michael Benninger



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