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Samsung Dual-Display Notebook concept hands-on

Samsung Dual-Display Notebook concept hands-on

Samsung's Windows 8 line-up at IFA wasn't limited to just the ATIV range; the company also had some interesting concepts to show, of which the most usable was a Dual-Display Notebook. Resembling one of Samsung's slick Windows ultrabooks from face-on, close the notebook's lid and there was a second display to be found, turning the machine into a slate-format tablet.

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Your next Samsung could learn to love your smile

Your next Samsung could learn to love your smile

Heterogeneous System Architecture might not be a phrase that trips off your tongue right now, but if AMD, TI and - in a quiet addition - Samsung have their way, you could be taking advantage of it to interact with the computers of tomorrow. AMD VP Phil Rogers, president of the HSA Foundation, filled his IFA keynote with futurology and waxing lyrical about how PCs, tablets and other gadgets will react to not only touch and gestures, but body language and eye contact, among other things. Check out the concept demo after the cut.

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2005 iPhone “Purple” design revealed to squash Samsung’s copy claims

2005 iPhone “Purple” design revealed to squash Samsung’s copy claims

Apple has revealed details on an early iPhone prototype device, codenamed "Purple", which the company says destroys Samsung's argument that it hypocritically copied Sony hardware. According to Apple's filing, its designers captured what went on to be the ethos of the iPhone aesthetic back in 2005 - with Purple looking strikingly similar to the iPhone 4 launched several years later, in fact - ahead of a "design exercise" where Apple designer Shin Nishibori was tasked to take one of those concepts and give it a Sony spin. This, Apple argues, was a "role-playing" game questioning "what would Sony do if they were us?"

 

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Microsoft enlists “Special Projects” chief to replace shuttered skunkworks

Microsoft enlists “Special Projects” chief to replace shuttered skunkworks

Microsoft has enlisted a new "out-of-the-box thinking" tsar in an attempt to break into new markets, with new Strategic and Special Projects VP Mark Penn responsible for a crack team of imagination warriors. Currently CEO of PR firm Burson-Masteller and polling specialists Penn Schoen Berland LLC, Penn's abilities in tracking new and untapped consumer trends are what Microsoft says it's most keen on harnessing, particularly in the aftermath of its first ever public loss announced yesterday.

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Lamp post + Umbrella = The Lampbrella

Lamp post + Umbrella = The Lampbrella

Ever been caught out in the rain without an umbrella? We feel your pain. A Russian designer by the name of Mikhail Belyaev has come up with a cool concept that could solve the problem by using street lamps. Belyaev’s idea would see umbrellas automatically deploying from street lamps when it begins to rain, providing shelter for those looking to avoid getting drenched.

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The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

Think Microsoft and what do you get: old, enterprise, and well behind the times, perhaps? Not if one designer has his way; Andrew Kim may not have a contract with Microsoft, but that hasn't stopped him crafting a whole new branding strategy that ditches the "Windows" pane of today and replaces it with a crisp parallelogram Kim calls the "slate", before pulling in Windows Phone, Surface, Office, and Windows under some straightforward new headings.

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Iris camera concept reinvents blink detection

Iris camera concept reinvents blink detection

General camera use may well have been heavily cannibalized by cellphone cameras, but that hasn't stopped innovative concepts from attempting to rework the way we shoot photos. Iris, by designer Mimi Zou, is just one such unusual approach: rather than anything so mundane as a button to fire off a frame, Iris watches the user just as keenly as it does their subject, activating the shutter-release when they blink.

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iPhone 5 renders show most amazing vision yet

iPhone 5 renders show most amazing vision yet

This morning several renders (read: 3D illustrations) have been released showing an iPhone 5 concept that take us closer to the rumored Apple device than we've ever visually gotten before. What we're looking at here are several views of what one 3D illustrator by the name of Martin Urecht presents as "Could it be? Based on leaked videos/photos", the set of images you're about to view modeled in the rendering application Rhinoceros 3D.

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Renault unveils Alpine A110-50 concept car

Renault unveils Alpine A110-50 concept car

Want to see a new concept car that looks extremely cool? Of course you do. Renault has officially unveiled the Alpine A110-50 concept car at the Monaco Grand Prix. Renault reportedly didn’t want to design a retro looking car and has instead taken some design cues from the Renault DeZir first seen in 2010. The car will house a 24-valve V6 engine underneath the hood which is capable of producing 400 horsepower and 311 foot pounds of torque.

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