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YouTube is testing new Material look, you can test it too

YouTube is testing new Material look, you can test it too

Back in 2014, in preparation for what was then still codenamed "Android L", Google revealed the new Material Design language that would permeate not just Android but the rest of its products, both on the Web and on Chrome. Two years later, Google is still having a go at it, refining Material Design and implementing it in bits and pieces. The latest to get that incremental face lift seems to be YouTube, as the video streaming service is now semi-secretly testing a slightly new look in line with the newer nuances of Material Design.

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Instagram has a new black-and-white design in testing

Instagram has a new black-and-white design in testing

Instagram has seldom tweaked with its design, but that could be changing soon. Screenshots have surfaced showing a black-and-white design that ditches the common blue and other colorful elements in favor of a plain ol’ monochromatic theme. Joining the new color scheme are some redesigned icons, as well, indicating that a minor overhaul may be in the pipeline.

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Dear HP: Your new logo is amazing and you should use it everywhere

Dear HP: Your new logo is amazing and you should use it everywhere

This week we got our first look at the HP Spectre 13.3 - and with it, the newest (and yet old) HP logo. This logo is fantastic. It was originally designed all the way back in 2011 by the folks at Moving Brands, and here in 2016, HP tells us that they'll use the logo for their premium products only. They also suggested that they'd also wanted to use the full "Hewlett Packard" branding on high-end machines for this year - that is, until they split the company in late 2015, and the rights to the name went in a different direction.

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Google Play family icons updated with consistent designs

Google Play family icons updated with consistent designs

Soon the Google Play family of icons on your Android device will look different, and yet oddly similar. Google announced a design refresh for the icon family today, saying the new designs — each of which feature a triangle akin to the Google Play icon — are more consistent with each other, and better show their relationship within the overall Google Play family.

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Dual Antenna for Broadcast TV is surprisingly small

Dual Antenna for Broadcast TV is surprisingly small

Researchers from the University of Morelos in Mexico have created a new and very small broadcast TV antenna that promises good TV reception in a very small package. The device is called the Reception Box and it is only 11cm L x 6.5cm W x 6mm thick and weighs in at 12 grams. Once the antenna is coated it is only 80g. The designers say that in parts of the US like California, the antenna could pick up the signal of 70 local channels.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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Nefertiti bust secretly scanned, 3D model released to public

Nefertiti bust secretly scanned, 3D model released to public

The Bust of Queen Nefertiti has resided in the Neues Museum in Berlin since German archaeologists nabbed it from an Egyptian site in the early 1900s. It is one of the museum’s biggest bragging points, and is a hot point of contention among many: Egypt has long sought to bring it home, and many have pressed the museum to return it. Two artists have taken things a step further, though -- they secretly created a 3D scan of the bust and have made the model public.

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Asthma inhaler prototype is nearly as slim as a credit card

Asthma inhaler prototype is nearly as slim as a credit card

Asthma inhalers have largely had the same design for a very long time, and for good reason: they're relatively lightweight and small, and can be slipped into a pocket. Still, they're highly conspicuous and no one likes to pull them out in public for an impromptu puff; as well, having to carry it around is burdensome if it is reserved for the rare occasional asthma attack rather than daily use. That's where this new ultra-slim inhaler prototype comes in.

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NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

Early last year, NASA released some images styled after retro travel posters, each of the three presenting artistic representations of alien landscapes and the activities one might do in those places. They were a big hit with the public, with space enthusiasts and dreamers alike having them printed as posters. Thanks to Invisible Creatures, we've been graced with three new posters, each of which the studio had created for NASA as part of an internal project.

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NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

In New York, in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, there’s an apartment complex in the works called Perch that is the first of its kind. Built to “Passive House” standards, the complex is being designed to use between 80% and 90% less energy than the same sort of structure built to common standards. It will do this while providing the same sort of urban living structure city dwellers have come to expect, however.

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Exoskeleton lets paraplegics walk away from wheelchairs

Exoskeleton lets paraplegics walk away from wheelchairs

One of the goals of medical device designers and engineers is to invent an exoskeleton that will allow those who are paralyzed to walk again. That reality is coming true, but the exoskeletons are still very expensive at this stage. One of the least expensive exoskeletons on the market is this Phoenix system made by a company called SuitX.

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Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Material Design, the rather striking design language that Google introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, wasn't meant to be limited to Android only. It was created to permeate all of Google's digital presence, from mobile to the Web. While we have indeed seen that happen in most cases, one app that has been left in the old age is Google's very portal to the Web, the Chrome web browser. That is finally tstarting to change. Two years in the making, Google is finally on the fast track to make give Chrome some more Material.

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