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New Kia Optima renders betray curves, Sportspace look

New Kia Optima renders betray curves, Sportspace look

In a span of a decade, Korean car maker Kia went from almost a nobody to someone that people took notice of. That success is attributed in no small part to the Optima, which has become Kia's poster boy since then. But the first Optima is five years old and long overdue a refresh. Given it's importance of the name, Kia undoubtedly feels pressured to replicate that success in the successor as well. With these pair of renders of the new Optima, however, Kia might have very little to worry about.

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Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

There's a lot to like about Windows 10, with one very big exception: its icon sets. For many, the first glimpse at the icons produced a sort of visceral disgust. The design had regressed notably, with some likening it to Windows XP-level quality, except worse because they were paired with Windows 10's otherwise beautiful design. Users were quick to voice their harsh criticism about the icons, so much so that Microsoft has pushed out some revised versions about which it is actively seeking feedback. The problem is that they're not much better.

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Apple videos show what Apple Watches are made of

Apple videos show what Apple Watches are made of

So Apple has finally released the final, or semi-final, details of the Apple Watch and many are probably left drooling over the smartwatches, or maybe fainting at the price tags. But if you're any sort of a design conscious user, you might just as well be interested in the thought and process that went into crafting this amalgamation of technology and art. Luckily for you, Apple has just released some videos that briefly explain the materials used in making the smartwatches, hopefully leaving you drooling again over such fine materials.

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Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

It's not a bird, and it's not a plane. This strange and unique object is the newest 3D-printed instrument from Monad Studio by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberb. The sculptural instrument is a part of their Abyecto series, which explores the relationship between sound and art. The design project takes its name, Abyecto, from the word abject which means wretched or deplorable. Showcased here is their 3D-printed, piezoelectric violin. It appears almost alien in nature, but it is designed to be played in the same way as a conventional violin.

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Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding records are being smashed right and left. We showed you Indiegogo's Flow Hive at the beginning of their fund. To catch you up, they asked for a measly $70,000 USD. Now, they broke the record for the most funds ever raised by a single project on Indiegogo. They raised $5.3 million USD for Flow Hive. Flow Hive broke the previous record on Indiegogo of $5 million USD raised by Hour of Code which aims to teach 100 million students, who don't have access to computer science courses, how to code.

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Ive’s Logic: larger iPhone battery will make you use it less

Ive’s Logic: larger iPhone battery will make you use it less

There's a growing trend when it comes to our smartphones and battery life. As our devices get more sophisticated, their uptimes get conversely smaller. There are two immediate ways to get around this hunger for power. You either start bringing along power banks or power cases, or you hope that your OEM starts putting in larger batteries, in which case the smartphone itself gets larger. Apple, however, isn't giving in to the trend and is keeping its smaller, non-removable batteries. Why? Because you wouldn't want to a larger battery. Or so says Apple's Jonathan Ive.

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Apple Watch appears in Hong Kong fashion magazine

Apple Watch appears in Hong Kong fashion magazine

If you're pining to get your hands on the Apple Watch, we've got a few more pictures of it to get you excited. A fashion magazine in Hong Kong has shown off the watch -- somewhat indirectly -- in a spread alongside men's fashion. The magazine is called "East Touch", and there are four photographs in total, each of them showing Apple Watch being worn by a model adorned with different outfits. The watch's styles and colors change to match the outfits, and while they're not the most detailed images, they do show how the watch looks in "everyday" usage.

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Flow Hive makes it easy to get honey from beehives

Flow Hive makes it easy to get honey from beehives

Many people around the world gather honey from their own beehives. The process of gathering the honey normally requires lots of effort and stress on the gatherer and the bees. A new type of honey gathering system has debuted that makes gathering the honey much better for all involved and it is called Flow Hive.

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Astropad App Transforms iPad into Sketch Board for Mac

Astropad App Transforms iPad into Sketch Board for Mac

Astropad is a new app that could change the graphic design industry. It allows you to use your iPad as a sketching board that transfers directly to your Mac. Just load your favorite program, like Photoshop, and use your own stylus to create sketches shown wirelessly on your Mac in real time. Now, instead of having to by an a new expensive design tablet, like a Wacom pad, you can use your own iPad to create new designs or make painstaking edits to the family portraits.

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Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

We've seeing an increasing number of technologies being integrated into cars, but sometimes we wonder when is too much, well, too much. Rinspeed, a Swiss automaker that specializes in putting out concept cars, may have just reached that peak. Budii, it's latest concept, incorporates many of the technologies and features you might want to see in the car of the future. But it does so in a way and in a design that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what happened on the drawing board.

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