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E-ink traffic signs debut in Australia

E-ink traffic signs debut in Australia

The same technology used on the display of your Amazon Kindle is now appearing in traffic signs in Sydney, Australia. While e-ink may not have the same visual punch as the OLED display on a smartphone, the technology is great for its low power consumption and easy visibility in various lighting conditions. That's probably the exact reason the Australian Road and Maritime Services (RMS) has gone with e-ink in traffic signs used for special events, which need to be updated frequently and easily seen by drivers.

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iPhone 7 may look more like iPhone 4 than 6

iPhone 7 may look more like iPhone 4 than 6

Today we're having a peek at the possibility that the iPhone 7 could return to its slightly more retro "4" roots in look and feel. A refined look that worries more about fashionability than it does about falling to the ground, breaking into a million pieces. We're talking about glass on the back of this next iPhone, not just sides that are (once again) flat. In the following patent, Apple speaks about methods and means for cutting into a "highly reflective and smooth surface" on the iPhone.

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Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

While few will probably contest the technical capabilities of Android, the platform and its apps has traditionally been criticized for its less than pleasant aesthetics. That all changed in the era of Material Design and now Google is taking it one step further. It has just acquired Pixate and its prototyping software of the same name. This adds a new tool to Google's belt of design and development apps and services that make creating mobile apps less of a chore and more of a joy.

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OPPO Mirror 5 tries to dazzle with its cut-glass rear

OPPO Mirror 5 tries to dazzle with its cut-glass rear

We could almost say it's just smoke and mirrors, almost literally. Minus the smoke of course. OPPO has just announced the Mirror 5, to be available in South Asia, Southeast Asia, MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and Mexico, with a note about a hidden US-compatible model. The most memorable part of this smartphone will probably not be its specs, which are a mix of rather low to mid range components, but its rather unusual exterior that makes it look more luxurious than it actually is.

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Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

The first day of this month brought with it a refreshed Facebook logo, one that differed just enough from the original that most users could stare at it for a while and wonder if something was different. The change, it seems, was to make the logo a little more modern, a little more relevant, while retaining its defining characteristics. That wasn’t the end of the social network’s design tinkering, however, and one of its designer's recently detailed how the friends icon was tweaked in recent months.

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Material Design Lite web framework brings style to websites

Material Design Lite web framework brings style to websites

Google introduced Material Design last summer, and now about a year later it has introduced Material Design Lite, a web framework for bringing the design language to the Web. Google makes various promises about it, including that it “gracefully degrades in older browsers”, all the while bringing a Material Design look to a website through JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. The components library gives access to various items like badges and buttons, while customization options lend it all a personal touch.

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Leaked OnePlus 2 sketches hint at dual camera setup

Leaked OnePlus 2 sketches hint at dual camera setup

The clues leading to the OnePlus 2 are piling up even as we barely have a month left before we see the real thing. Although OnePlus itself is only too happy to tease its fans, this recent batch doesn't come from the horse's mouth. Someone somewhere leaked out design sketches for the upcoming "flagship killer part deux" and it has some very interesting tidbits. Provided you give it credence of course. Aside from confirming rumors of a glass and metal build, the drawings also suggest that there might be a dual camera ala HTC.

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Facebook has subtly redesigned its logo

Facebook has subtly redesigned its logo

Companies update their logos on occasion -- sometimes drastically, sometimes subtly. Facebook has quietly updated its own, and it has gone with the latter of the two extremes. The changes are subtle, and if you aren't the type to pay much attention to such things you might not have even noticed. Those who are familiar with the old Facebook logo will notice a couple slight differences, though, with the letter “a” being the biggest difference: it has been changed to reflect how most people write it rather than the traditional typist style. Other letters like the “k” hardly changed at all.

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The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

A group of Swiss engineers has created what looks like the amusement park ride most likely to kill you Final Destination style. The ride is called The Tourbillion, which is a French word that translates to whirlwind. It was created by a Swiss firm called ABC Rides and it looks insane. It has taken three years to create The Tourbillion and the ride is finally ready to be unveiled to the world.

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LEGO Maker program aims to put robotic bricks in creators’ hands

LEGO Maker program aims to put robotic bricks in creators’ hands

LEGO announces their next effort to engage the creators of the world with LEGO "prototyping kits". These kits will be sent out to 50 "makers" as a part of their "Are You a LEGO Maker?" program, encouraging people to create the most innovative pieces of industrial design they can conjure up. With LEGO bricks, of course. LEGO is also providing makers access to a LEGO MINDSTORMS Expert Builder "who can offer suggestions and guidance" as well as inspiration from the Lemelson Center.

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