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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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Lenovo ThinkPad Retro isn’t real – but it could be

Lenovo ThinkPad Retro isn’t real – but it could be

Lenovo's Vice President of Corporate Identity and Design David Hill teases a retro-inspired ThinkPad notebook. And the crowd goes wild. The design language originated back in 1992 by designer Richard Sapper here is mixed with a machine with new interior, high-end hardware, and what we can assume will be the newest in new Windows 10 software. While Hill hasn't confirmed the existence of this ThinkPad Retro notebook, he's certainly made a good case for it to exist. If ThinkPad fans have anything to say about it, the ThinkPad Retro will soon be on its way.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10’s new wallpaper, a logo made of light

Microsoft reveals Windows 10’s new wallpaper, a logo made of light

With the consumer release of Windows 10 quickly approaching, Microsoft has decided it's time to unveil the new default desktop image that will be shipping with the new operating system, and thus what many users afraid of customization will be looking at for some time. This time, they're going with a classic Windows logo, which hasn't been done since Windows 7's default wallpaper. That's about it, a Windows logo in a pretty blue color. Just kidding. Actually there's a story behind it that Microsoft felt like sharing in a video.

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Dropbox for Android gets design update, new features

Dropbox for Android gets design update, new features

Dropbox for Android has received an update that focuses on the app’s design and boosts its usability, the company has announced. Dropbox says there are new features in addition to the updated design, and included among them is the addition of a “plus” button for snapping a photo (among other things) and putting it straight into a folder, improvements to tools for finding files on the service, changes to file sharing controls, and more. The update is rolling out to users now.

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Swedish airport climate pods show you what the weather is like elsewhere

Swedish airport climate pods show you what the weather is like elsewhere

I'd wager that most of us have been traveling and spent a lot of time looking at weather reports trying to get an idea what conditions will be like at our destinations. The catch is that if you are used to warm or cold weather at your home, it can be hard to wrap your brain around just what conditions vastly different from what you are used to will feel like. The Arland airport in Stockholm, Sweden has three climate-controlled rooms that will show you exactly what the weather will feel like.

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Scalevo wheelchair uses retracting treads to go up and down stairs

Scalevo wheelchair uses retracting treads to go up and down stairs

Most public buildings around the US have ramps that allow those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues to get where they are going without having to use the stairs. At times, the issue for people bound to wheelchairs is that the ramps might be at different entrances to the building making it a hassle to get in and out. A new wheelchair has debuted called the Scalevo that makes it easy for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs.

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Netflix rolling out its ‘first major update’ in years

Netflix rolling out its ‘first major update’ in years

Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a big update, something it says is its 'first major update' in the past four years. It is making its way to users now, and involves a complete rehash of the user interface that brings with it easier and faster ways to find the content you want. The previous interface (which is still the current one for many users) was white and introduced last summer, and not well liked among users. This latest interface is more akin to what some smart TV and set-top box users have enjoyed.

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Robot 3D prints steel bridge on location

Robot 3D prints steel bridge on location

There are so many uses for a 3D printer today in business and prototyping that the use of the devices will continue to grow. A new type of 3D printer has been created that is designed to print much larger projects that the typical 3D printer in a lab or business can handle. Typically, we think of a 3D printer as only making small components. The 3D printing robotic arms created by Autodesk and MX3D can print bridges.

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Japan’s Takram develops paper-based input for projected display

Japan’s Takram develops paper-based input for projected display

The idea of collaborating with coworkers in person while using a tablet the size of a table-top has always sounded cool — it was Microsoft's first vision for the Surface, after all — but it's still likely to be a long ways off. However, Japanese design firm Takram has come up with an idea for an interactive digital table that is just as cool, but even more elegant in execution. It's completely based on paper, or rather "On the Fly Paper," and it developed for Intel's Japanese Collaboration Center.

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Audi’s S3 super limited edition will come in 5 colors

Audi’s S3 super limited edition will come in 5 colors

Remember the Audi S3 that we took out for a drive last year? We noted that the sedan delivered its promised of performance that won't fight you, albeit with a rather playful streak. We also noted, however, that the design, while distinctive, was more low key. But now true fans of the car have a chance to make them shout, with a splash of color and a stitch of luxury inside. Audi has just confirmed an extremely limited exclusive edition of the S3 that will come in five striking colors.

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“Virtually borderless” ZTE nubia Z9 coming to the US in Q3

“Virtually borderless” ZTE nubia Z9 coming to the US in Q3

ZTE is definitely proud of its newest flagship which is why, unlike its usual procedure, it is wasting no time to bring the nubia Z9 to the US. Making a rather bold but perhaps totally appropriate statement with a large ad at New York's Time Square, which ZTE claims to be the world's fashion capital, the ZTE nubia Z9 boasts not of not just an intriguing and stylish "virtually borderless" design, but also an intriguing new way to use your smartphone, utilizing the edges of the device to launch commonly used apps or actions.

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