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HTC defends One A9 design, will roll out to M, Desire lines

HTC defends One A9 design, will roll out to M, Desire lines

The HTC One A9, which the Taiwanese OEM just unveiled Tuesday, is technically an OK, if not great, Android smartphone. Sadly, all its strengths, and even its weaknesses, will be drowned out by its one glaring feature, or misfeature, depending on who you ask. To almost everyone except HTC, the One A9 looks too eerily similar to Apple's new design that debuted on the iPhone 6. Of course, HTC is denying that accusation by doing perhaps what it should not: calling Apple the actual copycat instead.

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Lexus made a live-size IS sedan with laser-cut cardboard

Lexus made a live-size IS sedan with laser-cut cardboard

Following Lexus' Hoverboard concept, and the RC-F with glowing, heartbeat-projecting paint, the car maker's latest art/technology project involves cardboard. A lot of cardboard, in fact. Down to the last detail, Lexus has created an exact replica of its new IS sedan using 1,700 pieces of laser-cut cardboard. The model even goes so far as interior details like the seats, steering wheel, and dashboard. Oh, and did we mention that it actually works?

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Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Curved displays notwithstanding, the physical design of televisions hasn't really changed, except to get thinner and thinner. They are simply rectangle screens with a minimal border frame. Well, Samsung has come up with something different, and it's inspired font design: the Serif TV, as in a serif typeface, or one with those little ligatures on the letters. The TV is the result of a collaboration with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and is said to have originated from the capital letter "I" in a serif font.

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Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch has 57 complications

Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch has 57 complications

Mechanical watches are works of beauty on the outside and inside with many having multiple complications and high levels of fit and finish. One of the most famous of all mechanical watchmakers is a company called Vacheron Constantin and the company has unveiled what it claims to b the most complicated watch ever made. The watch is called the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch and it has 57 complications.

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This whiskey glass lets you enjoy booze in microgravity

This whiskey glass lets you enjoy booze in microgravity

Japanese distillery Suntory has already sent a batch of its finest whiskey to be aged in space, but what about when it comes time for astronauts and other space dwellers to partake of a drink? Whiskey deserves something more dignified than a vacuum-sealed pouch with a straw. That's why distillery Ballantine, with the help of Open Space Agency’s James Parr, has designed a glass specifically drinking whiskey in microgravity.

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De Rosa SK Pininfarina carbon fiber bicycles look good going fast

De Rosa SK Pininfarina carbon fiber bicycles look good going fast

Pininfarina is an Italian design company known for creating some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Cars aren’t all the company designs and its latest project are some very sexy and high-end racing bicycles. The bikes are the De Rosa SK Pininfarina and they were unveiled at the Europbike show in Germany.

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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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Ferroflow – A Lava-lamp made with magnetizable liquid

Ferroflow – A Lava-lamp made with magnetizable liquid

If we give you terms like Brownian motion, nano technology and ferromagnetic fluid, you’d probably brush them aside as complicated science terms, better kept under the lid. However, if we represent the same as this enigmatic creation by designer Matt Robinson, called the Ferroflow, hopefully we have intrigued your curiosity.

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Architects are crowdfunding Lord of the Rings’ city Minas Tirith for $2.9B

Architects are crowdfunding Lord of the Rings’ city Minas Tirith for $2.9B

Here is a crowdfunding campaign to rule them all. A group of UK architects have begun an IndieGoGo campaign to raise roughly $2.9 billion that will be used to build a real life Minas Tirith, the beautiful, and very much fictional city from The Lord of the Rings. The group, which is led by Jonathan Wilson, is made up of architects and structural engineers who are clearly huge LotR fans. Their goal is build the fully livable city into the side of a mountain, as it was depicted in the LotR films.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 debuts new art style at Gamescom

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 debuts new art style at Gamescom

The last time the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 was shown off publicly was during E3 in June. It featured a graphics style that was very reminiscent of the series' classics THPS 1-4, albeit a bit more advanced because of today's gaming hardware. Characters were representative of the real-world skaters, even accounting for the older ages of some of them. That feeling of nostalgia extended to the game's controls and level designs. But at the Gamescom event in Germany this week, THPS5 is being presented with a slightly altered graphics style.

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Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Tires are a very important part of any vehicle because they are the sole contact between the car and the road. Different tires are needed in different conditions, this is why drivers in many cold weather states have to swap to special winter tires during snowy months. Kumho has a new concept tire called the Maxplo that is designed to change its shape depending on driving conditions.

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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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