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Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Lexus just loves is spindle grille, even if many absolutely hate it. It is staying steadfast in its decision to keep the design alive indefinitely. But it's doing more than keeping it alive. It's also spreading it further. Now the controversial grille design is making its way to the car maker's midsize sedan, starting with the 2016 Lexus ES. But while that particular element might be its most glaring difference from its predecessors, the car actually remains somewhat unchanged in other areas, perhaps to minimize the shock people might have.

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da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D printer brings 3D printing to the masses

da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D printer brings 3D printing to the masses

If you have ever thought that having a 3D printer would be cool only to look at the price of 3D printers and decided the purchase isn't in your budget, the da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D printer might change your mind. This is the most affordable 3D printer on the market and sells for $349. With many other 3D printers running into the thousands of dollars, the Junior 1.0 is priced well for the masses.

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Latest Lego Ideas kit, Titanic could be most massive yet

Latest Lego Ideas kit, Titanic could be most massive yet

The latest design to reach the second stage of Lego Ideas product development is an enormous replica of the Titanic. If this Lego kit makes it all the way to production, it would be the biggest single kit every produced. The project was designed for Lego Ideas which is a crowdsourced platform that can bring anyone's concepts for a new Lego set to fruition. If a project gathers 10,000 supporters on the site, then it will be eligible for a special review after which it could go into production.

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Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Batmobiles these are not, but they could very well be closest you can get, especially one that you can actually legally drive and flaunt around. Motorsports giant Don Panoz and DeltaWing LLC last month filed for not one but two patents over arrow-shaped road cars, a dream that the Nissan BladeGlider once inspired and now has seemingly given up on. Simply called "Street Cars", these design patents are anything but simple. Sadly, based on the designs, only one of them might actually be practical to drive on streets.

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HTC has a new lead designer (again)

HTC has a new lead designer (again)

Not even a full year has passed since Scott Croyle, the designer who brought us the One M7 and One M8, ‘transitioned’ himself out of HTC’s main design lab. Succeeding him was Jonah Becker, who was billed as a capable stand-in for Croyle. The two came to HTC six years ago when the Taiwanese firm snatched up their design studio, One & Co. With Croyle already taking his leave, HTC is now confirming Becker has also left the company. Succeeding him is in-house candidate Daniel Hundt.

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Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Some people are advised to think out of the box in order to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Yamaha might have done exactly just that, almost literally, and without any real problem to solve. It has taken engineers and designers from its Yamaha Corporation, which makes musical instruments, and from its Yamaha Motor Company, which makes bikes, out of their respective work boxes and put them in each other's shoes. The goal: to come up with designs for the respective products that incorporate the sometimes incompatible ideas and thinking of another.

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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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