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Microsoft defends Xbox One design

Microsoft defends Xbox One design

Just as vocal as the enthusiasm around the new Xbox One reveal were those who thought the console looks like an old VCR; now, Microsoft is fighting back with an explanation as to why, exactly, the next-gen hardware is designed the way it is. Billed as "a new approach to design", the process of crafting the Xbox One, the matching Kinect, and the wireless controller involved 200 gamepad models, over a hundred sensor-bar mock-ups, and "dozens and dozens" of console prototypes, before the so-called "liquid black" finished product was arrived at.

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Amazon reveals striking biosphere-bubble building plans for Seattle

Amazon reveals striking biosphere-bubble building plans for Seattle

Amazon has revealed ambitious and architecturally striking plans for its new downtown Seattle buildings, a cluster of "biosphere" bubbles filled not only with space for eager workers but plants and even full-sized trees. A rethink of Amazon's original plans for the block, the triple-bubble design presented at a Seattle design review this week is intended to allow the company's employees to "work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting" that creates a "microclimate" suited to plants and people alike.

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Instagram’s logo redesign process detailed by Mackey Saturday

Instagram’s logo redesign process detailed by Mackey Saturday

It's always fun getting a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the apps and services we use daily, showing us how the professionals behind it work and what they have in mind while working. Back in March, for example, we got a rather detailed look into how the Facebook News Feed redesign was developed. Instagram recently tweaked its design, and now designer Mackey Saturday has given a statement - and a few pictures - of the work process.

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Pinterest design update brings back most beloved days-gone-by features

Pinterest design update brings back most beloved days-gone-by features

All good things come to an end, or so the saying goes. As is the nature of things, product design changes over time see new features added and some old ones eliminated or changed, often without too much hassle or outcry. Occasionally some features prove to have been so beloved by users that they're brought back, however, reintegrated into the newer design to see the light of day again with new abilities its original iteration never had. Such is the case with the latest Pinterest update.

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iOS 7 reportedly has “significant” design changes and is behind schedule

iOS 7 reportedly has “significant” design changes and is behind schedule

Smatterings of iOS 7 have appeared online in the forms of speculation and rumor, with, for example, word surfacing a few days ago that an iOS 7 jailbreak is already in the works. Now a few substantial claims have come from Apple blogger John Gruber of Daring Fireball, who says that iOS 7 has been given such a significant design overhaul that engineers are using polarized display filters in public to keep prying eyes from spotting what Apple has in store.

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Microsoft rolls out completely redesigned Calendar

Microsoft rolls out completely redesigned Calendar

Microsoft has rolled out a redesign for Outlook.com's Calendar, bringing with it new and modified functionality in addition to the visual updates to provide an all-around new, improved experience. The feature is said to be faster than it has ever been, and is currently available to some users, with the rest getting it in the next few days as it is rolled out to users across the globe.

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Google Play Store 4 leak shows alleged new design

Google Play Store 4 leak shows alleged new design

Screenshots have surfaced of what is said to be the next iteration of the Google Play Store, which first appeared over at Droid-Life. The current version Android users are running is 3.10.14 at most, but the version demonstrated in the image after the jump is said to be of 4.0.16. While its not official, there are a few indicators that it could be the real thing.

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