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The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

Think Microsoft and what do you get: old, enterprise, and well behind the times, perhaps? Not if one designer has his way; Andrew Kim may not have a contract with Microsoft, but that hasn't stopped him crafting a whole new branding strategy that ditches the "Windows" pane of today and replaces it with a crisp parallelogram Kim calls the "slate", before pulling in Windows Phone, Surface, Office, and Windows under some straightforward new headings.

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Firefox quietly reveals refreshed design

Firefox quietly reveals refreshed design

Mozilla continues to work on nightly Firefox releases. The most recent version, bringing the browser up to version 16.0a1, brings a new design to the table as well. Caschys Blog has been handed a portable Windows version of the latest nightly which shows off the redesign in more detail. Gone are the boxy edges from the old versions, replaced with smooth rounded corners reminiscent of Google Chrome’s current UI.

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Objet debuts new Objet30 Pro 3-D printer

Objet debuts new Objet30 Pro 3-D printer

A company called Objet has released a new 3-D printer called the Objet30 Pro. The company calls is the most versatile professional desktop 3-D printer on the market. The new printer is capable of using seven different materials for flexibility in printing out 3-D objects. The company also notes that for the first time in a desktop system, the device can use the clear transparent material and high-temperature resistant material.

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Adobe draws ire for paid Photoshop security update

Adobe draws ire for paid Photoshop security update

The Adobe Creative Suite receives regular updates from its creator, like most commercial software, and most of the time it's simple enhancements or security fixes. Updates are free with the purchase of the software and typically last for years after the software goes off of retail shelves. So when Adobe posted a security warning for Photoshop CS5 and proposed upgrading to the brand new CS6 as the only solution, they didn't win any friends from those who don't feel the need to buy brand new software.

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Apple Design Awards 2012 nominations open

Apple Design Awards 2012 nominations open

Apple has begun accepting nominations for the 2012 Apple Design Awards for well-designed, state of the art, and innovative apps. The awards have been based on different criteria every year since Apple began the tradition back in 1996. This year the nominees are limited to apps distributed through the App Store or the Mac App Store.

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Engineer creates slick omnidirectional wheelchair for the handicapped

Engineer creates slick omnidirectional wheelchair for the handicapped

Wheelchairs are the only way some people are able to be independent. People that simply lack the stamina to walk or suffer from some sort of injury that resulted in inability to stand or walk often find themselves bound to a wheelchair as their only way to get around. A professor of mechanical engineering from Japan has unveiled a new wheelchair design called the willPersonal Mobile Vehicle is able to move in any direction.

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45-foot long paper airplane glides over Arizona desert

45-foot long paper airplane glides over Arizona desert

If you were anything like us, you probably liked to waste time at school making paper airplanes, sending them flying through the air to hit designated targets around the room. Or maybe not, because we were fairly terrible at making them. Guess who isn’t terrible at making paper airplanes? Aeronautical engineers. Turns out one group designed and built one just a little bigger than what we’re used to seeing.

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Nissan DeltaWing goes road racing

Nissan DeltaWing goes road racing

The car you see here isn't Batman's latest ride, it's called the Nissan DeltaWing, and it looks very strange. The car is described as part road racer and part salt flat racer it is designed to be more aerodynamic than other cars on the grid and to use half the fuel the other vehicles use. Interestingly, the car isn't a pure flight of fantasy research project either. It will be coming to the 24 hours of LeMans. Fuel economy is a huge deal in endurance racing and if the car delivers on its promise it could be very competitive indeed.

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Apple’s Jony Ive blasts misguided design rivals

Apple’s Jony Ive blasts misguided design rivals

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has criticized rivals for being unduly obsessed with wanting "to appear new" and allowing that to distract them from the "remarkable focus" the Cupertino company brings to its aesthetic. Ive, who was recently knighted and is Apple's senior vice-president of industrial design, told the Evening Standard that part of the company's ethos is being blunt about whether it can bring any significant value to a segment, rather than simply jumping in regardless: "If we can’t make something that is better," Ive says, "we won’t do it."

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