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Apple Chief Designer Jonathan Ive Exhibit now in German Art Museum

Apple Chief Designer Jonathan Ive Exhibit now in German Art Museum

All the way over in Hamburg, Germany, there's a design exhibit being shown in their Museum of Arts and Crafts called "Stylectrical: On Electro-Design That Makes History" featuring 300 exhibits, over half of which are Apple products. Long time employee Jonathan Ive, currently Apple's Chief Designer, is the most prominently featured designer in this collection, right alongside former Braun designer lead Dieter Rams, an influence of design theories of both Ive and Steve Jobs. This Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe exhibit will examine "the complex development processes of industrial electrical design in a cultural studies context", and isn't the first time Apple products have been featured in a museum, though it is the first time that all of the projects worked on and/or supervised by Ive have been showcased under one roof.

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Apple Wins Patents for MagSafe on iPad, Multi-Touch Displays, Original iPod

Apple Wins Patents for MagSafe on iPad, Multi-Touch Displays, Original iPod

The patents are flying over at the US Patent and Trademark Office, a series of 20 of them running their way through the "granted" process this week putting some smiles on the faces of the Apple crew. The biggest news here appears to be that the MagSave magnetic charge port system we've been using on our MacBooks and MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs for a while now has been patented for use on the iPad. That means that when you've got your iPad plugged into the wall and uncle Frank goes flying by, tripping on the cord, your iPad will safely unplug with just the first *plink* of force, leaving the cord itself to sustain the bulk of the damage.

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iPhone 5G Conceptual Design Adds a Bit of Color

iPhone 5G Conceptual Design Adds a Bit of Color

It's been a while since we saw anyone add any sort of color other than silver, black, and white, if you consider those colors, to an iPhone concept. Certainly there's nothing holding these designers back from doing such mockups, but given the designs of the iPhone in reality thus far, it just doesn't really add up. What we're seeing here today is a total departure from everything we know about the iPhone specifically, latching on instead to the lineage of the iPod, with it bringing on four fabulous new color chassis and a cool silver as well.

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Griffin Technology StompBox for iOS devices now available

Griffin Technology StompBox for iOS devices now available

If you are a guitar playing geek that has an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch lying around you can use that iOS device to jam with the Griffin Technology StompBox. The StompBox is a cool multi-function foot controller that will work on the stage or in your room for practicing. The pedal is programmable and will work with any instrument that has a 1/4-inch jack including guitars, bass, electric violin, and a keyboard.

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Sony unveils cool CMT-CX5 audio system that wall mounts

Sony unveils cool CMT-CX5 audio system that wall mounts

Being able to hang stuff on the wall is cool at times because it will get things off your counters or cabinets so you have more space for other junk in the home or office. TVs and even home theater gear is often wall mounted today. Sony also has a new wall mounted audio system that promises high quality audio and won't take up much space in whatever room you put it in. The new audio system is called the CMT-CX5.

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Sony MiniDisc Walkman Officially Retired

Sony MiniDisc Walkman Officially Retired

Oh dear god WHY?! My favorite of all formats, the MiniDisk, will be officially shunned by Sony starting in September of 2011. This news comes as a shock to absolutely noone, or at least it should, since this format has been essentially on a downward spiral into obscurity since the 90's when it first started taking a foothold. As I'm sure you've already guessed, the advent of the MP3 being played on the now still gigantic iPod line all but signed a death warrant for this mystical, magical format, and Sony's stopping production of the MiniDisk compatible Walkman will certainly knock in the last nail in the coffin.

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Why Competing with Google+ is Impossible

Why Competing with Google+ is Impossible

And why Apple has the rest of the keys to the kingdom. That's what we're about to talk about here. Let me preface this by noting a few facts: The day I write this article is the first day since the launch of the Google+ BETA web and mobile-based service that we've seen the ability to invite new users up for more than a few hours. Another factoid: Google now has a successful presence in each of the following sectors: software (mobile and web-based,) global web-based search, web-based email, and media sales (primarily apps at the moment, with much more on the way in the near future.) Then they've got the most important component of all: a globally recognized top-tier brand. With each of these elements in place, Google, (and more specifically their new social networking project Google+,) has become truly and forevermore impossible to compete with.

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Altec Lansing Unleashes New MIX Boombox iMT810

Altec Lansing Unleashes New MIX Boombox iMT810

Of the many technologies and gadgets that have become obsolete over the years, the form factor of the iconic boombox remains. In fact, Altec Lansing has a lineup of digital boomboxes that are iPod and iPhone speaker docks in disguise and they have just begun shipping out their latest addition---the MIX iMT810 that's now compatible with the iPhone 4.

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Future iPhone could slur speech when battery low

Future iPhone could slur speech when battery low

Your next iPhone could whimper like a tired puppy when its battery is close to empty, or get frantic when connected to 4G networks, if one of Apple's latest patent applications has its way. "Adjustable voice output based on device status" promises to adjust the voice output of various device status reports according to other factors, like sounding "more or less tired based on the battery level." It's not the only Apple patent app suggesting non-traditional communication, either; "Input devices and methods of operation" may be a dull title, but the application describes a new type of tactile feedback that could see buttons breathing on your fingers to guide them into place.

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