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Dieter Rams: Apple designs are “a compliment” [Video]

Dieter Rams: Apple designs are “a compliment” [Video]

Famed designer Dieter Rams has described how, rather than being offended by the oft-commented similarity in themes between Apple's hardware design and his own work, he takes it as a compliment that Jonathan Ives and the rest of the Apple team follow the same core tenets as he did. Speaking to Co.Design, Rams - whose uncomplicated and exceedingly elegant designs still managed to look fresh and modern, despite dating back several decades in some cases - recalled being approached while at a party by an indignant Philippe Starck claiming "Apple is copying you!"

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Windows Phone 7.1 Mango multitasking explained [Video]

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango multitasking explained [Video]

Microsoft has detailed the new multitasking system for Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango", and it seems the company has been looking long and hard at both iOS and webOS for its inspiration. Like iOS, Mango will make use of frozen app states to conserve memory and prevent a background app from running away with all the CPU cycles; like webOS, however, it will have a system of card-like app previews which can be paged through to jump between software.

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Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

When your car has 5-inch thick military grade armor, is biochemically sealed, has its own oxygen supply, and can fire tear gas and infrared smoke grenades, it's easy to assume you're driving the perfect urban tank. Unfortunately, as US president Barack Obama - and his presumably red-faced driver - discovered in Dublin, Ireland today, all of that clever kit makes your car surprisingly heavy, too, and simple speed bumps become a whole lot more treacherous.

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Sony SmartAR offers augmented reality without marker glyphs [Video]

Sony SmartAR offers augmented reality without marker glyphs [Video]

Sony has demonstrated a so-called SmartAR system that offers marker-free augmented reality using object recognition. Rather than relying on 2D barcodes to identify and track movement in 3D space, Sony SmartAR can intelligently spot unique elements - such as posters, magazines or more complex forms, like body outlines - and then overlay computer graphics on top of them, such as when viewed on a smartphone.

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HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II [Video]

HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II [Video]

Are you ready for a fight? The HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II: two smartphones overflowing with superlatives, high-end specs and consumer appeal. We've already given the Galaxy S II a thorough going-over and come away mightily impressed, but how does it stand up next to the Sensation, with its extra pixels and polished Sense interface? Read on for round one of what's likely to be an extended war.

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Foxconn iPad 2 plant explosion [Video] [Updated]

Foxconn iPad 2 plant explosion [Video] [Updated]

An explosion at the Foxconn Chengdu production facility in China has been reported, the facility where Apple produces much of its iPad 2 supply. According to MIC Gadget, the explosion happened at 19:10 local time; numbers of injured are unknown, though one report suggests that 6-7 people have already been seen by doctors at the scene, and more are expected imminently.

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HTC Sensation unboxing & first-impressions [Video]

HTC Sensation unboxing & first-impressions [Video]

We had high expectations for HTC's first dual-core smartphone, and the company delivered with the HTC Sensation. A mixture of evolution and revolution, the family resemblance is clear: a 4.3-inch display like the Desire HD, only now running at qHD 960 x 540 resolution; a Snapdragon processor like the Desire S, only now Qualcomm's new 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8260 processor; and HTC Sense, only v3.0 with a new intelligent lock-screen and HTC Watch for video rentals and downloads. All in all, the HTC Sensation is shaping up to be one of the smartphones to beat in 2011; check out our full unboxing and first-impressions after the cut.

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