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PS5 side plate patent might mean Sony is ready for official custom parts

PS5 side plate patent might mean Sony is ready for official custom parts

Ever since the world collectively realized that the plates on the sides of the PlayStation 5 could be removed, there's been some degree of demand for custom fits and DIY alternatives. Several companies have to capitalize on that demand early only to meant with threats of litigation by Sony, and now we may know why. A Sony patent for PS5 side plates was made public this week. This may suggest that the company plans to offer custom plates of its own.

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You’re wrong about the Windows 11 3D emoji bait-and-switch

You’re wrong about the Windows 11 3D emoji bait-and-switch

Microsoft presented final emoji graphics for Windows 11 this week, and some users are displeased. It would appear that Microsoft's earlier presentation of emoji design changes for Windows 11 wasn't entirely on-point. It wasn't particularly accurate, if we're talking about the presentation matching the final product - and we apparently were not.

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Claim your Google Illustrations this afternoon

Claim your Google Illustrations this afternoon

How in the world has this not already been a feature for Google accounts on all platforms? Today Google released a new system for profile imagery in Google accounts of all sorts, starting with Gmail. Google Illustrations are a collection of images provided by Google to the public for free to take the place of what'd otherwise be a profile photo.

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Jony Ive’s LoveFrom pens new partnership with Ferrari and Exor

Jony Ive’s LoveFrom pens new partnership with Ferrari and Exor

Exor and Ferrari announced a new collaboration with LoveFrom, the "creative collective" formed by former Apple Chief Design Officer Sir Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newsom. The Italian auto brand and the holding company behind it are remaining fairly vague about what, exactly, the design firm will produce for them, though it does tease a general overview of the collaboration.

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OnePlus 9 Pro released in parody Lunchable Snackable pack

OnePlus 9 Pro released in parody Lunchable Snackable pack

OnePlus USA decided they needed to re-promote the OnePlus 9 Pro in time for school opening across the United States. To do so, they've packaged up a set of 15 OnePlus 9 Pro units in some familiar graphics and materials. If you grew up in the United States in the 1990s, especially in the Midwest, you know what it is to desire that super simple, neat, nicely boxed dishing of "food" for lunch.

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Twitter’s latest redesign brings new font, high contrast, and less clutter

Twitter’s latest redesign brings new font, high contrast, and less clutter

Twitter is rolling out its latest redesign on mobile and the web, tweaking the familiar appearance so that it offers greater accessibility and less clutter. If you spend enough time on the platform, you'll likely immediately notice the font change. More subtle adjustments include adding greater contrast to some colors, getting rid of visual clutter, and more.

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Coca-Cola changing Zero flavor with less kerfuffle than New Coke

Coca-Cola changing Zero flavor with less kerfuffle than New Coke

If The Coca-Cola Company hadn't introduced "New Coke" in the year 1985, this might not be as big a deal. But because of the monster kerfuffle that was New Coke and Coca-Cola Classic, an announcement this week of a change to Coke Zero has fans up in arms. Some fans, that is. It's entirely possible that the first major reports on this situation have affected the situation as much as the first fans posting wild responses on social media sites.

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GM reveals the new home for its most far-fetched ideas

GM reveals the new home for its most far-fetched ideas

Designing the future of cars is getting more complicated, especially when you consider electrification and autonomy, and so GM is spending $71 million on a new California tech campus where it'll work on next-generation technology and models. It'll mean a roughly fourfold increase in space from the current General Motors studio in Hollywood, with the new Advanced Design and Technology Campus in Pasadena, Southern California offering far more room for team members and concept cars.

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The 2022 Honda Civic cabin throws down an unexpected challenge

The 2022 Honda Civic cabin throws down an unexpected challenge

With a starting price of $22,694 for the 2022 Civic Sedan LX, nobody is expecting a Bentley-level interior from Honda's new mass-market car. Real wood, authentic metal, and artisan stitching on your hand-tanned leather is always going to come at a price. There's a good reason, after all, that luxury cars typically start at six-figures and spiral up from there.

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IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

Sonos and IKEA have returned with another surprisingly affordable speaker, but the SYMFONISK Picture Frame hides its music in plain sight. In the process it has added a new element of design to the partnership though, as excited as I am for more attainable connected speakers, I can't help but feel that neither company has quite closed the loop on this third product.

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New wing design could help aircraft be more stable in windy conditions

New wing design could help aircraft be more stable in windy conditions

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed 3D morphing wings they believe could help small aircraft safely navigate windy urban streets. The wing design could also help aircraft land with shorter approaches. The wings designed by engineers at the University of Michigan can vary their shape as freely as birds wings and could have advantages for small aircraft in urban environments.

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This Geely Vision Starburst concept stands out – in good ways and bad

This Geely Vision Starburst concept stands out – in good ways and bad

Geely has revealed its latest concept car, and while Vision Starburst may be enough to make a Cadillac designer do a double-take, there's no arguing with the fact that it's a mighty handsome sedan. Intended to illustrate the Chinese automaker's "Expanding Cosmos" design philosophy, Vision Starburst combines sharp creases with some eye-catching LED strips.

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