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Gesture controls on phones could make things harder, not easier

Gesture controls on phones could make things harder, not easier

There seems to be a new trend looming over the horizon and, unsurprisingly, Apple is the trend setter. With smartphone screens almost fully flushed to the edges and with no room for buttons, it seems like the perfect time to reintroduce a new but not really new convention: gesture controls. Although it's not really certain Google will adopt it in Android P, some OEMs, like OnePlus, seem to be headed in that direction regardless. And while gestures could make our user interfaces look fancier, they could actually make phones a bit more cumbersome to use in the long run.

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Adobe XD update: Photoshop CC, Sketch, and more

Adobe XD update: Photoshop CC, Sketch, and more

This week the folks at Adobe released a set of updates for their Creative Cloud apps aplenty. The biggest update was for Adobe XD, software made to mock up and create user interfaces for a wide variety of end-use purposes. With the latest update, Adobe XD is able to work with Photoshop and Sketch assets and design files directly - right from one to the other. No more manual conversions to symbols - now's the time for copy and paste!

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Bezel vs Notch: which is the lesser evil?

Bezel vs Notch: which is the lesser evil?

There’s not stopping the notch. Not unless Apple, who can be credited/blamed for it, does as rumored. Even Google seems to be making provisions for a future where the notch will be more than just a thing. Discussing the notch, however, is impossible without discussing the problem it’s supposed to solve: bezels. But are bezels really the bane of smartphone existence that OEMs seem to paint them to be? Or are we becoming too obsessed with pushing them out that we have resorted to tricks like notches?

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Did Bentley just make the most beautiful electric car charger?

Did Bentley just make the most beautiful electric car charger?

As opportunities for design excess go, the humble electric car charger might not seem like the most obvious option, but clearly nobody told Bentley that. The car company didn't just bring along the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid SUV along to the Geneva Motor Show this week, but a custom-designed accessory: a charger designed by the legendary Philippe Starck. It might just be too pretty to put in your garage.

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Why Android-toting iPhone X copycats are smart

Why Android-toting iPhone X copycats are smart

Before iPhone X had a display notch, Essential Phone did it. Here's why Android phone manufacturer's didn't copy that notch until Apple's big reveal: Advertising. Apple spends millions on video spots and hype in all forms to sell as many iPhones as possible. When Apple sends an image of a new smartphone design to the eyes and minds of billions of people around the world, when you're a smalltime phone manufacturer there's only one logical thing to do: Copy Apple.

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Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls

Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls

When people use metaphors about glass houses, they probably never imagined someone would take the structure literally. Apple, however, may be on the verge of creating a new metaphor thanks to its Apple Park campus. Famous for its striking design, the “spaceship” building is now becoming infamous for incidents of employees walking into the building’s glass panes and injuring themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle got hold of 911 transcripts for three reported incidents, revealing some minor details about the risks of working at Apple’s glass house.

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“New” Samsung Galaxy phone has wrap-around display

“New” Samsung Galaxy phone has wrap-around display

A new sort of Samsung Galaxy smartphone was revealed in schematics drawings this week with a wrap-around display. Much like what we saw with the original Galaxy Note Edge, this device moves information and controls not only off the front of the device, but down the side as well. This device's display covers the entirety of its front as well as just about half of its back.

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iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

Today we're having a brief look at a series of images which capture the essence of the iPhone X and the Honor V10. More specifically, these images show the extreme similarities between the public presentations of both devices. The iPhone X was revealed by Apple back in September of 2017, and the Honor V10 was revealed by Huawei at the tail end of November 2019 for China, then again at a separate event in London on December 5th. NOTE: This is not a comparison of specs or performance. This is a comparison of how Apple and Huawei have chosen to represent their phones.

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IKEA and Sonos pair up will make your home sound better

IKEA and Sonos pair up will make your home sound better

Sonos has been making some pretty big strides lately. First was the launch of its new Sonos One speaker, which comes supporting Alexa out of the box and will launch support for Google Assistant next year. Now, the company has announced a new partnership with IKEA, in which it will attempt to make music more prevalent and effortlessly accessible throughout your home.

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Inside the Audi Design Studio

Inside the Audi Design Studio

The Design Center houses some of the essential secrets of any automaker. It’s rare that outsiders are invited inside to see the inner-workings, let alone see presentations from the designers themselves. Audi invited us to Ingolstadt to tour its new design center, and explain what exactly is involved with bringing the new A7 from idea to production, and how technology has dramatically improved that process.

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Android 8.1 new “Product Sans” fonts available for you to try

Android 8.1 new “Product Sans” fonts available for you to try

Google just recently made available its first public preview for Android 8.1 and it’s already proving to be quite the treasure trove of new features, or removed ones, and not all of them are being welcomed with open arms. One of those features is a new “Product Sans” font that has now been extracted and made available for anyone willing to install it on their phone. But like any theme or part of it, it’s reception is a subjective thing.

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Aston Martin’s next luxury vehicle is a submarine

Aston Martin’s next luxury vehicle is a submarine

Aston Martin has announced a new team up with Triton that will see it playing the role of consultant on a new, limited edition submarine. While we normally expect to see luxury cars coming out of Aston Martin, it would appear that the company wants to branch out a bit. If you've ever wanted to own a submersible that shouts "opulence," then, it seems like this might be the submarine for you.

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