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Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple has a new flagship retail store currently under construction in the city of Chicago, and as you'd expect from the company's other flashy stores from the last few years, it features an impressive, striking design. But new footage from the building process has revealed that the store's roof has its own interesting design element: it strongly resembles a giant MacBook.

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After 20 years, HTC reveals how the sausage is made

After 20 years, HTC reveals how the sausage is made

For a company whose tagline is "quietly brilliant", it's perhaps no surprise that it's taken some time for HTC to allow anyone behind the scenes of how its phones are designed and manufactured. That all changed this week, with two big milestones: the launch of the new HTC U11 flagship, and HTC's 20th anniversary. To mark the double-occasion, HTC invited media to Taipei, Taiwan, to see where the U11 was born.

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You can now try out YouTube’s new look for yourself

You can now try out YouTube’s new look for yourself

It wasn't too long ago that word of a "dark mode" for YouTube broke out. While it was technically possible to try it out before it launched, the process was a bit too involved. The new dark mode hasn't exactly formally launched yet, but YouTube is now soliciting public feedback for it. Which means you can now easily test out the upcoming changes to YouTube's design, which, it turns out, also includes a new non-dark theme.

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Iconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited release

Iconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited release

Here's an announcement that will likely only be of interest to a small cross-section of audiences: watch historians and/or Steve Jobs fanatics. Seiko has announced that it will be offering a limited re-release of one of its older watches made famous by a Steve Jobs portrait. The Japanese watch maker's Chariot timepiece was seen on the wrist of the Apple co-founder in the 1984 Time Magazine cover image, which featured Jobs sitting cross-legged on the floor with a Macintosh in his lap.

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Windows 10’s Project NEON look might throw off users again

Windows 10’s Project NEON look might throw off users again

Microsoft is no stranger to design changes that incite an angry mob, from the new Start menu in Windows 7 to the Ribbon UI in Office to the Metro/Modern UI in from Windows Phone to Windows 8 to present. While it won’t be introducing anything as drastic as those, the so-called Project NEON design change could still ruffle a few feathers, confuse not a small amount of people, and question Microsoft’s usability principles.

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Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Animations are still a hotly debated topic in the field of user experience design. Some swear by it, other swear at it. While many argue that such animations are a pure waste of computer resources, when done judiciously and tastefully, they can make user interface feel more alive and natural. That might be the principle behind Microsoft's so-called "Project NEON", a minor embellishment to the Windows 10 design language that brings the aesthetics and animations from Windows 7's Aero to make the Windows 10 design "pop out".

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This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

Lexus is back with another of its radical concept design projects. Following the tires made of ice, life-size cardboard replica, and glowing, heartbeat-projecting paint comes a 2017 IS sedan covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs. Dubbed the "LIT IS," the car can change colors in seconds, or just constantly shift through the spectrum, turning it into a digital disco ball on wheels.

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Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla has snagged one of Microsoft's top designers, with former HoloLens industrial designer Andrew Kim leaving to join the electric car company. Kim will take up the role of Lead Designer at Tesla, his LinkedIn confirms. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, the designer spent three and a half years at Microsoft.

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Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

At press time, Google's Noto encompasses 800 languages and 100 written scripts, all in a single typeface. The company has been working on this font for the past 5 years - in relative secret - with type company Monotype. The name Noto is short for No Tofu, and it's aim is to effectively rid the world of those little blocks (as shown in our lead image) that appear when a device sees a character it doesn't recognize. With Noto, no device will ever need show these blocks again.

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Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept includes synthetic spider silk

Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept includes synthetic spider silk

Lexus says it will show off its Kinetic Seat Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The seat concept features a back rest and seat cushion designed to move kinetically with both external forces and the traveller's own weight, the ultimate goal being to help stabilize one’s head movements as they result from vehicular motion. That is interesting in its own right, but the concept takes things a step further by utilizing spider web designs — and their silk — for design and construction. Says Lexus, a spider web pattern and synthetic spider silk are both used with its seat concept.

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Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

We’ve seen dozens of uses of 3D printing, some of them even bordering on the bizarre or the insane. This one, however, probably takes the cake. Or in this case, the drink. Forget 3D printed chocolate car. But while Print A Drink doesn’t exactly print a whole drink for you, it does print out fascinating 3D structures inside them. All while there’s already an existing, drinkable liquid sitting inside the glass, making it almost too wasteful to actually drink the thing.

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Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from all angles

Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from all angles

Joining yesterday's reveal of the Slate and Folio smartpads, Wacom is back at it today, announcing something of a refresh to its Intuos pen-and-tablet line. From a hardware perspective, not much is changing with the launch of the Intuos 3D, as users will still be getting a medium-sized Intuos with a 6-inch by 8-inch active area. The real shake up comes in the form of partnerships that transform the Intuos into a product designed to be an all-in-one solution for those looking to create and eventually publish or print 3D designs.

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