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14 Inspirational Backyard Offices, Studios And Guest Houses

Today we’re sharing 14 examples of backyard offices, studios, exercise rooms, and hideouts that take backyard sheds to a whole new level.<p>1. Clad in …

Prefab Homes

Microsoft Launches Online Data Science Degree Program

Microsoft is addressing the shortage of workers with data science skills with a new professional degree program offered online. The company said the …

Business Technology

Review: OWC’s Aura PCIe flash storage lets you upgrade the storage capacity of your Mid-2013 and later MacBook [U: Now works with Boot Camp]

As an owner of a Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, it’s slowly beginning to show its age. However, I find that this machine, an i7-powered rig with 16GB of RAM, is still plenty powerful for the applications that I run on a day-to-day basis. For example, with Final Cut Pro X, it’s not the …

MacBook Pro

You can now design a $250,000 tiny house on an app and get it delivered in months

Blu Homes<p>Becoming a tiny house homeowner is now as easy as tapping away at an iPad.<p>Blu Homes, a California-based prefab home manufacturer, just …

Tucán House / Taller Héctor Barroso

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Tucán House sits on top of a hill of Valle de Bravo, on a rectangular plot with a narrow front and a …

Sensor-1 is the highly versatile security device you can stick onto anything

We all need security, whether for keeping an eye on your house when you’re gone, making sure nobody rifles through your files or opens up your laptop …

Tepozcuautla House / grupoarquitectura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The house is composed of two geometric concrete volumes , one volume contains the services and the other …

A'tolan House / Create + Think Design Studio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on …

Coastlines

Tranquility Beach House / Wolveridge Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> On the rear site of a sub-division in Melbourne’s Portsea, this family home provides expansive views of …

Bureau SLA's environmental learning centre demonstrates sustainable building methods

Tessellating timber panels create graphic patterns on the exterior of this environmental education facility in Amsterdam by Bureau SLA, which also …

Villa Lumi by Avanto Architects has a curving white concrete staircase

A sculptural white staircase lit by a skylight connects an open-plan living space to a mezzanine floor inside this house in Finland by Avanto …

Hisham A. Alsager Cardiological Hospital / AGi Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Medical buildings are usually perceived as spaces with negative connotations, specifically when …

Timeless Wood Cabin has Been Continually Remodeled and Expanded Since 1959

The <i>Longbranch</i> <i>Cabin</i> has seen quite a transformation since its original construction in 1959. Located amongst the towering fir trees on the Puget Sound, creator Jim Olson (of Olson Kundig architects) has remodeled and expanded the bunk multiple times over the decades–in 1981, 1997, 2003, and 2014. In …

Puget Sound

Eco housing: thinking outside the box

The best architects are building today’s eco homes, which means they are both beautiful and virtuous

Housing

Science Says That Technology Is Speeding Up Our Brains’ Perception of Time

It's not just you, this year went really fast.<p>Every year, it feels like time speeds up a little more. One day it's Easter and then before you know …

The 15 most beautifully designed apps of 2015

It’s that time of year again, folks, when retrospective lists reign supreme and reflective musings clog your feeds. This post meets that description, but rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 15 most impressively designed apps …

Apps

Bic Residence / NatureHumaine

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In the Rimouski region, close to the Bic National Park, the clients own of a small house located on the …

Articles about six concrete boxes make jaw dropping marthas vineyard home on Dwell.com - Dwell

Despite being set in concrete, an idyllic modular retreat is built to go with the flow.<p>A Martha’s Vineyard retreat surpasses the traditional boundaries of Cape Cod architecture with a contemporary design by Harvard...<p>The Whitney Museum's new home in the Meatpacking district serves up a compelling …

Architecture

Articles about shipping container home pennsylvania embraces its rugged industrial origins on Dwell.com - Dwell

A couple builds a new home, repurposing a series of 11 shipping containers and an existing concrete foundation to maximal effect.<p>Using shipping containers to create affordable housing is an emerging trend.<p>Repurposed shipping containers have popped up all over the place in surprising ways—from …

You can now install popular automatic screen brightness app Flux on iPhone and iPad

With iOS 9, it is now possible to install screen brightness app Flux (or f.lux). Flux adjusts screen brightness and color depending on the time of day automatically, so you aren’t blasted with bright light at bedtime or early in the morning. Due to App Store restrictions, Flux has been only …

Monitor your Mac with Monity

My MacBook Pro's battery is living on borrowed time. It has experienced a whopping 1,044 cycles, which puts it over Apple's maximum cycle count of 1,000 for my early-2011 model. Thanks to the Monity widget, I can monitor my MacBook Pro's battery cycles along with a boatload of other system …

Space-Saving Suspended Bed in a Modern London Apartment

Good urban architectural design takes space and aesthetic into account, allowing them to work in unison, much like this efficient London apartment in Camden. While some compact residences use a modular design to create the visual effect of more space, this particular English home opts to design …

Interior Design

iPhone case adds e-ink to its backside

We want our iPhone case to look pretty and protect our investment. Beyond that, we ask nothing of it.<p>One technology company wants its case to do a little more, though. OAXIS is launching a case that also serves as a second screen, an e-ink display that gives you time, allows you to receive …

You’ll soon be able to buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite, but only for one hour

If you’ve reserved your spot to get a hold of a new OnePlus 2, odds are you haven’t gotten an invite yet. Despite announcing that it would soon start ramping up invite rollouts to patient customers a few weeks ago, OnePlus has still managed to rack up over five million reservations for the OnePlus …

Mobile Technology

A look inside the world's superhouses – in pictures

A new book and exhibition looks at some of the world’s most extraordinary houses, including a transformed cement factory outside Barcelona, a prefabricated house in the Netherlands, a restored 12th-century castle in England, and a futuristic seaside escape on the coast of Victoria.<p>• McCartney’s …

Architecture

DU Battery Saver gives you control over your smartphone’s battery life

As our thirst for dazzling ultra HD screens and beautiful graphics grows, sadly the humble battery supplying these smartphone experiences hasn’t been able to keep up. C’est la vie.<p>But, the clever people at Baidu have realised that it isn’t the size of the battery that counts, it’s how you use it. …

Material Design themes coming to the Samsung Galaxy S6

There’s quite a bit of reasons to love the Samsung Galaxy S6, but some of you may be especially fond of the integrated theme engine. Any user can easily change the look and feel of a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge in a heartbeat, something that used to take launchers and complicated root methods in …

Material Design