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No Man’s Sky: the game where you can explore 18 quintillion planets

It’s a game where you’re unlikely to meet other players, no one will win and it will take over four billion years to explore it all. And that’s why it’s the most anticipated title for decades.<p>Sean Murray is sweating in an Uber cab as it lurches to the staccato rhythm of Los Angeles traffic. The …

No Man's Sky

Ctrl One smart glasses auto tint to suit lighting conditions

Photochromic lenses, which have been around for decades, can change their tint to dynamically fit the surrounding lighting conditions, but they …

Tutorials

What Is Zero UI? (And Why Is It Crucial To The Future Of Design?)

What does UI design look like after screens go away? Fjord’s Andy Goodman explains.<p>For better or worse, a large amount of design work these days is visual. That makes sense, since the most essential products we interact with have screens. But as the internet of things surrounds us with devices that …

Artificial Intelligence
Gaming Industry

8 Ergonomic Solutions for Your House

Healthful living at home.<p>We asked ergonomics expert Vivienne Fleischer about using design to promote healthful living at home — and then we rounded up solutions.

Ergonomics

Toshiba Chromebook 2 Review: Say Goodbye To Your Laptop

<i>TL:DR: From the simple, humbling, endeavour of browsing the internet to serious day-to-day use, the Chromebook 2 represents excellent value for money.</i><p>Round 2. Toshiba is having a second crack at the whip with the Toshiba Chromebook 2, but can it solve the problems of Chromebook past?<p>Toshiba’s …

Consumer Tech

The Best Car Interior Available for Under $30,000 – Feature

From the March 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>The Mazda 3 is a model of simplified excellence; an affordable, everyday car that’s stirring to operate and pleasing to sit in. While our praise, including two consecutive 10Best awards, often highlights the car’s tossable chassis and eager engine, it’s the …

Luxury Lifestyle

'Evangelion' Inspired Animation Short Looks Simply Astounding

As part of Studio Khara’s ongoing Japanese Animator Expo, with unique animation shorts released each week, we have now been graced with an Evangelion inspired entry that looks simply amazing.<p>Handled by Sola Digital Arts, who recently created the CG Captain Harlock film, the short was directed by …

Anime

This Is the Best Car Interior Money Can Buy – Feature

From the March 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>It used to be that “hand-built” was a syno­nym for shoddy. Buyers of six-figure luxury cars would know that their vehicles had been assembled by a cast of artisans sharing centuries of experience, but they wouldn’t be too surprised if the clock fell out of …

Bentley Motors

Why All Typefaces Are Optical Illusions

Tobias Frere-Jones explains why every typeface designer needs to be a bit of a magician.<p>Take a CLOSE LOOK at this sentence. The capital letters look like they’re the same height, and the the lower case letters look like they’re the same height. But zoom in and you’ll see that’s an optical illusion. …

Typography

This Drone Ambulance Is Totally Wild, And Totally Inevitable

Want to get an ambulance through urban environments faster? Give it propellers and space for one passenger.<p>In emergencies, seconds count. An estimated 1,000 “saveable” lives are lost a year because of slow emergency response in the nation’s biggest cities. But in traffic-jammed urban environments, …

Drones

Dell's New XPS 13 Laptop Makes Me Seriously Regret My MacBook Air Purchase

<b>[UPDATE: My review of the XPS 13 is here.]</b><p>File this headline and subsequent article under “words I swore I’d never utter.” Dell has unveiled an updated version of their XPS 13 laptop that has sent my hardware lust into overdrive, and inconceivably stirred up regret over buying Apple's 13-inch …

Computer Hardware

Ingenious 3D-Printed Paws Allow a Disabled Dog to Run Free

The advent of 3D printing has made miracles happen, as Derby the dog can certainly attest to. He was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws which shaped them more like flippers than feet. Sadly, this meant that Derby couldn't run with other dogs or even get …

3D Printing

OnePlus celebrates one year in business with a super-cheap power bank

Exactly one year ago, a little known company by the name of OnePlus arrived on the scene with plans to make "the perfect smartphone." The One certainly lives up to the hype under the hood, but thanks to a flawed invite process, getting your hands on the device hasn't been easy. However, with more …

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the <i>Cicret Bracelet</i>, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as “Like a tablet…but on your skin,” the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected …

Wearable Tech

Lamborghini's 88 Tauri: A $6,000 phone for people with money to burn

Technology can solve the greatest problems facing humanity. But it can also reveal man's weakness for gaudy and useless icons of luxury. Enter the 88 Tauri, the latest smartphone for rich folks from Tonino Lamborghini (founded by the son of the famous Ferrucio Lamborghini, but with no relation to …

How to build a gaming Hackintosh on the cheap: software

My mission to build a powerful gaming Hackintosh for $650 — $50 less than Apple’s midrange Mac mini — is almost complete.<p>In Part 1 of this guide, I covered the components I purchased for my build and recommended extras and alternatives for those with different budgets.<p>In Part 2, I walked you …

The Best Travel Gear Of 2014

Good design makes travel suck less. Here are seven accessories that make great holiday gifts for globetrotters.<p>Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small–they’ll ease your …

Travel Gear

First Virtual Drive: Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo

NASA-grade propulsion, heart-attack-grade velocity.<p>The Chevy Chaparral 2X is pure concept porn; a laser-powered and wingsuit-inspired future car pulled from carbon fiber and wrapped around a sprawled-out human. Make that, a very <i>tense</i> sprawled-out human. In Gran Turismo 6, the only environment where …

Sports Cars

The world’s coolest suitcase?

A new high-tech, zipless suitcase offers travellers a sleek and ‘sexy’ way to travel, its designers claim<p>Trunkster is said to provide a “sexy silhouette, impeccable construction and intelligent features,” designed to give travellers the “most streamlined travel experience”.<p>It comes as a carry-on …

Impressive Product Photograph Captured with a Smartphone, a Lamp, and a Few Flashlights

Inspired by Alex Koloskov’s popular iPhone vs. Hasselblad whisky glass video, photographer Tilo Gockel decided to give cheap gear professional …

BMW M4 does 10 donuts around a MINI on two wheels for Guinness world record

There's a Guinness world record for everything<p>Wanna get in the Guinness Book of World Records? All you've gotta do is beat these guys, who took a BMW M4 and blasted 10 donuts around a MINI in one minute. Oh, but the MINI was balancing on two wheels the entire time. Maybe this one isn't quite as …

World Records

The iPad-like Nokia N1 tablet is so good, I'd move to China for it (hands-on)

The iPad-lookalike Nokia N1 appears on the MWC show floor and it's a beaut -- but we'll likely never see one outside of China, the only country where it's currently sold.<p>BARCELONA -- Nokia surprised us all in November with the Nokia N1 tablet, an Android-based slate that starkly contrasts with the …

Mobile Technology

16 Essential Tips And Tricks for Android 5.0 Lollipop

If you’re preparing yourself for your Android Lollipop update, or you’re just getting to grips with the OS on your new tablet or smartphone, there might be a few things you’re still unsure about. The new Google OS has a host of new features that add to, and improve, previous versions – but they …

'Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare' Live-Action Trailer Is Video Game Movie Goodness

The latest <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i> trailer is live-action—ditching graphics from the game in favor of real actors and special effects.<p>It’s directed by Peter Berg—<i>Hancock, Battleship, Very Bad Things</i>—and stars <i>John Carter</i> actor Taylor Kitsch (who, it’s recently been announced, will be in Season …

How to Make Your Own Wallpaper for Any Screen Size

<i>Odes Roberts is an in-house designer for Shutterstock. This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Making wallpapers for desktops and other screens is easily one of my favorite things to do. I change my wallpapers frequently with found images and …

Meet Your New Pet, A Domesticated Fox

Thanks to Russian scientists, a new breed of fox is available. And it’s pretty darn cute.<p>Dogs have been evolving as human companions for at least about 14,000 years. Cats have lived with us for 12,000. But if you want something a little more cutting edge–and you’re willing to pay up– a pet fox …

Pets