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Polycarbonate cabin / Alejandro Soffia

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In 1953 Le Corbusier wrote a letter to the Chilean Architects, and was sent through Emilio Duhart, a …

BlackBerry Confirms Android Smartphone Plans on iPhone Launch Day

BlackBerry today confirmed that the company will be making an Android-based smartphone, with a launch date aimed for the end of 2015, even as it reported a greater-than-expected annual loss (via <i>Re/code</i>).<p>The company reported that its latest quarterly loss was 13 cents per share on revenue of …

Top designers react to Google’s new ‘Material’ design language

Two days ago, Google revealed its next generation “Material” design language — a departure from past guidelines and a clear reaction to design trends made popular by Apple and Microsoft.<p>To fully digest the impact Material will have on the future of digital design, VentureBeat asked several …

Google turns on its crazy modular phone in public for the first time

Project Ara is alive, sort of<p>Speaking today at Google I/O, the technical lead for Project Ara, Paul Eremenko, showed off the progress his team has made since we saw the very early first prototypes this past April. He showed off a functional, form-factor prototype. Which is a nerdy way of saying …

Cortana vs. Siri: Battle of the Virtual Assistants

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is taking on Siri, Apple's chatty assistant in the iPhone. In Microsoft's corner is Cortana, a brand-new virtual …

Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

Google Releases First Resources for Project Ara

Project Ara, the modular smartphone initiative announced by Google last year, is taking shape after the first Module Developers Kit (MDK) was released today.<p>Among the information is an 81-page document that details the of customization open to developers, and thus the kind of things that we end …

Kenguru is a tiny electric hatchback for wheelchair users

Kenguru's electric car has no seats, and you drive it by putting your hands on motorcycle-style handlebars. It's built for wheelchair users, who can roll right through the rear hatch of the car into the driver's area. The Austin-based company is preparing to launch its first product, which has an …

What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means

For ten years, the social network limited billions of people identifying as either male or female. Now there are dozens of terms to pick from. Here’s …

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The backstory: Sony’s 2001 offer from Steve Jobs to run Mac OS on Vaio laptops [Updated]

<i>Update: the rumor was true, Sony confirmed that it is selling its PC business and the VAIO brand to Japan Industrial Partners, with the deal set to complete by the end of March.</i><p>Former Sony President Kunitake Ando says that Sony turned down an offer from Steve Jobs back in 2001 to allow it to run …

Editorial Design Inspiration: Daniel Paper

Daniel Paper is a newspaper designed for Hotel Daniel in Vienna, Austria. It's a beautiful publication designed to display the features of the hotel …

Machine language: how Siri found its voice

GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta. A recording studio specializing in voice-over work, it produces narration for corporate training videos, voicemail system prompts, and the like — not exactly sexy stuff, but steady, and for the best …

DISCUSS: When you Photograph People in Black and White, you Photograph their Souls

Canadian photojournalist – Ted Grant – is quoted as saying: “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you …

The story behind Google's fleet of campus bikes

A <i>Wired</i> report takes a detailed look at the bicycle culture that pervades Google's campus. The company's vast collection of bikes for employee use is fairly well-known by now. The company keeps 1,300 bikes at its Mountain View campus—around one per five workers—as well as some more bizarre models …

JPEGS: J Hooks with Handy Pegs

Leave it to Thabto to come up with a quirky name like Jpegs for these J-hooks.<p>Inspired by the classic wooden clothes peg, these hooks can manage just …

BlackBerry 10 launch by the numbers: Over 50% returns, 71% of people don’t want under any circumstances, 83% of Americans unaware it even launched (Updated)

Six years after Apple took the smartphone industry by surprise with its release of the iPhone, former market leader BlackBerry Limited, or <i>RIM</i> as it called itself until just recently, launched what some consider to be a true iPhone competitor.<p>The problem is that almost no one has seemed to notice. A …

An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Facebook Phone

“This is not a Facebook Phone.” Yeah, whatever. The HTC First is the first phone that has Facebook partnering up with an OEM to bake an Android pie with Facebook Home filling, so I’m calling it the Facebook Phone. There will be more. This is just the first. And guess what?<p>It’s really good.<p>Sitting …

Here Are Some Changes Apple Should Make To The iPhone's Software

Apple is preparing the next version of iOS, the software use on iPhones and iPads.<p>A lot of people believe Apple needs to change the look and feel of iOS as well as the way iOS works. Someone posted a video to YouTube with a concept video for iOS, addressing the latter problem.<p>One of the biggest …

HTC One Release Date Update - Taiwan Launch

The HTC One was initially going to be released in early March in Taiwan, but the launch was hit by a series of unfortunate delays. The wait is now over, as the flagship phone has finally hit various retail stores in the country yesterday.<p>On location to capture the excitement were the folks at</i> …

Airports across the country suing FAA over tower closures

Airport operators are mounting a legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to cut funding for 149 air traffic control towers, …

Google's unified chat service to actually be named "Babel"

We’ve heard several reports over the past week about Google’s upcoming unified chat service. Two separate sets of screenshots have leaked, but both turned out to be fakes on closer examination.<p>Now thanks to some “trusted sources” of <i>Droid Life</i>, we learned that the service previously rumored to be …

Apple’s Lower-Cost iPhone Could Lack a Retina Display

- Mar 28, 2013<p>A new research report by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani cites his supply chain checks when predicting a June or July launch …

Boot up: how Samsung won, Windows Blue's cues, iPad forecasts, and more

A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>How Samsung became the world's No.1 smartphone maker >> Businessweek<p>In …

Apple designs iPhone with wraparound 3D display

Apple has patented a new iPhone design featuring a wraparound display and no buttons.<p>The display would cover the entire surface of the devices and could include two AMOLED screens one on top of the other, according to a patent filing published this week, allowing it to give "an illusion of depth …

Google's #ifihadglass campaign isn't going as smoothly as hoped

There’s one very logical reason why Google opens almost all their projects and services as a limited beta before exposing them to the world. The more …

Articles about bill gates announces condom design contest on Dwell.com - Dwell

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $100,000 to the designer who creates a condom that's more pleasurable to...<p>Last weekend I headed down to the Big Easy as a judge for the first annual Billes Product Design Competition, where nine...<p>The votes are in! With your help, we have selected …

Steve Jobs returns as manga hero in Japanese biography

A "doe-eyed" young Steve Jobs makes his debut as a manga hero in a new biography out in Japan in this week.<p>The first instalment of award-winning …

Internet slows as historically unprecedented cyber-battle ensues

This week you may well have thought your connection to the internet was slowing down – in fact you would be right, and it’s not just you! According …