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From Mickey To Mowgli: Who Was The Real Walt Disney?

The Walt Disney Company gave PBS’s American Experience the keys to the Magic Kingdom and promised not to interfere. Here’s what happened.<p>When PBS’s <i>American Experience</i> set out to document Walt Disney’s life three years ago, it anticipated a fool’s errand.<p>“I really thought it was going to be an …

Walt Disney Company

With iPad Pro, Apple Is Saying Hybrid Not In The Cards

It became clear this past week that Apple has no interest in trying to make a hybrid.<p>And maybe it never did. A tablet-laptop hybrid along the lines of a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro or Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000, or even a Microsoft Surface is not in the cards for Apple.<p>Neither the 12-inch Retina MacBook nor the …

IPad Pro

Apple: You’ve Seen It All Before, and Nothing Else Like It

You’ve got to hand it to Apple: the company has the uncanny ability to make ideas that you’ve seen and heard before seem like things that have just sprung, fully formed, from the elastic mind of Jony Ive. Nowhere is this trick better on display than during the company’s tri-annual events. Those …

Apple

Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s ‘Hey Siri’ Apple Event

All for One, One for AllThis was it: one big event for <i>all</i> of Apple’s late 2015 product announcements. In the previous three years, Apple held …

Apple

The New Apple TV: Our Complete Overview

As was widely expected, Apple today unveiled the new Apple TV at its Special Event keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The new Apple TV (fourth generation) features a familiar but overhauled user interface, a redesigned remote which features a touch surface for navigation …

Smart TV

iPad Pro: Our Complete Overview

Today during Apple's September 9th Special Event Keynote, Apple officially unveiled the widely rumored iPad Pro. Apple's new iPad features a huge 12.9-inch Retina display, their new A9X chip, a four-speaker architecture, an 8 MP iSight Camera, support for the also-announced Apple Pencil and Smart …

IPad Air

Audi Time Piece Is Not Your Ordinary Grandfather Clock

Inspired by the classic grandfather clock, this <b>Time Piece</b> reinterprets the modern grandfather clock by incorporating Audi’s delicate details and …

Industrial Design

Okilly Dokilly Might Be The World’s Only Ned Flanders-Themed Metal Band

The world’s most popular band named after a character from <i>The Simpsons</i> has got to be Fall Out Boy. That’s a given. However, the guys who truly have the most Springfield soil entrenched in their souls seem to be Okilly Dokilly, the Ned Flanders-themed metal thrashers.<p>Straight outta Phoenix, Arizona, …

The Simpsons

Northern Lights: Timelapse shows Aurora Borealis from space

Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly captured timelapse footage of Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, from the International Space Station.<p>He took the sunrise footage on his 141st day of his #yearinspace mission.

Northern Lights

3 categories of apps that can make you healthy at work

<i>By Spencer Blackman, Entrepreneur Contributor and Primary Care Physician at One Medical Group</i><p>Anyone who's ever worked long hours in an office knows that it can be a challenge to stay healthy. And all that time spent sitting doesn't help matters. From eye strain to poor posture, office workers are …

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Ikea safety alert in US after two children killed by MALM drawers

<b>A US safety watchdog has raised concerns about Ikea chests of drawers after two boys were killed in the US last year when dressers fell on them.</b><p>Ikea North America is offering free wall-mounting kits for 27 million dressers, telling owners they must be fixed to walls.<p>The kits are for its MALM three …

Robots

The Logic Pros: How to create custom sampler instruments using any audio file with EXS24

In this week’s episode of <i>The Logic Pros</i>, we are taking a look at one of Logic’s most prized possessions. A mainstay since, well, almost forever, the EXS24 sampler may seem basic and over-looked simply by virtue of being around for so long, but it might be one of LPX’s most useful musical …

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Sodium Citrate Will Turn A Block Of Cheese Into The Creamiest Nacho Sauce Ever. Get Some.

There will be a nacho cheese fountain at my wedding reception someday. <i>(If a wedding never happens, this is a formal request that there</i> at least <i>be one at my funeral.)</i> Knowing this, you should now understand that the importance of nacho cheese in my life is paramount. So heed my advice: Sodium …

Fuzzy Pixels: New Robotic “Mirrors” by Daniel Rozin

Israeli-American artist Daniel Rozin defies the laws of technology again with new robotic “mirrors” at bitforms gallery in New York. Like his …

Tutorials

Pope 'plans to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit'

<b>Pope Francis has requested to chew coca leaves during his forthcoming visit to Bolivia, according to Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao.</b><p>Coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, has been used in the Andes for thousands of years to combat altitude sickness and as a mild stimulant.<p>Mr Machicao said …

Pope Francis

Howard Hughes' Beverly Hills Party Pad

We know it was built in 1960. We know it was designed by Samuel Wacht. And while it may or may not have belonged to the enigmatic tycoon, Howard …

Beverly Hills

Aston Martin DB9 GT

The DB series dates all the way back to the '50s. The Aston Martin DB9 GT celebrates this rich tradition by taking the already solid DB9 and pushing …

Aston Martin

Ressence Type 1 V Genesis Watch

Created to celebrate the company's fifth anniversary, the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis Watch is meant to evoke the place where it all started: …

Prototypes

Vitsoe 621 Side Table

Created by Dieter Rams in 1962 and recently put back into production after 25 years on the shelf, the Vitsoe 621 Side Table is a terrific example of …

Furniture

MindNode 2 review: Makes Mac brainstorming a breeze

The human brain may be great at coming up with ideas, but it’s not always efficient at organizing such information in any meaningful way. That’s …

Mind Mapping

A former Apple employee describes what it was like to work on the design team under Steve Jobs

Jobs didn't work closely with every team at the company — but he kept close tabs on the Human Interaction division.<p>He met with the team every other Monday, which many considered to be a perk. But it also meant the Human Interaction team was constantly under pressure to impress Jobs, and they had to …

Steve Jobs

Moore's Law in action: making our machines ever more micro

Over the past few decades, engineers have leveraged Moore's Law to the fullest, resulting in powerful ultrathin laptops and feature-rich miniature wearables. Back in 1981, a 23-pound Osborne 1 computer was considered portable, with 64KB of onboard memory. Today, smartphones weigh just a few ounces …

Moore's Law

The Problem With The Color Blue

Blue may seem like a safe bet for a brand’s identity. The data suggests otherwise.<p>In brand design, the color blue is everywhere. Roughly 60% of Fortune 500 companies feature dominantly blue brand identities. Nearly half of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams sport a blue signature color. The “Big …

Profit

How 1970s deodorant is still doing harm

<b>Fluorine is an evil gas. And it is also used to manufacture a string of other artificial gases, some of which nearly left mankind exposed to burning ultraviolet light - and are even now warming the planet.</b><p>"Fluorine is the tyrannosaurus rex of the periodic table," says chemistry professor Andrea …

University College London

A Loft Designed for a Couple and Their 3 Cats

HAO Design Studio designed this apartment in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan for a couple, their three beloved cats, and all of their collectibles. They …

Interior Design

Stunning Modern Cribs by Nursery Works

Your baby has the opportunity to be the flyest kid on the block with a ridiculously awesome crib that will definitely up his/her game. Nursery Works …

Furniture

A Modern Loft Conversion in Vienna

Bernd Gruber oversaw the loft conversion of this Wilhelminian era house in Vienna into a classically modern space. The angled walls and black and …