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10 Useful TED Talks Every Designer Must Watch

Design, in general, is one of the jobs that receive the biggest flow of daily inspiration. Each day you encounter advertisements on the street, modern architecture, and commercials with stunning graphics. It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed.<p>If you’re seeking for professional inspiration, provided …

TED Talks

15 of the world’s most beautiful train stations

This global survey of transit hubs will make you regret your next flight<p>Travelers coping with increased delays and security lines and downright bad airport design often wish for a return to the golden age of air travel, when luxurious service, spacious cabins, and a more carefree attitude were the …

Why you need to turn down your TV's sharpness control

If you turn up the sharpness control on your TV, you'll get a sharper picture, right? Nope. In fact, it's the opposite.<p>Sharpness is found among the basic picture settings on every TV, and its very name seems to encourage you to turn it all the way up. After all, who doesn't want to see the …

Televisions

Google Nexus 6 unboxing and first impressions (Video)

Google’s Motorola-made Nexus 6 is finally a thing. Preorders didn’t go over well for everyone, but hopefully it won’t be too difficult to pick one up from a carrier or the Play Store after its official launch. Meanwhile, here’s what you can expect from the Nexus 6 if you decide to grab one. We’re …

iPhone 6 vs Xperia Z3 Compact Review: Sony The iPhone Slayer

For a long time, Apple had the small-screen high-power handset space to itself. The last year or two has seen a tendency from Android manufacturers to move away from a linear ‘screen size to power’ relationship with a handful of ‘mini’ handsets that look to deliver the same power and functionality …

What Teachers Can Learn From Vsauce's YouTube Show

One of the Internet's most popular science stars explains why kids watch his lessons for entertainment.<p>When I told my sons, ages 11 and 15, that I would be interviewing a series of unconventional and inspiring educators about their teaching methods, they insisted—nay, demanded—that I sit down with …

Apple Watch is a breakthrough device that won’t polarize the wearable computing world

In many ways, the Apple Watch and its introduction resembled many Apple products before it. It is a tightly integrated combination of meticulously …

Beyond Siri, Google Now and Cortana: The Future of Virtual Assistants

<i>Dr Chris Brauer is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MSc Management of Innovation programme and the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies (CAST) in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London.</i><p>Our inner voice, or the internal dialog we have with ourselves, …

Everything You Need To Know About Lollipop, Android's New Operating System

Google announced earlier this month that Android's newest operating system, known as both Android 5.0 and Lollipop, will debut in the first week of November. A supposed leaked email from the tech giant pegged the release to Nov. 3, though Google hasn't confirmed the exact date.<p>Either way, the …

The iPhone 6 Plus is the pocket computer I’ve been waiting for

Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is likely to be its most polarizing product for a while. It’s a monster compared to Apple’s previous iPhone models—so much taller and wider that it barely fits in many hands, never mind pockets. But my sense is that it is going to find a devoted audience. After using it …

One Weekend With the iPhone 6

First impressions from a few days with the 6 (not Plus).<p><b>The unmarked box containing my gold iPhone 6</b> arrived at the apartment in the early afternoon on Friday, instantly sapping all productivity from the rest of the day. At long last, the filler phone I'd used to bridge the gap between my iPhone 4 …

There's no 'i' in Apple's Team Cook

When Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced his company's first wearable device during a flashy event on Tuesday, one of the biggest surprises was its name.<p>Most people expected Apple to show off an "iWatch" and an "iPay" or "iWallet" mobile payments system to go along with it. But Cook didn't stick to the …

Can the Apple Watch take off as a fashion accessory?

Ariel Adams loves watches.<p>He owns more than a hundred of them, sometimes changing into a different watch multiple times a day. He has even turned his horological passion into a full-time job reviewing watches.<p>Naturally, he is very excited for Apple's latest invention.<p>"As soon as the Apple Watch is …

Steve Jobs’ office at Apple is still exactly how he left it

Apple CEO Tim Cook just taped a long interview with Charlie Rose, part one of which will air tonight.<p>In these three clips, he briefly discusses his mentor Steve Jobs, his thoughts on the TV industry (“stuck back in the ’70s”), and why he bought Beats (talent, relationships, and the subscription …

Tim Cook

Moto 360 smartwatch review: A beautifully flawed watch

The best part about the Moto 360’s design is that you don’t always notice just how thick it is. At certain angles, the flat black version (it’s also available in stainless steel) of the watch looks like a traditional round-faced watch. Then you tilt your arm or it gets caught on a cuff and you’re …

Gamescom 2014: FIFA 15 – The 11 Changes You Need to Know About

From goalkeepers to loan players...<p>Each year sports games build on the past and invent for the future. Here are 11 changing, big and small, coming to …

Xperia Z3 D6603 Benchmark Listing Confirms Specifications: Z3 Compact to Sport 4.6in Screen

Xperia Z3 Compact passed through FCC<p>A new Sony smartphone bearing model number D6603 has been spotted while making its way through the GFXBench …

First Galaxy Alpha review is already out, here are the key findings

Hi-tech.mail.ru<p>The Galaxy Alpha just launched today, and while Samsung shared many details about the device, there’s nothing like real hands-on impressions to get to know a smartphone.<p>Fortunately, Russian website <i>Hi-tech.mail.ru</i> managed to obtain a Galaxy Alpha in advance and put out a good hands-on …

Samsung’s Metal-Edged Galaxy Alpha Is Its Most iPhone-A-Like Handset Ever

[gallery ids="1043093,1043092,1043085,1043086,1043087,1043088,1043090,1043089,1043091"]<p>Samsung has announced a new metal-edged flagship smartphone that takes its design language a step closer to the iPhone — and gives it something to fend off competition from surefooted Android startup Xiaomi.<p>The …

Apple's Smartwatch Will Be A Dud If It Looks Anything Like The Devices Samsung And Others Are Making

Gruber notes that Apple fans have been able to create a do-it-yourself smartwatch for some time now, thanks to accessories like the Tik Tok watch band that clipped into the previous version of the iPod Nano.<p>The Tik Tok began as a Kickstarter project, but was so successful that Apple ultimately …

Wear OS

8 totally new games that you'll want to play soon

Trade shows like Gamescom are full of familiar faces: there are sequels and spin-offs to enduring franchises, and games that we've been hearing about at these shows for what seems like forever. Sure, a new <i>Tomb Raider</i> is cool, but these trailers and hands-on experiences tend to overshadow what's …

Motorola, Nokia, And Nintendo Are All Suffering From 'Last Blockbuster Syndrome'

BGR writer Tero Kuittinen calls it <i>Last Blockbuster Syndrome</i>:<p>Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave.<p>The case studies include …

Mobile Devices

Where Samsung's Galaxy Alpha Goes Wrong

I’ve been trying to figure out what’s bothering me about Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha, a new flagship phone that will launch at the beginning of …

2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display vs. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Before we get started, note that we're only looking at the 13-in Retina MacBook Pro. Apple also makes a larger 15-in version, but it's less of a …

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

Pros<p>Beautifully stylish and slim design, powerful octa-core processor, fine camera<p>Cons<p>Screen not full HD, battery life, no expandable memory, not …

The Android Wear Review: Google's Vision Of A Smartwatch Is A Tantalizing Look Into The Future

Just as Google presented the world with their vision of a modern mobile operating system in Android, the Mountain View based company has delivered a vision of wearable computing. In Android Wear Google is again doing the hard work for companies by dealing with the operating system, helping with …

Apple knows who it is, but Microsoft doesn't

When new brooms sweep, the dust flies in the air, its comfort disturbed.<p>Where does it go? Does it fall back down again? Or does it keep going inexorably upward, disintegrating as it seeks a new surface to lie on?<p>The question is worth asking with Microsoft. This week, the company's new CEO, Satya …

Mysterious iPhone 6 running iOS 7 hacked together from leaked parts

The Chinese are so good at cloning Apple’s upcoming products that they regularly release fully functional doppelgangers of the next iPhone before Apple has even officially announced it. But these are ‘clones’ in only the vaguest sense, because they always have one major problem: they run Android, …

Mobile Technology

Android Wear: the nine best free apps for Google's smartwatch

Google’s smartwatches have only just arrived in the UK, but apps that show off what a good smartwatch can do have already appeared.<p>Running on Android Wear, Google's smartwatch-specific software, the best apps are beginning to show the potential for wearable gadgets. Here's nine of the …

One of my last hurdles to using Windows Phone is gone thanks to this Google+ app

Every time I test a new Windows Phone(s mft) handset, I get an inch closer to using one on a long-term basis. Currently my SIM card is in a Lumia 930 …