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Get a preview of the new Gmail design right now

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, Internet

Gmail Google+ redesign

Gmail is set to get a redesign that brings it in line with the the visual UI of Google+. While the final redesign hasn't been pushed out yet, you can still apply it to your current Gmail setup using a theme that Google has made available. Simply log in to Gmail and go into your theme settings and choose either "Preview" or "Preview (Dense)" to apply the new hotness. What do you think of the new layout?

Oh, and it looks like Google Calendar picks up the redesign as well.


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iPhone 5 case design shows edge-to-edge display, moved camera flash

iPhone 5 case design

What's purported to be an "iPhone 5" case with an edge-to-edge screen has surfaced at Asian trading site AliBaba.com, Electronista reported Saturday.

The listing on Guangdong, China-based Kulcase's trading site shows the front and back of what it claims to be the "Newest design crystal case for apple iPhone 5g." The unconfirmed case mockup is colored teal—we;'re guessing that odd choice doesn't make Apple's final cut for the iPhone 5—a;nd; has the flash component moved away from the rear camera, which would be a change from earlier versions of the iPhone.

The steady drumbeat of rumors about Apple's plans for the iPhone 5 seem to have fallen off in the past few weeks. But in March and April, speculative stories about delays, a faster processor and the like were flying off the shelves.

One thing that lends some credence to the AliBaba.com sighting is that Apple has already had trouble keeping its case designs for new products under wraps, notes AppleInsider.

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Newsmap: Your visual newsroom

Posted by Drea Avellan Categories: Design, News, Productivity

newsmap

In a connected world such as the one we live in today, we are constantly  bombarded with news non-stop. This is why we sometimes need a way to distinguish what's important and current from the rest of the fluff. Newsmaps helps us visualize the world of news in a easy to understand format. This tool visualizes Google News results using a treemap visualization algorithm that helps display all the information in a user friendly way. Bigger font? Popular story. Colors? Categorize the topic of the story. Color intensity? How fresh or old the story is. We can customize our news by interest and even location. Although the colors and fonts can seem a little harsh on the eyes, it gets our attention to what is important.

Do you use a similar tool such as this? Feel free to share it with us in the comments.


Bleeding Edge TV 373: Ben Kaufman on Quirky and social product development

At CES,  we caught up with Ben Kaufman, founder of Quirky (and he also started Mophie back in the day,) to get a look at the social product design process behind Quirky.com. Get a look at their amazing products, and awesome design process here. Site members can jump in at any point during a products design lifecycle, and once they do, they get a royalty whenever that product is sold.

Big thank you to JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.


Domino concept clock

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Design, Household, Videos

Those interested in showing their eccentric side off like clockwork will find Carbon Design's Domino Clock an item worth purchasing. The three ceramic dominoes display numeric values by the dots - one for the hour, and two for the minutes - changing from black to white in realtime. Check out the videos showing the clock in action and the mechanism development after the jump.

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RIM acquires TAT

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Corporate News

RIM buys TAT

Research In Motion announced today the joining of The Astonishing Tribe, or TAT, to their team. TAT has been involved in many mobile user interface designs, such as the original Android UI on the T-Mobile G1, and will be lending their artistry to the BlackBerry PlayBook and RIM's smartphone platforms. What does this mean for BlackBerry users? Well, judging by TAT’s previous design efforts they’re going to be some happy BBMers.

Read More | BlackBerry Blog

Sony Vaio Signature Fall 2010 Collection

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Design, PC / Laptop

Sony is introducing a new line-up of fashion forward Sony Vaio laptops just in time for the 2010 holiday season. These wonderful aesthetic laptops feature designs such as: Crocodile Black, Crocodile Pink, Black X, Gold X, Infinite Stripes, Bordeaux Red, Sangria Red, Arabeque Black, and more.

Sony is touting their Signature Fall Collection 2010 as hip, trendy, and oh so Vaio. If you want to get your hands on a stylish Sony Vaio this fall then hurry up because only a limited number will be produced!   

Read More | Sony Style

Bleeding Edge TV 368: A look at the White iPhone 4

We've got our hands on a white iPhone 4, and we give you a look at the device in this episode. Apple delayed the white iPhone 4 at launch, and then delayed it a second time due to manufacturing issues. We go over some of those issues in this video. We also tell you how you can get your black iPhone 4 converted to white, or how you can just get a white one outright. If you're interested in getting your black iPhone 4 converted, or buying a white iPhone 4, here are the details:

Contact Joshua Drenter at whiteiphoneconversion@yahoo.com The base conversion is $300. The full conversion, which includes the white dock port and headphone jack (so the phone is identical in every way to the white iPhone) is an additional $120. Anyone who mentions Gear Live gets 10% off!

Big thank you to JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.


Game Boy Color decals for iPhone 4

Gameboy iPhone 4 decal

If you ever looked at your iPhone 4 and thought “hey, I wish this were a Game Boy Color instead!”, then you are in luck. Etsy can bring your fantasy to life with their vinyl Game Boy Color stickers. These are no ordinary stickers, as they have an outdoor life of 5 to 7 years. Other colors and plenty of unique designs are also available from Etsy. 

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White iPhone 4 vs. black iPhone 4 comparison

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, Features, Handhelds

White iPhone 4 vs black iPhone 4 front angled

A few days ago we hit you with our white iPhone 4 hands-on gallery, giving you an up-close look at the device as it stands on its own. Today we’ve put together a gallery showing the yet-to-be-released next to the currently available black model. Go ahead and look through the images to see not just the obvious differences (you know…the white front and back of the device,) but also the more subtle ones. Things like the dock connector and headphone jack are also white, unlike what you’d find on the black model.

If you want to get your hands on a white iPhone 4, we’ll be sharing details soon on how you can get your hands on one, or get your black model converted with white parts. If you’re interested, let us know in the comments!

Gallery: White iPhone 4 vs. black iPhone 4 comparison


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