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.
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.
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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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.
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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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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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 white iPhone 4 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!
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Ever caught yourself looking down in contempt at your bland cutting board and thought it was time for a change? Sure you haven’t, but you may just think so now if your an Apple fan who just can’t get enough of the iPhone. Just think of it as a new app for your phone, only made out of wood.
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