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How to solve any design problem by understanding its roots

In this article, you’ll learn (or remember) what is the one thing you need to start solving any problem. I wrote this originally for a talk I gave a while ago, and I also posted a video on my youtube channel, but I adapted it so you can read it. Ok… let’s start with a story. The best apartment! I lived in Amsterdam for 3 years. When I moved there I was very lucky to find an apartment in a building that was recently finished. My wife and I were the first people to ever live in our apartment, and the building even had a lift — you might not realize it, but in Amsterdam, that is kind of a big deal. In Amsterdam, stairs really suck. Unfortunately, and probably because we were so excited about the whole “new building” situation, we didn’t realize there was one essential thing missing… My life, if I solely depended on my previous landlord… Lighting! Seriously… there were no lights installed in the whole apartment. I literally had cables hanging from the ceiling. The landlord didn’t seem interested in helping, so I had to install it myself. [Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked] Bear in mind, I’m a total ZERO when it comes to that kind of thing. I didn’t even own any tools before this, so I had a true challenge ahead of me. Do you know how many designers it takes to install a light bulb? Just one… but does…Continue readingHow to solve any design problem by understanding its roots

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Engadget

Amazon’s latest Echo speaker has an all-new spherical design

Last year’s Echo was a complete home run for Amazon — it delivered excellent sound quality and responsive microphones for a relatively inexpensive $100. So how can it make the flagship Alexa speaker any better? By transforming the shape into a sphere, and bringing in all of the smart hub features from the Echo Plus. It’s still $100, but now it looks even more like something ripped from a sci-fi film. Developing… Source linkContinue readingAmazon’s latest Echo speaker has an all-new spherical design

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The Verge

Google’s Pixel 5 design and specs revealed in latest leaks

Google has already announced an event for its upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G smartphones on September 30th, and it has even teased the phones themselves. But a new leak from WinFuture has revealed the best look yet at Google’s new flagship Pixel 5, along with nearly all of its specs. As rumored, the Pixel 5 will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 765G processor, complete with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support, although WinFuture says that it’ll only support sub-6GHz 5G. That’s surprising, given that Verizon (which has historically sold Google’s flagship smartphones) requires mmWave 5G support for its network, although it’s possible that — similar to other recent Android phones — there are plans for a unique Verizon-exclusive variant with the extra support. Image: WinFuture The display is apparently a 6.0-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has a hole-punch selfie camera to match the recently released 4A. Google appears to have shrunken down the “chin” on the bottom of the display, too, for a uniform bezel around the display. Notably absent: the radar-based Motion Sense array for gesture controls that were touted as a major feature of last year’s Pixel 4, along with any sort of in-display fingerprint scanner. Google is apparently sticking with a standard, rear-mounted option, although WinFuture doesn’t have any pictures of the back of the device to share yet. Rounding out the specs are 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a…Continue readingGoogle’s Pixel 5 design and specs revealed in latest leaks

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Tech Radar

New leaks reveal the Google Nest Audio speaker design and price

It’s turning out to be a great day for those of you who love a Google-related leak: having already seen details of the upcoming Google Chromecast dongle appear, we’ve now got unofficial and unconfirmed information about Google’s next smart speaker. It’s apparently going to be called the Nest Audio, and we’re once again indebted to WinFuture for the leaked pictures. You can see both the front and back of the device, in Charcoal and Chalk colors, in the gallery we’ve embedded below. Android Police has also chipped in to say the Nest speaker is likely to cost around $100 when it appears in the US, which would fit in with the €100 figure that we’d previously heard. That might mean a price point of £100 or less in the UK. Google confirmed the existence of the device after the first batch of leaks and rumors hit the web, but it hasn’t offered up much in the way of detail. We do, however, know that there’s a Google launch event happening on September 30. Image 1 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) Image 2 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) Image 3 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) Image 4 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) From what we’ve heard so far, Charcoal, Chalk, Sage, Sand and Sky are going to be the five color names for the Nest Audio – though they might not all be available in all of the different markets that the Nest Audio launches in. The speaker is expected to…Continue readingNew leaks reveal the Google Nest Audio speaker design and price

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The complex design of Samsung’s new Fold is driving a screen and display revolution

In the world of flagship smartphones, there seems to be one clear trend: bigger is better. Manufacturers are trying to strip away anything that might stand in the way of the largest possible slab of screen. There is also growing demand for thinner phones with diminishing bezels (the area surrounding a screen). This trend has now culminated in the latest innovation in smartphone design, the foldable screen phone. These devices sport thin OLED self-illuminating screens that can be folded in half. The newest release is the Samsung Galaxy Z fold 2 – a device that is almost three-quarters screen and has extravagant overtones rivaled only by a hefty A$2,999 price tag. But to prevent the phones from growing to an unwieldy size, manufacturers are having to find ways to balance size with usability and durability. This presents some interesting engineering challenges, as well as some innovative solutions. Why do we love large phones? Pixabay, CC BY-NC-ND Internal design complexities of folding phones Modern phones still typically use a thin LCD or plastic OLED display covered by an outer glass panel. Folding displays are a new category that exploits the flexibility of OLED display panels. Instead of simply fixing these panels to a rigid glass panel, they carefully engineer the panel so that it bends – but never quite tightly enough to snap or crack. Internal structural support is needed to make sure the panel doesn’t crease or isn’t stressed to the point of creating damage, discoloration, or visible surface ripples.…Continue readingThe complex design of Samsung’s new Fold is driving a screen and display revolution

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Tech Radar

PS5 release date, design, specs and news for Sony’s PlayStation 5

The PS5 (or PlayStation 5) is Sony’s long-awaited next-generation console, it costs $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95 and will be available from November 12, 2020 (in select markets).  We’ve got full PS5 details for you below, including detailed break downs of pricing and availability, so read on to find out everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5. UPDATE: The PS5 Showcase event has finished, and we now know the PS5 price and release date, plus five new games were revealed, and we got to learn about the new ‘PlayStation Plus Collection’ which brings a number of PS4 titles to the PS5 at launch.  There’s really not much left to know about the PS5, which is good because you can now start planning which version you’re going to get, what games you’ll pick up first, the accessories you’ll need, how much you need to save and when exactly it’ll land on your doorstep. We’ve glimpsed the PS5 design, seen the PS5 games line-up, including Horizon Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and know a lot about the console’s specs and features. These include an SSD for fast loading, ray-tracing, a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, and backwards compatibility with thousands of titles in the PS4’s game library. However, and possibly more importantly, we now also know the the PS5 price and release date. The PS5 is a very different-looking console to the PS4, with its space-age black-and-white color scheme looking a little different to PlayStations of the past. There’s more than one…Continue readingPS5 release date, design, specs and news for Sony’s PlayStation 5

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Mid-ranged Huawei Y9a with stunning design and cameras launches in the UAE

Huawei has announced the launch of the HUAWEI Y9a in the UAE, its new mid-ranged phoine with quad cameras, fast charging and a beautiful design. It comes with the latest EMUI 10.1 software sans Google apps. Huawei Y9a specifications The Huawei Y9s comes with a 3D arc design and sports a 6.63-inch Full HD+(2400x1080p) LCD panel with 92% screen-to-body ratio and 391 ppi. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Helio G80 processor clocked at 2GHz along with Mali-G52 MC2 GPU.  It comes only in one configuration with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage with Nano Memory card support. The device packs with a big 4,200mAh battery that can be charged very quickly thanks to the 40W fast charging. Huawei claims that the phone can be charged to nearly 70% in 30 minutes.  In the camera department, the Huawei Y9a features a quad camera array with a primary 64MP f/1.8 camera, an 8MP 120° ultrawide camera with f/2.4 aperture followed by a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. Over at the front, there is a 16MP pop-up selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture.  The device comes with GPU Turbo 3.0 to offer better gaming performance. Other features of the device include Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, and GPS/ AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou for navigation. Huawei Y9a Price and Availability The Huawei Y9a is priced at AED 1,049 with pre-orders starting on Sep 17, 2020. Consumers that pre-order will get the Huawei AM61…Continue readingMid-ranged Huawei Y9a with stunning design and cameras launches in the UAE

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AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things

We’re a little more than a month out from the reveal of AMD Big Navi graphics cards, but Team Red has just graced us with the first look at its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 Series.  AMD Radeon took to Twitter late Monday afternoon, revealing what looks to be an absolute monster of a graphics card, along with a brand-new cooler design. And AMD fans can even get a closer look at the card on Fortnite of all things, through AMD’s Battle Arena in the same game. If you want to log in and take a look at the card, you can do so with code “8651-9841-1639”. Take a first look at the design of the new Radeon RX 6000 series. Our upcoming @AMD #RDNA2 graphics cards will feature a brand new cooler design, and you can study every angle yourself on our Fortnite Creative Island. 8651-9841-1639. pic.twitter.com/KGQAOXDivZSeptember 14, 2020 Luckily, if you don’t want to go through downloading Fortnite and navigating to AMD’s custom map, some friendly users have shared plenty of screenshots on Twitter. I took a couple screenshots for anyone interested. The code in the post brought me to a matchmaking hub that had 5877-8461-8283 on the wall pic.twitter.com/pdysKfK7rcSeptember 14, 2020 AMD hasn’t shared anything in terms of specs or performance, but at least we know for sure that the company is indeed going with the Radeon RX 6000 series as a name for the upcoming graphics cards. The rest we’ll just have to wait until October 28…Continue readingAMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things

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iPhone 12 range cases hint at the design and cameras of the upcoming phone

Apple is sure to unveil the iPhone 12 range soon – perhaps even at its event on September 15, which is tomorrow at the time of writing – but ahead of that leaks haven’t stopped coming, and now a case maker has even listed cases for all four rumored iPhone 12 models. The case maker in question is Totallee, which is a reasonably large name in smartphone cases and a company that therefore may have had advance information about the phones, though of course we’d still take the designs shown with a pinch of salt for now. With that said, there’s a single ‘Super Thin’ case design shown for each of the four rumored phones – the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Image 1 of 4 iPhone 12 Pro Max case (Image credit: Totallee) Image 2 of 4 iPhone 12 Pro case (Image credit: Totallee) Image 3 of 4 iPhone 12 Max case (Image credit: Totallee) Image 4 of 4 iPhone 12 case (Image credit: Totallee) The cases all look very similar, with flatter sides than the iPhone 11 range (as has been rumored), along with a big square camera cut-out in the top left corner of the rear. That too is in line with leaks, as it looks like all four phones will have a large camera block, even though the number of lenses might vary. Interestingly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max case seems to have a larger camera cut-out than…Continue readingiPhone 12 range cases hint at the design and cameras of the upcoming phone

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Microsoft Surface Duo teardown reveals ‘refreshingly simple hinge design’

The iFixit team has also noted that one of the two batteries is twice the size of the other, but that Microsoft has made them difficult to replace by using lots of glue and screws. Those batteries aren’t the only components that would be hard to replace, though: the team found that the only parts that wouldn’t be a pain to remove are the displays and the back glass covers. You can check out iFixit’s full teardown if you need help deciding whether to buy the $1,400 device. As we mentioned in our review, it’s the best dual-screen hardware out there, but it’s still plagued by buggy software. iFixit has also highlighted the issue, revealing that it had to deal with crashes and flickering screens when it tried to load web pages on the device. Source linkContinue readingMicrosoft Surface Duo teardown reveals ‘refreshingly simple hinge design’