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As babies, we explore our surroundings, understanding how the world works. We discover the meanings of various signs and symbols, and learn how to use certain objects. Eventually, connecting an object’s appearance with what it actually does (its function) becomes second nature. Pushing a button will lead to a reaction; a handle on a drawer is there to be pulled; red means stop. And then you get to the more complex things – how do we learn how to use taps when some of them are automatic, while others require twisting, pulling, pushing or even tapping (yes, those exist and they mess with your minds!)? And even more mind boggling, how are we supposed to instinctively know what to do with those small, flat, rectangular objects they call smartphones?
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How will you wrap your Christmas presents this year? Will you buy some expensive wrapping paper and then silently weep in the corner when you realize you have no idea what you’re doing? Or just give up entirely and pay someone else to do it? Lucky for you, one company out there is aiming to make gift wrapping a little more fun.
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Core 77

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A/D/O's Water Futures Design Challenge recently announced their 9 shortlisted finalists in all three categories: Future Systems & Infrastructure, Future Objects and Materials and Future Information and Communication. For the next phase in the competition, each finalist will be paired with a mentor that will help give suggestions and provide guidance throughout the research and development phases.
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Mashable Magazine

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They Dyson Airwrap applies the company's air-blasting motor tech to create a high-tech hair styler that can create curls without too much heat.

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Inhabitat

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Americans often take education for granted. Whether their children attend public or private schools, the opportunity to learn is always there, from kindergarten through high school and often beyond. Meanwhile, many children around the world can only dream of this priceless endowment. Sydney architect Stephen Collier noticed this problem and wanted to take action – so, along with various international non-profit groups, he developed School-in-a-Box, which has helped make the dream of education a reality for many children in Papua New Guinea.
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Core 77

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Often times during vacations and sabbaticals we feel this compulsive itch to keep working, which is why Amble's business model is so intriguing. The new program is offering designers the chance to lodge in cozy properties otherwise not available to the public, in exchange for the completion of a design project. Amble partners with nonprofits, conservancies, and small towns to provide the design briefs as well as discounted lodging in return. The program recently launched online with a pilot program happening this November in Yosemite National Park.
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Inhabitat

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Did you know that indoor air pollution can be as bad as or worse than outdoor air pollution? From off-gassing chemicals in paints to mold and dust, the contaminated air inside our homes and offices negatively impacts our health and can lead to fatigue and dizziness, or even respiratory diseases in the long-term. Fortunately, air purification technology has improved in recent years to offer easy and affordable ways to combat indoor air pollutants. Read on to see our review of one such product, the Luft Qi, an on-the-go and filter-free air purifier billed as the smallest of its kind in the world.
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Design Sponge

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Days spent at The Nun’s Room begin as the sun starts to rise over the Western Australia bushland. Jake the whippet stretches his long, slim legs and slowly makes his way out of the bed, giving Sarah some space to follow lead. After Sarah prepares a cup of strong black coffee, the twosome sit down under the gumtree or take a walk through the bush down to the beach, where Sarah plays in the waves, while Jake chases seagulls.

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Design Milk

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PR exec Tanja Demmerath and her husband Magnus Pieper, together with their two children, reimagined a former US Army barracks in Berlin for themselves. Now, the light-filled home includes this bright office with angled windows and mauve pink walls.
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Wired

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I’ve been a Pinterest user for a long time. I have boards going back years, spanning past interests (art deco weddings) and more recent ones (rubber duck-themed first birthday parties). When I log into the site, I get served up a slate of relevant recommendations—pins featuring colorful images of baby clothes alongside pins of hearty Instant Pot recipes. With each click, the recommendations get more specific. Click on one chicken soup recipe, and other varieties appear. Click on a pin of rubber duck cake pops, and duck cupcakes and a duck-shaped cheese plate quickly populate beneath the header “More like this.”
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Design Milk

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The Perf House is a project that involved renovating a five-story Georgian terrace house in central London by opening it up and maximizing as much natural light as possible. Designed by AMA, the renovation began by removing all interior walls to enlarge and brighten the spaces. The finished design showcases a modern and connected interior with juxtaposing textures.
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Scientists at Australian research centre CSIRO have used graphene to create a simple filtration system that could change the lives of millions in the developing world by making the process of purifying water faster and more effective.
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Creative Applications

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Created by Tore Knudsen, Simone Okholm Hansen and Victor Permild, ‘Pour Reception’ is a playful radio that uses machine learning and tangible computing to challenge our cultural understanding of what an interface is and can be. Two glasses of water are turned into a digital material for the user to explore and appropriate.
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Wired

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If you've ever struggled to pair your phone with a Bluetooth speaker or set up a wireless printer, you know that it's often easier to connect to a server halfway around the world than to a gadget across the room. That's a problem as we increasingly use our phones to pay for stuff, unlock doors, and control everything from televisions to thermostats. No one wants to wait for coffee because the cash register can't detect their phone, or shiver in the cold because their watch is trying to connect to their neighbor's door lock instead of their own.
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The Next Web

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Remember when you first starting using mobile apps around 2008? I know I do; I recall how the idea of pressing little iPhone icons for breaking news, emails, shopping needs, and restaurant searches seemed exotic and revolutionary, but it quickly became “the new normal.”
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The Independent

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Researchers found despite the plethora of high tech methods we can now utilise to deliver messages of goodwill, most still yearn for a good old fashioned handwritten card.

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The Independent

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Google has admitted it is having trouble working out what’s true and what’s false.

People are managing to confuse the company’s search algorithm, says Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet.

As a result, it’s struggling to rank search results correctly, in order of accuracy.

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Coolhunting

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Apple introduced Portrait Mode awhile back utilizing the dual lenses on their plus model phones to map depth in an image and blur out the background, creating the effect of a fast lens with the aperture wide open. With both the iPhone 8+ and the iPhone X on iOS 11 the depth data from portrait mode images is available to developers. Within Apple’s own Photos app this enables a new set of effects called Portrait Lighting to create dramatic, theatric or studio-like images. Third parties, however, are just beginning to tap in to the depth API to offer intriguing options for image editing. While Infltr simply allows you to filter and edit the foreground and background of an image separately, Focos let’s you choose exactly which parts of the image you want in focus and for those that blur out there’s extensive control for the blur effect.

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