A group of expensive Cisco Network Switches released a few years ago set a new bar for boneheaded industrial design. Sure, it’s pretty frustrating to potentially damage your Galaxy Note 5 by inserting the stylus the wrong way, but it’s monumentally worse to accidentally and completely wipe an entire server by using the wrong type of Ethernet cable.
When it comes to sweating the small stuff, no company is more on the ball than Apple. From the materials the company uses in its retail stores to the small and barely perceptible touches it adds to both its hardware and software, Apple leaves no detail to chance.
As a quick and illustrative example, a few months back we highlighted how the flashlight icon in the iOS control panel has a switch that toggles between the on and off position depending on if the flashlight is in use or not.
Google last week, in case you missed it, introduced a brand new logo design. While not a monumental change, the new typeface offers up a subtle variation to the logo the search giant had been using for the last five years. The most prominent change is that Google’s new typeface completely does away with the serifs that helped define its logo for the past 16 years.
Meet the alarm clock that will not only get you up in the morning, but will keep you up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The photo above essentially says it all: hit the snooze button in the morning, catch a few extra z’s, and wake up to a tasty and hot cup of coffee without even having to leave your bed.
When former Apple engineer Brad Sewell moved from California to Boston to attend Harvard Business School, he quickly became frustrated with the state of the furniture market.
“I had this taste in quality, Sewell told Entrepreneur, “but a budget that was like ‘graduated IKEA’. There wasn’t much between your disposable furniture and the really high-end stuff.”
So like many ambitious go-getters, Sewell dropped out of Harvard and created a company to address his furniture concerns. The result? An innovative new company called Campaign.
With yesterday’s news that Space Jam 2 may actually be on the horizon, it’s as good a time as any to point out that the original Space Jam website from 1996 is, believe it or not, still up and running on Warner Bros’ website.
And it’s not alone. If you scour the corners of the web, you’ll find traces of atrocious mid-90s web design lurking in all sorts of strange places. As it turns out, there are quite a few notable domains that have simply been abandoned and serve as virtual time capsules to a time gone by. Below are a few of the more prominent examples.
It’s an indisputable fact that the 2007 introduction of Apple’s iPhone helped spearhead a smartphone revolution. Whereas smartphones used to be expensive gadgets primarily designed for and used by business executives and tech enthusiasts, the iPhone was the first device to deliver advanced features that mainstream users could easily take advantage of and enjoy.
With a substantial technical head start, the iPhone was for some time the best smartphone on the market. But as time passed, companies like HTC and Samsung picked up their game considerably. And in the midst of this battle for smartphone supremacy, Microsoft threw their hat into the ring while we were simultaneously treated to a seemingly endless stream of devices intent on dethroning the iPhone, from the BlackBerry Storm to the beloved but ultimately unsuccessful Palm Pre.
Apple and Samsung have met in court dozens of times over designs, patents and more over the past few years. Among Apple’s numerous complaints was the repeated allegation that Samsung smartphones and tablets are copycat devices that stole numerous elements from the iPhone and iPad’s designs. While similarities between rival gadgets are sometimes bound to appear from time to time — Apple’s own iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S feature a design that is quite familiar — the Samsung executive responsible for the Galaxy S II design has finally spoken out in response to claims that the device is an iPhone clone. More →
More details surrounding the design of Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 have been revealed as images of a variety of internal components have been published online along with new images of the tablet’s rear shell and possibly Apple’s new Retina Display as well. Following reports on Wednesday that emerged surrounding a purported image of the iPad 3’s rear case, Cult of Mac has published higher-quality images of the same component along with a number of additional internal parts. While the various components pictured in the new leak show significant differences in many instances compared to their counterparts in the iPad 2, the external design of the upcoming iPad 3 looks like it will only offer a few minor differences compared to the current model, in line with earlier reports. Read on for more. More →
Samsung specifically designed the Galaxy Nexus to avoid patent lawsuits from Apple, Samsung’s mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun told Yonhap News Agency Wednesday. “We will see if it will be 100 percent free” from patent infringement lawsuits, he explained, noting that the current ongoing patent war with Apple is in its fledgling stages. “I think it is just a start and [the battle] will last for a considerable time,” Shin explained. “I don’t think there is much gain. What we are losing is the pride in our brand. We will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously.” Samsung originally said it had postponed its San Diego press conference, during which it was supposed to launch the Galaxy Nexus alongside Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich, due to Steve Jobs’ recent passing. However, one report suggested the true reason the phone was delayed was due to last-minute tweaks needed to avoid patent lawsuits from Apple. Shin’s comments don’t suggest Samsung was lying about the event cancelation, but they do confirm that patents were a focus for the company as it built the device. Samsung and Apple are currently locked in legal battles around the globe with lawsuits filed in France, Japan, the United States, Australia and the Netherlands, among other countries. More →
Apple and Samsung are at odds over patents. You might have read about it. In numerous courts, in numerous states, in numerous countries on numerous continents, the pair continue to file complaint after complaint. Apple says Samsung builds copycat devices that steal design elements from its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone. Samsung says Apple’s mobile devices violate multiple Samsung patents covering communications standards. And round and round we go. More →
A new video showcasing the iPhone 5 “clone” we saw yesterday has emerged and it may give us a good idea of the basic design we can expect from Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPhone. As we reported yesterday, this device is absolutely, positively a fake. That goes without saying. It is possible that Chinese knockoff builders have obtained Apple’s iPhone 5 design, or even an actual device, from one of Apple’s manufacturing partners or component suppliers in order to copy it before their competition gets the chance. For that reason, it’s worth taking a look at this design, as we just might see it in the hands of millions of smartphone users around the globe later this fall. The video showcasing this Chinese iPhone 5 knockoff follows below. More →
According to Macotakara, Apple is scheduled to launch its new iPhone in late July or August — not September as many other reports have claimed. Apple’s new device will offer a Cortex-A9 processor as well as an 8-megapixel camera. It may also have a SIM-free design and support for both GSM and CDMA networks, allowing it to run on Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. and on global networks abroad. The rumor also suggests that Apple will maintain the iPhone 4 form factor, which doesn’t match earlier a number of earlier reports that suggest the next generation iPhone will have a 4-inch screen, but it fits perfectly in line with the unreleased iPhone we posted pictures of back in April. Similarly, the rumor says Apple may veer further from its standard course and launch a new iPhone, dubbed “iPhone 6” in the spring of next year. More →