Apple could be done with iTunes

If you have some time this weekend, maybe open up iTunes and double check your MP3 tags again, just for old-times sake. On Monday Apple's WWDC 2019 event starts with a keynote, and as we've heard before, it could mark a final shift away from the comp...

Drake sparks hundreds of fake eBay listings for Steph Curry’s hair lint

Aubrey Graham, better known to the world as Drake, is basically a human meme. He has this uncanny ability to make people on the internet want to turn anything he does into viral content. Drake also happens to be an ultimate troll. Last night, during...

No this isn’t the Hololens, it’s a Surface VR headset!

My brain oscillates between being excited by the prospects of a Microsoft-branded VR device, as well as the disappointment caused by this product’s conceptual nature. Honestly, AR is the future, and while we’re still figuring out how to make VR better, I don’t see VR being used as anything other than an escape from reality. AR, or Mixed Reality, the technology that the Hololens is built around, is much more suited for life-changing, job-changing activities… from having medical students perform mock-open-heart-surgery, to engineers virtually controlling drones that can fix aircraft engines from within. That doesn’t mean Microsoft shouldn’t chase VR!

This is the Surface VR concept, by Max Dahl. Rather cleanly following the Surface’s quadrilateral-loving aesthetic. In fact, the VR headset’s front facade, built with the Microsoft logo, looks virtually exactly like the Surface series of laptops, and the grille around its rim only reinforces that belief.

The conceptual Surface VR packs two cameras, located on the top left and right corners of the front face, although the are spaced much further apart than human eyes, which seems to be the one detail that’s gnawing at me. Other than that, the Surface VR comes with buttons as well as trackpads on both the left and right temple, allowing you to intuitively and easily cycle through VR content without needing a remote.

Designer: Max Dahl

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Finally, I can use my iPhone to ride the NYC subway

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Judge demands Facebook hand over data privacy records

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The Rock and Under Armour cook up true wireless earbuds

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PocketMaker is literally a palm-sized, low-cost 3D printer!

Determined to make 3D printing accessible to all, the PocketMaker was created to be an incredibly competitive, low-cost, value-for-money printer to beat all other printers. Unlike most 3D printers that occupy a good 4-9 sq.ft. of space, the PocketMaker literally occupies the same amount of space as your palm and fingers, and comes with a detachable/replaceable printer head/extruder that you can easily swap when you find the nozzle getting blocked. The PocketMaker comes with plastic rails, not only bringing down the cost, but the weight too, and while plastic-to-plastic movement isn’t as smooth as a metal-on-metal gear/rail system, the PocketMaker’s small size makes up for it, giving you a tiny, low-cost printer that is capable of generating 8*8*8cm prints with no hassle. The PocketMaker works with PLA filament, allowing its baseplate to remain plain (unlike ABS printers that need a heated plate), truly working to create a proper, easy-to-use printer that’s low on space and cost, but high on possibilities!

The PocketMaker is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designers: Lang Qiyue and Yang Tian