At first it felt a bit unfair to compare the $454 Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender to other models. I mean, have you ever seen Blendtec's "Will it Blend?" videos? If not, I'll give you the short of it -- they attempt and succeed at grinding up things like iPads and laser pointers in their powerful blenders. Not just chunks of plastic and metal, mind you. I'm talking about powdery stuff that you'd never guess was once a living, breathing gadget. If they can do that to a tablet, just imagine what they can … Read more
Glow Home Screen Designer includes a number of options to customize the home screen of your iOS device, including new backgrounds, glowing shelves, and app outlines. While the design is a bit dated with the advent of iOS 7, the effects still look good and the app allows you to customize in a number of ways.
If you are interested in customizing your home screen, there are quite a few apps that will allow you to do so -- be sure you pick one that fits your desired style. Glow Home Screen Designer has a decidedly bright and glowing look … Read more
The CNET Appliances team gets to test all sorts of household items with advanced functionality, but it sure is fun to imagine what smart home appliances might look like in the more distant future. That's why I like the Electrolux Design Lab competition. This annual event allows design students from all over the world to showcase household concepts that stray pretty far from the norm.
The themes change from year to year, but home appliances are always a major focal point. The 2013 theme was "Inspired Urban Living" and students were asked to offer up designs in any of the following three categories: social cooking, natural air, and effortless cleaning.… Read more
The vast majority of vehicles are powered by what's known as an internal combustion engine.
It's a concept that's been around for a long time but a Belgian engineer, called Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, is credited with inventing and patenting the first viable internal combustion engine in 1860.
The internal combustion engine isn't as complicated as it might sound. As the name suggests, it burns a mixture of fuel and oxygen in an enclosed space called a combustion chamber.
As this mixture burns it becomes hot and expands rapidly, creating pressure. This pressure is applied to … Read more
Digital commerce startup, StackSocial, has recently launched their Mega Design Bundle 2.0, packed full of design element goodies. Built for designers of all levels, the bundle has over $1K worth of art resources for the low price of only $50.
Pros will appreciate being able to expand their collection of stock vectors and icons at a discount. Enthusiasts can give their digital media a cleaner and more professional look. Newcomers can step up their game with premade templates and a Web hosting discount, and learn from a huge collection of tutorial videos and training sessions offered through OSTraining. The … Read more
I've been dreaming of getting invited aboard a superyacht ever since drooling over a bunch back in July, but now I have a new ship to crave.
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled designs for a series of floating fantasies with German superyacht shipbuilder Blohm + Voss, and they're definitely an eyeful.
They feature an elegant mesh-like superstructure and effortlessly sleek, organic lines. The look is enough to send seagoing oligarchs rushing back to their architects. … Read more
I recently met with speaker designer Andrew Jones at the CNET office in NYC to discuss his latest project, the new Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar. And after we finished, I picked his brain about the value of speaker specifications.
My take is that most, but not all, are nearly useless for providing consumers with information that could lead to opting for one speaker over another. For example, what exactly does "power handling" mean? When a manufacturer claims its speaker has a 100-watt power handling rating, can it be safely used with a 200-watt-per-channel amplifier? Or a 500-watt amp? … Read more
Yahoo Mail for iOS received a face-lift for iOS 7 in the latest version, and with new themes and conversation views, it's a must have for anyone whose primary e-mail account is with Yahoo.
Improved look and layout Following the new simplified design schemes of the main Yahoo app and Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Mail now has a new look to fit with iOS 7. But in Yahoo Mail, you have the ability to change the theme by selecting a premade background. Most of the themes are photos and patterns that show up in the background, and your inbox takes … Read more
Google wants to replace annoying, blinking Flash ads on the Web with annoying, blinking HTML5 ads, and it's built a new tool to help ad makers do just that.
The free beta of Google Web Designer (download) lets ad makers build animated HTML5 ads with what Google calls "a robust yet intuitive set of design tools." The tool works with DoubleClick and AdMob, and can be published to any generic environment.
Although the tool builds ads visually, you can see and edit the code behind your designs, with changes reflected immediately. Google Web Designer itself updates automatically, … Read more
You might think Phil Libin is a little crazy. Several months ago, the CEO of Evernote was sitting down with a pack of Post-its, slowly peeling away one piece of paper at a time from the gradually shrinking stack, repetitively.
He was in awe, studying the adhesive on each brightly colored note. "You should try it. There are millions beads of glue on the back of each of them," he told me.