Jony Ive, Apple’s famed Chief Design Officer and resident design master since 1997, announced Thursday that he is leaving the company to form his own design company, LoveFrom. Apple will be LoveFrom’s first client, which makes sense because much of the company’s success can be directly traced back to Ive’s groundbreaking industrial designs that span a generation. When you think of Apple products — the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Apple Watch spring to mind — the guiding hand and conceptual mastermind behind them is Jonathan Ive alongside his long-term, tight design team. Here are some of the most famous designs to spring from his offices in Cupertino. Newton MessagePad Ive’s first job at Apple was to design the second generation of the Newton MessagePad. The first generation, which hadn’t been released at the time, had serious design flaws and issues that Ives had set out to fix, while struggling to determine out how this device … [Read more...] about All of the Apple products that made Jony Ive a living design legend
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OnePlus is the king of the bargain Android flagships, and its latest triumph — the OnePlus 6T — is a masterclass in the techniques OnePlus has long taught. This beautifully designed phone is also super powerful and packed with the latest trends and tricks. Best of all, you can get a hold of one for under $600. But you’re not going to be cavalier with it just because it’s one of the cheapest ways to own a fully featured flagship. Good looks are marred by scratches and bumps, and that bezel-less display could be ruined by an unlucky bump or a slip from the table. Keeping your shiny new phone looking good should be a priority, but life is hazardous and you can’t keep your phone wrapped in cotton wool. Why not wrap it something else instead? A good phone case can provide a barrier against external threats, and make sure your phone keeps kicking until you’re ready to replace it. Here are the best OnePlus 6T cases to keep the “flagship … [Read more...] about The best OnePlus 6T cases
Figuring out whether the things you read on the internet are true can be challenging. Thanks to a new web plug-in, determining whether stories were written by a human or an A.I. is now a whole lot easier. GPTrue or False is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets users select text on a website (50 words and more) and have it evaluated to determine the likelihood that it was written by OpenAI’s GPT-2 A.I. model rather than a human. GPT-2 is a text-generating algorithm that allows users to seed it with the start of a piece of text, such as an article from a newspaper, and then dreams up the rest in terrifyingly convincing fashion. While some have used it for creative purposes, such as generating ever-changing text adventure games, others are rightfully concerned about what it could mean for the spread of fake news. GPTrue or False runs the selected text through OpenAI’s GPT-2 Detector model, and then works out the probability that the text was human-generated … [Read more...] about Bot or not? This browser extension will identify text written by A.I.
It’s finally happened. The Half-Life franchise is being revived. It isn’t the Half-Life 3 or Episode 3 players have been seeing in the stars for over a decade now, but it’s the first time Valve has released a title in the era-defining franchise since the launch of the original Portal. So what’s the catch? Well, Half-Life: Alyx, as it’s known, is a virtual reality-only game, sending those who doubted VR’s longevity without a killer app into an angry tirade. It’s almost as if Valve is calling back to the days when Half-Life 2 demanded a top-tier rig to run. But you don’t need a luxury VR headset to run Half-Life: Alyx. Almost any will do. But you will still need a PC that meets the game’s minimum requirements. There are far more VR headsets available on PC than just the HTC Vive, Valve Index, and Oculus Rift, and the Windows Mixed Reality platform’s failure to catch on has caused these once expensive third-party headsets to … [Read more...] about Half-Life Alyx: These are the cheapest ways to play Valve’s upcoming VR game
Your keyboard is the part of your computer you interact with most, but for many people, it's still an afterthought. The basic keyboards that come bundled with most desktop PCs use rubber dome technology that's usually mushy and unpleasant. Ideally, every keyboard would have mechanical switches that provide good feedback, fast speeds and plenty of durability. However, you normally have to pay a lot of money to go mechanical ($80+ for a decent keyboard) so it's understandable, though unfortunate, that many folks either stick with their crappy pack-in keyboard or spend $10 on a rubber dome model.Enter Aukey's mechanical keyboard, which is on sale for a mere $21 at Amazon, when you use coupon code C63C35O6 at checkout. It uses blue switches that provide a great clicky feel with audible feedback.Aukey TKL Blue-switch Keyboard: was $28 now $21Use coupon code C63C35O6 at checkout. If you believe that real keyboards make noise, but you don't have a ton of cash, this tenkeyless … [Read more...] about This Blue-Switch Mechanical Keyboard is Now Just $21