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Apple might be releasing the iPad 5 and iPad mini several months apart

If you’re someone who’s always first in line for new iPad releases, you haven’t had a lot to get excited about lately. Sure, Apple gave us the iPad mini and a slightly upgraded 9.7 inch iPad late last year. But the company broke its traditional March/April release cycle, leaving us without a new iPad in 2013. That will obviously change before the year is over, but, according to a new report, that wait might still be far from over.  Read More

Glass elevators transport cars to the desired floor and park them in the apartment's 'Sky ...

If you consider your car to be a work of art, then you can have it on display it in your living room ... if you live in one of the exclusive oceanfront apartments within Miami's Porsche Design Tower, that is. The Porsche Design brand has branched into architecture, and aims to give a new meaning to the term "drive in" by using three robotic elevators that deliver both the driver and their car right into the home.  Read More

MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion (Photo: Mediated Matter Group/Steven Keating)

Silk Pavilion by MIT Media Lab poses some interesting questions about how what it calls "biological fabrication" might fit into the future of making things alongside 3D printing and similar computer-aided cleverness. To make the silk and metal dome, the work begun by robotic weavers was completed by silkworms – 6,500 of them.  Read More

Unveiled in Paris, the SMEG 500 is collaborative tribute to the design partnership Fiat an...

Have you ever been sitting around watching that professional sporting event and wished you had a Fiat full of carbonated beverages. Turns out your dreams of an enhanced liquid refreshment environment may just come true thanks to the SMEG 500, a chilling collaboration between Italy’s Fiat and appliance manufacturer, SMEG.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the iPad mini and 8-inch Samsung Galaxy ...

When it comes to mobile devices, Samsung has never been known for its restraint. Just a few months after showing us the Galaxy Note 8.0, and a month after the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, the Korean company just pulled back the curtain on yet another tablet: the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3. It isn’t the highest-end tablet ever made. But, for that matter, neither is Apple’s hot-selling iPad mini. Let’s compare the specs (and other features) of the two mid-range mini-tablets.  Read More

The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i

Whether you believe BMW's claim of creating a new category of "sports activity vehicles" or not (we choose not), the BMW X5 has been quite a success story since launching in 1999. After selling some 1.3 million X5 models, BMW is ready to cut ribbon on the third generation of the SUV. The new X5 is only marginally removed from its predecessor in terms of looks and design, but it does boast some clear advantages, including the latest technological accoutrements.  Read More

Saker Aircraft claims the Saker S-1 will reach a maximum speed of Mach 0.99

In the business world, time is money (and bragging rights). In April, the Citation X took said rights from the Gulfstream G650 with its maximum speed of Mach 0.935. Another contender could soon be on the tarmac in the form of the Saker S-1. With a design inspired by military fighter jets, US-based Saker Aircraft says its S-1 will cruise at Mach 0.95 and reach a top speed of Mach 0.99.  Read More

The Mission RS electric motorcycle

San Francisco-based Mission Motorcycles has unveiled two brand-new electric bikes which it bills as the most advanced on the market: the Mission RS and Mission R. The track- and road-ready RS is produced in an ultra-limited edition of 40, but the R will be manufactured in larger quantities at a cheaper price, while still retaining the key specs of its edgier sibling. However, if the name Mission R seems familiar, well that's because it is ...  Read More

Aluminum adorns surfaces all over the International Sterling interior

Airstream is famous the world over for its timelessly iconic aluminum-shelled camping trailers. The all-new International Sterling created by longtime Airstream designer Christopher C. Deam pulls that shimmering aluminum inside for a retro camping experience that still retains a healthy dose of modern comfort.  Read More

BMW's DesignworksUSA group recently teamed up with computer manufacturer ASRock to create ...

BMW might normally be associated with luxury cars, but its subsidiary group, DesignworksUSA, is a different story altogether. Aside from developing innovative concepts for automobiles, the team there also applies its parent company's design principles to a wide range of products – even home computers. It might come as no surprise then that the group recently teamed up with computer manufacturer ASRock to create the M8, a compact PC tower that resembles a high-performance engine and was designed especially for gaming.  Read More

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