Facebook Paper: Initial Thoughts

While most teenagers are starting to believe Facebook is overrated, you can’t really deny the amount of users Facebook has worldwide. Where Facebook really started to come short was their poor entries in the mobile space where several apps including Instagram and Snapchat started to cannibalize user usage. The Facebook way of handling these new startups is to A) buy them or B) recreate their app. To me, I felt like Facebook tried to innovate but didn’t have the clearest vision. 

In comes Paper, Facebook’s gorgeous new mobile app that aggregates what your friends are sharing, the news, and your own posts into a beautiful feed with whimsical gestures shedding the many of the old obtrusive buttons you’re used to. For the most part it works really well too. Design ethos wise, text needs to get larger and there is a little too much negative space in open stories, but Paper is no slouch when it comes to design. I like the idea of merging news with what people are posing but in terms of a full Facebook app replacement, I feel like the gestures and categories get convoluted really fast. I often felt almost dizzy trying to navigate through collections of stories too. Let’s see how far this effort from Facebook takes us, maybe it will be the app that finally replaces the classic Facebook app on your home screen. 

The all new PS Vita Slim

With an LED display some may see this upgrade as a downgrade, but personally I found that the OLED display of the first generation model left bizarre looking streaks in the display. The new colors are fabulous though, companies really underestimate how much a fresh palette of colors can make a consumer want to buy something. Story developing until we get more solid news on when the PS Vita Slim is actually arriving.

Google Glass Games?

Google Glass has always seemed like an information receiving device. Maybe its only mission will be to show smart notifications on the fly, or maybe it could be an actual gaming platform. Here, Google developers show what is possible with internal Google Glass technology. Personally, I think this could be a really interesting foray into casual gaming but to only have one screen to work with would pose seemingly difficult guidelines to meet. 

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Jony Ive is auctioning a bright red Mac Pro for charity
Apple’s new Mac Pro may not be released just yet, but Jony Ive and fellow designer Marc Newson have already created an alternate model of the upcoming machine as the latest entry in their high-end charity auction for Red at Sotheby’s. The one-of-a-kind Mac Pro appears to be structurally identical to its standard black, aluminum shape, but as with many products sold for the Red charity, it’s been coated in a bright, candy-apple color that makes it look all the more appealing. 

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Jony Ive is auctioning a bright red Mac Pro for charity

Apple’s new Mac Pro may not be released just yet, but Jony Ive and fellow designer Marc Newson have already created an alternate model of the upcoming machine as the latest entry in their high-end charity auction for Red at Sotheby’s. The one-of-a-kind Mac Pro appears to be structurally identical to its standard black, aluminum shape, but as with many products sold for the Red charity, it’s been coated in a bright, candy-apple color that makes it look all the more appealing. 

Special Edition 3DS XL for the new Legend of Zelda. 

Special Edition 3DS XL for the new Legend of Zelda. 

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Jony Ive and Marc Newson create the MacBook Air of desks

Apple’s Jony Ive and the renowned industrial designer Marc Newson have paired to design a one-off desk. Created for charity auction, the (RED) Desk is, in keeping with much of the designers’ back catalogues, machined from solid aluminum. Unlike the Leica camera revealed earlier this week, the (RED) Desk is not based on previous work, which should help its value skyrocket. 

Jony Ive’s designed a custom Leica camera and my is it gorgeous. Minimalistic but still has those technical details. The best of both words. 

The Galaxy Round 

The Galaxy Round 

The Galaxy Round
What could curved displays do for technology? Well they can provide all sorts of innovative uses such as a phone with a screen that wraps around the sides/behind or maybe even a true edge to edge screen that would be harder to break. Instead, Samsung once again jumps the gun and releases the Round today which in my opinion is a distorted Galaxy S4 with no true benefit for its curved display. Ok, so you can tap the display on a take to reveal the time (or you could just click the home button) but other than that there really isn’t much to it. I really wanted to see Samsung go to the next level but since the SIII release, I feel like Samsung has fallen into similar territory as Apple: “What can we add to this to make it seem more innovative.” I feel like true innovation happens when you look at something new and it just makes sense instantly. This doesn’t make sense. 

The Galaxy Round

What could curved displays do for technology? Well they can provide all sorts of innovative uses such as a phone with a screen that wraps around the sides/behind or maybe even a true edge to edge screen that would be harder to break. Instead, Samsung once again jumps the gun and releases the Round today which in my opinion is a distorted Galaxy S4 with no true benefit for its curved display. Ok, so you can tap the display on a take to reveal the time (or you could just click the home button) but other than that there really isn’t much to it. I really wanted to see Samsung go to the next level but since the SIII release, I feel like Samsung has fallen into similar territory as Apple: “What can we add to this to make it seem more innovative.” I feel like true innovation happens when you look at something new and it just makes sense instantly. This doesn’t make sense. 

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