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SOLo is Lounge Table and Solar Powered Charger For Your Gadgets [Solar Table]

SOLo is Lounge Table and Solar Powered Charger For Your Gadgets [Solar Table]

Of all the solar powered gadgets we've shown you recently, I'd have to say this is the most elegant. The Intelligent Forms SOLo is a lounge table (can we call it a coffee table?) and is simply designed to soak up the sun, turning it into stored power so you can charge your gear. Apparently left for

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Yanko: Best of July 2009

Yanko: Best of July 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days - an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in July 2009. 10) Felt Stool Bookshelf Table by Can On

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Killer 5th Generation Russian Stealth Superfighters

Killer 5th Generation Russian Stealth Superfighters

Most people know the US fifth generation wonderplanes—the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II—but the Russians are working on their own stealth superfighter: The Sukhoi PAK-FA. These concepts—by industrial designer Aleksander Dultsev—are simply amazing: Nobody knows

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A New Facebook Exec with a Lot to Live up to

Facebook announced on Friday that former Google-ite David Fischer, would be joining their team. Though Fischer is leaving a company that is known for moving fast, he was the Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations, he will not see any slowing of pace with his new position. His new

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Mozilla Firefox 3.6.11 / 3.5.14 Final

Mozilla Firefox faster more secure easier to use and sporting a new look this latest Firefox release sets a new standard for web browser innovation Mozilla Firefox project formerly Firebird which was formerly Phoenix is a redesign of Mozilla 39 s browser component written using the XUL user interfac

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The Mercedes F800 Will Run on Gas, Electricity or Hydrogen

The Mercedes F800 Will Run on Gas, Electricity or Hydrogen

We jumped inside a Mercedes F800 last week—the car that will offer three flavors of fuel as soon as 2012. Mercedes says that the future is a three-lane highway, with cars running on gas, electricity, and hydrogen. The F800 hybrid will combine a traditional gasoline engine using direct-inject

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First SDXC Card Is The World's Fastest, Only Holds 32GB

First SDXC Card Is The World's Fastest, Only Holds 32GB

SDXC, the new memory card spec announced at CES, promised exciting things, storage-wise. Pretec demonstrated the first card that'll support the standard, and at a mere 32GB and 50MB/s, well, it's a step. The SDXC standard claims a maximum capacity of 2TB, with read/write speeds of up to 104MB/s. Th

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Japan Confirms Kizuna Satellite Internet Is World's Fastest, Blows Our Crappy Broadband Away [Japan]

Japan Confirms Kizuna Satellite Internet Is World's Fastest, Blows Our Crappy Broadband Away [Japan]

Generally speaking, the state of broadband in the United States sucks. Hard. You know what sucks harder than your crappy DSL line? Satellite internet—it's stupid expensive and super slow. Except in Japan. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency is reporting that their tests of the world's faste

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The New Facebook: New Dashboard, Download Your Stuff, and Groups

The New Facebook: New Dashboard, Download Your Stuff, and Groups

As expected, Facebook’s big event today did involve some new design elements. But it’s the features being announced that give a crucial look at the site’s even bigger ambitions.

The first feature Mark Zuckerberg announced, Download Your Information, lets you download all of your photos, messages, videos, etc. Simple enough! It all goes into a single zip file, so that it’s all in one place, which will then be emailed to you. As for privacy concerns, you’ll need to provide a password and possibly answer more security questions. Whether you feel totally comfortable having all that info passing back and forth is up to you.

The New Facebook: New Dashboard, Download Your Stuff, and Groups

There’s also a new dashboard, where you’ll have the ability to see what permissions are granted each application and what information it’s using. It’ll also, crucially, make it easier to handle your app privacy settings by making them more transparent. The New Facebook: New Dashboard, Download Your Stuff, and Groups

The third main problem, according to Mark Zuckerberg, is making sure you’re most connected to your Facebook friends that you actually, you know, care about. While he spent a lot of time talking about ways to optimize subgroups that won’t work—algorithms, separate friend lists—the actual solution will be a “social” one. Translation: tagging your friends like you would a photo.

The New Facebook: New Dashboard, Download Your Stuff, and Groups

The goal is to map all real-world groups in a way that’s all-inclusive and can be used in several different contexts. Facebook wants to be the place you go for group , group chat, etc.

You can sort people by family, activities, sports teams—pretty much whatever you want. And just like anyone can tag a photo, each group can be controlled by any of its members. In terms of a design implications, Groups will live on the lefthand side of the page. You can send and receive email within the Group, even edit a document. It’s not clear if that collaboration can take place in real time.

The New Facebook: New Dashboard, Download Your Stuff, and Groups

Groups won’t replace your friend list, but it will be integrated across the site. Particularly, your news feed will show group activity, and Facebook Connect websites will show the activity of group members. If you don’t want to be a part of a group, you can leave (which, obviously), and no one else can add you unless you explicitly say it’s okay.

There are some questions left here; if I invite ten people for a group, it doesn’t seem as though there’s much to stop them from adding ten friends, and those ten friends to invite ten friends, and so on. The answer seems to be that common sense will save the day, since no one wants to be on a 250 person email list. You can also change your notification settings within a group to adjust how that group can notify you.

Groups themselves also have privacy settings—they can be open groups, meaning their information is public; closed groups, meaning that it’s not, and secret, meaning that no one can see who is in a group or that it exists.

Despite the questions, though Zuckerberg sees an 80% adoption rate “over time.” If you’re among that 80%, get ready for a quick landgrab for group names. While you can call your group “Family,” for example, there’s only one unique address on Facebook for a group with that name. So once BarrettFamily and Barrett_Family are gone, I’m basically going to give up on keeping in touch with my relatives. Sorry, folks!

Hard to make a judgment call on Groups until actually, you know, using it, but at first blush it seems promising. Better living through categorizing my acquaintances! Then again, most of my social circles have at least one Facebook holdout—which is partly what Zuckerberg is banking on. Either a Group forgoes the convenience of Facebook for the uninitiated, or the uninitiated cracks down and joins the network. If Facebook wins even half those battles, that potentially a huge amount of growth.

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