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RIM is finally catching up with the rest of the crowd with their “new” Blackberry OS 6.0 to be released later this year. Everything you see in the video below has already been done on the Android and iPhone OS platforms. The Blackberry OS needed a major overhaul in UI design. RIM is just riding on the reputation they established before other smartphones got it right… and people are still buying.

And as for the video itself, I think RIM is trying a bit too hard to appeal to the “younger generation”.

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Now if only i have €885.00 to spend on a clock, this will be it. Simply an amazing piece of design. So instead, I just stick to their $0.99 alternative on the iphone.

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I’ve got a pretty bad vinyl addiction as of late and I’ve been digging around the net and looking into online auctions to satisfy Dunny urges. So, just when I thought I’m done collecting Series 5, Kidrobot announces an upcoming UK Dunny series titled “Ye Olde English Dunny Series” featuring 17 figures designed by top UK artists. This looks to be the most exciting series yet featuring 17 blind boxed, 3-inch figures by the likes of Clutter, Doktor A, Frames, HiCalorie x Julie West, ilovedust, Jon Burgerman, Keanan Duffty, McFaul, Mimic, Peskimo, Shok 1, Tado, Triclops and UAMOU. Personally, I think Series 5 is better, but these Dunnys will probably grow on me as the time goes by.

Take a look below at the stellar line up with all their ratios, and mark down the series’ January 22nd release date.

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If you’re like me and always imagined what kind of personalities different fonts had, then this movie is for you. Watch Times New Roman and friends battle the forces of evil.

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It could be me since I’m heavily medicated right now, or MSNBC wants to turn your boring old RSS newsreader in to a hallucinogenic drug.

The online news portal recently launched their new flash-based “visual newsreader”, Spectra, and is one of the most interesting and fun ways to communicate information I’ve seen in a long time. It presents headlines by either spinning them off of a colorful 3D spiral, or spawning them from the dominant colors in front of your webcam.

Now, I’m not a big advocate on using Flash for Flash sake, (meaning using the tool as nothing more than to gloss up a site) but MSNBC did a commendable job on Spectra’s very attractive and slick looking interface. There are nice graphical touches to convey user interaction with the newsreader such as when you filter the headlines, the ones that are not relevant sunk off the bottom of the screen, and then float back into view when you remove the filter.

This is not the first time MSNBC tried to have a fresh take on news consumption. Their last attempt with Fuel Industries was a game that plays out similar to Breakout and it arranges the falling headlines revealed from breaking bricks along the right side of the screen so you can read the headlines after your last life is lost or you pause the game.

Spectra also reminds me a little of the Google newsmap, by Marcos Weskamp and Dan Albritton, released several years ago. It’s not as pretty as Spectra, but I find it more useful due to the fact it prioritises news stories based on how popular they are on the Google news search. The results are then displayed in similarly colour coded categories, and scaled based on its chronological importance meanwhile fitting perfectly within the screen.

Cabel discovered a significant change in the world of Japanese advertising. It seem that many of them have decided to abandon showing the URL, and instead recommends keywords to search for.

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As more and more good domain names continue to be snatched up, it makes sense to have keywords which are shorter and more directly relevant to the promoted products. However, this is a double-edged sword, since it could also be more wieldy as Cabel pointed out.

But, I ask you: could this be done in the USA? Wouldn’t search spammers and/or “optimizers” ruin this within seconds? I did a few tests with major name brands and they’re almost always the top hit on Google (surprisingly, even Panic). But if Nabisco ran a nationwide ad campaign for a hot new product and told users to Google for “Burlap Thins” to learn more, wouldn’t someone sneaky get there before they do?

What do you think?

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Inspired by the simpler, cleaner look they adopted to adapt to iPhone, Facebook is redesigning the site for those of us who still visit it online. Though there are no live changes as yet, and they have yet to determine a date for them, the developers are working on putting together something a little more functional and a little less cluttered.

This is great news, because I hate digging through all those “FluffFriends”, “SuperPoke” and “Are You Interested?” just to find someone’s wall to write on. This redesign seems like just the tonic the social networking world needs.

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Although these amazing screens were created by designer Phil Lu prior to Apple’s paying patent was publized, it gives a glimpse at a possible future where you can order your morning coffee with your iPhone.

While I think this system is innovative and I’m sure some of the more busy Starbucks will use it, most of the time you are lining up and waiting for your drinks anyways. If anything, this just helps the baristas making your order. In fact, it might bombard them with more workload since they are taking orders from both the system and the cashiers.

Check out Gizmodo’s article behind Phil’s design and more detailed screenshots, including his reasoning behind using Semacode for payment instead of Apple’s usual credit card system.

Gizmodo

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A new ad from DDB advertising agency in Sydney, Australia and the New South Wales Police Force highlights the dangers of crossing the road with music blasting in your ear. The ad cast as new light on the iPod as its headphone cable draws the place in which a body lies dead.

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The incidents are allegedly beginning to reach epidemic proportions in Australia, and the NSW Police feel compelled to deal with it rather than placing responsibility on those who have mastered stupidity.

No real statistics to speak of, simply sensationalism in ‘death by iPod’ ads that use fear to raise awareness.

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