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Design guru Dieter Rams says Apple built his dream PC

Legendary designer Dieter Rams. Photo: Wikipedia

Legendary designer Dieter Rams. Photo: Wikipedia

Braun’s lauded designer, Dieter Rams, has long been cited as an inspiration behind Apple’s classic design. Nearly everything Rams touched, from calculators tape recorders, radios, and even infrared emitters, have inspired Apple’s products, and according to Dieter himself, it’s a huge compliment.

In a recent interview with Fast Company, the prolific designer said if he had to do it all over again, he “would not want to be a designer.” However, if he were forced to take out his sketchpad and design a computer, it’d probably look just like Apple’s.

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Apple TV service could generate $30 billion per year

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple TV’s big redesign has been rumored for over a year now, but the long wait might pay off big time, for shareholders at least.

By blowing up the cable industry with its subscription TV streaming service, Apple could add up to $30 billion in global annual revenue to its bottom line, according to projections released by Baird Equity Research.

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How a biomedical expert inspired Apple to create ResearchKit

ResearchKit is already living up to its promise. Photo: Apple

ResearchKit is already living up to its promise. Photo: Apple

Apple’s new open source platform, ResearchKit, could change our lives more than Apple Watch, and according to a report from Fusion detailing the inside story of ResearchKit, Apple may have got some outside inspiration for the project.

A lecture given by renowned medical researcher Dr. Stephen Friend was possibly the driving force behind Apple’s push into the industry. During a presentation at Stanford’s MedX conference, Friend asked attendees to imagine a future where researchers could run ten trials, with several thousand patients.

“Here you have genetic information, and you have what drugs they took, how they did. Put that up in the cloud, and you have a place where people can go and query it, [where] they can make discoveries,” Friend told the crowd, completely unaware that Apple’s newly appointed VP for medical technologies, Mike O’Reilly, was among those catching Friend’s vision for a medical research utopia.

“I can’t tell you where I work, and I can’t tell you what I do, but I need to talk to you,” O’Reilly told Friend after his presentation.

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USB-C is a dead ringer for Apple’s Cinema Display power cord

USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple

USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple

There’s been a lot of talk that Apple invented USB-C, even though the company hasn’t made any official claims yet. The evidence is already compelling, but here’s another sign Apple had its hand in USB-C: It looks just like the company’s Cinema Display power cable.

Check out the comparison below:

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What browsing Apple.com was like in 1997

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Relive the web in the 90’s. Photo: Open University

Young Apple fans may not remember the unveiling of the original iMac that put Apple back on the map, but now you can experience what it was like to learn all about Jony and Steve’s candy-colored creation on the World Wide Web like it’s 1997 all over again.

Relive the thrills and horrors of what it was like the surf Apple.com back in 1997, thanks to the folks at Open University who created a series of GIFs that capture the the web of the late-90’s thanks to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Apple’s old website didn’t look too bad back then, especially s hideous compared to most websites at the time, which heavily featured crappy graphics, block graphic links, and clumsy navigation, Apple’s website stands out from the other options at the time.

For a full run-down on the history of Apple.com’s design changes through the years, check out our feature here.

Fassbender poses as Steve Jobs in fake NeXT poster

Photo: Sean Nung/Instagram

Photo: Sean Nung/Instagram

Filming for the upcoming Steve Jobs moving got underway yesterday at the San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House for a major scene in the movie where Steve Jobs unveils the NeXT computer in October 1988.

The set was crowded as hundreds of people came to the set to be extras in the picture, and Danny Boyle’s production crew tried to make it as authentic looking as possible. They even put up fake NeXT posters around the opera house feature Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs posing with the NeXT cube.

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Portable batteries for Apple Watch have already arrived

Keep your Apple Watch alive for longer with Nomad Pod. Photo: Nomad

Keep your Apple Watch alive for longer with Nomad Pod. Photo: Nomad

It seemed like it took accessory makers forever to make battery pack cases for the iPhone, but companies are wasting no time with Apple Watch accessories, and the first portable battery for Apple’s wearable is already here.

Nomad introduced its answer for the Apple Watch’s battery woes with the Pod, a small portable power station for your Apple Watch that will keep it ticking well past the 18 hour battery life Tim Cook promised.

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Apple Watch band packaging looks like Swatch

Is that an Apple Watch band box sitting on the tablet? Photo: Apple

Is that an Apple Watch band box sitting on the table? Photo: Apple

Apple might have just leaked some packaging for the upcoming Apple Watch.

The Apple Jobs website received a nice update today — including a new image of what appears to be some of the Apple Watch packaging that will hit Apple Store shelves April 24. The boxes look too thin to hold the Apple Watch and its inductive charger, so they’re more likely just for bands, but we couldn’t help but notice they look just like Swatch’s iconic boxes.

Here’s a comparison shot:

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Kendrick Lamar’s album hits iTunes one week ahead of schedule

'To Pimp a Butterfly' is here early. Photo: Interscope Records

‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ is here early. Photo: Interscope Records

One of the most highly anticipated rap albums of 2015 has landed on iTunes a week early.

To Pimp a Butteryfly, the follow-up to Kendrick Lamar’s highly acclaimed album good kid, m.A.A.d city is slated for wide release on March 23rd, but thanks to an error with iTunes pre-order, customers can access the hot new album right now.

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Yahoo aims to kill passwords with on-demand codes

Yahoo is stepping up its security game. Photo: Yahoo

Yahoo is stepping up its security game. Photo: Yahoo

Passwords are easy to forget. They’re even easier to steal. Now Yahoo has unveiled a new scheme to make permanent passwords as outdated as Morse code.

Yahoo is rolling out its “on-demand” email passwords that utilize phone notifications so you’ll never have to memorize a password again. It works kind of like two-factor authentication, except you don’t ever have to type in your primary password.

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