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  • Samsungs and Google are gaining on Apple in the areas of design and innovation, but experts say that Apple still has an edge and that its next game-changing product is coming.

  • The residential home market is a design arena defined by excessive waste, but that reality is being countered by a trend toward using recycled materials.

  • Just in time for your summer road trip, today's top car designers from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen offer up their all-time favorite convertibles.

  • This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows a piece of electronics with physical properties, i.e. stiffness, bending rigidity, thickness and mass density, matched to the epidermis.

    A development in nanotechnology may enable "electronic skin" for robots and prosthetic limbs, offering sensitivity to pressure, humidity, and temperature—and it's even flexible.

  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

    Fuel-efficiency standards are prompting automakers to try design tactics that could change the look of your next car.

  • Apple hires for iWatch

    According to the Financial Times, Apple is looking to hire fresh eyes to help develop the iWatch. The author of the recent FT article, Tim Bradshaw, offers perspective.

  • All the horsepower in the world won't make a car worth seven figures if it is aesthetically challenged and built in large numbers. Rarity and beauty are what get the big car bucks.

  • Surprise! This crocodile-print leather hobo has a specially designed compartment for carrying a firearm.

    Leslie Deets founded handbag company Concealed Carrie and blasted her way into the growing and wildly diverse demographic of U.S. women who carry handguns.

  • Jaime Penaloza, a member of an Instagram group called "Sneakaholics," poses with his shoe collection.

    Call them “sneakerheads” or “sneakaholics.” There's a growing number of designer athletic shoe junkies—who comb the Internet, camp out in the wee hours and pay hundreds of dollars for the most highly anticipated sneaker releases.

  • How the designer of the classic Wassily chair found his inspiration.

  • The popularity of smartphones and tablets has prompted some to declare the death of laptops and desktops. But judging from the newest designs, you shouldn't give up on PC makers just yet.

  • A squirrel census? A bug-killing gun? These are successful projects on crowdfunding sites, which are expected to raise $5 billion this year.

  • 36 pencil bowl made by 3-D printing

    You made that with a 3-D printer? See how what's sometimes called additive manufacturing is altering industries and objects—from combat surgery to killer heels.

  • The "Patriot" house designed by Michael Graves.

    When architect Michael Graves realized he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, he set out to improve medical design. This week Stryker unveils his wheelchair.

  • Reynold's Vuse E-Cigarette

    Reynolds American is launching its Vuse electronic cigarettes in Colorado, with an eye toward quick national expansion. Company executives say the product will alter the landscape.

  • BudLite introducing a new vented can.

    Canned beer was once frowned upon, now it's here to stay as consumers and brewers alike become more comfortable with the idea of beer in a can.

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