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  • Why Apple is still the king of design, innovation Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 6:14 AM ET

    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.

  • Coal, Cow Barns, Fishing Nets: Latest Home Design Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 8:40 AM ET

    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.

  • Summer cruisin': Best convertibles of all time Saturday, 6 Jul 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Nanoparticles Could Power 'Electronic Skin' Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 1:02 PM ET
    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.

  • What will drive your car's design? Fuel efficiency Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 7:28 AM ET
    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     Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    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.

  • Classic car showdown: Sexy curves vs. pure muscle Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 9:58 AM ET

    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.

  • Packing heat in style: Purses help conceal guns Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 4:45 PM ET
    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.

  • Pumped up kicks? Sneaker sales soar Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 12:07 PM ET
    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.

  • The Classic Wassily Chair Was Inspired by a Bike Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | 11:58 AM ET

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

  • Can Design Save the PC? Ten Snazzy 'Yesses' Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 7:21 PM ET

    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.

  • 7 Crazy Crowdfunding Projects That Succeeded Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 7:43 AM ET

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

  • 10 ways 3-D printing will blow your mind Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 8:42 AM ET
    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.

  • Architect Rethinks Wheelchair Design for Stryker Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | 1:15 PM ET
    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.

  • Can New E-Cigs Change the Game? Yes, Says Reynolds Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 5:15 PM ET
    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.

  • The Beer Revolution Will Not Be Bottled Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 1:22 PM ET
    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.

  • Funeral Directors Thinking Outside Box for Boomers Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 8:57 AM ET
    Til We Meet Again's baseball coffin.

    Baby boomers, who never lost their taste for rebellion, want to control every detail of their "stairway to heaven" including buying "pre-need funerals." NBC News reports.

  • The 'Next Big Things' in Wearable Tech Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 9:34 AM ET

    It's not just controlling your computer. You can track your marathon training or even just stopping you from slouching Click ahead to see some new wearable gadgets you may be slipping on before you walk out the front door.

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