This Gorgeous Jewelry Is Made From Gold Found In Old Computers

Posted 01/11/2018 - 04:00

Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and . . . Dell?

“Jewelry made out of old computers” likely brings to mind images of bizarre retro earrings composed of transistors. But Dell–yes, Dell–is releasing a delicate collection of rings and earrings, and a lone pair of cufflinks for the gentlemen, that would look more at home in a Tiffany catalog than a garage.Read Full Story

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Fake Concrete Wallpaper Creates An Instant Brutalist Look

Posted 01/11/2018 - 03:15

These trompe l’oeil wallpapers are better for the environment and gentler on your wallet than the real thing. Eat your heart out, Le Corb?

Calling all fans of Brutalism, you’ll rejoice–or recoil–at this new offering: a collection of “concrete-effect” wallpaper patterns that give the term paper architecture another, very literal, meaning.Read Full Story

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The 8 Greatest Ideas Of CES 2018

Posted 01/11/2018 - 02:00

From truly wireless charging to wearables for your fingernails, this year’s CES offered a glimpse of great things to come.

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The 6 Worst Ideas Of CES 2018

Posted 01/11/2018 - 02:00

From hilariously bad to just plain depressing, there were more than a few misses at CES this year.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Starbucks, Ritz Crackers, Pizza Hut and More

Posted 01/10/2018 - 13:00

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Takeaways From a Leak of Snapchat Secrets. Plus, Bannon Leaves Breitbart

Posted 01/10/2018 - 06:00

Snapchat leak
The Daily Beast says it got hold of five months of internal data about usage of Snapchat, which is secretive about its numbers. (It doesn't say how it obtained the leaked data.) Here are two big takeaways:

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Ikea’s New Ad Is A Pregnancy Test You Pee On. Really.

Posted 01/10/2018 - 04:45

For 50% off a crib? I’d sign my name in blood.
“Peeing on this ad may change your life,” promises Ikea in a new print campaign. It may be the first time in advertising history that such a promise is actually an understatement.Read Full Story

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How VR Is Helping Convict Nazis In Court

Posted 01/10/2018 - 04:00

Software engineers used blueprints, old photographs, and visits to reconstruct Auschwitz-Bikernau–and prove that one guard knew what was happening there.

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Skagen’s New Smartwatch Is Just As Tastefully Minimal As You’d Expect

Posted 01/10/2018 - 03:15

It’s not much. And that’s very Skagen.
Skagen watches are prized for their Spartan, Danish design: a circle, a strap, and not too much more. Now the company is debuting its first full LCD smartwatch called the Falster, starting at $275 in finishes like steel and rose gold–and its minimalism has remained right on brand.Read Full Story

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The First Hyperloop Booking App Is Already Here

Posted 01/10/2018 - 02:30

The Hyperloop itself is MIA.

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GE’s Plan To Help Other Companies Crowdsource Good Design

Posted 01/10/2018 - 02:00

An idea so crazy it just might work?

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GE Appliances’ Plan To Help Other Companies Crowdsource Good Design

Posted 01/10/2018 - 02:00

An idea so crazy it just might work?

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Twix, Ice Breakers, Dollar Shave Club and More

Posted 01/09/2018 - 13:15

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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RSA Signs Michael Mann, Bonnie Goldfarb Joins California Film Commission

Posted 01/09/2018 - 05:37

Director Michael Mann has joined RSA Films for commercial representation worldwide.

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Tuesday Wake-Up Call: The End of a Facebook Experiment. Plus, a Google Glitch

Posted 01/09/2018 - 05:30

Golden Globes: According to Nielsen fast official ratings, the Golden Globes averaged 19 million viewers, down slightly from last year's 20 million viewers, Ad Age's Anthony Crupi reports.
Next up: Glamour's new editor is Samantha Barry, executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide, as Ad Age's Simon Dumenco writes.

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2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names—And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:36

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).

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2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names — And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:36

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).

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The World’s Biggest Picture Frame May Also Be The Ugliest

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:00

The 492-foot-tall building is the perfect symbol for Dubai.

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Can You Tell China’s Fake Paris Apart From Real Paris?

Posted 01/09/2018 - 03:15

A new series places images from the French capital next to scenes from the city of Tianducheng.

Two men pose next to the Eiffel Tower, standing just far enough away that it looks like that they can put their hands on top of the famous monument.Read Full Story

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Why Is Tech Obsessed With Smart Kitchens?

Posted 01/09/2018 - 02:00

Good news! You can now Instagram your crushed ice cubes from a fridge that costs more than your car.
I want to tell you about a landmark new device. It features two cameras and a voice- and motion-controlled touch screen. It allows you to teleconference, control your smart home, and even share Instagrams. And its screen is a full 27 inches. It’s the size of an iMac!Read Full Story

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From VW, Facebook, McDonald's and More

Posted 01/08/2018 - 14:50

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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The “Fire And Fury” Cover Is Hilariously Bad. Here’s A Better One

Posted 01/08/2018 - 13:25

Artist Edel Rodriguez offers a solution to the explosive book’s egregious graphic design. How would you design a cover for “Fire and Fury”?

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Doner Boosts McDonald's Team, Cedergren Joins Stendahls

Posted 01/08/2018 - 10:31

Doner has made four senior hires following the recent consolidation of McDonald's retail and local marketing. Andrew Lamar joins as a multicultural strategist, having previously overseen multicultural marketing for clients including McDonald's, BeamSuntory, Western Union, and Coca-Cola at LimeGreen Moroch in Atlanta.

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Doris Heads Integrated Production at TBWA N.Y., Doner Boosts McDonald's Team, Cedergren Joins Stendahls

Posted 01/08/2018 - 10:31

TBWA/Chiat/Day New York has named production vet John Doris as its new head of integrated production. The first major hire under recently-named CCO Chris Beresford-Hill, Doris moves from the same post at Saatchi & Saatchi New York.

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Coke’s New Font Is Design At Its Worst

Posted 01/08/2018 - 07:43

A modern font for stone-age thinking.

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Monday Wake-Up Call: Oprah for President? Plus, Apple Investors Worry About Kids' iPhone Addictions

Posted 01/08/2018 - 05:30

Backstage after the show, Bloomberg News asked Winfrey if she planned to run: "I don't – I don't," the media mogul told Bloomberg, repeating something she's said before. Her longtime partner had a different take. ""It's up to the people," Stedman Graham was quoted as telling The Los Angeles Times. "She would absolutely do it."

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These Enchanting Fireflies Are Actually A Robot Swarm

Posted 01/08/2018 - 04:45

“Pixi” is like a swarm of mechanical fireflies.

A flock of creatures rests on tree trunks in a dark winter forest in the Netherlands. The creatures glow red, responding to each other–conversing through light. Their flickering appears random, but step back, and a pattern begins to emerge.Read Full Story

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Google Street View Now Has A Soundtrack, Thanks To AI

Posted 01/08/2018 - 04:14

You can now surf its endless network of streets accompanied by what a machine thinks you’re likely to hear there.

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Kohler Releases The Most Romantic Toilet Commercial Ever Made

Posted 01/08/2018 - 04:00

Does anyone love you as much as these people love their toilets?
A piano plays. We see a montage of faces. Happy faces. Perhaps, the happiest faces that have ever been happy before.Read Full Story

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First Look: Muji’s Debut Hotel (And Restaurant!)

Posted 01/08/2018 - 02:30

The cult Japanese brand’s first stab at hospitality lets guests live with its products–then pop downstairs to buy them.

The Japanese lifestyle brand Muji is most known for its simple, effortless home goods, designed to make you feel like you can declutter your life–all through a little glowing aroma diffuser or a cardboard covered notebook.Read Full Story

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Designers Finally Have A Seat At The Table. Now What?

Posted 01/08/2018 - 02:00

Companies are finally listening to designers, writes Google Ventures’ Kate Aronowitz. Here’s what designers need to do now.

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L’Oreal’s Ingenious Nail Art Detects Harmful UV Rays

Posted 01/07/2018 - 15:00

The UV Sense sticks to your body and runs for up to four weeks, powered by the same entity it’s sensing: sunlight.

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L'Oreal Paris Goes for a Winona Ryder-Style Comeback -- with the Actor's Help

Posted 01/06/2018 - 10:00

America loves a comeback—or at least L'Oréal Paris is betting it does in an ad from McCann breaking on Sunday's Golden Globe Awards on NBC. Winona Ryder, the "Stranger Things" star who's one of the biggest turnaround stories of recent Hollywood history, has been enlisted to pitch Elvive hair-care products, which are all about helping damaged hair, and a faltering brand, stage a comeback.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From L'Oreal, DirecTV, HomeLight and More

Posted 01/05/2018 - 14:45

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Time's Running Out! Enter the Creativity Awards Before the Jan. 11 Deadline

Posted 01/05/2018 - 11:30

It's time to get your entries in for Ad Age's second annual Creativity Awards, an expansion of our long-running Agency A-List honors that recognizes the best and most innovative campaigns, people and products of the year just finished.

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New York Times Spotlights Sexual Harassment in Golden Globes Ad

Posted 01/05/2018 - 09:30

The New York Times helped to topple the priapic pillars that have undermined women and others in tech, media and most prominently, entertainment with its groundbreaking reporting in 2017. Fueled by that momentum, the brand is making yet another appearance on a big Hollywood stage with a Golden Globes ad addressing how women's voices are coming to the fore.

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New York Times Spotlights Sexual Harassment in Golden Globes 'Truth' Ad

Posted 01/05/2018 - 09:30

The New York Times helped to topple the priapic pillars that have undermined women and others in tech, media and most prominently, entertainment with its groundbreaking reporting in 2017. Fueled by that momentum, the brand is making yet another appearance on a big Hollywood stage with a Golden Globes ad addressing how women's voices are coming to the fore.

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Friday Wake-Up Call: Apple Hit By Chip Security Flaws. Plus, More Store Closings for Macy's, Sears, Kmart

Posted 01/05/2018 - 05:30

Related: The owners of conservative website Breitbart News are debating whether to remove Steve Bannon from his role at the publication, The Wall Street Journal reports. Wolff quoted Bannon, the former White House strategist, at length in the book. He apparently infuriated the president, who said Bannon has "lost his mind." Trump also called Bannon "Sloppy Steve," a catchphrase that hit No.

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Friday Wake-Up Call: Apple Affected by Chip Security Flaws. Plus, More Store Closings for Macy's, Sears

Posted 01/05/2018 - 05:30

Related: The owners of conservative website Breitbart News are debating whether to remove Steve Bannon from his role at the publication, The Wall Street Journal reports. Wolff quoted Bannon, the former White House strategist, at length in the book.

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You Can Now Relax To The Soothing Sounds Of Quantum Computing

Posted 01/05/2018 - 04:45

Put on your headphones and spend a few minutes listening to the sound of the computer brains of the future.

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Inside The Furniture Startup Beloved By Instagram, Pinterest, Casper, And Everlane

Posted 01/05/2018 - 04:00

The small Swedish brand Hem has become a cult favorite among the designorati. Now founder Petrus Palmér wants to make it a $1 billion company.

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An AI Learned To Make Fireworks, And They’re Mesmerizing

Posted 01/05/2018 - 03:15

Google artist-in-residence Mario Klingemann decided to train a neural network on his New Year’s Eve fireworks videos, with remarkable results.

What do you do post-New Year’s Eve when you’re an AI artist? You train a neural network to take your smartphone footage of fireworks and generate new ones.Read Full Story

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Trippy Stickers Trick Computers Into Thinking A Banana Is A Toaster

Posted 01/05/2018 - 02:30

Silly yes–but also potentially dangerous.
The algorithms that computers use to determine what objects are–a cat, a dog, or a toaster, for instance–have a vulnerability. This vulnerability is called an adversarial example. It’s an image or object that looks one way to the human eye, but another way to the algorithm.Read Full Story

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Why CES Might Not Be So Boring This Year

Posted 01/05/2018 - 02:00

UX may be the star of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Taco Bell, Discover Card, Blue Apron and More

Posted 01/04/2018 - 14:45

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Formica (Yes, It Still Exists!) Enters The 21st Century

Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:01

The brand synonymous with midcentury modern kitsch now wants you to charge your phone with its countertops. Mad Men, meet the Jetsons.

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Thursday Wake-Up Call: The Real Reason Trump Loves McDonald's? Plus, Essence Magazine Gets Sold

Posted 01/04/2018 - 05:30

What do you think – are you able to laugh at the joke?

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The Absolutely Massive Future Of Offshore Wind Farms

Posted 01/04/2018 - 04:45

The Netherlands is planning a new wind farm so powerful, it will require its own artificial island.
The Netherlands’ national electric company, TenneT, wants to build the world’s largest wind farm facility–a development so large, it will produce 30 gigawatts, enough electricity to power a city of 20 million people (or roughly 24 time-travel trips in a DeLorean).Read Full Story

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The Racist Roots Of “Urban Renewal” And How It Made Cities Less Equal

Posted 01/04/2018 - 04:00

“The social and emotional cost fell on poor people and people of color,” says University of Richmond’s Robert Nelson.

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Explore The Largest Early Map Of The World

Posted 01/04/2018 - 03:15

This 430-year-old world map, digitized for the first time, is “more than just a map!,” according to historian David Rumsey.

You’re looking at one of the most extraordinary maps ever created. It’s a 10-by-10-foot digital image of a 60-sheet world map drawn by hand in 1587 by Italian cartographer Urbano Monte–the largest known early map of the world.Read Full Story

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Graphic: Trump’s Tweets Can Be Reduced To 4 Rhetorical Strategies

Posted 01/04/2018 - 02:30

A taxonomy breaks down exactly how the president of the United States uses tweets to his advantage.
Trump would like you to know that his nuclear bomb button is bigger than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s.Read Full Story

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Bitcoin Fever Turned Me Into A Cat Pimp

Posted 01/04/2018 - 02:00

To understand where cryptocurrency is going, I journeyed into the dark world of crypto-collectible Beanie Babies that bang.

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