Wondering how wireless “tag mode” will work on Nintendo’s new 3DS? You’re not alone. Fortunately, a trailer for Super Street Fighter IV has been loosed upon the internets giving us a pretty decent overview of what serendipitous game play will be like. To start with, a minigame feature lets you automatically fight your nearby rival’s collectable action figures even while the 3DS is tucked away in your bag. The more you fight the more figures you collect. Then there’s the more obvious wireless battle mode for active multiplayer gameplay with nearby 3DS owners. Should make for some interesting chance encounters on public transportation. You do live in a densely populated area don’t you squirt?
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This year marked the first season of the FIA GT1 World Championship, a global event sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and promoted by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO). And GT, for those as oblivious to car terms as me, stands for Gran Turismo (in Italian) or Grand Touring (in English), which are race cars that are based on standard production road cars, and conform to strict GT1 regulations. The FIA GT1 event brings together “Six iconic brands Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, Lamborghini, Maserati, Nissan” to a race that features “12 teams, 24 cars and 48 of the world’s leading drivers [competing] on 10 of the leading circuits on four continents.” London-based Interstate Associates, a firm with plenty of motor sport work experience, produced a comprehensive identity for the championship.
I have to admit that my first impression — which took all of five seconds to render — was to draw a frown. Great, just some fast-paced-looking-thing with gradients. But in the next five seconds, I smiled, as I quickly saw the “G”, “T”, and “1″ come together in a single icon. Pretty great use of counterspace. The accompanying typography provides a nice, Swiss-looking balance to the otherwise bombastic icon, and it works quite well. As you strip away the layers of gradients, the logo loses most of its appeal, but this is an identity that lives on full-color liveries of cars that spare no expense and it exists for television and internet consumption — it even passes the “will it embroider?” question.
It took a few more hundreds of seconds to like the gradients, which I eventually did, after seeing the extent of the identity and how everything comes to life with a bit of help from the shading. Everything feels like it’s a car going at hundreds of miles an hour, and that’s not a bad thing in this context. I really like how the visual language extends across the flags and into the car graphics. I’m a firm believer of designing sans gradients, but applications and executions like this one show that when done well, it looks swell.
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Here is a great idea for small apartments. We are certain most of you out there have a thing for pool tables, but the hight costs and the lack of space are the main hold backs for purchasing one. Koraltaruk Bilardo is an amazing table that will make its owner think twice about whether to dine or play. There are three available versions of this ingenious design: Gloss, Satin and Flora. Each of them has a very tasteful finish and goes great in a large variety of interiors, However, considering the double functionality that this table is “equipped” with, the best room in the house to place it would be the living room. In case you are wondering how it works, it is very simple. The table includes two side hinges which can be flipped open every time a family member feels like shooting some pool.- via HomeQn
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Well, well, well… would you look at what we found lounging around Best Buy’s NYC holiday event! Yes, indeed, it’s the T-Mobile G2 (the US version of the HTC Desire Z if you happen to think it looks familiar). After months of leaks and blurry shots we finally got to check out T-Mobile and HTC’s G1 replacement, and it’s got everything we’ve been waiting for — a 3.7-inch display, Android 2.2, 4GB of internal memory, an 800MHz Snapdragon processor and a 5 megapixel cam with a flash. Oh, what’s it like to use? That answer, dear friends, is after the break along with a hands-on video.
Gallery: T-Mobile G2 preview / hands-on
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Wallflower Architecture + Design have completed the Sun Cap House in Sentosa Cove, Singapore.
Sun Cap House by Wallflower Architecture + Design
Although the site was devoid of any development during the inception of the project, it was foreseen that the future built environment would be dense with neighbouring residences barely metres away on either side. The tropical sunlight falling on this resort island could also be harsh and intense but the proximity to the sea also blesses it with breezes that tend to channel through the waterways that are unique to the cove. Most properties along the waterway which also affords them best view, and the narrow rectangular project site was no different.
In response to the projected urban density and the site’s local environment, the home is designed with a thick, nine metre high wall that forms the entrance façade which wraps around to continue along the sides. Like the pulling back of a curtain to reveal the view, the walls terminate as it approaches the waterway where thereafter an inner enclosing structure of paneled glass continues, projecting toward a pool and garden. The massive, enveloping entrance and side walls are essentially a thermal and privacy filter. The wall occludes views from inquisitive neighbours but encourage the passage of breezes that find their way through the house rather than around it by deliberate vertical slotting dividing the enclosing wall into free-standing segments. The slotting also helps to filter natural light into the house and soften the impact of the harsh sunlight. The secondary glass paneled enclosure within but set away from the enveloping walls is designed to slide away so that the impression of width does not terminate at the glass line but are extended to the tall side walls. The impression of space however goes even further, for the slots in the walls reveal landscaping that extends beyond. The walls are parallel to but do not meet the eaves of the roof; a metre wide gap invites sunlight to wash down onto planting and greenery that thrive on either side of the wall blurring the distinction of an ‘inside’ ‘outside’ demarcation. Though a vertical surface, the rough plastered texturing of the wall catches light streaming in from the gap above and diffuses it into the living spaces. Perhaps the spatial experience is best described as akin to being held in the loving cradle of two cupped, open hands.
Project Title: Sun Cap House
Location: Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Project Completion: 2010
Architect: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Design Team: Robin Tan, Cecil Chee & Sean Zheng
Photographer: Albert Lim
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The NSA may have its ominously named Perfect Citizen program to guard against potential cyber attacks, but it looks like the U.S. government still isn’t quite satisfied with its surveillance capabilities in the age of the internet. As the New York Times reports, federal officials are now pushing for some expanding wiretapping regulations that would require any communications service — including everything from encrypted BlackBerry messages to Skype to social networking sites — to be “technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order.” That, officials say, is necessary because their current wiretapping abilities are effectively “going dark” as communications move increasingly online. While complete details are obviously a bit light, the officials do apparently have a few ideas about how such a radical change might be possible, including a regulation that foreign-based companies that do business in the US be required to install a domestic office capable of performing intercepts, and a flat out requirement that “developers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication must redesign their service to allow interception.” Of course, the specifics could still change, but the Obama administration is apparently intent on getting a bill of some sort submitted to Congress next year.
[Image courtesy PBS]
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As old stadiums around the world fall apart and new, shiny complexes with plenty of box suites and corporate naming rights rise, it’s the building as much as the memories within it that are demolished. And perhaps there isn’t an international venue as well known and famed as London’s Wembley Stadium, built in 1923 and host to world cup wins by the England national football team, the 1948 Summer Olympic Games, the Live Aid concert, and, um, WWF’s SummerSlam. All these happened before 2003, when Wembley was demolished giving way to a new version of Wembley that opened in 2007 with a design by Foster + Partners and Populous. Back in June Wembley introduced a new identity that spearheads their “four-year sponsorship programme,” an effort to look for a lead partner to pony up some money. The new identity has been designed by London-based Bulletproof.
With increasing opportunities in digital and social media, the new identity has been designed for optimum use across these platforms. It also more accurately reflects the iconic status of the stadium. […] A strapline — inspiring • memories — has been introduced to further propel Wembley towards its vision of being the pre-eminent sports and entertainment venue in the UK. Each word has its own weight and together reflects the stadium’s inspirational power over those lucky enough to play or spectate there. […] “We are moving into a new stage in our lifecycle and the new identity is more reflective of the dynamic and multi-purpose nature of the stadium” says Wembley Managing Director Roger Maslin.
— Press Release
The new logo highlights, literally and metaphorically, the signature arch of the new stadium that spans more than 1,000 feet and serves as support for the retractable roof. Illuminated at night, the arch is hard to miss. From within the stadium, the logo emanates rays of memories and happiness. I don’t particularly like the logo, as it’s not my cup of tea, but it is appropriate for an entertainment venue that seeks to convey the drama and excitement that happens within it. The typograaphy is fine, in that rounded sans serif British way. Where things really get ugly and where I am much less forgiving is in the sub-brands below. It looks like five different designers were given the icon, the font, and told to put something together. There is no consistency or apparent reasoning behind them. These are far from inspiring • memories.
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