Aura’s Wireless Christmas Lights

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With just about everything going wireless these days, the team behind Aura thought it was time Christmas tree lights got the same treatment. After becoming fed up with untangling a never-ending mess of lights each year, Aura is introducing the first-ever wireless Christmas tree lights. Shaped like ornaments and offered in white or multicolor, the wireless bulbs will light up when they’re near a central …

Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83

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The much celebrated and beloved director Mike Nichols died on Wednesday 19 November 2014 at the age of 83. Nichols was an icon in the entertainment industry and was lauded by critics and audiences for his work in Hollywood and on Broadway. He was one of the few people to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award. The New York Times remembers Nichols …

Norway’s New Passport

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Norway’s new passport design is changing the way we view government documents. The Nordic country recently held a contest asking designers to submit their vision for a Norwegian passport that would be beautiful while also appropriate and functional. Oslo-based Neue Design Studio won with their concept titled “The Norwegian landscape,” featuring a simple yet thoughtful design with a focus on the natural beauty the country …