Archive for August, 2007

The World’s Most Extravagant Laptop

Thursday, August 30th, 2007


PC World is featuring a picture article on “The World’s Most Extravagant Technology Products” and one in particular caught my eye. It’s the absurdly expensive Luvaglio laptop, with a price tag of over $1 million.

“Even if you say it like Dr. Evil, it doesn’t seem to make sense. Then again, what other laptop comes with 128GB of solid-state storage and a 17-inch backlit LED screen with its own integrated cleaner? Lesser notebooks aren’t encased in wood, leather, and precious metals. And they most certainly don’t come in a motorized box that opens itself, exposing the laptop to your waiting, impeccably manicured hands.

But here’s the clincher: Remember how Superman’s Fortress of Solitude was run by crystals? The Luvaglio laptop activates only when you insert the unique colored diamond that’s included, making the gem a power button, security device, and conversation starter all rolled into one. The expressions on your guests’ faces better be worth the price.”

2008 Aston Martin DBS

Thursday, August 30th, 2007


You could buy a boring Mercedes Benz SL like every other baller who doesn’t know crack about cars, or you could rock this spanking new 2008 Aston Martin DBS. The DBS is Aston’s newest top gun and also it’s priciest, with a sticker price of $265,000.

Powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, it’s a car worthy enough to make an appearance in James Bond’s recent flick, “Casino Royale.” Speed tops out at 191 mph and it does 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.

The DBS will definitely be one of the most sought after super coupes in the world, so get your name on the waiting list today!

Nokia intros Music Store

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


Part of its new “Ovi” initiative of online mobile services, Nokia has announced its Music Store service today. Offering up a feature that seems like a perfect (if not obvious) use for HSDPA speeds on handsets, Music Store will offer seamless over-the-air music purchases and downloads directly from handsets combined with automatic two-way synchronization to the host PC. Other features include dynamic music recommendations and a “Mix Me” feature for creating playlists of recommended songs based on genre preferences. The192Kbps (DRM protected, only) WMA tracks will run €1 (about $1.36) with entire albums starting at €10 ($13.66); PC streaming will also be available for €10 a month. Look for it in Europe before the year’s out, expanding to other markets thereafter.

[via Engadget]

Nokia’s N95 8GB brings more chunk for your junk

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


As it so often goes in this business, the adrenaline rush of a good leaked image is quickly followed by the security felt from an official press release. And so it goes… meet the 8GB Nokia N95, all in black and all official. Feels good eh? We’re still talking N95 specs — 2.8-inch display, 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, microSD, and such — only now with a hefty slab of hot, hot flash for all your media. Sure, slim is in but we can love a fatty too. Europe-first and ready for action in October for €560/$761.

[via Engadget]

Nokia’s N-Gage gaming service now official

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


Just as we expected, Nokia announced their totally revamped N-Gage gaming platform. An eco-sytstem now, covering software-enabled S60-based handsets, games, and a full-featured community-based service to link it all together. A new mobile gaming platform, if you will, which Nokia plans to extend beyond just Nokia devices. The service will offer tournaments, global rankings, and other events within the gaming community. Cost of games will cost up to €10, are free to try, and can be rented over varying periods. All available starting November. More as the information becomes available.

LG launches ultrathin USB-powered external DVD burner

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


For those not quite ready to take the high-definition plunge, LG is looking to make burning those vanilla DVDs a whole lot easier whilst on the road. The uber-slim GSA-E50N (and LightScribe-equipped GSA-E50L) measure in at just 6.14- x 6.5- x 0.84-inches and weigh 0.84-pounds, come in black or white motifs, and play nice with Windows Vista. Moreover, the unit is powered completely via USB, and can burn DVD+R / RW, DVD-R / RW, and DVD-RAM discs at up to 8x speeds. Both units are slated to hit the streets soon, and while the GSA-E50N will ring up at €89 ($122), the GSA-E50L will demand an extra €10 ($14).

[Via The Inquirer]

LG’s KS20 ready for the suits with WinMo 6 and HSDPA

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


Oi, say ‘ello to 12.8-mm thin LG KS20, the 3.2Mbps HSDPA cuz to their KU990 touchscreen hottie. Although the KS20 shares much of the looks of the KU990, they’ve actually trimmed back the display to 2.8-inches (compared to 3-inches on the KU990) while acing that 5.1 megapixel shooter for a skimpy, business-minded 2 megapixeler all riding atop a Windows Mobile 6.0 OS. Expected Q4 in Europe running on some of that Vodafone carrier action, at least. We’ll be sure to get up close and personal with it at IFA later in the week if that’s ok with you. Though so.

New jet-pack patent propels with water

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007


Sure, we all love jet packs. Who doesn’t enjoy strapping a gigantic tube of highly flammable fuel to their back and igniting it so it can propel you hundreds of feet into the air? Well, an inventor named Raymond Li has a different idea, one which he’s just managed to patent: a water-propelled rocket pack. The new design would use a system of conduits which route pressure to independently pivoting thrust nozzles, while the actual engine, pump, and dangerous gases remain floating on water in a self-contained, buoyant package. It’s somewhat unclear if you’ll be able to rocket over land using this device (the fact that the engine is water-based would suggest no), though it is an interesting development for jet-pack enthusiasts.

[Via Wired]

Accelerometers let you abuse your alarm clock

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007


Sure, it’s all well and good to simply smack the “snooze” button on your alarm clock when you want to get a few more Zs, but isn’t there a better, more exciting way to make yourself late to work? You bet your sweet you-know-what there is… accelerometers! One clever Make-er / modder hacked his alarm clock so that you can punch, slap, or flick the entire clock to get the alarm to stop blaring its ear-destroying wake-up call… at least for about nine minutes. Feel like burning through a weekend and putting together a clock which will make you the envy of all your friends? Motor over to the how-to and get the info. Want to see the clock in action? Check the video after the break.

[Via Make]

Top 10 Highest Paid TV Stars

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007


American Idol judge Simon Cowell earns a whopping $45 million a year, but is it enough to knock the queen of television off her throne? Apparently not. Earning over five times that amount, Oprah Winfrey who rakes in an amazing $260 million a year from her own show as well as guest appearances on “Rachel Ray,” “Dr. Phil” and other programs puts Simon Cowell to shame.

Here’s the complete list from TV Guide:

1. Oprah Winfrey – $260 million a year
2. Simon Cowell – $45 million a year
3. Judge Judy – $30 million a year
4. Katie Couric – $15 million a year
5. Zach Braff – $6.3 million a year
6. William Petersen – $500,000 (per episode)
7. Charlie Sheen – $350,000 (per episode)
8. Mariska Hargitay – $350,000 (per episode)
9. Christopher Meloni – $350,000 (per episode)
10. Hugh Laurie – $300,000 (per episode)