Customers of the car brand have been asking for an SUV model to join the stable for a number of years and the company has already released a prototype SUV the EXP 9F at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Read the rest of this entry »
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40th Anniversary Of First Mobile Phone Call – today, 03 April, marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever mobile phone call.
On 03 April 1973 Martin Cooper, a senior engineer working at Motorola, stood outside the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan and dialled the number of Joel Engel, the Head of research at Bell Laboratories. The phone used to make this historic call was a prototype version of the Motorola Dyna-Tac.
In case you are wondering what Martin Cooper said in that first ever mobile phone call back in 1973 he is what he said as reported by him to the BBC in 2003: “Joel, I’m calling you from a ‘real’ cellular telephone. A portable handheld telephone.”
The phone used by Cooper would not be viewed as being that “mobile” these days as it weighed around 2.5lbs and its dimensions were 9 x 5 x 1.75 inches. It offered just 30m of talktime and 8hrs of standby after a battery charge of 10hrs so for many people would not offer enough firepower to even get them to work. Read the rest of this entry »
Rihanna’s First Fashion Line Launches At LFW – the singer’s new clothing collection for River Island was given a catwalk outing this weekend at London Fashion Week.
It was perhaps no surprise that most of the styles on show fitted in with Rihanna’s personal fashion choices, so there were no bras and it was almost obligatory to show off as much toned tummy as possible.
Those who were lucky enough to get tickets for the show faced a fairly long wait as events didn’t get started until almost an hour after they were scheduled to begin. It all added to the tension in the room as the audience wondered exactly what they were about to see.
There is quite a lot riding on the success of this collection as River Island hope that signing up one of the current ‘bad girls’ of pop will give them the edge in the high street fashion stakes. Their biggest rival on UK high streets is undoubtedly Topshop, who have managed to sign Kate Moss and most of the Kardashian family in recent years to help promote various new lines for the chain of stores.
Although Beyonce is probably the bigger style queen it is true to say that Rihanna has considerably more edge and street-cred these days and the River Island signing may prove to be a very good commercial decision. The company were no doubt sweating a little however earlier in the week as their latest signing was seen posing on a Valentine’s Day tweet with what appeared to be a large amount of marijuana and saying ;Roses are green! Somebody knows how to make me happy.’
Then if we or River Island were still in any doubt she followed this up with a photo of someone smoking a spliff. All of this looked likely to cause the board of River Island to burst a blood vessel or two before the new collection even hit the LFW catwalk and it was said that management from RI had words with Rihanna’s people and warned that the company did not want to be seen to be involved with the glamorization of drugs.
All of this proved that sometimes when you want to be seen as a little bit edgy it is a very fine line to tread and it can quickly go from being too safe to far too edgy for many companies that start dealing with celebrities.
All of the clothes on show at the LFW event were from the new 120 piece Rihanna For River Island collection and were seen by nearly all the fashion reviewers as being aggressively sexual and exactly the sort of bright, revealing clothes that the singer herself has been seen in over the last few years.
One good point to bear in mind is that for anyone wanting to look like Rihanna this is soon to be possible for a fraction of the current price as the River Island range is not going to be on sale at designer prices. For example a copy of the sort of footwear that Rihanna is especially fond of will now be in reach for a considerably wider group of her fans who are not able to splash out £450 on a pair of shoes for their night out.
The Rihanna For River Island Collection will be on sale in all of their stores and also available online from 05 March 2013.
He is said to have been unhappy with his personal life since news of his many extra marital affairs leaked out and his marriage imploded together with his form and his golf career. The scandal that surrounded Woods after it became clear just how many women he had cheated on his wife with also cost him nearly all of his extremely lucrative sponsorship deals.
Tiger is said to be so keen to get his former wife back that he has offered her a huge $200m pre-nup agreement. To further seal the deal former model Elin is also said to be insisting on an additional $350 clause to be activated in the event of Woods cheating on her again.
It is believed that Elin thinks that the prospect of Tiger losing half of his fortune is enough to keep him from straying again. The couple also have two children together from their former marriage: 5-year old Samantha and 3-year old Charlie.
Elin has been seen on dates with a number of men since the couple divorced back in 2010 but she may well be wary that they might be attracted not just by her knock-out Swedish good looks but also the fact that she received a huge $110m settlement when the pair parted.
Tiger Woods was the World’s Number One golfer for an incredible 623 weeks but since his personal life spiralled out of control he has struggled to recapture his previous form. he is now back to 2nd place in the world rankings but he is still a long way back from current World Number 1 Rory McIlroy who is on 12.83 points to Wood’s 8.28 points. Woods must be further upset by the fact that it is now McIlroy who is the hot ticket that sponsors are looking to. In fact just this week details have emerged suggesting that McIlroy has signed a deal with Nike worth over $100m over the next 5 years. This is a staggering $50k (£31k) a day without him even having to play a tournament.
The National Enquirer is even quoting a source that says that Tiger and Elin have had sex in recent weeks when Tiger stopped off at Elin’s Florida home when the children were out with their nanny. The same source also says that Tiger has actually already proposed to Elin over Christmas, going down on one knee and giving her a ring.
Online Billionaire Shop, Jenny McCarthy’s Hot Abs At 40 – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 20 December 2012
The concept behind the site is you can buy everything online that a billionaire might need to enrich their lifestyle. Apparently it is not easy to find a one-stop shop if you are a billionaire and you have to waste time shopping for your yacht in one place, your penthouse somewhere else and then you still need to buy a yacht before you can relax.
With this in mind the Swedish team behind the online gambling site Mutilotto.com developed the new site TheBilionaireShop.Com as they felt that their big gambling winners didn’t have anywhere to spend their cash.
A spokesperson for the site said: ‘Luxury items and products are often hard to find and buy. At TheBillionairesShop.com, it’s the opposite: easy, available and curated. It serves as an inspiration to all people, not just billionaires, who love to dream big.’
In case you were wondering the sort of items available from the site include Aston Martin, Bugatti, McLaren, Mosler and Rolls Royce cars. If you are looking out for a yacht either for yourself or that special person in your life then you have the choice of craft from such companies as Leopard, Pershing, Mondomarine, Sunseeker and Royal Huisman. If your ambitions are based higher than this there are aircraft for sale from Boeing, Cessna, Embraer and Gulfstream. For those with a helicopter license then you are not being left out as there are models from Agusta, Bell and Sikorsky.
So far it seems that the most popular items on the site are the luxury yachts with the private jets coming in a close second. We are not sure if the popularity is those buying or just us mere mortals who are ‘window-shopping.’ Our money is on the window-shopping option as just for example the Athena sailing yacht from Royal Huisman will set you back a cool £44m ($72.15m). The Athena is shown here and just in case you have the cash kicking around it is 90m long and under full sail it can reach speeds of up to 19 knots
She was talking to Shape about how pleased she was that Playboy asked her to be on one of this year’s magazine covers despite the fact that she was nearly 40-years old at the time. She is also delighted that Shape themselves chose her to be this month’s cover girl.
“This is my second time doing Shape. I feel really honored because I’m turning 40 next week. And if they asked me to be on the cover, that means I’m doing something right. I get to work out about five days a week and I really change it because I would lose my mind if I did the same thing over and over again. If I only have two minutes, I have a go to workout and that is lunges, sit-ups and push- ups.”
Lucasfilm Sold To Disney and Star Wars Episode 7 Announced – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 30 October 2012
At the same time the new owners of the Star Wars franchise announced that they will be releasing Episode 7 in the series in 2015. They also said that episode 8 and 9 would follow quickly after and a new Star Wars movie would then be released every 2 to 3 years thereafter.
Many diehard Star Wars fans will be horrified that the franchise is moving to Disney whilst others will be looking forward to the new movies coming out. Those worried that the Star Wars movies will lose their individual feel may be comforted a little in the knowledge that George Lucas will remain involved with the new movies in the role of creative consultant. There is no denying however that anybody paying over $4bn to buy a product will inevitably want to have the final say themselves.
Disney will acquire Lucasfilm’s live action production business, along with its Industrial Light & Magic effects business, Lucas Online as well as its Skywalker Sound audio operation. Disney will pay about half in cash and half in stock, issuing 40 million Disney shares in the transaction.
Lucasfilm was founded by George Lucas in San Francisco in 1971 with American Graffiti, the company’s first movie, being released in 1973 and the first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, released in 1977. Although American Graffiti took $115m at the box-office it was Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope that took Lucasfilm into the big time with earnings of over three-quarters of a billion dollars.
George Lucas made a statement today following announcement of the sale of Lucasfilm saying: “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next.”
“I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”
Movie fans will not need reminding that as well as being the force behind Star Wars Lucasfilm is also responsible for bringing the Indian Jones films, Labyrinth and Willow to our screens.
Fitting in with London’s status as top fashion city there are plenty of highlights to look out for and there are plenty of celebrities and members of fashion royalty in residence for the week.
Despite the constant tales of economic woes it still seems to be a good time to be on the high-end fashion business. Over the coming 7 days there are expected to be orders placed with a value of around £100 million. You can add to this a recent report by Oxford Economics which states that over the last 10 years the sales of UK designer fashions have been rising by 20% per year and you get an idea how important London Fashion Week has become.
There have been some new developments this week as well as shows by established fashion houses such as Antoni & Alison. Helena Christensen has made her debut in London with a new lingerie collection for Triumph. The supermodel said: “London is a great fashion week city, full of great talent.”
Top UK fashion house Alexander McQueen has also picked London Fashion Week to launch its new McQ boutique on Dover Street. The McQ range features both womenswear and menswear and is (slightly) more affordable than the standard Alexander McQueen range of clothing. The new McQ store is on 3 levels and is a mixture of high-tech and boudoir fetish style. Amongst many high-tech features customers can take photos of themselves using a giant camera and then email them direct to friends or family for their comments.
Today saw the Topshop show which drew a number of well-known names to view the latest styles coming from the UK’s most popular high street fashion chain. Amongst the stars viewed in the audience were: Shenae Grimes, Elle Fanning, Olivia Palermo, Daisy Lowe, Laura Carmichael, Pixie Geldof and Nicola Roberts.
The Topshop show featured a new innovation for customers as in partnership with Facebook they provided a live stream from the catwalk which also featured a camera button allowing users to capture any of the new Topshop Unique styles and share it with friends online.
The Topshop Unique spring/summer 2013 collection went down well with the audience with Daisy Lowe tweeting after the show: ‘Loved the clean beautiful shapes and prints at topshop… All easy to wear, effortless chic. Very proud of @kate_phelan 🙂 xxx.’
Other big events over the weekend included the Moschino Cheap and Chic Show. This attracted Kelly Brook, Pixie Lott, Alexa Chung and there was another appearance from Daisy Lowe and Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts. On the catwalk the new Moschino look got the thumbs up from most of the audience while amongst the celebs it was Pixie Lott who was seen as the best dressed in the front row.