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12. 9.2008

LG Prada II and Bluetooth Watch: Want and Want.

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LG has improved upon the first incarnation of its stylish Prada mobile phone. The LG Prada II comes with a slide out keyboard, improved touch screen, multi-media capabilities (including video calling) and a Bluetooth watch. The sleek accessory allows you to check text messages and silence ringing calls with a touch to your wrist while your phone remains in your purse, out of sight. The 5 megapixel camera justifies leaving your compact camera at home. Skip the data roaming charges with the built in Wi-Fi, too: perfect for responding to e-mails when you're sipping your espresso at a cafe in Rome.

Reviews and sneak peeks at the phone started popping up on the Internet before its European launch. Widespread availability in the U.S. is pending though you can get one now here for a mere $700.

Via T3.

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10.30.2008

Update : Vivienne Tam HP Digital Clutch

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Remember when we told you about Vivienne Tam’s fabulous HP Digital Clutch which she previewed at Fall 2008 fashion show in Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week? With everyone clamoring to get it for the holidays, HP moved up the production and you can get yours now by calling 1-800-230-5752 or online at HP MiniVT. By making a reservation now, you are guaranteed one in early December. ($699.99 with the colorful,protective Vivienne Tam silk sleeve.)

At only 2.25 lbs and a mere 1" thin, it's the perfect accessory.

Product Specs:

10.2" High Definition display

Under 1-inch thick

Built-in HP Mini Webcam

Windows XP Home with SP3

Intel Atom Processor

Put it on your Christmas list today or do what I did and enter the contest.

Posted by Evan    Category: computers | luxury
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10.28.2008

DeviDoll - Fashionable online eco-boutique

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[First published in Spire]

For Sindhu Venkatanarayanan, the earth is her catwalk. The passionate and knowledgeable London-based founder of the online boutique DeviDoll has assembled a selection of super-stylish labels that warrants just as much attention from fashion editors as it does from the Sierra Club. In my opinion, there is no better niche Website focused on this growing arena. Everything is exquisitely tailored and made from eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, vintage cashmere, soy, Tencel and bamboo. In addition to cute dresses, blazers, tops, jeans and even bustiers, you'll find sassy hats and bags made of re-appropriated or sustainable fabric. Sindhu's real talent is her ability to hone in on and scoop up emerging talent. In Europe, many of the designers are exclusive to DeviDoll, the only European e-retailer specializing in high-end green fashion. Shipment is available globally, in biodegradable packaging, naturally.

Posted by lydia    Category: design | eco | luxury | shopping | wearables
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09.18.2008

Kodak unveils the world’s first OLED digital photo frame

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Ultra-chic would be an underestimation for the new digital picture frame that has just been announced by Kodak at the ongoing photographic and imaging trade fair, Photokina 2008.

The Kodak frame is the first digital picture frame of its kind to use the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology to produce stunningly exceptional picture quality. This extremely slim frame has a 7.6-inch digital panel with a resolution of 800x400 and an extensive 180-degrees viewing angle. Yep, it is wireless too and can store up to 10,000 images on its 2GB internal memory. And make that images with extraordinary crispness, color and depth which you will be eager to show off on your centerpiece.

Expect to indulge yourself sometime during Christmas 2008 at a rather immoderate $999.

Via Pocket Lint.

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08.28.2008

A Zeppelin in your livingroom - iPod speaker system

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When we first saw the Zeppelin iPod speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins at CES, we weren't sure if it was a piece of art or functional technology. We were happy to report it sounds as good as it looks, as you'd expect from the British company which started out by making studio-quality speakers. (Abbey Road still features their 800 series speakers.)

There's a sound reason (pun intended) for the shape - one of the reasons the tweeters are so small is that they disperse the tiny high-frequency waves over a wider area than larger drivers, so the size of the enclosure housing the tweeter also affects this dispersion, and that's why Zeppelin's body narrows as the drivers get smaller.

While still out of most people's price range ($599), you can now buy the Zep at Apple stores worldwide.

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08.27.2008

Look out for Nokia's N96 soon

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Nokia have just announced that the sequel to their N95, the N96 dual slider (has there ever been a more exciting turn of phrase than dual slider?) will be released in North America before the end of the year.

The sleekly gorgeous cell packs an impressive 16MB plus a micro SD slot, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss lens, 2.8 inch display and an integrated DVB-H mobile TV tuner.

The only downside? Expect to pay (wait for it...) $895. It's not yet legal to sell organs for tech, right?

Via Engadget.

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08.21.2008

Luxury cell phone - Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte

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Nokia has turned out a 3G luxury slider cell phone that's elegant in both style and function, and ideal for someone who perhaps prefers understated beauty over something shiny that screams out for attention. Made of carbon fiber, titanium, polished glass, and stainless steel, it has a rather weighty demeanor. The owner of this phone will be able to access its features with subtle gestures: tape it twice and it discreetly displays the time, and simply turn the phone face-down to silence incoming calls. All very smooth. Meanwhile, it boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera, high quality audio, 4GB of built-in memory, and a smudge-proof coating.

The Carbon Arte is expected to retail at around $1,600 when it becomes available later this year.

Via cellular-news, by way of textually.org.

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08.11.2008

Super-size your solar charger with a Suntable

You've doubtless seen solar powered chargers before (including a certain solar-powered bra charger) but as of last week, the mack daddy of solar chargers is available to buy: the Suntable is both a piece of furniture, and a one-stop gadget charging shop.

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It's made of teak and stainless steel and is a good-looking piece of furniture in its own right, subtle enough to sit in any garden... as long as the garden's owners can afford the $2,200 asking price, that is.

Via Gizmodo.

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08. 8.2008

Saltasia luxury salt spa in Japan

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Did you know that salt has anti-aging properties and promotes relaxation? Me neither, but luxury Japanese spa, Saltasia, is based entirely on the idea that women (at least those for whom money is no object) would gladly pay a premium to spend time in rooms lined with hexagon-shaped salt tiles with fancy colored LED lights behind them. Joining fees are between $1,000 and $25,000, so this is no regular day spa; it's a long-term investment in peace of mind. I would love to see a menu of treatments.

Via Trends in Japan.

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08. 8.2008

America's Best Restroom: 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky?

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No joke, you can vote for 2008’s best public restroom and help crown the King of all Thrones. The nominees are in, and the swank 21C Museum Hotel tops the list. Since it opened in Louisville, Kentucky, the hotel has grabbed the media’s attention with its innovative concept: a 91-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxury and contemporary art from living artists, exhibited throughout its galleries and public space.

Read full article by The Informed Traveler.

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