Cars have a single purpose, getting you from A to B. Sometimes you do want to enjoy the journey a little more so you splash out on a nicer car, a concept that goes to the extreme in the line of luxury vehicles, something Lincolns new SUV concept titled the “Connectivity” has everything a luxury car needs and then some!
Okay, first off look at doors. The “Gull” doors open up and to help you get that extra few inches from the floor steps descend to pave your way through the arched entrance like a god. If that wasn’t enough then why not enjoy the four screens built into the backs of the headrests. Instagram, Facebook maybe even Netflix while you’re parked up waiting for the kids to come out from school.
With all the modern safety features like automatic braking and a lane keeping system (designed to keep you in lane surprisingly), you will also get to avoid those tight parking spaces thanks to the four cameras that sit around the vehicle to give you that overhead image of how close to denting your new car you really are.
With all these you could be asking what else could they fit in the vehicle? What do you keep in your boot because with the Connectivity you will be looking at your wardrobe. We are not joking, located at the back of the vehicle is a “custom wardrobe management system” which seems to make this vehicle seem at home in a spy movie.
Mechanical wristwatches are seen as rather antiquated when you consider the development and ubiquitous use of both Smartphone’s and also the new breed of smartwatches. Who would want a timepiece that is able to tell the current time when these new gadgets are able to surf the Internet, keep track of your workout routine and also able to let you know the time in Australia. Luxury Swiss watchmaking company Azimuth is proving there is still a large market for expensive timepieces after unveiling a new watch at CES.
The watch in question goes by the name of the “SP-1 Crazy Rider” and is quite nifty when you consider it is able to convey the correct time within the 24-hour clock. A normal watch is as you know, designed for the 12-hour clock, the Azimuth watch takes its inspiration from a motorcycle drive chain. Below is an image to convey this new watch as well as a quick summary of the design behind this new product.
Inside the watch housing is a chain which is wrapped around two sprockets which turn in unison.
A watch hand is attached to the chain, it makes its way around the watch face indicating the hour
A more traditional watch hand in the centre of the watch indicates the minute.
As the time goes on, the hour hand is carried along by the chain while the minute hand appears to be linked to the chain.
I know what you thinking, you would like one of these, well, there might be a slight problem considering the watch is estimated to have an RRP price of $5,200 (£3,581.14), which is a lot. Still, the design is certainly creative and will have both consumer appeal and also a market within today’s watch aficionados. Would you buy one?
OnePlus has unveiled a rather cryptic Google+ post entitled, “a bit of welcome luxury”. Additionally, the caption says “something luxurious is coming to OnePlus” which could refer to a leather back cover. According to the comments section, people are a little underwhelmed by the OnePlus 2 and feel it doesn’t live up to the “flagship killer” name. Perhaps, the lack of Near-Field-Communication and Cyanogen operating system has aggrieved OnePlus’ core customer base.
Also, there are valid alternatives in the current market including the Hauwei Honor 7. This is a beautifully crafted device featuring 3GB RAM, 3100mAh battery, 1920×1080 display and a 3-year warranty. The original OnePlus made a profound impact as other Chinese handsets under $300 couldn’t match the device’s specifications and build quality. This isn’t the case anymore, and OnePlus is under severe pressure to match the price to performance ratio of other devices. Also, the invite system has infuriated a lot of users and led to loss sales. Mobile phones are an essential everyday item, so expecting people to wait months to purchase the handset is extremely silly.
Hopefully, OnePlus has taken this feedback on board and trying to enhance the handset’s appeal. If they included a luxury leather back by default, it would make it feel similar to the LG G4.
Samsung has expanded its headphone range into the luxury market to compete with designer fashion brands such as Beats. The Level On Wireless Pro features dual 40mm drivers to produce a rich, warm and premium-grade UHQA sound. This means the headphones are capable of sound quality higher than a CD’s Bit-rate and embellishes the qualities of SACD or similar formats. Additionally, the sound is directed through Active Noise Cancellation to eliminate background noise
In terms of build quality, the headphones contain a memory foam cushion which enhances comfort and makes them easier to withstand for long periods. However, the plastic housing, and “LEVEL” branding on the cups is pretty horrid and looks quite cheap. Although, I’ve always believed the same about Beats headphones and they remain ridiculously popular among a certain demographic.
Another inclusion is Samsung’s Smart Touch technology which allows you to adjust the volume and cycle between tracks directly on the headphones. This isn’t too exciting considering most headphones utilize an in-line remote. Possibly the most interesting development is the Talk-In Mode. This disables the noise cancellation and lets you experience background noises to increase safety as you walk across busy roads. The battery life revolves around BlueTooth 4.1 and is predicted to last up to 18 hours of standard play time.
While these headphones have a place in the audio market, I’m clearly not the target customer. For me audio quality is paramount and I’ve been using Bang & Olufsen headphones for some time. However, Samsung believes they can encourage enough people to move from Beats to their “LEVEL” brand and only time will tell.
Bitcoin currency has been around for quite some time now and its use is expanding in all domains. The last news roaming around on the internet is that The D Vegas Casino Hotel added a bitcoin ATM, diversifying the payment methods and transactions for its customers.
Sources indicate that the hotel in question now has an ATM inside its premises allowing customer to exchange U.S. currency and Bitcoins, or deposit cash into bit coin accounts.
Located off the main strip on Fremont Street, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel was also the first in Las Vegas to accept bitcoins as a payment method. Given its recent addition to the bitcoin empire, it appears that the bitcoin-related transactions are higher than initially expected, according to co-owner Derek Stevens. The exact amount of transactions was not disclosed however.
In terms of other bitcoin payments, The D accepts it at its front desk, on the casino floor, in its restaurants and at the casino gift shop. Furthermore, shopping malls and other popular shopping destinations are considering and some even in the process of adding bitcoin ATMs, therefore the addition of a bitcoin ATM in the hotel lobby and casino floor is a great way of attracting a more diverse range of customers willing to spend their money.
ICANN has been going through a lengthy and expensive process of opening up new top level domains (TLDs) for websites and the fruits of all those developments and negotiations are finally starting to filter through to consumers. Domain name registrar GoDaddy has revealed that you can now start the pre-registration of some new top level domains which include .uno, .menu, .build and .luxury.
GoDaddy is now accepting pre-orders on the new TLDs starting at $40/$300 (pre-registration/priority pre-registration) for the .uno domain, $50/$350 for the .menu domain, $100/$200 for the .build domain and $800/$1200 for the .luxury domain.
“GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, is the first registrar to sell pre-registrations on the new, ICANN-approved domain name extensions, as part of a new program designed to expand the inventory of Internet website addresses.” stated GoDaddy in a company statement.
The new TLDs won’t become usable until later next year and expect many more TLDs to go on pre-registration before then.