We like dry erase whiteboards just as much as the next guy, but $15,000 like? Not so much. Of course, when we're given a chance to check out an 84-inch 4K LED whiteboard for free, we're more than happy to. And that's how we ended up here at Westinghouse's Consumer Electronics Week booth, playing around with an unbelievably expensive toy. Yes, of course the multimillion dollar corporations of the world use stuff like this for work -- we used our time to draw an Engadget symbol. Do you expect any less?Westinghouse 84-inch 4K LED Whiteboard (Visualized) See all photos 11 Photoswhen.eng("eng.galleries.init") when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Friday, October 25, 2013
As you may recall, vandal/graffiti artist Kidult tagged Marc Jacobs's Soho store with the word "ART" last May. The designer retaliated by photographing the damage, printing the image on a line of T-shirts, and then selling them for $686. Clearly annoyed that his statement about luxury consumerism had been subverted, Kidult tweeted menacingly, "@MarcJacobsIntl ... ??? LET'S PLAY, but we don't play the same rules!"
That all happened a year ago, but the beef continues. Yesterday, Kidult spray-painted Marc Jacobs's Paris store with the T-shirt price, "686," surrounded by dollar signs. As expected, the fashion house fired back last night with a photo of their Paris employees — and Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy — wearing white hats printed with the tag (some wore the "ART" shirts, too). The caption: "Celebrating @therealkidult in #Paris tonight. Our hats off to you." Kidult has yet to respond, but again, the odds seem stacked against him.
There's more than a few enterprises that have an eye on filling the void in the RSS market left by Google's curious withdrawal. Digg is one of those hoping to woo Mountain View's refugees and has updated its iOS app to incorporate its experimental new service, which offers direct imports from Google Reader. It's available from the App Store right now, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that there are other, ahem, AOL-sanctioned, alternatives.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Introducing Amazon AutoRip for Customers in the UK: Customers Will Now Receive Free MP3 Versions of CDs and Vinyl Music Purchased From Amazon.co.uk – Past, Present and Future
Customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs and vinyl from Amazon.co.uk dating back to 1999 will find MP3 versions automatically added to their Amazon Cloud Player account, free of charge
AutoRip is the latest in a series of customer benefits exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem of digital content
10 top-selling albums of all time on Amazon.co.uk revealed – Adele's 21 & 19 take top 2 spots
Amazon VP of Music Steve Boom available for interview this morning
Luxembourg – Amazon.co.uk today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs and vinyl music they purchase from Amazon. When customers purchase AutoRip CDs and vinyl the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where they are available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download – no more waiting for the CD to arrive. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip albums at any time since Amazon.co.uk first opened its Music Store in 1999 will find MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also automatically and for free. More than 350,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time – customers can just look for the AutoRip logo.
"What would you say if you bought CDs, vinyl or even cassettes from a company 14 years ago, and then 14 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those albums... and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?" said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Well, starting today, it's available to all of our Amazon.co.uk customers – past, present, and future – at no cost. We love these opportunities to do something extra for our customers."
AutoRip features include:
· Free digital copies: Amazon customers who purchase AutoRip CDs and vinyl get free MP3 versions of the albums delivered directly to their Cloud Player libraries – automatically, immediately, and at no cost – no more hassle with ripping CDs and finding a way to get them onto your favourite devices
· CD, vinyl and cassette purchases dating back to 1999: MP3 versions of AutoRip CDs, vinyl and cassettes that customers have purchased since the launch of Amazon.co.uk's music store in 1999 will also be delivered to their Cloud Player libraries for free
· Enjoy everywhere: Music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and any web browser, giving customers the freedom to enjoy music from more devices than any other major cloud locker music service
· Free storage and backup: All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers' Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. Customers can buy music and know that it is safely stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device
· High-quality audio: AutoRip music is provided in high-quality 256 Kbps MP3 audio
Our friends at Bedford + Bowery recently zeroed in on the Williamsburg-based design duo behind the fashion line Eckhaus Latta. The two brains behind "the practice" are fine-arts-trained RISD grads Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, who decided to dedicate part of their autumn/winter collection to the legendary Steve Jobs. They've created a limited-edition line of $200 "fan art" sweatshirts covered with images of the Apple founder from various stages of his life. Get absorbed in the process above, and watch as the team irons and peels multiple surprise portraits onto a white sweatshirt. (You can read more about Eckhaus Latta here.) And if those collagelike sweatshirts are calling your name (and you want to pay fashionable homage to the man who dreamed up your iPhone), act fast. There are only 35 of these being produced. But don't fret — the pair's other Steve Jobs pieces will be stocked at Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Opening Ceremony next month.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Giorgio Armani talked about the plight of today's red carpets ("it's a business") and other fashion-industry peccadilloes. But what about that time he tried LSD?
"Si, si!" Armani concurs cheerfully: "I'd better tell you the story. It was a long time ago, we were in the office, and we had finished work exhausted. A friend of a friend said 'hey, take this it will give you energy', so I thought I'd try it. I didn't know what it was. It made me laugh and laugh, like crazy... to the point that my back hurt" - he holds his hips - "like I'd just had a baby."
We're envisioning something like this, only with even better suits.