February 28, 2007
Siemens Mobile Radio Communications Technology : GlobalGiants.com
Norway, February 28, 2007 -- In the future, Norwegian fire departments and police stations will be able to respond more quickly to emergency calls. The Ministry of Justice and the police authorities in the Scandinavian country recently commissioned Siemens to set up and operate a unified, nationwide public safety radio system based on mobile radio communications technology. The emergency services hope the new communications system will also boost the efficiency of preventive measures, while also enabling them to reach the site of an accident more quickly. |GlobalGiants.com|
Siemens Traffic Control System in Moscow : GlobalGiants.com
Moscow, February 28, 2007 -- The average speed in the Russian capital during rush hour is rarely more than 6 km/h (4 mph). In order to improve flow and safety on the city's "Third ring" motorway, Siemens installed a comprehensive traffic control system. 94 detector systems record traffic densities, speeds and vehicle data. 75 video cameras observe traffic incidents and automatically recognize traffic jams and accidents. Four weather stations measure temperature, precipitation and visibility. A 45-km (28 mi.) high-speed fiber-optic communications system transmits the data to the central control computer for analysis, which is connected in turn to the three tunnel control centers and the traffic management control center for the city of Moscow. This generates information about the traffic situation and speed management that, with the help of 250 variable message signs and information panels, helps drivers reach their destinations. |GlobalGiants.com|
CHRYSLER GROUP SNOWDOKU CHALLENGE : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Members of the University of Pennsylvania woman's swim team compete in the "Chrysler Aspen Snowdoku Challenge," Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, in New York's Bryant Park. The students beat out 5 other teams by solving a giant 30 by 30 foot sudoku puzzle, made out of 36,000 pounds of ice and snow, in 4 minutes 26 seconds to win a trip to Aspen, Colorado where they will have use of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen, the brand's first sport utility vehicle. |GlobalGiants.com|
PRATT & WHITNEY PW6000 ENGINES : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Two Pratt & Whitney PW6000 engines powered the inaugural flight of the first production A318 aircraft for LAN Airlines of Chile. |GlobalGiants.com|
Sports Photography: Call the Shots and Zoom Ahead With Sony's New Cyber-Shot Digital Cameras : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9.
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27 -- Responding to the growing demand for super zoom digital cameras, Sony is introducing its new 8-megapixel DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 models. Designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods, the cameras debut Sony's new advanced sports shooting mode.
This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The cameras can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.
Both cameras feature powerful Carl Zeiss(R) 15x optical zoom lenses for up-close shots of big plays on the field. You won't miss the look of victory in your champion's face with Sony's new face detection technology. It can identify up to eight faces in the camera's LCD frame, and automatically adjust white balance and flash as well as focus and exposure for correctly exposed, sharp photos.
Even if you're not at full speed during the soccer match on Saturday morning, the H9 and H7 models will be. These new cameras can shoot up to 1/4000 of a second, a critical speed for capturing fast-moving sports and freezing the action. |GlobalGiants.com|
Sony's Cyber-Shot Digital Cameras for the Parties : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100 (Red).
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27 -- Sony is introducing a line of slim and stylish Cyber-shot T-series cameras, which, according to the company, are destined to be the fashionista crowd's favorite party companion.
The 8-megapixel DSC-T100 camera is a showstopper with the most powerful zoom and largest LCD screen in Sony's T-series. With its Carl Zeiss(R) 5x optical zoom lens and 3-inch LCD screen, this model will debut in red, black and silver.
The 8-megapixel DSC-T20 camera features a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and will hit the scene in pink, white, black and silver.
In colors to match your party gear and less than a half-inch thick, both cameras can easily slip into a clutch purse or the pocket of a jacket. They can be fashionably protected with four different styles of matching camera cases in colors such as pink, red, green, grey, creme, brown and black, which will be sold separately. |GlobalGiants.com|
Sony's New Photo Printers : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Sony's DPP-FP90 PictureStation Photo Printer, available in March for about $200, can create lab-quality 4x6 inch prints in just 45 seconds. The ultra-compact and portable printer features a large 3.6-inch free-angle LCD screen to preview and edit photos before printing. It also offers auto touch-up features that correct exposure, focus and red eye reduction with the touch of a button.
Photo: Sony's DPP-FP70 PictureStation Photo Printer, available in March for about $150, can create lab-quality 4x6 inch prints in just 45 seconds. The ultra-compact and portable printer, with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, offers an auto touch-up feature that corrects exposure, focus and red eye reduction with the touch of a button.
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27 -- Sony is debuting two lightweight photo printers with built-in carrying handles and the ability to print pictures in less than a minute.
The printers allow users to preview and edit photos before printing with built-in displays and enhanced editing features so the quality of digital images can be maximized. And Sony's Bionz(R) image processor needs just 45 seconds to create a 4 x 6-inch print from a Memory Stick.(TM).
Both photo printers offer the Auto Touch-up feature that corrects common picture problems like exposure, focus and red-eye. |GlobalGiants.com|
Sony Brings High-Definition Photo Viewing to the Living Room : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 (Pink).
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27 -- Designed to make photo-viewing crystal clear, Sony today announced a new line of digital cameras featuring a high-definition component output. These new Cyber-shot(R) W-series cameras offer direct connection to an HDTV, which is ideal for integrating full 1080 HD photo-viewing into a home theater.
At the top of the line is the DSC-W200 camera, the most compact 12-megapixel camera in the industry. It is followed by the 8-megapixel DSC-W90 unit and the 7.2-megapixel DSC-W80 model. All sport Carl Zeiss(R) 3x optical zoom lenses; traditional, eye-level viewfinders; and large, 2.5-inch LCD screens wrapped in sleek metal bodies.
With these cameras, you can be more confident in your ability to take properly-exposed, sharp photos. All incorporate Sony's new face detection technology, which can identify up to eight faces in the camera's LCD frame, and automatically adjust white balance and flash as well as focus and exposure.
The new W-series models incorporate selectable in-camera editing functions that can save you from hours of post-editing time at the computer. Equipped with Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer, the cameras can analyze captured image data and instantly determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression. |GlobalGiants.com|
February 27, 2007
JOHN DEERE READY TO MOW(TM) : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: John Deere now offers Ready To Mow(TM) nationwide in the USA. The at-home maintenance service provides standard maintenance and diagnosis of problems for lawn, commercial or hand-held power equipment at the customer's doorstep. To schedule an appointment, customers can either visit www.ReadyToMow.com or call a local John Deere dealer. |GlobalGiants.com|
Azerbaijan Airlines Finalizes Order for 787s and 737s : GlobalGiants.com
PHOTO: SEATTLE -- Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines have finalized an order for three 787-8 Dreamliners and two Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range). A 787-8 Dreamliner in the carriers livery is shown here. With this order, Azerbaijan Airlines, based in Baku, Azerbaijan, becomes the first airline throughout the republics of the former Soviet Union to order the 787 and the 737-900ER.
The carrier will operate the 787 on routes to the East, Southeast Asia and North America. The 737-900ERs will be placed on routes to Europe, Russia and other regional destinations. |GlobalGiants.com|
Standard Chartered Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) 2006/07 : GlobalGiants.com
US$1.5million up for grabs as the finale of The Greatest Race on Earth draws near.
Hong Kong hosts the final leg of The Greatest Race on Earth.
Hong Kong — Another strong men's and women's line-up has been announced for the fourth and final leg of The Standard Chartered Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) 2006/07, the Hong Kong Marathon, which will take place on 4 March. With teams separated by the tightest of margins after the previous races of the series in Nairobi, Singapore and Mumbai, the final marathon will determine how the largest prize pool in world athletics, US$1.5 million, is ultimately shared.
The Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) was created in 2004 - the first-ever virtual relay race across four marathons. The Main Team Challenge category is open to men and women over 18 years of age, of any nationality, with no restriction on the level of competence. Each team member will run in one marathon. Teams must nominate who will run in each full marathon before the start of the series, and the winning team will be the one whose athletes record the lowest aggregate time across the four marathons.
In 2005/06 the quality of the runners was world-class, with 24 male and 30 female GROE runners placing in the top 10 of each of the four marathons.
Building on the success of the first two series, Standard Chartered presents GROE for the third time. There are over 80 teams and 300 participants taking part. The race covers marathons in Nairobi, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong, representing some of the most challenging environments in the world:
• The highest race at over 1,600 metres in Nairobi – 29 October 2006
• The island race around Singapore – 3 December 2006
• The historic race through Mumbai – 21 January 2007
• The harbour race across Hong Kong – 4 March 2007
Celsius(R) in 'Everybody Wins at the Oscars' Celebrity Gift Bags : GlobalGiants.com
PHOTO: DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Celsius Holdings, Inc.'s Celsius(R) calorie burning soda is part of the "Everybody Wins at the Oscars" Gift Bag given to non-winning nominees in the major Academy Awards categories including Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and Best Director. |GlobalGiants.com|
PANASONIC PROVIDES HD VIEWS FOR NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S OSCAR PARTY : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Zodiac's Elias Koteas grabs a front row seat to catch the start of the 79th Annual Academy Awards broadcast on a Panasonic Plasma HDTV at New York magazine's 2nd annual Oscar viewing party on February 24, 2007. Panasonic provided several 42" high-definition Plasma TVs so the standing room only crowd, including Liev Schreiber, Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Anthony Weiner and Jersey Boys' Christian Hoff, would have the clearest view from any location inside New York City hotspot The Spotted Pig. |GlobalGiants.com|
79th Annual Academy Awards : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Helen Mirren in the press room during the 79th Annual Academy Awards, held at the Kodak Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, USA on February 25, 2007. Photo ABACAUSA. |GlobalGiants.com|
Photo: Hollywood - February 25: Forest Whitaker poses with his award for Best Actor and Jennifer Hudson poses with her award for Best Supporting Actress at the Governor's Ball after the 79th Annual Academy Awards at The Highlands on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) |GlobalGiants.com|
February 26, 2007
"NIGHT BEFORE" FUNDRAISER RAISES MILLIONS : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 25 -- The Fifth Annual "Night Before" Fundraiser Raises Millions to Benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The non-profit Motion Picture & Television Fund, headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, was founded in 1921 to provide "relief" for those in the film industry who had fallen on hard times.
The roster of celebrities attending the Night Before benefit always encompasses some of the biggest stars of film, television, music and sports. This year it included: Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy, Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw, Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford, Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz, America Ferrera, Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes, Mary J. Blige, Hugh Jackman, Katherine Heigl, Sean Combs, T.R. Knight, Greg Kinnear, William Shatner, Jack Black, Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld, Fergie & Josh Duhamel, Kyra Sedgwick, Jackie Earl Haley, Kate Walsh, Ann Hathaway, Djimon Hounsou, Zach Braff, Sheryl Crow, James Blunt, Chloe Sevigny, Serena Williams, Matt Leinart, and many more.
Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon at the 2007 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Wire Image. |GlobalGiants.com|
Rachel Weisz at the 79th Annual Academy Awards : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Actress Rachel Weisz, wearing a Vera Wang gown with vintage Cartier jewelry, arrives at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 25, 2007. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) |GlobalGiants.com|
February 25, 2007
The Diamond Information Center Hosted 2007 Oscar Nominees, Presenters and Other Celebrity Diamond Admirers at CELESTIAL - A Diamond Affair 2007 : GlobalGiants.com
Oscar Contenders Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Robinson, Milena Canonero, Noreen Dewulf, as well as Other Celebrities, Including Andie MacDowell, Annette Bening, Britney Snow, Cheryl Hines, Elizabeth Banks, Eva Pigford, Gael Garcia Bernal, Kate Walsh, Marcia Gay Harden, Mira Sorvino, Regina King, Roman Coppola, Russell Simmons, Serena Williams, Taryn Manning, Taye Diggs, Warren Beatty and Others Visited The Diamond Information Center's Africa-inspired Spa and Retreat at Soho House LA.
Photo: Mira Sorvino at CELESTIAL - A Diamond Affair.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 -- The Diamond Information Center (DIC) hosted its annual pre-Oscar event, CELESTIAL - A Diamond Affair 2007, an exclusive invitation-only week-long celebration for 2007 Oscar nominees, presenters, diamond admirers and honorees at its world-class Africa-inspired diamond spa and retreat at Soho House LA on February 19 - 22.
Photo: Jennifer Hudson at CELESTIAL - A Diamond Affair.
"The week leading up to the Academy Awards has certainly proved to be another amazing and celebratory diamond season," said Sally Morrison, director of the Diamond Information Center. "The CELESTIAL -- A Diamond Affair not only gave 2007 Oscar nominees a unique opportunity to indulge in the spiritual aura of diamonds, but dedicated the week to highlight diamond pieces that are also giving something back to the people and communities where the majority of diamonds originate -- Africa."
Photo: Russell Simmons, Serena Williams and Eva Pigford at CELESTIAL - A Diamond Affair Tribute Tea for Simmons' Green Initiative.
More than $50 million of diamonds drew Hollywood's elite to the DIC's CELESTIAL - A Diamond Affair 2007 courtesy of renowned diamond jeweler, Fred Leighton who showcased an amazing private diamond collection. This selection of museum-quality diamonds featured exquisite pieces ranging from a French Crown Jewel to many original pieces showcased in this year's Oscar nominated films, such as the pink diamond hoops worn by Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada", to several diamond pieces featured in "Marie Antoinette." |GlobalGiants.com|
23-YEAR-OLD HOUSTONIAN IS AMERICA'S NEWEST MILLIONAIRE BY FINDING DR PEPPER COIN AT SAM HOUSTON PARK : GlobalGiants.com
23 Gold Coins Were Hidden in Various Locations Throughout the United States and Canada.
$1.7 Million in Total Prize Money Awarded.
Plano, Texas (February, 23, 2007) — One clever scavenger hunt enthusiast and Dr Pepper fan has become America's newest millionaire through the Dr Pepper HUNT FOR MORE promotion. Laura Janisch, a 23-year-old Houstonian and recent graduate of the University of Texas, solved clues that led her to the gold coin in her region, which happened to be the $1 million grand prize. Twenty-two other gold coins and one virtual gold coin, redeemable for amounts varying from $10,000 to $250,000, were also hidden in various locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Janisch and her parents, who are big fans of Dr Pepper as well as avid geo-cachers, used clues revealed online at drpepper.com each day for the past 30 days to locate the coin, which was found near the Spirit of Confederacy statue in Sam Houston Park. The clues tested Laura's knowledge of geography, history and world events.
February 24, 2007
World premiere in Geneva: smart fortwo BRABUS and BRABUS Xclusive : GlobalGiants.com
Impressive performance and low emissions.
Stuttgart, Germany -- At the Geneva Motor Show (06 – 18 March 2007) smart will be presenting the two BRABUS variants of the new smart fortwo to the public for the first time.
Rated at 72 kW / 98 bhp, the smart fortwo BRABUS and smart fortwo BRABUS Xclusive have more than 30 percent more engine power than the BRABUS variant of the predecessor model. At the same time the low consumption and low CO2 emissions demonstrate that this does not have to come at a cost to the environment and customers' wallets.
In addition, the two BRABUS variants boast an extremely low weight to power ratio: at just 7.8 kg/bhp this is 24 percent lower than that of the previous BRABUS variant. |GlobalGiants.com|