December 29, 2007
2008 North American International Auto Show Welcomes Industry Insiders
DETROIT, Dec. 29 -- Automotive industry insiders will converge at Cobo Center in Detroit for the 2008 North American International Auto Show on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from noon to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
NAIAS 2008 Industry Preview, co-sponsored by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Business Week, offers a unique opportunity for automotive companies to invite their key contacts, suppliers and employees to preview the show. Industry Preview attracts thousands of industry professionals each year to the NAIAS for important meetings and networking events at the show and throughout metro Detroit.
"Each year we look forward to hosting this exclusive opportunity for industry professionals to get a preview of the many fantastic attractions at the NAIAS," said Carl Galeana, senior co-chairman for the NAIAS 2008. "Industry Preview provides a unique occasion for industry insiders to network, attend informative special events on design and automotive trends, and get a sneak peek of the show before it opens to the public."
Photo: Automotive suppliers and insiders view Ford products during Industry Preview day at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan 11 January 2007. (Courtesy of the NAIAS)
Featured events during the NAIAS 2008 Industry Preview include:
• 15th Annual AutoWeek Design Forum
Exploring the theme "Designed for Fun"
the daylong forum celebrates design as the ultimate
differentiating factor between products. Attracting more than 700
attendees, the forum also will feature the 2008 Editor's Choice Awards
and attendees will tour the show floor. The forum will be held in Cobo
Center's Riverview Ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Jesse James of the Discovery Channel's Monster Garage and owner of West
Coast Choppers will be the keynote speaker.
• Inforum's Annual Auto Show Breakfast
Themed "Beyond Green: Unraveling Sustainability Mystique,"
the annual breakfast will focus on the
various environmentally friendly auto choices that are beginning to
emerge in the market. The breakfast will take place on Thursday, Jan.
17 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
NAIAS 2008 Official Dates
Press Preview will be held Sunday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 15. Industry Preview will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17. The annual black-tie Charity Preview will be held Friday evening, Jan. 18. Public Days will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 27.
Entering its 20th year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 28, 2007
California Visitor's Guide Features Inspiration Section
Take a fresh, new look at the beauty and diversity of the Golden State -- and the California lifestyle -- in the newly redesigned 2008 California Official State Visitor's Guide and Travel Planner. The annual guide includes an expanded "inspiration" section, which incorporates large, compelling photos to illustrate more than a dozen feature articles showcasing the California experience. Produced by the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC), and distributed around the world, the entire guide is designed to connect with visitors on an emotional level, motivating them to plan a trip to California. |GlobalGiants.com|
Legendary American Soprano Kathleen Battle and Superstar Chinese Pianist Lang Lang to Perform at International Opening of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts
Two of classical music's most beloved and acclaimed superstars, American soprano Kathleen Battle and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, will perform at the international opening of The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing's brand-new state-of-the-art performing arts center. Both artists will appear in special gala performances on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with the China National Symphony Orchestra led by the highly sought-after Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is currently the music director of the Vienna State Opera, and featuring an appearance by Russia's leading violinist Vadim Repin.
Taking place December 31st, 2007, at 8 pm and January 1st, 2008, at 7:30 pm, the gala performances celebrate the eagerly anticipated international opening of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Located in central Beijing, adjacent to the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square, the Centre is the new Chinese focus for the performing arts and an important foundation for the creative cultural scene in China. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 25, 2007
North American International Auto Show Preview: Subaru Releases First Photos of All-New 2009 Forester Crossover SUV
Photo: 2009 Japanese Spec Subaru Forester.
Subaru of America, Inc. today released the first official photos of the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester, a total re-design of the crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that will debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January. The 2009 Forester arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SUV-like design and making a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics. As with all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. |GlobalGiants.com|
SISLEY SPRING/SUMMER 2008 WOMEN'S AND MEN'S COLLECTIONS
Sisley plays with the zodiac groups' four elements in its collection for next spring-summer and creates moods with a strong astrological feel.
Earth, for people of character, with their feet on the ground, the colours of the earth: dusty grey, sandy yellow, Dolomite pink, earthy brown and clay red. For her, outfits that cling and reveal: shape-hugging dresses, shorts, pedal pushers that are almost leggings, fluid knitwear with deep necklines and overwear in nylon or other fabrics and - so we don't forget the subsoil - metal. For him there's denim and pumice grey, too. Casual outfits with urban bermudas worn with a leather jacket-style barracuda or a waist-length trench coat.
Water, giving free rein to imagination and gentleness: impeccable white and subtle pale tones with unexpected contrasts in passion red or ocean blue. For her, a cruise mood in soft slacks and bermudas, casual skirts, chiffon cocktail dresses, minimal coats with lacquer-red belts, faux-leather short jackets for strolling along the quay, and shirt-styled jackets. He adapts to the mood, dressing with "instinctive" elegance: white or blue suits, cotton windcheaters or jackets.
Air, with our head in the clouds and a light heart. "Airy" colours with sunset accents; textured fabrics and aerostatic volumes. She favours 40s-style trousers, blouses with statement sleeves and bows at the waist, halter tops, fluid jersey dresses printed with stylised drops which fell from a plum or cornflower-blue sky. He turns serious and wears a technical-taffeta trench coat, a pinstripe suit, leather jacket, a tie and a pullover (with a classic or slanting diamond pattern) to protect against sudden gusts of wind.
Fire, a concentration of overpowering passions and allure: intriguing black, glistening bronze, radiant ivory. Her leading articles are: faux-leather jackets, crocodile-print mini-dresses and knitwear with huge sleeves. The others are in keeping with the theme: burn-out sheerness, plunging necklines, patent "glints", chintz and zips. He is dark and handsome dressed in black or marron glacé: his outfits are casual, relaxed, layered and even floral. |GlobalGiants.com|
Nokia World 2007: Nokia outlines its vision of Internet evolution
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - At the annual Nokia World conference this month, Nokia outlined its vision for the mobile industry, predicting rapid change driven by the convergence of mobility and the internet, and the need for the industry to make an increasing contribution to environmental sustainability.
In his keynote address, Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo highlighted Nokia's commitment to driving both trends. Speaking to an audience of some 2,700 delegates who had gathered in Amsterdam to experience Nokia's vision of the mobility industry's future, Kallasvuo said: "We are at the dawn of a new era in mobile communications driven by the rapid convergence of the internet and mobility, and Nokia is setting the pace of change. But with market leadership in an industry of this scale also comes responsibility," he said. "We are committed to taking a leading role in increasing environmental awareness and performance right across the industry, creating further products and services that help people make more sustainable choices. It is both the responsible thing to do and it makes good business sense."
During the event the company announced Nokia Comes With Music, a revolutionary program that enables people to buy a Nokia device with a year of unlimited access to millions of tracks from a range of great artists - past, present and future. Once the year is complete, customers can keep all their music without having to worry about it disappearing when their subscription is over. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 24, 2007
Longines Ambassador Andre Agassi visits the Beaver Creek FIS Ski World Cup, Colorado (USA)
Ambassador of Elegance for the Swiss watch brand Longines, legendary tennis icon Andre Agassi visited the Beaver Creek FIS Ski World Cup race where Longines is the official Timing Partner. Agassi awarded winners of the Super Combined offering each a newly launched Longines Sport Collection watch. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 20, 2007
SYLVANIA Applauds Energy Bill Lighting Efficiency Standards
New law will give Americans more energy-saving choices
OSRAM SYLVANIA, the maker of SYLVANIA lighting products, has announced its support for the energy bill being signed into law by President Bush. The legislation calls for a phase-out of inefficient light bulbs, starting in 2012. The new law is expected to increase demand for energy saving lights, resulting in new products and lower prices.
OSRAM SYLVANIA and its parent company pioneered the compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb and together rank as the world's second-largest producer of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The company produces more than 50 different ENERGY STAR-rated light bulbs, including dimmable, 3-way and globe-shaped CFL designs, as well as the SYLVANIA Micro Mini Twist bulb, the smallest CFL available in North America.
A 13-watt SYLVANIA Micro Mini Twist CFL produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, while using 75 percent less energy and saving about $50 in energy costs. By using less energy, CFLs reduce CO2 emissions from power plants and help fight global warming. |GlobalGiants.com|
John Deere Expands Line of Residential Zero-Turn Radius Mowers
This winter, John Deere will complement the EZtrak(TM) Series with the new Z465, a premium model within the family of residential zero-turn radius mowers. This addition rounds out the extensive line of John Deere riding lawn equipment that gives homeowners the chance to enjoy efficient mowing while delivering the same high cut-quality, user comfort and added pride of owning a John Deere.
The Z465 includes features that enhance the performance, strength and integrity of the EZtrak(TM) Series. The powerful V-twin engine runs at 25 HP allowing for maximum ground speeds of 9 mph. The 62-in. Edge mower deck, the largest mower deck in the EZtrak(TM) Series, coupled with the mower's succinct maneuverability reduces mowing time and the 1/4-in. adjustment increments allow users to fine tune mowing performance.
John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 18, 2007
APPLE MACBOOK PRO TOPS WISH LISTS
Photo: College student Stephanie Sequeira, right, buys herself a MacBook Pro while holiday shopping with her friend, Gillian Walsworth, center, at the Apple Store San Francisco. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 17, 2007
Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche presents smart fortwo to Representatives of U.S. Government and Business
Washington, D.C. - At a traditional luncheon with prominent speakers hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche presented the smart fortwo to representatives of U.S. businesses and government as an environmentally friendly solution for future mobility. Starting in January, the compact model, which has already been very successful in Europe with about 850,000 units sold, will also be available in the U.S.
In his presentation to the high-profile audience in Washington, Dr. Zetsche expressed his conviction that the smart fortwo will be a resounding success in the U.S. as well. The reason is that the smallest model produced by Mercedes-Benz Cars is a standout -- not only because of its unique compact design and intelligent, safety-oriented construction, but also thanks to its low fuel consumption and exemplary environmental friendliness. "Europeans are enthusiastic about the smart and we are beginning to see Americans share this enthusiasm," said Dr. Zetsche. "More than 50,000 Americans have already tested the smart in our U.S. road show, and over 30,000 of them have by now reserved a vehicle."
Zetsche added that he could well imagine a large-scale project in cooperation with a partner city in the U.S. to test the electrically powered smart fortwo, similar to the project that is currently running in London. Interested guests were able to experience the "zero-emission" smart fortwo at first hand during the event and form their own impressions through test drives. |GlobalGiants.com|
mywaves Delivers Free Mobile Video via Nokia's Download! Content Catalog
mywaves, a mobile video destination for consumers, today announced that mywaves will be available in Download!, the Nokia content catalog available on a variety of Nokia handsets shipping this year and next. With the mywaves application, Nokia phone owners will be able to easily find and watch their favorite videos from around the globe, set up their own channels and be entertained on the go with the latest videos on the web. |GlobalGiants.com|
Virgin America Teams Up With The Lakers
Photo: Actress Jessica Alba sits with Cash Warren as they watch the Golden State Warriors play the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill).
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17 -- Virgin America is now a "Sponsor of the Los Angeles Lakers" for all of the superstar team's 41 2007-08 home games. Fans seated in Virgin America's courtside seats will get the "celeb treatment" with Virgin America gift bags and VIP service during selected games from Virgin America's courtside "flight attendants."
Launched in August 2007, Virgin America flies to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, San Diego (starting Feb. 12, 2008) and Seattle (starting March 18, 2008). |GlobalGiants.com|
mywaves Socializes Mobile Video, Enabling Global Community to Connect and Discover New Entertainment on the Go
mywaves, a mobile video destination, today launched a major release of its free mobile video service that enables users to connect with their friends and the mywaves community, showcase their entertainment interests and share their favorites -- all from their mobile handsets. mywaves rolls out a completely new version of the popular mobile video service that's packed with an array of features to help its users discover content by connecting them to an international mobile community of people with a shared passion for entertainment. |GlobalGiants.com|
Quantas gets 5,000th Airbus Aircraft
Photo: 5,000th Airbus aircraft is delivered to Qantas on 14 December 2007. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 15, 2007
Daimler Financial Services Americas: New Headquarters
Photo: Klaus Entenmann, President and CEO of Daimler Financial Services Americas, presents a check for $100,000 to a surprised Susan Goodell, Executive Director of Forgotten Harvest. Joyce Jennarou, a Forgotten Harvest board member, looks on.
Daimler Financial Services Americas, which is comprised of Mercedes-Benz Financial and Daimler Truck Financial, reinforced its commitment to the Southeast Michigan region today. In addition to keeping the company headquarters here as a result of the DaimlerChrysler de-merger, the company has already created new jobs and will be relocating other employees from a Chicago location to Farmington Hills.
As a further sign of strengthening and supporting the local community, the company surprised the leadership of Forgotten Harvest by presenting a check for $100,000 to the food rescue agency's capital fund campaign. The mission of Forgotten Harvest is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing surplus prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. |GlobalGiants.com|
2009 Ford Glass Roof Mustang : GlobalGiants.com
Hot on the heels of the new Ford Bullitt Mustang and the new Shelby GT500KR, America's muscle car drives into its 45th anniversary year sporting a new factory-installed glass roof. The 2009 Ford Glass Roof Mustang provides a third roof option for customers and responds to their growing desire for more natural light. The new glass roof will be available as an option on both the V-6 Mustang and Mustang GT beginning next summer. |GlobalGiants.com|
December 13, 2007
INTEL MARKS 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRANSISTOR
Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, has recently introduced its 45 nanometer (nm) next-generation family of quad-core processors. Called the biggest transistor advancement in 40 years by Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore, the processors are the first to use Intel's Hafnium-based high-k metal gate (Hi-k) formula for the hundreds of millions of transistors inside these processors. Introduced on Nov. 12 and continuing into the next few months, this latest innovation is enabling servers, everyday PCs and laptops to become smaller, faster and more energy-efficient.
Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC). |GlobalGiants.com|
December 12, 2007
Software Identifies Age of Callers : GlobalGiants.com
Language dialogue systems could in the future provide more individualized service for people who call into call centers. Software from Siemens enables a language computer to sort callers according to gender and into specific age categories. This means the system can more effectively respond to customer's expectations. The prototype was developed by language recognition experts from Corporate Technology (CT) in Munich together with Siemens Enterprise Communications. It is currently being tested by a number of companies. |GlobalGiants.com|
Longines Conquest: the elegance of performance
The Longines Conquest appears as the expression of the sporting elegance of the brand. It is the result of detailed study into the aesthetic potential of the fixed bezel and cabochon, and is made of ceramic - an exceptional material associating "timeless elegance, a scratch-proof surface and uncommon hardness" - or of polished steel. A subtle blend of elegance and performance, the Longines Conquest also includes a series of technical features meeting the requirements of the most demanding sportsmen and women. |GlobalGiants.com|