October 15, 2007
MOTOR TREND names Mazda CX-9 'Sport/Utility Of The Year'
MOTOR TREND today named the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV its 2007 Sport/Utility of the Year. Beating one of the toughest fields in recent memory, the CX-9 was, according to MOTOR TREND editor in chief, Angus MacKenzie, the judges' unanimous decision. It topped 11 other contenders.
To judge contenders for the award, MOTOR TREND's editorial staff conducted exhaustive off-road, street and track testing, and carefully considered essentials such as driving performance, safety and features. Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test. Each contender was evaluated against three simple criteria: superiority (engineering, design, utilization of resources); significance (its impact on the market), and value (what buyers get for their money versus the competition). |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:12 PM
October 14, 2007
Sony Ericsson introduces the K630 - turbo 3G and e-mail on the move.
London, UK - Sony Ericsson has announced the K630, a stylish all-rounder fully packed with all the features needed for managing work life as well as one's favorite pictures, video and music.
Available in two colors - Havana Gold and Quick Black - the new Sony Ericsson K630i keeps you in control, fully informed and entertained at all times. Weighing in at only 97 grams, the K630 delivers a PC-like Web surfing experience in a pocket-sized frame.
K630's 2.0 megapixel camera is always on-hand to shoot still pictures or moving images. These can be instantly shared with friends via MMS, email or postcard; or by uploading them to an online gallery.
The phone features an in-built Media Browser, meaning that there is just one location on the K630's menu to launch the music player, video player or photo gallery, and so access all of your in-phone content. The K630 comes complete with new Media Manager software in-box to let you easily move your favorite music, photos, videos and more between your PC and your phone. Music tracks or video clips are automatically converted into phone-friendly formats. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 8:21 AM
October 9, 2007
Guerlain Celebrates the Launch of the New Fragrance, My Insolence, With Hilary Swank
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 -- In her newest partnership with French beauty house Guerlain, Hilary Swank celebrated the launch of the new fragrance My Insolence by playing host to a small gathering of friends, tastemakers, and industry guests. The Oscar-winning actress, face of the new My Insolence ad campaign, welcomed guests on the Wine Terrace of the Hotel Bel-Air. To present this new Insolence, Hilary Swank posed for famed photographer Javier Valhonrat.
"My Insolence" is available at Macys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf Goodman. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 11:29 AM
October 8, 2007
Third Edition of the Michelin Guide New York City Released
NEW YORK, Oct. 8 -- Michelin today released the third edition of the Michelin Guide New York City. The Michelin Guide New York City 2008 contains more than 100 new establishments in this year's guide. The new edition features 619 establishments in all, a number that includes 565 restaurants -- representing 46 types of cuisine -- and 54 Manhattan hotels.
Nearly 22 percent of the Michelin Guide New York City selection is comprised of highly affordable restaurants. While the Michelin Guide is known around the world for its famous stars, these restaurants account for just five percent of the selection.
Present in North America since late 2005, the Michelin Guide has two local editions: The Michelin Guide New York City, now in its third edition, and the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine Country, of which a second edition will be in bookstores on Oct. 24. Two new North American guides will be published in November: the Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 and the Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008.
In Europe, the collection currently comprises 17 Michelin Guides, including English-language versions of the Michelin Guide France and the Michelin Guide Paris. The Michelin Guide is also making its entry into Asia with the publication of the first edition of the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2008 in November. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:53 PM
October 7, 2007
New York City Columbus Day Parade: Gondoliers arrive in NYC
Photo: After a six(6)-day, more than 150 mile journey down the Hudson River, an international crew of gondoliers arrive in Manhattan, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. The gondola and crew will be featured in the New York City Columbus Day parade on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. (Photographer: Brian Benson) |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 8:49 AM
October 6, 2007
Baldwin Piano Releases Wild Designs and Customized Paints with New Line of Pianos
Photo: Baldwin Piano French Quarter -- Drawing inspiration from the extravagant feathers of the peacock, this high polished mahogany grand features rich pink inlays throughout the music desk, legs and bracket.
Photo: Baldwin Piano Beauty in B Minor -- With its rich tones of gold and burgundy this piano was designed to replicate the painting Beauty in B Minor by abstract artist MichaelEthridge.
Photo: Baldwin Piano The Flame -- Hand painted hot rod flames and intricate pin-striping.
Photo: Baldwin Piano The Zebra -- bold black and white piano, which features a red plate, nickel hardware, and red, white and black keys.
Photo: Baldwin Piano Tropical Sunset -- Purple and pink hibiscus flowers and a tropical sunset cover the lid, rim and music desk of this white high polished grand piano.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 6 -- Baldwin Custom House continues to change the face of the piano industry through its focus on innovative and creative hand-built, limited edition designs. The company has created the "Exotic Collection" with wild designs and customized paints. Each piano boasts its own dramatic, exotic, fun or elegant custom paint job. From a striking striped zebra print to a whimsical abalone white grand, to a tied-dyed design with a happy face and one with a Hawaiian style sunset, Baldwin Custom House has created pianos that can serve as works of art in any finely designed home or as a stylized gift to fit any personality.
According to Baldwin Custom House, its focus is on the finest quality and artistic flavor available to create a fine piece of art. Highly skilled craftsmen and artists have been hired to ensure the highest level of excellence, and an apprenticeship program has been launched to train the artisans of the future.
Baldwin has been "America's Favorite Piano" since 1862, when former music teacher D.H. Baldwin opened his music store in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the turn of the twentieth century, Baldwin pianos won international awards, and by the end of the century, Baldwin was the largest American piano maker. Baldwin joined Gibson Guitar Corp. in 2001. Gibson Guitar Corps' family of piano brands include D.H. Baldwin, Howard, Hamilton, Chickering, Wurlitzer, J&C Fischer, Nordiska, and Sunshine. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 8:41 AM
October 4, 2007
Di MODOLO Announces Catherine Zeta-Jones as the New Face of the Brand
Diamond Jewelry House Premieres the Tempia Timepiece Collection and Di MODOLO Haute Couture.
NEW YORK, Oct. 4 -- The jewelry house Di MODOLO has announced actress Catherine Zeta-Jones as the new face of the company. The Di MODOLO campaign, featuring Mrs. Zeta-Jones, will debut in the November 2007 issues of top fashion and lifestyle publications, including: W, Vogue, In Style, and Town and Country. She will be representing all facets of the brand that has expanded to include the new TEMPIA Timepiece Collection and Di MODOLO Haute Couture. She will celebrate the campaign today at an exclusive reception at the flagship store in New York City.
The Di MODOLO brand has evolved since its launch in 2001. To continue this trend, the brand has created Di MODOLO Haute Couture. Di MODOLO Haute Couture combines chic design with beautiful diamonds. The pieces are typically singular, exclusive, or limited edition. Continuing in their effort to revitalize the high-end jewelry market, Di MODOLO also launches the much anticipated TEMPIA Timepiece Collection. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 12:50 PM
October 3, 2007
Microsoft unveils Zune Social, new Zune devices, innovative Zune software and redesigned Zune Marketplace
Zune Drives Next Generation of Digital Music Experience With Community Web Site Built Around Music.
Photo: Microsoft Corporate Vice President, J Allard, and Chairman, Bill Gates, unveil the newest Zune media players. From Redmond, Wash., today, Microsoft Corp. announces updated devices and a new community music site.
SEATTLE, Oct. 3 -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Corporate Vice President J Allard unveiled the next generation of Zune(R) portable media players, software and online store. Gates and Allard also introduced Zune Social, a beta online community Web site built around and powered by people's passion for music.
The two new models of Zune portable media players feature the new Zune Pad, an innovative touch-sensitive button for navigating on the device, as well as wireless sync, a feature that allows Zune devices to automatically sync over the device owner's home wireless network when it is connected to an AC adaptor, in a dock or speaker dock accessory. Existing Zune owners will automatically receive new software features, the redesigned PC and device software and access to the new Zune Marketplace when everything is released to the public in mid-November.
"Twenty years ago we bet the company on an integrated productivity suite of word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, and we changed the way people work," Gates said. "Today we're making big bets on games, music, video and connecting these entertainment experiences to help change the way people play."
"By tapping into customers' passion for music with Zune Social, we're starting to change the game," Allard said. "This lets us start building a new, more valuable kind of relationship with consumers that, combined with other Zune innovations, will start to drive the entire music industry forward."
Zune is Microsoft's music and entertainment brand that provides an integrated digital entertainment experience. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, the Zune Marketplace online store, and Zune Social, a beta online community Web site created to help people discover music. Zune is part of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division and supports the company's software-based services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 3:45 AM
October 1, 2007
Siemens Systems at BBC and ITV
London, October 1, 2007 -- The United Kingdom's broadcasters are getting equipped for the digital age. Siemens is installing integrated digital production systems at the broadcasters ITV and BBC. In the future, the editors will edit their reports on the PC, and will be able to access the archives, research, cut and provide the finished report to production all from the same place. The result will be more current reports and more flexible program production. The picture shows the BBC building in Scotland. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 7:56 AM
September 26, 2007
18th Longines Prize for Elegance awarded unanimously to Anna Bessonova of Ukraine
28th Rhythmic World Championships Patras, Greece.
Photo: Anna Bessonova holds high the trophy of the Longines Prize for Elegance.
Photo: Longines BelleArti Watch, a part of the prize.
Patras (Greece), 25 September, 2007 - Longines, Official Timekeeper and Data Handler at the 28th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2007 has awarded the 18th Longines Prize for Elegance to Anna Bessonova, of Ukraine. This distinction honours the athlete having demonstrated the most remarkable elegance in the course of the international competition. Anna Bessonova, amongst great applause, was awarded the trophy created by the Swiss artist Piero Travaglini, a wristwatch from the Longines BelleArti collection and a cheque for US$ 5,000, and was subsequently consecrated overall individual world champion.
Photo: Anna Bessonova in action during the individuals competition on rope.
In gymnastics, the challenge of movement demands both flawless execution, as in any sport, and the intangible grace, beauty and harmony of movement known as "elegance". At the 28th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, all participants in the individual finals held on 21st September 2007 in Patras, Greece, were nominated for the Longines Prize for Elegance.
Photo: Anna Bessonova in action during the individuals competition with hoop.
The athletes under consideration for the prize were evaluated according to a number of complementary criteria. In addition to technical considerations, each athlete's performance was evaluated with respect to emotional appeal, beauty, charm, charisma, and grace and harmony of movement. Although clearly, each member of the jury may interpret these criteria individually, the result was unanimous as Anna Bessonova's performance on this occasion was quite exceptional and won the heart of the whole audience. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 7:03 AM
September 25, 2007
MOBILE IMAGING AND PRINTING CONSORTIUM: Knicks City Dancers Up Close and Digital
Photo: KnicksCityDancers Up Close and Digital: Sponsored by MIPC (The Mobile Imaging & Printing Consortium) Digital Life 2007 attendees will have the opportunity to pose for camera phone photos with the Knicks City Dancers and walk away with their prints in seconds.
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -- The Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC) announces that on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 2007, New York's Digital Life attendees will have the opportunity to pose for camera phone photos with the Knicks City Dancers and walk away with their prints in seconds.
MIPC will showcase how widely available technologies such as Bluetooth and PictBridge can unlock a world of convenience for cell phone users to capture photos on the go and get great results in their hands instantly. MIPC will demonstrate how users can gain the flexibility to go from shoot to print in just a few simple steps.
"You will be surprised by the ease and simplicity of today's camera phone printing solutions. Digital Life attendees will be able to capture their memories with The New York Knicks City Dancers and print them instantly to show their friends at home," said MIPC Board member and Kodak Senior Marketing Manager, Jack Rieger.
Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Lexmark are among several major companies supporting the MIPC Mission. Ramon Garrido, MIPC Chairman and HP program director, said the consortium enables consumers to free their photos from their phones. "These representative companies have come together on behalf of the consumer to streamline the mobile imaging and printing process. It is the MIPC Mission to enable customers to easily print from their camera phones however, whenever, wherever."
The Knicks City Dancers will be appearing at New York's Digital Life Show in the MIPC booth of the Javitz Center on September 28 and 29 from 12pm to 4pm. MIPC is encouraging the visitors to have their pictures taken with the Knicks City Dancers and experience the ease of printing from camera phones firsthand.
The MIPC is a non-profit industry association founded in 2004 by Canon, Epson and HP, leading companies in home photo printing. The MIPC enables mobile printing solutions by fostering collaboration across the hardware, software and wireless technologies involved in mobile imaging and printing.
MIPC Members represent the most prestigious companies in the mobile imaging and printing space. Those represented companies include: Aplix Corporation, Brother Industries Ltd., Canon Inc., Cerience Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Fujifilm Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., Lexmark International, Inc., MCCI Corporation, Micron Technology, Motorola Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, Olivetti, Olympus Corporation, Ricoh Company, Ltd., Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., and Seiko Epson Corporation. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:15 AM
September 22, 2007
AutoWeek Editors Honor the Best of the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show
The magazine's Editors' Choice Awards recognize Best in Show, Best Concept, Most Significant and Most Fun.
Photo: AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award: Lamborghini Reventon, Best in Show, 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Photo by Motor Forecast.
The AutoWeek editorial staff will announce its Editors' Choice Award winners for the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show in its September 24 issue.
For more than a decade, the editors of the weekly automotive-enthusiast magazine have scoured show floors in Detroit, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo selecting winners in four categories: Best in Show, Best Concept, Most Significant and Most Fun.
The 2007 Best of Frankfurt winners include:
BEST IN SHOW: Lamborghini Reventon - "The sexy, brutal look of this ultra-sonic Lamborghini is something that will mesmerize car enthusiasts for generations," said AutoWeek Editor and Associate Publisher Dutch Mandel. "Our Best-in-Show award is bestowed on the car we all will remember years from now. That's clearly the case with this near $1.4 million Lamborghini, all 20 of which are sold out."
BEST CONCEPT: Mercedes-Benz F700 - "With so many slick-tech tricks in the F700, this was an easy choice as Best Concept."
MOST SIGNIFICANT: Ford Verve Concept - "As the next generation Fiesta sub-compact hatchback, the slightly bigger and bulkier Verve allows space for higher hood and rooflines and raised seating. With concern that the small car will be too expensive to engineer in the United States and South America, how Ford resolves the dilemma is what makes an already significant car even more so."
MOST FUN: BMW 1 Series Coupe - "We can't wait to get behind the wheel of what will be, if the car holds true to its promise and its pedigree, one of the most fun products from BMW since it recreated the Mini Copper. Only this time, the fun comes in rear-wheel drive," said Mandel.
The AutoWeek editorial staff will announce its 2007 Editors' Choice Awards for the Tokyo Motor Show next month and will continue the circuit in January by selecting the best of the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 5:59 AM
September 20, 2007
Go Play: Nokia unveils new devices optimized for entertainment, music and games
London, UK -- Alongside the introduction of Ovi, the door to Nokia's new Internet services, Nokia has unveiled new mobile devices specifically optimized for entertainment, music and games. Each device offers dedicated music or gaming keys, expanded memory, large screens and extended battery performance to provide quick and easy access to entertainment content.
Nokia N81 8GB -- Entertainment made simple. With dedicated music and gaming keys, 3.5 mm headphone connector and 3G and WLAN connectivity, the Nokia N81 multimedia computer is a mobile entertainment powerhouse. With a sleek, polished surface and keys that light up when you activate them, accessing content on the 3D multimedia menu is fast and intuitive. Nokia N81 is configured to find, buy, manage and play music and games purchased from the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage games service.
Nokia N95 8GB: Stunning screen, massive memory. The Nokia N95 is a multimedia computer. With all the key features of its predecessor, including a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide, the Nokia N95 8GB now offers up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory. The N95 8GB also boasts a new luminous 2.8" QVGA display - one of the largest ever for a multimedia computer - so that watching videos, browsing the Internet or viewing maps is easy. With its expanded memory, the N95 8GB offers up to 20 hours of video or up to 6000 songs. The N95 8GB multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2007. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 3:20 AM
Good Luck Chuck Premiere
Photo: Jessica Alba at the premiere of "Good Luck Chuck", September 19th, in Los Angeles. (Star Max Photos) |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:54 AM
September 19, 2007
ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC. & GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS NASCAR
Photo: NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, Tim Schoen and Tony Ponturo of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and George Gillett and Ray Evernham of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, announce Kasey Kahne as the new driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 12:40 PM
September 14, 2007
Hollywood Premiere - In the Valley of Elah
Photo: Charlize Theron attends the premiere of her new film directed by Paul Haggis, "In The Valley of Elah" at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, September 13, 2007. Photo by Lionel Hahn/ABACAUSA. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:49 PM
September 8, 2007
The 17th Longines Prize for Elegance to be Awarded to the Most Elegant Gymnasts
40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2007 in Stuttgart.
Stuttgart (Germany), Septembre 8, 2007 - In cooperation with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Longines will be awarding the prestigious Longines Prize for Elegance for the seventeenth time at the 40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart. The prize honors the team or athlete judged to be the most elegant during a world or continent-wide artistic or rhythmic gymnastics competition. The winners of the Longines Prize for Elegance will receive the famous statue by Swiss artist Piero Travaglini and a Longines Evidenza Watch.
In gymnastics as in any other sport, movement is a challenge requiring elegance as well as flawless execution. At this year's World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, all participants of the individual all-round competition held on Friday September 7, 2007 have automatically become nominees for the Longines Prize for Elegance which will be awarded on the Stuttgartner Schlossplatz on Saturday September 8, 2007 and in the competition hall on Sunday September 9, 2007.
The basis for evaluating, judging and awarding the Prize includes emotional appeal extending beyond technical considerations to beauty and femininity, charm and charisma as well as grace and harmony of movement. The jury evaluates each participant on these three criteria, attributing marks ranging from one to four points according to each member's personal opinion. The points awarded to each athlete by the members of the jury are computed into a grand total. The athlete with the highest score will receive the Longines Prize for Elegance. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 6:43 AM
September 7, 2007
Apple's iPod touch has Revolutionary Multi-touch Interface & Built-in Wi-Fi Wireless Networking
SAN FRANCISCO--September 7, 2007--Apple has introduced the new iPod touch featuring Apple's revolutionary multi-touch user interface that enables users to find and enjoy all of their music, videos and more on its widescreen display with just the touch of a finger.
First introduced on iPhone™, the multi-touch interface uses pioneering new software to present the perfect user interface for each application. The iPod touch also includes Wi-Fi wireless networking, the first on any iPod, and three applications that use it -- (1) Safari™, the most advanced browser on any mobile device; (2) Apple's YouTube application that lets users wirelessly watch over 10 million free videos from the Internet's most popular video website; and (3) the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store that lets users wirelessly browse, preview and buy songs and albums from the popular online music store. The iPod touch is only 8 mm thin, and is priced starting at just $299. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:32 PM
Apple Reduces Price of iPhone; Offers $100 Credit to Early Buyers : GlobalGiants.com
SAN FRANCISCO--September 7, 2007-- After receiving hundreds of emailed complaints from existing Apple iPhone customers angry about a steep price drop, chief executive Steve Jobs says the company will give a $100 credit to certain customers who bought the gadget.
Customers who purchased an iPhone from Apple or the iPhone's sole service provider AT&T and did not receive any rebates, will receive a $100 credit toward any purchase at an Apple retail store or on its Web site.
Earlier, Apple announced September 5 that it is on track to sell its one millionth iPhone™ before the end of September, and to make iPhone affordable for even more customers this holiday season, it is lowering the price of the most popular iPhone model with 8GB of storage from $599 to just $399.
"The surveys are in and iPhone customer satisfaction scores are higher than we've ever seen for any Apple product," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We've clearly got a breakthrough product and we want to make it affordable for even more customers as we enter this holiday season." |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 11:47 AM
September 6, 2007
Photo: London, September 6, 2007 -- Motorola's much anticipated MOTORAZR2 is ready for its U.S. debut. Sleeker outside and more powerful inside, the next generation MOTORAZR is now available at several national U.S. wireless carriers and through Motorola's online store. (Photo Credit: Motorola Inc.) |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 1:50 PM