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RHA Dacamp L1 portable DAC headphone amp

RHA has some new personal audio gear that it will be launching at IFA 2016 that includes the company’s first portable DAC headphone amplifier and a two sets of new headphones. The headphones include the flagship CL1 Ceramic and the stainless steel CL750 headphones. All three of the products will go on sale in October 2016.

The Dacamp L1 amplifier is a fully balanced headphone amplifier and DAC with dedicated channel processors. It uses an ES9018K2M DAC chip and class AB amplifier for each stereo channel. That configuration allows processing of the highest quality digital audio files from mobile and desktop sources. It will work with headphones that have balanced or unbalanced outputs. Pricing on these products is unannounced and more detail will be offered closer to launch. Continue reading

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Parrot Disco

Parrot’s spectacular new Disco Drone is a fixed-wing aircraft that flies at speeds of up to 50mph (80km/h) for 45 minutes! The fixed-wing system makes taking off as easy as throwing the device in the air, and you can then control it with the new Parrot Skycontroller 2 or the Flight Plan app from your smart device, also enjoy an immersive flight experience through the included FPV (First Person View) Cockpit glasses. The Parrot Disco drone comes with a 1080p Full HD front camera stabilised on 3 axes, and features a GPS return home functionality, that brings the drone back automatically when flight time is over. $1.299

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Lensbaby Circular 180+

GoPros already excel at placing viewers in first-person views of adrenaline junkies and do-ers of cool things. Fisheye lenses like the Circular 180+ take that thrilling immersion even further, providing a field of vision greater than the human eye can handle on its own.

$80

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DOT PUSH NOTIFIER

You phone can already tell when you’re home, at work, etc. But it can’t tell whether you’re at your desk, sitting on the couch, or hopping in the car. At least, it can’t without the Dot Push Notifier. Using Bluetooth, each individual Dot keeps precise track of your phone’s location, which lets it automatically pull up relevant apps — maps and music in the car, Netflix and your remote on the couch, and your alarm clock and weather in bed — and control other smart devices like your locks, security system, and lights. $20 on Kickstarter.

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XTI AIRCRAFT TRIFAN 600 VTOL JET

Like a military Osprey, this carbon fiber and epoxy structured VTOL jet has the ability to take off and land vertically – thanks to its trio of ducted fans. But, once you’re in the air, your pilot can kick on the dual high performance turboshaft engines – which have a maximum cruising speed of 390 mph (reached in just 90 seconds), 2,600 horsepower, and a range of around 1,500 nautical miles – via the aircraft’s fly-by-wire control system and take this baby up to a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet. And you can enjoy all of this power in comfort and style, thanks to the 5-passenger jet’s business-class interior. The TriFan 600 has more than enough room for you, your colleagues, and some overnight bags – making for a cool getaway whether you’re taking off from your company helipad or your front lawn. Keep your eyes on the skies, as XTI is currently working on putting together a prototype of this impressive personal jet.

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LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 SPECTRE EDITION

If it’s in a Bond movie, it’s cool. That simple rule has held true for a surprisingly long time. For over fifty years the Bond films have featured some of the most impressive guns, clothes, and cars that the world has had to offer. Often they’ve been so rare (or imaginative) that no one could get their hands on them, but that hasn’t always been the case. It just so happens that you can actually buy one of the most recent inclusions in the film’s franchise – the Spectre Edition Land Rover 90 by Tweaked Automotive.

Built by the London based shop, this blacked out monster of a car was made to be an exact replica of the one that appeared in the 2015 Spectre. It’s more than just a looker. Featuring a 4 cylinder turbodiesel engine that pumps 165 horses through a manual 6 speed transmission, this can take on terrain just as rough as Craig’s Bond conquered in the film. Given that the vehicle boasts 4 wheel drive, 35 inch tires on 16 inch beadlock wheels, and 361 pound feet of torque, that should come as no surprise. When it comes to the interior of the car – every part of it can be customized to the owner’s request. Well, unless you’re looking to equip missiles and an ejection seat. Those come separately. Prices are available on request. Continue reading

Posted in Ride on August 30th 2016 comments
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Burning Man 2016’s best pop-up architecture

Burning Man, the rowdy annual art festival in the desert, returns to Black Rock City, Nevada this week, and with it comes dusty frolicking, fiery effigies, tens of thousands of people who won’t shower for a week, and what we’re most excited for: amazing pop-up architecture. A celebration of self-expression and self-reliance, Burning Man always gives rise to a vast array of impressive temporary structures built by the festival goers themselves—art you can sit in, climb on, and maybe even ride.

Last year’s event brought us massive temples, an intricate arched pavilion, larger-than-life Alice-in-Wonderland-esque furniture, and more. This year’s crop promises to be equally arresting. Below, check out some snapshots already coming in on Instagram. Continue reading

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SURF-ACE TABLE BY DUFFY LONDON

As surfing continues to become more and more mainstream we’re witnessing the sport, both literally and figuratively, make it further into our homes. The Surf-Ace Table by Duffy London takes the more literal route here with this handsome collection of tables that uses the same techniques used in old surfboard manufacturing to give homeowners and guests alike a surfboard-esque dining table.

Each Surf-Ace Table boasts the classic balsa wood design that once came to characterize some of the first surfboards ridden by the ancient Hawaiians. And not only do these tables offer notions of nostalgia but also an appreciation of fine craftsmanship thanks to their smooth curves and treated edges. It’s hard to believe each table’s been cut from only one piece of wood, which you can see for yourself as you glide your hands across the piece. It’s available is multiple sizes, finishes, and various types of wood from the Forestry Stewardship Council managed forests. Simply provide Duffy London with your own personal preferences and they’ll get started immediately. Prices start at $23,600. Continue reading

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Oliver Sweeney Tattoo service

If you want to leave a lasting legacy, sometimes you have to make a mark use Oliver Sweeney leather tattoo service, you can do exactly that: complete your Oliver Sweeney experience by personalising your shoes, boots or accessories to your own exacting specifications.

The process is done in exactly the same way as it is on skin (leather is skin, after all), with our in-house tattoo artist using a real tattoo machine and ink, resulting in a beautiful, individual finishing touch to your purchase. And, as with a skin tattoo, the design, words and style of tattoo are limited only by your imagination.

Oliver Sweeney Tattooist-in-Chief will be in residence in their Henrietta Street Club offering leather tattoo demonstrations and bespoke consultations to help you achieve your ideal personalised Oliver Sweeney piece.

Posted in Design on August 29th 2016 comments
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Facebook’s Vertical Videos Are About to Appear in Your Mobile News Feed

The social network is tweaking how you see videos in the mobile news feed.
Facebook no longer wants to look square to the kids, so it’s going rectangular like Snapchat. And brands are already on board.
The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company today revealed it will soon support vertical videos on its 6-year-old flagship mobile app after previously only offering box-shaped clips. Vertical videos, which snugly fit the rectangular view most people experience on smartphones, have been Snapchat’s calling card for users and brands in recent years.
“We know that people enjoy more immersive experiences on Facebook, so we’re starting to display a larger portion of each vertical video in news feed on mobile,” a spokesperson told MarketingLand, which broke the news late Friday morning. Continue reading