Vertu Ascent Ti 3G

Nokia's premier mobile phone division, Vertu, has just released the Ascent Ti. The Ascent Ti is a 3G, quad-band GSM mobile phone. The first reason to consider purchasing this phone is because it has Vertu Fortress technology. A no nonsense remote server in an ex-military bunker that will automatically backup all your personal cell phone data. Fabulous news for all you people that have a few too many drinks on occasion and wake up phone-less. The second reason as to why the Vertu Ascent Ti mobile is worth considering is for its concierge service. Yes, the Vertu Ascent Ti is equipped with a button that provides a 24-hour worldwide concierge service. Similar to the $310,000 "Signature Cobra" and $88,000 "Diamond" concierge service, the "Ascent Ti" is just $6,628. It is yet to be determined if the concierge services are comparable, heres to hoping the service isn't as cheap as it sounds. Plus, the Ascent Ti has a 3MP camera, a titanium body,  and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face. A permanent cowhide leather backing comes in different colors and is probably the ugliest part on the Ascenti Ti. Looks aren't everything, though, especially when you have an information fail-safe and a concierge service at your finger tips. You may like it but we will be stick with our Blackberrys and iPhones, thank you. 

The iPhone Fit For A King

Everybody seems to have an iPhone these days, so get an after-market iPhone to set yourself apart from the crowd. Mr. Peter Aloisson, the renowned phone customizer is at it again with his take on the iPhone. The diamond iPhone just released is touted as the World's most expensive, period.  Forget swarovski crystals with hints of gold. We are talking big league and bold, brilliant cut diamonds cover every spec of the diamond iPhone. The home button, called the "King's button" is a 6.6 carat diamond. The diamonds are set in white, yellow and rose gold. Figure the girl gets the diamond ring and every king deserves his diamond iPhone.The diamond iPhone is about $2.45 million and that's how you set yourself apart. Leave  those other iPhone users behind and, well, speechless.

Zegna Sports is Advancing Black Diamond Days

Spring ski season is fast approaching so hopefully you're help has started firing up the winter home or made proper resort reservations. Whether it's Beaver Creek, Telluride, Jackson Hole, or some other Rocky mountain excursion, we want you to put your best ski-self forward. Green luxury is always luxury to feel good about, so twice as nice. Zegna's Sports line just came out with a pretty fresh Solar Ski Jacket that you will want to hit the slopes in. The Solar Ski jacket has tiny solar panels embedded into the neoprene collar of the jacket. While you ski for about four hours in the sun the panels take in the sunlight and turn the energy over to keep all your essential technology charged. Ski in Zegna and keep your phone, iPod and other tech-y gizmos fully charged. No matter how hard you hit the slopes you will never have to fear losing touch with the real world. The Zegna ski jacket is $2,250 but that's the price you pay for cell phone service and fully charged battery on the black diamonds. Don't sacrifice style or mother nature any longer!

Electrolux Brings Homes Into This Century

This is for the ultimate restuarant-goer who wants to grace the kitchen sometimes. Cooking isn't generally a glamorous affair but thanks to Electrolux your kitchen can, at least, look classier. The end result is a better house to entertain your guests with.

The Aurora is a chic induction cooktop that uses electromagnetic fields to transfer energy into heat. The surface is made of white patterned ceramic glass and the design is so sleek, think Apple Air Mac sleek. The Aurora features LED lighting that glows when in use and easy-to-use touch controls. The best part of the Aurora cooktop by Electrolux is that it's portable, you can move it around the kitchen for added space and convenience, or a great idea in a dual crossover room.  The Aurora by Electrolux won't turn you into a stay-at-home chef, the point is your kitchen will look classier, your house more modern and in trend with this century. The Aurora cooktop is $10,000 from Electrolux, think of it as a functional art investment. Electrolux has a plethora of other home appliances with edge, check them out for yourself.

Next Generation Television: The Sony Organic LED

The Sony Organic LED XEL-1 is the world's thinnest television and it has just been introduced to the States. The futuristic television is as thin as stacking just three credit cards together. The three millimeter width isn't the only reason to buy one.

 If you’re green, then know that Organic LED technology is 40% more efficient than LCD panels, plus there is no grotesque mercury used during the manufacturing process. The green luxury, light-emitting organic material eliminates the need for a backlight thus then end result is less energy. All the TV parts are organic, so when the set off, it uses absolutely no power as opposed to all older sets, which always have the backlight on.  We say buy and Organic LED and save a tree.

The price is totally reasonable at $2500 for an 11″ high definition screen. The new LED XEL-1's technology signifies the beginning of the end for old school LCDs and plasma screens. Buh bye older models, hello television of the future. By 2011 OLED's will most likely outsell LCD and plasma screens.

Besides just being ultra- thin the LED XEL-1 has a tilt screen for viewing from any angle. The Organic LED XEL-1 has a built-in memory stick slot, which means you can display and browse through your own photoes.The optional BRAVIA Link Modules make for compatibility with any of your digital devices. What's more, the award-winning Xross Media Bar menu navigation system allows for even the technologically-challenged to switch between expanded devises and setting with ease.  The picture contrast ration is 1,000,000:1 which make for the deepest black levels on the market today.

Thin is always in, jump on the trend so you're not outdated. T.V of the future, very cool, but the name not so much. The Sony Organic LED XEL-1 is just something else to keep in mind this holiday season, it will add a little something extra to any room.  

The Stallion Gets Her Wings: The Flying Ferrari 599 GTB Concept

A flying version of the Ferrari’s 599 GTB called the Autovolantor is, kind of, in development. The bananas concept is being developed by Moller International, the same Moller International that has been promising to turn out a flying car since 2000, in existence since the 1980's with no production yet. Targeted towards the affluent, obviously, the Autovolantor would be a desirable sports car that could sometimes fly.

Designer Bruce Calkins has fitted the flying Ferrari supercar with a specially designed hybrid fuel and electric power system to run the eight thrusters that would give lift to the car, a system that Calkins believes would give the futuristic machine 800 horsepower. Translating to a top speed of 150 miles per hour in the air and altitudes of up to 5000 feet, for an air travel distance of about 75 miles.  Why a Ferrari you ask?  Well, apparently, the 599 chassis was picked by Calkins because of its distinctive shape and natural born aerodynamics. The airworthy Ferrari 599 GTB will conceptually have Back To The Future-like hovering capabilities for vertical take-off and landings, as well as wings and stabilizers for forward flight. Once airborne the car maneuvers like a helicopter, rolling to turn and changing pitch to move forward or backward, ummm we almost have a heartattack just thinking about some joe shmoe flying a helicopter.

Rumors suggest that Moller is hurting and needs new investment backing to take the Autovolanter to the next stage of development. Unless you feel like donating upwards of $5 million, don't expect to see a fleet of flying Ferrari's anytime soon.A production version of the Autovolantor, as unlikely as it may be, will cost something like $800,000 per vehicle. Worth the price of flying over bumper to bumper traffic, yes, but not worth the price of a crash, blow-up or crash landing.  We applaud the green efforts of a hybrid engine but are hoping this air-born vehicle never takes to the skies, leave flying to the professionals.

An Electric Luxury Moment: Rumored Electric Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves is down to make an electric Phantom. For the internal combustion engine (ICE) people dependent upon gasoline, an electric car is an alternative fuel car that utilizes an electric motor. An electric motor is usually run on a rechargeable battery pack. Electric is just one of the waives of the future and it is environmentally friendly which we always applaud.

The thing is that the first round of electric cars, although the effort was applaudable most were downright ugly. It's almost hard to look at a hybrid Prius. Recently many higher end car companies have been pushing to get hybrid and electric vehicles to market, there's the new Cadillac Escalade and now the BMW Mini E. This brings us to BMW's subsidiary company Rolls-Royce, CEO Tom Purves, and the Phantom.

In an interview with Car Magazine, Purves said that an electric Rolls-Royce would fit perfectly with the Rolls brand, and expects the car to appeal to city dwellers who are Phantom customers. "Many of our customers do small mileages exclusively in the city," said Purves, who is now the driving force behind BMW-owned Rolls-Royce since July. "For these customers, an electric Rolls-Royce would be ideal."

Purves just drove the new electric Mini, which will premiere next month at the Los Angeles auto show. The CEO said," It is superb: quiet, fast and fantastically fun." The Mini E uses lithium ion batteries and has distance range of about 150 miles. The Mini E’s top speed is 95 miles per hour and it does 0-60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds. Purves believes that by using the experience from the electric mini project, the electric urban version of the Phantom is a very reachable goal.

Tom Purves also believes that an electric Phantom would be the perfect addition to the Rolls-Royce marque. A properly engineered electric motor is quieter, less cumbersome and would keep in line with the unmatched refinement that we all know as Rolls-Royce. Plus, an electric engine delivers maximum torque instantly.   

Cities with hugh CO2 levels better stay up to date on hybrid and electric projects especially. There may come a time in the not too far off future when legislation is passed to limit Carbon Dioxide pollution and your cars might be first to go. A battery-powered Rolls-Royce would come into good use then. Obviously, the petrol V12 Phantom would still be made available. Honestly, though, who doesn't want to splurge on a Rolls-Royce Phantom and then be able to keep feeling good about it, the more you are chauffeured around town. 

Go Mac, Go Mac, Go Go Go Mac: The Next Generation MacBook Pro

With an all new design, features, and technologies, the re-engineered MacBook Pro is surpassing standards that don’t even exist yet. Until the new MacBook Pro, all notebooks were designed by assembling multiple parts to create a single enclosure. Thanks to the bright minds at Apple, the new Pro design uses just one part, which is a seamless enclosure carved from one piece of aluminum. Thus, the MacBook Pro is now thinner, lighter and more durable than ever before. Perfect for life inside a briefcase or backpack of the next generation.  

An added edge-to-edge, uninterrupted glass display not only looks elegant but adds more structure to the LED display beneath it. There is also no click button below the mousepad anymore. The entire trackpad is the button, so you can click all over. Without a separate button, your hands have 39 percent more room to move,  two fingers scrolls up and down a page. Pinching your fingers will zoom in and out. Rotate an image with your fingertips, swipe with three fingers to flip through your photo libraries, swipe with four fingers to show your desktop, think iPhone touch screen.

The internal architecture has also been completely overhauled from the silicon up. The GeForce 9400M processor is an integrated power saver. Inside the new MacBook Pro is the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at speeds up to 2.8GHz, b on groundbreaking 45-nm process technology and advanced Core microarchitecture. The MacBook Pro hard drive has up to 320GB2 and up to 4GB of RAM. Plus, faster 1066MHz DDR3 memory, so you can run more applications at once and instantly access even more of your stuff. There’s a new logic board, chipset, and graphics architecture.

Wherever you go, the wireless capabilities go too. With the latest 802.11n wireless technology built in, you’re always seamlessly and effortlessly connected to the wireless world. If a Wi-Fi network isn't available, your Pro will connect to the internet on a cellular network. Now that is on par with the 21st century, thanks.

Besides all the above greatness, Apple is hitting the green hard with conscious environmental approaches. How commendable?  The new MacBook Pro LED-backlit screen is both mercury and arsenic free unlike other displays, great for the environment but probably better for you. Backlit technology also conserves energy by using 30% less power than other laptops. This Pro meets government standards for energy efficiency, and earned EPEAT Gold status, the highest standard for environmental performance in the electronics industry. Besides, the new MacBook Pro is shipped in packaging that’s 37% smaller than any previous generation, which translates into fewer trees used for boxes and less fuel used to transport more MacBook Pros on fewer planes. The genius' at Apple are just too good, we applaud everything about you!

If you don't have an Apple Mac then get one. If you're already part of the Mac club, you're part of the cool kids club and are probably drooling over the new MacBook Pro. Go upgrade and don't even feel bad, your old MacBook is recycle-able and your new one will help save the environment everyday you use it. You're going to be impressed and fall in love, just imagine the capabilities now.

Sapphire Crystal Moto Photo Phone is so Dull

Motorola is reaching, the mobile phone company is trying to target the rich and fabulous with their new Aura cell phone. Motorola claims they have designed the world's first circular display cell phone. What's so special about a circle? We didn't find much.

Sure there is a new design, up-to-date features and technology but so what. An aluminum keypad,  2 megapixel camera, 2 GB memory, video capture and streaming capability and about 7.3 hours of talk time, just doesn't impress us these days. Especially when the price tag is $2,000, there is no Blackberry messaging or iPhone-ish touch screen which we adore. Plus, in these harsh economic times, save your money or use it for something sexier. Who cares about a circular LCD display even if it has 16 million color and 300 dpi resolution, or even a 62-carat sapphire crystal lens?

The Motorola Aura takes two weeks to create and may be pre-ordered at Motorola online if you care. The Aura will be made available worldwide in December. It's rare that we say luxury doesn't have to be the most expensive item but in this case it's true. Stick to the new touch screen Blackberry coming soon or the iPhone 3G available now. Motorola sorry but your razor thin Aura just isn't cutting it for us.