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What will they think of next ?
It’s hard to believe that what we’re looking at is real — but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you’ve long been waiting for. As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it’s still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.
What do you get when you mix Cognac, 5 Visual Artists, and 5 Musicians? You get the Hennessy Blending of the Arts, a celebration of art and music. More importantly, this fusion has created five unique works of art created on a less than traditional canvas, the iconic Hennessy VS bottle. The reinterpretation of the bottle was in turn commissioned by the likes of from left to right: Questlove and artist Aerosyn-Lex, A-Trak together with designer Dust La Rock, Steve Aoki and graphic artist Laundry aka PJ Richardson, Kid Sister with graffiti artist Fafi, and finally A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip with Spaceknuckle. Unfortunately the bottles will not be available commercially but were revealed at the Hennessy Artistry Halo Party October 14th in New York City.
I sort of gave up on Kanye’s directorial abilities after he directed one of Drizzy Drake’s first videos, but Runaway isn’t “Bad”. It is a little strange but the imagery and symbolism is interesting. The 35 odd minute movie/video is reminiscent of the late King of Pop’s movie/video style (ei. Thriller, Remember the Time) and I’m sure the oversize bust of MJ himself is Kanye’s way of paying homage (or possibly trying to fill void). It was noted that the concept behind the video was a mash-up between the classic tales the Phoenix Rising and Pygmalion (dust off the high-school coles notes) with sufficient imagery at every turn and twist of this tale. I was particularly drawn to the contrast of imagery (whether implied or not) of the dinner party scene. The black dinner guest dressed all in white (served by all white wait staff no less); the all white cast of ballerinas wearing black to-to’s; as well as, an art form as pure and graceful as ballet taking place in a dirty warehouse….brillant! All in all, there are parts that I really liked and other parts that thought were a tad bit strange. Nevertheless pop some pop corn and watch it yourself and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to give a toast to the douche bag!
KID KUT THE VOICE OF THE VIBE AND IV PLAY BRING CANADIAN ARTISTS TOGETHER TO GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 25, 2010 – TORONTO, ON
Toronto’s three time Stylus Award winner Kid Kut in collaboration with IV Play Entertainment present an evening of music to benefit MusiCounts Canada – Known for being a member of one of the pioneering urban sound crews representing Toronto, Canada, Kid Kut (formerly of the Baby Blue Soundcrew) has been a staple in the Canadian music industry for almost two decades. On Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at the Hard Rock Café (259 Yonge Street at Dundas) he and fellow music lover Natalie “IV Play” Powell invite you to share in “The Gift of Music”, an event featuring live performances by a star-studded roster of artists that have worked with Kid Kut as a producer and MC, and share his love of music. This A-list event, hosted by Kardinal “Mr. International” Offishall, shall feature live performances by Kim Davis, Aion Clarke, Daniel Daley, Choclair, Saukrates, Trish, Melanie Durrant, Ray Robinson and pianist Khandi, with appearances from several surprise guests. An after party will follow with music by two of Toronto’s top rated DJs, P-Plus and Jester of The New Flow 93.5 FM.
“I have benefitted from music in so many ways, both personally and professionally, and I wanted to find a way to give back and open a door for others. That is why MusiCounts seemed like the right choice.” – Kid Kut
MusiCounts associated with CARAS, is a charity based organization that focuses on supporting music programs in schools across Canada, ensuring that children of all walks of life have access to music education through instrument grants, scholarships and other music initiatives. Just this month, an announcement was made that 71 schools across Canada will benefit from Band Aid grants to the tune of $560,000 worth of new musical instruments, the most ever to benefit from these grants. For more information on MusiCounts, please see their official website at www.musicounts.ca.
The Hard Rock Café, located in the heart of Toronto, is a perfect venue for such an event which boasts a long history of live performances. With limited advanced tickets available, it is strongly recommended that you purchase yours early, as it is guaranteed to sell out.
On December 2nd, 2010, you can expect an evening of unparalleled musical entertainment, along with the opportunity to give the gift of music to generations to come via silent auctions, and raffles. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts Canada on behalf of Kid Kut, IV Play, the artists and the event planning team.
“Music has always played an important role in my life. I am honoured to be involved with an event that allows children to grow and benefit through the joy of music” – Natalie of IV Play.
“Music touches our lives on the deepest of levels. It educates us, unifies us, and inspires us.” - Darling Nicky
Tickets to The Gift of Music can be purchased online at www.ticketgateway.com and for info and booth reservations please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us at The Gift of Music on December 2nd, 2010 at The Hard Rock Café.
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The iida X-Ray Phone ($TBA). Designed by the renowned Tokujin Yoshioka, this CDMA flip phone is made from transparent polycarbonate infused with a glass fiber which allows you to see the components within, and also sports an exterior 7×102 dot-matrix LED sub-display that shows you who’s calling, the current time, and notifies you of incoming e-mail alerts, while the eight megapixel camera reminds you that you’re not really back in the days of see-through pagers.
I was thinking about getting the i pad but, after seeing this i have some decisions to make .WOW! (both)
MacBook Air 2 ($1,000-$1,700). Sporting 64GB-256GB of built-in solid state flash storage, the new MBA boots amazingly fast, wakes instantly from sleep, and offers Nvidia graphics, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and incredibly thin Unibody aluminum enclosures. Available in the traditional 13.3″ model with an SD card slot and 1440 by 900 display, or in a new, smaller 11.6″ model with a 1366 by 768 display and a weight of just 2.3 pounds, or a little less than the power brick for your current laptop.