Currently it seems like you're nobody in the celebrity world if you're not driving - and crashing - Bugatti Veyron's or Ferrari Enzo's, but if you fancy a prancing horse (not literally, of course) and can't quite afford the sticker price of a four-wheeled variant then how about Vertu's latest limited-edition super-phone?
New in excessively luxurious phones with no apparent added functionality besides blinding people with their sparkly gemstones, is the Vertu Signature Cobra. Crafted by French jeweler, Boucheron, the ritzy phone features one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes, and 439 rubies.
IMHO this phone looks awfully hiddeous, but commands a price tag of $310,000. And, with a limited production of 26, only a ‘lucky’ few will be able to get one.
Vertu once again made the wallets of the rich squeal in delight with the announcement of their latest luxury cellphone, the Constellation - available in everything from satin steel and leather, through ceramics and up to gold.
Buying the new Aerius BT headset from Vertu may cost you an ear if the price is anything like their uber-expensive phones. It’s now confirmed that the famous designer Jacob Jensen is the designer of the Aerius headset. Using this new headset is extremely easy; even a caveman can do it. Yes, it does have background noise reduction, but there’s no mentioning of wind guard. If you need to know the price, then chances are you can afford this headset.
Are your eyes set on a Vertu phone, but your bank account is about five or six zeros short? Constellation is a new line of fashion phones, getting its name from Lockheed airplane. The series consist of three different handsets with exactly the same spec and features. However, they differ in weight and material. The body of fancier of the three is made from 18-carat gold, while the other two models are made of polished and satin steel. The back is covered with stylish leather, offered in a variety of colors. If you like, you can custom order the keypad to be made from fluorescent ceramics.
I have to confess, I scoffed a little when first seeing Vertu's luxury cellphones. "Who would buy a tarted-up Nokia with sub-par features," I quipped, sipping cheap cooking brandy from an old yogurt pot, "they must have more money than sense!"
I guess that brandy must have dulled my predictive foresight, however, because with sales doubling this year over last there simple aren't enough precious-metal clad mobiles to go around. All that, despite the most basic Vertu handset costing upwards of $5000.
Ironically they've a new handset out next month that is expected to boost sales further. My concern, which I would happily voice if asked to join their board, would be that the cachet is a sizeable part of the charm, and that with too many models they run the risk of flooding the market and turning off the fashionistas. But then what do I know - it's not even midday in some timezones and I'm already half-cut on sherry trifle.
Music and movie fans in the UK were happy when a law was passed in the UK last October that allowed them to make legal copies of CDs and DVDs that they had purchased in an effort to convert them to digital media for use on the go. The UK High Court has now come back and said that it is illegal again to make copies of legally owned movies and music.
A few years ago some test footage for a Deadpool movie was recorded and more recently it surfaced online, drumming up a lot of excitement in the process. Time went by, though, with little hope for fans until it finally became official — a Deadpool movie is happening, and it will be arriving next year. We've heard bits and pieces about the movie since then, and now we have gotten a look at the first official still from the flick.
The United States Supreme court rejected an appeal from Google after it lost a copyright infringement case against Oracle. The case originally dates back to 2010. It was then that Oracle Corp., the software company behind Java, alleged that Google's Android OS infringed on copyrighted Java APIs (application programming interfaces). In 2012, a district court found the case in favor of Google, but, in May of last year, the judge's ruling was overturned when an appeals court ruled in favor of Oracle. As the U.S. Supreme Court has backed off, this could be the ruling that stands, holding that API's can be copyrighted.
Even though we warn inept teenagers about the permanence of the Internet, in Europe, it's not so simple. Last year, the European Union enacted a "right to be forgotten" policy which lets anyone petition Google, directly, to have specific URLs removed from search procedures. More often than not, the petitioner is not affiliated with the site in question, the URL is simply host to embarrassing information that the requester would rather have withheld from search results. Since its official request process began on May 29, 2014, Google has been inundated with removal requests detailed in its latest transparency report.