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Vertu Signature Touch packs solid specs and sky-high price

Vertu Signature Touch packs solid specs and sky-high price

When it comes to Vertu, we've aways been more critical of the average specifications than of the sky-high prices, and the new handmade Signature Touch Android smartphone seems to finally address that. Pairing the company's over-engineered titanium and leather construction with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, Android 4.4 KitKat on a Snapdragon 2.3GHz quadcore, and a 13-megapixel camera, the Signature Touch is for once a Vertu that can compete on hardware, too.

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I took Lamborghini’s Aventador on the track (& only just survived)

I took Lamborghini’s Aventador on the track (& only just survived)

The promise of 700 horsepower is throbbing ominously behind me, audible even through the crash helmet, eager to show me what $400,000 worth of Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 can do when faced with an open track and an eager right foot. I know I should be checking the GoPro cameras suction-cupped to the windshield one last time, or memorizing the dashboard so I can tell you what hand-stitched Italian leather smells like, but all I can do is grip the contoured wheel and stare at the pace car ahead of me. Then the world clicks into hyperspeed.

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Alfa Romeo goes crazy: $7bn 8-car range revolution by 2018

Alfa Romeo goes crazy: $7bn 8-car range revolution by 2018

Alfa Romeo's beautiful 4C coupe will get eight new siblings by 2018, owner Fiat has promised, pumping $7bn into sports-focused new platforms, evocative design, and a return to core "brand values" to hit ambitious sales goals. The Italian car marque aims to sell 400,000 cars a year by the end of 2018 - 150,000 of which are expected to be in North America - as it finally gives its models fitting underpinnings to go with their appearance.

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Audi R8 LMX starts laser battle with BMW i8

Audi R8 LMX starts laser battle with BMW i8

It's the battle of the super-niche supercars, and it's being fought with lasers. Laser headlamps, that is, with Audi following BMW in adding laser lamp technology on its flagship R8 LMX limited-edition coupe, but claiming to in fact be the first production car to actually deliver the tech to eager nighttime drivers.

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Designing the Lamborghini Huracan: Inside Italy’s supercar

Designing the Lamborghini Huracan: Inside Italy’s supercar

Lamborghini's new Huracán looks incredible in photos, but there's nothing quite like getting up close with a 610HP supercar in the metal to see how design shapes the experience. The replacement for the much-loved Gallardo was shown privately during the New York Auto Show this week, a month after its Geneva debut, and we caught up with Lamborghini to find out more about the coveted coupe.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google has inked a deal with Ray-Ban and Oakley parent company Luxottica to develop a Google Glass collection, potentially pushing the wearable computing platform directly into the gaze of the mass market. The collaboration will see a joint team of Google and Luxottica eyewear and wearable tech experts collaborate on "the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products" to make sporting a computer on your face more fashion-friendly.

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