New Kicks: Air Jordan 4 “Samurai” Custom

Thursday, February 28, 2013

West Coast design meets Far East influence on the Air Jordan 4 “Samurai” Custom. El Cappy brings the Japanese warrior influence to one of the greatest sneakers to come from the Air Jordan line. This Air Jordan 4 is decorated with Japanese designs across the midsole and upper panel. One of the most notable decorations is the bushido mask on the back of the sneaker. (SOURCE)


New Tech: LG Optimus G Phone

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mobile World Congress may be the launchpad for the global version of the LG Optimus G Pro, but it feels like we already know it intimately. Though there were a lot of new LG devices on display, we couldn’t help but spend most of our time with the G Pro.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the Optimus G Pro is big, and every bit of its 5.5-inch screen is felt when you pick it up. It feels solid in the hand, and amazingly shaves about 20 grams off the weight of competing devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and even the Nokia Lumia 920’s overall weight. The back has the same spangly finish as the Nexus 4, and looked great against the white chassis. There was no flex to worry about, although the buttons on the side are made of plastic and have an unpleasant, cheap click to them, not unlike most Samsung products.

 LG may have skimped a little with the buttons and building materials, but it certainly hasn’t done so with the screen, as its 1080p resolution looks fabulous. The demo videos were beautifully crisp and the 400ppi pixel density produces such detail and sharpness, it makes us want a similarly high-res display on every other mobile device we own.

LG’s new features are a mixed bag 

Android 4.1.2 is installed along with LG’s own user interface, although there isn’t much to separate it and Samsung’s TouchWiz, with the pair sharing similar icons, transitions, and animations. They’re not twins, but would certainly be considered close relatives. Like Samsung, LG uses custom apps baked into the OS to differentiate itself from others, some of which look useful and others bizarre.

On the helpful side we’ve got QMemo, which turns the screen into a notepad and you use your finger to trace out notes. The handwriting recognition is good, but it needs some concentration to “write” neatly, as jotting anything at speed results in massive, scrawled letters on the screen. QMemo can be accessed through the notification center, but it’s at its best when assigned to the QButton on the side of the device. This shortcut key means QMemo is a single, simple click away when on a call, a time when you’d you’re likely to need it most.

So, QMemo (and the QButton) are additions we could see ourselves using. (The Q button can be used as a shutter button, as well.) Dual Recording on the other hand, isn’t. It records a video using both front and rear cameras at the same time, with the forward-facing cam’s picture (containing your face) appearing in a little picture-in-picture box. Even LG struggled to give a good reason for its existence, saying it would be helpful in business meetings, but not elaborating any further. During playback, the extra window is distracting and detracts from what’s presumably the focus of the video – recorded using the rear camera – making Dual Recording feel like a feature produced purely because it could be done, rather than fulfilling a need.

The list of LG’s custom apps continues in a similar vein. A collaboration tool for sharing screens and content, the option to display three apps at the same time, and the now obligatory universal remote (named, you’ve guessed it, QRemote) are among the best ideas shown.

Huge phone, gorgeous screen

Like all tablet/smartphone hybrid hardware, the overriding impression of the Optimus G Pro is it’s size. LG has made a few concessions in the OS to compensate, such as the ability to shift the keyboard and dialer over by a centimeter or so to make one-handed use a more viable prospect; but the fact remains any mobile device with a screen this big won’t be for everyone. The daintily-handed could find it awkward (although this is hardly unique to the Optimus G Pro), and should try before buying. For all those already convinced this is the form-factor for them, the few missteps here aren’t enough to eclipse the gorgeous screen and LG’s mostly value-adding apps. (SOURCE)

New Auto: The McLaren P1

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In a year that will surely see its fair share of celebration from McLaren thanks in part to 2013 marking its 50th Anniversary as highlighted here, the English carmaker rejoices in the release of official production photos for its highly anticipated P1 sportscar. Having first covered the coupe which was followed by an in action video that released just last month, McLaren provides imagery to what will be expected to hit showrooms later this year. Besides the new color, this P1 offers added carbon fiber air-vents on both corners of the front bumper, road tires and a tighter mesh for the rear end vent. McLaren has further announced that this model’s hybrid powertrain combines a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and an electric motor producing a system output of 903HP (916PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox sending power to the rear wheels.

New Video: Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake - Poetic Justice

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Trailer: Spring Breakers

Friday, February 22, 2013

In Spring Breakers, Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper "Alien" promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. Harmony Korine (of low key indie films like Trash Humpers and Mister Lonely) wrote and directed Spring Breakers, which premiered at TIFF 2012 and the Venice Film Festival. A24 Pictures will be releasing Korine's Spring Breakers limited in NY and LA starting March 22nd this year.

New Kicks: Vans CA “Brushed Twill” Collection

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hues earthy and herbal pop up on the Vans CA “Brushed Twill” Collection. The classic Era takes on the themed finish in two-tone fashion, while the lace-less Prison Issue relies on tonal color blocking. The “Brushed Twill” collection is available now at select Vans CA accounts.

New Gear: Givenchy Black Leather Trimmed Airplane Print Backpack

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Givenchy‘s accessory range this season includes a printed backpack with a stylized airplane print and black detailing. For this item Tisci explores aviation related themes that are new to him at Givenchy’s helm, while incorporating signature stars across the back of the bag as a familiar addition. Gunmetal tone hardware alongside a black leather base are included, alongside numerical and chevron prints on each side of the backpack. Crafted in Italy, you can pick up this item for $1,135 USD from SSENSE. (SOURCE)

New Video: Ghetto Baby Rants

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Welcome to Ghetto Baby Rants a adult animated web series that takes a look at the world through the eyes of new born babies. If your New Borns could talk what would they say? Our children are faced with so many challenges in todays world making their very early life experiences crucial in becoming productive members of society. Either they grow up with love and the feeling of security or variations of the opposite. In the world of "Ghetto Baby Rants" the babies finally get a chance to tell their story from their point of view. It's not always sunshine and roses as these babies don't hold back on telling it like it is. The ring leader "GB" is an outspoken, wise beyond his years' tough kid that wasn't exactly born with a silver spoon in his mouth. GB has a short fuse and takes to the stage to get his frustrations out. GB and his friends often hit the stage to express all the nonsense our babies are put through and how it affects them. "Ghetto Baby Rants" is a comical approach to life issues. It gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves and a clever way to teach us what not to do to our kids. #Ghettobabyrants #Funny #babyrants @looneybintv Mature audience advised contains explicit language and adult subject matter.

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New Video: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z - Suit And Tie

New Trailer: Oblivion

Friday, February 15, 2013


Kosinski's Oblivion (also known as Horizons) stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, plus Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. Kosinski developed this for years, with a writing credit with Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt. Universal has Oblivion set to open exclusively in IMAX theaters starting April 12th, before then going wide April 19th.

New Kicks: Nike Air Max 90 EM “Tokyo"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

First released in 1990 the “TokyoNike Air Max '90 is easily recognizable for its larger air bubble unit built into the sole. This EM release follows the classic silhouette while taking the trainer back to its sports performance days with the use of a lightweight, breathable mesh upper. Arriving in a seaweed mesh upper with green leather paneling around the lower the trainer features infrared detailing in the air unit, laces and branding. The shoe offers multiple lace up options and a speckled grey colour midsole. Nike branding is apparent on the side, heel and tongue.

New Tech: Vertu Launches Android-Based Vertu Ti Smartphone

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

At a swish launch event in London, Vertu, the luxury mobile phone manufacturer formerly part of Nokia, has unveiled its first smartphone running Google Android. After years of Symbian and Series 40, the Vertu TI finally provides it’s wealthy owners with a modern operating system to match the stunning hardware.

While discussing the specification of the Vertu TI really misses the point, and isn’t at all what the phone is about, the TI represents a Vertu first as it actually has a feature list worth talking about. The screen measures 3.7-inches and has a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, while powering the phone is a dual-core, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The 8-megapixel camera can shoot 1080p video, plus there is a 1.3-megapixel video call lens above the screen, NFC, and 64GB of internal storage memory.

The Google Android operating system is 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which although isn’t the latest version, is upgradeable in the future. Vertu has created its own user interface, which is very subtle and not at all intrusive. The familiar app launcher remains, as does the pull-down notification panel and the multiple home screens. It’s noticeably cleaner-looking though, and incorporates Vertu’s trademark Concierge service perfectly.

Concierge on call 

It is accessed using a dedicated button on the side of the device, which brings up and attractive three-button menu. This is very much a part of Vertu’s appeal, and one of the reasons behind the high price. The Concierge is on hand 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, and will assist you with anything from making restaurant reservations to finding someone to deliver a crisp, white dress shirt at short notice. Communicating with the concierge can be done over the phone, by text message or by instant message.

This feature is joined by Life where your interests, combined with your previous interactions with the concierge, come together in a list of recommendations for what to do and see based on your location. Because it’s created by a real person, not an algorithm, it’s very personal. Finally there’s Certainty, which connects you to your own security company which can be used for background checks or even for hiring a bodyguard. While you and I may not have a need for such things, Vertu’s research says there are plenty of people who do.

Luxury doesn’t come cheap 

The phone itself is typically Vertu, but far more modern and appealing than any phone the company has previously produced; almost as if the removal of Symbian and S40 has exorcised the ghost of those impressive but unattractive designs with which the brand is associated. It’s handmade from forged aluminum, polished titanium, and sapphire crystal, and feels incredible in the hand. The alligator leather is there if you want it, but it’s an option rather than the phone’s signature style.

There are four versions of the Vertu TI: The Titanium Black Leather, the Titanium Pure Black, the Titanium Black Alligator and the Black PVD Titanium Red Gold Mixed Metals. They cost 7,900 euros, 9,500 euros, 10,500 euros and 16,500 euros respectively. Convert that over into dollars and you’ve got $10,700, $12,950, $14,300 and $22,500. Yep, the Vertu TI costs more than the smartphones we normally talk about, but then Ferrari cars and Breitling watches are more expensive than a BMW 3-Series and a Swatch, and that’s the difference between a Galaxy S3 and a Vertu TI. (SOURCE)

New Auto: 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alfa Romeo has released the first official photos with the production version of the 4C. Initial speculation points to speed capabilities of 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in around 4.5 seconds – before the car hits an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) – and power derived from 1.8 liter four-cylinder turbo engine with 237 hp. Its chassis is made entirely from carbon fiber for lightness and rigidity, while the car is less than 13 feet long with a wheelbase of 7.8 feet. Debuting next month in Geneva, pricing should begin from €56,000-€64,000 EUR (approximately $76,400-$87,300 USD) with production commencing this summer at Maserati’s Modena plant. (SOURCE)

New Video: Drake - Started From The Bottom

Monday, February 11, 2013

Drake ~ Started From The Bottom from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

New Trailer: Fast And The Furious 6

Friday, February 8, 2013

Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have are on the lam around the world. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Now, with full pardons and the chance at returning home on the line, Dom and his crew team up with the right side of the law to stop these criminals at street level in London. Justin Lin directs Fast & Furious 6 written by Chris Morgan. Universal will release in theaters May 24th.

New Kicks: Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The 2013 NBA All-Star Game is a little more than a week away, and Jordan Brand is giving us a first look at their All-Star footwear collection. The collection consist of the Air Jordan I, Air Jordan III, Jordan MELO M9 and Jordan CP3.VI, each taking cues from the Air Jordan XX8. Chris Paul will be rocking the Jordan CP3.VI for the West team and the mostly black upper is highlighted by electric green across the logo, liner, and laces. Carmelo Anthony is representing the East for the NBA All-Star game and will be taking the Melo M9 up a notch with a similar black upper and electric green highlights. Both pairs are set to release on February 14 and feature integrated UV ink throughout the upper that illuminates when viewed under black light.

In addition to the performance releases, Jordan Brand has schedule both the Air Jordan I and the Air Jordan III to release in Air Jordan XX8-inspired colorways. Like the Melo M9 and the CP3.VI, the collection will feature a glow-in-the-dark design over the midsole and outsoles. Look for the Air Jordan I and the Air Jordan III to release on February 16th

Finally, Russell Westbrook will be donning a special colorway of the Air Jordan XX8. Based around the shroud, the Air Jordan XX8 features an electric green upper with subdued hits of black and white. This new colorway of the Air Jordan XX8 will be releasing alongside the Air Jordan 1 and 3 on February 16. (SOURCE)

Canyon/Purple/Electric Green/Black/Pure Violet
Available on 2/14/13

Black/Electric Green/Canyon/Purple/Pure Violet

Air Jordan XX8
Black/White/Electric Green
Available on 2/16/13

AJ I Mid
Black/Electric Green/Canyon/Purple/Pure Violet

Black/Electric Green/Cayanne/Purple/White

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – Air Jordan 3

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – CP3.VI

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – Melo M9

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – Air Jordan 1
Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – Air Jordan XX8

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – Melo M9

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – CP3.VI

Jordan Brand “Stealth” All-Star 2013 Collection – Air Jordan 3

New Gear: The Hundreds x New Era Cap

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Hundreds return with their ubiquitous slant logo for their Spring 2013 headwear collection. Appearing on a New Era 59Fifty fitted cap, the cap is comprised of a green crown with orange highlights on the bill, button, and on the 3D embroidered logo. (SOURCE)