2012 BMW M5 unveiled, (almost) ready to take your money

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(credit: BMW) BMW M5 | US$tba | www.bmwusa.com

the car that defines the meaning of sports sedan is back in business. the new 2012 BMW M5 sports a twin turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, blessed with the wholesome goodness of direct injection and variable valvetrain, that resulted in a maximum power output of 560 horsepower (418 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. combining with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that allows the M5 to achieve a century sprint in just 4.4-second and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). though, there is no stopping you from opting for the optional 190 mph (306 km/h) M Driver’s Package. Continue reading 2012 BMW M5 unveiled, (almost) ready to take your money

four Audio-Video receivers announced over the last two weeks

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(credit: Harman Kardon/Pioneer/Yamaha)

over last couple weeks, mainstream maker of AV receivers have separately made announcement of their newest AV receivers for 2011, and today we take a look at four of them from the three specialists of home entertainment system. first off, we have Harmon Kardon announcing four midrange AV receivers, namely the AVR 1565, AVR 1650, AVR 2650 and the AVR 3650, to grace their 2011 lineup with a price range between $400 to $1,000. the former two are 5.1 system, while the latter two are 7.1 system. unlike other midrange AV receivers in the market, these Harman Kardon AV receivers are lacking of AirPlay support and iPhone/iPod compatible USB connections. however, this series offers anything from 50 watts per channel up (AVR-1565) to 100 watts per channel (AVR-3650) of sound and varying features such as Ethernet port, Internet radio streaming, up to six HDMI inputs and of course, Harman Kardon’s trademark beautiful design. Continue reading four Audio-Video receivers announced over the last two weeks

cool stuff: Bang & Olufsen BeoTime Alarm Clock

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(image: B&O) Bang & Olufsen BeoTime Alarm Clock | US$395.00 | www.bang-olufsen.com

we know how frustrating it is to be waken by alarm and most of the time our cheap alarm just ended at the bottom of the far end wall of our room but i am very sure you won’t want to do that throw-the-alarm-at-the-wall ritual with this $395 Bang & Olufsen BeoTime. it might be the price that’s stopping you from hurling it across the room or it could be the good looks but most importantly it wakes you up with a discreet chime unique to BeoTime, adding your favorite TV program, radio station, or piece of music to slightly ease the unpleasant ritual of waking up. Continue reading cool stuff: Bang & Olufsen BeoTime Alarm Clock

Batmobile as interpreted by Gordon Murray [video]

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(credit: via Autoblog)

we have seen our fair share of batmobile renditions both on screen and off. now, legendary automotive designer Gordon Murray (not commissioner Gordon, btw) has his take of the cape crusader’s ride – designed especially for the upcoming production of Batman Live. we didn’t think they would be any ‘Live’ Batman show but the truth is there is or going to be one. well, guess what? truth hurts, sometimes. Continue reading Batmobile as interpreted by Gordon Murray

Sideshow Comic-Con exclusive: Iron Man Mark IV Secret Project

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(credit: Sideshow Collectibles) Iron Man Mark IV Secret Project 1:6 scale Figure | US$214.99 | www.sideshowtoy.com

running up to the upcoming Comic-Con 2011, Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled yet another exclusive figure, the Iron Man Mark IV – Secret Project 1/6th Scale Figure. this limited edition 12-inch figure features authentic and detailed likeness to the Iron Man IV in grey color with a teeny bit of battle-damaged finish. it also features a newly developed alternate head with authentic likeness of Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic Tony Stark. other highlights include more than 36 points of articulations, LED-lighted eyes and micro ARC reactor on chest, light-up repulsors, detachable chest armor and forearm rockets, deployable air flaps with built-in metal flaps, retractable countermeasure dispenser and articulated flaps on the left and right legs. Continue reading Sideshow Comic-Con exclusive: Iron Man Mark IV Secret Project

SureFire UB3T Invictus, military-spec plus a price that is…

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SureFire UB3T Invictus | US$695.00 | www.surefire.com

if you have already notice the price that i have posted under the image, let me assure you it is not a typo. $695 is exactly how much you will need to shell out for the SureFire UB3T Invictus flashlight. for that kind of money, you will get a gorgeous body machined from high-strength aerospace aluminum topped with military-spec hard anodized and an incredible 800-lumen beam that will had vampires running their way. beyond its pretty look, the flashlight features eleven settings, including an eight level of brightness, a strobe mode, a SOS beacon, and an OFF setting to prevent any accidental switching. the latter is critical for any tactical operation where accidentally lighting up is the last thing you want to do. Continue reading SureFire UB3T Invictus, military-spec plus a price that is…

Panasonic ToughBook enterprise-graded Android Tablet

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(image credit: Panasonic) Panasonic ToughBook | US$tba | www.panasonic.com

Panasonic has just announced the ToughBook, a full-fledge “enterprise-grade Android tablet” with the added protection against extreme environment. though, Panasonic did not fully define what’s the extreme environment consist off but it did mention that the ToughBook tablet will offer “durability, and ingress protection consistent with its other fully-rugged devices.” physical punishment is not the only thing this tablet is capable of handling, the ToughBook tablet will be high level of security using security embedded on hardware level. therefore we anticipate this device to be deployed in the military, field research and perhaps, search and rescue applications. Continue reading Panasonic ToughBook enterprise-graded Android Tablet

Steampunk is everywhere, and now it has come to mobile phone

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(image credit: Richard Clarkson/Rotary Mechanical)

what else can i say? it’s a concept mobile phone that got all caught up by steampunk. steampunk isn’t a real world thing, perhaps that is probably why we love it so much. it’s the mechanical-sci-fi fantasy that draws us to it, and that’s what it’s creator Richard Clarkson has done – drawing us to ogle at his Rotary Mechanical Smartphone. Clarkson’s Rotary Mechanical Smartphone features two interchangeable brass dials (arghhh… brass, the staple of any steampunk object): one, a true-blue rotary dial and the other, a button dial. the phone gets its vintage look, courtesy of an electroplated copper topped with a coat of paint. Continue reading Steampunk is everywhere, and now it has come to mobile phone

Mini revealed full engine lineup for upcoming Mini coupe [photos]

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(image credit: Mini via Autoblog) Mini Cooper Coupe | US$tba | www.mini.com

last week, Mini teases us with the full-engine lineup for its upcoming Mini Coupe. four level of trims are expected, namely, Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, John Cooper Works Coupe, as well as the Cooper SD Coupe. a range of diesel and petrol engines will leave buyers (at least for the European buyers) spoilt for choice. as we would have expected, the entry level model is the Mini Cooper Coupe that will be powered by a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated (NA) four-cylinder that’s good for 122 hp (90 kW), while a 1.6-liter force-induction model, the Cooper S Coupe, pushes out 184 horses (137 kW). also under the 1.6-liter stable is the much lauded John Cooper Works Coupe that develops a healthy 211 hp. there’s also a Mini Cooper SD Coupe fitted with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that’s packed with 143 horsepower (105 kW) and 225 lb-ft (305 Nm) of torque. Continue reading Mini revealed full engine lineup for upcoming Mini coupe [photos]

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Titanium and Carbon Fiber

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(image credit: Hublot) Hublot Oceanographic 4000 | from US$19,900.00 | www.hublot.com

last week, Hublot unveiled the Oceanographic 4000 diver’s watch in association with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. this classy yet rugged looking watch is capable of taking to a crazy depth of 4,000 meters (13,123 feet). besides its spectacular feat, this particular handsome watch also makes history for it is the first time Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, with the Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert 1st Prince de Monaco, has given the nod of approval to be associated with a time piece. Continue reading Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Titanium and Carbon Fiber

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