March 17, 2009
At .65-inches, the Adamo is one of the thinnest laptops ever, sitting five-hundredths of an inch closer to the ground than the Envy (.7″). But at 4 pounds, it’s heavier than both the Air (3 pounds) and the Envy (3.4 pounds). Its machined, one-piece aluminum chassis and glass display round out the premium features found on the Adamo.
The 13.4-inch Adamo has a 720p, 16:9 screen, 2-gigabytes of DDR3 RAM (max 4GB), 802.11n wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and is currently rated for 5+ hours of battery life. It also has 2 USB ports+USB/eSATA combo port, and connects to DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA and DVI with optional cables. The laptop runs on the Intel Mobile 965 Express chipset, making use of GMX4500 integrated graphics for its visual juice.
The use of the Core 2 Duo means that the Adamo runs Windows Home Premium (64-bit, to be exact), and will come in either white or black colorways. The $2000 configuration comes fitted with the above specs while a $2700 config comes with a 1.4 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM and an AT&T 3G WWAN card. Pre-orders will begin starting today, and the first units will ship on March 26.
DELL INTRODUCES ADAMO BRAND WITH LAUNCH OF THE WORLD’S THINNEST LAPTOP
· Adamo is first product under new Adamo by Dell brand
· Premium craftsmanship and design inspires new aesthetic across Dell family of products
· Adamo by Dell created to disrupt people’s perceptions of what personal computing is today
ROUND ROCK, Texas, March 17, 2009 – Style-minded people who place a premium on precision craftsmanship and design can now add Adamo to their list of must-have items for 2009. Dell today unveiled the world’s thinnest* laptop as a kick off to the new Adamo by Dell brand.
Adamo, derived from the Latin word meaning “to fall in love,” will serve as a flagship in a line of products created to disrupt the personal computing space with the combination of new design aesthetics, personalization choices and sought-after technologies.
Adamo is the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design and features:
· A chassis milled from a single piece of aluminum featuring precision detailing and a scalloped backlit keyboard
· Striking high definition edge-to-edge glass display
· Fully connected with WiFi, Bluetooth™ and optional integrated mobile broadband** and full complement of connectivity ports with no compromises
· Cool, quiet and robust solid state drives
· Available in Onyx and Pearl colors with a broad range of complementary accessories
· Price starting at $1999
“Great design needs to be timeless and evoke emotion in people”, said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell’s consumer products. “While a premium computing experience was assumed for Adamo, the intent was for people to see, touch and explore Adamo and be rewarded by the select materials and craftsmanship you would expect in a fine watch.”
“Dell continues to signal a commitment to design and personalization across its entire product line and has made significant strides forward in the past year,” said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst, Enderle Group. “The Adamo laptop is a showcase for this commitment and a flagship product that will draw buyers to the brand.”
People who choose Adamo will be offered a unique color matched collection of Adamo by Dell branded peripherals and accessories including, in the U.S. an exclusive line of bags fromTUMI. Choices will include:
· External storage option with 250GB*** or 500GB*** external hard drive.
· External DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray disc drive.
· 8GB*** USB drive.
· Connectors and cables including DisplayPort to HDMI, DVI, and VGA.
· Adamo Premium Service (US Only):
o 24/7 access to Dell’s best trained technicians
o Consistent communication with a dedicated personal team
The Adamo by Dell brand is being supported by innovative and new approaches to marketing and promotion for Dell. Designed to challenge people’s perceptions of what a computer is, the Adamo by Dell brand was inspired by fashion, luxury brands and timeless design.
Dell has looked beyond traditional approaches to reaching computer shoppers and launched a provocative campaign featuring:
* A stylish worldwide print campaign shot by acclaimed British-based photographer Nadav Kandar and featuring high-fashion models that reinforces the “fall in love” positioning. Kander, whose work is celebrated in galleries worldwide, also shot the moving portfolio, “Obama’s People,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine earlier this year.
* AdamoByDell.com, the centerpiece of the campaign and a highly stylized site where viewers can learn about Adamo, register for updates and, beginning today, place orders. Since its launch last month, AdamoByDell.com has attracted nearly 800,000 unique visitors from around the world and more than 1 million page views.
* Artful packaging in which the product arrives “floating” in a clear box with minimal clutter – a beautiful experience for a sophisticated product.
* Intel® Core 2 Duo processors with Intel® Centrino ® technology
* DDR3 system memory
* 13.4-inch 16:9 HD display
* Draft-Wireless N
* High-performance solid state drives standard
* Bluetooth 2.1
* Mobile Broadband* option
* Up to 5+ hours of battery life (preliminary)****
* 2 USB ports, 1 USB/eSATA combo port, Display Port, RJ-45 port
* Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit
Available for pre-order today at http://www.adamobydell.com and shipping worldwide starting March 26, 2009, Adamo will be available online for purchase in 24 countries including U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, U.K. France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, ANZ, China, Honk Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia/Singapore, Japan, and Indonesia.
March 11, 2009
Today apple released its new iPod shuffle, available in 2 colors: silver and black. To create the world’s smallest music player, they moved the controls from iPod shuffle to the earbud cord. This allowed them to make the new iPod shuffle dramatically smaller, but not just for dramatically smaller’s sake. It’s also easier to use, with the controls located where one can access them quickly. The controls of the new iPod shuffle are located on the right earbud cord. With command central now strategically placed in this more convenient location, one can navigate your music — and activate the VoiceOver feature — without taking ones eyes off your run, your ride, or whatever you’re doing. Even the iPod shuffle clip gets the rock star treatment. Now forged in stainless steel, the clip attaches securely to your shirt, jacket, workout gear, even your backpack. And the sleek, durable, anodized aluminum case — available in silver or black — makes iPod shuffle a wardrobe essential. And yes, there’s still room for personalized engraving. Musically speaking, the new iPod shuffle is brilliant, thanks to an exciting new feature called VoiceOver. Say you’re listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you as the music dips down. It even announces the names of your playlists. And when your battery needs charging, VoiceOver tells you that, too. You’ve probably made multiple playlists in iTunes. One for your commute. One for the gym. One for just chilling out. With the new iPod shuffle, you can sync your playlists and always find the perfect mix for your activity or mood. VoiceOver tells you the name of each playlist, so it’s easy to switch between them and find the one you want without looking. A French love song. A Spanish bolero. An Italian cantata. Your music library has songs from all over the world. That’s why VoiceOver speaks 14 different languages. So it can tell you song titles and artists in the correct languages.
the tech specs can be seen over @ at apple @ http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/specs.html
March 11, 2009
To all the KH fans out there, this video serves as promo for Hilson’s forthcoming debut entitled, In A Perfect World, due out March 24th. The video was pretty simple, set in a home environment and featured Kanye West as the main love interest. Maybe a full video will be released?? It’s good to see with all the push-backs, the album is finally coming into light!
You can follow Ms. Hilson herself at her YouTube channel right here at: http://www.youtube.com/user/KeriHilson
March 11, 2009
so…as many of you have already noticed, twitter has become INCREASINGLY popular among: congressmen, celebrities (janelle monae, solange, estelle, q-tip), entrepreneurs (diddy). and your average janes and joes. The site is devoted to one simple question that asks, “What are you doing?” How can one question be so addicting (in some cases) to some people? well visit http://www.twitter.com to find out.. oh and btw, my url is http://www.twitter.com/muzik4life FOLLOW ME!!!
March 11, 2009
Over the past couple of years, The–Dream has become, as he repeatedly boasts on Love vs. Money, a “radio killa . . . R&B gorilla.” The Atlanta recording studio that the singer — songwriter shares with beat magician Tricky Stewart became a virtual hit factory, churning out tuneful and inventive smashes for the likes of Rihanna (“Umbrella”) and Beyoncé (“Single Ladies”).
But with his second CD, the man born Terius Nash leaps into another league. These 14 songs draw on pro forma R&B subject matter: sex, sex in VIP rooms, breakup sex, makeup sex. But the combination of classicist songcraft, wild sound collage and a muse that partakes equally of the sensual and the silly makes Love vs. Money far more than just an accomplished genre piece. The most obvious model is R. Kelly, whom Dream name–checks in the swirling slow-jam “Kelly’s 12 Play,” a tale of a musically enhanced sexcapade. “Sweat It Out” is a hilarious conceit about sex and grooming that begins with Dream cautioning, “Girl, call up Tisha, your beautician/’Cause your hair is gon’ need fixin’.”
Tricky’s beats call to mind both Timbaland and Trent Reznor, filled with blasts of dissonance, jazzlike chord changes, and background shouts and hisses that ricochet across the stereo spectrum, and in the six–and–a–half–minute mini–epic “Fancy,” a symphonic multitracked chorale. The end result is genuinely odd: at once avant-garde dance music and radio-friendly pop, sex farce that is genuinely sexy. There isn’t a weak song on Money; most of them are unforgettable. “Cupid ain’t got shit on me,” Dream sings. In 2009, Cupid’s not alone.
** My favorite tracks are “Fancy” and “Right Side Of Ya Brain”
December 7, 2008
Kanye West Wants To Intern At Louis Vutton
The college dropout wants an internship. Kanye West, the self-proclaimed “voice of this generation,” is humbly seeking an internship in the fashion industry.
With his own clothing line, Past Tell, still waiting to come out, almost three years after it was originally supposed to hit stores, Ye hopes to learn more about the design process. He prefers, however, the high-end houses of Louis Vuitton or Raf Simons, according to the New York Times, who spoke with Simons. Simons told the Times that he was “blown away from the planet,” when Ye told him about his interning aspiration.
“I know he’s very serious about this,” Simons said. “I don’t take it as a joke – but how can I imagine him being my intern? It’s a very extreme situation.”
Last week, Ye blogged about wanting to be “the real thing,” and vowed not to be another “celebrity designer.” Though Kanye prides himself as a trendsetter he’s not the first celebrity to take an internship. NHL star Sean Avery of the Dallas Stars, who hopes to become a fashion editor, interned with Vogue Magazine last summer. If fashion students want an internship, now they have to compete with the “Louis Vuitton Don.” –Michael Cohen
SOURCE : http://xxlmag.com
December 6, 2008
What’s in right now, Wallets or Money Clips + Card Holders??
December 6, 2008
COVER STORY BELOW:
Beyoncé is tired of perfection. She’s ready to sulk, scowl, curse, and kick bootylicious—sort of. With a recent album and two new films, Mrs. Jay-Z is a fierce new version of the star you thought you knew.
By Will Blythe
Photographed by Alexei Hay
Styled by Joe Zee
To paraphrase the late, great Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that inside every good girl is a bad girl dying to go off on someone, desperate to shake her booty and sing for more than just a mirror, maybe even itching for the chance to drink and smoke and cuss and sleep around, and not necessarily in that order.
That’s what Beyoncé Giselle Knowles’ husband of nine months, Mr. Jay-Z, discovered not long ago when B., as her friends call her, swaggered home from the set of the film Cadillac Records in a bad mood. Make that a badass mood. B. had been playing the part of the great R&B singer Etta James, a role that gave her license to express a dark side that few even knew she possessed.
As Tina Knowles, Beyoncé’s mother and best friend, puts it, “Etta’s a little rough around the edges. And when Beyoncé came off the set, she’d be rough too, and a little snappy. Even her walk. She had said, ‘Mama, show me that Galveston walk.’ She modeled it after our housekeeper, Janelle, who’s what we call a real beer-joint woman. Smoking, swaggering.”
Jay-Z watched B. sauntering around the room that night and he exclaimed, “Oh, here we go! We’ve got Etta in our midst.” He looked at B. and said, “You better go get a hotel.”
Here, at long last, was a role B. had been waiting her whole life to play. And not just in the movies.
Had she not become one of the world’s most successful entertainers—more than 100 million records sold as a solo and group artist and, according to Forbes, some $80 million in earnings in the past year alone for her music, films, endorsements, and fashion line, making her the second highest-grossing pop act after the Police—Beyoncé says she would have gone to college and become a psychologist. “I can instantly see from meeting someone which way they’re gonna go,” she says this evening in New York City.
She has emerged from behind a partition in a midtown studio, where in remarkably short time she extricated herself from an elaborate space-age outfit made by the London designer Gareth Pugh that she’s been wearing for this cover shoot, intended to promote her new album, I Am…Sasha Fierce, and two movies, the aforementioned Cadillac Records and the upcoming Obsessed, a thriller in which she plays a wife whose husband is beset by a stalker—presumably a much greater acting stretch than her role modeled after Motown diva Diana Ross in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.
Now dressed simply in black stretch pants and a button-down, B. turns her analytic instincts on herself. She’s trying to understand why it feels so good these days to be so bad. “I’m a people pleaser,” she says. “I hold a lot of things in. I’m always making sure everybody is okay. I usually don’t rage; I usually don’t curse. So for me, it’s a great thing to be able to scream and say whatever I want.”
This would be true, it seems, even if she has to get a hotel room for the night.
“Listen,” she says. “What’s that expression? I mean, I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated in my life. My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically. But playing Etta was a time when I didn’t have to do that. I could be loud and let it rip.”
It’s hard to believe that the low-key, self-possessed woman perched on one end of the couch like a country girl on the edge of a porch is the same strutting diva whose ass-shaking command of the hip-hop stage helped introduce the word bootylicious into the proper pages of the Oxford English Dictionary.
She carries herself in such an unassuming way that she might easily be mistaken for one of the stylists who’ve spent the day clustered around B., intently grooming for hours a single strand of hair. They could have been scientists conducting experiments on the precise nature of B.’s radiance, which has been a mystery at least since she was seven, when she first mounted a stage at a Houston talent show to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” and proceeded to astonish, even terrify, her parents with her transformation from diffident child to spotlight-hogging entertainer.
“We thought, Who is that? Until then, you didn’t even notice when she walked into a room,” Tina says.
And to this day, there’s the B. who is sitting here chatting like the girl next door and the B. who sashays around the stage with a license to kill, who gets so fired up that she once threw a diamond bangle worth thousands of dollars into the crowd as she was performing (and had to send someone to retrieve it). That she can switch her star power on and off as easily as any idiot flipping a light switch is as evident tonight as it was at the start of her career in Houston back in the 1990s.
“We were really sheltered,” B. says of herself and the various girls of Destiny’s Child (most notably Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams), the group she starred with before going on to an imposing solo career that began in 2003 with her CD Dangerously in Love. They might bump and grind like little trollops on stage, but after the show, “we would get on the tour bus and read the Bible,” she says. B. didn’t go on dates, avoided after-parties. “People always accuse us of being overprotective with Beyoncé,” Tina says. “But I was the mother saying, ‘You gonna go hang out? You gonna go to this party?’ She was always just so durn easy, so durn mature.”
“There are a lot of things I never did,” B. says, “because I believe in watching those true Hollywood stories and I see how easy it is to lose track of your life. Think about Marilyn Monroe.”
Her life was the antithesis of those up-from-the-hard-streets sagas glorified in the beat-driven annals of hip-hop. There was no Darwinian ascent from the projects. Her future husband’s upbringing at the Marcy Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn (Jay-Z was then known as Shawn Carter) would have been as foreign to her as to white kids listening to rap while mom drives them through the suburbs to tennis lessons. B. came to hip-hop as a performer. It didn’t represent a way of life so much as just another musical style. In fact, she originally resisted her role in MTV’s 2001 hip-hop version of the opera Carmen, saying, “No way! I can’t rap!”
“I grew up upper-class,” she says. “Private school. My dad had a Jaguar. We’re African-American and we work together as a family, so people assume we’re like the Jacksons. But I didn’t have parents using me to get out of a bad situation.”
In fact, the only way she knew mean streets at all was because her father and manager, Mathew Knowles, then a sales executive at Xerox, took B., her younger sister, Solange, and some friends on a field trip to the Bottoms, a rough section of Houston. “He had my kids talking to the homeless people there,” Tina says. “I told him, ‘Mathew, that could have been dangerous.’ He said, ‘I want them to feel their songs, not just sing them.’ ”
Encouraged to write her own songs by her father, whom she laughingly says “read too many Berry Gordy books and wanted me to keep the control in the family,” B. had little firsthand experience to draw from, given her cosseted life. What did she know about cheatin’, lyin’, no-good men, that staple of female songcraft? The Knowleses were an upstanding Christian family who attended church regularly, and after services they went to restaurants and amusement parks. A wild time for the kids meant swinging on bed sheets they tied to the upstairs banisters at home.
Like a veteran songwriter, B. learned early on to project herself into lives that weren’t her own. She came up with lyrics by eavesdropping as she swept hair off the floor at her mother’s beauty salon. “Women in a hair salon are more open than men in a barbershop,” B. says. “They’ll look at fashion magazines and listen to Anita Baker and talk about men cheatin’ on them. That’s juicier than any barbershop. I would be listening to what the women were saying, and I would give my two cents on what they should do. I would say, ‘I think he’s lying.’ I was just a little girl, but I would say, ‘That doesn’t sound right.’ My mom would want to pop me upside my head, and she’d say, ‘You better get out of here, girl!’ ”
Durn mature and durn easy B. may have been, but she did on one occasion indulge her inner adolescent diva, which led to what is now known as “the slap.” Beyoncé, then 15 or 16, was making a promotional appearance at a Houston record store. As Tina tried to talk to her, Beyoncé started singing right in her mother’s face, movin’ and groovin’ and letting that voice of hers rip, so Tina, who had never spanked her girls, hauled off and slapped her daughter flush on the cheek. Thwack! The slap reverberated.
“My husband came up and said, ‘Tina! She’s got the No. 1 record on the radio!’ I said, ‘I don’t care!’ I was terrified. I had seen people take your child and turn them into something you didn’t want them to be,” Tina says. “I taught my girls to pick up their own suitcases. Pretty is as pretty does. Like my mother said, ‘You got to be cute on the inside.’ ”
Tina worried, however, that her daughter would never forgive her for the slap. “But Beyoncé apologized,” she says. “She said she understood why I had done that. And she has never done anything like that again.”
These days, mother and daughter still fight, though the issues have changed. Tina is sensitive to B.’s treatment in the tabloids and gets upset that her daughter doesn’t do more to publicize her philanthropic ventures, such as donating her salary from her role in Cadillac Records to the Phoenix House in New York City. “Mama, let it go! Why do you read that stuff?” B. tells her. Tina says, “She’ll see when she’s a mother. I don’t want people to think she’s a diva.”
B.’s costar in Obsessed, Idris Elba, attests that the singer is the furthest thing from a diva. “Actors don’t always like to work with musicians. How, for instance, do you tell a worldwide icon like B. that you don’t like the way she’s doing something?” he asks. “But she was open to anything that helped the work. With one scene, I’d be in her ear before it got going, and it was irritating the fuck out of her. But that helped her walk into the scene blazing.”
Nobody becomes a star by accident. The discipline required in the march to mass popularity is equivalent to that of a dozen military campaigns. But at the ancient age of 27, all that’s old hat for B. “Being this huge pop star is not my focus right now,” she says. “I’ve done that. I wanted to sell a million records, and I sold a million records. I wanted to go platinum; I went platinum. I’ve been working nonstop since I was 15. I don’t even know how to chill out.”
In B.’s version of chillin’, she decided to take a “lazy” year in 2008 and work on what would eventually become her third solo record: I Am…Sasha Fierce. Her first two albums had both gone multiplatinum and spawned multiple No. 1 singles such as “Crazy in Love” and “Irreplaceable.” The pressure was on. But as she contemplated a new recording, her mother handed her a script. “I said, Please, please, you’ve got to read this,” Tina said. “This is part of our history and it needs to be told.”
“Mom, please, I don’t want to do a movie,” B. said.
“You always said you wanted to do something dark,” Tina replied. And with that, the die was cast.
Cadillac Records, the fictionalized story of Chicago’s Chess Records, introduced B. to what had been for her a lost generation of black musicians who’d ruled the airwaves back in the ’50s: Muddy Waters. Little Walter. Willie Dixon. And Etta James. These were her rough-hewn elders, blues and soul division, whose music spoke to their own generation with the same degree of authenticity that rap, which Chuck D. of Public Enemy famously called “the black CNN,” did for her peers. For B., the exposure to this history in general, and to the example of Etta James in particular, was to prove a liberation.
Another way to look at Etta James, whose heyday was the ’50s and ’60s, is as the Sasha Fierce of her era, but a real-life Sasha rather than merely the persona that “takes over” B. when she performs. Etta was Sasha who loved the needle. Sasha who had no place to go when her luck ran out. But a Sasha who never stopped singing.
The rumor circulated recently that B. would no longer answer to Beyoncé. Tina was coming out of the bathroom one evening when she heard the announcer on Entertainment Tonight or one of those shows say that her daughter was dumping her old name. Tina thought: What’s this? Her family name is no longer good enough? “I was in shock,” Tina says. “Then they said she wanted to be called Sasha Fierce.”
“Her cousin Angie gave her that name,” Tina says with relieved laughter. “We’d tease Beyoncé about having a split personality. Me and Angie and Ty, her stylist, would work with her doing a quick change when she’d come off the stage between sets. Beyoncé would start screaming, ‘What’s wrong with you? Where’s my shoe?’ ‘Uh oh,’ we’d say, ‘Sasha is here.’ I’m like, This is some crazy person who’s doing this quick change. She’s another person up there. We don’t take it personally. Sasha is her bragging side…I don’t know whether to say it, but her hip-hop side.”