Author Archives: Paddy Smith

Parmigiani watch up for auction

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This is a Parmagiani, designed to resemble a Bugatti Veyron’s engine. Want one? The good news is that it’s for sale. The bad news is that only 100 were made (10 in this blue colour scheme). That’s why auctioneer Christie’s is expecting to fetch north of US$80,000 when it goes under the hammer at Emirates Towers on April 28. The watch sale also includes a US$40,000+ platinum Girard-Perregaux, a perpetual calendar with a part that only moves every four years and a US$120,000+ cabaret tourbillon from A Lange & Sohne. What financial crisis?

Two ‘special’ products from du

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A mysterious invite appeared in the Stuff mailbag yesterday. Du says it is launching two ‘special’ and ‘new’ products on Sunday. What are they? ‘Black is a mysterious colour,’ says the UAE telecoms company. We’re going to be pretty disappointed if it’s not an iPhone or BlackBerry (with prices to duke it up with Etisalat’s tariffs). Course, if it’s the T-Mobile G1, we’re going to be ecstatic. G2? Now we’re dreaming.

Samsung launches X460 and NC20

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Two new laptops are hitting the UAE from the Sammy camp: the 14in X460, weighing less than 2kg, and the 12in NC20 (pictured), which boasts over six hours of battery life. More in next month’s issue of Stuff.

Web Trends Map 4 goes online

This is going to be everywhere shortly. It’s not quite finished, but you can download the full visualisation of current internet trends from Flickr. In the UAE/Iran/China/somewhere else where Flickr is blocked. Get yourself browsing in Firefox and download this add-on. Job done.

[via TechCrunch]

Dubai Creek in Gigapixel

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The picture you see here is Dubai Creek. But what’s the number plate of that car next to the yacht? Wait… what yacht? Click on the image and zoom in to find out. Incredible stuff.

[Thanks Michael @ Furstleur Photography]

Internet no longer free (says Kodak)

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First it was Last.fm, now it’s Kodak. The credit crunch continues to threaten our beloved free internet. Kodak’s new policy for photo storage on its site: pay up or die.

Members with photo storage of 2 gigabytes (GB) or less must make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $4.99. Members with photo storage exceeding 2GB must make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $19.99. Failure to meet this requirement may result in your photos being deleted from the Gallery.

Well, that can go one of two ways. Either Kodak’s faithful cough up and keep the camera company in cash or they desert the film brand for free (and better) photo sites such as Flickr, Picasa or even Facebook. Wonder which they’ll go for?

Monsters vs Aliens Wii game better than film

That’s Wired’s verdict, but we really just want to see how much traffic we generate every time we use the word ‘alien’ in a post. Perhaps some of you xenophiles can help us out with this. Why, alien-lovers, why?