Wheels: 2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

Dopeness!!!! That shit cray!

Aston Martin unveiled two sexy new Carbon Edition DBS sports cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Following on from the success of the DBS Carbon Black from 2009, the 2011 DBS Carbon Edition will be available in two new colors including Flame Orange and Ceramic Grey together with the existing Carbon Black. The DBS Carbon Edition features 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned wheels with a reversed diamond turned or full gloss black finish as an option. Harmonizing with the exterior finish is a warm black grille, carbon fiber mirror heads, carbon rear lamp in-fills and smoked rear lights creating a DBS specification like never before.

Immediately distinguishing the Carbon Edition from a standard DBS is the carbon fiber front with a carbon weave that has been positioned exactly to follow the form of the dashboard. A unique carbon fiber special edition sill plaque with laser etched metal inlay completes the specification. Aston Martin

Listen Up: Eric B. & Rakim, The Spinners and Rufus & Chaka Khan get nominated for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

This is a great list.

NEW YORK (AP) – Long ago, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts professed their love for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s time to see if the feeling runs both ways.

The iconic rock act is on the list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2012 class released Tuesday. Women who rock feature prominently among first-time nominees. Joining Jett, whose “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” remains a classic rock standard 30 years after its release, are sister act Heart and Rufus with Chaka Khan.

They’re joined by Guns ‘N Roses, hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim, glum glam Goths The Cure and The Small Faces/The Faces, which includes Rod Stewart. Bluesman Freddie King and The Spinners are also first-time nominees on the ballot for the hall’s 2012 class.

Previous nominees up again include The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, Donovan and War and its an eclectic group, running from lush British folk to classic early beats and bone-crushing power rock.

An act must have released its first single or album 25 years ago to qualify for induction. More than 500 voters will determine who makes the hall. New members will be inducted at a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cleveland on April 14.

The leather-clad and tough-as-nails Jett was an early icon for women. A founding member of the all-female The Runaways, she went on to become a chart-topping success after forming the Heartbreakers in 1982.

Heart similarly made an indelible mark on the rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Among the first women to front an aggressive rock band, singer Ann Wilson and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, cut some of the era’s most memorable songs, from “Barracuda” to “Magic Man,” and inspired a generation of women along the way.

Then a teen, Khan burst on the seen with the Chicago-based Rufus in the 1970s. She defied easy categorization, moving easily between R&B, rock and disco before going onto an enviable solo career.

Listen Up: Showtime Slates Suge Knight Documentary

One of the most important figures in the hip hop culture gets his time to tell his story.

Just weeks after Showtime bowed its Paul McCartney documentary, the premium cable network is delving into another music-themed effort with Suge Knight.

“Training Day”‘s Antoine Fuqua will direct and produce the tentatively titled project based on the life and exploits of the Death Row Records co-founder. “Black Swan”‘s Bradley J. Fischer will produce alongside Fuqua. The Knight doc is the first in a series of new documentaries produced by Showtime that will spotlight iconic and controversial figures to be overseen by filmmakers.

“Suge Knight’s reputation and rise to power in the music business has become the stuff of legend, and he remains one of the entertainment industry’s most provocative and enduring myths,” Fischer said in a statement announcing the news Tuesday. “But while his name elicits an immediate and powerful reaction from people around the world, very few can legitimately claim to know the man. Antoine Fuqua and I are thrilled to be partnering with Showtime to tell this remarkable story and take audiences behind a curtain that most have been terrified to even approach.”

Knight will participate in the doc and will discuss his rise to fame, why it fell apart and what’s next.

David Prior, Laeta Kalogridis, James Vanderbilt, Lisa Remington and Edward McGurn will executive produce, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chuck Philips co-producing.

The effort also doubles as Knight’s return to the music business: the producer set to oversee the film’s soundtrack, which will feature original tracks from new and established performers, through his new company Black Kapital.

Books: Amazon Kindle Fire Touchscreen Tablet

 

I don’t know how this will hold up against the ever so powerful iPad but it seems kinda cool.

Today Amazon unveiled its latest touchscreen handheld device – the Kindle Fire Tablet. Building on the success of the previous Kindle’s, the new Kindle Fire features an Android operating system and 7″ color multi-touch screen. In terms of size it is 190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm and it weighs just over 400 grams. Next to 8GB internal storage, the new device comes with unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and furthermore it supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.

Surprisingly the device does not come with a 3G connection or built in cameras, like its competitor, the iPad 2. Amazon stills seems to be concentrating on content rather than too much hardware features. In terms of content, the device of course handles eMail, music, books, magazines, movies and much more, all provided directly by Amazon.

Releasing on November 15th, 2011, the Amazon Kindle Fire is priced at 199 USD.

Gadgets: Sennheiser EcoVinyl Project by Matthew Lim

I am diggin’ this right here.

Going green shouldn’t come at the cost of ones auditory experience. Thanks to Matthew Lim, it won’t.  Lim, a recent graduate of the Art Center College of Design, has introduced EcoVinyl, hoping to bring Sennheiser into the 21st century.  Utilizing sustainable materials, Lim has crafted a turntable that boasts high-density fiberboard, which is often used for audio-system closure boxes because of its ability to carry sound reverb; cork for the turntable and earphone headband; and aluminum, which he CNC’d to produce a durable body, all for $350 USD. Sennheiser thus far has not committed to the project or indicated any interest, so its future remains to be seen. What do you think?

Source: Fastcodesign

Gadgets: iPhone 5 coming October 4

According to All Things Digital Apple will finally reveal all things iPhone 5 at a media event scheduled for October 4.

Rampant speculation surrounding the announcement and release date of Apple’s next iPhone has plagued the rumor-mill all summer. No concrete evidence has surfaced, and even All Things Digital’s report sites “sources close to the situation.” While it is obvious the September 7 announcement and end of September or early October release rumors were wrong, until Apple announces the event itself take any rumors with a very large grain of salt.

However, even if the date of the event is still up in the air, how important Tim Cook’s first media event as CEO is cannot be understated. This isn’t like Phill Schiller stepping in at Macworld and WWDC in 2009, this is a major product introduction, and will be a Tim Cook lead production according to All Things Digital’s sources.

While, it is important for Cook to quell fears that Apple isn’t the same company without Steve Jobs with his presentation, Cook will still be accompanied by Schiller and iOS chief Scott Forstall as presenters. All Things Digital’s sources were unable to confirm whether Steve Jobs would appear, but if the rumors surrounding Jobs’ health are accurate an appearance seems unlikely. More than that though, Jobs knows Apple is in a transition period and his presence could be viewed by others as an undercutting of Cook’s position as CEO.

via: modmyi.com.