Harman / Kardon Esquire Portable Speaker Works as Bluetooth Conference System

Harman Esquire Top View
The Esquire’s design looks good next to an iPhone.

Harman / Kardon Esquire brings bluetooth conferencing to the portable sound doc world

Encased in classy aluminum and leather, Harman / Kardon’s Esquire portable speaker will be a boon for business travelers, as it doubles as a bluetooth conference system. The Esquire features noise-cancelling internal mics, dual drivers and a bass port for clear sound. It’s compatible with both bluetooth and NFC (near-field communications) technology, making it a great choice for clear conference calls while traveling.

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Apple and Volkswagen Launch New iBeetle — Car News

Three-quarter view of iBeetle
Three-quarter view of iBeetle

Months after shipping Siri out on the road in select Honda models, Apple is now further infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, the stylish, high-tech product of a partnership between Volkswagen and the Silicon Valley giant. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, this special-edition Beetle not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products. Along with an in-dash iPhone dock that allows easy access to Apple’s Siri personal assistant and navigation system, Volkswagen and Apple have also teamed up for an app that allows your phone to communicate directly with your car. Offering Spotify and iTunes integration, a detailed vehicle monitoring system, and a variety of social media platforms that keep drivers connected while on the road, the iBeetle blurs the lines between computer and car. Check back for more information on this innovative vehicle as we near its release date early next year.

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Hennessy Unveils Futura-Designed Cognac Bottle

Hennessy VS Cognac
Hennessy VS Cognac

by Alain Gayot

While some Cognac houses have hired rappers to promote their brand, Hennessy decided to up their street cred with a street artist. The 247-year-old house commissioned American street artist Futura to design their new VS Limited Edition bottle. Futura (born Leonard McGurr) is the leader of the “Abstract Graffiti” movement, known for its focus on lines rather than letters. His colorful design will adorn 200,000 bottles, which retail for $32 each.

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Le Meridien Partners with illycaffe for Co-curated Art Collection Cup – Travel News

First ever co-curated illy art collection cup
First ever co-curated illy art collection cup

Coffee Culture is Commemorated at Le Méridien’s New Istanbul Hotel

Curated art is one of the latest hot hotel trends, and the Le Méridien hotel group takes the fad to a new level by partnering with illycaffè to debut the first ever co-curated illy art collection cup. This functional piece of art was designed by :mentalKLINIK, a highly acclaimed, contemporary Turkish artist duo (Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir). Selected by illycaffè Art Director Carlo Bach and Le Méridien Cultural Curator Jérôme Sans, the artists are members of LM100, a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of cultural innovators chosen from the fields of art, architecture, cuisine and design.

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The Ritz-Carlton Honors Its History while Heading into the Future – Travel News

Exterior of The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal
Exterior of The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal

Even as it focuses on expanding its portfolio around the globe, the Ritz-Carlton hotel group continues to honor its heritage. Along with the recent opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa (to be followed by 2012 launches in Tianjin, Abu Dhabi and Vienna), the company has just completed a comprehensive, $200 million restoration of Ritz-Carlton, Montreal – the birthplace of the iconic Ritz-Carlton name. As with the Okinawa property (where traditional Shurijo motifs and holy water ponds are incorporated into contemporary architecture and landscape design), this 1912 landmark harmoniously blends past and present. A preserved façade and original details such as marble fireplaces complement renovated public spaces and redesigned guest rooms, including the 4,700-square-foot Royal Suite, the largest hotel suite in Montreal. In addition, new facilities include an indoor saltwater pool and Maison Boulud restaurant, where diners can enjoy terrace and greenhouse settings. With a guest list that has ranged from Sir Winston Churchill to the Rolling Stones, the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is sure to attract high profile travelers and lovers of luxury for years to come.

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