The Aston Martin DB10: A New Gen, A New Bond Car

aston-martin-db10-2The next James Bond film, dubbed Spectre and due for a threatrical release in late 2015, is accompanyed by a new cast and new tech, including the new Bond car — the Aston Martin DB10. The intial images look like a dream car; appropiate considering that only 10 will be built. However, as past Bond cars have shown, design elements trickle down into their more readily-available vehicles.

So, there’s that.

Via: Aston Martin

Ferrari Goes Extreme With The FXX-K

ferrari-fxx-kThe LaFerrari is an excellent testament to Ferrari’s ability to take track technologies and styles, then implement them into a road car. The FXX-K, on the other hand, does none of that — it’s extreme, in every aspect possible for something with an engine and four wheels — a true track car.

There are a few clever tweaks that make the FXX-K go so much faster than the LaFerrari, including the HY-KERS drivetrain, using new camshafts, intake manifolds, eliminating the silencers of the exhaust system, and other technical improvements. The result: an astounding 1,050 of horsepower, with four track-ready performance modes: Qualify, Long Run, Manual Boost and Fast Charge.

Price? TBD, but probably is just as extreme as the car.

Via: Ferrari

Short Film ‘Wanderers’ Imagines The Day We Conquer The Solar System

zlsjgp4fodtalxwrvowgComplete with layered narration by the late Carl Sagan. In less than four minutes, ‘Wanderers’ captivates and demonstrates how the human race might conquer the solar system, with beautiful imagery and motions, some of them not entirely artisitc; in fact many of the shots that were edited for the purpose of the film originated from actual phtoography and information provided by NASA.

It’s excellent, and is best heard with headphones in a dark room. Do it after the line break; you will understand why.

Via: Wanderers, Giz

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Debuts — And A Weird Lightsaber Battle Has Ensued

the-force-awakensSo, the new Star Wars movie, championed by Disney and J.J. Abrams, has had its first teaser trialer outed today (the film itself comes out in December of 2015). While you can check out the trailer (after the break) and see all of the curiosity that is The Force Awakens, some fans are taking to dispute a new lightsaber design. In fact, it’s sparked an entire debate in a column, over at The Verge.

Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend — and may the Force be with you, I guess?

Audioengine B2 Speaker Review: A Love Child For Audiophiles

20141123_152412So, Audioengine USA. You’ve produced (and I’ve reviewed) the A2+, the A5, and the B1 Bluetooth accessory. For those of you unfamiliar, the B1 adds wireless functionality to the company’s two powered speakers. However, entering the holiday season, and Audioengine has opened up with a new product: the B2. It’s a melange of the A2+ speakers, with a B1 Bluetooth unit, built into a horizontal, soundbar-esque package.

Brenthaven Collins Backpack Review: Quality Made Accessible

20141123_152420So, Brenthaven decided that I haven’t had enough of their Collins collection — an urban-focused series of bags with professional designs and accents. First, it was the messenger and now it’s the backpack.

What I do appreciate is good design and build quality for a reasonable price. And Brenthaven prices these accessories much lower than what I’m used to, so it’s all in good standing.

Moving forward, how’s the Collins backpack itself?

Sony Boasts Its New A7 II SLR, Sporting A Full-Frame Sensor

sony-a7-iiWho doesn’t love a promisng full-frame camera? That’s right, no one (unless you’ve sworn fielty to Micro Four Thirds).

The new Sony A7 II camera sports a 24-megapixel, full-frame sensor, with 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization. To make these improvements noticeable (and worthwhile), there’s 30% faster AF speed and 1.5x better tracking performance, with support for the XAVC S video codec, a new magnesium alloy front panel and reinforced lens mount — plus a few more aesthetic tweaks to refine the camera.

Price is TBA, but expect it to be worthy of that of a full-frame camera (in the 2K range).

Via: Sony