Google’s officially started rolling out the second generation of Google Glass. The redesign features a new hardware update that allows for compatibility with existing prescription eyeglasses, and implements an external mono earbud in place of the previous bone-conduction speaker from the first prototype. The Explorer program is expanding as well as existing Glass users can now invite three of their US friends to join the program.
Over the years, Monocle has been able to forge some pretty impactful relationships through several collaborations and they’re not showing any signs of letting up. Jawbone’s their latest partner in making something beautiful as they’ve released a limited edition version of their popular Big Jambox Bluetooth speaker. Normally available in a range of colors, it now gets the Monocle treatment with an all-black finish that features bespoke sleeving and other minimalistic details. The Monocle x Jawbone Big Jambox can be purchased for about $414 USD, though it’s limited to just 170 units.
Though expected, Apple has announced the iPad Mini with the company’s vivid, pixel-packed Retina Display. The 7.9 inch display gets a boosted 2048×1536 resolution which is powered internally by their A7 chip. Battery life is being held at up to 10 hours so you can get things done, all atop Apple’s latest iOS 7 design. The iPad Mini with Retina Display starts at $399 USD with a release date of late November.
Apple has unveiled the next generation of their iPad lineup, which the iPad Air being the latest addition. It features an aluminum unibody design that weighs a pound and is 20% thinner than the previous iPad and with 24% less volume. Apple’s high-def Retina Display delivers a 2048×1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels, with internal goodies including their A7 chip and M7 coprocessor which effectively brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to the tablet. If all this wasn’t enough to win you over, the iPad Air also features two antennas and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology which brings double the Wi-Fi performance with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
At the keynote address, Apple also announced that all iWork and iLife software like iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers and Keynote would now be available for free. The iPad Air will be available through Apple Stores starting November 1st with prices starting at $499 USD.
From GoPro comes the HERO3+ Black Edition, the latest in their suite of unbelievably versatile cameras. It’s smaller and lighter than any of the HERO cameras before it and features video resolutions up to 4K, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light modes for vivid nighttime capturing. SuperView is next level as the new video mode captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective. Capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot—resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage. We’ve taken our GoPro’s to the track and we’re really exciting about the upgraded audio performance that will bring even more audio detail to our captures.
BMW has officially unveiled the BMW i8, slightly ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show that kicked off today. The hybrid sportscar is a two + two coupe with doors that go up and futuristic design cues that will be sure to turn heads. Power comes from a 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine that cranks out 231 horses and 236 lb-ft. of torque which is then mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Add in the electric motor and you get an additional 131 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque through a two-speed automatic to the front wheels. That’s all-wheel drive motion with 362 horses and 320 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-62 time of 4.4 seconds. Fuel economy figures are impressive as well with 94 miles per gallon and a full charge coming from a 110-volt outlet in less than four hours. BMW Charging Stations can bring that time down to 1.5 hours.
BMW took the covers off its M4 Concept during a press conference in Pebble Beach, California. The BMW Concept M4 Coupe looks very close to the real thing, which may arrive at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January or the 2014 Geneva Auto Show in March. The BMW M4 coupe will replace the current BMW M3 coupe, with both likely to be unveiled early in 2014 with availability coming mid-2014. No word on what’s going to be under the hood but we’re expecting a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine to take place of the current model’s 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V8. Expect a ton of weight-saving strategies to take place here as well ranging from the model’s iconic carbon fiber roof to extensive use of high-strength steels to the aluminum-rich suspension hardware. Carbon-ceramic brakes can eventually be expected on the options list, together with aluminum calipers that are together said to pare more than 100 pounds from the car’s curb weight.
Expect more details in the months ahead. For now, check out the shots in the gallery and let us know your thoughts.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic, the company’s flagship all-wheel-drive sedan. Power comes from a 5.5-liter V8 engine that dishes out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase from the 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of the current model. With all the enhancements to the twin-turbos, direct injection, and tons more, the S63 still dropped 220 pounds by introducing aluminum construction (body panels, roof and front end), light-alloy wheels, a lithium-ion battery and a “weight-optimized AMG high-performance two-piece brake system. 0-60 mph can be reached in 3.9 seconds with the top speed electronically limited at 186 mph.
Looks wise, the S63 is slightly lower and features a more aggressive design. the revised grille and front end with larger air intakes, gloss-black accents, two sets of twin tail pips and AMG wheels all add to the appeal. Inside, look for AMG sport seats with embossed logos, carbon fiber and metal trim and an AMG steering wheel. One of our favorite details comes in the form of an analog clock in IWC design, which for the first time features three-dimensional, milled metal hands and metal appliqués on the dial.
Look for more shots of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic in our gallery with a world premiere of the vehicle coming in September 2013.
Jaguar has officially unveiled the Project 7, an aluminum-bodied roadster that pays homage to Jaguar’s seven victories at Le Mans between 1951 and 1990. It’s based on the current Jaguar F-Type and features a D-type inspired rear fairing with an integrated rollover hoop. Other additions include a new front bumper, an enlarged grille and a ton of carbon fiber details. The rear wing and 20-inch alloy wheels finish things off. The interior is fitted with diamond-quilted leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim and a composite racing seat with four-point harness. The passenger seat is replaced by a bespoke helmet holder that secures a matching Project 7 helmet.
Under the hood, you’ll find a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 550 HP and 502 lb/ft of torque which is mated to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission. 0-62 mph can be achieved in 4.2 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph.
Jaguar’s dropped a video to show off the Project 7 Concept Roadster which you can find below. Look for this beauty to be showcased in person at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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