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Polaroid, The Next Generation

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A new Polaroid  camera will be released next year that allows users to both instantly print  photos and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Developed by Socialmatic, this digital camera  supports wi-fi, 3G and Bluetooth, has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and can apply a  full range of arty filters to a user’s snapshots.

The Polaroid Socialmatic supports wi-fi and Bluetooth and will be built  around the Android operating system when it launches in early 2014, but, unlike  a number of other Android cameras already out there, the Socialmatic has another  trick up its sleeve. It can share photos just as easily in the real as well as  the virtual world.

Thanks to a built-in Zink Printer, it can instantly print out a physical copy  of anything it snaps — just like the Polaroid cameras of old.

The camera will cost $299 (€225) when it ships, but for that, you’ll get  a 14-megapixel front facing lens and a 2-megapixel rear facing camera for the  now-obligatory ‘selfie’ while inside it offers 4GB of storage plus further  expansion via SD card.

The surprisingly slimline device also has a 4.3-inch color touch screen,  integrated speakers (for video playback) and a number of standard photo filters  that will be familiar to anyone who uses Instagram (the camera was originally  conceived as the Instagram camera until Socialmatic went into partnership with  Polaroid). What’s more, it will be able to physically print photos sent from  other cameras.

Topping it all off is a small LCD panel on the camera’s front side which  displays emoticons as a means of translating photography conditions into  moods.

Socialmatic Instant Camera

Iftar Recipe: Hazelnut And Oat Mousse Cups

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

50g oats

60g hazelnuts

350ml fresh cream

5 tbsp maple syrup

Hazelnuts, toasted and crushed

Method:

Toast oats and hazelnuts then crush them coarsely.

Whisk the fresh cream then add maple syrup and continue whisking.

With a spatula, mix crushed and toasted oats and hazelnuts into the cream carefully.

Pile the mixture into the serving cups then refrigerate.

Garnish with hazelnuts and serve.

Classic: Aston Martin DB7

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After the glory days of long-time Aston Martin owner David Brown — during his tenure all models carried his initials, hence the DB2, DB3, DB4, and so on — the Gaydon carmaker fell into neglect. In the Nineties Aston Martin needed a saviour, and Ford stepped up to the plate to pump in the cash.

Brown may have been long gone by this time, but his legacy endured and the first product under Ford’s umbrella continued the naming tradition; the DB7 was born at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show and promptly stole the limelight. It probably saved the company, too.

Presence and elegance were something no Aston ever lacked, and the DB7 lived up to its name. Everyone loved the design, but everyone also had something negative to say about Ford’s contribution, which mainly stretched to interior ergonomics, and the mechanicals.

Needless to say, stay away from the early cars if you’re looking for a cheap
ticket into an Aston Martin. Fortunately even the later, redesigned models,
introduced in 1996, get started at about £18,000 and rarely trample over
£35,000. In fact, if you have that much cash to spend you’ll be plonking your
tush into the leather seat of a pristine open-topped DB7 Volante.

Of course, the most desirable DB7 always has a Vantage tag following, but even those are less than £26,000, and we’re talking late model (production ceased in 2004), very low-mileage cars. The Vantage also has the benefit of a V12, instead of an ancient Jaguar-derived straight-six.

Later examples all came with plusher seats and airbags, softer suspension, better brakes and modern headlights. Earlier DB7s are said to be more dynamically pleasing, but then they would be, heaving almost 100kg less in the engine bay than the V12-powered cars.

Whichever one you choose, you’re bound to be getting a first-class ticket for economy class prices.

Aston Martin’s Birthday Celebrations In Pictures

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The British luxury car manufacturer marks its centenary in inimitable style and with the biggest gathering  of Aston Martins in history — some 550 vehicles past, present and future with a  combined value of some £1 billion (US$1.5 billion).

Kensington Gardens Aston Martin

Kensington Gardens

As befits a car company associated with British (fictional) secret service  agents, aristocracy and nobility, Aston Martin chose the sumptuous surroundings  of London’s Kensington Gardens for the week-long UK leg of its global centenary  celebrations.

550 Aston Martins

550 Aston Martins

In total a record-breaking 550 Aston Martins were on display with a total  insurance value of over £1 billion.

The Bond factor

The Bond factor

The event attracted over 50,000 visitors and featured a number of individual  themed exhibitions and features, including a heavy focus on the brand’s  association with James Bond.

Aston Martin A3

The A3

Every significant Aston Martin road car ever produced was represented from  ‘A3′, the oldest surviving car…

Vanquish Volante Kensington Gardens

Vanquish Volante

CC100 Kensington Gardens

CC100

The CC100 Speedster Concept, which made its debut at this May’s  24 Hours of Nürburgring race was also on show alongside a number of Aston  Martin’s most historic race cars.

DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial

The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and the DBS Coupe  Zagato Centennial

One huge surprise was the inclusion of two special Zagato-designed cars – the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and  the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial, which until this event had only appeared as  artist’s renderings and rumors.

Kensington Gardens AstonMartin

William And Kate Name Their Son George

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has said.

The third in line to the throne, who was born on Monday at 16:24 BST, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

The Queen was told of Prince George’s name when she met him for the first time on Wednesday.

The family are at the Middleton home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, after spending a night at Kensington Palace.

The duke and duchess had been expected to pick a traditional royal name for their son, who was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8lbs 6oz.

Royal infants usually have historical names which are passed down through the generations.

Royal Baby

royal baby

The Prince of Cambridge, the future British king, has been seen in public for the first time after his parents Prince William and Kate emerged from the central London hospital where he was born.

The newborn prince was carried out of the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital a day after he came into the world and became the third in line to the throne.

Kate emerged carrying her son, handing him over to her husband before the pair walked over to talk to the press.