Louis Vuitton Designs World Cup Trophy Case

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Louis Vuitton’s handiwork will be broadcast around the world when the World Cup trophy is taken out of its bespoke monogram case and presented to the winning captain following the final of the global football bonanza.

It will be the second time the Louis Vuitton case has been used, following on from the 2010 finals in South Africa. Commissioned that year by FIFA, the case was handmade in the brand’s Asnières, France workshops and was custom-designed to fit the 36cm high, solid gold and malachite trophy.

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As with all Louis Vuitton trunks, the case is covered in the classic monogram canvas, with a brass lock and reinforced brass corners.

Previous special commissions include a portable tea service for the Maharaja of Baroda as well as the case for the silver ewer of the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest sporting trophy, which dates back to 1851.

Nokia’s Name Will Soon Be No More, To Be Replaced By Microsoft Mobile

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The Nokia name has served as one of the most influential and iconic brands in the evolution of the mobile phone, and it’ll be gone in the next 18 months.

Nokia and Microsoft finally sealed the £4.5bn deal they’d first announced back in September last year, at the end of April 2014. Microsoft gained the rights to Nokia’s consumer-facing mobile portfolio (and a wealth of patents); including the Lumia, Asha and Nokia X families as well as the company’s feature phones, but one thing they aren’t planning on holding onto for very long is the name.

The terms of the deal outline the process of rebranding now that Microsoft’s in control. The Lumia line will be first to lose its Nokia identity at the end of an 18-month period, after which it will be assimilated into the new Microsoft Mobile family. The Nokia X brand will disappear right after at the end of 2015 and Nokia’s feature phones will hold onto their name for the next decade before they bow out.

The information comes as part of a leaked email to Nokia employees from Microsoft surrounding its ‘Day One’ strategy – the steps being taken to facilitate the absorption of Nokia into Microsoft. The email, which Evleaks published online for all to see outlines more than just Nokia’s phones, but also plans for Nokia stores, advertising partners, customer support and more.

Interestingly, three key elements of Nokia’s identity were not included in the Microsoft deal, perhaps the most important and memorable brand assets Nokia possesses: the Nokia theme, the ‘Connecting People’ tag line and the holding hands animation shall remain in the Finnish company’s control.

Samsung Launching Updated Galaxy S5 At Same Time As iPhone 6

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Looks like September may be a massive Samsung vs Apple grudge match, as Samsung could launch its premium updated version of the Galaxy S5 smartphone at the same time as Apple’s iPhone 6.

We’ve already heard plenty of rumblings of a new, updated Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, rocking a super-sharp 2k screen and other updated specs. Now it looks like Samsung could launch this new phone, leaked as both the Galaxy S5 Prime and the Galaxy F, in September – the same month as Apple unveils the much-anticipated iPhone 6.

The news comes via a tip that internet leak machine evleaks received, and if it’s true, it means Samsung and Apple will go head-to-head that month. Should be very interesting to see if this move hurts Apple’s sales.

iPhone 6 Images Leaked Before Launch

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iPhone 6 release date: Do leaked images show new Apple handset before ‘September 19 launch’? (Picture: Weibo)

‘Leaked’ images of what is thought to be the iPhone 6 have been published.

The concept photos were revealed by Jimmy Lin, a Taiwanese singer and actor, via Weibo.

Details on the new model are sparse – if not non-existent.

But Lin speculates that the latest Apple installment has a 4.7 inch screen, the power button has moved and the coating for the built-in antenna is no longer on the outside.

He adds that the phone offers a good grip.

On Weibo, user dreamerJimmy has posted more shots of the supposed iPhone 6 design, which has shown up in photos time and time again in recent weeks. The new images are of reasonable quality, though and indicate how the larger phone would compare physically with the current iPhone 5s. The user has a good reputation for leaks, posting accurate images of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c months before their unveiling.  In the first image, the much thinner bezels of the supposed new device can be clearly seen, to maximise the screen space on the front side. The distance between the Home Button and the display has also been shortened.      On the top side of the phone, the gaps between the FaceTime camera and speaker components have also been significantly reduced.  The hole for the front camera is also substantially larger in size, but it is unclear whether this signals upgrades to this component.  The back reflects previous leaks, with an all metal finish aside for some inlets on the top and bottom, currently assumed to be an affordance for the antenna system.
The release date is rumoured to be later this year (Picture: Weibo)

The iPhone 6 release date is tipped to be later this year.

Insiders believe it will coincide with the launch of the new iOS 8 software.

On Weibo, user dreamerJimmy has posted more shots of the supposed iPhone 6 design, which has shown up in photos time and time again in recent weeks. The new images are of reasonable quality, though and indicate how the larger phone would compare physically with the current iPhone 5s. The user has a good reputation for leaks, posting accurate images of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c months before their unveiling.  In the first image, the much thinner bezels of the supposed new device can be clearly seen, to maximise the screen space on the front side. The distance between the Home Button and the display has also been shortened.      On the top side of the phone, the gaps between the FaceTime camera and speaker components have also been significantly reduced.  The hole for the front camera is also substantially larger in size, but it is unclear whether this signals upgrades to this component.  The back reflects previous leaks, with an all metal finish aside for some inlets on the top and bottom, currently assumed to be an affordance for the antenna system.
The new model is reported to sport a 47-inch screen (Picture: Weibo)

Mercedes & Airstream Introduce The Autobahn Luxury Van

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Airstream, maker of the iconic silver-bullet travel trailers, has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to elevate the lowly van into something worthy of a VIP.

The result, the Airstream Autobahn, can seat eight (including the driver) in supreme levels of comfort and offer enough space to kick back and relax, or get on with some last-minute work.

The interior, which AIRSTREAM says was inspired by a private jet’s cabin, balances minimalism and luxury for an enhanced sense of personal space, even when all eight reclining leather chairs are taken.

Each seat offers individual controls for the air conditioning and lighting, plus a power socket and USB port as well as a functional desk.

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When it’s time for a break, there’s a 32-inch TV, an Apple TV that supports streaming from iPhones and iPads, a Blu-ray player and dual refrigerators.

The vehicle comes packed with a host of technological driver aids that are usually reserved for Mercedes-Benz road cars, such as collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot assist and front and rear parking assist.

What Is The Name Of The Official Ball For The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil?

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“Brazuca”

Once every four years, adidas creates a ball worthy of the world champions. This is that ball for 2014, adidas twelfth official FIFA World Cup ball. This is adidas’ Brazuca, the official ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. This ball is FIFA APPROVED. To learn more about FIFA’s Quality Ball Programme please visit http://www.FIFA.com/Quality

Designed for never-before-seen power, swerve and control – the Brazuca is a premium match ball with high-end materials in the cover, backing and bladder to ensure perfect on-field performance. It is of course FIFA Approved.

Vibrant colors on the ball reflect those of the Brazilian flag as well as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup. The colourful wish bands that the locals wear is brought across by the rhythmic and fluid use of the colors on the ball. The stars in the design harks back to the national flag but also reflects their status as World Cup winners.

adidas spent two and a half years developing and refining the ball making it the most tested ball we have ever created. all was actually named Brazuca back in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil. “Brazuca” is an informal local term which means “Brazilian”, or representing the Brazilian way of life.

The Brazuca uses a groundbreaking six-panel design, which improves symmetry, uniformity and efficiency. Brazuca COVER: Six panels of premium PU that has been bonded for reduced water absorption and perfect roundness. Revolutionary panel shape creates flight speed and enhances roundness. Brazuca BLADDER: Latex for excellent rebound.