Singapore’s Self Driving Taxis

Nutonomy’s trial will be used to gather data about customer journeys - and how passengers feel about being driven by software

Founded in 2013 by ex-MIT engineers, Nutonomy announced a $3.6m funding round in January, followed swiftly by $16m in funding in May from venture capitalists including Ford chairman Bill Ford and the Singapore government.

Like Uber and Google, Nutonomy is convinced that the real benefits of autonomous technology is when humans will never have to touch a steering wheel or brake pedal.

Designer Handbags Pawned As The New Gold

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The bags that hold their value best – and therefore are the easiest to pawn – are the classic designs by Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Two of the most valuable are the Birkin – named after actress Jane Birkin – or the Kelly, as carried by Grace Kelly in one of her classic films

A matte white Diamond Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware, was sold by a private Asian collector for $300,168

This Hermes signature Birkin is made with white matte Himalayan crocodile leather, and features hardware made from 18k white gold and diamonds. It sold for $300,168, making it the most expensive handbag ever sold.

Singapore’s CE LA VI Restaurant

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For $2 million bucks you can dine at the world’s most expensive restaurant.

Ce La Vi, on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, has teamed up with Russian diamond company World of Diamonds, to offer the exclusive experience that will last an estimated eight hours.

The package includes a 45-minute helicopter ride over Singapore, some time in a luxury cruise and a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce ride to Ce La Vi, where the diners will be presented with 10,000 roses and an 18-course meal.

The meal is eaten with diamond chopsticks and the diners’ names are engraved on them. Other decadent elements consist of Belon oysters, Almas Caviar  and only 44- and 55-year-old vintage wines.

And at the end of the meal, the couple will be presented with a 2.08 carat blue diamond ring with a rose-gold plated platinum band, that World of Diamonds has named after actress Jane Seymour.

The meal ends with the couple being presented with a 2.08 carat blue diamond ring with a rose-gold plated platinum band, that World of Diamonds has named after actress Jane Seymour.

Diamonds this blue have been known to be auctioned at over $2 million.

Unusual Places To Vacation

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Manta Resort, Tanzania

Africa’s first underwater hotel room offers the chance to sleep in a cosy suite surrounded by vibrant sea life.The glass-walled room, set three metres below the ocean’s surface, is the perfect place to get some kip after a day of sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck.

This stunning destination provides lucky guests with an underwater room to stay in, set three metres below the ocean's surface

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, New Zealand

These stylish treehouses are perched in a lush wood on New Zealand’s coastline, offering views of the ocean from one direction and views of mountains from another.And the luxury treetop rooms serve as the perfect base for a kayaking or surfing expedition out at sea, assuming you can drag yourself away from your stunning forest surroundings.

These unforgettable treetop lodges are set right by New Zealand's stunning coastline, which you can see from your high vantage point up in the canopy

Fogo Island Inn, Canada

Set in a landscape right out of Game of Thrones, this is a boutique hotel with a difference.The luxury Newfoundland destination boasts a rooftop sauna and a top restaurant, where you can unwind after a day of exploring the remote, rocky island.

 This stylish lodge is set on a rocky island off the coast of Newfoundland, which guests can explore from their incredible vantage point

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

This lodge is the perfect spot for thrill seekers, offering guests the chance to sleep in glass pods clasped high up a rocky cliff face. And to reach the stunning pods, you’ll need to climb or hike your way up the mountain, before zip wiring back down at the end of your stay.

Daredevils can spend the night in a glass pod perched on the side of a steep cliff, assuming they can climb up to it

 ION, Iceland

This Icelandic hideaway offers unparalleled views of the Northern Lights, which will be illuminating the sky overhead throughout your stay. And, with a heated outdoor pool and top-class restaurant on site, you’ll be able to enjoy the bucket-list spectacle in style and comfort.

You can enjoy the bucket-list spectacle of the Northern Lights from this cosy vantage point, which offers a heated outdoor pool for guests to unwind in

Hoshinoya Fuji, Japan

If the thought of a wet, miserable holiday has put you off camping forever, then this amazing destination promises to change your mind. Set in the foothills of Mount Fiji, this getaway offers the chance to enjoy stunning surroundings from the comfort of your heated room

This stunning getaway will make you fall in love with camping, offering a luxurious stay in stunning Fiji

Beautycon Los Angelos

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Beautycon Los Angeles had its biggest turnout to date, with over 15,000 attendees, almost double the roughly 8,000 attendees in 2015.

The must-haves of beauty vlogging (camera,cell phone,mascara, lipstick, glasses) as giant displays #BeautyconLA pic.twitter.com/bO2x5ykC9q

Beauty NYC October 1, 2016

Ce La Vi

Ce La Vi, on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, is teaming up with Russian diamond company World of Diamonds, offering an experience lasting eight hours. The two-person package includes a 45-minute helicopter ride over Singapore, a luxury cruise, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce ride to Ce La Vi. The diners will be presented with 10,000 roses and an 18-course meal. The dinner finalises with the couple being presented with a 2.08 carat blue diamond ring with a rose-gold plated platinum band, that World of Diamonds has named after actress Jane Seymour.

The Future Of Shopping

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WHAT IS DASH BUTTON?

Amazon Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product with the press of a button. Each Dash Button is paired with a product of your choice, which is selected during the set-up process. When you’re running low, simply press Dash Button—ensuring you never run out of your essentials again.

SIMPLE TO SET UP AND USE

Dash Button is set up and managed through the Amazon App on your Android or iOS smartphone, and works in any location with a Wi-Fi connection. Once set-up is complete, a notification (if enabled) is sent to your smartphone every time an order is placed.

ORDER PROTECTION

With this setting, Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered—regardless of how many times Dash Button is pressed. And you will receive an order notification (if enabled) for every order placed, allowing you to cancel an order before it ships.

How It Works

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World Science Festival

 

For the science enthusiast 

there’s a robot in control of a mine shaft and it realizes there is a cart filled with four human miners hurdling down the tracks out of control. The robot can choose to shift the tracks and kill one unaware miner thus saving the four in the cart, or keep the tracks as they are and allow the four miners to run into a wall and die. Which would you choose? Would your answer change if the one miner was a child instead? If we can’t answer this, how do we program robots to make that decision?

 

They’re going real far with AI & Robotics take a look

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Adult Coloring Books: A History

In the early 17th-century, cartographer William Hole illustrated strange, anthropomorphised maps of England and Wales, left uncoloured for nobles to fill in. Soon to be republished by Unicorn Press in Albion’s Glorious Ile, Hole’s maps are regarded as one of the earliest known examples of a colouring book.

The trend actually dates back more than 400 years, and one of the earliest books intended for amateur coloring and is about to be republished, centuries after it was first printed.

The maps in Albion’s Glorious Ile, out in June from Unicorn Press, were commissioned to illustrate the poet Michael Drayton’s 17th-century, 15,000-line poem, Poly-Olbion. Describing England and Wales –Coloring was a popular activity for the nobles and continued till the 19th century.

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Google’s Art Camera

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Google’s Cultural Institute , the company’s initiative to preserve the world’s culture and history by bringing it online, has this morning unveiled a new project aimed at allowing web users the ability to view art up close – down to the very brushstrokes. Google had invented a new camera it’s dubbing the “Art Camera,” which is a custom-built, robotic camera capable of capturing gigapixel images quickly.

The camera is steered by a robotic system taking hundreds or even thousands of high-resolution close-ups. To focus precisely, it uses both a laser and sonar system. The latter uses high-frequency sound to measure the distance of the artwork to better position itself.

Google says it’s software is capable of stitching the images together to create a single image. The images are being shared online, so people can get as close to experiencing the art as possible, apart from viewing it in real life.

Many of the details found in paintings,are those that you only see when you view the art in person by walking up to the canvas. Therefore,  you can see things like the way Impressionists combine dabs and dashes of paint to form an image that becomes clearer as you step back, or uncover hidden items like a hidden signature.

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Unusal Places On Earth

 

Ōkunoshima (大久野島?) is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is accessible by ferry from Tadanoumi and Ōmishima. There are campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest on the island. It is often called Usagi Jima (うさぎ島?, “Rabbit Island”) because of the numerous feral rabbits that roam the island; they are rather tame and will approach humans

Unusal Places To Visit

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world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, located 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel. Ithaa serves caviar and Maldivian lobster—just a couple of the menu items to be enjoyed while taking in the 180-degree panoramic views of the water above you.

Underwater restaurant in the Maldives

Al Mahara is an underwater restaurant located within Dubai’s luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel. Al Mahara, which translates to “the oyster shell,” offers a menu well suited for the restaurant’s ambiance, including poached tsarskaya oysters and sea salt–crusted sea bass.

Located within the Opry Mills Mall, the Aquarium Restaurant offers expansive underwater views of its 200,000-gallon aquarium. The menu includes mahi mahi, shrimp, and macadamia–crusted tilapia, paired with views of an aquarium that houses more than 100 species of fish from around the world.

The Aquarium has additional restaurant locations in Denver, Colorado and Houston and Kemah, Texas.

 

They’re Planning To Combine Male & Females Fashion Shows

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Tom Ford and Vetements, Gucci announced at The New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles on Tuesday that it will be combining its men’s and women’s shows beginning in 2017.  Similar announcements came from Burberry (which will combine its men’s and women’s shows starting in September)

 

Gala @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Met Gala has been held every year since 1946.  Everyone who’s someone big is there, and if you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation, you’d better be stepping on the big night.  Each year, the gala is given a theme around which the evening (and the institute’s featured exhibition for the year) revolves, and guests are expected to dress to fit said theme. This year’s theme, however, has the potential to generate a lot of interesting discussion.  The 2016 Costume Institute Exhibit, along with the opening gala which will take place on Monday, May 2, has been given the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” and will examine how modern fashion is being shaped by modern technology – and vice versa. We can expect  feature items made with traditional handmade crafting techniques like embroidery and lacework intermingled with smart wearables and machine-made designs. Expect to see a lot of 3D printed clothing and accessories, among items made with other machined techniques like laser cutting, ultrasonic welding and circular knitting. The exhibition itself, which will be open to the public from May 5 to August 15, will also feature several “in process” workshops, including a 3D printing workshop in which guests can see firsthand how 3D printed clothing is created.

This year’s gala and exhibition is sponsored by  Apple,  the tech giant that has been quite focused lately on not only wearable technology but high-fashion wearable technology.

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You Tube Stars Now In The Running For Emmys

 

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Thanks to the introduction of new categories that will recognize digital short-form content.YouTube stars could end up winning awards not only for their shows but also their acting.The Television Academy outlined the changes today, which include the addition of three awards: Outstanding Short Form Series, Variety; Outstanding Individual Actor in a Short Form Series; and Outstanding Individual Actress in a Short Form Series. Additionally, the Short Format Live Entertainment category has been renamed Outstanding Short Form Series, Comedy or Drama; and Short Format Nonfiction is now Outstanding Short Form Series, Reality/Nonfiction.

Digital players such as Netflix and Amazon have increasingly swept the awards in recent years thanks to their big-budget shows, which generally contain episodes that clock in at 30 minutes or more.These category changes reflect the broader opportunities that emerging networks and distribution platforms, such as Maker Studios, Fullscreen, Crackle, AwesomenessTV, YouTube Red, Adult Swim, and others, are seizing in choosing innovative formats that enable our television community to share stories in novel and entertaining ways.The expanded short-form Emmys will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a ceremony that takes place prior to the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast.

 

Under The Table

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Christian Louboutin, world renown for his red soled ultra-high stilettos, is focusing on flats for Spring 2016. The brand just released a film titled Under the Table by Parisian duo Mathilde Toulot and Olivia da Costa, which features mostly flats, sneakers, and a few kitten heels beneath white cloth dinner tables.

 

Fashion Week New York 2016

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America is looking FOR a solution for what many in the industry find to be a “broken system”—the fashion show. Consumers are now experiencing collections right as they happen, However, in most cases the same clothes that come down the runway are not available for sale until months in the future. To try to find answers about what place the runway show actually holds in today’s fashion calendar, the CFDA has contracted Boston Consultancy Group to conduct a study

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Hisotric Hotels

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 Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 250 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties

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