14. October 2012

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Watch Red Bull’s LIVE

We reported about this earlier, but the first attempt to jump from the edge of space had to be aborted, as well as the second attempt, due to bad weather conditions. Right NOW its really happing! Felix Baumgartner took off about 10 minutes ago. It will take some time before he reaches the altitude to jump from the edge of space and set a new world record!

Watch Red Bull’s LIVE coverage from the Roswell Centre here while Baumgartner is going high and higher in his capsule.

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29. June 2012

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Diablo Magazine’s 2012 Best of the East Bay Winners Announced

Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2012

Diablo magazine today announced the 2012 Best of the East Bay winners. Each spring, Diablo asks its readers to vote for their favorite boutique, burger, bookstore, and hundreds of other categories. Diablo received more than 10,000 votes, and a grand total of 176 winners were selected. These businesses are featured in the July issue of Diablo magazine, which is available on newsstands throughout the San Francisco East Bay. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Diablo’s Best of the East Bay.

The prestigious awards are displayed front and center at winning businesses; many repeat honorees have quite a collection and offer special promotions to customers to celebrate their achievements. Being recognized as a Diablo magazine Best of the East Bay winner is a great accomplishment and a feather in the cap of local businesses.

“Each year, our readers, advertisers, and the East Bay community at large look forward to reading the Best of the East Bay issue,” states Barney Fonzi, Group Publisher for Diablo Publications. “It’s fair to say that it is our most anticipated issue of the year.”

A list of 2012 Best of the East Bay winners can be found online at http://www.diablomag.com/bestof. Diablo magazine’s July issue can be found at retail outlets such as Whole Foods, Lunardi’s, Draegers, Diablo Foods, Barnes & Noble, Safeway, and many others.

One lucky Best of the East Bay voter, Renee DeWeese, was randomly selected to win a Napa getaway, which included three nights in a luxurious suite at the Silverado Resort and Spa, golf at a championship golf course, and dinner at the Grill at Silverado.

About Diablo Publications For over 33 years, Diablo Publications has been creating award-winning publications, including Diablo magazine, Napa Sonoma magazine, The Walnut Creek Book, Diablo Arts, and the Tri-Valley California Visitors Guide. Covering travel, theater, lifestyle, and home design, Diablo Publications celebrates the people, places, and pleasure of the East Bay and North Bay. Diablo Publications’ custom content division, Diablo Custom Publishing (DCP), provides complete print and online marketing communications and customer publishing services for corporate clients nationwide. For more information, visit diablomag.com or dcpubs.com.

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8. June 2012

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SunDance with OPIVU

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4. June 2012

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Come Celebrate with Plum

PLUM BOUTIQUE, located in the heart of downtown Danville, opened in June of 2011. PLUM carries a variety of different styles from comfortable t-shirts and denim to long maxi dresses, including great accessories and shoes for a night on the town. The store stocks pieces from designers whose clothing wouldn’t normally be found in department stores or other boutiques, including Rachel Pally, Saint Grace, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Fluxus, BB Dakota, Dolce Vita, and Jet. Targeting women of all ages, PLUM offers more than just fashionable finds; the owners personally help style your look.

PLUM is open from 10A – 6P, Monday through Saturday, and 11A – 5P on Sundays. The store is located at 402 Railroad Avenue, Suite 102, Danville, CA. You can find them online on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest at PLUM BOUTIQUE.

For more info please visit http://www.plum-boutique.com/

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27. April 2012

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Top 50 Most-Searched for Luxury Brands

Digital Luxury Group (DLG), the first international company dedicated exclusively to the digital success of luxury brands, joins forces with Luxury Society, the world’s largest community of luxury executives, to reveal the ranking of the top 50 most-searched for luxury brands on search engines in the United States in 2011.

“This is actually the first time that such powerful, yet seemingly basic, information is being made available. The combination of Digital Luxury Group’s digital expertise and Luxury Society’s industry understanding and reach will finally make it possible to regularly inform luxury brand executives about the performance and attractiveness of their brands online in the US,” reveals Philippe Barnet, Managing Director, Luxury Society.

Using DLG’s proprietary technology, DemandTracker™, the “US Top 50 Most-Searched Luxury Brands in 2011” tracks more than 470 million intentions expressed by American consumers using Google and Bing to search for luxury products and services related to 500 luxury brands from 6 different segments (watches, jewelry, fashion, beauty, automotive, hospitality).

1. Interest is strong for luxury automobiles

Luxury automotive brands are clearly leading the pack, with BMW and Audi ranking in the 1st and 2nd spot across all brands. Out of the top ten most-searched for luxury brands, six were automotive brands.

2. Continued demand for accessible luxury fashion

American mid-level luxury brand, Coach, ranks 3rd overall, outperforming both Louis Vuitton and Chanel in consumer interest for luxury fashion and accessories brands.

3. Travelling Americans do their hotel research online

Hilton Hotels, ranking in 6th position of most-searched for brands, surpassed Sheraton and Wyndham Hotels.

4. The watches and jewelry category is led by global players

Ranking 13th overall, Rolex was the most-searched for brand within the watch category, while Cartier (22nd overall) leads the way for jewelry brands.

VIA: Luxury Society

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24. April 2012

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Hot August Nights

If you love cars than you are going to love watching our Hot August Nights Replay.

http://www.vimeo.com/40904159

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16. April 2012

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BMW & Rolls Royce Recall

BMW, together with its ultra-luxury division Rolls-Royce, has issued a recall on a handful of models due to faulty water pump controllers. For Rolls-Royce there’s only one model affected, the Ghost sedan from both the 2010 and 2011 model years.

Via: The Luxury Society

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2. March 2012

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5D Mark III

London, UK, 2nd March 2012 – Canon today announces the latest addition to its worldfamous EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The EOS 5D Mark IIIbuilds on the performance of the legendary EOS 5D Mark II, offering improved speed,greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for bothstills and Full HD movies – providing unparalleled artistic freedom for the most demanding photographers.

Incorporating feedback from photographers worldwide, the EOS 5D Mark III offers improved performance in virtually every area. A new 22.3 Megapixel (MP) full-frame sensor offers the ideal balance of resolution for stills and HD movies and up to 6 frames per second (fps) shooting, whilst a 61-point AF system and 63-zone metering provide greater speed, flexibility and accuracy. Powered by the latest DIGIC 5+ processing technology, the EOS 5D Mark III also features enhanced video functions, offeringimproved image quality alongside greater audio control – redefining creative possibilities for photographers and amateur videographers alike.

“The EOS 5D Mark III represents a big step forward for the EOS 5D series” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “The EOS 5D Mark II is an exceptional camera and we’ve listened carefully to feedback from its passionate community of users to improve performance in every area. This camera has been designed to meet virtually any creative challenge – it’s faster, more responsive and features the tools to adapt to everything from studio photography to creative videography, while producing results of the highest quality.”

Enhanced performance

With its comprehensively upgraded specification, the EOS 5D Mark III is the ideal toolfor the growing number of photographers shooting both stills and movies. It incorporates a number of the features launched with Canon’s revolutionary EOS-1D X,providing vastly improved performance, flexibility, handling and durability.

The camera’s newly-developed 22.3MP full-frame sensor provides increased resolution and finer detail, enabling the capture of a wide range of scenes, from sweeping landscapes to beautiful portraits. Higher speed continuous shooting also offers expanded creative possibilities. With an increased 8-channel read out, the camera comfortably handles a maximum full resolution speed of up to 6fps in bursts of 18 RAW images or over 16,000 JPEGs1, without the need for additional accessories. Additionally, the sensor’s advanced architecture offers a huge native ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 102,400, making it possible to capture clean, high quality pictures, even in extreme low-light conditions.

The EOS 5D Mark III utilises the same 61-point wide-area AF system as the flagship EOS-1D X, providing exceptional sensitivity, precision and speed. One of the most advanced AF systems currently available, it features an impressive 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points, providing unsurpassed accuracy across the frame. The customisable AF pre-sets introduced in the EOS-1D X are also available, helping the capture of traditionally challenging subjects, and providing additional reliability in ituations where subject movement can be unpredictable.

Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s acclaimed iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system. Focus information gathered from the AF system is analysed alongside colour and luminance signals measured by the metering sensor itself, enabling the EOS 5D Mark III to deliver consistently accurate skin tones and excellent results in a wide range of shooting situations.

Creative performance without compromise

The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor, which powers a range of new functions without affecting the camera’s performance. 14-bit A/D conversion provides smoother tonal gradation and transitions between colours, while in-camera HDR shooting combines three different exposures and allows one of five preset tone maps to be applied, enabling photographers to capture all the detail in high contrast scenes. With in-camera RAW processing and editing capability, photographers also have the option to immediately begin post-processing their images while still on a shoot.

The increased power of DIGIC 5+ also enables a range of tools which contribute to higher image quality. Lens peripheral illumination correction, Lens chromatic aberration correction (lateral and axial) and high ISO noise reduction are all performed in-camera without affecting performance, allowing photographers to continue shooting without any camera lag. Additionally, in-camera image rating via a dedicated button makes it easy for photographers to organise images ahead of post-production.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot.

For situations where photographers want to avoid being noticed, such as weddings, the EOS 5D Mark III also features a new silent shooting mode that dramatically reduces the sound of the shutter and mirror, ensuring they can work quietly in the background. A continuous silent mode is also available, enabling photographers to capture fastermoving subjects without attracting attention.

Next generation EOS Movies

The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the reputation of the EOS 5D Mark II, with a range of new features introduced following feedback received from photographers to provide even better Full HD video performance. As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged.

Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.

Professional build, easy operation

The EOS 5D Mark III has been built to offer photographers easy-handling and robust build quality. Its lightweight, high-grade magnesium body offers advanced weather proofing for protection against the elements, while the construction of the shutter has also been reinforced, with 150,000-cycle durability making it ideal for repeated, everyday use. An enhanced version of the Intelligent Viewfinder featured in the EOS 7D offers approximately 100% coverage, as well as an on-demand grid display via the builtin transparent LCD.

The same reinforced 8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View II LCD screen as used by the EOS-1D X provides high quality framing and playback in all conditions. 1,040k-pixels provide the resolution to accurately check image sharpness and focus, while the gapless structure design introduced with the EOS-1D Mark IV prevents reflections and protects against dust or scratches. A headphone socket and locking mode dial have been included, while the inclusion of a UDMA 7-compatible CF card slot plus an SD card2 slot enables shooting to both cards simultaneously, auto switching when the one in use becomes full and the option to copy images from one card to the other in-camera.

Digital Lens Optimizer – new in Digital Photo Professional v3.11

The EOS 5D Mark III comes complete with the most advanced version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) yet – Canon’s free, in-box software enabling high-speed, high quality processing of RAW images. New in DPP v3.11 is Digital Lens Optimizer – a revolutionary new tool designed to drastically improve image resolution.

Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO) precisely imitates lens performance, with a series of complex mathematical functions replicating each stage of the journey of light through the optical path. Using this information DLO can correct a range of typical optical aberrations and loss of resolution caused by a camera’s low pass filter, by applying an inverse function to each shot to take the image nearer to how the scene appears to the naked eye. This creates exceptionally detailed, high-quality images with highly manageable file sizes, providing photographers with maximum image quality and greater flexibility.

EOS System compatibility

As part of the EOS System, the EOS 5D Mark III is immediately compatible with over 60 EF Lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – the new, essential wide-angle zoom lens from Canon’s famous L-series. The camera is also compatible with a newlyannounced range of accessories designed to offer extended creativity, including the Speedlite 600EX-RT – a high performance TTL flash with wireless radio connectivity. Additionally, the new Battery Grip BG-E11 offers greater handling flexibility alongside the ability to double the camera’s battery life.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Key features:

  • 22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor
  • 61-point autofocus
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting
  • Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity
  • Full HD video with manual control
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
  • Enhanced Weather sealing
  • 8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen

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Raiders’ Janikowski to undergo anger management – San Francisco Chronicle

1. March 2012

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Raiders’ Janikowski to undergo anger management – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle Raiders’ Janikowski to undergo anger management San Francisco Chronicle The 33-year-old Janikowski’s attorney agreed to the order on Wednesday after Contra Costa County prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment.

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Raiders’ Janikowski to undergo anger management – San Francisco Chronicle

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29. February 2012

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LEAP YEAR

To Celebrate Leap Year OPIVU Cosmetics is giving you 29% off your total order. Shop here

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