Streaming music and MP3s. Quite convenient. Also horrible quality. At least compared to what the artist intended the listener to hear. For audiophiles, this can be quite frustrating, the sacrifice between quality and convenience. Beloved rocker Neil Young looks to throw some salt in digital music’s game with Pono ($400), a high-fidelity music player.
According to Young, listeners at best hear 5% of the original studio sound with MP3s and 15% with CDs. He doesn’t say the percentage for Pono, let’s just assume one meee-llion percent. The player holds 128gb of storage which can be expanded via the memory slot. Pono preorders begin this weekend on Kickstarter, where early birds can get special pricing.
If you’re rich and you know it, clap your hands. *clap clap* Or stomp your feet. In these new Tom Ford sneakers ($700). His new 2014 Fall/Winter collection showcases a collection of Adidas Stan Smith-esque leather trainers that work at the office or in the clubs. Tom Ford keeps it classy with velvet inside and a clean exterior look. These will come in low-tops and high-tops.
You’d have the classic watchface, but all the parts would get swapped out with smartwatch functions. A pushable bezel for navigation, smartphone functions launched by pressing the crown and pusher, a watchface displaying critical data when paired with a smartphone. And all this without the typical bulky bodies out there. Right now, it’s just a concept, so if anyone wants to put this up on Kickstarter, you’d make bank.
Better pack away that computer science degree and break out the turntables. Because DJ’ing pays way too well. Avicii recently bought this $16m ‘home’ in Hollywood Hills. Home doesn’t even start to describe this place.
It’s right around 7,007 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and having panoramic views of downtown LA to Santa Monica, all the way out to Catalina Island and beyond. An awesome structure of glass, concrete and steel.
Ever tried growing wine? It requires the right land, weather, knowledge and lots of luck. The Miracle Machine ($299-499) plans to do away with all this hassle with an app-controlled container that does all the heavy lifting. Just dump in the ingredients, choose the type of wine you want and in a few days, voila! Get drunk! Oh, err, drink some homemade hooch.
In the beginning, users can choose 6 types of wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, an aged Tuscan blend from Italy, Sauvignon Blanc and a delicate red and a steely white from Burgundy. In other words, six different ways to get drunk. Look for the Miracle Machine on Kickstarter.
Revolutionary. Disrupter. Driverless cars? Expedition to Mars? Nope. Oscar Mayer has produced an app and plug-in device that wakes you up to the sound, and smell, of bacon. The Wake Up & Smell the Bacon app is live in the iTunes store. It’s legit, Oscar Mayer says they’ve made thousands of these peripheral devices. You plug in the device to your iPhone (sorry Android users) and in the morning, the smell of pork wafts through your room. There’s a catch. Oscar Mayer will give away the devices; they’re not for sale. Here’s hoping that you’re only of the lucky ones.
Common Projects always come out with great looking shoes. In this newest collection, you’ll see their low-tops in suede and leather, while their chukkas don’t disappoint. They’re not cheap, but well worth the investment.
The greatest basketball player ever. Not just on the court, but off the court also. Revolutionized the sneaker industry and made millions and millions. Horrible franchise owner though, but no one bats a thousand. Award-winning sportswriter Roland Lazenby examines Michael Jordan in his new book, Michael Jordan: The Life ($22).
Lazenby’s book goes into Jordan’s family background, his well-known competitive streak and head coach Kevin Loughery’s system of giving the ball to Jordan all the time, and the less than accommodating reactions of his teammates to it. Check out David Halberstam’s biography of Michael Jordan, Playing For Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made ($15), for another great read on Jordan.