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Digital Dummies: 25% of young brits confess to text collisions


More than a quarter (28%) of the population have been victims of a ‘text collision,’ according to a poll by Halifax Home Insurance. Yet ‘digital dummies’ are putting themselves at risk of more than just accidental bumps, as figures show that almost half (46%) of pick pocketing incidents in the past year involved a mobile phone. Over a third (39%) of individuals now use smartphones to get directions when in a new place, often leaving them unaware of their surroundings. Meanwhile, a further 13% admit to using their headphones when walking alon... Read More »

UK: It’s Porsches for courses for car owners made in Chelsea


Aviva analysed car ownership data across ten key areas of the UK, including; Chelsea and Kensington, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. Among these places the wealthy borough has the highest proportion of Porsches (1.31%), Mercedes (7.41%), BMWs (6.88%) and Audis (5.89%). Porsches are nearly four times as popular and Mercedes three times as popular as many parts of the UK. And if you add up the number of Porsches, Audis, BMWs and Mercedes in Chelsea it is more than double the amount of Fords – generally the most popular make of car on the r... Read More »

Europeans seek ever more mobile bandwidth, but they worry about cost


Mobile phones are now everywhere, but only half are "smart". Subscriptions for phones that include internet access range from 55% in Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Finland, France & the Netherlands to below 35% in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria & Portugal. This lower penetration of smart phones is a feature in many countries where mobile Internet access subscribers limit time spent online because they are concerned about the charges - Hungary (35%), Portugal (58%), Greece (53%), Cyprus (52%), Belgium, (47%) & Romania ... Read More »

Iris van Herpen’s wilderness embodied collection is unveiled in Paris and includes her first hybrid 3D printed dress


The dress was created by bringing together transparent stereolithography pieces and more hands-on craftsmanship, for an unworldly result. Fine, bone-like pieces were designed on computer before being optimized for 3d printing using Materialise's Magics software. Once ready to print, the pieces were brought to life on Materialise's Mammoth Stereolithography machines using a clear liquid resin. The transparent pieces were then over-moulded in silicon by Iris van Herpen’s team, a process that demands great skill and which took weeks to complete. ... Read More »

3D printing technology goes from clinic to catwalk


Speaking about the latest collection Sven Hermans, Account Manager for Materialise said: “For the first time we have worked with Iris van Herpen to produce a hybrid creation incorporating unique, transparent bone-like structures produced with Mammoth Stereolithography. Thanks to 3D printing the dresses are seamless and made to measure. It is exciting working with Iris van Herpen to bring her complex geometrical designs to life; 3D printing does what no other form of clothing manufacture can do when complex shapes need to be created quickly and ... Read More »

FEARNE COTTON launches debut interior collection for VERY.CO.UK


The collection transfers from the bedroom through to the living room. A wooden four poster bed adds opulence and grandeur to any bedroom and works perfectly teamed with the oriental print bed linen. For the living room, the pink three-seater button-backed sofa sits beautifully with luxurious blossom embroidered into the arm chair and accessorised with oriental print cushions. On the collection launch, Fearne said: “I’m extremely excited to be creating a range for the home with I have designed a collection that incorporates my own... Read More »

GODIVA attends the 2013 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen


GODIVA Senior Chef Chocolatier David Funaro was onsite, along with GODIVA fan Food Network star Duff Goldman, to give attendees an inside look to the world of chocolate. The two pastry chefs created a show stopping GODIVA Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Lava Cake and beautiful Aspen leaf-shaped tuilles for decoration at the Chocolate Lover’s Only seminar sponsored by GODIVA. Guests enjoyed the salty and sweet GODIVA Chocolate Covered Pretzels during a gorgeous gondola ride down Aspen Mountain and the Last Bite Dessert Party was a dessert-filled after p... Read More »

Results show Diageo is a strong business getting stronger


Net sales growth of 5%, driven by 4 percentage points of positive price/mix Operating profit growth of 8%, driven by 0.8 percentage points of margin expansion Marketing investment up 5%, to 15.7% of net sales, focused on the strategic brands Strong performance in North America with net sales up 5% and operating profit up 9% Emerging markets' net sales are 42% of Diageo's business, following 11% net sales growth and acquisitions which added £233 million Emerging markets operating profit up 18%, as increased scale led to operating margi... Read More »

Vic Swerts, chairman of Soudal NV, granted the title of Baron


For the last time before his resignation on July 21st, King Albert II has made use of its right to reward distinguishing Belgians with a noble title. Vic Swerts, chairman of Soudal NV, is given the personal title of baron. Vic Swerts founded Soudal as a sole proprietorship and built the building materials specialist into a multinational with more than 1,500 employees. Soudal was elected Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Style shows its entire product family for the first time


Furniture, leather goods and luggage, spectacles, a model of the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style and a design study of the new luxury motor yacht "Silver Arrow of the Seas". The final design of this eagerly awaited 14-metre "Gran Turismo" will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show at the end of September 2013. This is also where orders can first be placed. The luxury yacht built by Silver Arrow Marine (SAM) will have its home port in Porto Montenegro. Since 2010, in addition to classic automobile design, Mercedes-Benz designers have als... Read More »

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