If you're looking for something more substantial than your current messenger bag, check out this Salvatore Ferragamo Textured Leather Briefcase ($1800). This classically-designed bag sports high-end pebbled leather on the outside, and features two main interior compartments, two zippered pockets, a cell phone pocket, credit card slots, and a pen loop on the inside.
In an effort to further alleviate that nasty slice, we present to you the TaylorMade R11 Driver ($TBA). This innovative new stick continues the recent trend of user customizability with a new Adjustable Sole Plate that lets you choose from open, closed, or neutral face angles, a black Flight Control Technology sleeve at the base of the shaft to choose from higher, lower, or neutral loft, Movable Weight Technology to adjust trajectory from left to right, and a unique contrasting black and white design that helps with alignment. If you miss the fairway by 50 yards with this, you have no one but yourself to blame.
These Bar-Tenders Cocktail Mixers ($11) make you look like an able mixologist, no matter what kind of bar you're standing behind. Each box comes with six individual pouches to help you make the perfect drink for your lady friends. Their Cosmopolitan, Appletini, or Lemon Drop is just three simple steps away.
We typically aren’t huge fans of gel ink pens, but the Ion Pen from Cross ($25) isn’t your ordinary pen. There is an assortment of different accessories available for the line of sturdy pens, including lanyards — and the design lets you see the color of the ink inside the pen. Oh, and the pen clicks closed in a way that cuts its height nearly in two, instead of in a way that causes ink to leak all over your shirt pocket.
In addition to the 17 minutes of footage Oliver Stone added to the Director's Cut edition, JFK - Ultimate Collector's Edition ($30) includes over 3 hours worth of extras and special features. The just-released 3-disc set includes two documentaries (Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings and Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy), commentary by Stone, deleted/extended scenes, a 38-page hard-cover book, and reproduced letters written by Kennedy.
While everyone has been busy gobbling up dSLRs by the truckload, few have been upgrading the most important part of the camera — its lens. This Nikon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens ($800) features silent motor wave technology, enhanced vibration reduction, and extra-low dispersion glass elements, all in a DX-Nikkor designed exclusively for dSLR use. While an 11.1 zoom range doesn't sound that exciting, having to carry only one lens with you does.
Prepare for summertime trips to the local racquet club with some new gear. Head YouTek Star Series Tennis Racquets ($180-$250) are the company's latest tournament-ready kit. They feature the same d3o smart material — that changes properties based on the particular shot — as the prior Prestige Pro, as well as new innovations like QuadFace, which extends the stringbed at key points of the frame to help maximize the sweetspot, Control Rings to help reduce string deformation and a new one-piece MultiZone Grip offering special sweat channels and different non-slip surfaces for more secure handling. Plus, they were designed in conjunction with Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi, who totally wasn't on meth while he was working on them.
The holiday season is hectic enough as it is, so why not ditch the traditional whole turkey for this Turkey Roulade with Cranberries from Dean & Deluca ($80). This "turkey roll" is packed with a filling that combines the best of stuffing and cranberry sauce, freeing up more of your time while simultaneously making you look like a master chef. Dinner is served.
Got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket? The Areaware 2B Radio ($550) is looking to douse the flame. With retro-chic styling featuring vacuum tubes and one speaker, this deck seems to be more about stylings than performance — but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
You've probably heard of the Roomba robotic vacuum, but you probably haven't met his brother, Scooba. Unlike Roomba, which sweeps carpet, Scooba ($400; available in November) washes and dries hard floor surfaces like wood, tile and linoleum. The compact robot is programmed to prep, wash, scrub, and dry floors in a single pass, and can clean in hard-to-reach places like under furniture. Scooba is also easy to use — just fill him up with Clorox cleaning solution, press clean, and empty his tank when he's finished doing your dirty work.
If you're like us and are to in to all things force-related, you'll definitely dig this next item. The Star Wars Poster Book ($50) features 350 of the coolest posters ever to grace a cinemaplex wall, all joined by explanatory text from Star Wars collector Stephen Sansweet. Also included is a scarcity guide and a bootleg identification guide so you'll know if someone is trying to rip you off at the next Star Wars convention — or yard sale.
Sure, the 50,000 pirated tracks on your external drive are impressive, but they don't hold a candle to the 3 million records and 300,000 CDs up for grabs in The World's Greatest Music Collection (bidding currently at $3 million, with no reserve). Containing more than 6 million song titles, it's the undisputed largest collection of recorded music in the world. As such, about half of the recordings have never been played, and every genre of 20th century music is represented. Estimated to be worth more than $50 million, it's a steal at its current price — and if you're thinking that you could simply download it, keep in mind that at 30 seconds a song, it would take almost six years. In other words, don't bother.
Even if electric hippie-heaven futuro cars aren't your style, you should still consider picking up a hybrid during your next new-car shopping trip. The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (starting at $50,490) is the world's first two-mode hybrid SUV. (A GMC Yukon Hybrid is also available.) Offering up to 50% better city fuel economy over the non-hybrid Tahoe, the eco-friendly version has an estimated MPG of 21 city/22 highway for the 2WD model, and 20 city/20 highway for the 4WD model. Both pack in a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine with Active Fuel Management technology, which automatically shifts from 8 to 4 cylinders when less power is needed.
Yes, we just wrote about a putter on Friday, but we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you about the Grafalloy Epic Shaft ($135), which Trevor Immelman's used this weekend as he won the 2008 Masters. The shafts are made using molecular nano-crystalline metals from PowerMetal instead of traditional metal or graphite, providing tremendous strength to weight properties, and the feel of graphite with greater distance and as much as a 35% improvement in shot dispersion. Whether you're a weekend hack or a 1-shot handicapper, you'll find a lot to like in these new shafts.
The eStarling Wi-Fi Photo Frame ($250) connects to your wireless network and automatically displays photos e-mailed to it, photos on a MMC/SD card, or photos from a Flickr RSS feed. You can even take quick pics with your cell phone and email them directly to the frame. The eStarling sports a 5.6-inch color LCD screen and is compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11b. [via]
Capresso's new top of the line model, the Impressa Z6 ($3,600) is a coffee powerhouse. With push-button controls and in-machine handling of bean grinding, brewing, milk frothing, and drink mixing, you'll end up with perfect cappuccinos and lattes that are sure to be the envy of all your house guests. In addition, the customizable coffee-strength settings and programmable buttons that store various users' beverage preferences make sure that everyone in your home gets their fix of joe exactly how they like it.
Blurring the lines between a phone with a camera and a camera with a phone, the Nokia N8 ($TBA) packs what might be the best cell phone cam yet with Nokia's slightly underwhelming but nevertheless new Symbian 3 operating system. The camera features a 12 megapixel sensor, Carl Ziess optics, a Xenon flash, and HD video recording, while the rest of the package includes a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, HDMI output, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, free Ovi Maps navigation, and compatibility with upcoming Qt apps.
Be a hipster from the ground up in these slick Aldo Jos Boots ($140). Available in black or dark brown, the modern boots are begging for some skinny jeans or slacks.
Got a high-end 3D TV on your shopping list? Take a peek at the Sharp Aquos Quattron 3D LE925 3D TV ($4,200-$5,300). The LE925 employs Quattron quad pixel technology, which adds the color yellow to the standard red, green, and blue found on other TVs, allowing for more accurate color reproduction and brighter 3D images. Other features include a 3D/2D conversion mode on the included glasses that lets one person watch in 2D while the other watches in 3D, Spacious Sound 3D audio processing, dual USB ports and an included USB Wi-Fi adapter, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1, or way more than you'll ever be able to discern.
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Keep your martinis upright and properly chilled with the Cube Martini Set from Z Gallerie ($27). Each glass has a cube bottom to hold ice and the proper martini top, and all four fit neatly on the included wooden tray. Because there is nothing worse than a slightly sloshed partygoer spilling warm dirty martinis all over your pad.