This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers: it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
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I've never been to the Angouleme International Comics Festival, aka Festival International de la Bande Dessinée.
But I've always wanted to go. It's been going on every year since 1974 and it's the largest comics festival in Europe, taking place in Angouleme, France.
The latest one is going on right now, through the 29th and it's an all-out event that involves the whole town. The Forbidden Planet blog has more.
Here's a history of the festival which makes it sound even more appealing, and includes a quote that the show draws 200,000 people each year. That's a sweet number and makes it bigger than the San Diego's Comic Con International.
If you're in Angouleme, have a great time!
[Artwork: Angouleme International Comics Festival mascot]
When looking at this patch of lawn head on, it looks like a sphere just sitting in the middle of the plaza at Paris City Hall. But it isn't. Look at it from the side and you realize that it is just heavily designed grass at an angle. This was designed by Francois Abelanet. It covers 1500 square meters and took 90 gardeners five days to put together.
Read More | Paris Website
Here’s a look at the world’s thinnest touchscreen cellphone, the Samsung S9110, which also happens to be the second watchphone produced by a major player. The first is the LG GD910 announced at CES last January.
The S9110 is supposed to be the “world’s thinnest” at 11.98 mm thick, and it sports a 176x220 1.76-inch touchscreen glass display, Bluetooth 2.1 integration, Voice Recognition, e-mail with Outlook sync, music player, and speakerphone. The watch has 40MB of internal memory.
All this can be yours for about 450 Euro ($638 USD). It is planned for a release in France later this month.
Read More | Samsung S9110 Press Release
Our bud over at Watchismo is having a Valentine’s sale with several of his unique 70’s LIP watches from France. Included are the TV, Diode LEDs, Machs and Moon Magnetisme models. His Valen-Time sale has many of these one of the kind watches for less than half price. Although LIPs have been around over 140 years, they weren’t available to the U.S. until now. Don’t miss a chance to own not only a kewl looking watch but an exclusive collectors item.
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Pay phone booths are few and far between these days since we all have cellies. Artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino decided to turn one into a work of art as part of the recent Lyon Light Festival in France. This seems a great idea in terms of recycling, but the artists had more of a deeper theme in mind for their oversized fish tank. “We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation to escape and travel.”
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Baby Bidou apparently believes in getting kids used to electronics when they have barely left the crib. Displayed at the recent Kind + Jugend 2008 in Cologne, Germany, their MP3 Teddy Bear meets toy safety standards for ages 36 months to 5 years. The player is cordless (batteries not included) and has a built-in loudspeaker. Available in blue, pink, or non-gender specific beige/caramel, you can purchase one online for 69.99€ (~$100.00.) The site also offers music and story downloads recommended for that age group, although it will play any MP3 tunes.
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MobiFrance has devised a concept phone in honor of the French Independence Day. Designed to resemble their famous landmark, the FL (French Luxury) curved phone has a touch screen, a 7.2 megapixel cam, and speakers on its sides. The Eiffel Tower mobile device features vibration mode and can be used for all multi-media functions. No date or price yet available, but we suspect this phone will be popular with those who love the country as much as its inhabitants.
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We’re not sure if this is a godsend or cruelty in action. Folks in Poitiers, France, now have a washing machine for canines. Costing more than $30,000, the appliance washes and dries your dog in about 4 minutes, while the operator stands safely dry outside the apparatus. During its demo, the machine’s owner sat in with the pup to prove it was safe. We know that our dog will run at the sound of running water in the tub, so we can imagine what effect this might have on other furry friends. The very least the gadget should do is electronically toss in some kibble between cycles.
Read More | Keye TV
Residents along the Loire River were treated to what has to be the largest rubber duckie on the planet during the recent le Lieu Unique and Biennial Estuaire. Created by artist Florentijn Hofman, the bird is constructed of inflatable, rubber-coated PVC and has its own pontoon and generator. At a size of 26 x 20 x 32 meters, Hofman claims that there is no political connotation, but rather “relieves mondial tensions as well as define them.” Be that as it may, that would be one scary quacker if you didn’t see it coming. (Note the size of people to the right of the duckie.)
Read More | Florentijn Hofman