Travel startup Stayful is aiming to make online bookings even easier. Their new service, #tweetstay, lets customers book hotels in major cities with a single tweet. Just sent a quick message to Stayful’s account with the city you’re looking to visit, date and number of nights of stay and whether you want a budget, mid-range or luxe hotel. It’s simple – just write “@stayful #tweetstay I’m going to [destination] & want a[price] hotel, [arrival date], [# of nights].”
The app and social media team then promises to deliver a great hotel room at a negotiated rate of less than what you could book online.
The site offers only boutique hotels, Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City, The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Hotel Madeline in Telluride and Metropolitan by COMO in Miami.
In 2011, the car’s manufacturers Daimler AG decided that they would cease production of the vehicle due to poor sales. But the company has once again revived the cars by joining with Mercedes to deliver a revamped Mercedes S-Class. Dubbed the Mercedes-Maybach S600, the new four-door vehicle is expected to be the first of many cars released under the Mercedes-Maybach sub division. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is more spacious than the traditional model and will feature an assortment of customized options within the lavish interior. It is expected to rival Rolls Royce’s Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur upon release but aims to outdo its competitors with advanced technology. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will debut at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China auto shows later this month.
The immensely popular image editing app VSCO Cam has finally outgrown its smartphone format with the release of the long-awaited iPad version in its major 4.0 version upgrade. With it, the app will be able to utilize the vastly increased real estate of the iPad screen, allowing easier and more accurate editing of images at a higher resolution. Hailed by VSCO as the largest update since the launch of the app, the iPad version comes alongside a new history view while editing, the ability to sync pictures between devices and the introduction of VSCO Journal, a new publishing platform that encourages photography-focused blogging. VSCO Cam 4.0 is now available as a free upgrade for iOS 8 devices and can be found over at iTunes Store.
Elvis Presley set new a record as Christie’s put up Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis painting under the hammer on 12 November 2014 in New York. Christie’s sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art fetched a total of $852.8 million which itself set a record of the highest-ever total for an auction. Leading the sale was Warhol’s Triple Elvis which sold for $81.9 million. Standing with his trademark proud stance, Andy Warhol’s rare triple portrait of Elvis Presley dominates the shimmering canvas just as the singer dominated the cultural landscape of the 1950s and 1960s.
Fascinated by popular culture, fame and celebrity, Elvis was the ultimate subject for the artist. At nearly seven feet tall, the image of Elvis Presley looms large in form of three figures. Displaying a confident posture, Elvis is staring directly out of the canvas with his famous “baby blue” eyes. Using a single screen, Warhol has repeated the image three times, each time producing an image of Elvis that is notable for its exceptional clarity and depth. The auction house also states that the quality of these renditions can be seen in the remarkable details that each contains; from the penetrating precision of Elvis’s eyes to the individual folds of his shirt, right down to the texture of his trousers, the exceptional detail of this particular example marks it as one of the pre-eminent examples from this important series of paintings. As well as the clarity of these images, Triple Elvis is also distinguished by the arrangement of the figures within the scope of the canvas.
It is also learnt that the use of repetition was an important strategy for Warhol. In Triple Elvis, the overlapping images are reminiscent of a film strip, individual frames containing a single image but when viewed together producing a sense of dynamism and movement. The star’s powerful physical presence in Triple Elvis acts as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of the personality.
Also Andy Warhol’s rendition of Marlon Brando in form of Four Marlons artwork fetched $69.6 million at the auction. Bidders from over the world competed for an exceptional array of Abstract Expressionist, Pop and Contemporary works from some of the century’s most inspiring and influential artists, including the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly and Jeff Koons.
Yesterday (Nov. 12) Diplo decided not enough people were paying attention to him, so he tweeted:
Which could maybe be classified as a mean-for-no-real-reason joke against Taylor Swift, but this is the Internet, so of course it was taken much further. One fan tweeted, “I started a petition on http://whitehouse.gov to include it on the federal budget,” which Diplo retweeted. Diplo also shared a link to a crowdfunding site for the cause.
I’d like to pause here and wonder how Diplo thought this little Twitter spree was going to end. He then decided to start insulting Swift’s fans, which has never once gone well for anyone.
It’s relevant to mention right now that Katy Perry‘s been dating Diplo on and off for most of 2014, and Perry and Swift have well-reported issues (a.k.a “Bad Blood”) with one another. While Swift herself hasn’t responded at all among the mounting tweets and retweets on 36-year-old Diplo’s account (probably too busy celebrating her second week at No. 1), Swift BFF Lorde, 18, took matters into her own hands.
One of the greatest mysteries in hip-hop has finally gotten some closure. The person who planned the 1994 hit on Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios has finally come forward.
After being convicted of running an interstate drug operation, Jimmy Henchman confessed to authorities that he was the mastermind behind the shooting and robbery of Tupac Shakur that began the East Coast vs. West Coast war. According to the Village Voice, Henchman participated in “Queen For A Day” government sessions last fall where he confessed to being the brains behind the operation that landed Tupac in the hospital nursing five gunshot wounds. (The “Queen For A Day” program allows suspected assailants under investigation to enter an agreement with the government to confess knowledge of certain crimes with the agreement that the information won’t be used to prosecute them.)
His confession unfolded as he was trying to carve out a cooperation deal that might lead to a reduced sentence, according to federal prosecutors. “Rosemond apparently came clean about his involvement in Tupac’s ambush shortly after his former best friend, Dexter Isaac, stepped forward last summer to publicly confess that he had led the attack on Shakur in 1994. Isaac released a statement on June 16, 2011 to allhiphop.com, saying it was Rosemond who had paid him to rob and pistol-whip Tupac.”
As our friends at HipHopWired pointed out, the statute of limitations when it comes to the robbery has expired. Criminals suspected of robbery can be prosecuted up to seven years after the crime. Though Henchman and one of his partners in the Tupac shooting have confessed, they did so well after the statute of limitations had expired. So no extra years can be added on to Henchman’s sure-to-be lengthy prison sentence.
In the song “Against All Odds “ Makaveli: The Don Killuminati Tupac implicates Jimmy Henchman and Haitian Jack in his shooting at Quad. He rhymes:
I heard he was light skinned, stocky with a Haitian accent
Jewelery, fast cars and he’s known for flashing (What’s his name???)
Listen while I take you back (NIGGA SAY HIS NAME!) and lace this rap
A real live tale about a snitch named Haitian Jack
Knew he was workin for the feds, same crime, different trials
N*gga, picture what he said, and did I mention
Promised a payback, Jimmy Henchman, in due time
I know you b*tch n*ggas is listenin, The World Is Mine
Set me up, wet me up, n*ggas stuck me up
Heard the guns bust but you tricks never shut me up