Upper East Side Home


What was once a 19th-century carriage house in Manhattan’s Upper East Side was transformed in the 60s into a luxurious four story contemporary residence.

Owned by fashion designer Halston and late German-born industrialist and photographer Gunter Sachs, this stunning residence has seen a few alterations under each owner. This last owner installed white oak floors and glass balustrades on the mezzanine and catwalk. Subtle elegance was infused in every public and private space of the house, creating a highly contemporary atmosphere. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a large skylight floods the interiors with natural light. Details preserve a sense of style, allowing owners to add or remove decorative accents for a better expression of their lifestyle.

Youthful And Fun New Smartphone From BlackBerry: The Q5


BlackBerry Q5 packs a classic QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch 720p touchscreen display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It also comes equipped with two cameras (a 2MP front camera and a regular 5MP camera)

Casa Son Vida 1


Spreading over 8,600 square feet in the sought after Son Vida community, the contemporary residence bearing its location’s name inspires with a cleverly designed floor plan that redefined luxury architecture. By transforming an existing Mediterranean home, architects created a curvaceous architecture reminiscent of futuristic spacecrafts, encompassing all the comfort necessary for living a modern lifestyle. Carefully selected design lines and refined finishes makes this Mallorcan villa a luxurious dream home.



The Pentax Q7 Camera ($500) presents a great compromise between size and features for when all you want to do is shoot great photos on the move. It’s the smallest interchangeable-lens camera, and comes packed with everything you would expect from a full-sized camera — adjustable aperture and shutter speed, manual and auto focus, a three inch LCD screen, and a 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. You can also customize the body and grip in 120 different combinations, letting you really make it your own.

2013 Honda Ruckus Scooter


The 2013 model keeps the rugged look while Honda’s V-matic transmission makes clutch and gear shifts completely unnecessary. In case you need a quick getaway, the scooter features an electric start to get going swiftly and easily. Build your own Ruckus Scooter here starting at $2,650.

In-app purchases now dominate the portable game market

The new App Annie-IDC report on portable gaming is out and one graph stands out in particular: According to the report, microtransactions have grown to 51% of total portable game revenue from 40% in just one year. This means that in-app purchases now generate ten times the sales that game advertising does and notably more than pre-paid games across both smartphones and consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS and the PS Vita.

The biggest money-maker in the entire portable gaming universe now consists of buying extra characters in Clash of Clans or new card decks in Rage of Bahamut. The speed at which the share of microtransactions is growing is fairly stunning. Within two years, in-app purchases could hit 65% to 70% of the total portable game market revenue. It is high time for Nintendo and Sony to start re-evaluating their pricing on games for their portable consoles because free downloads are about to eat the industry.

Another big finding in the report is the explosion of Google Play gaming revenue in Japan and South Korea during the first quarter of 2013. During the Christmas quarter of 2012, Japan, Korea and the United States were roughly equal when it came to Google Play game sales. But in Q1 2013, Japan’s game revenue grew by 150% over the preceding quarter and Korean revenue doubled, leaving the U.S. far behind. It seems that Google Play really broke out as a portable game platform in those two Asian markets at the beginning of 2013. This coincides with the massive success of new Asian Android app franchises like Puzzle and Dragons.

Globally, Western app vendors dominated mobile game sales 18 months ago, when iOS was still the only serious platform. But Google Play’s growth has helped a plethora of Asian app vendors gain global prominence, usually by leveraging early success in Japan and Korea. The next two years are going to be a hectic scramble for Western app vendors to expand to the Google Play sphere and for Asian vendors to push into iOS territory.

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