PUBLIC TRANSPORT 007 STYLE

WHEN WE GONNA GET WIT THIS NEW SHIT OVER HERE?
Public transport, 007 style
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Cool Brits (and cool everybody, really) get the charms of an Aston Martin. Bond drives one. So does Michael Caine in The Italian Job. And so, soon, may (wait for it) London bus drivers. A collaboration between Foster + Partners and AM tied for first prize in London mayor Boris Johnson’s competition to redesign the city’s buses, and their winning design—powered by electric motor, outfitted with skylights, and lower to the ground for easier handicap accessibility—is now with manufacturers for finalization and prototyping. If all goes well, the buses may be on the streets as soon as 2011.

SWATCH

SWATCH BACK ON THEY HOT SHIT, THIS WHITE AND RED KEITH HARING IS A MUST

Last week Swatch debuted the latest in its CreART series of artist collaborations. (Haring contributed designs in the eighties, like this ’86 model.) Cartoon-influenced styles by Dutch designer Ted Scapa, French street artist Grems, New Yorker Matthew Langille, and Billy the Artist recall the bounce and verve of early Haring work. (Watches by Grems, Langille, and Scapa, pictured below; Dazed has an interview with Langille, too.) They’re not as boardroom-friendly as some other timepieces we could mention, but they should be just fine at the next Deitch opening. Odds are, if you’re a die-hard Haring acolyte, you’re not all that boardroom-friendly, either.
CreART watches, $55 to $95, available at swatch.com

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M2 ULTRA LOUNGE

IF YOU IN NEW YORK COME FUCK WITCHUR BOY!!!

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BLACKBERRY APP WORLD

THE COMPETITION IS ON !!!!!!!
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They’ve got some more growing to do to catch up with the iTunes App Store, but still: RIM has announced that after less than four months in existence, the BlackBerry App World now boasts 2,000 options—twice as many as when it launched. For the most part, that means BlackBerry users now waste time exactly like iPhone addicts, with apps for Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Google Maps, and the rest of the frequent-fliers. BlackBerry exclusives, like Poynt (which “points” you in the direction of cool things you’ve searched for nearby), are well worth a spin, though they usually have iPhone equivalents. And if you’re still feeling iPhone-covetous, there’s the bPhone app, which makes your CrackBerry look just like the Jobs model. All in all, iPhoners still have 53,732 more apps to choose from…for better or worse. Crazy Penguin Catapult? Currently a best seller.

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