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Voyage to Alfa. A childhood story

     

I had landed at Charles De Gaul Airport in Paris, France and wounded up spending two nights in this beautiful city.  I will visit Gilbert Joseph's bookstore where I have a catalog of media being sold, enjoy fine dining and will eventually voyage onto Barcelona in Spain.

While in Barcelona, I will visit the NBA store along with a variety of record shops and in the midst of all…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 20, 2018 at 2:56pm — 22 Comments

DC to Hong Kong to Seoul in search of the future of Industrialization. First stop Hyundai

      

It was not my first trip to South Korea.  I had already made my maiden voyage in 2017 and landed in Incheon before visiting both Seoul and Samcheok.  During my initial journey, I was fascinated with how modern Seoul was and South Korea, in general.  Seoul is a metropolis of around 10 million people with every modern accouterments you would expect in any metropolis in the world.  It is gorgeous, in the nighttime especially, exceptionally…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 9, 2018 at 2:39pm — 26 Comments

Tahmell The Prince

The weight of following in the footsteps of a legendary father can be overwhelming for many talented children, but Tahmell is built for this and the…

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Added by Toyz Nation on April 11, 2018 at 11:00pm — 14 Comments

Owners Illustrated Magazine & Toyz Electronics, LLC Collaborate to Bring VR, Coding & STEM Outreach to the Washington Auto Show

Wole Idowu & the Betterville Mavens. A group of Washington DC & PG County Students He mentors and teaches coding



Wole teaching the Betterville Mavens…

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Added by Toyz Nation on December 22, 2017 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Thomas Moorehead. Luxury Dealership Owner and Philanthropist with over 30 Years of Sterling Service in the Auto Industry

 

With a history that spans more than 30 years in the automotive industry, Thomas Moorehead is a national treasure and a pioneer.  Becoming the first African American to own a Rolls-Royce dealership is no small feat, but in his usual understated manner, that is not the only dealership he owns.  In Sterling, Virginia, Mr. Moorehead is also the owner of BMW, MINI,…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 26, 2017 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

POWERING THE CONNECTED MOBILITY FUTURE. An Exclusive Interview With Parkmobile CEO Jon Ziglar

An Exclusive Interview With Parkmobile CEO Jon Ziglar



Since the dawn of invention of the internal combustion engine and the patent for the precursor to the modern automobile by Karl Benz, we have not witnessed as much transformation and change in the world of automobiles and in a greater sense, mobility.  The advent of semiconductors and mobile operating…

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Added by Toyz Nation on August 14, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Toyz Electronics Joins Event Against Violence Startup helps merge technology and urban culture for youth event

Toyz Electronics, LLC will be giving back to the community by participating in the Music Over Violence Experience and Survivors of Violence Conference in Cleveland,…
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Added by Toyz Nation on May 9, 2017 at 2:07pm — 7 Comments

BRANDEN COTE THE WORLD OF AMG

AMG has grown from performance and cosmetic upgrades to existing Mercedes-Benz models to an actual division with its own unique product portfolio and as usual, performance models of existing Mercedes-Benz vehicles. With AMG you get handcrafted engines…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:54pm — 16 Comments

ROD MCLAUGHLIN BUILDING THE WORLDS MOST ACCESSIBLE SPORTSCAR

Mazda, since its departure from the Ford umbrella, has forged a new direction based on a core fundamental driving experience, SKYACTIV, and new design language, KODO, and an ability to create vehicles that are distinct in their segments. To stand out,…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:38pm — 17 Comments

MORAY CALLUM DESIGNING THE BLUE OVAL OF THE FUTURE

As Ford has divested all of their luxury brands, save for Lincoln, and shuttered the Mercury brand, the focus of the design team can be concentrated on their core products. In addition to slimming down the design portfolio, a change of…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:32pm — 15 Comments

MERCEDES-AMG GT S COUPE TEST DRIVE

The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT S coupe has become the new standard bearer for the AMG brand as the venerable SLS has been recently retired. The GT S coupe slots better with the new direction of AMG as it is less expensive than the SLS which I have driven and has a smaller engine which has found its way into other models in different configurations. As an entirely new…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — 11 Comments

KARIM HABIB Sculpting the future of BMW with a UNIQUE and ICONIC APPROACH

The past generation of vehicles by BMW were designed under the stewardship of the legendary Chris Bangle. His signature rear-end treatment received both praise and scorn, yet sales triumphed. Chris is no longer with BMW and the Chief of Design duties…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:25pm — 6 Comments

JULIUS MARCHWICKI CONNECTING FORD TO THE WORLD THRU SYNC

Mobility will have dramatically changed by the year 2020. With the advent of carsharing, electrification, smartphone integration, and autonomous technology, cars have essentially become robots and by 2020 they will be able to drive themselves.…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:20pm — 7 Comments

BILL GIESE TURNING A REVOLUTION IN VIRTUAL MOTOSPORTS

The convergence of gaming and the automotive industry has been a long time coming. As the graphics details in video games become more realistic and as hardware advances to points where it can handle the heavy computational duty required to simulate the…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:16pm — 10 Comments

Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic Review

 

 

When you create the very first automobile and subsequently define the benchmark for luxury flagships the release of a new edition is a global event weighed with anticipation and massive expectations.  With the new S class Mercedes did not disappoint and in the process introduced a slew of new technologies that not only set precedence also…

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Added by Toyz Nation on February 11, 2015 at 1:21pm — 7 Comments

Must Have Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat PRO Bluetooth Headphones

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Added by Toyz Nation on January 3, 2015 at 5:29pm — 8 Comments

Toyz Tower Multi-Media Production and Gaming PC

Toyz Tower Multi-Media Production and Gaming PC

I have been involved in the multi-media business for over 20 years. Prior to editing and publishing magazines, we published music and in fact, we still publish and produce videos from time to time, so the needs of multi-media entrepreneurs are quite familiar to us. In addition, many of the people who work with us are…

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Added by Toyz Nation on January 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

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Ben Chestnut and Dan Kurzius, the men who made MailChimp

This week the pair, who took no venture capital, agreed to sell their email marketing business for $12bn

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'Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls' is now available on Apple Arcade

Grimore of Souls, the latest entry in the long-running Castlevania series of games, is now available as an Apple Arcade exclusive. While it’s not a new game per se, it’s one that most Castlevania fans haven’t had a chance to play yet. Series publisher Konami first announced the game back in 2018 before releasing it only in Canada in 2019 and then subsequently delisting it from the App Store.

Grimoire of Souls has something for Castlevania fans of all stripes. It features art and music from series veterans Ayami Kojima and Michiru Yamane. What’s more, you can play through the game using five different playable characters, including franchise favorites Simon Belmont, Shanoa and Alucard. There’s also support for co-op if you want to play with friends. You can download Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS. An individual Apple Arcade subscription costs $5 per month.

Facebook hands over VR painting and animation app Quill to its creator

Facebook has handed over virtual reality illustration and animation tool Quill to Iñigo Quilez, the developer who created the app. Quilez has formed a company called Smoothstep and rebranded the tool as Quill by Smoothstep, which is now on the Oculus Store.

The original Quill app will be removed from the Oculus Store on October 18th. It'll still work for those who downloaded it, but Oculus won't support the app any longer. Users will need to manually upload creators to Oculus Media Studio manually rather than through Quill as well.

Facebook says Quill content shared on Oculus Media Studio or Oculus TV will still be available on Oculus for now. The Quill Theater app will remain on the store — it will be renamed as VR Animation Player next month. The Oculus team also noted that Smoothstep has open sourced both Quill Theater’s IMM immersive content distribution file format (IMM) and an IMM player.

Quilez built the first version of Quill during a 2015 hackathon to aid production on Oculus Story Studio's VR short, Dear Angelica. The film was the first to be hand-painted completely inside of a VR environment. Other filmmakers have adopted Quill, with works createdusing the tool being screened at major film festivals such as Sundance and Venice.

Some major companies are expected to enter or push deeper into the VR and mixed reality space in the coming years, such as Apple and Sony. As such, developers of VR creation tools such as Quill have a big opportunity for growth in the medium term.

Hyundai puts Boston Dynamic's Spot robot to work as a factory safety inspector

Boston Dynamics’ Spot has found itself a new job, and thankfully this time it doesn’t involve a potential battlefield role. Hyundai has started testing the robot at a Kia manufacturing plant in South Korea where it will be one of the tools the company uses to ensure the facility is safe for workers. The pilot represents the first public collaboration between the two companies since Hyundai acquired a majority stake in Boston Dynamics this past June.

You’ll notice the Spot featured in the video Hyundai released looks different from the robot we’ve seen in past clips. That’s because the automaker’s Robotics Lab outfitted it with what is essentially a backpack that features a host of enhancements, including a thermal camera, LiDAR and more powerful computing resources for handling additional AI tasks. The “AI Processing Service Unit” allows Spot to detect people, monitor temperatures and check for fire hazards. Additionally, a secure webpage allows factory personnel to monitor the robot remotely, and take over control if they want to inspect an area of the facility more closely.

According to Hyundai, the pilot will help it assess the effectiveness of Spot as a late-night security patrol robot before it goes on to deploy it at additional industrial sites. Automation, manufacturing and construction applications align with what the automaker said was its grand plan for Boston Dynamics when it bought the company.

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