Samsung introduces the ultimate TV experience to Australia

Samsung Electronics Australia has announced the local pricing and availability for its 2016 home entertainment product line-up, featuring the next generation of Quantum dot display TVs, and the first ever Ultra HD Blu-ray player available in the Australian market.

Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs offer incredible picture quality with Quantum dot display technology, and a simplified smart TV experience, making it easy for Australians to access their broadcast and online streaming entertainment services. The range also features a stunning 360-degree design, including a metallic stand, and a profile that has been engineered for a premium look from every angle.

“The new range of SUHD TVs represent the pinnacle of what television should deliver Australians, while making the experience easy, whatever your home entertainment habits are,” said Carl Rose – Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Electronics Australia. “The way Australians experience home television has evolved dramatically in terms of viewing habits and access to on-demand or streaming services. With the arrival of technologies like HDR, and access to 4K Blu-ray discs, this launch comes at an important time for the industry.”

“Our goal is to create the ultimate television experience for Australians, bringing together multiple content sources in one seamless, easy-to-use interface, while delivering an amazing picture with our Quantum dot display technology,” Rose added.

Quantum dot display: Ultimate picture quality

Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs feature a cadmium-free, 10-bit Quantum dot display, offering true-to-life picture quality, stunning brightness, exceptional contrast and the most lifelike colours ever offered by Samsung.

With 71 per cent of Australian households featuring an open-plan living room layout1, the new SUHD TV range is suited to a wide range of home settings – whether the TV is set in the centre of a room, next to windows featuring bright sun during daylight hours, or mounted on a wall.

360 design: Beautiful from any angle

Four years after introducing its first curved TVs to the world, Samsung is launching a range that pushes design to new heights. More than ever before, TVs are the focal point of the lounge room, so Samsung has worked to create a range of SUHD TV panels that look stunning at all times.

Single Remote and Smart Hub deliver the ultimate easy-to-use experience

Operating on the Tizen operating system (OS), Samsung’s 2016 Smart Hub simplifies and streamlines navigation of content, making movement between content sources easy.

Whether operating in-TV apps, streaming services, compatible external players or games, or more traditional TV sources, the digital interface and new SUHD TV remote are designed to make using the TV uncomplicated. In addition, a customisable interface will enable Australians to create their own Smart Hub layout so they can prioritise and manage their favourite content.

Australia’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Samsung has also unveiled its first Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, the UBD-K8500, which is HDR compatible and offers up to four times the resolution and 64 times the detailed colour expression of a conventional Samsung Blu-ray player. It features a sleek, curved front design, and is available now for purchase.

Enhanced audio with Samsung soundbars

Accompanying Samsung’s TV range is a selection of audio solutions that bring style and cinematic sound into Australian homes. The range features both curved and traditional soundbars, immaculately designed to complement the full breadth of Samsung’s TV range.

Thanks to its side-firing speakers, the sweeping arc of Samsung’s flagship Series 8 Curved Soundbar offers a rich, immersive audio experience with its 9.1 channel sound. With each speaker boasting a dedicated amplifier, the Series 8 was engineered and tuned by the Samsung Audio Lab to provide perfectly balanced sound from one end of the bar to the other.


The good, the bad and WTF? Logies fashion moments

TRYING to explain Lee Lin Chin’s brilliantly crazy rope braces, baggy pants, red shoes and kooky bow tie is as hard as trying to sum up what the Logies are actually all about.

Lee Lin upstaged the entire Logies guest list simply because she didn’t conform to the usual spray-tanned, tong-haired and super eye-lashed set. And how refreshing is that?

This is the Festival of the TV Frock after all and the gathered A to Z list embraced all the trends we’ve been seeing on red carpets all over the world.

Thank the style lords for Carrie Bickmore, Pia Miller, Leila Mackinnon, Jessica Marais, Rebecca Gibney, Lisa Wilkinson, Essie Davis, Danielle Cormack and Edwina Bartholomew who all NAILED their looks.

The trend that was truly tried and tested was the all-lace vibe. Especially the lace frocks that moved into sheerness around the breast and upper leg departments.

Trains too featured, big time, but some just looked, well, a bit old-fashioned. Oddly, that incredibly 40s Hollywood, old-school-glamour feel (one we usually celebrate) didn’t quite cut it this year with a more modern vibe capturing the fashion Zeitgeist.

In the past few years we’ve seen SOOO many dresses with sheer panels, it’s kind of worn out its lacy welcome.

LOGIE’S RED CARPET TRENDS

*The full-length, long-sleeved dress as worn by Jessica Marais; Jesinta Campbell in Camilla & Marc and Carrie Bickmore in Paolo Sebastian

*The choker necklace or high-necked dress was big news, with Olympia Valance leading the lace charge and morning chicks Eddie Bartholomew (wearing Homage) and Sylvia Jeffreys (in Carla Zampatti), rocking higher necklines.

*Deep red/black lips worn by Shelley Craft

*Lace, lace was everywhere: We could have been watching a bridesmaid convention

*Shades of red, burgundy and wine were hot hues

*What was it with Gamble Breaux’s bejewelled leg? The Real Housewives star leg was festooned with jewels and chains and I kind of loved it.

*Cut-outs: again with Pia Miller showing the best example.

*The cool and sexy androgynous vibe from Rebecca Gibney and Kitty Flanagan

*Big, billowing ball gowns took up half the red carpet as worn by Rebecca Judd (pregnant with twins and channelling Elsa from Frozen) and Lauren Phillips, with a train nearly as long as the media.

*Short(er) skirt lengths were worn by Jennifer Hawkins, the brilliantly funny Julia Morris and Catriona Rowntree

*Hair that worked was tousled, loose and that just out of bed look, brilliantly executed by the gilt-edged-Sonia Kruger and a feathered Dannii Minogue while the sleek back look was brilliant on Amanda Keller and Natarsha Belling

*Big. Floral. Prints. Made a big red carpet appearance from Jessica Rowe and Marta Dusseldorp

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Fitbit and fashion label TEN PIECES collaborate on a fashion film

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market have partnered with Sydney fashion label TEN PIECES to release a fashion film at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia in May. The film which will launch the 10/31-10/40 + purl harbour x ten pieces  collection will feature Fitbit’s two new releases Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Blaze which come with a range of stylish interchangeable bands in multiple fashion colours and premium materials. Both the new trackers feature advanced health and fitness features that make tracking movement effortless and deliver positive motivation to keep you moving.

As part of the global launch, Fitbit shipped more than one million Fitbit Blazedevices in its first month of availability, exceeding internal Fitbit sales forecasts. Fitbit also announced that more than one million Fitbit Alta devices shipped since U.S. retail availability began on March 9. Fitbit Blaze is also the #1 bestselling device in both the smart watch and heart monitor categories on Amazon.

“Fitness and fashion have come together as never before” said Jaime Hardley, Senior Director of Marketing, Fitbit Asia Pacific. “The TEN PIECES show was the highlight of MBFWA last year and we are excited to partner with them in May to showcase our newest trackers Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta”.

“TEN PIECES’ approach of bringing a lifestyle aesthetic to the runway combined with Fitbit’s mission to fit fitness into your daily life will produce an authentic, integrated collaboration with a strong mutual vision. Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Blaze combine fashion with function, allowing the wearer to fit fitness seamlessly into their lives while staying true to their own personal style.”

TEN PIECES co-founders Lucy Hinkfuss and Maurice Terzini said  “The inspiration for TEN PIECES is to create a unisex uniform for people who are always on the move and need clothes that are versatile, functional and modern. The collaboration with Fitbit is a natural fit with a shared vision to help people move effortlessly from day to night with a look that reflects their personal style and motivates them to stay fit and healthy”.

The partnership with TEN PIECES follows the recent collaboration between Fitbit Alta and fashion house Public School at New York Fashion Week. Public School’s co-founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne designed a capsule collection of Fitbit Alta wristband accessories in their signature edgy streetwear style. The first of the design concepts was featured in the Public School A/W 2016 women’s collection runway show in February.


New film explores the importance of touch: so step back from your devices

Director Nichola Wong presents her visceral short film “Skinship”, a sensual and beguiling exploration of touch, that examines our modern obsession with electronic devices. Devices that promise to be the gateway to new connections but may end up causing fatal disconnect. Set in the near future the film sets out to explore the possible consequences of lives so taken up by screen communication that many of us are left virtually incapable of touching and communicating with those closest to us.

This alluring story is told through Mel, an alienated office worker who turns to a talented touch therapist to fulfil her need for flesh-to-flesh contact and help her re-learn the habit of touch – not touch screen, but rather, touch-person. This connection leads the film towards a provocative but touching climax. 

On a physical and emotional level, touch is the most important sense, yet it is perhaps the most overlooked sense in today’s technologically advancing societies. From the very moment we are born we crave touch, it is part of our humanness, we need it to survive, thrive and truly be alive.

The cast is lead by Hungarian born Anna Marie Cseh (“Outlander”, “Youth”, “Paths of Light”, “Fragments”) who delivers a powerful and emotional performance. It was the film’s underlying human message that attracted Anna to the project. Anna is supported by Denise Moreno (“Manolete”, “88”), playing the touch professional and Richard Laing (“Batman Begins”, “V for Vendetta”), playing her husband.


Veuve Clicquot Beach House party at Halcyon House

To celebrate ‘Clicquot in the Sun’, Veuve Clicquot lunched at the Clicquot Beach House, a place where summer is endless and life always surprises. The action took place at Cabarita Beach, where Veuve Clicquot took over luxury resort Halcyon House creating the ultimate place to enjoy the Clicquot life.

A group of Clicquot lovers including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Nikki Phillips & Dane Rumble, Bianca Cheah, Pip Edwards & Leah Simmons, Carissa Walford, Edwina Robinson & Adrian Norris, Shree Jane Commeford, Magdalena Roze, Jaime Blakey, Kris Smith & Maddy King, Kalani & Oleema Miller, Elyse Knowles & Ksenija Lukich came together for a two day adventure with non-stop Clicquot action.

The Clicquot-inspired events included yoga on the beach with Kate Kendall, surf lessons with a custom built Clicquot surf board, badminton, bike riding and a Clicquot moonlight cinema screening ‘Midnight in Paris’.

Halcyon House head chef Ben Devlin, created a culinary tour-de-force over the two days, culminating in a candle lit degustation dinner featuring exciting, new-generation food-and-champagne matches which finished with a surprise set from International DJ duo Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell from Flight Facilities.

Veuve Clicquot brings creativity and luxury to every moment, playing with convention to create a surprising twist on the everyday.