Wednesday, May 30, 2012

11 Most Expensive Mobile Phones in the World

A mobile phone is a device that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link whilst moving around a wide geographic area. It does so by connecting to a cellular network provided by a mobile phone operator, allowing access to the public telephone network. Apart from it's sole purpose, it's also now a days used as a fashionable gadget. Nowadays, mobile phone like Watches have gone from being just phones / timepieces to Adornments. Now take a look such expensive mobile phone in the world...

11. Ulysse Nardins - The Chairman

PRICE -  $49,500

The Chairman by Ulysse Nardin is the worlds most expensive Android smartphon and includes both a touch screen and a physical number pad. The Ulysse Nardin name is most often associated with luxury watches and that fact shows in the Chairmans sophisticated design. The volume controls look like watch buttons and the crown between them can actually be wound to generate power for the device. In fact, the phone features a kinetic rotor power system visible through the backplate.

10. Nokia 8800 Arte with Pink Diamonds 

PRICE - $134,000

Designed by Peter Aloisson, this solid 18k white gold phone features over 680 pink and white brilliant cut diamonds totaling over 21.5 carats. Some of the phones features are a 3.15 MP camera with autofocus and video, a music player, Bluetooth and voice memo.

9. Peter Aloisson's iPhone Princess Plus 

PRICE - $176,400

The Princess Plus got its name from the Princess cut used on 138 of the 318 diamonds on its surface. The other 180 diamonds on the phone were brilliant-cut. In total, the phone has 17.75 carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold around its rim. The iPhone Princess Plus is worth $176,400 while the somewhat more pedestrian Brilliants only version sold for $66,150.

8. Sony Ericsson Black Diamond 

PRICE - $300,000

The price of this phone comes from actual state of the art technology instead of a bunch of shiny rocks but that doesnt mean it lacks visual appeal. OLED technology underneath the polycarbonate skin that covers the phones entire face gives the 4 megapixel screen a borderless look. The mirror finish gives the phone a sleek, futuristic look.

7. Vertu Signature Cobra 

PRICE - $310,000

This gaudy phone is so exclusive that only eight will ever be made. Designed by French jeweler Boucheron, the Signature Cobra is made with two diamonds, two emeralds and 439 rubies. For buyers who are only filthy rich, rather than obscenely rich, twenty-six of the less flashy (read: no rubies) Signature Python phones will be available for a mere $115,000.

6. Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot 

PRICE - $1million

This ultra-exclusive phone, limited to only three units, truly lives up to its name. Not only is it extraordinarily expensive, but its Egypt-inspired design will look right at home in the hands of a Vegas high-roller. The phone features 45.5 carats of black diamonds decorating the bezel and a back panel made from 200-year-old African blackwoodthe most expensive wood in the world. Each key is cut from a hand-polished sapphire crystal. All of these luxurious materials are set in a 180-gram solid gold frame.

5. The Diamond Crypto Smartphone 

PRICE - $1.3 million

Created by luxury accessory producer Peter Aloisson of Moscow-based JSC Ancort, this luxury smartphones price stems from the platinum body, the cover adorned with 50 diamondsincluding eight that are rare blue diamonds. Additionally, the Ancort logo and the navigation key are made of 18k rose gold. Built on the Windows CE, this expensive cell also features a high-resolution color TFT display and a 256 bit cryptographic algorithm. This expensive mobile phone features SMS, MMS, E-mail and Internet capability, WAP, JAVA support and even a media player.

4. GoldVish Le Million Piece Unique 

PRICE - 1.3 million

Guinness World Records certified GoldVish SAs Le Million Piece Unique on January 29th, 2008. The Geneva-based luxury communications companys expensive mobile phone was designed by Emmanuel Gueit as an addition to the Illusion Collection. The phone is made of 18k white gold and set with 20 carats of VVS1 (only microscopically flawed) diamonds. The phone also features Bluetooth, 2 GB of storage, FM radio, a digital camera and MP3 playback. This expensive cell phone is available only by special order.

3. Peter Aloisson's Kings Button iPhone 

PRICE - $2.4 million

The Kings Button iPhone is, surprisingly, a jewel-bedecked iPhone. One hundred and thirty-eight brilliant-cut diamonds line the sides of the phone, but the real prize is the home button a rare 6.6 carat white diamond

2. Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme 

PRICE - $3.2 million

Stuart Hughes of Goldstriker International is known for giving luxury devices such as phones and video game consoles the Supreme treatmentcovering them with gold and diamonds and the iPhone is no exception. The iPhone 3GS Supreme features a casing made from 271 grams of solid 22k gold and a screen trimmed with fifty-three 1-carat diamonds. The home button is covered with a single rare 7.1-carat diamond. Thats not all, though the iPhone 3GS Supreme comes in a chest carved from a single block of granite and sports Kashmir gold and an interior lining made with Nubuck top grain leather.

1. Stuart Hughes iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition 

PRICE - $8 million

If you thought his iPhone 3GS Supreme was impressive, check out the latest iPhone from Stuart Hughes the iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition. Hughes has recreated the infamous antenna band that wraps around the sides of the latest iPhone, as well as the backplate, using rose gold. The band is adorned with 100 carats of flawless diamonds, and the Apple logo is formed with fifty-three more diamonds. Once again, the home button gets the most love its made of platinum and features a rare 7.4-carat pink diamond. The phone comes in an imperial pink 7-kilogram chest cut from a single block of granite and lined with nubuck top-grain leather. It also comes with an 8-carat flawless diamond that can be used in place of the pink one.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Lakes on Earth

A lake is a body of relatively still fresh or salt water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake. Lakes are inland and not part of the ocean and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are larger and deeper than ponds. Lakes are considered as one of the most beautiful part of nature and serves the mankind in many ways. Despite their fascinating beauty, these top 10 dangerous lakes on earth actually hide silent death in their depths...

1. Karachay Lake, Russia

After being used as a dumping site for radioactive waste for decades, Lake Karachay, located in the southern Ural mountains in western Russia, has become one of the most polluted spot in the world. Spending just five minutes near the lake is enough to receive a deadly radioactive dosis, while spending an hour there will probably kill you within the next few hours. In 1968, during drought conditions, the wind carried radioactive dust away from the lake’s dried area, irradiating half a million people. The radiation was comparable to the effect of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Another 7,000 people who lived in the area were relocated.

2. Lake Rakshastal, Tibet

Lake Rakshastal is a saltwater lake in Tibet, lying close to the west of Lake Manasarovar. Named “lake of the demon”, Lake Rakshastal produces no waterweeds or fish and the locals consider it poisonous. It is considered to be the home of the ten-headed demon king of Lanka in Hindu myth. Lake Manasarovar, shaped like the sun, is regarded as ‘brightness’ in Buddhism, while Lake Rakshastal, shaped as a crescent, represents ‘darkness’. However, despite its notoriety, the lake bears no less beauty than other Tibetan lakes

3. Boiling lake, Dominica

Boiling lake in Dominica is actually a flooded fumarole (a crack through which gases from molten lava escape), filled with superheated bubbling water that is enveloped in a cloud of vapor. Since the lake is the second largest hot spring on Earth with the water temperature of 82-91.5 Celsius (180-197 Fahrenheit) measured just at the edges, not only it would be uncomfortable to swim in, it would kill you if you even got near it. So far, scientists haven’t measured the temperature in the center of the lake where the water actually boils.

4. Lake Monoun, Cameroon

Lake Monoun, that lies in the Oku Volcanic Field in Cameroon, is the first of only three known cases of lake overturn. In 1984, the lake exploded in a limnic eruption and released a cloud of deadly carbon dioxide gas that killed 37 people. A truck carrying twelve people was in the path of the gas and when the engine suddenly stopped working, the people got out of the truck to see what was wrong and were all killed. The only survivers in this accident were two persons riding on the top of the truck as they were above the gas and could still breathe. Two years later a similar event occurred at Lake Nyos, about 100 km away.

5. Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Situated on the borderline of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lake Kivu is one of the three known exploding lakes and is at serious risk of violent lake overturns. The lake is considered deadly because there are enormous quantities of dangerous gases dissolved in layers beneath its surface – carbon dioxide (which has bubbled up from the volcanic rock), and methane (about 55 billion cubic metres of it) produced by bacteria on the lake bed. If the volcanic activity triggered a methane explosion or release of suffocating carbon dioxide, this could cause a disaster of monstrous proportions, since approximately two million people live in the Lake Kivu’s basin.

6. Mount Rainier Crater Lake, Washington

Mount Rainier’s crater lake, the highest crater lake in North America, lies beneath the ice in the west summit crater and it can only be reached by following a network of ice caves in the craters. The water in the crater lake creates sulfuric acid (sulfur dioxide combined with the water) that is eating into the volcanic rock of Mount Rainier. Most volcanic rocks you find anywhere else in the world are strong, but in parts of this mountain it can easily crumble in your hand. If the rock were to collapse in any area, it would cause a slurry of mud, rock and ice, or so called “lahars,” that can be deadly because of their energy and speed, causing catastrophic destruction in their path. The collapse of the rock would also breach the crater lake, letting loose tons of water within it. Mount Rainier and it’s crater lake are considered a serious threat to people in Seattle, which is only 87 km away from the mountain.

7. Mono Lake, California, USA

Mono Lake, located in Mono County, California, is an ancient saline lake that supports a unique and productive ecosystem. There are no fish in the lake – it is home to trillions of brine shrimp and alkali flies. Until the 1940′s, this stunning lake was healthy and strong, but during the period from 1941 to 1990, Los Angeles diverted excessive amounts of water from Mono Basin streams in order to provide water needs for the growing city. As a consequence, Mono Lake dropped, lost half its volume, doubled in salinity, and became a poisoned alkaline lake containing carbonates, chlorides and sulfates. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response, forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level but it is estimated that it will take about 20 years to restore the health.

8. Horseshoe Lake, California, USA

Horseshoe Lake, located near the City of Mammoth Lakes that is built on top of an active volcano, is considered to be a silent killer. About 20 years ago, the trees near the lake suddenly began to wither and die. At first, scientist believed the trees had some kind of disease but later they discovered the trees were getting too much carbon dioxide gas, seeping through the soil from cooling chambers of magma. Yes, trees “breathe” carbon dioxide, but high concentrations of carbon dioxide can be deadly even for them. In 2006, three people were killed by carbon dioxide build up in a cave close to Horseshoe Lake where they took shelter.

9. Yellowstone, USA

Researching fascinating Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, placed in the active volcanic region, scientists have found a new way that crater lakes can kill. When they mapped the floor of Yellowstone Lake, they discovered a dome (said to be the size of seven football fields) on the bottom of the lake. The dome is caused by water heated under the lake bed, which when expands, builds up pressure and creates the dome. The scientists fear there is a real hazard of what is known as “hydrothermal explosions.” Those explosions occur when water that feeds the geysers of Yellowstone is explosively flashed to steam, breaking rocks and throwing them into the air. In the history of Yellowstone few large hydrothermal explosions occurred, some leaving craters thousands of meters across the lake as well as in other areas of the park. Although such an explosion last time occurred several thousand years ago, it is said that even a small earthquake could be a trigger for the similar one.

10. Lake Nyos, Cameroon

As already said, there are only three exploding lakes on Earth and Lake Nyos in Cameroon is one of them. A pocket of magma that lies beneath Lake Nyos leaks carbon dioxide into the water, changing it into carbonic acid. In 1986, two years after Lake Monun exploded in a limnic eruption, Lake Nyos, possibly triggered by a landslide, suddenly emitted a huge cloud of carbon dioxide, which killed thousands of people and animals in the area and nearby towns and villages. It was the first known large-scale asphyxiation caused by a natural event. Today, the lake still poses a threat because its natural wall is weak. If a geological tremor were to cause this natural dike to give way, it would allow water to rush into downstream villages all the way into Nigeria and would allow much carbon dioxide to escape.

Crazy Benches Installed in Belgium - By Danish Artist Jeppe Hein

If you thought the act of sitting on a bench was boring, think again. These cool and 'crazy' benches were installed in Belgium by an artist for an art event and for curious passers-by to enjoy.

These benches are located in De Haan Wenduine, Belgium, are not the insane innovation implemented by the municipal authorities. Danish artist Jeppe Hein created the Modified Social Benches as the project for the recent contemporary art event.

These benches may look stupid, but still it's fun and challenging to sit on, and to take photos with! Here are some more photos of the crazy bench installed in Belgium. Take a look...

Pencil Vs Camera Art By Ben Heine - Part 4

Pencil Art in the Real World...

Ben Heine is a famous Belgian artist who is known for the pencil vs camera series. "Pencil Vs Camera is all about illusion, dream, poetry, magic and simplicity," says Heine.

She added: "The challenge is to create a 3D-like drawing on a piece of paper; the sketch should be connected with the photographic background but it should also say a little story by itself. I always try to give symbolic meaning to my drawings so that the message goes deeper than the photo alone. The combination of drawing and photography is really a powerful way to express ideas. There are no limits because everything is possible; every single illusion can be created on the paper."