Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bugatti enters collaboration with LUISAVIAROMA

Molsheim/Florence, 15 June 2016. French luxury car brand Bugatti and LuisaViaRoma, one of the biggest international concept stores, have just signed an exclusive collaboration deal. From June 2016 and for the next two years, the Ettore Bugatti collection will be available to local and international clientèle both in the LuisaViaRoma store and on the Luisaviaroma.com website. LuisaViaRoma becomes the first place in Italy where shoppers can buy the clothing and accessories ranges of the Ettore Bugatti Collection, a lifestyle brand extension born in 2013 reflecting the spirit of the supercar firm.

With their unique style, flamboyant attitude, skilled workmanship and exquisite materials that make every piece look and feel extraordinary, the clothing and accessories in the autumn/winter 2016 collection will be the first to appear at LuisaViaRoma.

The launch of this collaboration with LuisaViaRoma was celebrated with an exclusive special event on the installation "Bridge of Love" on the Arno during Pitti Uomo last night.

About Bugatti

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is the manufacturer of the world's most powerful, fastest, most exclusive and most luxurious production super sports car. Since it was established in 1909, the French luxury brand has had its headquarters at Molsheim, Alsace, where 450 Veyrons were produced from 2005 to 2015 and the new Chiron, which is to appear in a series limited to 500 cars, is to be hand-crafted from the late summer of 2016.

As part of its brand extension strategy, Bugatti is running a dedicated Lifestyle Collection, named after Ettore Bugatti. It was launched in 2013 as a major step in Bugatti's brand extension strategy to demonstrate that Bugatti does not only stand for benchmark technology and breath-taking performance, but also for art, design and a sophisticated lifestyle.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Patrick Lindsay’s acclaimed book, Fromelles

"Fromelles may well be the most tragic battlefield of Australia's history"
- Leslie Allen "Les" Carlyon AC

One hundred years ago, on 19 July 1916, in the French village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst ever military defeat when a British officer ordered 15,000 of Australia's best and bravest to go 'over the top' and attack the German lines. Eight hours later more than 5500 Diggers lay dead or wounded – the equivalent of all Australian casualties from the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Many of those who died disappeared from the official record, their fate remaining unknown for close to a century. In this evocative and enthralling retelling, Patrick Lindsay takes us back to the killing fields of northern France.

Fromelles is also the story of the quest to find the missing Diggers from the WWI battle. Covering the archaeological dig at Pheasant Wood which confirmed, at last, the final resting place of up to 400 missing Diggers and Tommies buried by the Germans after the battle. This discovery was the largest mass grave found since the Second World War. The recovery of the missing Diggers remains and the names of those who have been identified from their DNA, as well as the opening of the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetary are also included.

ISBN: 9781743792148

Monday, July 4, 2016

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

At the end of July, Hachette Australia are thrilled to be publishing the newest historical non-fiction title from renowned historian Anne Sebba, Les Parisiennes. An incredible look at the female perspective on a tumultuous part of history, Les Parisiennes examines women's lives through the Occupation and then the Liberation of 1940s Paris. It was the women of Paris who ultimately came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis, and Anne Sebba delves into what this meant for their day-to-day lives. Examining the experiences of everyone from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Sebba's fascinating cast of characters includes both native Parisian women and those living there temporarily – American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers. These women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive.

Having read History at King's College London Anne Sebba has written eight works of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women, presented BBC radio documentaries, and is an accredited NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) lecturer. Her biography of the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, That Woman, was a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sebba is perfectly placed to tug apart the threads of female experience throughout history and reveal to readers an unseen side of this significant time in Parisian history.

Friday, July 1, 2016

How to Avoid Online Scams at Rio Olympics

NordVPN explains security protocols and VPN service benefits to travelers using public Wi-Fi networks 

Rio Olympics, taking place from August 5 to 21, will draw more than 10,000 athletes from around the world and hundreds of thousands of fans and spectators.

While Rio is preparing, it is important that everyone who travels to see the Olympics prepares to stay safe.  One of the most important things for travelers who go to crowded public events is not only protecting their wallets and other belongings from pickpockets, but also protecting their online privacy, especially when using public Wi-Fi - whether at a stadium, on the street, at a hotel, a restaurant or the airport.

Free wireless networks, enjoyed by almost every Olympics participant or spectator, provide us with easy access to the Internet service, but are not able to offer security in most cases, since public Wi-Fi can be hacked-into very easily. 

For example, hackers are now using sophisticated technology, such as sniffers - a software designed to intercept and decode data when it is transmitted over a network. Wireless sniffers are specifically created for capturing data on wireless networks. A full stadium of people who are using free Wi-Fi is a goldmine of stolen identities for a hacker.

The most common threat, however, is a hacker positioning himself as a hotspot. When that happens, a Wi-Fi user will be sending their information to a hacker, and that could include credit card information, all emails, and any other sensitive information they might be transmitting. This is extremely easy for a hacker to do, as Wi-Fi spots rarely require authentication to establish a connection.

The best and most effective way for any traveler to protect their data is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN service encrypts all the traffic flow between the Internet and a device thus hiding user¹s IP address.

How to choose a VPN?

Choose a VPN that is easy to use. For example, NordVPN has recently launched its first Mac and Android apps geared towards everyday Internet user, who cares about privacy and security online. How does it work? Log in (the first time only) and press the ON button. The app will then choose the fastest server to connect to, in a country of your choice. That¹s all it takes to hide your IP address and to start safe browsing.

Also, beware of free VPN service providers. Free VPN providers do not necessarily provide highest quality security measures. A VPN service needs to pay for the server maintenance, staffing and operational costs and in itself cannot be free. ŒFree VPNs¹ typically rely on third party advertisers to cover the costs. Often they are free proxy services, marketed as a VPN service, when in fact proxies are not encrypted (they just change your IP address, but do not hide/encrypt it).

Besides protecting your safety and security when you are traveling, a VPN can also help you access geo-blocked sites. For example, social media sites such as Whatsapp occasionally get blocked in Brazil. Using a VPN would allow you to bypass these blocks by setting your connection to another country and appearing to be in the U.S., for example. In addition, you can stream as if you were in USA or UK: with a VPN, you can access most streaming services just as if you were in the U.S. - and that includes Netflix, Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, YouTube with local restrictions and so on.

VPNs are quickly gaining popularity in the world of tightening online security, and soon using a VPN will be as common as going online. Besides using a VPN, travelers should use antivirus and anti-spyware and automatically update their software.

To find out more, visit www.nordvpn.com

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