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Bits & Bytes: Bliing, Bliing… All You Need… Ipod Update… Pretty In Purple

There's nothing subtle about this collaboration between Motorola and Dolce & Gabbana.

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Bliiing, Bliiing
There’s nothing subtle about this collaboration between Motorola and Dolce & Gabbana. The MotoRazr V3i Dolce & Gabbana signals its status with a gold and silver finish, logoed screen savers and special ring tones. The phone retails for approximately $599 at stores such as Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue.

All You Need
Addicted to instant messaging? Sony’s Mylo, short for “my life online,” comes with three free instant-messaging services (Google, Skype and Yahoo). The device also plays music, displays photos and comes with an HTML browser that can display full Web pages. The Skype service makes Internet phone calls, as well. The Mylo will be available next month for $350.

Ipod Update
Levi’s has repurposed its traditional watch pocket for the iPod. While the iPod resides in a side pocket of the new Levi’s RedWire DLX jeans, a white control “patch” sewn into the watch pocket adjusts the volume or stops and starts the music. Retractable headphones sit at the waistband. The jeans go on sale next month for $250 at Levi’s stores.

Pretty in Purple
The ultraslim Casio EX-S770 shoots high-quality MPEG-4 movies as well as superhigh-resolution photos. The 7.2-megapixel camera measures about 4 inches by 2 inches and is less than an inch thick. It will be available in September in purple, silver or red for $399.

This story first appeared in the August 16, 2006 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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