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Month: April 2014

The PiPhone Is A DIY Cellphone Powered By Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a mini computer, just like most smartphones, so it stands to reason that you can create what amounts to a home-brew cellphone out of a few store-bought electronics parts. That’s just what David Hunt did. By connecting a RaspPi to a GSM module, a small TFT screen, and a battery, he’s essentially created a the DIY-est of DIY cellphones. The total cost for the project was $158 and that included $48 for the GSM module and $40 each for the Pi and a screen. He wrote his own phone interface and all the phone can do is make and receive calls, which is probably some privacy-lovers’ dream come true. What’s most fascinating about the project is that it requires no soldering or any particularly strenuous electronics knowledge. Because it is made of off-the-shelf components, you could fit one of these together in less than an hour. However, because it could (and does) overheat, Hunt doesn’t recommend stuffing this hunk of electronics into an enclosure, which could put a damper on your rainy day phone calls. The most ingenious part of the package is the GSM module which is essentially a tiny modem. Writes Hunt: The fact that this phone would have been impossible to build even a few years ago is staggering to me: we are in an era where almost all electronics can be...

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Essentials: Hikmet Sugoer of Solebox

Hikmet Sugoer once described the sneakerhead culture of Berlin as a mix of tech, ’90s running and vintage influences, and as a pioneer of the sneaker scene there, his favorite items aren’t too far off either. The owner of sneaker shop Solebox and organizer of the Solemart gathering has such an appreciation for the retro that a glance at his set of Essentials might make some double-check the date of this post. In addition to now re-branded Raider chocolate bars and discontinued Deutche Marks, his selection of old-school paraphernalia includes analog gadgets and media as well as a Motorola paper weight. Flash forward and we see a few of his modern style artifacts including a special edition of the Instapump Fury —  no surprise given his strong collaborative history with Reebok — and a re-issued Rolex GMT Master Pepsi edition. For more on Sugoer, head here. To see what’s on offer at Solebox, visit the shop website. Article source:...

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Jordan 6-17-23 "Dark Concord"

Jordan Brand has held onto its dominance, in part, through strategic releases of the classics. Here we find Jordan fusing two of its most distinctive models from the past – the VI and XVII – to create the 6-17-23. Fans might recall that Michael Jordan’s 17th model took inspiration from the lines of an Aston Martin, expressed in wide, powerful features at the midsole, arch panel, and lace loops. These characteristics were lifted from the original silhouette and put onto the Air Jordan 6, which here can claim the collar and toecap portions of the mash-up. The shoe is executed with purple leather and nubuck around the upper, contrasted by black accents and an icy midsole – all of which account for the “Dark Concord” naming. Look for this release from Jordan to drop on May 3 on Nike’s website. Article source:...

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ASICS Gel Epirus "Brazil"

Following up on the Gel Lyte V rendition seen last week, here ASICS concludes its “Brazil” Pack release with a new colorway of the Gel Epirus. The brand continues to do its part in celebrating this summer’s World Cup games, honoring one of the world’s most decorated national teams with the cushioned throwback runner. This version finds the sneaker outfitted with royal blue suede and mesh panels throughout the upper – signifying A Seleção‘s away kit – touched with yellow accents at the padded collar and sidestripe. As green is a predominant color on the Brazilian flag, a lush green block interrupts the inner portion of the midsole. Green laces and a custom star-printed flag at the tongue complete this sneaker, releasing on May 3 at retailers such as Overkill. Article source:...

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Wanderful Media Raises $14.5 Million Bringing Newspaper Circulars To Mobile Phones

Circulars (the advertising inserts with coupons from local retailers) are still critical to revenues for local newspapers. In an effort to bring them into the digital age, a consortium of some of the largest media conglomerates are investing another $14.5 million into Wanderful Media, to bring them to mobile devices. The new round brings Wanderful’s total funding to over $50 million from investors including Advance Digital, A. H. Belo Corporation, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Cox Media Group, The E. W. Scripps Company, Gannett Co., Inc., GateHouse Media, Inc., Graham Holdings Co., Hearst Corporation, Lee Enterprises, MediaNews Group and The McClatchy Company. The new financing also coincides with the launch of Wanderful’s FindSave app for android devices. The company launched in 2013 with an app for the iOS platform. “We made a decision last year of really making a bet on the iPhone and Android platforms and bringing this content to people based on where they’re at,” says chief executive Ben Smith. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company operates the shopping tabs on several newspapers’ Web sites like The San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. Smith compares media companies’ investment in Wanderful Media to similar investments in sites like Cars.com. Since its launch the company, which was formed with a $22 million investment in 2012, has generated less than $10 million in revenue, says Smith. “Our content is put...

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