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Month: September 2014

Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

Gird thyself, a new Windows approaches. Tomorrow morning in San Francisco, Microsoft will show off some part of its next operating system in a long-awaited event whose existence leaked before it was formally announced. The market is expectant, and the technology and business media will have its eyes trained on what Redmond has on offer. In the past few days, odd rumors have cropped up: Will the technical preview be ready to go, or released several weeks after the event? Does the code even have a formal name? We’ll find out soon enough. Given that the market is only expecting a preview, whatever Microsoft shows off will be feature incomplete by definition. I missed it, but apparently there was some sort of recent rumor saying that Windows 9 — provided that that actually is its name — was set to touch down, outside of preview in October. No. That’s not happening. The Windows community is, unsurprisingly, most excited about the consumer-facing bits that the operating system is likely to contain. Tomorrow isn’t about that. Microsoft didn’t brand the shindig an enterprise event for no reason. So, if you don’t get to see your favorite, expected goodies, don’t lose it. They are probably still coming. Though, of course, for Microsoft, the more good stuff it can quickly release, the better. Why do the technical, and not consumer bit first? Windows 7 has a shelf life. Windows...

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PotatoStock Actually Happened

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Zack “Danger” Brown, he of the potato salad Kickstarter, held the first annual PotatoStock in Columbus, Ohio where he and thousands of potato lovers enjoyed beer, music, companionship, and salad. I met Zack a few weeks ago, just before PotatoStock, and he told me of an amazing festival of love, happiness, and mayonnaise. Brown is reporting that the event went off without a hitch. “PotatoStock was great!” he said. “There were roughly 2000 people there. We made and ran out of 450 lbs of potato salad. Homage brought 300 t-shirts and sold out in one hour.” You can see more photos from PotatoStock on the Columbus Dispatch website and at the local alternative radio station and you can also check out @potatostock on Twitter where you’ll see stuff like this: Finally, you can see the festival from the air thanks to 8impact. Brown even raised $20,000 for the Columbus Foundation a group that helps the disadvantaged in Brown’s (and my) favorite city. “It was great!!!” said Brown. His emphasis added. Article source:...

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Hem, Fab’s Pivot Into Home Furnishings, Goes Live In 40 Markets

The brand Hem (Swedish for “Home”) was first made public earlier this year, and while Fab.com has been raising awareness through roadshows and Instagram previews, today is the first day that Hem is open for business. Goldberg describes Hem — which follows in the tradition of other vertically-integrated e-commerce sites like Warby Parker and Bonobos — not as a pivot away from something that wasn’t working, but the realisation of his original ambition. “Hem is the brand and company I have been dying to launch for a couple of years now,” he says. “I became fascinated with the opportunities and potential in online furniture from the beginning of Fab.” That was why, Goldberg explains, the company acquired furniture sellers MassivKonzept in Berlin in 2013, invested in building out a private label furniture business, and eventually bought One Nordic to fill out in-house design and market development. “One of my biggest regrets with Fab was that because we were curating everyone else’s products it was so challenging to develop our own tight taste and style,” he says. “We have that now with Hem.” And yet, Hem’s rise comes amid some significant stumbles for Fab.com. It has seen a sweep of layoffs (at its peak, Fab.com employed around 700 people; now the remaining Fab.com business in the U.S. has 25; there is also a 100-person tech team in India, and a manufacturing team in Poland); a retrenching of operations in Europe;...

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NEIGHBORHOOD "Savage" Denim Collection

NEIGHBORHOOD‘s ongoing “Savage” denim collection returns this 2014 fall/winter season with two new iterations. Available in indigo and black colorways, these variations continue with the distressed aesthetic of the collection, with the garments undergoing processes such as heavy wash and paint damage, interspersed with wabash patchwork that has undergone indigo discharge dying. Designed for a classic, relaxed straight fit, the distressed aesthetic is completed with details like front and rear custom embroidery pocket detailing, aged brass buttons, an adjustable rear cinch and signature leather embossed brand patch. The NEIGBORHOOD “Savage” denim collection is now available at HAVEN for $708 USD per pair. Article source:...

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ASICS Gel Kayano Trainer "Glow in the Dark"

ASICS has given its Gel Kayano silhouette a new spin with the “Glow in the Dark” edition. Now an established retro model in the ASICS lineup, this design features a black and white upper of mesh and suede, with blue accents around the heel counter, tongue and lining. The ASICS branding is done in blue and black and offers midfoot support, while the white paneling lights up in fluorescent green in the dark, which is bound to turn heads. The midsole of cushioned Gel is white with grey and black accents, and sits atop a blue outsole. This silhouette is now available online at Sneaker Politics. Article source:...

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