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Month: September 2014


In continued observance of the monumental “CLEAN SLATE” exhibition in Hong Kong, here New York-based icon KAWS makes a brief revisit to apparel with a new T-shirt. The commemorative shirts feature a rendering of the 7-meter Companion installation as it stands in the middle of Harbour City. Offered in your choice or either grey or white, the shirts are of particular rarity given the shuttering of OriginalFake in the middle of last year. If in the Hong Kong metropolitan area, be sure to pick up this special item for $580 HKD (approximately $78 USD) beginning September 28 at Harbour City. Article source:...

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An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

GGV Capital co-founders Thomas Ng and Joel Kellman got to know Jack Ma in 1999, in the early days of Alibaba when the company was just starting up in a small apartment in Hangzhou, China. Fifteen years later, firm co-founder and managing director Hany Nada can only marvel at what his partners’ investment has wrought. Although no longer a major player in the company’s fate, GGV Capital was witness to the company’s earliest days, and watched how Jack Ma parlayed his marketplace for buyers and sellers into a global business which spans web services, payments, e-commerce, online-to-offline shopping, a mobile operating system, along with investments in ride-sharing companies, online video companies, music streaming services and much more. “When we first met Jack, his vision was about making the pie as big as possible,” says Nada. It’s a sentiment that Ma has carried from his earliest days as an entrepreneur to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where in an interview with CNBC he said: “Today what we got is not money what we got is the trust from the people. Millions of small businesses, so many shareholders. I am very honored and so excited because when you see these shareholders, the responsibility I’ve been thinking about the next five to ten years, how I can make sure these shareholders are happy,” Ma told CNBC. GGV Capital made...

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Don’t Let iOS 8’s Accidental Selfie Feature Ruin Your Life

Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. This one: Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version of Apple’s mobile OS with the public. iOS 8 was the same. On Wednesday, I stared at my iPhone screen with the rest of the huddled masses, waiting for the coveted new OS to finally arrive. I fell asleep with my phone plugged in, safely connected to Wi-Fi, and slowly updating. The new Messages app in iOS 8 represents a big shift for Apple. Though the company’s own messaging platform has shifted closer and closer to platform-agnostic chat apps over time (with the introduction of iMessage itself, as well as conventions like Read Receipts), iOS signifies the biggest push towards current social apps and communications apps. For instance, iMessage in iOS 8 now lets you send voice memos and videos that expire unless you choose to keep them. These features are built into the new keyboard, with an icon on the right that you can hold down to record audio, and a familiar camera button on...

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Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as was long expected. According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available until October. So put your laptop down and pout, because the wait might be longer than you expected. Component to his report on the release situation, Thurrott dug into a host of other Windows 9 topics, most importantly confirming the riff that the update cycle for the hoi polloi will indeed be quite rapid. Here’s Paul [Emphasis original]: Microsoft has created a new Windows Insider Preview Program so that users can get more frequent preview builds and provide feedback to the company. Once you’ve signed up, you can use the Windows Feedback app to navigate through a menu of top-level choices (Recent Applications, Apps and Windows Store, Hardware and Devices, Download and Install, Internet Explorer, and so on) and then fine-tune it further (Mail, Maps, Messaging, Movie Moments, Music, etc.). You can search to see whether other Insiders have given similar feedback, add more details to that feedback, or start your own, adding text and screenshots as needed. That’s good, given that Windows 9 will — and I deign here to make a prediction about a Microsoft product —  generate spirited public debate. The September 30 event is only the...

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Need Supply Co. 2014 Fall "Periphery" Lookbook

Need Supply Co. has launched its 2014 fall lookbook titled “Periphery” to showcase the offerings for the colder months. The emphasis of this collection is on layers and deconstructed lines to accommodate the ever-changing edge of city life. Featuring a limited, crisp color palette, the line is compromised of strong statement pieces which encompass flannels, button ups, and sweaters. A range of jackets, including a bomber, varsity letterman, rain coat, and a zipped parka round out the formidable collection. Enjoy the lookbook above and head over to Need Supply Co.’s online shop to purchase the garments, or stop by its brick and mortar location in Richmond. Article source:...

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