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Month: September 2014

Ridesharing Service SideCar Raises Another $15 Million, Adds Sir Richard Branson As Investor

San Francisco-headquartered ridesharing startup SideCar, which competes with on-demand car services like Uber and Lyft, announced this morning it has raised an additional $15 million in funding. The new round comes from existing investors Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures, and includes participation from new investor and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Previously, SideCar had raised $20 million through A and B rounds, the latest of which was announced in February. At the time of its last close, SideCar had pivoted to offering a ridesharing marketplace in order to differentiate itself from competitors. The new version of the service, which also debuted in February, gave drivers more flexibility in pricing for drivers, while also providing passengers with more choice as to which drivers or cars they would choose. More recently, the company rolled out Shared Rides in San Francisco, allowing customers to save on the cost of their trips by getting matched with other nearby riders who then share the car and the price of the ride with you. To date, SideCar says it has offered Shared Rides to 13,000 people since its launch four months ago, and is now planning to grow the service by expanding it locally and “beyond,” with the goal of hitting 500,000 rides in one year. USV’s Fred Wilson, also a board member at SideCar, shared his thoughts this morning on as to why he’s “doubling down” on ridesharing, saying basically that...

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Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to get everyone excited, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be a tough sell for many households… at least for now. Netflix’s media campaign was unmissable. For the last month, many respectable media outlets published an article every other day on Netflix’s launch in France. There was very little to say except that it was coming. I wanted to wait for the actual launch before writing anything on Netflix. In other words, I didn’t want to fall for the hype. After all, I wasn’t able to judge before its launch whether the company was going to provide a compelling offering in France. Now you can subscribe for €7.99 per month ($9), €8.99 per month with HD streaming and 2 simultaneous streams ($10), and €11.99 ($15.50) for 4K streaming and four simultaneous streams. Let’s start with the most important part of the puzzle — the movie and TV catalog. Netflix stated multiple times that it was launching a TV show service in France more than a movie service. While you can stream Downton Abbey or Suits in France and not in the...

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Clothsurgeon FC “Garrincha” New Arrivals

The 2014 World Cup may be over but for many — including Clothsurgeon founder, Rav Matharu — the influence of The Beautiful Game is an everyday affair. It’s no surprise then, that Matharu’s latest collection for Clothsurgeon is a football-themed capsule that takes its inspiration from Brazilian football legend Garrincha, as well as Brazil’s world-famous beaches. Standout pieces include the Garrincha FC006 Sweatpants — which feature lightweight neoprene construction and a “close-up sand particle” print — the Nappa leather, neoprene and mesh Garrincha FC001 T-Shirt, and a pair of matching leather-and-mesh shorts, resulting in a line-up that’s a perfect representation of Clothsurgeon’s luxe sportswear aesthetic. Look for Clothsurgeon’s FC “Garrincha” new arrivals now at the HYPEBEAST Store. Article source:...

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Apple Sells a Record Number of iPhone Pre-Orders

Following the announcement of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has reportedly sold a record number of iPhones during its initial preorder weekend. 4 million units were said to have been sold between Friday morning and the end of the same day. That’s double the number of preorders for the iPhone 5 back in 2012, which managed an estimated 2 million in 24 hours. Apple will begin selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores beginning September 19, at 8am local time and carrier partner stores. Those not purchasing the latest iPhone can download and install the new iOS 8 beginning September 17. Article source:...

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Canon Powershot G7 X

Canon‘s popular prosumer line of digital cameras received its latest upgrade this week with the Powershot G7 X. Looking to rival the similarly-priced Sony RX100, the G7 X stands tall with a new one inch, 20.2 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that combined with Canon’s powerful DIGIC 6 image processor delivers outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12,800. Additional details include a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x optical zoom lens, a selfie-ready three inch LCD touchscreen, 31 points of AF, 6.5 fps of continuous shooting, Wi-Fi connectivity, a “Star Mode” for shooting the night sky, a convenient control ring and much more. The Canon Powershot G7 X is slated to drop next month for $700 USD. Article source:...

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