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Month: November 2014

elhaus 2014 Fall/Winter "Explore Jakarta" Editorial

Jakara-based contemporary label elhaus released a new editorial highlighting its Fall/Winter collection. Tapping the city’s diverse architectural landscape, the brand worked with Singapore-based photographer mellowedhigh to produce the lookbook. The collection itself takes cues from technical apparel and graphic street garb – fearlessly adopting paisley to an otherwise dressy cardigan, outfitting slick twill chinos with futuristic cargo details, and elsewhere offering beautiful heavy 18oz denim for everyday use. Enjoy this lookbook above, then head over to elhaus’ website to cop. Article source:...

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Ishod Wair Drops Surprise "ECVX14" Video Part

Last year’s “Skater of the Year” winner and East Coast representative Ishod Wair continues the momentum he built in 2013, here shredding in a new lo-fi release for Thrasher Magazine. Perfectly set to a classic cut from Nas’ It Was Written, Wair reveals five minutes of fruit from this summer’s labor, having traversed through the East Coast in pursuit of its crustiest spots. The part comes as a compliment to the skater’s recently-dropped section in Johnny Wilson’s Paych, only further underlining Wair’s freakish productivity and outstanding skill. Without further ado: enjoy the clip above. Article source:...

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A World Without Net Neutrality Already Exists

Editor’s note: Jeff Lawson is the CEO of Twilio.  People have wondered how an Internet without net neutrality would work. Net neutrality is more than just a debate, it’s not a hypothetical, and it’s real and alive today with SMS. It is currently hypothetical that on an Internet without net neutrality, companies would need to “pay to play” and live by arbitrary, ISP-devised rules for accessing consumers who want and pay for their services. This is the so-called “fast lane.” While ISPs argue this is about network utilization and bandwidth costs, businesses worry that it’s far beyond that. At stake is access to consumers, and ISPs monetizing their subscriber bases instead of providing the open pipe consumers pay for. While some companies think it’s just a problem for Netflix or other high-bandwidth applications like streaming video, it’s not. The very real potential is that if you don’t have the right relationships, abide by arbitrary rules or pay appropriately, your company doesn’t get slow access – it gets no access. We know because this is how SMS in the U.S. works today. To understand neutrality, you have to understand an esoteric concept called “common carriage.” Since 1934 and the advent of common carriage in the U.S., telephone service providers have been prohibited from deciding who you can call or what you’re allowed to say while you’re talking. We take this freedom for...

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Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

Online retailers had a good Black Friday, with sales up over 8% from a year ago, and nearly 47% of online traffic coming from mobile devices throughout the day. Mobile played a big role this year in terms of both traffic and sales, and yesterday was especially notable for being the first Thanksgiving Day where mobile traffic to online retailers accounted for more than half of all online traffic. Today, those figures dropped a bit, however. By 6 PM EST on Black Friday here in the U.S., mobile traffic had accounted for 46.7% of all online traffic – an increase of 24.2% year-over-year, but a drop from the 52.11% it claimed on the Thanksgiving holiday, according to IBM’s Benchmark data. The holiday shopping season certainly started earlier this year, with a number of retailers online and off running discounted sales beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Amazon, for example, started running deals on its site mid-day, and that choice seemed to work out well for the retailer. As ChannelAdvisor noted in a separate report, its roughly 2,700 online retailers saw 20.1% year-over-year growth on Thanksgiving, but Amazon, search and other third-party marketplaces (meaning those not eBay or Amazon) saw the most growth over last year, as eBay lagged. Amazon was up 25.9% year-over-year, outpacing e-commerce as a whole, but eBay grew just 3.0% over Thanksgiving Day 2013. Mobile this year also played a part in...

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What’s Next For Firefox?

When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost a third in Europe. Today, those numbers are much lower in most regions (though Germans still love Firefox more than any other browser). The exact numbers always depend on who you ask, but the trend is the same everywhere — and it’s not looking good for Mozilla’s browser. Google’s Chrome launched at a time when Firefox development felt stagnant. I remember firing up Chrome for the first time back in 2008 and being astonished by how fast it was. I had been a long-time Firefox user at that time and Chrome — even in those early betas — blew it away. Much has changed since then and when it comes to speed, Firefox is now comparable again to Chrome (and it even outperforms it on some benchmarks). Firefox had left an opening for Chrome and Google marched right through it. Things on the desktop aren’t looking great for Firefox, but Mozilla is also at...

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