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Month: December 2014

Bonhams To Auction Rare Japanese Whiskey

Not unlike the resurgence of craft beers stateside, Japanese-made whiskey has also seen a period of growth amongst more endowed parties in the past few years. Revered Hong Kong auction house Bonhams rides this wave by assembling a thorough assortment of rare Japanese Whiskey for sale. The collection includes about 250 bottles from the likes of Ichiro’s Malt and Karuizawa Geisha, both now-defunct distilleries from the 70s, as well as 50 year-old picks from Yamazaki. With some bottles valued as much as $32,000 USD, this auction might be reserved for purists. Look for the bidding to begin in February. Article source:...

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New Balance 696 "Deconstructed"

The New Balance 696 returns with an overall minimalist complexion. This “Deconstructed” pair sports a sage, nubuck and suede upper. Details include perforations along the sneaker’s toebox, upper, and inside the big “N” logo. The addition of a leather tongue tab adds pop to the otherwise subtle sneaker. Matching sage colored leather shoelaces, and a stark white midsole complete the New Balance’s stripped down look. Retailing for $130 USD, the “Deconstructed” New Balance 696′s are available for purchase at New Balance stockists worldwide, including FEATURE’s online shop. Article source:...

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Nike Reports $80 Million USD Sales of Air Jordan 11 "Legend Blue?"

Nike continues to forge ahead of the competition, evidenced by the calculated earnings of last Saturday’s Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue” release. According to SportScanInfo, Nike churned out $80 million dollars of revenue, as a result of selling close to 480,000 pairs of Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue” sneakers in an estimated three hour window that coincided with the shoe’s online and in-store release. To put that in perspective, there are businesses in Oregon whose annual sales fail to clear the $80 million mark. Nike has raised the bar yet again with the conclusion of this year’s holiday Jordan 11 release. The anticipation now begins to build for next year’s traditional Jordan 11 holiday drop. Article source:...

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Mouthguards, Magnets And Smart Helmets Are Putting The Brakes On Traumatic Brain Injuries

Editor’s note: Tishin Donkersley is the chief editor for AZ Tech Beat. On beautiful green fields around the U.S., college and professional football players are facing up to 100Gs of rapid deceleration from helmet-to-helmet collisions each week. The result? Concussions and, sometimes, permanent brain injury. Players who stay in the game post-concussion have sparked a national conversation about player safety and the lack of diagnosis on the sidelines. The NFL has been the biggest target. Former professional players filed a class action lawsuit accusing the organization of concealing knowledge of long-term health effects from concussions and failing to protect players’ health; and as of this post, they are awaiting the judge’s ruling on a $765 million settlement. Colleges are also in the spotlight for their questionable judgment. In September, University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke left his quarterback in the game after a concussion. One tragic event surrounds Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge, a defensive lineman with a history of sports-related concussions, who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound last month. Prior to his death, Karageorge texted his mom citing his concussions and said “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment.” This tragedy is still under investigation and an Ohio coroner ordered an examination of his brain to discover indications of traumatic brain injury. Research shows that 60 percent of football collisions are head-to-head, with...

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Apparently The Bitcoin Bowl Is A Real Thing That’s Happening Right Now

When I first heard about the Bitcoin Bowl, I assumed it was a joke, or maybe a weird startup publicity stunt. It turns out that yes, the Bitcoin Bowl is promoting BitPay, a Bitcoin-processing startup — but it’s also real college football game that’s underway as I write this on Friday evening. Yes, one day you’ll be able to tell your kids about the very first Bitcoin-sponsored football game. And I’m guessing they’ll just roll their eyes at you, either because this kind of thing has become ubiquitous, or because they have no freaking idea what Bitcoin is. Anyway, here in the present, I’ve been following some of the conversation around the game via the #bitcoinbowl hashtag, which presents a nice mix of sports commentary and Bitcoin jokes. I also checked out the official website for, ahem, the “Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl,” which mostly looks like your run-of-the-mill college football website, while also featuring videos explaining both Bitcoin and Bitpay. The aim, presumably, is to introduce a mainstream audience to Bitcoin, but I like the idea that the reverse could be true, with at least handful of Bitcoin fans checking out college football for the first time. See, for example, this post on Bitcoin news website Coin Telegraph that explains the game to people who are watching even though they “don’t know anything about the teams and players.” (Personally,...

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