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Month: January 2015

Maison Margiela 2015 Fall/Winter Collection

After making fashion headlines by dropping the ‘Martin’ from its name, Maison Margiela also graduates on the aesthetic front with its new collection for Fall/Winter 2015. The brand here preserves its sleek, yet purposefully disheveled look this season, offering up a variety of bold, double-breasted peacoats and baggy, draping trousers and printed turtlenecks. Sometimes, Margiela’s design team references Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and at other times, seems to channel a kind of ‘flower child’ sensibility – but the design team wholly embraces a new runway-vagabond attitude – which likely can be attributed to new creative director John Galliano. Enjoy a look at the latest from Maison Margiela here and stay tuned for more from the brand in the coming months. Article source:...

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Uber Rival GrabTaxi Pilots A ‘Welfare’ Program For Drivers In Southeast Asia

GrabTaxi, the SoftBank-backed Uber rival operating in Southeast Asia, is putting aside a portion of the $330 million in funding that it raised over the past 18 months to create a ‘welfare fund’ for its drivers. The company is piloting the initiative in Singapore initially, where it has allocated S$3.5 million (US$2.8 million) to provide financial support for drivers in cases of health issues, accidents and “crisis support.” The company didn’t specify how many of the 60,000 drivers that it claims overall are based in Singapore, but it did reveal that it will set aside S$300 (US$240) per driver per month. Drivers qualify for the fund based on how regularly they use GrabTaxi and the standard of their service. Lim Kell Jay, general manager for GrabTaxi Singapore, told TechCrunch that standards would be based on a combination of metrics like customer ratings, and the number of complaints, while the expectation of rides completed would vary per month. The threshold for January is 210 trips on GrabTaxi, for example, Kell Jay said. Drivers will be able to draw out the remaining funds left in their welfare account at the end of the year, he added. GrabTaxi is present in seven markets across Southeast Asia — where it claims three million downloads and 620,000 monthly users — but Kell Jay said the company is “adopting a country-by-country approach” to the fund and is “currently studying” potential expansions. GrabTaxi, which landed a $250 million investment from...

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China Cracks Down On VPN Services After Censorship System ‘Upgrade’

China is cracking down on VPNs, software that allows internet users to access Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and others services blocked in the country, according to state media and service providers. People’s Daily reports that China’s ‘Great Firewall’ internet censorship system was “upgraded for cyberspace sovereignty”, a move that affected the usage of at least three popular VPN services and attacked others with more vigor than usual. Strong VPN noted on its blog that it is suffering “connection issues” from China, while TunnelBear told TechCrunch it is investigating after reports from some China-based customers who “have been less successful in connecting over the last few weeks.” Furthermore, Astrill, a service that is well used by China’s expat and business community, this week alerted users of issues with its iOS client. So this why my China VPN hasn’t been working on IOS. Message from @astrill pic.twitter.com/voEohiX6Q3 — Finbarr Watterson (@finmedia) January 21, 2015 An employee at Astrill reportedly told People’s Daily that the company did not know how long the disruption would last following the “upgrade,” although Astrill’s service on other platforms — including Apple’s Macs — is apparently not affected. Other prominent VPN services noted stronger attacks, but claimed to operate as usual. A spokesperson at ExpressVPN told TechCrunch that its “services appear to be working normally on all platforms, including for China customers.” Golden Frog, another that specifically caters to the Chinese market, claimed its VyprVPN service was also uninterrupted. A spokesperson did note that this week’s “attacks” on...

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Twitter Adds Bing Translation Tool To Its Site And Mobile Apps

After toying with the feature for a couple of years, Twitter has officially added Bing Translator to its site, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and TweetDeck. Once users activate the tool in their account setting, they will see a little globe icon next to tweets in different languages. A translation appears below the original tweet once the globe is clicked. The majority of Twitter users—77 percent—are based in countries outside the U.S., so it’s surprising that the site has taken so long to implement an in-line translation tool, which has been available on Facebook since 2011. An easy translation tool could potentially help companies that do marketing on Twitter reach more users without having to create separate accounts for different languages. Twitter has run several experiments with the translation tool over the past few years, including adding the feature to TweetDeck earlier this month. It was also added to Twitter’s mobile apps last year, but it proved to be unreliable and was quietly removed a couple months later. In its announcement today, Twitter acknowledged that machine translations may be less than accurate, so it will display the original text above its translated version (though that is not particularly useful for people who can’t read the language in the first place). This week has been a busy one for Twitter. In addition to the translation tool, it also launched its “While...

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Receives $9.22 Million USD Compensation in 2014

Apple has given its Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook more than double his pay in 2013, with a total of $9.22 million USD. This should come as no surprise to any follower of the tech giant, with a slew of successful products in the past 12 months such as the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iMac Retina and a refined MacBook Air. Public confidence in the company has been steadily growing as well, with its market capitalization reaching more than $700 billion in October. Cook’s payout included $1.75 million USD in salary and $6.7 million USD in non-equity incentive compensation — money paid by Apple based on the performance of the company. Article source:...

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