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Month: February 2015

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Rapid Transit Line to Launch Demo Next Year

A rapid cross-country rail system might be miles closer as Elon Musk’s Hyperloop idea nears fruition. The first mile, as it were, of the project has been taken on by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a crowdfunded company that has acquired Musk’s freely available ideas and is gearing up to launch a test track as soon as next year. The company has scoped out a five-mile stretch in Quay Valley, California to plant a small-scale version of the frictionless transportation system. As opposed to Musk’s forthcoming miniature test track in Texas (also in construction), HTT’s track will be designed for testing with  human passengers. This unfortunately imposes necessary limitations on the train itself, namely a reduction in projected top speed from 760mph to 200mph. Head here to check out more details and be sure to leave thoughts on the Hyperloop below. Article source:...

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Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Editorial by ‘GRIND Magazine’

Japanese magazine GRIND has produced yet another stellar editorial, this time showcasing Y-3‘s spring/summer offerings. The new collection is proof that while Yohji Yamamoto is known as a master of monochrome, he isn’t afraid to play with bold floral prints, vibrant colors and even metallics in his designs. Y-3 is known for progressive silhouettes and stylish sportswear that never lacks substance, and those trademarks are certainly on display in these moody photographs. Notable pieces include a metallic bomber and matching pants, and a bold Hawaiian print button-up. Article source:...

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Vans Classics 2015 Spring "Distressed Plaid" Pack

Digging deep into the not-so-distant yesteryears, here Vans‘ Classics division takes a fitting look into the grunge boom of the 1990′s with the “Distressed Plaid” pack. Channelling the distinctive aesthetics of Cobain, Cornell and others in the past, Vans outfitted the Old Skool, Sk8-Hi Reissue, and Era 59 in a range of two plaid-inspired options. The Sk8-Hi and the Era 59 are both executed in your choice of red/white/blue or washed grey/black mini-checks, while the Old Skool stands alone in a grey/black iteration. Check out the collection above and pick up your favorite beginning in early March online or at select Vans stockists. Article source:...

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Google Merges European Operations To Square Up To Regulators And Rivals

United we stand, divided we fall. So goes the old saying that search and mobile giant Google is now taking to heart in Europe, as it faces off with regulators and rivals in the region. The company is merging its European regional and product operations into a single unit, to be led by Matt Brittin, formerly the head of Google’s operations in northern and western Europe. Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, who had been in charge of southern and eastern European business, will now lead on commercial partnerships across the bigger region. The announcement was made at a presentation in Brussels, home of the European Commission, and one big sign of where Google is hoping the news will have an impact. The FT also reported news of the change yesterday evening. The changes will help Google manage pan-European operations more easily — providing single points of contact for business partners doing business with Google in Europe — but it will also mean that Google will be able to provide more unified resources to cope with country-specific problems that come up on the regulatory front. For its part, Google is also presenting the move as its own way of endorsing the Commission’s bigger push for single-market regulations, which essentially means a set of rules and administrative practices that will be consistent across all of Europe. The company followed up moments ago with a blog post presenting the soft diplomacy side of...

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Opendoor Gets Another $20 Million To Simplify The Process Of Selling Your Home

It’s only been about three months since home-sales marketplace Opendoor has been open for business, but it is already making its market on residential real estate in Phoenix, Ariz. As it looks to expand into two new cities, the company has raised $20 million in additional funding led by GGV Capital. Opendoor was founded by Khosla Ventures VC and former Square COO Keith Rabois and Movity founder Eric Wu to change the way real estate is bought and sold. For homeowners looking to move out of their homes, Opendoor offers a simplicity and speed of sale that is more or less unprecedented in the residential real estate market today. By applying a certain amount of data analytics, Opendoor can very accurately determine the fair value of a home and quickly make an offer on it. That reduces the amount of time its takes to close a deal, while reducing the uncertainty associated with selling a house on the open market. The average property sits on the market for more than three months (103 days!) waiting to be bought, and a number of home sales either fall through or get pulled from the market due to lukewarm interest. That’s not an issue with Opendoor, which can make an offer and purchase a home within three days of the seller entering information into its system. Once that deal is completed, Opendoor...

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