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Month: March 2015

America’s Oldest Mall Repurposed into Micro-Loft Community

Located in Providence, Rhode Island, America’s oldest indoor shopping mall is a three-storey complex dating back nearly 200 years. Like many others, the mall was closed down, but in this case has been repurposed, taking on the form of micro-housing for urban dwellers. Now a community of 48 micro-lofts ranging in size from 225 to 330 sq. ft., the complex is open to the public with retail and entertainment on the first floor, with housing above. The project was reimagined by Northeast Collaborative Architects, who was able to maintain much of the structure’s original design, including its wall-to-wall skylights, original metal railings and streetlights. The one-bedroom spaces provide affordable housing in expensive cities, with rent starting at $550 USD per month for a creative space that is both liveable and enjoyable. Article source:...

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Nike Free Socfly

Just in time for warmer weather, Nike has introduced a new silhouette — the Socfly. The shoe is a streamlined and modern silhouette, amalgamating elements from different innovations from the brand. A sock-like upper and strap fastener is built atop a Free 3.o sole, which results in a comfortable and lightweight sneaker. The new Nike Socfly is available in cool gray and white, both out now at select Nike retailers as well as rockcitykicks here, retailing for $90 USD. Article source:...

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adidas Originals ZX Flux Weave Grey/Black

Following the release of the ZX Flux Weave “Ocean Blue,” adidas has released a new Grey/Black model that sports the same geometric design as its predecessor. Pronounced black lining along the sneaker’s brim harmonizes with the black out sole, velcro Three Stripes, and TPU back heel cage. A white ZX 8000 midsole completes the runner. Retailing for $90 USD, the shoes are now available for purchase from Sneaker Politics.  Article source:...

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Mobile Marketing Trends To Follow From The Israeli Elections

Editor’s note: Gilad Bechar is the founder and CEO of Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first-tier startups and brands grow their mobile business. He serves as a mentor to startups at Microsoft Accelerator, The Technion, Tel-Aviv University and Unit 8200.  The impact of mobile and social media on every aspect of our lives is nothing new, but certain events can really shine a light on how mobile has changed our way of conduct. The presidential elections do just that. During the 2012 elections, mobile was already at the center of everything, but the smartphone industry was relatively in its...

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Mobile Payment Startup MyCheck Raises $5M From Santander’s Innoventures Fund

MyCheck, another startup that wants to make it easy to pay your restaurant bill using your mobile phone, has closed a $5 million Series B. However, perhaps more noteworthy is the company’s new backer: the Spanish bank Santander via its recently launched Santander Innoventures Fund. The $100 million fund launched in July with a remit to invest in early-stage fintech startups, with investments ranging from $100,000 to $10 million, so right across the board of early-stage. As well as capital, its portfolio companies are said to benefit from Satander’s “expertise and scale,” with the potential to have there product marketed to the bank’s 107 million-plus retail and commercial customers across Europe and the Americas. “We approached Santander’s Innoventures Fund after the fund was announced in July last year,” MyCheck CEO Shlomit Kugler explains when asked how the investment came about. “The fund’s focus on fintech, particularly mobile payments, made it attractive to us. A conversation started, and we connected with Mariano [Belinky, Managing Director of the Santander Innoventures Fund] in September. We have since moved through the stages to where we find ourselves today.” Initially launched as a consumer app in 2011, MyCheck has since pivoted to more of a B2B model, offering a platform that enables mobile payments/loyalty for big restaurant chains (such as Busaba and Prezzo in the U.K. and Blockheads and Aroma in the U.S.) and...

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