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Month: April 2015

Sneakersnstuff x adidas Originals "Brewery" Pack

Reprising its relationship with adidas Originals, here Stockholm retailer again looks to its home city for inspiration with the “Brewery” pack. Comprised of three silhouettes  – the ZX Flux, Stan Smith and EQT Running Guidance – the range is influenced by the patinas and surfaces of the Stockholm Brewing Company, the newest (and only) brewery in Stockholm’s Södermalm district. With this in mind, the ZX Flux “Aged Copper” features a clever photo print of aged copper and is touched with pebbled leather at the heel and sidestripes to represent the malting process. Elsewhere, the more straightforward Stan Smith “Copper” symbolizes the factory’s glorious oversized brewing kettles with its shiny bronze upper and malt-colored lining. Rounding out the offering is a fresh rendition of the EQT Running Guidance ’93 – dubbed the “Malt” – which makes good use of the retro runner’s paneling through mint green, off white and tarnished copper blocking. At the interior of all three silhouettes is a special co-branded insole that features a photo screen of SBC’s specially-sourced hops. With each release perfectly casual for beer-drinking days (hopefully we’ll enjoy many this summer), pick up the EQT Running Guidance on May 16, with the Stan Smith and ZX Flux drops releasing on May 23 and May 30 respectively. Article source:...

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SSENSE x OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH 2015 Spring/Summer "BEFORE and AFTER" Capsule Collection

After previewing the collection yesterday, SSENSE has release its exclusive collaboration with OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH titled “BEFORE and AFTER.” The unisex collection features a range of all-white apparel and accessories that have been subtly tie-dyed with orange, red, blue and purple, meaning that no two pieces are exactly the same due to the unique dyeing process. The pieces also features OFF-WHITE’s signature hazard line pattern throughout. The collection is available now, exclusively from SSENSE, with pieces ranging from $360 to $1,600 USD. Furthermore, SSENSE sat down with Abloh for an interview with the designer about the range. While an excerpt appears below, the piece can be read in its entirety here. Let’s start from square one. Tell me about the genesis of this collection. The beginning, for me, started as a place to do something new. Working with SSENSE all started with an email. It was just like, what about creating a special capsule collection? I could have approached it as a more robotic thing. But I thought it was a unique opportunity to put me and Pierre Debusschere together under the SSENSE umbrella. I’m such a fan of Pierre’s work. I had been admiring of his aesthetic for a long time. So I wanted to put that on display instead of simply doing clothes and making a video about it. I wanted it to be intertwined, so that...

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Uber Is Quietly Testing A Massive Merchant Delivery Program

Uber is planning to launch a merchant delivery program that would allow online shoppers to get same-day delivery of goods through both UberRush couriers and Uber drivers. TechCrunch has obtained training documents for Uber drivers and couriers who are part of the merchant delivery pilot program. Sources say that Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s, Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Hugo Boss are all in talks with the Uber Merchant Delivery program, and one source in particular said that there are over 400 different merchants currently in talks (or already testing) with Uber for same-day delivery. (Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Hugo Boss are both used as examples in the training presentation.) We’ve also confirmed that Spring, the mobile shopping app from David Tisch, is part of the initial test of the platform with a limited set of brands. The company sent out an email yesterday offering Spring + UberRush for a limited time for brands such as illesteva, Bing Bang Jewelry, Phyllis + Rosie, Mack Weldon, Jinsoon, Industry Standard, Outdoor Voices and Negative Underwear. Spring offers an interesting testing ground for this type of service, as it already has its own back-end for merchants to list the exact amount and type of inventory available on the Spring platform at any given time. Combined with Uber’s merchant program, those same vendors simply have to list the daily available inventory as opposed to...

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Digital Democracy Or 21st-Century Electioneering

Editor’s note: David Richards is co-founder and CEO of WANdisco, a public software company specializing in the area of distributed computing. It is a corporate contributor to Hadoop, Subversion and other open source projects. It’s fair to say that Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential bid marked a watershed moment for political campaigners. This was a campaign covered in Silicon Valley’s fingerprints, characterized as it was by its widespread use of technology to capture and record data to deliver targeted messages to voters. As one former Obama campaign manager said: “We stopped thinking in terms of ‘soccer moms’ and started thinking instead about ‘Mary Smith at 37 Pivot Street.’” What was once done with pen and paper is now being done in real time and at a staggering pace, providing politicians and their election teams with a far richer picture of voters than previously possible. Next month will see the UK head to the polls for its first general election since 2010, which has been described as one of the most unpredictable in living memory. Throughout Westminster, political parties are putting their faith in technology to gain an edge over their rivals, defend vulnerable seats and better connect with the electorate. Both Labour candidate Ed Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron have hired former Obama advisers to head up their campaign teams, which look to replicate the success of Democrats in securing key...

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Samsung’s Q1 Profit Drops 39% Due To Heavier Smartphone Competition

Samsung Electronics has disclosed its first-quarter earnings, with operating profit tumbling once again thanks to pressure from rival smartphone makers. Its performance stands in sharp contrast to Apple, which posted its second-largest quarterly earnings of all time earlier this week. The South Korean company reported net profit of 4.63 trillion won (about $4.35 billion), a 39 percent drop from the 7.49 trillion won it reported a year ago. This fell below analysts’ expectations, as well as Samsung’s own forecast for operating profit of 5.9 trillion won. Revenue slipped 12 percent year-over-year to 47 trillion won. Samsung Electronics’ smartphone sales have been hurt by competition with Apple and a slew of smaller Android device makers, but Samsung sounded an optimistic note, predicting a recovery in the second-quarter thanks to its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The company also said in its earnings call that China and India will drive demand for its smartphones this year, even though it faces stiff competition from makers like Xiaomi and Micromax in those markets. The company warned, however, that overall smartphone and tablet sales demand might stagnate due to seasonality. On the other hand, demand for high-end televisions and air conditioners is expected to increase in the second quarter, but that may not be enough to help Samsung Electronics’ consumer electronics unit totally recover. It posted a loss of 140 billion won, compared...

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