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Month: April 2015

Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your Lightbulbs Smart

As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs. We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they showed me a working system to control electronics in the home using an open and very usable chip interface. That interface is now commercially ready and we can expect to see the product inside of appliances before too long. The Control, however, is something else entirely. Shaped like the Nest thermostat, the Control is actually a removable button/dial that you can carry from room to room to control lighting and appliances. “Silvair Control is the world’s first fully configurable, gesture­-driven, wireless controller that lets customers manage their everyday appliances whether that be lamps, shades, and garage doors or other household and commercial products,” said co-founder Rafal Han. His cofounder, Szymon Slupik, is an expert in “connected technology.” The Bluetooth-powered device can stick to your wall or you can put it on any surface. You can tap it, slide it, and spin it to activate various parts of your home automation system and you can dock it when not in use. They’ve raised $3.3 million to build out the product and they are already placing their specialized...

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Wikipedia’s New iOS App Sees An Improved Design, Adds Social Features With Shareable “Fact Cards”

The Wikimedia Foundation has been steadily rolling out updates to the Wikipedia mobile experience in recent months, and today that trend continues as the organization rolls out a brand-new iOS app. This release is focused on improvements to the visual design of Wikipedia’s app, better search, and includes the addition of social features that allow you to share facts and images with friends on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and elsewhere. While Wikipedia today sees nearly half a billion visitors monthly accessing its online encyclopedia’s over 34 million articles that span 288 languages, its deep integration into the iOS operating system is both a blessing and a curse. While it’s great to be able to quickly access Wikipedia content by way of Spotlight search and Siri, that also means that users have less reason to visit the native app directly when there’s something they need to research. And with an ever-growing number of mobile applications available for download from the App Store, it can be difficult to make the case for something as utilitarian as Wikipedia to remain on your phone’s homescreen…or second screen…or third. To some extent, that’s why the Wikimedia Foundation has been rolling out these updates to its mobile application, with the goal of making its native version more attractive, easier to use, and generally more engaging. The idea is to make the app something that’s compelling enough...

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NEIGHBORHOOD 2015 Spring/Summer "1st Collection" Editorial by END.

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, END has released its latest editorial for Japanese-based brand NEIGHBORHOOD‘s “1st Collection.” Presented as a continuation of Shinsuke Takinzawa’s aesthetically Western-Americana preference, END has shot a selection of the brand’s clothing against a suitably synonymous series of backdrops that do well to fortify the collection’s influences and the route of each design. Comprising of staple NEIGHBORHOOD silhouettes such as graphic T-shirts and military inspired outerwear, the collection is flanked by casual shirting, branded sweatshirts and a selection of coach style jackets bearing printed motorsport-like motifs. Shop END’s full NEIGHBORHOOD collection from their official website. Article source:...

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A First Look at the Air Jordan 5 Retro "Hornets"

With the recent unveiling of the Air Jordan 8 Retro Low “Hornets” colorway, its pretty evident that MJ’s ownership of Charlotte’s NBA franchise is set to reflect on upcoming releases from the Jordan Brand. Here we have another “Hornets” color scheme, this time for the Air Jordan 5 silhouette which features a dark purple upper that is juxtaposed with grey and teal details sitting atop of an icy blue outsole. Priced at $190 USD, the Air Jordan 5 Retro “Hornets” will be available for purchase starting May 2. Article source:...

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LA Galaxy x Reigning Champ MLS Cup Champions Lookbook

The LA Galaxy teams up with Reigning Champ to produce an exclusive MLS Cup Champions collection. Featuring LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza, the collection celebrates the team’s unrivaled history and success in the MLS, presenting a capsule range of goods pivoted by Reigning Champ’s commitment to high-quality designs. Consisting of four items; including a jacket, crewneck, T-shirt, and shorts, the collection features minimal co-branding with LA Galaxy’s five stars embroidered symbolizing the team’s league-leading five championships. The LA Galaxy x Reigning Champ MLS Cup Champions collection will be available on April 16 at Reigning Champ’s online store. Article source:...

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