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Month: June 2015

Hong Kong’s Spacious Lands $3M To Expand Its Property Portal Across Asia

Hong Kong’s Spacious is a latest in a series of startups in Asia to raise funding to simplify the process behind finding property to buy or rent. Spacious today announced that it has closed a $3 million round, following in the footsteps of 99.co (Singapore), Zipmatch (Philippines), Lamudi (emerging markets) and Housing.com (India) among others. The Hong Kong-based company was founded in August 2013 by former Goldman Sachs exec Asif Ghafoor and raised a $500,000 seed round last year. The new capital is provided by a range of investors, including Nest VC partner Billal Naveed, and Ticketflap.com CEO Martin Haigh. Ghafoor told TechCrunch that he is unable to disclose the identity of other investors. Ghafoor, who is originally from the UK and comes from a family in the real estate business, started the company when he ran into problems finding a flat in Hong Kong after being moved over by Goldman. “It was just a terrible experience,” he said in an interview with TechCrunch. “There was a lack of transparency around prices, income distribution in area, male/female ratio, ethnicity, languages, cafes, bars, etc. People feel like they have to rely on agent, who is paid based on commission, so there’s no independent mechanism to verify what’s happening in the market,” he added. In response, Spacious uses a map-like interface which includes a range of data, from price estimates, local schools, neighborhood demographics, and even political stance and...

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SoftBank Lands $236M From Alibaba And Foxconn To Bring Its Pepper Robot To The World

Remember Pepper, the intelligent robot that SoftBank unveiled last year? Pepper goes on sale in Japan this coming weekend, but in advance of that launch SoftBank has revealed that Alibaba and manufacturer Foxconn have invested $118 million each in its robotics division. That deal will give Alibaba and Foxconn 20 percent shares in SoftBank Robotics Holdings (known as SBRH), with SoftBank retaining a dominant 60 percent stake. “SoftBank, Alibaba and Foxconn will build a structure to bring Pepper and other robotics businesses to global markets, and cooperate with the aim of spreading and developing the robotics industry on a worldwide scale,” SoftBank said in its announcement. SoftBank isn’t short on money, of course — it is building up quite a portfolio of e-commerce investments across Asia — but its two partners bring know-how, strategy and global networks to the table. So, it looks like Pepper has eventual world domination plans. Or, at least, plans to be helpful on an international scale. Pepper, which is manufactured by Foxconn, is initially a household robot. SoftBank has made 1,000 models available for early adopting consumers who want to be the first to plonk down 198,000 JPY (approximately $1,600) to put the humanoid in their home. Customers are, however, subject to monthly service fees of up to 24,600 JPY ($200) over the course of a three year contract. This is just the start, and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son revealed...

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Reebok Pump Shaqnosis Makes A Comeback

One of Shaquille O’Neal‘s signature Reebok shoes is making a comeback with the brand new Reebok Pump Shaqnosis. The lightweight mid-cut model has been updated with a modern Pump P336 system inside the tongue that’s in the shape of a bright orange basketball, yet retains a retro design that’s reminiscent of the first-ever Reebok Pump from 1989. It features a Reebok Royal/White/Sheer Grey/Flux Orange colorway that outfits the shoe in the original Shaqnosis’ hypnotizing blue and white stripes across a leather upper, gray accents throughout, a white Hexalite 5mm midsole and a herringbone outsole. The Reebok Pump Shaqnosis is now available for purchase online for $150 USD and will be released to global retailers July 10. Article source:...

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A Closer Look at the adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 Low

Following the long-awaited official announcement of the adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 Low yesterday, we now have a closer look at Kanye West’s second signature silhouette. The low-top model is defined primarily by its melange Primeknit one-piece upper, tied together with reflective rope-like laces and complemented by advanced BOOST cushioning technology, making for a functional yet relaxed contemporary silhouette throughout. The Yeezy Boost 350 drops globally on June 27 in very limited quantities at select retailers including Overkill, and is priced evenly at both $200 USD and €200 EUR. adidas will also make the sneaker available through its updated Confirmed app, which will allow users in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to exclusively reserve and secure their own pair from their phones. Check out detailed shots of the sneaker above and watch this space for additional details as we near #YeezyDay at the end of this month. Article source:...

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3.Paradis 2016 Spring/Summer "Post Dystopia" Lookbook

Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung’s luxury, ready-to-wear brand 3.Paradis returns with a refreshing and exciting lookbook for Spring/Summer 2016, entitled Post Dystopia. Featuring military and streetwear-inspired garments, encompassing a variety of global cultures, the lookbook depicts a dystopia unconstrained by the realms of time and locality. Beautifully shot and featuring a collection endowed with the brand’s now signature attention to detail and quality, the lookbook shows a brand growing in both confidence and competence. Check out the looks above and find out more about 3.Paradis on their official website. Article source:...

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