Filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) reveals the moment in history when the United States, long regarded as the epicenter of higher education, embraced a business model promoting property expansion over quality learning. Through interviews with Andrew Delbanco, Anya Kamenetz, and Internet education pioneer Daphne Koller, cofounder of the revolutionary online platform Coursera, Ivory Tower exposes the instability of traditional college education as it searches the country for alternative forms of cost-effective learning around the country with mixed results. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and Participant Media, Paramount and Samuel Goldwyn Films releases the film sometime this year.
Next up from the Summer 2014 City Pack, after having presented the Air Max 1 “London” already, is the Nike Air Max 90 Ice “NYC.” The sneaker comes in a classic stone/hyper cobald colorway, featuring a large polka dot pattern running over the full upper. The ice outer sole is a nice touch and the tongue hints at the sneaker’s city association. Look out for a release at atmos and other retailers starting April 29
Nestor Sandbank’s “The Cubes House” in Ramot Hashavim, Israel comprises various independent cubes standing alongside each other and joined by a transparent corridor. Functioning as the family’s children’s rooms, the cubes are joined to the main house while still allowing privacy. A central double-height living area opens out to the pool and outdoor terrace, while the house’s L-shape wraps around the backyard. Large steel boulder sculptures decorate the backyard, while the crisp white and glass facade completes the futuristic design. Source: Highsnobiety
While the company’s first cameraLytro‘s brand new Illum infinitely expands on its initial promise. Combining complex software with a groundbreaking image sensor, Lytro’s 2011 offering captured the color, intensity, and direction of millions of rays of light – ultimately allowing the user to refocus an image post-shot and even garner a three-dimensional image from a single photograph. Since its introduction, the technology has been mimicked – to varying degrees of success – by a number of apps and smartphones. Thus, the new Illum greatly improves upon Lytro’s first camera while also outpacing the likes of the LG G Pro 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 – by applying the technology to the lens of the camera itself.
Reminiscent of a professional DSLR, the Illum features a zoom range of 30 to 250 mm in conjunction with a wide f/2 aperture – all done using just 13 pieces of glass and weighing in at only 1.5 lbs. This is due to the fact that the camera’s massive 40 Megaray light ray sensor can figure out the direction of the light while a more conventional design – weighing closer to eight pounds – would need additional glass construction in the lens to work at correcting aberrations in light when taking a photograph.
In addition to its state-of-the-art lens, the Illum comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor and features a high-definition touch screen along with built-in WiFi, USB 3.0 connectivity, an SD card slot, and a hot shoe for flash attachment. The Illum goes on sale July 15 for $1,599 USD, but can be pre-ordered online now for a special introductory price of $1,499 USD.
Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic ’60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical. The story follows Frank Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. Clint Eastwood (of Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Invictus, Hereafter, J. Edgar) is directing with a screenplay by John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) and Rick Elice & Marshall Brickman. Warner Bros. Picture releases Jersey Boys in theaters on June 20th.
By most measures, the Air Jordan XX8 changed cushioning with the breakthrough technology of the Flight Plate. While the Schoeller Mesh shroud turned heads and offered aesthetic innovation, it’s performance prowess didn’t quite match that of the cushioning. The Air Jordan XX9 looks to change the game and cover all bases, modifying the home run Flight Plate and introducing a performance woven upper for sock-like fit.
Cutting down on the multi-layer method used on its predecessor, the Air Jordan XX9 is engineered to fit like a glove. Like Flywire technology, the performance woven upper features different levels of support and give for superior fit in lightweight fashion. Flight Web channels allow such variance in structure, while a sock styled lining caters to breathability. The woven upper also offers aesthetic ability, serving as a blank canvas for detailed imagery and innovative colorways.
As addressed above, the Flight Plate is featured in evolved fashion. The elements of harnessed Zoom Air in the heel and forefoot are still intact, connected via a Pebax moderator plate.
While previous Air Jordan signatures have launched in February, the Air Jordan XX9 will launch in the fall in preparation for basketball season. Slated to be worn by Russell Westbrook, the Air Jordan XX9 will release this September in both Black/White-Gym Red and Black/Team Orange-Dark Grey colorways.
Ahead of its official unveiling at this week’s New York Auto Show, Audi teases an upgraded version of its sporty RS7 sedan with the all-new Dynamic Edition. This four-door sports car offers up some lavish enhancements including black valcona honeycomb-stitched leather sport seats, crimson red seatlbets, red brake calipers, Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control suspension and sport exhaust, and 21-inch wheels. Furthermore, the special edition RS7 will come equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that distributes 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. With all that said, this model should reach 60 mph in a swift 3.7 seconds, just a tad faster than the standard RS7. After all of its additions, the Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will hit showrooms this summer with a price tag of $146,045 USD, about $41,000 USD more than the RS7 model.
Following images on the blogosphere of Swizz Beatz and Karl Lagerfeld sporting a pair of collaborative headphones from Chanel and Monster, we finally get our first official look at the unique paring of high-fashion and audio technology. With a heavy dose of Chanel’s iconic aesthetic present, these headphones feature the couture brand’s signature quilted leather design with a matching case and double “C” monogram. Unfortunately however, the price and release date of these headphones have yet to be revealed, but we will surely keep you updated when any new information arises. Source: hypebeast.com