BMW recently took five Hollywood stunt drivers and put them behind the wheel of the brilliant new M235i for about 90 seconds of driving pleasure and smoking tires. It’s important to note that all these driving-scenes are real. To make the video, they closed a roundabout in Cape Town and let the professional drivers do what they do best. For more details regarding the making of the stunt, be sure to check out the behind the scenes video below. SOURCE: Highsnobiety
After previewing its line of premium headphones several months ago, Samsung has unveiled its full line of Level audio products. The line includes over-the-ear and on-the-ear headphones, earphones, and a Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker. Samsung’s Level Over looks to make an impact in the audio market by competitively pricing the product at $350 USD, while the On-Ear headphones come in at $180 USD. As for the in-ear wired earphones, they come in at $150 USD, while the Level Box speaker will retail for $170 USD. The Samsung Level line is now exclusively available at Gilt for just under a week before it is released at retailers, including Best Buy on July 27. SOURCE: Hypebeast
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, About Last Night) and written by the original film’s writer Josh Heald. This time Rob Corddry finds his life threatened, and he has to travel to the past along with Clark Duke and Craig Robinson in order to save his life. But soon they learn that the time machine doesn’t take them where they want to go, but takes them where they need to go. Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon, Jason Jones and Chevy Chase (but not John Cusack) also star in the comedy sequel which Paramount Pictures releases this holiday season on Christmas Day.
Bodega and Saucony have cooked up fashionable takes on both the Grid 9000 and G9 Shadow 6000 for their upcoming “Polka Dot” Pack. With the Boston-based retailer at the helm, each of the previously mentioned offerings features polka dots all over their respective nylon and premium suede builds. On tap to release sometime next month, look at the pictures below to get a better look at the forthcoming Bodega x Saucony “Polka Dot” Pack. SOURCE: Nicekicks.com
After being revealed as GQ‘s 2014 August Issue cover, we have the accompanying story where Kanye West is interviewed about his more recent events. The interview encompasses topics such as his wedding, his collaboration with adidas and several more, while we are also treated to a photo shoot of him donning many different outfits. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier shot West in a series of images that depict his contemporary style, most notably his recent A.P.C. collection. Enjoy excerpts from the piece below and head over to GQ for the full read along with the cover shoot.
You’ve said that one of the reasons you did Watch the Throne was that you wanted to learn to communicate in the easy way that Jay Z communicated. Do you feel like that experience helped you at all?
Yes! It’s picking up skill sets that give you longevity. That’s what I like about Jay. He has longevity. He’s still at the top of relevancy from the way he moves, the way he interacts with people, his ability to brush things off of his shoulder and just win at life. He’s the poster child of winning. And I think I was the poster child of, like, fighting and winning. But you always saw the fight. And with Jay, you always saw the win.
What about the new record? How far away is that?
I don’t know, man. I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.
When you said what you said last year about the fashion industry and your frustration with it, did your phone ring after that?
It did move the needle. Only positive came from it. Maybe I’m not as good friends as I could have been with the Saint Laurent designer. And now I don’t get the red-and-black versions of the white-and-black pants that are in stores, or whatever I would have got as a musician. But other than that, that communication was real. Alexander Wang made sure that I was able to go to a Balenciaga show, and I was never allowed to do that before because I was a celebrity. Listen to what I’m saying—me, as Kanye West: I guarantee you, I’m more than 50 percent responsible for every men’s shoe that they sell. Me, the singular person. More than 50 percent responsible for every Balenciaga shoe they sell. And they would say, “You can’t come to the show, because you are a celebrity.” But all honesty, no ego, I have a level of influence, and I have a level of respect for the designers. And we move product on that Barneys floor. SOURCE: Hypebeast
Ever since Lockitron hit the scene a couple years ago, dozens of other hardware startups have jumped on the smart lock bandwagon and produced their own take on the idea. Today, there’s no shortage of them, but no matter what model you choose, none are particularly stellar when it comes to battery life.
Genie, an upcoming smart lock from a startup of the same name, aims to remedy this problem. Using a novel network connection scheme, the lock (which is still in the early prototype stages at this point) will reportedly be able to operate for a full year on the same set of batteries. This stands in stark contrast to most other locks, which typically require new batteries after just a couple months.
Also, just to be clear, we’re talking about locks that can be closed and opened remotely, not just locks that open when you get close, like Kevo.
Speaking with TechCrunch, Genie founder Joel McAndrew sheds some light on why such high battery life is tough to pull off:
“One of the main issues facing smart lock developers is power management and ensuring battery life is at an acceptable level,” he said, pointing to the problems Lockitron has had with battery life. “Current devices must play a trade off between the usability of the device (how frequently the device checks for a wi-fi signal) and the battery life.”
Generally speaking, smart locks (specifically, ones that allow remote unlocking) need to ping your network for updates every few seconds as they wait to receive a command. This sucks ups a lot of power, especially over WiFi connections, and when combined with the power it takes to open/close the lock itself, it can drain a battery quite quickly.
To circumvent this problem, the Genie takes a slightly different approach. To help manage power, the lock will come with a special communications hub that you plug into your router. This hub acts as a middle man between the lock and your network, and talks to the connected door handle via Bluetooth Low Energy — a much more energy-efficient network protocol. That communications handoff essentially means the smart lock’s battery drain is kept to a minimum because the thirsty Wi-Fi radio is being powered by the grid, and the batteries inside the door handle only need power BLE transfers.
Of course, this scheme doesn’t come without a tradeoff: you’ll have to invite yet another hub into your house in order for it to work. If you’ve already got a lot of other smart devices that rely on hubs to connect to your home network, that might be a dealbreaker.
Genie isn’t quite available for purchase just yet, but the company has opened up preorders and has expressed plans to jumpstart production with a crowdfunding campaign in the near future. We’ll keep you posted with updates on that front, but in the meantime you can find out more here. SOURCE: Digital Trends
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand. This film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Zaldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro to name a few. The Marvel Studios film arrives in theaters August 1st, 2014.
Jordan Brand is breaking into the world of high fashion, and the Jordan Shine is on the front line, and the luxurious model that will look to get their high-end trend off on the right foot has finally been fully revealed. Rolled out alongside a much more subtle “Black” version, the Jordan Shine “Red” presents a louder style code of the silhouette. Drenched in its nickname’s tone from the top all the way down to the shoe’s Air Jordan 1 sole, the only contrast on the partially-woven design comes from gold metal lace tips. Get another look at the Jordan Shine “Red” in different levels of light below, and tell us what you think of this $400 release before they hit retail on July 26th. SOURCE: NiceKicks