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August 23 2014

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13 posts tagged "Google"

The Problem With Google’s Driverless Car, Downton Abbey‘s Strange Underwear Rules, and More of the News You Missed Today

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Say it, don’t spray it…
Spray sunscreen is supposed to protect us, but could it be doing more harm than good? The New York Times today is investigating just how dangerous it might be to inhale sunscreen spray’s airborne particles. Might be best to reach for the good old-fashioned lotions after all.

Downton‘s new rules…
After a plastic bottle accidently appeared in the background of a Downton Abbey promotional photo, the show is banning cast members from wearing anything that does not fit their 1920s aesthetic. This includes everything from jewelry to watches, and even the actors’ undies. [Vogue]

Normcore, revisited…
The basic white button-down is having a moment. Once considered plain and boring, it’s one of this season’s must-have pieces—you just need to know how to wear it. The Huffington Post found 20-plus ways.

Google’s robotic car…
Driverless cars are happening—but Google has hit a few proverbial bumps in the road. The company has been forced to add a steering wheel and pedals to the futuristic vehicles so humans can take control in the event of an accident. Probably a good idea. [Telegraph]

Burberry’s CEO takes a pay cut…
Christopher Bailey, CEO and CCO at Burberry, has just sold £5.2 million ($8.6 million) worth of his shares in Burberry. WWD reports that the sale was likely influenced by public scrutiny over his super-high salaries. Apparently, he could earn up to $17.6 million this year alone.

Photo: Tommy Ton

EDM’s Biggest Moneymaker, Johnny Depp’s New Father-Daughter Project, and More of the News You Missed Today

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103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2014 - ShowJay Z beat out by…
It’s been a pretty good summer (and winter and spring and fall) for Calvin Harris, who has just been named the highest-paid DJ in the world for the second year running. Forbes reported he earned $66 million in the past year playing more than 50 festivals and gigs. What’s more shocking? His earnings topped those of music industry heavyweight Jay Z, who reportedly made $60 million. [The Huffington Post]

Google knows all…
A comparison of the top 20 search terms by area has revealed a sharp difference in the concerns of Americans in various geographical locations. While people living in the wealthiest parts of America are Googling the latest tech gadgets and holiday destinations, those at the other end of the wealth spectrum are worried about health issues and diet tips. [The Cut]

Johnny Depp and Lily-Rose’s New Project…
It was announced today that Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp is set to star alongside his 15-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, in the upcoming film Yoga Hosers. The film is going to be quite the family affair—Haley Quinn Smith, who is the daughter of the movie’s director, Kevin Smith, is also in it. [Harper's Bazaar U.K.]

The most-photographed man in New York?
The first answer that comes to mind here is likely a celebrity name. But according to a NYT story today, it’s a man named Di Mondo. Read all about the relatively unknown eccentric now. [The New York Times]

How Hermès keeps its cool…
Hermès has a new designer, the luxury label’s stock went up more than 175 percent in the last five years, and it was named as one of the most innovative companies in the world, ahead of brands like Netflix and Starbucks. What’s the secret to its historic empire? Forbes reports. [Forbes]

Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Fashion Over Function: Why Wearable Tech Is the Worst

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Google GlassNews broke yesterday morning that Google has enlisted Luxottica—the company that crafts eyewear for such brands as Prada, Ray-Ban, Chanel, Versace, and beyond—to make Google Glass less hideous. That’s all good and fine—at least the Internet giant is placing an appropriate amount of importance on aesthetics. But I have to be honest: I am deeply tired of hearing about, writing about, and thinking about wearable tech. I have no desire to be hooked up to a device all day. The nonstop e-mail-induced vibrating of my iPhone already gives me heart palpitations, and I don’t need my rings, bracelets, and specs incessantly nagging me, too.

Considering Apple’s recent hires—Saint Laurent’s former CEO of special projects Paul Deneve and Burberry’s former CEO Angela Ahrendts—and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s partnership with Intel, wearable tech is no doubt about to explode. And it has the potential to generate big business among Millennials who are lost without their tablets, smartphones, and various other gadgets. I’m just not interested in participating in this particular big bang.

That’s not to say that wearable tech isn’t impressive from, well, you know, a tech standpoint. I find it mind-boggling that a Nike Fuel Band has the capacity to track your steps and calories burned, and then spit that information out into the World Wide Web. However, I’m unsure why the world (or the NSA, for that matter) needs to know your, or my, workout routine. Nor do I enjoy being bombarded on Facebook by everyone’s “humble brags” about how many miles they ran today. I’ve unfriended people for less. But I digress.

As someone who has dedicated my life to fashion, I refuse to compromise on the appearance of a garment or accessory. I’d much prefer to spend my wages on a decadent pair of low-tech vintage sunnies than on a mediocre style with Wi-Fi.

Furthermore, when is enough tech enough? Despite the fact that it doubles as my career, fashion is my escape—and I think a lot of people feel that way. When I slip on a new dress or place my favorite hat upon my head, I get butterflies in my stomach. All my troubles dissolve (if only for an instant), and it’s as though I’ve been transported to my own personal sartorial oasis. Why on earth would I trade in those moments of bliss for a flashing frock with 4G capabilities?

And what’s so great about being connected all the time, anyway? Forever burned in my mind is an election party I attended in 2012. The invitees were educated, opinionated, entertaining, and dynamic, but for a good portion of the evening, I had to check their Twitter feeds in order to get their thoughts on the polls. What could have been a riveting few hours of discussion was diminished to a silent, nonstop tweet-fest. While I sat there with my iPhone tucked in my handbag (my mother always told me that it was rude to stare at one’s phone in social situations because it makes your company feel as though they’re not important), mumbling to myself, all I could think was, What a waste. Can you imagine how much worse this will become if we’re not required to take the extra step of reaching into our pockets to tweet, Instagram, e-mail, Facebook, etc.? If the Internet is latched onto our wrists or eyes, will we even speak to each other anymore?

Perhaps I’m a Luddite. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’d prefer to be stuck in the last century than to look and live like some kind of Star Trekkian android.

Even so, I wish nothing but the best of luck to Google and Luxottica in making high-fashion face computers.

Photo: Indigitalimages.com

Fendi’s Drone Logic

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Fendi Drone

Fendi announced today that it will team up with Google to live-stream its Fall ’14 runway show via drones from tech company Parrot. The move marks Google’s latest fashion-focused foray, with its first being the Google Glass catwalk debut at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring ’13 show. We can’t imagine that flying drones will be any more obtrusive than the giant oscillating camera arm used to broadcast real-time runway coverage now—but flying robots may prove to be a larger distraction for the models. Even so, those of us not in Milano are looking forward to seeing Fendi’s Fall ’14 at all angles.

Photo: via WWD

Google Gives Edith Head The Ultimate Birthday Honor

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Edith HeadThese days, you’re nobody unless Google decides to honor you on its home page. And this morning, the tech company gave Edith Head its stamp of approval. Today would have been the Hollywood costume designer’s 116th birthday, so Google posted an illustration of the legend posing in front of six of her iconic looks. Spanning fifty-four years, the costumer’s career saw her create outfits for stars like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Funny Face, Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun, and Tippi Hedren in The Birds, among many more. Her work at Paramount and Universal Studios earned her thirty-five nominations from the Academy and eight Oscars for Best Costume Design. She died in 1981 at the age of 83, having left a glamorous and indelible mark on Hollywood fashion.

Photo: via Google.com