The Braven BRV-XXL is a new supersize speaker that aims to give a boost to your outdoor parties. Its design provides a 360º sound experience thanks to the four audio drivers featured on both sides, providing the perfect sound distribution, and its powerful subwoofer gives that extra oomph of low frequencies. Rugged as always, water and shock proof, the large speaker is the ideal partner for outdoor lovers because it can really light up a party, a barbecue or an after hiking hang-out. The powerful built-in battery will give you up to 14 hours of entertainment and even charge some electronic devices; you also get the EQ customizable settings, a microphone jack and a carrying strap with a bottle opener. With a weight of around 18lbs it´s still light enough to carry it with you, and the 10m wireless range ensures you won´t lose the BT connection easily. $350
A car brand might not be the most likely partner for a shoe collaboration, to say the least. But when you’re behind the wheel for hours at a time, it pays to have comfortable footwear on — and if it’s footwear that just might be inspired by the car you’re driving, that fits the bill even better.
E-commerce retailer JackThreads partnered with lifestyle site Thrillist and Honda on a unique driving sneaker that’s inspired by the 2016 Honda Civic (a concept that the Thrillist team dreamed up). The shoe is meant to reflect the redesigned car through a futuristic, fashion-forward silhouette that features metallic accents, premium suede and quilted leather detailing. Articulated nodes even wrap around the driver (or wearer’s) ankle for extra support, and a neoprene vamp fits over the top of the foot. A suede shroud also covers the laces themselves, ensuring clean lines throughout. The red-and-black sneakers are super-sleek and sporty, and they’d look right at home under slim black sweatpants or black denim for weekend explorations on foot, or long drives on the road. – $100
Facebook Messenger has a new bot, and this one can deliver all your flight info to one thread. The Messenger team has announced that its first airline partner’s, the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’, bot is up and running in some locations and will be more widely available in the coming days. You have to choose to receive info via Messenger when you book tickets through the airline’s website to be able to take advantage of its new feature. Once you do, the bot can send you your itinerary, boarding pass, check-in confirmation and even delay notifications through the app. It also gives you the choice to talk to a human staff member in case you have questions way above the bot’s pay grade.
We all know the feeling. Muscle aches, bouts of thirst, sensitivity to light and sound. Yep, it’s your hangover. While habit has some searching for the closest Taylor Ham and glass of coconut water — fingers crossed — Koreans, it turns out, discovered their own cure centuries ago: a soup called Haejangguk that’s rich in electrolytes and B vitamins, two things thought to tackle the symptoms associated with heavy drinking. “Haejangguk literally means ‘hangover soup’ and works as a way to getting your body back to level playing field,” write Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard in their new cookbook Koreatown ($20). “The broth is rich and unquestionably beefy, but not over-the-top spicy.” Though modern variations of the soup call for coagulated blood and chunks of oxtail meat, the duo have simplified the recipe for home cooks, which is focused on developing a vegetable- and a protein-filled broth. Make a big batch before your next night out. When the morning rolls around, you’ll be thankful that you did. Continue reading
There are times where you’re going to want to go outdoors. We know, it’s weird, but it happens. In those occasions, especially when you’re off the beaten path, you might want to consider putting your delicate electronics in a safer place. The RokPak is a waterproof container that keeps your phone safe, dry, and protected from bumps and scrapes all the while charging it thanks to its 12,000 mAh battery and solar panel. There are two USB outputs, as well as a net to keep your other items away from your phone, like your keys and a few cards. Additional features include an LED flashlight, as well as an emergency beacon that will flash for up to 200 hours if the case falls in the water, making it easier to find. $159
In under two years, people have gone from asking what Snapchat is to asking what it can’t do.
The Venice, Calif.-based company today released an update that lets its 100 million daily users make video and audio calls, among other things. During video or audio calls, Snapchatters can simultaneously send photos that appear as an overlay in the chat window.
The feature should get the attention of telecoms and wireless providers that want Gen Zers and millennials, who may become accustomed to free calls, to pay for phone services. Other free digital communication services like Skype and WeChat are already disrupting the space with free calling, and now, here comes white-hot Snapchat.
And on that note, T-Mobile appears to be already adapting to the changing environment. The telecom company is set to release data-only wireless plans Wednesday for as low as $20 per month, according to TmoNews.
At any rate, Snapchat’s Chat 2.0 also lets people communicating with each other instantly switch back and forth between video and audio calls, notes, stickers and text messages.
In addition, the update lets users do the following:
Record video notes of up to 10 seconds and send them in GIF-style loops
Send audio notes that work as pithy voice snippets
Auto-advance videos so the clips in Snapchat Stories just roll and roll, letting users kick back and watch a bevy of content
Utilize more than 200 stickers
Take complete control of your coffee drinking right from your phone with Doers Coffee. This new custom roasting service lets you choose fresh beans from the best regions on the globe, available as single-origin or mix-n-match blends, then have them roasted to your specifications for intensity, temperature, and duration. You can get your blend as whole beans, ground coffee, or in your choice of Nespresso capsules or Keurig K-Cups, and no matter which options you choose, you’ll have your order in 2-3 days. The result is a great cup of coffee, no matter how you choose to brew it. $15
Israeli based Architect Alex Meitlis has recently completed “House in Savion”, Israel.A single family residence located not far from Tel Aviv.The plot has been divided by vertical walls creating many different spaces, some enclosed with roofs, some semi enclosed and some totally open. The house only occupies a third of the site, while the rest it is for garden, open spaces and swimming pool.The project seeks alternative ways to naturally illuminate the house, to enable sun penetrating in the winter months and to create shade for comfortable use of the spaces in the harsh summer weather in Israel. Continue reading
The HMX Black Badger could best be described as a 3D watch. It is controlled by a caliber that is developed in-house by MB&F. A Sellita gear train powers the watch, which the radiates bright colors that make reading time a rather trippy affair, irrespective of the time of the day and lighting conditions. You have a choice of vibrant colors to choose from, including Radar Green, Phantom Blue and Purple Reign. The cover of the mechanics is transparent thus showing up the brightly illuminated backlight on the watch. The shine of the HMX Black Badger is said to be more radiant than the conventional luminous timepieces. It costs 48,000 Swiss Francs, which is about $49.2k.
Hunting: It’s not just for the Duck Dynasty set anymore. The activity so often associated with rural America is increasingly being marketed as an adventure sport, with more consumers signing up for “luxury” hunting trips and buying high-end gear and apparel.
Also driving the trend is the rise of the so-called “hipster hunter”—that urbanite who’s into the locavore/farm-to-table movement seeking to kill his or her own food and signing up in droves for butchering courses in New York and San Francisco.
“The free-range/organic movement fits hunting and butchering your own animal to the fifth degree,” said Jason Hairston, who founded upscale hunting apparel company Kuiu five years ago.