The film, which is reportedly titled “Chiraq”has created a lot of controversy because it compares the city’s violence to the war zones of Iraq. Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly expressed his disdain for the title to Lee himself. According to NBC Chicago, Alderman Will Burns also called for the city council to cut Lee’s tax break unless he changes the film’s title. The moniker Chiraq was popularized by Chicago rappers Chief Keef and later used by stars like Kanye West, who was also raised Chi Town.
Spike Lee says “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first.” The film is about “Truth,” “justice” and “peace.” Gang violence.
Lee reminded his audience that one of his earliest movies, “Do The Right Thing,” also generated criticism before its 1989 release.
“There were people who said this film is going to cause riots all across America, that black people are going to run amok,” Lee said.
The first pair of commercially produced nylons was sold on May 15, 1940
Two men have been arrested in the hacking of Photobucket, and subsequent sale of passwords and protected information, images, and videos. According to the Department of Justice, the app let scammers bypass Photobucket privacy settings and access and copy users private and password protected information, images and videos without authorization.
Both men each face one count of conspiracy, and one count of computer fraud, as well as aiding and abetting—both of which which carry a penalty of no more than five years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. If convicted of all four counts, each man could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, and a $1 million fine.
A new development gives conservators greater detail about a painting’s hidden layers, while causing less damage to masterpieces. Traditionally, those working on art conservation had to remove a small piece of the artwork in order to observe its inner layers under a microscope.
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology have partnered with the National Gallery in London to develop an instrument capable of non-invasively capturing subsurface details from artwork at a high resolution.
The device improves upon Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which was originally developed for medical imaging but has also been applied to art conservation. It uses a beam of light to scan the intact painting without removing physical samples, allowing researchers to analyze the painting in depth.
The Raphael test
Project leader Haida Liang and her colleagues used a broadband laser-like light source: a concentrated beam of light containing a wide range of frequencies. The wider frequency range allows for higher resolution and more precise data collection. Such light sources were not commercially available until recently.
The device was tested on a late 16th-century copy of a Raphael painting, housed at the National Gallery in London, and performed well. In fact, in some places the ultra-high resolution OCT setup identified varnish layers that were almost indistinguishable from each other under the microscope.
They were not only able to match the resolution but also to see some of the layer structures with better contrast. As a result of OCT being particularly sensitive to changes in refractive index.
Price: $1.4 million
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
A bowl of strawberries garnished with a 4.7-carat pink diamond ring for $1.4 million. That’s exactly what’s served at the 96-year old Arnaud’s restaurant in New Orleans French quarter. Of course, you don’t just get the strawberries and the ring for your money—there’s a jazz ensemble, too. (Photo: Kit Wohl via MSN)
The black-skinned, stripeless Densuke watermelon is reported to have a special type of sweetness. Grown exclusively on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, only 100 Densuke are farmed each year. The most expensive one ever sold was a whopping 17 pounds and went for $6,100 at an auction in 2008, making it the priciest watermelon in the world. (Photo: Flickr)
Yubari King Melons
Price: $225 for two
The price above is actually a bargin, seeing as a pair of Yubari King Melons once went for $23,500 (making them the most expensive fruits in the world). Another product of the island of Hokkaido, the hybrid, orange-fleshed melon is highly prized for its sweetness, and, as Gourmet writes, “beautiful proportions.” The melons are grown in greenhouses and even given “hats” to prevent sunburn. (Photo: Flickr)
Northern Territory Mangos
Where: Sydney, Australia
In 2012, a tray of 12 Northern Territory mangos sold for $50,000 at an auction in Sydney. The proceeds went to the Prostate Council Foundation of Australia, the Cancer Council of NSW, and OzHarvest. Australia produces a lot of mangoes—7.2 million trays in 2013/2014. (Photo: Flickr)
Seen as the most single most ubiquitous shoe of fashion’s Olympic Games – the four-city international collection circuit that ended two weeks ago – didn’t have a designer label, nor a five-inch heel. It wasn’t uncomfortable, for the most part, and it wasn’t particularly expensive. Yet it was in the front row of all the major shows in every capital, through sun, snow and sleet (God bless British weather). It looking as good on men as on women, and age not an issue.
The members of a new film and television studio and infrastructure association for Georgia: Tyler Perry Studios, Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta, Mailing Avenue Stageworks, and Triple Horse Studios. These 5 large Georgia-based studios have join together to serve as a legislative and educational advocacy group for studio and production support businesses in the Georgia film and television industry. Education of the crew members and development of talent needed to keep clients returning to Georgia will be another key focus.
Madeinnyfashion.nyc, a digital hub created by NYCEDC is up and running. The Web site is devoted to promoting local designers and manufacturers, highlighting New York City-made products and providing the fashion industry with resources, information and news and events
Savoir-faire reveals a constant love of nature’s fragility for Georges Hobeika’s Spring/Summer 2015 Couture collection. Luxurious crepe and silk chiffon are fairy tales in bright fresh shades on which fine embroideries shine in brilliant contrast.
Photos and information: georgeshobeika.com
Authentic haute couture craftsmanship is a quintessential signature of the Georges Hobeika fashion house. Exquisite hand-sewn embroideries, hand-tailoring of the finest unique fabrics and pristine finishing attest to the superior execution of every atelier design. Distinguished for his dedication to the timeless art of French couture dressmaking, Georges Hobeika is renowned for his creative and technical talent, which has identified him as one of the most respected couturiers worldwide.
For a little under $300,00, one super (rich) fan of James Patterson will have the opportunity to purchase the author’s next book and watch it explode a day after opening it. The self-destructing book is part of a plan to promote Mr. Patterson’s next title, “Private Vegas,” due out Jan. 26 from Little, Brown and Company.
The price tag includes a first-class flight to an undisclosed location, two nights’ stay in a luxury hotel, 14-karat gold-plated binoculars, a five-course dinner with Mr. Patterson and a copy of “Private Vegas” that will self-destruct 24 hours after the purchaser begins reading it. While the details of how the book will explode are being kept secret, the process will involve a bomb squad and a location that could come straight out of a Patterson story.
A 1,000 people will be able to read the book for free. Beginning Wednesday at noon, codes will be released in batches at selfdestructingbook.com allowing users to download digital copies of the book, which will self-destruct (a.k.a. delete themselves) 24 hours after the user begins reading.
In the Heart of the Sea takes inspiration from Herman Melville‘s novel Moby Dick, but is actually based on Nathaniel Philbrick‘s book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which tracks a whaling ship in 1920 that go up against their prey and are stranded at sea. Directed By Ron Howard
After premiering his latest drama, A Most Wanted Man, at Sundance last year, we thought director Anton Corbijn might return to Park City, but barring any last-minute announcements that looks to not be the case. Hopefully coming later this year, as scripted by Luke Davies, Life centers on the relationship between James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and Life Magazine‘s Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson).
Mojave (William Monahan)
Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan gangster pic was rough around the edges, but it had no shortage of style and fun performances. The writer has potential behind the camera, and he’s taking his second shot with Mojave, a great script written by Monahan himself. It’s a game of cat and mouse between two equally dangerous men, played by Oscar Isaac and Garret Hedlund. If the final result is half as interesting or exciting as Monahan’s script, then we’re in for a real treat.
Our Kind of Traitor (Susanna White)
After the recent , A Most Wanted Man and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- John le Carré will once again be hitting screens this year with Our Kind of Traitor. Helmed by Susanna White (who cut her teeth in the world of TV), the drama stars Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, and Stellan Skarsgård, and we’d expect it to pop on the fall festival circuit. The story follows “a couple who find themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect but are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.”
Mojave (William Monahan)
Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan has written, a great script written about a game of cat and mouse between two equally dangerous men, played by Oscar Isaac and Garret Hedlund.
A Tale of Love and Darkness (Natalie Portman)
Natalie Portman upcoming feature film debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The content of the film is based on the Amos Oz memoir. Described as, “the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many,” Portman has also taken on duties as the film’s screenwriter and star.
Regression (Alejandro Amenábar; Aug. 28th)
Regression is a thriller Led by Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, set in 1990 in Minnesota and follows a detective investigating a girl that has accused her father of an unspeakable crime. The father doesn’t remember what happened, but when a renowned psychologist joins the case, the conspiracy is unraveled. Also starring David Thewlis, David Dencik, Lothaire Bluteau, and Devon Bostick.
The Little Prince (Mark Osborne)
Last year was a great year for animation both on the studio side (The Lego Movie, The Boxtrolls) and on the foreign circuit (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), and this year is looking promising. Near the top of our radar is The Little Prince, a new animated feature that comes from Mark Osborne, the director behind Kung Fu Panda. Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s famous 1943 novel and adapted by The Boxtrolls‘ Irena Brignull, the story follows a pilot who lands in the desert, but that’s seemingly only one aspect of the story. Featuring a voice cast of Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti.
Our Brand Is Crisis (David Gordon Green)
Sandra Bullock recently reteamed with both George Clooney and Warner Bros. for a new project. Produced by Clooney and Grant Heslov, Our Brand is Crisis will, interestingly, feature direction from David Gordon Green (in his first prestige drama). Based on Rachel Boynton‘s documentary chronicling the involvement of James Carville‘s political consulting firm in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, the script comes from Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare at Goats)
The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)
The Place Beyond the Pines, director Derek Cianfrance is heading into adaptation territory for his next drama. From author M. L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans, follows a lighthouse keeper on a remote island in Australia who with his wife rescues a baby they find in a rowboat and raise it as their own. Led by Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, and Alicia Vikander.
A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)
A Bigger Splash is Described as a “sexy thriller” set on the island of Pantelleria, it’s a remake of 1969 French picture, La Piscine, following an uneasy triangle that forms between a couple and a younger woman during the couple’s vacation, leading to a sinister end. Starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, and Matthias Schoenaerts, we’re crossing our fingers for a Cannes debut.
Triple Nine (John Hillcoat; Sept. 11th)
Following his crime drama Lawless, director John Hillcoat‘s long-gestating crime drama Triple Nine, featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot,Teresa Palmer, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, and Clifton Collins Jr
The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu; Dec. 25th)
About a frontiersman who takes revenge on the men who left him to die after he becomes mortally wounded in a bear attack, Leonardo DiCaprio will do just fine. It should be interesting to see how what Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu does with the harrowing survival tale, which also stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), and Domhnall Gleeson (Frank).
Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme; Aug. 7th)
A movie written by Diablo Cody and Jonathan Demme‘s first narrative feature since 2008? Ricki and the Flash, which stars Meryl Streep as a rocker who attempts to reconnect with her family. With production recently wrapped and a release date set, this should out this summer.
Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)
Beasts of No Nation, which is centered around a child fighter caught up in the struggle of “an unnamed african country.” Details are scarce, but we do know Idris Elba will take the lead and the marriage of Fukunaga and Elba with this subject matter has the potential to be something dynamic.
Untitled Cold War Thriller (Steven Spielberg; Oct. 16th)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by the Coen brothers, starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Spielberg returns to real-world politics, following the tremendous successes of Munich and Lincoln, to tell the story of James Donovan, an attorney sent by the CIA on the impossible mission of orchestrating the release of a downed American pilot in the Cold War. I can’t think of the last time such high-level filmmakers decided to write a script for one of their peers in this fashion, so there must be some real firepower behind this idea.
Untitled Crime Drama (Steve McQueen)
The film in question is based on the British series Widows, which centered on four widows who come together to finish a robbery after their crooked husbands are killed on the job. Said to be “a contemporary, hard-hitting, very grounded gangster film” we already have images of Jean-Pierre Melville and Jules Dassin dancing in our head.
Martin Scorsese has enjoyed working with one lead actor over and over again. That actor was Robert De Niro. In the last two decades, it was Leonardo DiCaprio. However, the three have never worked together on a feature film.
Scorsese directed the commercials, which star DiCaprio and De Niro as themselves. These are basically trailers for a short film called The Audition that will also bring Brad Pitt into the mix. Yes, it’s a Martin Scorsese directed short starring DiCaprio, De Niro and Pitt. And rumor has it, each actor made over $10 million for the work.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
Big Ben, Westminster, England
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Ellis Island, New York City, New York
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 costs almost $1,120.00 and delivers a hi-res audio for hard-core music lovers with trained ears. Meaning, people who love listening to music in high definition will benefit from it. The pricing sums up to quality. The device has a better bass and “improved sense of stereo” due to better audio components, such as an improved power supply and the use of a large capacity Li-ion battery. It also supports “any kind of format that you can throw at it.” The New Walkman unlike the old-school cassette player type supports NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It has a standard storage space of 128 GB. The device is expected out this spring
Fashion Force is an app that will help you decide what to buy at retail stores. The app uses a combination of dressing rooms with photo-sphere mirrors and 360-degree cameras —and fashion experts via the Community Cloud platform— to advise the user on the best items to purchase. Artful Gentleman in Mid-Market is one of the first stores to participate in partnership with the app’s official rollout on February 9th.The store is equipped with the Fashion force-supplied technology with the hope that SF customers will be early adopters to use photos and input to make shopping decisions. While customers shop, Fashionforce and Artful Gentleman can collect valuable data. In return, the app can offer more options in the store based on what the shopper has already chosen to try. The data can also help inform the store on future collections based on what their customers want to wear.
Other stores like Rebecca Minkoff and the Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Shopping Center are attempting similar ventures with their eBay-powered dressing rooms and tech screens. The added time and effort with using these shopping platforms may eventually pay off with an underlying efficiency: shoppers discover new items quickly, and retailers focus on making and ordering pieces that customers want.
Two Nordstrom locations, one in Seattle, the other in San José, the upscale retailer is about to provide customers with technology by eBay to help you make decisions in your fitting room. Nordstrom will test full-length mirrors that, with the tap of a customer’s finger, turn into interactive screens, effectively creating smart fitting rooms.
The idea is to bring tech to an untapped part of a store where many customers ultimately make their purchasing decisions: the fitting room.
Bloomingdale’s, the upscale chain owned by Macy’s Inc has recently began trying out smart fitting rooms, equipped with wall-mounted iPads rather than Nordstrom’s interactive mirrors, at five of its stores.
Charles Frederick Worth (13 October 1825 – 10 March 1895), widely considered the Father of Haute couture, was an English fashion designer of the 19th century, whose works were produced in Paris. Charles Frederick Worth who was the first designer to have his label sewn into the garments that he created.
The 11th annual Dubai International Film Festival will open on December 10 with James Marsh’s critically acclaimed biopic of British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything.
The movie premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, and immediately triggered a frenzy of Oscar predictions, with Marsh, the lead actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the music composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and the film’s producers and writer tipped for awards. Into the Woods, (a musical comedy) which will receive its first screening outside of the United States. It will be the second time in as many months that a Disney movie will have closed a major film festival in the UAE, following animated adventure Big Hero 6’s starring role, also an international premiere, at Abu Dhabi Film Festival in November. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J J Abrams announced this week that a special teaser trailer will be released in select cinemas on Friday, November 28. There will be 118 features, shorts and documentaries from 48 countries, in 34 languages, during the eight days of the festival, including 44 world premieres.
The Frasier star Kelsey Grammer will be at this year’s event, attending the red carpet world premiere of his new banking comedy Breaking the Bank.
The Into the Woods star Blunt looks set for a busy week. As well as attending the screening of her film, the Devil Wears Prada star will sit on the jury for the third IWC Filmmaker Award, which offers a US$100,000 (Dh367,000) cash prize to the winning filmmaker. Last year’s award recipient Waleed Al Shehhi’s film Dolphins will debut at this year’s festival on December 12.
Other celebrities joining this year’s judging panels include the Factory Girl director Mohamed Khan, who will be joined on the Muhr Shorts and Emirati section by the Emirati filmmaker Mohammed Hassan Ahmed. The Muhr Feature panel will be headed by Lee Daniels, the producer and director of the Oscar-winning Precious and The Butler. He will be joined by the Dutch cinematographer and film director Leonard Retel Helmrich, the Algerian director Malik Bensmail, the Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen and the Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki.
Other highlights of the red-carpet gala screening at Madinat Jumeirah include Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner on December 11, the Benicio del Toro starrer Escobar: Paradise Lost on December 13 and The Imitation Game, in which Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the British Second World War Enigma code-cracker and computing pioneer Alan Turing. The film, also starring Keira Knightley, has sparked debate about its factual accuracy – because the national hero is portrayed as a Soviet spy.
On December 14, Diff will partner with Dubai Cares for the fourth year to host the charitable Global Gift Gala. It will be held in support of the Eva Longoria Foundation, which provides education and entrepreneurship opportunities to Latin-American women; the Sunrise K’ Foundation, which raises awareness of childhood glaucoma; and the Global Gift Foundation. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the Egyptian actor Nour El Sherif, for his five-decade career, during which he has worked on more than 100 films.
The 11th Dubai International Film Festival runs from December 10 to 17. For more information and the full schedule, visit
Pharrell Williams & Cara Delevingne will be the face of the next Métiers d’Art 2014/15 campaign Paris-Salzburg wich will be unveiled in Salzburg on December 2nd. The advertising campaign will be shot by Karl Lagerfeld and released in May 2015.
Reincarnation” is the title of the video-clip created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld to accompany the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’art collection to be shown on December 2nd, 2014 in Salzburg, Austria. This new short film was the perfect opportunity for Karl Lagerfeld to develop an artistic collaboration with Pharrell Williams, a close friend of the House and personal friend of the designer. Pharrell Williams composed and wrote the lyrics to “CC The World,” the original soundtrack for Reincarnation, and he also plays one of the lead roles and will be, along with Cara Delevingne, the face of the upcoming campaign of the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’art collection. Reincarnation will be screened in Salzburg and on http://chanel.com on December 1st, 2014 the night before the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’art show. Karl Lagerfeld directs here the Geraldine Chaplin and Pharrell Williams to imagine a new episode from the life of Gabrielle Chanel. Gabrielle Chanel is holidaying in the suburbs of Salzburg in 1954 when she meets at her hotel a young lift-boy whose jacket would later inspire the iconic Chanel jacket
BEYONCE is launching an activewear label with Topshop, including “clothing, footwear and accessories across dance, fitness and sports categories”. The new streetwear brand will be called Parkwood Topshop Athletic.
Whats In His Suit?
Costa Rican fashion retailer gives customers access to emergency clothes truck
Fashion retailer Forever 21 promote the opening of its third Costa Rican store with Closet S.O.S: a mobile fashion truck stocked with apparel and accessories. The first 100 customers received a voucher that entitled them to request a visit from the traveling closet during ‘fashion emergencies’: unexpected dates or duplicate party outfits, for example.
FREE CLICK & COLLECT
Hundreds of our sellers now offer Click & Collect on their items. Meaning- you can pick up on a day and at a time that suits you. You can choose an eBay Collection Point location near you, including one of over 650 Argos stores across the UK.
Amazon’s Fire Phones come pre-loaded with the Mayday button, a one-tap application that instantly allows the user webcam-enabled face time with an Amazon customer services representative. The Mayday button first appeared on the Kindle Fire HDX tablet, launched in September 2013. Average response time is 9.75 seconds
Banks offer webcam-enabled live chat
Mumbai-based IndusInd Bank launch Video Branch: a service that provides video conferencing with branch managers. Via a free desktop or cellphone app, customers can schedule and participate in video calls, complete transactions and access a contact center. Meanwhile, in August 2013 Bank of America launched its Express Branch in New York, featuring ATM’s that allow live video chat with bank staff, and in June 2013 Poland-based mBank launched a new online banking system that allows customers to webcam with bank representatives.
Soon customers will be able to tap on their devices for anything
Dutch etailer JeansOnline launch a home delivery option that allows shoppers to return any unwanted items straight back to the courier. With the Easy Fit & Return service, customers have 15 minutes to try on garments, after which the courier will return to collect any purchases they do not want to keep. Meanwhile, couriers from Russian online fashion store Lamoda will wait 15 minutes for returns and offer fashion advice if asked.
Delivered pizzas cooked in transit to ensure freshness
Pizza Hut Panamá has launched Oven Delivery: a delivery service that cooks pizzas while in transit. Electric ovens are installed on the back of motorcycles to reduce delivery time and improve the quality of the pizza.
Lays Partners With Uber
French shopping center specialist Klépierre has a booth called Inspiration Corridor: that uses facial and body recognition to make shopping recommendations. The corridor is equipped with sensors that analyze a shopper’s age, gender and apparel. Touchscreens are then populated with personalized purchase suggestions. Shoppers can also scan the barcodes of items they’ve already purchased to view accessory suggestions. They can receive directions on their cellphone to items they like by tapping on the touchscreen.
Russian cosmetics retailer uses emotion recognition software to offer customized discounts
Russian cosmetics retail chain Ulybka Radugi has cameras and emotion recognition software at checkout counters. The cameras can read consumers’ facial expressions and register emotions. Information is stored alongside the consumer’s loyalty card number and purchase details to create a personalized profile with targeted campaigns and promotions.
Airline and airport trial Google Glass for passenger-facing staff
Virgin Atlantic equip concierge staff at the Upper Class lounge in London’s Heathrow airport with Google Glass. Staff used Glass to identify passengers, initiate check-in automatically and provide updates on weather and local events at flight destinations. Virgin say the service may alert staff to passengers’ personal preferences, such as dietary requirements, in future. Copenhagen Airport become the first airport to trial Google Glass; passenger services staff used Glass to access to gate, baggage and flight information and benefit from real-time language translation.
54% of New York consumers say it is rude and inappropriate to text, tweet, email or talk on a cellphone during a restaurant meal
Café rewards polite patrons with discounts
A South of France cafe implemented a pricing policy based on patron’s politeness. Patrons who greeted the barista at La Petite Syrah and used ‘please’ were charged EUR 1.40 for a cup of coffee; those who failed to use any pleasantries were ‘penalized’ with a EUR 7 price. The prices (with greeting) were clearly displayed on a board inside the café.
Philippine restaurants reward diners for not using their phones
McDonald’s and Coca-Cola partnered in the Philippines and launched BFF Timeout: a free app that rewards diners for not using their phones. Once individuals in a group have all opened the mobile app, the timeout begins and points are earned for every moment that cellphones are left alone. As soon as anyone uses their phone, the timeout ends. Participants’ scores were ranked on a public leaderboard, and prizes included trips to Japan and Singapore.
POLITENESS PAYS trend
Demands can go both ways. Consumers are now willing to let brands demand something of them – a little contribution, effort, even pain – in the name of some broader good. In 2015, smart brands will realize that it’s often other consumers who have the greatest impact on customer experience – good or bad. So they’ll encourage – or even force – every consumer to do their bit when it comes to creating a positive atmosphere and ensuring processes run smoothly.
Ello is a uncomplicated, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers. Ello was originally built by a group of seven well-known artists and programmers as a private social network. As time went by, so many people wanted to use Ello that our servers were overwhelmed. We built a public version of Ello for everyone to use.
Netflix is looking for three accomplished Instagrammers to explore the United States (and other locations throughout the American continent, possibly) while taking “beautiful pictures for Netflix Instagram channels.
To apply, you’ll have to first join 108,000 others and become a follower of Netflix’s Instagram account. After that, it’s a case of adding the hashtag #Grammaster to your three best Instagram shots so the judges can see if your work is likely to be worth the $4,000 the company intends to pay you. The position will require two weeks of your time, in which you will travel across the United States and capture some of the most iconic locations to ever appear in entertainment
Netropolitan is sort of an online country club social media site for affluent folks. To join just a mere 9,000.00 and 3,000.00 yearly fee.
The first Black people photographed in Britian’s History
The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893.
Sara Forbes Bonetta, perhaps the most celebrated black British Victorian, who was photographed by two pre-eminent portrait photographers, Camilla Silvy and Julia Margaret Cameron.
Captured aged five by slave raiders in west Africa, Forbes Bonetta was rescued by Captain Frederick E Forbes, then presented as a “gift” to Queen Victoria.
Dejazmatch Alamayou Tewodros, an Ethiopian prince who was orphaned at the age of seven, when his father died rather than surrender to the British troops that had surrounded his castle in what was then Abyssinia. Alamayou was brought to England by Sir Robert Napier and adopted by the intriguingly named explorer Captain Tristram Speedy. Alamayou died in England of pleurisy in 1879
Black Chronicles II is at Rivington Place, London, until 29 November 2014