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February 13, 2015

A Look At The Set Design of Christian Grey’s Penthouse Apartment

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Undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, ’50 Shades of Grey’ tells the story of an unexplainable and explicit attraction between a young, naive woman, and a very wealthy, experienced man. Christian Grey’s lavish and extravagant lifestyle is reflected in the clothes he wears, his indulgent hobbies and the incredible penthouse apartment he lives in. The luxurious abode has seen covet lounge and their partner brands design and supply an extensive set of furniture for the film’s set.

Before the film premier on Valentine’s day, we look inside the apartment and the furniture that fills it.

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LeBron James is Going Hollywood—And He Hopes it Won’t Be a Trainwreck

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LeBron James apparently has no plans to follow in Michael Jordan’s footsteps by becoming the owner of a sports team—and “The Businessman” section of his website might soon say “Show Businessman” instead.

This summer, James will be swapping one form of celebrity for another—he’s heading to Hollywood. And he’s not even waiting to retire before he gets started, as he will be playing himself in the movie “Trainwreck,” a comedy starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader (who plays his sports doctor).

“We tested the movie, and he gets laughter as big as anyone,” director Judd Apatow told the Hollywood Reporter. “The only fear you ever have with people of his stature is whether or not they’re game to have fun and take chances.”

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TOMS Expands Commitment to People and Culture of Haiti

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Since 2009, the TOMS brand has been working with Haiti, including partnering with local artists collective to create unique product designs and opening a sustainable factory near Port-au-Prince last year to create its iconic black canvas shoe.

In addition to its latest items (including its newest One for One®, the TOMS bags collection) showcasing Haiti’s culture and art, find out more about the brand’s commitment to helping Haiti’s people, schools and hospitals—in tandem with NGOs such as Partners In Health—in its new short film, “This is Haiti,” below:

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February 12, 2015

IKEA’s New Ad Features Couples Who Have Been Together Since Its First Store Opened

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Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, IKEA has worked with Stockholm-based agency Åkestam Holst to create a new ad spot featuring couples who have been together ever since the Swedish retailer opened its first store back in 1958 (57 years ago).

Each of the three couples in the commercial talk about how they stayed together all these years, as well as divulging how they first met and when they fell in love. “Couples are forced to make many decisions when they visit IKEA,” reads the description. “And we know it’s not always that easy to get along. So this Valentine’s Day we met up up with three couples who’ve been together ever since the opening of the first IKEA store in 1958. They obviously know what it takes to stay in love.”

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Jungle – A Short Film by Drake

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Drake has shared a 14-minute short film called Jungle via his October’s Very Own blog. The film is presumably here to build anticipation for his forthcoming album Views From The 6, it features a couple of tiny snippets of new music, but mainly shows Drake looking pensive in various settings, with the Toronto rapper explaining in a voice-over that he is worried his world has turned dark. There are also some nostalgic clips of him and friends trying to get into a club with no ID, some clips of a very young Drake singing with his Dad, and also randomly some footage of a building in Toronto being demolished.  Thoughts on the video?

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Facebook Now Lets You Choose Who Controls Your Account When You Die

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Social network Facebook has introduced a new feature which allows you to decide who will have control of your account when you die. The feature, called “legacy contact”, rolled out today and lets users designate a specific friend or family member who will be able to access certain areas of their profile when they pass away.

To select who will be in control of your account, head over to Facebook’s security settings menu. Once you’ve selected the person, you can choose what elements of your page they will be able to control, such as the profile picture or header image. Additionally, you can give them the ability to download an archive of your photos and other posts. If you’d rather be removed from the network completely, you can also give them the option to delete your account entirely.

“Family members will tell us ‘I really want to communicate information about the memorial service with this person’s friends,'” said Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch. “People typically don’t think about this very much until they have an experience of loss.”

The “legacy contact” feature is currently only available to US users but will roll out worldwide soon.

 

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February 4, 2015

Phone Senses Out Debilitating Diseases on Your Breath

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A research team composed of professors and decorated academics are working towards building ultra-sensitive sensors that can catch the smell of life-threatening diseases early for greater chances of cure. What’s more exciting is that these sensors will be distributed as handheld attachments to smartphones. With a simple exhale, a person will be able to tell if they are running the risk of contracting a debilitating illness.

The Technion: Israel Institute of Technology is the headquarters of Dr. Hossam Haick, a native of Nazareth, and his work on developing the SNIFFPHONE. Dr. Haick is the brains behind the use of nanotechnology sensors that can detect the extremely minuscule particles in our breath that spell out disease.

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Apple Takes Cues from Jewelry Stores to Sell Apple Watches

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With Apple’s distinct branding style that we all have come to know and love, now comes inspiration from traditional jewelry stores to reconfigure its display strategy for wearable goods.

Apple’s primary concern is increased product security, given that certain Apple Watch models will include precious metals and stones. Apple Watch Edition, in particular, has a sapphire crystal lens and includes 18-karat gold, which Apple claims is twice as hard as standard gold (meaning it is more durable and less likely to scratch).

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February 3, 2015

L’Air du Temps Earns 2 Michelin Stars With Quentin de Coster Installation

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When striving to earn the much-coveted Michelin stars, a chef must be at the top of their game and always willing to offer something different. Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, who has two of the glittering little awards for his restaurant L’Air du Temps, extends that philosophy to the interior design of his place too, as seen in the unusual installation by Quentin de Coster.

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Red Hong Yi Composes Portrait of Teh Tarik Man with 20,000 Teabags

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Continuing her obsession with creating art beyond the confines of a paintbrush, Red Hong Yi has composed a portrait which reflects — both physically and symbolically — the culture of her home country, Malaysia. Using 20,000 stained teabags of varying hues and colorways, ‘red’ has created a portrait of a ‘Teh Tarik Man’ through the intricate layering and repeating of individually-colored pouches. The portrait is based around ‘Teh Tarik’, meaning ‘pulled-tea’ in Malay — a drink served in local coffeeshops that is sweet and milky, becoming frothy when poured between two containers. Cans and a shaved ice machine serve as props in the scene, hung in the foreground.

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