Though there have been rumors recently that Kanye West is collaborating with a French brand on a menswear collection, A.P.C. has come out and made it official. Details are next to none but the release date has been set to July 14th.
Jack Dorsey’s Square has added a new product to their lineup dubbed the Square Stand. The SF-based startup is working with Apple to bring a new Point-of-Sales system to market that will be featured in Apple retail stores. With the Square Stand, you can turn an iPad into a credit-card terminal and full POS system that works with Square’s Register app and other external devices such as cash drawers, receipt printers and barcode scanners. Price is set at $299 and is available to ship starting today through Square’s website, with availability in-store at US Apple Stores on July 9th.
The promo campaign for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail continues as he’s dropped three short clips that give some knowledge on the inspiration behind a few of the tracks on this his twelfth solo album. Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz look on as Jay talks “Heaven,” “Oceans” and “Holy Grail,” with topics ranging from heaven and hell to entrapments of fame and success.
Samsung owners can download the Jay-Z Magna Carta app now at play.google.com. As previously noted, 1 million Samsung users will get the album for free on the Samsung-only release date of July 4th, while the masses get access to the album on July 7th.
Here’s the first official trailer of Jobs, the story of Steve Jobs from his college dropout days to being of the iconic figures of the 20th century. Jobs is played by Ashton Kutcher with Josh Gad playing Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple. It’s directed by Joshua Michael Stern and a release date’s set for an August 16th release.
BMW has officially taken the covers off the all-new 2014 4 Series, which is now the coupe branch of the entry-level 3 series sedan. The 4 Series will come in 428i and 435i variants, both of which will have an option for xDrive all-wheel drive. Identical to the 3 Series, the 428i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, delivering 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, while the 435i gets BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six making 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. In three of the four models, both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission are available; the 428i xDrive can only be had with the auto ‘box. The 428i is clocked with a 5.7 second 0-60 mph time, while the 435i can achieve this in 5.3 seconds.
From Roberu comes their Toscana Vachetta Leather iPhone 5 Case. The case features bright orange Italian leather that was vegetable tanned in Tuscany. The case fits perfectly and allows access to all normal uses of the phone including listening to music and using the camera. The Roberu Toscana Vachetta Leather iPhone 5 Case is available now through Roberu.
From Bell & Ross comes the limited-edition Vintage BR 126 Blackbird. With inspiration coming from the Lockheed SR-71 stealth aircraft of the 1960s. This ‘Blackbird’ aircraft completed intelligence and photo tracking missions from 1960 to 1980. Its modern design and matte black finish that absorbed radar waves influenced the BR 126 as you can it features a black PVD finish and an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal while its flyback chronograph movement offers pilot-friendly time saving functions. The BR 126 Blackbird comes on an orange canvas strap, to match the orange dial details, boxed with a black rubber strap as well.
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Blackbird is limited to 500 pieces with pre-orders being taken now by select stockists. The watch is due to ship in October.
With the E3 Expo fully underway in sunny Los Angeles, one of the most highly anticipated announcements of the day was the official unveiling of Sony’s PlayStation 4. It features powerful graphics and speed mixed with intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities that take advantage of the second-screen phenomenon. The games are said to be explosive and there’s a strong lineup of PlayStation exclusives that will make this purchase decision even easier. Some titles already announced for the PS4 include Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous Second Son, Driveclub and Knack as well as partner titles Destiny, Diablo III, Deep Down and Watch Dogs.
Some standout features of the PS4 include the new DUALSHOCK 4 controller with touch pad, three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope, and rechargeable battery. There are also two high-sensitive cameras with 85-degree diagonal angle views for enhanced depth perception. The controller’s connection powered via Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR while the system also features 802.11 b/g/n wireless network connectivity, Ethernet, and USB ports.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is due to release on December 31st but you can pre-order the console now through Amazon.
At this week’s WWDC, Apple has unveiled the latest version of their mobile Operating System, iOS 7. It’s the biggest overhaul to date and features a completely new design and hundreds of new features to boot. Some highlights include Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking. Everything looks different but the functionality is as you’ll remember it. The overall design is beautiful and simpler than before.
When you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.
Well said, Apple. iOS 7 is available to developers starting today while a public release is expected in the fall.
Frank Clegg is a Massachusetts-based designer and craftsman of men’s and women’s leather goods. He’s been around for over four decades and has built a name for himself by consistently delivering pieces that are well-designed, flawlessly crafted and simply timeless. Frank and his family recently gave us the opportunity to review a bag of our choosing and we immediately jumped at the Aiden duffel. It’s the perfect bag for my lifestyle as I take frequent 2-3 day trips.