The hottest new trend in sneakers? Wool.
Yes, that wool. The same kind of fabric that lines your favorite suits and overcoats is now being used in running apparel, according to Bloomberg.
Everyone seems to be giving it a try, from startups like Allbirds, who make simple shoes with uppers made entirely out of wool, to Nike, who has collaborated with Pendleton Woolen Mills to make a line of sneakers using the brand’s signature fabric and patterns.
It turns out wool has some surprising benefits.
Wool is a light, all-natural material that’s able to regulate internal temperatures and still insulate even when wet. It also has natural moisture-wicking properties and antimicrobial tendencies.
Now for the bad news: wool is pretty expensive. The wool version of Nike sneakers cost $20 more than the regular versions, and Allbirds’ sneakers cost a relatively high (for the category) $95.
Still, startups and big corporations alike are betting on the new material to differentiate themselves in an increasingly crowded market. The number of new models of sneakers introduced in the past year has increased by 39% according to WGSN, a fashion consultancy, as told to Bloomberg.
Will wool take off? Only time will tell, but early signs point to a promising start. A sports industry analyst told Bloomberg that natural materials like wool are especially popular among millennial consumers.
Allbirds has already raised $2.7 million in venture capital funds after shopping its Kickstarter shoe around in Silicon Valley and New York.SEE ALSO: 11 deadly style sins every guy should avoid making
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On the eve of a Congressional hearing about the Department of Justice’s fight with Apple over a locked iPhone, a Brooklyn judge has ruled that the DOJ cannot force Apple to assist in unlocking an iPhone in a separate New York drug case. Judge James Orenstein rejected the government’s interpretation of the All Writs Act, ruling that it cannot compel Apple to create software that will weaken its security protections using that statute. Orenstein arguing that the government’s expansive interpretation of the All Writs Act would “cast doubt on the AWA’s constitutionality if adopted.”This is an unambiguous victory for Apple. Orenstein is calling this government overreach in clear terms: The implications of the government’s position are so far-reaching – both in terms of what it would allow today and what it implies about Congressional intent in 1789 – as to produce impermissibly absurd results.“Absurd” showed up at least six times, as USA Today journalist Brad Heath pointed out on Twitter. Orenstein believes that Apple has a better argument about the role of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act in the case:Both the government and Apple agree that CALEA does not compel a private company such as Apple to provide the kind of assistance the government seeks here. See Govt. II at 22; Apple II at 5. They disagree as to why that is so: the government contends that CALEA simply has nothing to say on the matter,while Apple argues that the omission reflects a legislative choice. As explained below, Apple’s argument has more merit.The Department of Justice is still attempting to compel Apple to create software to help it unlock a phone connected to the San Bernardino shooting. Just like with this drug case, the DOJ is using the All Writs Act in an attempt to carry out a search warrant for the phone.http://gizmodo.com/the-227-year-o…Orenstein’s dismissal of the AWA is bad news for the government, but it certainly doesn’t put the issue between the DOJ and Apple to rest. It’ll be a tool for Apple, but it’s not binding. Since the San Bernardino case involves a more serious crime than a simple drug case, the DOJ could argue that the cases are not similar.But while this doesn’t guarantee victory for Apple in the San Bernardino case, it may have a major impact on how the All Writs Act gets used, as attorney and Brookings Fellow Susan Hennessey pointed out on Twitter. “It’s a meticulous and scholarly opinion. It should be a roadmap for any court considering one of these requests from the government,” ACLU attorney Alex Abdo said in a statement. You can read the full order here: [Talking Points Memo]Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.Public PGP keyPGP fingerprint: E71A 198B C6A4 60CB CEEA 2635 4AA0 EE14 6579 0F38
Sources: Apple is working on a security upgrade to prevent the exploit method FBI is seeking from working in the future (New York Times)
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Sources: Apple is working on a security upgrade to prevent the exploit method FBI is seeking from working in the future — Apple Is Said to Be Working on an iPhone Even It Can’t Hack — WASHINGTON — Apple engineers have already begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible …
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The Craziest Line in Apple’s Motion to Throw Out the iPhone Case
Apple just took its next swipe in the fight over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone: a court order to vacate. The company is invoking the First and Fifth Amendments to argue that the court order it received to create a back door for the device is unconstitutional. The motion is embedded below.As you may have expected, Apple did not mince its words in explaining the catastrophic consequences of giving the government such sweeping powers. Less than a day after Tim Cook likened the back door to a “software equivalent of cancer” on national television, the company’s lawyers explained in stark terms how the government’s request would “impose an unprecedented and oppressive burden on Apple and the citizens who use the iPhone.” Check out this analogy—we’ve added emphasis:For example, under the same legal theories advocated by the government here, the government could argue that it should be permitted to force citizens to do all manner of things “necessary” to assist it in enforcing the laws, like compelling a pharmaceutical company against its will to produce drugs needed to carry out a lethal injection in furtherance of a lawfully issued death warrant, or requiring a journalist to plant a false story in order to help lure out a fugitive, or forcing a software company to insert malicious code in its auto- update process that makes it easier for the government to conduct court-ordered surveillance.Of course, that third example is essentially what the government is doing. While the current case deals applies to an iPhone 5C owned by the San Bernardino shooter, the FBI has made at least a dozen other similar requests. As Apple and other security experts have explained time and time again, it’s impossible to create a back door for a single device. If forced to build the software, Apple would make every iPhone vulnerable to government intrusion.“This is not a case about one isolated iPhone,” the motion reads. “No court has ever authorized what the government now seeks, no law supports such unlimited and sweeping use of the judicial process, and the Constitution forbids it.”Why would we want to start now?[WSJ, Re/code]Read the full motion below:Contact the author at email@example.com.Public PGP keyPGP fingerprint: 91CF B387 7B38 148C DDD6 38D2 6CBC 1E46 1DBF 22A8
Tidal Tops U.S. App Store After Landing Exclusive Rights To Kanye’s New Album (Fitz Tepper/TechCrunch)
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Tidal Tops U.S. App Store After Landing Exclusive Rights To Kanye’s New Album — After scoring exclusive streaming rights to Kanye’s new album, The Life of Pablo, Tidal has taken over the number one spot on the U.S. App Store. … The album, which went live yesterday …
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According to both The Hollywood Reporter, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre will be starring in and producing his own six-show original series called Vital Signs. The semi-autobiographical storyline is rumored to be distributed via Apple Music, includes other celebrities like Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae, and contains “an orgy scene”. Read More
Back in October of 2015, Apple released a long awaited hardware update to the Apple TV — and with it, a shiny new Apple TV remote. You could speak to the remote to issue voice commands (“Siri, play Pitch Perfect 2. Yes, again. Don’t judge me, Siri. You don’t know me.”) and flick around a built-in trackpad for quick navigation. But long-time Apple TV users… Read More
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Voice Control on Apple TV Is About To Get Way More Useful
When the new Apple TV was announced, the inclusion of Siri was a strong selling point—too bad it turned out to suck. Finally, though, Apple is making voice control on the set-top box rather more useful.The latest version of tvOS issued to developers includes something that will prove rather useful: voice dictation. As our very own Adam Clark Estes pointed out when he reviewed the new Apple TV, Siri just doesn’t currently cut it:I was… disappointed by how little Siri did in other apps. Asking Siri to play music is a joke, but who wants to listen to music on their TV? You can, however, open YouTube and say, “Play Ariana Grande.” If there’s an Ariana Grande video already displayed on the home screen, it will play. If not, Siri’s basically like: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯With the new developer beta, explains Mac Rumors, you’re able to speak at the Siri remote to dictate text as well as just asking dumb questions about the weather or sports scores. That suddenly means scrabbling around with on-screen keyboard isn’t always required. Adam will be pleased.Elsewhere, the new developer version of the OS also adds support for Bluetooth keyboards, iCloud Photo Libraries, and Live Photos.For now, though, this a beta for developers only. An official date for the roll-out of the new OS will likely be announced at the rumored upcoming Apple event.[Mac Rumors via The Verge]
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to see the world through the crazy eyes of very crazy Vincent Van Gogh, now you can. The Art Institute of Chicago built a life-size replica of his popular painting, Bedroom In Arles. The room is available for rent on Airbnb starting today, and judging by the photos, it’s a nearly an exact replica of the famous painting.The rental was built to promote a new exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, that opens at the museum on February 14 and runs until May 10. The exhibition is the first time that all three versions of the painting will be shown in North America, and it includes several extra presentations, including a digitally enhanced reconstruction of the room—you can’t sleep in it, but you can interact with it to learn more about new scientific research on the painting.Right now, there are no longer dates available to rent the room in February, but the Art Institute plans to release more rentals in the near future. “The available dates went much faster than anyone could have expected,” the museum posted on Facebook. “We’ll be sharing available dates in March in the next couple of weeks.”If you’re lucky enough to get one of the coveted spots for this Airbnb listing, you’ll be allowed to bring a friend. The room accommodates two people and even comes with a bathroom. More importantly, the room only costs ten bucks per night.“I’m charging $10 for no other reason than that I need to buy paint,” says the description of the room, written as though it were penned Vincent Van Gogh. “However, I will be happy to provide you with tickets to my exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.” What a deal.[Colossal]Images via AirbnbContact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.