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Report: Nike to Stop Making FuelBand Wearable Device

Nike FuelBand SE


Nike is reportedly halting its FuelBand line. The company will reportedly focus on software over wearable devices going forward. CNET broke the news that Nike has fired most of the team responsible for its FuelBand fitness tracker. About 55 out of 70 employees were let go according to CNET. News of the layoffs first leaked on a social network.

Nike has canceled a future planned release of a slim FuelBand, but will continue to sell the FuelBand SE. Nike will continue to make fitness tracking software for devices. There are many wearable devices out now in the form of fitness trackers. Many wearable watches are also in the works, including a rumored iWatch from Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook is a member of Nike's board.

Nike has confirmed some layoffs and a re-alignment of resources, but they have not confirmed a decision to stop making wearable hardware. It could be just the FuelBand line that is being abandoned. Nike spokesman Brian Strong told The Verge, "As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities. As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs."

Photo: Nike

Posted on April 18, 2014




Microsft and Sony Sell Over 12 Million Units of New Video Game Consoles

Titanfall screenshot


Microsoft announced that it has now sold over 5 million Xbox One consoles. Meanwhile, Sony announced that is has sold over 7 million units of the PlayStation 4 (PS4). Both game manufacturers have been generating very strong sales for the new consoles launched last fall.

Titanfall was the hottest game in March 2014 according to NPD sales data. The game is only available for the Xbox and the PC, so the video game's popularity is helping Microsoft. Despite the Titanfall boost the Xbox One remains behind the PS4 in sales. However, both companies have moved tons of units and are leaving Nintendo's Wii U behind. Both consoles are likely to be very hot items again this fall, when there should be some good bundles available containing the consoles and hot new games.

Photo: Electronic Arts

Posted on April 18, 2014

Ryan Lochte and Ireland Baldwin Star in Macy's American Icons Campaign

Ryan Lochte and Ireland Baldwin stars in American Icons campaign for Macy's


Ryan Lochte and Ireland Baldwin are the faces of a new Calvin Klein white label American Icons campaign for Macy's. The collection includes sportswear, jeans, dresses, swimwear, shoes, handbags and more. There is a lot of blue in the collection based on the campaign images that have been released. Ireland wears a bikini with different shades of blue in the photo below. The 2014 American Icons campaign include a charitable component to help raise money for veterans and military families. It will begin on May 17.

Ryan Lochte and Ireland Baldwin wear swimwear in Summer 2014 American Icons campaign for Macy's


People interviewed Ireland and Ryan about the American Icons campaign. Ireland says Ryan is a natural. She also says he is "hilarious and kind" and made the shoot "so easy and fun." Ryan says the shoot was not challenging because everyone working on the set made it easy. He told People Stylewatch, "The atmosphere was so chill, people were so laid back and just about having a good time, which relaxed me and put me at my best."

Ireland Baldwin in the Summer 2014 American Icons campaign for Macy's


Photos: Calvin Klein/Macy's

Posted on April 18, 2014

Sycamore Partners to Split Jones Group Into Four Companies

Sycamore Partners has announced (PDF) plans to split The Jones Group up into four independent companies. Three of the four companies will include the Nine West Group, Jones New York and the Kasper Group. There will also be a jeans company that will be given a name at a future date. Each company will operate as an independent company and have its own management team. Sycamore also recently announced that Stuart Weitzman and Kurt Geiger will both become independent companies.

Stefan Kaluzny, a Managing Director of Sycamore Partners, said in a statement, "We believe that this structure will allow each of these businesses to better serve their customers and achieve long-term success. As independent companies, decision-making will be more closely aligned with the needs of the individual brands and our more than 10,000 associates around the world. We are excited to partner with the leadership of each of these companies to invest in their growth and help them achieve their full potential."

Kathy Nedorostek will be ceo of the Nine West Group, which will sell footwear, handbags and jewelry. The jeanswear company will be headed by Jack Gross. Gregg Marks will be ceo of the Kasper Group. Aru Kulkarni and George Sharp will remain as the top executives at Jones New York.

Posted on April 18, 2014

Google is Working on Modular Smartphones

Google Project Aura


Google is working on a modular smartphone. Google's Project Ara is developing a phone that would have removable and replaceable parts. The idea is that the phone would have replaceable parts such as the battery, screen, cameras and speakers. The phone design would also allow for multiple color combinations and styles. Some modules could printed at home with a 3D printer.

CNN reports that prices for the devices could range from $50 to $500, which is quite a range. The first modular phone is expected in early 2015.

The Project Ara team talk about the project in this video. Take a look:



Photo: Google's Project Ara

Posted on April 18, 2014

Adam Levine Launches Womenswear Line for Kmart

Adam Levine's menswear line for Kmart has been a big success for the store, so now he's launched a womenswear line for the retailer. At the launch, Adam admitted that his fiance, model Behati Prinsloo, helped him with the designs. The menswear designs are based on his own style, so he said that was easier to visualize. But for the womens' line, he said he needed a little help. When asked about his lack of formal design training, Adam replied, "'I don't know how to read music, but I can still play. So I don't really give a **** about formal training or going to school. You don't have to be trained in everything to be good at it." Here Adam shows off a few of the pieces, which are available at Kmart stores and online. Take a look:



Posted on April 18, 2014

Duchess of Cambridge Wears White Dress by Australian Brand Zimmermann



The Duke and Duchess continued their Australian tour today. Catherine had a very varied day in terms of activities and chose to wear a white broderie anglaise (eyelet lace) Roamer Day Dress by Australian brand Zimmermann. The dress will be available on the brand's website in May or June. It will retail for just under $500. She accessorized with Stuart Weitzman Minx Espadrille Wedges (which can be found at Zappos.com). Catherine and William visited Manly Beach see lifeguard drills and Catherine impressed everyone by running on the beach in her platform wedges. They also visited the Easter Fair and met local celebrity Fred The Ram. They also took time to visit Bear Cottage, the only children's hospice in New South Wales. The facility is a special home-like environment that provides care and support for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. They are supported entirely by community donations.

Children's hospice care is a particular interest of Catherine's and she is patron of similar institutions in England. She gave a rare speech at Bear Cottage. She praised the work being done there saying, "It really is wonderful to be here today - having the chance to meet you all and to see the incredible work of Bear Cottage. First class delivery of children's palliative care is life changing. When families are confronted with the shattering news that their children have a life limiting condition, their world can fall apart. It is at those times that professional support is imperative." She also thanked everyone who has welcomed their family on their trip. Take a look:



Posted on April 18, 2014



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