Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (Album Stream)

Frank Ocean of the OFWGKTA (Odd Future) collective has released his much anticipated debut studio album a week earlier than planned. To coincide with the early release he has made the album – Channel Orange – available to stream via his Tumblr.

We’ve got the full album below for you to take a listen to, it includes two of our favourite singles “Sweet Life” and “Pyramids”. If you’re feelin it, you can now download it from iTunes.

Enjoy!

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China’s Mobile Figures at Your Fingertips – Animated Infographic

The guys at Tech in Asia put us onto this well crafted but yet insightful animated infographic on the exponential growth of the mobile and smartphone market in China. The animation was created by the ad agency GroupM APAC but doesn’t state the source or means used to acquire the data so we’re guessing it’s the result of their own independent research.

Below are 5 key take outs that we got from the animation:

1. In 2011, mobile internet users in China topped 360 million – approximately 6 times the size of the UK’s population

2. In 2011, 1.6 billion mobile phones were sold globally, 45% of these were sold to the Chinese

3. 1/4 of all Angry birds downloads took place in China (2011)

4. In 2011, mobile e-commerce in China was worth RMB11billion (approximately £1.1billion)

5. 38% of Chinese smartphone users spend more than 5 hours a day on their phones

These are all pretty impressive numbers and should reinforce the importance of mobile to businesses and brands that are targeting the largest market in Asia. With the number of mobile internet users forecasted to overtake that of the desktop (by 2015), businesses must be prepared for this transition in order to maintain a competitive edge and to remain relevant amongst their customers.

If you have any thoughts on the animation or the mobile landscape in China, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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Tupac Hologram at Coachella 2012

We came across this on Pinterest and just had to share it. Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg bring back the hip hop legend for a one off performance, in the form of a hologram! It’s pretty damn cool if you ask me, although the facial detail could do with some perfecting.

Can holograms now offer the opportunity to see artists that have passed? Just think, Biggie, Big L, Hendrix!

What are your thoughts on the Snoop and Tupac hologram performance at Coachella? Something you’d like to witness or a bit freaky?

I’ve got to admit the end of the video does leave me with chills but would still love to see something like this live.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Mr Porter – The Way I Pack [VIDEO]

Being a big fan of Mr Porter, we thought we’d share this slick video put together by the high end online retailer, documenting the ritual of packing before embarking on a business trip.

The video follows three professionals that spend a chunk of their working lives travelling across the globe, revealing their secrets to ensuring a smooth and bulk-free journey.

If you can empathise with the globe trotting lifestyle then you can definitely get some tips from these guys.

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SneakersnStuff x Milkcrate NB577 Launch at Foot Patrol

We got the chance to join the guys at Foot Patrol for the launch of the latest release from the recently crowned “Kings of collabs” SneakersnStuff, and New Balance. This time the multi-talented DJ, producer, designer and founder of Milkcrate - Aaron LaCrate - got in on the action.

The trainer in the spot light, is yet again the New Balance 577, famously manufactured right here in the United Kingdom.

Both the SneakersnStuff & Milkcrate interpretations of the trainer are great representations of their respective styles. The SneakersnStuff shoe is clean with subtle grey tones, creating a great staple shoe. In contrast the Milkcrate trainer encapsulates all the loud colours that Milkcrate are famous for, creating more of a statement shoe.

The launch took place last week in the London store in Soho. Here are some of the snaps that we got on the night.

Thanks to Foot Patrol for hosting the evening with free beers and good tunes. Both styles are now available in store for £135, however we recommend you get there quick as these won’t stick around long.

We also managed to get hold of this cool short video on how the collaboration came about and the inspiration for the guys at SneakersnStuff and Aaron LaCrate. Enjoy!

We’re a fan of both designs but think the Milkcrates are more up our street with the bright summer colours. Which are more your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments.

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