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American fashion designer Thom Browne and his eponymous label are creating special suits for football giants Barcelona.

For a second year in a row, Browne was selected by the Spanish club to make the team’s official off-pitch uniforms for its 2019/20 Champions League campaign. This time around the sharp suits feature grey cashmere knits, crisp white Oxford shirts, khaki chinos and varsity jackets. Polished brogues and gleaming aviators round out the accessories.

Check out the suits in the images above and promotional video below, which shows members of the team gathered at their training camp Ciutat Esportiva for fittings. Barcelona is expected to wear the new suits throughout the 2019/20 season.

In related news, Arsenal teamed up with Guillermo Andrade’s 424. Additionally, LeBron James’ UNKNWN is launching a Thom Browne collaboration.

… aaah thom browne … fc barcelona fittings 2019. ph: #ericchakeen #thombrowne #fcbarcelona

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… i’m so happy … fc barcelona fittings 2019. ph: #ericchakeen #thombrowne #fcbarcelona

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Shopping for maternity clothing that is both comfortable and stylish is something women are constantly struggling with, so when we saw this recent Ashley Graham look, we knew we had to share. To all the expecting mothers out there, Ashley has some news for you: You can still dress to accommodate your growing stomach without the constrictions of maternity-only labels. Spotted out in New York, Ashley Graham wore a Free People matching knit set that is quite possibly the chicest maternity look I have ever seen. And the last time I checked, Free People wasn’t a maternity-focused store, so this goes to show that with a sharp eye, you can find the right clothes for you and your pregnancy at more retailers than you might expect. 

While yes, this set is perfect for all expecting mothers, it is actually also perfect for anyone looking to update their winter wardrobes. This $148 Free People set comes in four stunning colors, and since you’re getting two pieces for one, the ways you can style your new purchase is truly endless. Wear it as a matching set like Ashley, or wear the cardigan separately with jeans and boots for a more casual look. All I know for sure is that this set is a must-have and that I am framing this look as maternity inspiration for the future. 

Ahead, see Ashley’s head-to-toe maternity look and shop her exact set in every color. 

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Messi-Cavani, c’est chaud. Très chaud même si l’on en croit les images du match disputé lundi 18 novembre à Tel-Aviv entre l’Argentine et l’Uruguay. Alors que La Celeste mène un but à zéro grâce à un but d’Edinson Cavani (son 50è en 116 sélections), les esprits vont s’échauffer entre le joueur du PSG et la star du FC Barcelone. Juste avant la mi-temps, sans que l’on sache pourquoi, Messi et Cavani vont ainsi s’invectiver. L’Argentin, comme tout bon joueur de foot qui se respecte, met la main devant sa bouche pour ne pas que les caméras puissent percevoir ce qu’il dit. Mais comme l’Uruguayen lui répond droit dans les yeux et sans se cacher, on comprend la teneur du duel. Messi a ainsi proposé à Cavani d’en venir aux mains – “Viens de battre” – ce à quoi le Matador a répondu par un bon “Quand tu veux”. Avec une certaine assurance qui laisse à penser qu’il était prêt à ne faire qu’une bouchée du quintuple Ballon d’Or. Les coéquipiers des deux joueurs se sont interposés entre eux pour calmer les choses. Mais l’on voit bien sur les images que Messi provoque encore Cavani quelques instants plus tard. Selon ESPN, il aurait même frappé Cavani dans le tunnel menant aux vestiaires. Ce serait son coéquipier au FC Barcelone, l’Uruguayen Luis Suarez, qui aurait calmé l’affaire. Interrogé après le match, Edinson Cavani a admis s’être accroché avec Lionel Messi, indiquant : “Le football est comme ça, comme les clasicos… C’est le football.” Même pas peur.

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Ve lo diciamo subito: meglio non romperli. Ecco i prezzi delle riparazioni per Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X e Motorola Razr

(Foto: Motorola)

Quanto costa andare a riparare lo schermo degli smartphone pieghevoli usciti finora in commercio? È chiaro che la natura flessibile di questa nuova categoria di dispositivi mobile richieda un prezzo più salato per la sostituzione a seguito di una caduta o di un qualsiasi altro danno. Ecco quanto viene chiesto da ogni produttore.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold

(Foto: Samsung)

Per la riparazione dello schermo rotto di Galaxy Fold sono richiesti 599 dollari / 545 euro. Tuttavia, se il danno avviene prima della fine dell’anno si può godere di uno sconto speciale che fa scendere il preventivo a 149 dollari / 135 euro. Il costo della riparazione del display secondario frontale è fissato a 139 dollari / 125 euro.

Per un confronto in casa, vengono richiesti 240 euro per Galaxy 10, 255 euro per Galaxy 10+, 265 euro per Galaxy 10+ 5g, 275 euro per Note 10 e 290 euro per Note 10+.

Huawei Mate X

(Foto: Lorenzo Longhitano)

In Cina il prezzo per la riparazione dello schermo flessibile del pieghevole del colosso cinese che ha debuttato negli scorsi giorni in patria (con un piccolo lotto andato subito esaurito in pochi minuti) è 7080 rmb ossia la bellezza di circa 910 euro. Meglio proteggerlo bene, quindi.

(Foto: Huawei.com)

L’informazione è rivelata direttamente dalla pagina informativa del portale cinese sull’assistenza ai clienti e che pone Mate X in testa a questa particolare classifica. Tuttavia, è possibile acquistare un’opzione a 2699 rmb (345 euro circa) di sostituzione schermo valida per un anno e per un solo, eventuale, intervento direttamente quando si ordina lo smartphone sul portale ufficiale Vmall.

(Foto: Vmall)

Gli altri top di gamma? Per P30 si devono spendere 168 euro, mentre per P30 Pro sono 252 euro; ricordiamo che Mate 30 e Mate 30 Pro non sono ancora disponibili alla vendita in Italia.

Motorola Razr

(Foto: Motorola)

L’interessante pieghevole del brand americano sarà esclusiva di Verizon negli Stati Uniti e giungerà da noi a inizio dicembre. Oltre a essere il più economico (anche perché l’hardware è da medio range) nonché l’unico a conchiglia, chiede anche una somma più che accettabile per la sostituzione del display.

Per la precisione serviranno 299 dollari, pari a circa 270 euro al cambio attuale, in linea col costo del dispositivo stesso (circa 1600 euro).

 

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The Apple credit card, launched in August, ran into major problems last week when users noticed that it seemed to offer smaller lines of credit to women than to men. The scandal spread on Twitter, with influential techies branding the Apple Card “fucking sexist,” “beyond f’ed up,” and so on. Even Apple’s amiable cofounder, Steve Wosniak, wondered, more politely, whether the card might harbor some misogynistic tendencies. It wasn’t long before a Wall Street regulator waded into the timeline of outrage, announcing that it would investigate how the card works to determine whether it breaches any financial rules.

The response from Apple just added confusion and suspicion. No one from the company seemed able to describe how the algorithm even worked, let alone justify its output. While Goldman Sachs, the issuing bank for the Apple Card, insisted right away that there isn’t any gender bias in the algorithm, it failed to offer any proof. Then, finally, Goldman landed on what sounded like an ironclad defense: The algorithm, it said, has been vetted for potential bias by a third party; moreover, it doesn’t even use gender as an input. How could the bank discriminate if no one ever tells it which customers are women and which are men?

This explanation is doubly misleading. For one thing, it is entirely possible for algorithms to discriminate on gender, even when they are programmed to be “blind” to that variable. For another, imposing willful blindness to something as critical as gender only makes it harder for a company to detect, prevent, and reverse bias on exactly that variable.

The first point is more obvious. A gender-blind algorithm could end up biased against women as long as it’s drawing on any input or inputs that happen to correlate with gender. There’s ample research showing how such “proxies” can lead to unwanted biases in different algorithms. Studies have shown, for example, that creditworthiness can be predicted by something as simple as whether you use a Mac or a PC. But other variables, such as home address, can serve as a proxy for race. Similarly, where a person shops might conceivably overlap with information about their gender. The book Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O’Neil, a former Wall Street quant, describes many situations where proxies have helped create horribly biased and unfair automated systems, not just in finance but also in education, criminal justice, and health care.

The idea that removing an input eliminates bias is “a very common and dangerous misconception,” says Rachel Thomas, a professor at the University of San Francisco and the cofounder of Fast.ai, a project that teaches people about AI.

This will only become a bigger headache for consumer companies as they become more reliant on algorithms to make critical decisions about customers—and as the public becomes more suspicious of the practice. We’ve seen Amazon pull an algorithm used in hiring due to gender bias, Google criticized for a racist autocomplete, and both IBM and Microsoft embarrassed by facial recognition algorithms that turned out to be better at recognizing men than women, and white people than those of other races.

What this means is algorithms need to be carefully audited to make sure bias hasn’t somehow crept in. Yes, Goldman said it did just that in last week’s statement. But the very fact that customers’ gender is not collected would make such an audit less effective. According to Thomas, companies must, in fact, “actively measure protected attributes like gender and race” to be sure their algorithms are not biased on them.

The Brookings Institution published a useful report in May on algorithmic bias detection and mitigation. It recommends examining the data fed to an algorithm as well as its output to check whether it treats, say, females differently from males, on average, or whether there are different error rates for men and women.

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Il restyling della immortale tedesca riguarda più i contenuti che le linee esterne. Arrivano una ibrida plug-in e, soprattutto, un 150 CV diesel che consuma e inquina pochissimo

Dal punto di vista estetico i cambiamenti del nuovo ritocco alla ottava serie della Passat (nata nel 1973) sono minimi: ridisegnati i paraurti e i fari, ora anche a led, le cromature laterali, i cerchi. Compare sul portellone posteriore una grande scritta “Passat”, un po’ retrò. Nel complesso poca roba.

Più interessanti invece le novità relative ai motori e alla tecnologia di bordo. Nella nuova versione ibrida plug-in, la GTE, la capacità della batteria cresce del 31%, arrivando a 13 kWh. L’autonomia in modalità elettrica nel nuovo ciclo Wltp aumenta quindi a 55 km (teorici) , mentre la velocità raggiungibile a zero emissioni è di oltre 140 km/h. La potenza massima di sistema è di 218 CV, con l’elettrico che lavora in combinazione con 1.4 TSI da 156 CV.

Nel complesso, però, tenuto conto anche che il prezzo di partenza di questa versione è di 52.300 Euro, forse è più interessante spostare l’attenzione verso il nuovo 2.000 diesel da 150 CV (e qui si parte da 38.000 euro).

Il motore è quello ben noto al centro del dieselgate, ma completamente rivisto. È dotato di doppio catalizzatore ACR e di doppio dosaggio di AdBlue (l’additivo utilizzato  sui diesel per abbattere le emissioni di NOx) ed è omologato Euro 6d-Temp. Significa avere da un lato emissioni combinate di CO2 di 132 g/km (secondo la normativa WLPT) e dall’altro consumi dichiarati da 18,8 km/litro nel ciclo misto.

Nella realtà, nel nostro test, un mix di statali e autostrada, con una guida tranquilla, da lavoratore che sta attento al flussometro, ci siamo attestati sui 15 km/litro, valori da leccarsi i baffi per una vettura da 4,7 metri di lunghezza e 1560 kg di massa in ordine di marcia.

A questo si aggiunge che come sempre la Passat da guidare è estremamente piacevole e, se proprio si vuole, può arrivare a 210 km/h. Inoltre questa nuova versione è infarcita di una grande quantità di assistenti alla guida come il Travel Assist che consente di viaggiare in modalità parzialmente automatizzata fino a una velocità di 210 km/h sulla base di un kit tecnologico che include una telecamera che riconosce la segnaletica, dei sensori e il cruise control adattivo predittivo interfacciato con gps. Quest’ultimo è in grado di regolare la velocità in base ai limiti di velocità e al tracciato stradale, riducendo anche automaticamente l’andatura in prossimità delle curve strette.

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Your Instagram might feel a bit different starting next week. The company has announced that it will start testing a new feature next week that will hide likes for users in the United States. Only a select group of users in the U.S. will be part of the testing that aims to make Instagram a safer and healthier place on the Internet.

The company has already tested hiding likes for accounts in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Italy, and Brazil. The feature still makes likes visible to the user posting content, but hidden from their audience. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri spoke with Wired’s Arielle Pardes and actor Tracee Ellis Ross about the new initiative saying that “it’s about young people.”

“The idea is to try and depressurize Instagram. Make it less of a competition. Give people more space to focus on connecting with people that they love, things that inspire them,” he said. “But it’s really focused on young people. We have to see how it affects how people feel about the platform, how they use the platform, how it affects creator ecosystem, but I’ve been spending a lot of time on this personally.”

As Wired noted, Instagram isn’t the only social media company testing features that hide engagement metrics. Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have also been working on their own strategies.

So far there’s no concrete data that proves hiding likes or other engagement metrics improve a user’s mental health, but it’s likely Instagram’s experiments will help determine just what, exactly, all those “likes” are doing to us.

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It has been reported that Samsung has filed for a new patent enabling the tech giant to develop a screen that wraps around not just the sides, but also the top and bottom of a handset.

The tech-heavy screen is said to be being developed alongside an upcoming high-end line of Galaxy One smartphones, and it is assumed that Samsung could be working on an in-house developed display also releasing in the near future. According to a new patent dubbed “display apparatus and portable terminal,” the Korean tech conglomerate is set on producing a screen that wraps around all four edges of the device, essentially creating a 3D-like display with side controls and all-around functionality.

Mockups show a handset that features an antenna incorporated at the top and bottom of the rounded screen, which incidentally is capable of displaying content on the curved part in the form of functional operational icons. As this is just a patent, there is no official word as to whether this proposal will make it to production on a potential flagship Galaxy smartphone. Stay tuned to HYPEBEAST for updates.

In other news, Apple is reportedly working on replacing the iPhone with smart glasses “in roughly a decade.”

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