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gaM 063 a new sneaker created by AOHSOA and 360 MAGAZINE

PAY IT FORWARD

During these tough economic times, we’ve decided to focus on practical, affordable gifts. Thus, we wanted to try to inspire those seeking a thoughtful gift for this period of transition, by compiling a complete menu that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

<gaM 063> BY AOHSOA

An exclusive partnership between AOHSOA × 360 MAGAZINE. A high quality tennis shoe perfect for painting the town red with clients. Eclectic prints which mimic a psychedelic, athleisure era – both designed in-house. Ideal for walks, jogging and gymnastics thanks to its visco-elastic better known as memory foam technology.

Rigorously tested for durability, they’re an ultramodern alternative to NIKE, Adidas shell toe and Reebok classics.

With two distinctive colorways that pay homage to The ‘Boogie Down’ Bronx‘s grafitti art scene, these melodic masterpieces possess a modest price point to achieve the unexpected.

Finally, a chic shoe in vibrant hues, combining style and functionality, to be worn in the gym and non-traditional work environments.

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gaM 063 a new sneaker created by AOHSOA and 360 MAGAZINE
<gaM 063> a new sneaker capsule created by AOHSOA and 360 MAGAZINE.

HARD ROCK HOME

From the textile manufacturers over at Sobel Westex, comes an eclectic seven piece bed set inspired by the Hard Rock marquee – a guitar. With designs which embody the essence of the greats such as Johnny Cash and Elvis, these sheets will have you leaping on a bed, strumming your stomach while lip syncing BB King. Fun yet affordable option for a guest room, dorm and/or sleeper. It’s offered in a rustic bandana blue pattern which mimics a pair of prewash. For the cost of a night stay at a modest hotel, it includes: 1 comforter, 2 Shams, 2 euro shams, and 2 decorative pillows. It’s a great purchase for that special someone in need of a slight push to began adultery. And, it makes almost any room feel harmonious. Machine wash, tumble dry, no iron.

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Hard Rock Home bedding listed in 360 MAGAZINE gift guide

ROBOROCK

Roborock is gearing up for this holiday season. From planning and decorating to the cluttered aftermath, Roborock has the cleaning tools to keep their homes tidy!

  • Dyad: Make wet and dry dirt disappear at a stroke with DyadPower this holiday season – The only dual roller motor, multi-roller wet/dry vacuum in the world! The 13000Pa suction vanishes dirty water leaving floors clean yet dry after the entire family has left. What’s more – the folding holder allows it to stand on its own, and the cordless design allows users to freely move from room to room.
  • Q5 Series: Driven by a 5200mAh battery to power longer cleans, the Roborock Q5+ features 2700Pa of suction power to easily suck up dirt and grime into the 2.5L dust bag of the Auto-Empty Dock Pure for hands-free cleaning while you’re busy with everything else. Runs on a PreciSense LiDAR Navigation System, unique to Roborock which creates a 3D map along with custom routines, multi-level mapping, as well as No-Go Zones & Invisible Walls. Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, and Siri, the Q5 utilizes advanced app control to create a customizable clean.
  • S7+ MaxV Ultra: Roborock’s smartest robot combo yet! The S7 MaxV Ultra provides an extremely convenient, totally hands-free cleaning experience. The dock even cleans itself too! The S7+ MaxV Ultra has more suction power than any previous Roborock robot vacuum, generating a maximum of 5100 Pa, picking up debris, hair, dust, and more from hard floors and carpets. Using its camera, this model can now recognize the furniture in your home and place them on the map automatically. It can also identify your floors in each room and recommend cleaning patterns and scrub intensity accordingly.

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Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra robotic vacuum and mop inside 360 MAGAZINE
Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra robotic vacuum and mop inside 360 MAGAZINE

JOHN MAYER ROLEX DAYTONA

Though green watch dials are still trending, the green dial Rolex Daytona hype, thanks to John Mayer, is finally over.

It’s finally the perfect time to invest in the Green Daytona of your dreams from SwissWatchExpo

Selling for over $125,000 at the peak of its popularity, the “John Mayer” Rolex has finally dropped in price to $81,000, making it the perfect time to buy.  

While it remains out of reach for most of us, the lucky few will see this as their time to shine.

Eugene Tutunikov, CEO of pre-owned luxury watch retailer, SwissWatchExpo, has followed this watch for years and finally saw the price of this Daytona fall in the last month after 14 months of its increasing price.  

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JOHN MAYER ROLEX DAYTONA IN 360 MAGAZINE
JOHN MAYER ROLEX DAYTONA IN 360 MAGAZINE

ROSE BOX NYC

A new school year is quickly approaching and what better way to get excited than designing your dream dorm with Rose Box NYC! These gorgeous bouquets are completely customizable, letting your personality be expressed through a variety of color combinations and decorative boxes. The best part? These flowers can actually live up to 3 years with the proper care and maintenance!

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MODERN ICE BUCKET

Whether you need ice to whip up cocktails or want to cool a bottle of wine, the TRUE Chill Modern Ice Bucket is the best ice bucket for all of your chilling endeavors.

Roomy, featherlight, and stylized, this modern ice bucket comes party-ready. It’s made of durable acrylic with cut-out handles allowing for easy mobility. Low-cut sides make it easy to swoop in and grab another bottle. Holds 4 wine bottles.

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CHARCUTERIE BOARD W/ KNIFE

This board will ensure your spread is on point for any occasion. It’s beautifully designed, featuring gorgeous end grain wood and an acacia spreader. The knife fits conveniently in grooves between the two sections. Turn it upside down for the perfect cutting board. Cleans up easily with a damp cloth.

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ARTISTSCENT CANDLES

Celebrate the coming holidays with luxurious, fall-scented candles. Warm up your home and have it smelling fresh going into the new season with decadent fragrances.

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CHAMPS SPORTS COLLECTION

Today, Champs Sports has launched their new, Eastbay Performance Field Day CollectionChamps Sports developed this new collection, part of the brand’s Eastbay Performance line, for the modern athlete and includes both lifestyle and performance apparel. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and NIL basketball superstar Jared McCain show off the versatile new products in the collection’s corresponding campaign.  

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GLASS XTR2 + REPAIR PLAN

Glass XTR2 + ZAGG Screen Repair Guarantee Plan for the iPhone 14 family of smartphones. U.S. customers who purchase a Screen Repair Guarantee plan ($10) may register their phone for a one-time screen repair up to $250 if their iPhone 14 screen gets damaged with the XTR2 screen protector on the device. The plan is valid for up to one year from the date of purchase per device, and customers are limited to a one-time screen repair. This plan will also cover all future OEM smartphones for which we will make Glass XTR2. For FAQ click HERE.

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HYPERX CLOUD STINGER 2

Definitively the choice of a player for less than fifty dollars. In fact, a lot of them compare it to $200 versions. Cloud Stinger 2 maintains the fundamentals of the original HyperX Cloud Stinger, while refining them to meet an even wider range of gamers needs. Weighing in at under 300g, the headset is designed for aquality user experience with great sound and lightweight comfort. Cloud Stinger 2 utilizes large 50mm drivers to provide clearer audio, with earcups that rotate 90 degrees for adaptive fit and comfort aroundthe neck during breaks. The headset also features easy-access audio controls on the earcup and a swivel-to-mute, noise-canceling flexible microphone for added convenience, reduced background noise and clearvoice quality.

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HYPERX CLOUD STINGER 2 headset via 360 MAGAZINE
HYPERX CLOUD STINGER 2 headset via 360 MAGAZINE

La Tourangelle

From sourcing quality ingredients to small batch production, La Tourangelle’s products are authentic, sustainable, and crafted locally in California and France using traditional practices, and recently approved by everyone’s favorite tastemaker, Jonathan Van Ness.

  • NEW this year is La Tourangelle’s Black Truffle Infused Oil (250 ml – $24.99), robust and distinctive with complex earthy notes of damp forests and dried mushrooms that are characteristic of the French Périgord Truffle. This September, La Tourangelle will release two-pack gift box of Truffle Oils (price is TBD for now – let us know if you would be interested)with one White Truffle and one Black Truffle Infused Oil, the perfect gift for the home gourmand.
  • Or opt for is the classic stocking stuffer gift sets – the Favorites Trio ($22.99) with Walnut, Avocado, and Sesame oils, or the Infused Gift Trio ($20.99) with Garlic, Herb de Provence, and Basil oil.
  • And for a little something extra this festive season, La Tourangelle’s newest bold and bright launch, Extra Virgin Avocado Oil (250 ml – $11.99), or choose the classic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (500 ml – $9.99) or another new product, for the home cook in your life (or even the friend who can’t cook).
  • All of La Tourangelle’s products fit into the category of  “Gifts that Give Back” – 2% of the company’s profits and 5% of the company’s land in Woodland, Yolo County, CA are dedicated to the La Tourangelle Foundation – founded to support edible gardens within schools, regenerative agriculture, and food banks.

Where to buy? La Tourangelle oils can be purchased at Whole Foods Market, Kroger’s, Safeway, Publix, and Walmart, its website, and on Amazon.

La Tourangelle Avocado Oil featured inside 360 MAGAZINE
La Tourangelle Avocado Oil featured inside 360 MAGAZINE

MONDAINE WIFI WALL CLOCK

With the new MONDAINE stop2go WiFi wall clock, you can hang a piece of Iconic Swiss design culture above your office desk or on your living room wall. In addition to its unique design, the wall clock—featuring an aluminum case with a diameter of 25 cm—also offers sophisticated electronics that do not require yet another app on your phone to set the time. After inserting the batteries, you only have to press two small buttons next to the battery compartment simultaneously to activate the WiFi function. After connecting the watch to your smartphone (via the WiFi settings), it can be adjusted thanks to a user-friendly multilingual operating menu. For example, a different time zone can be selected, or daylight-saving time can be switched on and off.

The new MONDAINE Stop2Go WiFi wall clock will be available from mid-September 2022 at selected specialist retailers and at mondaine.com.

MONDAINE wifi wall clock in 360 MAGAZINE gift guides
MONDAINE wifi wall clock in 360 MAGAZINE gift guide

GUCCI DIVE

Gucci reinvents the GUCCI DIVE collection with the addition of four new watches made with bio-based materials and recycled steel. The choice to use plant-derived
plastic from renewable sources reflects the House’s ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental footprint and generating positive change for people and the planet.

GUCCI DIVE inside 360 MAGAZINE
GUCCI DIVE inside 360 MAGAZINE.
Engwe EP 2 PRO EBike is review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 MAGAZINE

ENGWE EP-2 Pro E-Bike

ENGWE EP-2 PRO, THE FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE THAT YOU CAN TAKE ANYWHERE

Modern e-bikes are great alternative transportation methods for those looking for quick, enjoyable, and exhilarating travel. We see them all the time — whether it’s your Uber Eats driver dropping off your midday lunch or your friend meeting you for dinner in the city – e-bikes are everywhere.

The ENGWE EP-2 Pro e-bike is an excellent option for those interested in delving into electric transportation. Priced at $999, the ENGWE is an affordable option, furnished with essential e-bike features. The Engwe EP-2 PRO Electric Bike will be delivered FREE, within 3-5 business days to the US, EU and UK Mainland.

360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to test out the ENGWE EP-2 Pro e-bike in the concrete jungle. Please read below to find out what we thought about this practical e-bike.

Curb Appeal

Coming in at 70lbs, the ENGWE EP-2 Pro sports a conveniently foldable frame for optimal storage. Though this e-bike is heavier than other models, it offers an easy daily commute.

Available in the colors Black, Dark orange and Slate gray, the design of the e-bike is sleek and unisex. Structured with distinct and sharp lines throughout, the ENGWE carries a modern and universal sense that would adorn many.

Design

The original ENGWE comes furnished with 20 x 4.0 all-terrain tires to tackle varying landscapes. At 360, we swapped out those tires for a puncture-proof option, and acquired a saddle seat for the e-bike. The new tires were puncture-proof and withstood potholes that encompass the city.

The neck of the ENGWE can be adjusted according to passenger height with leather handlebars. The 48v 13Ah lithium battery is hidden with the suitable design of the e-bike in the battery compartment. To ensure further safety of the battery, the ENGWE made the compartment locks with a supplied key. An electric bell is, too, included with the ENGWE.

Technology

With a 5-level pedal assist, the ENGWE conforms to each passengers riding style with assistance from the LCD display screen. The 12.8 Ah battery fully charges within 5-6 hours and can be charged on the go with the charging port.

The 48 V front ambient light illuminates your pathway with bright and prominent rays. The mechanical breaks sport rear lights, sparking up when you begin to slow down.

Performance

The enhanced 750W motor is the star of the ENGWE show. The e-bike exhibits top speeds of up to 28 miles per hour, and ranges around 50 miles while in route. With easy torque customizability, passengers have the option to increase or decrease their torque.  

Purchase an Engwe E-Bike HERE

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Engwe EP 2 PRO EBike is review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 MAGAZINE

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Engwe EP 2 PRO EBike is review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 MAGAZINE

*E-bike model was tested in The Bronx, New York with bumpy pavement and decaying roads.

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September Top Stories

HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel introduces Casey Brown

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns for an all-new episode on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.        

Casey Brown is not your typical world-class athlete. Growing up with her family completely isolated from the outside world in the New Zealand bush, Casey followed in her older brother Sam’s footsteps, becoming a professional mountain biker. While developing into one of the most accomplished bikers in the world, and pushing for opportunities for female riders, Casey’s had to cope with heartbreaking tragedy.

Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.

Börni – Overdose

Double platinum winning Swiss artist Börni is back with her third single this year called “Overdose.” After releasing the power singles “I’m Alive” and “Ghost,” Börni’s third single “Overdose” will now be released on September 23, 2022.

It is interesting that we always want what is no longer good for us in an overdose. Börni sings in the song “Overdose” about how she would be better off not giving in to what she wants. The song is about a relationship. But Börni clearly says that you have to consciously find the right measure in everything you do and want in order to be happy. For the music video, which will be released in October 2022, she got a Swiss choreographer and TikTok star in the lead role. Get your own dose of this synth-pop tune this Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II of England dies at the age of 96

On Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at 96, while under the supervision of doctors at Balmoral (1926-2022). According to Buckingham Palace, he will assume the sovereign title of King Charles III, and his wife, Camilla, will be known as Queen Consort.

In England, all the alarms have been raised by the state of health of Queen Elizabeth II. Buckingham Palace has released a statement in which it ensures that the doctors who treat the 96-year-old sovereign have been seen this Thursday (September 8) “concerned” about her state of health and have recommended that she remain under supervision medical.

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The monarch passed away this Thursday, September 8, at her summer residence at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, sheltered by her entire family close to her. Her son Prince Charles succeeds her as the king of England. The British heir, 73, assumes the throne under the name of Carlos III after the death of his mother. All flags in the UK will be flown halfway through the ten days of national mourning leading up to the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 70 years, breaking all her records and celebrating her Platinum Jubilee last February.

UPDATE

  • Historic farewell to Queen Elizabeth II: Sep 19, 2022

The British capital is fully shielded by the presence of up to 500 heads of state and government. The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is being transferred to the state arms carriage, which waits outside the north door of the building. It will be a short route to the abbey, crossing Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

The United Kingdom says goodbye to Elizabeth II with a funeral that will go down in history. The British country will wake up tomorrow, September 20, in a new era after today ending the national mourning for the death of the monarch with a solemn state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, followed by her burial at Windsor.

  • Kings and presidents: half the world attends the funeral of Elizabeth II in London: Sep 18, 2022

The impact, success, and transcendence of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for more than seven decades, is evidenced in the list of attendees at a funeral as was not seen in London. Hundreds of world leaders and monarchs will attend the monarch’s state funeral in London on Monday, September 19, which will be one of the largest diplomatic meetings in decades and will have Westminster Abbey as its epicenter. Although there is no “official” list of guests, invitations have been sent to those countries with which the United Kingdom has diplomatic relations to pay their respects to Elizabeth II.

  • The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II watch over her coffin in Westminster Hall: Sep 17, 2022

The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II, led by Prince William and his brother Harry, watched over the remains of their grandmother for 15 minutes this Saturday in the burning chapel installed in the Palace of Westminster. Additionally, King Charles III and Prince William paid a surprise visit to the long queue of people patiently waiting to pass the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II. They shook hands and said thanks in the mile-long queue near Lambeth Bridge.

  • Access to the queue for the burning chapel is temporarily closed: Sep 16, 2022

The British Government has announced that for the next six hours no one will be able to queue to enter the funeral chapel of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster after it has reached almost 8 kilometers. With waiting times estimated at about 14 hours, the authorities had already warned of this probability due to the saturation in Southwark Park. The Government has encouraged citizens not to try to join the queue until its reopening is formally notified.

  • The queue to fire the monarch exceeds five kilometers: Sep 15, 2022

Endless queue throughout the night to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in London. Thousands of people serenely wait their turn to enter the Palace of Westminster and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The queue exceeds five kilometers and it is expected that over the days it will reach up to eight. The body of Elizabeth II arrived at Westminster after a funeral procession from Buckingham Palace. The funeral chapel has been open to the public for more than twelve hours and will remain open until 6:30 a.m. on Monday, September 19, hours before the state funeral begins, which will be attended by numerous leaders from around the world.

The big surprise among the guest list is the presence of Olena Zelenska, the wife of the President of Ukraine. She will attend the monarch’s funeral.

  • 30-hour queues to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster: Sep 14, 2022

The remains of the monarch rest in Buckingham Palace (London), where they arrive around nine o’clock at night on Monday, September 13. There, they are being veiled in privacy. In the afternoon today, the coffin will be transferred to the Palace of Westminster where the funeral chapel will be installed so that the British people and tourists can pay their respects, just as they did in Edinburgh. People who attend will have to stand in line for up to 30 hours to say goodbye to their queen.

The cathedral of St. Giles, in Edinburgh, covers at this time a religious service in memory of the monarch. Her mortal remains have arrived there in a retinue that has slowly crossed the center of the Scottish and her children have led on foot: King Charles III, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.

Although thousands of people have already left their messages and flowers since last Thursday, September 8, at the residences of the Royal Family, this afternoon, September 12, the funeral chapel of Elizabeth II opens to the public.

  • How much do you have to pay to visit the grave of Queen Elizabeth II?

Windsor Castle, which was the final scene of the state funeral and burial of the monarch, is scheduled to reopen to the public on Thursday, September 29. A territory that will become practically a place of pilgrimage for all those who want to see the grave of Elizabeth II. In this way, the price to visit it will be 26.50 pounds.

A plane runs off the runway with 159 passengers on board at Tocumen airport, Panama

Moments of fear and panic at the Tocumen International Airport, in Panama, after a plane (Boeing 737-800NG) with more than 150 passengers on board, left the runway amid the strong gusts of wind and rain that are shaking the country, driven by the displacement of Ian, a category 2 hurricane on its way to Florida and Cuba.

Karla Pardini, the tiktoker murdered near her home in Mexico: they called her and asked her to come out

Karla Pardini, a famous ‘tiktoker’ from Mexico, has been shot to death after receiving a phone call from a person who asked her to leave her house. The 21-year-old girl was ambushed near her residence in Culiacán on September 20. The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa investigates and explores the crime. No one has been detained so far, according to reports.

Pardini was found dead at an intersection, at the intersection of Catédraticos and Ignacio López Rayón streets, in the Tierra Blanca neighborhood. Several testimonies claim to have seen a group of armed individuals wandering around the area before they killed the young woman.

The queue of almost 50 hours to leave Russia: the exodus by road of those who refuse to go to war

The military mobilization of the Russian population to fight in the war in Ukraine has caused border crossings to collapse. Faced with the impossibility of demonstrating due to the obstacles involved and the exhausted flights, more and more citizens are desperately trying to leave the country by road. Waiting for lines to leave Russian soil can reach around 50 hours.

Rihanna confirms her return to the stage: it will be in the Super Bowl

Rihanna will be the star of the halftime show of the next NFL Super Bowl, which will be held on February 12, 2023, in Glendale (Arizona, USA). The artist communicated this Sunday (September 25) on her Instagram account, where she has 135 million followers, an image without the text in which her hand appeared holding an NFL ball. Later, the league said in a statement that Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl intermission.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever,” said rapper Jay-Z, who produces the Super Bowl show for the NFL through his company Roc Nation.

Thirteen dead, seven of them children, and dozens injured in a shooting at a Russian school

A gunman has opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, according to the Russian government news agency TASS. The attacker would have killed 13 people, seven of them children, and injured several people. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, the shooter would have committed suicide. The police would have found the attacker dead when he entered the school.

UPDATE

  • A former student dressed in Nazi symbology, author of the Russian school shooting in which 17 people have died

The death toll in the armed attack has risen to 17, as confirmed by the authorities, who have deepened that among the fatalities there are 11 minors and six adults. In addition, there are 24 wounded, 22 of them minors.

Argentina: A teenager confesses by message to have murdered her 5-year-old brother: “Mom, I killed him”

A 13-year-old teenager has admitted to having murdered her brother, a 5-year-old boy, in the town of Arroyo Seco, Argentina. The events occurred last Monday, September 19, around eight in the afternoon, when the mother of the minors, Roxana, who went to study at school at night, received a message from her daughter: “Mom, I killed him”, the young woman wrote. Faced with the horrible message, the mother raised the alarm and asked the child’s father to go check what was happening.

”The Woman King” Sets Up For Huge Box Office Run After Insanely Strong Opening Weekend, US

“The Woman King” is generating the kind of buzz — and ticket sales — that the box office desperately needs. Packed with drama, story, and action, “The Woman King” about a regiment of female warriors grossed $19 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, topping the $12 million Sony had forecast.

The film “opened at the high end of our expectations and appears poised for a very healthy movie run thanks to strong word of mouth,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. ”The Woman King” stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight against her enemies.

The trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp already has a movie. It premieres on September 30, 2022

The MarVista Entertainment studio has set to work this summer to bring this trial to the small screen, shooting against the clock to achieve a good result. And they have succeeded, because it already has an official release date for next September 30 of this year. The TV Movie will be titled Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial; and will focus on the defamation case between the two performers that ended with Amber Heard being sentenced to pay her ex-husband 10.4 million dollars in damages. And the road to it was anything but easy. Something that will surely hook those who did not follow the trial day by day.

Spain, European champion after beating France in the Eurobasket

Sergio Scariolo’s basketball team beat the French 88-76 and won the team’s fourth Eurobasket. The Spanish team won its fourth continental title this Sunday, September 18, in Berlin by defeating France in the Eurobasket final by a score of 88-76. Apart from being the fourth European gold medal, the Spanish team has six silver medals to its credit, which it won in 1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, and 2007. The last one was at the Eurobasket held in Spain, where the national team fell in the final against Russia.

Puerto Rico is devastated by Hurricane Fiona, tries to restore power

More than 3 million people were left without electricity in Puerto Rico and caused “catastrophic flooding” this Sunday, September 18, after passing through the destruction caused throughout the country. Landslides, fallen trees, collapsed structures, and blocked roads have left the passage of Hurricane Fiona, which caused a general blackout. The governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, has stated that the island’s authorities are gradually repairing the power supply.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico and has organized the release of federal resources for Emergency aid.

Controversy in Iran over the death of a 21-year-old girl detained by the Moral Police for wearing the wrong veil

This Saturday, September 17, the 21-year-old Mahsa Amini has been buried, she has died from the serious injuries suffered after being arrested last Tuesday by the Greater Tehran Morale Police, allegedly for not wearing the veil properly. The young woman was transferred to a hospital already in a coma the day of her arrest after “suffering a heart attack”, according to the police version, and she finally died on Friday due to the severity of her injuries.

Hundreds of people attended Amini’s funeral in her hometown, Aychi, in the Saghez region of Iran. Family members, friends, and neighbors as well as authorities from the Saghez region have been at the event. This case would have caused spontaneous protests on Friday, September 16. Pictures and videos have been posted on social networks of people chanting phrases such as “Death to the dictator!” at Tehran’s Kasri Hospital where Amini died.

Exhume the first corpses from mass graves in Izyum (Ukraine)

The Ukrainian authorities have reported that so far around 60 bodies have been exhumed from a mass grave found in the town of Izyum, located in the Kharkiv region, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area. The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Sinegubov, informed through a message on his Telegram account of the progress in the exhumation work. “Police experts in the Kharkiv region have exhumed 59 bodies in Izium today.”

“The bodies of 16 men and 26 women, civilians, will be handed over for further analysis,” before saying that among the exhumed bodies there are 17 soldiers. “As experts point out, most show signs of a violent death, ” Sinegubov said.

Iran admitted to Shanghai Cooperation Organization

For Iran to be admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and the Secretary-General, Zhang Ming, signed the memorandum of commitment as a member of the association at the summit of the Organization Shanghai Cooperation Conference being held in Samarkand. “From now on we have entered a new phase in various economic, trade, transit, and energy cooperations,” Abdollahian mentioned.

Volodymyr Zelensky suffers a traffic accident in Kyiv

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, was involved this Thursday, September 15, early in the morning in a traffic accident in Kyiv when he was returning from the city of Izium, although he was not injured. This has been communicated by the Ukrainian president’s spokesman, Sergei Nikiforov, who has circumstantiated in a statement on Facebook that a vehicle has crashed into the presidential escort.

French film director Jean-Luc Godard dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland

Jean-Luc Godard died “peacefully, at home” in Switzerland on September 13 at the age of 91, his relatives expressed through a statement and announced that there will be no official funeral and that he will be cremated.

Godard’s legal adviser, Patrick Jeanneret, told the AFP news agency that the filmmaker died by assisted suicide. He “turned to legal aid in Switzerland for a voluntary departure as he was affected by ‘multiple disabling illnesses,’ according to the medical report.” Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland under certain circumstances.

The future of Sweden, in the hands of the anti-immigration leader

The Social Democrats of Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden were the most voted in the Swedish legislative elections with 30.5% of the vote. In addition, Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the nationalist and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) party, has become the second political force in the country with a historic 20.6% of the vote.

The rapper PnB Rock, was shot dead to rob him in Los Angeles

Mourning in the world of rap. Rapper PnB Rock has been shot to death while he was eating at a Los Angeles restaurant on Monday, September 12. The artist was interrupted by a man who approached the table at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles and asked for the jewelry he was wearing. Given his refusal, he shot him several times in front of his partner, who was eating with the rapper.

Emmy Awards 2022: ‘Succession’, ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Ted Lasso’, The winners of the ceremony

The 74th edition of the 2022 Emmy Awards was held this past Monday, September 12, and the stars of the small screen wore their best clothes on a magical night, in which emotion and humor were not lacking either. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, United States, and the big winner was ‘Succession‘, which with 25 nominations in the category of best drama series, took away from the South Korean ‘The Squid Game‘ the chance to become the first no -English-speaking production to win the prize. Plus, ‘Ted Lasso‘ won the best comedy series category for the second successive year, and ‘The White Lotus‘ won the best miniseries.

Additionally, Barack Obama won an Emmy Award for his narration on the Netflix documentary series Our Great National Parks.

Carlos Alcaraz is already the king of tennis: the youngest number one in history wins the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest number one in history by winning the US Open. The Spanish tennis player won this Sunday, September 11, in four sets (6-4, 2-6, 7-6, and 6-3) against the Norwegian Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open, the last ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.

The victory that allows the Spaniard to lift his first ‘Grande’ and climb to number one in the ranking, being the youngest tennis player to achieve it in all of history at 19 years old.

Al Qaeda publishes a book with details about the planning of the 9/11 attacks against the Pentagon and the Twin Towers

Work of Abu Mohamed al Masri: The 250-page book would be the work of Abu Mohamed al Masri, a senior official of the terrorist and jihadist organization who died in 2020 in Iran. He relates that the attacks began to be prepared when they managed to settle in Afghanistan, in 1996, and that they wanted to drag the United States into a long war of attrition and ruin.

Click HERE for more information about the 9/11 attacks.

A person claims to have seen Melissa Highsmith, a woman who disappeared 51 years ago as a baby, United States

Melissa disappeared when she was just 21 months old. It is believed that a woman posing as a nanny took her away. 51 years later, a person claims to have seen her in Charleston, South Carolina (United States). In the third week of September, a person contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He claimed and guaranteed to have seen Melissa Highsmith in Charleston.

Hell in Kharkov: a Russian attack on the thermal power plant leaves four regions of Ukraine without electricity

A Russian attack on the Kharkiv power plant has left several points in the center and east of the country without water and electricity. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Putin of causing a full payout when the Ukrainian military was making great strides.

So far in September, he would have reconquered 3,000 square kilometers from the Russian troops. The Ukrainian cities of Izium, Lyman, and Kupiansk are already in the hands of Kyiv.

Justin Bieber cancels the rest of his American tour due to health problems

Justin Bieber (28 years old, Canada) announced this Tuesday (August 6) that he will not continue with his Justice World Tour because he has returned to his health problems linked to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzes part of his face. “Earlier this year, I made public my battle with the syndrome, for which my face was partially paralyzed,” the Canadian singer said on social networks, who said he must pause because his health is “a priority right now,” the artist says.

Justin Bieber postpones his US tour as he battles facial paralysis. The European tour, which starts in January, is still on.

Instagram receives a millionaire fine for the mismanagement of personal data of adolescents in Ireland

400 million dollars is the amount that the social media platform must pay. Facebook Ireland allowed users between the ages of 13 and 17 to open accounts on Instagram, with the posting of the underage user’s email address or phone numbers open to all users. In addition, Facebook Ireland operated a user registration system for the Instagram service whereby minors’ accounts were set to “public” by default, thereby also making adolescent content public, unless the account was set up differently and changed to “private”.

Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

The United Kingdom already has a new British minister: Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson after defeating Rishi Sunak in the conservative ‘primaries’. She also takes command of the country at a time marked by different crises: the economic one derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the internal crisis after the fall of her boss (Boris Johnson), and the political one, with the ravages of Brexit.

Multiple people were killed in stabbings in Saskatchewan, Canada

At least 15 wounded and 10 dead is the provisional balance of the attack carried out by two individuals in two towns in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The main indications suggest that some victims could have been attacked at random and that the two suspects are in hiding. The agents were looking last night (September 4) for those responsible for the attack, whose mobile phone number is unknown.

A major accident at an attraction in India leaves 16 injured

A serious accident at an attraction in Mohali, India, has left at least 16 injured. The rotating Ferris wheel collapsed after a brake failure and crashed to the ground with all passengers on board. The hypothesis is the technical failure of the brakes precisely at the moment in which the Ferris wheel was turning at the highest speed.

7 policemen die in a trap in Colombia

At least seven police officers have died and one of them has been seriously injured this Friday (September 2) in an attack in a rural area of San Luis, in the Department of Huila, in western Colombia, considered the largest attack registered in the country since Gustavo Petro came to power.

It is not clear for now the reasons for the attack or which group is behind it. Although when they appeared they were attacked with rifle bursts and explosives.

New York ‘prepares’ for the number of sharks sighted off its coast

The large number of sharks that come to the waters near New York (USA) is a reality that the locals must begin to get used to. There have been various reports of swimmers and surfers being bitten. In fact, the beaches of Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens, have been closed to the bathroom twice during the past month of July after the sighting of sharks from the coast.

The Rings of Power: Premiere of the first two chapters on Amazon Prime

This Friday (September 2), Amazon launches the first chapter of the new series inspired by the Tolkien Universe and whose first two episodes are directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The streaming platform produces a new installment of the saga made up of eight chapters. Every Friday a new chapter will be broadcast.

When is Rings of Power released in the US? The eight-part series debuts on September 1 at 9:00 p.m. m. ET, with episodes one and two airing one after the other.

Michael O’Leary, the executive director of Ryanair: “The rates will rise from 40 to 50 euros, but the low cost is not dead”

For the airline, Ryanair, it’s been a bittersweet summer. Since June they have had strikes by their cabin crew in several European countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain. Linked to this is an inflationary context that is making flying more expensive.

Despite this increase, Ryanair’s CEO emphasizes that “low cost is not dead”. “What we will not see anymore are tickets at 9.99 euros, but that does not mean that low cost is going to end,” said the executive director, Michael O’Leary.

Putin will not attend Gorbachev’s funeral because “his job does not allow it”

The last leader of the Soviet Union will have a state funeral like that of his successor in office, Boris Yeltsin.

Putin will not go to the funeral of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on August 30, because his work schedule does not allow it. “We know that the farewell ceremony will take place on September 3, and also the funeral, but unfortunately the president’s work schedule will not allow him to attend on September 3, so he decided to do it today,” he said. Dimitri Peskov (Putin‘s spokesman). The Russian leader said goodbye yesterday, September 1, to the first president of the Soviet Union at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow (Russia), before flying to Kaliningrad.

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IRON MAN

On the eve of the character’s 60th anniversary, Iron Man will begin a new era this December. Writer Gerry Duggan (X-Men) and artist Juan Frigeri (Avengers) will kick off a new run of IRON MAN’s solo title that will bring Tony Stark to his darkest depths only to rise greater than ever before! INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will follow Christopher Cantwell’s thought-provoking run on the title that concludes in November’s IRON MAN #750, the upcoming milestone issue that will give fans their first glimpse of what’s to come in this new chapter. The ongoing series will begin with Tony reflecting on the highs and lows of his 60 years of history, including digging up some classic armors and confronting old wounds, to overcome a devastating defeat at the hands of a Marvel villain who’s been making big waves throughout the Marvel Universe recently.

It all ends here? Tony Stark, the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, has lost it all: his wealth…his fame…his friends. But Stark doesn’t realize he still has so much more to lose, especially when a mystery villain puts out a hit on him! Every assassin around the Marvel Universe has come out of the shadows for Tony — and he has no idea who hired them! Will this cavalcade of killers close the book on Iron Man? It’s the beginning of the end, as the Golden Avenger must fight for his life and find out what it really means to hit rock bottom.

“It’s my privilege to try and follow Christopher Cantwell and his collaborators’ stellar run on IRON MAN heading into an anniversary year,” Duggan said. “Juan and I are going to introduce a new menace that is gunning for Tony Stark and his greatest creation. We have an epic tale for Stark and plans for old foes, including flashbacks to some of his classic armors. How about a little Silver Centurion for his diamond anniversary? Armor up, you’re gonna need it.”

Check out the cover by Kael Ngu and stay tuned for more news about the title and the other ways Marvel Comics will be honoring Iron Man’s 60th anniversary next year. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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Tanisha Scott × Lizzo

World-renowned creative director/choreographer Tanisha Scott (Rihanna, Drake) makes a very special guest appearance on Amazon Prime’s anxiously awaited new series, LIzzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, set to premiere April 14th. She teams up with legend and host Lizzo in order to uncover the best and brightest new dancers for her upcoming tour. Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is a new unscripted series following global superstar and icon Lizzo, who is on the hunt for confident, bad-ass women to join the elite ranks of the Big Grrrls and join her world tour. With 10 hopeful women moving into the Big Grrrls House, they must prove they have what it takes to make it to the end and join Lizzo in front of a global audience on the center stage. In this search for dynamic dancers, Lizzo leans on Scott as well as fellow legendary choreographers and O.G. Big Grrrls Chawnta’ Marie Van, Shirlene Quigley, and Grace Holden, as well as several special guests, including choreographer Charm La’Donna, body movement expert Rashida KhanBey Miller, and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter SZA. In addition to appearing in the series, Lizzo will also serve as executive producer alongside Makiah Green, Kevin Beisler, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam, Myiea Coy, Kimberly Goodman and Glenda Cox. The series is directed by Nneka Onuorah and produced by Amazon Studios, Bunim-Murray Productions and Lizzo’s production company, Lizzo Bangers. Stay tuned for more and to also see how Scott expands her influence yet again in the upcoming season of the series Legendary on HBO Max.

About Tanisha Scott 

Like culture itself, Scott continues to evolve over time. She has remained not only relevant but at the forefront of the industry, with recent clients including, H.E.R., Bryson Tiller, SZA, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, Da Baby and Juice WRLD. She has been named by Billboard Magazine and Italian Vogue as one of the top 30 under 30 artists in the entertainment industry and has earned multiple MTV and Billboard Music awards and nominations. Scott’s work has been featured in various award-winning videos, including Rihanna’s “Found Love,” Cardi B’s “Money” and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”—which won the 2012 MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, the 2019 VMA for “Best Hip Hop Video” and the 2020 Grammy award for “Best Music Video,” respectively. Tanisha Scott has evolved from a dancer and choreographer to an innovation-leading and industry-crossing creative director, movement coach, and artist developer. As for what’s next, Scott aspires to take her talents to Broadway. Like her idol, Debbie Allen, Scott aims to leave a legacy of innovation and storytelling through the universal language of movement and dance.

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Tips For Smart Home Devices During Thanksgiving

November brings a great amount of excitement in the air – football season is in full swing, basketball is about to start, and Thanksgiving and holiday shopping are right around the corner.

Of course, that also means half of America’s football teams are already out of contention, and people have already begun to stress about Thanksgiving planning and their holiday shopping.

Fortunately, with all the “smart home” devices now at our disposal, everyone’s Thanksgiving Day preparation and cooking this year is sure to be “smarter” than ever. From smart thermometers and smart vacuums to Amazon Echo and Alexa devices, Thanksgiving Day prep and cooking should be a snap. 

Smart Devices Can Still Cause Frustrations

Unfortunately, a house filled with smart devices doesn’t necessarily make our cooking experience that much smarter. According to a recent survey, 74% of connected consumers have experienced technical challenges in the past year. Even before the pandemic, 36% of smart device owners said they haven’t connected their product because they don’t know how. In addition to product issues, 55% of respondents said their internet speeds have been slower since the pandemic began.

Just having a connected home doesn’t always mean it’s smooth sailing for smart device connectivity. Here are a few tips from personal tech support experts to keep technical frustrations to a minimum on Turkey Day.

  •   Use your Amazon Echo Show to view your favorite recipes. Pause, playback, etc. and see the recipe on the screen as you go. Need other food ideas, just ask Alexa for top Thanksgiving recipes!
  •   Make shopping for your groceries simpler with free apps like AnyList. Just download the app, register, and then start creating custom lists. Want to share your list with a family member or friend, no problem, that’s easy, just send the list from within the app to their email address. Once they click the link and download the app they will be able to see your list and add, change, delete items.
  •   Want to put a little pep in your meal prep? Use your smart speaker to play your favorite holiday songs while you’re cooking. Did you know that if you are an Amazon Prime member you get access to Amazon Music for free? Just ask Alexa to play your favorite tunes like “Alexa, play Feeling Thankful music.”  Also, did you know that iHeart Radio is free as well? Just download and register the app, make sure to add the “skill” to your Amazon Alexa app to let it work with iHeart Radio.  Try “Alexa, play iHeart Christmas Rock.”
  •   Want to start decorating for holidays early? Pick up some smart plugs and connect your holiday lights, tree and other electric devices and then create a “group” like “Holidays inside”.  Then, use your Google or Amazon device for voice commands like “Hey Google, turn on Holidays inside” and watch as all your gadgets turn on.
  •   Did you know you can use your Google Home device, your Amazon Echo device, or your iPhone Siri service to set multiple timers to keep track of your food cook times?  Try “Alexa, remind me in 15 minutes to check the turkey.
  •   Made a mess while cooking and too tired to clean it up yourself, use your smart vacuum to do some post-Thanksgiving cooking cleanup. You can create custom rooms with your iRobot app and then just send it directly to the room that needs a little extra tidying up.

Planning Can Save Frustration

Plan and make sure all your home’s smart devices are connected and working properly by contacting your tech support specialist home consultants ahead of the big day. You can also use a Wi-Fi speed check to make sure your Internet network speed is running at an optimal level when more family members begin to arrive and there are even more devices in the home running off your Wi-Fi. What’s more, you’ll want to check and make sure all your smart devices used in the kitchen are near the internet router, or if they are too far away there are always solutions like mesh routers and new Wi-Fi 6 routers that can extend your Wi-Fi range. Remember, slower internet speeds don’t always mean it’s your internet service provider’s fault.

About The Author: Scott McKinley is AVP, Global New Product Development for Personal TechPro, the connected device premium tech support solution for the Pocket Geek Home solution.

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THE BLACK CROWES × CODA COLLECTION

THE BLACK CROWES PARTNER WITH THE CODA COLLECTION TO RELEASE NEW FILM BROTHERS OF A FEATHER TOGETHER WITH A SELECTION OF RARE CONCERT & STUDIO PERFORMANCE FILMS SPANNING THE BAND’S FIRST CHAPTER

The Black Crowes have joined forces with The Coda Collection to premiere Brothers Of A Feather, a new film celebrating the welcomed 2020 reunion of the Robinson brothers as well as three superb concert and studio performance programs which present the band at the peak of their power. The partnership culminates today with the release of  Brothers of a Feather, which captures Black Crowes founders Chris and Rich Robinson reuniting as a duo at an intimate, sold-out concert from San Francisco on March 6, 2020, just prior to the pandemic shutdown. Never before seen in full, the intimate, stripped-down arrangements of Crowes standards such as “She Talks To Angels,” “Remedy” and “Wiser Time” give the music’s lyrics and structures a welcomed new perspective.  Brothers of a Feather’ is available to stream in full exclusively on The Coda Collection beginning July 9th.

Over the past few weeks, The Coda Collection has dug into its vast archive and presented unforgettable moments from the band’s illustrious career. Additional films in this series include Live at Landgraaf 1993’, which showcases the band’s ferocious live set in the Netherlands in the immediate aftermath of the release of their acclaimed second studio album The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. Ferocious renditions of favorites such as “No Speak, No Slave,” “Thorn In My Pride,” and “Jealous Again” stand among the many highlights of this superb performance, which is available on The Coda Collection now.

Also available to stream now is 1996’s Amsterdam Sessions which was filmed at a recording studio in Holland. The program provides an intimate look at the band showcasing highlights of the band’s third and fourth LPs while providing an intimate portrait of the group’s creative interplay. Performances include inspired renditions of “Downtown Moneywaster,” “How Much For Your Wings,” and “Evil Eye.”

Live at Landgraaf 1990’ showcases the group’s European debut on behalf of the release of their first album Shake Your Money Maker. High energy performances of classics such as “Hard To Handle” thrilled the massive audience and proved to be one of the high performances of the famed Pinkpop festival.

Launched at the beginning of 2021, The Coda Collection is a subscription streaming offering featuring an exclusive, curated selection of the most iconic music documentaries, concert films, and episodic series spanning decades and genres via Amazon Prime Video Channels paired with a complementary website exploring new perspectives on music.

The Coda Collection is available to Amazon Prime members in the U.S. now for $4.99 per month, with a free 7-day trial, and will roll out globally throughout the rest of the year. Visit the official website to see the complete library of titles available to stream exclusively on The Coda Collection.

ABOUT THE BLACK CROWES

In 1990, when journalists were lamenting the death of rock, as cheesy pop and hair metal dominated the charts, Atlanta’s Black Crowes gave the genre a swift and much needed kick in the ass with Shake Your Money Maker. Fueled by singles “Jealous Again,” “Twice As Hard,” “She Talks To Angels,” and the break-through cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle,” the band immediately took the rock world by storm, topping Rolling Stone’s “Best New American Band Readers Poll” in late 1990. The Black Crowes went on to release eight studio and four live albums, selling in the tens of millions along the way; they sold out shows around the world; had legendary guitarist Jimmy Page join as a member; got kicked off a tour with ZZ Top for insulting the sponsor; got screwed by bad record deals; got married and divorced, fought amongst themselves and against the rest of the world. In other words, they’ve done everything a legendary rock group should do.

ABOUT THE CODA COLLECTION

The Coda Collection is a multi-media company founded by a team of legendary musicians, music industry veterans, and entrepreneurs that enables fans to see the most iconic moments and artists in music with a new perspective.

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THE PROBLEM WITH PRIME DAY

By: Andrew Shibuya

It’s Prime Day–an almost dystopian new holiday of sorts, rivaling Black Friday itself and joining the ranks of those days that celebrate the contemporary culture of excessive consumerism. And perhaps almost as equally as dystopian as the day itself is the subsequent full throttle media push from news publications and influencers alike, listing the best deals and items to keep an eye out for.

And it’s not just Amazon that’s having a sale today. Retail giants Target and Walmart began their sales yesterday and today, too, attempting to both rival and outdo Amazon’s own sales. With this comes a massive ripple effect, with almost every large retailer and store offering their own imitative sales. Though indicative of Amazon’s obvious influence over the market, this ripple effect is similarly indicative of some greater ills of the post-modern capitalist world.

The event itself has been objectively well-crafted and carefully engineered. Beginning in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s twentieth anniversary, Prime Day was introduced as a member’s only sale. And though the event was never truly a celebration for all as the company makes it out to be, now, the sales are hardly even sales. The bargains that are so celebrated are often merely engineered illusions, with prices being hiked initially, only for the appearance of a greater discount, and many items are often lackluster and unwanted models.

So, what is it about Prime Day and the subsequent market spike that keeps customers coming back? There are almost innumerable reasons behind why days like Prime Day and Black Friday are so successful, and there can be little doubt that there is a host of behavioral psychologists called upon to make Prime Day so successful. In general, Amazon employs numerous tried and true marketing and sales tricks that appeal to customers at a psychological level. From the rush of trying to snatch up a “Lightning Deal” to the fear of missing out on “a once in a lifetime” deal, Amazon certainly pulls out all the stops to generate perceived value around Prime Day’s deals.

This Prime Day, the first as the world begins its exit into a post-pandemic society, is worth considering sitting out. Out of everyone in the world, Amazon is one of the only entities for which the pandemic came with remarkable benefits.  The net worth of Amazon and subsequently Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos skyrocketed over the pandemic. In 2020 alone, Amazon saw a reported 70% increase in earnings in the first nine months of the year. And from March to June, Bezos’ net worth grew $48 billion.

It would be one thing – not a good thing by any means – but it would be something else entirely if Amazon did not have numerous documented issues with their working conditions. And these issues are said to only have grown worse with the pandemic. So as more people turned to Amazon as the pandemic forced everyone to remain at home, and as Bezos’ net worth grew, so too did claims of timed bathroom breaks, unreachable productivity requirements, and general unsafe working conditions.

In addition to these concerns regarding Amazon employees is the fact that Amazon in general has a vast environmental footprint. In 2019 alone, the company was reported to have generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste. In air pillows alone, Amazon’s packaging waste would circle the planet more than 500 times. The fact that events like Prime Day are so successful is remarkable to see as the greater world comes to terms with or, in fact, does not come to terms with global warming and the vast detrimental effects of consumerism culture.

But what is most astonishing about the success of Prime Day is that these great drawbacks to the event, and to Amazon in general, are no secret. People are generally not shy about their criticisms of Amazon and Bezos himself. Tens of thousands of people have recently signed a petition to stop Bezos’ return to Earth following his trip to space next month. Innumerable thought pieces are written weekly indicting Amazon’s practices. And still, it’s one of the biggest companies in the world. Is Amazon now inevitable?

Between multibillion dollar business acquisitions and new real estate expansions, Amazon continues to expand its reach physically and to a wider audience. For a company that began as a bookstore alternative, Amazon now owns wholly unrelated companies to its online offerings such as Ring, Twitch, and Whole Foods.

And while perhaps not unexpected, the sheer variety and scale of Amazon’s holdings raise concerns of a further and more dominant monopoly across the entire marketplace. This is especially concerning in a year when more than 200,000 small businesses across the United States closed due to the coronavirus and ensuing lockdowns.

These concerns, of course, lead to the primary issues with Prime Day. Even if the discounts were truly exceptional, are the glaring issues with Amazon – from irreversible environmental damages to its troubling work conditions – worth its vast selection and free two-day shipping? It is this dilemma that will be a primary issue of the coming years as the cost and convenience of these trademark Amazon offerings are overshadowed by the inevitable environmental impact and implications of Amazon’s burgeoning monopoly.

Moreover, with respect to Prime Day itself, how often do people buy things that they actually need? Oftentimes, as with many sales, people buy items that they would not otherwise, save for the fact that they are on sale. Putting aside Amazon’s own issues with packaging and other waste, this sort of rampant consumerism in itself has led to an increase in pollutant emissions, increased deforestation, as well as an acceleration of global warming.

And while these issues are rather glaring and easy to point out, the solution is not so easily within reach. Ultimately, it will come down to if the convenience of Amazon is outweighed by their ever becoming ethically or morally untenable, whether because of their environmental or social impact. Until then, it seems that Prime Day will continue to succeed, Amazon will simply continue to grow, and so too will the number of complaints and worries. And thus, Amazon has become the company that everybody loves to criticize but few can resist.

 

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Amazon × MGM Studios Merger

Amazon announced that it will be acquiring MGM Studios for $8.45 billion, in an effort to bolster the already growing Amazon studios and making it the second largest acquisition on Amazon’s part, following its $13.7 purchase of Whole Foods in 2017.

According to cybersecurity expert Mark Stamford, CEO of OccamSec, a deal of this scale will require a complete review of its cybersecurity infrastructure, as the process of fully merging these entities are rarely completed in the expected timescale.

Mark continues:

  • The standard “merger” due-diligence template goes into great detail looking at financial & legal status issues, but rarely seems to consider the potential liability associated with linking into an organization with a seriously compromised infrastructure. 
  • Trying to coherently map risks or produce an enterprise security plan for this type of environment is incredibly challenging, when multiple systems are coming together
  • With such notable deals, most attackers reside within the organization’s network for over 100 days before discovery, so there is a very real risk of starting work on merging infrastructure, whilst being observed by an interested resident attacker, who will be keenly looking out for an opportunity to vector into the core organization’s networks

Mark says, “Exercising strategic due-diligence during a merger or acquisition, is the most effective what for any organization, like Amazon, to protect itself from cyber threats.”

We had the opportunity to ask Mark Stamford some questions as far as the merger and his expert opinion(s):

Q: What changes can be expected with a merger like the Amazon/MGM Studio merger?

MS: The merging of two different cultures always prompts a lot of changes. In this case, MGM is going to become more like Amazon than the other way round.

Q: Do the benefits outweigh the risks with this type of merger?

MS: Yes, I assume so, from a cyber perspective, the main risk is joining two networks together that have different structures, and probably issues. So, for example I was called in to help with some M&A work once, the new network was plugged in…and brought a heap of malware with it which quickly spread into the acquirers’ network.  It later transpired that some of the IP, which was the very reason for the merger, had been stolen.

Q: What challenges is Amazon, an online retailer, facing when merging with MGM Studio?

MS: Both operate in different ways. The majority of movie making companies seem to follow the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mantra. So, technology tends to be a hodge podge, along with processes etc.… Amazon meanwhile is a tech company, and while primarily known as a retailer, has considerable presence in the cloud (with AWS) so has a lot of cutting-edge technology at its disposal.

Q: What are some ways to help the process move along with ease?

MS: Again, in a cyber perspective there needs to be due diligence done on the MGM environment. At the same time, since both organizations probably have a range of security tools, seeing who has the best tool for the job can save money in the long term.

Also, not to be discounted is the human element in cyber security – any merger results in layoffs. So, the potential for a “disgruntled insider” increases. The way to help with that is communication – not more monitoring.

Q: How can Amazon prevent cyber-attacks during the process of the merger?

MS: MGM makes a nice target right now, since at some point their technology will be integrated into Amazon, and if I was a bad guy, I would assume they are the softer target of the two. Amazon should work with MGM to ensure their security is at a “good” level, and work on the integration aspects – two distinct cyber security teams need to become one, quickly.

Q: In your opinion, does Amazon face cyber risks from vendors or third parties with the onset of the merger?

MS: I think amazon always faces this risk, as does everyone. Since the organization is increasing in size, the “attack surface increases” so yes, they do face risks.

Q: What are the biggest cybersecurity threats at the moment?

MS: Motivated attackers, be that nation states, criminal groups, hacktavists, or others. Ransomware is getting a lot of press right now. However, I think the biggest threat is the endless cost spiral companies are trapped in trying to deal with this.

Q: What are some ways to ensure that the infrastructure is not compromised?

MS: Defense in depth continues to be the key. Layers of security, which work together, and consider the context of the organization (how it makes money or delivers its service) in order to support that mission.  I assume Amazon will expand their cyber security program across MGM fairly quickly, which checks a number of boxes and provides a good starting point.

One issue may be that a movie studio faces different kinds of attackers than Amazon. Movie studios are primarily about their IP, everything else always seemed to be secondary to that. Stealing a movie is a different attack then ransomware, which we have seen borne out in practice (various insider attacks to steal content for example).

Q: What are your certifications in the cybersecurity field?

MS: I have been involved in cybersecurity since I was 11. Was senior penetration tester for a global consulting company, ran a security program at a global investment bank, and have been running a security company for 10 years.

Q: What does effective cybersecurity look like to you?

MS: Cost effective, business aware, and layered.

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Entertainment at Home: How to Spend Lockdown with Benefits?

The lockdown has ended up becoming a blessing in disguise. It is the perfect opportunity for you to be able to pick up a new skill. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are able to use the lockdown wisely, then you can surely benefit from it a lot. Use this to your advantage and spend a little more time with yourself. Who knows? By the end of this lockdown, you might evolve into an even better version of who you are now. Read on to find out all the various ways to spend your time productively during the lockdown.

Spending Time Productively in Lockdown

Learn to Cook

This is the time when you find yourself in close proximity to the kitchen the whole day. Ordering in might be a risky bet considering that it might provoke the spread of COVID. So, instead of ordering food from a delivery app, cook it yourself. Start with the simpler things at first like making tea, boiling eggs, etc. As you learn more every day, you can eventually take up cooking initiatives that you never imagined before.

Try New Things

This lockdown, try something that you normally wouldn’t. Spend your time picking up a new skill. There is an endless world out there. Take online gambling for instance. You can get 100 free spins no deposit in UK if you visit online casinos. In this pandemic, as people spend more time at homes, the popularity of online casinos has skyrocketed. More and more people are exploring the world of online gambling because it is thrilling and fun. So, go ahead and explore.

Read More Books

This is the ideal time to read a book. If you are not an avid reader, you might be depriving yourself of one of the most beautiful experiences in life. We all receive books as gifts on our birthdays. On most occasions, those books end up getting dragged to one corner of our shelf and keep collecting dust. Now is the time to get those books out and experience the beautiful stories they tell.

Bond with Family

We live in an age of preoccupations. Everyone is preoccupied with something or the other. Children are busy studying; parents are busy working. We are hardly able to make time for each other. However, the lockdown has changed it, even though temporarily. In the lockdown, a unique phenomenon has taken place. Every member of the family is under one roof. Children are getting to attend online classes and parents are getting to work from home. So, start spending more time with each other. Begin with the simpler things like eating at the dinner table together or watching a movie.

Exercise

You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym to work on your fitness. A free hand workout is the best form of fitness routine. The best thing about it is that it can simply be done at home. So, this lockdown, use the opportunity to work, on your fitness, from home. Go to the terrace, do some stretching. Do some crunches and push-ups. Use the extra time you get at home to improve your health because it will not only help you physically, but also mentally.

Meditate

A lot of people turn out to be rather skeptical when it comes to meditation. However, experts certify meditation to be a genuinely helpful habit. It can result in profound improvement of your mental health and stability. Even more so, in the stressful situation of the global pandemic, you need to calm yourself down. So, practice meditating. It can do wonders.

Watch TV

In the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have gained access to a seemingly endless plethora of interesting shows on TV or computers. Some of the shows have thousands of episodes, each having a running time of at least an hour. Normally, you don’t get the scope to fully watch your favorite shows in the middle of work. Also, by the time you return home, you get too tired. Nevertheless, this is your chance. Switch on the television and watch something with your family.

Do Chores

Use the free time in your hand to perform household chores. Usually, we see the mothers and daughters of the house taking up this crucial responsibility, but why should the men be left out? Pick up the mop and duster. Go ahead and clean your place up. Get into all those remote corners of the room that you have never even looked at before. Reorganize the furniture. Give your humble abode a refreshing new look.

Make a Garden

Gardening can be an extraordinarily soothing way of passing the time. Plants take time to grow and flourish, but when they do, they teach you so much about how delicate life is. Gardening has proven to have hugely positive effects on mental health. An added benefit of doing this is not having to shop for fruits and vegetables outside. After all, you are locked down. You can’t visit the marketplace for buying your cooking ingredients. So, rather grow them at home.

Plan for Future

Since you have more time in your hand, you can concentrate on drafting a course of action for your future. Our lives revolve around various aspects. We have a family to take care of. We have careers to build. We have our own dreams to fulfil. This is the perfect chance of working them all out through meticulous planning.

Try Art

Have you ever explored the artistic side of your personality before? This is the ideal occasion for that. Pick up a paint brush and go ahead. It is also a highly beneficial mental exercise because it helps you work on your precision and focus. There are so many things to take inspiration from. Maybe, try your hand at some glass painting too while you’re at it.

Detox

Enough of indulging in vices, let this lockdown be a detox phase. Rid your body of all the toxins. No smoking and no drinking because, after all, you can’t even if you want to. All the stores are closed. So, might as well use this as a way of benefiting yourself. Use this lockdown to quit your bad habits.

Conclusion

So, we told you about many different ways of using your time productively in the lockdown. However, we saved the best for last. Here it is. As we said earlier, this lockdown offers you the chance to spend some time with yourself. That is very important. So, use this time to write a letter to your future self. When you spend time with yourself, there are thoughts and ideas that you stumble upon which you would normally never even comprehend. Before you end up forgetting them, write them down as a letter for reminding yourself in the future. Make yourself promises. Make your memories immortal. Get a pen and a piece of paper. Then, write your heart out. You will cherish it when the time comes.