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This LEGO Kit Lets Photography Enthusiasts Build Their Own Leica M Camera

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LEGO and photography enthusiasts will be psyched by the latest novelty product from Leica: a LEGO version of the retro photography brand’s M camera.

Created by Canadian LEGO designer and builder Chris McVeigh, the kit arrives in two colorways, black or brown, and contains more than 110 pieces. Of course, half of the fun is assembling the piece yourself, but when completed, your LEGO cam will sit at 3 x 2 x 1.25 inches, weighs two ounces, and look nerdy in the best way.

Available for preorder now, the LEGO Leica M replica is retailing for $45 over at Leica Store Miami.

Do you know someone who would love a LEGO Leica M? Let us know in the comments.

In other news, wannabe influencers are faking sponsored posts on Instagram.

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Wannabe Influencers Are Faking Sponsored Content on Instagram

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Would-be Instagram “stars” are faking sponsored content for social kudos, The Atlantic reports.

The report dives into a number of examples in which users have manufactured posts that mock up the appearance of brand affiliation. The reason? It’s a sign of success — people have become aware of the rewards on offer to successful Instagram influencers.

In The Atlantic’s report, “Sponcon” pro Taylor Evans explains how she faked the purpose of a Miami vacation to make it look like a press trip: “I took a lot of pics at restaurants and posted, ‘Thanks so much XYZ restaurant for the hospitality!’ You say it in a way that people could interpret it as you having an established relationship with that brand. The hope is that it’s perceived in a way that looks like there’s a reason you’re in a different city and state, not just enjoying a weekend vacation.”

Another user, Sydney Pugh, spoke of how she faked an ad for a local cafe chain, despite purchasing the drink herself. “Instead of [captioning] ‘I need coffee to get through the day,’ mine will say ‘I love Alfred’s coffee because of A, B, C.’”

If you’re interested in learning more about how the world will look in 2019 and beyond, read The Atlantic’s full report here.

Would you ever fake sponsored content to look cool on Instagram or does this concept make you want to leave the planet? Let us know in the comments.

Now, here’s how to cancel Kanye West-related content from your news feed.

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Ford’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel Is for Dogs Scared of Fireworks

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Aside from producing automobiles, Ford has developed a noise-cancelling kennel prototype inspired by the company’s noise-control tech that was introduced in its Edge SUV to minimize engine and transmission noises.

Designed specifically for dogs, the special kennel was introduced with the upcoming new year in mind. Loud noises such as fireworks are very unpleasant for many dogs, and also hard on owners who have to calm their panicking pets, since pups have a much wider range of hearing than humans. This unique device aims to potentially avoid that stressful experience for man’s best friend.

In regards to how it functions, the noise-cancelling tech is activated when microphones inside the kennel detect the sound of fireworks or loud noises. A built-in audio system then transmits frequencies that significantly reduce or cancel the incoming noise that would stress your dog. The kennel is also composed of high-density cork to further minimize outside noises.

If you’re interested in the special kennel, the device is not currently for sale, but Ford says it “is the first in a series of initiatives — called Interventions — that applies automotive know-how to help solve everyday problems.”

Up next, Moncler just released shiny puffer jackets for dogs.

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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Learn How Not to Be Cyber-Basic With 2018’s Top 25 Worst Passwords

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In a bid to stop people being super-basic when it comes to password protection, SplashData has dropped a list of the 25 worst passwords used in 2018. The list, starting with “123456” and progressing to “welcome,” “admin,” “password1,” and “pleasetakemymoneyandidentity” (we might have made that last one up), is part of the site’s annual attempt to improve people’s cyber-security the following year.

Some of this year’s entries, however, come somewhat out of left field, with “sunshine” arriving at number eight, “princess” at 11, “monkey” at 18, and “charlie” at 21. You would assume these would be used less than more obvious passwords such as “qwerty123,” but apparently not. Peep the list in its entirety below.

1. 123456
2. password
3. 123456789
4. 12345678
5. 12345
6. 111111
7. 1234567
8. sunshine
9. qwerty
10. iloveyou
11. princess
12. admin
13. welcome
14. 666666
15. abc123
16. football
17. 123123
18. monkey
19. 654321
20. [email protected]#$%^&
21. charlie
22. aa123456
23. donald
24. password1
25. qwerty123

Are you revisiting some of your password choices after seeing this list? Let us know in the comments.

Now, here are the 45 celebrity tweets (and Instagram posts) that defined 2018.

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Samsung Is Working on a Phone That Projects ‘Star Wars’-Like Holograms

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According to a patent filed by Samsung, the tech giant is working on a new smartphone device that can project holographic images that float on the screen and can be viewed at any angle without the need of any type of 3D glasses.

The short description of the purported tech immediately recalls the holograms prominently featured in the Star Wars films franchise. Samsung’s patent suggests that the device will use a “spatial light modulator” display to project the holographic image. The image will reportedly appear directly on the front of the phone and be viewable from any angle, just like in the movies.

However, as patents tend to suggest, it’s unclear how far the tech giant is from actually implementing the new technology into its production line. For more on the story, head on over to Let’s Go Digital now.

Just last month, Samsung revealed its foldable smartphone that could cost a jaw dropping $1,700. The device, dubbed as the “Infinity Flex Display,” is touted by Samsung as “the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow.” While, it’s still regarded as a prototype, the unit’s clamshell design boasts a 4.5-inch external screen for use while folded and an interior, tablet-sized 7.3-inch screen when opened flat. Samsung has teased this concept for years, as we saw in this concept mock-up video published in 2013, with production expected to occur in 2019. That unveiling only indicates and perhaps solidifies that this patented holographic tech may come to fruition in the very near future.

For additional details on the foldable phone, click here.

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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You Can Try on the New adidas Ultra Boost 19 on Snapchat

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adidas is launching the Ultra Boost 19 runner later this week, but thanks to Snapchat you can try them on right now.

The Three Stripes has partnered with the social media network to offer sneakerheads a closer look at the shoe using an augmented-reality Snapchat lens. You also have the ability to virtually try on the shoe, even if it’s not quite so accurate (see Tweet below).

To see the preview, you need to open Snapchat and swipe through the lens tray until you see the adidas logo. There’s then a short unboxing clip, before it gives you the option to either learn more about the shoe or try them on.

The lens will be able available in select locations in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. The adidas Ultra Boost 19 drops December 15.

In other news, here’s every piece from H&M and Eytys’ just-announced collaboration.

Daniel is the editor of Highsnobiety Life. He grew up in north of England and is now based in Berlin.

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The Sonos x Beastie Boys Play:5 Speaker Blends Minimalist Design with Outspoken Aesthetics

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Home electronics company Sonos made big waves in October when they teamed up with iconic hip-hop group Beastie Boys on a limited edition of their Play:5 speaker.

Originally revealed during the group’s Live & Direct Tour earlier this year, the collaboration sees Sonos’ largest and most technologically-advanced speaker updated with artwork by famed graffiti artist Barry McGee, countering the Play:5’s sleek, minimalist design with striking typographic artwork. Considering Beastie Boys’ notoriety for loud noise and even louder voices, it’s fitting that the group would be the latest to put their special twist on Sonos’ typically understated speakers.

Not only that, the collaboration is rooted in a good cause, with all proceeds from sales of the speaker going to charities Peace Sisters and Little Kids Rock in the name of the Adam Yauch Foundation, an initiative set up by the friends and family of Beastie Boys member MCA following his death from cancer in 2012.

To mark the launch of the Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition, Sonos will be holding pre-launch events in New York, London, and Berlin in anticipation of the speaker’s release on December 12. Each event will feature readings from the recently-published Beastie Boys Book by fans and friends of the group, as well as live demonstrations and panel discussions.

If you’re in NYC, head to the Sonos Store in SoHo (101 Greene St.) at 9 a.m. EDT to cop the limited edition speaker when it drops on December 12, or if in Berlin drop by the Sonos Store in Mitte (Oranienburger Str. 83) at 11 a.m. CET. If you’re anywhere in between, limited numbers will be available at 10 a.m. EDT on sonos.com.


Gregk Foley is a writer based in Berlin whose work explores the intersections of style, culture, politics and identity.

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Apple Dismisses Claims of iPhone Sales Ban in China

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Apple has denied claims it has been hit with a ban on the sale and import of a number of iPhone models in China, reports the BBC.

The company is currently embroiled in an intellectual property dispute with US chipmaker Qualcomm, which alleges that features in iOS violated a number of its patents.

It was reported on Monday that Chinese courts had granted Qualcomm a temporary injunction on the sale of a number of iPhone models. Apple says it has launched an immediate appeal and that all of its iPhone models remain on sale in the country.

Two of Qualcomm’s patents were found to have been violated. The first is to do with image resizing, while the second relates to the layout of apps on the touchscreen.

“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us,” said Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg.

Apple, meanwhile, called the injunction “another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” adding that it would pursue every legal option available.

The two companies have been involved in a legal tug-of-war since January 2017, when Apple filed lawsuits claiming Qualcomm was abusing its dominant share of the chipmaking market.

In other news, OFF-WHITE and Smets pull from the surrealist movement for new collab.

Daniel is the editor of Highsnobiety Life. He grew up in north of England and is now based in Berlin.

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Confusion as Samsung China Announces Collab With “Supreme”

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At a recent conference in China to launch its Galaxy A8s smartphone, Samsung China bizarrely announced a collaboration with “Supreme,” and even brought out two men apparently identified as the New York City streetwear brand’s “CEOs.”

The Samsung China official leading the presentation, named as Feng En before taking the stage, enthused about this being the brand’s first project in China before inviting the non-James Jebbia pair on stage to discuss the “collab.” The pair also claimed Supreme would be coming to China in the new year. Watch Feng and his guests talking in the clip here from around the -18:23 mark.

Additionally, one of the duo stated that Supreme would be opening its first Chinese store next year, a seven-story flagship store in Sanlitun, Beijing. He also announced that Supreme would hosting its first-ever runway show at the Mercedes-Benz Cultural Center in Shanghai next year.

Of course, this event conjures flashbacks to a news story that circulated in summer, in which a streetwear company in China hired an actor to pose as the “President” of Supreme to promote counterfeit products. China is notorious for its lax attitude toward intellectual property, with many people keen to take advantage of young consumers’ passion for brands such as Supreme through things like fake Supreme stores.

Highsnobiety has reached out to Samsung and Supreme for comment and will update this piece when we hear back.

What do you make of this “Supreme” x Samsung collab? Legit or fake news, place your bets in the comments.

Now, take a look at the 15 best products to drop this week.

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Soulja Boy Is Selling Cheap Emulators as His Own Consoles

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Soulja Boy is selling rebranded versions of cheap video game console emulators, IGN has spotted.

The 28-year-old rapper, best known for his 2007 hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” launched two consoles online over the weekend. The SouljaGame Console and the SouljaGame Handheld are now available to purchase via Soulja Boy’s SouljaWatch website for $149.99 (reduced from $199.99, bargain hunters) and $99.99 (reduced from $199.99), respectively.

The main console appears to be an emulator capable of running PlayStation, NeoGeo, PC, Sega, Game Boy Advance, and NES games, as well as “SouljaGames,” and comes with 800 games pre-installed. The handheld apparently runs Switch, 3DS, Vita, NeoGeo, and Game Boy Color and Advance games, and has 3,000 games installed.

As The Verge points out, the huge number of preinstalled games makes it unlikely that the system runs licensed copies. More likely is that the console runs ROMs instead, which could place Soulja Boy in legal jeopardy. Nintendo is currently suing LoveROMS and LoveRetro for “brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.”

Twitter users also pointed out that both consoles are not original and can be purchased more cheaply elsewhere online. On ANBERNIC’s website, the sale price of the handheld emulator is $59.99 and the console is currently priced at $79.49. They can both be found on Amazon for lower prices as well.

Stay tuned for more information.

In other news, Kanye West gives us our first look at the triple black YEEZY 700 V2.

Daniel is the editor of Highsnobiety Life. He grew up in north of England and is now based in Berlin.

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