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High Tech: How Weed Could Save Our Global Economy

Dealers and smokers have known the economic benefits of “growing your own” for a long time. Now though, banks and big businesses are trying get a piece of the action…

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US attorney general Eric Holder recently announced that marijuana businesses operating legally in states like Washington and Colorado should have access to banks in order to securely protect their money. Colorado has always been at the forefront of the weed business, becoming the first state to allow to production and sale of recreational cannabis to it’s citizens.

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Because of cannabis tourism and the emerging weed industry, Colorado is the fastest growing state economically and is nowhere near as affected by the current economic crisis as the rest of the states. So could weed be the answer to all of our global money troubles? A lot of experts certainly think so. But what would a global weed industry actually look like?

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Evil gigantic corporations like Phillip Morris (the people who brought you Coca-Cola soft drinks and Marlboro cigarettes) have already set their sights on the weed game. As soon as it becomes legal for a business of this size to step into the cannabis trade you can expect Phillip Morris and friends to buy up every pot shop within 1000km of Denver. Perhaps we could even see packets of legal joints available to buy in our local stores over the next few years.

Weed Maps

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WeedMaps is the #1 Medical Marijuana Strain Locator and Dispensary finder site in the world. Wherever weed is legal WeedMaps is trying to help you find it. How long will it be before this yelp-style application gets rolled out onto Google maps and Android devices?

The Birth Of The Vaporizer

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It’s so safe that even your grandma can smoke it. Ever since weed was legalised in some American states the prevailing method of smoking actually hasn’t been smoking at all. More and more people are opted for the safer alternative found in vaporizers. Originally the size of a suitcase and needing to be plugged into a power point, Vapes are now ready to buy in tiny portable form and a variety of flavors. As we already know, weed is far safer than alcohol anyway.

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Where there is money to be made you will always find cunning entrepreneurs. Self-made oil and gas tycoons the Stanley Brothers are one such example. There are five brothers in total, all of whom have swapped out their old corporate jobs for a new marijuana venture in Colorado. When weed is finally made legal for everyone only family businesses like this will be able to stand up to the mega corporations who will want to buy everything.

Weed As Currency

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We’ve seen the enormous rise of Bitcoin over the last year and now weed could actually do the same thing. As soon as a product is a legal commodity you can trade in it. This means that anything and everything from washing machines to cars could be purchased with weed. After all, weed used to be legal as far back as the 1800s. At one point it was actually illegal not to grow it. If you were a farmer in the American colonies you could use it to pay tax.

Silicon Valley

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It is roughly estimated that 40% of high level tech workers in Silicon Valley use cannabis recreationally. These computer geeks-turned-billionaires could be the perfect people to launch the new weed industry in the states as they are well placed in America’s richest state where weed is legal – California. These so called ‘Brogrammers’ could be the next generation in developing weed technology and culture. Some of them are already at it.

So… what do you think? Could weed money save us all from going broke?

Google Street View Now Includes New Time Machine Feature

Google has unveiled a new ‘digital time capsule’ feature for Street View which lets you travel back as far as 2006 to see what has changed.

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The world has changed a great deal since 2006 – Earthquakes, Tsunamis and terrorist attacks have rocked the planet and permanently altered both the world and the people on it.

By using this application you can watch the Freedom Tower being constructed after the Twin Towers fell in New York or you can see famous landmarks in other parts of the world. As well as this you get a peak at the utter destruction we humans have caused to the planet in such a short time.

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Anyway, moving on…

A neat little algorithm created by Google works out what the best position is from which to see both time frames. The present and the past at once. Kinda like Denzel Washington in that Déjà vu movie, which, coincidentally also came out in 2006.

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Introducing ‘Palcohol’, The Alcohol You Can Store Forever

If you like vigorous outdoor activity and are also an alcoholic, then this new product could be right up your street.

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Palcohol is an easy-to-carry, powered version of all your favourite drinks. It comes in vodka, rum and a few cocktail flavours and after recently being approved for sale in the U.S it could be hitting shelves in Europe and Australia sooner than you think.

At about 80kal per bag, it’s both cheaper and healthier than buying alcohol from a store. And, of course, it’s totally portable.

“Darryl has $100 in his pocket but he needs to save $70 to buy 2 dinners. He wants to have a good night out at Joel Fletcher’s headline show and stay within his budget, so he shoves some Palcohol powder in a couple of caps and shelves it up his butt. Fuuuuark, what a hangover but he stayed within his means. Plenty of cash for some Maccas breakfast.”

As we all know, alcohol doesn’t give you the answers; it just eliminates the questions. Palcohol though, could be something different. It’s either going to totally change the way we drink or it will be relegated to the realm of “novelty item” right next to the whoopee cushion and the Hula Hoop.

The four cocktail versions available are:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Mojito
  • Powderita (tastes just like a Margarita)
  • Lemon Drop

Stay tuned. We’ll let you know when it’s coming to a store near you. But think twice before you buy because nobody actually knows how it’s made. Oh, and it was apparently approved by accident!

Supreme To Re-Release Box Logo Tee For 20th Anniversary

Tomorrow (24 August 2014) Supreme NY will re-release garments around the world for their 20th anniversary.

To mark their 20th anniversary, Supreme will be releasing the same two shirts that were available on their opening day, the ever popular Box Logo T-Shirt and the Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver T-Shirt, in a variation of different colourways. To accompany the garments, they will also be releasing two skateboards with the same graphic.

In the Summer of 1994, twenty years ago, Supreme opened up shop on Lafayette Street, New York City. Since then, they have used iconic imagery and popular culture references to build their brand. Garments have also made cameo appearances in movies such as ‘Kids’ by Larry Clarke, and since, Supreme has arguably obtained cult status amongst its followers, with an array of blogs and forums dedicated to discussing the brands activity.

Inline with their previous releases, the items will be available online and in-store at New York, Los Angeles and London from Thursday 24th April

After an overwhelming response to Supreme’s most recent video edit ‘Cherry’, the items are expected to fly of the shelves the moment they’re released.

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Interestingly enough, Supreme don’t hold the patent rights to the brand name ‘Supreme’. Feel free to make as many rip off copies of their clothes as you like.

Supreme wasn’t meant to be a brand. I just was like, ‘Hey, that’s a cool name for a store.’ But it’s become a problem since it’s become a brand because we don’t own the name. It’s a good name, but it’s a difficult one to trademark.

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How To Roll A Joint – 1970s Style

Just yesterday, we told you about the 85,000 new videos uploaded to the YouTube account of British Pathé. Here’s one you probably didn’t see.

Some are purely historic, the sinking of the Titanic or clips from the Second World War. While others have sightly more character to say the least. In 1970, British Pathé produced a video entitled “How to roll a joint and smoke it.”

The result lasts 30 seconds , has no sound and sees only two hands shake on a table with pieces of hash and a few matches to the side of the frame. On the clapper board, is written simply: “Today: pot”. This video, which is more like an educational experience than an invitation to smoke, emerged in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington where weed has been legalized.

Introducing ‘Grams’, The Google Of The Dark Web

Ever since the FBI busted the King Of the Silk Road in San Fransico last year, getting hold of illegal narcotics online has been pretty difficult. Thanks to ‘Grams’ though, this is no longer a problem.

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Already nicknamed the ‘Google of the Dark Web’, Grams is a google-themed browser site which lets users search and buy everything from hardcore illicit drugs to stolen DVD players.

Billed as the new Silk Road traffic to the site is already spiraling out of control. The inventor of the site, who goes by the name gramsadmin, told WIRED that he originally developed the site on his own after noticing that people on forums and Reddit were “constantly asking” how to find reliable sellers and markets:

I wanted to make it easy for people to find things they wanted on the darknet and figure out who was a trustworthy vendor.

Of course, it’s only a matter of time before the powers that be decide to bring this site down. In the meantime, there’s always Tor to keep you company on those lonely drug-fueled nights.

 

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Screenshot From ‘Grams’

We would like to give you the link, but we’d get arrested. Sorry.

Village Underground Launches ‘Convergence’ + Win Tickets To Kitsuné ‘Easter’ Club Night!

These events cater to people who use technology to innovate: to break the usual beat rather than getting stuck in a loop, presented by Village Underground.

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Artists already involved with Convergence include Jacques Greene, Koreless, Booka Shade,Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Fennesz, Digitalism, Beataucue, Ben Frost, 65 Days of Static with many more artists to be added and a series of talks which will take place at both the Barbican and Village Underground.

It will start at venues across East London, including Village Underground, Barbican, St John’s, Hackney and the ACE Hotel and it promises to bring together promoters and technologists including Black Atlantic, Noise of Art, Bleep and Mixcloud for a bunch of super-cool parties and conferences.

A good rendezvous for music nerds. See you there!

To win 1×2 tickets for Kitsuné “Easter” Club night featured Digitalism, Beataucue and more, 3 steps :

1) Like this article

2) Like Konbini and Village Underground

3) Write an email with “Kitsuné club night” for subject with your name and surname to competition@konbini.com

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Update: Coachella 2014 Week 2 Live Stream Line-Up

New Update: Second Week’s Line Up released – See Below

Coachella runs every year between April 11th and April 13th and whether you like it or not you will be subjected to torrents of photos, videos and blog updates from those of your friends who will be lucky enough to attend. Feel jealous?

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You needn’t. This year, the entire event will be streamed on YouTube. Viewers from all around the globe will be able to watch a number of the festival performers in realtime thanks to a live stream that has been promised by web TV channel AXS TV, there will also be artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, and on-demand video playbacks for you to enjoy. The second weekend, April 18th – 20th, will also be broadcast on AXS TV.

A complete lineup of artists scheduled to be appear will be revealed over the coming days. We will update this post as we get more information. For now though, it’s good to know that you don’t have to fly all the way to California to get a front row seat.

The line-up is one of the best yet, even by Coachella standards:

Friday, April 11th:

03:30 – Flatbush Zombies
03:30 – ZZ Ward
03:30 – Jagwar Ma
04:15 – Grouplove
04:20 – Wye Oak
05:15 – MS MR
05:20 – AFI
06:00 – Bastille
06:05 – ASAP Ferg
06:10 – GOAT
07:00 – The Afghan Whigs
07:00 – Kate Nash
07:50 – Neko Case
08:15 – Woodkid
08:40 – Ellie Goulding
09:05 – Chromeo
09:30 – Broken Bells
09:30 – Carnage
09:55 – Bryan Ferry
10:30 – Girl Talk
11:00 – The Cult
11:20 – Martin Garrix
12:00 – Anti-Flag
12:20 – Zedd

Saturday, April 12th:

03:30 – White Lies
03:30 – Bear Hands
03:30 – Foxygen
04:10 – CHVRCHES
04:15 – Temples
04:30 – Ty Segall
05:20 – The Head and the Heart
05:30 – Bombay Bicycle Club
06:10 – City and Colour
06:30 – Washed Out
07:00 – Capital Cities
07:05 – Future Islands
07:55 – Lorde
08:00 – Warpaint
08:25 – Dillon Francis
08:45 – Foster the People
09:00 – Pixies
09:25 – Fatboy Slim
09:40 – Queens of the Stone Age
10:25 – Empire of the Sun
10:35 – Pharrell Williams
10:45 – Sleigh Bells
11:25 – Skrillex
11:35 – Pet Shop Boys
11:35 – Muse

Sunday, April 13th:

03:30 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
03:30 – J. Roddy Walston & The Business
03:30 – Surfer Blood
04:15 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
04:30 – Frank Turner
05:10 – Fishbone
05:30 – Superchunk
06:00 – Blood Orange
06:00 – Flosstradamus
06:30 – The 1975
07:15 – Little Dragon
07:40 – The Naked and Famous
07:50 – Alesso
08:30 – Daughter
08:30 – Calvin Harris
09:00 – Big Gigantic
09:25 – Beck
09:55 – Adventure Club
10:10 – Nas
10:20 – Arcade Fire
10:45 – Duck Sauce
11:10 – Disclosure

Update #2 – The Second

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Alexander Wang x H&M For New Design Collab

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People prepare to shop, the new H&M designer collection has been unveiled! It has been announced that Alexander Wang will be the next prominent designer to work with the Swedish high-street giant.

A master of developing fashion-forward, urban clothes, Wang will be the first American designer to collaborate with H&M.

The news was announced during an event at Coachella Music Festival, the part music part celebrity fashion event, where what you wear is almost as important as who’s headlining.

Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor said, “Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious.”

Wang’s collection for H&M is expected to feature in up to 250  stores and will include a range of accessories and apparel, with online sales start from November 6th.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t turn into a combat-style mission to get hold of the clothes like the video below in which Wang announced that he was letting some shoppers take away his collection for free…

Google Takes No Sides When It Comes To Crimea

Google has included #Crimea as part of Russia on their maps!

Was the message in a tweet on Friday from Nikolay Nikiforov, Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media. With the tweet he sent out a screenshot of Crimea on Google Maps with a thick black line dividing the Crimean peninsula from mainland Ukraine.

Disputed territory on Google maps is usually marked with a dotted line but this line is unbroken meaning that Google has officially recognized Crimea as a part of Russia. However, this picture can only be seen if you log on to Google from a Russian I.P address. If you log on from an America I.P or from mainland Ukraine, you’ll see a very different story.

So whose side is Google really on? Or are they just trying to please everybody?

What Russia Sees

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What America Sees

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What Ukraine Sees

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It might not seem like much but in a world of irrational diplomacy high tension it’s a big deal… looks like the cold war never ended.