NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's YouTube unveiled on Thursday nine new original programs that will be available for free this year as the streaming service shrinks an effort to attract subscribers with content exclusively behind a paywall.The unveiling at a YouTube event for advertisers and media in New York offered the first glimpse at how the shift announced in November away from subscriber-only content will play out across the world.Programming has turned out to be less of a draw for YouTube Premium subscribers than ad-free viewing and other perks, while YouTube has faced pressure from advertisers to increase its supply of television-like content that is suitable for sponsorship.New programs include a documentary about Dude Perfect, a group that performs sports tricks on YouTube, and an interactive series featuring YouTube star Mark Fischbach that lets viewers control the storyline.Also on tap are an investigation show from media startup Vox and a set of standalone films from … [Read more...] about YouTube touts first new original programme under free strategy
Tom Ford has come early to rearrange the furniture. He thinks that the already stylish room in the hottest new private club in town, the San Vicente Bungalows, could be even more captivating. So a team of eight club staff members gets busy under his direction, pulling a potted plant from the terrace for one corner and setting up two dozen glowing amber votive candles.Ford himself redoes the white flowers, plucking out the roses and leaving in the ranunculus, because he doesn’t like mixed blooms. The Murphy bed he can do nothing about.As I enter, the designer is lost in thought, still fantasising about redoing the room in his own preferred palette, draping chocolate brown velvet on the walls.Everything in life can always be more sensual and beautiful, if you think about it. And Ford is always thinking about it. From the time he was big enough to push furniture, at six years old, he was rearranging it in his house. And giving his mother critiques on her hair and shoes.Being Tom … [Read more...] about Tom Ford: Portrait of a perfectionist, anal-retentive, painfully shy vegan designer
The first thing anyone notices when they catch sight of Visakan Veerasamy is his height. He stands at a towering 1.95m. The next thing – before the makeover – is his substantial facial hair.Visa, as he likes to be called, is a man of many talents and facets: Entrepreneur and consultant, writer, T-shirt maker… basically, a non-stop bundle of creative energy.Why sign up for Style Switch? “I want an image that gets up to speed with my career,” he explained. “I want my look to represent my identity – I feel dressed down all the time, and I’d like to be more proactive in managing my image. People say they’re used to me not dressing up.”Visa got into the habit of wearing Bermuda and T-shirts with slippers everywhere because of his previous job at a tech startup.“It was super liberal, super anything goes, so I would basically dress T-shirt, shorts and slippers all the time,” he explains. “It came to the point where … [Read more...] about Style Switch: Making off-the-rack fashion work for this lanky, casual dude
By Sarah Laing The Kit Tues., April 30, 2019 Far be it from us to rejoice in any kind of interpersonal discord but we must say: How refreshing to be talking about a feud between two men! In fact, today’s column marks a rare-in-pop-culture sighting of a catfightus masculinus, which we don’t actually have a translation from the Latin for because it’s just that rare. The closest we can come is: The Opposite of a Bromance. The bros in question are actual brothers Princes William and Harry, who until late last year spent their three decades of siblinghood in near perfect harmony (or so we thought). Let’s take a deep dive into the (alleged) growing rift between these two sons of the House of Windsor. I’m going to stop you right there. Isn’t the feud between William and Harry over now? You’re referring, we assume, to the reports of an Easter Sunday truce at Frogmore Cottage? It is thought that William and Kate’s visit to … [Read more...] about Are Prince William and Prince Harry in a feud?
REUTERS: Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat Inc on Tuesday increased the expected price range and size of its initial public offering, ahead of an expected market debut on Wednesday, indicating strong investor demand.The company said it expects to offer 9.63 million shares, up from 8.75 million shares and the IPO to be priced between US$23 and US$25 per share, up from US$19 and US$21 per share, its latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed. (https://bit.ly/2GMa9vB)The higher end of the indicative price range gives the company a market value of US$1.49 billion, up from US$1.21 billion earlier.Plant-based meat substitutes have been gaining popularity as more attention is focused on the environmental hazards of industrial ranching.The Los Angeles-based company in early January announced it was rolling out its plant-based burger at fast-food chain Carl's Jr.Investors in Beyond Meat include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates.Tyson Foods … [Read more...] about Vegan burger maker Beyond Meat raises price range in upsized IPO