Nike unveiled the NBA connected jerseys and they’re super awesome

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Ushering in a radical evolution of the fan experience, NIKE, Inc. and the NBA today unveiled three new innovations: the Nike NBA Connected Jersey, the first NBA jersey that gives the wearer an all-access pass into the world of their favorite team and players; Statement Edition uniforms; and the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket, the first hooded jacket to be worn on the court during gametime. The official announcements took place at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from all 30 NBA teams.

“When you think about basketball, you think of Nike and the NBA,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, CEO and President of NIKE, Inc. “After helping fuel the sport’s impact for years, we are thrilled to now be able to push the boundaries of what’s possible directly with the NBA. From modernizing the look of the game to revolutionizing how fans can be a part of it, we can’t wait for the season to start.”

“Our Nike uniforms set a new standard for connecting our most passionate fans with their favorite NBA teams and players,” said Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. “Nike has once again taken the game of basketball to a new level, this time with one of the most advanced jerseys in sports.”

Using new NikeConnect technology, each adult-sized Nike NBA Connected Jersey will have an embedded NFC (near field communication) chip that will launch real-time team and player content such as pregame arrival footage, highlight packages and top players’ favorite music playlists – all on the jersey owner’s mobile device. Throughout the season, a wealth of exclusive offers and experiences will bring fans closer to the game they love.

To unlock it all, fans will download the NikeConnect app and tap the jersey with their smartphone. These jerseys become available online globally on Sept. 29, rewarding the game’s fans with a revolutionary experience that creates a new point of connection between fans and the game.

“In our new connected era, Nike will lead with products that build a relationship with our consumers,” said Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “With NikeConnect, we deliver to basketball fans everywhere the personal and premium experiences we know they love.”

 

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Nike and the NBA also unveiled the third of four core team uniforms – the Statement Edition, inspired by teams’ desire to make a bold statement the moment they step on the court. Nike’s designers worked with the teams and the brand’s roster of athletes to create new and updated uniforms for this third edition.

The Statement Edition uniform follows the earlier unveiling of the Association and Icon Edition uniforms. As previously announced, the home teams will determine which uniforms to wear at their games. The fourth team edition will be released later this year.

In addition to the new uniforms, Nike and the NBA debuted the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket,the first on-court warm-up jacket with a performance hood. Celebrating the style of the game, Nike designers refreshed a beloved apparel staple into a new performance product for athletes on and off the court.

The jacket, created with new Nike Therma Flex fabric, helps athletes maintain the right body temperature during pregame warm-ups and downtime during a game – a critical element for peak performance. Developed with input from top NBA athletes, the reimagined hood allows for optimal vision, hearing and warmth, delivering a greater intersection between performance and style – a key request from NBA athletes.

The Nike NBA Connected Jersey is available exclusively online starting Sept. 29, and the Nike NBA uniforms and Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket will debut on-court on Sept. 30, the start of the NBA preseason. All Statement Edition jerseys will be available at retail on Nov. 20, and will begin being worn on-court on Nov. 25.

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What does Christian Standhardinger like about the PBA?

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Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is one of the many hopefuls who have applied for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

Standhardinger is projected to be a top three pick after becoming a household name because of his outstanding stints with Gilas Pilipinas in three international tournaments — Jones Cup, FIBA Asia Cup and SEA Games.

Many Filipino basketball fans were thrilled to find out Standhardinger decided to join the draft. But for him, it was a no-brainer.

“It was not a tough decision. It’s a goal of mine to play in the PBA so it wasn’t a tough decision. I’m excited for what the future brings,” Standhardinger said in a Skype interview with Sports Desk host Mico Halili on Tuesday evening.

Standhardinger already had an idea about the PBA before he suited up for Gilas, but mentioned it gave him more reason to join the draft when he got more acquainted with his teammates on the national team.

“(The PBA) was obviously a league I was striving to play in one day. Then I played with Gilas and I met my teammates, and you guys all know I love my teammates. Those are great guys and they told me about the PBA and that it’s a great league. That was even more incentive to put my name in the draft,” he explained.

Ever since news came out he applied for the PBA draft, the Fil-German has been receiving a ton of heartfelt messages from his fans.

“It’s crazy how many messages I get saying ‘Please put your name in’ and ‘I’m excited you put your name in.’ My Instagram account is going crazy, my Facebook account is going crazy. I really appreciate all those messages,” he said. “I’m looking forward to connect even more with the fans. The fans in the Philippines are just great.”

Asked what he likes about the PBA, Standhardinger said he digs the up-and-down playing style and the amount of energy players have on the court.

“I like their style of play, it’s very fast-paced. It’s very emotional and very passionate, and I like that. Those are characteristics I try to bring out in myself when I play basketball and I also like seeing on the court,” he said. “That’s what excites me about the PBA.”

And though the next PBA season is still a few months away, Standhardinger said he is ready to leave Germany and start a life here in Manila.

“I know the great things about the Philippines and Manila and all. I’m ready to move forward and I hope to play in the PBA soon, and be part of this country and live in it.”

Kobe Bryant to have both jersey numbers retired

Sports

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Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest players to play in the NBA. But he’s also arguably one of the greatest players to ever don a Lakers jersey.

That’s why on December 18, during halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors, the franchise will retire not just one, but two of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers.

The Black Mamba will become the 10th player in Lakers history to have his number (in this case two numbers) retired. The previous nine were Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), KareemAbdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

“As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them,” Bryant said in a report on Lakers.com. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”

Kobe spent 20 years with the purple and gold franchise. He wore no. 8 from 1996-2006 and during that time he won three NBA championships, became an 8-time All-Star and won two All-Star MVPs.

In 2006, he shifted to no. 24 and went on to win two more titles, an MVP trophy and was named Finals MVP twice. He also garnered ten more All-Star selections.

Kobe, who ended his acclaimed career with a 60-point game against the Utah Jazz, is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 33,643 points.

No doubt Bryant will end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame in a few years.

WATCH: Polaroid Snap Touch Unboxing

Gadgets

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Polaroid continues to stay relevant in the photography industry by upgrading its products using modern technology. An example of this is the Polaroid Snap Touch.

The Polaroid Snap Touch is an instant digital camera that lets you print your photos whenever you want, similar to its predecessor – the Polaroid Snap. The main differences between the two? The Polaroid Snap Touch, which retails for P10,990, has a better camera (13 megapixel), has image stabilization, can record HD videos and can serve as a mobile printer. The most glaring upgrade is the 3.5” touchscreen LCD which gives users the freedom to view/edit photos on the go.

Here’s a short unboxing video of the Polaroid Snap Touch:

What’s inside the box?

– Polaroid Snap Touch
– Lens cap
– Wrist strap
– MicroUSB cable
– User guide
– A pack of Zero Ink (ZINK) paper

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Keep checking back here for my review on the Polaroid Snap Touch.

Workshop alert! Learn scroll saw basics with KANSIS Made

Events, Lifestyle

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Popular arts and crafts store The Craft Central is turning one year this September. And as part of their birthday celebration, it’ll hold a 3-week series of crafting and making activities.

One of those activations will feature my brother Kenny of KANSIS Made, who will conduct a workshop on the basics of scroll saw cutting.

Gilas standout Standhardinger leads Fil-foreign PBA Draft hopefuls

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A talented batch of Fil-foreign ballers led by Gilas Pilipinas big man Christian Standhardinger have made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Draft on October 29.

The 6-foot-7 Standhardinger, a Fil-German by birth, submitted his application thru email to PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa early Monday.

Paradise International Music Festival to make another splash in 2018

Music

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Coming off a successful edition in 2016, the Paradise International Music Festival (Paradise IMF) took a short breather this year but promises a bigger attraction that will give all music fans a huge treat come 2018.

In its inaugural staging, the festival attracted artists from a broad spectrum of genres, including international hip-hop and pop culture sensationKanye West who rocked the stage in Manila, together with equally big acts. The genre-bending line-up included Wiz Khalifa, Austin Mahone, Rudimental, Afrojack, Up Dharma Down, and many others.

Heading into its second edition, the multi-genre music festival is shaping up to set the bar for music festivals in the Philippines and become the country’s summer music tradition.

Nike caps LeBron James’ Manila tour with Soldier 11 ’Silver Bullet’ colorway

Lifestyle, Sports

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With the Air Max 97 being one of the most iconic Air Max sneakers in Nike’s history, the Swoosh is honoring LeBron James’ visit to Manila by releasing the Zoom Soldier XI in one of its first and original colorways, , the ‘Silver Bullet.’

The Air Max 97, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, in one of its most famous OG colors is the inspiration for this latest version of the Soldier XI.

This iteration of LeBron’s go-to shoe for the 2017 championship series features reflective accents, a metallic silver upper together with some hints of red, white, and black on the collar, heel, midsole and outsole while maintaining that superior lockdown and responsiveness enabled through the Zoom Air units when worn on the court. It will ignite speed and power to unleash your ultimate game.

The Soldier XI ‘Silver Bullet’ is the third and final of the limited shoe launches tied to the LeBron James Tour Manila 2017.

Serving as the perfect send-off for the King as he departs Manila, the shoe is set to release in limited quantities exclusively on Sunday, September 3 at Nike Park Fort at 11AM. First come, first served.

The shoe will be released in limited quantities and will retail for P7,195.

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Polaroid is celebrating 80 years with a sleek-looking instant digital camera

Gadgets

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Polaroid, the brand which became popular for its instant film and cameras, is celebrating a milestone this year.

The company is celebrating 80 years of existence after it was founded in 1937 by Edwin H. Land in Cambridge in Massachusetts, U.S. Since it was established, Polaroid has remained feisty and innovative in the photography industry with its unique ideas and revolutionary products.

And to commemorate the success it has gained throughout all those years, Polaroid is releasing a new camera that combines technology from both the past and present — the Polaroid Pop.