Epic fail: Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes rendered useless with faulty Android app


OREGON: Nike built one of the coolest smart shoes but probably forgot to test its compatible app, leaving users frustrated.

Adapt BB by Nike are the company’s self-lacing shoes which use a compatible smartphone app called Nike Adapt to execute the function of self-lacing.

However, a number of users are reporting on the app page on Google Play that the app doesn’t pair properly with the shoes, leaving them practically useless. One user reported how resetting the shoe, uninstalling the app, even turning off Bluetooth, did not help the case.


A company executive responded to the user, acknowledging the issue and assuring that Nike is working towards fixing the problem.

According to software engineer Johnathan Warner, wrote in a tweet that the Nike apparently did not quality test the Android version of its Adapt app as thoroughly as the iOS version which seems to work fine.

Sadly, all customers of the Nike Adapt BB with Android devices are now left with bricked shoes due to broken firmware update routine. Until the company issues a fix, it is nothing more than USD 350-worth of shoes which are basic, won’t self-lace, or light-up.



Will Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Choupette Inherit the Late Designer’s Fortune?

French fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, and his beloved cat Choupette could inherit his fortune.

The Chanel creative director adopted Choupette in 2011. The Birman cat quickly became a celebrity in her own right, with nearly 250,000 people following her luxurious, pampered lifestyle on Instagram. Now, the fashionable feline could become the richest cat in the world, according to CNBC, depending on how much money Lagerfeld left to her.

Lagerfeld previously said Choupette was a “heiress”

Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a photo of himself and his cat Choupette. | Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Lagerfeld doted on Choupette, who came into his life as a kitten. Model Baptiste Giabiconi asked the iconic designer to cat-sit the 3-month-old kitten in 2011, and he fell in love with her.

“[W]hen she came back 2 weeks later I said ‘I am sorry Choupette will stay,” Lagerfeld told People in 2013. Under Lagerfeld’s care, Choupette ate off fine china and traveled with him around the world.

In 2015, Lagerfeld explained that his cat would continue her life of luxury even after he died. “Choupette is a rich girl,” he said, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.

“If something happens to me, the person who will take care of her will not be in misery,” he added.

Last year, Lagerfeld described his Instafamous cat as a “heiress,” but added that she wasn’t his sole heir. “Among others, yes. Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone,” he told Numero. Lagerfeld was worth an estimated $200 million at the time of his death.

Can Choupette really inherit?

Happy #FathersDay Daddy @karllagerfeld. Thank you for bringing me into the (fashion) world.

A post shared by Choupette Lagerfeld (@choupettesdiary) on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:10am PDT

Some people might think it strange to leave a multi-million-dollar fortune to a pet, but it’s hardly unheard of. In 1991, a German countess left $80 million to her dog, Gunther. His descendant, Gunther IV, is now worth an estimated $370 million, according to Vanity Fair. Maria Assunta left $13 million to her cat when she died in 2011. By leaving money to Choupette, Lagerfeld would be joining a long line of wealthy people who wanted to ensure that their pets would be well taken care after their death.

When he revealed his plans to name Choupette his heir to Numero last year, Lagerfeld was told that under French law, animals could not inherit. The German-born Lagerfeld replied that it was “lucky” he wasn’t French.

Money left to pets is usually placed in a trust, according to Vanity Fair. A trustee oversees the money, while a caretaker receives money from the trust to provide for the pet. A third person – an enforcer – might also be involved to make sure funds aren’t misappropriated.

Whatever money Choupette receives from Lagerfeld’s estate will be added to her own fortune. She’s reportedly already worth about $3.4 million, according to France 24, money that she made by starring in ads for a German car company and a Japanese cosmetics brand.

What will happen to Choupette?

Thank you everyone for your words of condolence. With a once cold but now simply broken heart, I am going into mourning. I pray that your kind words and well-wishes will help me to put my best paw forward in my future without Daddy @KarlLagerfeld & as my own woman.

A post shared by Choupette Lagerfeld (@choupettesdiary) on Feb 20, 2019 at 3:28pm PST

Right now, Choupette is mourning the loss of her “Daddy,” according to a post on her Instagram, which was accompanied by a photo of the cat wearing a black veil. (Ashley Tschudin runs Choupette’s social media accounts.)

“He was a true icon who touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with, especially moi,” Choupette wrote in a post on her blog. “He will forever live in my now broken heart and the hearts of all his supporters around the world.”

There’s been no announcement about where Choupette will live in the future, but with two maids attending to her every need, she surely being well taken care of.

Lagerfeld, who was known for his prickly personality, said that Choupette changed his life for the better.

“Perhaps, she helped me to become a nicer person,” he told People. “Because there is something very touching about her you see.”


Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies

Image result for Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld DiesFashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. He was Chanel’s creative director for decades, and he was a symbol of fashion itself with his signature fingerless gloves and other bold gestures. Lagerfeld balanced the luxury brand’s tradition with the excitement of the future. NPR’s Andrew Limbong has this appreciation.

ANDREW LIMBONG, BYLINE: Karl Lagerfeld always wanted to be a grown-up. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. And he was always very cagey about telling people when, but most reports say 1933. Here’s what he said about being a kid in a 2017 CNBC interview.


KARL LAGERFELD: I hated to be a child. That’s why I could speak English, German and French when I was 6. I never played with children. I only was sketching and reading.

LIMBONG: He took that drive to Paris, where he began working in the fashion industry as an assistant. And in 1954, he saw something that would stick with him for decades – Coco Chanel’s postwar fashion show, her first in over a decade. Here’s how Lagerfeld described it to NPR in 2005.


LAGERFELD: I liked it because for me, it was an evocation of something I had missed – life from before World War II and all that.

LIMBONG: It was a moment that inspired him so much that he wrote and directed a short film about it in 2013 called “The Return.” It reveals how Lagerfeld presents Coco Chanel as both ambitious and frustrated, here played by Geraldine Chaplin.


GERALDINE CHAPLIN: (As Coco Chanel) This collection is not about fun. It’s about giving a new, modern look to fashion.

LIMBONG: Giving fashion new and modern looks is what Karl Lagerfeld was all about, says fashion historian Valerie Steele. She is the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

VALERIE STEELE: He was like a chameleon. His style changed according to who he was designing for and when.

LIMBONG: Steele says that by the time Karl Lagerfeld became creative director for Chanel in 1983, it was in dire need of its own comeback.

STEELE: He was like an emergency doctor who applied, you know, electric shock to this corpse and suddenly brought it back to life and made it super exciting and fashionable so that instead of, you know, just a handful of leftover – old ladies wearing it, all kinds of young women suddenly thought, whoa. Chanel is cool again.

LIMBONG: Karl Lagerfeld worked relentlessly not just at Chanel, but as the creative director for Fendi, as well as his own label. Benoit Peverelli is a fashion photographer who shot for Lagerfeld for the past 10 years.

BENOIT PEVERELLI: He was very impressive in that sense that he could talk to – and I went to a sitting next to him – and at the same time, with a laser light eye, modify a silhouette by a few inches there or the shoulder or the length of a skirt.

LIMBONG: But Lagerfeld was not without controversy. For example, he recently dismissed models complaining of being groped while at work, telling them to, quote, “join a nunnery.” That said, he’s still remembered fondly by peers and colleagues – competitors, even. It was Bernard Arnault from the luxury conglomerate LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton, who said, quote, “We loved and admired him deeply. Fashion and culture has lost a great inspiration.” Andrew Limbong, NPR News.



New shoes make a difference

Image result for New shoes make a differenceChildren sat attentive in rows of chairs with parents behind them as a college student washed their feet and exchanged kind words before putting a new sneaker on each foot.

More than 60 University of Jamestown students greeted area families that registered for the Samaritan’s Feet distribution day event Sunday at Harold Newman Arena. The UJ students collected 275 pairs of new shoes over the first semester and from direct donations and at a UJ basketball game.

“In retrospect it’s been a lot of work but it doesn’t seem like work, it really doesn’t,” said Mika Thorlakson, a UJ professor of kinesiology and program adviser.

The UJ students were moved by the idea of collecting and distributing shoes for kids, some of whom have never had a new pair, he said. Active and growing kids go through a lot of shoes which puts a burden on parents, he said.

The kids and parents were led to a feet washing station and the youth were fitted with new shoes. The kids were then invited to play games with UJ students on the arena floor.

Charles Eastman of Jamestown said he and his wife were grateful to have a new pair of shoes for their 9-year-old daughter. She goes through a lot of clothing, especially jackets and shoes, and any help is appreciated, he said.

“Anytime we can get some type of help it makes things a lot easier on us,” Eastman said.

Jeremy and Justina Jones said their 8-year-old twin boys are active and go through shoes fast.

“It’s great that they provide this help for children,” Justina said. “I just think it’s a great program.”

Denise Blomberg, regional operations director of the Samaritan’s Feet in Sioux Falls, S.D., said Jamestown has a culture of service and the servant leadership example is exemplified at the university. It’s a community that is aligned well with the organizational goal of giving out a million shoes this year, she said.

“This is a natural progression for us to start the Samaritan’s Feet Ambassadors chapter here,” Blomberg said. “This is the first of its kind and it can be replicated anywhere.”

Samaritan’s Feet was founded in 2003 by Manny Ohonme, who came to the University of North Dakota-Lake Region on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a master’s degree. As a youth in Nigeria, the gift of his first pair of shoes from a missionary at age 9 changed his life.

The UJ Samaritan’s Feet Ambassadors is a first-of-its-kind model that may soon be used at other colleges and communities that form their own chapters, Blomberg said. The UJ students collected more than 200 pairs of shoes in 2018 but had not yet formed the Samaritan’s Feet Ambassadors chapter.

Sunday’s event was rescheduled from a weather-cancelled event on Jan. 26. When the UJ totals are known they will be added to the other events in 15 cities and 12 states when more than 9,000 pairs of shoes were given to children as part of the Martin Luther King National Day of Service Initiative, she said.

More than 6,500 pairs of shoes have been distributed at events in seven North Dakota cities since 2014, she said. More than 6.9 million shoes have been distributed in 41 states in that time.

Tommy Voss, a UJ senior in exercise science, is president of the Samaritan’s Feet UJ Ambassadors. He said it is the largest campus organization. The students embrace a program that does good and involves servitude, he said.

“I find that it’s very humbling to be part of something like this,” Voss said.

People come forward when they are in need and it isn’t taken lightly by the students, he said. This is a big responsibility but a fantastic opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, he said.

“These little kids are the future so it means a lot to me,” said Jack Talley, a sophomore pre-law student at UJ.

It’s important to help all kids in the community, he said. The bigger impact of doing something meaningful for a child is that the child in turn may remember this and do the same some day, he said.

Sydney Prussia, a sophomore elementary education student at UJ, said she volunteered as a way to do other things that relate to helping kids.

“This is just another reason to help more kids,” Prussia said.


Wedding cards to funeral

An army official lays a wreath on the remains of Major Chitresh Bisht, in Rajouri, on Sunday.

An army official lays a wreath on the remains of Major Chitresh Bisht, in Rajouri, on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

S.S. Bist had been distributing invitation cards on Saturday for his son’s wedding. A day later, he was preparing for his son’s last rites.

The body of Major Chitresh Singh Bist, 34, was brought to Dehradun from Kashmir on Sunday and kept in the military hospital. The young officer died in an explosion on Saturday while defusing a mine apparently planted by intruders on the border in Jammu’s Rajouri district.

Chitresh was to get married on March 7, after returning home for the preparations on February 28.

His father, a retired police inspector, had gone to his ancestral village of Pipali in Uttarakhand’s Almora district to invite relatives and friends when a colleague of Chitresh called up the major’s mother, Rekha, and said her son was unwell. Rekha informed her husband, and he rushed back home to Nehru Colony in Dehradun.

“I called back the same number and came to know that my son was no more,” Bist told reporters in Dehradun, crying inconsolably.

“He had successfully defused 25 bombs during his training and many more while in service. I don’t know what happened that this incident took place,” Bist said, adding that Chitresh had resumed duty on February 2 after a few days’ leave.

“Army officers told me that he had neutralised 22 bombs in the past. On Saturday, he had defused three mines and was trying to neutralise the fourth when it went off,” the father said.

“He had called me up on Friday to wish me on my birthday. Chitresh had told me that he would be going somewhere on Saturday. I had advised him to tell his seniors that he did not want to leave the headquarters for a few days. I had told him not to go anywhere else before coming home for his marriage. But he didn’t listen to me and said he was duty-bound,” Bist said.

Chitresh passed out of the National Defence Academy, Dehradun, in 2010 and had been with the Corps of Engineers in the army. His elder brother Neeraj is an engineer in the UK.

Relatives of the slain officer said the last rites would be performed on Monday, when Neeraj would return home.

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said: “The entire state is mourning the death of our son. We will give Pakistan a befitting reply.”

Although the army has not officially blamed Pakistan or militants backed by the neighbour, sources in the army had said the suspicion was that a Pakistani Border Action Team, comprising of terrorists backed by troopers, had planed the mines of tracks.

Chitresh died two days after the Pulwama suicide bomb attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the strike.


NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend

All-Star Shoe Fashion Basketball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities — and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out.

When Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he’ll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories.

Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry decided to poke fun at his own mischievous nature with his shoe selection, unveiling the Under Armour Curry 6 “Coy Fish” colorway depicting the time he and a former college teammate found themselves in a little trouble for pulling a prank at a Japanese steakhouse.

All-Star shoe fashion may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still a real thing.

The shoes players wear are still considered as big of a deal as the All-Star game itself for a loyal niche of fans in the basketball community known as “sneakerheads” — even though the overall market for basketball shoes may not be what it was a decade ago.

Regardless, the stories behind them add meaning to the shoes.

Curry’s “Coy Fish” shoe ($130, available Friday), for instance, resembles the vibrant koi fish — and the story of when Curry and former Davidson Wildcats teammate Steve Rossiter decided to jump into the koi fish pond at a local Japanese restaurant while out celebrating one night. Curry was the decoy in the escapade, distracting the hostess while Rossiter jumped in the water and tried to grab one of the koi fish.

Unfortunately for Curry and Rossiter, the security surveillance tape captured the antics and it got back to Davidson coach Bob McKillop.

“We were in the gym running sprints for a good two hours,” Curry says on the Under Armour website.

McKillop also made the players go back to the steakhouse and stand at the front door and greet customers for four hours.

Durant’s shoe line is named after his favorite aunt, who died of lung cancer in 2000, so any new release has a personal meaning to him. The KD 11 Aunt Pearl ($150, available Thursday).

James Harden, Damian Lilllard and Kyle Lowry will be wearing Adidas All-Star Weekend “raceway inspired” shoes with checkered flags, a nod to Charlotte’s long history of auto racing. Those shoes are player edition only and aren’t available to the public, but other colorways of each sneaker are available to the public.

While the unveiling of new shoes at the NBA All-Star game is a bit like Christmas morning for some shoe collectors, one industry advisor says it isn’t likely to resonate with American consumers.

“Basketball shoes are not in fashion anymore,” said Matt Powell, of the Sports NPD Group who has been doing research in the area of shoes for more than two decades.

Powell said the trend away from basketball shoes began around 2015 and that sales have continued to slide. He said basketball shoe sales in the United States declined in “the low teens” in 2017 and in the “high single digits” last year.

He doesn’t expect the trend to change regardless of how fancy the new line of basketball shoes unveiled this weekend in Charlotte.

Still, players continue to compete off the court in a shoe market where sometimes the flashier the better. So there will be a bevy of multicolored ones on display.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Boston’s Kyrie Irving might don the most vibrant shoes.

Irving will wear red, blue, black, yellow and white Kyrie 5 X Rokit by Nike ($190, available Saturday), which combines the skate and hoop culture to showcase the crossover between the sports.

Westbrook will celebrate his eighth NBA All-Star selection with a special edition colorway of his Jordan Brand Why Not Zer0.2 shoes ($125, available Sunday) that features a bold combination of black, red, light and dark blue and lime green.

Like most of the players, Westbrook has input into the design of his shoes, saying on the Nike website that “every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me. … I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.'”

In coordination with the All-Star weekend hosted by former NBA star and current Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand is releasing a series of off-court footwear to honor the six-time NBA champion, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, led the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship and became a household name with the Chicago Bulls.

One of the shoes, the Air Jordan Varsity Royal ($200, available now), celebrates Jordan’s legacy at Laney High School with a varsity royal, maize and light charcoal combination shoe.

But the most popular shoe might be the re-release of what Jordan wore in the last All-Start game played in Charlotte in 1991 — the mostly black-and-red Jordan VI Infrared ($200, available Saturday).

“We wanted to pay homage to the most important parts of MJ’s journey and you can see that come to life with new and classic takes of Air Jordans for men and women,” said David Creech, the Jordan Brand vice president of design.

Half of the 26 players selected to the All-Star game will be wearing Nike shoes.

Five will wear Jordan Brand, three will sport Adidas, two Under Armour and one each player each will represent New Balance, Anta and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning.