Fashion insider offers creative ways to tackle the industry's big pollution problem

These stats are just staggering.

According to Amit Kalra, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, right behind oil and gas.

He says that in the United States alone, 85% of unsold apparel, a whopping 13 million tons a year, ends up in landfills instead of being donated or recycled.

In his November 2017 [email protected] Talk, he offered three creative ways to deal with this issue. Kalra suggests methods for making garments more recyclable and even compostable, and for using spices and herbs to dye fabric instead of the harmful chemical colors that are currently being used.

“There’s no fix-all, and there’s no one-step solution. But we can get started by designing clothes with their death in mind. The fashion industry is the perfect industry to experiment with and embrace change that can one day get us to the sustainable future we so desperately need.”


Get a great deal on Trainz, the world's leading train simulator

Trains may not be the most popular means of conveyance nowadays, but chances are you grew up playing with toy trains or building a model set to wrap around the Christmas tree. In either case, it’s safe to say that locomotives have long carried a unique sense of awe and scale, especially when they’re hundreds of cars long and roaring across the countryside. Trainz: A New Era lets you experience this feeling again with a 21st-century spin, and its Platinum Edition Bundle is on sale for $19.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

Trainz is a train simulator that brings famous locomotives to life as they travel across historical and modern routes in mind-blowing realism and with a powerful graphics engine. You can create your own routes with in-game editing tools and combine your efforts with other players to build and operate a working rail line. Plus, this edition includes 16 additional routes, three bonus trainsets, and a host of other downloadable content.

The Trainz: A New Era Platinum Edition Bundle is on sale today for $19.99.


This French baker cruises around delivering fresh-baked goods to boaters

Here’s a guy who’s found his niche market.

Out of a humble panga, there is a French baker who goes boat to boat selling his fresh-baked wares to those docked (primarily gringos) in Jalisco, Mexico’s Barra de Navidad marina and lagoon area.

Chef Emeric Fiegen opened up shop, with his wife Christine, in this small laidback beach town over 15 years ago after a stint in Montreal. Early each morning, Chef Emeric still personally delivers his many breads, baguettes, croissants, pies, and quiches by boat. Not surprisingly, his pastries sell out by the time he’s done making his rounds.

My friends Andrea and Nick are currently on an epic cruising adventure with their teen daughter Pari, and were lucky to sample the breakfast pastries while anchored in Barra de Navidad. Andrea told me that they’ve never come across a delivery service like this before on any of their many boating trips.

Here’s a look at the menu. Keep in mind that those prices are in pesos and that it’s currently about 18.50 pesos to the dollar:

Landlubbers, fear not, the French Bakery (aka El Horno Francés) has an onshore eatery for you in town.

photos by Andrea Cook


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How to design and order Google Photo Books

This year, give the gift of memories.

Smartphones cameras just keep getting better, and you’ve probably taken a few photos over the years that you want to commit to memory forever. Sure, you can post them on social media or get individual prints at your local convenience store, but there’s nothing like a nice photo book to organize all of your favorite shots in one place.

Luckily, Google makes it easy to order customized books through its Photos backup service. Whether you’re using the website or the app on your phone, it just takes a few minutes to create something special.

  • How to create a Photo Book
  • How to configure your book
  • How to order the book

How to create a Photo Book

Much like backing up images to Google Photos, creating a Photo Book is actually pretty simple.

  1. In the Google Photos app, swipe over from the left side of the screen (or tap the overflow button) in the upper left corner.
  2. Tap Photo books.
  3. In the Photo Books menu, you can choose from suggested books or albums, or tap start a book to choose your own photos.

Keep in mind that you can only choose from images in your Google Photos library. If you want to add other images, you’ll need to back them up to Google Photos first.

How to configure your book

Once you’ve selected the photos you want to include, have a scroll through the pages of your book. It’s time to organize and configure your book.

  1. Press and hold on any image in the list to enter the editing screen.
  2. Drag photos around to rearrange the list to your liking, or tap the X in the upper right corner of a photo to remove it from the book.
  3. Once you’re happy with the layout, tap the checkmark in the upper left corner of the screen.
  4. You can change the layout of individual pages, as well. Tap an image, then select your preferred crop — you can use the entire image or punch in and fill the page.

How to order the book

Once you’re happy with the layout, it’s time to set it in stone. Well, paper anyway.

  1. Tap the shopping cart icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. You can choose from either a 7″ softcover or a 9″ hardcover. Both include up to 20 pages for a flat rate, then charge per additional page afterwards; $0.35 and $0.65, respectively.
  3. Once you’ve chosen a book, tap Select.
  4. Select the quantity, add a gift message if desired, and tap Checkout to complete your order.

That’s it! Once you tap Checkout, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Google, and a followup with shipping details shortly afterwards. Once it arrives, share it with your friends and enjoy your new photo book!


Best MetroPCS Phones as of February 2018

MetroPCS offers some great phones to go along with its affordable plans, including the latest flagship phone from Samsung.

MetroPCS gives you the opportunity to save some money when buying a phone without a contract, though most of its phones are mid- to low-end when considering specs. You don’t have to aim low, however: MetroPCS does offer some high-end devices, two of which are featured on this list. Coupled with its affordable plans, you might not be able to pass them up.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
  • LG Stylo 3 Plus
  • Bring your own device

Samsung Galaxy S8

You don’t have to settle for less. The Galaxy S8 is the go-to flagship from Samsung and it comes full of great stuff, like a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 835 processor. It also has a capable 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, a stellar 8-megapixel autofocus front-facing camera, and 64GB of internal memory plus an expansion slot, so you can shoot as many selfies as your heart desires.

And if you’re worried about the lasting lifespan of the Galaxy S8, fear not: it’s IP68 water and dust resistant. One thing to remember is that the Galaxy S9 will make its way to carriers in late March — while we don’t know how long it’ll take to come to MetroPCS, you should know you can wait and get a brand new phone rather than 2017’s flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S8 review

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The goal of the Galaxy J series of phones is to bring some of the unique Samsung style and features down to an affordable price point. For the most part, they succeed — especially in the top of the range with phones like the Galaxy J7 Prime. You don’t get the fancy curved display or glass chassis, but you do get a powerful octa-core Exynos processor, solid 5.5-inch display, 8MP f/1.9 camera and a really big 3300mAh battery.

Be sure to grab the 32GB model if you can afford it — you’ll thank yourself later when you have plenty of room for apps and media in the future.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro review

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LG Stylo 3 Plus

The LG Stylo series has carved out a neat little market of people who want a big phone with decent specs and a stylus, as it’s pretty much the only device to offer this set of features aside from an older Galaxy Note. With the LG Stylo 3 Plus you get a big 5.7-inch display, some capable internals and nice-to-have (at this price) 32GB of storage.

See at MetroPCS


Bring your own device

Like most prepaid carriers, MetroPCS also lets you buy a SIM card and bring your own unlocked phone to use on the network. While this isn’t as simple as just buying a phone directly from the carrier, it gives you many more phone choices. The only requirement is that the phone has the proper network bands to work on the network — thankfully, MetroPCS uses T-Mobile‘s network, so it’s pretty easy to find devices that have the right bands for you.

When making a decision, be sure to read our recommendations for the best unlocked phones. Once you pick one out, you can buy a SIM kit for just $10.

See at MetroPCS

Update February 2018: The Galaxy S8 is still the best choice on MetroPCS, at least until the Galaxy S9 launches.

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How to deal with Blu-Ray problems on PlayStation 4

Blu-Ray won’t give you problems today

Watching a movie on your PlayStation 4 is great, right until it isn’t. For some reason, the BD-Live option on many PlayStation 4 units has a habit of giving your Blu-Ray player a bit of trouble. It’s not the source of every problem, but when it crops up it can be difficult to troubleshoot.

Thankfully, we have found a few solutions for you to try based on what you think is best for your compatibility.

Checking out BD-Live

This is a feature on your PlayStation 4 that will allow internet access options to become available on certain Blu-Ray Disks. The requirements for using this feature are 1 GB of internal storage and an internet connection. When enabled it will download extra content for your movie, even if it was released after the movie was.

You’re familiar with the “Extras” disk that came with a lot of your DVD movies growing up, yes? Things like deleted scenes, background scenes and bloopers are the types of content that will be downloaded. Only certain Blu-Rays, like “Transformers” and “So I married an Axe Murderer” even have these features.

Trouble-Shooting a Blu-Ray issue

Well, unfortunately, BD-Live is an almost dead feature for Blu-Ray disks and more often times than not causes more problems than good content. If you’ve put in your favorite Blu-Ray movie and you’re getting nothing but black screen chances are this forgotten feature is trying to look for content in your movie that doesn’t exist. In this case, you have a few options for making sure you can play your movies without being guilted by the BD-Live ghost.

Turn off BD-Live and forget about it

If you don’t care about the features BD-Live offers (on the occasional movie it even exists on) chances are you accidentally opted into the experience not knowing what it was. That’s okay, there is a way to turn it off through the settings menu.

  1. While your Blu-Ray disc is actively playing (even if it’s just a blank screen) press the options button on your controller.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Video Playback Settings.
  4. Opt to turn off BD-Live.

Turn off your internet

If you’re someone who’s super into movies and has Blu-Rays that play BD-Live content and don’t feel like constantly having to go back and forth between your settings there’s a different solution. Un-Plug your ethernet cable or simply disable your Wi-Fi for the duration of your movie.

If there’s no internet for the feature to work off of. it won’t interfere with the playback.

Did this fix your issue?

If there is a movie that you know uses BD-Live you enjoy tell us about it! Are you experiencing any other issues with your Blu-Ray player for the PlayStation 4?

PlayStation 4

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  • Playing PS4 games through your phone is awesome



Now's the perfect time to get into PlayStation VR with these big price drops

Take advantage of these deals while they last.

If you just want to get into the PlayStation virtual reality world, you can start with the standalone headset at its lowest price since Black Friday, just $199.99 at B&H. It’s normally $300, and this price will only last through March 3.

Dive into the deep end of PlayStation VR with some of the bigger bundles on sale as well. For example, the Doom VR Bundle includes the headset, the PlayStation camera, and the virtual reality version of Bethesda’s shooter, Doom. It’s on sale for $299 from a street price around $350.

The PlayStation VR Skyrim bundle is down to $349 from $400. It includes two PlayStation Move controllers along with the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR.

The headset features a 5.7-inch OLED 1080p display and runs up to 120 frames per second. The 3D audio technology allows you to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you making your experience that much more realistic.

The LEDs around the PlayStation VR headset, on the DualShock 4 wireless controller, and the PlayStation Move motion controller are tracked by the PlayStation Camera, capturing your exact natural movement in virtual space.

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