Last month, Netflix laid off another 300 employees – marking two back-to-back months of downsizing. The company has announced it lost nearly one million subscribers in Q2. And while Netflix had assumed it might lose more subscribers in the second quarter – after losing roughly 200,000 members in Q1 – it still managed to secure a $1.44 billion net profit. Now, it’s expecting a turnaround in Q3. The company is also banking on improvements from a new lower-priced, ‘ad-supported’ subscription tier that should launch in early 2023. Further, Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently announced that not all of the platform’s licensed content would be available through this cheaper plan. So buckle up if you’re hoping to save money and stream Stranger Things next year.
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Brooklyn-based women’s hiking gear company Hikerkind and Bronx-based ultralight gear lab Allmansright recently collaborated on their first piece of ultralight day hiking gear: Bottle Bag_01. Each Bottle Bag_01 is made in the Bronx using recycled materials and sustainable practices wherever possible. It features an adjustable, angled shoulder strap and adjustable bungee collar and is primarily constructed with “Xpac VX21,” a strong, composite sailcloth material. The bag is available for $68 at hikerkind.com or by appointment at Hikerkind’s retail space in Brooklyn.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear is known for creating reliable, packable outdoor bags, accessories and shelters. The team has announced the new 40-Degree Quilt, made with a soft, durable 7D micro ripstop nylon shell and lined with 1000 fill power, RDS certified down. A sewn foot box keeps drafts at bay, with the largest size weighing just 16.34 ounces. The highly-compressible quilt comes with a Side Entry Pod for easy packing and is available for pre-order now for $549.
Geologie Skincare is partnering with Booze Bears to create 333 NFTS. The team hopes to secure more than 10 Etherium from the collection (approximately $15,000 at the time of writing), with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Project Sanctuary, a nonprofit that focuses on veterans and military families. For every NFT minted, Geologie will donate one skincare set to a military veteran via Project Sanctuary. Anyone who purchases one of the unique NFTs will also be able to access exclusive offers, products and merch from Geologie and Booze Bears. The NFT collection will be available for purchase on Monday, July 25, for pre-sale to whitelist members – and then go live to the public on Tuesday, July 26 – but fans can also get a sneak peek of the drop by joining the Geologie Discord channel and the Booze Bear’s Discord channel.
Harley-Davidson and actor Jason Momoa have teamed up to release the Harley-Davidson Museum x Jason Momoa Collection. Designed and curated in partnership with Momoa, this vintage-inspired collection includes 16 men’s apparel and accessories pieces. Ultimately, the collection hopes to blend Momoa’s “passion for the Harley-Davidson brand and aloha spirit.” The collection is now live on the Harley Davidson site, with pieces retailing between $68 to $895.
2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of cannabis gear brand DaVinci Tech, which intends to celebrate with a limited-edition IQ2 Carbon vaporizer. Equipped with 3K weave carbon fiber across the body to ensure heat is dispersed properly, only 1,000 pieces of this rare Collector’s Edition will be made. The device is compatible with dry herb and concentrates and offers precision temperature control (up to 430°F / 221° C), variable airflow (using DaVinci's AirDial) and a full 10-year warranty. Built for the true connoisseur, fans can secure the Davinci IQ2 Carbon Fiber inside a charging and storage box equipped with a Dosage Grinder, Hydrotube, six stainless steel pods, Dosage Pod Holder, and collectible engraved keychain. The full kit will be available for $499 starting Thursday, July 21.