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Spotify beefs up its free tier

Today at the Gramercy Theater in NYC, Spotify’s Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström announced a brand new free version of the Spotify mobile app.<p>By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly. That said, the free tier has always …

Playlist

The best method for cooking asparagus is 2,000 years old

I used to think I didn’t like asparagus, but it turned out to be—as these aversions often are—a textural problem. Their stalks would remain fibrous …

Asparagus
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Electric Scooters Are Causing Havoc. This Man Is Shrugging It Off.

VENICE, Calif. — Travis VanderZanden, the chief executive of electric scooter company Bird Rides, surveyed the new indoor park at his office one morning this week.<p>While the space is still under construction, it will eventually have a winding path and a park scene, with benches and trees, he said.<p>It …

Santa Monica

This One Tip Makes Cucumbers Taste So Much Better

<i>Every Friday, we're publishing This Good Thing, where we'll feature a restaurant dish, store-bought food item, kitchen tool, or food-adjacent</i> …

Country Lifestyle

Ex-Secret Service agent: Barbara Bush's code name was absolutely perfect

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former first lady Barbara Bush once said, "Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics." On Tuesday night, the ugliness of our current political landscape dissipated for a moment as people reflected on the life of this remarkable woman. We quietly smiled at the pictures flashing …

Government

Report details how SEC allegedly blocked Hugh Freeze from being hired to coach again

Former Ole Miss head coach <b>Hugh Freeze</b> has shown a desire to continue coaching some capacity. Unfortunately for him, that opportunity won’t be coming …

College Football

10 New Netflix Shows You Should Be Watching

Image: Netflix<p>We have access to so many unique services with so much great content that it's difficult to filter through it all. How many times do …

TV

I Finally Figured Out How to Make the Crispiest, Crunchiest Chickpeas—And They’re Seriously Good on Everything

Crispy chickpeas are one of those things you either need to nail, or it’s a total disappointment. <i>Almost</i> crispy chickpeas just don’t cut it. In my …

Country Lifestyle

Get ready for warm weather with this gin, Campari and sparkling rosé cocktail from Tracy Jenkins of Nicky's Coal Fired in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sipping rosé from a wineglass isn't the only way to enjoy the pink wine. At Nicky's Coal Fired in Nashville, Tennessee, bar manager Tracy Jenkins …

Rosé

7 Reasons to Get the Amex Hilton Aspire Card - The Points Guy

The brand new premium credit card that Hilton recently launched with American Express (alongside two other Hilton cards) is already among the best …

Personal Finance

2018 Honda Clarity First Drive: Beneath the Frumpy Skin, a Spectacularly Efficient Plug-In Hybrid

New Clarity sedan is as roomy and comfy as any Accord, yet its 47-mile electric range is barely shy of the Chevy Volt's.<p>Honda<p>Lawrence UlrichView …

Electric Vehicles

Airstream’s new trailer, Nest, offers compact luxury for $45K

Forget the aluminum silver bullet, the newest Airstream is fiberglass<p>As a longtime leader in a growing outdoors industry, Airstream trailers are immediately recognizable thanks to their trademark sleek aluminum exterior. There’s also no doubt that campers and trailers of all kinds are growing in …

RVs

12 Ways Cats Show Love Without You Even Knowing It

Cats are often accused of being unaffectionate, aloof, and maybe a little <i>too</i> independent. Dog people will argue that their preferred pet's feline …

Pets

This Scandinavian diet created by a Danish CEO and dietitian has been hailed as 'the simplest diet in the world'

When it comes to health and well-being, simplicity is key. If something can fit into your daily routine and not feel like too much of a chore, you're probably more likely to stick to it.<p>Suzy Wengel, a Danish dietitian who's the CEO of a biotech company, believes she has the answer to weight loss …

Weight Loss

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s’ raunchy, hilarious concert tour proves low TV ratings may not matter

Ever since its debut in 2015, CW’s musical dramedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has consistently been one of the lowest-rated shows on broadcast television. But you would never know that from seeing the show’s live tour.<p>As soon as the main cast — led by creator and star Rachel Bloom — bounced out on the …

TV

Why You Should Get the New Shingles Vaccine

I love my local YMCA for many reasons beyond my daily swim. Top of the list: the friendships and conversations in the locker room that are frequent sources of valuable information, connections and motivation. For example, I recently overheard a discussion about Y members and friends of members who …

Public Health

Baby wet wipes 'cause food allergy', new study warns

Parents should avoid using infant wipes and thoroughly wash soap off their babies to reduce the risk of childhood food allergies, scientists have warned.<p>Researchers have hailed a “major advance” in understanding what causes the complaints after tests revealed links between skin damage and …

Biomedicine

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

Nutrition

Coffee Fights Disease and Extends Your Life, Especially If You Drink It This Way

Coffee is the ultimate super-food, especially if you know the right way to drink it.<p>As I explained last month, a meta-analysis of 127 studies revealed that drinking two to four 8 ounce cups of coffee each day results in enormous health benefits. The consensus of these studies is that coffee:<p>Reduces …

Coffee

Rad Power Bikes shows that eBikes don’t have to cost a fortune, new 2018 lineup from $1,499

Rad Power Bikes is out to demonstrate that owning an electric bike doesn’t mean spending a fortune. It’s new 2018 lineup offers four different varieties priced from <b>$1,499</b>. Over the past year, many releases have been marked by increased range and new features, which has of course resulted in rising …

Electric Vehicles

Aubrey Plaza made a half-hour ASMR video, and a lot of it is about killing Jerry from Parks And Rec

Today, in “Maybe the weirdest thing we’ve ever had to watch for work” news: <i>W Magazine</i> recently recruited <i>Parks And Recreation</i>and <i>Legion</i>star Aubrey …

Aubrey Plaza

Woman, nearing 98, outliving life insurance to cover her burial

MILWAUKEE — Lorraine Guenther and Thrivent Financial insurance company had a deal, or so she thought.<p>She would pay them a premium of $500 a year for the rest of her life. And they would someday provide a death benefit of $25,000 to cover her funeral and burial.<p>The universal life policy took effect …

Retirement

Georgia passes landmark legislation for regional transit; prepare for ‘The ATL’

It’s official: The region’s various transit agencies will operate under a unified name by 2023<p>In five years, Atlantans and visitors seeking public transit in the metro area will be looking to catch a ride on The ATL.<p>On Thursday night, in the waning hours of Georgia General Assembly 2018, …

Urban Design

How did a 36-year-old accountant play goalie in Chicago Blackhawks' win?

A 36-year-old accountant made seven saves for the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL game Thursday night.<p>Yes, you read that correctly.<p>After starter Anton Forsberg was hurt during what coach Joel Quenneville described as a "pregame ritual," and backup Collin Delia cramped up early in the third period, the …

Ice Hockey

The latest Apple Watch is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t buy a first-generation Apple product

Two years ago, I wrote off the Apple Watch.<p>I stand by what I wrote. The original Apple Watch was a half-baked device, full of good ideas that just didn’t work in practice. It was slow, clunky, and had pitiful battery life.<p>Earlier this year, I started wearing my Apple Watch again.<p>The reason was …

Smartwatches

A bride-to-be sent an invitation to the wrong address. It came back with this note.

Cassandra Warren was in a rush and feeling a little overwhelmed with her work and planning her upcoming 200-person wedding.<p>As she was getting invitations for her June nuptials in the mail two weeks ago, she hurriedly addressed one to her aunt and uncle at their home in Eugene, Ore., about 20 …

Harry Potter

No Lie: Eating Bread for Breakfast Can Aid Weight Loss, New Study Finds

There's no need to feel guilty about that decadent order of avocado toast you devoured at brunch. New research presented at the annual meeting of the …

Breakfast

How the new tax law creates a ‘perfect storm’ for Roth IRA conversions

For years I’ve lectured about the wonderfulness of Roth IRAs. While the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes one negative change for Roth IRAs, they are still pretty wonderful. Here’s what you need to know about Roth IRAs and especially Roth IRA conversions in the post-TCJA world.<p>The two …

Retirement

17 Times "Parks And Rec" Crossed Over Into Other TV Shows And You Didn't Even Notice

True story: You can see Pawnee City Hall outside Sheldon Cooper's window.

TV