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Why Apple Music Is Starting to Win Spotify’s Game

Because it’s going after serious music fans while Spotify targets low-effort listeners.<p>Too many years after iTunes became buggy to the point of being …

Apple Music

2 Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Your Anywhere Adventures

Tread gently on the planet with a versatile pack made mostly from recycled materials.<p>Mafia Deep Blue Bag<p><b>Best for:</b> <i>Vacationing sea monsters</i><p>The shell of …

Wetsuits

Forest Foundation: The 10,000,000 Underwater Logs that Hold up Venice

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]It is hard to walk through Venice, Italy without wondering how the place was built, its …

Urbanism

10 coffee-roasting operations found to have elevated levels of dangerous chemicals in air, sickly workers

For the last two years, a small group of doctors and scientists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have spent their days in coffee shops around the country.<p>They weren’t there sipping their morning cup of Joe. Their mission? To protect the health of the rapidly growing number …

Most sunscreens may soon be banned in Hawaii, because coral reefs are dying

Hawaii could become the first state to ban sunscreens with chemicals that may harm the environment. So maybe pack a sunhat and long sleeves for that trip to Waikiki.<p>State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals believed to cause harm to …

Backup cameras now required in new cars in the U.S.

New cars sold in the U.S. must have backup cameras to help drivers avoid accidents under a federal regulation that took effect Wednesday.<p>The regulation requires rearview cameras and video displays on new models, a move aimed at preventing accidents in which pedestrians — often children — are run …

USDOT

Bob Dylan to open Nashville whiskey distillery, launches Heaven's Door craft whiskey brand

NASHVILLE — Legendary artist Bob Dylan is capitalizing on the Tennessee whiskey boom and investing in the city where he recorded four albums.<p>Dylan, in partnership with spirits entrepreneur and Angel’s Envy Bourbon co-founder Marc Bushala, unveiled a line of craft American whiskeys this week under …

Hudson Valley beer is a taste of New York state

Just an hour north of New York City, new breweries are buzzing along the scenic Hudson River fueled by the Hudson Valley's agricultural bounty.<p>“Five years ago, you couldn’t make a beer in New York with New York ingredients,” recalls Dennis Nesel, shoeless and shuffling, raking through a golden …

With rents on rise, city makes room for 'tiny homes' on land it owns

TEMPE, Ariz. — This Phoenix suburb is hoping to help solve its growing affordable housing problem with a community of 600-square-feet homes.<p>That's twice the size of the trendy "tiny homes" that began sweeping the nation a few years ago with its embrace of simple living. But it's also less than a …

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

<b>Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has used Twitter to tell its 44,000 followers that it is quitting social media.</b><p>The firm's head office and 900 pubs will quit the micro-blogging site, and also Instagram and Facebook, with immediate effect, it said.<p>The pub chain linked the move to bad publicity surrounding …

Home buyers beware: Most expensive housing markets in some states average $750,000-plus

The U.S. economic recovery and continued growth have had many positive effects on the nation and the population. For at least one group, however, the improving economy has had a negative impact — for potential homebuyers.<p>Along with incomes and low unemployment, the housing market continues to grow. …

Apple Watch code hints at future support for third-party faces

Ever since the original Apple Watch premiered in 2015, owners have been frustrated by the absence of third-party faces. And it's hard to blame them -- while Wear OS and Pebble devices have had them for years, Apple Watch owners couldn't do much more than customize existing faces. Thankfully, there</i> …

Construction Brew: Rugged Coffee Maker Runs on Power Tool Batteries

[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ]Made by power tool-maker Makita, this is the ultimate coffee machine to energize construction …

Is Uber Really Charging Frequent Users Higher Fares?

Last week, the popular blog “The Rideshare Guy” published a post from contributor Will Preston, who speculated that Uber had been charging customers …

Transportation

How a Full-Time Accountant Ended Up Playing in Goal for the Chicago Blackhawks

This is a busy time of year for accountants. With the tax deadline fast approaching, overflowing inboxes and late nights in the office are to be …

Ice Hockey

TSA might ask travelers to remove food from carry-on bags, to reduce X-ray clutter

The Transportation Security Administration might ask travelers to take food out of their carry-on bags, but officials say it's to get a clearer picture of what's in the bag rather than scrutinizing a snack.<p>Passengers at airports in Newark, N.J.; Atlanta; Los Angeles and San Francisco have noticed …

Flying

To Stay Healthy On Your Next Flight, Avoid Aisles and Stay Put

If you want to avoid getting sick on a plane, the worst place to sit, according to Charles Gerba, is along the aisle. The issue is exposure—not just …

Public Health

watchOS 4.3 beta 6 for Apple Watch developers now available

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 6 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.<p>New in watchOS 4.3<p>Beta 1-2<p>‘Apple Watch’ now ‘Speaker’ in Control Center AirPlay<br>• iPhone Music control restored in Music app on Apple Watch, can AirPlay from …

Apple Watch

Neighborhood businesses hurting more in Chicago than in other cities

Politicians here have long supported revitalizing neighborhood economies as a key to lower crime and higher quality of life. A new JPMorgan Chase …

Dream Build MkI: S2000-Swapped 1968 Ford Escort

This 1968 Ford Escort is a very early MkI that’s been treated to a host of appetizing mods including steel flares, a fully seam-welded shell, …

JetSuiteX Brings the Private Jet Experience to Everyone

It was a few years ago when Design Milk was invited to tour the interior of a Gulfstream G600, a luxurious glimpse behind an aircraft serving the …

Report: Most Uber, Lyft drivers make below minimum wage

Surprise! Lyft and Uber drivers don't make much money.<p>Specifically, their median hourly wage is a whopping $3.37, according to a a paper published by …

Long Live Pinball

<b>Sometimes at night</b>, after everyone else in my family had gone to sleep, I would lie in bed and pretend I was a pinball machine. I would press the …

Why Amazon is sending you pictures of your front porch

SAN FRANCISCO — Have you suddenly started getting porch snapshots from your Amazon delivery person? You’re not alone.<p>Amazon has been quietly expanding a program over the past few months in which some of its delivery providers take a picture of where they put your package. The photo is included in …

20 best cities for car-free travelers

More travelers than ever are skipping a car on their trips. This is fueled in part by the fact that fewer millennials are getting driver's licenses than preceding generations. And with the easy availability of services such as Uber and Lyft, fewer business travelers rent cars in their …

Examining the mysterious past of St. Louis' toasted ravioli

In Italy, pasta cooked any way other than al dente is considered inedible. Frying it? That would be sacrilege. But in St. Louis, ravioli that’s both …

Winter Olympics: Moving 10,000 pounds of bobsleds is no small job

Traveling with 10,000 pounds of bobsled gear is as tough as it sounds<p>Dan Wolken | USA TODAY Sports<p>What you need to know about Olympic Bobsled<p>Have questions about the Bobsled? Let these Olympic Bobsled team explain the rules.<p>USA TODAY Sports<p>PYEONGCHANG, South Korea —The U.S. bobsled team works …

Amazon starts free, 2-hour Whole Foods deliveries in fresh test of grocery model

SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon has introduced free, two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores to its Prime members in four cities, offering a taste of how the e-commerce giant could upend the traditional grocery business now that it owns a national chain.<p>Customers of the $99-a-year Amazon Prime delivery …

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