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Tech Friendly Travel

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It's a long weekend and the summer travel season is in full swing so why not get a little tech savvy when you plan your next trip.

Gone are the days of a travel agent and maps that need to be re-folded. Now when you plan a trip there are endless apps that can help make it one to remember from start to finish. And to help navigate your way through all the apps out there, Travel and Leisure Magazine has put together a list of the 50 new travel apps of the year.  read more »

Binge Watching Facebook

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Facebook wants to take your relationship to the next level from friend zone to your personal form of entertainment.

According to the Wall Street Journal Facebook is in talks with Hollywood to live stream original content on the site. In meetings with talent agencies the social media giant said it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode.

Facebook says it wants to target audiences from ages 13 to 34 with a focus on the 17 to 30 range. It also wants to release episodes in a more traditional matter such as one a week instead of dropping an entire season like Netflix and Amazon do.  read more »

Giving Back the Green

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A golf legend is gone, but long lived for the good of the game.

Sandy Tatum is revered in golf circles for a lifetime dedicated to the betterment of golf. He was the first American Rhodes Scholar to play at Oxford, then succeeded as a corporate attorney in Silicon Valley. But when not doing business deals, he was promoting the game he loved, serving as President of the U.S. Golf Association and raising money to renovate public courses.

When I interviewed Tatum in 2011 he was recovering from an operation on his vocal cords that left him with a raspy voice, but he still played three times a week.  read more »

Underage Cell Phone Use

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It's hard to find a teenager without a cell phone, now one Colorado man is working to make sure the two stay disconnected.

Tim Farnum is the founder of the nonprofit group “Parents Against Underage Smartphones.” He is leading the charge on a ballot initiative in Colorado that would be the first of its kind in the country. If passed it would ban the sale of smartphones to children under the age of 13 and yes that would include parents looking to do the purchasing for their tweens.

It would work by requiring retailers to submit reports to the state government verifying that they had inquired about who each smartphone sold was going to be used by. Any retailer that repeatedly sold a smartphone with an under 13 user would be fined.  read more »

Grand Theft Avocado

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Three California produce workers are facing charges in what police are calling grand theft avocado.

Over the past couple of months a shortage of avocados from Mexico has caused prices of the super fruit to almost double. In addition to that, the heat wave and drought in California also hurt production adding to the increase in prices.

According to Bloomberg the wholesale price of a box of avocados is more than double what it was a year ago and prices are expected to remain high until later this year.  read more »

High Flying Chicken

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KFC is unveiling a new sandwich, and it's literally out of this world.

Right now the zinger chicken sandwich is hovering at the edge of space somewhere between seven and 30 miles off the ground. The sandwich space flight is a joint experiment between KFC and the private spaceflight company World View. The sandwich is housed in a KFC shaped container and will be on the trip for four days. During that time it will take a selfie, gather information about the environment before returning to Earth.  read more »

Amazon and Whole Foods

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Amazon is getting into the grocery business and your next shopping list could be a lot more high tech.

The online retail giant Amazon has announced its intention to buy the health food chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Now, you can imagine a world where a drone delivers your organic sugar so you can whip up some treats for your child's class or provide you with all the ingredients you need for dinner while Alexa reads you the recipe.  read more »

The Diamond Business

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The economy is improving, and the evidence is in the accessories.

Marc Fink is CEO and Chairman of Fink's Jewelers which currently has 15 locations on the East Coast. He says the sale of diamonds and jewelry is on the uptick, which means a lot of competition for him and a lot of choices for you.

“I'd say the most important thing is to deal with people that you think are reputable, that have been in business for a long time, that you can trust, that have a good reputation in your community, people that look you in the eye, people that sell quality brands.”

Fink says with so many ways to buy jewelry, profit margins in the industry have shrunk over the past twenty five years to keep up with competition. But more stones on the market does not mean all quality is the same.  read more »

Obama in Pictures

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Trying to sell a book about president Obama? How about a little help from president Obama.

Pete Souza is the former white house photographer credited for capturing some of the most iconic moments of Mr. Obama's presidency and preserving them on his popular Instagram account. Now president Obama is returning the favor with a little plug of his own.

The former president has agreed to write the foreword for Souza’s new book called “Obama: An Intimate Portrait.” The book of photos will contain 300 images taken during Mr. Obama's time in the white house. Souza says they show him in all parts of life from tense moments in the situation room surrounded by staff to laughing and having fun with his two daughters.  read more »

Toxic Coworkers

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Feeling a little under the weather? Turns out your co-worker could be to blame, even if they're perfectly healthy.

According to a joint study by the University of Calgary’s School of Business and The London School of Economics toxic co-workers can have a negative reaction on your health. These are people who are rude, make unfair demands of you and make the workplace an uncomfortable place to be.

The study found that people who have to deal with toxic coworkers on a daily basis reported symptoms that included headaches, stomach problems and sleepless nights. In one case, a woman named Cari said the endless demands from her supervisor caused her hair to fall out in clumps.  read more »