Brian Banmiller's blog

The Dripless Wine Bottle

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It's being called the greatest scientific breakthrough of all time, and it all has to do with a wine bottle.

It never fails, pour a glass of wine and watch that last drop run down the bottle and onto your table. And unless you want to wrap the wine in a napkin or drink straight from the bottle the drip has been an unfortunate side effect of happy hour, until now.  read more »

Lyft's Charity Program

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Want to give back? Just hitch a ride with Lyft.

In a couple of weeks the ride sharing company Lyft is launching its “round up and donate” program. Using the slogan “take a seat to take a stand” Lyft will automatically round your fare to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to a charity.

The company says you can opt in to the program through the app with a one-time tap. Then every time you book a ride, the amount will automatically be rounded up to the next dollar. And while a quarter here or thirty cents there doesn't sound like a lot of money the company says it all adds up.  read more »

Samsung's Launch

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Its launch week for Samsung and everyone is hoping there are a lot less fireworks this time around.

On Wednesday Samsung unveiled its Samsung Galaxy S8 phone, and with it comes some of the biggest expectations the company has faced. The world's biggest smartphone maker is currently trying to comeback from the problems it faced with the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire everywhere from a person's pocket to the floor of a plane. Now, Samsung needs to boost its credibility while also staying on top of the competition, so what are they offering up?  read more »

McDonald's Goes Mobile

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After a lengthy testing phase McDonald’s is finally ready to serve up a new type of menu.

The golden arches has announced that this month will be the roll out of its long awaited U.S. mobile ordering app. The company says the delay is from extended testing to avoid the types of problems that chains such as Starbucks faced. In that case the app was so popular that it created a huge backlog of orders and impatient customers were leaving without handing over any money.  read more »

A Rat Infested Strike

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Paris has a rodent problem, and pest control is threatening to hang up its traps.

Last week Paris' overworked rat catchers staged a one day strike demanding reinforcements and bonuses. This comes after what the workers call December’s war of rats where the city's parks and public spaces had to be shut down so traps could be laid. Workers say they cleaned up the city of dozens of vermin but have yet to be properly recognized for their trouble.

So about 50 pest workers gathered outside city hall driving the point home with a large dead rat underneath a giant banner that read “the staff are angry.” In addition to more staff the workers are demanding payment of a $2,100 bonus they say was lost in the shuffle of an administrative reorganization.  read more »

Deliberate Practice

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For some people success and wealth is a result of hard work and luck, for others it's deliberate.

Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg are just some of the people who believe in deliberate practice. A theory that requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

Recently reporter Michael Simmons took a look at how some of these successful CEO's apply the principles of deliberate practice to their everyday life. All of them say they follow the five hour rule, which means setting aside an hour a day or five hours a week to better themselves. And to help you follow in their footsteps Simmons took a closer look at how they are using the time to their advantage.  read more »

Town for Sale

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Looking to invest in a little real estate? How about an entire town?

If you're looking to expand your personal empire consider the town of Tiller, Oregon. For $3.5 million you can own the town located about 200 miles south of Portland. And for an extra $350,000 they will throw in the old school as well.  read more »

Retired Women at Risk

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Men and women are living longer, but women often face the bigger financial burden in old age. According to a recent survey published in USA Today, lower wages and higher medical costs are putting retired women at greater financial risk for financial ruin than men.

According to AARP, retired women pay about $600 more per year than men on out of pocket medical costs. But they save less. According to the Transamerica Retirement Survey, one reason is many women put family ahead of self. And women often have less money than men to pay for long term health care. They generally earn less, $0.80 to the dollars, and women spend more time out of the work force caring for children or aging parents.  read more »

March Madness

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Its March madness and things are getting a little well, mad.

It's that time of year, the games are being played, the brackets are being filled out and the mood around the office depends on the final score. This year about 70 million people are expected to fill out a bracket. And if anyone is lucky enough to fill it out perfectly, billionaire Warren Buffett has already promised them a hefty $1 billion payout. This is also the time of year when work productivity might drop a bit.  read more »

Tinder Select

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The dating app Tinder is getting exclusive with a few of its users.

Tinder is testing a secret version of its app called Tinder Select which is an invitation only service for the very famous and the very attractive. Tinder Select will be a section of the existing app that is activated when the user is invited to join. And once you're in you can see the profiles of other Tinder Select members and the profiles of regular Tinder users.  read more »