MONEY Travel

JetBlue’s New Outdoor Park Lounge Looks Totally Amazing

Paul Rivera/JetBlue JetBlue's new outdoor waiting area at JFK's terminal five.

This place is so nice you won't want to leave to get on the plane.

Starting Wednesday, waiting for a JetBlue flight in New York will be like a walk in the park. Because there will be an actual park.

The airline announced today it is opening a new outdoor space at John F. Kennedy airport, featuring seating, planters, and a miniature lawn. The new area, which spans 4,046 square feet on the roof of JFK’s terminal five, will also include seating for 50 people, free wifi, food trucks, and a fenced-in dog run with synthetic grass, along with a view of the New York City skyline.

JetBlue says the waiting area, known as the T5 Rooftop (as in: Terminal 5), is open all summer between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will be accessible to all ticket holders once they clear security.

“As rooftop bars, sunbathing and summer enjoyment are such a big part of living in New York City, we wanted to bring this unique aspect to customers traveling through T5,” Jamie Perry, JetBlue vice president of brand and product development, said in a press release.

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This Is Why You Should Consider Dumping Your Traditional Job

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79% of independent workers say they're happier without a regular job.

Don’t feel bad for independent workers because they don’t have regular jobs, with benefits, traditional work hours, and such. This broad category of workers, which includes freelancers, independent contractors, and the self-employed, is quite happy with life as it is.

According to the 2015 edition of the State of Independence report from MBO Partners, a business services company focussing on the self-employed, 79% of independent workers say they are happier working on their own.

The full report will not be released until the fall, but Steve King, partner at the small business analysis firm Emergent Research that worked with MBO on the study, also said 59% of independent workers reported they were healthier than if they held a traditional job.

Why are independents in such a good mood? King says features like control, autonomy and flexibility make independent work more attractive than the typical 9-to-5. “Our research, and the research of others, is finding growing numbers of Americans are willing to trade income and job security for the autonomy, flexibility and control independent work provides,” King writes.

To some extent, the study’s findings are to be expected. The majority of those surveyed say that, for a variety of reasons, they voluntarily chose the independent work life over more traditional gigs. So it’s no surprise nearly two out of three independent workers report being “very satisfied” with their work situation, and why four out of five plan on staying independent. After all, most of them consciously decided to pursue this style of work.

MBO says almost 18 million Americans are full-time independent workers, an increase of 12% over the last five years. According to the company, the overall employment market grew by 7% in the same time period.

MONEY cell phones

Sprint Cancels Plan to Dramatically Slow Online Videos After Internet Outcry

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Someone read the fine print

Sprint will no longer be slowing internet videos to near dial-up speeds, the company announced on Tuesday.

The wireless carrier had previously introduced an “All-in” plan that rolled unlimited talk, text, data, and the cost of a smartphone into one $80 monthly payment. The Washington Post reported that some users quickly noticed a clause in the plan’s fine print explaining that Sprint would slow video speeds to 600 Kbps, which the Post described as “little better than what you’d get on dial-up.”

Outrage over the video throttling spread quickly online, and on Tuesday night Sprint’s CEO said he would remove the speed restrictions. “No more limits on streaming video,” Marcelo Claure, the carrier’s chief executive, declared in a post on Twitter.

Claure said Sprint may still “manage the network” at some times in order to “reduce congestion,” suggesting Sprint users may still have their speeds throttled during periods of heavy internet use. However, a Sprint representative confirmed to the Post that the company would be removing its two-year-old policy on throttling streaming video for all of the company’s plans, not just for All-in subscribers.

Thanks, internet.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Defends Controversial ‘Real Name’ Policy

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg Hosts Internet.org Summit
Udit Kulshrestha—Bloomberg/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Vulnerable groups have opposed the rule

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t think Facebook’s real name policy is inherently discriminatory, the social media giant’s CEO said Tuesday.

The real name policy, which requires users to go by their real names on the site, has been criticized by domestic violence survivors, Native Americans, drag queens, and trans users, who say the rule discriminates against their identity and in some cases puts them at risk of physical harm.

In response to a question from BuzzFeed asking whether Facebook would end the policy in light of those concerns, Zuckerberg replied that the real name requirement was essential to Facebook and that the policy’s meaning had been misinterpreted.

“There is some confusion about what our policy actually is,” the CEO wrote during a Facebook Q&A. “Real name does not mean your legal name. Your real name is whatever you go by and what your friends call you. If your friends all call you by a nickname and you want to use that name on Facebook, you should be able to do that.”

The 31-year old executive also emphasized that a real name requirement exists, at least in part, to protect Facebook users. “[The policy] helps keep people safe,” said Zuckerberg. “We know that people are much less likely to try to act abusively towards other members of our community when they’re using their real names. There are plenty of cases — for example, a woman leaving an abusive relationship and trying to avoid her violent ex-husband — where preventing the ex-husband from creating profiles with fake names and harassing her is important. As long as he’s using his real name, she can easily block him.”

This isn’t the first time Facebook has had to answer for the real name policy. Last October, after a number of drag queens were locked out of their accounts for real name violations, the company apologized to LGBTQ users “for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks,” and promised Facebook would develop a new system to review accounts that are reported as fake.

Zuckerberg echoed that promise in his most recent statement on the issue, saying Facebook is “working on better and more ways for people to show us what their real name is so we can both keep this policy which protects so many people in our community while also serving the transgender community.”

But the policy’s opponents have reason to be skeptical of the CEO’s latest assurance. Since the company first vowed to reform their real name system, a number of users have continued to have their accounts locked for perceived policy violations. Writer Lux Alptraum said she was banned for not using a real name in February, and Facebook gave her no recourse to contest the decision.

“The only option I was offered was to update my name; there was no option to contact a Facebook representative or even submit any documentation to support my online identity,” wrote Alptraum.

MONEY Apple

Here’s How to Turn Off Apple Music

You might like things just the way they were

Apple launched Apple Music on Tuesday, the company’s new Spotify-like streaming music service. iPhone and iPad users who update their devices to the latest version of iOS will see their old Music app has changed to prominently feature Apple Music and its various bells and whistles.

That’s great if you want a streaming service from Apple, but not so much for anyone who liked things just the way they were. If you would rather listen to the music you’ve purchased with no fancy-smancy recommendations or new album suggestions, there’s a simple method of doing so.

As Six Colors‘ Dan Moren explains, just go to the Settings app, then tap on the Music tab and move the “Show Apple Music” switch to the off position.

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Moren notes this won’t completely change things back to the way they were—you’ll still see the Connect tab, for instance—but your Music app should look at least a little bit more familiar.

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MONEY Books

Why Adults Are Getting into Coloring Books

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It's the latest "literary" craze.

Coloring books: they’re not just for kids anymore.

That’s the word from The Boston Globe, which reports that coloring books for adults are flying off store shelves. The books, which the paper says are more detailed than their child-focussed counterparts, are among the top sellers on Amazon and are well stocked by bookseller Barnes and Noble.

Why are grownups buying up a genre generally targeted at younger children? The answer seems to be that coloring between the lines can be a therapeutic exercise.

“I think it probably speaks to people’s enjoyment in doing this kind of relaxing hobby or distraction from everyday life,” Sarah Deaver, president of the American Art Therapy Association, told the Globe. “It creates an object of focus, and it creates something that’s beautiful and that’s satisfying.” One best-selling coloring book is subtitled Stress Relieving Patterns, and promises to provide “hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fun, creative expression.”

Adult coloring books have become so popular that even Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is getting in on the act. Earlier this month, Bantam books announced it would publish a GoT coloring book meant for a mature audience. The book “will feature 45 original black and white illustrations, inspired by characters, scenes, locations and other iconic images from Martin’s wildly successful ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series,” the company told the Los Angeles Times. The coloring book is scheduled for release sometime this fall.

MONEY Donald Trump

Angry Customers Want Macy’s to Fire Donald Trump

Donald Trump Launches His New Signature Watch Collection
Desiree Navarro—FilmMagic Donald Trump launches his Signature Watch collection at Macy's Herald Square.

The Donald’s official merchandise is facing some serious resistance

Donald Trump piñatas may be flying off the shelves, but The Donald’s officially licensed products are facing some serious resistance.

Quartz reports that a petition calling for Macy’s to drop Trump’s merchandise has gathered over 700,000 signatures. The petition is authored by Angelo Carusone, executive vice president for the left-leaning research organization Media Matters, and calls on the retailer to “sever ties” with Trump over the GOP presidential hopeful’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

“Donald Trump has attacked Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists’ and ‘killers,'” wrote Carusone. “It’s time for Macy’s to follow Univision’s and NBC’s lead and finally dump Trump.” Carusone is referring to recent decisions by the two broadcasters to split with the billionaire after he implied many Mexicans who come to America are criminals.

Trump has lent his name to a number of products, including spring water, and Macy’s currently carries the Donald J. Trump Collection line of clothing and the Empire by Trump fragrance. A Donald Trump white dress shirt is listed as regularly retailing for $69.99, while a Donald J. Trump Blue Pindot Suit can cost as much as $650. Many of the items are currently on sale. A container of Trump’s Empire perfume costs $52, but Empire-scented deodorant can be had for as little as $14.

This is not the first time the Media Matters executive has taken aim at Trump. Quartz notes Carusone also published a petition in 2012 calling for Macy’s to drop Trump’s merchandise in the wake of his comments suggesting Barack Obama might not be an American citizen. The current petition is an updated version of the previous effort, but Carusone told Quartz earlier today that 25,000 new signatures have been added in roughly the last 24 hours.

It is unclear how effective another petition against Trump will be. In an email to the Media Matters executive following the 2012 petition and published by BuzzFeed, Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren wrote that “we respect your opinion and those who have signed the petition,” but “Many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy’s — or at any retailer, for that matter — express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company. That is the nature of a free society.”

TIME Donald Trump

Angry Customers Want Macy’s to Fire Donald Trump

Donald Trump Launches His New Signature Watch Collection
Desiree Navarro—FilmMagic Donald Trump launches his Signature Watch collection at Macy's Herald Square.

The Donald’s official merchandise is facing some serious resistance

Donald Trump piñatas may be flying off the shelves, but The Donald’s official merchandise is facing some serious resistance.

Quartz reports that a petition calling for Macy’s to drop Donald Trump’s merchandise has gathered over 700,000 signatures. The petition is authored by Angelo Carusone, executive vice president for the left-leaning research organization Media Matters, and calls on the retailer to “sever ties” with Trump over the GOP presidential hopeful’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

“Donald Trump has attacked Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists’ and ‘killers,'” wrote Carusone. “It’s time for Macy’s to follow Univision’s and NBC’s lead and finally dump Trump.” Carusone is referring to recent decisions by the two broadcasters to split with the billionaire after he implied many Mexicans who come to America are criminals.

Trump has lent his name to a number of products, including spring water, and Macy’s currently carries the Donald J. Trump Collection line of clothing and the Empire by Trump fragrance. A Donald Trump white dress shirt is listed as regularly retailing for $69.99, while a Donald J. Trump Blue Pindot Suit can cost as much as $650. Many of the items are currently on sale. A container of Trump’s Empire perfume costs $52, but Empire-scented deodorant can be had for as little as $14.

This is not the first time the Media Matters executive has taken aim at Trump. Quartz notes Carusone also published a petition in 2012 calling for Macy’s to drop Trump’s merchandise in the wake of his comments suggesting Barack Obama might not be an American citizen. The current petition is an updated version of the previous effort, but Carusone told Quartz earlier today that 25,000 new signatures have been added in roughly the last 24 hours.

It is unclear how effective another petition against Trump will be. In an email to the Media Matters executive following the 2012 petition and published by BuzzFeed, Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren wrote that “we respect your opinion and those who have signed the petition,” but “Many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy’s — or at any retailer, for that matter — express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company. That is the nature of a free society.”

MONEY Donald Trump

Donald Trump Piñatas Are a Hit In Mexico

A Mexican client who lives in the U.S., looks at a pinata depicting U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hanging outside a workshop in Reynosa, Mexico, June 23, 2015. Days after billionaire Trump accused Mexico of sending criminals to live in the United States, a Mexican artisan has given angry Mexicans an outlet-- a Trump pinata they can stuff with candy and beat with a stick. In the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Dalton Ramirez works at his family's pinata shop where they create a variety of paper mache figures to be filled with treats and broken open with sticks on birthdays and holidays.
Daniel Becerril—Reuters A Donald Trump piñata.

"This pinata especially is the one everyone wants to break."

Mexicans have found a way to hit back at Donald Trump. Literally.

Reuters reports that piñatas bearing Trump’s likeness, including “a flange of blonde hair and a big mouth,” have hit store shelves in Mexico and are proving popular among customers eager to protest the billionaire’s recent remarks against immigrants.

Trump, who is a Republican candidate for president, drew criticism after declaring in his campaign announcement speech that Mexican migrants were bringing “drugs, crime, and rapists” to the United States. He later called his comments “100 percent correct,” but insisted he was a strong supporter of Mexicans. “How can I not love people who give me many millions of dollars for apartments?” Trump said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Donald’s comments prompted piñata maker Dalton Remirez to design an extremely bashable piñata bearing Trump’s visage. The candy-filled sculpture retails for about $40, and Ramirez says it has been flying off shelves. “This piñata especially is the one everyone wants to break,” the artist told Reuters.

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MONEY leap second

Here’s How Much the Biggest Companies Will Make During the Leap Second

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Spoiler: it's a lot

Tuesday, June 30, will be exactly one second longer than the typical day. That’s thanks to the “leap second,” which gets added on to a day every now and again to compensate for a constant gravitation tug-of-war between Earth and the moon that very gradually slows our planet’s rotation.

The leap second made us wonder: exactly how much do America’s largest companies make during that extra second?

To answer that question, we took the top five firms in the Fortune 500 and divided their annual revenue by the number of seconds in the average year. The result?

  • Walmart, the largest company in the world, makes enough in one second ($15,390) to feed a family of four for over 14 months.
  • It takes Exxon Mobil one second to generate enough revenue ($12,124) to buy one half of a Toyota Prius.
  • Chevron makes enough in one second ($6,457) to buy 2,333 gallons of gasoline.
  • Berkshire Hathaway takes in enough in one second ($6,169) to buy almost 16,000 cans of Coke, the favorite soda of Berkshire founder Warren Buffett.
  • With the amount Apple makes every second ($5,793), the company could buy nine new unlocked iPhones.

And how much does the average American household make in one second? According to the U.S. Census, the answer is less than a cent. It’s pretty good to be a giant corporation.

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