TIME car age

Here’s Why Lots Of Cars On The Road Probably Still Have Tape Decks

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The average U.S. vehicle age has hit a record

You know that slot in the middle of your center-console that you sometimes use as an iPhone holder? Well, that’s actually a tape deck—an ancient artifact once used to play cassette tapes. But what’s it doing in your car?

According to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm that provides insight into the automotive industry, the average age of vehicles in the U.S. has reached an all-time high of 11.5 years. Cars have become much more reliable throughout the years, so they can endure the road for a significantly longer period of time. With new smartphones and other devices being released every couple of years, cars far outlive the technology that comes with them; thus, tape decks.

IHS has been tracking this data since 2002. The average car age has gradually increased each year, with an even more dramatic boost during the recession due to a 40% drop in new car sales from 2008 to 2009. The climb has since slowed, and it has started to plateau. IHS predicts that the number will reach 11.6 in 2016 and remain stagnant until 2018, when the company thinks it will hit 11.7.

In case you’re wondering, the last new car to be factory-equipped with a cassette deck in the dashboard was a 2010 Lexus, according to the New York Times.

And here’s one caveat about owning and older car: make sure it has electronic stability control, and side curtain airbags — two key safety features introduced a little over a decade ago.

TIME Soccer

Women’s World Cup Breaks Ratings Record

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Darryl Dyck—AP The U.S. Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Vancouver on July 5, 2015

Sunday's match reportedly garnered more U.S. viewers than any other soccer match in TV history

The United States’ Women’s World Cup win on Sunday broke a ratings record, garnering more viewers than any other soccer match in television history, according to broadcaster Fox Sports.

“It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network,” Fox Sports wrote in an official announcement of the ratings triumph.

Data from Nielsen shows that game scored a 15.2 household rating for Fox, more than double the 6.1 rating for the U.S. semifinal win against Germany on June 30.

TIME Fine Art

See the Picasso Painting That Just Set a World Record for Art at Auction

It surpassed a Francis Bacon piece that sold in 2013

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Courtesy of Christie’s and the Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS)/APPablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O),” auctioned at Christie’s in New York City on May 11, 2015.

A Picasso painting became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction on Monday, going for more than $179 million.

Christie’s said “Women of Algiers (Version O)” sold for $179,365,000. That figure, which the Associated Press reports to include the auction house’s premium, surpasses a Francis Bacon work called “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” that held the top spot, also selling at Christie’s for $142.4 million in 2013.

Picasso painted the work as part of a 15-painting series (versions A through O) created in 1954 and 1955, inspired by Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 “Women of Algiers.” Industry experts say art world prices are staying high as collectors see these top works as strong and lasting investments.

TIME viral

Watch a Man Break the Guinness World Record for Most Jokes Told in One Minute

He tells 26 joke in 60 seconds

A quick-fire comedian broke the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in one minute.

Clive Greenaway, 57, managed to spit out 26 one-liners in just 60 seconds.

“When I heard a German held the world record form telling the most jokes in one minute I couldn’t believe it and knew it had to be broken,” the British comic told the Telegraph. “There was a lot of training that went into it. After I wrote down 30 jokes it took me months to practice them and get them word perfect and build up my delivery speed.”

Some jokes included, “My wife dresses to kill — and cooks the same way” and “Went to the paper shop — but it had blown away.”

Quantity over quality, I guess.


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TIME Aviation

Balloonists Break World Record with Pacific Ocean Crossing

The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images A hot-air balloon of the U.S. balloonist Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev soars in Saga, Japan, on Jan. 25, 2015

The U.S.-Russian duo are set to land in Mexico on Saturday after taking off from Japan a week ago

When Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev land in Mexico on Saturday in their large helium balloon Two Eagles, they will have broken at least one and possibly two world records.

After setting out from Japan on Sunday and flying across the Pacific, the duo are on course to set new records for longest distance flown as well as longest duration in a helium balloon, the BBC reports.

Bradley and Tiukhtyaev needed to surpass a 1981 distance record of 5,208 miles by 1% (which put their target at 5,260 miles) in order to lay claim to the first record, which they did on Thursday according to a tweet from the team’s account. The record for longest duration, set in 1971, is 137 hours, five minutes and 50 seconds.

The American-Russian pair had originally planned to land in the U.S. or Canada, but bad weather forced them to change course.


TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: Kobe Bryant Surpasses Michael Jordan in Scoring

Bryant is now the league's third highest career scorer

Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan’s record for points on Sunday night, putting him at third place on the NBA’s top scorers list, behind first place Karl Malone and second place Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Bryant scored his 32,293rd point in a game between his Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves — crossing over the record mark when shooting a free throw. Bryant said the achievement was a “huge honor,” and Michael Jordan congratulated Bryant, saying, “I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

Watch today’s Know Right Now to find out more.

TIME Music

Beyoncé Beats Dolly Parton’s Grammy Nominations Record

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Dan MacMedan—WireImage/Getty Images Beyonce poses in the press room at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Bey's self-titled, surprise album pushed her past the country legend

Beyoncé is now the reigning queen of Grammy nominations!

The “Drunk in Love” singer had been tied with country music icon Dolly Parton for a whopping 46 nominations each.

But thanks to her self-titled, surprise album – which snagged a best urban contemporary album nod on Friday – she surpassed the country music legend as the most Grammy-nominated woman.

Beyoncé is currently tied with producer David Foster for seventh place among all artists overall with the most nominations, according to Billboard.com.

The nominees for Grammy’s biggest award – album of the year – will be announced on A Very GRAMMY Christmas Friday (9 p.m. ET) on CBS. Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw, Ariana Grande (joined by Big Sean) and Sam Smith will perform current hits and holiday songs.

When it comes to winning, Beyoncé has 17 Grammys in her collection. She has to win 10 more to catch up with Alison Krauss, who has won more Grammys than any other woman in history, with 27 under her belt.

Depending on what happens at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, Beyoncé is set to take on the second spot on that list, which currently is held by Aretha Franklin, who has 18 statues.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME Innovation

Google VP Breaks Record for Highest Skydive

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Nelson Ching—Bloomberg / Getty Images Robert Alan Eustace, Google Inc.'s senior vice president for engineering, speaks at the Google Innovation Forum in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.

“It was a wild, wild ride”

A senior vice president for Google cut himself loose from a balloon and parachuted 135,908 feet to earth on Friday, setting a new world record in skydiving.

Alan Eustace, 57, broke the previous record holder’s jump by more than 7,000 feet, the New York Times reports. It took roughly 2 hours for Eustace to make the ascent into the stratosphere and only 15 minutes to plummet back to earth. He made the jump wearing a spacesuit specially designed to withstand extreme altitudes and speeds topping 800 miles-per-hour. Witnesses on the ground reported hearing a sonic boom.

“It was beautiful,” Eustace said after the jump. “You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”



Peyton Manning Throws Touchdown Pass 509 to Set New NFL Record

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Jack Dempsey—AP Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates his 509th career touchdown pass with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver.

The 38-year-old Denver Broncos quarterback threw touchdown pass No. 509 against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday

If he hadn’t already, Peyton Manning has now well and truly cemented his place in NFL history.

The Denver Broncos quarterback threw his 509th touchdown pass Sunday night and thus broke the record set by former Green Bay Packers star Brett Favre. The record-breaking pass came in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, giving the Broncos a 21-3 lead.

Manning needed three touchdowns to break Favre’s record, and the 38-year-old did so comfortably before quickly being surrounded on the sidelines by his jubilant coach and teammates. Denver went on to win 42-17.

Favre had said before the game that he didn’t “really care” about his record being broken. “And I mean that with no disrespect. I think the world of Peyton. I’m not surprised that he’s going to break it.”

According to USA Today, Manning might cross 600 touchdowns by 2016 if he keeps throwing at his current success rate, and the man whose record he broke seems to agree as well.

Favre’s congratulatory tweet said the achievement was “well deserved,” and ended with a hashtag of encouragement.


TIME technology

Jimmy Iovine Joining Apple After Years of Boardroom Flirtations

Apple Computer And U2 Celebrate New iPod Release
Tim Mosenfelder—Getty Images Steve Jobs (2nd-R) of Apple Computer poses with Interscope Geffen A&M Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine (L) Bono (2nd-L) and The Edge (R) of U2 at a celebration of the release of a new Apple iPod family of products at the California Theatre on Oct. 26, 2004 in San Jose, Calif.

Apple's acquisition of Beats Music will bring a brash and flashy record mogul, Jimmy Iovine, into the boardroom, and it could portend an industry-wide shift toward streaming music

When brash and flashy record mogul Jimmy Iovine first met former Apple chief Steve Jobs back in 2002, he could barely suppress his excitement. “This guy is unique,” Iovine reportedly gushed to a colleague. Jobs had just shown Iovine a beta version of Apple’s iTunes, and Iovine was effusive — in his own, brash-talking way. “How Sony missed this is completely mind boggling to me, a historic f***up,” he said, according to Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography.

So began Iovine’s decade-long flirtation with Apple, the company he courted, championed and is now finally set to join as Apple announced Wednesday that it would acquire Beats Electronics, a company Iovine founded along with rapping legend Dr. Dre.

The $3 billion deal, Apple’s biggest acquisition ever, will make Iovine and Dre senior advisors to Apple’s content division. It also marks a decisive turning point in Iovine’s career — after nearly 25 years at the helm of Interscope Records, where he locked in deals with Dr. Dre, Eminem and Gwen Stefani, among others, Iovine will leave the company for good, bringing with him an invaluable rolodex of music legends.

In many ways, the move also mirrors a wider shift of talent in the music industry away from discs and downloads and toward subscription-based services. Iovine has a long record of embracing changes in the music business while other execs were digging in their heels. When Jobs was struggling to persuade music executives to sell their content through iTunes, Iovine was raving about its user-friendly design. “[Iovine] can see around corners,” Sony Music chairman Doug Morris told the New York Times.

Not that he and Jobs always saw eye to eye — Iovine said in an interview with AllThingsD last year that he was pressing Steve Jobs to charge a subscription fee rather than a flat rate per song as early as 2003. “I was always trying to push Steve into subscription,” he said, “and he wasn’t keen on it right away.”

They never did quite come to an agreement, but that didn’t prevent them from signing a number of lucrative cross-promotional deals. Jobs brought the customers, while Iovine brought the artists, most notably U2. That band’s record sales skyrocketed in 2004 after it appeared in Apple commercials touting a limited edition U2-branded iPod.

Now that Iovine has made a grand entrance into Apple’s headquarters, wearing no less than a gleaming blue blazer and suede sneakers, as the New York Times observed, analysts wonder if his subscription-based gospel will prevail. The market is certainly moving in that direction, as streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and YouTube have already begun chipping away at Apple’s sales. Track sales in the iTunes Music Store fell in 2013 from 1.3 billion to 1.2 billion units, the first drop since iTunes opened for business more than a decade ago. Whether Iovine can engineer a rebound will depend on his ability to see around a corner that eluded even Apple’s visionary founder.

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