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Lane Bryant Takes Aim at Victoria’s Secret in #ImNoAngel Campaign

Lane Bryant Takes Aim at Victoria’s Secret in #ImNoAngel Campaign Lane Bryant(NEW YORK) -- The Victoria’s Secret lingerie models known for flaunting their angel wings on runways have some new competition.Plus-size clothing retailer Lane Bryant has introduced a new body-loving marketing campaign called #ImNoAngel for their intimate apparel collection, Cacique.“There has been too narrow of a definition of what beauty is and we are challenging that by inviting everyone to join in and say what is beauty, what is sexy,” said Lane Bryant CEO Linda Heasley.The commercial for the line shows women in the intimate collection and some wearing #ImNoAngel T-shirts.“I mean, honey, have you seen all of this?” one model says in the ad.The company also is asking women to post a “personal statement of confidence” using the #ImNoAngel hashtag.“This campaign is something everyone can relate to,” said Heasley. “It is very much about making beauty and sexy approachable and embraceable.”Body-positive activist and plus-size model Tess Holliday said it’s time for everyone to redefine what beauty means.“Yes I happen to be a size 22 but I am sexy,” Holliday said. “We have grown up in an era, you know, of Victoria’s Secret and Maxim -- it is always the same type of women and just to see an ad with different sizes, it’s totally refreshing.”Lane Bryant joins other brands such as Dove and American Eagle in promoting women of all sizes in their ads. Dove launched its "Campaign for Real Beauty" in 2004 while, last year, American Eagle announced that its "Aerie Real" lingerie line would feature non-airbrushed models. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Don McLean’s “American Pie” Original Lyrics Sell for $1.2 Million

Don McLean’s “American Pie” Original Lyrics Sell for $1.2 MillionAnthony Pidgeon/Redferns(NEW YORK) — It has been more than 40 years since Don McLean's "American Pie" was released, but the song is more iconic than ever.Proof of that could be seen Tuesday when Christie's auctioned off the working manuscript of the original lyrics for more than $1.2 million.There’s no word on the winning bidder.The "complete working manuscript" of McLean's had "numerous revisions and unpublished deleted sections,” according to the auction house website."Comprising: 4 pages manuscript in pencil on four sheets of blue paper stock, 11 pages manuscript on 10 sheets in pencil and ink on ruled spiral paper (including one a half sheet), 2 pages manuscript in pencil on two sheets of yellow paper stock, and one page typed manuscript on blue paper (with four lines holograph notes on verso in purple ink and pencil). Together 18 pages of manuscript on 17 sheets," the site's description reads.Singer-songwriter McLean, 69, told Christie's about this sale: "I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song 'American Pie' so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game. It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music and then was fortunate enough through the help of others to make a successful recording.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Remote Workers Say They Work More, Not Less

Remote Workers Say They Work More, Not Less Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SAN FRANSISCO) — People who work from home have got it made -- or so a lot of us stuck in the office might think.But according to a survey of 350 Internet users conducted by the San Francisco-based ConnectSolutions, working remotely isn't necessarily an easy way to get away with doing less work.Of the nearly four in ten people who say they can work remotely a couple of times monthly, 77 percent claim their productivity is actually greater, compared to when they're in the office.In fact, three in ten remote workers say they can accomplish more in less time, probably because they're not bothered by endless emails, long meetings or overbearing bosses.About a quarter say they get as much done in the same amount of time as being on-site.The advantages of working remotely actually compel some folks -- 23 percent -- to work longer hours, while just over half claim they're less inclined to take time off, even when they're not feeling well.The ConnectSolutions survey also found that 42 percent of remote workers believe they're just as connected to their co-workers as if they were at the office.  Ten percent boast that they're even closer to their colleagues.Other positive aspects of working remotely:     53 percent say they feel less stressed.     51 percent say they spend more time with significant others.     45 percent say they get more sleep.     44 percent say they have a more positive attitude.     42 percent say they're eating healthier.     35 percent say they get more physical exercise. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Prom Costs Dip a Bit in 2015

Prom Costs Dip a Bit in 2015Moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you've had it up to here with the proliferation of "prom-posals" -- those intricate prom invitations that often go viral -- get used to it, because it's prom season once again.More importantly, especially if you're a prom-goer or the parent or one, it's time to figure out how to pay for the wardrobe and all the fixings associated with this annual rite of passage.The good news: according to the 2015 Visa Prom Spending Survey, you won't have to dig as deep into your pocket as last year.The average overall spending for prom stuff in 2015 is $919, a relative bargain when you consider it was $978 last year.Incidentally, the average cost of the prom-posal, which is figured into the overall cost, is $324.But here's the real shocker of the VISA survey: the less a household makes, the more money is spent on the prom.Families with annual incomes of $50,000 or more plan to spend an average of $799.  Families with annual incomes of between $25,000 and $50,000 plan to spend an average of $1,109, while families with annual incomes below $25,000 will spend an average of $1,393.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Melaleuca opens for business in Poland

Melaleuca opens for business in PolandIDAHO FALLS — One year after entering Austria, Melaleuca has expanded into another European nation. The Idaho Falls company will open for business in Poland on April 1. Company executives are calling the event another milestone toward Melaleuca’s goal of “enhancing the lives of families around the globe.” “We are eager to share our superior, […]

‘Smart Homes’ Are Still Catching Up to Cloud Living

‘Smart Homes’ Are Still Catching Up to Cloud Living ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- In an era when cars can parallel park themselves, cell phones can talk and drones can take video, it’s not surprising that “smart homes” might be the next step in our “connected” lives. Smart home gadgets are poised to be the next big things—sales of smart gadgets are expected to exceed 36 million units in the next two years, according to Park Associates Research Firm. But can the technology used to turn our homes into wireless nerve centers stand up to the challenge? Tech writer Stacey Higginbotham lives in a “smart home” in Texas. Her devices and appliances are all connected to each other and to the Internet, which means she can control them remotely from her phone. Her side door is wired to a keypad -- though Higginbotham still carries keys with her in case the keypad goes on the fritz. Her gadgets are voice activated. She has a robotic vacuum cleaner, a touch-sensitive kitchen sink and window shades that close on command. She has an app that will open and close her garage door, and even alert her if she left it open, and then close it for her from miles away. Even her light bulbs are “smart,” and could be set to all sorts of colors from “deep sea” to “sunset.” “You have to buy a starter kit with three light bulbs and a little bridge that you plug into the router and that’s $200, and each additional light bulb is $60,” Higginbotham said, noting the bulbs last 22 years. "They’re LEDS. They save you energy.” Higginbotham also has a wearable device that looks like a ring on her finger called “Ringly,” which can alert her when she has a call or a text, among other things. But while living in a smart home has its perks, not all the features in Higginbotham’s home worked perfectly every time. One of the voice-command devices she uses is the Amazon Echo. Cloud-connected, it’s designed to turn on music, look up email and various other tasks through a “personality” called Alexa. When asked about Nightline,  Alexa instantly provided a correct response, but when asked what the stock market is doing, she drew a blank. “If you live in a smart home, you have got to be prepared to live in a home that is a bit of trial-and-error process,” Higginbotham said. “I spend probably an hour a week just troubleshooting my house, and that’s because I have a good 40 gadgets in here.” But there’s another concern. At a time when it seems anyone, from A-list celebrities to international government databases, can be hacked, is upgrading to smart homes opening consumers up to security risks? “People say that people can control your house, but the likelihood of someone coming in and being like, ‘I’m going to attack your network,’ that’s a lot of effort,” Higginbotham said. To test it, Higginbotham gave Nightline permission to allow professional hacker Amir Etemadieh to try to hack into her home. Etemadieh, whose real job is to help companies find weaknesses in their wireless products, got to work from his car parked outside Higginbotham’s home. Etemadieh explained that hacking into her home was a two-step process. First step was to get into her Wi-Fi network, something he called “the handshake.” The second step was to run what information Etemadieh found through a decoding program to crack her password, which proved to be more difficult. Even now, weeks later, Etemadieh’s hacker program still hadn’t cracked Higginbotham’s password, so she gave it to him for the sake of the experiment. Once he had her password, Etemadieh showed he was able to get into the majority of her devices through one main hub. He could make her blender turn on and off, unlock her back door, turn her lights off, make the blinds go up -- all remotely. “I don’t like it....Although if someone really wants to get into your house, you can pick a lock,” Higginbotham said. Etemadieh said the best way to protect yourself against someone hacking into your network is to keep software up-to-date and have a strong password "that’s unique and contains special characters." "Your best bet is a password that’s over 15 characters that contains numbers, letters, upper case, lower case and special characters," he added. Smart home companies are already all over the security issue. In fact, a forced software update to Higginbotham’s main hub kept Etemadieh out of her network completely. But it’s an ongoing fight, and the battlefield becomes your home in a world where everything is connected. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Economic development agencies merge to form REDI

Economic development agencies merge to form REDI(Courtesy BizMojo Idaho) IDAHO FALLS — There was a shift Monday in eastern Idaho’s economic development landscape as two agencies — Grow Idaho Falls and Bingham Economic Development — joined to form the Regional Economic Development Corporation for Eastern Idaho, REDI for short. The merger was announced at Golden Valley Natural Foods in Shelley. “(REDI) […]

Wall Street Bounces Back Following Weak Jobs Report

Wall Street Bounces Back Following Weak Jobs Report stu99/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks rose on Monday, as markets digested the weaker-than-expected jobs report released last week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the session on Monday at 17,880.85, 117.61 above its open.The Nasdaq was up 30.38 to a close of 4,917.32, while the S&P 500 rose by 13.66 to 2,080.62.Tesla’s shares hit new highs on Monday, as the company reported selling 10,000 electric vehicles in one quarter, for the first time. Tesla delivered just 31,000 cars in all of last year. Gold jewelry is now worth more, rising on Monday to a seven-week high. The price of gold has climbed for the second straight session because U.S. jobs rose at the slowest pace in more than a year. Apple is beginning its marketing blitz for the iWatch pre-sales. The company is taking orders starting Friday, and customers can try and purchase the watches soon by appointment only. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Interface Played on the Dreams of Parents and Children

How Interface Played on the Dreams of Parents and Children ABC News(NEW YORK) -- What parent doesn’t believe their child is special, and could have what it takes to become a model or an actor?Chances are they would be willing to listen to a talent scout who told them it was possible. But some former employees of a company called Interface have come forward to tell ABC News' 20/20 that their company used aggressive sales tactics to convince parents to sign up for their pricey talent marketing service. Once Interface had the parents' money in hand, many parents complained, the company often couldn’t deliver on the dreams they had sold. “They really did play on the emotions of the parents,” said Lara LaSala, who worked her way up from sales to the executive ranks at Interface. ABC News’ 20/20 recruited Letitza Draghi and her 12-year-old daughter Isabella to go undercover with hidden cameras and capture her experience on tape. Interface had recruiters posted in mall kiosks up and down the East Coast, so we sent Letitza and Isabella to stroll past one in a New York-area shopping mall. 20/20 wanted to find out if Interface could get Isabella paying work as an actor or model, or if the whole experience would just end up being a pricey disappointment. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What to Watch Out for When Booking Hotel Rooms Online

What to Watch Out for When Booking Hotel Rooms Online ABC News(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- When a couple walked into the Flamingo Inn in Daytona Beach, Florida, during the city’s 74th annual Bike Week and said they had a reservation for two nights at a rate of $79, hotel owner Merle Kappelmann was caught off-guard. “The rates are around $200 a night at that time,” Kappelmann said. “We were really shocked and thought, ‘Oh, my gosh. We don’t have a room for them and look at the rate that they have.’” Kappelmann said when she checked the couple’s reservation, it showed that the room had not been booked with the hotel. It was reserved through ReservationCounter.com, an online agency Kappelmann said she had never heard of until then. “After that, there were more people,” she said, seven couples in all who showed up saying they had a reservation that didn't show up with the Flamingo Inn. One couple was Kevin Childress and his wife, who had driven down from Baltimore, Maryland. Childress told ABC News that he thought he booked his room directly with the Flamingo Inn when he called a reservation number from what he said appeared to be the official hotel website. He failed to notice that his email confirmation wasn’t sent by the hotel and he learned too late that it was from a third-party site. “They were enraged,” Kappelmann said. Katherine Lugar, the president and CEO of American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), said there has been an alarming uptick in complaints from consumers who say they believed they were booking with a hotel, only to find out later that they had given their information to a third-party agency called ReservationCounter.com. “We really started to hear about the problem a few years ago, but in recent times, it has absolutely skyrocketed,” Lugar said. Kappelmann said ReservationCounter.com told her that it experienced a system error that misdirected the Flamingo Inn bookings to a different hotel. “It was a mistake,” Kappelmann said. “A glitch in the system, you know? They promised that they have our problem solved and I believe them.” Kappelmann pointed out that all the trouble could have been avoided if the couple had not booked with a third party and dealt with the hotel directly. Today, 14 percent of all hotel rooms sold are booked online, according to TravelClick.com, a hospitality industry research company, which amounts to about $22.8 billion a year. The majority of these rooms are reserved through online travel agencies like Expedia.com, Priceline.com and Booking.com, which get their inventory from hotels and other resources. But there is also a second tier of booking sites affiliated with the big agencies also offering hotel rooms for sale, and this is where Lugar said consumers can run into trouble. “Many of them actually look a lot like the hotel sites. But, in fact, they’re not,” she said. These third-party websites show up in search results and as paid ads, and when consumers book a room through them, often unwittingly, common complaints with the reservations include confusing cancellation and refund policies, ignoring requests for disabled or family accommodations and lost or mis-booked reservations, according to the AHLA. Almost 2.5 million potentially confusing bookings are made on third-party sites each year, according to the AHLA. ABC News decided to see if these third-party sites really do resemble official hotel sites. Why are so many consumers confusing the two? We searched for “Providence Hilton Reservations” and came up with three websites: Reservation-Desk.com/Hilton, Hilton.ReservationCounter.com and Hilton.com/Providence. Only the Hilton.com/Providence website actually belongs to the hotel. The others are third-party sites. Sometimes similar sites, called “mirrored sites” by critics, use the same logo and pictures as the hotel brand, while keeping their own brand discreet. We tracked down the people behind ReservationCounter.com and Reservation-Desk.com to ask them if their site design was deliberate. Daniel Nelson, the CEO of Travel Pass, the company that owns and operates ReservationCounter.com and Reservation-Desk.com, told ABC News that it is not the company’s intent to mislead customers. The goal of the sites is to make the customer’s hotel choice prominent, he said. Debbie Greenspan, a frequent traveler and mother of two, said she booked with a third-party site that not only charged her upfront for the wrong hotel, it refused her refund request. She called what she thought was the hotel’s direct reservation line, and said she "specifically said, ‘Is this Marriott reservation center?’" "And she said, ‘This is reservations. I can help you,’" Greenspan said. "And I thought, ‘That’s so odd that she didn’t just...answer with the name of the hotel brand.’” Greenspan said she booked the room, but when a schedule change forced her to call the hotel and cancel, she said the hotel couldn’t find her reservation. “She said I never booked it with them and I didn’t book it with Marriott reservations either,” Greenspan said. Marriott told Greenspan, under the circumstances, they would have refunded her money immediately, but because she didn’t book with their directly, there was nothing they could do. None of this is illegal. Daniel Nelson of Travel Pass told ABC News in a statement that his company books millions of rooms per year, with “customer complaints measuring 0.003 percent of all processed transactions.” “Our goal is to respond to and close all complaints within 24,” his statement continued. If no issues come up, the customer who unwittingly booked a room through a third-party site is none the wiser, but it’s a risk the American Hotel and Lodging Association doesn’t think consumers should have to take, which is why the group is asking the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into these third-party sites and set stricter guidelines. “Consumers should know who they’re booking with...and the FTC has that regulatory responsibility and oversight function to ensure that consumers are not being misled,” Lugar said. Since contacting ReservationCounter.com and Reservation-Desk.com, the pages for Hilton in Providence that so closely resembled the official hotel site have apparently been taken down. Expedia.com told ABC News that it is taking customer feedback seriously, and will “regularly review our affiliates to ensure they are acting in the best interest of the travelers they serve.” But for folks like Debbie Greenspan, she says she can only watch out for herself. “It’s not going to happen again," she said. "Not to me.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Samsung Puts Galaxy S6 Phones Through a Bend Test

Samsung Puts Galaxy S6 Phones Through a Bend Test Samsung/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Samsung is demanding a re-test after gadget insurer SquareTrade posted a video of the new Galaxy S6 phone bending and shattering under what the South Korean electronics company said was a misleading test.Ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge release this Friday, Samsung released a video showing its own three-point bend test putting more than 80-pounds of pressure on the front and back of each phone model.In the video, both smartphones are propped up on each end, withstand more than 80-pounds of force and return to their original states.Samsung said the amount of pressure, which is needed to snap five pencils at once, is already more than the normal 66-pound force created when a person presses their back pocket where a phone might be stored.SquareTrade's video, which included several other smartphone brands, showed Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge bent at 110-pounds, suffered a cracked screen but still worked. At 149-pounds, SquareTrade said the phone broke apart and the screen shattered.Samsung said in a statement that the conditions in the video are rare "under normal circumstances" and that "SquareTrade has only tested the front side, which may mislead consumers about the entire durability of smartphones.""All our devices are put rigorous high-quality validation tests before they are delivered to consumers," Samsung's statement said. "These tests include various conditions, such as dropping, bending, and breakage. And we are confident that all our smartphones are not bendable under daily usage." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New York Woman Allowed to Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook

New York Woman Allowed to Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At least one Facebook user won't be "liking" an action from his ex-wife and her attorney on Monday. A judge in New York has permitted a woman to serve divorce papers through Facebook in what the attorney says is a first for the state.Ellanora Baidoo of Brooklyn wants a divorce from a man she married in a New York civil ceremony in 2009. Her attorney Andrew Spinnell said the husband, for unknown reasons, had reneged on his promise to follow that with a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony. So Baidoo wants a divorce, but she and her attorney have been unable to locate him for the past several months, save for his Facebook page and a phone number.Baidoo never lived with Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku and the last address she has for him is an apartment that he vacated in 2011, according to a written decision by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper on March 27. Spinnell said he and his client still do not know where her husband is living."[Baidoo] has spoken with [her ex] by telephone on occasion and he has told her that he has no fixed address and no place of employment. He has also refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers," Cooper wrote.She and her attorney even hired private investigators to find him, including investigating a "false alarm" that he worked in New Jersey, to no avail, Baidoo’s attorney said.Cooper wrote that "the post office has no forwarding address for him, there is no billing address linked to his pre-paid cellphone, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has no record of him. Inasmuch as plaintiff is unable to find defendant, personal delivery of the summons to him is an impossibility."Cooper, after first asking her to prove that the Facebook account was her husband's through their correspondence, directed Baidoo and her attorney to serve the divorce papers for three consecutive weeks. After that time, the judge will permit Baidoo to file for default judgment for her divorce."She’s not looking for any money. I don’t think there is any marital property. This is a case where a woman wants to move on with her life and marry someone else potentially," Spinnell said."Under the circumstance presented here, service by Facebook, albeit novel and non-traditional, is the form of service that most comports with the constitutional standards of due process," Cooper wrote. "Not only is it reasonably calculated to provide defendant with notice that he is being sued for divorce, but every indication is that it will achieve what should be the goal of every method of service: actually delivering the summons to him."Spinnell said they served Blood-Dzraku for the first time last week via his Facebook email address and an attachment. And he was served for the second time on Monday, though there still has not been a response."She wants to move on with her life and this will allow her to be able to do so," Spinnell said of his client.Spinnell said there are federal commercial cases that have allowed service by Facebook, but he did not know whether other states allow it.Blood-Dzraku declined to comment. It is unclear whether he has an attorney, Spinnell said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Apple Watch: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Release

Apple Watch: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Release Apple(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch has sparked a frenzy but it won't come with the same long lines of people who camped outside Apple stores to wait for new iPhones. If you want to purchase Apple's first wearable or want to check one out in person, you better plan ahead.Ahead of the April 24 Apple Watch launch, here's what you need to know about Apple's "most personal" device yet -- including what you need to do to get one on your wrist:How to OrderPre-orders for the wearable, which comes in 20 different models ranging from $349 to $17,000, will begin at 12:01 a.m. PT this Friday, with the first customers getting them on April 24.Those who aren't completely sold on the idea yet or don't know which watch they want can schedule a try-on appointment beginning Friday at an Apple Store, according to the company's website.CompatibilityThe Apple Watch is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.StylesThe watch comes in three models: the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and the high-end Apple Watch Edition. Each packs as much as 18 hours of battery life, ensuring the device can stay helpful to its user day and night.Each model differs in price. The Apple Watch Sport, which is made of aluminum, starts at $349. The Apple Watch starts at $549 for the smaller version and goes as high as $1,049 depending on the watch band. The larger version starts at $599.The Apple Watch Edition will begin at $10,000 and will be available in limited quantities, making it the ultimate techie status symbol.What Makes It DifferentWhile other wearables focus on a touch screen, Apple is making navigation on the watch head easier by letting users move the digital crown to toggle between apps.The wrist is "a very interesting place" because users can glance at it while "you can't glance at a lot of other places on your body," Apple CEO Tim Cook told ABC News' David Muir in an exclusive interview after the watch was announced last year."You can measure a lot of things from there and you can just get, honestly, a tidbit today of what all it can do," Cook said. "But I think it's huge."Apple recently released a series of videos on its website giving guided tours of how the watch fares in different experiences, including everything from using Siri to Apple Pay.Rent a WatchIf you're still intrigued but not entirely sold: Lumoid, a start-up that lets people rent gadgets before buying them, is offering users the chance to rent an Apple Watch Sport for $45, with $25 of the fee going to the gadget if they decide to purchase. A regular Apple Watch can be rented for $55 with $35 going toward the purchase price. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hostess Seems to Confuse Baseball with Football in Tweet

Hostess Seems to Confuse Baseball with Football in Tweet @Hostess_Snacks(NEW YORK) -- Hostess has social media users confused after it tweeted a photo of a baseball-themed version of its CupCakes on a red background with the word "TOUCHDOWN" underneath.Hostess appeared to be referring to Major League’s Baseball opening day Monday, saying, “It's here and we couldn't be filled with more sweet joy. #OpeningDay.”   It's here and we couldn't be filled with more sweet joy. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/YndEyEgQQa — Hostess Snacks (@Hostess_Snacks) April 6, 2015   But the "TOUCHDOWN" in the embedded image was throwing everyone off."Umm... shouldn't that be ‘Home run’?" a user under the name Tom Misson asked.It turns out the joke's actually on people who think Hostess made a mistake."The 'Touchdown' line was intentional,' Hostess told ABC News in a statement via email Monday. "It's fun and aimed at young audiences who are in on the running joke -- which, of course, is the goalllll." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Apple Rival Gets Boot Even Before Apple Watch Released

Apple Rival Gets Boot Even Before Apple Watch Released Apple(NEW YORK) -- With about two weeks left until Apple releases its Apple Watch, the device is already causing one wearables maker to get the shaft.Popular GPS device maker Garmin, which also sells wearable fitness trackers, received a downgrade Monday from Citi, which recommends investors "sell" the stock.Citi explained in its report that Cupertino, California-based Apple may be a long-term threat to Garmin, based in Olathe, Kansas."The Apple Watch is a very modest threat this year as current interest in the running community appears low, but Apple’s product positioning, the likely addition of GPS and likely lower price points in future versions are significant long-term headwinds," Citi analysts wrote in a research note, Business Insider reported.Shares of Garmin fell about 0.3 percent to $46.34 mid-day Monday.Carly Hysell, a spokeswoman for Garmin, said in a statement to ABC News, "Garmin continues to diversify across a broad range of active lifestyle products that we believe will drive long term growth."Garmin's fitness devices can start at around $130 and also include the Forerunner 310XT, which triathletes can buy for $249.99. The Apple Watch starts at $350 and can sell for as much as $10,000 and more for the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition models. The Apple Watch will be available starting April 24.Citi did not respond to a request by ABC News for comment. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Smart Traffic Lights Would Save Time and the Environment

Smart Traffic Lights Would Save Time and the Environment iStock/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) — It's time to get smart about traffic lights, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.As much as motorists often hate waiting for a red light to change to green, MIT researchers say there's a different reason to be concerned.All that idling sends harmful carbon emissions into the air, contributing to global warming.Therefore, what MIT researchers are looking into is developing a smart traffic light system that reduces carbon emissions by cutting the amount of time drivers spend stopped at the red.The way the system would work is by each city estimating the number of cars in their metro areas and comparing it to traffic patterns.The data that is collected would then enable cities to adjust traffic lights accordingly so that motorists wouldn't have to wait as long for lights to change, thus making them happier and cleaning up the environment in the process.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Biggby Coffee Acknowledges Data Breach

Biggby Coffee Acknowledges Data Breach crossstudio/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Biggby Coffee announced on Friday that it had become aware of a data breach that may have put customer information at risk.According to a letter sent from the company to customers, the information that may have been accessed in the breach -- such as names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information -- came from data given when registering for a BIGGBY Card or when applying for a job. "At this time, we are not aware of any misuse of this information," the company says. The letter notes that the information in question was only provided via its website, and not on paper forms. Additionally, it says, less than 20 percent of customer data was accessed. The breach did not involve cash registers or point of sale systems, Biggby notes.The breach has been reported to law enforcement and the FBI. Biggby also says it has taken "additional security measures to prevent this type of event from occurring in the future." Biggby has more than 100 locations in the U.S. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

March Madness Fans at ‘Final Four’ in Indianapolis Guzzle From Drinkable Billboard

March Madness Fans at ‘Final Four’ in Indianapolis Guzzle From Drinkable Billboard Coca-Cola Company(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Thirsty "Final Four" basketball fans in Indianapolis this weekend will find relief in a Coke Zero drinkable billboard.The Coca-Cola Company says it's the "first-of-its-kind marketing campaign" during the NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 26-by-36 foot drinkable billboard, the same height as two-and-a-half basketball hoops, launched Thursday at the March Madness Music Festival in White River State Park, though fans weren’t allowed through the gates until Friday.Fans can guzzle Coke Zero for free from the billboard until Sunday night.The beverage travels through 4,500 feet of straw tubing that spells out "Taste It" and leads to a free sampling station on the ground that looks like a traditional soda fountain with seven spouts. The 23,000-pound contraption pushes liquid and air through a giant straw and bottle. More than 75 valves, eight manifolds, four high-pressure pumps and 16 sensors control the flow. The "brain" of the billboard is a programmable logic controller monitor, according to the company.“This campaign is based on the simple insight that many people think they know the taste of Coke Zero, but they actually don't,” Racquel Mason, Coca-Cola North America vice president, said in a statement. “Drinkable advertising is an innovative approach to removing barriers and making it ridiculously easy for those who are open to try Coke Zero to enjoy it in fun and unique ways.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Microsoft Is 40 and Fabulous, Thanks to These 40 People, Products and Moments

Microsoft Is 40 and Fabulous, Thanks to These 40 People, Products and Moments Photo by David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft is 40 and fabulous. The software company started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, is showing new energy lately, proving that the best may be yet to come. With the release of Windows 10 and a new browser later this year (RIP Internet Explorer), Microsoft hasn't garnered so much excitement in a long time. In honor of the Redmond, Washington, company's 40th birthday, here's a look at 40 of the people, products and moments that helped define Microsoft's first four decades. 1. Bill Gates - Harvard's first most famous dropout (Mark Zuckerberg would come decades later) is the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $79.2 billion, according to Forbes. 2. Paul Allen - The other half of Microsoft, Allen told Fortune Magazine in 1995 that he was responsible for suggesting the company's name when he and Gates first went into business together. 3. Microsoft’s first product: Software for the Altair 8800. By 1978, year-end sales had topped $1 million. 4. Getting a deal to provide a DOS Operating System for IBM's computers in 1980 was a huge moment in Microsoft history, positioning the company as a software leader. 5. On Nov. 20, 1985, two years after the initial announcement, Microsoft ships Windows 1.0. 6. Gates and Allen took their company public in 1986 with IPO shares priced at $21. 7. Microsoft Office for Mac is released in 1989. 8. Windows 3.0 ships in 1990, ushering in the era of graphics on computers. 9. Windows 95 launches in 1995, selling an astounding 7 million copies in the first five weeks, according to Microsoft. 10. Windows 95 is also the first time the start menu, task bar, minimize, maximize and close buttons are introduced on each window. 11. "The Internet Tidal Wave," a 1995 memo written by Gates, calls the Internet "the most important development since the advent of the PC." That Bill Gates turned out to be right. 11. As the Internet exploded, Microsoft came out with its first browser, Internet Explorer, in 1997, thus beginning a love-hate relationship until its death in 2015. 12. Gates stepped aside as CEO in 2000, giving Microsoft its first new leader in the company's 25-year history. 13. Microsoft’s riches allowed Gates to start the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world. Gates' charity has focused on everything from education to world health initiatives. 14. Meanwhile at Microsoft, Gates' longtime right-hand man, Steve Ballmer, became known as a hard-charging and excitable CEO. He stepped down in 2014. 15. In August 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP. The interface was pretty and allowed people to burn music (here's my playlist, bro) and is remembered as one of the more important Windows updates. 16. Speaking of Windows, it was pretty genius of Microsoft to begin bundling Word, PowerPoint and Excel together beginning in 1990, setting the standard for offices everywhere. 17. Microsoft's bet on PowerPoint was a winner. The company acquired the program for $14 million from Forethought Inc. in 1987. 18. There were embarrassing moments too, though. Like when Excel had a multiplication bug in 2007. 19. The U.S. Department of Justice accused Microsoft of being a monopoly and in 1999 a judge agreed. That ruling was later vacated and Microsoft settled the antitrust case. 20. You don't go 40 years as a multi-billion dollar company without having your share of headaches. In 2008, the European Union slapped a record fine of $1.3 billion on Microsoft for anti-competitive behavior 21. Microsoft Internet Explorer has suffered its share of an image problem. An alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users in 2004 that holes in the browser could lead to their passwords and other personal information falling into the hands of hackers. Microsoft rolled out a fix, however, security issues continued to snowball. 22. Microsoft this year announced it would be releasing a new and improved browser, Project Spartan, effectively killing off the oft-maligned Internet Explorer. 23. If you're an Apple fan, you can thank Microsoft for helping keep them afloat in 1997 when Microsoft invested $150 million in the company. 24. Later on, of course, Apple would thrive and grew into the world's most valuable company while taking shots at Microsoft along the way. Who can forget those iconic "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" commercials? They didn't do wonders for Microsoft's image. 25. Sure Microsoft went through an era of not being cool, but let's get nostalgic for a moment and remember the joy that was Microsoft's Clipart collection -- long before it was easy to integrate photos. 26. Let's not forget Clippy, the paperclip assistant in Windows who was always there to help. 27. Microsoft bought video and messaging service Skype in 2011. 28. Since then they've done some pretty cool projects with the service, including Skype Translator, which was showed off last year. The program lets people who speak two different languages seamlessly communicate. 29. Windows 8 was released in 2012 with a radical design overhaul featuring tiles and provoking a love-it-or-hate-it response. 30. With everyone owning a smart device, Microsoft got into the game too with its Windows Phone operating system. 31. Microsoft took the mobile push even further in 2014 when it acquired smartphone maker Nokia. 32. Cortana, Microsoft's intelligent virtual assistant, made her debut last year and has quickly positioned herself as a sassier counterpart to Apple's Siri. 33. Microsoft's goal is to have a presence on all of your devices. The Office suite of apps came to iOS and Android devices free of charge last year. They quickly shot to the top of the charts in Google Play and Apple's app store and have been downloaded more than 80 million times, according to Microsoft. 34. Even though Bing only has a sliver of the traffic that Google receives, Microsoft really wants to be thought of as a place people turn to for search. 35. In the new millennium, Microsoft set its sights on joining an already crowded gaming market by releasing the first Xbox in 2001. Versions of the gaming console can be found in plenty of living rooms to this day. 36. Microsoft Studios established 343 Industries, which creates games, including the popular Halo franchise. 37. Speaking of games, Microsoft showed off HoloLens, its new virtual reality glasses, earlier this year. Imagine holographic Skype calls, playing a holographic video game in a world you're a part of, or using the glasses to virtually design a new product. 38. Windows 10, the operating system update that is so radical it prompted Microsoft to skip straight from Windows 8, will be coming to users later this year. It's the first Windows product in a while to generate huge excitement. 39. Satya Nadella, who completed his first year as CEO in February, has packed plenty of accomplishments into his freshman year -- from Windows 10 to Project Spartan to HoloLens. Dare we say he's also made Microsoft cool again? 40. Perhaps its biggest accomplishment of all: Microsoft has changed the way we work. Goodbye typewriters and fax machines! Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Opulence Abounds at $11,000 Per Head Passover Event

Opulence Abounds at $11,000 Per Head Passover Event Daniel Gonzalez/iStock/Thinkstock(DANA POINT, Calif.) -- From the curated vintage wine to the Viennese dessert buffets to the nightly entertainment performed by renowned Jewish comics and daily speakers such as Ted Cruz, one thing is absolutely certain: This isn't your bubby's Passover. Well-heeled families from all over the country kicked off an extravagant week of holiday celebrations Friday as part of the Prime Passover Experience at St. Regis Monarch Beach hotel in Dana Point, California, where a week's worth of accommodations, meals and teachings with rabbis will run guests between $5,600 and $11,000 per person. "We have great rabbis giving speeches and classes around the clock," said Joey Allaham, an organizer with the The Prime Experience, an extension of the Prime Hospitality Group. "People care more about the rabbis and scholars who are speaking than anything else. We are giving people the full feeling of the Jewish holiday and that to me comes first before the celebrities or athletes." But for those who enjoy their Seder with an A-lister or two on the side, there is a full schedule of entertainment and extracurricular activities that will satisfy. "Spend Passover learning the true meaning of 'perfection' at this palatial property, a regal oasis of tranquility and elegance with majestic ocean front views, sparkling crystal clear waters, dazzling white sand beaches, private balconies and spectacular weather," beckons promotional materials for the event. "With three pools, private beach, kayaking, surfing, paddle boating, championship golf, eight lighted tennis court, unique singles programming, fitness center and Spa Gaucin, the St. Regis Monarch Beach is the ultimate Passover experience." Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL's 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year, will be on site to throw the ball around with children at sports clinics, as well as Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who returns for his second year in a row. For kids uninterested in football, a petting zoo featuring animals from the San Diego Zoo has been relocated to the resort and may appeal. There is also trapeze instruction, a flight simulator and a trampoline park. Meanwhile, adults can take in standup routines by renowned Jewish comedian Modi and the musical stylings of Lipa Schmeltzer, a.k.a “The Jewish Elvis.” Add-on excursions, such as shopping trips to Rodeo Drive or free time at area theme parks can also be arranged. "This year there is a lot of variety," Allaham told ABC News. Only in its second year of operation, The Prime Experience offers similar events at St. Regis Aspen and W Resort Viecques Island. Truly, guests enjoying Chol Hamoed at the Prime Passover Experience want for nothing--even their favorite comfort foods. Popular noshes such as pizza, paninis, bagels, burger and hot dog buns will all be on offer at the hotel during a week when leavened breads are typically traditionally verboten. The savvy culinary trick? All of the dishes have been prepared using potato dough. "Being gluten-free has also become such a concern recently," added Allaham, "[Potato dough] actually makes our lives much easier. But most important, Kosher standards are observed and we have a rabbi overseeing every leaf of every vegetable." Allaham estimated that staff of 180 people will be working around the clock for the next week, as guests enjoy their family time and indulge. "I wish I was a customer, believe me," he said. "My wife does too. We work 18 hours a day." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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