Sonos speakers will have Apple Music integration by the end of 2015, both companies confirmed. The speaker company already has deals in place with Spotify, Beats Music, SoundCloud and Pandora.
The most influential comedian in the world might just be "Jerry Seinfeld," the fictional comedian portrayed by real-life comedian Jerry Seinfeld on his TV show, writes Jesse David Fox. By following "Seinfeld" offstage, the show turned comedy into something more visceral, revealing and personal than it had been before. "The irony to all of this is Seinfeld's actual stand-up comedy is not particularly influential anymore," Fox writes.
Some schools in New Jersey and elsewhere have taken steps to eliminate the letter grade D, asserting that it has a negative effect on students and encourages students to "game the system." "[I]f Ds are markers of adequacy that everyone recognizes as inadequate, doling them out seems illogical and cynical," writer and teacher Andrew Simmons notes in this commentary.
JPMorgan Chase will offer users of its Chase Liquid prepaid card access to services such as online bill payment and person-to-person payment, according to a letter sent to Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general. The bank also has revised its criteria for new checking accounts, eliminating penalties for applicants who frequently made overdrafts if the overdraft activity didn't happen within the past two years. Schneiderman said the changes "will help expand access to low-cost financial services."
Sysco is canceling its planned purchase of rival US Foods following a federal judge's decision to grant the Federal Trade Commission's request to block the deal, the company announced Monday. Sysco will be required to pay $300 million in penalties to US Foods, and the company will "continue to look for strategic acquisitions," Chief Executive Bill DeLaney said.
A study to be discussed at the 2015 conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology showed that health care-acquired infection reporting is time-consuming and is hindering providers from effectively protecting patients from HAIs. After analyzing the laboratory test reports at Somerville, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, researchers found that more than five hours daily were spent by infection preventionists to prepare their HAI reports. Researchers suggested that hospitals pay more attention to staff members' adherence to infection prevention practices instead of focusing on completing HAI reports.
The Google Now voice command option on Android phones may soon be usable without an Internet connection. A code in the application's latest update suggests the "OK, Google" command could make calls, send text messages, toggle Wi-Fi connections and play music while offline.
Gap has unveiled plans to open two new flagship stores in Times Square. The Gap and Old Navy stores will occupy the building currently housing Toys R Us. "This signature spot builds on Gap Inc.'s continued commitment to showcase its brands in ideal locations that best serve customers," Gap spokesman Sean Piazza said.
Uber has reached a deal with Microsoft to purchase mapping assets including cameras, a Colorado data center, intellectual property and around 100 Bing employees. "[W]e will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience," Microsoft said.
The Treatment Action Group and Yale University's Global Health Justice Partnership filed a lawsuit against the FDA to speed up the disclosure of the clinical research information that backed up the approval of Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni. In a complaint submitted to a federal court in New Haven, Conn., the groups said doctors and patients need more data to make decisions about using the drugs, which are costly and not always covered by insurance. The groups asked Gilead for the information and were ignored, and they were told by the FDA that a decision on whether to disclose the data could take up to two years.
Sprint issued a flurry of new marketing options Monday, including an $80 unlimited monthly "All-in" package that includes a $20 fee to lease a phone such as the iPhone 6. The carrier also announced the "Best Buy One Family Plan," which offers two lines of unlimited service for $100 a month. Separately, Sprint announced it is now offering its "Direct 2 You" smartphone home delivery service in four major cities: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver, Colo.
Pending sales for existing homes in May reached their highest level since April 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. That, combined with positive data regarding housing starts and building permits, points to optimism in the housing market. "However, the current low inventory levels, which are placing upward pressure on home prices, remain a downside risk," says Derek Lindsey, an analyst at BNP Paribas.
Magellan Midstream Partners and LBC Tank Terminals have formed joint venture Seabrook Logistics to build over 700,000 barrels of crude storage in the Houston area along the Gulf of Mexico, the companies said Monday. The partnership also calls for constructing a pipeline connecting the facility to a refinery that, according to sources, could be any one of three refineries in Texas City. Magellan is expected to be in charge of the pipeline, while LBC will manage the terminal assets, including the storage tanks.
Baros Maldives, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in French Polynesia, St. George’s Caye Resort in Belize and Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia top this compilation of the 50 best hotels and destinations for newlyweds.