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Added 20 May, 2019

The Uber car service is now offering an in-app way to ask for minimal conversation during your ride. But the “Quiet Mode” feature is only available on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides. Users can select “Quiet preferred,” “happy to chat” or leave the setting at “No preference.” The desire for silence might convince more riders to pay...

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Added 17 May, 2019

A bar without booze sounds like an oxymoron, like an aquarium without fish or a bakery that doesn’t serve bread. But in cities like New York and London, where bars often function as second living rooms for apartment dwellers with little space, an alcohol-free nightlife option can appeal to people who, for whatever reason, would prefer not to...

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Added 15 May, 2019

If the Hangover film franchise cemented Las Vegas’s reputation as the ultimate bachelor-party town, fun-loving travelers are helping establish it as the opposite: the perfect destination for a divorce party. Often an exultant multiday escapade, these vacations celebrate – not mourn – the ending of a marriage. And in a city versed in over-the-...

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Added 13 May, 2019

If a bar doesn’t serve alcohol, is it really a bar? If a beer doesn’t get you buzzed, is it really a beer? As alcohol purveyors and entrepreneurs seek to cash in on the trend of healthy beverages, twists on nonalcoholic adult drinks are popping up everywhere. The idea of a spirited beverage without the spirits is appealing to today’s sober...

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Added 10 May, 2019

McDonald's is inching closer to getting fully on board the meatless burger bandwagon with a new version in one of its biggest international markets. The burger chain is now selling a vegan burger, the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, one of its five leading international markets. Nestle is making the meatless patty for McDonald's. The plant-based...

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Added 8 May, 2019

The Maid of the Mist, which has been navigating the waters of the Lower Niagara River since 1846, is launching the first two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels constructed in the United States. The catamaran-style vessels provide more than 1.6 million guests from around the world with an up-close, iconic view of Niagara Falls....

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Added 2 May, 2019

H&M has launched a tool that lists all suppliers and factories attached to an individual product, giving consumers an unprecedented level of access and transparency to its supply chain. Available on all 47 local H&M websites, a ‘product sustainability’ button on individual product pages displays details on materials, as well as the...

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Added 24 April, 2019

One of the futures of retail is turning traditional shops into experiential environments. Now Washington, DC-based Take Care goes one trend further, combining a beauty shop with a wellness-oriented co-working space. In the shop, customers can browse and purchase organic, plant-based cosmetics, receive skincare consults and take classes in...

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Added 18 April, 2019

London became the first city in the world to implement an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which forces vehicles inside the area to meet emission standards or face a charge. The zone is presented as a move to reduce toxic air pollution and protect public health. ULEZ is seen by London’s mayor as the “world’s toughest vehicle emission standard,”...

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Added 27 March, 2019

Single people and couples served by coliving today aren’t the only groups feeling pain from the urban housing crisis. By many measures, families with young children have it worse. Families need lots of space, which is difficult to come by in major cities. And they’re often competing with groups of roommates for a limited inventory of two and...