This week, the Department of Labor announced an update to overtime regulations, changing the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476.What Will ChangeThe salary threshold basically means hourly and salaried workers who earn less than $47,476 a year have to be paid time-and-a-half for every hour they work over the standard 40 hours.There are exceptions businesses that make less than $500,000 in sales or nonprofit charities, for example , but overall, the new rules are expected to affect an additional 4.2 million workers.The change goes into effect December 1st, and the threshold will automatically adjust every three years, based on wage growth over time.Geographically, they found southern states are most likely to see a benefit:Raising the threshold will affect workers in all states, with the biggest effects—in terms of states with the greatest share of salaried workers in that state who will directly benefit from raising the threshold—in West Virginia 30.7 percent , Arkansas 30.6 percent , South Carolina 30.3 percent , Florida 29.3 percent , Tennessee 29.2 percent , Idaho 29.1 percent , Georgia 28.2 percent , South Dakota 28.2 percent , Delaware 27.7 percent , and North Dakota 27.5 percent .They also predicted an increased benefit in certain industries:Of the major industries, the new threshold will have the biggest impacts—in terms of the greatest share of salaried workers in the industry who will directly benefit from the increase in the overtime threshold—in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting 39.7 percent ; leisure and hospitality 37.3 percent ; other services 33.2 percent ; construction 32.6 percent ; and public administration 32.5 percent .
The cost of living can vary significantly in the United States depending on where you choose to call home.This map highlights the living wage in each state, which in this case refers to the income needed to support two adults and one child.Career site Zippia used MIT s Living Wage Calculator to determine how much you need to earn annually to support a small family.The most expensive locales aren t that surprising—Washington, D.C. tops the list at $67k per year, followed by Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.On the lower end of the spectrum are Kentucky, Arkansas, and West Virginia, where a living wage is around $44k.Follow the link below for an interactive version of the map so you can decide where you might want to settle down and lay some roots.
Created by Starship Technologies, this robot doesn t just bring the pizza from the restaurant to the office, but rather takes care of the whole process, going both to and from Starship s favorite joint, sometimes with cash in tow.It s not until the helpful machine gets to the pizza parlor that the humans back at Starship press a button, unlocking the money-containing hatch and allowing pizzeria workers to replace the cash with hot pies.Today, 15 robots are currently being tested in London, Berlin, Tallinn, and Arkansas.Forbes describes the robot s appearance as sleek and futuristic, like a stretched out version of Iron Man s helmet.Currently, a single human operator can control four robots from Starship s headquarters, as the robots do need help with some tasks like crossing the road or avoiding obstacles.So if you re looking for another way to get hot pizzas to your door, you better hope this timetable is accurate. looked at flight data from the past two years to come up with the best time to book, depending on your region.For each region, they looked at tens of thousands of flights from a number of different popular airlines, including AirTran, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.Here s the ideal time frame and day of the week to book if you re looking fort the best deal:CaliforniaBook more than six weeks in advanceTuesdays are the best day of the week to bookPacific West Region Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington Book eight to nine weeks in advanceThursdays are the best day of the week to bookMountain West Region Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah Book at least three weeks in advance.Mondays are the best day of the week to bookWest South Central Region Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas Book seven to nine weeks in advanceSundays are the best day of the week to bookEast South Central Region Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee Book eight to ten weeks in advanceFridays are the best day of the week to bookSouth Atlantic Region Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.c., West Virginia Book at least six weeks in advanceFridays are the best day of the week to bookWest North Central Region Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota Book seven weeks in advanceMondays and Wednesdays are the best day of the week to bookEast North Central Region Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin Book at least four weeks in advanceThere wasn t really a best day of the week to book, as prices were similar no matter what the day of the week flights were booked.It should go without saying that these are generalizations based on averaging the data, so take that for what it s worth: an overall idea of when to book.For the best deal, you still want to monitor prices and use your own discretion, but this info gives you a good starting point and a basic idea of what to expect.
Getty Images Andrew BrookesStarting June 1, Comcast customers who face data caps will not be able to rack up more than $200 worth of overage charges in a month.Customers who are signed up for unlimited data will pay the extra $50 each month even if they don't go over the cap.With the latest changes, the data caps have become more uniform across the trial markets.Comcast says it made the most recent changes because it has "listened to customer feedback about wanting a carefree online experience that doesn't require them to think about their data usage plan."While Comcast offers Internet service in 39 states and Washington, DC, the data caps are currently implemented in the following areas: Huntsville, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Little Rock, Arkansas; Fort Lauderdale, the Keys, and Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah, Georgia; Central Kentucky; Houma, LaPlace, and Shreveport, Louisiana; Maine; Jackson and Tupelo, Mississippi; Chattanooga, Greeneville, Johnson City/Gray, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Galax, Virginia.But more recently, a Comcast engineering executive acknowledged that the cap is a "business policy" and not a technical necessity.
The battleship is a relic.Obsolete even in World War II decades ago, these great warships continue to fascinate people around the globe.It uses staff historians to go over existing ship plans, securing documents from archives in around the world, from collectors, and even from retail, to reconstruct these ships in a digital environment.Wargaming does more than re-create history — it preserves it.And here s how it does so, as GamesBeat learned from conversations with Wargaming s Nicolas The Chieftain Moran, the director of militaria aka chief historian , and Allan Muncaster of militaria relations.How do the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed African-American fighter pilot groups of World War II, factor into a naval game?He kinda got me hooked on aviation history, then naval history, visiting local museums … here in the Bay Area — the USS Jeremiah O Brien a Liberty transport ship , the USS Pampanito a submarine , and the USS Hornet an aircraft carrier .To see the amount of engineering and work that went into building the vessel, you could see how it was the hallmark of national prestige before balance of power switched to the aircraft carrier.You then jump to the Arkansas before you then hit your first superdreadnought, the New York.The designers tried to make the jumps feels like a gradual progression, not necessarily the jarring leaps of tech that occurred in naval history.Stamped on the corner with Kriegsmarine, Muncaster said, referring to the name of the German navy during the Third Reich.
Walmart is getting into the drone game.Walmart's VP of Emerging Sciences Shekar Natarajan demoed the retailer's new technology to reporters from a Bentonville, Arkansas distribution center on Thursday, on the eve of its annual shareholders meeting.The drone technology will be replacing the jobs of inventory quality assurance employees, cutting inventory checks across massive distribution centers — the one in Bentonville is 1.2 million square feet — from one month down to a single day.When Natarajan joined Walmart in November 2014, he and his team were tasked with investigating cutting edge technologies, asking, "How can we can converge them in ways that make sense for us?"he said.The application at the top of the list was using drone technology to improve the safety and efficiency of Walmart's 190 US distribution centers.In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA, Walmart is developing internally autonomous drone technology that allows a quad-copter drone, roughly 3 x 3 feet, to take 30 images per second from a top-mounted camera.The camera is linked to a control center and scans for tracking number matches.Matches are registered as green, empty spaces as blue, and mismatches as red.An employee monitors the drone's progress from a computer screen.Natarajan said that the technology is six to nine months from maturation.The company also noted that employees who served as inventory checkers will be given new job opportunities to ensure a smooth transition.Walmart did not reveal how much money it has invested in its Emerging Sciences division, but noted that future applications of the drone, as well as other artificial intelligence and virtual reality projects, are in the works.BI Intelligence takes an in-depth look at the most important aspects, including market forecasts for commercial applications, regulatory process, and the leading players.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will begin testing the delivery of groceries using Uber and Lyft drivers, aiming to match the convenience of services offered by Inc. and other e-commerce companies.The retailer will start trying out Uber in Denver and Lyft in Phoenix within the next two weeks, Wal-Mart s chief operating officer of e-commerce, Michael Bender, said in a blog post.The company previously began a pilot program in March using Deliv to deliver Sam s Club groceries and other merchandise in Miami.The move steps up competition with Amazon s burgeoning grocery-delivery service and provides a potential new avenue of growth for Uber and Lyft.The idea is to let Wal-Mart customers pick out groceries online and then have employees fill the order and give it to one of the ride-hailing companies drivers.Shoppers will pay a $7-to-$10 delivery charge to Wal-Mart to have the groceries brought to their door.Wal-Mart previously began offering home delivery in Denver and San Jose, California.It also encourages customers to place orders online and pick up the goods at stores -- a bid to capitalize on its thousands of U.S. locations.We ll start small and let our customers guide us, but testing new things like last-mile delivery allow us to better evaluate the various ways we can best serve our customers how, when and where they need us, Bender said in the post.Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, made the announcement ahead of its annual meeting on Friday.
Walmart developing its own drones for checking warehouse inventoriesRetail giant Walmart is developing its own drone, but this is not to foray into the commercial drone market dominated by Chinese manufacturer DJI.Prior to Walmart, Amazon has already begun the development of small drones for help in delivery services.In November 2015, Amazon unveiled its future delivery system – Prime Air – designed to safely deliver packages of up to five pounds to customers within 30 minutes or even less.It said it has developed more than a dozen prototypes and is testing these unmanned vehicles in multiple international locations.Shekar Natarajan, Walmart's vice president of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences, demonstrated the use of drones in their 1.2 million-square-feet Bentonville, Arkansas distribution centre, recently.Natarajan said, "We are still in early phases of testing and understanding how drones can be better used in different types of business functions."
And according to the reasonably named website, Bill and Hillary had an open marriage agreement since the very beginning.GovtSlaves then goes on to note that, though Hillary and Bill might not have been making the beast with two backs themselves, she was getting it on with Webb Hubbell, Vince Foster, and a string of lesbian lovers.Headlines on Robert Morrow s blog have proposed that CHELSEA CLINTON IS THE BIOLOGICAL DAUGHTER OF WEBB HUBBELL AND NOT BILL CLINTON, that HILLARY WAS HAVING SEX WITH BOTH WEBB HUBBELL & VINCE FOSTER, HER PARTNERS AT ROSE LAW FIRM.When Nichols then asked about Chelsea, Bill allegedly replied, Oh, Webb Hubbell sired her.When those rumors first started making rumblings around the time of Chelsea s wedding, the amateur conspiracy theorists of YouTube were happy to follow with a parade of Paint-laced, poorly made slideshows.So to help solve the mystery, I ve combined the faces of Hillary and Bill and the faces of Hillary and Webb, respectively, using the website Morph Thing, and paired the result with a recent photo of Chelsea.
Sony has already set up a website where gamers can input their ZIP code to find the nearest location.The following cities will have demos available tomorrow:Baltimore, MarylandBoston, MassachusettsChicago, IlinoisCincinnati, OhioCleveland, OhioColumbia, South CarolinaColumbus, OhioDallas, TexasDenver, ColoradoDetroit, MichiganFayetteville, ArkansasFort Lauderdale, FloridaGrand Rapids, MichiganHartford, ConnecticutHouston, TexasLos Angeles, CaliforniaMilwaukee, WisconsinMinneapolis, MinnesotaNew York, New YorkSan Francisco, CaliforniaTampa, FloridaToledo, OhioWashington, D.C.West Palm Beach, FloridaSony will have a few games on display, including PlayStation VR Worlds, Eve: Valkyrie, Headmaster, Battlezone, and SuperHypeCube, with more games being added as PlayStation VR gets closer to launch.The competition in the VR space is only getting more competitive.Facebook s Oculus Rift and HTC and Valve s Vive are battling it out in a bitter war, courting developers with exclusivity deals.By starting PlayStation VR at $399, Sony hopes that the more casual consumer will be attracted to its headset, especially those that already own a PlayStation 4.But because VR games are so much more demanding, it s looking like Sony will most probably announce an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 later this year, currently code-named Neo.
Alabama: October 24, 2016Alaska: Postmarked by October 9, 2016; Email or fax received by October 9, 2016Arizona: October 10, 2016Arkansas: October 10, 2016California: October 24, 2016Colorado: October 31, 2016 Election Day Registration available Connecticut: November 1, 2016 Election Day Registration available Delaware: October 15, 2016District of Columbia: October 17, 2016Florida: October 11, 2016Georgia: October 11, 2016Hawaii: October 10, 2016Idaho: October 14, 2016Illinois: October 11, 2016 Grace Period until November 8, 2016 Indiana: October 11, 2016Iowa: October 29, 2016Kansas: October 18, 2016Kentucky: October 11, 2016Louisiana: October 11, 2016Maine: Per post by October 18, 2016; Same Day Voter Registration is availableMaryland: October 18, 2016Massachusetts: October 19, 2016Michigan: October 11, 2016Minnesota: October 18, 2016 Election Day Registration is available Mississippi: Postmarked by October 8, 2016Missouri: October 12, 2016Montana: October 11, 2016Nebraska: October 21, 2016Nevada: October 8, 2016; October 18, 2016 if online or in-personNew Hampshire: October 29, 2016New Jersey: October 18, 2016New Mexico: October 11, 2016New York: Postmarked by October 14, 2016 and received by October 19, 2016; In-person by October 14, 2016North Carolina: October 14, 2016North Dakota: No voter registration requiredOhio: October 11, 2016Oklahoma: October 14, 2016Oregon: October 18, 2016Pennsylvania: October 11, 2016Rhode Island: October 9, 2016South Carolina: October 8, 2016South Dakota: October 24, 2016Tennessee: October 11, 2016Texas: October 11, 2016Utah: Post by October 11, 2016; Online or in-person by November 1, 2016Vermont: November 2, 2016Virginia: October 17, 2016Washington: October 10, 2016 if by mail or online, October 31, 2016 if in-personWest Virginia: October 18, 2016Wisconsin: Postmarked by October 19, 2016; In-person at clerk s office thru November 4, 2016; At the polls on Election Day, November 8, 2016Wyoming: October 24, 2016You can find more deadlines for things like absentee voting and early in-person registration for your state at the U.S. Vote Foundation s website here.Still, if you d rather avoid the third party, you can look up your state s registration information from the United States Election Assistance Commission here, but is much simpler.It can t hurt to double check, especially if you have moved since the primary or will move before the general election in November.You can request an absentee ballot as soon as you re registered, though they won t be sent out until the ballots are finalized.Once that happens, you can expect both parties as well as any independents to kick their campaigns up a notch, so it doesn t hurt to be prepared.Photo by Getty Images.
Walmart has launched its mobile payment service, Walmart Pay, in New York.The launch comes less than two months after the big nationwide rollout began, kicking off in Texas and Arkansas, and the service has been gradually introduced to other markets in the intervening weeks.The service sees Walmart take on the likes of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay, and the payment feature embedded within the main Walmart app on Android and iOS integrates with most of the major bank cards and Walmart gift cards.Walmart Pay works at any checkout — open the app, hit Walmart Pay, then scan the QR code on the register s screen using the phone s camera to connect.With 140 million foot customers each week, Walmart is one of the biggest retailers in the U.S., so Walmart Pay is a notable launch — particularly as it doesn t yet accept Apple, Google, or Samsung s respective payment methods.But the company has maintained that the launch is less about competing with these other tech giants in the payments space than it is about making it easier to buy things in physical retail stores — so this could be seen as more of an attack on the likes of Amazon than anything else.It was really a design around improving checkout, not just payment, explained Daniel Eckert, senior vice president of services at Walmart, in an interview with Fortune earlier this year.When we looked at checkout, there was still friction in the process.Walmart Pay is now available in all 100 Walmart stores across New York State.
During lunch or after work you ll go to the nearest pharmacy, where you ll stand in line at a counter.The key to that savings lies in cracking medication non-adherence, which can be intentional patients deliberately skip medication for logistical or financial reasons and unintentional they forget .According to a study led by Seth Heldenbrand at the University of Arkansas, half of all US adults fail to take meds when they re supposed to.Someone who skips blood pressure medication is more likely to develop a heart condition that costs far more to treat.Nationwide, non-adherence incurs between $100 billion and and $300 billion in avoidable costs each year.Rather than invest in physical locations, Capsule CEO Eric Kinariwala decided to bulk up on software, and hired the former head of mobile engineering at Foursquare to build a clever inventory management system that uses customer demographics, seasonal factors, doctor input, and information about commonly combined medications to ensure that Capsule s fulfillment center in Manhattan always has the right meds in stock.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its mobile-payment system across the U.S., adding convenience for shoppers and giving the world s biggest retailer new data on its customers shopping habits.The Walmart Pay feature on its app -- available on Apple and Android devices -- can now be used at all 4,600 U.S. stores, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said Wednesday in a statement.Wal-Mart said more than 20 million people regularly use its app, which also provides discounts and helps shoppers locate items within stores.Wal-Mart is betting that the new payment system will make the checkout process faster and more convenient, though it can t yet quantify how much time it saves shoppers.With 140 million weekly shoppers, the expansion also puts the retailer in direct competition with technology giants such as Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., which all offer their own ways for consumers to make mobile purchases.Shares of Wal-Mart rose 0.9 percent to $73.82 at the close in New York.The stock has gained 20 percent this year.The expanded mobile payments also may provide Wal-Mart with a trove of additional data that it could use to improve its marketing via e-mail, text message or on Facebook, said Omer Artun, chief executive officer of AgilOne, a technology consulting firm.Wal-Mart and other retailers currently use third parties to collect the names, e-mail and addresses of shoppers who pay with a credit card, but that process is time-consuming and not always accurate, Artun said.If they can get adoption up, they really have the full life of a customer, Artun said.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. s expansion of its mobile-payment system across the U.S. may meet resistance from shoppers with little incentive to whip out their phones at the register.The Walmart Pay feature is part of a mobile app -- available on Apple and Android devices -- that offers discounts, helps shoppers locate items within stores and provides easy access to baby registries and wish lists.But analysts agree the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company would be wise to do more, taking a cue from another retailer, Starbucks Corp. For starters, the coffee chain s app is tied to a loyalty program, which gives frequent users free beverages and coupons.It also allows customers to order ahead, so they don t have to wait in line for their coffee.This strategy has made Starbucks a leading light in mobile payments among U.S. merchants, with 24 percent of U.S. tender in the second quarter coming from its mobile app.Loyalty remains the cornerstone of our digital flywheel, President Kevin Johnson said in an April earnings call.Walmart Pay users don t get these kind of perks.Those pitfalls may spell trouble for Walmart Pay s adoption.
Amazon s self-invented holiday shopping day known as Amazon Prime Day is almost here and the company is already giving us some previews of the deals it will be offering.The second annual Amazon Prime Day let s just call it APD, shall we?starts at midnight on the west coast.Basically, it offers a huge range of special deals to people who have subscribed to Amazon s Prime service, which offers free shipping, video streaming and music for people who pay an annual fee of $99.The good news: You can still get all the deals today just by signing up for a free 30-day trial.Meanwhile, as the clock ticks down, Amazon has sent a long a preview of some the deals it will be offering today.You can see the preview list here.But these are some notable tech deals:Not surprisingly, Amazon plans to use the day to heavily promote its own products to Amazon Prime members.Deals here include:Be warned, while you still have a few hours to prepare yourself, don t wait too long.
For the next two weeks, political conventions are taking over the news cycle.Rather than watching every single day, we re rounding up the most important bits so you can catch up and get on with your day.Here s what happened on the first day of the Republican National Convention....Then a Group of Delegates Walked Out in ProtestFrom Vox: What Unruh and her fellow travelers wanted on Monday was a written roll call vote, and got enough signatures to force the convention to take one.When Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas tried to get delegates to accept the rules just by yelling yea or nay, the convention floor erupted into chaos.
It s that time of year guys, when every politician under the sun has a robot call your house at prime eating time to encourage you to vote, or ask for money, or poll your feelings on Soccer Mom v Rotting Squash.At least this has been the case for many people in our fine nation of fifty states.But Arkansas likes to be different, and 35 years ago the state passed a law specifically forbidding political robocalls.Now a Federal court has declared the law unconstitutional.The law, which I personally fell didn t go far enough, expressly forbid robocalls in connection with a political campaign.That s what got Arkansas lawmakers in hot water when a Virginia robocall company, Conquest Communications Group, challenged the law on the grounds that it hurt its ability to do its job in the state.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled PDF that Arkansas could not prohibit companies from making political robocalls to residences.The calls, he ruled, are protected by the First Amendment despite Arkansas Secretary of State arguing that forbidding such calls protect citizens privacy and safety.According to the Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit was filed by a Virginia-based communications company called Conquest Communications, whose clients hired it to automatically call residents in Arkansas and ask them to participate in surveys that urge folks to vote.Thirty-five years ago, Arkansas enacted a law that prohibited automatic pre-recorded voice calling for the purposes of soliciting information, gathering data, or for any other purpose in connection with a political campaign… as well as standard prohibitions on selling goods or services via robocall.The Federal Trade Commission maintains a Do Not Call registry from which political calls are exempt, and US law forbidding robocalls exempts those that are not for a commercial purpose.The judge in this case examined Arkansas law against political robocalls as a content-based restriction on speech, writing that the state had to prove that those restrictions served a compelling state interest and that they were narrowly tailored to serve that interest.