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Sick Of Rewards Programs? Uber's UX Makes It Hassle-Free

Get free rides, without the annoying codes and signups. Starting today, if you have a Capital One Quicksilver card connected to your Uber account, every 10th ride you take will be free (up to $15). And in a smooth bit of UX, there's no special setup or opting in necessary. Show More Summary

Federal Reserve votes to keep interest rates at current levels

The central bank decided not to raise interest rates Wednesday at the end of its two-day meeting. The decision was in line with expectations after a brutal May jobs report."The pace of improvement in the labor market has slowed," the Fed said in a statement. Show More Summary

Producer Price Index rose 0.4 percent in May but down 0.1 percent for previous 12 months

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4 percent in May, and rising 0.2 percent in April. The final demand index inched down 0.1 percent for the 12 months ended in May.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Empire State Manufacturing Survey expands modestly in June

Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that business activity expanded modestly for New York manufacturers. Firms were more optimistic about the six-month outlook this month, and capital spending plans picked up.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Industrial production dipped 0.4 percent in May from April and down 1.4 percent year-on-year

Industrial production decreased 0.4 percent in May after increasing 0.6 percent in April. At 103.6 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production in May was 1.4 percent below its year-earlier level. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Retail sales rose for second straight month in May

Retail sales increased 0.5 percent in May after surging by an unrevised 1.3 percent in April. The second straight month of gains boosted sales 2.5 percent from a year ago. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

This Cute Robot Is Designed To Help Children With Autism

A robot may be the perfect companion to help autistic children develop social skills. Kids with autism and other developmental disorders often struggle with social skills. Now they can get help, somewhat ironically, from a robot. Read Full Story

How A Tiny Staging Company Built A $100 Million Business

ASH doesn't want to leave its stamp around the world—just on projects where it can leave a lasting impression. A few years ago, you might have caught Ari Heckman and Jonathan Minkoff—cofounders of the New York–based design company ASH—loading...Show More Summary

Drone Photography Reveals How Apartheid Shaped South African Cities

Cape Town-based photographer Johnny Miller captures the divisive architecture left over from apartheid. In places of racial, economic, or civic inequality, architecture can play a central role in furthering that divide. In South Africa,...Show More Summary

I Designed For Donald Trump. I Wouldn't Do It Again

"Under no circumstances would I do a job for Trump today," Milton Glaser, the legendary designer of I ? New York, says. At Milton Glaser's Manhattan studio, his most famous projects are strewn about on casual display—buttons and mugs...Show More Summary

First Look: IKEA's Wildly Experimental New PS Collection

From 3-D knitted chairs to vases made from waste material, IKEA turned its designers loose for its next PS collection. Every few years, IKEA releases its limited edition PS Collection—a series of experimental products that aren't intended to supplant its perennial offerings, but rather, to add a jolt of energy into its stores. Read Full Story

The Sky-Math Garden

[Images: Via Peter Moore’s piece on “dueling weathermen” over at Nautilus]. As mentioned in the previous post, I recently had the pleasure of reading Peter Moore’s new book, The Weather Experiment. There are many interesting things in...Show More Summary

The London Time Ball

[Image: The London “time ball” at Greenwich, courtesy Royal Museums Greenwich]. Thanks to the effects of jet lag getting worse as I get older, I was basically awake for five days in London last week—but, on the bright side, it meantShow More Summary

Both sales and business inventories rose again in April

Business inventories increased 0.1 percent in April following a 0.3 percent gain in March. Total business sales rose 0.9 percent in April after a 0.2 percent sales increase in March. It was the best showing since a 1.1 percent sales advance in February.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Find Free Fonts On Google's Slick New Site

Google has 800 font families you can license for free—and a fantastically functional new site to find them. Thanks to subscription platforms like Typekit, licensing fonts for web use isn't all that expensive or difficult any more. But...Show More Summary

One Artist's Quest To Resurrect Steve Baer's Solar-Powered "Zome Homes"

After ten years of trying, L.A. artist Oscar Tuazon finally got the inventor and architect's permission to reproduce his '60s cult design. In the 1960s and '70s, inventor, architect and solar designer Steve Baer used the concept of unusual...Show More Summary

Walkable Cities Are Better By Almost Any Metric: Here Are The Best In The U.S.

Which cities are moving fastest to create "walkable urbanism" (and all the benefits to health, wealth, and lifestyle that come with it)? For most of the 20th century, U.S. cities grew largely by expanding outwards. They developed on the edge of town and encouraged people to move around by car. Show More Summary

On A Vacation Budget? Here's How Far $50 In Gas Will Get You

Got $50 and a taste for adventure this summer? Driving can still get you pretty far. Gas has gotten so expensive that taking a vacation in the family truckster feels silly—at those prices, why not just fly? It's faster anyway. Read Full Story

Why Apple Is Teaching Kids To Code On The iPad

With Swift Playgrounds, Apple is preparing for a world of post-PC programmers. At Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference yesterday, one announcement garnered more applause than pretty much everything else combined. It wasn't iOS 10, or the latest version of OS X (now rechristened macOS), or a hardware product. Show More Summary

Graphic: Trump Is The Gaseous Orange Star Of The Republican Universe

To endorse or not to endorse? A solar-system inspired viz from the Guardian presents the decision as one of cosmic proportions. Since Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee for president, the response within his party has been both vague and varied, ranging from #NeverTrump to reluctant support to wholehearted endorsement. Read Full Story

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