Friday Links 05.13.16

No trixadexaphobia here…. we love Friday the 13th! Have no fear, here are today’s links.

Don’t you hate seeing “out for delivery” on your packages. You know, that final step when your package is on the truck and you have to periodically check outside your front door to see if it has been delivered? Well that may be a thing of the past. UPS is starting to roll out “Follow My Delivery” to track your package while it’s on the delivery truck.

Are you shopping more today than you had been previously? If so, you’re not alone. Retail sales rose 1.3% in April compared to the the previous month. It was the largest monthly gain in over a year and is an encouraging sign that the U.S. economy may be getting back on track after a sluggish start to 2016.

Looking for “work?” Google is offering $20/hour for folks to “drive” their self driving cars. They are rolling this out in Phoenix. You will have work for a year or two, but once they are comfortable, I’m afraid the drivers (and eventually — and not too far in the future — all cab drivers, uber, Lyft drivers, etc.) may go the way of the the ice box, the horse and buggy, and the landline. Regardless, if you live in Phoenix and need a job for an year or two; a job where you are just sitting around, you might want to look into this.

Here’s a look at the cost of living in 25 major metropolitan areas. The list ranks the 25 by population, not by how expensive they are. That explains why San Francisco is ranked #17 instead of #2 behind New York. Speaking of NYC, here’s a neat adaptation of the New York City subway map. Along with each subway station, you can see the average cost to rent a one-bedroom near that station and the change year-over-year. You can find similar maps for London and Berlin too.



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