iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Say goodbye to the days of free checked bags on JetBlue flights.
After first announcing its plans to eliminate free checked bags last November, the airliner began rolling out the changes on Tuesday.
The move leaves Southwest as the only domestic airline to let all fliers check at least one bag free of charge.
JetBlue will now offer passengers three different fare options -- Blue, Blue Plus or Blue Flex. There is also another fare option -- Mint -- for those traveling coast to coast.
Customers who opt for the "Blue" option will pay the cheapest fare but will have to fork over $25 for their first checked bag at the check-in counter. The fee drops to $20 if they pay to check the bag online or at a check-in kiosk.
A second checked bag will be an additional $35.
Customers who pay a little more for "Blue Plus" will get one checked bag included in their fares, and those who select the "Blue Flex" and "Mint" options will get two checked bags.
Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple is continuing to change the landscape of the music industry with its launch Tuesday of Apple Music, a streaming service offering members access to tens of millions of songs in the iTunes collection.
While Apple is late to the music streaming game, it enters the market with one huge advantage: With more than 800 million iTunes accounts, Apple Music has the opportunity to quickly amass a following.
Introducing the service at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Beats, which is owned by Apple, emphasized the carefully tailored playlists won't be grouped by genre or beats -- and instead will be curated by a team of music experts.
How to Get Apple Music
In order to check out Apple Music, users will need to first upgrade their phones to iOS 8.4, which can be downloaded by going to settings, general and then software update. From there, users will need tp download the latest operating system, which will allow them to check out Apple Music.
Apple Music will first be available on iOS, watchOS, Mac and Windows, with an Android version coming in the fall.
What to Expect
Your existing iTunes music library will live alongside the tens of millions of songs in Apple's catalog. Apple Music members will be able to add to their collection and save songs for offline listening or quickly share favorite music with friends on social media.
Apple Music users can get a three-month free membership, after which a $9.99 per month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for $14.99 per month.
Play with Siri
Once you're all set up with a trial membership, try asking Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, to be your DJ. As her questions such as "play me the best songs from 2000" or "What was the No. 1 song in January 1988?"
What Else Is New in iOS 8.4
Aside from Apple Music, expect iOS 8.4 to also fix that pesky bug making the rounds last month that caused some iPhones to reboot after receiving a specific string of unicode characters. Also expect iBooks improvements and a fix to an issue where some deleted Apple Watch apps could re-install.
Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If Tuesday feels a bit longer, there's a reason for it.
A leap second will be added to the clock to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock.
While there have been more than two dozen instances of a leap second being added since 1972, companies relying on their computer systems aren't taking any chances.
When the last leap second was added on June 30, 2012, it caused issues with a number of websites, including Qantas, LinkedIn and Yelp.
The extra second will be added as the clock strikes midnight universal time, meaning the extra second will come for people in the United States at 8 p.m. EDT -- making it the first leap second to be added during trading hours since active 1997.
Clocks synchronized to standard civil time will show the extra second as 0:60, however it's possible that programs not equipped to handle the extra second could have an issue.
As a safeguard, U.S. stock markets are ending some after-hours trading early. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission requested plans of action last month from exchanges, according to NASDAQ.
Google explained its approach for handling the leap second in a 2011 blog post. The company has adopted an approach they call the "leap smear," which gradually adds a few milliseconds to every update to ensure when the leap second comes around, all of the systems are caught up and not disrupted.
"Our systems are engineered for data integrity, and some will refuse to work if their time is sufficiently 'wrong,'" a company blog post said. "We saw some of our clustered systems stop accepting work on a small scale during the leap second in 2005, and while it didn't affect the site or any of our data, we wanted to fix such issues once and for all."
Amazon Web Services said last month it would spread out the leap second over the course of many hours to ensure all of its systems are caught up by midnight and unaffected by the change.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 99 percent of Americans who aren't among the country's richest saw their incomes rise more than 3 percent last year, marking the biggest annual gain for that group since the Great Recession.
Incomes rose 3.3 percent to a household average of $47,213, according to economist Emmanuel Saez.
But despite the gains, the gap between the 99 percent and the top 1 percent got worse. The richest Americans saw their incomes go up 10.8 percent to a household average of $1.3 million.
The White House(WASHINGTON) — Millions of more Americans may soon see a boost in their wages as President Obama prepares to announce a new regulation for overtime pay.
Later this week, President Obama will unveil a plan to increase the threshold for which employers are required to pay employees, a senior administration official says.
Under the new rule, employees earning under $50,440 will be able to earn time-and-a-half when their work week exceeds 40 hours, up from the current threshold of $23,660.
The proposal would affect 5 million American workers.
"That's good for workers who want fair pay, and it's good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deserve — since those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren't,” the president wrote in a Huffington Post op-Ed touting the new plan. “That's how America should do business. In this country, a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. That's at the heart of what it means to be middle class in America.”
FeelPic/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gas prices dropped slightly from last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday, with the average price of a gallon reaching $2.80.
That figure is 90 cents lower than a year ago, the EIA points out. The cheapest gas, on average, can be found in the Gulf Coast, where a gallon averages $2.54, while the West Coast pays the most for their gas.
California remains the most expensive state to buy gas, with each gallon costing an average of $3.45.
olegganko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If Tuesday feels longer an average weekday, you're not imagining it. A leap second will be added to the clock on the last day of June, creating the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems not equipped to handle the change.
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems (IERS) said the extra second will be added to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock.
"Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that," Daniel MacMillan of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said in a statement.
The extra second will be added as the clock strikes midnight universal time, meaning the extra second will come for people in the United States at 8 p.m. EDT.
Leap seconds can be added in June or December, according to IERS. There have been 25 instances since 1972 of an extra second being added.
When the time comes, clocks synchronized to standard civil time will show the extra second as :60, however it's possible that programs not equipped to handle the extra second could have an issue.
Amazon Web Services said last month it plans to "implement alternative solutions to avoid the ':60' leap second. This means that AWS clocks will be slightly different from the standard civil time for a short period of time."
When the last leap second was added on June 30, 2012, it caused issues with a number of websites, including Qantas, LinkedIn and Yelp, according to reports at the time.
JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street began the week on a down note Monday, as all three major indices closed lower, wiping away the year's gains.
The Dow Jones finished down 350.33 to a close of 17596.35.
The Nasdaq ended the day at 4958.47, losing 122.04, while the S&P 500 slid 43.85 to 2057.64.
The markets fell in part in reaction to the latest information on Greek debt issues, including news from ratings agency Standard and Poor's on Monday. The agency downgraded Greece and said in a press release that there is now a 50 percent chance that Greece leaves the Eurozone.
Economists don't believe that the American economy faces a major threat due to Greece's debt.
Some positive news on home sales, as the National Association of Realtors said on Monday that pending home sales reached their highest level since April 2006 -- a year before the housing crisis.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On the brink of a major default on its loans before Tuesday's deadline, Greece shut down its banks Monday and created financial chaos among its citizens.
Greeks are limited to cash withdrawals of just 60 euros a day, worth about $60 as the value of the euro against the dollar has plummeted in recent hours.
At least 500 of Greece’s 7,000 ATMS had run out of cash on Saturday morning, Bloomberg News reported.
Now the future of Greece’s membership in the European Union is even shakier, with the fear of a Greece exit from the euro currency, or a “Grexit,” even more imminent.
Douglas Elliott, a fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, said he’s not surprised by the photos that show Greeks waiting in long lines to take their money out of banks.
Greek drivers are also waiting in long car lines at gas stations, fearing that the country won’t be able to secure its fuel supplies.
“People would certainly rather be safe than sorry in such an uncertain environment,” Elliott said.
However, Elliott said that the odds of a “Grexit” are only 20 to 25 percent.
“That does not preclude quite a lot of pain before a deal is reached, though,” he said.
Greece’s creditors are calling for “austerity” measures that include deep spending cuts, following bailout loans of about 240 billion euros since 2010.
Greece’s far-left prime minister since January, Alexis Tsipras, threw what some are calling a wrench in the European Central Bank’s plans by announcing on Saturday that the country will hold a referendum on July 5 on whether to accept its creditors’ terms for a continued bailout.
Banks may remain closed until then, leaving Greek citizens in panic mode for the rest of the week.
Wayback Burgers(NEW YORK) -- Care for a side of insects with your fries? The trend of bug-infused bites continues to swarm restaurant menus across the country, with the latest entrant appearing at a fast food chain.
Wayback Burgers, which operates more than 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Argentina, will debut a cricket protein-laced shake on July 1 that is Oreo Mud Pie in taste but infused with Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder for an alternative energy boost.
"There won't be big pieces of cricket floating in your shake or anything," Gillian Maffeo, director of marketing for Wayback Burgers, told ABC News. "We use a protein powder that looks very similar to whey powder. So it's ground up cricket and you wouldn't even know the difference if you were drinking it, quite honestly."
The decision to introduce the insect-infused refreshment evolved organically over the spring after the flavor was teased online as part of an April Fools stunt.
"We received such a great response, we decided to call up an organic cricket protein vendor and test it out at one location in East Meadow, Long Island, in New York," Maffeo said. "There ended up being lines of people, camera crews, and everyone loved it. It just happened so fast and so sudden. So we decided to roll out an official version at all locations beginning July 1."
While bugs are consumed by roughly two billion people around the world, according to the United Nations, American palates have been slow to come around to creepy crawlies as a source of sustenance. But that is changing. In the last two years, pop-up restaurants, energy supplements and even candies have all started to tout insects as intentional ingredients.
Those interested in sipping the original 22-ounce liquid version can look for the Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake on Wayback Burgers' menus this week. But if mudslides aren't to your taste, customers can also request the Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket protein powder be added to any of the restaurant's other milkshakes.
Maffeo said any previous concerns the company had about spiking drinks with insects have since been terminated.
"Initially, we thought that we'd get a lot of backlash but the trend right now is that bugs are making their way into foods," she said, noting the appearance of burgers, energy bars, flours and other recent products to the market. "It's definitely a hot commodity."
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A potentially life-saving new feature marking the location of railroad crossings will be integrated into Google Maps in the United States.
Google will work in tandem with the Federal Railroad Administration to bring the new feature to the search giant's map application, a Google representative told ABC News on Monday.
"We're happy to help the Federal Railroad Administration as we're always looking for new ways to make maps useful to our users," a statement from Google said.
It was unclear when the integration would be completed, however a report in The New York Times said along with marked crossings, users can expect audio and visual alerts when the app's navigation feature leads them toward a railroad crossing.
With approximately 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings, integrating the data has the potential to help prevent accidents at crossings, which rose by 9 percent last year, according to the Times.
The number of accidents has largely trended downward over the years, going from about 12,000 per year in the 1970s to around 2,000 in recent times. By integrating technology, the hope is that number will continue to decrease.
Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Talia Goldstein was a successful 33-year-old CEO isolated by a secret.
“I felt ashamed ... alone ... upset .. scared,” said Goldstein, the CEO of matchmaking company Three Day Rule.
“I was pregnant,” she added.
Goldstein found out she was pregnant in 2012, the same year she began start up fundraising for Three Day Rule. In an essay published this month in Fortune magazine, Goldstein shared a journal entry from April 2012.
“It’s awful knowing that the second I reveal that I am pregnant, investors will suddenly second guess whether I am capable enough to run a company. So, I am going to hide my pregnancy as long as I can,” she wrote in the excerpted journal entry.
Goldstein told ABC News that she worried investors would not take a pregnant CEO seriously so she covered up.
“In one meeting it was 80 degrees outside and I wore a trenchcoat,” she recalled. “But I thought, better off looking ridiculous than looking pregnant.”
Goldstein took the measures to cover up even though she and her husband, Aaron Goldstein, say they were thrilled to be expecting their first child.
“It’s sad that she had to hide it,” Aaron Goldstein said of his wife. “You should be able to wear your pregnancy proudly, I guess.”
Goldstein says she felt the need to hide her pregnancy even more after calling “a bunch” of her advisers and asking them if they would invest in a pregnant CEO, all without telling them that she herself was pregnant.
“They all, very openly, told me they would not…it’s a huge red flag,” Goldstein said. “I felt like it was the only decision that I had and I didn’t want to sabotage our company.”
Once her pregnancy became common knowledge, Goldstein wrote that she was “shocked” by her colleagues’ reactions.
“Instead of congratulating me, as they would for a woman in a different career, they expressed confusion about why I wanted to continue to work hard and grow the company,” she wrote in Fortune.
Goldstein went on to deliver her son, Max, while also raising enough funding to turn Three Day Rule from “a pipedream to a powerhouse.”
The company is now about to embark on a new expansion plan, and Goldstein is pregnant again, due to deliver a girl in November.
“I’m going to wear tight clothes and show it off and we’ll see what happens,” Goldstein told ABC News of her new approach with this pregnancy.
(NEW YORK) — The Feinstein family of New Jersey hoped to take a vacation to Key West, Florida, this November.
But when they priced out the trip, the price seemed astronomically high: $5,780 for a four-night vacation. That price included round-trip flights for the family of five, four nights in a four-star hotel and a rental car for the duration of the trip.
The Feinsteins wanted to spend no more than $4,500 on the trip. Determined to get them under that budget and off to the Conch Republic, I got to work.
The first issue I needed to deal with was their flights: from Philadelphia, the closest airport, to Key West on the dates they were interested in come November, the cheapest round-trip flight was $480 each, with a layover in Charlotte. The flights alone were more than half their travel budget.
But what the Feinsteins didn't realize was that they could fly far more cheaply — and direct — to Miami, 160 miles from Key West. The cost of those flights: $140 round-trip. When trying to bring down the cost of flights, it's wise to check on prices to the nearest large airport; in this case, Miami.
Competition drives down prices, and there's far more competition into Miami airport than Key West.
In this particular case, there were added bonuses besides saving money for flying to Miami. The direct flight was a big one. But there's also the drive from Miami to Key West down US 1, regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the country through the Florida Keys.
In my opinion, it's something people should do once in their lives anyway. Finally, even with the added drive, the Feinsteins were adding in less than an hour to their total travel time when you factor in the layover they would have had on the initial flight to Key West.
The Feinsteins were well on their way to getting under budget, and we were just getting started. Next up: the rental car. When the Feinsteins were going to fly into Key West, they were going to rent from the Key West airport at the cost of $80 per day. Now that they were flying to Miami, where there's more competition among car companies (much the same as airlines), the price dropped to $40 per day.
Finally, it was time to tackle the Feinsteins’ hotel. The hotel they were looking at was a four-star hotel with great reviews, near the water and with a pool. The price? Nearly $500 per night.
Armed with that information, I took to Backbid, a site that takes your existing travel hotel plans and essentially shops them around to other hotels in the area to see if those hotels want to give the traveler a better offer. Not only did the Feinsteins get a better offer from the hotel they were initially interested in ($450 per night), they got eight other bids as well, all from four-star hotels.
The savings ranged from $199 to $1,140 for the four-night stay. They ultimately choose the Parrot Key Hotel & Resort for $215 per night, or a savings of $1,140 for four nights. The hotel, like their first choice, is four stars, is waterfront and has four pools.
In the end, with very simple adjustments, we took the cost of the Feinsteins’ trip from an initial $5,780 to $1,720, for a total savings of $4,060.
Patrick Poendl/iStock/ThinkStock(ATHENS, Greece) -- The finances of Greece are teetering on the edge after the European Central Bank declined to extend any more credit to banks.
Greeks have been lining up at ATMs to withdraw cash as Greek banks will be closed Monday and ATM use will be restricted after a weekend of turmoil over the repayment of billions in dollars in foreign loans which are due on Tuesday.
Europe's central bank says it will not extend emergency funds to Athens after the Greek government rejected mandated austerity cuts in return for debt forgiveness.
Athens will ask the people to weigh in on the cuts in a referendum next weekend.
Tomasz Wyszo?mirski/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your next airport layover or flight delay might be far less brutal -- and it's all thanks to TripAdvisor.
The travel giant announced last week it had launched dedicated airport pages for 200 airports around the world.
Now when a user types in the name of an airport, they’ll a get page with reviews, ratings and other information about hotels nearby, as well as restaurants and attractions in both public and transit areas. Amenities including duty free stores, boutiques and airport lounges will also be listed on the page.
So let’s say you’ve got a few hours to kill at Heathrow. But you’ve never been to Heathrow and you want to know where best to grab a pint or find a place for a quick massage, that’s where the pages come in.
It’s a win-win for travelers and airport businesses, said Adam Medros, senior vice president, global product, TripAdvisor. “With the launch of airport pages, not only will travelers have access to airport information at their fingertips, but businesses will also be able to market themselves directly to travelers worldwide searching on TripAdvisor,” he said.
The first airport featured is world-renowned Changi Airport in Singapore, a major hub for Asia travelers and chock-full of amenities. New York’s John F. Kennedy and London Heathrow are next to debut, with 200 total to be live in July.