The Checkup: How to Pick the Fastest Checkout Line at the Grocery Store 

• Scary fact: Americans spend 37 billion HOURS a year waiting in line. And if you want to cut down on your personal contribution to that time, express checkout may not be your best bet at the grocery store. According to research, hopping in line behind one cart with many items should be faster than getting behind a few people with just a few items. That, plus many more tips to help you spend as little time in line as possible the next time you hit the grocery store. [New York Times]

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Michael B. Jordan Wears Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion High School Uniform in Hilarious New Apple TV Ad

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A long, long time ago, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant rose to prominence at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa. After his senior year, Bryant rejected a collegiate basketball career and entered the 1996 NBA draft. After Bryant was selected with the 13th pick, a draft-day trade with Charlotte landed him with the Lakers, and the rest is history.

Well, almost.

Bryant has two more games left in his professional career, which culminates at the Staples Center in L.A. Wednesday against the Jazz.

Seizing the opportunity, Apple released a 60-second ad for its Apple TV with Bryant and Creed star Michael B. Jordan, who’s preparing to portray the aging hoops star in a fictional (for now) Bryant bio-pic.

Bryant, however, is under the impression that Jordan will be portraying “young Kobe” — the injury-free, “cold-blooded assassin” of yesteryear, as Bryant describes himself. Jordan, who is donning Bryant’s white and maroon high school uniform from Lower Merion, offers that his character is “locked in a battle with Father Time.”

“There’s no decline, it’s all ascension,” Bryant objects.

“Oh, they didn’t tell you?” Jordan says. “I’m playing you all the way through now. I mean with makeup and prosthetics and stuff like that.” He proceeds to tell the Apple TV to pull up The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, fast forwards with his voice, and freezes the screen on Brad Pitt as a withered old man.

“Now that’s the guy I’m playing in this movie,” Jordan says.

“Get out of my trailer,” Bryant responds.

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King of Prussia Apple Store Sued Over Employee Security Screenings

The Apple Store in King of Prussia (photo via Apple.com)

The Apple Store in King of Prussia (photo via Apple.com)

With all of the sleek toys and gizmos in stock at the Apple Store, it’s no shocker that the company is vigilant about loss prevention — both with employees and the general public. But now former employees of one Apple Store in the Philadelphia area are crying foul. Read more »

Apple’s Grueling Job Interview Process Revealed

"Apple Headquarters Sign AtNight" by en:User:Nishant12 - photographed by en:User:Nishant12 and uploaded to the English Wikipedia. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

(“Apple Headquarters Sign AtNight” by Nishant12 – photographed by Nishant12 and uploaded to the English Wikipedia. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.)

Want to work for the hottest tech company in the world? Be prepared for a seriously grueling interview process. Just ask Luis Abreu, a user-experience designer who got pretty darn close to getting hired at Apple.

Abreu’s job-interview journey is chronicled on his blog (and found in an Information Age story. It’s pretty eye-opening. Read more »

BizFeed: Macy’s Drops Donald Trump

Sorry Donald, maybe you can't insinuate that all Mexicans are rapists.

Sorry Donald, maybe you can’t insinuate that most Mexicans are rapists. (Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com)

1. Macy’s Drops The Donald

The News: Macy’s has decided to dump Donald Trump and his menswear line. Ties and shirts branded with the Trump name have been sold in the popular department store since 2004.

It comes after Trump’s presidential announcement where he said that Mexicans “are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Read more »

Why Do I Find Taylor Swift So Annoying?

It was hard not to cheer for Taylor Swift over the past couple days.

Less than 24 hours after she penned a blog post criticizing Apple’s new music streaming service, the company backtracked and confirmed that it would, indeed, pay artists full royalties during the trial period. After a few polite, eloquent paragraphs outlining her argument and the importance of compensating both struggling artists and established talent, Swift signed off with this succinct little mic drop to let them know she meant business:

 “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Seemingly all corners of the Internet came together in support and admiration of the 25-year-old Berks County native. As for myself, I decided it was finally time to figure out why I absolutely can’t stand the woman. Read more »

Why Taylor Swift’s Win Over Apple is a Huge Deal

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When I heard about Taylor Swift breaking the Internet this weekend with her open letter to Apple over their new streaming music service, I was a bit skeptical of what she had to say: She is, after all, a mega-mogul with a shit ton of cash and an overly sensitive heart.

But then I read her blog post and I quickly changed my mind. Taylor wasn’t speaking on her behalf, but rather on the behalf of the artists who just can’t seem to beat the Goliath, industrialized music industry. One part of her manifesto truly hit home for me:

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.

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BizFeed: The Apple Watch is Underwhelming Customers

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1. Many Don’t Recommend Apple Watch

The News: The Apple Watch has a long way to go before becoming a mainstream success. In a new study by UserTesting, just 38 percent said they’d recommend the device. Meanwhile, 35 percent were passive and more than a quarter (27 percent) were detractors. Read more »

BizFeed: CHOP No Longer Top Children’s Hospital in U.S.

The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

1. CHOP falls to second place in Children’s Hospital Rankings

The News: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has fallen to second place in the newest U.S. News & World Report rankings of children’s hospitals. Boston Children’s Hospital ranked first. Read more »

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