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ClassPass is offering a one-month free trial for the new year—and here’s how it works

January 21, 2020

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to experience trending fitness classes—from cycling to boxing to yoga to rowing to barre, and more—then you might want to think about ClassPass.

With over 30,000 health clubs in 28 countries worldwide to choose a class from, the three-year-old company, based in New York City, offers the chance to sample different workouts, depending on your mood, fitness level, and schedule.

Their standard introductory offer is typically two weeks, Business Insider reports, but now, Class Pass is offering a one-month free trial for the new year. You can take up to six classes during your free month, and you can cancel your membership whenever. If you don’t cancel, though, you’ll be auto-enrolled in a monthly membership. That’s all you’ll need. You won’t need a membership to any of the clubs.

And since budget-friendly options can often mean second-rate options, it’s nice to know ClassPass typically features popular studios, including a majority of the fitness classes you’ve likely heard of from word-of-mouth or have actually been meaning to try.

According to Business Insider, after your free trial, you pay a monthly membership fee that’s based on your city and how many classes you want to take each month. The lowest tier membership starts at $9, but you should expect to pay something closer to $39 (the rate in cities like Minneapolis) to $49 (the rate in New York City) per month for four to nine classes.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Are you an empath? Some of us ‘feel’ things more intensely than others

December 24, 2019

Empathy is the ability most of us have to intuit—and relate to—the emotions someone else is experiencing.

Unless we are psychopaths, narcissists, or sociopaths, we feel empathy for others on some level. But some sensitive individuals feel it more intensely than others. They are known as empaths.

“An empath is an emotional sponge,” Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, told Business Insider in an interview. “[He or she] absorbs the stress and also the positive emotions into their own bodies from other people.”

How can we identify empaths among a slew of other folks who merely show sympathy under the right conditions? Orloff believes that empaths exhibit the following personality characteristics:

They don’t have the filters other people do: Being an empath doesn’t just mean having a lot of compassion. In many ways, empaths don’t have “normal filters.” They take in a lot of what’s going on around them, and are very sensitive to noise, smell, and excessive talking. This means they are easily overwhelmed in crowds, and can be exhausted after just short periods of time in social situations.

“They have gifts of intuition, of depth, of really caring for others, and having deep compassion,” Orloff explained, who is an empath herself. “They often give too much. They sometimes take on their loved ones’ pain in their bodies, so they actually feel it.”

They need time alone: To unwind, empaths often need time alone. Sometimes they need to sleep alone, which can be a tricky conversation to have with a partner. Things you expect in a relationship, like being close, can be draining to an empath, even if their partner’s intentions are good.

“I’ve known empaths who like sleeping alone, but they can’t tell their partner that. They just can’t go to sleep easily with someone in the bed,” Orloff said. “They toss and turn, or get in uncomfortable positions. One of my patients called it the ‘snuggle hold,’ where their partner liked to snuggle, and she felt she was trapped.”

It may be hard for some people to comprehend the idea of needing alone time in a happy relationship. This is one of the reasons empaths are often misdiagnosed as having depression or anxiety. They might be anxious and depressed, but this could be a result of the way they are being forced to live their lives.

After years of being told they are “over-sensitive,” many empaths grow up thinking there is something wrong with them, when really they have a gift, Orloff told Business Insider. If empaths aren’t aware of who they are, everyday interactions that others find normal could be causing them damage.

Setting boundaries can be difficult: Boundaries are a real struggle for empaths, one reason being that they always want to please others.

Unfortunately, this means they can be taken advantage of by manipulative people. Narcissists and empaths attract each other, as narcissists see someone they can use, and the empaths see someone they can help and fix. Orloff helps her clients out with learning to stand up for themselves, and realizing what is best for them.

“What I always tell them is ‘no’ is a complete sentence,” Orloff told the business news outlet “Learn how to say ‘no,’ but don’t get into a big discussion about it. Just say, ‘No, I’m sorry I can’t do this tonight, I’d rather stay home.’”

Orloff has self-assessment test at the beginning of her book that will help empaths to diagnose themselves. Once they have the answers, she says, they can start trying out some of the techniques, such as meditation.

“Empaths need to know that what they have is beautiful and much needed in our world today,” Orloff said. “And so my job as a psychiatrist is to help them with the challenges so that they can embrace and enjoy their gift.”

Research contact: @businessinsider

Sanitation insanity? Chipotle has nurses check if workers are sick

December 6, 2019

Chipotle has found a new way to protect the health of its customers and of its bottom line. The Mexican grill—which was responsible for a well-publicized juggernaut of norovirus among customers in Virginia in 2017—has instituted a regimen of strict food safety practices in order to prevent future outbreaks and reassure patrons at all of its 2,500 U.S. locations.

But has the chain of fast casual restaurants gone overboard to ensure employee health? An investigation at the time of the outbreak revealed that it was caused by store managers who failed to follow safety procedures and by an employee who worked while sick.  The company revealed this week that it has hired nurses to check whether employees who call in sick are genuinely unwell or just hungover, Business Insider reports.

“We have nurses on call, so that if you say, ‘Hey, I’ve been sick,’ you get the call into the nurse,” CEO Brian Niccol said at a Barclays conference on Wednesday, December 4. “The nurse validates that it’s not a hangover—you’re really sick—and then we pay for the day off to get healthy again.”

He added, “We have a very different food-safety culture than we did two years ago, OK?” Nobody gets to the back of the restaurant without going through a wellness check.”

However, a healthy workforce isn’t always enough to prevent customers from succumbing to germs in the environment. “There’s probably people in here that might have the common cold,” Niccol said at the conference, according to the news outlet. “Even if we clean up after you, and we don’t use a cleaner that kills that germ, it hangs around for the next customer.

“Even though our team member did nothing wrong—there was nothing wrong with our food—we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard to make sure that the dining room gets sanitized in a way that it hasn’t been in the past,” he said.

Chipotle has a solution: “We’ve got cleaner that actually kills norovirus when you clean the tables in the dining room,” Niccol said.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Elon Musk claims Tesla has 200,000 orders for its Cybertruck—despite botched debut

November 26, 2019

There’s an old saying that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. But Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, found that out the hard way: At the debut of his much-vaunted electric Cybertruck on November 21, he asked the company’s Chief of Design Franz von Holzhausen to hurl a metal ball at one of the pickup truck’s armored glass windows—supposedly strong enough to withstand bullets.

The window cracked. Then von Holzhausen lobbed a ball at another side window—hoping for better results—and it shattered, too.

“Oh my f****** god,” Musk said after the windows smashed. “Well, maybe that was a little too hard.”

According to a report by Yahoo Finance, the Tesla boss later blamed the order in which the demo took place for the mishap. Before tossing the metal balls, von Halzhauzen used a sledgehammer on the side doors of the truck—and didn’t leave a dent.

“Sledgehammer impact on door cracked base of glass, which is why steel ball didn’t bounce off,” Musk tweeted. “Should have done steel ball on window, *then* sledgehammer the door. Next time.”

Musk also explained the reason for the unusual angular design of the Cybertruck— claiming that current auto manufacturing technology is not capable of bending the ultra-hard material. The vehicle looks like a big metallic trapezoid and has a starting price of $39,900.

“New manufacturing methods are certainly needed, but then I’m confident it will actually cost less, because of its simplicity and lower part count,” he tweeted.

The space-age design has proved divisive —but received praise from Blade Runner Artistic Director Syd Mead, Business Insider reported. The cinema great described it as “stylistically breathtaking”.

During the truck’s unveiling, Musk said: “Trucks have been the same for like 100 years. We need something different.”

And buyers seem to agree. Since the embarrassing rollout, Tesla has received nearly 200,000 “orders” for its Cybertruck, Musk claims.

However, that might be optimistic: According to a story on CNBC, A prospective Cybertruck owner must pay Tesla a refundable, $100 “preorder fee.” In his boastful tweet on Saturday, Musk conflated orders with preorders, which are distinct from a final commitments to purchase the Cybertruck.

On Saturday, November 23, the CEO tweeted: “146k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor.”

No matter the take rate, preorders for the Cybertruck, CNBC notes, are one indication that Tesla’s marketing game remains strong as ever.

“We threw wrenches, we threw everything even literally the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn’t break. For some weird reason, it broke now,” a humorous Musk said at the event. “I don’t know why. We will fix it in post.”

The stunt helped make the Cybertruck the subject of memes and media coverage around the world.

Research contact: @YahooFinance

Facebook gets grief for including Breitbart in News tab

October 29, 2019

Can Facebook do anything that doesn’t draw fire from users, regulators, legislators, and the media? After years of complaints from American news outlets that the social media site has The Washington Post reports that Facebook has agreed to compensate at least some news organizations as part of a specialized “News” tab meant to steer users toward curated national and local news stories.

But the project immediately raised new controversy when it became known that Breitbart News—a Web outlet linked to right-wing causes that was once run by former Trump adviser Steve Bannonhad been included among the 200 media outlets participating in the program.

“Given that Facebook is putting actual news outlets in the same category as Breitbart, actual news outlets should consider quickly withdrawing from the program,” Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal nonprofit media watchdog, told the Post.

At an event in New York to launch the project, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Breitbart’s inclusion. “You want to include a breadth of content to make sure all different topics can be covered,” Zuckerberg said.

Other outlets participating include The Washington Post, The New York Times, News Corp., BuzzFeed News, Business Insider, Bloomberg News, Fox News, NBCUniversal, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

The News tab marks the latest iteration of Facebook’s approach to online news, the Post reports. Before January 2018, the company had been a leading distributor of news, but that role was dogged by the presence in its feed of false and misleading information, as well as by allegations that its news feed and other features tilted toward liberal viewpoints

Zuckerberg did not go into specifics about how different publishers would be compensated, and media analysts expressed skepticism that the arrangement will help the small and medium local outlets that have been most seriously undercut by the rise of online news distribution.

“The vast majority of local news outlets are not included, and that is part of the news ecosystem that’s most at risk,” David Chavern, the president and chief executive of the News Media Alliance, a trade association of news publishers, told The Washington Post.

Chavern called Facebook’s agreement to pay at least some news outlets for their content a step in the right direction, noting that tech platforms have been “uniquely unwilling to pay for news and quality journalism.”

The News tab already is available to more than 200,000 Facebook users in the United States, with a broader rollout planned for early next year. The new service, Facebook executives say, should make it easier for users to locate the day’s major headlines, as well as stories geared toward particular topics or locales.

The initiative could reach 20 million to 30 million people over a few years, Zuckerberg said.

 Research contact: @washingtonpost

Over 2,000 people have petitioned Costco to add a vegan hot dog to its food court menu

October 7, 2019

It may not be in the Zagat guide, but a visit to Costco’s food court menu-which serves a menu of pizza, hot dogs and ice cream—is a on the must-do list of most shoppers when they visit the big-box store.

Now, according to Business Insider, nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition for the warehouse retailer to introduce a vegan hot dog to its food court menu. The Change.org petition was started by Scott Hildebrand, who wrote on the website that he has been vegan for eight years and has eaten a meat-free diet for over a decade.

“We need to work with companies to make plant-based options more accessible,” Hildebrand, who lives near Costco’s headquarters in Washington State, said in a statement. “Our family, like countless others, are regulars at Costco. I’d love to see them extend plant-based options to the food court, so we can enjoy veggie hot dogs after a Sunday shopping trip.”

Costco already is on the same page. The company has announced that some stores will start selling a plant-based burger within in the next few weeks, Business Insider reports.

Indeed, the stores actually went too far and  sparked a backlash in July 2018, the new outlet says, when it cut its Polish hot dog from its menu in favor of vegan and healthier options like açai bowls and organic burgers.

“Sorry, but when I feel like a hot dog or pizza, a salad is the last thing on my mind,” the petition reads.

The petition also notes the growing availability of vegan and plant-based options nationwide, including Burger King’s Impossible WhopperKFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken, and Ikea’s rollout of a vegan hot dog.

The petition is directed toward Costco CEO Craig Jelinek.

A Costco representative did not return a request from Business Insider for comment.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Everything old is new again: Microsoft returns to smartphones with the Surface Duo

October 3, 2019

It now appears that pigs do fly— because on October 2, Microsoft officially announced the launch date for its new smartphone, the Surface Duo, according to a report by Business Insider.

Although the company sunsetted the Windows 10 Mobile operating system in 2018, techies have been hoping that the decision wasn’t etched in stone. .

The new market entry is a dual-screen, foldable phone running the Android operating system that Microsoft says is designed for productivity and made to integrate with Windows, Business Insider noted after the Redmond, Washington-based company hosted a reveal event for the media on Wednesday..

“Make no mistake, this product is a Surface,” Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said at the briefing.

The bad news is that it’s not coming out until the 2020 holiday season, so we’ll all have o wait just a little bit longer.

The reason for the delay, Panay indicated on stage, is to help developers optimize their apps for the new two-screen interface. Notably, it’s a little different from existing foldable smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold—there’s a clear seam between the two screens, making it more about multi-tasking than having a single, large display.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Not your mother’s denim: Levi’s and Google offer ‘smart jackets’ that answer phones, control music

October 2, 2019

Time was when all a denim jacket had to do was look reasonably “hip” and keep you warm. Now Levi’s is revamping two of its most iconic jackets to make them “smart, “ Business Insider reports.

The San Francisco-based denim brand has teamed up with Google’s Jacquard platform to create a tech-enabled jacket. Levi’s will integrate Google’s technology into its classic trucker jacket and its Sherpa trucker jacket, which are two of the brand’s more recognizable styles.

Jacquard, which is part of Mountain View. California-based Google’s experimental Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, works with designers to create connected apparel and products. Most recently, Jacquard teamed up with couture house Saint Laurent to make a connected backpack.

What exactly does Jacquard do? It is a little electronic tab, called the Jacquard Tag, which slips into the cuff of the jacket and pairs with your phone. The tag is smaller than a stick of gum, but it allows you to use the cuff of the jacket almost like a touchpad.

The point of the Jacquard jacket, Business Insider reports, is to leave your phone in your pocket, but remain connected. Different hand gestures, like tapping on your sleeve or covering it fully with your hand, will allow you to control different mechanisms. You’ll be able to get directions or your ETA while commuting somewhere—or to hear a traffic report, control your music, or answer phone calls.

This isn’t the first time Levi’s and Google’s Jacquard platform have worked together—

the duo created its first denim jacket together in 2017. What’s different now is that the technology is significantly slimmer and smaller, making it almost impossible to tell that the jacket is “smart.”

The jackets, which come in men’s and women’s sizes, will cost $198 for the regular trucker jacket and $248 for the Sherpa version.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Talking trash: Hefty launches limited-edition bags displaying cheeky phrases like ‘I’m so trashy’

September 25, 2019

If you like your trash along with some sass, Hefty has a new limited-edition line of garbage bags that you’ll fancy. Featuring 20 unique sayings and aimed at a Millennial demographic, the trash bags communicate  everything from a “Mean Girls” allusion “I’m not a regular bag, I’m a cool bag;” to, well, sexual innuendos like “Tie me up.”

The scent-free, 13-gallon bags retail for $5.49, the same cost as regular Hefty Ultra Strong, and are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis. Business Insider reports. The bags can be purchased online on the not-so-subtly titled website, HeftyCostsLessThanGlad.com.

“At Hefty, we’re always looking to be an affordable option for all your trash needs,” Jen Varela, senior brand manager at Reynolds Consumer Products, said in a statement.”The Hefty brand enjoys bringing both strength and humor to our consumers, so we wanted to create a product that showed off our personality and gave consumers something to smile about while taking out the trash.”

Among the phrases on the bags are the following:

  1. Who you callin’ trash?
  2. I’m so trashy
  3. You want a piece of me?
  4. Bag full of ca$h
  5. Feed me tacos & tell me I’m pretty
  6. Full of hopes & dreams
  7. Burnt dinners & takeout containers
  8. Hefty! Hefty! Hefty!
  9. Feeling like garbage today
  10. Cherish your dreams, trash the rest
  11. I’ve got 99 problems but trash ain’t one
  12. It’s what’s on the inside that counts
  13. I’m not a regular bag, I’m a cool bag
  14. Swiped left
  15. In time-out
  16. Same time next week?
  17. Oh, this old thing?
  18. #goals
  19. Heavyweight champ
  20. Tie me up

Research contact: @Hefty

Just you wait: Women who give birth in their 30s may stay healthier, live longer

July 17, 2019

Thirty is fast becoming the new 20 for American moms. In fact, more U.S. women than ever before are having children in their 30s, according to a report by Business Insider. And somewhat counter-intuitively they are, overall, healthier later in life than those who had babies in their 20s; and they may live longer and earn a higher income. They also are more likely to have twins.

The tables turned in 2016, Business Insider says, when more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s.  Whether because of career or other life goals, women are now 25% older when they give birth compared to 50 years ago.

But the news outlet reports, they are taking chances with their fertility: Between the ages of 20 and 24, women have an 86% chance of conceiving after trying for a year. But that chance falls to around 50% when women reach their late 30s.

What’s more, women in their 20s have a much higher chance of getting pregnant without miscarrying—and a lower risk of conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure.

But when it comes to health later in life, waiting until your 30s to give birth is better. Research shows that moms who first gave birth in their early 30s report higher energy, better fitness, and fewer aches and pains compared to moms who first gave birth in their early 20s.

And that might help explain another scientific finding. Women who have kids in their 30s might also live longer. According to a paper published in 2015, women who had their last child after age 33 were twice as likely to live past 95, compared to women who had their last child before their 30th birthday.

But what about the kids? If their moms gave birth in their 30s instead of their 20s, those kids might be safer, smarter, or even taller.

On top of that, there might be more of them. That’s right, because if you wait until your 30s, you’re more likely to have twins. Older women have higher levels of a hormone called FSH, which stimulates the ovaries. Normally, women release just enough FSH to ovulate or release one egg, but near menopause, they produce a ton of it, which can cause two eggs to ovulate and ultimately result in twins.

So if you want to have a large, healthy family, the good news is, the cutoff date is getting later all the time.

Research contact: @businessinsider