Google Maps Goes Offline + Millennials Push Vinyl Sales to Record High

Sacha Strebe
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Thought the age of vinyl was dead? Think again. The millennial generation has pushed 2015 record sales to a 26-year high. Nine million vinyl records were sold in the U.S. in the first half of 2015. Half of the vinyl record buyers were under 25 and most were men. The last time vinyl sales were this high was in 1989. — NME

• Is your bad internet connection getting you lost? Now Google Maps can take you there offline. The search engine just launched their new offline navigation and search today, which means even if your phone drops out, it won't interrupt the app. Now when you save the city you live in, you can search for a restaurant using the app and get results without a cellular connection. Genius. The new feature is currently only available on Android; no word as to when it will roll out for iOS users yet. — The Verge 

• A San Diego CEO is taking a stand against overpriced medicine. After the Turing Pharmaceuticals 5000% price hike, Mark Baum "reached an ethical and moral boiling point" and unveiled a $1 alternative. He called the price hikes "absurd" and said his company is making a profit even at the $1 price. — Money

• Obama has achieved another first by being the only sitting president to pose for the cover of a gay magazine. Out Magazine named him "Ally Of The Year" in an interview that sees Obama spread the message of equality. "When we talk about LGBT issues, we emphasize the importance of universal human rights—the right to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly and the importance of non-violence, non-discrimination, and equality under the law—and those don't change or go away just because someone is a member of the LGBT community," he told Out Magazine. — Esquire

• People really "like" Twitter's new hearts instead of stars. Since the swap, the social media site saw a 6% increase in "like" activity in just the first week. "We put a lot of thought into a change as fundamental as replacing star with heart. We tested it a bunch of different ways across a bunch of different countries. Trying different icons, different words," said Twitter’s SVP of Product, Kevin Weil. — Tech Crunch

•  To shop today: Don't miss Lauren Conrad's new candle collection.

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