January 11th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Inside NYC's underground ukulele scene

By The Next List Staff, CNN

New York (CNN) - Here at The Next List we’re pretty gung-ho about Jake Shimabukuro and the amazing things he does with a ukulele. And Jake's not the only one. Ukulele lovers are on the rise – all over the world.

Here’s a glimpse into the “uke” subculture right here in New York City as ukulele lovers and players gathered on a cold winter night to celebrate all things uke. It’s the NYC Ukulele Meetup Group at the Uke Hut in Maui Taco in Manhattan. Ukulele aficionado Ken Bari Murray tells us all about it. Enjoy!

A "uku" player at Maui Taco, NYC

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In Seoul, a virtual grocery store in the subway
January 11th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

In Seoul, a virtual grocery store in the subway

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - Phones do everything in South Korea.

On a recent reporting trip to the country, I made a point of asking people about interesting ways they use their smartphones.

Some answers weren't too shocking. Lots of people know Koreans use their phones to make purchases (that's a new-ish idea here in the U.S., and one that Google is pushing) and in place of public-transit tickets.

Cab drivers in Seoul give you weird looks if you try to pay with a credit card instead of with a tap of your phone.

But one answer surprised me:

People now use their phones to buy groceries in the subway. FULL POST

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