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November 4th, 2015 at 4:01 pm

A look into the future of hospitality and coworking

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What if you could book a room at a hotel where you choose your actual room, when you first book the space. It would be similar to choosing a seat on an airline seating chart. The difference is that instead of choosing a window or an aisle, you choose high or low floors, close proximity to the elevators, your preferred bed configuration, and even your room category, depending on size and view: “Smart Street,” “Smart Garden” or “Smart Maisonette” (two-level suite). Welcome to the Hotel Schani in Vienna, Austria!

If you’re looking for a refreshing new coworking community to join, check out the futurist tech community at the DaVinci Institute in Westminster, CO.

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November 4th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Where are we headed with Big Data?

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Big data is on the fast track right now. The rapid ongoing developments are not showing any signs of slowing down in 2015, as seen by the following trends for the coming year:

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November 4th, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Mobile payments in the U.S. will triple in 2016

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One in 5 smartphone uses will mobile payments by 2016.

2016 will be a year of significant growth in technology. The number of people in the US using their phones to pay for goods and services at the point of sale will continue to climb steadily. According to the latest proximity mobile payments forecast from eMarketer, the total value of mobile payment transactions in the US will grow 210% in 2016, according to the latest proximity mobile payments forecast from eMarketer.

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October 20th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Is the Era of Recycling Over?

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You probably do some form of recycling if you live in the U.S. You probably separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for a composting facility. As you sort everything into the right bins, you probably assume that recycling is helping your community and protecting the environment. But is it? Are you in fact wasting your time?

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October 14th, 2015 at 8:58 pm

The future of recruiting, with top futurist Thomas Frey

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The DaVinci Institute’s senior futurist and executive director, Thomas Frey, shares a glimpse at how current workplace trends – from freelancing to coworking – are shaping the future of recruitment.

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October 13th, 2015 at 10:08 am

By 2025, 50% 0f consumers under 32 won’t pay for cable

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By 2025, half of all adults under 32 won’t pay for traditional cable subscriptions, according to a new Forrester study. An online survey of 32,000 U.S. adults found that 76 percent subscribe to cable. Of the 24 percent who don’t pay for cable, 18 percent are cord-nevers—people who have never paid for a cable subscription—while 6 percent are cord cutters, meaning they have canceled their cable subscriptions. The report notes that this year, digital cord-nevers have surpassed cord cutters and represent “the next stage of evolution in TV viewing.”

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October 12th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

The future of coworking and why it’s not just for startups and freelancers anymore

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Would you define your workplace as fun, friendly, inspiring, collaborative, and productive? If not, you may have to ditch your own desk and take a seat at a coworking space near you. Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur or freelancer, the benefits of coworking, according to Deskmag’s annual Global Coworking Survey, are pretty hard to ignore: 71 percent of participants reported a boost in creativity since joining a coworking space, while 62 percent said their standard of work had improved.

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October 1st, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Top 5 trends for innovative tech in education

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Technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are no longer future-gazing technologies and are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.

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September 25th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Making connections at work matters in the ‘age of loneliness’

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We all would like to avoid that feeling of loneliness. Research shows it’s terrible for our health; it diminishes cognitive performance and the immune system, increases the risk of heart disease and dementia and hastens early death. And the psychological effects are just as bad; studies show that people need strong social connections to feel happy and find meaning in their lives, and that many of us would actually rather receive mild electroshocks than be alone.

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September 24th, 2015 at 4:47 pm

TV and digital are converging: Charts

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Last month, Wall Street hammered a few major media stocks. Since then it has become fashionable to say the end of TV is nigh. But as the real world continues to show, while the TV business is undergoing massive change, it’s not going to disappear any time soon — if at all.

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