Coldwell Banker’s tech model, the new Kindle Fire, and do iPods make us unsocial?
Most of us can’t go a full day without connecting in some way via social media – and some of us couldn’t last a full hour. That drive to connect is why Coldwell Banker has taken the lead in providing its customers with up-to-the-minute information about their future homes, from searches, to offers, to closings. In addition, Coldwell Banker uses connectivity to communicate instantly with its sales associates, arming them with market updates, sales trends and selling tips.
Economic upheaval is often a great time to try new ideas, explore assumptions, and to think about what we really want. While many blue collar and service industry workers have had to deal with change, large swaths of the white collar world are still sticking to the tried and true even as that model becomes more shaky. Nitan Nohria, Dean of the Harvard Business School, urges the young to pursue their dreams rather than following the safe route.
The landscape for health care is ever evolving. Sometimes it seems as though insurance, doctors, and patients are pitted against one another. The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is working to change this by offering patients guidance on working with health care professionals.
All of the city’s previous routes went one place: downtown. But by 2005, just 14 percent of the region’s jobs were located there. And the results of a 2009 on-board survey showed that only 6.8 percent of StarMetro’s riders were trying to get there.
This summer, the city radically re-engineered their bus routes, dropping from 24 to 12, and eliminating the hub and spoke pattern in place for the last 50 years. The Atlantic covers the transformation as part of its Cities series.
New financial regulation that grew out of the mortgage crisis is beginning to impact consumers in ways they might not have expected. Bank of America says it is going to start charging a $5 monthly fee for debit card usage for its most basic checking accounts.
…the iPod hasn’t caused this move from public to personal space, it is just reflecting the trend, Prof Bull argues. Nowadays people work out to their own playlists in the gym rather than hearing the same tunes. But that’s not to say people are becoming anti-social. “The actual presence of people next to you in the street is not recognized as social any more. We get our intimacy from nearby loved ones or people who are absent over chat sites and social media,” he says.
Are you in the market for a new smartphone, or need to upgrade your iPhone? 9TO5Mac covers the new iPhone. In the words of @NARTech, “swoon.”