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Home smart home

The home of the future will look like the home of today, only with a few more gadgets. By 2020 experts believe our homes and appliances will contain more advanced technology but that many of us will prefer working with non-digital systems. That’s according to a survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers and observers conducted …

When uncertainty becomes taxing

When uncertainty becomes taxing

Financial service firms do a good job of promoting their key messages—Vanguard and its mantra of reducing fees, T. Rowe Price and its call to maintain stock exposure throughout retirement. Other companies provide adequate boilerplate, such as American Funds’ drumbeat of steady investing in all environments. All sound strategy for the long-term investor, but not …

The age of distracted viewing

The age of distracted viewing

Half of all cell phone owners use their devices while watching TV, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Owners use their phones to engage with content, avoid advertising or interact with others. The report is based on a survey of 2,254 adults via landline and mobile phones. The numbers drop dramatically …

Access all areas

Access all areas

Smartphones are replacing computers as our primary Internet devices. More than half of American cell phone owners use their devices to access the Internet, according to a report issued this week by the Pew Research Center. That’s a big jump from the 31 percent of cell owners who said they used their phones to go …

Working for life

Working for life

The headline grabbed my attention: “The Secret to a Successful Retirement: Don’t Retire.” It adorned an article on The Street about a study by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research: “The best financial advice for the growing number of Baby Boomers eagerly approaching retirement is: ‘Don’t.’” The study found that a combination of depressed home …

Survey says companies, not products, drive brand perception

Survey says companies, not products, drive brand perception

Here’s some food for thought: General Mills has replaced Amazon as the corporation with the best reputation among consumers, according to a survey by US RepTrak Pulse. Some of the others in the top 10 included Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Coca-Cola, UPS and Procter & Gamble. Amazon fell to fourth place. The study …

Forget Peak Oil. How about Peak Internet?

Forget Peak Oil. How about Peak Internet?

The rapid rise of Internet adoption in the United States has peaked, a trend that has implications for marketers who have shifted their budgets to interactive from print. One in five American adults does not use the Internet, according to the Pew Internet Project, which interviewed 2,260 adults age 18 and older in English and …

Survey gets a read on e-readers

Survey gets a read on e-readers

A fifth of American adults say they have read an e-book in the past year. They read more frequently than their print-loving counterparts and they’re more likely than others to have bought rather than borrowed their most recent book. Those are some of the findings of the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Reading …

Who controls the news . . . and who profits?

Who controls the news . . . and who profits?

A report out today by the Pew Research Center suggests the large digital companies have wrested control of the news you receive from the traditional media companies. The report on the “State of the News Media 2012” draws two major conclusions: Rather than siphon viewers from news sites, mobile technology is increasing news consumption. Major …

More than skin deep

More than skin deep

Beauty pays. That’s the conclusion of Daniel Hamermesh, economics professor at the University of Texas in Austin, who measured the economic benefits of looking good. His conclusions: Attractive people are likely to earn about 3% to 4% more than a person with below-average appearance. Better-looking people tend to sell more products or attract more new …

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