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Portia Krebs

Date: 07.31.2013
A recent Wall Street Journal video tells the compelling story of a new business model to bring greater employment to the world’s poor. The company, Samasource, uses the Internet to break down large tasks into smaller tasks termed “microwork” – and uses a digital platform to share this work with employees from far-away...
Date: 07.25.2013
Studies continue to prove the increasing draw of e-commerce for consumers – netting significant sales for retailers worldwide. For instance, two recent e-Marketer studies demonstrate overall worldwide growth, as well as the adoption of digital shopping among Millennials. e-Marketer reports worldwide sales will jump by 17% this year,...
Date: 07.24.2013
Images have long had a presence online, but as a recent New York Times article points out, pictures and videos alone are becoming their own form of communication. This trend is perhaps best seen in the relatively new app Snapchat. The app enables users to send a picture or video, which disappears after the recipient views it. It’s casual,...
Date: 07.18.2013
Telehealth continues to take advantage of broadband to connect patients and doctors in new and exciting ways. Now a report from the research firm KLAS finds more than three-fourths of providers surveyed are concentrating their telehealth efforts in five areas. Here’s an overview of the major disciplines benefiting from telehealth today:...
Date: 07.17.2013
We know the younger generation is quick to adopt the latest Internet-based technologies -- but does that apply to America's libraries? A recent Pew study looks at how younger Americans (ages 16-19) are tapping into the digital offerings of today's. Here are a few highlights: Almost half (48%) of younger Americans have visited a...
Date: 07.12.2013
Throughout the summer season many people plan to enjoy the outdoors, whether during vacation or for a casual jaunt. Now there is an array of broadband-backed apps to help enhance the experience, including a few highlighted in a recent New York Times article. Which apps should you consider to guide your next outdoor adventure? Hiking, biking, and...
Date: 07.11.2013
Internet ad revenue recently hit an all-time high, but according to a comScore report there are still technology hurdles to overcome to ensure the visibility of online ads. Nearly six trillion display advertising impressions were unleashed online in 2012. Despite this success rate, comScore says 54% of the online display ads shown in “...
Date: 07.10.2013
A new Pew study shows four in ten U.S. adults (39%) are caring for an adult or child with health issues – and relying heavily on broadband for health-related activities and information. Here are a few highlights, including a striking comparison between how caregivers and non-caregivers use online health resources: 72% of caregivers...
Date: 06.28.2013
Supper clubs. Secret-dining societies. Guerrilla chefs. Call it what you will, the underground dining trend is on the rise – and broadband is helping broadcast these destinations to adventurous diners. The allure is clear:  A unique dining experience for patrons that showcases talented chefs outside the realm of traditional restaurants...
Date: 05.22.2013
For many Americans, professional and personal requirements mean that they have to use multiple devices to keep track of their lives. It's challenging enough to keep track of one phone, let alone tracking multiple devices. Enter the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, which allows employees to use their personal phones for work purposes....

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