AroundMe expands choices

April 8, 2015
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AroundMe expands choices

Finding local services on the smartphone can take a lot of time and is not always successful.  The AroundMe app for iOS, Android, and Windows phones can help.  The app is simple to use and works in over two hundred countries. The list of local services includes banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, hotels,…

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Translating in real time with Google Translate

April 8, 2015
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Translating in real time with Google Translate

Google recently updated its Google Translate extension for Chrome and apps.  This handy little button sits at the top of the Chrome page.  Right clicking on a highlighted section of a page that needs translating opens the translator for all fifty-three languages now supported.  The extension can be set up to translate any highlighted section…

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Business models–bundling in healthcare offers

April 8, 2015
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Business models–bundling in healthcare offers

            Healthcare providers are finding new ways to service their patients with bundled solutions in which all charges that relate to a specific procedure or condition are included in a set package with a pre-established price and warranty for results.  By standardizing procedures and costs, healthcare providers observe a reduction…

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Hospitals adopt value-based contracts

April 8, 2015
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Hospitals adopt value-based contracts

The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health Care Transformation Task Force that includes payers and providers announced in January that they intend for more than fifty percent of their revenue to come from value-based contracts within the next three to five years. These contracts are intended to improve health care quality,…

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Grading and some lessons from the “Stealth Flipper”

March 3, 2015
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Grading and some lessons from the “Stealth Flipper”

Flipped classrooms are no longer new concepts. Whether with one lecture or with an entire course, several concerns need to be addressed.  The “Stealth Flipper” conducts large classes at the University of Texas-Austin.  Maintaining engagement and assuring learning are two difficult tasks that might seem to be contradictory.  This professor found that telling students the…

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Competition reduction—Online travel industry

March 3, 2015
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Competition reduction—Online travel industry

Expedia, Inc. is buying up the online competition in travel-related offers.  Online travel services in their portfolio include bookings for flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals, concierge and activity services for leisure and business clients. A recent report by market research company, PhoCusWright, suggests that online travel agent (OTA) business is declining in part due to…

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