February 22, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Luxury RVs, secret menus and smarter smartphones

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-The Atlantic outlines the disruptive power of data and new technologies in health care, a shift that will change the way in which medicine is practiced as well as who is practicing it.

-The New York Times covers findings from comScore’s tech predictions for the year ahead and concludes “It’s all about mobile.”

-From 3D displays to biometric security, CNN.com outlines ways the smartphone will get smarter.

-The Atlantic examines the costs of leaving social media, arguing that opting out of online networking limits opportunities for “self-expression, personal growth, learning, support and civic exchange.”

-A new study by Pew shows that younger Americans (those under 35) have shed more debt than their older counterparts by owning fewer big-ticket items, such as cars and homes.

-The New York Times looks at how a college degree has become a requirement for low-level jobs that were until recently attainable without a four-year diploma.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of everyday people hiring virtual assistants to help manage their increasingly hectic lives.

-According to The Wall Street Journal, American drone manufacturers are looking for domestic opportunities with universities, boarder patrol agencies and police departments.

-Thanks to widening access to 3D printing technologies, a slew of new copyright and intellectual property questions lie ahead, according to NPR.

-With Hollywood opting for blockbuster comic book movies and sequels, The Wall Street Journal looks at how literary works are being adopted for TV.

-The Wall Street Journal outlines the ways hotels are scrambling to offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, such as cooking lessons with celebrity chefs.

-In the U.K., malls are diversifying into indoor and outdoor leisure pursuits in an attempt to attract online shoppers, explains The Wall Street Journal.

-A win in the fight against childhood obesity: American children consumed fewer calories in 2010 than they did a decade before, according to a new federal analysis described in The New York Times.

-NPR looks at the rise of secret menus, with items not listed or promoted as part of the regular fare, in restaurants across the U.S.

-The Wall Street Journal explores the 3-week-old “Harlem Shake” meme and attempts to explain why 30-second dance videos matter.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at the growing market for luxury RVs.

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