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Housing has turned the corner and is said to be a bright spot in the U.S. economy. But national home prices are expected to climb just 3.3 percent in the next five years, according to the latest data from Fiserv Case-Shiller.
Google may not be the new kid on the block anymore, but it’s still growing like one. As this infographic from Statista shows, the company continues its upward trajectory, at least if you go by revenues, stock price, net income and market share.
Full story at Mashable
If you want a glimpse of our world in centuries to come, stroll round a city. Dystopian-mongering pessimists will now be holding their heads in their hands and groaning. Can we blame them? Urban areas are too commonly associated with poverty, pollution, neglect and a brutalizing of the environment for the sake of a fast buck.
Full story at EcoSalon
Developing good habits is the basic of personal development and growth. Everything we do is the result of a habit that was previously taught to us. Unfortunately, not all the habits that we have are good, that’s why we are constantly trying to improve.
Navigated from Freestyle Mind
A prediction for the future of smartphone growth makes some bold projections: By the end of this year, there could be more smartphones on the planet than humans, and by 2016 there could be 10 billion smartphones. That’s 1.4 mobile devices per capita.
Until now, home-grown brands like Taj, Oberoi and Leela have dominated India’s luxury hotel market, but that’s about to change.
High-end international hoteliers including Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt Hotels, J.W. Marriott and Relais & Chateaux plan to significantly expand their presence in India in the next several years.
Full story at The New York Times
Urban populations passed rural populations for the first time in 2008. In coming decades the difference will grow extreme, with more and more people moving to cities.
For those who don’t have the patience, capital or guts to generate sales from scratch, franchising can make a lot of sense—though not all brands deliver the same return on investment.
If you’re looking for guaranteed employment during the next eight years, become a nurse. Really. It’s that simple. Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ released its list of the thirty occupations where it expects the greatest net-job growth through 2020, and registered nurses are the very top.
Full story at The Atlantic