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New study shows some benefits to telecommuting

Last year, Melissa Mayer made many people question their corporate decisions to allow employees to telecommute, just as the virtual workplace was becoming somewhat common.  It seems the University of Illinois began a study at about that time, to prove that in fact there are many benefits to telecommuting.  “The University of Illinois found that telecommuters make more of an effort to help out their coworkers so-called “corporate citizenship”, and in some cases they can also be more productive.”  Article is from VentureBeat.

via New study shows some benefits to telecommuting | VentureBeat | Business | by Gregory Ferenstein.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Startups, Tech Software

Uber Adding 50,000 New “Driver Jobs” a Month, Up From 20,000 in May

I’m always in awe when I use Uber.  Though many think of it as a service that disrupts cabs, I think the majority of people use it instead of alternatives – not cabs.  When I speak to Uber drivers they tell me stories of picking up teens to take them from school, making deliveries, being the “designated driver” so nobody else has to, and of course driving people from here to there.  People USE Uber, not as a default (oh, I’ll take a cab) but as an integrated part of their life. The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, recently spoke at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference, told the audience that “Driver jobs” are an Uber-created metric used to quantify new drivers on its platforms. These jobs are global — Uber is available in 45 countries — and while they aren’t jobs in the traditional sense, they do signify opportunities for people to make money by picking up passengers through the app.”

via Uber Adding 50,000 New “Driver Jobs” a Month, Up From 20,000 in May | Re/code.

Posted in Digital Literacy, Donna Murdoch, Tech Hardware, Tech Software

Technology conundrum: How to help seniors age in place without creeping them out

Fantastic article about applications for IoT with the aging population.  GigaOm really gets it right.

“Aging in place is a killer application area for the internet of things. If you or your grandmother can control her lights and coffee maker from a smartphone or easy to use tablet, that’s great. It’s even better if you can be discreetly apprised of her level of activity and alerted if she doesn’t take her pills on time.”

via Technology conundrum: How to help seniors age in place without creeping them out — Tech News and Analysis.