Biz Bits: Tech trends that will shape your future business

Posted Online: March 16, 2013, 9:20 am
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Job opportunities in technology are growing up to three times faster than other career fields in the U.S.

Long gone are the days of a linear education and career trajectory as technology continues to reshape the world's workplace landscapes. Nowadays, the career paths of most individuals resemble a scaffold rather than a conservative straight line.

Changes in the education and workplace landscape not only impact job seekers, but educators and employers as well. It's estimated that by 2025, we could have 20 million jobs without enough qualified people to fill them, according to a report by Georgetown University.

Daniel Burrus, a corporate strategist and author of six books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller "Flash Foresight," recently released his inaugural Certainties list, based on a scientific method aimed at providing various employment sectors with a clearer outlook of their respective futures.

As a strategist, he advises a wide range of Fortune 500 firms to develop projections by analyzing trends.

Over the past five years, Burrus has collected Certainties from thousands of senior executives from every industry around the world, providing a clear picture of the direction different sectors are heading.

According to Burrus' Certainties list, some of the technologies that will transform our world and careers include:

3-D Web and 3-D printing

Employment for graphic artists, designers and programmers will grow as the Web-surfing experience transforms from a one-dimensional "flat" page to a dynamic 3-D experience for the user.

Additionally, the manufacturing industry will be revolutionized by 3-D printing, which will allow any size company to manufacture goods quickly, locally and at lower cost.

Gamification of education

Both employees and students will have training and teaching methods delivered to them in a highly-personalized and accelerated way, through the use of simulations and skill-based learning systems transmitted through smartphones and tablets.

Cloud services and virtualization

As more organizations maintain and store information using cloud computing, the demand for professionals skilled in information technology is expected to rise. Employees who can safeguard important company and client data will be vital to business success.

In order to meet the anticipated demands of the 21st century, individuals must reassess their skills to make certain they are equipped with the necessary knowledge to remain relevant in their field.

-- Brandpoint

Better Business Bureau Watch

"It is devastating when someone falls victim to a fraudulent investment scheme," said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. "It is important to be proactive before making a decision, but also to make sure that everything in your power is done to clean up the damage after."

The BBB offers these tips for someone looking for a legitimate investment.

Don't invest with someone just because your friends/colleagues/associates do. There's no guarantee that they've done their homework about an investment. Furthermore, if the seller is part of that group, it's likely everyone trusts this person and subsequently does not check into their past or their investments.

Be aware of anyone who claims to be able to bring back a return above the market rate. This promise of a large return is alluring, but a red flag that something is not right. Do not trust anyone who claims to have a different or "special" way of making things happen.

Find out as much as you can. Investing your hard earned money is not something you should take lightly. Ask questions and find out fully where you are putting your money. Be open to references as well doing your own research. Check out Business Reviews with the Better Business Bureau.

Get as much information as possible in writing. Be sure to get details of the offer, names of validating organizations, the organization's own research documentation, and copies of any contracts you will be asked to sign.

Consult an unbiased third party. Look for an unconnected broker or licensed financial advisor before investing, research the advisor or broker through business reviews at

The List

Five free (!) apps for TV lovers:

1. Fanhattan: Users can search for their favorite show, and then connect via Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and more. Fanhattan will alert you when it's time for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so there's no need to keep track of schedules. Fanhattan also allows the user to see what their friends are watching, and the actors, too. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.1 or later.

2. Zeebox: Zeebox is your social TV guide. Chat with your friends when you're deciding what to watch tonight on TV. You'll never miss your favorite shows with Zeebox. Use the "bookings" section to set alarms. See what others have on their lists, too. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also available for Google's Android.

3. Viggle: If you're a true couch potato, then "checking in" is way too much effort. Lucky for you, Viggle will use the audio from your TV to check in for you. See what everyone is saying about the show on Twitter. Look at the page on IMDB.

You then have the ability to buy the episodes on iTunes. The best thing about Viggle is you can earn TV-watching points and redeem them for real-life rewards. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and comes on Android as well.

4. Yap.TV: Users can check out the TV Feed and see extras from their favorite shows, like photos from the dress rehearsal. There's also the ability to sync with your Facebook account, and see what your friends "like" to watch.

yap.TV can also pull all the tweets about your favorite shows and stars, and allows you to chat with your friends while you watch. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later.

5. GetGlue: This social media network allows you to "check-in" to the shows you're watching. Just like with yap.TV, you can sync GetGlue with Facebook, allowing it to keep track of the schedules for all of your "likes." The guide allows you to see what your friends "like," too.

GetGlue offers rewards for watching TV. Users can earn stickers, such as the "Couch Potato," and more. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It's also out for Android.

-- Katie Roof,

Tech Talk
Apple has reportedly lowered its shipping estimates for the iPad from 60 million to 33 million, and increased shipping estimates for the iPad mini form 40 million to 55 million.

The rumor comes on the heels of several analysts lowering the company's expected earning estimates for the iPhone and iPad. As of March 7, Apple stock was up .09 percent.

GateHouse News Service


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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