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Certain Devices Determine How Much You Pay When You Shop Online

 

In a study conducted by Northeastern University 300 recruited real-world online shoppers visited 16 different websites – 10 of which were general retailers, and six of which were hotel booking sites. Researchers compared the prices each person was quoted and studied how these prices varied based on operating system,browser, past purchases and clicks.  Apple iPhone owners often see lower prices.  Researchers found that Home Depot charges Android users higher prices on approximately 6% of the items in its catalog $0.41 on average. However, on an item-by-item basis, you can occasionally see browser-specific price swings of $100 or more. For  the best deals on both Cheaptickets or Orbitz, you’ll want to be a registered account holder. Researchers found that when users logged in they saved an average of $12. Hotels.com nor Expedia practices price discrimination – all users get the same price, regardless of operating system or browsing history. But these two sites do serve different search results to different users. Priceline, like Hotels.com and Expedia, doesn’t practice price discrimination. However, ‘The Negotiator’ will change your search results based on your history of past clicks and purchases. If you prefer booking cheaper hotel rooms, Priceline will favor cheaper rooms in your search results. If you regularly book 3- and 4-star accommodations, Priceline will default to showing you its more expensive options. Booking a hotel room on Travelocity, is best to do it on an iPhone or iPad. The researchers found that as many as 5% of the site’s rooms carry a special unadvertised iOS “Apple discount” averaging $15 per night. Beware if you’re visiting on Chrome or IE 8: One room showed up $50 more expensive on those browsers than on others.

Overall, most of the researchers’ exper­i­ments on the 16 e-​​commerce sites did not reveal evi­dence of price steering or price dis­crim­i­na­tion.However,dif­fer­ences were sig­nif­i­cant in some of the cases where they did find this evi­dence.

The researchers work will be pre­sented at the 2014 Internet Mea­sure­ment Con­fer­ence in Van­couver next month—their research represents the first com­pre­hen­sive study of e-​​commerce per­son­al­iza­tion that exam­ines price dis­crim­i­na­tion and price steering for hun­dreds of actual users as well as many more syn­thet­i­cally gen­er­ated fake accounts

 

 

 

 

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ER Doctors,Clinicians, Google Glass, QR Codes , & BYOD

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A tech-savvy hospital in Boston developed a custom information-retrieval system for Google Glass, allowing ER Doctors to scan a QR code on the wall of each room to call up information about patients. When a clinician walks into an emergency department room, he or she looks at a bar code (a QR or Quick Response code) placed on the wall. Google Glass quickly recognizes the room and then the ED Dashboard sends information about the patient in that room to the glasses, appearing in the clinician’s field of vision. The clinician can speak with the patient, examine the patient, and perform procedures while seeing problems, vital signs, lab results and other data.

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BYOD medicine

Physicians aren’t waiting for their central IT departments, they’re finding their own ways to get access to the information they need, when they need it.  One of the most visible signs of change is the adoption of the iPad and other mobile devices by physicians. The iPad has become an essential tool for clinicians. Last October, the Department of Veterans Affairs moved to open up its network so that doctors could use their own mobile devices. While other health systems have been slow to officially adopt the iPad and other devices, John Kornak, Director of Telehealth at the University of Maryland Medical Center says, “A BYOD (bring your own device) mentality is starting to take shape among physicians, and more mobile apps are starting to find their way into use.”

There is a strong push from doctors to find mobile apps that make it easier and more seamless for them to connect to health data such as charts and radiology images.

One of the most obvious applications for the high-resolution screen of the latest iPad is displaying medical imagery. By pulling up images from CT scans and MRI scans on their iPads, Hopkins’ Dr. Fishman says surgeons now use the iPad to explain procedures to patients more effectively. “Doctors can look at their cases in real-time. Now clinicians can look at the information generated as it’s created. They can pull down CT slices in 2 seconds. It’s very fast and interactive. They can bring the image to the bedside or in the office.

Technology Trends & Changes In Higher Education

 

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1. Social media is helping to shape the way technology is adopted on American campuses. Social media ubiquity is identified as “Fast trends,” or trends that will drive change in the next year or two. Facebook and Twitter are used for formal and informal discussion forums. While Vanderbilt University’s YouTube channel give students, faculty, and the general public a glimpse into important work happening on campus

2.There is a shift in higher education to online, blended and hybrid learning

3.  Data-driven learning and assessment will be a key concern for academic institutions, particularly as it concerns policymaking.

4. The adoption of agile business models in higher education to promote “a culture of innovation in a more widespread, cost-effective manner. Pilots and other experimental programs are being developed for teaching and improving organizational structure to more effectively nurture entrepreneurship among both students and faculty.”

5. Online learning  is seen as a viable alternative to some forms of face-to-face learning

6. Recent developments in business models are increasing the stakes of innovation in these digital environments, which are now widely considered to be ripe for new ideas, services, and products

 

 

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