The consultants at Global Resources help business professionals access the information necessary to reach success. As business pros look ahead into the new year, many are looking at popular predictions expected to affect lifestyle and business:
- AOL Will Get Cool Again – Surprising to many, the “You’ve Got Mail” progenitor is getting its groove back. With the help of a series of ad-tech acquisitions—like Millennial Media, Vidible and Convertro—the Verizon ( vz ) unit is building out a powerful new advertising platform, called ONE by AOL. Although it may not make it into another romantic comedy, AOL is actually looking downright hip to tech-savvy marketers.
- The iPhone Will Get a Radical Upgrade – The rumor mill is already cranking with leaks about the iPhone 8, due in 2017. Marking the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ original iPhone, the new model is expected to include radical changes like a super-high-resolution OLED screen that stretches from edge to edge of the device and a home button transformed into a virtual on-screen button. Other rumored features include wireless charging capability. After the mildly disappointing iPhone 7 that launched recently, the next update should be a more radical hit.
- Uber and Airbnb Will Conquer the Sunbelt – The new economy’s ride-sharing and home-sharing giants are most popular today in dense coastal cities, such as New York, Boston and San Francisco. But new research suggests Uber and Airbnb will make more inroads in the Southwest next year: It found significant spikes in news and social media mentions of the phrase “sharing economy” in cities including Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Dallas.
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