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SIIA Estimates $8.38 Billion US Market for PreK-12 Educational Software and Digital Content

March 4, 2015 Comments off

SIIA Estimates $8.38 Billion US Market for PreK-12 Educational Software and Digital Content
Source: Software & Information Industry Association

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry, today released its “2014 U.S. Education Technology Industry Market: PreK-12 Report.” The report values the overall PreK-12 non-hardware education technology market at $8.38 billion, compared to last year’s valuation of $7.9 billion.

Data in the report was collected directly from 144 service providers and publishers to show a supply-side view of the market not available through traditional customer data collection techniques. This report contains longitudinal data from the three years of the study and shows key trends within the industry.

Revenues from Online Courses grew 320 percent with several significant companies reporting revenues in this category for the first time. Testing and Assessment ($2.5B) was the largest single category of any market segment.

+ Executive Summary (PDF)
Full report available for purchase.

Preferred Office Locations: Comparing Location Preferences and Performance of Office Space in CBDs, Suburban Vibrant Centers and Suburban Areas

March 2, 2015 Comments off

Preferred Office Locations: Comparing Location Preferences and Performance of Office Space in CBDs, Suburban Vibrant Centers and Suburban Areas
Source: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Where do today’s office tenants want to be located? This comprehensive study, which combines expert opinion and accurate property-level data, provides reliable information about emerging location preferences across major U.S. office markets and the comparative performance of office space in CBDs, suburban vibrant centers — defined as amenity-rich, mixed-use, “live, work, play” locations — and typical single-use suburban areas.

Overall, office tenants show no strong preference for either downtown or suburban locations. Yet the study reveals a clear preference for suburban vibrant centers over typical single-use suburban office environments, and demonstrates that office properties in suburban vibrant centers are outperforming those in typical single-use suburban office areas on almost all metrics.

American Gas Association Playbook

February 27, 2015 Comments off

American Gas Association Playbook
Source: American Gas Association

The American Gas Association 2015 Playbook covers the history of natural gas, the challenges and opportunities of the natural gas industry, and the priority issues and strategies with respect to the production, transmission, distribution and use of America s clean and domestically abundant energy source. It also contains information about innovation and direct economic benefits including industry-related jobs.

The European offshore wind industry – key trends and statistics 2014

February 27, 2015 Comments off

The European offshore wind industry – key trends and statistics 2014 (PDF)
Source: European Wind Energy Association
From press release:

In 2014, 408 new offshore turbines were fully grid connected, adding 1,483 MW to the European system. The total installed capacity for Europe now stands at 8,045MW in 74 offshore wind farms in 11 European countries.

In 2014, the UK accounted for over half of all new installations (54.8%) with Germany in second (35.7%) and Belgium (9.5%) making up the rest. But for 2015, Germany is expected to install more offshore capacity than the UK, which has dominated installations in Europe for the past three years.

2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft

February 24, 2015 Comments off

2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft
Source: Medical Identity Fraud Alliance

The 2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft measures the prevalence, extent and impact of medical identity theft to consumers and the healthcare industry in the United States. The study was sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) with support from MIFA Founding Member companies Kaiser Permanente, ID Experts Corporation, Experian Data Breach Resolution and Identity Finder, LLC, and conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

The incidence of medical identity theft continues to rise. This most recent report shows that it has nearly doubled since the first study five years ago. In 2014, there were almost 500,000 more victims than in 2013.

The out-of-pockets costs to victims has also grown, with twice as many victims experiencing financial costs to correct their medical identities and deal with the resulting problems.

And victims continue to experience serious risks related to their healthcare as a result of being victimized, such as misdiagnosis, mistreatment and delayed healthcare.

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Mortality Risk

February 18, 2015 Comments off

Mortality Risk
Source: Insurance Information Institute

The chart below shows the likelihood, or odds, of dying as a result of a specific type of accident. The odds of dying over a one-year period are based on the U.S. population as a whole, not on participants in any particular activity or on how dangerous that activity may be. For example, more people are killed in auto accidents than in motorcycle accidents or airplane crashes, not because riding a motorcycle or traveling in an airplane is more or less dangerous, but because far more people travel by car. The lifetime chances of dying in a car accident are about 1 in 491, compared with 1 in 135,666 for fatal injuries caused by lightning.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 600,000 fatalities in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Influenza and pneumonia ranked ninth in 2010, accounting for some 50,000 fatalities. However, pandemic influenza viruses have the potential to be far more deadly. An estimated 675,000 Americans died during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, the deadliest and most infectious known influenza strain to date.

Cupid to Shower Americans With Jewelry, Candy This Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2015 Comments off

Cupid to Shower Americans With Jewelry, Candy This Valentine’s Day
Source: National Retail Federation

The new consumer online shopping outlook for Valentine’s Day is in — and it spells good news for retailers. According to the latest consumer survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for NRF, one-quarter of Valentine’s Day shoppers this year plan to make some portion of their purchases online. Another positive sign: Prosper’s Consumer Snapshot found that consumer confidence has risen for the third consecutive month. With these results in mind, shoppers planning to buy Valentine’s Day gifts online anticipate:

  • Spending an average of $199, up 13 percent from last year, and a good 40 percent more than the average across all Valentine’s Day shoppers.
  • Treating family and friends — the lion’s share of spending will go to significant others and spouses, but other family members, friends, co-workers and even pets will feel the love.
  • Shopping for tried and true Valentine’s Day categories — retailers selling candy, greeting cards, flowers and jewelry will be among the most popular with Valentine’s Day shoppers, who plan to shop both online and in stores.
  • Tapping mobile devices to find, research and buy gifts — smartphone owners shopping for the occasion expect to use their devices to buy products, redeem coupons and more. Additionally, almost one in 10 expect to use it to pay for their purchases at checkout.

See also: Delivering Customer Delight on Valentine’s Day

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