Weekly business rail, with office-design tips, a BBB warning about scams in the wake of Steve Jobs' death, and more.
Tip of the Week
In the age of wireless communication, telecommuting and global travel, a professional's "office" has become more of a virtual world located anywhere from a hip coffee shop to a busy airport. This makes creating one's stationary office fun, stimulating and imaginative even more important.
There are ways to accomplish a more collaborative environment that is replacing the look and bulk of the cubicle and provide a modern, architectural feeling, according to Sara Seward, certified interior designer and Interior Design faculty at The Art Institute of California - Sacramento.
For example, she recommends that offices feature more casual areas to gather for a quick meeting, juice bars to host social events, or lounging areas to relax. Also, keeping the design simple and using lighter, modern finishes can increase the feeling of open space.
If people are expected to work in small cubicles, "provide them with a 'break-away' space that gives them an alternative area to work or hold impromptu meetings," says Amy J. Aswell, who holds a master's in interior architecture and is also an instructor of Interior Design at The Art Institute.
Aswell notices a trend toward residential living room layouts for these break-away areas, as well more home-like amenities being added such as lounge furniture.
The world is mourning the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and scammers are right there to take advantage of the bad news.
As always, the death of celebrity figures brings scammers out of the woodwork. Within hours of Jobs’ death, scammers started taking advantage of Facebook users. One scam reads: “In memory of Steve, a company is giving out 50 ipads tonight. R.I.P. Steve Jobs” and is followed by a link. There are no free iPads being given out. The link actually takes users to a page to complete online surveys. The link went through the bit.ly service, and the company has since shut it down. Unfortunately, thousands of victims clicked on it before then.
This is just the beginning of scams that will try to make money off of Jobs’ death. BBB warns to stay away from anything that looks questionable or sounds too good to be true, and be sure to limit your link-clicking to reputable websites that don’t claim they will give you something for free. Delete any emails that may seem too good to be true.
For more tips, go to www.bbb.org.
According to a report by Forbes, here are the most expensive colleges in the U.S.:
1: Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y.
2: University of Chicago
3: The New School, New York City
4: Washington University in St. Louis
5: Columbia University, New York City
Number to Know
1 million: Number of iPhone 4S smartphones that were pre-ordered on the first day the service was offered, breaking iPhone’s record of 600,000 in a day.
Netflix recently announced it is dropping its plans for a separate DVD service called Qwikster. The company received a lot of backlash over the plan, which came on the heels of a price hike that has seen many customers jump ship.
GateHouse News Service