More investor visas, MID in jeopardy, ch-ch-Chia!
“Buy a home, get a Visa” programs have been in existence in a few European countries for awhile. Evidence to the effectiveness of the programs in helping housing markets however is scant. Now legislation has been introduced in the US. The Atlantic looks at what some legislators have proposed.
Tiny homes come to the Nation’s capital.
As the Fiscal Cliff draws near, experts are beginning to question the survivability of the mortgage interest deduction. As the Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill scramble to defuse automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect Jan. 1, a herd of sacred cows — from Social Security and Medicare to deductions for charitable giving and mortgage interest — are in danger of losing their untouchable status.
OMG! The abbreviation is older than you think!
Chia seeds, those quick growing green miracles that can transform a piece of ordinary pottery into a delightful Chia Pet, are actually really good for you. Start eating!
As we search for alternative, clean energy sources any development on this front moves us forward. Rice University researchers are on the path to making steam without boiling water. The implications of such research are promising.
And last, we end on a positive note with a story of a selfless cop who does a good deed that goes viral. New York Police Officer Lawrence DiPrimo did the right thing to help a shoeless man in Times Square—he bought him a new pair of boots and socks. A tourist from Arizona snapped a picture of that act and let the world know that Office DiPrimo is a hero!
Commercial outperforms, private wi-fis, and Google buys Motorola
Washington is speculating that Obama administration will protect the 30-year mortgage – along with Freddie and Fannie in some form.
US commercial real estate will perform better than the country’s volatile sharemarket during the current economic downturn because investors value its intrinsic quality, according to a new CB Richard Ellis report.
Money Magazine is the latest to release a Best Places to Live list. Looking at the top picks it’s easy to see the editors like small towns or suburbia.
Who can resist the lure of free wi-fi? But using public wi-fi opens your computer or device to a slew of security risks. Never fear: Freelance Switch gives the scoop on private wifi.
People have been predicting the death of the PC computer for years. With the rise of cloud computing and new operating systems, it seems the PC is getting a second chance. Joshua Topolsky writes in the Washington Post that advances in both technology and the way people use the machines is dramatically changing:
Something very big is happening in computing right now. We’re moving away from closed, disconnected, windowed environments toward something dramatically different. This isn’t like going from a command line in DOS to the graphical environment of Windows. It’s more like going from driving a car to a shuttle launch. What will happen over the next few years in user interface design and decentralized cloud systems will make the previous 20 years seem tame by comparison. We’ve crossed over from a long, slow evolution to an explosive revolution in what a computer is and how you use it — and there’s no looking back.
Patent trolls are a problem, but no where more so than in Silicon Valley. Might that be one of the main reasons Google snapped up Motorola Mobility this week for $12.5 billion? As the new kid on the mobile phone playing field, Google doesn’t have the history or legal files that Motorola, one of the industry founders with 80 years of patents, does. While many of Motorola’s assets will be valuable to Google, its 17,000+ patents may be some of the most important.
According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, 13% of US cell phone owners pretended to be using their phone in order to avoid interacting with the people around them. Read the rest of the latest mobile phone survey results here.
Apple plans to sell a hell of a lot of iPhones in the second half of the year.