Friday, February 10, 2017

What’s Old Is New Again

While sales of vinyl records have been rising for a while now (Consumers like the sound quality and like the feel of vinyl records.), 2016 was a banner year. Sales hit a 28-year high -- led by David Bowie, whose latest and final album, Blackstar, was the bestselling vinyl record of the year.

Whether the rapid growth will continue is questionable, says Glenn Hower, senior research analyst at Parks Associates.

From the article "What’s Old Is New Again" by Vera Gibbons.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Share A Netflix Password, Go To Jail?

According to a study done by Parks Associates in 2015, 57% of U.S. households access an over-the-top video account, meaning streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go, but 11% of Netflix subscribers, 10% of Hulu Plus subscribers and 5% of Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers are using an account paid for by someone else.

Young adults between 18 and 24 are the biggest perpetrators of password sharing, with 22% of those surveyed admitting to using an account that was no more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Health wearables: Privacy threat?

Harry Wang, a researcher who tracks the trend for Parks Associates, points out that federal laws prevent employers from divulging certain types of data about their workers without the employees' permission.

The question that's ahead for many of us is: Would it be worth a couple hundred bucks to give the boss a peek at your stats?

From the article "Health wearables: Privacy threat?" by Jay MacDonald.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

How an app can help you get a mortgage

After you move in, the next step -- aside from unpacking -- is to start paying that money back.

That's where, most likely, your lender's app can come in.

"They already have their money. They already have a relationship with them," says Jennifer Kent, senior analyst at Parks Associates, of banks and customers.

Even if you didn't use your phone in any other part of the mortgage process, you may to pay it back, even if it's just a reminder. According to the Federal Rese more

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