November 30, 2012

Weekly Roundup: The World in 2013, conscientious consumption and nail polish for dudes

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Due to Thanksgiving Day office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.

-The Economist’s World in 2013 special edition includes a “top ten for business leaders” and a look at what to expect from the next report on climate change.

-A World Bank report warns that climate change could bring “cataclysmic changes” to the planet, according to Bloomberg.

-Bloomberg reports that low unemployment is reducing Brazil’s supply of cheap domestic labor.

-The Economist looks at demographic shifts in Mexico, where a “baby bust” and rising life expectancy will mean an aging population.

-Businessweek reports on why the U.S. birthrate is falling.

-Reporting on Black Friday shopping, The Wall Street Journal examines how brick-and-mortar retailers are aggressively “turning the tables” on online retailers.

-USA Today reports that Cyber Monday was a hit for small businesses.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights “Shopping’s Great Age Divide,” looking at the widely divergent ways in which Millennials and Boomers approach the task.

-“Conscientious consumption” has survived the recession to become a fact of life, reports USA Today.

-The Economist considers whether and how traditional manufacturers will fight the advent of 3D printing.

-The housing market is starting to build in more space for multigenerational families, according to The New York Times.

-Businessweek asks whether concierge medicine represents the future of health care in the U.S.

-A design agency dreams up ideas of how three brands could evolve in 2030, via Fast Company‘s Co.Exist.

-Mediapost spotlights “5 Mobile Advertising Trends for the Holiday Shopping Season.”

-Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes outlines “The Can’t-Miss Social Media Trends for 2013” in Fast Company.

-As a part of the “Ignition: Future of Digital” conference, Henry Blodget presented on the future of digital media, focusing strongly on the mobile revolution.

-A new Gartner study finds that by 2014, 80 percent of all gamified apps will fail to accomplish what they’ve set out to do, reports TechCrunch.

-With Americans using their mobile phones in ever more ways, a new study from the Pew Research Center outlines the most popular activities on the device.

-A new comScore report finds that Pandora and Twitter are the two most mobile-centric media properties, reports Ad Age.

-Quartz explores “why iPhones are no longer cool in China” and Samsung is on the rise.

-Fast Company breaks down why Google needs to “innovate the heck out of Android,” following lackluster numbers for shopping on Black Friday.

-The BBC reports on the rise of smartphone apps that help to enable therapy on the go.

-Campaign Asia-Pacific reports on a study that finds social games are more popular among women in that region.

-Digital Trends reports that a defining theme of this year’s LA Auto Show was how automakers are creating “connected cars.”

-The Guardian reports that Britain’s online dating market is booming.

-Despite perceptions to the contrary, Millennial males are sensitive and stylish, explains MediaPost.

-In the U.S., alcoholic cider is “poised for big growth,” states Nielsen.

-Chia is the new nutritional “it” item, reports The New York Times, with whole or ground seeds being added to fruit drinks, snacks and cereals.

-USA Today spotlights the new category of pod hotels, which offer travelers a place to rest … and little more.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on a craze for high-end candles.

-Nail polish, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2011, continues its foray into new markets. This time, nail polish for dudes.

-Forget planking. The latest trend among young people is “milking,” writes The Guardian.

-Stay tuned: JWTIntelligence will be releasing its eighth annual 10 Trends report next week.

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