January 18, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Modern courtship, smart wearables and XXL phones

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-“Giant emerging-market firms continue to advance everywhere,” reports The Economist, spotlighting BCG’s latest report on “global challengers.”

-In “The End of Courtship,” The New York Times examines how dating is evolving (or devolving) for Millennials.

-More British households are struggling to make ends meet, reports The Guardian.

-Thanks to the downturn, large percentages of Europeans age 25–34 still live with their parents, according to Der Spiegel.

-The Atlantic observes that China’s media has been unusually transparent in its coverage of Beijing’s “airpocalypse.”

-The Economist reports that soot is roughly twice as bad for the environment as previously thought, second only to carbon dioxide.

-China is increasingly losing business to lower-cost manufacturing centers in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-The New York Times looks at how China is encouraging college education in a bid to make its labor force more broadly skilled.

-A McKinsey director outlines 10 predictions for the year ahead in China.

-Deloitte releases its TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) predictions for 2013.

-TechCrunch spotlights a new Juniper report predicting huge growth for “smart wearables,” while The Financial Times takes a look at today’s array of tech-infused clothing.

-The New York Times’ Nick Bilton observes that for today’s gadgets, design is just as important as technology (if not more so).

-Mobile phones “are going XXL,” reports The Wall Street Journal, with the advent of the phablet.

-The New York Times takes a look at how the smartphone is becoming “the remote control for your life.”

-Pew Internet’s “Health Online 2013” study explores how Americans research health concerns, and GigaOM reports on the rise of “Dr. Google.”

-Fast Company reports that an Intel study on women and the Internet found that one-fifth of women in developing nations think Internet use is inappropriate for them.

-An Economist infographic breaks down what works and what doesn’t on Kickstarter.

-In India, some cities are turning to waste as a source of power, explains GigaOM.

-Americans, especially Boomers, aren’t as eager to downsize their homes as has been assumed, the Chicago Tribune reports.

-The Atlantic looks at America’s “liquid diet” as the popularity of soft drinks and cheap beer declines.

-Energy-drink consumption represents a “rising public health problem,” according to a new U.S. government agency report, per USA Today.

-The popularity of quinoa has come at the expense of Bolivians, for whom this staple has grown too costly, reports The Guardian.

-More hotels are helping travelers stick to their yoga routines, according to The New York Times.

-Retailers are featuring more personalized, monogrammed goods, as Bloomberg reports.

-Private clubs are “thriving” around the world, according to The Economist.

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