April 26, 2013

Weekly Roundup: New tech innovations, Earth Day apathy and ‘Big Mother’ gadgets

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-The Economist examines “Generation Jobless,” noting that the number of unemployed youth worldwide is almost equivalent to the U.S. population.

-China’s appetite for large cars and SUVs is growing, explains The New York Times. And Brandchannel outlines some key issues in the Chinese auto market.

-Bloomberg Businessweek examines why Americans have been doing less driving.

-The latest in “The Next Economy” series (a collaboration of The Atlantic and National Journal) examines America’s middle class, based on survey data.

-MIT’s Technology Review rounds up “the 10 most important technology milestones of the past year,” including temporary social media, Big Data from cheap phones and deep learning.

-The FT’s “Digital & Social Media Marketing 2013” special report includes a look at the rise of real-time marketing, the scramble to find the next big thing and the growing opportunities in online video content.

-The U.S. economic recovery has favored the ultra-wealthy, according to Pew Research Center analysis of Census data.

-A Huffington Post poll for Earth Day finds that Americans have become less concerned about environmental issues but more likely to engage in green behavior.

-Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen talk to NPR about the privacy and security themes in their recent book, The New Digital Age.

-A new survey examines Millennials’ attitudes toward online privacy and sharing information with marketers, as USA Today reports.

-New research finds that Millennials are tech-savvy savers rather than big spenders, explains USA Today.

-Ad Age reports on how some major American brands are trying to redefine value away from low price.

-As lighting becomes a digital technology, innovative products are leveraging “light’s potential to heal, soothe, invigorate or safeguard people,” reports The New York Times.

-Health clubs are moving away from weight machines and emphasizing functional fitness training instead, according to The New York Times.

-The Economist takes a look at how 3D printing is changing the way products are developed and produced in China.

-The New York Times’ Nick Bilton reports on the rise of “flat” design for digital interfaces.

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at “Big Mother” gadgets: smart objects that remind, prod or nudge users to adjust their behavior.

-Mashable reports that “Mobile Apps Are the New Network TV, Without the Ad Dollars.”

-The New York Times takes a look at the creative ways that retailers are integrating tablets into their stores as cash registers.

-The new category of “smart” sports goggles and glasses may prove dangerously distracting, reports The New York Times.

-USA Today reports that more high school grads are choosing to bypass college.

-The New York Times spotlights the growing category of solar-powered mobile chargers.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of conferences targeting women who are looking for a good excuse to escape the daily grind.

-The New York Times takes a look at how hotels are adding novel new amenities and services for guests.

-Airlines are starting to use auctions as a way to promote upgrades, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Hollywood blockbusters are no longer doing well in China, reports The New York Times. And studios are creating new versions of films for the Chinese market, as Forbes writes.

-Some single Chinese women are rejecting the “leftover women” label commonly used in China, reports The New York Times.

-Fast Company reports on the $5.1 billion future of crowdfunding.

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