May 3, 2013

Weekly Roundup: The end of online anonymity, marriage as status symbol and healthy furniture

Posted by: in North America

Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view it here: http://flip.it/Ejfp8.

-The Christian Science Monitor reports that the economic crisis is stemming migration out of rural areas and reviving country life in Spain.

-Bloomberg Businessweek says some wealthy Chinese are trading in the stresses of urban living for the countryside.

-Western apparel companies are starting to rethink their presence in Bangladesh, reports The New York Times.

-Suicide rates among U.S. Baby Boomers have spiked over the past decade, notably among men in their 50s, as The New York Times reports.

-Marriage has become a status symbol in the U.S., writes a The New York Times op-ed columnist.

-As the business of online video heats up, Adweek and Ad Age cover the Digital Content NewFronts. The New York Times notes that it’s “street cred vs. quality” in online video pitches, and Google’s Eric Schmidt declares that YouTube has displaced TV watching.

-The Guardian reports on a study finding that Facebook is shedding users in its biggest markets.

-A New York Times essayist examines the new way in which young people now view old age.

-Airbnb’s plan to verify its users is one more sign that online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past, writes the FT.

-The New York Times examines trends in business travel, including the boom in visits to emerging markets and the move to BYOD for entertainment.

-A recent report finds that among Asian travelers, female business travelers and senior citizens are helping to boost international tourism.

-The Economist spotlights the “healthy furniture” trend.

-A Fast Company writer argues that for some consumers, what their tech device “wears” has become as important as what it does.

-The Guardian explores whether 3D printing is become mainstream.

-The New York Times examines the popularity of hacker spaces.

-The Atlantic Wire considers whether tablets have a future.

-The New York TimesBits blog looks at the possibility of mind-controlled computer interfaces.

-As the volume of messages sent over chat apps surpasses traditional texts, GigaOM takes a look at the ramifications for mobile carriers.

-The Verge examines the “scary” rise of iris recognition technology.

-The Economist reviews three books that consider how technology and power are intersecting in the digital age.

-The New York Times reports on the food-industry startups getting attention from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

-2013 has been a bad year so far for major beer brands, reports Ad Age.

-The Wall Street Journal declares that “Hummus Is Conquering America.”

-Bee venom (one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013) is now a “buzzed-about” ingredient in cosmetics, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-USA Today takes a look at the rise of eco-fashion.

-“Passive” job candidates are a fad in corporate hiring, reports a Bloomberg Businessweek columnist.

-The Economist reports on the business of musicals, which is “bigger, more global and more fabulous than ever.”

-We released our latest trend report, “Travel: Changing Course.”

No Responses to "Weekly Roundup: The end of online anonymity, marriage as status symbol and healthy furniture"

Comment Form

SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER:

New: 10 Years of 10 Trends

The Future 100

JWT AnxietyIndex

Things to Watch

  • Crossing ‘the digital divide’
    March 19, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    ggw_16-9

    In a piece on an 82-year-old going online for the first time, The Washington Post called attention to a rising issue—the divide between those who use the Internet and those who don’t (13% in the U.S., and 41% among senior citizens).

    Continue reading “Crossing ‘the digital divide’” »

  • Incremental saving and giving
    March 11, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Call it progress or just laziness—apps are popping up that harness our small change and put it to better use. Acorns, dubbed “the Tinder of investing,” links to a user’s debit or credit card and rounds up to the nearest dollar on every purchase. The app then takes that spare change and invests it in a portfolio of the user’s choice—portfolios range from low to high risk (and reward). Or users can opt to let Acorns choose for them based on their age, goals, income and other factors. Meanwhile, apps like Qapital and Digit facilitate regular small transfers from checking to savings, and banks themselves are getting on the incremental savings bandwagon. (See: Bank of America’s Keep the Change and Wells Fargo’s Way2Save.)

    Continue reading “Incremental saving and giving” »

  • Augmenting sleep
    March 9, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Sense orb

    Digital platforms are already integrated into our every waking minute—now they’re moving into our sleep. A spate of apps and devices aim to aid and facilitate better sleep, from ambient lamps to a lucid dreaming sleep mask to an app that wakes you up with a phone call from a stranger.

    Continue reading “Augmenting sleep” »

  • The sharing economy grows up
    March 3, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 2.28.41 PM

    Hotel giant Starwood has bought in to the sharing economy. The group, which owns W Hotels, St. Regis and Sheraton, has announced a partnership with car service Uber in which every dollar spent by a guest on an Uber car earns points toward free rooms and other perks.

    Continue reading “The sharing economy grows up” »

  • Digital immersive exercise
    February 25, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    immersive-fitness-the-trip

    Equinox’s new revved-up cycle class speaks to a growing exercise trend—digital immersion. This month the gym brand unveiled Pursuit, an immersive cycling concept, to limited U.S. gyms. Equinox describes the program as “an immersive studio cycling experience that uses groundbreaking gaming and data visualization to drive competition and inspire peak performance.”

    Continue reading “Digital immersive exercise” »

  • Science fare
    February 20, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 12.59.22 PM

    The worlds of science, gastronomy and art are continuing to cross-pollinate—from edible conceptual art to molecular gastronomy “lab cafés” to synesthetic dining events. Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Mass., is a recent example. Opened late last year by David Edwards, a Harvard engineering professor, the café serves whiskey “fogs” through a special carafe that turns the liquor into vapor (which means consumers don’t take in any of the calories and feel none of the intoxicating effects).

    Continue reading “Science fare” »

  • Aman’s authentic-luxe travel
    February 11, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    Amandira1_509

    As travelers continue to seek out authentic and unique experiences, hospitality brands keep raising the bar on hyper-localized offerings and exceptional access. Aman, for instance, is introducing a phinisi-style sailing ship in Indonesia, marrying the brand’s ultra-luxe sensibility with regional tradition. With an outdoor lounge and bar, the option to travel by motor, and air-conditioned cabins, the ship brings every modern comfort to an age-old means of navigating the Indonesian archipelago. Another Aman property, meanwhile, offers a dip into paleontology: Guests at Amangiri in southern Utah can join an official dig at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, working alongside fossil experts for a half-day. The cost of getting one’s hands dirty starts at $600. (Resulting Instagram images: priceless.) —Marian Berelowitz

    Image credit: Aman

  • Adidas’ ‘virtual line’
    February 5, 2015 | 6:55 pm

    Adidas

    Adidas’ new Confirmed app cleverly harnesses the fervor of collectors who normally line up for limited-edition shoes, moving fans onto a mobile platform. App users create an account, then get push notifications when hot new releases are on the way. Interested buyers in a given metro area—only New York City at launch—indicate their size and, if approved, receive details on where and when to pick up the shoes. An Adidas exec calls it a “virtual line.” In addition to collecting data on these super-fans, the app lets Adidas control which influencers get various styles, drives traffic to selected stores, builds additional buzz and cuts out secondary-market sellers armed with bots that secure advance orders. —Marian Berelowitz

    Image credit: Bloomberg

  • Adventurous play
    February 4, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 12.00.22 PM

    Kids will slide through a “Tunnel of Terror” and get slimy on “Mount Mud” in Tough Mudder’s new obstacle course for the 7-12 set. The endurance-challenge purveyor is partnering with European soft drink brand Britvic on Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, with events planned for the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. The concept caters to parents looking to pry kids away from screens and get them moving—there’s now a CrossFit offshoot for kids, starting with preschoolers—in ways that are challenging and fun.

    Continue reading “Adventurous play” »

  • Rivals joining forces
    January 26, 2015 | 7:19 pm

    Volkswagen_5 2000px-BMW.svg

    Not long ago, a collaboration between two rival companies would have been seen as a counterintuitive and perhaps desperate measure. In 2015, however, BMW’s partnership with Volkswagen on fast-charging electric vehicle stations makes the automakers look self-confident, open and serious about sustainability and the common good.  Continue reading “Rivals joining forces” »

  • RSSArchive for Things to Watch »