August 23, 2013

Weekly Roundup: The digital divide, the mood graph and ‘feel-good’ fashion

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-The relationship between humans and machines is getting redefined as the line between the two blurs, according to Gartner’s 2013 “Hype Cycle” report, via the FT.

-As a consortium of tech giants seeks to expand global Internet access, a reminder that access doesn’t equate with usage: One-fifth of Americans don’t use the Internet, and The New York Times looks at why this digital divide persists.

-Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Pew Research Center weighs America’s progress on racial equality.

-The Atlantic explores how social media is making the topic of death less taboo in American society.

-Fast Company reports on a study finding that Americans are changing their online behavior in the wake of news about NSA surveillance.

-“Social apps are killing text,” according to a Digital Trends piece.

-Wired examines the mood graph and “how emotions are taking over the Web.”

-As more people communicate via emoji, The New York Times looks at some of the hiccups that occur.

-The New York Times looks at why the latest generation of social shopping startups is catching on with investors.

-The Next Web examines “How the personalized Web is transforming our relationship with technology.”

-Mashable reports on the rise of religious apps and how they’re changing worship. 

-Ad Age spotlights the initial trickle of apps for Google Glass, dubbed “Glassware.”

-The New York Times takes a look at “What’s Lost When Everything Is Recorded” as digital recording devices become pervasive.

-A new study finds that Facebook is making users depressed, via NPR.

-With Georgia Tech planning to offer a MOOC-based master’s degree, we may be moving into the next phase of online education, reports The New York Times.

-The next wave of machines may function more like biological brains than traditional computers, according to a Forbes post.

-A new Euromonitor report spotlights packaged food trends in the Americas, per MediaPost.

-Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports that shipping containers are the hot trend in restaurants.

-As Americans turn away from traditional milk, they’re also looking beyond soy to almond, rice and coconut milk, reports Businessweek.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights a crop of “feel-good” fashion companies that emphasize transparency in production methods.

-The FT examines the rising need for fashion designers to mix creativity with business-savvy.

-The “cute” aesthetic that has held sway among young Chinese women is losing appeal for under-25s, reports The Business of Fashion.

-A series of graphs on Business Insider illustrate changes in average annual work hours over the decades for a range of countries.

-The New York Times reports that paper cards are continuing their decline—and even e-cards may be falling out of favor.

-New exotic cigar flavors are drawing in a younger group of smokers, explains The New York Times.

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