February 28, 2014

Weekly Roundup: Messaging app wars, next-gen cybersecurity and ‘white hat’ hackers

Posted by: in North America

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection.

-A Pew Research Internet Project report takes stock of the Web at 25 (unsurprising overall verdict: It’s been good for society and very good for individual consumers).

-BBC examines the wearable technology worn by attendees of the Mobile World Congress.

-The New York Times argues that Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is just the start of the messaging app wars.

-In Ad Age, our own Marian Berelowitz takes a look at how messenger apps are bringing brands fresh access to consumers.

-The FT examines trends around women and the workplace in a special report.

-MediaPost explains how women have come to dominate the mobile gaming space.

-The FT looks at ways in which U.S. retailers are “smartening up” the shopping experiences with tracker beacons that communicate with customers’ phones.

-Fast Company reports on a group of venture capitalists and engineers, with some big-name backers, who are betting that they can run an insurance company like an Internet startup, a potential sign of things to come post-Obamacare.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on how chewing gum makers are in a turf battle for Chinese chewers—whose numbers grew by double digits last year.

-Quartz looks at why Americans have been falling out of love with orange juice.

-The New York Times reports that a federal survey has found that the obesity rate for young children plummeted 43 percent over the past 10 years.

-The FT releases a special report on the ways in which telecom companies are shaping up for an “always-on” world.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the ways Silicon Valley is jumping into next-generation cybersecurity.

-The FT reports on Boeing’s new “self-destruct” mobile phone that will delete all its call and message data if an unauthorized attempt is made to crack it open.

-The Economist explores the trend of law-abiding “white hat” hackers, who help companies find and repair their vulnerabilities to cyber-criminals.

-WNYC explains why “the future of texting is all about dancing wombats” thanks to stickers, emojis and a visually oriented culture.

-An opinion piece in Wired asks whether today’s apps are outsourcing humanity and turning us into sociopaths.

-Digiday looks at the rise of Upworthy clones looking to replicate the viral publisher’s success.

-The Guardian looks at the rise of “sad-food” photography on social media, such as the Dimly Lit Meals Tumblr feed.

-The New York Times ponders the rise of the ugly selfie.

-Nielsen reports on how smartphones are changing consumers’ daily routines around the world.

-The Economist takes a graphic look at U.S. housing prices and suggests the country may be in the midst of another housing bubble.

-A survey conducted by America Saves finds that only one in three Americans is living within their means and saving enough for their long-term financial future.

-According to The New York Times, the U.S. is at a “pivotal point” as more states consider legalizing medical or recreational marijuana.

-The Guardian reports on the growing number of computer-generated fake papers—“gobbledegook”—that are being submitted and even accepted at academic conferences.

-The New York Times Magazine delves into the work of scientists who are working to bring back extinct animals—and the possible dangers of that work.

-The Economist reports that a new way to double the efficiency of solar cells is about to go mainstream.

-The Wall Street Journal predicts that pricey hydrogen cars will soon challenge electric, with companies planning to lease hydrogen-cell-powered in California and several European countries by the end of next year.

-The New York Times profiles the founder of a startup that creates computer games designed to teach players social-emotional learning.

-The Wall Street Journal examines the ways in which brands are encouraging mother-daughter shopping with coupons and social platforms.

-Autoweek highlights a new service in development from Volvo that allows delivery companies to place items directly into consumers’ cars.

-TechCrunch reports that Disney has launched a new iOS app called Disney Movies Anywhere that will let users stream Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies; unusually for the industry, the app is integrated into, not competing with, iTunes.

-The Wall Street Journal takes at look at the South Korean app Kakao, which has 133 million users and is pushing the boundaries of what an app can do, including messaging, gaming and celebrity friending.

-The Wire reports on Amtrak’s plan to give free long-trip tickets to writers in residence (and pick up some good PR along the way).

-Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the growing clout of gay gamers, or “gaymers.”

-Our own Ann Mack spoke to Elle Canada about the most exciting innovations in beauty.

-The FT explains that with chat apps cutting into their revenues, many mobile operators are turning to machine-to-machine communication for new growth.

-Quartz asserts that nostalgia is “the emotion of the Internet.”

-The Daily Mail reports on new research into the ways children interact with toys and, increasingly, tablets.

No Responses to "Weekly Roundup: Messaging app wars, next-gen cybersecurity and ‘white hat’ hackers"

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 »