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We talked to Evan Shapiro while researching our May trend report, “10 Ways Marketers Are Using the Second Screen.” At the time, Shapiro headed up the IFC and Sundance television channels, where he steered both networks to new business and programming models and executive-produced films and series including the hit show Portlandia and the documentary […]

It’s not your mother’s home shopping experience. As the world of television changes, so-called TV commerce might be the next gold rush, and a slew of new platforms are vying for dominance. One of them is Delivery Agent’s TV Wallet, a platform built on the relationship between a couch potato and his remote control. In […]

The words “As seen on TV” are getting a second life thanks to the second screen. eBay, for one, is looking to forge deeper relationships with television networks in a bid to make the most of the fact that 86% of tablet and mobile phone owners use their gadgets while watching the tube. Currently, users […]

Live events company Future Cinema has been staging lavishly produced Secret Cinema screenings—complete with bands, DJs, food stalls, impressive set design and hundreds of actors—in and around London since 2007. Moviegoers pay up to £35 per ticket but don’t know where they’re headed or what they’re seeing until shortly before the event. Then they’re invited […]

For Bella DePaulo, Marriage Optional isn’t just one of our Top 10 Trends for 2012, it’s a way of life. The visiting professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, calls herself, and millions of other men and women, “single at heart.” A prolific commentator and writer, DePaulo has authored three books on […]

The fall television season is upon us here in the U.S., with not only dozens of new shows and returning favorites but so many ways to watch. The very old-school brand TV Guide—known for its once ubiquitous magazine, the one where the newsprint ran onto your thumbs and the corners curled up at the eges—is […]

When Apple debuted the iPad more than a year ago, consumers and critics were simultaneously dazzled and puzzled: Tablets offered incredible features and portability, but would they catch on in a world saturated by smartphones, laptops and netbooks? Indeed they have. IDC forecasts that 53.5 million units from a variety of makers will ship this […]

Bing has been promoting its recent social search function, encouraging users to “make better decisions with the help of your friends.” The idea is to see, alongside regular results, what Facebook friends like as far as travel, shopping and music. But does social search help users make better decisions or just more parochial ones? Hyper-Personalization […]

Apple’s newest, shiniest gizmo is already available at Target, Best Buy and Walmart, but with Toys R Us now selling the iPad 2, we’re seeing the brand recruiting retailers in its effort to drill down to a new consumer base. “But is [the iPad] really a kids’ toy? And will parents buy Apple’s delicate and […]

A few tech brands have been deftly playing the De-Teching trend to sell more gadgets, as we wrote about earlier this year. Now, Asus is zeroing in on parental ambivalence toward immersive technology with ads that acknowledge the perils of plugging in while touting the company’s Eee Slate tablet as a handy digital babysitter. In […]


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  • Bloom
    June 29, 2015 | 11:32 am

    Bloom

    A new service called Bloom aims to bridge the generation gap using stripped-down technology. The service includes a minimal tablet display interface that seniors can place in a chosen room to receive updates from family, as well as a smart wristband that activates the display automatically when users approach it. Other family members who’ve downloaded Bloom can share photos and videos to their loved one’s stream using their mobile devices.

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  • SecondHands
    June 25, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    British online supermarket Ocado has announced its SecondHands program: a five-year project aiming to create an autonomous robotic warehouse employee. An example of our “Cognitive Technology” trend in this year’s Future 100 report, the project could revolutionize the way factories handle repairs, logistics and more, but comes with its share of challenges. Continue reading “SecondHands” »

  • Offices for the young at heart
    June 23, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    LegoModern offices, especially in the tech sector, have become known as adult playgrounds that foster creativity and collaboration. The image of millennials playing ping pong at work is its own meme in the age of The Social Network. And there’s a prevailing idea that the younger the workforce, the more cutting edge and productive the company.

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  • Transparency ratings
    June 22, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Data

    The fight for digital privacy continues to gain momentum two years after Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosures. But while most technology companies have made progress in protecting consumer data, some are lagging behind, according to the latest report from the Electronic Frontier FoundationContinue reading “Transparency ratings” »

  • Taste rewind
    June 19, 2015 | 5:29 pm

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    Spotify’s new Taste Rewind feature is a music lover’s time machine. It’s a tool designed to help listeners discover “what you’d be jammin’ out to if you were born during a different decade.”

    Taste Rewind asks you to choose three of your favorite contemporary artists, then creates a personalized playlist representing each decade from the ‘60s on. Targeting a younger user base, the app plays on Millennials’ tendency to be nostalgic even about eras they never experienced. Continue reading “Taste rewind” »

  • Menswear’s delicate side
    June 17, 2015 | 5:13 pm

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    Recent years have seen a surge in gender-neutral fashion, from luxury heavyweights such as Prada to cult favorite Hood By Air. But this week at London Collections Men, designers are offering a new twist: lace, ruffles and velvet, constructed in distinctly masculine shapes. Continue reading “Menswear’s delicate side” »

  • Co-working gets domestic
    June 16, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    WeWork

    Popular co-working space WeWork will soon launch WeLive—a project that combines WeWork’s famously fun work spaces with dorm-style micro apartments. A press release for WeLive describes the buildings as “neighborhoods,” featuring 200+ apartments with shared commercial-grade kitchens and community spaces, along with several floors of office space. Continue reading “Co-working gets domestic” »

  • Native American dining
    June 11, 2015 | 1:56 pm

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    Although it’s easy to sample the cuisines of Ethiopia or Vietnam in most major US cities, Native American restaurants are practically nonexistent. However, with the rise of locavore movements and interest in pre-industrial foods from the likes of the paleo crowd, the indigenous cuisines of the United States could be ready to claim their rightful place in today’s food culture. Continue reading “Native American dining” »

  • Time-travel media
    June 8, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Future Chronicles

    The Future Chronicles, currently raising money on Kickstarter, bills itself as the “first magazine ever that travels through time.” Created by German agency Hyperraum, the magazine aims to explore both the past and the future through creative narration and design.

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  • Invisible wearables
    June 2, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Project Jacquard

    A new initiative announced at Google’s annual developers conference is making waves in the wearable tech world. Project Jacquard, launched in collaboration with Levi’s, makes touch interfaces more wearable than ever by weaving them directly into traditional textiles. This high-tech fabric is made of conductive thread that can respond to touch signals like swipes and taps, and sync up with a smartphone to execute basic functions. Digiday calls the innovation “Google Glass for your ass.”

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