posts tagged ‘China

-Bloomberg paints a gloomy financial picture for Generation X, declaring “reality really does bite.” -At its annual developer conference, Apple announced new initiatives in music streaming, mobile payments and news. Ad Age has the details, with implications for advertisers. -The New York Times reports on Uber’s strategy to break into the Chinese market. -A new […]

Japan is deeply admired in Asia’s emerging economies, particularly in Southeast Asia, and Japanese brands seeking growth amid a sagging domestic economy should take note, a new report from J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific has found. While consumption lags at home, rising wealth across the region is leading to greater demand for Japanese products. “Japanese […]

As concerns about the environment mount worldwide, consumers are becoming interested in products that protect against the harmful effects of pollution. Beauty companies are ramping up their efforts to respond. In a November 2014 study, market research firm Mintel found a 40% increase between 2011 and 2013 in the number of beauty and personal care […]

-2015 has been a breakthrough year in transgender visibility. Writing for Adweek, transgender advertising industry veteran Chris Edwards helps marketers navigate the gender identity conversation. -We are spending half our waking lives consuming media, according to a report outlined in Quartz. -As agencies plan biometric data visualizations for Cannes Lions, Adweek looks at how brands […]

-Marketing looks at our Generation Z report and how brands can connect with these savvy consumers. -Meanwhile, Adweek warns marketers: “Gen Z doesn’t need you.” -New York considers what IBM’s Watson means for the future of AI. -The FT looks at the rise of women in Lebanese business. -Mashable looks at the spending habits of […]

-The New York Times reports on how Snapchat might affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election. -Jay Z and Beyoncé are looking to make veganism cool, says The New York Times. -Whole Foods is launching a line of smaller, more affordable stores to cater to Millennials, according to The Wall Street Journal. -Increasing access to healthy […]

-Chipotle has become the first major restaurant chain to ban genetically modified ingredients, according to The New York Times. -However, New York magazine points out that Chipotle’s decision may only add consumer confusion surrounding GMOs. -Nielsen takes a global look at the future of technology and personalized recommendations in the grocery store. -The Vatican calls […]

April 27, 2015

MyIdol

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Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers. And rock stars. And pandas. All thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity—and in 3D, no less.

James Wallman’s influential new book Stuffocation charts how as a society we’re increasingly moving away from “stuff” to experience as a priority. The book details how we can lead happier, more sustainable lives by ending our love affair with possessions, and contextualizes our changing relationship with commodities across the century. A British author and futurist […]

-“There is no more social media—just advertising,” declares Ad Age. -The Verge hails the return of the album. -Venture capitalists are flocking to India, hoping to find a successor to China’s retail giant Alibaba, reports The Wall Street Journal. -TechCrunch explores the potential in mobile for enterprise. -An Adweek infographic compares what Millennials and Gen […]


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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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