East Africa's tech hubs, trendy food startups, consumers' desire for "realness"

The Economist looks at growth in sub-Saharan Africa, which is fast becoming “an attractive destination for money and its managers” from the rich world.

-The BBC examines East Africa’s new tech hubs, described as “beacons for the hi-tech hopes and dreams of the continent.”

Bain forecasts continued growth in the luxury market, along with “major structural shifts.”

Fast Company looks at consumers’ growing desire for a “granular level of ‘realness’” and the opportunities this presents to brands.

-“Made in the USA” is still a selling point, at least among the emerging middle classes in developing markets, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

-A Pew study in China finds growing concern about inequality and corruption, as well as “reservations” about relations with the U.S.

-The future of workspaces is virtual and casual, according to The Daily Beast, with more flexibility but declining employee loyalty.

Google and others are looking to better integrate the digital and physical so that computers blend seamlessly into our worlds, reports The New York Times.

-“Nobody ‘Goes Online’ Anymore,” says The Wall Street Journal, reporting on a theory that online is so integrated into daily habits that consumers don’t think of it as a distinct activity.

The New York Times outlines advances in emotion recognition by computers, with real-world applications ranging from driving to education.

The Guardian posits that “attitudes towards online anonymity may have shifted” as tolerance for Web trolls runs out.

The Economist mulls the “profound change” that driverless cars will bring to a range of sectors and outlines the challenges facing hydrogen-fueled cars.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Silicon Valley investors are turning their attention to trendy food startups.

The Huffington Post reports that fast food brands are redesigning their stores by taking cues from fast–casual chains like Chipotle and Panera.

-A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines Americans’ consumption of diet beverages, reports MediaPost.

Nielsen reports that ad spending rose around the world in the first half, led by a rise in Internet ad spend.

-As keyword costs rise on Google, smaller businesses are looking for alternatives to pay-per-click advertising, reports The New York Times.

Ad Age spotlights some brands leveraging the De-Teching trend.

Time’s cover story examines whether free online college courses can “finally disrupt higher education.”

Bloomberg looks at the booming online market for menswear.

-Hotels are selling a wider array of products to guests, according to The New York Times.

-Tech businesses not only still use physical business cards but are increasingly creative with them, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-While Newsweek announced it will nix its print edition, and The Guardian may do the same, the inverse is true in India, where print is growing, according to Ad Age.

-India is serving as a testing ground for Facebook as it looks to emerging markets for growth, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Daily Mail sees a trend in painting one’s baby bump, as a way to celebrate pregnancy.

Feature image: East Africa’s new tech hub. Copyright Jonathan Kalan