The world's most innovative companies, mobile banking, core competency is a thing of the past

The Economist takes a look at how IBM and other tech firms are turning their attention to Africa.

Fast Company releases its “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” list.

-A New York Times writer examines the rise of mass connoisseurship, with Americans now taking a highly discriminating approach to everything from cupcakes to cars.

-In the wake of the Pope’s resignation, Pew releases an analysis of how the global Catholic population has changed over the past century.

-American banks are adding new mobile options as customers become more comfortable with banking by smartphone, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Business Insider looks at trends in e-commerce and social media.

Fast Company presents learnings from Apple, Netflix and Nike on why having a core competency is a thing of the past.

The Wall Street Journal spotlights new technologies designed to make driving easier and safer.

-The BBC explores the advent of connected cars and why cars are “the next digital playground.”

The Wall Street Journal looks at “The Rise of the Rent-a-Porsche.”

comScore releases a report on trends in digital behavior, online video, mobile and search in the U.K.

-Showrooming may not be as pervasive as some retailers think, according to a new study.

-A Fast Company columnist looks at the rise of the “self-service economy.”

The New York Times takes a look at whether digital price tags might replace analog retail displays.

The New York Times reports on why the seemingly outdated fax machine remains popular in Japan.

The Wall Street Journal examines the state of the gum category and why U.S. sales are declining.

USA Today reports that North American airports are expanding their high-end retail options.

The New York Times checks out “dinner kits,” a concept already popular in Europe, which cater to consumers who want to cook but have limited time.

-In Adweek, an infographic view of American consumers’ behaviors and attitudes.

Co.Design spotlights some reasons why wearable technology is “poised to disrupt our lives.”

The New York Times spotlights the rise of social media for readers.