Time’s “Never Offline” cover story examines “how wearable tech will change your life—like it or not.”
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–The Economist’s special report on advertising and technology looks at how tech is changing life for ad agencies, data tracking and privacy issues, the pros and cons of advertising on mobile devices, and more.
–McKinsey examines how tech-driven disruption, emerging-markets growth and aging populations will upend management strategies over the next 50 years.
–The Economist cautions that the pace of growth in developing markets is slowing substantially.
-According to new research from Pew, the global public is generally “glum” about the future, especially in terms of their country’s economic prospects.
–The New York Times analyzes the tri-annual Survey of Consumer Finances from the Federal Reserve and finds that while savings are up, income is down for all but the wealthiest Americans. Businessweek spotlights the finding that only Gen Xers have seen their income and wealth rise since the recession.
–The New York Times looks at how Alibaba is bringing luxury goods to China’s middle class.
-With Apple’s upcoming smartwatch, Time’s “Never Offline” cover story examines “how wearable tech will change your life—like it or not.”
-Two New York Times op-ed contributors outline the impending “Digital Wallet Revolution” that Apple’s digital wallet and others could usher in.
-Apple’s smartwatch signals how we’re moving further away from words to other forms of communication, writes The Washington Post.
–TechCrunch suggests that Apple’s watch will drive wearables into the enterprise.
–Recode takes a look at why businesses are pursuing gamers, with Oculus Rift, Twitch and Minecraft all drawing billion-dollar-plus acquisitions.
-A new report finds that more than half of Americans are unmarried, further confirmation of our Marriage Optional trend, via Businessweek.
-The Facebook generation is rethinking privacy, with teens and Millennials growing more likely to use privacy tools and hide personal information, reports The New York Times.
–New York explores the “unshakeable optimism” of Millennials as the older end of the generation moves into their 30s.
–The New York Times’ A.O. Scott lays out an argument that we’re seeing “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.”
-We have entered “The Awkward Age,” asserts The New Yorker.
-Nielsen finds that older Americans are cutting back on traditional TV viewing and watching more digital video, per The New York Times—although the median age of American TV viewers is rapidly rising, reports The Washington Post. MediaPost also examines Nielsen’s numbers, noting that mobile video is growing but also still lagging TV and desktop viewing.
-A Viacom study explores how audiences discover, watch and become fans of TV shows.
–Quartz takes a look at how Millennials are forcing change on America’s TV industry.
–Digiday draws on multiple studies to map out the digital video landscape in a series of charts.
–The Atlantic outlines the spending habits of Millennials, who “prefer their foods organic, their produce natural and their banks small.”
–The Wall Street Journal looks at how the foodie craze is affecting residential real estate.
-Changing American tastes, habits and choices are leading to “death by a thousand cuts” for cereal brands, reports The New York Times. Adweek examines how some cereal brands are relying on nostalgia themes, with little success.
-A survey by Brand Keys finds that Americans, especially Millennials, are losing their taste for fast food restaurants in favor of fast casual outlets.
-Millennials “pride themselves on their individuality, and shop accordingly,” reports The Business of Fashion, which takes a look at how some retailers are responding.
-As in-store sales wane, retailers are adopting new digital tactics, especially in mobile, to attract younger shoppers, per The Wall Street Journal.
-The men’s fashion boom is spurring more womenswear designers to enter the menswear market, reports Adweek.
–The New York Times Magazine reports on the “gender-bending ideas percolating in men’s fashion.”
–NPR looks at what’s happening with America’s dead and dying malls.
–Gigaom explores a culture clash brewing in the Internet of Things space.
–Pew Research examines young Americans’ attitudes and usage of public libraries, and as Quartz notes, Millennials are out-reading older generations. And Slate explores why indie bookstores are succeeding where chains like Borders failed.
-A study from Bankrite.com shows that many American Millennials are ill-informed about how credit cards work.
-Perhaps reflecting our increasingly digital lives, introduction to computer science is now the most popular course at Harvard, explains Quartz.
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