Slate declares “obsession” is the latest trend in “the new age of cultural manias.”
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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.
-Shoppers are less impulsive and more focused and savvy, thanks largely to e-commerce, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-More retailers are providing faster shipping over the holiday season for shoppers “who’ve become increasingly finicky and impatient,” reports the Associated Press.
–The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the challenging economics of e-commerce for retailers.
-Brick-and-mortar clothing retailers are especially challenged this holiday season, writes the FT.
–The Economist names its innovation-award winners.
-The “cashless society” is well on its way, says The New York Times.
–MIT Technology Review explains why smart glasses will be an important technology, even if Google Glass is “going nowhere.”
-“Personal transportation is on the cusp of its greatest transformation since the advent of the internal combustion engine,” reports the Los Angeles Times from the LA Auto Show.
–Campaign reports on JWT London’s new “Elastic Generation” report, which examines the 50-plus generation.
-The emerging world is becoming increasingly suburbanized, reports The Economist.
-Millennials are challenging traditional gender norms, redefining stereotypical male-female parameters as a form of self-expression, reports NPR.
-The FT offers an in-depth look at women in business and the issues of equality at work.
-More and more fathers are taking on culinary duties for the family, reports The New York Times.
-Pew reports that remarriage is on the rise in the U.S., thanks mostly to longer life expectancy, via Huffington Post.
–Slate declares “obsession” is the latest trend in “the new age of cultural manias.”
-Southern California is seeing an infusion of tech startups, many of which are helping Hollywood’s traditional players innovate, reports the Los Angeles Times.
-To fight declining attendance, movie theaters are experimenting with more immersive and interactive experiences, reports The New York Times.
-Traditional TV viewership continues to decline as online streaming booms, according to a new Nielsen study.
-Audiobooks are coming into their own as a creative medium, reports The New York Times, as companies like Audible create original works with no print companion.
–Wired takes a look at how independent video stores are surviving.
-A Wired columnist says designers and artists will increasingly use data as their medium.
-More luxury brands are embracing collaborations, reports The New York Times.
–The Business of Fashion talks to a fashion technologist about the future of wearable tech.
–Time spotlights the rise of African fashion designers.
-India’s rising middle class is hitting the gym, driven in part by their desire to socialize, reports the FT.
–The New Yorker looks at the impact and implications of 3D printing in health care.
-Medical researchers are betting on smartphones to improve public health, reports the Los Angeles Times.
–The New York Times lists recent U.S. economic trends consumers should be thankful for, such as cheap gasoline and job growth.
-Luxury air travel is rebounding after the recession, driven by growth in China and the Middle East, reports the FT.
–The Atlantic examines what’s behind the popularity of tattoos, especially among Millennials.
–The Wall Street Journal takes a look at China’s increasingly impressive boutique wine industry.