In-store stylists, automated payments, all-gender beauty.
–Gulf News reports on a perfume-based art exhibition that has opened at The Dubai Mall, which explores scent as an art form.
–Soon you’ll be asking Alexa to book you a massage at the hotel spa, as Marriott begins to incorporate Amazon Echo into their hotel rooms, says Engadget.
–Online shoppers can now connect with in-store salespeople at Harvey Nichols via live video feed and a messaging app, explains Digiday.
–As the number of contactless payments continue to rise, BBC News reports that debit card use has surpassed cash for the first time.
–Fluide is the latest “all-gender beauty brand,” says NYLON, and marks an increased focus on inclusion within the beauty industry.
–The newest ship from Viking Ocean Cruises has a “planetarium-like theater” and a resident astronomer on deck to take full advantage of the open sky. Via Conde Nast Traveler.
–A UK-based start up has created a pair of earbuds that let you remix audio from a live concert in real time for the ultimate audio experience, explains WIRED.
–Increased focus on wellness affects more than just adults, with a new study reporting that the use of alternative supplements – like probiotics or digestive aids – has doubled among kids and teens. Via ABC News.
–Instagram launches IGTV, a platform for longer videos aimed to compete with Youtube and traditional TV and serve as a new avenue for creators to publish content, reports The Verge.
–An OB/GYN has worked to help create a wearable device to help reduce campus sexual assult, says Fast Company.
–Wealthy Asians got richer faster than anyone else in the world, according to Bloomberg, as the region continues to be an “engine of growth”.
–Avocado lovers rejoice– The Guardian reports on an invisible coating that can double the shelf life of avocados and other fruits and vegetables.