The impact of climate change, nail polish for dudes, why the US birthrate is falling
Due to Thanksgiving Day office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.
-A World Bank report warns that climate change could bring “cataclysmic changes” to the planet, according to Bloomberg.
–Bloomberg reports that low unemployment is reducing Brazil’s supply of cheap domestic labor.
–The Economist looks at demographic shifts in Mexico, where a “baby bust” and rising life expectancy will mean an aging population.
–Businessweek reports on why the U.S. birthrate is falling.
-Reporting on Black Friday shopping, The Wall Street Journal examines how brick-and-mortar retailers are aggressively “turning the tables” on online retailers.
–USA Today reports that Cyber Monday was a hit for small businesses.
–The Wall Street Journal spotlights “Shopping’s Great Age Divide,” looking at the widely divergent ways in which Millennials and Boomers approach the task.
-“Conscientious consumption” has survived the recession to become a fact of life, reports USA Today.
–The Economist considers whether and how traditional manufacturers will fight the advent of 3D printing.
-The housing market is starting to build in more space for multigenerational families, according to The New York Times.
–Businessweek asks whether concierge medicine represents the future of health care in the U.S.
-A design agency dreams up ideas of how three brands could evolve in 2030, via Fast Company‘s Co.Exist.
–Mediapost spotlights “5 Mobile Advertising Trends for the Holiday Shopping Season.”
-Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes outlines “The Can’t-Miss Social Media Trends for 2013” in Fast Company.
-As a part of the “Ignition: Future of Digital” conference, Henry Blodget presented on the future of digital media, focusing strongly on the mobile revolution.
-A new Gartner study finds that by 2014, 80 percent of all gamified apps will fail to accomplish what they’ve set out to do, reports TechCrunch.
-With Americans using their mobile phones in ever more ways, a new study from the Pew Research Center outlines the most popular activities on the device.
-A new comScore report finds that Pandora and Twitter are the two most mobile-centric media properties, reports Ad Age.
–Quartz explores “why iPhones are no longer cool in China” and Samsung is on the rise.
–Fast Company breaks down why Google needs to “innovate the heck out of Android,” following lackluster numbers for shopping on Black Friday.
-The BBC reports on the rise of smartphone apps that help to enable therapy on the go.
–Campaign Asia-Pacific reports on a study that finds social games are more popular among women in that region.
–Digital Trends reports that a defining theme of this year’s LA Auto Show was how automakers are creating “connected cars.”
–The Guardian reports that Britain’s online dating market is booming.
-Despite perceptions to the contrary, Millennial males are sensitive and stylish, explains MediaPost.
-In the U.S., alcoholic cider is “poised for big growth,” states Nielsen.
-Chia is the new nutritional “it” item, reports The New York Times, with whole or ground seeds being added to fruit drinks, snacks and cereals.
–USA Today spotlights the new category of pod hotels, which offer travelers a place to rest … and little more.
–The Wall Street Journal reports on a craze for high-end candles.
-Nail polish, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2011, continues its foray into new markets. This time, nail polish for dudes.
-Forget planking. The latest trend among young people is “milking,” writes The Guardian.
-Stay tuned: JWTIntelligence will be releasing its eighth annual 10 Trends report next week.