2014 predictions for mobile, CES is emerging as a rival to auto shows, 100 Things to Watch For In The Year Ahead
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Due to year-end office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.
-We released our annual list of 100 Things to Watch for the year ahead.
-Various media outlets covered our 10 Trends for 2014 and 100 Things to Watch, including the Associated Press; Ad Age, which spotlighted our privacy-related trends; The Huffington Post, on why this will be the year of Mindful Living; and Bloomberg Businessweek, which spotlighted imperfection in the food category.
-WPP’s Martin Sorrell outlined his financial forecast for 2014 in Ad Age.
-2014 should be more interesting than 2013 when it comes to tech innovation, writes Nick Bilton.
-A Digiday contributor spotlights seven media trends for 2014.
–With the rise of viral hoaxes, Esquire writer Luke O’Neil bemoans online media’s “traffic-at-all-costs” mentality in “The Year We Broke the Internet.”
-Reporting on the 2013 holiday shopping season, Time spotlights 10 consumer trends that emerged, and Reuters reports that traditional retailers are having to work much harder to persuade consumers to open their wallets.
–eWeek spotlights 10 products and technologies that will be prominent at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show; VentureBeat and Mashable also preview technologies that will be hot topics; and Brand Channel reports that for automakers, CES is emerging as a rival to auto shows.
-China is driving demand for ultra-high-def TVs, which will be in the spotlight at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-The advent of “brainlike” computers that learn from experience is “about to turn the digital world on its head,” according to The New York Times.
–The New York Times reports on rising anxiety in China over soil pollution and how it might be affecting food crops.
-As the U.K.’s population of working poor mushrooms, hunger is on the rise, especially in the north, reports The New York Times.
-Germans are still “surprisingly conservative in attitudes to gender equality,” reports The Economist.
-A new startup culture is emerging in Japan, reports The New York Times.
–Nielsen takes a look at how Australia’s connected consumers have changed over the past decade.
-A new study examines regional variations in China’s luxury shoppers, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.
-Thanks to the power of social media and online petitions, the food industry is “increasingly capitulating to consumer demands,” reports The New York Times.
–The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how frozen food brands are attempting to combat “frozen-food phobia.”
-Young foodies are now starting their careers by seeking jobs as servers in top-tier restaurants, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-With recreational marijuana now legally on sale in Colorado, Time says to “expect more cracks in the grass ceiling” among other states and cities.
–USA Today reports on a study forecasting that more than 50 million self-driving cars will be in use worldwide by 2035.
-Young children are increasingly losing interest in physical toys as they gravitate toward digital playthings, reports The New York Times.
-A new study examines America’s youngest generation, the most ethnically diverse cohort to date, as MediaPost reports.
-A Millennial columnist for Bloomberg takes stock of media stereotypes and assessments of her generation.
-Last year, U.S. digital music sales declined for the first time in a decade thanks to the rise of streaming services, as the FT reports.
-New research from Pew outlines trends in social networking site usage and adoption in the U.S.
–The New York Times takes a look at how manufacturers are changing their facilities to accommodate large and/or heavy robotic machinery.
–The Wall Street Journal spotlights how luxury builders and developers are designing around pampered pets.
-As incomes rise in Asia, pet owners are spending more to feed and spoil their animals, via Reuters.
–The New York Times takes a look at the next generation of sex toys and cybersex.
-Pondering the meaning of selfies, actor James Franco writes that they are “tools of communication more than marks of vanity.”
-“The move to exploit reading data is one aspect of how consumer analytics is making its way into every corner of the culture,” says The New York Times, reporting on the rise of e-book subscription services.
–Digiday looks at the business of “bro media” as digital brands overtake once-influential names like Maxim.
-Domestic films gained market share in China last year, reports the Los Angeles Times.
-A Forbes columnist looks at trends to expect this year among Chinese tourists.
-American beauty lines are turning to ancient traditions for inspiration, reports the Los Angeles Times.