NYT dubs Millennials "Generation Nice," brands are retooling for Gen Z, can business thrive in Nigeria?

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The New York Times profiles Millennials, dubbing them “Generation Nice,” thanks to their interest in social good and their empathy.

-The Pew Research Center spotlights the 20th edition of the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.

The New York Times takes a look at how brands are retooling for Millennial consumers.

Mashable features an infographic on Gen Z’s distinguishing characteristics and what they mean for marketers.

MIT Technology Review releases its annual list of “35 innovators under 35.”

-From digital wallets to biometric scanners, CNN reports on how we’ll pay for things in the future.

The New York Times analyzes how web search trends differ in America’s toughest and easiest places to live—and what that says about rising inequality.

-The proving ground for businesses in Africa is Nigeria, The Economist reports.

-A Mashable Spotlight explores the future of “quantified self” through the lens of one man’s experience.

The Economist takes a look at how the rise in big festivals is affecting the music industry.

Fast Company’s Co.Labs explores how beacons and mobile technology might affect the future of concerts.

Business Insider examines the future of retail as the shift to digital commerce happens faster than anticipated.

-As sales at secondhand stores continue to grow, The Economist proclaims, “Thrift is in.”

-A new study finds that college students aren’t all that interested in wearable tech, per Pando, which reports the category is “struggling to achieve broad market appeal beyond fitness dabblers.”

-A new comScore report examines the mobile app market in the U.S.

-Britain’s top publishers are reporting that mobile traffic now surpasses that from desktop, Digiday notes.

Time predicts how smartphone technology trends in China will change the industry.

The Wall Street Journal spotlights innovation in China as a new crop of gadget-makers attracts investors.

-A decade after Google’s IPO, The Drum asks a panel of creative media execs what’s next for the Silicon Valley giant.

-While the sharing economy offers workers some freedom, it also offers few of the protections afforded full-time employees, says The New York Times.

New York Times Magazine spotlights the return of on-demand delivery services.

-Americans are taking fewer, shorter vacations than ever, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; Vox examines what’s driving the trend.

Ad Age takes a look at the first signs of LGBT marketing in China.

-Cruise lines are putting greater focus on China as its travel market booms, via the Associated Press.

-Electric bike sales are surging in Europe thanks to the continent’s strong cycling culture, reports The New York Times.

The Economist spotlights the rise of immersive cinema and how it could help the movie industry.

-“Athleisure” apparel is on the rise as workout staples become everyday wear—whether or not purchasers actually exercise, reports The Wall Street Journal. Bloomberg spotlights the trend as well, looking at which brands are benefiting.

-Muslim Millennial women are remixing tradition with their hijabs, posting their styles on social media, reports The New York Times.

-The FT examines the challenges fast food brands are facing in China as the sector rapidly expands.

-Single-item restaurants, like the recently closed cupcakery Crumbs, defy the core restaurant tenet of variety, which could be why so many don’t make it, explains Adweek.

-The Mason jar is popular again, especially among Millennials who like its “homespun aesthetic,” reports The New York Times.

Nielsen notes that more Australians are trading breakfast for liquid drinks, while its U.S. breakfast study finds that while consumer habits have changed, the morning meal is still relevant.

New York Times Magazine explores the subculture of “outlaw Instagrammers”—teens who scale bridges and buildings to photograph New York City from unexpected angles.


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