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Voyeurgasm: Jessica Simpson and Jay Leno
October 31, 2017Ubertrends

Voyeurgasm

odney King’s 1991 beating was a watershed moment in modern history. Not only was it groundbreaking because police violence was captured on video, but it also helped accelerate an Ubertrend, Voyeurgasm, which points to a future where ju...

Smart Cities
October 28, 2017Trends, , ,

Smart Cities

From the earliest days of the Mesopotamians, humans have been searching for ways to improve shared spaces, usually creating a central square around which other structures were built. But no civilization has had the benefit of developing ...

October 17, 2017Trends,

KAGOY

Modern technology and a shape-shifting societal landscape are conspiring to accelerate the maturity process of children, this is trend called — KAGOY — Kids Are Getting Older Younger....

October 13, 2017Trends,

Globesity

The obesity epidemic is threatening to tip scales all over the globe, propelling a trend dubbed “globesity.” In the U.S., four in 10 Americans, or 40%, are now obese, up from 13% in 1960....

October 9, 2017Trends,

Small Homes

Can you live in an 600-square-foot home? Many Americans will soon. U.S. homes are poised to get smaller, driven by a financial constraints and downsizing baby boomers....

September 19, 2017Innovation,

Face ID and Animoji

Now that we know more about Apple’s new iPhone X, let’s delve into two truly outstanding iPhone X innovations, its Face ID face recognition system and animated emoji, dubbed “Animoji” The iPhone X discards an already innovative fingerp...

September 6, 2017Trends, ,

Connected Home

You know that the smart home innovation has arrived when a CES 2017 exhibit hall in Las Vegas is teeming with Alexa-driven or other platform-connected air purifiers, mattresses, refrigerators, toasters, toothbrushes, trash cans and even ...

September 4, 2017Trends,

Yoga Culture

Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to th...

September 3, 2017Trends, , ,

India Style

Indians now rank only second to Hispanic- or Spanish-surnamed actors on American TV, despite making up less than 1% of the U.S. population. Expect India Style to invade even our cocktail party food....

August 22, 2017Innovation,

Saks Fifth Avenue ConBody

The Amazon Factor will lead to as many as 8,600 store closings in 2017. Retailers have three options: Close up shop, innovate, or change and become a discount retailer, which, as Costco and Ross Stores are proving, could be a viable stra...

August 15, 2017Fountain of Youth, Innovation,

ZIIP

As you may have read, microcurrent innovation is all the rage in health and beauty. If you’re wondering when the day will arrive that your skin regimen involves using an iPhone app, wonder no more that day is here. ZIIP ($495) uses elect...

August 1, 2017Innovation,

Airtable

We live in a smoke and mirrors world. The global technology industry is worth north of $3.5 trillion. Yet its foundations rest on six of the most uncreative software companies in the world. Which is why it’s fun to use a truly innovative...

July 25, 2017Innovation,

First Self-driving Cars

There has been much speculation as to when mass-produced, self-driving cars would arrive. According to Quora, the consensus is 2020. You can move that needle back two years because both Audi and Tesla are vying to be the first to launch ...

July 11, 2017Innovation,

Boom

In 1971, U.S. Congress halted federal funding of a next-generation supersonic transport, dubbed the “SST.” It was one the dumbest acts ever perpetrated in the name of the American public, holding the aviation industry back for half a cen...

June 28, 2017Reviews,

ASUS ZenBook 3

A slender gadget that exudes ultimate sophistication; the ASUS ZenBook 3 ($1999) is a true marvel sculpted to perfection. This slender damsel in cocktail blue has edges adorned in golden, giving the laptop a hint of tastefulness and roya...

June 27, 2017Innovation,

Public

In 1982, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell ignited the boutique hotel trend with the opening of Morgans on Madison Avenue, which boasted the design touches of French designer Andrée Putman. Schrager is once again disrupting the New York hote...

June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Apple Watch

The “wearables” field was already on fire when Apple threw its hat into the ring in 2015. In classic Apple fashion, the company reinvented the category, from interface to Apple Pay, downright to the intricacies of attaching watchband...

Airbnb
June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Airbnb

Airbnb has ushered in the concept of “home optimization,” offering homeowners the same opportunity to boost cash flow the major airlines have enjoyed for years, a disruptive innovation. The option of staying in someone’s private dw...

FedEx plane
May 28, 2017Ubertrends,

Time Compression

Engineer Percy Spencer at defense contractor Raytheon notices something peculiar. While testing a new vacuum tube, called a magnetron, a candy bar melts in his pocket. Intrigued, Spencer places some popcorn near the tube and watches in a...

May 14, 2017Innovation,

Innovation 101

We are in the midst of an era of sweeping change, with major challenges to address, such as poverty, and new planets to explore, like Mars. With all of the recurring talk of change and reinvention, it’s a given that the word innovation...

May 2, 2017Innovation, , ,

Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is a visionary man. His Starbucks vision has catapulted the company to the exalted position of the world’s No. 1 coffee retailer. Today, there are some 25,572 Starbucks stores worldwide and in 2016 Starbuck...

May 1, 2017Trends,

Grayfields

The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Clo...

May 1, 2017Trends, ,

Influencer Metrics

In the early 90s, the founder of Sidney Frank Importing Co. hired 20 young women, dubbed “Jagerettes,” to visit bars and use a spray gun to assist customers in gulping down Jägermeister. The tactic reaffirmed the power of marketing ...

April 23, 2017Trends,

Virtual Reality

Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement that it has shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014, Facebook launched an augmented reality ecosystem at its F8 developer conference last w...

April 21, 2017Trends, ,

Emoji

In January 2010, we wrote our first analysis on the use of smileys in which we advocated the adoption of a standardized emoticon language, dubbed EmotiScript. You are hereby forgiven if you considered what we wrote pure balderdash. We co...

April 1, 2017Reviews,

CRM on the Mac

Things haven’t gotten much easier since our 2013 update, the Mac continues to be very weak in database management, especially in CRM-type solutions. Managing contacts is an arduous task on the Mac, particularly in the area of seamless ...

March 18, 2017Innovation, ,

Four SXSW Takeaways

SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgott...

March 9, 2017Innovation

Top 10 Innovators

Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere...

February 18, 2017Trends, ,

Screensucking

Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day in San Diego. Joshua Burwell, a 33-year-old visiting from Sheridan, Ind., decided to hike Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. Witnesses noticed someone distracted by an “electronic device” seconds be...

April 9, 2016Innovation,

HP Spectre 13

We love laptops so much that aficionados at NotebookReview have given it the oh-so-cute diminutive “lappy.” The innovative new HP Spectre 13 ($1,170) qualifies as our latest seductress with her beautiful lines and very sexy copper accents....

January 7, 2016News, ,

CES 2016 Innovations

The Consumer Electronics Show is an excellent beacon of tech’s future. Here’s what was trending sharply at this annual Las Vegas innovation extravaganza: Virtual reality, 4K Blu-ray, action cameras and, yes, believe it or not, turntables....

December 27, 2015Innovation, , ,

Domino’s

While FedEx was first to introduce parcel tracking in 1986, Domino’s is the first restaurant to apply the technology to pizza delivery. The Pizza Tracker combined with Domino’s radically reinventive “tasted like cardboard” campai...

December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Google Inbox

With the average U.S. business executive spending 3.2 hours daily on work email alone, it’s no surprise that email is the bane for many. After many years of stagnancy, email innovation if finally accelerating. In 2015, Google Inbox bec...

December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Sketch

You can’t call Sketch an overnight success. Its creator, Pieter Omvlee, has been working on it for 10 years now. But what Sketch has achieved in that timespan is truly noteworthy. Sketch, a Mac only software, has become “quite the da...

December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Slack

Slack launched in August 2013 and one year later it had already attracted 1.1 million users. By December 2015 that figure had reached 2 million users, 570,000 of whom were paid accounts. With that type of heady growth, it’s no surprise...

December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Tesla

You know the Tesla effect is rippling across the auto industry when a headline proclaims that “Porsche, Mercedes building electric cars to challenge Tesla.” Comments one insider, “Although competitors are years behind, things might...

December 27, 2015Innovation, , ,

Tuft & Needle

There is no industry in America in need of disruption than the mattress industry. That’s because most mattresses are sold with a time-tested technique that revolves around smoke and mirrors. Phoenix-based upstart Tuft & Needle has take...

December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Zenni Optical

A conversation about innovation inevitably sparks visions of Apple, AirBnB or Uber. However, there are many unsung heroes who practice the art of efficiency innovation extremely well. In prescription eyewear retailing, Zenni Optical has ...

December 12, 2015Innovation, News,

Cobalt Valkyrie Co50

Cobalt has introduced the Co50 Valkyrie ($699,000), a high-end aircraft inspired by fighter jets. The Valkyrie is the fastest private aircraft in its class, able to travel at speeds of up to 260 knots, compared to 242 knots for similar...

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Innovation
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Voyeurgasm: Jessica Simpson and Jay Leno
October 31, 2017Ubertrends

Voyeurgasm

odney King’s 1991 beating was a watershed moment in modern history. Not only was it groundbreaking because police violence was captured on video, but it also helped accelerate an Ubertrend, Voyeurgasm, which points to a future where ju...

0
Smart Cities
October 28, 2017Trends, , ,

Smart Cities

From the earliest days of the Mesopotamians, humans have been searching for ways to improve shared spaces, usually creating a central square around which other structures were built. But no civilization has had the benefit of developing ...

0
October 17, 2017Trends,

KAGOY

Modern technology and a shape-shifting societal landscape are conspiring to accelerate the maturity process of children, this is trend called — KAGOY — Kids Are Getting Older Younger....

0
October 13, 2017Trends,

Globesity

The obesity epidemic is threatening to tip scales all over the globe, propelling a trend dubbed “globesity.” In the U.S., four in 10 Americans, or 40%, are now obese, up from 13% in 1960....

0
October 9, 2017Trends,

Small Homes

Can you live in an 600-square-foot home? Many Americans will soon. U.S. homes are poised to get smaller, driven by a financial constraints and downsizing baby boomers....

0
September 19, 2017Innovation,

Face ID and Animoji

Now that we know more about Apple’s new iPhone X, let’s delve into two truly outstanding iPhone X innovations, its Face ID face recognition system and animated emoji, dubbed “Animoji” The iPhone X discards an already innovative fingerp...

0
September 6, 2017Trends, ,

Connected Home

You know that the smart home innovation has arrived when a CES 2017 exhibit hall in Las Vegas is teeming with Alexa-driven or other platform-connected air purifiers, mattresses, refrigerators, toasters, toothbrushes, trash cans and even ...

0
September 4, 2017Trends,

Yoga Culture

Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to th...

0
September 3, 2017Trends, , ,

India Style

Indians now rank only second to Hispanic- or Spanish-surnamed actors on American TV, despite making up less than 1% of the U.S. population. Expect India Style to invade even our cocktail party food....

0
August 22, 2017Innovation,

Saks Fifth Avenue ConBody

The Amazon Factor will lead to as many as 8,600 store closings in 2017. Retailers have three options: Close up shop, innovate, or change and become a discount retailer, which, as Costco and Ross Stores are proving, could be a viable stra...

0
August 15, 2017Fountain of Youth, Innovation,

ZIIP

As you may have read, microcurrent innovation is all the rage in health and beauty. If you’re wondering when the day will arrive that your skin regimen involves using an iPhone app, wonder no more that day is here. ZIIP ($495) uses elect...

0
August 1, 2017Innovation,

Airtable

We live in a smoke and mirrors world. The global technology industry is worth north of $3.5 trillion. Yet its foundations rest on six of the most uncreative software companies in the world. Which is why it’s fun to use a truly innovative...

0
July 25, 2017Innovation,

First Self-driving Cars

There has been much speculation as to when mass-produced, self-driving cars would arrive. According to Quora, the consensus is 2020. You can move that needle back two years because both Audi and Tesla are vying to be the first to launch ...

0
July 11, 2017Innovation,

Boom

In 1971, U.S. Congress halted federal funding of a next-generation supersonic transport, dubbed the “SST.” It was one the dumbest acts ever perpetrated in the name of the American public, holding the aviation industry back for half a cen...

0
June 28, 2017Reviews,

ASUS ZenBook 3

A slender gadget that exudes ultimate sophistication; the ASUS ZenBook 3 ($1999) is a true marvel sculpted to perfection. This slender damsel in cocktail blue has edges adorned in golden, giving the laptop a hint of tastefulness and roya...

0
June 27, 2017Innovation,

Public

In 1982, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell ignited the boutique hotel trend with the opening of Morgans on Madison Avenue, which boasted the design touches of French designer Andrée Putman. Schrager is once again disrupting the New York hote...

0
June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Apple Watch

The “wearables” field was already on fire when Apple threw its hat into the ring in 2015. In classic Apple fashion, the company reinvented the category, from interface to Apple Pay, downright to the intricacies of attaching watchband...

0
Airbnb
June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Airbnb

Airbnb has ushered in the concept of “home optimization,” offering homeowners the same opportunity to boost cash flow the major airlines have enjoyed for years, a disruptive innovation. The option of staying in someone’s private dw...

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