The Friday Don’t Miss List

Your weekly round-up of the topics we’ve covered this week along with all the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you should not miss…

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. More Xbox One Buzz(kills)

We gave you the full breakdown of the announcement of next-gen console Xbox One, and how it left many gamers with a lot of questions. Now you shouldn’t miss that yesterday Microsoft released a slew of information on Xbox One to answer those questions, but unfortunately gamers are not happy with most of the news.

 

 

2. Everything’s Coming Up Vine

This week’s Essentials let you know that Twitter’s six-second or less looped-video app Vine is finally available on Android devices, but don’t miss the story of the 16-year-old kid who managed to hack/Rickroll Vine their first week on Android by uploading an entire three minute Rick Astley video onto the platform. And like popular apps before it, Vine is getting some copycats: YouTube founders have released a near-clone of the app in China called Wan-Pai. 

 

3. What’s the Next Gen Up To?

Yesterday we told you the buzz on what next generation will be like in the future, but some of the talk about what post-Millennials are doing today shouldn’t be missed. They’re the first generation to be born into a world where video gaming is mainstream, and a recent study has found that rather than rotting their brains, the video games so many of them are playing could make them more morally aware. And their current comfort with tablet tech could be bringing them closer to their families—there’s even an iPad app that facilitates long-distance storytelling.

 

4. Flowery and Boozy Festival Fashion

We took a look at the whys behind festival fashion, and how dressing up like it’s hippie Halloween is…

 
 

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“I honestly wouldn't like to communicate with brands, unless it is to solve problems their brand is causing.”—Female, 27, MI

Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

“[Allison Raskin] is open about her struggles with mental health, and she is also funny.”—Female, 19, CA

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