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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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: "GoPro does a great job appealing to my generation because they convince regular people that they are adventurous, like many college kids like to think of themselves." –Male, 22, MD

Facebook continues to evolve to keep up with social platform competitors attracting younger users. The site has announced changes to their standalone chat app Messenger that will transform it into a platform that third parties can develop content and services for, including games, hotel bookings, tickets, and peer-to-peer payments. The new Businesses on Messenger feature would allow users to chat with brands to make purchases and change orders, and could make shopping a more personal experience. Facebook will also be adding the ability to chat with memes and GIFs, features that have proved popular with young consumers on other chat apps. (re/code,Fast Company)

Millennials are wary of investments, and generally anxious about their finances, and some have turned to new services that let them take baby steps into the financial world. More traditional institutions have certainly taken notice. Northwestern Mutual recently acquired LearnVest, a startup that offers free and paid financial planning services including articles, advice, and access to an expert for guidance on spending and budgets. The purchase is the latest in a trend of financial tech companies being snapped up by older, less digitally savvy brands. (FortuneBusiness Insider)

While many startups and sites are working to combat cyberbullying, one app is receiving an enormous amount of backlash for fostering the behavior in high schools. Burnbook allows users to join communities, usually around a school, remain anonymous, and post on topics of their choice. Although the app encourages “jokes, fails, wins, shout outs, revelations, proclamations, and confessions,” posts have been used to target specific people and groups, and threats have been made to at least one school. Some parents and teens are trying to use the app to spread positivity, but those posts don’t seem to outweigh the “gruesome things.” (Mashable)

Toys “R” Us will begin to sell an experience alongside its products with the hope of regaining their footing in the toy industry. Discount options like Wal-Mart and Amazon have hurt the chain’s sales over the past few years, so new plans to revamp stores will add physical play areas and more technology for kids to interact with. The retailer wants to be a place “where kids want to go and play,” and their new prototype store will open later this year. (Bloomberg)

For better or for worse, technology is becoming an intrinsic part of childhood, but boys and girls might not be growing up with the same tech experiences. A new study of parents of kids ages two to nine found that in many cases, parents give their children different devices depending on their gender. Sons were more likely to be given smartphones or gaming devices while daughters received more tablets (73% vs. 65% for boys). Parents were also more likely to use tech to calm down sons, with 48% using a device to help soothe boys when they are upset, compared to 37% for girls. (Kidscreen)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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