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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“Most of the role models and leaders in my life have been Gen Xers so far."

–Male, 16, WI

Instagram has reached 700 million active users, and its growth has been speeding up. The app hit the new user mark just four months after reaching 600 million, and the introduction of Instagram stories in August may be a major contributor to its accelerated growth. The feature has a reported 200 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 161 million. Overall, Instagram now has twice the user base of Twitter and is quickly approaching the coveted 1 billion user mark that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger have reached. (TechCrunch)

Millennials are using social media and YouTube to decide what to buy. A U.K. study found 32% of 18-24-year-olds are using social media to research their purchase decisions before checking out, and 25% are using video platforms like YouTube. There are also signs they’d like to search for products on social media: 25% of U.K. 18-24-year-olds reported the desire to search media based on their lifestyle and 23% would like search to understand their current mood. These findings, paired with the detailed targeting available to advertisers, are changing the consumer journey from search query to cart. (AdvertisingWeek)

Millennials are keeping 70% of their money in cash, reluctant to invest in anything, from stocks to their own retirement plans—according to new BlackRock research. Clearly impacted by the Great Recession, Millennials are most likely to agree, "What you might earn investing isn't worth the risk of losing your money," and a third say “they learned what not to do with their money” from watching their parents. They also tend to undervalue the potential returns of investments by millions of dollars, which is not good news for their futures—at their current rate, most Millennials will have less than $1 million saved for retirement. (TheStreet)

Influencer marketing is proving its worth. Though marketers have worried about determining ROI with the approach, one report is claiming it’s more effective than advertising alone, showing a direct lift in results rates of up to 30%. Across 450 influencers and 11 campaigns, the expansive research compared results from consumers exposed to ads featuring influencers versus control groups, overwhelmingly showing increased action when an influencer was involved. Good news for marketers, who spent $570 million on influencer marketing on Instagram alone last year. (Adweek)

The Amazon Echo can now help pick your outfit—and tell you when you don’t look good. LED lights and a depth-sensing camera will let the new Echo Look take pictures of any look, and “Style Check” software “combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists” to evaluate which outfit is best, and lets you compare pictures of multiple outfits, from multiple angles. Amazon’s already extensive product recommendations could feasibly be a part of this product’s future—and, if all goes well, a drone will ship the recommended new clothes to your door. (Quartz)

“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

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