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At arm’s length: are tattoos finally becoming uncool? | Fashion | The Guardian
From Adam Levine at the Super Bowl to Justin Bieber’s Vogue shoot, tattoos are having a fashion moment. But that may not make them more sought-after
tatoo  trends  fashion  review  critique  JustinBieber  AdamLevine  Guardian  2019 
2 hours ago by inspiral
“Digital detox,” “screen-free week,” “inbox zero” — does it all really work? - Recode
Too much tech can be bad for you. Here’s what happens when people are left to fighting their own devices.
health  psychology  addiction  technology  culture  trends 
yesterday by bradbarrish
Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters — by Craig Mod
lot of this newsletter writing is happening, probably, because the archives aren’t great. Tenuousness unlocks the mind, loosens tone. But the archival reality might be just the opposite of that common perception: These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. They’re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world. QWERTYUIOP indeed.
email  trends 
yesterday by dancall
AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld | WIRED
Google Earth has long offered a hint of what this mirrorworld will look like. My friend Daniel Suarez is a best-selling science fiction author. In one sequence of his most recent book, Change Agent, a fugitive escapes along the coast of Malaysia. His descriptions of the roadside eateries and the landscape describe exactly what I had seen when I drove there recently, so I asked him when he’d made the trip. “Oh, I’ve never been to Malaysia,” he smiled sheepishly. “I have a computer with a set of three linked monitors, and I opened up Google Earth. Over several evenings I ‘drove’ along Malaysian highway AH18 in Street View.” Suarez—like Savage—was seeing a crude version of the mirrorworld.
augmented-reality  future  GAMES  magicleap  trends 
yesterday by dancall
Alipay accepted at over 3,000 Walgreens drugstores in the US amid overseas push by China payments firm | South China Morning Post
Chinese consumers in the US can now use Alipay to pay for purchases at over 3,000 Walgreens drugstores, as Chinese mobile payments operators continue to expand overseas.

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Walgreens is the latest in a string of retailers outside mainland China to accept Ant Financial Services' Alipay as a payments method. Alipay is currently working with merchants in over 40 countries and regions, recently adding Germany’s Oktoberfest and San Francisco’s Pier 39 to its list of merchant partners.
payment  apac  alibaba  retail  trends 
yesterday by dancall
Supporting Cast | Membership Revenue for Podcasters
Invite your most passionate fans to pay for ad-free shows, bonus content, or early access. Supporting Cast lets your brand shine, while handling payments, private feed delivery, analytics, and customer support so you don’t have to.
podcast  paid  trends  future 
yesterday by dancall
Instagram's new donation sticker will make it easy to give money to charities
Emily Dalton Smith, director of project management for social good at Facebook, said the donation sticker can only be used to benefit registered nonprofit organizations. That means your favorite influencer won't be able to solicit money for themselves. Like on Facebook, there is no processing fee and the full amount of the donation goes toward the nonprofit organization.

Smith said nonprofits asked Instagram to bring donations to the social media platform. Adding the feature to Instagram is a natural next step for Facebook, which raised more than $1 billion through its charitable giving tool since its 2015 launch. Smith said she's not worried about people migrating away from Facebook to Instagram in order to donate to charity.
instagram  payment  ecommerce  charity  trends  future 
2 days ago by dancall
Porter.io
Free service for everyone so all developers are welcome to use our service. But as you star more repos at Github, you will receive digest email more frequently and find our service more useful since a short subscription list will often result in only a few or no news discovered. Of course you could always sign up with us first and grow your subscription list afterwards. https://i.imgur.com/swYI246.png
github  social  development  trends  porter.io 
2 days ago by moalex
Carlsberg Crafted beer portfolio
Brewer Carlsberg has added new craft beers to its portfolio, including brews from its recently acquired London Fields brewery, in a bid to strengthen its commitment to the segment.
After launching its Crafted portfolio of beers five years ago, alongside beer writer Pete Brown, Carlsberg UK has increased the number of craft beers in its portfolio to 64.

Craft beer sales have risen by 15%, with distribution up by 20%, since 2017, according to the Danish brewery.

New additions this year include variants from bread brewery Toast, as well as beers from its London Fields brewery.
alcohol  trends 
2 days ago by dancall
Why Coca-Colas’s Newest Offerings Look a Lot Like Craft Beer | October
Regardless of whether you’ve been a designated driver, trying to stave off a hangover, or simply abstaining from alcohol altogether, your options in most bars have long remained limited. At best, there might have been a token, tasteless non-alcoholic beer or a sickly, maraschino-topped Shirley Temple on the menu. Chances are high you would have gone to most people’s safe option: quietly ordering a soft drink or a club soda with lime.
“We’d talk to consumers and ask them if that was what they would be drinking in an ideal world and the answer was almost uniformly no,” says Sabrina Tandon, part of Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands (VEB) unit. “The best line I heard was, ‘When I go out, I have a two-drink limit and then I’m done. When I switch, I feel like I’ve left the party. If I could have a choice that felt closer to that alcoholic beverage, I would just feel so much better.’”
Enter BAR NØNE, a line of beverages from Tandon and the team at Coca-Cola designed to loosely approximate drinks like dry hard cider and gingery Moscow Mules. Unlike Coke, Pepsi, or other soft drinks, which can leave you jittery at the end of the night from all the caffeine and corn syrup, these beverages claim to err on the tangy side rather than sweet. They still pack a reasonable dose of cane sugar, but the goal is to be better suited to slowly sipping over the course of an evening in a bar.
alcohol  fmcg  trends  future  ideas 
2 days ago by dancall
Scribd Turns Page On eBook Subscription Fatigue | PYMNTS.com
Online retail giant Amazon is reportedly developing a cloud-based video game streaming service, which will allow users to access video games from their smartphones instead of through a gaming console or computer. The service could offer users on-demand access to popular video games, and could prove to be as disruptive to the gaming market as Netflix was for movies, or as Spotify was for music.

Fellow tech giant Apple, meanwhile, is also considering its own video game venture, with a video game subscription plan that would allow users to access a library of games for a monthly fee.

It’s not just the digital world where new subscription ventures are being tested, though. In the physical market, clothing rental service Gwynnie Bee is expanding its offerings by adding plus-sized clothing options from designer Shoshanna Gruss. With designs available at 400 retail outlets, including smaller boutiques and major retailers like Amazon, Gruss said she sees an opportunity to offer plus-sized designs through subscriptions.
membership  casestudies  trends  paid  books 
2 days ago by dancall
Digital Boxing Subscriptions Step Into The Ring | PYMNTS.com
To enable consumers to train away from the gym with expert instruction, digital fitness startups are combining specialized equipment with content subscriptions. FightCamp, for instance, is seeking to bring the experience of boxing instruction into consumer’s homes. “It’s an interactive home boxing gym,” FightCamp CEO and Co-founder Khalil Zahar told PYMNTS in an interview. The system comes with a bag, a pair of gloves and quick wraps, among other equipment. It provides “everything you need to work out,” according to Zahar.
And in a digital twist, the system comes with motion trackers that recognize the type of punch a home boxing athlete throws, and also tracks her speed and output for every round. The company offers workout classes and tutorials, as well as challenges known as sprints. Overall, Zahar said the system is designed to take users from having no boxing experience to gaining an understanding of the basics. For users who are at a more intermediate or advanced level, the system includes more challenging offerings.
trends  future  wave6  ideas 
2 days ago by dancall
Google is letting some users test its AR navigation feature for Google Maps - The Verge
At last year’s I/O developer’s conference, Google showed off a new augmented reality feature for Google Maps, which would provide people with directions from your phone’s camera in realtime. As my colleague Chaim Gartenberg noted, it’s a bit like what was promised with Google Glass, but without the headset. The Wall Street Journal’s David Pierce got to try out an early version of the feature.

He says that while it “isn’t likely to be your primary turn-by-turn option, it’s a huge step in the right direction for Google Maps.” He described how the feature worked — the app picks up a person’s location via GPS, and then uses Street View data to narrow it down to your exact location. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen. “It was as if Maps had drawn my directions onto the real world, though nobody else could see them.”
google  maps  augmented-reality  trends  future  mobile  android 
2 days ago by dancall

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