Why Are Icelanders So Creative? Hint – It’s Not ...

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The power of empathy was a big theme this week, in stories from Amnesty International and a “robotherapy” chatbot. Both look at new and interesting ways for us to better understand one another and get help when we most need it. New Survey Reveals Multiple Reasons Why Icelanders Are So Creative A new published study

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Books Are Getting “Swearier” And This Is What It Means ...

Apparently the shift towards swear words in book titles and content has not gone unnoticed by researchers. As Cory Doctorow notes in this article: “books are getting swearier and [researchers concluded] that this is a bellwether for a growth in the value of individualism.” I have definitely noticed this shift in non-fiction books (The Subtle

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Writer Of Str@nge% Password Guidelines Finally Admits He Was ...

If you ever wanted someone to blame for having to change your password every 90 days – last week the world found out who that person is. Former National Institute of Standards and Technology manager Bill Burr recently admitted to the WSJ that his 2003 password guidelines were unnecessarily harsh. The new guidelines suggest removing the

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How Brands and Small Town America Are Cashing In On The Ecli ...

As the highly anticipated solar eclipse approaches, there are plenty of towns and brands finding creative ways to cash in. Chiquita created a humorous video about the impending “Banana Sun,” there are “eclipse chasing” flights selling for $10,000 and Krispy Kreme even created an “eclipse donut.” This article takes a deeper look at the windfall that seems to be approaching small

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22,000 People Who Would Clean Toilets For WiFi Access

Do you actually read the terms and conditions for Wifi access before accepting it? If not, apparently you’re not alone in your lazy behavior. Wifi provider Purple hilariously added a clause into their terms for WiFi as a social experiment, and over 22,000 people blindly agreed to do everything from cleaning toilets to “manually relieving

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Etrade Sells Everything That Is Wrong With Capitalism

Some financial services firms will tell you to save for retirement and adopt better spending habits. Others, like eTrade, will promote the idea that getting on their platform and making a few quick investments can help you buy a yacht you don’t need and behave like an asshole. That’s the silly premise of this widely

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Apple Imagines Destroying The World At WWDC 

During its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this past week described by one media outlet as a “parody of itself,” Apple launched a video intended to show developers how much the world needs them and the apps they build. The video, unfortunately, ended up illustrating just how much havoc Apple could wreak if it chose to

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IKEA’s Secret Insights, Google Explains Syria And The ...

What is the most hipster-centric product you could imagine?  The answer is just one of the six interesting stories curated for you in this week’s newsletter. Along with the ironically true tale of the invention of the “Avolatte,” you’ll read about new efforts to become more relevant and innovative from the USPS, a promising new

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15 Non-Obvious Business Trends Shaping 2017 (Retail, Consume ...

Are you a member of the media? Visit our media kit to download a trend summary and more information about requesting an interview with Rohit >> This week I launched the seventh edition of my annual trend report featuring all of my research from throughout the year on trends. Many of you have already picked

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Google’s Touchscreen Whiteboard, Sweden’s Brilli ...

I took a tour through many different industries and sites this week to bring you my selections for the most underappreciated stories of the week today. To be honest, I had a bit more freedom with these as I’m happy to share I submitted the final manuscript for my 2017 Trend Report last week and

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