WEEKLY REVIEW  |  July 20, 2017

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TECH

Tech firms vs. Internet providers: A battle over US net neutrality rules.

Tech companies voice concerns about the moves to rescind the landmark 2015 net neutrality rules. Internet providers, among others, say it should be scrapped by the US FCC.

Marketers are using bots to engage with customers in new ways.

Rose is a new employee at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. Her main job is to act as a concierge and interact with customers in a fun and playful way. What makes Rose special though is that she is actually a chatbot available to guests through texts.

AI to help you understand data through the voice.

A new voice-based activation tool for Google Analytics will allows marketers to ask questions about data. This could possibly free up analysts to focus on more strategic activities.

MARKETING

Corporate America eyeing millennials.

If you were born between 1980 and the early 2000s, corporate America has their eyes on you. Retailers are paying close attention to the likes and dislikes of millennials and using them in their marketing campaigns.

Digital marketing is now for everyone.

One author believes the future requires everyone to be a digital marketer, whether you work in the industry or not. Why? Much has changed with the pervasiveness of the Internet, including our behavior and daily habits.

DESIGN

Common traits a recruiter sees in the top 1% of designers.

After recruiting designers for the past 22 years, Judy Wert believes designer  candidates can be boiled down to two essential traits: (1) the mastery of their craft and (2) the mastery of themselves, with self-reflection a main attribute.

Apple to launch new emoji!

Emoji enthusiasts will be thrilled at the news that Apple will introduce new emoji to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later this year. Get a sneak peek.

INFLUENCERS

Apple’s “spaceship” architect says offices must become more flexible.

First cubicles, then open-plan layouts—what’s next for our workspaces? Norman Foster, the architect for Apple’s new spaceship campus headquarters, says it’s flexibility and a strong point of view. Buildings of the future must be able to adapt to the ways humans and societies will change.

EVENTS

Are you a proud owner of a rescued dog? Then you may want to attend the Petcube Rescue Block Party on July 22 in San Francisco. If you enjoy jewelry and textiles from around the world, then check out the Fair Trade Bazaar at the de Young in Golden Gate Park. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, then be at Jack London Square in Oakland for Pedalfest 2017. How about a free concert? On July 23, head over to Pier 27 in the city for the San Francisco Symphony’s third-annual free outdoor waterfront concert.

AND JUST FOR FUN

New record for Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere.

Game of Thrones is still a hot commodity for TV viewers, with over 10 million watching its Season 7 premiere. This number does not include streaming and DVR viewing.

A bed that makes itself and controls the temperature on each side.

Too hot at night? Too cold? Then you might want to check out the SmartDuvet Breeze. It’s a blow-up air blanket you put on your duvet and inside the duvet cover. Via an app, you can tell its control box to blow either warm or cold air on your side of the bed.


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