Why Most of What You’ve Been Told About Millennials and Gen Z Is Dead Wrong

Among our greatest enemies, as individuals, as organizations, and as a society are the false biases that justify an attitude of “us and them” –in a word, discrimination. Fortunately it’s one of the areas where we’ve made the most progress over the past 100 years.

Yet, there is one area where even the most tolerant among us feels it’s totally justified to discriminate with utter abandon; millennials and Gen Z.

Luxury Fashion Finds Bigger Sales, Returns In Cloud

Net-A-Porter didn’t know how much money it was leaving on the table when the Web site failed to keep up with traffic. New microservices captured it.

Luxury fashion might seem to be an unlikely space to suffer from sudden onslaughts of high traffic, given the non-mass marketing approach that luxury by definition implies. If millions of consumers are involved, then how luxurious can it be

Seniors getting helping hand from new wearables

Wearables are now a significant part of corporate wellness and remote patient monitoring programs. However, long-term investment from seniors remains a challenge, despite an increasing need for seniors to have better healthcare options.

Garmin and Tactio Health Group, two major companies involved in telehealth and wearable technology, are combining forces to provide a telehealth solution specially designed to monitor the daily health and well-being of seniors.

Yelp acquires Wi-Fi marketing company Turnstyle Analytics for $20 million

Yelp this morning announced it has paid $20 million in cash to acquire the Wi-Fi marketing company, Turnstyle Analytics, which offers a service that allows businesses to connect with their customers over a freely provided Wi-fi network. The move, Yelp explains, is aimed at expanding the types of business marketing services Yelp already offers beyond those that are focused on customer acquisition, to also include those that help businesses with customer retention and loyalty.

For IBM’s CTO for Watson, not a lot of value in replicating the human mind in a computer

“Everybody and their mother is out to create their own specialized voice-activated devices,” IBM fellow and CTO for its Watson project Rob High told me during an interview at MWC. IBM, of course, doesn’t offer a direct competitor to Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa, but the company hopes that developers will choose Watson, in all its various guises, to power their AI apps, smart chatbots and similar services.

When Apps Get Too Human, They Tumble into the Uncanny Valley

I recently returned from a vacation to find that Google’s algorithms had created a customized slide show of my trip. I hadn’t asked for one. But the company’s software robots apparently noticed I’d traveled somewhere and taken a flurry of photos, which likely indicated I’d been vacationing. Now, I actually enjoy some of Google’s simpler customization tools, like autocomplete. But this unbidden slide-show curation seemed too humanlike. The machine had anticipated desires I didn’t have yet. I actually yelped when I saw it.

BreezoMeter Shows a Map of Real-Time Air Pollution in Big Cities

BreezoMeter has collected pollution data and created a way to build real-time air pollution maps for big cities.

The San Francisco company is launching an interactive map of air pollution based on data from real-time traffic information and other data sources, said Ziv Lautman, cofounder and chief marketing officer of BreezoMeter. You can use it to plot the safest path to work on your daily commute.