–Nike’s new commercial, featuring professional Arab female athletes, seeks to upend the question, “What will they say about you?” Via CNN.
–Bank of America, Citibank and more are launching a war on Venmo with an app called Zelle. Via Bloomberg.
–The newest trend for generation Z, writes the Wall Street Journal, is “live chilling” on apps like Houseparty and Fam.
–According to a new survey from YouGov, shoppers are significantly less excited about high-tech retail than retailers are. Via Bloomberg.
–”Tinder is growing up,” writes the BBC: The app is exploring both AI and AR to create a better swipe.
–Think with Google analyzes Google searches to “unmask” 2017’s skin care trends, including vegan skin care, cellulite solutions and carbonated cleansers.
–Airbnb acquires peer-to-peer payment startup Tilt as is fleshes out its push into group travel. Via Fast Company.
–BMW has hired psychologists to help consumers bond with their self-driving cars. Via Dezeen.
–Why are most voice assistants female—and do robotic assistants even need a gender? The Wall Street Journal investigates.
–”If you lived here in Silicon Valley, you’d think the Tesla Model S is the top-selling car in America:” The Recode Decode podcast explores why tech should design for middle America.
–A new virtual reality app lets architects experience the symptoms of aging to design dementia-friendly spaces. Via Dezeen.
–Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab in Copenhagen, just released the Growroom, an open-source design plan for a spherical garden to empower local food growers. Via Curbed.
–MOM’s Organic Market, a DC-based grocer, now carries insect powder (and whole crickets and mealworms) in its “sustainable protein” section. Via Progressive Grocer.