Delicious Digest #1 – Gen Z, Sleep, and Zombie Ants

A weekly newsletter of what I’ve seen in (mostly) tech & games and thought was interesting. This week: Gen Z, Sleep, and Zombie Ants.

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🗞 Tech News

How To Win Gen Z on Mobile: Gen Z is set to surpass millennials as the largest generation by the end of 2019, which represents a massive opportunity that every business should be focused on today — before it’s too late.

The Key Retail Trends to Watch in the 2019 Holiday Season: Unsurprisingly, people spend a ton of their time in shopping apps on Black Friday and towards Xmas.

◼ Snapchat is back, adding adding 7M users & revenue up 50%. Good news for Facebook. Link

◼ What are you really looking for? Google’s improving search results with neural network-based techniques for natural language processing. Link

◼ Machine learning on (very) small devices - Google’s Coral (mobile TensorFlow) is out of beta. Cool. Link

◼ Grubhub on demand and unit economics in food delivery. Link (PDF)

◼ “Tik Tok, Tick Tock… Boom.” - “TikTok is China’s next big weapon” Link - John Battelle on Tik Tok Link

◼ Comparing music subscription with book subscriptions (by former Spotify chief economist). Link

◼ The latest Ofcom report from the UK on how people use their phones. Link

🕹 Games

◼ Deconstructor of Fun OP’ed: “Here’s How Subscriptions Will Disrupt the Games Industry": Some interesting thoughts. Overall theme being that subscriptions will be the next big business model. Setting aside that WoW is now almost 15y old with subscription, it’ll be interesting to see whether subscriptions can really change F2P models in mobile games.

◼ How Archero Shot to the Top, and How You Can Do Better Link: Nice breakdown of the game and its initial success.

◼ CoD MW launched well Link

◼ VR and AR is growing – but it is still very tiny vs the overall market Link

◼ Worldwide digital spending declines 1% to $8.9 billion in September; but a 6% increase on mobile Link

◼ Zynga is alive and kicking, posts record-setting revenues, net bookings in Q3 Link

◼ Mariokart collects over 127 million downloads in one month. Strong IP matter. Link

◼ Case in point: CoD Mobie got >100 million downloads in one week Link

◼ Fortnite has managed to turn a content update with a multi-day downtime into a pop culture event, with millions of people watching a blank screen waiting for something cool to happen. Link

😋 Tasty Tidbits

◼ ‘After This Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies, Their Bodies Explode.’ Obviously. Link

◼ Why don’t we nuke hurricanes? Because science, duh. Link

◼ A critical analysis of scroll bars throughout history Link

◼ You better sleep more or else… Link

◼ Need a Dungeon? Link

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