Wolf predicts what will happen in 2016. Dan Loeb asked Michael Wolf to find a CEO for Yahoo.David Needleman On Tuesday, top business-strategist Michael Wolf gave a massive presentation on the future of tech and media in 2016 at The Wall Street Journal's conference. He shared that the average American spends more time on tech and media then sleeping, and predicts that messaging will blow past social networking. But if you are all prepped for the cord-cutting revolution, you'll have to wait a little longer — though streaming music is going to be the next big winner. And Wolf knows what he's talking about. He served on the board at Yahoo, helping bring Marissa Mayer in as CEO, and cofounded the technology and media consulting-firm Activate, where he is managing director.
His career has spanned from being a managing partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey to being the chief operating officer of MTV networks. Welcome. State of the News Media 2015. Call it a mobile majority. At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data. Fact Sheets: At the same time, though, desktop visitors to these sites tend to spend more time per visit than do mobile visitors. For half of these top 50 news sites – which include legacy print, cable, network, international and public broadcasting outlets as well as digital-only entities – visitors from desktops stay longer than those coming through mobile.
The reverse is true for only 10 of the sites, while for 15 sites the time spent is roughly equal. In tandem with the growth of mobile has been the further rise of the social Web, where the flow of information embodies a whole new dynamic. Americans’ changing news habits have a tremendous impact on how and to what extent our country functions within an informed society. The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015. This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype. We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest chance to change—and hopefully improve—your life in the year ahead. Will this be the year you actually wear a smartwatch, drop cable TV and love Windows again? The new year may not bring you a shatterproof phone or a truly smart home, but here is what’s coming and what you can do to be ready for it.
Windows Strikes Back The international calamity that was Windows 8 will finally end in 2015 with the fall release of Windows 10. How to get ready: Microsoft has yet to release Windows 10 launch details and system requirements. An Apple for Your Wrist When the Apple Watch debuts in the coming months, you won’t be able to avoid the hype—Apple’s entering its first new product category since the death of Steve Jobs . How to get ready: Don’t buy one of the smartwatches already on the market. Andreessen Horowitz shares the 16 tech trends it's most excited about | VentureBeat | Business | by Daniel Terdiman. Most of us will never be in an Andreessen Horowitz meeting, and even fewer of us will get a chance to work with the famed VC firm. But today, we’re all equals when it comes to getting a peek at the 16 tech trends that a16z, as it’s known, is most excited about right now. In a post this morning, Andreessen Horowitz, perhaps Silicon Valley’s most revered group of investors, shared its “16 Things” list, a breakdown of the hottest tech trends in the world right now.
And while few of those things would individually surprise anyone with any tech savvy, it’s fascinating to see a16z codify the trends that it clearly believes are most changing the world today. “We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas,” Andreessen Horowitz wrote in the post. In each case, an a16z partner weighed in with some thoughts on why he or she believes a specific tech trend is vital. To wit, the full list, with links to each partner’s write-up: Powered by VBProfiles. 29 predictions for 2015: Fortune's Crystal Ball. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2015: The Apple Watch will debut, medical science will advance, and most economists expect global growth to accelerate — led by a strengthening U.S. economy. Sure, China’s juggernaut is slowing, gridlock in Washington looks worse than ever, and there may be a coffee shortage, but most forecasts in the U.S. point to a sunnier 2015.
Hopefully they’re right. As any meteorologist will tell you, predicting the future is nearly as difficult as it is important. Herewith are our educated guesses for what to expect in the year ahead. —By Scott Cendrowski, Erika Fry, Leigh Gallagher, Stephen Gandel, Erin Griffith, Robert Hackett, Beth Kowitt, Adam Lashinsky, JP Mangalindan, Chris Matthews, Tory Newmyer, Scott Olster, Daniel Roberts, Anne VanderMey, Phil Wahba, and Claire Zillman The big question for the 2015 global economy is how dramatic China’s economic slowdown will be. Our answer?
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