Points of Interest #32

January 27, 2017 

Points of Interest is a weekly recap of ideas and innovations we are following at Plannerzone.

(Photo by William Eakin)

(Photo by William Eakin)

As many of you know, Plannerzone world headquarters is based in center city Philadelphia. This Tuesday/Wednesday we had an interesting time getting to work in the midst of protesters, police barricades, drum circles, and both Teresa May and Donald Trump being a block from our office. Despite our colorful neighbors we still made time to bring you some of the most interesting news and links from the past week. Enjoy our roundup on

Smart things come in small packages. (That’s the phrase right?) If you’re talking about bumblebees it is. Scientist Lars Chittka has been doing research on insects to test their counting and learning skills. Bees are better known for honey than for being brainy bugs, but it turns out they’re brilliant.

The battle of the social media networks continues. Watch out Facebook, Snapchat may be closing in with three times the amount of projected ad spending for 2016.

This article on “Algorithmic Life” is a long (but essential) read on the profits and perils behind the hidden machinery of modern life. Algorithms do more than merely shape our spending, entertainment, health and social lives—as though that weren’t enough—they also fundamentally change our expectations of how the world should work.

(Img Via Marketing Land)

(Img Via Marketing Land)

Twitch isn’t just a sudden convulsive movement anymore, it is another outlet for hyper-sharers to interact with a live audience and stream their daily life. It is most popular with gamers but its popularity is encouraging content marketers to brainstorm new ways to be seen on the platform.

Binging carrots to help your eyes after late nights with lots of screen time? Apple’s solution is a night shift mode for Mac. First seen on iPhone, the feature is currently in beta for laptops.


Wiki of the Week: Toynbee Tiles

The Toynbee tiles (also called Toynbee plaques) are messages of unknown origin found embedded in asphalt of streets in about two dozen major cities in the United States and four South American cities. Since the 1980s, several hundred tiles have been discovered. They are generally about the size of an American license plate (roughly 30 cm by 15 cm), but sometimes considerably larger.