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On today's episode, we discuss what to make of Meta's new Threads app, whether the internet is becoming more like TikTok, the argument against "click to cancel," ad-supported versus ad-free video streaming, how shipping works, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood and analysts Zach Goldner, and Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf.

Will Threads run into the same problems as Twitter? Even before Musk, Twitter was struggling. But Meta has advantages that make Threads more stable.

On today's episode, we discuss how time spent on smartphones is changing, what people do on different devices, and what digital time spent in your car might look like. "In Other News," we talk about the significance of Amazon's Sidewalk network and what to make of two new pieces of potential AI legislation. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Yory Wurmser.

US adults will spend an average of 230.3 minutes per day on mobile in 2023, according to our forecast. While they will spend less time with connected TV (CTV), at 114.9 minutes per day, the gap between CTV and mobile is shrinking.

Reported plans to launch Apple Pay and its credit card in the country could support growth plans—if it beats out stiff competition.

US adults will spend 10.6% of their mobile time playing games this year, per our forecast. But we expect just 3.9% of US mobile ad spend will go to the category in 2023.

On today's episode, we discuss password sharing and live sports on Netflix, what the definition of "convenience" is, if awards shows have turned things around, where we spend time with connected devices, sweetgreen's plan to automate all stores in five years, who invented the card game Uno, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our director of forecasting Oscar Orozco, vice president of Briefings Stephanie Taglianetti, and analyst Max Willens.

On today's episode, we discuss some predictions for 2023 that are too specific to be 100% certain but could still come true, including: why Microsoft would want to buy Roku, whether TikTok will make a splash in search advertising, who will be the runaway retailer of the year, if Instagram's new Twitter competitor app will be a hit, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Debra Aho Williamson, Andrew Lipsman, and Paul Verna.

Mobile lock screens and home screens are emerging as a new way for publishers and media companies to connect consumers with customizable, functional, and frictionless content experiences that look like TV but act like mobile.

Despite slow US adoption and economic downturn affecting advertising, TikTok’s 1 billion daily users and Instagram’s exit from live shopping present opportunities for growth.

Key stat: The top way US internet users discover new mobile apps is by searching or browsing app stores, cited by 44% of those surveyed for Airship by Sapio Research.

With 34 million developers, a massive app ecosystem, and a burgeoning ad business, Apple could fast-track its metaverse ambitions behind its MR headset announcement.

The app’s expanding product suite could appeal to this group. But they won’t be an easy sell, and Block risks becoming over-reliant on Cash App.

ts new handheld accessory isn’t the Nintendo Switch killer many had hoped for, but it’s a sign that the gaming giant is investing to build around its consoles.

The 15 biggest US ecommerce players aren’t a surprise (here’s looking at you, Amazon, Walmart, and Apple). User-friendly mobile apps, quick delivery, innovation, and converting sales are what turn retailers into ecommerce powerhouses. Here are the companies our analysts believe best exemplify those features within the 15 largest ecommerce players.

The company was once all in on cloud computing but is selling off the business unit as part of its massive restructuring. The move raises questions about its future business focus.

Its fastest-selling game is extending the popularity of the 7-year-old handheld console and defying the cloud-gaming trend.

The company is threading artificial intelligence into its core products and services used by millions of users while doubling down on AI accountability. Read online

Snapchat's Q1 revenues fall short of expectations: Despite lower ARPUs, Snap's saving grace is its coveted younger audience.

McDonald’s had the most downloaded app of any quick-service restaurant in the US in March, with 3.5 million downloads, about 2 million more than No. 2 Starbucks, according to Apptopia. Taco Bell, Subway, and Domino’s Pizza rounded out the top five.