Urban consumers in China, Brazil and Singapore are proving to be the world's most voracious users of digital media, powered by the rapid uptake of smartphones and tablets according to the KPMG International 2013 Digital Debate.

Latin America clocks the third-smallest total ad expenditures of any region in the world, and its digital outlays are similarly depressed, ahead of only the Middle East and Africa. As a result, digital ad spending in Latin America will make up among the smallest share of total media ad spending of any region throughout the forecast period, according to eMarketer’s worldwide ad spending forecast.

Today’s kids aren’t the first to come of age with the internet and digital devices. But they are the first to grow up in households where usage is a routine part of family life, according to a new eMarketer report, “Kids Online: Digital Natives in Digital Homes.”

For folks trying to understand consumers and marketing and the future of electronics and technology, Las Vegas and the mammoth CES took center stage this week, just as in years past.

New-car sales virtually never take place online, despite growing interest among consumers and manufacturers, according to a new eMarketer report, “Automotive Ecommerce: Late to the Party, Industry Will Adapt.”

Worldwide, digital ad spending passed the $100-billion mark for the first time last year, according to new eMarketer estimates, and will increase by a further 15.1% in 2013 to $118.4 billion.

A survey of a wide-ranging mix of U.S.-based arts organizations shows that the internet, social media, and mobile connectivity now permeate their operations and have changed the way they stage performances, mount and showcase their exhibits, engage their audiences, sell tickets, and raise funds.

When we hold smartphones in our hands, we are in effect grasping miniscule computers. Their capabilities far outpace those of desktop units of yore, and their perpetual state of connectivity mean that smartphone users are almost never disconnected from the Internet. But even if they are at least somewhat comparable to full-fledged computers, are they used comparably?

US audiences for mobile games are growing rapidly, while audiences for more mature categories such as social and online casual gaming are expected to grow more modestly in the next few years, according to a new eMarketer report, “Gaming for Marketers: Let the Mobile Games Begin.” As a result, advertising in mobile will expand faster than in other venues.

impreMedia announced the launch of a newly responsive designed Vista Magazine site.

MiTú (www.youtube.com/mitu), a multi-channel YouTube network exclusively dedicated to Latino content, announced \ that it has closed financing, led by The Chernin Group LLC (TCG).

Online video is becoming an increasingly important marketing channel, with significant numbers of brands leveraging this platform.

Hispanic Millennials, who are a highly mobile and digitally connected generation, are the prime movers of smartphones and tablets. This group helps drive the dominance of social and networking sites such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Latinos, known for their sociability, have firmly established their presence in the online world. By Insight Tr3s

Consumers have come to expect some form of commercial interruption when viewing digital video. That being said, several brands have gone well beyond the basic 15- and 30-second pre-rolls, gracefully packaging branded content for both television and the Web.

The rise of the internet has meant big changes for customer service, according to a new eMarketer report, “Multichannel Customer Service: Best Practices for Building Retail Loyalty.” Consumers today have an array of digital customer service tools at their disposal, the newest of which include live chat, social networks and smartphones.