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Report: Apple iPhone brand loyalty hits 1 year high, far outpacing Samsung, LG, Motorola

The people have spoken. They love -- looooove -- their iPhones! At least if the latest brand loyalty report by CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) has anything to say about the matter. For the quarter ended March 2018, phone activators remaining with the Apple brand (CIRP's definition of brand loyalty) exceeded...
Texture App for iOS and Android

Texture app to give Apple a leg up in bid for news and magazine subscribers

Texture is a great app. It wasn't always. After some rough early years the start-up finally got it right, and today it's easily one of my favorite apps for content. Now Apple has big plans for Texture. If you haven't heard of Texture before, it's an all-you-can-eat subscription service for...
Stringify App for Android and iPhone

Comcast gives IoT app Stringify refreshed look, now supports Lutron Caseta devices

Some good news this morning for those interested in all things smart home. Comcast this week released an updated version of its IFTTT-like app Stringify. Available on both Android and iPhone the app enables you to automate smart home tasks across platforms. For instance, if a SmartThings motion sensor detects...
Fitbit Versa review roundup

Wearable News: Fitbit Versa reviews are in, Pebble’s design ethos lives on

Versa is designed and marketed to bring Fitbit's take on the smartwatch to the masses. Translation: the company wants to sell a lot of them. Based on the initial wave of reviews for the Fitbit Versa ($199 base, $229 with NFC for Fitbit Pay), I'd say things are off to...
It's happening—Amy Poehler's directorial debut, Wine Country, is coming soon to Netflix! Starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and featuring Tina Fey. Get excited. Get real excited.

Road Trippin’: Amy Poehler to direct, star in ‘Wine Country’ set in Napa Valley

Poehler and friends descend upon Napa Valley to celebrate a birthday party.
How Amazon rates TV shows - cost per first stream chart

Amazon creates “cost per first stream” metric to measure success of TV shows

Based on Amazon's internal ratings system, seasons 1 of 'The Grand Tour', 'The Man in the High Castle', and 'Bosch' are all doing their part to draw new Prime members.
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Wearable News: List of watches getting Wear OS plus some thoughts on Google’s rebrand

Well, it finally happened. This week Google unveiled new branding for Android Wear. The new operating system that powers smartwatches made by its partners is now called Wear OS (See: Android Wear, it's time for a new name). A new tag line is here as well: "Make every minute matter."...

Camera sales plunge 28% in January 2018. Blame the smartphone?

January turned out to be a tough month for camera sales. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and all the rest are likely reeling a bit from this bit of troubling news. A report out of Japan suggests sales for the digital still camera (DSC) segment fell 28% y/y. CIPA's data...
Apple to remove iPhone X notch by 2019 - Tech News

Apple to (finally) eliminate iPhone notch?

Oh, the irony. Apple plans to remove notch from the iPhone X and subsequent models. Meantime Google has added notch support to Android as several phone makers copy Apple's (quirky) design.
Samsung SmartThings Hub - list of compatible devices

Smart Home News: A new SmartThings app has been released in the app store

Samsung Connect is now SmartThings. SmartThings is now SmartThings Classic. Got it?