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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...
Fitbit Versa smartwatch - a Pebble for 2018?

Fitbit Versa looks a lot like a Pebble smartwatch… and that’s a good thing

This could be a very interesting smartwatch if Fitbit prices it right.
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?
Smart Home News: Google Home now supports Spotify Free music streaming

Smart Home News: “Hey Google, wake me up to some jazz in 30 minutes”

Okay Google, wake me up in 30 minutes to some funky jazz. And there you go. You can now use ask Google Home to wake you to music. The long awaited feature is now here, confirmed by an email from Google with examples on how to add a little excitement...
Fitbit Blaze 2 leaked images look like Pebble (2)

Is this the Fitbit smartwatch us Pebblers have been waiting for?

There is hope after all. Leaked images today reveal what looks to be Fitibit's next crack at a smartwatch. And, low and behold, it looks awfully familiar in design to an old lost friend: Thankfully. While the Fitbit Ionic isn't bad, it isn't great either. Unfortunately sales have been lackluster, as...
Fitbit Reports $571M Q4’17 and $1.616B FY’17 Revenue

Fitbit struggles, says will further shift product mix to smartwatches

Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) announced today. Unfortunately, in case you haven't already heard, the news for the wearable maker is not so great. At $570.8 million in revenue and a net loss of $45.5 million Q4 missed expectations. There were some bright spots if you sift through the financials: Fitbit added...
Apple goes upscale with iPhone X

Trendspotting: Smartphone sales drop for first time (Gartner Report)

Gartner reports 5.6% year-over-year decline for global smartphone sales.
Panasonic GH5 with Rokinon 35mm lens

Camera Deal Alert: Panasonic GH5 body now only $1,798

UPDATE 02.24.2018: This GH5 bundle from Focus Camera is a sweetheart and definitely worth considering. It's only $1,798 (USD) which is same price as body deal below, but you get a bunch of useful goodies: extra batteries, a durable hardcase for lugging it around, and a 64GB SD card. Nice...
Kodak Super 8 Camera

Is the Kodak Super 8 movie camera an amazing idea, or flat out kooky?

Every few months or so I once again see promos for the upcoming -- it's been coming soon for what seems like years -- Kodak Super 8 camera. In case you missed it, essentially this is the rebirth of 1960s/70s era Kodak cameras that used film (Brownie, Instamatic, Super 8)....