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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...
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K news update

NAB 2018: Blackmagic teases new Pocket 4K cinema camera (It’s official! $1,295 USD, shipping Sept. 2018)

UPDATE 4.9.2019: It's official. The highly anticipated Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has been revealed. And the BMD team gave us pretty much everything, but the kitchen sink. Full 4/3" sensor. 4K. Dual native ISO (like the new GH5S). 13 stops of dynamic range with 3D LUT support. 5-inch display on...
ProRes RAW supported cameras - Atomos update

Videography News: Apple introduces new ProRes RAW codec for image capture, editing

ProRes RAW is here. Apple today took the wraps off its new video format to coincide with the NAB (professional video) show in Las Vegas. The codec is available in two modes, ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ. You can learn more about the technical details over on Newsshooter --...
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...
Sigma 18-35mm lens review - videographer

Videography: Sigma 18-35mm telephoto lens is a hall-of-famer

One lens to rule them all? The Sigma 18-35mm zoom makes a pretty convincing case.
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.
Google Wear OS logo

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...
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.