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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

Apparently good things do come to those who wait. And if you've been waiting to dive into the mirrorless video god that is the GH5 then now may be the time to pull the proverbial trigger. Panasonic's fantastic flagship mirrorless camera can now be had for the very respectable price of...
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)....
3 Days in Sonoma - A short film by Clinton Stark

A love letter to Sonoma wine country 2.14.2018 (Video)

New short film chronicles Sonoma wine country as experienced by Loni Stark.
Apple Watch sales report

Report: Apple Watch shipments jump 54% y/y, 18 million sold in 2017

When it comes to wearables it seems Apple is just about the only game in town. At least, if we're talking about market share. Analyst firm Canalys estimates 18 million Apple Watches were shipped in 2017, beating expectations. That represents a 54% year-over-year increase. Which is to say: very impressive. Apple...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Amazon soars, Alphabet & Apple falter – Are earnings an indication of Alexa’s momentum?

"Alexa, take a victory lap." Amazon stock (NASDAQ: AMZN) soared today in after-hours trading thanks to Q4 results that blew away expectations. Short of it: $60B revenue; $2.1B operating income. For a company as big as Amazon -- it's hard to fathom. Meanwhile, Google's parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) missed its...

Trendspotting: Are slow iPhone X sales and Samsung’s struggling mobile business a canary in a coal mine for smartphone sales?

Because my 3-year-old Motorola Nexus 6 does the job just fine and doesn't require a second mortgage to buy.
Pebble 2 Review

Um, no: “Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it”

"Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it" So says The Verge. Normally I agree with what most of their writers have to say. In this case I politely beg to differ. Being Canadian and all it's just not in my nature to not smile and say something...
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Here’s a helpful timeline of System on a Chip (SoC) designs by Apple

Prior to 2010, Apple tapped Samsung for its System on a Chip (SoC) supply. These are the brains that power devices such as the iPhone, iPad and various other devices including the Apple TV. With the A4, Apple decided in 2010, however, to roll its own. And has been increasingly...
EVEConnect for Tesla now supports Insteon devices

Tesla owners can now control Insteon devices from the touchscreen

Tesla owners continue to get all the goodies. In this case, Insteon. This week the company announced its smart home devices can now be controlled directly from the Tesla S and X touchscreen interface. To do so, you'll need an app called EVEConnect (Version 2). There's a free edition as...