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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.
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.
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Apple HomePod a tough sell especially without multi-room music

You have to really, really love Apple (and Apple Music!) for the HomePod to be a smarter buyer than the reasonably priced alternatives from Amazon and Google and Sonos.
Sonos 8.3 - Navigation and Display Improvements

Sonos app gets dark Now Playing screen, improved menus

You've got to hand it to the Sonos team.Despite the crush of competition for whole home audio from heavyweights such as Amazon (Echo), Google (Google Home), and others like Bose, Samsung (speakers plus SmartThings hub) and Heos (by AVR maker Denon) the Santa Barbara speaker company continues to innovate...
Amazon announces new prices for Prime

Amazon bumps up Prime memberships by almost 20%

But prices don't change if you pay $99 Prime fee up-front.
Tapping into the opportunity of the streaming boom

New Report: Cable TV continues to lose ground to Netflix, cord cutters

The long, slow -- and somewhat agonizing and predictable -- decline continues.A new report "I stream, you stream" from PWC's consumer intelligence series suggests that streaming services like Netflix continue to chip away at the once formidable Cable TV providers.73% of survey respondents (1,986 people) said that they subscribed...
Trendspotting: Amazon Echo Dot dominates voice-activated digital assistant market

Amazon Partnering with P&G, Clorox, Others: Alexa, turn off the ads! (please)

It was only a matter of time. And it appears the time is near.Reports today (CNBC: Amazon has big plans for Alexa ads in 2018; it's discussing options with P&G, Clorox and others) indicate Amazon is in talks with consumer goods companies like P&G and Clorox in a bid to...