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Trendspotting: Amazon Echo Dot dominates voice-activated digital assistant market

Amazon sets sights on Sonos, developing rival high-end audio speaker

AI-powered smart speakers are convenient. But, for the most part, they could sound much better.
Global Internet User Growth: Report and trends by Mary Meeker

Trendspotting: Internet user growth slows, smartphone shipments decline + other trends (Mary Meeker Report)

Global internet user growth is still growing, but slower than before. Per Bond Capital partner Mary Meeker, year-over-year growth slowed to +6% versus +7% the year earlier.In addition, another -- not so surprising headline -- is also the slowing of smartphone shipments. Android and iOS handsets both saw y/y...
Apple announcements watchOS WWDC 2019 San Jose

Apple watchOS 6 adds app store — I’m not so sure I like the idea

Unlike Google and the mess that is Wear OS, Apple has kept things simple with watchOS. A dedicated "app store" for the Apple Watch seems complicated... and unnecessary.
Introducing Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa

Smart Home News: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker takes on Google Nest Hub

Say hello to Amazon's new, compact smart display, the Echo Show 5.Given the success of smart home devices -- and especially smart speakers -- it's not much of a surprise that today we get yet another choice, yet another AI-enabled device. This time from the current leader in the...
Google Pixel 3a reviews

Pixel 3a Reviews: Google does the budget phone right

Starting at only $399 Google's Pixel 3a smartphone line-up makes a strong case for the "less is more" crowd.
Tech Marketing Trends: Lite Flagship - how did we get here?

Tech Marketing Trends: It’s not a discount phone, it’s a ‘lite flagship’

Well, okay then.This is not an entry level phone. A budget phone. A mid-range phone. Or just a plain old discounted phone.It's a lite flagship.Not a heavy flagship or a light flagship, but in 2019 make that, I repeat, a lite flagship.This is new marketing speak we're seen in...
Spotify market share report Apple Music 2019 growth

Trendspotting: Apple Music hits 28M users, passes Spotify at 26M users

In the war for streaming music subscribers Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is apparently making major inroads.According to reports today, Apple Music had 28 million users (U.S.) in February. That compares to 26 million for Spotify (NYSE: SPOT).Growth rates per WSJ suggest Apple Music is growing at 2.6% to 3% versus...
Apple News Plus subscription launched pricing Texture app

Apple News Plus is Here: 300 magazines, $9.99 per month subscription

First music. Then movies. Now Apple targets the newspaper and magazine industry for disruption.