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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.

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.
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...
It's all abut that notch

Will Apple abruptly cancel iPhone X or was this the plan all along?

Either way, Apple is about to take it up a notch.
Philips Hue 3.0 app update

CES Smart Home News: Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings apps to get overhauls

Philips to launch Hue 3.0, Hue Entertainment sync platform, and outdoor lights. Samsung, meanwhile, is doubling down on SmartThings and consolidating 40 apps in an effort to own the smart home.
Google Pay replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

Google Pay aims to simplify mobile, user experiences

Company merges Android Pay and Google Wallet into single Google Pay brand.
Gen 3 Fossil Q Control smartwatch - But what about Android Wear?

Fossil has new smartwatch, but is Google’s Android Wear holding its end of the bargain?

Fossil today released yet another smartwatch. Per The Verge it runs Android Wear 2.0, has a 45mm, water resistant circular case, touch-sensitive bezel, and costs $275 (USD). It's called the Fossil Q Control, is a 3rd gen iteration, and is available from their web site -- I don't yet...
SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD

Smart Home News: Samsung SmartThings dongle announced for NVIDIA Shield

This is an interesting development. Well, at least for smart home and home automation enthusiasts it might be.SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) today announced a USB stick called the SmartThings Link that works with the NVIDIA Shield streaming box to create a smart home hub.It costs only $39.99, though...
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: At 76% share Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market

Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends.A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76%...