Apple to roll Texture into News app and add Netflix-like subscription feature.

Apple Texture Magazine App: Publishers confront similar issue that challenged music, TV and movie business models

The Texture app has been out for a while now. Often described as a Netflix for magazines, the nifty app for iOS and Android lets you read about 200 magazines for only $10/month. It's a great app, and I especially enjoy it when traveling.Now that Apple owns Texture via...
Apple needs to simplify iPhone naming

Are iPhone model names confusing buyers?

First, in 2017, there was the X (as in "ten"), the first iPhone not to use traditional digits in its name.Then, earlier this year, Apple released a trio of speedier, hipper phones with some most unfortunate names: the XR, XS and XS Max.To add to this fun alphabet soup...
Project Fi on iPhone

Mobile News: Google’s Project Fi cell service now available for iPhone (Settings screenshot)

11.28.2018 UPDATE: Fi is officially here for iPhone (5S or newer). You can sign up here. Also, Google has renamed and re-branded the service as simply Google Fi. To activate Fi on an iPhone, insert a Fi SIM, download the Google Fi app, and follow the instructions. You'll need to...
Insteon with Alexa and Amazon Echo Dot: Tips and Review

Trendspotting: Echo Dot smart speaker leads way for Amazon on Cyber Monday

We love the Echo Dot. In fact we really, really love the tiny smart speaker. If there was any doubt about our obsession with all things Alexa, that was cast aside in a major way yesterday.Amazon says this year's Cyber Monday was the company's biggest shopping day ever. Ever....
Panasonic GH5 top controls

Best Camera for 4K Video: Panasonic GH5 still the King of video

For 4K video work (and 1080p HD too) the Panasonic GH5 remains our top pick.Though the flagship camera was released in 2017, you'd be hard pressed to find a mirrorless camera that comes close to its overall performance for shooting video.Thanks to a recent price drop and promotion, the...
Sonos Amp is an updated Connect:Amp with more power and connections

New Sonos Amp delivers more power, supports AirPlay 2 and TV connectivity

Sonos Amp is an updated Connect:Amp with more power and connections, plus a new and modern minimalist look for $599.
Smart Camera Functionality - trend market report 2019

Trendspotting: The smart camera era begins in 2019

"Cameras are becoming terrifyingly smart."According to a new report, the smart camera era begins in 2019.What does that mean?Activate CEO Michael Wolf and his research team suggest there are three primary reasons to expect the emergence of the smart camera over the next year or so:Visual intelligence Functionality ...
Social media influencers and nanoinfluencers

Trendspotting: Nanoinfluencers could make social media even more like a never-ending infomercial

You've seen it a thousand times before. And every time you know you're looking at an ad... disguised as an influencer branded recommendation or suggestion.Maybe it's a heavily photoshopped Instagram photo of a model with perfect hair. Or a beautiful person (obviously) posing on a beach with perfect light...
Yongnuo YN450 mirrorless camera runs Android OS

Trendspotting: Are mirrorless smartphone cameras the next big thing for consumers?

Things are changing dramatically in the camera market these days. Smartphones -- mostly iPhone and Androids -- have all but killed the point-and-shoot compact camera. Entry level DSLRs have also been hurt by the built-in cameras in our phones which are increasingly more than "good enough."And this year the...
MacBook Air family - Apple updates hot seller

Apple gifts us a headphone jack — and USB-C! — with new MacBook Air

Deep within the tech specs of the new MacBook Air (2018) is something many of us thought we'd never see:"3.5mm headphone jack"And with that, the seas parted. CEO Tim Cook descended, and bestowed old school love for the audio faithful.So, yes, the new MacBook Air has a bunch of...