Category: Consumer

To protect your most important photos, you need to print them

David Haueter
Feb 27, 2015

It’s a simple fact that many people have no plan in place for protecting their digital photos. Despite all the good things that digital technology has brought us, it hasn’t really made preserving photos any easier. Things were much simpler back in the film days – you dropped off a roll of film at your local retailer and you got back a print of everything on the film roll, often in duplicate. The best photos would usually be placed into a photo album while the others usually ended up in a shoebox under the bed or in a closet. One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was to pull my Grandmother’s photo albums off her shelf and look at pictures that went back decades of her and my Grandfather as much younger people and of my Dad as a kid.

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Office Supplies and the Death of Traditional Competition

Michael Whalen
Feb 9, 2015

 

America’s two largest U.S. office supply chains are once again challenging the views of antitrust regulators – and this time, if they succeed, it could spell the demise of traditional competition in that business sector. Read more »

HP Future-Proofs Customers with its Next Generation Printhead Design

Ron Gilboa
Feb 6, 2015

HP has long been at the forefront of innovation in the digital printing marketplace with inkjet solutions spanning consumer, office, and production. HP’s announcement of its High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) shows how inkjet technology is evolving, but the main take-away shouldn’t be just about high resolution, redundancy, or better print quality. The important part of this announcement is how it helps future-proof investments made by HP customers.

The centerpiece of the announcement is a new 2,400 dot-per-inch, dual channel, thermal inkjet (TIJ) print head Read more »

Best Buy Gets Back Into the Camera Game

Ed Lee
Jan 30, 2015

During the golden days of digital camera sales, Best Buy was a dominant retailer. It offered consumers a wide selection of compact cameras at good prices. However, with compact camera sales waning, Best Buy has seen its influence on the market diminish, as consumers and vendors focus on more profitable digital interchangeable lens camera sales (DILCs). While Best Buy has sold DILCs, the selection was limited, merchandising was lacking, lens selection was limited and locked away behind glass, and in-store personnel were not trained to answer probing technical questions.

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2014 Camera Wrap-Up – Fewer Cameras but Plenty to Choose From

Carrie Sylvester
Jan 5, 2015

There were some BIG ticket items on people’s gadget wish lists during 2014 – from gaming systems, hybrid laptop tablets, and flat screen TVs. Another one of the most popular gadgets people want are digital cameras (aka Phoneless Cameras).

Although there were many new camera models introduced in 2014, there were far fewer than in previous years. In 2014, there were 98 camera models introduced compared to 127 in 2013 and 146 in 2012 (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). It is expected that the number of cameras introduced will continue to drop by anywhere between 10% to 20% in 2015.

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Intuit Rebrands Check to Mint Bills

Matt Swain
Dec 16, 2014

Recent Intuit acquisition Check will now be known as Mint Bills.

When the mobile bill pay company’s acquisition was announced earlier this year, Check co-founder and CEO Guy Goldstein noted that his team looked forward to merging their “talent, mobile mindset and spirit of innovation with Intuit to build products that delight consumers and become a part of their everyday financial lives.” This rebranding helps to publicly solidify that intent to integrate the services.

Intuit has simultaneously used this opportunity to refresh the Mint logo, with each of its products having a subtle difference in the colored line in the leaf to distinguish them from one another. Read more »

Mobile printing and those “in-between” moments

Christine Dunne
Nov 24, 2014

Close to three months ago, my family and I moved into a new home. For anyone who has experienced a move (probably most of us), you know how crazy it can be. Not only do you need to physically move and arrange your belongings, but you must also handle various administrative tasks as well as acclimate yourself to your new surroundings.

Boxes in our new home

The first few weeks in our home we were largely living out of boxes. We knew where our printer was, but we could not find any cables to set it up on a network or print directly from our PCs.

Normally, we would have just waited until we found these cables, but I needed to print! I needed to print, sign, and scan a number of documents for work, my bank, our mortgage company, and our homeowners’ insurance company. Read more »

Will Phoneless Cameras be the Next Big Thing?

Ed Lee
Nov 21, 2014

Woot! is known for its quirky and often humorous descriptions of the overstocked items that it sells. From time to time, they cause me to smile, chuckle out loud, and even buy something. The following screen capture is a recent example of its humorous approach to selling digital cameras.  Read more »

Ideas in Action at TEDxBeaconStreet

Ed Lee
Nov 20, 2014

The 2014 TEDxBeaconStreet conference took place on November 15 and 16 in Brookline, MA. Like other TED conferences, the talks centered on the themes of Technology, Education, and Design (TED).

Tthe event included 67 speakers, over 2,500 attendees, 3 venues, 3 viewing villages, and 20 event partners. The talks were recorded and will be available shortly at the TEDxBeaconStreet website. The organizers are hoping to achieve a target of 25 million views over the next year. So, check out some of the talks when you have a few moments.

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Mosaic is a Benchmark for Photo Book Mobile Apps

David Haueter
Nov 14, 2014

Smartphones are now the primary camera that most U.S. consumers use on a daily basis and their rise in popularity is having a significant impact on photo output products such as photo prints, photo books, and photo cards. With people taking more pictures with smartphones, they are also creating more printed products with them. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, 21% of photo merchandise buyers indicated that they had ordered a photo  product using their mobile device and another 39% said they had not but were interested in doing so.

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