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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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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Jeff Hayes and Jim Hamilton
Oct 29, 2014
Dion Weisler, EVP Printing & Personal Systems, HP
HP executive vice president Dion Weisler was on stage today for one of his biggest events: the introduction of two new products from HP’s Printing & Personal Systems group (soon to be HP, Inc.). In a live event in New York City that was webcast globally, Weisler and his team introduced two intriguing products designed to help customers unite the physical and digital worlds in a “Blended Reality” supported by HP technologies.
The first products to come out are Multi Jet Fusion, a 3D printer, and Sprout, an immersive computing platform.
Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer
Steve Nigro, senior vice president of HP’s Inkjet and Graphics businesses, unveiled publicly for the first time HP’s production 3D printer, a product that he said will “trigger the next industrial revolution” through ground-breaking speed, quality, and cost. While being limited on technical details, Nigro stated that HP has taken some of its 2D print assets and applied them in a new way to achieve speeds that are 10 times faster than any other technology on Read more »
Photo merchandise items like photo books, photo cards, and calendars remain very popular gift items in the U.S. market, but according to recent InfoTrends consumer surveys, the market is showing signs of slowing down. In InfoTrends’ 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, about 40% of respondents had bought photo merchandise products in the last year. This was virtually unchanged from the 2013 survey after showing growth the previous two years. InfoTrends believes that while a slowdown is inevitable as the photo merchandise market matures, there is still room for continued growth with targeted marketing efforts and promotions.
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Oct 3, 2014
According to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 21st Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, the average amount spent on CE gifts by U.S. adults this year will be $286, an increase of 15% from last year. The tech products that consumers most want to receive as gifts this holiday season are tablets (13%), notebook/laptop computers (11%), TVs (8%), smartphones (7%), and video game consoles (7%). At the bottom of the wish list are digital cameras, e-readers, Blu-ray players, and MP3 players (at 2% each), and desktop PCs (1%).
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Oct 1, 2014
In September, several vendors made announcements related to mobile printing, or with implications for printing from mobile devices.
Epson America announced that its latest inkjet devices are its first Mopria-certified printers. The company also launched the Epson Connect Solutions Finder to “help mobile users make sense of the numerous mobile printing solutions and apps currently available.
Screenshot from Epson Connect Solutions Finder webpage
Samsung has acquired mobile cloud printing solution provider PrinterOn. According to Samsung, the purchase is expected to reinforce Samsung’s expansive mobile ecosystem especially for the company’s B2B customers. PrinterOn then announced a new version of its enterprise software with several additions, including wide area network iOS printing, IPP print server and Oracle compatibility, as well as support for Fuji Xerox MFP-based reporting when using Equitrac. Read more »