Category: Consumer

PAX East 2016: Virtual Reality is Here!

Colin McMahon
Apr 26, 2016

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The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East was held on April 22-24 in Boston, and has been growing since its inception in 2010. Initially solely focused on video gaming, the conference has expanded to include other new technologies. Virtual reality (VR) has been at PAX for at least the past three years, but always with a disclaimer: “VR is coming.” This year, the message had changed: VR is here. Read more »

Sorry, Aristotle. When it comes to 4K video, the whole is not always greater than the sum of its parts.

Alan Bullock
Apr 14, 2016

4K video is rapidly gaining traction throughout the photo and video ecosystems, in devices from capture to display. Read more »

Nikon’s Latest 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is a Compact, Bargain-priced Powerhouse Lens

David Haueter

I’ve been a Nikon shooter for the past 25 years and shoot a lot of motorsport events, so my “go-to” lenses are the 80-200mm f/2.8 and the 300mm f/4, both from Nikon. Neither of these lenses have vibration reduction technology, but they have metallic bodies and are built like tanks. My 300mm f/4 lens is the model from two generations ago that I bought on eBay many years ago. It’s a testament to Nikon’s build quality that it still works great and has survived a couple of drops at the race track. I never thought the last generation version of the lens was worth upgrading too, but I may be ready to spend a couple grand on Nikon’s latest 300mm f/4 lens, which is significantly improved over its predecessors.

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Fun Facts About the Photography Market

Ed Lee

Any QuestionsFinding fun facts about the digital photography world is generally a Google search away. However, the information is only as good as the people and companies that are producing it. With the digital camera market hitting a rough patch these last several years and companies shifting their focus to other markets, it is getting a little harder to come across interesting nuggets of information about the photography market. InfoTrends began covering this market in the late 1990’s and continues to invest significant time and resources to understand where the market is today and to predict what will shape its future.

Here are some fun facts about the digital photography market of today that we thought we’d share: Read more »

Uh oh camcorders… mobile phones & digital cameras favored video devices for young and old

Carrie Sylvester
Apr 13, 2016

video lead image2If you wanted to capture some groovy family videos in the ‘60s and ‘70s you likely used a Super 8mm film camera, while the ‘80s brought us a “luggable” VHS-based camcorder. My shoulder still feels the pain from those days! Thankfully the ‘90s brought smaller and lighter digital camcorders that recorded onto compact video tapes and in the 2000s they made the move to internal memory or flash-based memory cards. Present day finds the traditional camcorder being replaced by even smaller and more convenient mobile phones, and digital cameras. Will these pocketable devices replace camcorders? Read more »

Meerkat Changes Direction – Is Livestreaming Ready for Prime Time?

Alan Bullock
Mar 14, 2016

Meerkat Logo2In case you missed it, on March 4, the developer of Meerkat, one of the leading livestreaming apps, announced that it was working on “something new,” shifting its focus away from one-to-many mobile live video. Acknowledging a Re/code report, Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin posted a letter that had been sent to investors in February. In that letter, Mr. Rubin cited two main reasons that live video in general, and Meerkat in particular, had not gained the traction that they had hope for. Read more »

Huawei and Leica Partner to Reinvent Mobile Photography

Carrie Sylvester
Feb 25, 2016

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Huawei and Leica Camera AG announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to reinvent smartphone photography. The companies used some very interesting and rather untraditional wording in their press releases; embracing a more holistic sound and approach. Huawei’s press release spoke about combining a shared ethos in a long-term commitment to the art of craftsmanship, meticulous engineering, and the spirit of winning collaboration to create a powerhouse that will reinvent smartphone photography. These are no small promises, particularly since neither of these companies are household names in the United States! That said, the companies are major players in their respective markets and geographies. Read more »

Google Shutting Down Picasa

Ed Lee
Feb 16, 2016

Google PhotosOn February 12, Google announced that it would be retiring Picasa, its photo management software program, and
Picasa Web Album, its  online sharing service, to put more focus on Google Photos. From my perspective, this is a bit of sad news. I have been a user and fan of Picasa since before it was officially launched almost 14 years ago. Read more »

How Life Unfolds

Jim Hamilton
Jan 26, 2016

You may have seen the television ad where a boy is throwing paper airplanes over a fence to communicate with his dad, who is away on active duty. Each paper airplane contains a note from the boy to his father. A kindly neighbor on the other side of the fence notices the airplanes, puts them in a box, and sends them to the father. Sometime later, the neighbor receives a box in the mail full of paper airplanes with notes from the dad to his son. The neighbor takes the airplanes and throws them one by one over the fence, where they are discovered by the boy. The story is heartwarming and it’s a Hallmark moment for sure, but this is not a greeting card commercial. What is this ad promoting? The answer might surprise you—it’s paper and packaging.

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This is one of three television advertisements created by the Paper & Packaging Board as part of a campaign called “Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds.” This multi-million-dollar promotional campaign began in the middle of 2015 and includes not only television exposure, but also print and online ads. The target audience is Read more »

Patent Trolls Harass Print Service Providers

James Hanlon
Jan 12, 2016

Starting in the fall of 2015, Dr. Harvey R. Levenson, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus, presented multiple conference sessions or webinars dedicated to the issue of patent lawsuits targeted at print service providers. These patent licensing operations, colloquially known as “patent trolls” or NPEs (non-practicing entities), are individuals or business entities that persistently purchase or file for patents, with the sole purpose of charging licensing and royalty fees. This blog builds on some of the key concepts in one of Dr. Levenson’s webinars and also summarizes some recent developments related to patent trolls.

Patent trolls are an increasing international issue, and continue to be active in almost every industry. According to UnifiedPatents in their Q3 Patent Dispute Report, over 67% of all patent litigation in the United States are filed by NPEs seeking monetary gain.

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