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What's Up With Digital Imaging

What’s Up With Digital Imaging

Clearly the camera phone has disrupted the imaging and photography market. Sharing images and video over platforms like Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube has put the lower-end of the digital imaging industry in a tailspin and threatened point-and-shoot cameras. The smartphone’s convenience, portability and mobile connectivity, as well as a slew of photography-based apps have energized the...
Facebook Lets Ordinary People Try Out Live Video

Facebook Lets Ordinary People Try Out Live Video

“This has implications for the whole ecosystem, including Periscope, Meerkat, Google,” remarked Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends. Facebook Live Video “could potentially be very disruptive given the numbers Facebook has,” she told TechNewsWorld. “Facebook’s going to have to start to think about monetization,” C4 Trends‘ Schreiner predicted. Facebook Lets Ordinary People Try Out...
Yahoo Reintroduces a Messenger for This Millennium

Yahoo Reintroduces a Messenger for This Millennium

“The new messenger is feature rich with abilities to also unsend a message — as people move beyond sending anything as an impetuous reflex action or after a knock-out fight or in a drunken stupor,” noted Susan Schreiner, senior editor and analyst at C4 Trends.   Yahoo Reintroduces a Messenger for This Millennium By David...
Google+ Tries On New Social Media Identity

Google+ Tries On New Social Media Identity

 “Google is way overdue in making these changes, but it just may have a shot at making rival sites like Facebook take it a little more seriously,” suggested Susan Schreiner, an analyst with C4 Trends. “While it’s late coming to the table, we would suggest that it may yet have opportunities to more effectively leverage...
iPad Pro: The Thrill Is Gone

iPad Pro: The Thrill Is Gone

Apple this week began selling its iPad Pro, but the newly introduced device is failing to evoke the enthusiasm the company’s line of tablets traditionally has seen. Reviewers gave the device high marks for its battery life, screen, speakers, light weight and Pen, but panned the keyboard, the lack of a touchpad and 3D Touch,...
Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality: Is It There Yet?

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality: Is It There Yet?

Susan Schreiner (susan@c4trends.com) is the founder and editor of C4Trends.com and a veteran journalist who covers developments in consumer technology. She is also a CE industry and events analyst. Bridging the gap between virtual and real-world experiences is quickly moving beyond just science fiction.   While we’ve been hearing about Virtual Reality (VR) for several years, the VR space ignited...
Is Science Fiction Colliding with Health Solutions?

Is Science Fiction Colliding with Health Solutions?

 What will the intersection of tech with health, genomics and medicine look like in the next few years? We are on the cusp of a transformative revolution. Cross-disciplinary sectors are collaborating across the biomedical and technology spectrum from mobile and digital health to 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, pharma and synthetic biology. It’s about telemedicine,...
Now Facebook Users Can Tell Their Music Stories

Now Facebook Users Can Tell Their Music Stories

Music Stories “gives musicians more exposure and won’t be a problem because the number of musicians who are successful at selling on Facebook constitutes a very small group in a very large universe,” said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends. “This is going to be a win-win,” she told TechNewsWorld. Now Facebook Users Can...
No Time to Respond to Email? Let Google Do It

No Time to Respond to Email? Let Google Do It

Google this week unveiled Smart Reply for Gmail on iOS and Android. It uses machine intelligence and neural networks to suggest up to three possible responses for incoming email, based on the content of those emails.The system learns from users’ responses to suggestions to fine-tune its offerings. It has a repository of 20,000 Smart Replies...
Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars' Kid Perception

Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars’ Kid Perception

What humans can see may be just part of the issue, noted Susan Schreiner, analyst with C4 Trends. “Sound is the other half of it, as in what people on the street hear,” she told TechNewsWorld. “As we shift to electric vehicles, the cars aren’t as loud, so perhaps the sensors need to be tied...
Twitter Talks Up New Storytelling Tools

Twitter Talks Up New Storytelling Tools

“I think Twitter wants to be the go-to platform, going against Facebook, Google and Reddit,” said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends. Twitter now offers developers an in-app store button and that, together with its partnerships, means it’s adopting a new business model, she told the E-Commerce Times. Twitter “will become part of people’s...
Surface Book Evokes Oohs, Ahhs and Sticker Shock

Surface Book Evokes Oohs, Ahhs and Sticker Shock

“The question is, are the price point and the looks designed to penetrate the marketplace Apple’s a player in?” mused Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends. “Apple’s in the premium-priced products market. This is the first time Microsoft is taking that kind of approach, and I think it’s either doing this to go into...