Category Archives: Industry trends

Industry Changes

Some sorting out is going on. In late June, Micron Technology–parent company of Lexar, long-time maker of high quality memory cards and flash drives–announced that they would be discontinuing the Lexar brand and its entire removable storage retail business.  If … Continue reading

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CES 2016

Every year about this time the Consumer Electronics Show provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their stuff.  One of the big announcements this week has been from Nikon. Faithful Nikonians have been waiting for an update to the very … Continue reading

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Monetizing Information

Our 21st century economy revolves around money—and profit—and all kinds of methods are used to convince as many customers as possible to shell out for goods and services.  It’s the way things work in the modern world, whether we like … Continue reading

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Work Concept Evolution

I’ve watched with considerable interest the dueling ideas from Apple and Microsoft regarding whether desktop and mobile operating systems should be blended or kept inviolably separate.  I don’t see this as some expression of natural law, but a guess about … Continue reading

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Color Space Trends

Technology marches on, whether we like it or not, but sometimes it moves in strange directions.  Apple’s latest 4K and 5K iMacs will be using displays with a larger color gamut in the new-to-consumers DCI-P3 color space.  DCI-P3 isn’t a … Continue reading

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Corporate Greed

Now and then big companies completely lose sight of their relationship with customers, apparently forgetting that without them they wouldn’t be in business at all.  Here are two recent examples. Intuit, the makers of TurboTax, decided that for the 2014 … Continue reading

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Operating System Battle

There’s been an interesting competition going on for a long time between two heavy hitters in the electronics world, Apple and Microsoft. This isn’t so much about hardware as it is about the conceptual nature of the underlying operating system … Continue reading

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Giveaway

Who gets to use the pictures photographers work hard to create has taken another turn.  Earlier this month, Getty Images announced they would allow 35 million photos in their collection to be used at no charge for non-commercial purposes (see … Continue reading

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Form, Function, and Retro Design

Many camera makers are now offering bodies with “retro” design, like the Nikon Df, hoping that nostalgia will lure more customers.  Too often this detracts from camera usability instead of improving it. There’s nothing wrong with liking the appearance of … Continue reading

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What’s Happening

Lot’s of things going on that have potential consequence for photographers on both ends of the workflow. One is the inexorable push toward video.  4K is all the rage.  New high-rez monitors and laptop displays are popping up everywhere.  Panasonic … Continue reading

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