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Apr 6, 2018
Technology

Where Angels Fear To Tread

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, discusses the advantages and challenges SpaceX may face in its endeavor to create a satellite-based broadband service, known as Starlink.

Is Amazon Primed for Mobile Expansion?

In my previous blog, Dishing Out Mobile Predictions, we explored Dish’s desire to launch an IoT-focused mobile network and how Amazon would be a natural partner in this enterprise.

The Smartwatch Boom is Here

For a product that was criticized by many only a short time ago, the smartwatch has regained momentum in the U.S. market.

Black Friday, This Year’s New Tradition

NPD technology analyst, Ben Arnold, analyzes shopping on Black Friday instead of Thanksgiving day.

Seattle Innovation Meets Hollywood Tradition

This past week, technology and entertainment news has been largely dominated by Amazon, as they launched six new Echo devices and revealed insight into the final stages of their strategy to move further into movie production and distribution.

A Tale of Many iPhones

The initial fanfare of last week’s Apple announcements has subsided and the debate has moved from what will be announced to which device consumers will purchase.

The X Factor

Tomorrow, Apple is expected to launch its next generation iPhone.

Totally Wireless Earbuds Bring the Loud to Stereo Headphone Sales

Technology Analyst Ben Arnold examines totally wireless earbuds, a new headphone segment that has come out of the emergence of Bluetooth.

Baker’s Dozen: A View into the Future of Consumer Tech Holiday 2017 and Beyond

Each year around the holidays, NPD provides what we have come to call the Baker’s Dozen - a list of 13 predictions for the holiday season, as it relates to technology products and retail trends.

Prime Day Showing Its Age

With Amazon’s now annual summer buying event upon us, we’re looking back at the past two years to evaluate the impact of Prime Day to tech vendors, to Amazon’s tech business, to Amazon’s Kindle/Echo businesses and to online consumer tech as a whole.

Michael Diamond
Jun 23, 2017
Technology

K12 - “This is U.S. history, I see the globe right there.”

It’s that time of year again; school instruction is coming to a close and Jeff Spicoli is about to get a visit from Mr. Hand to go over the history lessons he ignored (reference: Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

HomePod is an Interesting Test for Apple

This time last year, when interest in the Amazon Echo and Google Home were at a fever pitch, many observers wondered why Apple hadn’t yet made a voice-activated speaker.

All That Glitters…

LeEco’s vision for the U.S. was bright and promising, but a bit more fleeting than some anticipated. The company started that way, with a spectacular launch event that promised an array of hardware (from TVs and VR, to a connected bike and self-driving car) as part of a much broader vision to be the ultimate content ecosystem.

More Artificial Than Intelligent

Spring is making a late arrival in New York this year, and the delay is beginning to take its toll. Last week, as I prepared to drive back from the warm, balmy air of Virginia towards New York, I decided to take the top off of my Jeep for a taste of spring.

Four Thousand Pixels Streaming to a TV Near You

Have you streamed video? Of course you have, as the majority of U.S. homes subscribe to a streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Video or Hulu.

Mar 28, 2017
Technology

Canadians’ Spend on Printing hits 4 year high

Here we are at the start of 2017, years removed from the time when many analysts would not hesitate to tell anyone that would listen that the days of consumers printing is coming to an end.

Jan 19, 2017
Technology

Canadians Put Premium Notebooks on Their Holiday Wish List

Canadians Put Premium Notebooks on Their Holiday Wish List

Sitting Pretty in the Post-Mobile Era

If there was any doubt that we are entering the post-mobile era, this year’s CES ratified the fact. The absence of mobile integration as a core discussion, and “must show-off” checkbox, demonstrates that the ground has shifted. Where iOS and Android integrations were the must-have stamp of approval in previous years, this year the badge of honor was to show-off Alexa integration.

Chaos & Technology

As we embark on the holiday season, two distinct dynamics tend to converge

It’s Time to Change Again

Last year in our Black Friday blog we noted that it appeared most retailers had the holiday figured out. When to open on Thanksgiving, how focused to be on online shopping vs in-store, when to promote and how to do it. Sadly, I think we were a bit premature in declaring a victory (or least an armistice) in the holiday shopping wars. This year many electronics brick-and-mortar retailers succumbed to the reality that opening on Thanksgiving was only for the biggest traffic aggregators, like the malls, and pushed their promotions to Friday morning. Unfortunately, what they missed is that Black Friday, as an event and a shopping experience, has ceased to exist. There were few if any lines at 6:00 a.m. on Black Friday, as that traffic long ago migrated to Thanksgiving Eve or online, yet many retailers continue to chase it.

New Consumer Electronics Products Help Bring Out the Black Friday Crowds

This year my family spent Thanksgiving in Manhattan, making for a memorable post-dinner technology shopping tour in the city. Among the handful of stores I visited Thursday night, a trip to Best Buy on the Upper East Side really stood out. This wasn’t the big store I’m used to in Virginia; this smaller, city-sized Best Buy boasted a club-like atmosphere. It was packed at 10:00 p.m., long after the opening rush at 5:00 p.m., and an in-store Sonos system played Rihanna and Future throughout the building. A Beats mini-store on the lower level featured several headphones to demo. It felt more like a technology shopping party than a post-Thanksgiving bargain hunt.

Nov 1, 2016
Technology

Baker’s Dozen + 1: Stephen Baker’s Top Holiday 2016 Expectations

NPD Highlights: Consumer Tech for the Holidays

Jun 3, 2016
Technology

The Changing Computing Landscape

The Changing Computing Landscape

May 24, 2016
Technology

Looking at the Computing Market with a New Set of Eyes

The news today is full of doom and gloom about the future of the PC. Undoubtedly, there are plenty of challenges ahead for the category, but there is also plenty of room for optimism. While we celebrate so many things in tech that have been reimagined or disrupted we have given short shrift to the reinvention of the PC; in fact, we have given little notice to it at all. The numbers tell a great story of redemption and reinvention, but like all great tales that have to do with data, it is all in how you organize and interpret the data.

Apr 26, 2016
Technology

Hearables Take Headphones Well Beyond Music

Hearables Take Headphones Well Beyond Music

Smart Speakers: About More Than Just Music

Smart Speakers: About More Than Just Music

Dec 16, 2015
Technology

Banking on Boxing Week

Banking on Boxing Week

Dec 11, 2015
Technology

Never Mind Black Friday – Windows PC Pricing Takes an Early Holiday Plunge

Never Mind Black Friday – Windows PC Pricing Takes an Early Holiday Plunge

Dec 11, 2015
Technology

Black Friday, Glass Half…Empty!

Black Friday, Glass Half…Empty!

Aug 24, 2015
Technology

Summer’s End No Match for Stereo Headphone Sales

Summer’s End No Match for Stereo Headphone Sales

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