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IFA Tech Trends for 2018: Smartphones rule, tablets falter, TV buyers go large in China

  1. For us North Americans, most sources for our shopping trends are from…North America!

But here’s your chance to follow technology trend opinions from a respected source in Europe. Feast on the  Berlin-based first IFA Tech Trends report for 2018. It’s based on real-time point-of-sales data from partner GfK, a global leader in market and consumer information.

Here is their report. What’s in for you? A better understanding what smart buyers from around the world, radiating from Europe, are looking to buy, or not, in technology. In fact, they are smarter buyers than us because they consider pricey items as an investment not the latest fad.

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“TOILET: FLUSH” AMONG CES 2018 BIG TRENDS TO SMART STUFF AT HOME

The big trend for 2018?

It’s challenging to pick new trends at the recent 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. After all, with 4,000 vendors showing big and small technology spread out over 2.7 million square feet between several spread-out huge halls, it’s impossible to see it all.

This year though, one repetitive new technology won hands-down. Voice assistant technology from Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Assistant were everywhere and in the most interesting appliances.

Gourmia announced five smart kitchen appliances

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EPSON’S TOP TWO SUPERTANK PRINTERS OFFER BIG INK SAVINGS IN MANY WAYS

Much has been said in the media about Epson’s  Supertank printers launched two years ago. The new second generation seven models are out just in time for the holidays. Like their predecessors, they are unique in that they come with bottles of ink in the box instead of normal cartridges most printers have. These bottle-fed printers have enough ink to print for two years yielding 14,000 pages black/9,000 colour – equivalent to about 30 traditional ink cartridges.

Epson sleek ET 7700 Supertank with two year ink supply in the box

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THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT GIFT

Still can’t decide on that perfect gift? This collection boasts uniqueness, practicality and smarts not to mention having something to brag about.


The Sage universal fit in-ear monitor from  $772 from Noble Audio is not your every day audio earpiece. It features two proprietary Knowles balanced drivers per piece that result in a true to life flat accurate sound, suitable for phones or portable amps. It’s meticulously crafted with an aluminium shell and non-twisting pull-out cables, ending in a natural twist to securely fit around each ear. The packaging oozes gifting with a generous supply of earbud adaptors, a small brush to keep the components tidy and a tough weather proof carrying case with a personal engraved metal contact card which helps lost units find themselves home. You can upgrade the Sage fitted with striking one-off universal acrylic pieces (pictured in photo)  for $1,028. There are eight in-ear models to pick from, with up to 10 proprietary balanced armature drivers per side like the Kaiser Encore $2,341. For a bit more and several weeks of patience, artist John ”the Wizard” Moulton will fit the Encore in an acrylic customized shell (choice of uploaded custom art work, laser engraving, glow in the dark, 24K gold nugget or wire filament) for $2,700.

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MY FAVOURITE TEN GIFT GUIDE IN WiFiHiFi DEC/JAN MAGAZINE

Steve Makris’ Top 10 Tech Gift Picks (re-printed from WiFiHiFi Magazine)

Sing it with me: “These are a few of my favourite things.” After checking out plenty of cool tech gear this year, I’ve founded that these 10 items, noted in no particular order, are best-in-class, well-designed, and functional.

AncestryDNA

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EPSON LAUNCHES 2ND GEN RE-DESIGNED SUPERTANK eco tank PRINTERS

 

Epson America, Inc., better known for affordable printers for the masses and leading edge colour printers for professionals announced second generation Supertank line of cartridge-free EcoTank® printers.

Available at London Drugs, Staples, Best Buy and the online Epson stoe, they include three new Expression EcoTank home models, two new WorkForce EcoTank printers for the small medium business market and new to the line, two new Expression Premium printers.

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WILL SAMSUNG AND APPLE BEAT UPCOMING LG’S V30 CUTTING EDGE FEATURES?

The rumour mill has been at high pitch over the past few weeks on what smart phones electronic giants will soon be launching. It’s still anyone’s guess what the new phones will be like from Apple and main competitor Samsung, whose new Note 8 launches August 23, but LG has taken a different approach, bi-passing the Fake News tech world.

LG Electronics has been pealing payers of new features on its upcoming LG V30 phone will have, expected to launch at IFA Berlin 2017 in a few weeks. Here are some that currently put it in the lead of current phones in the market:

  • An F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens in the dual camera delivering 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens. Glass Crystal Clear Lens also delivers greater light-collecting ability than a plastic lens as well as better colour reproduction. The camera in the V30 cuts edge distortion by a third and still be a lower profile, but 30 percent smaller in size compared to its previous model. It will feature UX featuring laser detection AF, optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization.
The LG V30 glass lens closely matches camera enthusiasts’ picture quality

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FUJIFILM INSTAX SQ10 HYBRID HAS IT ALL…EXCEPT ONE THING

The new Instax SQUARE SQ10 hybrid instant camera, $369.99, manages to combine the fun of popular instant Polaroid picture snapping and printing with cutting edge digital backups, stored in the camera. Re-prints anyone?

Smart? Yes. Win-win? Maybe. Practical? No.

Instant magic prints with digital backup. You’re the life of the party!

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CANADIAN INSTANT POT – TOP AMAZON.CA PRIME DAY SELLER

Amazon announces its 30 hour Prime Day 2017 global deals event, reserved exclusively for Prime members – surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it the biggest day in Amazon history! It grew by more than 60 per cent over last year’s event, according to Amazon.

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