Author Archives: Stewart Wolpin

About Stewart Wolpin

I have been writing about consumer electronics for four decades, including news, reviews, analysis and history for a wide variety of consumer, niche and trade outlets. For the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), I annually update the industry's history and write the official biographies of the CTA Hall of Fame inductees. Aside from writing about consumer technology for a variety of consumer, tech and trade publications, I write a blog and do market research for Digital Technology Consulting. In the non-tech world, I have written "Bums No More: The Championship Season of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers" and "The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle." Check out my work at

AI Beginning To Infiltrate Increasingly Adult-Oriented Toy Market

“Toys aren’t just for kids” is now more than just a tired truism within the toy industry. With an aging population combined with more advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the so-called “kidult” and “elder toy” markets are slowly gaining prominence … Continue reading

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Tested: Can Regular Bluetooth Earbuds Be Used as Hearing Aids?

During this first year that over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids became available, four major types of solutions for those with mild to moderate hearing loss have emerged: However, a potential fifth class of “hearing aid” has recently emerged – standard Bluetooth … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast iPhone Pro 15 overheating, Amazon anti-trust suit, and more

John Quain and I join host Mark Vena as we tackle iPhone Pro 15 overheating reports, the anti-trust action against Amazon, “oversharing” of data with smart home devices, and Microsoft Copilot arriving in Windows 11. Watch this episode here on … Continue reading

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11 Colleges and Universities To Tap for Next-Gen CPG Talent

When CPG companies seek to hire new top marketing and technology talent, the most desired attribute is often experience. But the high number of senior executives opting for retirement during the Great Resignation means more lower-level executives moving up the ranks.  As … Continue reading

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Samsung SmartThings And Philips Hue Expand Synergies

In an apparent attempt to improve its competitive smart home ecosystem position against Amazon Alexa, Google, and Apple HomeKit, Samsung’s SmartThings is promoting its partnership with leading smart light platform Philips Hue. Read the rest of the story here at

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CTA Joins, Adds Tech Pillar To UN’s ‘Human Security For All’ Campaign

At an event held on the United Nations main New York City campus during its meeting of the General Assembly, CTA president & CEO Gary Shapiro announced the addition of technology as the eighth pillar in the year-old Human Security for All … Continue reading

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How to Get a Free iPhone 15 (if You Qualify)

That headline is not a come-on. If you’re considering upgrading to a new iPhone, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all are offering a “free” iPhone 15 – if you qualify as the right kind of customer, have the right type of … Continue reading

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Apple iPhone 15: Only Photo and Film Pros Need Apply

At today’s Apple event, Apple told us exactly who ought to upgrade to one of the new iPhone 15 models: creative professionals. Throughout its presentation of its new models – especially the now appropriately labeled 15 Pro models – Apple execs kept stressing, in … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Upgrade to Apple Watch 9

If you’ve been clinging to an older generation Apple Watch, Apple has imbued its new Series 9 models with five improvements that make it easy for you to justify an upgrade. One especially tempts me to upgrade even though I own an … Continue reading

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Audien Atom Pro: A Cheap, Compromised Solution for Mild Hearing Loss

The Audien Hearing’s Atom ($99.99) and Atom Pro ($249.00, currently $179.00 with coupon on Amazon) in-ear buds provide a cheap and easy solution for those who suffer only moderate volume-related hearing loss. The Atoms are simply sound amplifiers – there’s no Bluetooth for phone calls … Continue reading

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