There was a time, just a few short years ago, when the latest product releases from the world’s largest tech companies were covered like movie premieres. Now, even the most hyped products can barely garner more than an appreciative shrug for a well-executed sequel (I’m looking at you, Mission: Impossible – Fallout).

So what happened to tech FOMO, the fear of missing out on the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos? Well, for starters, many of those gadgets and gizmos have disappeared along with an anticipation for the novel and unknown, replaced instead by the consolidation and streamlining of ecosystems, platforms, and nigh-identical products (pity the tech fanboys who still rage over the functional equivalent of Coke vs. Pepsi). The smudged sameness of the current tech landscape means that you don’t have to worry about missing the Next Big Thing when it’s really not that different from the old thing sitting in your hand.

Freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell joins to help us evaluate four different tech categories (phones, laptops, games, and VR) and see if there’s any FOMO left to be found.

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