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Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi indie ‘Under the Skin’, no question, is an artsy take on the sci-fi genre. In a world of effects-laden Michael Bay blockbusters, it’s a welcome relief. It’s also an instant classic.

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Cy Ashley Webb
07.15.2014

This script is so strong, in part, because the playwright avoids the prescriptive; instead, he provides four rich characters with whom you genuinely want to spend time.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 07.14.14

If Apple can’t deliver a large 5.5-inch iPhone before the holiday season it could be, if not a big blow, at least a crimp in Q4 sales.

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Wine Country
BY | 07.09.14 VIDEO

Classical rockstar Joshua Bell kicks off opening night this Friday when he performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the spectacular Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga.

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Mobile
BY | 07.03.14

Songza ($15 million) vs Beats ($3 billion). Google continues to make smaller acquisitions. With music streaming service Songza, Google buys a company known for hand curated playlists. Customers are loyal. Will they buy-in to Google’s new vision?

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Theater & Arts
BY | 06.30.14

Lizzie is like Downton Abbey, Carrie and American Idiot, mashed up. It’s the kind of musical that Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick might have collaborated on. The all-female cast performances are bloody unforgettable.

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Wearables
BY | 06.27.14

Pebble was one of the first to market. Now, Google is arming large competitors such as Samsung, LG and Motorola with Android Wear. Can a small start-up survive?

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Google I/O
BY | 06.25.14

Android Auto heavily leverages voice recognition. You can send messages, navigate to places, and make calls – all hands-free.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 06.25.14

Google embraces a flat world. “Material Design” will bring new icons, fonts, and cards to the Android user interface.

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Mobile
BY | 06.25.14

Google head of mobile Sundar Pichai revealed that Android market share on tablets has jumped from 39% in 2012 to 62% in 2014.