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A dedicated Google Camera app is now here for Android. A hands-on test. Does it perform better, and has Google improved the user interface?

Smartphone Future
Clinton Stark
04.16.2014

By allowing small teams to dream big, Google fuels its innovation engine. That in turn attracts talent. New blood injects further creativity to problem solving. The cycle reinforces itself.

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Wine Country
BY | 04.15.14 VIDEO

Watch video of a wine cave being excavated in Napa Valley. Monster machines drill into earth’s core. Is this the set of ALIEN?

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Mobile
BY | 04.15.14

Games continue to be the most popular category of downloads with messaging apps such as WhatsApp (Facebook), Viber (Rakuten) and Tango making “substantial waves” in Q1 2014.

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Film
BY | 04.15.14

Like we saw in the creepy, visceral Se7en (1995), Fincher once again cloaks his scenes in darkness. Even broad daylight seems less bright.

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In Wine Country
BY | 04.13.14 VIDEO

Bottega Gran Fondo video highlights from Napa. Featuring Chef Michael Chiarello, Olympian Natalie Coughlin, pro cyclist George Hincapie, and… my debut as a security guard?

Sensory Expedition: The nose knows. In this case, I found the Sequoia Grove winery, Cabernet Sauvignon "Lamoreaux Vineyard".
West Coast
BY | 04.13.14

Rumor has it that by the time Pebble Beach Food & Wine is done, there will have been over 144,000 tastes of wine. Glad that at this lunch, we were doing our part.

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California Travel
BY | 04.11.14 VIDEO

At the Plein Air Convention in Monterey I’ve made many new friends. And I’ve begun the challenging journey of painting landscapes.

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Mobile
BY | 04.10.14

One interesting twist with this particular integration: you can stream direct from the Google Play Music app to Sonos.

Canon EOS 70D. After years of shooting video with a DSLR, I'm contemplating a cinema camera. But which? Canon C100? Panasonic GH4? Sony A7s? Blackmagic...?
Digital Film
BY | 04.09.14

The problem with the GH4 and A7s is that both are housed in DSLR-like bodies. They’re compromises–again, shooting stills and video. Whereas something like the C100 is designed solely for video, especially doc/ENG/run-and-gun.