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Daily tech news on Google, Android, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, technology trends and updates from Silicon Valley. Gadget reviews, tablets, mobile, apps. Clinton Stark shares over a decade of experience from shooting videos for Stark Insider. Tips, tricks and reviews of Canon DSLR, Sony mirrorless, and Blackmagic and RED cinema cameras, Plus: filmmaking techniques, video production.

Top 5: Best smartwatches of 2017

If you're in the market for a new smartwatch there are several options out there. But which is best? Well, it depends. Android users, for instance, can't use the Apple Watch with their phones. And those who want week-long battery life will find there are far fewer choices than those who...
Apple Watch: Tips for better battery life

How To: Solution for Apple Watch battery drain

First, the good: The Apple Watch has one of the best rated batteries going. As far as smartwatches goes it handily beats most (but not all) of what Android Wear has to offer. Pebble owners, though, know that theirs is still tops when it comes to not needing a charge...
Zelda BotW Cartridge Packaging - Inside

Zelda, but no Nintendo Switch? Playing the other best-selling game: inventory hunting

I've got a Zelda cartridge alright. That part was easy. But I've got no where to put it. That's because the Nintendo Switch is apparently selling like mad -- GameStop says it's the best video game console launch in years. That's great news for Nintendo. It would seem every decade or...
What is 4G and LTE? A brief explanation

4G vs LTE: What they mean for consumers

Don't get stumped again next time your out for drinks with co-workers. Here's a simple explanation of 4G and LTE terminology.
YouTube TV

Google looks to kibosh cable and satellite with YouTube TV

Is it the final nail in the coffin? Cable and satellite providers across the land are already hurting. Badly. Cablecutters are an increasing lot. Thanks in part to average internet speeds (download) in the United States of above 50 Mbps -- and that's for a country that doesn't lead the...
Huawei Watch 2 Classic

Huawei Watch 2: Sigh, not the Android Wear 2.0 flagship we were pining for

Mobile World Congress is on. That of course means new phones, new gadgets and new tech products. So far LG has announced a bunch of new phones. Huawei has too, and, also has taken the wraps off the eagerly anticipated Huawei Watch 2. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced this news is...

Cure for Android Wear 2.0 delay(s)? Apple Watch

Apple Watch. Question: What is the best alternative for a former Pebble smartwatch owner? It's not the answer I was expecting. But, indeed, after finally relenting, and trying out an Apple Watch for a few weeks, this former Pebbler believes it to be the best available option on the market today....
Review: IdeaUSA AtomicX Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC V201)

In Review: IdeaUSA AtomicX Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC V201)

Tested in the Stark Insider labs: IdeaUSA AtomicX Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC V201). Have you heard the news? It seems as if our dear friend, the headphone jack, is not long for this world. Too bad. I'll definitely miss the audio fidelity and old school simplicity of just...
Canon EOS 77D vs. Rebel T7i vs. M6 Mirrorless comparison

Which New Canon Camera to Buy: Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i or M6 mirrorless?

Canon released three new EOS camera bodies this week: EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and M6 mirrorless. Starting at $749 (USD) the trio fill-out the mid-range of Canon's range, and provide aspiring photographers and videographers with some reasonably priced options. Each of these new models provide a step-up from regular smartphone...
LG Watch Sport

Android Wear 2.0 is Here: Meanwhile, a tree fell in the forest…

Android Wear 2.0 is here. The big question, however, is if anybody really cares about Google's second attempt to win over smartwatch customers. By Google standards, the Wear 2.0 launch was surprisingly low key. No fancy presentations. No keynotes. No live singers. And certainly no daredevil like stunts featuring skydivers and...