Tech & Silicon Valley

Scene in San Francisco, post SFIFF screening of Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO.

Apps
Clinton Stark
04.16.2014

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?

STARK-APPROVED GADGETS
The best smartwatch on the market. Lots of developer support means lots of useful apps and watchfaces available. I'll never take mine off.
4.5
OUT OF 5
A superb news reading app for iOS and Android. Deserves rotation in your daily routine.
5
OUT OF 5
Does just about everything right, despite some crashes on my Nexus 5 during testing. But there's nothing to differentiate Beats Audio from the likes of Spotify and Google All Access. Expect Beats to package the service with smartphones and headphones.
4
OUT OF 5
Yahoo nails it. This is exactly what a daily news rollup should look like. If you're looking for a quick read of what's happening in the news, look no further than Meyer's hit app News Digest.
5
OUT OF 5
A beautiful, smooth, and fast Twitter app for Android that values aesthetics over feature overload. So long as you like a dark theme, Carbon is quite irresistible.
4
OUT OF 5
Lego smartphone future? A concept based on Google's Project Ara allows for modular upgrades.
Smartphone Future
BY | 04.16.14

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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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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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.

Cover-App-Review
Mobile
BY | 04.09.14

Just like Facebook, Twitter wants our mortal mobile souls.

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Mobile
BY | 04.06.14

Lenovo/Motorola Mobility will likely position the X + 1 as a friendly mid-range device. It could launch alongside the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch this summer.

Google-Wireless-Service
Mobile
BY | 04.03.14

Google could offer mobile wireless services. If true, I give this news a thumbs up. It’s very promising. Wireless is a ridiculous oligopoly. Carrier mark ups are extreme. Google could change that.

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Indie Film
BY | 03.27.14

Shot with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, sci-fi short ‘Prospect’ commands attention thanks to a compelling story.