Tech & Silicon Valley

The day has finally arrived. And it’s called “Pebble Time.” After a much-hyped and significantly marketed countdown, the smartwatch maker that could, Pebble, announced today a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new model featuring a color e-paper display. No, this is not 1992. Up until now the Palo Alto-based start-up produced smartwatches, both the original and fancier […]

Wearables
Clinton Stark
02.18.2015

My wife wants an Apple Watch. She’s an unapologetic laggard. Is that reason enough to say that Apple understands wearables better than anyone?

STARK-APPROVED GADGETS
Well made, tossable Blueooth speaker that can take a beating. Killer party trick: it floats.
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A well-made bag for road warriors, students, and professionals working in the field alike. Your tablets, laptops, cameras, and other mobile gear will appreciate traveling first class.
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OUT OF 5
The best smartwatch on the market. Lots of developer support means lots of useful apps and watchfaces available. I'll never take mine off.
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OUT OF 5
A superb news reading app for iOS and Android. Deserves rotation in your daily routine.
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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.
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OUT OF 5
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Wearables
BY | 02.17.15

Google Glass flopped. But that hasn’t stopped Sony from taking a (misguided) swing at the wearable market. SmartEyeglass retails for $849, but I don’t think they could give these monstrosities away for free.

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Wearables
BY | 02.12.15

It’s official. Android Wear is a flop. By why did Google miss the mark so badly?

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San Francisco
BY | 02.02.15 VIDEO

Before we saw a show Saturday night at A.C.T. in San Francisco we gave ourselves a video challenge: an 80’s video music homage shot in Union Square with a Canon EOS 70D in just 30 minutes.

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Video Gear
BY | 01.28.15

Say your budget is $10,000. Do you buy a Sony a7S and build it out, or do you make a squeeze and buy it plus a new Sony FS7 giving you both stealth, plus Super 35 options?

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Trendspotting
BY | 01.28.15

Not only are YouTube publishers uploading more videos than ever before, they are doing so with higher attention to production values, entertainment values, and personality.

Theater & Arts
BY | 01.27.15

A play about Silicon Valley that hits close to home. Can two video game developers meet deadline? And will ego, love, and loss render their code useless?

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What's Happening
BY | 01.27.15

Symphony Silicon Valley announced it will live score Peter Jackson’s Academy-Award winning Lord of the Ring trilogy. Two cycles are planned for April.

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Gear
BY | 01.26.15

Making the jump from a Canon DSLR to a Sony FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camera. The decision, budgeting, spousal drama. What on earth am I thinking?!