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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.
Which to Buy: Microsoft Surface Book or Apple MacBook Pro

Laptop Dilemma: Surface Book or MacBook Pro?

Microsoft is on a fierce comeback. Who ever thought a Windows laptop would be a viable alternative to the vaunted MacBook? That day is here.
MacBook Pro Touch ID - Magic Toolbar

Apple prefers we touch a Magic Toolbar instead of a screen

Microsoft says: touch the screen anywhere. Apple says: only touch this narrow strip. Will Apple's Magic Toolbar and non-touch screen philosophy result in an exodus of buyers?
5 Reasons Why the Smartwatch Market Tanked

5 reasons why the smartwatch market took a dramatic nosedive

It was the next big thing. Until it became a boring party trick.
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera

Should I upgrade to a Canon EOS 80D or should I switch to a Sony mirrorless camera (a6500)?

Should I stay or should I go? One of the big questions I get when shooting out and about town is whether or not it's worth sticking with Canon. Often it's specific, like the very dilemma I face in future gear investments: Should I upgrade to a Canon EOS 80D DSLR...
Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter - Test with Video

Add camcorder zoom to your Canon DSLR (PZ-E1 hands-on video)

For only $149, a convenient way to give your Canon EOS 80D, 70D, Rebel or other Canon DSLR smooth, camcorder zooms.
Nintendo Switch hybrid video game consolevideo

Nintendo Switch differentiaties from PS4, Xbox One with innovative, hybrid video game console design

Nintendo dropped a surprise today. And even for those not interested in gaming or the video game industry might want to take a look. As expected, the quirky Japanese gaming giant gave us a preview of a new gaming system. It's called Nintendo Switch (previously known during development as NX). The...
Pebble 2 Smartwatch Review

Pebble 2 Review – The smartwatch perfected

The Pebble 2 represents a philosophy that eschews bling in favor of a delightful customer experience. And it works tremendously well.
Google Pixel smartphones

Google refreshes smartphone brand, launches “Pixel” phones starting from $649

Consumers are accustomed to paying a premium for an iPhone, but will it work for a Google phone?
Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera Short Review Test

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera – a compact winner for capturing filmic footage

Since I started shooting videos for Stark Insider in 2006 I've tried as hard as possible to make our stuff look like film. I haven't always succeeded, that's for sure. But there's something about the video-ish footage that comes out of a lot of cameras and camcorders that drives...