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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.
Amazfit Smartwatch for Android and iOS Devices

Pebble is Dead: 5 smartwatches you should buy instead

Pebble is dead! Long live Pebble! Everybody's favorite underdog wearable startup is no longer. Pebble has officially been acquired by San Francisco-based fitness tracker Fitbit. Say it ain't so. Oh, it be so. We know the deal is worth about $40 million. Those that backed Pebble on Kickstarter for its new models...
Pebble 2 Smartwatch Review - Screen comparison Pebble Time

Is the Pebble smartwatch a goner? All eyes on Fitbit… (Update: Yes, it’s over)

Update 12.7.2016 9:10am PT: And it's official. Here's Kickstarter Update 17 "The Time of Our Lives" which explains the refund process for existing Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core backers. Also, here's Eric's final blog post, "Pebble's Next Step." Reaction is, predictably, pitchfork ready. These are essentially farewells. Lots of...
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens

Camera Buying Guide: Top 10 Best DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras for Shooting Video

If you're in the market for a new camera I have some good news and some bad news. The good news: there's plenty of choice, and at prices that won't break the bank. However, the not so good part? Deciding specifically which camera to buy. Choice is a good thing....
Future of Automotive Technology - Trends

Trendspotting Quick Look: Technology continues to integrate into our cars

Sensors and lasers. Augmented reality. Large-scale autonomous driving. A brief look at some of the technological trends shaping our automotive future.
DSLR Video: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens

DSLR Video: How good is the Canon EF-S 18-135mm USM kit lens?

It's a kit lens! Run for the hills! Well, maybe not so fast. Over the past decade optics have come far. Take for example this kit lens: the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens. Canon introduced the new telephoto alongside its new flagship APS-C DSLR camera, the EOS 80D. With plenty of zoom...
Canon EOS 80D Kit Lens

Canon EOS 80D Deal: Big price discounts for highly rated DSLR camera

One of Canon's best APS-C cameras is now discounted by about 22%. If you're looking for a stellar hybrid DSLR, the Canon EOS 80D should be on your short list.
Microsoft Surface Book

Top 5: Best alternatives to a MacBook Pro laptop (Hint: they run Microsoft Windows)

If you're in the market to upgrade your laptop these are the most interesting of times. Apple is doubling down on its premium approach. New MacBook Pros start at $1,499 (USD) and go up rapidly from there, with the entry 15-inch Pro model starting at a not insignificant $2,499. Gulp. Meanwhile,...
Touch Bar drives foot traffic to Apple Store

The real reason why Apple hyped Touch Bar

Interesting thing this Touch Bar. Apple's replacement of function keys with a dynamic OLED strip that can change based on what you're working on, is certainly unique. If you want, it can be just a standard Apple MacBook function strip featuring the usual controls: screen brightness, volume and music controls......
Loni Stark - Bend Venture Conference Keynote

The Future of Brands: Content simply isn’t living on islands anymore

Think you have too many devices? A tablet, a smartphone, a laptop? Wait until you see what today's kids are doing. Research shows generation Z (mid-1990s to early 2000s) will use, on average, five devices. That's an important trend to keep in mind if you're in marketing or branding. Content simply...
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.