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Loni Stark the Oil Painting Clown

Clowning around on Stark Insider

You can't take life too seriously -- at least some of the time. Right? We like to put that idea to the test every now and then here on Stark Insider. If that means throwing caution to the wind, creating the occasional quirky video, and embracing our alter egos, than all...
Pebble OS 4 - Timeline Quick View

Pebble smartwatch OS update brings unobstructed, Wear-like notifications

Pebble just keeps getting better and better. But will it be enough? Nextgen Pebble smartwatches are around the corner. In the coming months the Silicon Valley upstart will ship the Pebble 2 ($129) and Pebble Time 2 ($199). Update models include heart rate monitors, larger e-paper displays, and even better...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame DSLR Camera

Should you buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera?

The wait is over. Well, almost. Canon has unveiled the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark IV full frame DSLR. For now, you can pre-order one ($3,499 USD via Amazon or B&H Photo Video), and drill down on the specs, until the mighty camera ships later next month (September 2016). Headline features for the...
Tesla Model S P100D Sedan - 2016 Announcement

New target for Tesla: LaFerrari

How ludicrous can Elon Musk get? Very ludicrous. As in, LaFerrari ludicrous. Today's announcement is, once again as we've come to expect from Tesla, mind melting. How on earth can a four door sedan with ample luggage capacity and a roomy cabin possibly put up these kinds of performance numbers? And yet: Model S...

Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera: Shooting video and the competition

Video is big these days. Sure, you can use your iPhone or Android to capture decent, to even very good, quality videos. But there are times you may want to stretch it further, and embrace your inner Hitchcock or Aronofsky or Coppola. A DSLR (or mirrorless) is often the perfect...

BTS Hollywood: ‘Ben Hur’ director used Blackmagic cameras to shoot action sequences

Once again, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (the new tiny one) has found its way on to the set of a major Hollywood production. Hold your thoughts for a moment on the idea -- the idea! -- of a Ben-Hur remake. Keep holding that hold. Keep on. And, for now...
Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens (Black)

Canon EOS 80D DSLR: Thoughts after 5 months of shooting videos

If you're looking for an all-around shooter, 2016 is turning out to be a very good year. Finally, Canon released a successor to its fabled EOS 70D. Great camera that one. But three years in, it was time for an upgrade. So along came the 80D ($1,199 body only via...
Google Android N Preview

Google’s Android 7.0 “Nougat” update coming later this month

Cringe-worthy naming aside, "Nougat" should be arriving next week. At least for some smartphones. Version 7.0 of Google's mobile operating system brings a slew of refinements that make Android easier to use, and more powerful. I've been running 7.0 Nougat on a Nexus 6 and posted some impressions earlier here. While...
Android 7.0 Nougat What's New: Multi-Window Mode

Android News: What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat?

Android 7.0 is just around the corner. What should we expect from Google's next major release, code-named Nougat, when it drops in the next few weeks? For one, don't expect earth-shattering updates. Android, like iOS, is a mature mobile operating system and platform with broad support, including massive development community....
Sonos Beta 6.4 App Update - What's new?

Sonos app update is all about flow of music

The best gets even better.