Tech & Silicon Valley

Chinese tech companies are going direct. Huawei Honor 6 Plus is another example of low-cost mobile device being sold without a U.S. partner.

Android
Clinton Stark
12.10.2014

Trying to buy a new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google this holiday season? You could be in for a game of cat-and-mouse. Meanwhile, Apple will always take your money.

STARK-APPROVED GADGETS
Well made, tossable Blueooth speaker that can take a beating. Killer party trick: it floats.
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OUT OF 5
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
Pebble-Smartwatch-Review-stark-insider-2014
Wearables
BY | 12.03.14

Despite an influx of Android Wear watches such as the Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live, and LG G Watch R, it was the Pebble that got the little things right.

iPad-Air
Mobile Tech
BY | 11.25.14

Research firm IDC says that YoY sales of iPads will fall by just under 13%. Will new products such as the iPhone 6 Plus and upcoming Apple Watch save the day?

Loreto-Posadas-3989
West Coast Travel
BY | 11.20.14

In 2008 the recession stalled the Loreto Bay development. Today, the resort, located in Baja California Sur, is back on track. Construction has resumed on the condos.

Sony-a7-mirrorless
Tech
BY | 11.20.14

The a7 II will ship with 5-axis stabilization built-in. The result will be smoother, clearer shots. How will Canon and Nikon respond?

Amazon-Echo-Video
Gadgets & Tech
BY | 11.06.14

With Echo, Amazon guns for Google (Now) and Apple (Siri) in the battle for cloud supremacy. But there’s a problem with that strategy.

Pandora-Android
Mobile
BY | 10.29.14

Beats Music trails when it comes to downloads, but pulls in the money. Meanwhile, where is the Google Play Music app?

Facebook-Earnings-Report
Silicon Valley
BY | 10.28.14

Facebook beats analyst expectations, reports $3.2 billion in top line revenue for Q3. “I see nothing wrong with any of these numbers,” said one prominent analyst.

Ecoxgear-Ecorox-bluetooth-speaker-review-3276
Gadgets & Tech
BY | 10.27.14

ECOXGEAR delivers a tossable, sturdy, and waterproof speaker that works well with iOS and Android tablets, and smartphones.