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Top 10 YouTube trends for 2016

Once upon a time YouTube was all about the cat video. While there's still plenty of content starring cute, cuddly and quirky pets (and people), in 2016 YouTube is about a whole lot more. I've been following YouTube, and online video in general, since we started posting Stark Insider videos to...
Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 Q&A

Pebble 2 Q&A: Top 10 questions about Pebble’s next-gen smartwatches answered

Pebble is pouring it on today. First, the big announcement this morning. The Redwood City start-up unveiled three new wearables. Follow-ups to the original Pebbles, called the Pebble 2 ($99 USD via Kickstarter) and Pebble Time 2 ($179), and, perhaps most interestingly, a screen-less fitness tracker called Pebble Core ($69). The...
New Pebble Time 2 Smartwatch

Pebble intros 3 new wearables, launches Kickstarter, prices start at $69

"Hey gang, it's time to write the next chapter in wearables." Pebble continues to out-innovate its rivals. It's much larger rivals; the Apples, Googles, and Samsungs. Take heed, today the Redwood City-based (so long expensive Palo Alto office) start-up announced not one, not two, but three -- count 'em -- new...
HTC Vive - VR Headset

Here’s the key reason why VR is destined to fail (at least for now)

Content. Without content, the best hardware in the world just sits there, in a corner, unloved. Such is the premise of a thoughtful new WSJ piece on the prospects of Virtual Reality (VR). Christopher Mims contends that the whole thing is going to come crashing down. That because "the depth and...
Pebble Smart Bands

Pebble announcement – new fitness tracker, smart bands, updated display?

Update: Well, wow. Pebble went to town: 3 new smartwatches, including the heart-rate enabled Pebble 2, and Pebble Time 2, plus Pebble Core, an "ultra-wearable." And, Pebble also announced a new Kickstarter campaign. Get backing Pebblers! A fitness tracker? Smart bands of some sort? A sport edition of one of their existing smartwatches? Another Kickstarter campaign? Some kind of new...
TechOrbits Wireless Charger 8 USB fast charging ports for android iphone PowerPort Qi Wireless Charging Pad Samsung S6/Edge/Plus, Note 5, Nexus 4/5/6/7,Lumia 920, LG Optimus Vu2 All Qi-Enabled Devices

Review: TechOrbits 8-port Qi charging pad a winner (Review)

Everything is all well and good in our go-go mobile, always-on lives. Except, of course, when our phone dies. Dead battery. Super sigh. Queue Internet Rage Engine. 21st Century Sadness is when it's time to charge all our tablets, and phones, and watches, and fitness trackers, and the oh-so many other...
Android Wear QWERTY keyboard Hell

Google on Wear 2.0: “We’re listening very closely to our developers” (and that’s the problem with Wear)

Why on earth does a smartwatch need a speaker? Or a ridiculous, microscopic keyboard? And this idea that a smartphone needs to be "standalone" and function just like a smartphone?! I think I learned the answer: This morning I watched the Android Wear 2.0 deep dive at the Google I/O...

Wear 2.0: Google’s smartwatch OS gets much-needed reboot

"Our biggest platform update yet." Well, how's that for amazing response time?! Yesterday, I lamented the need for a reboot of Google's smartwatch operating system Wear. And Apple's WatchOS. And Samsung's Tizen. And... on and on. Save for Pebble's OS. That one's a keeper, even if the company's long-term viability is a...
Google Daydream VR Playground

Google I/O: Daydream takes Cardboard and VR to next level

"Mobile. Approachable. For everyone." Google's evolution of its clever VR project Cardboard is here. Well almost. Clay Bavor's reveal of "Daydream" was easily the best highlight so far at Google I/O here at Shoreline in Mountain View. Once again, Google is keeping it simple, and I think that's a smart idea. Daydream...
Google Home

Google Home oh no

As has been widely reported today, Google unveiled its answer to Amazon Echo. Yep, oh no. It's called Google Home. And like Echo (and it's smaller sibling Tap), it's a small plastic cylinder -- a smart speaker -- that sits in your home, and responds to voice commands. You can book...