Tech & Silicon Valley

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.

Holiday gift idea: the best non-Apple MP3 players

For those that love music, an MP3 player is a perfect gift idea, and like a lot of electronics have dropped in price significantly this year. Most people think of the iPod and iTunes when it comes to music, movies, podcasts and Internet radio. It's true, that Apple is...

BlackBerry Storm Early Impressions – RIM Gets in the Touchscreen Game with Strong Player

I'm a diehard BlackBerry fan, no doubt. I'm only on my second (the BlackBerry 8700 running on the AT&T network), but anxious to get the...

An Everyday Guide to Enjoying High Quality, Internet Radio Part 3 – The Best Internet Music Stations and Services 2008

We've almost finished our Internet radio adventure. I hope you're enjoying it so far. To recap, in part 1 I introduced the basics, things you need to know to get started enjoying streaming, high quality music wherever you are. Last week, I rolled up my sleeves and tested 3 top...

Internet Users by Age: The Results May Surprise You

Quick, do you know the #1 age group of Internet users?You may be surprised to learn that's it not youngsters or teens. In fact, according...

An Everyday Guide to Enjoying High Quality, Internet Radio Part 2 – Logitech Slim Devices vs. Roku vs. Sonos Shootout

This is a great time for music lovers. Internet radio offers thousands of great stations, and these three systems all provide a way to enjoy it in their own way.

An Everyday Guide to Enjoying High Quality, Internet Radio Part 1 – The Basics

I figured since this is my first post here, I'd talk about one of my favorite topics... that being Internet Radio. In Part 1, this post, I'll give a backgrounder on what it's all about. Part 2 will cover the hardware options available. And Part 3 will be the most...

The Troggs on the Go and at Home

When I think about the impact of gadgets on our lives, I realize the best stuff is inconspicous and without fanfare. I believe the point is to make our lives better, easier and sometimes just more fun. Music is a good example. I grew up listening to old...

Google’s Android G1 Smartphone from T-Mobile Marks a New Era of Powerful Mobile Computing

A lot has been written this week about the launch of the HTC G1 smartphone (aka Dream), the first to run on Google's brand new Android platform. I agree with most of the early views: aesthetically it's no iPhone, the price is great, it creates another "open" versus "integrated/closed"...

Bloggers in Paradise: BlogWorld Las Vegas Show Demonstrates Growing Influence of New Media

Last weekend I was in Las Vegas for the 2nd annual BlogWorld show. A small event, it has grown fast over the last year, and I expect to it to continue to expand along with the influence of blogging. One of the companies I advise, called Adoptic, a blog promotion...

The Little Search Engine That Could… But Couldn’t Become Google

A recent CNET article on search engines triggered a trip down memory lane. In the late 90's it was the wild west when it came to search engines. They were everywhere, with new ones popping up left and right. None of them dominated like Google today. And that's what...