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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.
2016 MacBook Pro - Is it worth the cost?

MacBook Pro 2016 Love-Hate: A quirky laptop that feels rushed to market

It's a well-worn cliche to be sure. But: Would Steve Jobs have approved of the new (late) 2016 MacBook Pro laptops? Of course we will never know. If I were a betting man I'd wager "no." Though I originally bought a Surface Book (with Performance Base) to replace my long-in-the-tooth MacBook...
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera or Canon?

Best Camera for Travel Video: Sony a6500 or Canon EOS 80D?

When every ounce counts. You don't want to sacrifice image quality, but need to keep your travel kit lightweight, which do you choose?
Best Camera for Shooting Video: Panasonic Lumix 4K G85 Mirrorless Camera

Best Of 2016: Top 5 New Interchangeable Lens Cameras for Shooting Video

Here's 5 of the best interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) for shooting video that you can buy today. 2016 was another good year for camera buyers. Ironically, because smartphone cameras are getting better, it means traditional camera makers -- Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, Fuju -- seemingly have to try twice as...

Shot on Canon C100 cinema camera – time to switch to Sony?

The big news in the world of videography and short filmmaking in 2016 was the emergence of Sony. Not that Sony hasn't been making video cameras. They have of course. For a long time. However, when it comes to video capability, it seems Canon is less interested in innovating...
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/refunds issued)

Update 12.13.2016: Kickstarter email notified me today that a refund has been issued. This past summer I backed the Pebble 2 and Time 2 for $289. I did receive the Pebble 2 (which I quite like). The refund was for the Pebble Time 2 which will sadly never see...
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.