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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.
New Microsoft Surface Pro laptop/tablet

Microsoft promises over 13 hour battery life with new Surface Pro 2017

Price also gets a slight bump, with new 2017 Surface Pro tablets (laptops) starting from $799.
Google TPU pods - AI and machine learning battlefront

Google places big bets on AI and machine learning

Now that we're wired into the cloud with smartphones and tablets, that data is about to be used to build an army of machine learning-based neural networks. What exactly does that mean for us mere mortals... ?
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Shooting Video with Panasonic GH5: Director’s commentary (Video)

How good is the Panasonic Lumix GH5 for shooting video? In a word: outstanding. That was my experience, at least, as I put the new mirrorless camera to the test. Instead of shooting test charts, and formally reviewing a camera feature-by-feature (there's plenty of videos on YouTube that do that well)...
LG Watch Sport

Google should kill Android Wear, reboot wearable strategy

Asus is out. If reports are true the company will no longer make smartwatches that run the Android Wear operating system. Officially last year Motorola also bowed out -- especially surprising given it was the first, and much hyped, manufacturer to hit the Wear market with the (quite beautiful) Moto 360. Then...
Is the Canon EOS REBEL T7i Video Creator Kit a good deal?

Is the Canon EOS Rebel T7i Video Creator Kit a good deal?

TL;DR Yes, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i Video Creator Kit is a decent (if not good) deal. If you're planning to already buy a lens, microphone and memory card, the kit saves you about 10% ($113). So go ahead and save a little and buy it, and get shooting. Canon's new...
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Panasonic Lumix GH5 Camera: Pros and cons of shooting a short film or video

Some pros and cons of shooting a short film with the new Panasonic GH5. Plus final V-Log L footage in new short psychological drama 'Crazy or Die' by Clint Stark. The biggest camera news for 2017, at least in the sub $2,000 market, is probably the new Panasonic Lumix GH5. It...
Entrepreneurship: The Top 5 Fundamentals of Starting Your Own Gig

Entrepreneurship: Top 5 Fundamentals of Starting Your Own Gig

With a touch of entrepreneurial knack and drive, you can attain your goals, achieve the flexibility you’ve always wanted in a career and run your own shop just as you please.
HyperDrive Hub Review for Apple MacBook Pro

Solving MacBook Pro Dongle Hell: Sanho HyperDrive Hub Review

I'm like you -- or maybe at least a handful of you risktaking, crazy, early adopters. I took the plunge late last year and finally replaced my aging MacBook Air (2012) with a (controversial) 15" MacBook Pro (2016). Yes, it's true. Dongle hell isn't much fun... I'd have preferred if Apple had...
Panasonic GH5 Tip: How to remove the camera strap rings

Panasonic GH5 Tip: How to remove the camera strap rings

Follow these steps to remove those pesky, noisy rings in under a minute.
Panasonic GH5 vs. Canon EOS 80D

Panasonic GH5 or Canon EOS 80D – Which camera should you buy for shooting videos?

If you're in the market for a mid-range camera the GH5 and 80D are great options. But each have their strengths. Which is best for your project? Let's take a look.