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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 lens review

Camera Gear Test: How good is the Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm f/2.8 lens?

A look at the Panasonic 12-35mm and GH5 for videography and filmmaking. How good is the native MFT lens? I shot a video at SFMOMA to find out. So far I've been flat out amazed by Panasonic's new GH5. It's my first foray into mirrorless and micro four thirds, and...
HyperDrive Hub Review for Apple MacBook Pro

Solving MacBook Pro Dongle Hell: Sanho HyperDrive Hub Review

Here's a simple solution to getting around the MacBook Pro's USB-C port limitation. I'm like you -- or maybe at least a handful of you risk-taking, 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,...
Review: IdeaUSA AtomicX Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC V201)

In Review: IdeaUSA AtomicX Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC V201)

Tested in the Stark Insider labs: IdeaUSA AtomicX Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC V201). Have you heard the news? It seems as if our dear friend, the headphone jack, is not long for this world. Too bad. I'll definitely miss the audio fidelity and old school simplicity of just...

Audioengine HD6 Speaker Review – Yes, I can hear you now!

This bookshelf speaker system offers serious kick.
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...
iDeaUSA Taco Dual Boombox Stereo Sound Speaker (Review)

In Review: Taco Dual Stereo Bluetooth Speakers

Looking for a little more separation and better stereo sound in your next Bluetooth speaker? One word: Taco. And two pieces. The Taco Dual Stereo Bluetooth Speakers, as the name implies, come in a set. In addition to pairing the speakers to your iPhone, tablet, or other mobile device, you pair them...
Asus ZenWatch 2 Android Wear - Review

Asus ZenWatch 2: What’s not to like?

Asus re-writes the wearable pricing playbook. And we all win.
iDeaUSA AtomicX Bluetooth Headphones Review-7500

AtomicX Bluetooth headphones a solid budget choice (Review)

You can spend a fortune on Bluetooth headphones. Or you can gather your senses and grab a pair of AtomicXs for next to nothing. As I discovered in my testing, the performance-price ratio is far above average. Sure, you're probably not going to do a critical listening of, say,...
RFK - San Jose Stage Company

At The Stage: ‘RFK’ reminds us of a different kind of politics

Arrow’s got RFK’s pointed elbow jabs, along with hair that falls like Kennedy hair when pushed aside, and a Boston accent that takes me back to Dorchester Ave. where “war” still requires two syllables.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 an unlocked Android bargain (Review)

If you're in the market for a new Android phone or upgrade, this, my friends, is your time. In my six years of covering Android and the mobile space I've never seen such incredible phones on offer, at prices that, in many cases, simply seem too low to be...