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Kim Nalley - Feinstein's at the Nikko - Review

San Francisco In Review: Kim Nalley at the Nikko

This month the amazing Kim Nalley performed her Christmas show in Feinstein’s at the Nikko, and filled the intimate club with musical joy.Feinstein’s nightclub is located in the Nikko Hotel, just off historic Union Square in San Francisco. Founder and cabaret singer Michael Feinstein is an interpreter of the...
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Amazon Echo: The one thing that drives me (and others) absolutely bonkers

Try "Alexa, ..."For all the amazing capability voice assistants bring to our homes, there's often a gotcha here or there, after all this is new technology with the Echo Dot kicking off the smart speaker revolution merely three years ago in 2015.Speaking of Echo, the one thing that drives...
Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot

Trendspotting: Amazon sold “tens of millions” of Echo devices, told 100 million jokes in 2018

Amazon is re-inventing the smart home, and making a fortune in the process. Can Google, Apple, Samsung and others catch up?
T-Mobile now offers support for eSIM on iPhone XS, XR

T-Mobile now offers eSIM support for iPhone XS, XR

eSIMs are slowly catching on, and, thankfully, making activating phones easier. T-Mobile is the latest U.S. carrier to offer support for the technology on new iPhones, including the XS, XS Max and XR.Earlier this month Apple rolled out iOS 12.1.1, a minor update, but one that enabled iPhones to...
Mary Queen of Scots - Film Review - Stark Insider

Margot Robbie captures attention in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ (Review)

Essayist Jeanne Powell's take on film Mary, Queen of Scots.Queen Mary Stuart has been celebrated and profiled on stage and screen since Friedrich Schiller’s play in 1800, Gaetano Donizetti’s opera in 1835 and an acclaimed Broadway production in 2005 directed by Phyllida Lloyd. In films she has been portrayed...

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Apple to roll Texture into News app and add Netflix-like subscription feature.

Apple Texture Magazine App: Publishers confront similar issue that challenged music, TV and movie business models

The Texture app has been out for a while now. Often described as a Netflix for magazines, the nifty app for iOS and Android lets you read about 200 magazines for only $10/month. It's a great app, and I especially enjoy it when traveling.Now that Apple owns Texture via...

Wanderlust: Exploring the Exotic Beauty of Rajasthan: Narlai (Part 3)

Travel writer Janice Nieder concludes her journey across India in Narlai. ICYMI: Part 1 and Part 2. Far off the beaten track brings us to the tiny mountain-top hamlet of Narlai I fell in love with the atmospheric Rawla Narlai Hotel the instant I stepped through the massive wooden gates and...

Exploring the Exotic Beauty of Rajasthan: Bundi, India (Part 2)

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her adventurous and colorful adventure across Bundi, India. ICYMI: Part 1. Leaving the big city lights for Bundi The colorful town of Bundi is known for its architecture, including the Star Fort, over 50 stepwells, which are walk-down reservoirs initially built as an art form by...

Wanderlust: Exploring the Exotic Beauty of Rajasthan with New Zealand’s Peta Mathias (Part 1)

Exploring Rajasthan, The Land of Kings, on one hand, is filled with lavish maharajas palaces, time-stood-still villages, tiger-dense forests, outrageously opulent hotels, humongous forts, sacred pilgrimage sites, luxurious spas, unique stepwells, traditional craftwork and surreal landscapes… super-imposed with chaotic masses of mankind swathed in brilliant kaleidoscope-colored textiles and jewels.There...
Apple needs to simplify iPhone naming

Are iPhone model names confusing buyers?

First, in 2017, there was the X (as in "ten"), the first iPhone not to use traditional digits in its name.Then, earlier this year, Apple released a trio of speedier, hipper phones with some most unfortunate names: the XR, XS and XS Max.To add to this fun alphabet soup...
Emma Stone in The Favourite

Juicy romp ‘The Favourite’ should garner Oscar buzz for Emma Stone (Review)

The Favourite is a juicy and irreverent romp through the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714), with a focus on her years as a widow under the political influence of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough.Through the use of potent dramatic sketches and brilliant cinematography, director Yorgos...

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