Trendspotting: Top 10 tech trends for 2019

Every now and then stepping away from the minutia and taking a look at the so-called "big picture" is probably a healthy thing to do.Here in Silicon Valley there's so much day-to-day go, go, go, we occasionally forget to take the time to evaluate trends. To get outside of...
Lutron Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer

Smart Home News: Lutron joins ‘Friends of Hue’ program, launches new Aurora smart bulb dimmer

The scenario is all too common and frustrating for those embarking on their smart home journey:You install a smart bulb, say one made by Philips Hue which lead the industry, in a family room ceiling light. The problem, however, is that that light fixture will always need power for...
All-New Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB, with Special Offers) - Black

Amazon releases “new” Fire 7 Tablet, starts at $49.99 and ships this summer

Amazon has updated the Fire 7, its budget-friendly, entry level tablet.With 16GB and special offers (ads), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will reportedly start shipping the Fire 7 on June 6, 2019 for only $49.99.As the name implies Fire 7 features a 7" display (IPS 1024x600 @ 171ppi). In addition you...
Google Pixel 3a reviews

Pixel 3a Reviews: Google does the budget phone right

Starting at only $399 Google's Pixel 3a smartphone line-up makes a strong case for the "less is more" crowd.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Camera News: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K now showing in stock

Not surprisingly, the new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has been hard to buy. Well, actually that's not entirely true. It's actually easy to buy, and rather I should say, hard to actually get. Meaning most online retailers take Pocket 4K orders, but don't fulfill them typically for...
Tech Marketing Trends: Lite Flagship - how did we get here?

Tech Marketing Trends: It’s not a discount phone, it’s a ‘lite flagship’

Well, okay then.This is not an entry level phone. A budget phone. A mid-range phone. Or just a plain old discounted phone.It's a lite flagship.Not a heavy flagship or a light flagship, but in 2019 make that, I repeat, a lite flagship.This is new marketing speak we're seen in...
Panasonic GH5 vs. Canon EOS 80D

Digital Stills Camera (DSC) sales are down sharply so far in 2019

Canon and Nikon move up-market with full-frame mirrorless cameras. Could this be a way to avoid the inevitable smartphone takeover of the lower end segment?

Trendspotting: Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera remains popular, at least according to Google Trends

Lately I've been so caught up with the beast that is the Panasonic Lumix GH5 for shooting videos here on Stark Insider that it's easy to assume no other camera in the world matters... or even exists. Silly me!Interest in the venerable Canon EOS 80D, for instance, remains relatively...
Canon EOS 80D with Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter - Test with Video

Canon Sales Report: Management lowers outlook, looks to full-size mirrorless cameras, lenses to bounce back

The smartphone is devouring the stagnant DSLR camera market. Can mirrorless models save the day for Canon and others?
Panasonic GH5, Atomos Ninja Inferno, SLR Magic Anamorphot adapter, Rokinon 35mm

Premiere Pro Update: Some good news for Panasonic GH5 video shooters

Premiere Pro 2019 playback of GH5 files is "significantly smoother"