Theater Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Aurora, Berkeley

A nineteenth-century housing crisis at Aurora Theatre

Widowers’ Houses is, by Shaw’s own categorization, a “play unpleasant.” No one on the stage is remotely likeable. Certainly not Blanche (Megan Trout), the spoiled young lady with a temper so violent that she beats her maid. Her on-and-off fiancé Trench (Dan Hoyle) is perpetually slack-jawed, a Bertie Wooster without...
Reel to Reel at Magic Theatre, San Francisco

Magic’s ‘Reel to Reel’ an engaging exploration of sound and memory (Review)

Chances are many of your favorite childhood memories are triggered by a certain smell or sound. In my case, like Mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies, perfect for a stormy winter night in Ottawa. Or, my grandfather filling the night sky in the backyard with a whimsical solo on his...
Apple Watch sales report

Report: Apple Watch shipments jump 54% y/y, 18 million sold in 2017

When it comes to wearables it seems Apple is just about the only game in town. At least, if we're talking about market share. Analyst firm Canalys estimates 18 million Apple Watches were shipped in 2017, beating expectations. That represents a 54% year-over-year increase. Which is to say: very impressive. Apple...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Amazon soars, Alphabet & Apple falter – Are earnings an indication of Alexa’s momentum?

"Alexa, take a victory lap." Amazon stock (NASDAQ: AMZN) soared today in after-hours trading thanks to Q4 results that blew away expectations. Short of it: $60B revenue; $2.1B operating income. For a company as big as Amazon -- it's hard to fathom. Meanwhile, Google's parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) missed its...

Trendspotting: Are slow iPhone X sales and Samsung’s struggling mobile business a canary in a coal mine for smartphone sales?

Because my 3-year-old Motorola Nexus 6 does the job just fine and doesn't require a second mortgage to buy.
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Pebble 2 Review

Um, no: “Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it”

"Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it" So says The Verge. Normally I agree with what most of their writers have to say. In this case I politely beg to differ. Being Canadian and all it's just not in my nature to not smile and say something...
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Here’s a helpful timeline of System on a Chip (SoC) designs by Apple

Prior to 2010, Apple tapped Samsung for its System on a Chip (SoC) supply. These are the brains that power devices such as the iPhone, iPad and various other devices including the Apple TV. With the A4, Apple decided in 2010, however, to roll its own. And has been increasingly...
EVEConnect for Tesla now supports Insteon devices

Tesla owners can now control Insteon devices from the touchscreen

Tesla owners continue to get all the goodies. In this case, Insteon. This week the company announced its smart home devices can now be controlled directly from the Tesla S and X touchscreen interface. To do so, you'll need an app called EVEConnect (Version 2). There's a free edition as...
Android Wear 2.0

I/O 2018: Will Google finally reveal new version of Wear?

Google's annual I/O developer conference will once again be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. The three day event, per the geekiest of geeky announcements, will take place May 8-10, 2018. Look, once again, for a visionary keynote followed by key product updates covering major product lines such as Android,...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

At $349 Apple HomePod a tough sell especially without multi-room music

You have to really, really love Apple (and Apple Music!) for the HomePod to be a smarter buyer than the reasonably priced alternatives from Amazon and Google and Sonos.

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