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Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’

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Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed..  Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years.
The hunt for Flight 370 started almost immediately after the plane disappeared from radar …

Ogio Newt 13 Backpack – Review

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Frequent travelers not only need to transport themselves from one city to another, but they also need a way to safely and conveniently tote their belongings on their voyages.  Every traveler has his own idea of the perfect piece of luggage, and while some have found their dream suitcase, others are still on the search for the ideal portmanteau.
Obviously, suitcases come in all shapes and sizes, tailored to a variety …

Nikon Nikkor 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens – Review and Test Report

Nikkor 18-300 on a Nikon D7100 body

Having previously paired a Sigma 18-250 mm zoom with my Nikon D90, I lusted after Nikon’s new 18-300 mm, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.  I used the 18-300 with a Nikon D7100 and spent several months using it.
Superzooms, it turns out, are burdened by compromises, mostly involving size and weight.
First, the 18-300 is the longest-range superzoom currently available as an interchangeable lens.  It outdistances the competition, …

Nikon D7100 Digital SLR – Review and Test Report

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When Nikon introduced the D90 digital SLR in 2008, it brought with it some groundbreaking features and functionality including support for high-definition video and a sophisticated new CMOS sensor.
Nikon added the D7000 in 2010 as a D90 replacement (although the D90 continues to be produced) and last year debuted the D7100, which adds a new 24.1-megapixel sensor, an updated 51-point auto-focus system, wireless connectivity, and noticeably better build quality.
I paired …

Google’s New Web-based Maps – Review and Report

A drive through Austria planned using Google Maps

When it comes to planning a trip, I frequently turn to Google Maps on the Web.  It has always been a reliable source of information for getting from point A to point B but I’ve never been fully satisfied with the user interface.  Since May of last year, Google has slowly been rolling out a new version of Maps to its users., The new interface will soon be accessible to …

Misfit Shine – Review

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As evidenced by the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and the attention that products such as Google Glass and smart watches are garnering, wearable tech is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society.  In addition, the market for fitness activity monitors is becoming less exclusive to the serious athlete and expanding to serve the health-conscious techie.
Enter Misfit Wearables and the Misfit Shine, a sleek and stylish wearable activity monitor.  The Shine is …

Skyscanner – All Flights – App Review

The "explore" feature on the iOS version of the app

With the huge number of flight searching sites and apps available today, even seasoned frequent travelers can become overwhelmed when booking a flight on their own dime.  And with more people than ever conducting business and booking flights on the go, an efficient, easy to comprehend and use mobile app is becoming increasingly important.
One entrant into this crowded arena, Skyscanner – All Flights, serves as an intuitive, uncluttered, cross-platform app …