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Technivorm Moccamaster KBG-741 – Coffee Maker/Brewer Review

The quest for the best cup of coffee is a never-ending one. You find a machine, fall in love with it, think your quest is over – and then become disillusioned. That is, until now.
I grew up in a household where water was boiled and lovingly poured over ground coffee beans. My parents knew better than to buy and use a percolator – which was all the rage at the …

Apple WatchOS 2 Review and Test Report

When the Apple Watch first came out in late April, I lusted after the ones other staffers at Frequent Business Traveler had and soon found myself the proud owner of one. Even though it was a first-generation product, it showed enough promise, and had enough functionality over other smartwatches I had used – including the Pebble and a few Android Wear models – that I had to have it once …

Papal Visit to Disrupt Traffic and iPhone Deliveries in New York, Philly, D.C.

When Pope Francis’ plane touches down in Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon, it will be the start of a chain reaction of street closures, security alerts, and travel, transit, and business disruptions across the Northeast that will spread to New York City starting Thursday and move to Philadelphia Friday.
Even more serious to some is the prospect that the Pope’s visit will disrupt delivery of new Apple 6s and 6s Plus smartphones …

Apple iOS 9.0 Gold Master and 9.1 Beta – Review and Test Report

With the imminent arrival of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus comes an updated mobile operating system for the devices, iOS 9, which will be released on September 16.
Some of the most interesting updates in iOS 9 are reserved for the new 6s and 6s Plus – in particular 3D Touch – so we won’t be able to report on them until we have the devices in hand shortly before …

4 Apple Watch Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Unlike the original or even the most recent iPhone, where I got up to speed in a matter of hours, having an Apple Watch is a continual learning experience.
Given its almost button free design and myriad functions, along with a processor that has more horsepower than a mainframe just a decade ago, many features remain hidden and generally unknown.
Here are some tricks that even those who have had the watch …

Why Selfie Sticks Are Unwelcome at More Tourist Sites This Summer

Unless you are returning from an extended Martian holiday, you’d be hard pressed to be unaware of a new phenomenon, the selfie stick. A selfie stick is similar to a monopod but less sturdy (think transistor radio antenna) and it’s used to take selfies by serving as an arm extender and positioning a smartphone beyond the normal reach of one’s arm.
They seem to be everywhere at places frequented by tourists, …

Frequent Business Traveler Launches New Mobile Version of Publication

Accura Media Group, Frequent Business Traveler’s parent, announced a major update to the publication: a new mobile version of the site. The changes provide readers with a dramatically improved mobile reading experience and far greater speed.
The new version supports multiple smartphone and tablet platforms including all Apple iOS devices such as the Apple iPhone (including the new 6 and 6 Plus) and the Apple iPad; Android powered smartphones and tablets; …