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

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

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

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

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

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 …

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 – Review

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 – Review


One major tech trend that’s seen significant advances in the past decade is the adoption of wireless capabilities in modern electronic devices.  From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to Near Field Communication (NFC), consumers are all about ditching cables for wireless alternatives, and audio devices have been at the forefront of this movement.
Bluetooth or Wi-Fi audio solutions have become increasingly popular as well, and Cambridge Audio’s Minx Air 200 wireless speaker system …

CES Roundup Continued: Mini Drones, Hybrid Devices, and Mobile Carrier Wars

CES Roundup Continued: Mini Drones, Hybrid Devices, and Mobile Carrier Wars

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is winding down, and after a week chock full of innovative and exciting new products, it’s time to sift through the hundreds of ideas out there and pick out a few of the more promising ones.
Audi and AT&T announced a partnership to bring 4G LTE data service to select Audi vehicles, starting with the 2015 A3 Sedans.  The connection will support navigation, …