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Holiday in Slaver’s Bay: A Game of Thrones Travelogue (video)

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A visit to Essaouira, Morocco highlights the scene of Slaver's Bay in "Game of Thrones." Our travel editor Russ Johnson captures the historic, magical city in detail.
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Autonomous Robots in the Desert: DARPA Grand Challenge 10th Anniversary

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This week, robotic car nerds and grease monkeys will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first DARPA Grand Challenge, which offered a million-dollar prize to anyone who could create an autonomous robotic vehicle that could steer its way from Barstow, California to a casino near Las Vegas without human intervention. Like a tumbleweed, our Russ Johnson rolled into the Mojave desert to shoot a video at the starting line.
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The Radio Search Engine: A New Twist to Old Media

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Russ Johnson reviews the first radio search engine -- for finding music, talk shows and podcasts anywhere in the world.
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Midnight at the Oasis: Tech Gear for a Sahara Safari (video)

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Russ Johnson packs enough tech gear into his small bag, slung to the back of a camel, to shoot a poor-man's version of Lawrence of Arabia.
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Nine Tiny Reinyak: Holiday Greetings from Kathmandu

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Long before podcasting, travel editor Russ Johnson was posting audio stories to his web magazine connectedtraveler.com. His travel pieces were also featured on the old Real Networks. On the day before the night before Christmas in 1997, Russ was on a filming assignment in Nepal for the UN and, gasping for breath, shouted his holiday greetings from the top of the world.
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Blue Light Blues? Three Apps to Fix Screen Tint — and Jet Lag

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Mobile devices emit blue light that disrupt the sleep cycle. Russ Johnson reviews apps that warm up your screen tint, reduce jet lag and fix insomnia, too.
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The Sony RX100 II: Worth $750? Russ Johnson Previews

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Travel editor Russ Johnson previews the new Sony RX100 II, which, like its predecessor, is pricey. Russ Johnson digs in.
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A comparison of Google Maps 3D Image of San Francisco and Hong Kong

Russ Johnson: Odd Future View, New Google Maps Review

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Travel Editor Russ Johnson test drives/flies/walks/bikes the new Google Maps and explains why it may be a travel game-changer.
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Stay.Com for Android, Apple iOS: Create Your Own Travel Guide with an App

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Travel Editor Russ Johnson reviews Stay.com, a web site and app that lets you create your own travel guide and experience.
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Astrological Observatories, Jaipur, India

India’s Naked Eye Observatory: No Optics, No Moving Parts, Jaipur Gallery

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Travel editor Russ Johnson travels to Jaipur.
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How P2P Vacation Rentals Are Changing the Travel Industry

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Who needs a hotel room anymore? With Airbnb, VRBO and others, the travel industry is changing for the better for travelers. Russ Johnson explains how peer-to-peer marketplaces provide more authentic experiences and are cheaper.
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Demo Mobile 2013: The Internet of Things, Live Panoramas and Beer

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aNewDomain.net — At Demo Mobile 2013 in San Francisco, I watched Mickey McManus, President and CEO of Maya Design, present the audience with two helicopter drones, a wristwatch and a bunch of illuminated balls that rolled about the stage. Projected on-screen was a mobile app. McManus lifted his finger and proceeded to drag a green dot pulling a virtual […]
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San Francisco in Toothpicks

Oppenheimer Smiles: SF Exploratorium II Re-Opens on the Piers, Gallery Tour

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Travel editor Russ Johnson previews San Francisco's new and vastly expanded Exploratorium, Its founder, Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, would be proud.
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Russ Johnson Travel Pro: Say No to Roaming and Carry a Really Ugly Bag

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Travel smart, says our Russ Johnson. Leave the laptop at home, say no to roaming and carry really ugly luggage. Our Russ Johnson on six tech pro secrets for travel.
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The Connected Traveler: 20 Travel Apps To Check Out Before You Go

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Our expert about all things travel, Russ Johnson, aka The Connected Traveler, has been at the LA Times and New York Times Travel Shows testing and talking about apps. He suggests 20 top Apple iOS and Android apps to check out before taking your next trip.
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Grand Central Terminal Centennial: 100 Years of U.S. Tech, Triumphs and Fears

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Our Russ Johnson was in New York City on the eve of the 100th birthday of Grand Central. The Grand Central Centennial -- call it Grand Central Terminal, not Station, is emblematic of America's triumphs, tech and fears from its inception, through World War II, during the Cold War, after September 11, 2001, and moving forward. Beautiful photo gallery.
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CES 2013: Heading to the Desert, Valley of Fire Video

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Travel editor Russ Johnson gets off the show floor and heads to the desert during, before or after CES. Last year he shot a video in the Valley of Fire. Check it out as you ready your plans for CES 2013.
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Interactive Radio Exhibit: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Crazy Geek Art: Radio Spectrum Installation at SFMOMA (video)

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Check out travel editor Russ Johnson's video walkthrough of an incredible installation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). His body is radio antenna and tuner. Incredible.
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A Week Without Photoshop: Would You Survive?

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Travel editor Russ Johnson spends a week without Photoshop. Is he up to the challenge? Are you? Here are the rules ... and the beautiful results.
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1962 Tech: Alfred Hitchcock and His Angry Birds

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On the eve of the release of two movies about flawed genius Alfred Hitchcock, our editor Russ Johnson went to Bodega Bay, CA to investigate the story and technology behind some really angry birds. They were "The Birds." The year was 1962. Spooky.
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