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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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Camel, Sahara

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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