M. Brett Smith

M. Brett Smith

Brett lives in New York by way of Kansas City. He loves drones, fitness gadgets, and anything that takes him outdoors. No Wizard of Oz jokes, please. 

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Big news for spherical imagery enthusiasts! Ricoh has just announced the Theta SC2, an exciting follow-up to the original Theta SC and welcome addition to the entire Theta family. The Theta SC2 retains many of the features that made its predecessor so popular—easy to carry, easy to use—and goes...
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Ah, Google. From its humble beginnings as an Internet search engine to its monumental metamorphosis into one of the biggest names in tech, Google’s impact on our lives cannot be understated. And lately, that impact has grown, thanks to a slate of new products. Whether you need a laptop, smartphone, or anything in...
by Paige Denkin
2 weeks ago
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We last left off in Colorado, and I have to give thanks to the state that housed us the longest! But we left for the Northwest and the Pacific Coast with so much excitement. As the rest of the country faced heat waves, we chased 70-degree weather through Oregon and Washington. Before we begin, I want to reiterate our goal to protect nature and live a Leave No Trace (LNT) lifestyle. The newest...
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Today, DJI unveiled the newest member of its celebrated Mavic series: the Mavic Mini. As compact as a smartphone, but powerful enough to capture shots so cinematic and smooth they look straight out of a soundstage, the Mavic Mini is both extremely capable and accessible. Here’s the full rundown...
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2019 was another banner year for smartwatches and wearables, with worldwide sales of individual units on pace to surpass last year’s volume by nearly 26 percent. Driving these figures were the usual suspects—Fitbit, Apple, Garmin, and Samsung. We’ve compiled the very best of these devices into our list of top wearables of 2019. Fitbit Versa 2 One of the most welcomed surprises of 2018 was the...
3 weeks ago
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Today, in a surprise announcement, Apple unveiled the next iteration of its best-selling AirPods series: the AirPods Pro. Sporting a fresh redesign, Active Noise Cancellation, and plenty of audio-friendly features, the latest AirPods appear more than worthy of the new “Pro” moniker. Apple AirPods...
3 weeks ago
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It has been a wild year for ZTE. In August, the company released the Axon 10 Pro, its first flagship smartphone to hit American shores since last year’s temporary ban. That ban represented a period of uncertainty for U.S. customers, one that left many of us wondering when and if we’d ever...
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Choosing the year’s best smartphone is largely a subjective exercise. After all, what is best for one isn’t necessarily best for all. Different users have different needs, different budgets, and so on. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite smartphones of 2019—a register that includes something for everyone. Samsung Galaxy Note10 Even as a lifelong iPhone user, I have to admit...
3 weeks ago
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The holidays are nipping at our heels, which means it’s time to unfurl those shopping lists, unfreeze your credit cards, and cast aside any concerns about cost or consequence. However, if you’re not feeling so cavalier with your capital—fear not. We’ve compiled a list of 50 great gifts, all under $50. We’re talking stocking stuffers, high-quality bargain-buys, and all-around great gear for a...
by Staff Writer
1 month ago
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Today, at its Made by Google event, Google unveiled several new pieces of hardware, including brand-new Pixelbooks, the next-generation Nest Mini, Nest WiFi, and the much-hyped...
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Didi Gregorius is a man of many talents. As the starting shortstop for the first-place New York Yankees, his reputation as a world-class athlete is well known. However, what you might not realize is that Gregorius’s gifts don’t start and stop at the baseball diamond. Take one look at his Instagram account and you’ll see that not only is Gregorius an incredible athlete, he’s also an accomplished...
by Paige Denkin
1 month ago
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Our last travel log had us heading to Nevada (or California, depending on which side of state line you’re visiting when in South Lake Tahoe). I’m glad we were able to cross this one off the bucket list because Lake Tahoe was far more beautiful than I could ever imagine. Fair warning, though! As relatively new trailer owners, we were pretty nervous driving those roads to the top. Some switchbacks...
by Antoni Cladera
1 month ago
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Have you ever seen an amazing photo of the Milky Way and wondered what’s the secret behind it? Is there some magic formula that made it turn out so great? Well, there is a formula, but it’s not magic. It’s all about planning and then nailing the shot. And I’m going to help you master both. But first, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Antoni Cladera, and I’m a professional photographer on...
Google Pixel 3a Review
2 months ago
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When Google first announced the Pixel 3a earlier this year, it seemed almost too good to be true. A mid-range smartphone with the same camera as its flagship counterpart at half the price—what’s the catch? Well, we did some digging, and it turns out there is no catch. The Pixel 3a...
by M. Brett Smith and Shawn C. Steiner
2 months ago
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Live from Cupertino, California, it’s time once again for Apple’s annual keynote event. This year, the tech giant made several exciting announcements, including the iPhone 11, 7th-gen iPad, and Apple Watch Series 5. Follow along to learn about all of Apple’s exciting new products. iPad Gets Bigger and Better The first big announcement...
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