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NKMOS Ultima S car mount review

on Thursday, April 10th, 2014

One of the perks of being a Gadgeteer is occasionally receiving (aka getting our grubby tech-loving hands on) a prototype of a product before the rest of the world. In this case, NKMOS has sent me one of their new all aluminum universal car mounts to give a try even before their Kickstarter campaign has Read More…

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NKMOS Ultima car mount review

on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

There are countless cheap plastic mounts designed to hold your smart device while driving in an orientation that enables your device to function handsfree while keeping both hands on the wheel. Many of these mounts work just fine and fulfill their intended purpose. But when I can avoid plastic, I do and typically look for Read More…

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PowerAll: recharges your devices and jump starts your car – the panacea for our modern day lives

By: Kathleen Chapman
on Friday, March 21st, 2014

The PowerAll is a handy 12,000 mAh portable lithium ion battery charger used to charge your portable devices AND jump start your car. It has two 5V / 2.1A USB ports and is capable of charging two devices at the same time, after which it will go into sleep mode to preserve power. In addition, Read More…

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Kenu Airframe portable car mount review

on Monday, March 17th, 2014

“Slip sliding away.  Slip sliding away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip sliding away.”  Paul Simon wasn’t singing those words about how your cellphone acts inside your car when you are driving, but they couldn’t be more apropos.  I have lost track of the number of times I have placed my Read More…

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SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD action camera review

on Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Recently I had the chance to review the SpyTec SJ-3000 action cam.  It was good for the price.  Today we’re looking at the 3000′s sibling, the SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD Action Camera which features auto record on external power for use as a dash cam.

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Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam review

on Sunday, March 9th, 2014

In my seemingly never-ending quest for a decent dash cam, I had the opportunity to review the Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam.  It may seem like another dash cam with an LCD screen, but the P2 Pro includes GPS, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning as well.  How do they do that?

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Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera review

on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Tiny digital action cams seem to be everywhere, from bike handlebars to snowboarder helmets.  Even if you’re not the extreme sport type, you’ll probably find a use for one at some point.  The Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera promises to rival the ubiquitous GoPro at a third of the price.

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Keyport Slide 2.0 Starter Bundle at special sale pricing

on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear

If you’re intrigued with Julie’s and Jackie Cheng’s reviews of the Keyport Slide keychain replacement, you should check out the special pricing that ThinkGeek is offering on their Keyport Slide 2.0 Starter Bundle.  In Julie’s review of the Slide 2.0, I saw that the case alone is $29, and you’ll pay separately for each key Read More…

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Keep your eyes on the road with Garmin’s HUD+

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Using your smartphone to help you navigate while driving is obviously commonplace these days. But the problem with using your phone or even a stand alone GPS is that they require you to look away from the road to view navigation information. Garmin’s new HUD+ is a small device that uses Bluetooth to pair with Read More…

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I can rescue you if I have a resqme keychain rescue tool

on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News, Tools

Ok, by now if you have been following my posts you may have surmised that I am a pocket tool/gadget freak, always longing for that next pocket tool/gadget fix. Today, I came across the resqme keychain rescue tool. Basically the resqme is two handy auto rescue tools on a keychain. The spring-loaded glass breaker is Read More…

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Did the Cadillac of smartphone car mounts just get even better?

on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Several years ago NKMOS introduced the Ultima, their top-of-the-line, CNC machined aluminum smartphone car mount. Well the designers/engineers at NKMOS have just raised the bar and are beginning a new Kickstarter project, the Ultima S. The Ultima S is even sleeker, more minimalistic and easier to use than its predecessor. While still made from high grade Read More…

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You don’t need to be a magician to use Scosche’s magicMOUNT

on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Scosche has recently announced their new magicMount magnetic mounting system. The magicMount system has a cradle-free design that uses high-powered magnets to hold/secure your device where you want/need it. The magicMount was a finalist for the “Best of Show” at CES this year. It is available in surface ($15), car dash/desk ($20), window ($25), and powered Read More…

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Is the NKMOS Ultima the Cadillac of smartphone car mounts?

on Saturday, February 1st, 2014

The Ultima is the highest quality smartphone car mount I have ever heard of or seen. NKMOS originally introduced the Ultima as a KickStarter project back in 2012, where it surpassed its initial goal many times over. What sets the Ultima apart from the rest is its all-aluminum body, extra strong suction cup, stylish design, and Read More…

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Putting you in the driver’s seat: the NAIAS Ford Blogger Experience

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as part of the NAIAS Blogger Experience with Ford. Now, you may wonder what an auto show has to do with The Gadgeteer, but if you look at how much our electronics have been integrated into our vehicles, it doesn’t Read More…

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ThinkGeek Star Wars Family Car Decals review

on Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

A Star Wars fan, I am. A ThinkGeek fan, I am as well. A great match, this is! Ahem. Well, you’ve all seen the little white stickers that adorn the rear window on so many minivans. Typically stick figures, there will usually be one for Dad, one for Mom, one for each of the kiddos Read More…

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SpyTec Mobius 1080P HD Action Camera review

on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Mobius 1080P HD Action Camera from SpyTec is a small, 1080p HD, fixed-focus camera that is small and light (and cheap) enough to be used for capturing video in settings where size and weight are a premium, or where you’d like to record video but the recording device could be in harm’s way, or Read More…

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Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra Mounts for smartphones and tablets review

on Friday, December 13th, 2013

Car interiors are becoming increasingly cluttered places.  When I got my new car, I decided not to mount my phone because I could not find a spot I liked.  When I heard of the new Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra Mounts, I had to take a closer look.  Would this give me more mounting options than I thought Read More…

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Gift idea – Never find yourself stranded with a flat spare again

on Friday, December 13th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

You’re out in the car when you get a flat tire.  You have the tools and the skills, so you pull out the spare to change it yourself only to find that your spare is flat.  Now you’re stranded until AAA or someone you call can make it out to you.  If you had the Read More…

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Add Bluetooth to your car for streaming music and hands-free calling

on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

My car doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, so I have to plug my iPod into the Apple-specific input jack in my car to listen to music through the car’s speakers.  If I had the Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-free Car Kit, I could add Bluetooth streaming and hands-free calling just by plugging into the 3.5mm audio jack Read More…

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R2D2 is my co-pilot – and my power source!

on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

This is rather expensive for a USB car charging station, but could it be any cuter?  The R2D2 USB Car Charger from ThinkGeek sits beside you in a drink holder;  his arms adjust so that he will fit in most holders.  Plug him into your car’s power outlet, and he’ll be able to charge two Read More…

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New 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop can be controlled from outer space

on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

As a current MINI Cooper owner, I was excited to receive an email this morning with details about the new 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop. This new model has more power under the bonnet and so much new tech that it’s insane. The new Twin Power turbo engine allows you to go from 0 to 60mph Read More…

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Now this is cool…Zelectric Motors

on Monday, November 18th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

It is inevitable that electric cars will someday rule the roads. I have no doubt that the internal combustion engine that we all know so well, will go the way of the dinosaur within our lifetime… or at least within the Gadgeteer Kids’. I have been waiting years for electric vehicles to gain traction and Read More…

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Just Mobile Highway Duo car charger review

on Sunday, November 17th, 2013

iPhone car chargers, cannot live without them, good quality reliable well made ones are often hard to come by. And, when you do find a good one to use you have to supply your own cable to use with it. And, what happens if you need to charge another device while charging your iPhone? The Read More…

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SKULLY Helmets announces new P1 HUD (Heads Up Display) motorcycle helmet

on Friday, November 8th, 2013

SKULLY Helmets has recently announced the P1, a high-tech motorcycle helmet with an integrated HUD (heads up display). Along with being a DOT approved helmet, the P1 provides GPS navigation, accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphones music and phone all managed via voice control. Thus enabling you be as connected Read More…

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Remove the temptation of hand-held phone usage while driving with ORIGO

on Monday, October 14th, 2013

Studies tell us that texting while driving is equally dangerous as driving while impaired, yet a surprisingly large percentage of adults – and even more teens – admit to texting while driving.  There are apps designed to prevent hand-held usage of phones while driving, but people often find a way to bypass these apps.  If Read More…