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Volkswagen 2015 eGolf test drive

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

One of my dreams is to own an all-electric vehicle, but I’ve never actually driven one until my recent trip to attend Volkswagen’s Full-Line Press event in Middleburgh, VA.  I, along with two dozen other bloggers, were invited to attend this event and hear about VW’s plans and get a preview of several of theirRead More…

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You can get your Keyport 2.0 blades pre-cut and mailed to you or get lost keys easily replaced with the KeyMe app

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

When you get a new Keyport Slide 2.0, blades, and accessories, you aren’t quite ready to assemble the Slide and stick it in your pocket.  You have to take your uncut blades to the nearest locksmith or key maker and have your standard keys copied using the Keyport blades.  It perhaps doesn’t take long toRead More…

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Papago GoSafe 200 dashcam review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I loved watching that footage of the giant meteor that broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia.  It was caught by dozens of people, from every conceivable angle.  Were they waiting for it to show up?  Heck, no, no one knew it was on its way.  The Russians are big fans of car dash cams to protectRead More…

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Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam with Wi-Fi (CDR 900) review

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

I don’t know about where you live, but where I am in Columbus, Indiana, people have horrible driving skills. I constantly see people run red lights and cut in front of you with little to no time to brake. I’ve often thought that I should consider buying a dash cam to use an insurance policyRead More…

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Your refreshments will be assimilated by the Borg

on Monday, August 4th, 2014

This cute little Borg Cube can keep your food or beverages at the proper temperature.  It has a temperature switch, so you can refrigerate or warm the contents.  It measures 11.5″ in each dimension on the outside, and the storage area inside is 6″ x 7.5″ x 8.25″.  It’s more like a desk-top fridge than aRead More…

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Keyport’s DEVGRU Camo Slides benefits Homes for Our Troops

on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear

I received an email from Keyport asking all their customers to help them raise awareness of Homes for Our Troops, which is a “privately funded national non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious injuries since September 11, 2001.”  HFOT raises funds, community awarenessRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – How I set up handsfree media control in my MINI Cooper

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I love everything about my 2013 MINI Cooper except the stereo system which is pretty lame by most gadgeteer standards. When I ordered the car, I opted not to go full tech and buy the premium connected package because it was an expensive upgrade and the sales person at the dealership talked me out of itRead More…

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Kenu Airframe+ portable car mount review

on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Back in March I reviewed the Kenu Airframe portable car mount.  To say I love the device is probably an understatement.  It goes with me everywhere.  Everyone I have shown it to has envied it.  And I have to keep a close watch on my wife for fear that she will steal it.  So whenRead More…

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Turn your sun visor tactical with the MOLLE Visor Panel from Zulu Nylon Gear

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Not enough spaces to organize and store the essentials in your urban (or rural) assault vehicle? Maybe you’d like to keep a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, small flashlight, pen or other tools within easy reach. Check out Zulu Nylon Gear’s MOLLE Visor Panel. Designed to wrap around and adjust to your car’s sun visor, itRead More…

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New pen insert available for Keyport

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Yippee! Keyport, my favorite key organizer, just announced the availability of a new ink pen insert. That’s a tool I’ve been waiting for. Available in black or blue ink, the Pensert as they are calling it fits in an open Keyport slot and provides you with a handy writing instrument that’s available when you needRead More…

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Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit review

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

A few weeks ago I posted an article about two of my Cummins co-workers who had integrated a Nexus 7 tablet into their vehicles. I was really impressed by their ingenuity and was inspired to inject a little more tech into my 2013 MINI Cooper. You’d probably think my car would have all the tech bellsRead More…

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All Keyport Slides 2.0, including limited special edition colors, only $24 for a very limited time

on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear

Jackie Cheng reviewed the first version of the Keyport all-in-one high-tech keychain a few years ago, and he loved it so much that he bought another and then backed the Kickstarter for the second model.  Julie reviewed the Keyport Slide 2.0 when it was released last fall, and she still uses her Keyport every day.Read More…

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Qi wireless charger + Car = I want

on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Last week I posted an article about two of my Cummins Inc. co-workers who had integrated a Nexus 7 tablet into the dash of their vehicles. Since posting that article, I’ve become a little obsessed with figuring out a solution for my MINI Cooper that doesn’t involve replacing the stock radio or any other extreme modsRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – Nexus 7 powered car mods

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice the Nexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it wasRead More…

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Papago GoSafe TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System review

on Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Despite knowing better, I rarely check the tire pressure in my vehicles.  I rely on the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) in my newer car to let me know when I’m below a certain level, but in the case of my 2005 vehicle and motorcycles, I don’t worry about it until they go flat.  ProbablyRead More…

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MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 Headset review

on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

I really like the convenience and features of a hands-free Bluetooth headset, however, when I wear them I can’t  get passed the stigma of the hands-free headset sticking out of my ear like a small USB thumb drive.  Nevermind the ones with a boom mic  protruding down the side of my face towards my mouth. Don’t getRead More…

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Put your phone front and center with this steering wheel mount

on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

If you like to use your phone’s GPS capabilities to help you navigate to your destinations, here’s a universal steering wheel mount from Allputer.com that looks easy to use. This mount uses a rubber strap that wraps around your steering wheel and offers a clip with jaws that open a max of 75mm, allowing itRead More…

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#ad Faveable lists best car cleaning products

on Friday, May 9th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News

When you invest money in a car, you want to maintain the appearance both on the exterior and the interior. But keeping your car clean is no easy task. Of course, you can let the professionals take care of it, but it that is expensive and will cost you well over $100 for complete detailingRead More…

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Now your smartphone’s backup battery can jump start your car too

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Here at The Gadgeteer we have seen and reviewed more than our fair share of portable backup batteries for smartphones and other USB devices. But we’ve never seen a smartphone sized backup battery that can also be used to jump start a car. That’s right, the Junopower JUMPR is a 7 ounce 5.5” x 3” xRead More…

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Four port USB charging hub for your car

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

USB charging hubs are everywhere, but this is the first one I’ve seen that’s designed for use in the car.  The Quad USB Power Charger from RichardSolo supplies 2.4A per port, so you can charge four power-hungry tablets simultaneously from your car’s DC outlet.  RichardSolo says charge times are the same using this hub asRead More…

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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 hasRead 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 forRead More…

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

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 myRead 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.