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I love my GPS.  It goes everywhere I go and I depend on it more than I'd really like to admit.  With the advent of the GPS-equipped smartphone, we have the option to use apps like Google Maps and Navigation to stand in for a GPS.  Convergence, right?  Why have two devices when one will [...]

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genius-dvr-fhd568-2

Mounted on your windshield, dash cams are small video cameras that have been designed to record what you see as you drive. Whether it captures that near miss with the deer that ran across the road in front of your car, a collision with another vehicle or maybe just a scenic drive, these cameras are both handy [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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The Seven Year Flashlight from Hammacher Schlemmer is a rechargeable flashlight that can hold a charge for seven years.  It has "specially-designed nickel metal hydride batteries that minimize power loss, ensuring reliable, full-power light for seven years on a single charge."   It produces 200 lumens of light for 6 hours on a full charge, [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

Keystone key holder review

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Got keys?  Sure you do!  Today let's take a look at another everyday key carry solution, the Keystone. All photos can be clicked for full size. Compact - The Keystone maximizes space by holding as many of your keys as possible in a 6/8" x 3 1/4"(20mm x 85mm) space. Silent - Your keys will never jingle. [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Pocket Gear
rightline-gear-truck-tents-2

Well, the title says it all.  This Rightline Gear tent is bottomless, so you can set it up without emptying the bed of the truck.  It's made of gray and orange water-resistant polyester fabric with tape-sealed seams (PU 2000mm), and it has fiberglass poles.  It has two gear pockets, a lantern hanging hook, glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
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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 their [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Car Gear
keyme-key-making-app

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 to [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News, Pocket Gear
02) The Papgo Unit

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 protect [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
cobra-drivehd-3

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 policy [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
thinkgeek-borg-fridge-2

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 a [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
keyport-devgru-camo-2

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 awareness [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear
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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 it [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear
kenu-airframe-plus-1

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 when [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
zulunylongear-mollevisorpanel

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, it [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
keyport-pen

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 need [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
kinivo-bt450-2

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 bells [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
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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. [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear
brando-carqi

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 mods [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
nexus-car-1

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 was [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles, Car Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
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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.  Probably [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews