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On July 1, 2015, New Hampshire became the fifteenth state to adopt a hands-free law that prohibits the use of hand-held electronic devices unless they are supported by a Bluetooth or other hands-free technology. Now, it’s hard to buy a car today without Bluetooth support, but what if you have an older car? Sure, waiting [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, iOS, Reviews
koomus-roadpro-1

  There are a variety of device mounting solutions for vehicles including dash mounts, cup holder mounts, vent mounts, windshield mounts and more. I'm really picky when it comes to which ones I want to use in my car, because I will not use adhesives, I don't want to drill holes, I'm not a fan [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
magkey-1

I'm currently going through a minimalist stage where I am reducing my "stuff" down to just the items that I actually use on a regular basis. Case in point, this past weekend, I did a major gadget purge of my office (Gadgeteer HQ) and ended up taking four overflowing storage tubs of old review items [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
evenflo-carseat

Walmart and Evenflo have teamed up to announce a new baby car seat that has built-in technology to alert the driver when the child's harness clip becomes unbuckled and when the child is still in the seat after arriving at their destination. Last summer it seemed like each week that passed we were hearing about [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
iclever-icf33-1

As a police officer, I spend a significant portion of my day in a vehicle, patrolling. While on patrol, I enjoy having something to listen to in the background. In the past I was satisfied listening to terrestrial radio, but more and more I find I'd rather listen to streaming radio or podcasts. None of our [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Car Gear, Reviews
satechi-universal-cdmount-1

We Gadgeteers carry our phones everywhere. Even using wearable tech, we still want a phone with us, especially when we're driving. The GPS/Mapping apps and constant connectivity your phone gives you can be the difference between sitting at a confusing intersection, trying to unfold that stupid gas station map and breezing through, confident of your [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
qualcomm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRy6uTpyAvw Whether you are interested in wireless charging, remote control cars or Formula E race cars, you'll have to admit that this video promoting Qualcomm's Halo wireless charging technology is very cool. The video shows driver Lucas di Grassi in a Formula E race car racing against a tiny remote controlled replica that uses Qualcomm's [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
hammacher-parked-car-finder

The shopping malls around here are always busy, and sometimes they are so jammed you're lucky to find a parking place.  After a few trips around the giant lot looking for an empty space, and it all starts to look alike.  If you don't make a concerted effort to find a landmark, you may find [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
xport E1-01

You can't have too many USB charging outlets when traveling, I say.  Today we look at the XPower E1, a rather unique take on the 12V to USB accessory with 3 ports, a built-in voltage display and a long power cord. Published Specifications: Input:  DC12V/24 V Max Output current:  7.1 A Blue USB port output [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
tylt ribbn 01

I love flat charging cables.  Ever since I came across the flat micro USB cable that came with the Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom speaker, I've been snapping up flat cables if there's a choice.  Now, there's a car charger with a flat cable! The TYLT RIBBN comes in red, yellow, blue or black in both [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
myq01

Have you ever driven down the road and wondered if you closed the garage door when you left?  Unfortunately, it happens to me a lot, and then I'm in the situation where I can worry about it until I get home or drive back to check.  Sometimes I'm 150 miles away when I think about [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
caseco-core360

The Caseco Core 360° is a car mount that will put your smartphone right where you need it without a lot of unsightly plastic holders, Velcro or unreliable suction cups. The mount is made of an anodized aluminum alloy and features a neodymium magnet that keeps a secure hold on your device. The mounting part [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
BlueDriver-Monitor-1

Cars have become more advanced, and along with the new computer and emissions controls have come the warning indicator lights or "idiot lights" that will go off if the computer detects something wrong with a system in your vehicle. Thankfully, a standard port for accessing that information in the car's computer system was developed, called [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
automatic-automatic-1

Car adapter maker Automatic just announced version two of its car adapter plug as well as its new Automatic App Gallery. The Automatic adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics (OBD-II) port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996 and helps users diagnose their own check engine lights and gathers data on driving habits. [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
MM11

I've been searching for ways to attach my phone and tablet to the dash of my car.  Up until now, the options have been either destructive to the dash or I had to use a device that extended from the windshield.  Neither of these were satisfying, so the MagicMount from Scosche seemed to be a [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
cupholder-charging-station-2

It's nice to have a place in your car to set your drink, but it's even nicer to have a place to keep your phone where you can see it while it's navigating for you or while it's charging.  With the Cupholder Charging Station, you can convert one drink holder in the center console into [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
a118c-dashcam-1

It's a cloudless night with a full moon and you're driving along a deserted road in the middle of nowhere with thick forest on both sides of the road. With the windows rolled down you can hear your tires crunching over the gravel as you drive slowly. The sound almost puts you into a trance but [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
satechi bluetooth home button-03

Recently, Julie and I reviewed the iBolt Command Remote, a Bluetooth button that you can control various aspects of your smartphone.  It was okay, but had some shortcomings especially for the iOS version.  Today, I've got the Satechi Bluetooth Button Series (Home Button) to review. In the box, you get the remote, an adhesive pad, instructions, [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, iOS, Reviews
lyfelens

Although I don't consider myself a dashcam expert, after reviewing three of these devices, I think I have a good idea which features make a dashcam stand out from the crowd. The LyfeLens dashcam looks to be the ultimate dashcam in terms of features. At least it looks great on paper. The LyfeLens features dual-facing [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, News
mophie-dual-wall-chargers

We know that mophie makes protective phone cases with built-in backup batteries, and they also make battery packs that you can carry in your gear bag or on a keychain to charge all your mobile gear.  Did you know that mophie also makes AC wall chargers?  They have two models that you can use at home [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
satechi-media-button-4

Do you use your smartphone to stream music while you're driving? If you do, you have probably struggled to interact with the music application while operating your vehicle. Especially during the winter months when you're wearing gloves. The biggest issue is that you should not be focusing your attention to skipping music tracks or giving [...]

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Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, iOS, Reviews
trillium-worldwide-car-cozy

I used to be the cold one, but now my daughter is the family member who feels like she lives in an ice box.  She always wants the heat turned up or the air conditioner turned off in the car, while her dad and I are sweltering.  I need to get her the Trillium Worldwide Car [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
tylt_vu-box2

I truly believe charging your devices without having to plug them in is a great feature and the way of the future, that all cellphone/smart device manufactures should embrace. The TYLT VÜ wireless charger was one of my favorite review/tech products of 2014. It's build quality, upright orientation and triple coil design make it the hands [...]

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Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
vicovation-m4

I'm a little obsessed with trying to find the best dashcam for my car. I'm relatively new to this type of gadget and have only reviewed two different units in the past year (see related links below). The latest dashcam that I've been testing is the VicoVation Vico-Marcus 4 dashcam. This one caught my eye because [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
quick-removal-windshield-snow-removal-tarp

If winter won't go away and take the ice and snow with it, you can at least keep it off your car's windshield with the Quick Removal Windshield Snow Tarp.  The tarp measures 79" wide X 47.5" long X 1/8" thick (56" wide excluding the flaps), so it's big enough to cover the windshield of most cars and [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News