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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 keyRead 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 withRead 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

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 isRead 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 gradeRead 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 poweredRead 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, andRead 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’tRead 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 kiddosRead 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, orRead 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 thoughtRead 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 theRead 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 jackRead 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 twoRead 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 60mphRead 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 andRead 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? TheRead 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 connectedRead 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.  IfRead More…

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Just Mobile Highway Max dual USB car charger review

on Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Mobile devices are among the most useful, fun and ubiquitous of all our gadgets.  But the one task they can’t perform (yet) is generating their own power.  For that, we need accessories like chargers and cables suited to various locations where power is available.  The Just Mobile Highway Max is a charger with a 12Read More…

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Pawtec Signature Mini USB Dual Car Charger review

on Monday, October 7th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Mobile devices are great.  They help save us time, enable us to communicate and entertain us, and so we take them everywhere.  But their batteries sure don’t last long enough, do they?  While we’re on the road we need a way to charge our mobile devices and preferably to charge more than one at aRead More…

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Tailgate in style with these cooking appliances

on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Whether you want to have a nice spread for your tailgate party before the big game or travel in an RV, you’ll appreciate these Max Burton appliances.  They plug into a car’s 12V power outlet and prepare a meal as you travel.  The Digital Stove to Go (top, left) has a 1.5-qt capacity and reachesRead More…

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Belkin Dual Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable review

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Getting power on the go used to mean carrying a bag-phone the size of a large loaf of bread and a power port plug to keep it juiced. Nowadays, we have much better battery chemistry, but for us power-users, the battery in a gadget may not last through a full day of use. If you’reRead More…

OnStar Technology Makes GM Vehicles Smarter (Sponsored)

By: Guest
on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

It’s good to know that we live in a day and age where technology is increasingly making our lives safer. When you’re out on the road, OnStar keeps you ready for anything with services like Stolen Vehicle Assistance and Automatic Crash Response. OnStar is a powerful built-in technology available in most GM vehicles that connectsRead More…

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iOmounts iOauto Pro car mount review

on Monday, September 9th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Even before I took delivery of my MINI Cooper, I knew that the first modification I’d do it, would be to add a smartphone mount. There are many options on the market that use different mounting methods like Velcro, suction cups, cup holders and sticky tape. None of those appealed to me, I wanted somethingRead More…

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Keyport Slide 2.0 keychain review

on Saturday, September 7th, 2013

About 3 years ago, Jackie reviewed the original Keyport Slide and liked it so much that he ended up buying a second one and then he helped fund the Kickstarter project for version 2.0, which I’m going to show you today. The Keyport Slide 2.0 reinvents the everyday clunky bulky keychain into something more compact andRead More…