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For those of us old enough to have noticed, it’s amazing how quickly phones have transitioned from stationary devices to portable toys for the rich-and-famous to in-case-of-emergency gear to essential, inseparable extensions of ourselves. Along with that dependency, we've developed a primal fear of, running down our life-giving phone batteries. One of the many companies providing [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews, Travel 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 their [...]

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posted in Articles, Car Gear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 it [...]

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posted in Android related, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, 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 detailing [...]

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posted in Car Gear, News

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” x [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News

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 as [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News

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 [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Reviews

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 [...]

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posted in Android related, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

"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 [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews

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 [...]

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posted in Android related, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

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 [...]

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posted in Articles, Car Gear