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Automatica vehicle audio content device review

on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

If you’re like me, you probably listen to music or podcasts when riding in your vehicle.  While I’ve never found it particularly difficult to aggregate my content to use in the car, the folks at Inrete think they have a better way to do it using their Automatica device.  The device requires a USB portRead More…


Griffin Announces the PowerJolt SE car charger for new Lightning-equipped Apple iOS devices

on Monday, November 19th, 2012

If you bought any of Apple’s newest iPods, the iPhone 5, or an iPad mini or iPad with Retina display, you’ll need to replace your old 30-pin accessories with new Lightning connector accessories.  Griffin has your car charger needs covered with the PowerJolt SE with Lightning connector.  The low-profile charger has a permanently-attached, coiled cordRead More…


Clarion’s Next GATE Presents a Smarter Way to Stay Connected in Your Vehicle

on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The Next GATE from Clarion is an in-vehicle intelligent controller for  your iPhone 4/4S.  “Clarion is proud to launch such an innovative product that enables consumers to conveniently access their information and communicate while on-the-road,” states Frank Pierce, Vice President, Clarion Corporation of America. “The Next GATE offers an in-vehicle information solution delivering value-added connectivityRead More…


Just|Mobile Highway Pro Review

on Monday, July 30th, 2012

Earlier this year I reviewed Just|Mobile’s 12 volt, single USB port car charger, called the Highway. A very well made, nice looking device/car accessory for charging your tech while motoring down the road. That is fine for those of us who only need to charge a single device at a time. But realizing that moreRead More…

Explore the Kia Rio and Hollywood as You Watch the Zip and Dash Scavenger Hunt

on Friday, June 15th, 2012

This post brought to you by Kia Rio. All opinions are 100% mine. The Kia Rio is a sporty, economical car (check out the Rio Explorer Page). And as shown in the Zip and Dash to LA with Christina Milian Scavenger Hunt, you’ll see that the Rio is also loaded with useful, tech-friendly features. WatchRead More…


Bracketron Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex Review

on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

When I drive, my iPhone is typically rattling around a cup holder or the center armrest between the front seats, neither of which is ideal. I cannot tell you the number of times it has fallen over or crashed to the floor of my vehicle. It is definitely not the ideal way to treat yourRead More…


Find My Car Smarter for iPhone

on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

If you have trouble finding where you parked, there’s an app – and a dongle – for that.  The Find My Car Smarter device and an iPhone app (for iPhone 4S only) can mark where you parked your car and help you get back there.  The Find My Car Smarter Bluetooth Smart device ($25, orRead More…


Help Your Child Become a Better Driver with the Tiwi Driver Mentoring Solution

on Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, News

My daughter has her learner’s permit now, and I’m really not relishing the idea of her being on the road by herself in the near future.  The Tiwi Driver Mentoring Solution system could be just the thing she, or any beginning driver, needs to remind her of safe driving practices when an experienced driver isn’tRead More…


Just|Mobile Highway Review

on Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The smarter, more capable, and tech-gorgeous our devices get, the more power-hungry they become. Even though battery technology is becoming more and more efficient, most of us regularly find ourselves looking for places to plug in our smartphone or tablet while on the fly. The Highway from Just|Mobile is a stylish option for charging yourRead More…


L. L. Bean Auto Safety Kits

on Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Winter snows will soon be here for many parts of the country – assuming you haven’t been hit already.  Keep the Auto Safety Kit and Sport Utility Shovel in your car’s trunk, and you’ll be ready for emergency snow removal if you get stuck somewhere away from home.  The kit comes from L.L. Bean andRead More…


The 45,000 Station Car Radio

on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Plug the 45,000 Station Car Radio from Hammacher Schlemmer into your car’s 12V power outlet, connect it to your iPhone via Bluetooth, and you can stream any of 45,000 AM/FM and internet radio stations to an open FM station on your car’s radio.  A free iPhone app streams the stations, including nationwide NPR stations as wellRead More…


Parrot Asteroid – Apps, Web, Phone, and Music in Your Car

on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Install the Parrot Asteroid receiver in your car, and you’ll be connected to the internet, GPS, telephone, radio, and your mobile device.   Main functions are accessible using the jog wheel, but you can also control the unit with voice commands.  The Asteroid comes with a GPS dongle, so you can navigate without requiring aRead More…


Make Parking the Car Easier with a Laser Guide

on Friday, May 27th, 2011
Posted in: Car Gear, News

The Laser Parking System from AutoSport can reduce damage to your car (or your garage) by letting you know when you’re in the “parking sweet spot.”  The system plugs into a power outlet or uses batteries.  Installation is easy with the included hardware.  Set it up by parking the car where you want it, thenRead More…


NewPotato TuneLink Auto Now Available for Android Phones

on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A few months ago, The Gadgeteer told you about TuneLink Auto from NewPotato Technologies that allowed you to play audio from your Apple iOS device through your car’s stereo.  Now, NewPotato has made the TuneLink Auto system available to Android phone users.  You plug the TuneLink Auto into your car’s power port and pair itRead More…


NewPotato TuneLink Auto Brings Bluetooth Audio to Your Car

By: Andy Simmons
on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

While portable audio has been making major strides, and home audio has been doing its best to keep up, car audio has had a difficult time keeping up.  Most cars still include CD players, and who listens to CDs anymore?  NewPotato Technologies hopes to help get us out of the antiquated audio rut with theirRead More…


Kensington Announces Five Universal Smartphone Accessories

on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News

Seems like many accessories you buy work for only one device, and you have to buy all new accessories when you change devices.  Kensington is eliminating that need by offering some universal smartphone accessories.  The Pocket Battery for Smartphones (center, $39.99) is a rechargable battery pack that can extend your battery life by up toRead More…


TireMinder Wireless Tire Pressure Monitor

on Sunday, July 11th, 2010
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Some cars today come with tire pressure monitoring systems so you can easily see if your tires are properly inflated.  If your car doesn’t have this system, you can add it with the TireMinder wireless tire pressure monitor from The Sharper Image.  The system consists of four wireless transmitters that act as valve stem caps,Read More…


Hands-Free Mount for the Car

on Sunday, June 6th, 2010
Posted in: Car Gear, News

The Hands-Free Mount from Solutions lets you mount your electronics in your car without sticking them on the windshield or setting them on the dash.  The mount fits into the slot for the CD player, but it doesn’t interfere with playing your CDs.  The device holder is adjustable to hold most things from phones andRead More…


ProClip Mounting Systems for iPad

on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

ProClip is known for making mounting brackets and device holders that allow you to install holders for cell phones, GPS units, etc. in your car without damaging your dashboard and without using suction cups.  ProClip has announced a line of holders for the Apple iPad.  You can mount the iPad on your dash – where hopefullyRead More…


Vroom iPhone case feels the need for speed

on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Automobile aficionados can put the pedal to the metal with the Case-Mate Vroom.  A standard-looking, black silicone iPhone 3G/3GS case from the front, but the back features a tire-tread pattern reminiscent of speed-rated performance tires.  All controls are accessible and a lip gives chrome bezel protection and a “lay on the table” design.   AlsoRead More…


MobiValet Cell Phone Holder Review

on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Posted in: Car Gear

When Julie posted her news item introducing the MobiValet mobile phone holder for the car, many of the commenters remarked that they just used their drink holders for their phones.  There are many ways to hold your phone in the car, ranging from holders that attach to your car windows or air vents, phone casesRead More…