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November 28, 2015 • Autos, Outdoors, Reviews

The SPOT Trace GPS Tracker Will Make Sure You Never Lose Anything (or Anyone) Ever Again

Do you own a four-wheeler, a snowmobile, a motorcycle, a golf cart, or any vehicle that doesn’t have LoJack, OnStar, or some other form of real-time GPS tracking? If so, then you’ll be interested in the SPOT Trace GPS Tracker. And guess what? It will even work in backpacks, luggage, or other moveable objects that you …

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September 1, 2015 • News

The Nomad Roadtrip Charges Your Phone Both in the Car and Out

Picture a charger that plugs into your car’s DC connector; like any other charger you can plug a USB cable into it to top off your mobile device’s battery. Now picture that same charger out of your car, tucked into a pocket until you need to top off again. That’s what the Nomad Roadtrip can …

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May 6, 2015 • Autos, Music Diary

The Basics: Car Audio, Part I

Music in the mobile environment is more than just an accessory or option to drivers, and for many it is a necessity. Every new vehicle I test usually arrives with a premium audio system, and I love putting the stereo systems through their paces almost as much as the vehicles themselves. But car audio can be …

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March 9, 2015 • Reviews

Bracketron EZCharge Lets You Plug It In, Plug It In

Calm yourself, you have a 50-50 shot at this, you’re only plugging your USB cable into a 12V charging socket. DANG, got it backwards again. If this is your frustration, Bracketron has your salvation. The new EZCharge USB charger features new Anyway USB outlets eliminating the chance of plugging the cable in backwards or upside …

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January 10, 2015 • Autos

Lousy Phone Signal in Your Home or Car? WeBoost Signal Boosters Can Help!

I’ve made no bones about the fact that if it weren’t for Wilson Electronics, which has recently rebranded as weBoost, I would have an absolutely pitiful signal inside my home if it weren’t for their products, and they have only become better. I had a chance to talk to weBoost about their new 4G signal boosters for …

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January 5, 2015 • Autos, Gear Bits

Escort Passport Max2: Rethink Your Driving Strategy with a Smarter Radar Detector

Dan and I both absolutely love our Escort Passport Max radar detectors; he originally reviewed it, and then I wrote a follow-up post about the way I use mine in conjunction with the Smart Cord Live. Now Escort has released the upgraded Passport Max2.

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December 18, 2014 • Autos, Reviews

ProClip Keeps My iPhone 6+ Safe on the Road

I recently upgraded to an iPhone 6+ and a 2015 Lexus IS 250 F-Sport. A new phone and a new car meant I needed to rethink how I used technology on the go. The car has Apple’s EyesFree, but I still need a safe, secure place for my phone to charge. That’s where ProClip came in quite …

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December 16, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews, Travel

Luci by MPOWERD Inflatable/Rechargeable Outdoor Solar Lantern Review

This inflatable, rechargeable solar lantern from Luci by MPOWERD has great durability, easy use, and convenient applications when you’re hiking, fishing, camping, biking, boating, barbecuing, by the pool or anywhere else where you might need some outdoor illumination. Also available in aura, lux, and original models.

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December 7, 2014 • Reviews

Tackform Bike and Car Phone Mounts Review

It’s hard to find anyone these days with a smartphone who doesn’t use it for navigation in the car. In order to do that safely, though, you need a solid car mount to keep your device at a viewable level. Today we’re looking at two phone mounts from Tackform, as well as a bike mount!

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October 22, 2014 • Reviews

Genius DVR-FHD568 Dash Cam Review – A Solid Budget Option

The Genius DVR-FHD568 is the new dash cam powerhouse on the market today. This high-def vehicle recorder can record up to 1080p resolution with a 140-degree lens and crisp 2.4” LCD screen on the back. This dash cam also has a built-in G sensor, which detects a crash and will protect that specific video file. …

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September 22, 2014 • Gear Bits

Out of Juice? Pocket Jump Charges Dead Car and Phone Batteries!

This is a first for me; we’ve covered plenty of external battery packs on Gear Diary, but never one that was able to serve as both “an emergency vehicle jump-starter and portable power bank”, which is exactly what the Viatek’s new Pocket Jump does. You can back on Kickstarter for as low as $40 or get two …

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July 29, 2014 • Reviews

Spytec G1W 1080P HD Car Dash Camera Review

If you are looking for a dash cam and don’t want to spend a bundle, the Spytec G1W 1080P HD Car Dash Camera may be just the thing for you. With an MSRP of under $80, and a current price of under $60, is in an inexpensive way to record what happens in just about …

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July 16, 2014 • Autos, Reviews

Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit (BTC455) Review – My 2008 SUV Is So 2014 Now!

A short while ago, I wrote about the Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit; well, they’ve sent me one to review, and I like it so much that I will be ordering at least two more. Why? Because now my non-Bluetooth equipped SUV is now able to stream music and take hands-free calls. This solution is not perfect, but it’s …

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July 8, 2014 • Autos, News

Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit Makes Your Hooptie Hands-Free

My car is a 2008 Yukon Denali XL, and while it has tons of bells and whistles, it doesn’t have a hands-free bluetooth hookup for calls or audio. I figured I’d have to wait until we eventually upgraded vehicles (not any time soon!) before I had that feature, but with the $45 Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit, there is …

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March 7, 2014 • Reviews

Riding Texas Roads with the Escort Passport Max and Smart Cord Live

Dan reviewed the Escort Passport Max not too long ago, and his conclusion was that it gave “far fewer false alerts than any other radar detector he had used.” That’s one of several reasons I had stopped using radar detectors years ago, but recently I’ve revisited this old-school solution because of several new features.

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March 3, 2014 • Autos, News

Apple Announces CarPlay – a Smarter, Safer Way to Use Your iPhone in the Car

Apple announces CarPlay which makes extensive of their Siri voice control software to control your iPhone 5 (or higher) while driving. Available on select cars (initially Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, and Ferrari) in 2014, the system will allow hands-free control of your iPhone and important apps such as phone, music, maps, messages as …

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February 12, 2014 • Reviews

Audiovox inSite Separation Alarm Review – Perfect for the Forgetful

Audiovox’s inSite Separation Alarm is just that, a device that alerts you when the tag has been separated from your smartphone by a certain distance.  This super slim device can fit in your wallet or more easily, on your keys.  The inSite might be perfect for those who are always leaving their valuables behind.  The …

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January 17, 2014 • Reviews

Escort SmartCord Live! Brings Smarts to My Passport Max

Escort’s Passport Max is the best radar detector I have ever used. It looks great, sounds good, and works extremely well — signaling only if there’s a real issue. (Read my review, and keep an eye out for Judie’s “second look” post!) I was, however, missing the active real-time connection with traffic information. The Escort SmartCord Live! …

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January 12, 2014 • Autos

Open Automotive Alliance Putting Android Behind the Wheel

The Open Automotive Alliance was announced this week as a partnership initially between Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA to work together to advance integration of the Android platform into the automotive environment. The announcement boasts the OAA being dedicated to a common platform to drive innovation and make technology in the car safer …

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January 8, 2014 • Autos, Gear Bits

Ford Announces Four New SYNC Apps at CES

At CES in Las Vegas today, Ford Motors announced four new apps for SYNC’s AppLink.  Now, you’ll be able to order Dominos, monitor on your home’s security system with ADT, play music automatically based on your mood with HABU, or find the nearest parking spot with Parkopedia and pay for it with Parkmobile.  Click each …

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January 6, 2014 • Autos, News

GM Announces 4G LTE and AppShop for 2015 Chevrolet Models

General Motors is announcing technology news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Select 2015 Chevrolet models will be rolling out with 4G LTE connectivity speeds via the vehicle’s OnStar system and, taking advantage of this new technology, infotainment personalization is being enhanced with the new Chevrolet AppShop accessible from the vehicle’s …

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