For some, the car is more than just a tool, it’s a way of life. There are commuters on the road, parents shuttling kids from long school days to endless activities, and road trippers for whom a traffic jam is an opportunity to slow down and take it all in. No matter which profile you fit, there are gadgets you can stash in your car to make life easier.
Toronto Raptors star forward, Amir Johnson, teamed up with Best Buy, Geek Squad and Thinkware to prank unsuspecting Torontoronians. Watch the video to see the funnies unfold and how Amir cleverly used the Thinkware X500 dash cam to document the off-the-court fun.
Getting around by car may be the easiest form of transportation, but it’s certainly not the most economical… especially when parking and gas is costing you an arm and a leg! Nowadays, there are plenty of options to choose from that will not only save you money and time, but also amp up the vitamin D in your daily commute. Here are a few of my favourite alternative personal transportation methods worth checking out: the electric bicycle, scooter, and unicycle.
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Can the Wagan Tech Ion Boost V8, a portable emergency roadside kit that claims to jumpstart a dead car battery all on its own, help protect your loved ones? I asked an aircraft structural mechanic to check out the device and give me her professional opinion. What will an engine expert think of the Wagan Tech? Check out our video test.
Put technology to work while you’re driving and give yourself that extra bit of security. The Thinkware Dashcam sits in your dashboard acting as your silent witness on the road, recording events you can review later.
Chances are you’re too young to remember this, but there was a time when car audio was limited to AM radio or even 8-track tapes. Even today, many new cars ship with a standard entertainment system that doesn’t get much fancier than an in-dash CD player. Fortunately, Best Buy has an entire department dedicated to upgrading your ride with the latest in audio and other high tech gear, including emerging new platforms like Apple’s CarPlay. Whether you want a subwoofer powerful enough to rattle your entire block, Bluetooth handsfree capability, a navigation system, video playback or the ability to use Siri to find a favourite tune, Best Buy has you covered.
Get ready for vacations and road trips with Bluetooth enabled wireless headsets and hands-free car systems. With these systems you can stay connected and not have to worry about being distracted while driving.
Over the last decade, Sirius has continued to expand their satellite radio stations. At the moment they offer 69 streams of commercial-free music and 65 streams of sports, news and entertainment. With all these options though, how do you know what to listen to?
My first experience with Rocketfish was when I mounted a flat panel TV on my wall, and I couldn’t have been happier with how easy and flexible the entire system was. Little did I know at the time that Rocketfish has an entire lineup of amazing products for home theatre, computers, mobile phones, and even GPS.
First off, I feel it is essential that I tell you that I’m not exactly a pro fisherman. I can remember exactly two times in my life when I was actually wielding a rod and reel. The first was when I was about five or six. In his infinite wisdom, my father decided to take my brother and I out to a local fishing place (I don’t remember if it was a pond, lake, or a stream in the forest behind our house) where we could bond while experiencing the vast wilderness in the outskirts of Edmonton. I still have vivid memories of the horror I felt when both my brother and father willingly and barbarically pierced live worm after live worm with what I recall to be giant daggers attached to feathers. This was probably the first time my father realized I would grow up to be more princess than tomboy.
It’s a busy world out there. If you’re one of those people on the go all the time, you probably can’t imagine life without the ability to talk hands free. Whether you’re driving a car, washing the dishes, or typing up a report, being hands free with your phone makes you that much more productive.
Now, more than ever, Bluetooth accessories have become a multi-taskers best friend. Choose from a Bluetooth headset, stereo headphones, or Bluetooth speakerphone and you’ll be instantly connected to your smartphone for one touch talking. Some Bluetooth devices even let you use them for voice activated phone calls, where just a simple phrase will dial the phone and get you in touch with the person you want to talk to.
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What summer isn’t complete spending time out on the water? For those of you lucky enough to be able to enjoy the lake or ocean behind the wheel of your very own boat, I hope you’re taking advantage of all the great technology available to make sailing, fishing or floating across the lake as pleasurable as possible.
The last days of school are dragging by, the weather is improving, and summer is almost (officially) here. You know what that means? Road trip!
Gone are the days when you’d pick up a paper map and just go where the wind blows you. Smartphones, tablets, and GPS let you stay connected as you cruise familiar or unfamiliar paths, and apps have replaced those impossible to refold maps so you can guide your car in the right direction without the frustration.
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Dad is the unsung hero of our days, that guy in the background waiting to help out. He taught you to belief in yourself and always follow your dreams. This Father’s Day share a few dreams with Dad with our list of super special gifts.
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If you're on a budget but still want to get a gift for Mom on her special day, here are 5 gift ideas under $50. Add some flowers, a nice card and some coupons for helping out around the house and Mom will be sure to feel well treated this Sunday.
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I’m a strong believer that the one thing most of us have in common is an overwhelming want for more time in our lives. I know that for me, this tends to be the root of why I have a passion for technology. There’s nothing I love more than enjoying greater efficiency in life thanks to new technology!
Our friends at Google have made a wonderful advancement on their Google Maps platform that aids in helping us choose how much time we would like to spend traveling. Users of Google Maps now have the ability to choose a route not only based on the shortest distance defined by actual kilometers, but based on real time traffic.
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You’ve left it to the last minute haven’t you? The flowers are sold out and her favourite restaurant is booked solid. You’ve realized—too late—that procrastination and romance don’t mix. How are you going to save your skin and not end up sleeping on the couch for the next week? Here’s your 3-step romance rescue plan...
One of the technologies I get really excited about is the growing integration of computers and cars. The first time I rented a Ford car with Microsoft Sync installed, I was converted! Bluetooth integration between your phone, your iPod, and your car is absolute magic. All manufacturers are now integrating Bluetooth connectivity and we are seeing some cars that have phenomenal interfaces, including texting, email, search, navigation and even social networking in the car.
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Last week TechLinz and I hit up the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to cover all the upcoming tech trends and cool devices you can expect to see coming out this year. We had our fair share of celebrity sightings and exciting moments as some of our favorite brands unveiled new innovations and products sure to get the gadget world buzzing. If you missed any of our coverage, here’s a recap of our blog posts, video interviews, product reviews, photos and more!
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Mobile devices have become a big part of our connected world - a popular theme among the press events today. But before launching into any announcements, Pioneer kicked things off with a trip back in time. In the beginning of radio we wanted 2 things while driving our car - music and information. We only had access to radio signals in our immediate proximity, so for me, having grow up in small town BC, my family and I had access to only one - our local station.
Looking for the perfect gift to get that person on your list who thinks that getting up at 5AM to run in the snow and sleet is a great way to start the day? Look no further than the Nike TomTom GPS Sport Watch. That’s right, Nike and TomTom joined forces to design a watch that not only tracks pace, distance, time, calories and heart rate, but that also tracks and maps each run via an integrated GPS. Runners can even search for their perfect route by searching the catalogue by location, length and difficulty.
There is a certain magical rhythm to the holidays, is there not? Planning and preparation leads to time with family and friends, which always includes eating, and eating and eating...and perhaps a little drinking. Then the week after Christmas comes time to pay the piper. Time for a new New Years resolution, made all the harder by the fact that you just packed on an extra 10 lbs! Rest assured, there are a few tech gifts that may help make this be a year where you actually loose that weight and get fit.
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For all you iPhone owners, now there is a unique alternative for using it in your car, and it has nothing to do with usingBluetooth or cable hookups. Oxygen Audio has developed the O-Series car deck, which essentially turns your iPhone into a car stereo and then some. The iPhone clicks directly into the O-Car deck and becomes part of your car’s dashboard by becoming the entire control panel for your car stereo system.
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Club Car LLC and GPS Industries recently introduced a sexy-cool golf cart that tells you where you are, how far you've got to the pin, and what drinks are on special. And it lets you order those drinks right then and there, but it won't let you b-line through a couple of sand traps to fetch them. That's probably a good thing.
You can only stare out the window for so long, or find enough things to talk about before boredom sets in on any road trip. It happens to even the most charismatic families, or the best of friends when traveling. So before you pull out of the driveway and onto the highway, download these three must have apps to take your road trip adventure to new heights.
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Do you remember the days of folding out a massive accordion style map a week before planning your road trip? Do you then remember trying to fold the thing back into place when finished, or squinting so hard you gave yourself a headache trying to see pencil thin lines that represent a highway? I don’t miss maps at all and I don’t remember how I ever found anything without my GPS.
When I bought my car a year ago, I negotiated with the dealer that Bluetooth be included. I knew I needed it to talk on my phone hands-free while driving and just assumed that’s where the whole Bluetooth thing ended. Well, I was wrong. The other day, I was minding my own business, driving along, listening to music from my iPhone. Like I had done for the past year, I had my iPhone plugged in to the auxiliary outlet and my stereo tuned to AUX. I was a happy camper singing my butt off to Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits.
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