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Chevrolet to Feature Record-Breaking Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Integration

IMG_2268 Any driver knows that in today’s tech-oriented world, it can be tricky to balance the flow of everyday cell phone usage with distraction-free driving. On one hand, it’s not safe to attempt phone calls, texts, and the like while behind the wheel, but on the other hand it’s hard to cut connection from the people and apps (like music, maps, etc.) that can be helpful while on the road. Thankfully, building on their long history of driver safety and technological innovation, Chevrolet has a solution for the tech-addled driver: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in 14 different models, more than any other auto brand on the market. The technology will allow drivers to display select pre-approved iPhone/Android apps (Maps, Music, Messages, Phone, and more) on their cars’ dashboard display screen via an included MyLink wire that plugs directly into the device. Once connected (which literally only involves plugging your phone in– no extra app needed!) the apps will appear in large form on the display screen, where the driver can select the one he or she wants, and utilize either a large print (for easy visibility) or entirely hands-free version of the app.

Below, you can check out a list of the cars that will include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support:

2016 Model Year Chevrolet Infotainment Systems

7-Inch MyLink Infotainment

Spark

Cruze

Malibu

Camaro

Camaro Convertible

Silverado

Silverado HD

8-Inch MyLink Infotainment

Cruze

Malibu

Impala

Volt

Camaro

Camaro Convertible

Corvette

Corvette Convertible

Colorado

Silverado

Silverado HD

Tahoe

Suburban

 

 

Holiday Dads and Husbands Gift Guide 2014

The holiday season’s upon us, and as a dad and husband myself, I know what’s hot for those groups this year– so if you’re trying to sort through all the products out there and pick out a good present for your husband/help the kids pick out a present for dad, these are the ones you want. Let us help you figure it all out– check out our top picks for husbands’/dads’ gifts in 2014:

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Philips Norelco S9311/87 Shaver 9300, $219.95

Give dad the gift of a clean shave– with the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300, Philips Norelco’s most advanced shaver yet. With the unique Contour Detect Technology, each shaving head independently moves in 8 directions to follow your face’s every curve. This improved contouring helps cut up to 20% more hair in a single pass. The newly designed V-Track Precision Blades collect hair in the optimal cutting position, resulting in a more comfortable shave that’s 30% closer! Each box comes with a full shaving kit, including the Shaver 9300, SmartClean system, cleaning cartridge, SmartClick precision trimmer, power cord, and travel case.

 

41qFp+YG-2LLomography Konstruktor Super Kit, $44.99

For the dad who’s into photography and building, the Konstruktor takes DIY to a whole new level. This camera kit lets you build your very own fully-working 35mm plastic SLR camera from scratch. This kit includes two amazing lenses that can shoot as close as 5cm to 15cm! The Konstruktor also includes a 50mm f/10 lens with shallow depth of field, perfect for portraiture. For quite an inexpensive price (especially for SLR cameras), the Konstruktor is a really cool gift for dad this holiday season!

 

71HTM501dyL._SL1500_ Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch (Black), $114.11

The Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch is an attractive, colorful analog wristwatch that works with select Android and Apple iOS phones. It features an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack. Excellent for the dad who loves integrating tech into every facet of his life!

 

 

 

81GyVQkh-oL._SL1500_Samsung NX1 28.2 MP Wireless SMART Compact System Camera with 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 “S” Lens

This holiday season, help dad take exceptionally detailed photos and videos–and share them easily with friends–using the Samsung NX1 28.2 MP Smart 4K Camera! This digital camera contains a 28.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and lets you record videos in 4K resolution, which is four times as detailed as Full HD. Fast auto-focus allows you to shoot continuously, while Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC capabilities let you connect to other devices. The bundle includes a 16-50mm lens, a grip, an extra battery, and an external charger.

 

 

71z7QuVZJiL._SL1200_Samsung UN60H6350 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

What dad doesn’t love watching some TV? Get your dad the best this holiday season– The faster and smarter Samsung H6350 Smart LED TV. An upgraded Smart Hub organizes your content to make finding what you’re looking for easier and more intuitive than ever. This TV is backed by a lightning-fast quad core processor, which reduces lag and accelerates load and smoother navigation.

 

 

 

 

overview_hero_heroMacBook Air, $899

The latest MacBook Air is perfect for dads who want convenience and style in their laptop experience. It’s the epitome of the sleek and efficient design Apple is known for, measuring in at 0.68 inches thick and only 2.38 pounds! And its 12-hour battery life ensures that dads on the go can take it anywhere without having to worry too much about charging. It’s a great pick that’s sure to put a smile on dad’s face this year.

 

 

 

 81hNGveV6fL._SL1500_OtterBox Cases, Prices Vary

Help dad protect his gadgets on the go– get him an OtterBox case! Whether you’re looking for protection from drops, bumps, shock, scratches, dust and debris, or even water damage, OtterBox has you covered (literally!) And don’t fret over wondering if there’s a case for dad’s particular phone… from iPhone 6 to Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, and more, OtterBox has cases for most major models available now.

 

 

 

dslr-led-ring-light-045c.0000001396198745Oh! Wow. Ring Light, $99.00

If you thought ring flashes were only for fancy photo shoots or for making circular reflections in sunglasses in rap videos, you thought wrong! Ring flashes are no longer reserved for big budget photogs. The Oh! Wow. Ring Light is a ring flash and constant light that fits your Canon or Nikon DSLR and your budget. Simply plug it into your hot shoe and pop it onto the front of your lens for even lighting with 3 brightness options. Since the light comes from all around your lens (and not just from above) it cuts down on harsh shadows, making the Oh! Wow. Ring Light perfect for portraits, indoor party pix, even macros. Switch to constant mode for shooting video. Or pop it off your camera and place it anywhere you’d like a little extra light. Get creative! Get fancy with your next photo shoot, or make circular reflections in sunglasses in your rap videos.

 

81BHp6bDXtL._SL1500_Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (Brushed Aluminum), $48.35

Does dad want to start a podcast? This is the perfect microphone to get him! Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball, the world’s first professional USB mic. Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic. The Snowball is a direct plug n’ play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC – no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band and it’s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and you’ll see why it’s the coolest mic in town.

 

61d4yQznZpL._SL1000_Gecko Grip Gloves, $24.67

If you’ve got a grill, dad’s almost definitely the master of it– and though it’s not quite grilling season yet, I’m sure any dad would be thrilled to get some Gecko Grip Gloves this holiday season. The Gecko Gloves provide two handed protection against burns, are water proof even in boiling water, protect up to 425 degrees and unlike other gloves the Gecko Gloves retain their grip due to the textured surface. The Gecko Glove five fingered set of two gloves allows dad to handle entire whole chickens, hams, turkeys and roasts during and after cooking, to stop dropping food from the point of meat forks and prongs! Gecko Gloves replace your cloth oven mitts that aren’t water proof and never look clean after the first wash. Simply wash the Gecko Gloves with your dishes or in your dishwasher! They retain their vivid color and never lose their shape! Dad will surely love a pair of these!

 

71+LLugaeJL._SL1500_ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer, $96.00

While we’re on the topic of grilling and cooking, how about a good cooking thermometer for dad? The ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen is a favorite among restaurant chains, health inspectors and quality managers worldwide.  The clever fold-away probe and the simple pocket design replace more costly and bulky handheld thermometers while using the same professional thermocouple technology. The Thermapen features a robust, splash-proof design with molded-in seals to protect the thermometer from wet hands and kitchen splashes. Even more accurate than before and slightly faster! Our proprietary circuit yields accuracies better than ±0.7°F. That includes all errors! (many competitors don’t include the probe error in their spec.) Each unit comes with a NIST-Traceable certificate of calibration showing test results for the individual thermometer. Resolution is now 0.1° over the full range. Improvements in the probe technology now yield a blazing fast speed of 3 seconds to a full temperature reading. NO CABLES! The components most likely to fail in a commercial thermometer are the cable and its connector. Also, the typical handheld meter and probe combination requires two hands. What do you do with the cable when you’re through with it? The competition want you to wrap it around the meter, which is time consuming and a natural trap for grime and bacteria! The one-handed Thermapen eliminates frayed cables, snags, germ traps and wasted time while freeing your second hand. It’s convenient, easy, and effective for dad to use– a great choice!

 

ml574bo_nb_14_iNew Balance Sneakers, Prices Vary

What dad doesn’t need a new pair of sneakers to replace the beaten-up old pair he’s wearing around? Get him some New Balance Sneakers this holiday season– whether built for running, outdoor, sports, or performance, these shoes will make dad’s day. You can even customize them to fit his exact style!

 

 

2313382_fpxPolo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Mesh Polo, $59.99

Also in regard to dad’s style, I’m sure he’d love a new polo shirt, especially a Classic-Fit Mesh Polo from Ralph Lauren! Available in a variety of colors, this polo is comfortable, fashionable, and a steal for $59.99 (down from $85.00) through January 15– get your dad one today!

iPhone apps I Love for the baby and for me

Lately there has been a lot of talk of the soon to be announce Apple iSlate and depending on price point I will or will not get one, but let us stick to the topic at hand my iPhone (3G) and the apps that I love for the baby and for me.

There are a ton of things you can do with the default apps installed already you can download music for babies or you download TV shows for your iPhone right from the iTunes store. Here are a couple of my favorites on the music front we have a clear winner with The Laurie Berkner Band (Stay Tuned as I have a full Laurie Berkner post planned for Friday alone) her most popular album is Victor Vito [ iTunes | Amazon ] and her newest is Rocketship Run [ iTunes | Amazon ] and on the TV front Yo Gabba Gabba [ iTunes | Amazon has select DVDs and Digital Video files (wont work on iPhones/iPods)]

Taking first place for me in the apps for babies is…

Wheels on the Bus [ iTunes ] by DuckDuckMoose












They also make a wonderful Itsy Bitsy Spider [ iTunes ] and Old McDonald [ iTunes ]

These are all interactive where things pop, move, fly, and make sounds when tapped. I also have a new favorite which is Free is Baby Flash Cards [ iTunes ].

On the DaDa gaming front…
Fieldrunners, Knights are both tower defense games that I found fun until I bet them.  Recently I’ve been playing Bejeweled 2 (which includes the Facebook game Bejeweled Blitz – which is the sole reason I play).

On the DaDa useful front…
Facebook, New York Times, Twitterific, LinkedIN, FourSquare, Shazam, Now Playing and Fandango.

Whats on your list?