John BrandonFreelance Writer, TechHive

John Brandon is a respected technologist, product tester, car enthusiast, and professional writer. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the corporate sector for 10 years. He has published over 8500 articles, many of them for Computerworld.com, TechHive.com, Macworld, and other IDG entities.

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Sleep Number i8

Sleep Number i8 mattress review: Trial and error eventually leads to better sleep

This semi-adjustable bed lets you experiment with mattress softness to get a better night sleep. Guess what? It works.

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ClarityLife Ensemble

ClarityLife Ensemble review: A phone that can keep seniors connected

You might call it a smart land-line phone.

GrandPad Senior Tablet

GrandPad Senior Tablet review: This easy-to-use device can help families stay connected

The GrandPad is as much a service as it a product. And while its appeal is narrow, it serves its niche exceptionally well.

Kingsdown Sleep Smart Intuitive

Kingsdown Sleep Smart Intuitive review: Paying a king’s ransom to sleep like a king

Sleep monitors report how well you slept. This sleep-monitoring mattress actively helps you sleep better.

Evermind

Evermind review: This minimally intrusive system for monitoring your elderly parent needs to do more

The hardware costs $199, but you’ll also need to pay $29 per month for the service.

Samsung UN65HU9000

Samsung UN65HU9000 curved HDTV review: 65 inches of luscious; but LCD doesn't beat OLED

If money is no object, OLED technology looks better than LCD. But how many of us can honestly say money is no object?

LG 55EC9300

LG 55EC9300 curved OLED HDTV review: Stunning image quality, but no 4K

Despite the absence of 4K support, I found no trouble with this curve.

Honeywell Lyric thermostat

Honeywell Lyric review: This smart thermostat needs to wise up

Yep, it resembles the Nest. Nope, it doesn’t perform like it.

Blunt XS Metro + Tile umbrella

Blunt XS Metro + Tile Umbrella review: The bumbershoot joins the Internet of Things

Bluetooth low energy technology makes this accessory hard to lose track of.

infiniti connection 2014 infiniti q50s wolf

How Infiniti Connection in a 2014 Q50S helped me find a timber wolf in the Black Hills

When your car's connected, the first step with any road trip is not to fill up with gas. It’s to sit down at a computer and fire up your browser. Infiniti Connection service lets you create a detailed itinerary and upload it to your car.

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2014 honda civic ex coupe april 2014

HondaLink Navigation app gives you GPS for less

Built-in nav can be pricey, but buy this app and a cable, and your Honda can have something just as good that runs off your phone.

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google earth globe feb 2014

This is your car on Google Earth: The 2014 Audi Q5 TDI offers a bird’s-eye view

We'd all love to have Google Earth in the car—and viewed safely from the central display. Right now, the only way to get it is through a pricey optional package on Audi cars. But it sure is fun.

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2014 ford f150 lariat eat my dust

You can drive, you just can’t have any fun: Ford MyKey curbs teen drivers

Hand over the keys with fewer qualms. Ford MyKey lets parents set speed limits and other controls to help teen drivers stay safe.

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2014 dodge durango

Have Xbox, will travel: Dual HDMI in 2014 Dodge Durango lets you bring your game

Can your car play Titanfall? Dual HDMI ports and dual displays mean this one can.

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paranoia 4

5 favorite Hollywood tech flubs

Movies with tech themes are fun, but their depiction of computing in the workplace is typically problematic.