John BrandonTechHive

John Brandon is a technology writer and car enthusiast. After leaving the corporate world in 2001, he embarked on a solo writing career and never looked back (except for that one time). He's tested thousands of products and reported on everything from 50 Cent starting a headphone company to BMW building a data center in Iceland. He lives outside of Minneapolis.

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Honeywell Lyric review: This smart thermostat needs to wise up

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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5 favorite Hollywood tech flubs

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

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Honda lets you 3D-print a car for fun, and we’re waiting for the car parts, please

If you can print your own, scalable model of an NSX or another concept car, could a spare door handle be far behind? We hope not.


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Just try to steal my 2015 Chevy Tahoe, I dare you

A bevy of new security features will lock down your SUV. Including motion detectors!


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How 4G will drive the new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Let the streaming begin! One of the first GM models equipped with OnStar 4G LTE, this luxury coupe promises connectivity speeds of up to 20Mbps in the city. Apps will load much faster, and passengers will be able to share a hotspot.


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A big truck needs a big view: Ford builds 360-degree cameras into 2015 F-150

Ford has pulled out all of the stops to make sure the upcoming 2015 F-150 truck is safer -- and smarter.


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New 2015 Lincoln MKC is first with MyLincolnMobile remote-control app

Let the spoiling begin! The MyLincoln Mobile app lets you schedule engine starts and climate control. Also, the car can detect when you're approaching and shine a 'welcome mat' in a tasteful color at the door.


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2015 Corvette Stingray records your racetrack romps

Performance Data Recorder captures your driving sessions in audio, video and telemetry overlays for easy analysis.


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Upcoming BMW X1 will have apps for music, social media and vehicle status

The new Online Entertainment system will integrate with major streaming music providers. BMW's own ConnectedDrive app can read Facebook and Twitter updates as well as provide car status. You'll be able to use either your phone or the car's own connectivity to download the data.