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.

Review: WeMo-enabled Holmes Smart Humidifier is the go-to gadget for flu season

Breathe easier without having to get up and fiddle with a knob. Smartphone notifications when the filter needs changing are pretty smart too.

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Big time: 9 apps that take advantage of the iPhone 6 Plus screen

Smart developers are updating their apps to use the generous real estate of Apple's newest phone.

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Pothole? What pothole? The 2015 Lincoln MKZ barely notices them

Potholes feel almost inconsequential, thanks to the "pothole mitigation" features in the 2015 Lincoln MKZ.

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What's a nice car like the 2014 Hyundai Equus doing with tech like this?

Hyundai's luxury flagship is tarnished by car tech that seems in dire need of upgrading.

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG: An expensive taste of nearly autonomous driving

We borrowed a $163,000 car to try out the tech. Right. Well, it does have amazingly proactive cruise control.

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Say yes to texting while driving with Nissan's voice-activated system

With Nissan's Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, you can manage messages and send canned responses. We test it in the 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR.

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For cheap car nav, go here: BringGo GPS app guides the 2014 Chevy Sonic

Your phone is the app hub for many low-cost cars. In the 2014 Chevy Sonic, the BringGo app offers basic navigation, though with some notable limitations.

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Side minder: Erasing blind spots with the 2015 Honda Fit's LaneWatch

A camera mounted under the right-side mirror lets you watch for cars coming up behind from the central display.

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Move and I'll scream: Motion alarms freak out intruders in 2015 Cadillac Escalade

In which we sacrifice one three-foot stuffed animal to show why no one should try to mess with this car.

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You can have your Caddy and charge it, too: Cruising with the 2014 ELR hybrid

It's a hybrid whose battery can be recharged with gas. And it's a Cadillac.

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Toyota Entune and VW Car-Net do things Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can't touch

Automakers' own apps do things that Apple and Google can't, such as locking and unlocking the car. But are they worth the upcharge? We try two: Toyota's Entune, and Volkswagen's Car-Net.

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Eyes on the road: The head-up display, as experienced in the 2015 Kia K900

The Super Bowl commercial for this car featured Laurence Fishburne using his mirrored sunglasses as no one else can. The head-up display reality isn't nearly as dramatic, but the ability to see basic driving data on your windshield is still useful.

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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.