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.

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.

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.

iphone6 primary

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.

2015 lincoln mkz pothole 2

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.

2014 hyundai equus

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.

2014 mercedes benz s63 amg 3qtr

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.

2015 nissan versa note asphalt

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.

2015 chevrolet sonic rs gps app

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.