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How to retrofit Android Auto into your car factory radio (video)

Adding Android Auto to a factory car radio system is no small feat but it is possible. Check out my video to see how I did it and my experience with Android Auto.

JBL Live 670NC Review (video)

Check out my video review of the JBL Live 670NC. The headphones are really good but not perfect. In my video I cover it all from the design to the features and everything in between. 

JBL Live 670NC Review | JBLs latest mid tier headphones for 2024

About a week ago I purchased the JBL Live 670NCs and went in with no real expectations. I had experience with JBL headphones in the past but for some reason I went into this purchase with a blank slate. Off the back the 670NCs were very familiar to me. I owned the JBL Live 460NCs which are the predecessor to these and the design is nearly identical. I don't think this is a bad thing as I tend to like JBLs design language. The body is made of a light weight plastic but feels well made. The headband and side clamps feel like it could be made with metal as it feels strong and cool to the touch. I went with black and the finish is matte which is a nice touch. Fingerprints do appear on the headphones there just not as noticeable. The buttons on the right side of the ear cup are nice and click-y. Type C for charging is on the left side.  Now, lets get into the nitty gritty.  Sound This is very subjective but overall I like the sound the Live 670NCs produce. Bass is heavy while keeping a

Why I am waiting for Google's Android tracker

  Now this is not a dig at Pebblebee or Chipolo . I believe their initial offerings are about what I was expecting. The specs are very similar although at first glance the Pebblebee seems to be a slightly better option to me. I suggest anyone that's interested in an Android tracker check out each product page for each manufacturer for themselves.  I buried the lead a bit. This past week Google finally announced their Android Find My Device Network is now rolling out to Android users in the US and Canada with global expansion later. With the Android FMDN users will be able to locate their phones, earbuds, headphones and tablets with the help of Android devices contributing to the network. In some cases users will be able to find their lost devices even with them powered off. The Pixel 8/8 Pro will support this feature.  With that, the reason why I am waiting to see if Google is making an Android tracker is simple. I want to see if they're going to incorporate Ultra Wide Band c

Pixelbook Go gains a few extra years of software support from Google

In another quiet move by Google, the Pixelbook Go will receive software support until June 2029. The original end date was June 2025. I really like that Google is providing additional years of support for their older devices. The move is also interesting because last year Google announced that Chromebooks made in the last couple of years will receive 10 years of software updates, however, the Pixelbook Go was released in 2019. Not sure how well software will run on the device but I plan on seeing how this machine holds up until then. Check out the screenshot below with the new update schedule.

Google quietly updates the Pixelbook Go to Android 13 with ChromeOS 123

  Google continues to support the Pixelbook Go and recently updated the near 5 year old laptop to Android 13 with the newly released ChromeOS 123. The update is not user facing as one may expect but I did notice more apps with animated splash screens and sweet app open effects. Also, I believe the per app language feature may be tied to the Android 13 update. Performance of the laptop since the update has been very similar to the previous Android version. This is a win in my book. With ChromeOS 123 other features were released. Check out what's new below along with a screenshot of the new Android version. Customizing keyboard shortcuts Using shortcuts boosts productivity, and we all have our favorites. In ChromeOS 123, with shortcut customization, you will be able to assign your preferred key combination to personalize your shortcuts. Whether you want them to be easier to do with one hand, simpler to remember, or identical to the ones you're familiar with, this feature will si

Pixelbook Go is no longer available on the Google Store

  Google has finally done it and removed the Pixelbook Go from the Google Store. There was no formal announcement and one can only assume that the device that was originally released in 2019 is now discontinued. It's not clear what the future holds for the Pixelbook line but I really do hope there is another Google laptop in the pipeline. With no rumors to go off of that's all we really have right now, hope. 

Bellroy Lite Sacoche | First look at Bellroy's newest crossbody

I was somewhat in the market for a new smaller bag. Well maybe not in the market but in the mood for something new. In any event, I came across this crossbody on the Bellroy website and was intrigued with the look and the smallish size. Decided to pick it up and it came in at a whopping $60. Not bad but not exactly cheap either.  Now here we are, I got the new Bellroy bag and I definitely have some thoughts. Check out the video for more on my initial thoughts on the Bellroy Lite Sacoche.