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January 30, 2018

Information Regarding Your Car

Filed under: Columns — Tags: , , , , , , — Ron @ 5:33 am

A couple of years ago I bought something for my car that was new on the market.  You know something about me if you have read this column for any amount of time.  That is that I do not like to spend money unless something is really useful or not available for free.  I also like gadgets and new software.  This device covered all those bases for me and I thought you may like it also.

A friend of mine got an Automatic adapter for themselves and really liked it.  After these couple of years, I realized I have never mentioned this device to you, so here we go.

Automatic Pro

The developer, Automatic Labs, a subsidiary of Sirius XM Holdings Inc., developed this adapter that fits in most cars built after 1996.  You can check their site at Automatic.com and see if your car can use it or not.  It is approximately one-fourth the size of your cell phone and probably twice as thick.

It plugs in to the computer port (OBD-II) that your mechanic plugs their computer into to find out if your car is having any issues.  Basically, you plug it in, install the application on your phone and it starts working. There are two versions the Automatic Pro and the Lite adapters.  I will talk about the Pro’s capabilities here.  To compare the two, visit the site.

It will provide you with the same thing your mechanic can find out; however, it not only generates a code but tells you exactly what it means to the welfare of your automobile.  But then it goes beyond that service and provides much more information about your car and even some about you.

You can keep track of your fuel fill-ups, miles per gallon and your trips.  You can choose to separate personal from business miles and expenses.

It is also able to track your car’s location.  That includes where in the huge parking lot you left your car.  Other apps do that too but not with all the extras.

It also has many other apps that could be useful like if you have a serious accident. (I guess that is determined by how hard you get hit.)  Their trained responders will contact you, emergency services, and even someone else you choose if you want them to.

The thing I personally like is that it is watching my driving and gives me a report monthly.  It suggests ways I could change my driving to get better mileage and longer lasting tires, etc.  It also tells me how I compare to their huge database of drivers who use the Automatic devices.  I found that I am a relatively conservative driver who brakes well and does not accelerate too fast.  However, if shows on a map if I exceed the speed limit anywhere by any amount at any time.  Of course, that rarely if ever happens, well maybe once or twice.

I moved it from one of our cars to the other and wanted all the stats reset for the current car. I had to contact the support people by email to do so.  You cannot reset the device yourself.  It did not take long and they were very helpful.  I would have thought you would be able to do that for yourself.

May 16, 2016

2016-05-16 Show Notes with WSVA

Welcome back to today’s Show with WSVA, Jim Britt and me, Ron Doyle.  For those of you that missed it live, here is the podcast for your listening pleasure.

Here are a few of the things we talked about today.  More questions?  No worries contact me here.

Tech News

Microsoft is removing its nagging Windows 10 upgrade notifications soon“Details are still being finalized, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down.”


10-year-old boy hacks Instagram and wins $10,000 rewardA 10-year-old hacker from Finland won $10,000 from Facebook after alerting the tech giant to a security flaw in its photo-sharing service, Instagram.

The boy, who lives in Helsinki and was identified only as Jani, found he could delete other people’s comments from Instagram using malicious code, according to Finnish newspaper, Iltalehti.

He alerted the service to this flaw and was paid $10,000 as a reward. Instagram said the vulnerability had been fixed.

Facebook operates a “bug bounty” program that rewards those who report vulnerabilities in its services, including Instagram. Facebook has rewarded more than $4.3 million to more than 800 people under the program since it launched in 2011.Jani plans to spend his money on a new bicycle and a football. According to Facebook’s own rules, he is too young to have an Instagram account, for which the recommended minimum age is 13.


Beverly Hills is creating its own fleet of self-driving carsPicture the streets of Beverly Hills and you probably imagine seas of ultra-luxurious cars piloted by celebrities or their chauffeurs. However, you may have to get used to a new sight in the future: hordes of vehicles with no drivers at all.

The city’s council has voted to produce a fleet of self-driving cars that would provide on-demand shuttle service around town. The system would lean on a city-wide fiber optic network, already in the design stages, to keep these driverless rides talking to the neighborhood and each other.

The first phase of the resolution would have Beverly Hills forming partnerships with autonomy-minded car brands like Google and Tesla, so this would be more of a collaboration than a from-scratch project.


Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(This app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)
This is one of my all time favorite Google Apps, “Google Keep“.

Quickly capture what’s on your mind and get a reminder later at the right place or time. Speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search. Google Keep makes it easy to capture a thought or list for yourself, and share it with friends and family.

Available everywhere.


 

Ron actually bought this online
Ipow Universal One Touch Installation CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount Holder Cradle

  • Stretchable clamp/bracket can hold up to 3.5 inch wide, rubber pad on clamp can protect your phone not damaged.
  • CD car mount is designed to fit vehicle’s cd slot.
  • Full 360 degree rotation with two ball joints and tilt it for multiple angles – Vertically or Horizontally. Allows you to find that perfect viewing angle with one hand.
  • Easy installation,no need tools to mount your Smartphones front and center in your car and play CD simultaneously.
  • The mount securely keeps your smartphone where you need it most without obstructing your view; Always keep it stay in place.

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That is the show for now, please come back on June 20, 2016 for the next one.

Keep those emailed questions coming.  I love to answer them and who knows, you may see your question on the DNR or hear about it on WSVA!

Thanks for listening and reading,
Ron

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