Looking for a heads-up display to put on your dash? Anker Roav pre-orders up for $200 off

Anker is known for its batteries and cables and other peripheries, but with the car getting more attention in our space nowadays — it is, after all, the ultimate consumer-owned mobile device — and with heads-up displays all the rage, it’s about time that everyone could get in on the fun.

Enter Roav, the company’s smart heads-up display for cars. It’s tethered to your phone and its Wi-Fi hotspot or an LTE with an embedded SIM and keeps track of where you want to go. While you’re driving, Roav keeps track of speed and distance data while notifications pop up. You can reply to messages, take calls hands-free and stream music with the device, too.

Roav will learn more skills as time passes by, but for now, the device is pre-selling for $200 off. The Wi-Fi version, available in the US, the UK and Canada is $299 while the 4G version is $399 and available only in the US and Canada. The Wi-Fi version and the 4G version for Canada ships next summer while the 4G version in the US ships in the spring.

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T-Mobile SyncUp DRIVE is an LTE-connected Automatic competitor

There are more options to keeping track of the health of your automobile on your mobile phone than ever before. Automatic was one of the first names to pop up with a dongle for your car’s OBD-II port. Verizon took it a step further with the cellularly-connected Hum, offering hotpsot service and even roadside assistance when customers need it.

T-Mobile decided that it needed in with this product category and so it commissioned ZTE to build the SyncUp DRIVE, a dongle that tracks maintenance issues, nannies your driving (or your teen child’s driving) and, yes, makes your car a Wi-Fi hotspot. The app interface and tracking relies on services provided by Mojio, though you’ll have to stick with AAA or another club for help when you need it.

The price on this dongle, locked to T-Mobile, is $149.99 full retail or free if you get a 2GB (or more) data plan and have the device on an equipment installment plan. Sales begin November 18.

Introducing T-Mobile SyncUp DRIVE, the Un-carrier Way to Connect Your Car

T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE™ is an all-in-one solution for in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity, driving analysis, vehicle tracking and maintenance monitoring

Bellevue, Washington — November 7, 2016 — Tap the brakes, you don’t want to miss this one! Today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) unveiled T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE™, the Un-carrier’s exclusive, all-in-one connected car solution that easily transforms your car into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot and gives you extensive added vehicle diagnostics, safety and security features. And, even better, starting November 18, you can get T-Mobile SyncUp DRIVE – normally a $149.99 value – for FREE after 24-month no-cost finance agreement with a 2GB or higher mobile Internet plan.

“With T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE, you have a new way to ride on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “We’re making it radically simple for customers to connect their cars with a complete, all-in-one package – and the best part is that we’re making it totally free at launch.”

Getting going with T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE couldn’t be easier. It plugs in to your car’s OBD-II (on-board diagnostics) port – standard on most cars built after 1996, is always on, doesn’t require charging and can be managed right from your smartphone.

Not only can T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE cost at least 20% less than the carriers’ solutions over two years, it also does a lot more. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE is the only complete 4G LTE connected car solution by a wireless provider. For example, HUM by Verizon runs on ancient 2G technology that Verizon will phase out, and HUM doesn’t even include in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity. In fact, you’d need multiple carrier solutions – and multiple carrier rate plans – to duplicate what T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE does out of the box on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.

T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE enables you to:

  • Stay connected: Deliver an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spot on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network, perfect for sharing data with five Wi-Fi capable devices to entertain your family during those road trips.
  • Drive smarter: Analyze driving behavior to help you drive more safely, while minimizing wear-and-tear, by keeping track of dangerous driving behavior like speeding, harsh braking and rapid accelerations; or, to help you save money on fuel. And, companies can make tracking and expensing business miles a breeze.
  • Keep an eye on your family: Know the location and status of multiple cars without contacting the drivers, set speeding alerts to encourage safe driving behavior and set alerts to be notified when your car enters or leaves a certain area.
  • Locate your car: Keep tabs on your vehicle, from finding your parked car on a map, locating and tracking your car’s real-time driving location or delivering a notification if the device or your car has been tampered with, bumped or had the device removed.
  • Take care of your car: Have a virtual mechanic to help you take better care of your car and help reduce repair costs by providing helpful maintenance reminders and instant notifications about car trouble.

T-Mobile works with best-in-class partners to develop and deliver IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, and T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE is no different. SyncUp DRIVE was developed by T-Mobile together with two key partners – ZTE, a global provider of mobile devices and telecommunication systems, and Mojio, the leading open platform for the growing ecosystem of connected car apps and services.

T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE will be available in participating T-Mobile stores and online at www.t-mobile.com starting November 18. To learn more, please visit: http://explore.t-mobile.com/t-mobile-sync-up-drive.

Limited time offer; subject to change. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance at full price is due. For well-qualified customers. Via bill credits. Full device tax due at sale. 0% APR. Plus taxes & fees. All lines must be active and in good standing when credit is applied, may take 1-2 bill cycles. Capable smartphone, 3rd party app, and service req’d for some features.


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Can the Dash app train you to be a better driver? One year road test!

It’s a rare situation, reviewing an app which almost instantly becomes a service we use every day.The developers behind the Dash driving app are on a mission to help people become safer drivers, and to save those people money by being better drivers. This free app connects to your car’s computer (through the use of some kind of wireless adapter), and collects detailed information on driving habits and engine data. When combine with your phone’s GPS, users can can save extremely detailed mileage logs on every trip they take, get instant notifications on ...

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Microsoft wants a piece of HERE Maps for the same reason Amazon does

Nope, it’s necessarily about bringing back the HERE Maps app to Windows Phone. But where is it going to go from there? Well, nowhere, not unless Microsoft helps it along. Or Amazon. Or both.Both Amazon and Microsoft have been working on cloud server agreements with HERE, formerly Nokia-run, now in the hands of a German ...

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Smartphones targeted as a cause for US traffic death spike

At Pocketnow, we encourage responsible driving habits despite our overwhelming passion for mobile technology. Indeed, Motorola has found ways to help out those who are at the wheel stay connected and on the right path. But other owners of phones without even a “Car Mode” or those who just don’t bother, they do put themselves at risk with their eyes on their palms and

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Google may soon know if you’re driving if you have Android Wear

Driverless cars are here and you could be buying them soon. How soon that will be, we don’t know. So until then, enjoy the ride while you still can. And while you’re on the road with a foot to the pedal, keep your hands on the wheel and not your phone. It always helps to get a smartwatch, though.Google has applied for a patent (US009037125) that the Patent and Trademark Office just published that ...

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Here’s what we want the in-car Android experience to be like

Like it or not, you’ve got to admit that Android has come a long way, and is finally proving to be a formidable contender against entrenched devices running iOS. Android has smartphones, phablets, tablets, and even TV set-top boxes. Google has its ChromeBook and ChromeCast to push devices into the home as well as the office. Google even has Glass, a wearable companion to help put commonly used information as well as activities (snapping pictures, recording memos, looking stuff up, and even shooting videos) on your head. What about your car? Google has been working on a self-driving ...

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