Geek Squeaks (#2015-30) FEATURING — Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard – Many auto manufacturers as well as aftermarket units are bringing Android to the dashboard of your car. One such example is Android Auto that projects or casts what is on your phone onto a compatible dashboard touchscreen; but, most of us do not have the luxury of this technology. To fill in this gap, did you know that there is an android app called Car Dashdroid.

 Car dashdroid- Car dashboard- screenshot

Car Dashdroid does not project to a screen in your car’s dashboard; however, it will turn your phone into a distraction free device that has been specifically developed for use in your car. I have been testing this app and can attest that it is very good. In summary, Car Dashdroid is a car home dock replacement that makes driving easy (and safer)! It can switch on and off with your car (using Bluetooth), and return from any app to the specially-designed Car Dashdroid homescreen with a press of the Home button while connected (see settings). The interface features large buttons to launch apps (such as your GPS mapping app) and can be set to read incoming text messages to you (and you can respond back without taking your hands off the wheel). This app is fully customizable; for example, you can set up to 16 shortcuts for your favorite apps, contacts, and even shortcuts to custom actions like directions to a particular place, opening a specific playlist, or sending a pre-written message (like “On my way!” or “Stuck in traffic!”). You can use it FREE (with ads) and with some of the features disabled; however, if I were to buy an android app, this is one that I would buy. (UPDATE – I did buy this app!)…

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How To Update Windows In An Isolated Environment – Another tool for the tech toolbox is Portable Update. This tool is used to perform Windows updates on a computer where there is limited or no internet connection. Portable Update uses an external cache to store updates. The cache can reside on any usb external drive or, via private lan network, on a shared path. Once an update is copied to the cache (the only time that an internet connection is required), the same update will be used for all computer that need that particular update. I have added Portable Update to the What’s On My PC downloads page (under the Portable Apps Swarm).

Portable Update Hystory tag

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Daimler Driverless Truck Tested  – I’ve been saying that one of the first areas of transportation that will host autonomous driving is the truck industry. Take a look at the this article, “Daimler driverless lorry tested in motorway traffic” …

Daimler's self-driving truck took to a German autobahn to prove its capabilities

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Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank – I don’t know about you, but my smartphone has become an extension of my body. I feel lost when I don’t have it in my possession and frustrated when it needs charged. To remedy the charging issue, I am exploring (looking at) the compact portable chargers. One that has caught my eye, that is inexpensive and has great customer reviews is the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank … One in three chargers sold on Amazon are from Anker!

Anker Astro E1

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3 Responses to Geek Squeaks (#2015-30) FEATURING — Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard — and MORE GREAT STUFF

  1. For Car Dashroid, there is a rather disturbing 1-star review:

    Kevin Turner September 22, 2015
    While this is a great app, and very useful, I would like to make everyone aware that AVG Anti-Virus lists this app as Malware. It lists the app as utilizing the following on Android phones: Android/deng – an app that may potentially be adware or may compromise your personal information Android/ctl – an app that may potentially be adware or may compromise your personal information Android/dc – a malicious app used to interrupt the normal operations of your

    Others are apparently disturbed by the pervasiveness of the ads it displays.

    • Ramblinrick says:

      I am investigating this further. Google Play has a pretty aggressive process in place to deter this; plus, there are folks out there that will attempt to discredit apps, blogs, etc… Need to find “where” AVG is listing this.

  2. Ramblinrick says:

    I contacted the developer of this app who promptly responded. Our findings was that AVG had this listed as a “false positive” detection. We also installed AVG on our devices and AVG did not detect any issues with this app.

    nez droid October 12, 2015
    Hi thanks for all, i contacted to AVG and they said its a flase positive, they removed the definition from the DB, the problem was all permissions i use,however i needed to control a lot of cool things in my app, send me an email to n3zdroid@gmail.com and i can send you a copy of the email so you can be sure this app its malware free Thanks

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