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ESCORT Live Socializes Speed Trap Avoidance with App + Radar Accessory

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We’ve seen plenty of applications that attempt to crowd source the reporting of speed traps, red light cameras, accidents, and other want-to-avoid circumstances while on the road, so at first ESCORT Live may seem like nothing new. That’s exactly what it does. But unlike other apps, ESCORT Live comes with two accessories – a smartcord dock and an actual radar detector – that detect speed traps via radar, relay the detection to your phone via bluetooth, and make reporting of speed traps easier and more accurate for its users.

Having the actual accessories is a huge advantage to competitors such as Trapster and Waze. Because the success of the product hinges on accurate and voluminous user participation, anything that assists users in contributing to the “social network” by suggesting data points in real-time will provide much needed continuous momentum. That is, assuming enough people have and use ESCORT Live itself.

With a price of  $79.95 for the SmartCord Live PowerCord and 1-year subscription to the Android app (or iPhone App), many users may find it too pricey for a still unproven network. Only the deluxe package, which ranges in price form $340 to $540, includes the actual radar detector which works with ESCORT Live. This clearly isn’t for the deal monger, but the ESCORT Live app does have a sense of premium quality that should give it a decent shot at becoming the industry favorite for the on-the-road-watch-out-for-XYZ detection.

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Escort’s SmartCord Live brings radar detection, KRS-One to your smartphone (video)

Evading the long arm of the law, as we all know, is infinitely easier with a radar detector onboard — and even easier if said detector is hooked up to a cloud. That’s the idea behind the SmartCord Live, a new power cord from the eagle-eyed folks at Escort. Once connected to your car’s radar detector and lighter socket, this Bluetooth-enabled bundle will communicate with your iPhone or Android handset through a specialized app. Once that’s taken care of, you’ll be hooked up to Escort Live — a so-called “social network for the road.” There, you’ll find access to Escort’s Defender database, full of real-time geographic information on verified speed traps, red light cameras and other roadway surveillance systems. Once your detector picks up a threat, you can press a “report” button on the cord or app to instantly send out a big “five-oh” to all other Escort users in the area, while boosting your Karma quotient, in the process. Find out more about the cord and its corollary system, after the break.

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Escort’s SmartCord Live brings radar detection, KRS-One to your smartphone (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Another day, another chance to win an HTC Thunderbolt from Waze and Android Central!


Happy Friday ladies and gents!  What better way to start the weekend than by winning a shiny HTC Thunderbolt in the big Waze contest?  We’re all winding down the day, thinking about where we’ll go and what we’ll do when the whistle blows at five o’clock, and chances are you’ll be going out somewhere with friends or family this evening.  Be sure to take Waze along for the ride — not only for the chance to win fabulous prizes, but because it’s a pretty darn useful tool for keeping up to date on traffic, speed traps, road closings, and all those other things designed to make your Friday evening a little less fun. 

Grab Waze from their website or download it from the link after the break, make sure you register so the folks at Waze know how to find you if you win, and snack on some Android munchies while you’re out tooling around.  It’s fun, easy, and can snag you one hell of a prize.  Check out the Waze blog for the full details.

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Gadget Spotlight: Cobra iRadar

Apps have come a long way in the our nearly 3 years of Android bliss. There have been a few out there that work as radar detectors, police warnings, and other types of anti-ticket protection. The Cobra iRadar has now raised the bar in this area. The iRadar looks like your typical radar detector the you can pick up at an electronics store and hope it works. The wonderful thing about the iRadar is that it connects to your phone through Bluetooth, then you download the app from the Market. Where your average radar detector would just beep in general for radar, not really telling you what the beeping means.

With the application of the Cobra iRadar you get to choose what types of radar you are notified of, plus you get to decide if you want to be notified of photo enforcement areas, known speed traps, red light cameras, and dangerous intersections. It has detection of all radar and laser guns used by law enforcement and it does this with complete 360 degrees of protection.

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The Cobra iRadar lets you run it with the app open or not. The App itself allows you to see your speed and the speed limit where you are and it allows you to

change all of the settings for the iRadar attached to your window. It has different settings for City and Highway modes, also it allows you to see the alert history and you can set an alert for when you are speeding so you can slow down.One of the coolest features in my opinion is that you can flag certain areas when you see a cop checking speed and you can see this on the map. It also monitors your battery in your car.

It does all of this with the iRadar device(RAD 105) and the Application for the iRadar. I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first. It just simply sounds too good to be true, also I am a person that drives with a Bluetooth headset on at all times, and I do a lot of driving all over the country. Well the Cobra iRadar uses a different Bluetooth profile than your headset uses since it only needs to link with the application. So you can still use either the Bluetooth in your car or your favorite Bluetooth headset to handle all your calls, music, GPS navigation, Vlingo, or anything else you see fit. And your radar detection is never interrupted but any of this.

The Cobra iRadar also surprised me at how accurate it was. Normally I never go more than 5-7 miles over the speedlimit, but without cruise control my foot can get a little heavy on those long stretches of road. The iRadarnotifies you in enough time to slow down by simply coasting down to a lower speed. The only part that would make it slightly annoying on long roadtrips on the interstate is, with the 360 degrees of protection, you also get notified of the cops on the other side of the interstate that are shooting radar. But as I like to think of it, better safe than sorry.

All in all this is a wonderful product and it has made my roadtrips so much easier, that is unless I’m in the very long stretch that is Virginia. The Cobra iRadar for Android is available at Best Buy and On Amazon it is $129.00 and the Android App is Free. The iRadar is totally worth it for driving around town and especially for those long roadtrips. So if you travel as much as I do or you just take a few family roadtrips every year, it’s definitely the best alternative to getting speeding tickets. Plus it helps you be a better driver all the way around.

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Trapster 3.0 helps you avoid speed traps, encourages safety first

Speed limits, highway patrol, other drivers, it can all be such a bummer — especially, if you’re sitting back in one of these. With a little crowdsourced aid, however, and a free Android app, you can still fulfill that need for excessive speed. Recently released on the Android market, Trapster’s v3.0 update refreshes the look of its checkpoint alerting mobile app and throws in some new features for good measure. In addition to the cleaner UI, there’s also a new homescreen widget that lets you vote on upcoming traps and terrain maps to complement the existing standard and satellite versions. But the real standout feature here is the inclusion of a real-time speedometer that should have the heavy-footed reaching for that brake more often. The new function alerts drivers with color-coded warnings should their speed demon ways get the best of the road’s limit. Alright, so the app may discourage your burnt rubber predilections, but that shouldn’t stop you from hitting the source link to download this ticket-avoiding application.

Trapster 3.0 helps you avoid speed traps, encourages safety first originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:23:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget Podcast 237 – 04.29.2011

As Darren traipses WiFi-free across the Grand Canyon, Myriam and Brian join Tim to bring a previously unheard-of amalgamation of Engadget Podcasters to the fold. As an added bonus, If you don’t watch out, this Engadget Podcast will also wormhole its way into your credit card, find out your PIN, and email your parents a list of locations where you used it for the past 6 months. Just sayin’.

Host: Tim Stevens
Guests: Myriam Joire, Brian Heater
Trent Wolbe
Music: Boom

02:25 – The Engadget Show – 020: RIM’s Ryan Bidan, GDGT’s Peter Rojas, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, lots of tablets, Shredder test-drive
02:48 – Samsung Galaxy S II review
13:50 – Sony provides PSN update, confirms a ‘compromise of personal information’ (updated)
16:55 – Sony update on PSN / Qriocity outage: ‘some services up and running within a week’ (updated)
18:30 – PlayStation Network outage caused by ‘external intrusion,’ continues for third day
22:00 – Apple officially answers questions on location tracking, says it doesn’t do it
24:24 – TomTom user data sold to Dutch police, used to determine ideal locations for speed traps
28:30 – White iPhone 4 releases tomorrow, finally (update: Phil Schiller explains the delay)
32:10 – Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official (video)
40:04 – Notion Ink Adam review
47:04 – Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 launches tomorrow, all members get a free week thanks to beef jerky
47:53 – Apple’s cloud streaming service to be called iCloud?
48:26 – Apple signs Warner Music to its cloud-based music service
52:31 – Verizon’s LTE network takes the night off, leaves a bunch of Thunderbolt users bewildered
53:15 – Verizon says its LTE network is back ‘up and running’
53:43 – B&N Nook Color update released, brings Froyo, apps, and Flash, we go hands-on (video)

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