Best List: This clever car cam from Owl keeps an eye on your wheels [Review]

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The Owl car cam is a combo dashcam and interior security camera.
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I live in San Francisco where car crime in epidemic. Last year there were just under 30,000 reported break-ins — that’s about 85 a day! My car in particular seems to be a magnet for car thieves; it’s been broken into five times in the last couple of years, costing me thousands of dollars in repairs.

So I jumped at the chance to review the new Owl car cam, a combination dashboard cam and interior security device from one of the product design leads of the iPod and iPhone. The Owl combines two HD cameras — one pointing out, the other inwards — with bump-sensing accelerometers and an always-on LTE cellphone connection that sends alerts and live video to my iPhone.

It’s been great. Setup was the easiest of any gadget in recent memory and the video is surprisingly fantastic. Best of all, no one has broken in to steal it — yet!

Hit the road with the best in travel tech [Deals]

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This dashcam records two hour loops, making sure that if something goes wrong on the road, you'll have it on tape.
This dashcam records two hour loops, making sure that if something goes wrong on the road, you'll have it on tape.
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Electric vehicles, self-driving cars, the future is unfolding on our roads, but you don’t have to buy a Tesla to get a taste of it today. From dash cams to car locators, 5-port USB chargers and more, we’ve found some of the best deals on the coolest upgrades for your ride, all for a fraction of their normal price.

Android creator will offer free dashcams in exchange for drive data

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Andy Rubin allegedly dated a colleague at Google.
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Andy Rubin wants more eyes on the road. Photo: Google
Andy Rubin wants more eyes on the road. Photo: Google

Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android before leaving Google in 2014, is building dashboard cameras that he wants to give away for free. But in exchange for an extra eye on the road, Rubin wants you to give up all the data your dashcam collects.