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The best in-car wireless chargers, mounts, and more for iPhone

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Last weekend, we rounded up the best upright wireless charging stands for iPhone 8 and iPhone X users, noting that the upright design helps conserve space and unlock via Face ID. Now, we’re going to take a look at some of the best in-car solutions for iPhone charging and more….

Wireless chargers

Many cars nowadays have built-in USB ports that make charging in-car incredibly easy, but such a solution isn’t necessarily perfect as charging is often slow and cumbersome. Adding a wireless charger to your car, however, can offer both faster charging and easier charging.

Here are some of the top wireless in-car chargers for iPhone 8 and iPhone X users…

My personal pick for an in-car wireless charger, and the one I use everyday, is the iOttie Easy One Qi charger. This charger offers a versatile arm that can be mounted on either your dash or windshield and seemingly adjusted to various angles, and supports any smartphone size.

It connects to a standard DC outlet and features an extra USB port for charging another device. The iOttie Easy One Touch mount and charger is available for $49.95 on Amazon with 4/5 stars from over 500 customers.

The iOttie isn’t the only option, however. Another option comes from Nillkin, which makes a 2-in-1 Qi charging pad and magnetic car mount holder. This charger can be put anywhere in your car as it is applied via standard 3M adhesive. The Nillkin charger is also cheaper than other options at $15.99 on Amazon. Rated 3.5/5 stars.

Here are other popular in-car wireless charging options:

In the case of being in a car that requires USB connectivity for CarPlay, wireless charging is less useful, but for cars with wireless CarPlay, it can make for an incredibly seamless experience.

Traditional mounts

If you don’t want wireless charging, have to plug-in for CarPlay, or simply don’t own an iPhone that supports wireless charging, a traditional car mount can still make your in-car experience better and safer.

There are several different options to choose from here, including some that mount your car vents, others that mount on the dash or windshield.

Personally, I’m not a fan of vent mounts as they block the air conditioning and heat flow, but such mounts are often more affordable than others. Here are a few affordable vent mount options for iPhone:

Another option for mounting your iPhone in the car is with dash and windshield mounts. These are often sturdier, though a bit more pricey. I personally choose dash/windshield mounts because of their added versatility. Here are some top picks:

CarPlay receivers

Of course, one of the best investments you can make for your in-car iPhone experience is with CarPlay. Earlier this year, Zac broke down the best CarPlay receivers, so be sure to checkout his full rundown right here.

CarPlay is available in both affordable and high-end models, as well as in wireless configurations for the ultimate connivence, so there’s definitely and option for everyone.

Wrap up

These are some of the top picks to make your in-car iPhone experience a bit better. What accessories to you use for car charging? Let us know down in the comments!

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This is the photo that conspiracy theorists say proves the Moon landing was a fraud

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In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon. It was an incredible technological and scientific achievement for the human race, and the 11 other men who followed in his dusty footsteps are still the only humans to ever set foot somewhere other than Earth. That, of course, is assuming you believe the “official” account of things. If you’re on the fringes of the conspiracy community, on the other hand, you believe that the Moon landing was just a big lie cooked up by… lizard people or something, I guess.

Lots of “evidence” supporting the Moon landing hoax theory has cropped up in the past, but nothing has ever swayed the public as a whole. Now, hoax believers are pointing to an old photograph taken by an astronaut as potential proof that the lunar surface we see in Moon landing images is nothing more than a film set.

The photo in question comes from the Apollo 16 mission which took place in 1972. In the image, astronaut John Young is seen taking samples from the lunar surface. In the background, large boulders and smaller rocks litter the pale landscape, and a quick glance at the photograph doesn’t reveal anything particularly damning, but conspiracy theorists want you to take a much closer look.

Behind Young’s head, near the edge of the horizon, the supposed “boulder” is now the subject of debate. The photo’s description says that the background contains boulders as well as the Lunar Roving Vehicle, but conspiracy believers are seeing something else. Specifically, they believe that a lunar base is actually visible in the distance, along with additional personnel who weren’t supposed to be there.

This claim points to yet another fringe theory regarding the Moon landings. Rather than believing that the landings themselves were staged, a subset of the conspiracy community believes that NASA actually went to the Moon and found evidence of alien life there. Rather than tell the world about the discovery, they believe that NASA covered it up. The photo, they suggest, shows that NASA sent additional crew to the Moon after discovering extraterrestrial life, and even set up a lunar habitat there.

Or, as one YouTube commenter suggests, it’s probably “just a Starbucks.”

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Amazon’s running a lightning deal on the device that lets your phone see where no other phone can

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The Depstech 1200P Semi-rigid Wireless Borescope Camera is a new and improved version of one of the most popular products we’ve ever covered. In a nutshell, it’s a borescope camera that connects to your iPhone or Android phone wirelessly. Your phone becomes the viewfinder as you snake the camera into any space you want, allowing your phone to see where no normal smartphone can. You can also save the videos to view later. This cool camera comes with a hook and a magnet accessory as well, so you can lose it to retrieve jewelry or keys in seconds. It’s an awesome gadget and it’s on sale right now on Amazon. There’s a lightning deal going from 5PM until 11PM tonight, or while supplies last. You’ll save 20% during the deal, so hurry up and check it out.

Here are some bullet points from the product page:

  • Innovative WiFi Endoscope with great compatibility: different from endoscope camera in the market, this wireless wifi inspection camera will work with Android devices( Android 2.3+), as well as iPhone IOS system(iOS 6.0+). This makes the endoscope appeal to many users with various kinds of devices.
  • True 1200P Resolution Camera: reaching 1600×1200, this endoscope is able to capture HD snapshot of the unknown, mysterious places where the human eyes are difficult to catch the image, along with recording a vivid live- video in AVI format, available to be stored on your devices upon enabling the app to accessible to the Photo App.
  • CamTele Technology Seeing further & Wider: many professional technicians spare no efforts to develop the new technology, so this new product will have longer focal distance than common endoscope, getting rid of the limit within 1-3 inch, and the scope for a clear image can be extended to 15.7 inch, which will be more user-friendly in your inspection work.
  • Simple Operation Method – Turning on WiFi box to generate endoscope WiFi, connect your working device with the endoscope WiFi, and then just enjoy the expected view with our unique app “Depstech”.
  • Featuring 16.5FT cable, waterproof and 8.5mm diameter camera, 6 adjustable LED light on the camera, applicable for kinds of scenarios , regardless of dark area, damp or wet area etc. The semi-rigid cable can bend and hold it’s shape to access confined place, such as curved holes or pipes. Furthermore, it has a durable lithium battery, capacity up to 1800mAh which support 3-4h working time without LED light on, outshining other endoscopes with working time less than 1h.

 

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I want to live in AT&T’s fantasy world where prices actually go down

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We’re weeks into the court proceedings between AT&T, which is trying to buy Time Warner Inc, and the Justice Department that is suing to block the deal. We’ve heard from economic experts about how prices will soar, and from AT&T’s own execs about how cable is the company’s “cash cow.”

But on Thursday, we finally got to hear from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, and he stuck right to the party line. AT&T acquiring Time Warner wouldn’t drive up prices, Stephenson claimed: It will actually be the other way around.

Reuters reports that Stephenson told the court there would be cost savings from the merger:

He said that he wanted to combine what AT&T knew about its customers with Time Warner’s ability to create compelling content.

This would help AT&T, which owns the biggest pay TV company DirecTV, build a cheaper online product that could be partially sustained through advertising, he said.

AT&T’s own lawyer also brought up an initial assessment of the merger, produced by AT&T, which said the deal would have “no significant cost synergies.” Stephenson refuted that analysis and said that later studies showed that it would.

Washington Post reporter Brian Fung said that Stephenson also mentioned AT&T will be coming out with a new streaming service later this month. Called AT&T Watch, it will cost $15 per month instead of the $35 that AT&T currently charges for its streaming service, DirecTV Now. It won’t have any sports channels, however.

A new skinny streaming bundle is a good talking point for AT&T in court, but it doesn’t change the fact that historically, mergers in the telecoms industry have been shown to raise prices. AT&T has argued that this won’t apply to this particular merger, since Time Warner is a content company, not a telecoms company. The government (and all rational people who like to watch TV) argue that AT&T will use Time Warner’s content, which includes must-have channels like HBO and CNN, as leverage over its competitors to keep prices high and restrict the success of streaming services.

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