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Cup Holders All Around

Cup Holders All Aroound
by Gary Woods

One thing all the new cars seem to have is a lot of Cup-holders. I think my Explorer has 7 in it unless I've missed some that are in the third row of seats that I always have folded down. I probably only use 3 or 4 of them at any one time with my iPhone sitting in one, another with a can of Barq's Root Beer and then one for my wife's bottled water. So, what am I to do with all the rest of those cup-holders?

Well to help me out iHome ( came up with the iDM9 Cup-holder Portable Bluetooth Speakerphone which sells for $69.99. The iDM9 is designed to fit in a car's cup holder and functions as both a music speaker and speakerphone. This means that while I'm driving it can pick up my tunes on the iPhone or I can listen to a little Dodgers baseball on the At Bat app. Then, if the phone rings through the speaker interrupting the music or game I can press a large button on the top of the device to accept the call or another button to reject it.

If the call is accepted the music is turned down and the built-in phone mic lets me talk hands-free. After that, once the call is completed the audio for the music or game comes back on.

The iDM9 comes with a car-charger that helps the built-in lithium ion battery to remain at full capacity and you can also connect your iPad or iPhone directly into the iDM9 instead of using Bluetooth.

I think this is a pretty cool little device which will kill two birds with one stone. I can be cruising to the tunes on my iPhone then talking hands-free when the phone rings. I'm lovin' it!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc