Flexing the Form & Fun Factor of the 2013 Ford Flex SEL AWD

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Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Ford Flex. I always had my eye on this unique looking SUV/Crossover. It truly is sort of a blend between both of these styles. The distinct body reminded me of the old Woodie style and as I mention in my video review below, I really think that the Flex would be right at home carrying a longboard to the beach somewhere. Fast forward to 2012 and my family and I got to drive the 2013 Ford Flex SEL AWD up to Lake Tahoe. We took several mini roadtrips around the …

A Solid, Tech-Filled, All-Around Performer – 2011 Ford Explorer Test Drive

In Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Sony, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A few months ago, Sony and Ford Motors invited the Cast of Dads out to the East Coast to participate in a variety of events, one of them was driving a 2011 Ford Explorer (note, link is for the 2012 model) from Boston to NYC. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the event, and boy was I jealous. Part of my envy came from the fact that I couldn’t drive the Ford Explorer (you can read more about the excursion over at the Cast of Dads). Luckily, over the 2011 holidays, I did have the pleasure of getting behind …

HighTechDad’s 2011 Father’s Day Gift Guide – Products I Have Reviewed & Like

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Review, Sony by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Father’s Day is almost upon us and I wouldn’t be doing my part for the Dads out there if I didn’t put together a Father’s Day Gift Guide. Gifts are obviously very personal in nature so I can’t tell you what to get your dad. What I can do, however, is provide some ideas on some things that might make your dad smile a bit more and potentially appeal to the “HighTechDad” inside of him. I won’t be recommending things that I haven’t actually tried, used, reviewed or have myself. That would, honestly, be quite silly. I might recommend some …

Sony, Ford and NYC Auto Show Videos from the Cast of Dads Roadtrip

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A few weeks ago, Ford and Sony invited the Cast of Dads on a really cool experience – a road trip from Boston driving a 2011 Ford Explorer down to New York International Auto Show. Unfortunately both Max and I were not able to attend, but Jeff, CC and Brad produced a ton of content from the excursion. I posted an article & video that they recorded “on the road” from the Ford Explorer…and the content continues to roll in. This article recaps some of the other video content captured by the Dads on the trip. For starters, Jeff, Brad …

Video Gaming – Ballerina Style!

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People play video games in all sorts of ways. And there are many gaming consoles and devices available to use for it. As a parent, it’s a fine line to walk when it comes to your kids playing video games. When the weather is nice, how do you pry them away from the game controllers and get outside and enjoy the fresh air? It’s easy when the weather is bad, but not when it is sunny and beautiful outside. And, not all games are really appropriate for kids. You have to watch out for the violent ones, and the ones …

Ford & Sony Bring “Cast of Dads” Members Together (Almost) – “Family Road Trips”

In Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Parenting, PodCast, Sony, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m encouraged that big brands out there are starting to listen. There is a difference between simply pushing your product traditionally, and using real voices, people and opinions to create stories around these products and brands. The first is a traditional method that frequently gets lost in the clutter of all of the other brand chatter out there, and the second is a way for brands to create compelling, unique content that is more approachable and realistic to the consumer. Recently, Sony and Ford invited all of the Cast of Dads members (CC Chapman, Brad Powell, Jeff Sass, Max Kalehoff …

Hang In There Sony…And Thanks for Your Continued Innovation

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Security, Sony, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It happens to the best of us. We plan for the worst, do all of our due diligence, prepare for the unexpected, test and re-test and cross our fingers a lot. But inevitably, there is always something that we didn’t think of. I could be talking about the recent Amazon Web Services outage or the napping by the Air Traffic Controllers, unfortunately, this time, it is regarding Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) security breach. Over the past few days, PSN has been down (bringing out complaints from my kids who are just DYING to get more community levels for Little Big …

Dads are Ready for Summer! Road Trips, Teen Celebrities, Music Madness, Spring Sports & More – Cast of Dads Podcast #41

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Family, Ford, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Humor, Intel, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Sony by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

The Dads are definitely getting back into the swing of things, finally able to get together to talk about the latest and greatest things happening to us and our families. Obviously, our opinions and advice fly like t-balls in the Spring but you have to listen to the Cast of Dads podcast #41 “Summer is Almost Upon Us” for all of our sagely advice. I just got back from a road trip down to LA (which I will write a bit more about the actual transportation later) where the highlight was not only visiting Disneyland, but also getting to visit …

Congrats Sony, You Have a Winner with the NEX-5 Digital Camera

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sony, Video by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

At CES 2011, I was introduced to a fantastic digital camera made by Sony. It’s the NEX-5 and while it is not exactly a Digital SLR camera (I did mistakenly call it that in my video below), it is perhaps the smallest digital camera that has a detachable and interchangeable lens. I have used a few small digital cameras in my time, but nothing to the level of the NEX-5. It’s feature packed, is a 14.2 megapixel camera that also films 1080/60i HD video. But it isn’t just the multi-function and the small form factor that made me really like …

No Longer a “CES virgin” – Thoughts After 2 Days at CES 2011: Tablets, TVs & Other Tech

In Audio, Auto, Cellular, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Review, Sony, Tablet, Video by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

In many ways, 2 days at CES 2011 (International Consumer Electronics Show) is not enough time to really absorb the show. I was only able to essentially pay only a few vendors any quality time, others were quick, short visits, and others were just walk throughs getting from one place to another. On the other hand, 2 days is completely exhausting. I found myself really enjoying returning to the peace and quiet of my hotel room and not be part of the human pinball game as I fought for position to view a tiny electronic gadget. But this was my …

HighTechDad’s 2010 Gadget Roundup & Gift Guide

In Apple, Auto, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software, Sony by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Better late than never I guess! Over the past year, I have tested out and reviewed a variety of gadgets and consumer electronic devices. Most of these were hand-picked for review purposes in that they are devices that, to me, looked really interesting and intriguing. Given that there are only a few days left for shopping, I realize that this post is a bit “last minute” (but so is my holiday shopping)! I have gone through all of my reviews from 2010 and picked out some of the items that I think should be included in my 2010 Gadget Roundup …

The Portable HD Video Recorder Smackdown (PART 2): Sony Bloggie vs Kodak Zi8

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sony, Video by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

Last year around this time, I posted a head-to-head review between the Flip Ultra HD and the Kodak Zi8. Little did I know that it would become such a popular video on YouTube (it currently has over 94,000 views!). So, given that success and because of several comments to me on that video, I have decided to do another head-to-head comparison between the Sony Bloggie and the Kodak Zi8. This time I thought I would lead off with the comparison video first and then move on to the specifics of each device. Also, much of the content of the Kodak …

The Sony Dash – Not Just a Fancy Clock Radio – An Internet Connected Appliance! (Sony Giveaway too!)

In Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Review, Sony by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

My wife now has a digital companion as she puts on her make-up or gets ready for the day in the bathroom. Carefully positioned on her makeup table is a small, digital screen that looks like a clock radio. But it is much more than that! The Sony Dash, formerly known as the “Chumby” is truly an Internet connected appliance or “personal Internet viewer” that can be placed just about anywhere in the home or office. (No, that’s NOT my wife’s make-up table below.) As I look at the screen of the Dash on my wife’s make-up table, some Facebook …