The 2012 Infiniti QX56 – A Luxurious SUV with Some Pretty Cool Tech

In Auto, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael Sheehan6 Comments

When I drive my 13 year old car, I realize that it is only (barely) good for getting from point A to point B. There is nothing fun about driving it. It’s falling apart, has no performance, and really isn’t good for anything other than being a transportation device. New car owners should feel really lucky, especially if they have a car that has some of the new technology built into it. I’m talking about things like voice commands, adaptive cruise control and other nice little nuances that make driving more of an experience and less of a chore. So …

“I Know I’m Going to Get a Speeding Ticket” – Review of the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

In Auto, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Reviewby Michael Sheehan1 Comment

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of doing a parade lap in the Cadillac CTS-V station wagon at Infineon raceway. As I drove around the speedway, I made a mental note to myself – I MUST drive a CTS-V on the streets. My dream came true last week as I was able to spend 5 days behind the wheel of the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V coupe. And, to cap it off, I got to drive the 6-speed manual transmission to make my driving experience even more interesting. Before I took the delivery of the CTS-V, I read up on …

Review of the 2012 Buick Regal GS – Definitely NOT your Grandpa’s Sedan

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For some reason, Buick’s seem to have this odd stereotype of being a car that your grandparents cruise around in with the left blinker permanently on. They were lackluster and pretty conservative. The 2012 Buick Regal GS runs over that stereotype in all of its 270 horsepower, 6-speed manual, Brembo brakes, curvy lines glory, making this non-grandfather want to hold up a sign stating – “Buick’s are not for grandpas any more!” as I hurtle down the road. Buick has definitely come a long way from its conservative sedans and while the Regal GS is technically a sedan, it definitely …

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, Videoby 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 …

The “Power” Behind the New 2013 Ford Escape

In Auto, Ford, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Ford folks at a San Francisco 49er game. There I got to see a preview of the new 2013 Ford Escape, which is billed as a “smart utility vehicle.” I didn’t actually get to test drive it, but I did have a chance to test out a new, innovative feature that I’m sure will prove to be a “life-saver” for parents and adults who frequently have to lug groceries or bags and load them into the hatch. Ford has introduced the first “hands-free” lift gate which allows the …

A Quest for the Holidays – The 2012 Nissan Quest

In Auto, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I sit in a darkened cafe. About a block away, packs of people are streaming into the San Francisco Opera House as part of a holiday tradition that goes back decades. Dressed up with kids in tow, they are off to see the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. I have seen the Nutcracker ever since I was a small child. It was an event that symbolized the holidays for me. Now, it has a different meaning altogether for me, and this year, there has been a car that has really made the difference for me and my family – the 2012 …

A Street Rocket with Class – 2011 Infiniti G37 Journey Coupe with Sport Package

In Auto, General, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

The automobiles that I have been testing over the past few years were very much oriented toward families of 5 or more people (which is how many there are in my family). Typically these are SUVs or Crossovers, and many have 3 rows of seats. Let’s face it, if you have a larger family, you need more space, for warm bodies as well as for stuff (e.g., toys, luggage, car seats, groceries…you get the idea). While a lot of these SUVs or Crossovers are extremely comfortable verging on luxurious, I have been dying to try something just a bit more …

How Ford is Saving Teenage Lives, One Person at a Time – “Driving Skills for Life”

In Auto, Event, Ford, General, Parenting, Safety, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m scared. In 1 year, I will have a teenager. In 4 years, I will have a teenage driver. And I have two more daughters after that. Just writing the past few sentences has given me a few more grey hairs. While automobile safety has improved dramatically over the past few years, so have distractions. It’s a leapfrog race to keep drivers safe as gadgets and other things around vie for attention. How many cars have you seen with drivers chatting away on the phone, or worse yet, texting. Taking your eyes off of the road just to read a …

A Day at the Races with Cadillac – Driving the CTS-V Wagon Around the Infineon Raceway

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I have been to two auto races in my life, one down in Long Beach (for the Long Beach Grand Prix) and this past weekend one at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA (for the Sonoma Grand Prix). And with each race, I have been really lucky. Down in Long Beach, the buddy who took me managed to get Pit Passes which meant that we could wander around the race wherever we wanted. And at the Sonoma races, I was treated to a great time AND ride courtesy of Cadillac. Cadillac has recently re-entered into the racing circuit and as a …

100+ Voices Unhappy About Honda Clear Coat Paint Peel Defect & Honda’s Ambivalence

In Auto, General, Opinionby Michael Sheehan

I normally don’t like complaining about companies or their products. Sure, all things that we purchase have issues or will have problems over time. But when it comes to expensive purchases and when there seems to be a commonality among the types of issues, I feel that there is a requirement to say something about it publicly, either to simply raise awareness or as a public service. And that is exactly what I did regarding the issue that I have with my 1998 Honda Accord and the clear coat peeling off of it. And before I put paper to pen …

“ESV” Really Stands for “Entertainment System Vehicle” – 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Edition

In Audio, Auto, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

There seems to be some confusion about what the ESV means in the name Cadillac Escalade ESV. Some people on the Cadillac forums have said “Escalade Stretch Vehicle” or “Extended Service Vehicle.” I actually think that it means “Entertainment System Vehicle” or at least that is what I would call the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Edition. My family and I spent a week up at Lake Tahoe using the Escalade and I must say that we have never had a quieter drive up and back. That is quite a blessing for any parents who have gone out on road …

Cloud Computing in Cars? Extending Powerful Compute Cycles to your Phone via the Cloud? Intel Knows How!

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Ford, General, Hardware, Intel, Mobile, Opinion, Tech News, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m always “in the cloud” with my day job as Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, and all of the rest of the time, I’m working on the HighTechDad side of my life (parenting and technology). Yeah, I sleep once and a while as well. Sometimes, both of these jobs intermingle and that intersection is cloud computing. I first started talking about the cloud over 3.5 years ago as I helped launch GoGrid’s Cloud Infrastructure service; now, working for one of the global leaders in cloud technology, I’m seeing how clouds are moving beyond simply infrastructure and into our daily lives. We …

My Kids & I Have Fun with the “Cool” Features of the Lincoln MKT

In Auto, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Hardware, Review, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Over the Father’s Day weekend, my kids and I had some fun with the 2011 Lincoln MKT AWD crossover. In the past, with other autos like the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKX, I approached my articles about these vehicles with more of a “reviewer’s perspective.” This time, I just thought that I would let me kids “drive”…well, not the car itself, but the review. An important thing about any type of product is making sure that it appeals to many audiences. When I approach product reviews on HighTechDad.com, I look at the product from the perspective of integrating it …

Hey, No Messaging While Driving, Unless It’s Your Car Doing It – Ford Safety Technology Preview

In Auto, Event, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Safety, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Last week, Robert Scoble (Scobleizer.com), Mark Hachman (PCMag.com) Xavier Lanier (Notebooks.com & GottaBeMobile.com ) and I squished into a Ford Explorer to get a preview of some new safety technology that Ford and other auto manufacturers are starting to develop. With this new tech, appropriately outfitted cars actually “talk” to each other, many times a second, sending information about speed, proximity, location and other data points, creating what amounts to a 360 bubble of communication around the car. Cool right? Well, the even cooler thing is that Ford isn’t the only manufacturer working on this technology, pretty much all of …

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

In Audio, Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Sony, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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 …