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By Jason Snell

Feed Sponsor: Automatic

One last time! This entire past month has basically been sponsored by Automatic. Thanks so much to them for their support of Six Colors.

Automatic is a Bluetooth-based device that attaches to the diagnostic port on most cars (every gas car made since 1996 has got one) and pairs with your phone. Automatic acts as a bridge between your car’s internal computer data and your phone—and of course your phone is connected to the Internet, making it all even more interesting.

The free Automatic mobile app, logs your trips and parking location so you never lose your car, explains what’s wrong if your “check engine” light comes on, and even detects when you’ve been in a crash and can call for help.

There’s even smart-device integration, so it can adjust your Nest thermostat as you arrive home, connect to Philips Hue lights, and use IFTTT to connect with Google Docs, Twitter, Evernote, and more.

Automatic normally costs $99.95, but readers of Six Colors get 20% off—just $80! Automatic ships in two business days for free, and there’s a 45-day return policy.

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