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It took automakers quite a long time to finally realize that consumers really adore having technology in their cars. Not just basic stuff like power windows and locks, but more advanced stuff like iPod support, Bluetooth calling and touchscreen navigation units. Chevrolet and Ford have both been pushing technology a lot over the past year or so, and Chevy in particular has been angling to hit that social networking sweet spot that attracts so much attention these days. The 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox are gearing up to be two of the more sophisticated rides of the new year, with Chevy's MyLink system at the forefront of that revolution. Coupled with OnStar (which can now read back Facebook updates),... Read more...
It's something that was once reserved for only the highest of the high-end home cinema setups, and the average Joe simply never considered wiring his home for whole home audio. But these days, as technology has improved, blossomed, and become cheaper and easier to install, having whole home audio isn't the chore that it once was. Largely due to improvements in wireless protocols as well as the explosion of handheld wireless devices (smartphones and tablets come to mind), Sonos has been able to exploit a growing niche. The company's forte is to put audio into every room and just about every device in your home, and this week they have announced that Sonos customers in the United States and Canada... Read more...
Parental checks are available almost anywhere; on the TV, online, on video game consoles, etc. But one place where there weren't really any safeguards in place was the radio. If you could turn the dial, you could listen in. In America, there are pretty strict guidelines as to what can and cannot be said on the air, but on satellite radio, some of those rules don't exactly apply. Sirius XM subscribers may know that there are quite a few stations on the dial that may not be kid-approved, and now Ford is taking a step towards giving parents a way to block stations they feel are inappropriate. Ford's MyKey feature is a pretty innovative one, and was actually first introduced a couple of years ago.... Read more...
The Google TV craze is just now getting started, and while Google is battling with NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX to enable users to view content via Google TV devices, other companies seems more than eager to do business with the search giant. Many companies are optimizing their apps and websites for use on Google TV; it's a great way to get users to experience something that they otherwise wouldn't bother to try. By getting into the Google TV spotlight, it enables Google TV users everywhere to hop in and get started with an app or content portal. And while Google TV is obviously focused on television, there are obviously other uses. Like radio! TuneIn Radio has already become extremely popular on Android... Read more...
Sirius XM hasn't announced new gear for years it seems like; early on, during the sat radio boom days, it felt like a new receiver was being introduced every week or so. Now, the company is helping the next generation of listeners find an easy way to tune in. The XM Snap! is meant to be portable and easy to install in any vehicle. As long as your car has a cigarette power adapter and an FM radio, you're set. The small Snap! tunes into Sirius XM broadcasts and then sends those signals to the car's stereo via FM. It uses an FM transmitter, and so you simply select an FM station that's open and let it send away. Other than that, details aren't too numerous, but we suppose that's the point. It's... Read more...
On one hand, it's just a clock, but on the other, it's one of the most connected and unique clocks we've ever seen. Grace Digital Audio, a relative unknown in the grand scheme of things, is showing the big boys a thing or two about design and feature sets with the new Allegro Portable Wireless Radio & Streamer.Designed to serve two primary purposes (an alarm clock + a Wi-Fi radio), this simplistic black box not only tells the time, but also streams in your favorite Pandora stations. Specs wise, it has an 8-watt Class D amplifier, a built-in battery, the ability to be powered from six AA batteries, and access to over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts.... Read more...
Belkin has been doing quite well in the iPod and iPhone accessory market, and today's announcement should be music to the ears of those who don't feel like installing any kind of sophisticated iPod adapter into their automobile. Sure, many new vehicles have iPod support from the factory, but older models were never designed to handle Steve's most popular products ever.The TuneCase Auto LIVE is one of the most elegant FM Transmitter solutions that we've seen to date for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, as it actually uses the phone's GPS module in order to locate where you are and track down the most open radio frequency available to you. Anyone who has used an FM Transmitter will know that finding... Read more...
Just a few years back, car stereos were fairly lackluster from the factory. To get any sort of serious audio within the automobile, you had to turn to complicated aftermarket installs. At some point between then and now, automakers have seemingly figured out that consumers are demanding more right from the showroom floor, and with Ford integrating SYNC into nearly every car it makes, General Motors had to step up and do something.That something is Pause and Play, which is a unique new feature that is built into the High Navigation Radio in the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX as well as the Cadillac CTS Jukebox and Navigation radio. Basically, the feature allows... Read more...
It's pretty amazing to step back and take a look at just how big of an impact Apple and the iPod has had on the automotive industry. At first glance, you'd assume that the portable media player market and the auto sales market have little, if anything, in common, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.Nearly anyone looking for a new automobile today will ask the dealership if the vehicle they are interested in has support for an iPod or MP3 player, and if it doesn't, it's a big turn-off. Even lower-end cars are learning to support the prolific device, and Ford understands this well. In order to better capitalize on the iPod demand, the company has just announced that it will become the first... Read more...
To say that the iPod has revolutionized the stereo world would be understating things rather dramatically. Take Yamaha's MCR-410 for instance, which is a new micro stereo system that not only features a dock connecting port on the top, but also has the capability to connect with an iPod without cords. For all the things that the iPod is, it's not really a player to think of when you want a wireless solution. Yamaha's using its own proprietary yAired technology to change that, and the solution looks pretty darn elegant. The MCR-410 looks somewhat vintage in its styling, but it's actually fairly well appointed. It boasts a CD player, iPod dock, FM/AM radio tuner and mini jack inputs. There's a... Read more...
HD Radio has been around in the United States for a few years now, but it is still struggling to gain mass adoption. Part of that has to do with the general decline of radio listening in general, as more and more individuals turn to their portable media players, iTunes accounts and subscription services. That said, one of HD Radio's biggest hurdles has been breaking into the handheld market; it's one thing to get HD Radio equipment installed in homes and cars, but getting it into hands that walk down streets is another.Today, HD Radio is landing on two of the most popular handheld media devices of all time: the iPod touch and iPhone. There are certainly other options for getting HD Radio on-the-go,... Read more...
For true music lovers, Logitech's Squeezebox line is one they're very familiar with. The company's latest offerings in the line are some of the best yet, with the Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player and Squeezebox Touch giving owners simple, intuitive access to a wide variety of music choices including free Internet radio, personal digital music files and music subscription services. In other words, each of these should provide you with access to any kind of jam you could possible need to groove to, all through over-the-air Wi-Fi networks that are already easy to locate. Think of these as "connected radios." You just plug it in, turn it on and connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Once you're online,... Read more...
It's still a little funny to think that Sirius and XM Radio are now one, and honestly, it's funny to think the company is still hanging around. After being recently bailed out by Liberty Media and getting an iPhone app into the approval queue, the company is taking things one step further by introducing its SkyDock mounting system. Essentially, the $120 XM SkyDock converts one's iPhone or iPod touch into an actual satellite radio receiver, and it gets power from your automobile's cigarette adapter. The device sounds a little pricey, but the features are certainly nice. For example, users can easily flag songs that play in order to purchase them later on iTunes. Needless to say, the move is being... Read more...
It may not be the first portable HD Radio player announced (that honor would arguably go to Microsoft's not-yet-available Zune HD), but it certainly is the first portable HD Radio player that you can purchase. Starting today, gym rats and portable music lovers alike can finally get their taste of HD Radio on the go with the Insignia NS-HD01. On sale exclusively at Best Buy, the "first ever portable HD Radio" gives users the ability to hear crystal clear, supercharged FM radio for free, and there's even a full-color LCD to help them navigate the menus and channels. As expected, there's a built-in, rechargeable battery, an armband and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. There's also room for up to... Read more...
Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 hasn't even hit the scene yet, and already Belkin is introducing a product that'll take full advantage of the new functionality. We're not trying to read too far between the lines, but maybe Belkin knows a thing or two about Monday (WWDC) that we don't? At any rate, the new TuneCast Auto Live FM transmitter improves upon past designed by utilizing a new ClearScan Live software application, which enables iPod touch and iPhone owners to find a clear FM channel more easily. For those that have tried these devices in the past, particularly in large cities, you'll know that finding a clear channel for operating is next to impossible. Belkin's hoping to change all that with its... Read more...
It's happening everywhere, really. Movie set-top boxes around the world are growing functionality at an alarming rate. Boxee has arrived on the Apple TV. Amazon Video on Demand is on Roku. And now, Pandora -- the world's most loved internet radio source, unscientifically speaking -- is on Vudu.Aside from boasting one of the largest high definition VOD lineups in the industry, Vudu can now provide its users with the smooth streaming sounds of Pandora -- and for free, of course. The music application is the first of its kind on Vudu's Rich Internet Application platform, and it's joining YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and a selection of over 120 channels of web based video content available to Vudu owners.... Read more...
It's kind of funny, really. Not even a month ago, we didn't know if Sirius would actually be a company come mid-March. Now, we're looking at an outfit with real potential for growth and success. Interesting how a perfect suitor and a good move to partner with a hot-as-fire device can change things, huh?We've heard that Liberty Media (DirecTV's parent company) is already looking at the viability of Sirius XM-DirecTV bundles, which would presumably give DirecTVSirius XM subscription for a nominal fee. And considering just how many DirecTV subscribers are already out there and pleased as punch with their service, you can see that Sirius has a huge opportunity to expand its reach. As if that wasn't... Read more...
Talk about cutting it close. Just as many pundits were expecting the recently united Sirius XM to file for bankruptcy today as it stared down a huge loan payment, John Malone's Liberty Media has swooped in to save the day. The company, which just so happens to be the parent of DirecTV, has signed a last minute agreement that will prevent the satellite radio company from having to file for Chapter 11.As part of the deal, Liberty's chairman (John Malone; pictured) and chief executive (Greg Maffei) are expected to join Sirius's board of directors, and after a pledge of $530 million, we can't say we blame them for wanting a say in things. The investment won't all arrive at once, with "just" $280... Read more...
All those blank spots in the broadband spectrum where no signals are being broadcast are known as white spaces. They're all over the place and all kinds of providers want to take advantage of them.So seven major tech companies — Comsearch, Dell, Google, HP, Microsoft, Motorola and NeuStar — have joined together to basically catalog all these white spots. The Federal Communications Commission in November said unlicensed devices could use those white spaces; this database will be a mandatory checkpoint for those devices to ensure they don't interfere with TV signals.The administration of the database will be "open and non-exclusive," meaning they're not going to be the only ones that can access... Read more...
The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), recently demonstrated a number of techniques for listening in on the electromagnetic emanations coming from wired keyboards and interpreting that information into the actual keystrokes pressed. The two researchers, Martin Vuagnoux and Sylvain Pasini, tested four different versions of this technique on 11 different wired keyboards with PS/2 and USB connections, as well as with... Read more...
It appears that Radiohead's experiment of selling their music for whatever price people wanted to pay for it (including nothing) has come to an end.  It's not entirely surprising as we reported that the band not exactly raking in the money on a per-sale basis, but there were still tons of people pirating out there.  Yes, people were indeed essentially stealing something they could have legitimately downloaded for free.  Even more surprising was that pirating the potentially free album may have been more popular that downloading it legitimately for free.While we're not entirely sure how much money was made in all, it at least got them some headlines.  Perhaps that was the plan... Read more...
Given a choice, pay or don't pay?  Which would you choose?  Or would you at least give a token amount?  That's the question asked by a study by comScore. Of those who downloaded Radiohead's digital album, In Rainbows last month, about 62 percent walked away with the music without paying a cent, reported ComScore, an Internet research company. About 17 percent plunked down between a penny and $4, far below the $12 and $15 retail price of a CD. The next largest group (12 percent) was willing to pay between $8 and $12--the cost of most albums at Apple's iTunes is $9.99. They were followed by the 6 percent who paid between $4.01 and $8 and 4 percent coughed up between $12 and $20.... Read more...
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