Pioneer announced five existing in-dashboard consoles will be receiving a firmware upgrade that adds Apple CarPlay functionality. All five units are part of the NEX line and are currently available from Amazon.
Pioneer’s new $599 AppRadio2, a smart, 7-inch capacitive touch display radio supports both iOS and Android phones. It includes an external GPS, rear-camera input, and of course, smartphones with compatible apps. Looks like a great way to get Pandora, Waze, or Rdio integrated with your car!
Almost every car stereo available today has some way to connect to your Apple devices, but Pioneer is looking at even tighter integration with Apple’s iOS devices through custom-built apps that leverage services like Pandora. Here are my impressions of one such stereo.
At least one company is taking the hardware integration features of iPhone OS 3.0 seriously. Pioneer, which announced A/V home theater receivers with some serious iPhone connectivity in June, has just revealed an iPhone app (iTunes link) designed to integrate with two of its brand new in-dash navigation units.
While the iPhone app doesn’t provide iPod control without a hardware cable connection, it does allow you to search for points of interest or trip destinations on the iPhone, which then communicates said information to the navigation unit. Basically, it’s like having an advanced, user-friendly remote for your GPS unit instead of having to fumble with clumsy on-device controls. Read More about New Pioneer In-Dash Nav Units Get Hardware Specific iPhone App
DTV Update: Obama signs bill that delays the digital TV switch till June 12. (The LA Times); FCC prevents 123 stations from going all-digital on Feb. 17 (previous coverage), 368 stations will do so. (Broadcasting & Cable)
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Pioneer Cutting 10,000 Jobs; layoffs will be global, company also getting out of the plasma TV biz. (The New York Times)
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NBC Says Video Piracy is “Under Control;” peacock’s general counsel credits enforcement action and new technology. (Contentinople)
Funny or Die Presenting World Premiere at LA Comedy Fest; site will debut its first web movie Don Dolmes, the Smallest C*ck in Porn. (The Hollywood Reporter)
CNBC Links Up With LinkedIn; the cable news channel will incorporate community-generated content such as survey results and on-air Q&As into its coverage. (LinkedIn)
Abu Dhabi Media Company to Shell Out $1 Billion for Films, Digital Content; Middle Eastern media conglomerate to produce content for global and Arabic-language markets. (Digital Media Wire)
Whrrl Creates Mobile Entourage Campaign; the GPS-based social networking service provides commentary on the real clubs and restaurants visited by the characters. (release)
Blank Slate Microseries Debuts Sept. 9; Dean Devlin (Independence Day)-produced show will integrate Acura cars and air in commercial pods on TNT and on broadband. (release)
Sony, Pioneer Introduce Pricey Blu-Ray Players; instead of cutting prices, consumer electronics companies up the ante: Sony’s will set you back $2,000, Pioneer’s comes in at $2,200. (VideoBusiness)
OverlayTV adds features; monetization, video-in-video and Twitter integration among the new features. (release)
SyncTV is a new company spun off from electronics company Pioneer, and is says it is trying a slightly novel tactic: it is offering a la car…