FM Transmitter

Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has brought a previously hidden iPhone feature to light. Almost all smartphones have an FM receiver chip built into their hardware. It's actually the same chip that is used for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. In the iPhone 6, it's the Murata 339S0228, and the FM utility is completely switched off. According to the NAB, the FM chip could be an invaluable feature for the public to utilize in an emergency situation, especially considering how cellular and data networks can become overloaded in the case of an emergency.

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TuneLink Auto for Android devices ships

TuneLink Auto for Android devices ships

A few days before Christmas, we heard that the TuneLink Auto for Android smartphones was coming in the middle of January. The company that makes the TuneLink Auto is called New Potato Technologies and it missed that mid-January ship date for unknown reasons.

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TuneLink Auto for Android offers wireless tunes in your car coming soon

TuneLink Auto for Android offers wireless tunes in your car coming soon

The number of FM transmitters on the market for smartphones like the iPhone and Android devices is massive. If you use an Android phone and want a solution that will allow you to get the tracks from your phone onto the stereo system in your car with no wires TuneLink Auto for Android will do the deed come mid-January.

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iKit unveils cool FM transmitter for iPod/iPhone with touchscreen

iKit unveils cool FM transmitter for iPod/iPhone with touchscreen

The iPhone and iPod touch have touchscreens and the products have become some of the most popular gadgets on the market thanks in part to those touchscreens. If you have an iPod or iPhone and you want to be able to shoot your tunes over to the car stereo wirelessly and charge your device at the same time iKit has a new FM transmitter for you.

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Sirius XM’s XM Snap satellite radio with FM transmitter hits FCC

Sirius XM’s XM Snap satellite radio with FM transmitter hits FCC

A new Sirius XM device, the XM Snap, has shown up at the FCC.  According to the test report, the XM Snap is a digital satellite receiver for in-vehicle use, complete with "a transmitter operating in the 88 - 108 MHz FM band. The XM Snap supplies the incoming satellite digital audio signal to the vehicle's radio via wired connection (Audio cable, FM Direct, or Cassette Adapter) or wireless FM transmission (Power Connect or FEA)."

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Belkin TuneCast Auto Live ships in North America

Belkin TuneCast Auto Live ships in North America

Many newer cars over the last few years have started to include auxiliary inputs that will allows you to plug your MP3 player into the radio directly to listen to your digital tracks on the road. However, there are still a lot of cars on the road that do not have this feature.

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VIA NetNote “mashups” unveiled: 1080p HD capable ultraportables

VIA NetNote “mashups” unveiled: 1080p HD capable ultraportables

VIA have announced their latest ultraportable reference design, the NetNote, which the company describes as "a mashup between the netbook and the traditional notebook."  Based on VIA's Surfboard mainboards, using either VIA C7-M or Nano CPUs, the NetNotes will have screens ranging from 10.2-inches to 12.1-inches and play back Full HD 1080p video.

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iPod touch 3G teardown: space for camera, WiFi ‘n’ & FM chip found

iPod touch 3G teardown: space for camera, WiFi ‘n’ & FM chip found

Consider us surprised that, while we expected the most interest out of the iPod nano 5G teardown, in actual fact it's Apple's updated third-gen iPod touch the guts of which that are prompting the most intrigue.  iFixit have been doing their usual job of stripping the new PMP down to its constituent parts, and in the process they've discovered not only a space where a nano-style video camera would fit perfectly, but signs of faster networking too.

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Archos Android MIDs A5S and A5H revealed in FCC filing

Archos Android MIDs A5S and A5H revealed in FCC filing

Archos' upcoming Android MID has been prematurely outed by the FCC, ahead of its expected launch on September 15th.  The Archos A5S (model 7501) Internet Media Tablet - a second, sibling device, the A5H (model 7502) was also mentioned in the user guide - bears a strong resemblance to the company's existing Archos 5, has a 5-inch (or possibly 4.8-inch) touchscreen display and includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an FM transmitter/receiver.

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LG BL40 21:9 touchscreen phone shows up in wild

LG BL40 21:9 touchscreen phone shows up in wild

Photos seemingly showing LG's BL40, the company's upcoming Black Label touchscreen featurephone as teased in this video, have emerged.  According to the photographer, who did not reveal where he took the images, the BL40 does indeed have a 21:9 aspect display with 800 x 345 resolution, and running the existing S-Class 3D UI.

More photos, plus a second version of the device, after the cut

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Next-Gen iPhone coming July 17th?

Next-Gen iPhone coming July 17th?

A source said to be "closely connected to Apple's hardware development team" has disclosed a list of specifications and changes said to apply to the next generation Apple iPhone, together with a release date.  According to their information, the new iPhone will arrive on July 17th, and double the capacity of the current iPhone 3G to 16GB and 32GB while maintaining the same price-points.  Meanwhile the camera will get a bump from 2-megapixels to 3.2-megapixels, and the screen will switch from LCD to OLED.

Full list of rumored changes after the cut

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WiFi ‘n’ & FM transmitter in next-gen iPhone

WiFi ‘n’ & FM transmitter in next-gen iPhone

According to the latest build of the iPhone firmware 3.0, the next-gen iPhone - known as iPhone 3.1 in the documentation - will use Broadcom's BCM4329 chipset, bringing with it the potential of improved WiFi performance and radio functionality.  The BCM4329 adds support for WiFi draft-n, together with power saving features and not just an FM receiver but a transmitter also.

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