Mercedes-Benz has announced a new media interface for some of its new vehicles that will allow the driver or passenger to connect a smartphone to the car to stream content from the phone to the vehicle audio and entertainment system. The interface is called the Media Interface Plus or MIP.
If you are a big music fan or know someone who is, you might be familiar with Pandora radio. The radio service is a streaming offering that allows the listener to customize their own service with the sort of music that they like rather than just listening to whatever is playing.
The open-source Pandora games handheld project continues, with the latest milestone on the way to actual, shipping products being two "mass production" units with painted cases. Posted by project member Craigix, while the first photo (there's another after the cut) might not make it completely clear, the Pandora on the left has been finished in black and the model on the right is in grey.
With WiFi digital media streamers getting cheaper and cheaper, if you want to charge a premium price then your device needs to offer something out of the ordinary. Grace Digital Audio reckons their Allegro portable WiFi radio/streamer ticks that box by virtue of its sound quality; the Allegro packs a Class D 8 watt digital amplifier, outputting via a single speaker, and can be run off of mains, regular or rechargeable batteries.
As well as over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs and over 35,000 podcasts, the Allegro can access Pandora for streaming audio. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a stereo speaker jack, and you can control Pandora's thumbs up/thumbs down rating system directly from the mediaplayer itself. The company also offers a free iPhone remote control app.
It's taken a while, but the Pandora open-source handheld has finally been given the production green-light. After many months of prototypes and design tinkering, according to the project forum the team have given the go-ahead to their Chinese production partners to begin the initial run.
Vudu (of Vudu Box fame) introduced Vudu Apps today, a platform delivering hundreds of internet applications and services to HDTVs by Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp, and Toshiba. Toshiba will also integrate Vudu Apps in to their line of internet-capable Blu-Ray players.
Streaming music provider Pandora have set their sights on in-car use, according to the company's chief technology officer, Tom Conrad. Speaking at the SF Music Tech Summit, Conrad revealed that around half of Pandora's current users are believed to be using DIY ways to play their music while in the car; with that in mind, the company is working with car manufacturers, including Ford, to develop hands-free controls that would work either via a wired or wireless link.
Android users in Europe are still reeling from the launch of Spotify on the platform, but now there's a musical sop for their US cousins. Pandora have released their eponymous personalized radio station application for the Google open-source platform, supporting the creation of custom playlists, rating of individual tracks and streaming over cellular or WiFi connections.
Meanwhile Android owners on both sides of the pond have a new native Facebook app to play with, offering access to comments, statuses, news and wall posts. While not yet being given the Facebook "official" stamp of approval, word is that the developer is in the Facebook employer network, so this looks to be as official as things get for the moment.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has announced today that they've begun to ship their VUDU Integrated, 1080p Flat Panel LCD TVs today, all of which incorporate their Diamond models of Unisen Immersive Sound. These TVs will provide the ability for the customer to seamlessly deliver high definition (HD) movies and television shows to their sets on demand, whenever they want.
We've seen it run Quake at 60fps, now it's time for the latest shots of the open-source Pandora handheld gaming console. Bearing the mark of the latest design refresh, only now in-the-plastic, the console is certainly looking more professional, and that will only increase once they reach the large-scale production line rather than these one-offs.