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Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

The folks at Pioneer know exactly what it takes to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to in-car personalization. Not just in the way of making your seat warm when it's winter time - that's kids stuff. Here, at CES 2016, we've gotten the opportunity to have a look and feel at and with Pioneer's full collection of in-car goodies, culminating in a smart car system that provides custom tuned sounds, sights, and even smells for you personally.

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Pioneer XDP-100R is another hi-res portable music player

Pioneer XDP-100R is another hi-res portable music player

Consumer electronics company Pioneer wants to take on the Walkman, even after the venerable Sony brand is itself trying to get back its footing in the market now almost obsoleted by smarpthones. It has just announced the upcoming availability of its XDP-100R, a standalone Portable Music Player or PMP. And like many PMPs that are trying to view for attention in a smartphone-obsessed world, like Neil Young's Pono or the most recent generation of Sony's Walkman, the XDP-100R is trying to sell the idea of high resolution audio as its killer feature.

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Android Auto hits the road as Pioneer upgrade options

Android Auto hits the road as Pioneer upgrade options

Android Auto might be a tough thing to find on the dashboard of most modern cars, but the first aftermarket upgrades are finally hitting shelves. Pioneer has the first replacement head-units supporting Android Auto (and, for that matter, Apple's CarPlay), with sales beginning in the US, UK, and Australia. Compatible with Android 5.0 devices, the system takes the regular Android interface and reworks it for use while driving, pushing services like Google Maps and Google Now to the fore with bigger buttons and speech recognition.

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Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer has added to its already expansive lineup with the new HRM-7 studio headphones, a pair that is intended for use both in private studios and in general usage, skewing more toward the discerning and audiophile users out there. Pioneer has packed a few notable features into the cans, which -- as far as construction goes -- set their focus on comfort via the use of hybrid memory form ear pads. The comfort allows for long listening sessions without discomfort, while the audio features provide a high-quality listening experience.

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CES Day 2: Dell drops bombs, Simplicam knows who you are

CES Day 2: Dell drops bombs, Simplicam knows who you are

CES, day two! After the opening day fireworks, things have mostly calmed down — but there were some big surprises today, too. If anything, today can be considered Dell-day at CES, with their unveiling of a series of high-end products that actually made us take a step back. From tablets to laptops down to displays, Dell took the cake on day two, but they had company. Toshiba showed up to unveil some new products, and we even got news of some incoming Android Auto and CarPlay receivers.

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Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Today at CES, Pioneer and Kenwood both released some interesting new products aimed at getting your car up-to-date. Both announced in-dash receivers meant to bring you into the Android Auto and/or CarPlay future. Both receivers will support both new automotive initiatives from Apple and Google, making it easier than ever to go OS-agnostic. What isn’t easy is the price tag. Though Kenwood hasn’t yet announced pricing for their unit, the Pioneer receiver will cost at least $700.

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Pioneer XDJ-1000 employs large touch screen for future DJs

Pioneer XDJ-1000 employs large touch screen for future DJs

A large touchscreen above a disk-sized wheel depicts the future of DJ stations in the XDJ-1000. So says Pioneer. So says the company that today will bring on features like PRO DJ Link, rekordbox compatibility, and of course, Wi-fi. What good is a turntable device without a connection to the internet? You'll be able to access the full collection of features through the 7-inch screen - full color and ready to roll with features like Beat Sync, Beat Jump/Loop Move, and Hot Cue.

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Apple CarPlay available for Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Apple CarPlay available for Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Pioneer has announced that its cool line of NEX in-dash receivers have a new trick with a firmware update available for the series that brings support for Apple CarPlay. Aftermarket audio manufacturers aren't the only companies that will be supporting CarPlay, a list of automakers who will be installing CarPlay from the factory was unveiled in July.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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Pioneer Apple CarPlay integration begins this summer

Pioneer Apple CarPlay integration begins this summer

Supposing you’ve already gotten an in-dash receiver this year - inside 2014, that is - and you bought it from Pioneer, you’re in for an Apple-flavored treat. The company has suggested that each of the five units they’ve released in the year 2014 will be upgraded to Apple CarPlay in early summer, 2014. This means soon, and very soon.

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