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Pioneer AVIC-F car entertainment – voice recognition, Bluetooth & XM radio

Pioneer AVIC-F car entertainment – voice recognition, Bluetooth & XM radio

Pioneer have released a number of high-end in-car entertainment systems for their AVIC-F range.  The three models - AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and Premier branded AVIC-F90BT - all feature XM and satellite radio compatibility, Bluetooth with conversational voice recognition that can be used to control navigation, voice control of a connected iPod and a 5.8-inch WVGA touchscreen.  The latter two models also have DVD playback and a built-in MSN Direct tuner.

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SportsCast wireless scoreboard and stats page for football

SportsCast wireless scoreboard and stats page for football

It doesn’t use the radio, the TV, or the Internet to get you your football scores, nope, it connects directly to a satellite. It runs on batteries too, so if you lose power and can’t check the radio, TV, or your computer for the scores, this thing has your back.

You are going to have to be pretty addicted to football to buy one of these though. First the display is really bland, it manages to relay all the pertinent information, but its pretty boring.

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Sirius Stiletto 2

Sirius Stiletto 2

Sirius recently unveiled their latest iteration of their portable satellite radios, the Stiletto 2. The best part is it’s smaller and lighter than the original Stiletto.

So normally a decrease in size isn’t enough to warrant and entirely new product, so what features came with the diet? Enhanced WiFi is the first, then there is a new microSD card slot and better library management.

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Pioneer’s latest satellite radio PMP reviewed

Pioneer’s latest satellite radio PMP reviewed

Subscription radio is not something that's taken off over here in the UK, but if you're in the US then there's plenty of choice if you don't like free-to-air FM or tire easily of what's on your PMP.  The Gadgeteer's Rob Tillotson has been trying out a chunky little XM receiver made by Pioneer, the inno, and has found that if you're looking for a compromise between rocking your own tunes and sampling a bit of the mobile XM life then the portable device might be for you.

 

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Sirius Stiletto – judged to be a p.o.s.

Sirius Stiletto – judged to be a p.o.s.

Yikes, and it was all going, well, not too bad for the Sirius Stiletto - the hotly anticipated satellite radio DAP that promised so much and yet, as Travis Hudson found out, delivers very little.  His quibbles?  Zero indoor and patchy outdoor reception, the ergonomics of a brick (and not a pleasant brick, no, the nasty kind), slow WiFi (the Stiletto uses 'b') and a limited number of internet radio channels to choose from, oh, and the headphones (which have the aerial built-in, so you can't change them) are uncomfortable and look dorky.  All in all, not a great showing.

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Delphi SkyFi3 release date set – December 1st

Delphi SkyFi3 release date set – December 1st

Recently seen in adverts but subsequently yanked, the Delphi SkyFi3 is a pretty little slice of satellite radio playing goodness, 65% smaller than previous SkyFi models and boasting 30 minutes of live radio rewinding, built-in storage for up to 10 hours of XM content and a Micro SD slot for storing mp3/WMA/WAV files.  Sadly the battery lasts just eight hours, meaning you won't even have time to play back all that stored content, never mind get started on your mp3 collection!

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