Tag: iPhone

Show Off Your Car with Carshow Headrests

Are you a cool person with a cool car? Do you want to be a cool person with a cool car? Well now you can! With the all new Carshow factory matched headrest monitors you can let everyone on the block know that their rear seat entertainment system is inferior and really turn some heads.

So what makes the Carshow systems so much better? First and foremost, it’s the quality. The fine folks over at Carshow spent some serious time painstakingly researching the exact color match from car manufacturers to make sure your system looks like it came installed from the factory. While most headrest manufacturers only make a few colors, back, grays and tan, Carshow has EVERY color and they even use the same stitching patterns that are in your vehicle. How’s that for quality and care?

Seriously, it just doesn't make any sense...

So now here’s the thing, let’s say you have a couple kids who can’t ever agree on what they want to watch. One wants to watch My Little Pony, the other wants to watch Justice League so what do you do? Compromise with Spongebob? Na, let them watch their own show. With the Carshow monitors, you can either share the same media or you can watch two separate things on each monitor. One could even listen to music while the other watches a movie. How cool is that?

Carshow understands that not everyone needs the same thing so they made 4 different models for you to choose from. They have a Dual Monitor Only system which do NOT have a built-in DVD player, a Single DVD player system, a Dual DVD player system and a Single DVD player system with an iPod/iPhone docking station. It’ll even interface with your Android Smartphone through the USB port. Boo-ya.

You could go spend your money on an inferior product that won’t perfectly match your interior and is going to lead to battles of epic proportions between who gets to watch what…

OR…

You can treat yourself to something nice that you know is going to last and look great while providing more features than you can shake a stick at. Go ahead and try to shake a stick at all the cool things it does.

At the end of the day you have to ask yourself’ “Do I want to be a cool person with a cool car with exquisite taste who only wants the best for their car, or am I going to settle for less?”

We think we know which one you’ll chose.


 

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How to Use MediaBridge with Siri Integration

Audiovox and Dice are pleased to announce that their MediaBridge 1500 line of products now has Siri Vehicle Integration. Siri commands iPhones to choose music content, place phone calls, find directions, and many other useful actions. Speak to Siri as if she were your personal assistant! MediaBridge with Siri Integration improves driver safety plus adds fun and convenient features. Kits are available for many different makes, from BMW  to Toyota.

HOW TO USE SIRI WITH THE MediaBridge 1500

For Siri to work with the MediaBridge 1500, your iPhone must be connected via Bluetooth to your MediaBridge 1500. Siri can control music played via Bluetooth streaming or through the MediaBridge 1500 USB dock connector. VW/Audi SAT and BMW MediaBridge 1500 users press the Voice Dial button on the steering wheel to summon Siri. All other MediaBridge 1500 users press the radio Scan button to summon Siri. After you hear the familiar chime, your spoken commands will be received through MediaBridge 1500 microphone.

Music playback can be sent to different paths on the MediaBridge 1500. To hear music in USB/iPod MediaBridge 1500 mode, select the Dock Connector option on the Airplay button in the iPhone Music app. To hear music via MediaBridge 1500 Bluetooth streaming, select the MEDIABRIDGE option on the Airplay button in the iPhone Music app.

MUSIC PLAYBACK COMMANDS

When Siri is used with Audiovox MediaBridge 1500, a person has complete control over music playback on his or her car audio system. With the press of a single button, your audio control wish is Siri’s command. Siri can tell the MediaBridge 1500 to Play, Pause, Skip, and Stop music. For example, to play a particular song, press the designated MediaBridge 1500 radio scan button or steering wheel button to summon Siri, listen for the familiar chime then say, “Play Sweet Child of Mine” and the song will play. To listen to a playlist say, “Play Club Mix” and your favorite club songs will turn your car to a party on wheels. Music can also be chosen based on other criteria such as Artist, Genre, and Album.

Having trouble deciding which song to play? Let the iPhone choose by commanding Siri to shuffle songs through your MediaBridge 1500. Press the designated MediaBridge 1500 radio or steering wheel button to summon Siri and tell it to, “Shuffle my music” and then you will then hear a random song from your iPhone collection on your car stereo. If you are in the mood to hear a song with a music genre but you don’t know where to start then tell Siri to, “Shuffle Jazz” for instance and all Jazz music within your collection will begin to play in random order. Similar music shuffle controls are available based on Playlist, Artist, and Album. If the currently playing random song isn’t to your liking then simply tell Siri to “Shuffle” and another song will be chosen at random.

Not only can you access your own personal music library with Siri’s help but in iOS6 you can also launch your favorite music streaming application. For instance, tell Siri to launch Pandora and the Pandora App will automatically open and begin to stream. Once a music streaming app is open, the control of music content must be performed using radio or steering wheel buttons.

USING SIRI FOR SENDING TEXT MESSAGES WITH MediaBridge 1500

Through the MediaBridge 1500 interface, Siri will enable you to dictate and send a text message without taking your eyes off the road. For example, to do this you must press the voice button, wait for the chime, then say, “write a text message to Bob.” Siri will then ask you, “What do you want to say to Bob?”Then you must press the voice button again and speak your message so it can be converted to text. Next, Siri will repeat the message back to you to make sure it is  orrect and then Siri will ask if you are ready to send the message. If the message is correct then you can press the voice button one more time, say the word “Send”, and your text message will be sent to Bob. Furthermore, Siri can be set up to read incoming texts as well so that there is no delay in communication with your loved ones and associates.

TIPS ON EFFECTIVE SIRI USAGE WITH MediaBridge 1500 IN CAR

There are additional measures you can take to ensure Siri understands your voice commands most efficiently. For instance, there are language preferences that can be set on the iPhone which configure Siri to understand different English dialects and languages like French, German, and Japanese. Also background noise should be taken into account so you may wish to roll up your car windows or raise the top on your convertible to eliminated noise caused by wind within your vehicle. (Only raise the top on  your convertible when you are stopped) Also to gain access to Siri she must be enabled. To enable Siri open the settings menu and tap “General”, look for and then tap “Siri”, now you should be in a Siri menu where you must switch Siri on. If you need to adjust language settings and other related features, this is all done in the Siri menu as well. When you are finished making changes, close the menu and Siri is ready to assist you.

SIRI FEATURES BASED ON iOS version

Siri has the greatest range of features and capabilities when used with the newest version of iOS which is iOS6 at the time this document was drafted. Therefore, it is best to ensure that your iPhone is using the newest version of iOS. For example, with iOS6 Siri can control music playback when the iPhone is connected to MediaBridge 1500 in locked where iOS5 users do not have this ability. Also iOS6 has a more extensive language support system including different Chinese dialects, Korean, and Italian. In addition, Turn-by-Turn Navigation is available beginning with iOS6 to help drivers negotiate unfamiliar territory or find a swift route to your destination. It is important to note that Siri is only available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, the 5th-generation iPod touch, and the 3rd-generation iPad

 

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Enjoy Hi-Fi Music Over the Airwaves with the New Klipsch Image ONE Bluetooth

Klipsch Image ONE
Life is too short to be tied down to cables. It’s also too short to not being enjoying your favorite albums on the Klipsch Image ONE Series of headsets. Klipsch realized the combination of these two problems in the world were too much to bear and decided to help the general public by designing and adding the Klipsch Image ONE Bluetooth model of headsets to their new lineup.

Klipsch is a top manufacturer in the headphone industry and the Image ONE Bluetooth cuts no corners on both quality and innovation. With a built-in rechargeable battery the Image ONE Bluetooth is capable of 10 hours of continuous call and music time, and is conveniently rechargeable with the included micro USB charging cable.

Just because this headset is capable of playing music wirelessly for extremely long periods of time doesn’t mean it’s not also capable of playing the music back with perfect clarity. The Image ONE Bluetooth headphones are designed with the most capable technology of today to ensure that your musical or conversational experiences are among your favorite.

When it’s all said and done – convenience is what separates a great pair of headphones from your favorite pair of headphones. The newly designed ear cups and adjustable leather headband allow for long-term wearing and superior comfort. They’re also extremely easy to store with a compact, collapsible design. To add to the convenience, a control system and microphone is built into the headset itself allowing you to control your music wherever you are.

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iPhone 5 is Almost Here!

The Wait is Almost Over!

iPhone 5

Apple fans rejoice!  It is once again time to wait in excruciatingly long lines for the latest version of the world’s most successful smartphone.  The iPhone 4 was released over a year ago so it was just a matter of time before we got to see the next one. The iPhone 5 is delightfully improved from the previous model in many ways:

  • Has an increased screen size of 4″ & lighter and thinner design
  • Increased WiFi speeds and network connectivity
  • New A6 Chip for increased battery life and CPU Performance up to twice as fast
  • New lightning connector has less pins for increased durability
  • iSight Camera has Panoramic capabilities and enhanced HD video recording
  • 4G LTE wireless technology
  • 3D Navigation with “fly over effect”
lightning Connector

The new and improved Lightning Connector has 8-pins opposed to the traditional 30 pins.

Apple will be releasing an adapter (sold separately) for those of you worried about the new connector not being compatible with previous accessories.  This is good news for the car audio industry as well.  All of these new features will allow aftermarket companies to integrate the new features such as the 3d mapping onto units like a future Pioneer App Radio 3 or equivalent.  Additionally, the 4G LTE technology will allow app integration in OEM and aftermarket headunits to run much more smoothly and at faster speeds. The iPhone 5 presale starts Friday, September 14th and will start shipping on the 21st.  Once the iPhone 5 is released expect us to sell all of the available aftermarket accessories for it such as cases and docks.  We can’t wait to get our hands on it and neither should you!

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