By Lisa Johnston
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Hauppauge, N.Y. — Dice’s MediaBridge and Universal 200 OEM-integration kits work out of the box with Apple’s new iPhone 5, the new iPod touch and nano, and older iPhones upgraded with iOS 6, Audiovox announced.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
For years, more stations transmitted a digital signal than there were HD Radio-equipped cars.
Now, the automakers are ahead of broadcasters, rolling out more cars equipped with advanced HD Radio receivers that feature dynamic visual displays.
For a variety of reasons, broadcasters have been slow to embrace the advanced data features that can make a radio display resemble its competitors, like satellite radio or Pandora, in the dash.
New York – Satellite-radio broadcaster SiriusXM will provide OnStar-like telematics services for Nissan vehicles, the two companies announced.
The cellular-based telematics system will also be a stepping stone to offering personalized in-vehicle entertainment services, SiriusXM said.
Tempe, Ariz. - Rockford Corp. will go to the 2012 SEMA Show to display Blaupunkt-brand car audio head units, amplifiers, speakers, and Bluetooth modules to potential distributors.
Blaupunkt headphones will also be on display.
The SEMA Show is scheduled for Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Las Vegas, where Rockford will exhibit at the Residence Inn near the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Earlier this year, Rockford picked up North American distribution rights to the Blaupunkt brand of car audio/video and headphone products.
Tempe, Ariz. — Lightning Audio announced it will ship its LA-Three car audio subwoofer line in November.
The LA-Three 10- and 12-inch, 800- and 1,000-watt, 2- and 4-Ohm DVC subwoofers feature dual linear spiders with multipoint stitched 16 AWG tinsel leads that improve mechanical stability under high excursion and reduces mass, stress, and strain over a greater area, the company said.
Cypress, Calif. – Clarion added hands-free control of Facebook and Twitter to its transportable Next Gate in-vehicle iPhone controller, which can be added to any vehicle.
The $269-suggested iPhone controller uses a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen to control iPhone music playback and control compatible iPhone apps. The compatible apps display a user interface and graphics on the touchscreen.
Grapevine, Texas — Pioneer went to the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) KnowledgeFest to launch a 2013 single-DIN CD receiver lineup that expands smartphone connectivity to Android smartphones for the first time.
Long Beach, Calif. — Kenwood USA launched its fall sales promotion for car audio products.
The “Reap the Rewards” promotion includes instant rebates on select in-dash multimedia and navigation receivers and on three in-dash CD receivers with built-in HD Radio. The instant rebates range from $15 on the KDC-HD552U and KDC-X596 to $100 on all in-dash navigation models, including the flagship DNX9990HD.
San Diego – Five new single-DIN in-dash car CD receivers unveiled by Sony include several models that communicate with Bluetooth-connected Android smartphones and USB-connected iPhones via a free app that delivers multiple new features in the car, including more robust wireless Bluetooth control of music stored on Android phones.
Two of the five new head units are the company’s first two heads in years to be sold only through car audio specialists. One new model brings embedded HD Radio down in price to an everyday $150, from $160.