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  1. How to Power Your 2010 Mac Mini In A Vehicle, by MCT, Inc.

    by , 08-20-2010 at 10:29 AM


    Well folks, it's finally been done. With the help of ifixit.com, Mikegyver Computer & Tech., Inc. has posted illustrated instructions on how to bypass the internal AC to DC power adapter inside all new Mac Minis. This will make it relatively straight forward (definitely not easy) to use a CarNetix CNX-P2140 power regulator to power your Mac Mini in a mobile environment. Here are the instructions, courtesy of the MCT, Inc. website:

    Ok, so here’s how we did it, however we don’t like re-inventing the wheel (rather then to improve on it) we going to refer you to ifixit.com on disassembly first.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-M...eardown/3094/1

    Please do steps 1-14, and 22. Then come back here.

    After you have disassembled your Mac mini, remove the power supply and re-assemble everything like so. Reconnect the power supply on the outside of the Mac Mini.

    1) Cut the positive wires, and the Negative wires. Note the Middle wire:


    2) Solder Pos wires together, and solder Neg wires together.


    3) Find a wire and solder to it to make leads longer:


    4) Solder the other end of the wire to a Panel mount DC jack:


    5) Run it to the back of the Mac Mini where the AC cable used to plug in:


    6) Find a Car cig plug (we sell them) and solder it to a 2.1mm plug: However, we strongly recommend a voltage regulator such as the CarNetix CNX-P2140 or CNX-P1900.


    7) Here’s how it looks fully assembled.


    8) Plug in to the Mac Mini and you’re done!

    NOTE: We tested with operating voltages of 10v all the way up to 15vdc, however we STRONGLY recommend you use a voltage regulator.


    Please Note: Mp3Car cannot assume any liability for modifying your Mac Mini. Opening and modifying your Mac Mini will most likely void your Apple warranty.
  2. MeeGo IVI 1.0 Released & Demoed on a boat PC

    by , 08-04-2010 at 11:43 AM

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    The MeeGo IVI software platform is designed to enable rich internet and multimedia consumer experiences for vehicles. MeeGo IVI builds on the foundation laid by Moblin IVI for rich multimedia, CE device management, internet, and automotive connectivity.

    MeeGo v1.0 for IVI currently requires:

    * CPU: 32 bit Intel Atom or Intel Core 2 CPU (support for SSSE3)
    Note: MeeGo will not work on non-SSSE3 CPUs
    * A compatible Intel graphics chipset.
    Note: GMA-500, Nvidia, and ATI chipsets are not supported.

    The targeted reference platform for MeeGo for IVI is based on an Atom Z530 processor and a US15W chipset. One of the officially supported boards is the “Russellville” platform from the Congatec IVI Development Kit.

    Updated 08-04-2010 at 12:06 PM by optikalefx

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  3. iPad Suction Mount

    by , 07-09-2010 at 01:04 PM

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    This 2 sided suction cup to suction mount is ideal for sticking your iPad in all those places you wanted it to go, but never had a means to get it there.
    Get Your iPad Suction Mount Today!

    *all cars were harmed in the filming of this video

    Updated 07-09-2010 at 03:04 PM by optikalefx

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  4. iPhone 4 Madness

    by , 06-24-2010 at 09:19 AM

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    While people may not be knocking over old women as they do on black friday, hours before the "official" iPhone 4 launch, the line in one local apple store grows every minute. Hundreds more are expected and people seem thrilled about this this new iPhone.

    The new iPhone 4 features a new design, front facing camera with video chat, faster hardware and slew of new features.

    Check out what the iPhone can already do in cars And you can bet we will be able to do much more with this new phone.

    Updated 06-24-2010 at 09:23 AM by optikalefx

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  5. iPad - System Wide Voice Control

    by , 06-14-2010 at 11:58 PM

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    Ok so it's not true system wide access, but pretty darn close. Using a few apps, and a little jailbreak action, Justin Riley shows us how to control some basic functionality with just voice. Here we demonstrate adjusting the iPod, finding a place to eat, and even posting a tweet.

    Open your mind and imagine when iOS 4 comes out and vlingo can be backgrounded. The goal of vlingo is to allow any developer and their application to use the vlingo voice recognition engine to do whatever the developer wants with voice. So eventually everything you ever wanted to do will be able to do with voice.

    (p.s) still don't text and drive, even if you can do it with your voice!

    Updated 06-15-2010 at 12:05 AM by optikalefx

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