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  1. Centrafuse "Connected Car" Developer Challenge Sponsored by mp3Car

    by , 08-19-2010 at 08:13 AM
    We are at it again, giving stuff away for free to innovators. This time, we have partnered with the guys at Centrafuse.

    The Challenge - Build the coolest "connected car" plug-in you can think of.
    We're talking about a location-based or "location-aware" app here -- like when your mobile phone knows of good restaurants nearby... but in the car... and way cooler; like if your car could let you know if you were entering a high-crime area and automatically lock your doors for you. Neat stuff like that. The winner will be the entry demonstrating the most creative and innovative use of GPS location in a plug-in application for Centrafuse Auto as determined by the voting forum members.

    First Prize
    Lilliput 7-inch Touchscreen LCD - courtesy of Mp3Car.The first prize winner will be chosen using a poll where forum members will cast their vote for their favorite submitted "connected car" app over the span of 10 days, following the contest deadline. On day 11 we will count the votes and the first-prize winner receives a brand new 7" Lilliput touchscreen LCD, compliments of our friends at Mp3Car along with a free t-shirt from the Centrafuse Gear Shop. The first prize winner will also have their app featured in the upcoming Centrafuse "app store" which is now underway. More info on that later.

    Second Prize
    Free map upgrade and item of choice from Centrafuse Gear ShopSecond place prize will be awarded to the developer with the 2nd most votes, and will receive a free map upgrade (when available) and a free item of their choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop.

    Third Prize
    Free item of choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop. Third place prize will be awarded to the developer with the 3rd most votes, and will be receive a free item of their choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop.

    Challenge Rules

    • Use the latest Centrafuse 3.1 SDK
    • Create a plug-in app for Centrafuse Auto
    • Must use GPS location (from Centrafuse Nav API or other source)
    • Must work with the default "Clean" skin - (see helper PSD here)
    • Must have at least 1 language file (English)

    Register for the challenge here.

    Contest begins August 22nd and the contest deadline is September 26th, 2010.Submit your finished compiled working plug-in application by the contest deadline. (see below)

    Contest deadline:
    All contest submissions must be uploaded by midnight US Eastern Time on September 26th, 2010.

    See official contest rules and submission guidelines here

    On Your Mark, Get Set... Go!

    Get started now and start planning your plug-in idea. The contest officially starts on August 22nd so start brainstorming now, or if you already have your evil plan, get a head start on the rest of the pack.

    Get the SDK here and get started now!
  2. mp3Car and jr4284 on CNN this AM

    by , 07-24-2010 at 04:38 PM

    Local Baltimore Tech Guru and CNN commentator, Mario Armstrong, covered the mp3Car community and Justin Riley's iPad vehicle dock on CNN this morning. Video link here.

    Updated 07-25-2010 at 11:23 PM by optikalefx

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  3. Fear of the Car Computer

    by , 05-14-2010 at 12:29 PM
    If you haven't noticed, in the last few days it seems that fear of hacking the car's computer is all the rage. Here are a few of the articles published.

    NYTime's Carsí Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers

    Popular Science's Proof-of-Concept CarShark Software Hacks Car Computers, Shutting Down Brakes, Engines, and More

    And today, Engadget's Hackers can remotely disable your car's brakes, create sensationalist headlines

    Updated 05-14-2010 at 12:35 PM by Heather

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  4. Got YouTube Videos? Post them at mp3Car.

    by , 01-06-2010 at 09:49 AM
    Thanks to YouTube Direct, any mp3Car community member can easily share their YouTube Videos with the rest of the mp3Car Community. All you have to do is go to the Community Videos Tab and follow the instructions.

    Why Share Your Videos? By sharing you help other members of mp3Car more easily find videos about carpc installs, mobile computing, and anything else that might be of interest to the community. Feel free to submit product demo videos if you are a company too. To see an example check out the Community Video page and see the CarPC 101 Video from BugByte.
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  5. Lilliput 7" Canadian Coast Guard Install

    by , 08-09-2009 at 05:16 PM
    Looking to equip your yacht or sailing vessel with a low cost display option and not be ripped off just because you need a marine grade stamp? You aren't alone. Mp3car outfitted the Canadian Coast Guard vessels with the $239 Lilliput 629 monitors earlier in the year and we thought we would share some photos. These monitors aren't specifically made for marine use, but they do the job in an enclosed wheel house.
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