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

    by , 08-19-2010 at 07:13 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. 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. What can you do with this computer?

    by , 07-26-2010 at 12:36 PM
    Enter the contest to win.


    • Processor Name "05/08"
    • Processor Frequency "999.93 MHz"
    • Memory 514 MB
    • 3 USB Drives
    • Wired Ethernet Port

    Display
    • Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels

    Multimedia
    • Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HD - Audio Generic
    • Input Devices
    • AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
    • PS/2 Generic Mouse
    • PC Speaker

    SCSI Disks
    ATA SD8GB RDC SDNetwork Interfaces
    • lo
    • eth0
    • wlan1

    (Wireless network card built in)Operating System
    • Linux 2.6.30.5 (i586) (Puppy Linux)

    We did not decide to sell this computer because we thought it would serve the community better.Our moderators will determine the best idea submitted in this thread, and we will ship this computer to the forum member, provided that he or she lives in the continental U.S.

    Updated 07-26-2010 at 12:40 PM by Heather

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    mp3Car News
  4. mp3Car and jr4284 on CNN this AM

    by , 07-24-2010 at 03:38 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 10:23 PM by optikalefx

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    mp3Car News
  5. Hardware Review: Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio

    by , 07-23-2010 at 11:03 AM


    What is it?


    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is a USB device which allows FM and DAB broadcast to be controlled and played through a computer.

    The Verdict: The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM USB Radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only usb means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio worked every bit as well as an OEM radio deck.



    What's in the box?

    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio comes with the radio module and a USB cable. It should be noted that the device does not come with an SMB to motorola cable which is needed to connect the Venice 7 to a car antenna in the US.


    Description

    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is the latest in radio devices to hit the car pc arena. Its true claim to fame is the fact that it carries both FM and DAB broadcast within the same unit. There have been other devices on the market which have this feature, but the Ultimate Radio's reception quality rivals after-market head unit reception quality. No, it doesn't have digital or "HD" FM capabilities, but in all honesty, the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio sounds every bit as good as my HDRadio, and it has a smaller footprint as well.

    Another key feature of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is the fact that its powered by only a USB cable. Again, there have been other devices which have been USB-only, but none that I've experienced can match the sound quality of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio. The obvious benefit to being powered by USB is the ease of installation. To get the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio radio working you simply need to connect the USB to your computer. The drivers are windows standard drivers, so no CD or download is necessary. After the driver installation, connect your factory antenna to a SMB to Motorola adapter cable (not included) for FM signal. The last step simply involves running a 3.5mm patch cable(also not included) from the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio device to the line-in on the computer. Sadly, there's no USB-over-audio applied.


    Once the radio is installed, its just a matter of finding a program for the computer to manage it. Impressively enough, there are already plugins for both RideRunner and Centrafuse front ends available prior to the formal release of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio. There's also a standalone application available from the designers website. All applications for the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio are built to manage both the FM and DAB radio functions of the unit.

    The Positive:

    • High-quality sound in FM mode (could not test DAB)
    • Both DAB and FM work through 1 antenna port
    • Smaller than most high quality radios available
    • USB controlled and USB powered. Installation is a breeze

    The Negative:

    • No casing
    • Lacks AM radio
    • May require purchasing extra accessories

    The Verdict:

    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio USB radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only usb means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio sounds every bit as well as an OEM radio deck.
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