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  1. iPhone Car Navigation Kit, GPS Tracker App

    by , 12-14-2009 at 04:07 PM
    Robert Wray of mp3Car shows us how the "Ultimate In-Car iPhone Screen Duplicating Kit" can be used for GPS navigation in your car, while allowing friends and family to track one's real time location. Using TV Out, by C00NI, Robert is easily able to duplicate the screen from an iPhone 3G or 3GS. Shop for this product now.
  2. Cable Kits for the New Mac Minis Now Available

    by , 12-10-2009 at 02:25 PM
    Cable kits for the New (Post March 2009) Mac Minis are now ready to ship at the mp3Car Store. These include The New Mac Pac, The New Power Button Cable Kit, and The New Power Button Cable Kit with Momentary Push Button.
  3. Crowd sourcing reveals worst traffic in the United States

    by , 12-08-2009 at 09:42 AM
    TomTom and TeleAtlas use their crowd sourced contributors to plot worst congestion in the United States.
    Congestion is considered traffic that is 70% or less of the posted speed limit.
    TeleAtlas has an audio podcast on this here and a full press release here.

    Rank CITY/REGION % of congested roadways
    1 Seattle, WA 43%
    2 Los Angeles, CA 38%
    3 Chicago, IL 37%
    4 Montgomery County, MD 37%
    5 San Francisco, CA 35%
    6 New York, NY 31%
    7 Washington, DC 30%
    8 San Jose, CA 29%
    9 Alexandria, VA 28%
    10 Oakland, CA (Alameda County) 28% (read more for #20-30)

    11 Atlanta, GA (Cobb County) 27%
    12 Boston, MA 27%
    13 Fairfax County, VA 26%
    14 Philadelphia, PA 25%
    15 Austin, TX 25%
    16 Phoenix, AZ 25%
    17 Long Island, NY (Nassau County) 24%
    18 San Juan, Puerto Rico 24%
    19 Portland, OR 23%
    20 Houston, TX 23%
    21 Contra Costa County, CA 23%
    22 Arlington, VA 23%
    23 Orange County, CA 20%
    24 New Orleans, LA 20%
    25 Norfolk County, MA 20%
    26 Denver, CO 20%
    27 Morris County, NJ 20%
    28 Miami-Dade, FL 20%
    29 Dallas, TX 20%
    30 Charlottesville, VA 19%

    Updated 12-08-2009 at 10:03 AM by optikalefx

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  4. 10% Off All Orders Over $200*

    by , 12-07-2009 at 07:51 PM
    For a limited time, save 10% off all orders over $200* placed at the mp3Car Store. Offer is good through December 13, 2009. Check out our wide selection of touch screen monitors, custom mobile computers, hardware, software, and peripherals. Use coupon code "HOLIDAY09" upon checkout to receive the discount. *Offer excludes Telematics Computer Bundle.
  5. Hardware Review: BoomzBox HD AM/FM Radio

    by , 12-04-2009 at 12:15 PM

    The BoomzBox HD is a USB-controlled AM/FM HD-capable radio tuner.

    The Verdict:

    The BoomzBox HD is just what we’ve asked for in an AM/FM radio. With sound quality that rivals factory head units and an easy straight forward installation procedure, the BoomzBox HD should be your first choice for radio.

    Just released: Price will be $179 on the mp3Car Store soon. Release date still to be determined.

    What’s in the box?

    The BoomzBox HD comes with the tuner box, driver CD, a USB-driven controller box, an 8-pin DIN connector, USB cable, and two power adapters for ease of installation.


    The BoomzBox HD is a fully RoHS compliant HD radio tuner built from the ground-up for car PC use. The tuner box is a bit smaller than similar devices on the market. It’s built with a solid aluminum casing to withstand automotive applications. The tuner box has just 3 connections, an antenna input port, a pass-through antenna output port, and the 8-pin interface connector.

    The companion device in the BoomzBox HD package is the converter box. This box converts the signal from the tuner box via the din cable, thus allowing audio to come straight from the USB cable. Competing devices require both a serial/USB connection and an audio output to be sent to the PC. The ease of installation is the highlight of the BoomzBox HD. Connect the DIN cable to the converter box, connect the USB to a PC, and connect power to the green power connector, and the BoomzBox is ready for software. The creators even went a step further by including 2 power options, a brick plug, and a bare connector ready for your unregulated 12v and ground wires.

    The driver CD includes drivers for windows XP/VISTA/7. It also includes a test application to put the BoomBox to use. The BoomzBox is fully compatible with the most popular front-ends like Centrafuse and RideRunner.

    The most important quality in a FM/AM tuner is the audio quality, and the BoomzBox matches the sound quality of units from Directed and Visteon. The HD channels sound as crisp and clear as you could ever want from radio. That being said, the BoomzBox has the issue of HD signals clipping in and out that most all HD radios have. If you can deal with that small issue, the BoomzBox HD is the standard for which future car PC radios will be judged.

    The Positive:

    • High-quality sound in standard and HD modes
    • Easiest HD radio to install on your computer
    • Audio over USB leaves your line-in open
    • Built specifically for car PC use

    The Negative:

    • HD signal clipping is still present
    • Missing the optional Head and remote other HD radios have

    The Verdict:

    The BoomzBox HD is just what we’ve asked for in an AM/FM radio. With sound quality that rivals factory head units and an easy straight forward installation procedure, the BoomzBox HD should be your first choice for radio.


    Dimensions (Tuner): 12cm x 7.8cm x 3cm
    Dimensions (Converter): 6.5cm x 6.5cm x 3cm
    Inputs: Motorola Style antenna input
    Outputs: 1 x USB, 1 x antenna output
    Power Supply: Accepts 12v Unregulated