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  1. mp3Car Tweeting live from SEMA 2009

    by , 11-03-2009 at 02:09 PM
    Follow us on twitter as we explore the latest in in-vehicle computing technology at SEMA 2009! @mp3car

    Updated 11-03-2009 at 03:40 PM by Fiberoptic

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  2. XOHMs Wimax network Shutdown - Current hardware is worthless

    by , 10-29-2009 at 07:22 PM

    It is sad to see, but now my XOHM hardware is in the trash. On October 5, 2008 reported that XOHM service was online a week before the launch party. We also did a mobile drive test and used in other cities before their networks were officially active. Those blog posts were syndicated in news stories around the country. Our test equipment sat on the shelf until today when I decided I was fed up with terrible service from Comcast and Verizon. Out came the Xohm equipment again - but guess what? After a year and a few days, Xohm wimax has turned off ALL new accounts. What does this mean?
    • 4 days ago they froze activation of new accounts on the xohm network to pave the way for a transition to Clearwire technology
    • There is no hope to get your Xohm hardware activated
    • We tried to reactive hardware on two old accounts
    • We tried to active two pieces of hardware on one currently active account
    • We tried to active online through the website and the Xohm network
    • Phone reps refuse to activate devices
    • Managers refuse to activate devices
    • Phone reps suggested returning the device to the vendor if you can.
    • Current customers with subscriptions active as of 4 days ago will get free upgrades to clear wire equipment at the beginning of the year.
    • Current customers with inactive hardware appear to be screwed.
    The return to your vendor advice is great advice except refunds are only available on the hardware if it was bought within the last 7 days. Furthermore, "Xohm equipment might be compatible with the new Clearwire network but probably not."We are waiting to get comments back from Xohm or Clearwire representatives. This certainly isn't a great way to treat early adopters or to build out confidence in a new network or new technology. Do you know more about this? We would love to hear from you in our mobile wimax forums.Previous posts on this topic include: In car / Computer based vehicle test in Baltimore, Vehicle testing Xohm in Boston Suburbs 10-9-2008, Bench Testing Xohm in Boston 10-10-2008

    Updated 10-29-2009 at 07:28 PM by optikalefx

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  3. SEMA 2009 - We would like to hear from you.

    by , 10-29-2009 at 01:51 AM
    Stephen Jensen and Robert Wray pack up and head west for Las Vegas and SEMA 2009. Check out our ghost themed video blog post in the spirit of Halloween.
    • Get in touch with us to meet up in Las Vegas
    • Get in touch with us to tell us to video or review something
    • Get in touch with us if you think your product is irresistible and needs some press coverage.
    • Press at mp3car dotty com

    Updated 10-29-2009 at 12:57 PM by Heather

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  4. Mp3Car Made Power Supply Comparison Chart

    by , 10-27-2009 at 02:27 PM

    Mp3Car is pleased to announce the initial release of our mobile power supply comparison chart. The chart is available here in our Wiki and here in PDF format. Individuals and businesses should find it useful for finding the perfect PSU for a given application. Of course, document modification is always encouraged in our Wiki. Additional information relevant to existing power supplies and new power supplies specifications can be added as the information becomes available.
  5. TouchScan OBD-II Software - OCTech: Forum Product Review

    by , 10-23-2009 at 11:35 AM

    Welcome to my review of the TouchScan OBD-II monitoring software. First off I would like to thank mp3Car and OCTech for donating TouchScan for me to review. I've written this as somewhat of a walk through of the program, sharing my findings along the way with plenty of visual aides. First off is the installation. It is the same as pretty much any other windows application and only requires a few clicks of the next button and an agreement to the usage license. The serial number is entered upon starting the program for the first time. If you don't have a serial number the program will operate in demo mode.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store here.

    After entering your serial number you are prompted with a warning about using a touchscreen while driving. I found the option to disable this a nice feature, often software leaves the user no choice due to liability concerns.
    Once you click past the dialog you are greeted with a nice left side menu and top tab interface. After a few exploratory passes through all the options TouchScan has to offer (There are a lot!) I found it pretty easy to find what I was looking for in the menus. My TouchScan journey began in the Setup section where I was easily able to select my desired Com Port and Baud Rate. I had no problems connection to my generic ELM327 in my vehicle nor my ELM323 software emulator that I use for testing. I should note however that it was a little difficult to select the correct radio or check mark boxes in the setup section under the Connection or PID Monitor tabs with a touchscreen. It's nothing too serious since you will likely only visit these sections once. I had no problem hitting most of the other buttons in the interface with my finger. After successfully connection to my ELM I proceeded to look through the PID Monitor and PID Setup tabs where you are able to adjust a variety of options, including polling settings, dwell time to adjust update rates, as well as the polling rate for each individual PID. I found the individual polling rates to be an exceptionally nice feature that allowed me to retrieve the core values and well as secondary ones without sacrificing speed as much if I polled for all of them at the same interval.
    The General tab allows you to adjust the unit system and switch between day and night mode, as well as adjust remembering preferences. While the Device Info tab lists the type of device you have connected.
    Clicking the Diag Icon brings you to the set of tabs which allow you to read/clear trouble codes and monitor PID values as well as view the raw hex traffic between TouchScan and the ELM. I had no trouble codes to read so I was unable to test that feature but I found the PID Values to update relatively quickly, and do so at a rate in tune with the polling rate as things should be.
    Next up is the Dashboard section which is what is likely desired by most. MPG broken down by total, instant, and trip is displayed as wekk as fuel consumed and distance. In addition to the numeric displays are gauges representing RPM, Engine Load, Temp, and MPH. The possible dealbreaker for some is the fact that a MAF sensor readable through the standard PID is required in order to calculate MPG with TouchScan. Unfortunately, my Honda was not equipped with a MAF sensor so I had to test the MPG feature with a software emulator instead. Testing showed the calculated numbers to be consistent with those generated by Bruce Lightner's formula, MPG = 710.7 * VSS / MAF, so they should be pretty accurate.
    The last, but far from least section is Logs. Selecting the Logs icon presents you with the Plots, Plot Config, Data Logging, and Stats tabs. While the names are fairly self explanatory I found the plotting function to be nicely configurable with adjustable scales and sampling time and support for what appears to be as many plots as you have PIDS available. The Data Logging option is also a plus for analyzing data at a later time. And I found the Min, Max, and Mean shown under Stats to provide a nice snapshot of your overall trip.

    In summary, if you have a MAF sensor in your vehicle that can be read via the standard PID I would definitely recommend you take a look at TouchScan. The Dashboard was easily visible on my 7" touchscreen and I see no problems embedding the app into RideRunner or any other frontend as everything is resizeable. If your vehicle lacks a MAF you need to determine how important MPG calculations are to you, as you will be unable to receive them with TouchScan.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store here.