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Posts tagged with 'iTunes'

4 Mar, 2011

John Day If it’s affordable and beneficial, I want the latest and greatest whatever. I thought of that this week when iTunes invited me to install their new version, which I did because I wanted to be up to date and there was no cost involved. Same with Adobe Reader and their frequent updates. Although it’s a much bigger deal, and there are costs involved, if I were building an embedded automotive application, … Read More

UC3C AVR microcontroller, Adobe Reader, Atmel Corp., 32-bit microcontroller, iTunes, motor control, body electronics, EE Times

29 Nov, 2010

John Day In-vehicle Internet radio has such an air of inevitability about it that I almost wonder why it isn’t common already, but a moment’s thought and a glance at just one aggregation of Internet stations – iTunes, for example – brings the problem into focus. There must be a gazillion Internet radio stations out there, so once the Internet connectivity problem has been solved, how is the tuning going to work? Pandora … Read More

GM, iTunes, Alpine, Pioneer, Mercedes-Benz, Pandora

17 Jul, 2010

John Day I am decidedly not a big fan of automated voice-based customer support systems, so I will admit to being a mite skeptical about Ford’s focus on voice recognition as its primary user interface. But I understand that the company – like all other automakers – is between a rock and a hard place. Whatever features take a driver’s eyes off the road or hands off the wheel are potentially hazardous – and features, … Read More

Nuance, Sony, Ford Edge, Ford Motor Credit, Bluetooth Message Access Profile, SYNC, iTunes Tagging, Jim Buczkowski, HD Radio, iTunes

13 Jan, 2010

John Day You have to hand it to Apple. They not only spun a significant product line from a single iPod but also turned on a torrent of recurring revenue by creating the iTunes store. Wouldn’t the leading suppliers of portable navigation devices (PNDs) love to do something similar? Garmin’s nüLink! service offers one possibility. The firm’s $499.00 nüvi 1690 PND includes a two-year subscription to nüLink!, … Read More

Portable Navigation Device (PND), OnStar, Richard Robinson, Detroit Auto Show, Garmin nuLink!, Apple Computer, iSuppli Corporation, iTunes, Garmin nuvi 1690, iPod

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