Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pioneer NEX Owners May Have To Wait Until Apple iPhone Event For CarPlay [Opinion]

Today is the first day of the last month of summer and with two months of the season gone, Pioneer's CarPlay firmware update for its NEX receivers is no where in sight.

The circus of anticipation began with the big announcement that Pioneer would be one of two aftermarket companies (Alpine Electronics the other) to offer CarPlay. They held press events showing off Apple's latest technology on their NEX receivers. From the demos, it looked like CarPlay was ready for primetime. So much so that Pioneer themselves promised an 'early summer' release.

Early summer came and went. And so has 'mid-summer.' As we enter 'late summer' it looks inevitable that the updates will arrive anytime within the next 30 days or so. But don't be so sure.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Navdy Is A Head-Up Display From The Future [Video]

There is a futuristic looking product that will go on sale in 2015 that aims at making you feel like an airline pilot while driving your car. Well, maybe not quite a pilot.

Meet Navdy, a head-up display device that connects to any iPhone or Android phone and puts an airplane-like display in your field of vision.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Steelie Car Mount Kit Is A Minimalistic, Magnetic Wonder [Review]

The Steelie Car Mount is made by Nite Ize Innovations and aims at giving you the best smartphone mounting experience while driving. This mount started off as a Kickstarter project and got successfully funded by raising over $33,000 in just a few weeks.

We got a review unit sent out to us recently and here are our impressions...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Get Ready For CarPlay With One Of These Pioneer NEX Receivers [Amazon Deals]

Apple CarPlay is coming very soon to the Pioneer NEX receivers. The firmware update is due any time now and you can ready your car for CarPlay by purchasing one of these receivers. Check out these latest low prices from Amazon...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pioneer Introduces New Line Of CD Receivers

Pioneer Electronics announced 10 new car stereos that feature smartphone connectivity. Their new line of products include 8 single-DIN receivers and a couple of 2-DIN options with a plethora of features.

If you've been looking for an upgrade for your car's head unit, these new line of receivers may be what you need. Take a look below to see more.

Friday, August 15, 2014

GPS Issue Reported In A Few Pioneer NEX Head Units

Recently, a few people have reported a GPS positioning issue with Pioneer NEX head units. We found a couple of posts on AVIC411 Forums complaining of the problem and what you may have to do if your NEX head unit encounters the issue.

Affected head units get stuck trying to find a GPS signal and will display the following error message...

Positioning is not possible due to the hardware. Please contact your dealer or Pioneer service center.

Check out these screenshots from AVIC411 member 'tractors4u'...

Apple Maps Is Beating Google Maps In The United Kingdom [Report]

At least one carrier in the United Kingdom just reported how Apple Maps has taken over Google Maps as a mapping option among its customers. EE, which also owns Orange and T-Mobile in the U.K., says the 4G and 3G usage data of its customers is beginning to show the trend.

Here is an excerpt from the report...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Apple Support Says CarPlay Still In Development, ETA Unknown

We got a heads up from one of our readers, Daniel Zaglul, who got in touch with Apple support regarding the CarPlay update that everyone's waiting for. Daniel sent us some screenshots of the conversation. Take a look below...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Still No Sign Of CarPlay Update For Pioneer NEX Receivers

Early August came and went but Pioneer's firmware update for its NEX receivers that will enable Apple CarPlay is still not here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pioneer's AppRadioLIVE App Update Fixes Notification Bug

AppRadioLIVE is Pioneer's latest AppRadio compatible app (iOS only) that puts your connected lifestyle in your dashboard. Things like local event information, maps, traffic, and music are included in the app.

One feature which was also included was a notifications sidebar which put all your notifications in one place, allowing you to view them without leaving the app. Unfortunately the feature didn't quite work as advertised. Not anymore though.