Pioneer has come up with an AirPlay compatible AV receiver. The ASX-1021 works with the 7.1 channel VSX-1021 home theater and adding a LAN adapter allows streaming by iPod/iPhone/iPad. Pioneer has also released free software for remote control and editing playlists via AirJam.
Sony has 4 new 7.1 AV receivers with 100 watts per channel, the STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520. All of them feature iPhone/iPod compatibility, Ethernet connectivity for their audio platform HomeShare and DLNA and 3D support. All will be released this spring at prices starting at $230.00 with the STR-DH520 due out this month.
Turn your iPhone/iPad into a credit card terminal with the small business service Pay Anywhere. Available through North American Bank, you can allow your device to accept payments on the fly, including trade shows, flea markets or other locations. While the reader is free, the bank charges both a percentage and small fee per swipe or key. So far availability is only in the US, but the company plans to expand the service to include Blackberry and Android smartphones.
Last.fm now has a premium subscription service with better quality than their ad-supported version. For $3 per month, users of iPhones, Android smartphones, Sonos products, Logitech Squeezebox and others can receive those clear tones. Click the link for a full line of covered devices and an option to subscribe.
Sony is offering some of its electronics with savings of up to 43% off for Valentine's Day. Included is this Clock Radio that will house your iPhone/iPod in its hidden sliding dock. Wake up to your iPhone, radio or buzzer with its dual alarm. Both stations and alarm volume can be preset. The ICF-C7IP also features an AM/FM tuner, automatic time set and comes with remote.
Pure's latest Internet digital radio Contour uses Flow technology to access thousands of stations. It can also stream from its retractable iPod/iPhone dock. The acoustically tuned cabinet features dual bass ports and can stream wirelessly from a WiFi enabled PC or media server. Other features include DAV, FM radio. a USB connector, Ethernet, RCA and 3.5mm outputs. Priced at $299.99, the backlit, touch-sensitive Contour can be pre-ordered now for a March delivery.
Griffin's CarTrip was obviously designed for the automotively challenged. The Bluetooth monitor keeps track of acceleration, speed, fuel consumption and diagnostic codes. Plugged into your OBD-II, it will even go as far as helping you troubleshoot that annoying "check engine" light. Information can be stored on SD card, iPhone/iPad/touch or Griffin's free CleanDrive application. Plan on a $89.99 price.
Addicted to Groupon but never get the really good deals? Tenka is a new mobile app for iPhones, Blackberrys and Android phones that allows you to add local deals and redeem them later. Users can also share with buddies and the more friends you have, the more you can save.
Pioneer's latest Blu-ray players have the convenience of 3D and more. The BDP-430, BDP-43FD, and the Elite BDP-41FD have iOS support and HDMI connectivity. At prices starting at $299.00, users can download a free iControlAV iOS App for control via iPhone/iPod.
Developer Nabix has created an app known as 'Honey, It's Me,' a virtual girlfriend. A Korean model posed for it and dictated over a hundred voice messages such as "good morning" and "time to wake up" to send out to your iPhone. Leader of the Nabix team Kim Yoon-Kak says that it was meant to "console the lonely." Considering that it averaged about 80,000 downloads per day before they started charging $1.99, that's a boatload of lonely. Only in Korean for now, the company has future plans for English, Chinese and Japanese versions.