Archive for January, 2011

31
Jan

Use an iPhone FM Transmitter to Make Your Car’s Stereo Into a Music Hub

iphone fm transmitterLove your collection of Apple mobile gadgets? Now you can use an inexpensive iPhone FM transmitter to get the music from your iPad, iPhone, iPod or any gizmo with a headphone jack into your car’s stereo!

For the millions of people in the world today who love and buy Apple electronics, one of them is not enough. In addition to sporting an iMac or MacBook at home, they are also quite likely to use an iPad, iPod, and/or iPhone when they’re on the go.

Perhaps you’re one of them?

If so, then you know that virtually all of Apple’s electronics make for great digital jukeboxes. Loaded with their groundbreaking iTunes platform, everything from a MacBook Pro to iPod Touch allows you to buy, store, and listen to music virtually anywhere. The problem, however, has always been that Apple’s mobile devices are largely designed to play music through earbuds or earphones. While that is an important option for many iPhone, iPod, and iPad users, many others wish they could simply plug in to their car stereo and listen to music through their booming speakers and subwoofers.

Enter the trusty iPhone FM transmitter!

Digital On Digital: iPhone FM Transmitters Broadcast Directly Into Your Car Stereo

Now, for a modest investment of around AUD$20, every mobile gadget in your Apple arsenal can be easily driven through your car stereo, thanks to advancements in digital technology. Early designs for plugging personal music devices into your car stereo involved cumbersome cassette tape inserts that never sounded any good and often managed to break the cassette player function in car stereos. This downside, combined with the fact that few if any car stereos come equipped with cassette players anymore make an iPhone FM transmitter the obvious next-generation choice for converting iTunes-powered music collections into something that can be listened to safely while driving.

The new technology in iPhone FM transmitters is purely digital: just as your car’s FM receiver can digitally tune in radio stations, so too does an iPhone FM transmitter tune in frequencies to broadcast the audio signal from your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The precision of your car’s stereo and the iPhone FM transmitter both locking in to the same frequency digitally, together with Digital Phase Lock Loop (PLL) transmission technology that helps reduce interference, assures digital-quality transmission of the signal; the broadcast signal itself is not digital, but the tuning is.

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Universal Usability

There are a wide range of different iPhone FM transmitters on the market today, many of which are proprietary and need to be interfaced with the iPhone’s dock. But if you have a ton of different mobile gadgets, look for an iPhone FM transmitter that interfaces with devices using a 1/8″ (3.5mm) connection. While docks, plugs, and connectors can vary from device to device, the 1/8″ (3.5mm) jack continues to be universal for listening to music, from your iPhone 4 to your old Sony Walkman.

The only downside to an iPhone FM transmitter that uses a 1/8″ (3.5mm) connector is that it will most likely need to be powered either through your car’s cigarette lighter jack or a set of batteries — it will not be able to run on USB or any other kind of phantom power. This also means that a universal-fit iPhone FM transmitter might have a few extra cables — one that attaches the transmitter to your device, and one that attaches the transmitter to the car’s cigarette lighter.

But this is a minimal downside considering that an inexpensive iPhone FM transmitter can work with all of your favourite devices!

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31
Jan

What You Need To Know About HDMI Component Cables

One of the most frustrating aspects of modern technology is knowing how to get the most out of your devices. Even if you are an expert in 1080p, LED, pixel density, and all the other forms of hardware, it can still be easy to get confused as to what cable connection to use for your devices. Whether an HDMI cable is best, or if all you need is a component set. If you don’t know what you are doing, after a few hours of trying to decide which cable connection is best, the only thing you may want to use the cable for is hanging yourself in frustration.

But don’t despair! While figuring out these things isn’t always easy, it need not drive you to extreme measures. Check out our guide on understanding the differences between DVI and HDMI:

Continue reading ‘What You Need To Know About HDMI Component Cables’

21
Jan

iPhone FM Transmitters Make for a Safer, Song-filled Car Ride

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The iPDA® FMtalk iPhone FM Transmitter

Talking, texting and listening to music with earbuds on your iPhone car isn’t safe by any measure. But now, thanks to iPhone FM transmitters, you can enjoy your iPhone’s features safely in the car.

As more and more people continue to integrate mobile devices such as iPhones and Blackberries into their daily lives, the dangers of texting and talking on a mobile phone, as well as listening to music on an iPod or .mp3 device with earbuds while in the car, are causing an increasing number of car accidents in Australia. Australian laws continue to get more strict in order to curb the trend, but a recent scientific survey reveals that, in spite of the tougher laws, many drivers continue to engage in these dangerous practices.

The Medical Journal of Australia did a thorough investigation of the issue and found that “an estimated 57.3% of drivers have used a mobile phone and 12.4% have written text messages” while driving, and that “men, younger drivers, and metropolitan residents were more likely to use a phone while driving and to report a higher frequency of use.” Even more alarming is that “almost 40% of drivers who use a phone while driving did not have a hands-free device.” This of course means that a majority of Australians are talking or texting on their phone while driving with just one hand on the wheel.

Fortunately, hands-free devices such as iPhone FM transmitters are making it easy and affordable for iPhone and other mobile phone users to get the most out of their mobile computing lifestyle — even while driving.

Continue reading ‘iPhone FM Transmitters Make for a Safer, Song-filled Car Ride’

16
Jan

Sanyo Eneloop Battery Chargers Underperform Despite Price & Prestige

Sanyo Eneloop is the undisputed leader in rechargeable batteries, but their battery chargers leave something to be desired. Find out why opting for another battery charger brand to charge your Eneloops might be the way to go.

Anyone who is savvy on rechargeable batteries knows that Sanyo Eneloop is the undisputed king. While Energizer manages to muscle its way into large retail chains with its own line of rechargeable batteries, serious techies know that Sanyo Eneloop offers the highest quality and performance. Over the past year or so, Sanyo has sought to capitalise on its well established reputation by expanding its product base and offering new gadgets that leverage their rechargeable battery technology.

With all of this being said, why does it seem as though Sanyo Eneloop’s battery chargers leave something to be desired?

Taking a look at the Sanyo Eneloop battery chargers that are sold in Australia, we’ve found several key weaknesses in their design that should give consumers some pause before buying them: Continue reading ‘Sanyo Eneloop Battery Chargers Underperform Despite Price & Prestige’

08
Jan

New iPhone FM Transmitter Offers Same Quality & Features as Griffin’s iTrip at Half the Price!

iphone fm transmitteriPhone FM transmitters allow you to get your tunes out of your earbuds and into your car’s speakers. But why spend the money on name-brand iPhone FM transmitters like Griffin’s iTrip when there are lower-priced alternatives?

There’s no doubt that the iPod and iPhone completely revolutionised the way that we buy and listen to music. With a few finger strokes and a set of earbuds, your entire music collection is available at a moment’s notice in a compact, sophisticated mobile device.

But what about those of us who want to quickly and easily play our iPhone music collection on our car stereo? After all, there’s a big difference between listening to music on earbuds and having it thunder through speakers. If you want to get the music on your iPhone into your car, you’re going to need an iPhone FM transmitter.

Continue reading ‘New iPhone FM Transmitter Offers Same Quality & Features as Griffin’s iTrip at Half the Price!’




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