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RAIN 8/16: Carmaker Smart releases Internet radio system, Mini's in-dash system arrives in September

Posted on: 08/16/2010

SMART’S IN-CAR SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE, EVEN FOR OLDER MODELS

Carmaker Mini will be launching a web-connected, Internet radio-streaming dashboard system in September, while Smart’s own system is available now for current owners.

Mini’s Connected system will be available in September in its full range of cars. It features a slick a slick in-dash screen, which connects to your iPhone to stream Net radio among other services. The service is reportedly $328, according to VentureBeat (here).

Meanwhile, Smart’s in-car system is available now for Fortwo owners. It relies on your iPhone as its slick in-dash screen, using a $300 dock to integrate the device with the car for music playback, hands-free calling and other functions. Those features are accessed with Smart’s $10 app, which includes large driver-friendly buttons. AutoBlog has more coverage here.

For an up-close look at both systems, watch CNet’s coverage from the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, embedded above.

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR SXSW NET RADIO PANELS

Two Internet radio panels are now up for voting as part of SXSW 2011’s Panel Picker program. The first, “The Internet Radio Music Royalty Landscape,” (here) would focus on royalties from the perspective of webcasters, the music industry, musicians and broadcasters. It would be a part of SXSW Music.

The second is titled, “Mobile Internet Radio Technology, What Works, What Doesn’t?” (here). It would discuss current mobile Net radio tech and future possibilities. This panel would be part of SXSW Interactive.

These proposed panel ideas will only become a part of SXSW 2011 in Austin, TX if they receive enough positive votes, so be sure to visit each link and share your opinion. Both were submitted by Backbone Networks Corporation.

ONION SATIRE: NEARLY 3K PANDORA EMPLOYEES STRUGGLE TO FIND SONG AREA MAN ACTUALLY LIKES

According to satire publication The Onion, Pandora employees are scrambling through their 700,000-CD storage facility to find a song that 32-year-old Boston resident Dave Lipton actually likes. “Sources said that by clicking the thumbs-down ‘dislike’ icon, he has registered his disapproval for every track the 2,939-member Pandora team has put on his playlist in the past five hours.” You can find the full, very hilarious spoof here.



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