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Pioneer AppRadio Brings iPhone Apps to Your Car

Pioneer is set to bring a touch-screen car receiver to market that will integrate seamlessly with your iPhone or iPod touch. This either sounds like a great idea or the most distracting in-dash system ever manufactured. The AppRadio features a 6.1-inch 800 x 640 pixel resolution multi-touch display, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and an AM/FM radio. The real magic happens when you plug in your iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4th generation and start the vehicle.

Pioneer AppRadio head unit

Apps that have been modified to display on the AppRadio can be used directly on the Pioneer unit. Initial partnerships with app developers include Inrix Traffic, Motion-X GPS Drive, and Pandora and Rdio streaming music apps. More are sure to come on board, as the modifications required for an app to run on the AppRadio are relatively minor.

How can I increase the volume limit on my iPhone iPod app?

Sometimes music will not play loudly when using the iPod app on your iPhone. There could be several reasons for this, but one to check is the built-in volume limit setting. The volume limit sets a maximum volume to be output on the speaker or headphone jack, limiting the top volume that can be set using the side volume buttons.

To increase the volume limit on the iPhone:

1. Navigate to Settings -> iPod
2. Check the Volume Limit.
3. If the Volume Limit is OFF the volume is maxed out.
4. When the Volume Limit says ON there is a limit set.

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Koostic iPhone Dock Boosts Sound Without Electricity

Looking for a natural solution to amplify the sound coming out of your iPhone speakers? Koostic now offers a line of completely electricity-free iPhone docks made of high-quality wood. They are finished with orange oil and beeswax instead of harsh chemicals. The dock will amplify sound 2-4 times the normal volume of your iPhone speakers.

apple iphone wood dock koostic non-electric

Koostic creates dynamic sound with acoustic amplification through specially designed sound channels and hemispheric sound chambers. As the Koostic website explains, the technology is similar to that used in an acoustic guitar. Strumming a hollow wood body will increase the volume.

Is my right / left iPhone speaker broken? One speaker doesn't work.

Sound will normally only come out of one opening on the bottom of the iPhone. One "speaker" is actually a microphone and the other is a speaker.

The original iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS feature a speaker on the left side of the iPhone (with the iPhone screen facing up). The right side is a microphone and produces no sound.

The iPhone 4 has a microphone on the left (with the iPhone screen facing up). The right side is the speaker and produces all of the sound.

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