TuneCast works on iPhone3g
Belikin's TuneCast Auto for iPhone and iPod has received Apple's "Works With iPhone" certification for the iPhone 3G. TuneCast Auto is a car-charger and FM transmitter with automatic scanning of FM frequencies for the best reception. It offers a one-button scan for best stations and automatically optimizes audio and volume settings. The transmitter covers FM channels from 88.1MHz to 107.9MHz. TuneCast Auto for iPhone and iPod is available for $80 and also works with the iPhone 2G, iPod touch and numerous iPods.
Usbfever's FM Transmiter
Usbfever has announced a new 9-in-1 iPhone/iPod touch FM Transmitter made specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. The transmitter also provides a USB port for charging other peripherals and a remote control. The FM transmitter works across the full FM spectrum (87.5-108MHz) and is powered by a car's cigarette lighter. Other features include a line-in input and an LCD display, as well as a cradle and charger for the iPod or iPhone. The Transmitter is available now for $40 with worldwide shipping set at $3.
USBfever cases, hands free
USBfever today unveiled three new products for the iPhone and iPod: a Bluetooth stereo dongle, an iPhone stone-grain silicone case, and an iPhone car charger with an included dashboard mount. Rather than transferring audio over common FM frequencies – which can be problematic in high-density residential areas – the Bluetooth dongle transfers stereo A2DP signals to a music system. The Bluetooth adapter is available for $30.
Cell carriers vs. FCC
Cellular carriers are working hard to combat a new FCC regulation that would force all cellphone service providers with half a million subscribers or more to install 8-hour backup systems at almost every cell transmitter site across the U.S. The rule, which the FCC drafted after Hurricane Katrina knocked out hundreds of cell towers and sites along the Gulf Coast in 2005, is designed to strengthen the nation's communication system to help save lives during future disasters. Wireless carriers argue that the regulation was illegally drafted and that it would impose a huge economic and bureaucratic burden, according to the Associated Press.
Bluetooth dongle for iPod
Hitachi Maxell today introduced an SRS WOW HD-enabled Bluetooth audio transmitter (site not updated) for iPod to enhance sound quality of the portable player's digitally compressed audio and video files. The new Bluetooth-enabled dongle is compatible with all full-size iPods as well as iPod nano and iPod mini, and uses the proprietary Apple DIN connector that attaches directly to the iPod dock. The company offered no shipment details or pricing.
TuneStik with Remote
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters today unveiled an improved version of the TuneStik, turning it into somewhat of a multipurpose dongle. In addition to being able to transmit to FM radio stations, the TuneStik can control the iPod through the included remote. The remote features a small but bright LCD display so that users can tell what station they are tuning in to. On the bottom of the unit is a dock connector pass-through, allowing users to connect whatever devices they please to the underside of the TuneStik. DLO is selling the new TuneStik for $60, and is said to be compatible with all new iPod models.