Inspect-a-gadget [Gloucestershire Echo (England)]
(Gloucestershire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The choice of CD for a long car journey has long been the cause of family friction but new research has revealed that which song drivers listen to can even influence how safe they are on the roads. Unsurprisingly, music that is noisy, upbeat and increases a driver's heart rate can be a deadly mix. Fast beats cause excitement that can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road and to speed up to match the beat of the song THE TOP FIVE SAFEST DRIVING SONGS 1. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones 2. Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars - Travie McCoy 3. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz 4. The Scientist - Coldplay 5. Tiny Dancer - Elton John LIVIO WEB-CONNECTED FM RADIO TECH You may not think much about how you interact with your local FM radio broadcasters, but Livio is working to make it easier and safer for drivers to interact with your favourite terrestrial radio stations with a new technology called FM Connect.
While listening to a Livio Connect-enabled FM radio that is paired via Bluetooth to a smartphone running the Livio app, users gain the ability to communicate with the broadcaster or access rich data at the touch of a connect button. For example, if an advertisement for a popular restaurant is on air, users may be able to tap a button on the radio to initiate Google Navigation or call to make a booking.
WHO'S A PRETTY BOY Parrot has expanded its line of Android- powered car stereo receivers to three models. For 2013, it is making it easier for developers to create apps to feed it. Parrot's Market will offer apps for audio streaming, navigation, location services, and other car-appropriate services. Many apps are free, but some will cost money. App selection will vary from country to country. The Asteroid Market will be available on all of the Asteroid models when it launches later this year.
KENWOOD HAS ANDROID IN STEREO Kenwood has shown off its new DNN990HD Android-powered car stereo. By touching and dragging, icons can be added, moved between the multiple home screens, or deleted.
Kenwood also demonstrated the DNN770HD, a smaller-screened model that uses the same Android interface. Both devices have the ability to send and receive e-mails via voice recognition and text-to- speech. Users can also have their Twitter and Facebook feeds read aloud.
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