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Go hands-free in any car with new Pioneer audio decks

by Blogger ‎02-16-2015 09:23 AM - edited ‎02-17-2015 04:25 PM



Distracted driving laws across all the Canadian provinces and territories (except for Nunavut) usually amount to financial penalties when police catch you using your smartphone while behind the wheel. Going hands-free is, of course, a matter of safety, but it should also be one of convenience, which is what Pioneer tries to offer with its audio head units.




Aftermarket head units have enabled smartphone integration for years, but the experience has been missing something truly integrative. Pioneer has openly adopted Apple’s CarPlay platform meant to seamlessly connect an iPhone with decks that support it, making it easier to use basic functions and apps without having to touch the phone. Pioneer was the first to launch CarPlay when it released a firmware update for a number of its decks in the fall. New ones are coming and they could be your chance to use it in your car.


CES 2015: showing off Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2015 01:27 AM - last edited on ‎01-30-2015 11:57 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



CES 2015 proved to be the ideal breeding ground for the aftermarket to show what CarPlay and Android Auto are all about. The two highly anticipated in-car infotainment platforms are still really early in their overall development, but you will be able to get your hands on them this year.


Automatic Car Starters 101 & Review: Nordic Start Starter & AutoCam Back-Up Camera System

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2014 06:51 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2014 11:46 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



Getting into a freezing, frosted-over car after a long day at work, or a long stormy night is no fun.  Trying to chip a layer of ice off the windshield is frustrating, and it doesn't help when your doors are frozen shut to boot. What can solve you winter woes, aside from a promotion that involves an indoor parking spot?  An automatic car starter!  They come with installation included, and can be done easily by Geek Squad.  Read what you need to know before you pick one, and what I think of my auto starter and a backup camera I got along with it!


Overview: Dashboard Cameras

by Blogger ‎11-30-2014 05:24 PM - edited ‎11-30-2014 05:25 PM




Dashboard cameras are also popularly known as dash cams, dashcams, car cameras, car DVRs, or even accident recorders have started to become quite available and popular and range in price and features. Here’s what we’ve learned about this car technology segment.


Review: ThinkWare X300 and F550 HD Wide Angle Dash Cameras

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 10:32 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 10:52 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


The sickening crunch of the bones of your car giving way under force is a noise no one wants to hear. The moments after an accident are among our worst; did I have the right of way? I had the green! What… just… happened? Dash cams are on the rise around the world because these moments are far too common, and today we’re going to take a look at how ThinkWare’s Dash cameras can eliminate the doubt and make those moments after an incident a little bit easier.



THINKWARE Shifts Car Tech Into High Gear

by Blogger on ‎08-22-2014 12:23 PM - last edited on ‎08-22-2014 04:58 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You can’t reinvent the wheel, but you can certainly reimagine how you get around on four of them.


Car technology has shifted into high gear in terms of connectivity options, letting drivers optimize their automobiles with a plethora of gadgets and gizmos. While most are dismissed as novelty items that don’t do much other than capture the attention of passers-by, every so often there emerges a piece of car tech that is so cutting-edge, so easy-to-use, and so all-around practical for every type of driver that it stands apart.


Apple’s CarPlay for vehicles has come to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2014 01:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 03:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



It was only a matter of time before Apple would make the jump into vehicles by trying to simplify how to use an iPhone while behind the wheel, and that vision has culminated in CarPlay. CarPlay isn’t a product unto itself but rather a platform car manufacturers and aftermarket companies can include in their respective infotainment systems. You can get your hands on it now with a new unit from Pioneer Future Shop will be carrying.


Phillips Dual Screen Portable DVD Player: The Key To Happier Road Trips!

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2013 09:20 PM - last edited on ‎01-08-2014 04:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


This one’s not for you. No, seriously, it's not for you.


It’s for your kids! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a driver, not a passenger, and you’re still reading because this is one of the smartest ways to keep your backseat passengers amused when you’re on the road. It’s the Phillips Dual Screen Portable DVD Player (the PD7012G/37 to be exact) and today we’re going to look at what it is, and why you want it.


The Pioneer TS-SWX251 - Big Bass in a Small Package

by Contributor Installator ‎10-10-2013 11:48 AM - edited ‎10-10-2013 11:49 AM


The age-old conundrum of space versus bass has been a struggle for vendors and consumers alike for decades.  The problem lies in the physics of it: Big, deep bass requires big drivers (or several small ones) mounted in similarly big enclosures.  Squeezing a conventional ten-inch woofer into a single-cab truck can present somewhat of a challenge, unless you’re willing to strap it into the passenger seat.  Luckily, manufacturers have been paying more attention to this issue and have been finding innovative ways to slim down the conventional subwoofer, making it less intrusive to cargo space.  The Pioneer TS-SWX251 is one such example of a great-sounding compact sub that doesn’t break the bank.





Since the introduction of their bypass modules for remote starters in 2005, the engineers at iDatalink have continued to impress us installers with their innovation in products, software and trusty tech support during those (few) times when we run into speed bumps during an install.  Their OEM integration products for remote starters and security systems are the best I’ve used in my career as an installer.  Taking another step in the ever-changing world of OEM integration, iDatalink have released the Maestro, which is designed to bridge the gap between aftermarket head units and factory-integrated systems, such as Ford Sync.  Compatible head units will also benefit from a few added bonus features from the Maestro that make it a truly unique product.


Graduation Season. Top Gifts for the New Graduate.

by Blogger on ‎06-12-2013 04:46 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2013 01:34 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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Accomplishments are in the air, as it’s graduation season! Whether you are attending the gradation ceremony for high school, college, or a technical program, a gift will brighten up the day for the new graduate. Check out our top 5 graduation gift ideas. 



7 Things You Didn't Know About Satellite Radio

by Blogger on ‎03-17-2013 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎03-19-2013 03:21 PM by Retired Administrator

SXM_Main_TwitterIcon_500x500_040711.pngSatellite Radio has been around for a while, and while people originally scoffed at the idea of paying for something you already get for free, nearly 20M subscribe to satellite radio across the continent.

Here are some other things you maybe didn't know about satellite radio:


Pioneer AVIC-X950BH - Future Shop @ CES 2013

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 05:53 PM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 11:29 AM by Retired Administrator

Review: Parrot Minikit Neo

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2012 11:23 PM

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Parrot has built a solid reputation for bridging together different technologies within the vehicle, which can come in various forms and sizes. Not everyone likes how a Bluetooth headset feels, so if you’re on the hunt for a good Bluetooth speakerphone for your car, the Minikit Neo is a good place to start.


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