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Pioneer AppRadio runs iOS apps in your car – including Google Maps

Posted: 26 May 2011 03:40 PM PDT

Pioneer has launched a new car stereo, but unlike your typical car stereo, this one is alot more sophisticated and versatile – it should prove to be a bit hit.

This new Pioneer car stereo is called AppRadio, and the thing that's so special about it is that you can use iPhone and iPod Touch apps on it, in your car. Pioneer AppRadio is simply a multi-touch display that is fully integrated in your car, and all that you have to do in order to use it is to connect it to your iPhone 4 via Apple's standard 30-pin connector. So far, only several apps support Pioneer AppRadio, and the list includes Google Maps, INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, and Pandora Radio.

As for technical specs, Pioneer AppRadio comes with a 6.1″ 800×640 multi-touch display, and it supports Bluetooth Hands-Free calling, AM/FM Radio and it fully supports iPhone 4 and iPod Touch fourth gen .

As for the pricing, we're assuming that Pioneer AppRadio will cost less than $500 when it hits stores.

Nokia Oro comes in 18-carat gold

Posted: 26 May 2011 11:54 AM PDT

If you're looking for a flashy cell phone that will make people envious, Nokia might have the right solution for you, its not like the Finnish phonemaker to release handsets like these but we have a feeling this might not just be a one-off.

This latest phone is called Nokia Oro and it comes with 3G and WiFi support, 3.5-inch AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera that is capable of 720p video recording. As for operating system, Nokia Oro stills comes with Symbian OS, but that's not the reason why this phone is so special. What makes this phone unique is its looks. Nokia Oro has an exterior plating made from 18-carat gold, sapphire crystal and leather. As you can see, this is quite the expensive phone and only a selected few will be able to afford it.

Nokia Oro is targeted for the Middle East and Russia, but it will be available in various countries throughout Europe, China, and the Middle East in the third quarter of this year. As for the price, we estimate that the starting price will be €800 ($1,126), which is actually not too pricey if you compare it with the likes of the high capacity iPhone 4, but the Oro will come with more bling.

Windows Phone 7 Mango details announced by Microsoft

Posted: 26 May 2011 11:42 AM PDT

As you all know, Nokia has partnered with Microsoft and have signed a contract for using Windows Phone 7 OS on all of its upcoming smartphones. Well, there have been a lot of noise over that for some time now and finally Microsoft has announced details of the upcoming first Windows Phone 7 powered Nokia Smartphone.

Better known as 'Mango', the Windows Phone 7 by Nokia is expected to be a hit. Though it will be quite difficult for native symbian users (and fans) to take the turn.

Nokia has this to say about their strategic partnership,

"Today Microsoft has announced the key new ingredients of the latest 'Mango' release of the Windows Phone operating system. This is the software that will be used on the first Nokia with Windows Phone device, and so should be of keen interest to Nokia-watchers everywhere."

Its also known that Microsoft already has Nokia phones that run on Mango in its labs. With this huge step taken by Nokia, lets see how it will work out in the market. We look forward to hearing your comments.

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