Internet Car Radio

Free MINI Game For iPhone, iPod Touch Users

For iPhone and iPod touch users, here’s a new game I’m sure you’ll get addicted to.

The recently launched “MINI Liquid Assets” is a fun, interactive game inspired by and reminiscent of the old encased water jet games that kids loved generations ago. Produced by MINI Financial Services, the new application combines the MINI brand and intuitive controls that maximize the sophisticated features of the iPhone and iPod touch user interface.

Players need to fire streams of water (with bubble sound effects) into their “MINIs” to keep away from obstacles and guide their coins safely to their MINIs. The game is easy to learn with three difficulty settings: “Easy,” “Medium” and “OMG.” How do you earn points? If you shoot more water, you get more “liquid assets.” Cool idea, huh?

The Mini Liquid Assets, which caters especially to MINI drivers and Apple enthusiasts, features the complete model lineup of MINI vehicles, as well as the latest MINI convertible and the MINI E. Another amazing built-in feature is “Find a MINI dealer” that uses Google Maps app. The new iPhone app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App store.

According to Jim McDowell, Vice President of MINI USA: “We think “MINI Liquid Assets” is going to put a smile on people’s faces-a little like cruising around town with the top down on your new MINI Convertible.”

That makes me want to own a MINI convertible! But why do I have to save for it (and wait for a million years) when I have my iPhone?…

Cool Gadget for 2009: Internet Car Radio

What do gizmo fanatics have to look forward to in 2009?

Expect the most exciting and smartest gadgets to flood the electronics market this year. Forget about the economic crisis (for the moment), and let’s drool over some amazing, soon-to-be-released gadgets. Who knows, you might own one of them soon.

Internet Radio

Internet radio is not unfamiliar to many tech geeks, even to the average Web surfer. But an Internet CAR radio? Whoa, that’s something new!

Thanks to Blaupunkt 600i, the world’s first in-dash Internet car radio to be released on the market, drivers and passengers can now access thousands of Web radio stations and listen to music, news, and talk shows while on the road.

This cool device features everything that a medium- to high-end radio offers: AM/FM, CD, mp3, plus Internet radio, of course. Installing this cool gadget is very easy; all you need is a 3G mobile phone with a data plan. Connect the radio to the Internet using your cellphone’s 3G or Bluetooth. Then access the MiRoamer service, which will stream your chosen Internet radio stations. Voila, you can now groove to your favorite music!

The Internet car radio was in fact a hit at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 last January 10 at Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a collaboration of German electronic equipment maker Blaupunkt and popular Australian radio site MiRoamer.

It will be available in the United States and Europe around second half of 2009 and will cost about $399.

It’s welcome news for audiophiles out there. On my next post, I will feature another electronic auto device that you should watch out for in 2009.…