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Craft a wireless in-car receiver out of Bluetooth headphones

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 9:35am

Bluetooth headphone hackLifehacker today features a DIY project that converts a pair of Bluetooth headphones into a wireless audio receiver for your car.

That would enable you to stream any audio content -- including tunes from Internet radio apps -- from a smartphone to your car stereo. Perfect if a new Ford model with SYNC is a little beyond your budget.

That said, "it's certainly a lot of work," warns Lifehacker. But if you're up to the challenge, you can find everything you need from Scrapyard Electronic here. Lifehacker's article is here.

Build a radio in a bottle this weekend

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:20pm

Radio in a bottle projectIt won't play Pandora (or even FM radio for that matter), but this DIY radio-in-a-bottle project featured by Lifehacker is a great way to spend a weekend. Besides apparently not being a terribly difficult project, the radio also requires no power source.

"Whether you want to build it out of nostalgia, to learn some new skills, or to pass skills on to the next generation, this is a fun and inexpensive way to do it," writes Lifehacker.

You can find their coverage here and the radio-in-a-bottle project here.

Lifehacker offers tips on how to (cheaply) integrate a smartphone into your car

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 11:30am

Car stereo of todayNew cars have a myriad of ways to connect to your smartphone and play web radio, but if your vehicle is even just a few years old, you may not have all the bells and whistles needed. How to connect your smartphone to a "dumb" car stereo?

Lifehacker offers some tips, pointing out some cheap USB adapters, clever tricks and even handy office supplies that can help make your car smartphone-friendly. Or, if you're feeling crafty, you could always turn your ashtray into a makeshift smartphone dock (RAIN coverage here).

Here's a preview that may put a chill down some radio folks' spines: to get the best reception out of an FM transmitter connected to your smartphone, Lifehacker suggests removing your car antenna! Though with apps from TuneIn or iHeartRadio installed, maybe that's not such a big deal...

Find Lifehacker's tips here.

Service aims to pick the perfect local tunes for your roadtrip

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:05pm

RoadTrip MixtapeA new webapp from The Echo Nest not only provides directions for your next roadtrip, but also serves up a playlist of music filled with artists from the cities and towns you'll be driving through.

Called RoadTrip Mixtape, the serivce is powered by Google Maps (for the directions) and Rdio (for the tunes). It's potentially a great alternative to listening to "Boyfriend" again and again on local FM stations. 

Though Lifehacker finds the service is "a lot of fun to use," it points out a pretty major failing: you can't (easily) export the playlists to take with you on your trip! But a rememdy -- in the form of a mobile version of RoadTrip Mixtape -- is reportedly on the way.

"In the meantime, it's a great way to choose some local music to listen to for your next trip, or just discover musicians who got their start in your area."

You can find Lifehacker's coverage here and try RoadTrip Mixtape for yourself here.

DIY project converts a car ashtray into a smartphone dock

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:05am

iPhone ashtray/dockThe cars of tomorrow will likely rely on smartphones for a plethora of features, including streaming web radio. But perhaps your car of today isn't quite up to the task.

You can help make your car a bit more smartphone-friendly with a new DIY project spotlighted by Lifehacker. It's a way to turn a car's ashtray into a dock for your smartphone.

"All you really need for this project is a bit of scrap plastic, an old dock connector for your phone, and a few tools," writes Lifehacker. "When you're done, you'll have the perfect spot to put your phone, no messy cables required."

You can find Lifehacker's coverage here and the "how to" instructions at Instructables here.

Lifehacker readers vote Pandora the best Internet radio service

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 12:40pm

LifehackerLifehacker's reader poll on the best Internet radio service (previous RAIN coverage here and here) has been decided. The winner? Pandora, with 33% of the vote. "Love it or hate it, it's the most popular, and those of you who love it really love it," writes Lifehacker. Second place when to Spotify (22%), then TuneIn (20%), Soma.fm (17%) and then Slacker (7%).

You can find Lifehacker's coverage here.

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