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According to a Reuters report, the European Commission is planning to level fines at six major electronics companies that participated in a price-fixing scheme for CRT displays in the late ‘90s. The apparently guilty parties include LG Electronics, Philips, Samsung SDI, France’s Thomson, Panasonic, and Toshiba. Presumably, the companies have all been bracing for this inevitability, as they were raided by the European Commission five years ago, and the day of reckoning is likely to be November 28th. European Commission building It’s unclear how much the sanctions against the companies... Read more...
There was a time when names like Sharp, Panasonic, and Sony were the cream of the crop when it came to consumer electronics, but things have not been going well for any of those companies. Sharp announced that it is unlikely to survive on its own after posting an expected net year loss of $5.6 billion, which is about double what it predicted for the time period. This is despite drastic measures to return to profitability that included a $1.1 billion restructuring this summer with bank loans, deep job cuts, and mortgaging its factories and other facilities. The Japan-based company is hoping that... Read more...
There are quite a few names when it comes to rugged gear, but few speak volumes the way Panasonic does when it comes to rugged laptops. The company's newest Toughbook is out and about, with the SX2 looking as mighty as ever. The new machine offers up 14.5 hours of battery life and uses an Intel Core i5-3320M vPro CPU, a magnesium alloy body, 12.1" LED-backlit display, a 720p webcam and two USB 3.0 ports. It's also been made 40% slimmer than prior models, though it's still offering a shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive allow it to handle up to a 30-inch drop to the base of the unit while operating,... Read more...
There's really just a single name in tough PCs these days, at least on the mainstream front, and that's Toughbook. Panasonic's Toughbook line has been taking beatings in the field for quite a while, and now the Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet PC is getting a refresh. The unit now ships with Intel's Core i5-3320M vPro processor (up to 3.3GHz), and an innovative ambient light sensor, allowing automatic backlight shut-off to improve battery life. There's also expanded storage -- up to 500GB of 7200RPM space, shock-mounted with a quick release hinge. There's a 10% improvement in battery life (up to... Read more...
Some days, technology comes in the form of a new MP3 player or new GPU.  But new technologies  might not always be directly related to a consumer product, but still have the potential to make a serious impact in our every day world. Panasonic has this week introduced an advanced radar technology for next-generation traffic safety systems that enables to detect humans and vehicles in a range of several tens of meters. This millimeter-wave radar technology allows for detecting objects outdoors in poor visibility conditions, such as night, rain and snow, as well as against the sunlight.... Read more...
HDTVs? Yeah, CES 2012 has plenty of those to go around. Panasonic just introduced their 2012 line of Smart Viera Plasma sets, which center on five new points: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements. There's 17" new models, which range in size from 42" to 65". Also new for 2012 is a cloud-based architecture to increase the VIERA Connect IPTV platform to an unlimited number of apps, thereby cementing its reputation for creating innovative and cutting edge products and focusing on providing the consumer with the ultimate in home entertainment. New to select VIERA TVs... Read more...
A quintet of major tech companies has agreed in principle to collaborate on developing new technology to protect content on flash memory cards and embedded memory. Panasonic, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony, and Toshiba form the group, tentatively named the “Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative”. Specifically, the group is looking to protect HD content, using unique ID technology and public key infrastructure-based copy protection. The group seems optimistic, promising to have the new technology available for licensing “early next year” (which, if you’re keeping track,... Read more...
More Android tablets? Yeah, we're thinking the same thing. But these truly are different, and in more ways than one. Panasonic's legendary Toughbook line is bleeding over to tablets this week, with the Toughpad A1 and B1 being labeled as the world's most reliable 10" and 7" tablets. The Toughpad A1 offers a stylus and active digitizer, enabling flexible data entry in the field, aswell as signature capture and handwriting recognition functionalities - ideal for sales, customers ervice and mobile point-of-service environments. Other features include integrated cameras, a serviceable battery, multiple... Read more...
The holidays are just around the bend, and that means new camera systems. The mirrorless, interchangeable and Micro Four Thirds worlds have been blossoming recently, and as the market heats up, Panasonic's replacing one heralded body with another. Today, the LUMIX GX1 was revealed, joining the existing G Series with a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine. There's a maximum ISO of 12,800, and a built-in flash, fast AF and a hot shoe. The LUMIX GX1, like all the models in Panasonic's LUMIX G Series of CSC, adopts Contrast AF for its focus system, so focusing is controlled by the image... Read more...
United Continental Holdings, Inc. is about to take on Delta, Virgin America and JetBlue in a major way. Despite being later than some to the in-flight Wi-Fi game, the merged United and Continental partnership will soon sprout internet in the skies. Panasonic Avionics Corporation has been chosen to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft beginning in mid-2012. Panasonic's Ku-band satellite technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG) and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system will also enable... Read more...
Three of the top 3-D display manufacturers have announced plans to standardize on a type of 3-D glasses in order to facilitate cross display compatibility. Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung are pairing with XPAND 3-D to market what they call the "Full HD 3-D Glasses Initiative." At present, each company is chasing its own glasses, and there is currently no guarantee that a TV and monitor from the same company will use the same glasses. With XPAND, the manufacturers intend to bridge this gap. Xpand already sells what it calls "Universal 3-D" glasses for a cool $129, which the manufacturers... Read more...
Well, there's an app store for just about every major mobile platform out there, so why not an app store for televisions? It's actually a segment of the market that has been lacking for some time; there are TV app stores, but who is developing for them? In a bold effort to get their name out there and potentially entice developers to share their skills, Panasonic has launched a developer portal for their VIERA Connect platform. It's a public web portal that's designed to invite IPTV application developers to write applications for its VIERA Connect cloud-based TV service. The new portal allows... Read more...
Panasonic's Toughbook family has always been tough, but it's about to get even tougher. Or, at least more powerful. The Toughbook C1 has been a proven contender for the company, and it has certainly been around the block a time or two. And now it's coming around again, this time with increased RAM, more hard drive capacity, and improved battery life. And that's just for starters. There's also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, optional GPS and an optional Gobi2000 3G mobile broadband module from Qualcomm. All that, of course, is wrapped up a tight, rugged package that's meant for the field. It remains the world's... Read more...
It's funny how history repeats itself. Rugged tablets have been around for ages. They first hit around a decade or so ago, underpowered and with terrible battery life. they were chunky, rugged, and ready for the field. But no one bought into them, as their flaws superseded the pros. Panasonic has now announced that things are coming full circle, with the Toughbook entering the tablet space soon. The company recently announced that a future Toughbook Tablet would be shipping in order to address a current gap by delivering a product designed with security, functionality and real-world reliability... Read more...
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