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With a name like "Gigafactory," it has to be good. Panasonic and Tesla have just announced an agreement that'll see the two firms construct a large-scale battery manufacturing plant right here in the United States. The name, as you'd guess, is Gigafactory. Bold, intriguing, and totally Tesla. Per the agreement, it'll... Read more...
Earlier this week, when I talked about SanDisk's mind-blowing 4TB enterprise solid-state drive, I remarked that such storage densities still impress me, SSD or not. This is especially the case when I look back five years or more - the progression has been unbelievable. Perhaps more unbelievable though is Sony's latest... Read more...
Have you ever seen an iPad cry? Would you like to? It's easy -- just plop one next to Panasonic's Toughpad 4K tablet and start comparing specs. The same goes for any other tablet, really. Panasonic has thrown down the gauntlet in terms of performance slates by launching the world's first 20-inch 4K ultra high... Read more...
One area of technology that never ceases to amaze me is storage. Despite the extreme complications in increasing densities, it continues to happen, and while at one point an 8GB mechanical hard drive seemed incredible, 4,000GB models are easily found today (with 5,000GB models on the way). When looking at "small"... Read more...
Here's a question: is it truly possible to produce a 20-inch handheld device and get away with calling it a tablet? Evidently so, at least if you're asking Panasonic. The longstanding electronics company has just announced that the planet's first 4K tablet will begin shipping in the United States early next year, but... Read more...
It isn’t exactly 1,000TB on a DVD, but we’ll take it. Sony and Panasonic announced that the two companies are partnering to develop a next-generation standard for optical discs in an effort to provide another long-term data storage option for professional use. Leveraging technology owned by each company... Read more...
Panasonic and its subsidiary Sanyo (by way of a 50.2 percent stake in the company) both pleaded guilty in separate price fixing allegations involving automotive parts and battery cells, the United States Department of Justice announced this week. The two firms will pay a total of $56.5 million in criminal fines, while... Read more...
It's a connected world, and we're just living in it. While the point-and-shoot camera was chalked up as dead a few years back by some -- folks who thought the evolution of the smartphone camera would do the category in -- companies are now learning to innovate the space in a way that could squeeze a few more years of life from it. Panasonic... Read more...
It'll come as no surprise to you to hear that televisions are getting smarter. It's actually tough to find a big-screen set these days without some sort of Smart TV platform baked into it, and Panasonic's latest line is looking to one-up the others. Nuance's Dragon TV is being installed onto Panasonic's newest Smart... Read more...
In-flight Wi-Fi is a nice amenity when crossing the skies of the continental United States, but it's pretty much radio silence if heading overseas. No longer. United has just become the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes... Read more...
Just when you thought that tablet resolutions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Panasonic with the unveiling of a 4K resolution model. Yes, 4K. But that's not all that makes this tablet unique: it comes in at a staggering 20-inches in size. Clearly, this isn't meant to be something you toss into your backpack and use while on the... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... Read more...
External webcams aren't nearly the rage they used to be. Perhaps that's because every notebook that ships today includes on, and a slew of new LCDs do as well. But if you're still stuck with an older monitor, or you just want something a bit more detailed than the 1.3MP embedded webcam, Logitech has a new option for... Read more...
Now's not a fun time to be working at Panasonic, not when you're constantly looking over your shoulder wondering if the corporate axe will come crashing down. Over the next two years, Panasonic said it plans to hand out another 17,000 pink slips and turn out the lights at up to 70 factories in order to trim costs and remain competitive. This... Read more...
While 3D has obviously exploded in recent months, one thing that has been left in the dust is universal support and compatibility. With everyone taking 3D and running with it, we've been left with a lot of fragmentation in the market, with some sets supporting active, and others passive. And that's just the start. But regardless of the differences... Read more...
Skype is just blowing up. It's easily the most popular VoIP service on the market today, and it's trickling out to products that Skype founders probably never assumed it would from the get-go. Just a year after Skype came to HDTVs everywhere, Panasonic is now expanding their service by revealing that Skype will also come to Blu-ray players.... Read more...
The Micro Four Thirds world is saying 'hello' to a new member today: Carl Zeiss. MFT took the world by storm a few years ago, but even today, the main players remain Panasonic and Olympus. Some other camera companies have produced rivaling interchangeable lens cameras, but your lens options for Micro Four Thirds cameras has been somewhat limited.... Read more...
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