Panasonic

  • Panasonic CEO: We Have No Plans To Invest $630M Into Olympus

    Panasonic CEO: We Have No Plans To Invest $630M Into Olympus

    On Wednesday, reports circulated that Panasonic was interested in injecting a $630 million capital investment into Olympus Corp, but Panasonic CEO Fumio Ohtsubo has stepped up to squash these rumors. According to Reuters, he said that “there isn’t any” plan to invest in Olympus. This is unfortuante news for the beleaguered camera company, which is most definitely in trouble. Read More

  • Review: Panasonic Lumix GX1

    Review: Panasonic Lumix GX1

    A return to form for Panasonic, and a M4/3 camera that photographers won’t be suspicious of. Its weaknesses are largely the weaknesses of its class of camera, but beyond those it’s solid, comfortable, and fairly powerful. Not recommended for fidgety and manual focusers, but most shooters will be able to have a lot of fun with it. Read on for our full review. Read More

  • WiGig: Panasonic Tablet Wirelessly Transmits A Full DVD Video In 60 Seconds (Video)

    WiGig: Panasonic Tablet Wirelessly Transmits A Full DVD Video In 60 Seconds (Video)

    WiGig, a multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology, was first announced back in 2009, but it took companies like Panasonic quite a while to come up with applications that make use of it. Via WiGig, devices can communicate with each other at multi-gigabit speeds using the 60 GHz frequency band. Panasonic has developed a prototype system, in which WiGig is embedded in a tablet that… Read More

  • Panasonic Shows Cloud-Based “Smart Vegetable Garden” Device For Home Use

    Panasonic Shows Cloud-Based “Smart Vegetable Garden” Device For Home Use

    Panasonic isn’t just making TVs, phones, or cameras, they are also producing household appliances. One such appliance has recently been introduced by Japanese business daily The Nikkei, and it’s probably the first cloud-based device for growing fruit and vegetables at home out there. Four leaf vegetables can be grown in one so-called “Smart Vegetable Garden” (which is… Read More

  • After 58 Years: Panasonic To Cut The Cord With JVC Kenwood

    After 58 Years: Panasonic To Cut The Cord With JVC Kenwood

    Panasonic has been partnering with Victor Co. of Japan, which in 2008 merged with Kenwood to become JVC Kenwood, since 1954. But yesterday JVC Kenwood announced [JP, PDF] that Panasonic, its largest shareholder and business partner, will go alone in the future. Big P is apparently ready to sell 24,225,400 of its shares, a move that will make the company the seventh-largest shareholder in… Read More

  • 5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    Big news from Asia’s mobile market today: Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo (55 million customers, over US$50 billion in sales per year) is teaming up with five other tech powerhouses to develop chips for next-generation mobile devices. Docomo’s partners are NEC, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd., Panasonic, and Samsung. The goal is to use synergies in the six… Read More

  • Panasonic Announces Android Phone With 4.3-Inch OLED Screen For The European Market

    Panasonic Announces Android Phone With 4.3-Inch OLED Screen For The European Market

    It took them quite a while, but as reported, Panasonic is finally ready to re-enter the global market for cell phones. After 2005, Big P has been selling handsets almost exclusively in Japan. The company today announced [JP] it will start expanding its mobile business to Europe in March 2012, starting with a yet to be named Android device. Technical details are scarce at this point, but it… Read More

  • Panasonic To Start Selling Android Phones In Europe (And Possibly The US)

    Panasonic To Start Selling Android Phones In Europe (And Possibly The US)

    In the post-iPhone era, a lot of things changed in Japan, once the most admired country in the mobile world. The number of cell phone manufacturers, for example, has fallen from 13 to five after massive consolidation and re-organization, and all of the remaining players fight with a shrinking and rapidly greying domestic market. That’s one of the reasons why Nippon’s cell phone… Read More

  • Panasonic Releases New Micro Four-Thirds And 3D Cameras, The GX1 And 3D1

    Panasonic Releases New Micro Four-Thirds And 3D Cameras, The GX1 And 3D1

    Panasonic was one of the first strong competitors in the micro four-thirds camera arena, and we’ve been waiting on the next iteration of the G-series cameras for months. They’ve finally announced the GX1, aimed much more at enthusiasts than the simplified GF2 and GF3. Panasonic also announced a 3D-oriented point and shoot, which to be honest doesn’t look so hot. The GX1 seems… Read More

  • Panasonic’s EVOLTA Mini Robot Finishes Hawaii Ironman Triathlon

    Panasonic’s EVOLTA Mini Robot Finishes Hawaii Ironman Triathlon

    He hoisted himself up a 500 meter-cliff at Grand Canyon, did his magic on the Le Mans 24 circuit in France, and traveled 500KM from Tokyo to Kyoto last year And now, he completed the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, too. We covered Panasonic’s plan to let its EVOLTA battery-powered mini robot start at the 230km race back in September, and now the company announced the little guy finished it… Read More

  • BizPad: Panasonic Announces Android Tablets Targeted At Businesses

    BizPad: Panasonic Announces Android Tablets Targeted At Businesses

    Panasonic Japan has announced [JP] two Android tablets for the domestic market yesterday, the so-called BizPad JT-580VT (with a 7-inch LCD screen) and the JT-581VT (with a 10.1-inch LCD). Both devices run on Android 3.2 and are specifically targeted at businesses (hence the name). What the tablets also have in common is that they are shock-, dust-, and water-proof. For example, Panasonic says… Read More

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