Bulbs change hue depending on time of day, user settings
GE Business Innovations today debuted color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple's HomeKit during GE's Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes. The new HomeKit-enabled LED bulb will utilize GE Align technology, automating lighting according to the body's natural sleep cycle, tracked by HomeKit and Apple's iOS-based HomeKit.
GE's DCJ cools by acting like miniature bellows
General Electric has unveiled an ultra-thin, high-performance cooling mechanism that could allow for even thinner next-generation electronics. The Dual Piezoelectric Cooling Jets (DCJ) technology acts as a miniature pair of bellows, pulling cool air in when they expand and expelling hot air when contracting. The technology was initially developed to cool commercial jet engines, but GE managed to miniaturize it, and the company has gotten the technology working in computers.
Canon G1X to carry large sensor and wide aperture
Wells Fargo has leaked virtually every camera designer's plans for CES and PMA next week but has provided unusually large amounts of detail for major Canon releases. The PowerShot G1X is Canon's long-awaited if indirect response to mirrorless rivals and carries a large, 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor to let it take in more light and detail than most compacts. Although the 4X, 28-112mm equivalent lens is still non-removable, it now has a wider maximum aperture of f2.5 (better than f2.8) to improve low light and soften backgrounds.
Tech said to fit 20 Blu-rays on single disc
GE has reportedly achieved a significant breakthrough in its Holographic Data Storage project. Researchers claim to have successfully demonstrated a micro-holographic material that is capable of supporting data transfer rates at the same speed as Blu-ray discs. The tech is said to step closer to the goal of storing the equivalent of 20 Blu-ray discs onto a single DVD-size disc.
GE may dip into mirrorless interchangeables soon
GE's General Imaging said in remarks that the company is branching out into the semi-pro segment with mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras. A spokesperson didn't say what it would entail but promised a Micro Four Thirds-like entry sometime by the end of 2011. The young camera maker has so far clung only to point-and-shoot cameras.
Borders near Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Borders' financial troubles in the e-book era could come to a head early next week after a leak has revealed it's close to bankruptcy. The bookseller is now believed to be filing a non-permanent Chapter 11 bankruptcy as soon as Monday or Tuesday. Its plan would see it get debtor-in-possession financial backing during the bankruptcy of as much as $450 million from Bank of America or GE, but it would also close 200 of its existing 674 stores, the WSJ sources behind the leak said.
Court says cracking DRM OK if purpose is legal
A new court ruling on Friday could set a legal precedent that allows bypassing digital rights management (DRM) for fair use purposes. New Orleans circuit Judge Emilio Garza found that GE hadn't violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by using hacked security dongles to repair uninterruptible power supplies from MGE UPS Systems as the goal itself was legal. While a jury fined GE $4.6 million for breaking copyright and misusing trade secrets, Judge Garza determined the DMCA hadn't been broken, as using hacked items by itself didn't constitute violating protection at the same time.
GE's G5WP, more appear at show
GE's General Imaging had its turn at PMA introductions on Sunday with eight separate models that are a mix of new and upgraded models. The G5WP leads the mix and is GE's second waterproof camera; it snaps photos at the same 12 megapixels and 4X zoom as its predecessor but is theoretically a revamp of the earlier G3WP. It ships later this spring for $180.
GE E1486TW, E1480W, A1255 and A1455 official
GE on Wednesday updated its General Imaging point-and-shoot cameras with four new models. Topping the range are the E1486TW and E1480W; both claim relatively high end features with 14-megapixel sensors as well as an 8X zoom, 28mm image stabilized lens that, put together, are rare in pocketable cameras. The E1480W will ship in the spring for $150, while the E1486TW adds a touchscreen interface and will arrive at the same time for $180.
Comcast has controlling stake, GE minority
Comcast today confirmed late rumors and bought a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal that gives it control of the studio. The deal sees GE maintain a 49 percent stake and receive about $6.5 billion from Comcast; NBC Universal in turn is borrowing $9.1 billion to pay GE. While the new combined company doesn't yet have a name, but Comcast has created a second division known as the Comcast Entertainment Group that will handle the content aspects of the venture.
Google brand beats Apple
Google remains the number one company in the world in terms of estimated brand value, says the research group Millward Brown Optimor. Google has held its spot for a third consecutive year, with a recent valuation of $86.1 billion, an increase of 30 percent over earlier results. General Electric holds second place in the current survey at $71.4 billion, while Microsoft is valued at $70.9 billion. The results are based on interviews with over a million people worldwide.
GE second-gen cameras
General Electric has announced what will only be its second generation of digital cameras, due in the spring. All of them will feature blink and smile detection, delaying shots for the best expressions. At the top of the compacts will be the E series, led by the E1050 ($249), a 10-megapixel camera able to record 720p video at 30fps. Shooters can output the video to an HD display, and control various functions though a three-inch touchscreen. Its lens is capable of 5x optical zoom, and its light sensitivity extends to ISO 3200. An optional GPS receiver can geotag images.