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New GE Dual-Piezo cooling tech could enable thinner tech

12/12, 11:35am

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.

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Wire leak spoils Canon G1X mirrorless rival, Elph 110/520 HS

01/05, 8:50am

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.

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GE's holographic storage material records at Blu-ray speeds

07/21, 12:10am

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.

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GE may have mirrorless interchangeable camera by late 2011

04/05, 11:45am

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.

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Borders near bankruptcy after e-books weigh it down

02/11, 5:50pm

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.

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Ruling on DMCA could allow breaking DRM for fair use

07/25, 10:40pm

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.

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GE launches 8 compacts for PMA

02/21, 3:50pm

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.

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GE's four new cameras include 14MP, 8X zoom models

01/06, 11:20am

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.

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Comcast officially buys control of NBC

12/03, 7:55am

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.

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Google holds throne in brand value over Apple, MS

04/21, 4:00pm

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.

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GE announces second-gen cameras

01/23, 5:00pm

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.

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