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Briefly: 8-bit 4K to 10-bit 2K video app, Haswell refresh expected

04/10, 11:37am

Command line app converts Panasonic GH4 video to 2k 10-bit

Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit 2K HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in 2048x1080 resolution.

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Panasonic HX-A500 wearable camera captures 4K-resolution video

03/24, 2:09pm

Head, arm-mounted Panasonic camera offers 200fps video function

Panasonic has revealed its first wearable camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video. The HX-A500 is unusual in its design, consisting of the camera sensor attached to an earpiece connected to an armband-mounted main unit instead of a self-contained box like the GoPro range, with the camera and unit weighing 31 grams and 119 grams (1.1 ounces and 4.2 ounces) respectively.

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Oculus VR, EA, others form Immersive Technology Alliance before GDC

03/13, 1:29pm

ITA to promote VR and to collaborate on Virtual Reality technologies

A collective of companies working on virtual reality technologies is rebranding itself in time for the Game Developers Conference. The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now calling itself the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content makers can support on a wide scale."

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Panasonic prices Lumix GH4, YAGH interface in US, Europe

03/10, 12:56pm

Lumix GH4 shipping in late April, May, priced at $1700 for the body alone

Panasonic has released more details about shipments of its Lumix GH4 camera, following its formal unveiling early last month. The 4K-capable device and its optional YAGH interface unit will be shipping to customers in late April or May, depending on the country, with the 16.05-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera being priced at $1,700 for the body alone.

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Sony, Panasonic announce 300GB Archival Disc storage format

03/10, 8:50am

High-capacity Archival Disc could offer 1TB of storage per disc

Sony and Panasonic have revealed the name of the high-capacity storage medium the two companies started working on last year. The Archival Disc is a storage format meant for "professional use" in "long-term digital data storage," using optical discs that will offer a recording capacity of 300GB per disc at launch, expanding to 500GB and up to 1TB in the future, if not higher.

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Panasonic adds five-inch 'tablet' with telephony to Toughpad line

02/24, 11:34am

New rugged device has wide range of radios, GPS, GLONASS

Panasonic today unveiled plans at Mobile World Congress to broaden its Toughpad range of rugged tablets with a new five-inch model. The new device is aimed for mobile workers who need a protected device that can handle voice and data in the field or in challenging environments, including the emergency services and public safety as well as logistics, factories and warehouses.

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Panasonic launches Lumix GH4 with 4K video recording capabilities

02/07, 5:46am

Lumix GH4 increases high-resolution video recording options

Panasonic has unveiled a new mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video, as a successor to the Lumix GH3. While the Lumix GH4 takes after the appearance of the previous model, albeit slightly smaller, it boasts an improved focus on video work, with Panasonic also launching an accessory that adds a host of connections and extra controls ideal for videographers.

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Panasonic shows FZ-M1 ToughPad, 4K sports cam, Life+Screen TVs, more

01/06, 3:25pm

ToughPad, 4K sports cam, Life+Screen HDTVs to headline Panasonic CES booth

At its CES press conference on Monday, Panasonic made a number of brief product introductions, including the FZ-M1 Toughpad tablet and a number of other interesting consumer electronics. The company also promised to bring out a wearable action sports camcorder based on its current HX-A100. The future model will capture video in 4K resolution.

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Panasonic ships massive Toughpad 4K TU-MA6 20-inch tablet

01/06, 3:00pm

Haswell Core i7 tablet designed for high performance applications

Panasonic today at the 2014 International CES announced the US availability of the Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 tablet, a 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display. Featuring an Intel Core i7-3687U vPro processor with an Nvidia Quadro K1000M GPU. The Toughpad 4K performance model is aimed at professionals in visual-intensive fields such as computer-aided design (CAD) and video editing.

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Google to show off open VP9 codec for 4K video at CES

01/03, 10:15am

19 hardware partners lined up to support standard for YouTube

Google's YouTube will be showing of a 4K-capable video codec, VP9, at next week's CES in Las Vegas, according to GigaOm. The format is being presented as an alternative to H.265, and will be open and royalty-free. To avoid the lack of support that killed off Google's VP8, the company has signed up 19 hardware partners, including Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, ARM, Intel, Broadcom, and Marvell. At CES, 4K YouTube steaming will be demonstrated at booths belonging to LG, Sony, and Panasonic.

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Sony, Panasonic dissolve OLED TV production partnership

12/26, 7:58am

Failure to create durable, cheap OLED panels forces partnership closure

Sony and Panasonic are dissolving their partnership for producing OLED televisions. The partnership, formed in June last year, was formed with the aim of sharing the costs of manufacturing the panels, something more expensive than other displays such as TFTs, though apparently a number of technology issues blighted the efforts and in turn forced the companies to go their separate ways.

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Panasonic upgrades Toughbook CF-C2 with Haswell, multi-carrier LTE

12/02, 7:58am

Battery life in Toughbook CF-C2 hits 14 hours, improves on predecessor

Panasonic has updated part of its range of ruggedized notebook computers with a number of improvements. The Toughbook CF-C2, a convertible notebook with a twisting display, has been upgraded to include a Haswell-based Intel Core i5-4300U vPro processor clocked at 2.9GHz, as well as Intel HD 4400 graphics, better battery life, and a number of other changes.

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Panasonic confirms ending plasma display production by end of year

10/31, 8:07am

Panasonic to continue plasma display sales until March 2014

Panasonic has confirmed it is pulling out of the plasma television market, after many rumors stating it would do so over the course of the last year. The company will end production of plasma display panels in December of this year, and will be ceasing operations in three factories used for manufacturing by the end of March 2014.

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Panasonic launches CF-AX3 ruggedized 2-in-1 convertible tablet

10/24, 7:55pm

New model equipped with full-HD display, Haswell processors

Panasonic has launched its new versatile 2-in-1 Ultrabook with Full HD IPS anti-glare display and a more powerful Intel processor. The Toughbook CF-AX3 is a 2-in-1 Ultrabook device, combining tablet and laptop into a ruggedized single unit.

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Panasonic launches 16MP Lumix GM1 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera

10/17, 5:07am

Maximum 40fps burst mode, ISO 25,600 in compact retro Lumix GM1

Panasonic has added another retro-styled compact camera to its Lumix line, in the form of the Lumix GM1. The mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera sports a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with Venus Engine image processing, which offers a maximum ISO of 25,600, shutter speeds of between 60 seconds and 1/16,000th of a second, and claims of sharp images in low-light situations.

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Panasonic leaving plasma TV market by March 2014, claims report

10/09, 5:44am

Plasma reduction an attempt to rectify $913M TV division loss for year

Panasonic will stop selling plasma-based televisions early next year, according to reports. Sources claim the electronics producer will continue selling the televisions up until the end of its financial year, March 2014, though the company itself advises that it is still considering the options for its plasma display business, and has yet to decide its fate.

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Briefly: Deezer on smart TVs, Google Coder for Raspberry Pi

09/13, 7:53am

Deezer adds app to Panasonic, Philips smart TVs, updates earlier apps

Deezer has made apps for its music streaming service available for Panasonic and Philips smart televisions, with devices from NetRange, Loewe, TCL Thomson, Sharp, and Vestel also set to receive it in the future. Earlier app releases for smart TVs from LG and Samsung have received a few updates at the same time, including the ability access the playlists of friends, a shuffle mode, and enhanced search functionality.

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Panasonic prepares 20-inch 4K Toughpad tablet for European launch

09/05, 6:27am

Ultra HD tablet shipping in November, optional pen input

Panasonic will be shipping a large Ultra HD-resolution Windows 8 tablet to Europe in the coming months, according to an IFA announcement. The Toughpad 4K tablet, initially shown at CES earlier this year, has a 20-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3840x2560, aimed at artists and architects rather than the usual Toughpad and Toughbook target audience.

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Panasonic launches 65-inch Ultra HD television with HDMI 2.0 support

09/04, 10:08am

Capable of displaying 4K resolution video at 60fps, double current HDMI capability

Panasonic has launched its first Ultra HD television at IFA, the first to be compatible with the recently-announced HDMI 2.0 standards. The Smart Viera L65WT600 television, measuring 65 inches, is able to receive 4K-resolution video at 60 frames per second, double that of the 30fps that current HDMI standards are capable of producing.

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Panasonic updates Let's Note LX, SX, NX notebook ranges in Japan

08/28, 12:09pm

New LX touted as world's lightest 14-inch notebook

Panasonic has launched three updated devices from its Let's Note range of notebooks in Japan. The 12.1-inch SX, 12.1-inch NX, and 14-inch LX models have all had upgrades to their specifications, with the 14-inch LX model being touted by the company as being the world's lightest 14-inch notebook, weighing in at 2.5 pounds.

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Panasonic confirms 16MP Lumix GX7 with tiltable electronic viewfinder

08/01, 6:23am

Expects to ship in September for $1,000 for body alone

Panasonic has unveiled its new Micro Four Thirds camera, effectively confirming details in leaks over the last two weeks. The Lumix GX7 uses a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor combined with the Venus Engine image processor for Multi-process NR and Detail Reproduction Filter Process, allowing it to have a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600.

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Panasonic intros cordless landline smart handset running Android

07/31, 6:11am

Panasonic reinvents the landline handset with Android

Panasonic has taken the humble landline phone and transformed it into something approaching a full Android smartphone. The new KX-PRX120 DECT digital cordless phone runs Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' and offers users full access to Google Play for downloading and running Android apps. A built-in front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera also allows users to make video calls with the handset, yet it still offers traditional landline functionality including an answering machine.

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New images, specifications for Lumix GX7 leak, claim 16MP sensor

07/30, 7:33am

ISO 25,600, focus peaking, 1080p video recording touted in Lumix GX7

New, clearer images of the Panasonic Lumix GX7 have emerged, according to a new leak, along with a more complete specifications list of the Micro Four Thirds camera. The new shots, showing the front, back, and top of the GX7, shows the full 90-degree movement of the 2.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder, along with a better view of the top control dial and buttons.

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Sony, Panasonic working on optical discs capable of storing 300GB

07/29, 10:41am

New discs to help in data archiving, could be out by end of 2015

Sony and Panasonic are collaborating on a new optical disc format with a potential recording capacity of at least 300GB. The basic agreement between the two companies to develop the standard seeks to create professional-use optical discs aimed at the archiving market, and hopes to start selling the new discs to enterprise customers by the end of 2015.

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Panasonic Lumix GX7 leaks with adjustable EVF, rumored $1,330 price

07/26, 8:36am

Tilting rear LCD, Wi-Fi, NFC touted on new Micro Four Thirds camera

Panasonic will be adding a tilting electronic viewfinder to the upcoming Lumix GX7, according to images in a German photography magazine. The follow-up to the Micro Four Thirds Lumix GX1 will also apparently have a tilting three-inch display on the rear, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and have image stabilization located on the 16 or 18-megapixel sensor.

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Panasonic pleads guilty to car part, notebook battery price fixing

07/21, 3:40pm

Agrees to pay $56.5M in fines, jail time for executives

Panasonic has agreed to pay $56.5 million in fines for its part in price fixing conspiracies. The US Department of Justice announced that the Japanese electronics manufacturer will plead guilty for helping fix the prices of automotive parts and battery cells, which inflated the production cost of notebooks and cars for various manufacturers.

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Panasonic upgrades Toughbook H2 to Intel i5, provides more storage

05/15, 7:12pm

Ruggedized tablet aimed at military, pubic safety, healthcare

Rugged computer manufacturer Panasonic has announced upgrades to the Toughbook H2 handheld tablet PC. The ruggedized device improvements include a faster processor, expanded storage while maintaining the same durability, including the ability to survive a six-foot drop with no damage.

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Panasonic reveals Lumix G6 mirrorless, LF1 compact cameras

04/24, 7:39am

Panasonic adds Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity to cameras

Panasonic has revealed a pair of new cameras in the Lumix line. The Lumix DMC-LF1 is a 12-megapixel compact camera with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, while the Lumix DMC-G6 is a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds shooter capable of a high-speed burst mode at 7 frames per second, and a half-second booting time.

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Panasonic to continue plasma panel research, says executive

04/12, 3:04pm

Contradicts claim that plasma panel development has ended

Reports that Panasonic will halt plasma-based HDTV production has been refuted by an executive as incorrect. Henry Hauser, vice president of merchandising at Panasonic USA has said that plasma panel development is still taking place, contradicting comments made by Panasonic Display vice president Kiyoshi Okamoto that the company had researched its last plasma panel.

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Panasonic halts plasma panel research, prices 2013 TV range

04/11, 9:53am

Final panel created by Panasonic research and development teams

Panasonic has stopped development of plasma-based HD television panels, and is unlikely to start up research on the display technology again. Panasonic Display Vice President Kiyoshi Okamoto confirmed the closure of plasma research and development during an event where the company revealed the pricing for its line of HDTVs for 2013.

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Panasonic ships MST60, MS10 media streamers

04/09, 3:20pm

MST60 includes Miraconnect, Android equivalent to AirPlay

Electronics manufacturer Panasonic announced on Tuesday pricing and availability of its first-ever line of Streaming Media Players. The line-up, which were unveiled last month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, features two models -- the DMP-MST60 with Viera Connect and Miracast, along with the DMP-MS10 featuring IP video on demand.

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Panasonic reveals Lumix GF6 Micro Four Thirds camera

04/09, 5:16am

Previously leaked camera includes Wi-Fi, NFC

Panasonic has formally unveiled the Lumix GF6 Micro Four Thirds camera. As previously leaked, the new Lumix GF6 offers a number of improvements over the GF5 from last year, including the introduction of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, alongside an upgrade from the GF5's 12.1-megapixel sensor to a 16-megapixel Live MOS version.

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Leaked review of Panasonic Lumix GF6 shows 16MP sensor, NFC

04/05, 7:41am

Near Field Communications added to Lumix GF6 for quick image sharing

Details relating to an upcoming Panasonic camera have leaked online. The Lumix GF6, an upcoming mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera expected to be announced on April 9th, is seen to have the same 16-megapixel sensor as used in the Lumix GX1, improving on the Lumix GF5, as well as built-in NFC for quick sharing of photos and videos between the camera and other devices.

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Panasonic considers culling plasma HDTV production lines

03/18, 6:22am

Three-year plan would downsize entire Panasonic TV business

Panasonic is considering reducing its number of televisions over the next few years, according to reports. The Japanese electronics company is apparently looking at downsizing its entire TV business over a three-year period, starting next fiscal year, with the first casualty being Panasonic's plasma-based productions.

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Panasonic price, date 2013 home theater system range

03/14, 8:44am

Detachable sound bars, orientation detection main features

Panasonic will be making a number of home theater systems available to order later this month. The SC-HTB770, SC-HTB370, SC-HTB70, and SC-HTB65, forming the company's 2013 range of systems, were initially revealed at CES in January alongside its 56-inch Ultra HD OLED TV, but are only now coming up for order through retail stores and through Panasonic itself.

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Panasonic makes $667M profit despite slipping sales

02/01, 6:28am

Manufacturer turns around from $7.5B loss in previous quarter

Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic made a profit of 61.4 billion yen ($667 million) in the last quarter of 2012, according to recently released results. The profit comes after a turbulent year for the company, with a combination of a weak yen and various cost cutting measures helping to offset the continued slide of its product sales figures.

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Panasonic rolls out pair of new office document scanners

01/22, 6:29pm

New models designed for compact, low footprint office use

Electronics manufacturer Panasonic announced today the new KV-S1026C and KV-S1015C personal workgroup document scanners, aimed at small and medium businesses looking to organize, sync and share documents or protect important physical records with digital archives. The KV-S1026C and KV-S1015C offer high-speed scanning of up to 30 pages per minute and 20 pages per minute, both at 200 DPI.

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Panasonic adds Windows 8, Android tablets to Toughpad range

01/09, 4:29pm

Protected 10.1-inch slate joined by 7-inch Android tablet

Panasonic has updated its Toughpad range of tablets with a pair of ruggedized offerings. The Toughpad FZ-G1, aimed at outdoor and vehicle-based users, is the company's first to run Windows 8 Pro, while the Toughpad JT-B1 is a heavily protected 7-inch Android tablet for use by mobile workers in public-facing and heavy-duty industries.

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Eyes on: Panasonic's 56'' Ultra HD OLED TV

01/08, 4:05pm

Claimed largest Ultra HD OLED TV

Panasonic was among the many tech giants focusing on Ultra HD and OLED display technology this week at CES. While other companies vied for industry records such as largest Ultra HD TV or largest OLED TV, Panasonic claims to have built the world's largest TV that combines both technologies. Electronista took a look at the prototype television on the CES show floor.

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Panasonic prepares to ship 32 plasma, LED HDTVs in spring

01/08, 1:48pm

Smart TV features in many, top range includes 2D-3D coversion

Panasonic has outlined its 2103 Viera lines of LCD and plasma HDTVs, with a wide array of options available for future TV buyers. A total of 32 televisions have been detailed by the company, divided equally between plasma-based and non-plasma, and have been split into five plasma screen series and seven LED-based LCD display ranges.

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Panasonic P-02E smartphone shows up at FCC

12/26, 1:50pm

P-02E to sport 1920x1080 display, Android 4.1.2

Panasonic has had another handset approved by the FCC, with filings from the regulatory body revealing what appears to be a high-end Android device. The P-02E sports a recent version of Jelly Bean, NFC, LTE, and a high-resolution screen. It doesn't appear to be coming to the United States any time soon, though; the filing has the device headed for Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo.

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DealNN roundup: HDTVs, digital cameras, printers and more

12/14, 12:46pm

HDTVs, digital cameras, printers and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price cuts on HDTVs, digital cameras, printers, and more. At BestBuy's online site today, save big on two great HDTV deals. The Panasonic 32-inch LCD HDTV has been reduced by $70 from $300 down to $230. That's about $50 less than the lowest price we have seen on this HDTV anywhere else. Also, there is a whopping $230 price drop on the Sharp 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV which lowers the price down to $400, which is about $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free shipping is included with both of these offers, and these prices are available for today only.

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Aperture, iPhoto RAW Compatibility Update 4.02 released

11/29, 5:04pm

Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony cameras added or improved

Apple has released a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, version 4.02, for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11. The new version improves the compatibility of the two applications with a number of new camera models that take pictures in RAW format. Models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony are among those included in the update, which is just 5.04MB in size. The update works with the now-combined iPhoto and Aperture libraries, meaning only one update needs to be issued for users of both -- or either -- programs.

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Samsung surges as Sony, Panasonic downgraded

11/24, 2:43pm

Samsung jumps 1.4 percent

South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung continues to surge even as other Asian manufacturers are slumping, posting a significant jump in market cap over the past few days in the wake of bad news for Sony and Panasonic. Those two companies saw their credit ratings downgraded to junk status by rating company Fitch, with the rating agency expressing doubt in the ability of either to generate strong profits in the face of increasing competition. Meanwhile, Samsung's continually surging profits have pushed the company's stock up 36 percent this year, giving it a total market value of around $195 billion.

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Panasonic prepares HD pro camcorder for Japan release

11/05, 6:48am

Micro Four Thirds format video camera outputs 10-bit video

Panasonic has lined up a new professional HD camcorder for release in Japan. The AG-AF105A is an upgrade to the AF105, originally released in Japan in 2010, and can use Micro Four Thirds-compatible DSLR lenses as well as normally used Cinema lenses, thanks to its Micro Four Thirds mount.

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Panasonic may leave European mobile phone market in 6 months

10/26, 2:57pm

Sources suggest missing first-year target to blame

Panasonic is to withdraw from European mobile phone sales within the next six months, according to reports. If true, the exit would see the company move out from the continent, with leaks suggesting that it will most likely miss its self-set target of 1.5 million smartphone sales this financial year.

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Panasonic shows Windows 8-running Toughbook C2 for $2,949

10/26, 10:23am

12.5-inch Toughbook C2 arrives in December running on Windows 8 Pro

Panasonic on Friday revealed its latest Toughbook-series convertible notebook, the C2. It runs on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit and is powered by an 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U vPro CPU and 4GB of RAM, which can be doubled. The 12.5-inch notebook is semi-rugged and promises to withstand drops from 30 inches without any ill effects. The computer is aimed for workers in the field, and thus offers a claimed 11-hour battery life.

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Panasonic reveals Lumix GH3 launch for Japan, US to follow

10/25, 8:00am

Panasonic has announced when it will start selling the Lumix GH3 in Japan. A release date for mid-December suggests that the Micro Four Thirds, mirrorless camera will be making its way to other markets, if not close to the end of the year, then at the start of 2013. Details of camera-bundles and launch-day accessories have also been revealed.

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Report: Panasonic to cease TV sales, pursue iPad contract

10/16, 3:56pm

Display unit aims to produce iPad LCDs

Panasonic is reportedly preparing to cease television production and revamp its manufacturing efforts for smaller displays sold to third parties. The report, originating from the Japanese newspaper Diamond Online and noted by AppleInsider, points to a particular focus on contracts with Apple to produce displays for the iPad, though the company is said to be open to build displays for competing tablets and other devices.

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Briefly: Thinnest projector, Curiosity rover, DriveSavers

10/04, 7:12am

Panasonic make 'world's thinnest' laser projector

A prototype projector by Panasonic is claimed to be the world's thinnest. Demonstrated at CEATEC 2012 to Engadget, the laser projector measures 7.5 millimeters (0.29 inches) thick and can project an 800x480 resolution image at 100 lumens. The use of a laser, instead of an LCD filter other projectors use, allows the image to be displayed without needing to refocus a lens. A future release date and the potential price are currently unknown.

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