Panasonic is moving full speed into Summer 2010 with 3D, bolstering its commitment to the newest home entertainment experience by offering an array of plasma screen sizes, sound-enhancing accessories and showroom aids to support the tech story it is telling about its line of VIERA Full HD 3D TVs and its DMP-BDT350 3D Blu-ray player.
Panasonic and DirecTV co-announced on the eve of CES 2010’s opening day a partnership that would result in the carriage of three dedicated 3D channels on the satellite service, starting in June. Subscribers to the service will receive a free software upgrade that will enable access to 3D content, said DirecTV Entertainment executive vice president Eric Shanks.
A pair of major TV manufacturers have become the first two to make Skype available as an embedded feature on some of its new TVs. The feature will be available to those with access to LG's NetCast Entertainment Access and Panasonic's Viera Cast.
Ooma provides a one-time-purchase model for phone service using their latest VoIP device, the Ooma Telo.
In three actions last week, the newly constituted five-member Federal Communications Commission began its examination of the wireless industry's practices, with an eye toward adopting rules that would lower prices and increase consumer choices. Among topics of the probe will be handset exclusivity deals, "truth-in-billing," and other competitive activities. In addition the FCC initiated an Inquiry into policies that will encourage innovation and investment in the wireless business.
Logitech and Skype announced a colaboration Tuesday to deliver “High Quality Video” online calling services. Video calls will be available with VGA resolution at 30 frames per second. Skype’s “Standard” service offers QVGA resolution (a quarter of the resolution of VGA) at 15 frames per second. The software required to operate this package includes the new Skype 3.6 for Windows and Logitech’s QuickCam version 11.5, both available as free downloads from the respective company’s Web sites (Skype 3.6 will be available in November). The system also requires a broadband connection and a dual-core PC. On the hardware
Capitol Sales, a St. Paul, Minn.-based consumer electronics distributor serving the technology retail and custom installation markets, recently added all three major gaming systems to its line card; picked up Russound’s E-Series controller amplifier and keypad, Panasonic’s KX-TDE line of converged IP-PBX telephone systems, Little Giants ladder systems; and an assortment of Klein Tools products. The company also expanded its line of Lorex Technology security products and enhanced its e-commerce Web site. On the gaming front, Capitol now carries Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation3 and the Nintendo Wii. The additions are part of an ongoing effort to serve as more of a one-stop
Parliant announced that its PhoneValet Version 5.2 and PhoneValet Anywhere services will be available for the new iPhone. PhoneValet for iPhone will allow customers to check home and office messages visually from any Mac or web browser by emailing the messages to the users desktop. PhoneValet features an automated voice mail attendant unlimited voice mail call tree, call blocking, recording, logging and screening, automated dialing and Interactive Voice Response capabilities. PhoneValet Anywhere is an add-on package that allows users to access their messages from any remote Mac or PC. “Now with one device, Apple’s iPhone, you can access calls and messages from all