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Apple Wants In On Car Batteries?

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Wants In On Car Batteries?

A year and a half ago, Apple Inc applied for eight patents related to car batteries. Recently, it has added a slew of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters. The recent spate of hires and patent filings shows that Apple is fast building its industrial lithium-ion battery capabilities, adding to evidence the iPhone maker may be developing a car. Quiet, clean electric cars are viewed in Silicon Valley and elsewhere as a promising... 

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Will Sony Exit TV, Mobile Phone Markets?

February 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will Sony Exit TV, Mobile Phone Markets?

Sony Corp hopes to increase operating profit 25-fold within three years by growing its camera sensors and PlayStation units, its chief executive said, laying out a strategy that could see the company exit the ultra competitive TV and smartphone markets. CEO Kazuo Hirai said on Wednesday the Japanese consumer electronics firm would no longer pursue sales growth in areas such as smartphones where its has suffered competition from cheaper Asian rivals as well as industry leaders like Apple Inc and... 

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Sony To Release Smart Glasses For $840

February 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony To Release Smart Glasses For $840

While Google is moving away from a consumer release of Glass, Sony is moving forward with sales to developers of its augmented reality SmartEyeglass. The struggling Japanese manufacturer said it will release its Android-compatible smart glasses for $840 in early March, targeting developers and industrial applications ahead of a commercial release in 2016. That price is just over half of the $1,500 that Google was asking from early adopters of Glass before it shut down commercial sales of the wearable... 

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Samsung Refutes Claims Of Smart TVs Eavesdropping

February 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Refutes Claims Of Smart TVs Eavesdropping

People can speak freely around Samsung smart TVs without fear that their conversations will be recorded and sent to a data center, the company has said in response to privacy concerns related to its devices’ voice recognition capabilities. Samsung TVs don’t monitor conversations, the company said in a blog post that clarified how its smart TV handle voice command data. Voice commands are handled by a microphone embedded in the TV remote control, which triggers interaction with a server... 

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Samsung Gives Vote Of Confidence To OLED Product Line, Investing Billions

February 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Gives Vote Of Confidence To OLED Product Line, Investing Billions

South Korea’s Samsung Display plans to invest 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion) into manufacturing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels as parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd attempts to boost components sales to countert waning smartphone profits. A Samsung Display spokesman told Reuters the new production line would mainly make medium and small-sized OLED displays for consumer electronics devices like smartphones and tablets. The investment would be made from 2015 to 2017, he added, without... 

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Will 8K TV’s Make 4K TV Useless?

February 12, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will 8K TV’s Make 4K TV Useless?

Did you just buy 4K Ultra-High Definition TV? Got yourself a 5K resolution MacBook? Throw them away! They’re worthless rubbish! The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a, a new standard which will allow 8K resolution monitors. By squishing more data down the cable, resolutions of 7680×4320 will be possible. But it doesn’t stop there, because eDP 1.4a can also make existing displays look crisper and sharper, even if they don’t... 

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Ready For 8K Screens?

February 11, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ready For 8K Screens?

A new standard that supports higher-resolution displays should aid in moving 8K screens from the realm of high-end TV and into laptops, all-in-one PCs and possibly mobile devices. The Video Electronics Standards Association’s Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a will boost image quality on screens through faster video transfer rates. The newer standard is for displays inside computers, and it will replace the older 1.4 standard that was released in early 2013. With 8K, displays will show images... 

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Canon Looking Beyond Camera Market With Latest Acquisition

February 11, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Canon Looking Beyond Camera Market With Latest Acquisition

Canon Inc will acquire network video surveillance leader Axis AB for about 23.6 billion Swedish crowns ($2.83 billion), the biggest purchase ever for the Japanese company that is trying to expand beyond the shrinking camera market. Canon said it was launching a tender offer to buy all Axis shares for 340 crowns each, a premium of nearly 50 percent. The Swedish company said its board of directors unanimously supported the offer, and that three of its top shareholders representing around 40 percent... 

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LG Profits Rise

January 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG Profits Rise

LG Display posted $1.245 billon in operating profit last year which is a 16.7 percent rise from a year earlier. It is the largest increase in six years boosted by stronger demand for handset displays. In a filing to the Korea Exchange, the LG affiliate said sales were down 2.1 percent. Despite the drop in sales, its net profit jumped 119 percent on stronger margins. This means that the company can pay its first dividend in four years. Analysts were positive about the result and its outlook for the... 

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Google Fiber Expanding South

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Fiber Expanding South

Google Fiber is expanding to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., reaching 18 cities in those areas. The fiber optic cable service, with speeds of 1Gbps, is already active in the Kansas City area, as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google has been working with city leaders in the new areas for the past year, “and now the really hard work begins,” said Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber in a blog posting. He also said Google continues... 

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Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

Microsoft Corp surprised the tech world with the unveiling of a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life. The veteran tech pioneer, which long ago lost the mantle of the world’s most inventive company, is making a bold play to regain that title in the face of stiff competition from Google Inc and Apple Inc. Virtual or enhanced reality is the next frontier in computing interaction, with Facebook Inc... 

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Will 2015 Be The Year Of 4K?

January 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will 2015 Be The Year Of 4K?

We had a few dozen meetings at CES 2015 with many interesting people and close friends over the last week and we came to a conclusion that 4K and Virtual Reality will play a big role in 2015 and the future of computer graphics. The GPU industry is making huge steps forward to make higher resolution gaming more popular. The reason behind is rather simple, as 4K has four times the pixel count of 1080p and needs four times the GPU power to deliver superior image quality gets better. The GPU industry... 

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Apple Granted Patent For Wearable Cameras

January 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Granted Patent For Wearable Cameras

Apple Inc has been issued a patent for a wearable camera that could possibly challenge action cameras made by GoPro Inc. The patent, which cites specific weaknesses in GoPro’s cameras, includes details about a camera system that can be mounted on bike helmets or scuba masks, Apple said in an application filed with the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office. Shares of GoPro, whose cameras can be mounted on helmets, surf boards, bikes and dog harnesses, fell as much as 15 percent. Apple’s newly... 

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Survey Reveals Workers Ready For Wearables

January 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Survey Reveals Workers Ready For Wearables

Employees are eager to integrate wearable devices into their daily routines but aren’t convinced the technology will make their jobs easier. They also want employers to cover the costs, according to a survey from IT staffing firm Modis. “The utility of them in the workplace is probably what’s causing the hesitation to want to dip into their own pocket and actually pay for them,” said Bobby Knight, senior vice president of strategic sales and delivery at Modis, which conducted... 

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Micron Debuts Consumer Oriented SSDs

January 8, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Micron Debuts Consumer Oriented SSDs

Micron’s consumer subsidiary brands Crucial and Lexar have been pitching their stalls for 2015 with a number of CES 2015 announcements. Two consumer solid state drives (SSD) top the bill. The Crucial MX200 has read/write speeds of 555MB/s and 500MB/s, and 100k/87k individual operations per second. It features the company’s new Dynamic Write Acceleration to further speed up write and transfer, and has endurance of five times the average SSD. Accompanying it, the Crucial BX100 is, relatively... 

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