Sony & Panasonic “Junk” Credit Rating – The Pitch ratings agency has downgraded the two Japanese electronics companies to junk on the basis of their weak balance sheets and continual decline in the global electronics sector in the face of strong competition from Korean rivals Samsung and LG. However, Fitch recognized the market and technology leadership of Sony’s CMOS sensors imaging division, and praised Panasonic’s consolidation of manufacturing facilities.
Sony’s New 84-inch 4K TV a Big Hit at Dallas Intro – At an Expo event at Starpower Home Entertainment Systems in Dallas, Sony’s new XBR 84X900 4K HDTV made its national debut and two of the $25,000 sets were sold during the three-day event. It also drew 30 manufactuerers and a special D-BOX experience trailer.
Genius Launches Car Video Camera – The Genius DVR-FHD560 is a full 1080p vehicle recorder with a wideangle lens that fastens on the dashboard and makes video logs continually while driving to provide evidence in possible unforeseen accidents. it has a 128-degree viewing angle to capture the whole road, and can rotate 180 degrees to let drivers recorded traffic on either side of the vehicle. It supports up to 32GB SD and SDHC cards and the lithium-ion battery can be recharged from the cigarette lighter. It records at 20 fps for 1080p and 30 fps for 720p, and the SRP is $149.
Consumers Reports List of Standout Products – After testing more than 600 electronic devices, Consumers Reports published their list of ten standout products. Among them were Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT50 HDTV ($2500), Samsung HT-E6730W hybrid 7.1 system which comes with a 3D-capable Blu-ray player, Wi-Fi, an iPod dock, a smart TV platform and wireless amps for the rear surround speakers ($800), Vizio CinemaWide XVT3D580CM 58-inch 21:9 aspect ratio LED HDTV ($1530), Sonos Play:3 compact stereo speaker system ($300), which with Sonos’ Bridge adapter can wirelessly stream Internet stations and music from a computer on your home Wi-Fi networks.
CES Names 2013 Five Top Home Technology Opportunities: 1) Wireless Audio, 2) 4K Ultra HD Displays, 3) Motorized Shades, 4) Enterprise-Grade Networking (hi-res and higher performance home networks), and 5) High-End Headphones.
Legrand Acquires Nuvo – Legrand North American has acquired NuVo Technologies of Kentucky, a brand that is universally recognized in whole home audio solutions. Together they will deliver new stand-alone audio systems as well as Legrand’s home automation solutions. NuVo focuses on value, ease of use, quality, design, energy efficiency and engineering.
Retro-Style Home Telephones for Smartphones – It had to happen. There is such a growing number of people who love the retro look in everything, that now PYLE has a collection of old-school-looking rotary telephones that connect to your landline, and also provide a dock in the middle for your smartphone. You can pick up the call on the European-styled handset if you want. Real wood and brushed copper parts are used. Prices are between $89 and $109.
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