Owners of Panasonic Viera HDTVs can now stream online videos from YouTube, Amazon Video-On-Demand and access websites like Picasa and other applications wirelessly over their televisions thanks to a new partnership signed between Panasonic and Netgear. The new partnership will offer these television users the ability to access the internet via the Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter.
Panasonic has noted that the Netgear N600 adapter is the only third party accessory to support online video streaming on Viera HDTVs. Netgear N600 makes use of a special Push ‘N’ Connect technology that makes it extremely simple to set up an internet connection.
According to the announcement, users will be able to get hold of a new Netgear N600 USB adapter at a price of $79.99. If you still do not own a Panasonic Viera HDTV, you may check out these low cost by clicking here.
This one lives up to its name. Panasonic has recently launched the new Toughbook 31 notebook that brings some real solid protection with it. The device is equipped with a 13.1-inches XGA touchscreen display, a 2GB SDRAM, Intel Core i5 processor and up to 250GB storage space (additional 256GB optional).
The new Panasonic Toughbook measures 11.5″11.9″x2.9″ and comes with a 3 year limited warranty period. Of course, like most notebooks in its category, the device comes with several accessories and connectivity features including an integrated stylus holder, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Gobi mobile broadband and HDMI interface. The Toughbook runs Windows 7 Professional and has a battery life of up to 11 hours.
However, the most impressive feature of the device is its toughness. You really need to check out this video to see how tough this notebook can be.
Panasonic Toughbook 31 is now available at Panasonic dealers worldwide at a starting price of $3,799.
Are you a DirecTV HD upgrade package subscriber? Then, here is some reason to cheer. The television broadcast company has announced a new package that will bring three new all-3D channels to the HD subscribers.
The first channel is named ‘n3D powered by Panasonic’ and offers a fixed schedule of 3D programmed content on DirecTV channel 103. The second 3D channel – DirecTV Cinema is now available on channel number 104 and channel 105 runs n3D on Demand.
DirecTV has revealed that future 3D content programmed on these channels will include the upcoming Major League Baseball All Star game and the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 auto race on July 3.
The launch is in partnership with Panasonic. However, HD subscribers shall be able to enjoy the 3D content on any 3D-capable HDTV.
The new Panasonic C1 Tough Booktablet PC is one of its kind and brings together a good deal of features though it is kind of expensive and is primarily targeted at the business user. Nevertheless, looking at the specs myself, I think the device is worth the money.
The new Panasonic ToughBook comes with a 12.1″ display screen that is equipped with an LCD screen with 1280×800 resolution. Processing is quick thanks to the Intel Core i5 2.4GHz CPU processor. Also, the device has a good deal of memory – 8GB of RAM and close to 250GB of storage space. Other standard features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, touchscreen are provided.
The ToughBook comes pre-installed with Windows 7 64-bit operating system and can sustain with a battery life of close to 12 hours – Ideal if you are a businessman always on the move. But then, also be ready to shell out $2000 for this latest gadget from Panasonic.
Here’s a video demo of the Panasonic C1 Tough Book Tablet
The beautiful convertible tablet PC you see here just got an upgrade in terms of processor and consequently the performance. Here is a detailed look at all the tech specs of Panasonic Toughbook 19
Platform : Windows 7 Professional
Processor : Intel Core i5-540UM vPro 1.2GHz processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.0GHz
Internal Memory : 2GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8GB)
Display : 10.4-inch LED Touchscreen display
Storage : 160GB SATA HDD and optional 128GB SSD
Connectivity : Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Optional Gobi and WiMAX mobile broadband
Battery : Up to 9-hours battery life
Full magnesium alloy case
MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified
3-year limited warranty
Optional GPS receiver
Optional fingerprint reader
Skype for TV was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year. Following upon the announcement, the first television with support for Skype for TV is now being shipped by Panasonic. The new Panasonic HDTV will include support for Skype video calling that will allow users to make video calls to their friends and family from their TV.
However, there is an upfront cost to it. Skype video calling will naturally require a camera and Panasonic has one available at $170. This camera will plug into the Viera Cast HDTV and will render 720p video and will also pick up audio with the help of a microphone.
Following Panasonic, LG Electronics is expected to make the technology available on 26 of its LCD and Plasma sets to be shipped this year.
Android OS is free and is still among the most popular OS on smartphones. It was hence seen as an ideal platform that television manufacturers would need to bring web applications to TV. However we hear that Panasonic has dropped the idea to bring Android OS based Television due to the costs involved.
According to a Robert Perry, senior vice president of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co, deployment of Android OS on Panasonic’s television sets would require the company to install “pricey” chips from Google’s partner, Intel Inc. which could make the television unaffordable.
Panasonic’s decision follows a similar move by Samsung earlier this month to reject Google’s proposal for a Google TV due to the high costs involved. What do you think? Is Google TV plagued by high associated costs?