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Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

It’s either the worst or the best time to be talking about new battery technologies. Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 rollout has probably consumers and manufacturers wary about changing the battery formula too much. At the same time, however, the incidents only showed how the industry is in dire need of improved battery technologies. Panasonic, is, of course, undaunted by those and at CEATEC next week, it will be showing of a lithium-ion battery, the same type that powers mobile and wearable devices, that can be bended and twisted, safely and without losing its charge.

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Panasonic reveals lineup of four new LUMIX cameras

Panasonic reveals lineup of four new LUMIX cameras

There have been a whole slew of new cameras and accessories announced at Photokina 2016, and Panasonic is adding to that by announcing four new cameras of its own. These new devices are all part of the LUMIX series of cameras, and range from cameras that are still in development to ones that will be available later this year.

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Sony and Panasonic to debut 8K TVs in time for 2020 Olympics

Sony and Panasonic to debut 8K TVs in time for 2020 Olympics

4K televisions and broadcasts are just barely starting to catch on, but it's already time to start thinking about the next leap forward. At least, that's how Japan feels when it comes time to watch the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Japanese national broadcaster NHK has already stated that it will broadcast the Tokyo Games in 8K (also known as Super Hi-Vision), and now manufacturers Sony and Panasonic will be working together to get 8K-capable TVs on the market by the year 2020.

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh

It's been nearly two years since Panasonic announced the rugged 7.0-inch Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Usually, that is a signal for manufacturers to retire the model and prepare for a new one. Rather uncharacteristically, Panasonic is sticking to its FZ-B2 guns and is instead giving it what is has described a "stunning makeover". That might be a bit of a misnomer though, as the new FZ-B2 looks almost exactly the same as the old FZ-B2. Inside, however, Panasonic has indeed let loose some big changes that would perhaps warrant calling this an FZ-B3.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 has a host of stabilizers for a steady shot

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 has a host of stabilizers for a steady shot

July last year, Panasonic unveiled the Lumix GX8, boasting of a new Dual Image Stabilizer, the first in a single lens mirrorless camera. Carrying on that tradition, the Lumix DMC-GX85 host the same stabilizers, combining the dual I.S. with the usual Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and even a Body Image Stabilizer (BIS) to deliver the steadiest shot, no matter the situation or lens used. Boasting of the same Contrast type AF and Venus processing engine, the GX85 crams all those latest features in a compact body and a price tag that won't scare off enthusiasts and hobbyists.

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Panasonic is building Ninja exoskeletons and Aliens-style Power Loaders

Panasonic is building Ninja exoskeletons and Aliens-style Power Loaders

Panasonic is working on a full body exoskeleton which will give workers super-strength, the company has said today, building on its "Ninja" power assist suits. The PLN-01 wearables, developed by Panasonic division Activelink, and their AWN-03 counterparts, are intended to help industrial workers lift heavy objects without destroying their backs in the process.

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Panasonic teases kitchen geeks with countertop induction oven

Panasonic teases kitchen geeks with countertop induction oven

Kitchen geeks, beware: your sous-vide may just have been overshadowed. Panasonic's latest countertop cooker may look like a dull black box, but inside - so the company claims - is some serious culinary magic. Dubbed the Countertop Induction Oven, it's a multi-purpose device that threatens to replace most of the ways you commonly prepare food.

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Panasonic Smart UHD TV DX series sticks to Firefox OS

Panasonic Smart UHD TV DX series sticks to Firefox OS

Firefox OS might be defunct on smartphones, but Mozilla is still trying to push its Web-based platform to other devices instead. Luckily for it, at least one major brand has decided to invest in it by making Firefox OS the OS for its smart TVs. Panasonic has just announced its latest 2016 batch of 4K Pro UHD LED VIERA TV, specifically its brand new DX series. Along with the latest and upcoming Firefox OS versions, the smart TVs also feature Panasonic's new Studio Master HCX+ chipset to deliver HDR performance.

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WiGig Spot demo can download 120-minute movie in ten seconds

WiGig Spot demo can download 120-minute movie in ten seconds

Panasonic Corp is currently demonstrating a new wireless networking technology that it is calling the WiGig spot. The experimental device is able to transfer data at over ten times faster than a conventional wireless network. The technology is on display at the Narita International Airport to let travelers get a glimpse at the wireless network of the future. Panasonic says that the network is fast enough to download a 120-minute movie in about ten seconds.

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Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Those familiar with Panasonic's mobile devices might be aware of the existence of its Toughpad line of rugged tablets. Strangely enough, not all of those tablets are actually tablets, at least as far as size and functionality are concerned. Take for example the new Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1. These two "tablets", running Windows 10 Mobile and Android 5.1.1, respectively, actually come in 4.7-inch sizes, some even with voice capabilities. In short, these tablets are pretty much tough and rugged smartphones built for industrial use cases.

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Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages among staff

Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages among staff

In a statement today, Panasonic announced that it will recognize same-sex marriages among its employees, something that will be reflected in its employment policies. The new policy will go into effect this upcoming April — the finer details about what it will comprise aren’t yet determined, but it reportedly will bring some benefits that are offered to married workers, such as health insurance and maternity leave.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 puts even more emphasis on selfies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 puts even more emphasis on selfies

A new Panasonic digital single lens mirrorless camera (DSLM) has arrived in town and the camera maker is unabashedly marketing it not just to selfie lovers but, curiously, primarily to women as well. The follow up to last year's GF7, the new Lumix GF8 takes after its predecessor in the selfie department. But it tries to do one better, not exactly upping the specs, which are mostly identical, but by introducing new features available in selfie mode that could delight that kind of avid digital photographer.

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