Electronics

Tech glitch causes San Diego fireworks to go off all at once

Tech glitch causes San Diego fireworks to go off all at once

July 4th has come and gone, and we hope it was a good one for you. Unfortunately for the people who attended the San Diego Independence Day fireworks, the show that was supposed to last 18 minutes was reduced to a 15 second-long explosion of fireworks. That's right, they all went off at once.

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Sharp’s 90-inch Aquos is largest LED TV to date

Sharp’s 90-inch Aquos is largest LED TV to date

Videophiles know that Sharp demands quality. It may not have the largest market share in the TV business, but its range of Aquos television sets are revered, and for good reason. Now, the company is differentiating itself by offering the world's first commercially available 90-inch LED HDTV. The question is - do you live somewhere where owning a 90-inch TV would actually make sense?

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Ikea Uppleva TV hits Europe for around $1K

Ikea Uppleva TV hits Europe for around $1K

The Ikea TV has become a thing of reality. The device, known as the Uppleva, is now on sale at Ikea stores in the company's home country of Sweden. There were a few details for the TV that only became known once it was actually released. For example, it has 1080p HD resolution, is compatible with MP3, MP4, DivX HD, and JPG files, and comes with a built-in DVR.

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Best Buy founder and major shareholder Richard Schulze resigns

Best Buy founder and major shareholder Richard Schulze resigns

Best Buy has been facing some serious problems over the last year. It lost CEO Brian Dunn this year and it has been closing stores in an effort to shore up operations and return the profits it once enjoyed. Best Buy and other major electronics retailers are having a hard time with stiff competition from online retailers and other physical retailers such as Walmart who have stepped into the electronics segment in force.

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Ikea Uppleva TV will have e-commerce platform

Ikea Uppleva TV will have e-commerce platform

Notorious furniture retailer Ikea is about to go into the electronics space with its own branded television set. The TV was announced earlier this year, and now another interesting detail about it is coming to light - it will have an integrated shopping platform that will make commercials more interactive than ever before. It could be a huge boon for advertisers.

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Best Buy drops list of 50 store closures – are you amongst them?

Best Buy drops list of 50 store closures – are you amongst them?

Everyone working in the United States at a Best Buy Big Box store that've been on-edge about the future of their branch will today either be sighing with relief or breaking out their resumes as Best Buy has released a final list of USA closures. The giant list of 50 closures has been brewing now for many weeks, with the final 42 closures being listed by Best Buy this week. Included in these are one location in Kansas City Missouri, another in Scottsdale Arizona, and a whopping five in Best Buy's home state of Minnesota - each of them in the Twin Cities.

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Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Your local Best Buy store may be right along the razor's edge this week as the electronics giant makes relatively large cuts to their retail footprint amid slow profit growth. Included in this cut are 50 big box stores inside 2012 as well as an estimated 400 jobs. The jobs, surprisingly enough, are said by Best Buy to be cutting mainly from corporate headquarters - this pointing toward a restructuring of the company's business as well as its physical presence in the United States.

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3-D printed UAV wing gets printed electronics too

3-D printed UAV wing gets printed electronics too

3-D printing is very cool and typically uses lasers to harden some sort of resin material one layer at a time until a finished three-dimensional product is produced. When you combine a 3-D printed device with printed electronics it's even more interesting. Two companies called Stratasys and Optomec Inc have announced a very interesting device called Smart Wing created for UAV model.

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UK backs internet of Things Project

UK backs internet of Things Project

The government in the UK is putting some money behind the Internet of Things project that seeks to help accelerate the connection of things and processes to the internet. Ten firms in the UK were each given £50,000 out of the Technology Strategy Board kitty for working on the project. The money granted is intended to be used to create apps and services needed for the project.

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Sony to make Kaz Hirai president claims report [UPDATE: not so fast!]

Sony to make Kaz Hirai president claims report [UPDATE: not so fast!]

Sony will make Kaz Hirai its new President, a Japanese report has claimed today, with Sir Howard Stringer remaining on as the company's CEO and chairman. The change in leadership is a response to Sony's slumping TV fortunes among other problems, Nikkei reports, with a significant reform in the company's structure ensuing.

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Faderfox DS3 sound controller for Traktor revealed

Faderfox DS3 sound controller for Traktor revealed

If you've got an eye for precise control over the beats you are bringing to the table and your table is already full of a billion other controller already, you may well be looking for the new Faderfox DS3, as controlling a Traktor near you. This controller is ready to work with Traktor OR whatever else you want to reprogram it to do, switching at a tap between four different devices on the fly. This controller is both ultra compact and ultra powerful in its simplicity, triggering your loops, effects, and samples with the greatest of ease.

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Electron bouncing at Cambridge University excites scientific world

Electron bouncing at Cambridge University excites scientific world

If there's one thing we love about technology, it's that we're able to control so much about everything we do in the world, it's, as Ricky Bobby one wisely put it, "it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?" Truthfully we are so close to putting pig hearts in everyone these days that news of electron bouncing may have escaped our watchful gaze - luckily we happened across it, and the researchers at Cambridge University deserve all the credit. Electron control is the name of the game here folks, quantum computing the tool.

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