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A Widevine for Google's Garden

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A Widevine for Google's Garden

Google buys DRM and video optimisation solutions developer Widevine.

No details of the sale are out, but with Widevine raising over $51.8m since 2003 one assumes it cost Google a fair bit.

Widevine services are used by a number of companies, including Blockbuster, Netflix, Sonic Solutions and Lovefilm.

The search giant says Widevine will maintain its agreements and provide support for existing Continue reading...

Philips Shuts Down "Relationship Care" Range

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Philips Shuts Down

Following the Pronto's fate, Philips' sexual massagers are next to shut down.

Bloomberg reports Philips will stop selling the products as soon as remaining stocks are sold. Philips apparently doesn't want to mention how many devices Philips actually sold or how much stock it has.

Philips started its "Relationship Care" category in 2008, after saying the W. European market for such devices was worth Continue reading...

Samsung Wants Your Innovation!

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Samsung Wants Your Innovation!

Samsung is asking: "Are you a high-tech entrepreneur, university researcher, or technology company having trouble getting the right people at a major high-tech company to listen to you about your innovative technology? If so, then the Samsung Electronics TechQuest is for you!"

Results from a meeting with Samsung Electronics could lead to:

Sonic Buys DivX for $320 Million

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Sonic Buys DivX for $320 Million

Sonic will buy DivX for cash and stock for about $320 million in cash and stock. Both businesses want to evolve past the imminent death of the DVD, the mainstay for business for both companies.

Hardware licensees still accounts for about 70% of DivX revenue (at least last year's).Sonic makes software that movie studios and others use to author DVDs and other forms of content. It also sells programs Continue reading...

LG Display Flexible E-newspaper Screen

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LG Display Flexible E-newspaper Screen
Using metal foil instead of traditional glass substrate, LG produces the largest flexible e-paper display yet.

Electronic paper, in use in e-book readers like Kindle and Sony's Reader, offers a high-contrast ratio to make it easy to read (relies on ambient light so less eye strain over periods of use). Only drawing power when the screen refreshes, e-paper typically has a long battery life.

Pioneer Exits Flat Panels, Adds Store

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Pioneer Exits Flat Panels, Adds Store

Pioneer: Stores, Yes. Flat Panels, No.
Despite recognition for Kuro, Pioneer will exit from the flat-panel TV business (and they will also cut 10,000 jobs worldwide).

Its fifth straight year in loss, Pioneer faces a forecasted loss of $1.4 billion. Yet Pioneer Electronics recently opened its second U.S. retail store, a 3200 square-foot location in Phoenix, Arizona. The company’s first retail Continue reading...

Has Cisco Flipped?

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Has Cisco Flipped?

Networking mogul Cisco loves video but has it flipped in buying Pure Digital? Pure Digital out-smarted Asian producers to get to low-cost video first. Pure Digital's small, cellphone-like cameras sell for $130 to $230 with a simple one-button interface, a fold-out USB port and a simple software to move videos to the Web. An HD version of the camera is only $229.

That’s why Pure Digital Continue reading...

Build in Asia: “Easy Ryder”

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Build in Asia: “Easy Ryder”

Amersfoort, The Netherlands--OEM/ODM producers play an important role in our industry. More and more companies travel to Asia to find factories that can achieve that difficult balance between Asian cost and European quality. Route-to-factory is just as important as route-to-market these days. Continue reading...

Panasonic Kisses Profit Good-Bye

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Panasonic Kisses Profit Good-Bye

The world’s most successful CE giant, Panasonic has had to revise its annual profit forecast downwards by 90%. As if the Japanese haven’t had it tough enough for years, just when a hit with display technology takes them out of the rough, the world economy dumps them back in the economic quagmire..

A strong yen, sluggish sales and heavy discounting as electronics Continue reading...

Logitech Ships Billionth Mouse

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Logitech Ships Billionth Mouse

Logitech ships its billionth mouse. Logitech introduced its first retail mouse in 1985 and reached the 100 millionth mouse mark in 1996. Sales of Logitech mice topped 500 million seven years later. Today, Logitech sells mice in more than 100 countries worldwide and makes an average of 376,000 mice per day (7.8 million every month).

"Looking to the future," says Logitech, “the gesture-based Continue reading...

Osaka Giant Kisses 90% of Profit Good-bye

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Osaka Giant Kisses 90% of Profit Good-bye

The world’s most successful CE giant, Panasonic, kills its annual profit forecast by 90%. As if the Japanese haven’t had it tough enough for years, just when a hit with display technology takes them out of the rough, the world economy dumps them back in the economic quagmire..

A strong yen, sluggish sales and heavy discounting as electronics makers fight for market share…all this Continue reading...

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