Panasonic at CES 2014

January 8th, 2014

Panasonic has been moving and shaking in Las Vegas for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, debuting a wide variety of new products both in their keynote and on the show floor. Most interesting is their line of new LED televisions that they claim are capable of replicating the performance of their old plasma TVs. This falls in line with the announcement in October that Panasonic would stop producing plasmas entirely; creating a more cost-effective product with the same quality is obviously an exciting move.

 

On the more dramatic end of things, Panasonic President Rance Poehler debuted the new Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet by tossing it on the ground during the press conference to prove its durability. Boasting an Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, the new Toughpads seem better built for real consumer use than the slightly niche entries that have come prior.

 

Panasonic is also entering the wearable camera market, unveiling a portable 4K camera that clips to your ear. With a vibrant orange coating, the new line of wearables will be both waterproof and dustproof.

Mitel Networks Acquires Aastra Technologies

November 12th, 2013

Mitel Networks, one of the leading Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service providers, announced yesterday the acquisition and agreed purchase of Aastra Technologies for $374 million. All Aastra products and services will be rebranded under the Mitel name, effectually bringing the company’s 30 year run to a close.

 

Mitel Aastra

 

“The business communications market is ripe for consolidation and on the cusp of a mass migration to cloud-based services. Small competitors with narrow focus and limited global reach will quickly be marginalized,” said Mitel President and CEO, Richard McBee.  "Aastra's solid financial structure, complementary portfolios, geographic reach, and large installed-base immediately augment and expand Mitel's market footprint, enabling us to capitalize on a unique opportunity to leap-frog the competition and lead the market."

According to Tony Shen, now COO of Mitel, both companies’ products have little geographic overlap, allowing both to thrive without cross-competition.

Mitel will be offering 3.6 shares for each Aastra share, along with $6.52 per share.

 

 

 

 

Panasonic's new 4K tablet coming January 2014

November 11th, 2013

Panasonic 4k tablet

 

Panasonic recently announced a truly incredible addition to their Toughpad tablet line: A 20 inch, 4k resolution mega-tablet with Windows 8.1. The tablet boasts a 3,840x2,560 display which brings a 230dpi. The tablet can reportedly survive a 2.5ft drop from the bottom, making it a welcome addition to the already rigid Toughpad lineup.

The tablet will run for about $6,000, a big price tag for a huge tablet. That said, being the only 4k tablet on the market with an Intel i5 processor and an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, that price tag starts to make a bit more sense.

 

Get your hands on one this coming January, or grab one of the many Toughpads and Toughbooks we already have in stock!

Panasonic’s 803 series cordless phones look like the future

October 31st, 2013

 

There’s no better reason to keep up the time-honored tradition of landlines than the beautiful 803 series, which comes in the KX-TG8032ALB two-pack, and the KX-TG8033ALB three-pack.  Both come with the Location Free Range Extender, which will extend the range of use for the handsets. With a hi-res 1.45 inch LCD display, these phones offer the full extent of features that you’d want, need, or maybe didn’t even know existed. Long Range Clear Sound,  Equalizer Optimization, and Power Failure tech are just some of the high-quality specs you can expect in this beautiful package.

Panasonic Corp and Tesla Motors extend lithium-ion battery partnership

October 30th, 2013

Telsa's Model X

Panasonic Corp and Tesla Motors have officially announced a partnership that will supply automotive-grade lithium ion batteries through 2017. Panasonic will be supplying approximately 2 billion battery cells over the next four years. These batteries will be included in the Model S and Model X cars, the latter of which will be in production by the end of next year.

 

The original contract, which was planned to end this December, would have brought Panasonic’s battery supply to only 200 million units. Needless to say, this is a huge win for both companies.