Agrees to pay $56.5M in fines, jail time for executives
Panasonic has agreed to pay $56.5 million in fines for its part in price fixing conspiracies. The US Department of Justice announced that the Japanese electronics manufacturer will plead guilty for helping fix the prices of automotive parts and battery cells, which inflated the production cost of notebooks and cars for various manufacturers.
LVL tries carpet bomb lawsuit to make profit
Largely unknown patent holder LVL Patent Group late last week quietly sued much of the US cellphone business and beyond for alleged patent violations (below). It claims that the iPhone, many Android devices, Symbian, and basic feature phones as well as their carriers violate one or more of a group of four generic patents, including data transaction servers and devices for entering transactions. Most of the patents were issued in or before 2000, but one of the device patents was only live on September 13, two days before the lawsuit was filed.
JD Power still has Apple above HTC in satisfaction
Apple has managed to keep its significant lead in smartphone satisfaction in spite of improving performance from its Android counterparts. JD Power in a new study saw end users give Apple a score of 838, over 40 points past its spring results and its sixth consecutive spot at the top of the ranks. HTC also improved, but at 801 had garnered at a slightly slower rate.
Sanyo Miraz Sanzo home automation robot speaks
Sanyo Home has just shown off its Mirai Sanzo robot that's meant to help users manage their connected and automated home. The round robot has a diameter of 22cm and is powered by an unspecified version of Android. At its center is a touchscreen for controlling various aspects, helped out by touch sensors and voice recognition.
Largest capacity Eneloop AA batteries
Sanyo has introduced its latest AA-size batteries that fit into the company's Eneloop lineup. The Nickel-Metal Hydride cells, labeled 'XX', are said to be the company's highest capacity Eneloops, with 2500 mAh of power. Like the rest of the series, the XX offerings ship charged and promise up to 75-percent remaining power after a year of storage.
Sprint summer roadmap slips out
A new Sprint roadmap uncovered Friday has shown the carrier planning to carry a slew of new higher end hardware. The Epic 2 would be an update to the Epic 4G but would be a less ambitious upgrade than the Evo 3D. It would still have a four-inch display but upgrade to the Infuse 4G's 1.2GHz, single-core processor rather than a dual-core chip. This is my next also heard it would have an eight-megapixel camera that would put it on par with both the Infuse 4G and the Droid Charge.
Sanyo to soon bring Eneloop Pro, Plus batteries
Sanyo Japan has just announced it will soon add two new rechargeable AA batteries to its Eneloop brand. Like the originals, both are nickel metal hydride but the Pros add 25 percent more capacity, for a total of 2,400mAh. The Eneloop Plus, on the other hand, retains the standard battery's capacity but has a resistor that will prevent it from getting too hot and is thus meant for use in kids' toys.
Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster provides power
Sanyo has released a new KBC-L2 rechargeable battery pack it also calls the Eneloop Mobile Booster. The device acts a portable charger that stores energy and then transfers it to mobile devices that use USB chargers. The booster's lithium-ion battery provides 5,000mAh of power.
Epic 4G, Zio from Sprint to get Froyo on Monday
The Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio at Sprint will both get the update to Android 2.2 on February 21. Officially, Sprint confirmed on Thursday that the Epic 4G will first get the over-the-air update, and will take four days to reach every user.
Panasonic outs TA20, TA2, WA10, DC10, DC1 vidcams
Panasonic today bore some of the first fruits of its control of Sanyo with five new pocketable camecorders. The WA10 is its headliner and, in an Xacti-like design, can shoot its 1080p, H.264 video for up to an hour underwater at depths of up to 10 feet. In spite of the hardening, it's low-light friendly with a backside-illuminated, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture either full resolution stills in pure photography, with a 12X lens, or two-megapixel images while in mid-movie.
Kyocera Echo tipped for Spritn event
(Update: dual screens) Sprint's event this evening could give unusual attention to a Kyocera phone, tipsters said in the morning. Badged as the Echo, few details were available, but it would run Android. Bloomberg didn't say if the phone would be the only device at the show, which is considered important enough for both Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and illusionist David Blaine to appear.
Sanyo outs two new advanced projectors
Sanyo has just introduced two new projectors, the interactive PLC-WL2503 and short-throw, ultra-efficient PLC-XU4000. The former has WXGA resolution and uses a 3LCD design with a pen and pointer that allows users to make annotations on any projection surface.
Rugged Sanyo Taho announced for Sprint
Sprint just announced it will bring the rugged Sanyo Taho handset to its stores. Built by Kyocera, the handset sports a two-megapixel camera with a flash and video recording function housed in a shell that's resistant to dust, shock and vibration. It can also withstand blowing rain and submersion in water thanks to a military standard 810G rating.
Projectors geared for education, business
Sanyo has expanded its line of projectors with four new portable models geared for education and business use. Each of the projectors features long-life lamps claimed to run for approximately 6,000 hours, while the high-efficiency filters are said to last approximately 5,500 hours before requiring replacement.
Hands-on with Sprint's new Android phones at CTIA
Sprint has just unveiled three new Android 2.2 phones at its live event, the LG Optimus S, Samsung Transform and Sanyo Zio, in a battle to take the mid-range and entry level of smartphones. We at Electronista got to try each of them as well as the new Sprint ID feature that will come preloaded on each. Read on for launch details and our initial take.
Samsung Transform, Sanyo Zio coming to Sprint?
A leaked image hints that two new Android smartphones are coming to Sprint relatively soon. The Kyocera Zio, badged as a Sanyo, is one of them, as is the Samsung Transform. Not much is known about the latter device, but it may be a Galaxy S-series Android device.
Sanyo Innuendo flip-phone now exclusive at Sprint
Sprint has begun offering a unique Sanyo-branded handset built by Kyocera. The Innuendo is a horizontal flip-phone that reveals a QWERTY hardware keyboard and a 2.8-inch, 400x240 display. The exterior has a keypad that is hidden from view when not lit up and in use, along with a matching 1.3-inch OLED external display.
Shoots 1080p HD video, 10MP photos
Sony has introduced a new model in the Xacti video camera line, the
VPC-GH4. The VPC-GH4 has a traditional minicam body and Sanyo's double-range zoom feature, which provides one button switching between wide-angle and telephoto. It can shoot full 1080 60i HD video with maximum optical zoom of 10x for video, and has a high-speed mode. The VPC-GH4 also takes 10 megapixel digital photos, with up to 5x optical zoom. It has built-in support for popular social networks, and when connected to a PC can upload videos and photos to social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa, and generate links for use on Twitter.
Sanyo adds new mobile chargers
A new premium movie subscription service is being offered by Verizon via V CAST Video. For an additional $6 per month customers can add Crackle Movies to their V CAST subscription, providing access to on-demand movies from a mobile phone. The service currently features over 19 movies from the Sony Pictures library, such as Easy Rider, Blind Date, and Cable Guy. Verizon has also stated that two movies will be refreshed every week, allowing customers to access at least 25 different films each month. The subscription also provides users with access to other premium Crackle content, such as Crackle Originals, a web series that ranges in style from comedy to suspense.
Cam also takes 10-megapixel stills
Sanyo has introduced the VPC-PD2BK, a pocket cam capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps. The camera also allows users to capture 10-megapixel stills. Face detection, 3x optical zoom and digital image stabilization are available in either mode.
Apple rebadging Sanyo Eneloop AA batteries ?
Apple's rechargeable NiMH AA batteries and associated charger are just rebranded 1.2V Sanyo Eneloops, according to a teardown report. Tests included measuring performance of the Apple batteries and comparing it to the Eneloops, which matched up.
Sanyo adds new 1080p-capable underwater Xacti
Sanyo this morning rolled out its latest fully waterproof camcorder. The Xacti VPC-CA102 is sealed to where it can record its 1080p video or 14-megapixel still shots in up to 10 feet of water. While similar on the surface to the earlier CA100, it has a new lens that, while shorter-ranged at 5X, captures at a wider 38mm equivalent angle.
Panasonic buying remaining Sanyo, PEW shares
Panasonic on Thursday announced its offer of $9.37 billion to buy outstanding shares of Sanyo and Panasonic Electric Works. The electronics giant already owns 50.5 percent of Sanyo and 51 percent of PEW, and the acquisition would help the company become more environmentally friendly. Panasonic specifically singled out rechargeable batteries, solar cells and components for electric vehicles.
Sanyo shows two ultra short-throw 3D projectors
Sanyo has introduced two new short-throw, 3D-ready projectors on Monday, the PDG-DWL2500 and PDG-DXL2000. Thanks to a newly designed mirror projection optical unit, they can throw up large images in about half the space of a traditional projector. The DWL2500 is the shortest-throw projector on the market, with the ability to create an 80-inch image when just 12.6 inches away from the screen.
Sanyo shows underwater Xacti HD camera
Sanyo on Friday announced a new addition to its Xacti digital cameras with the DMX-CA100. The new vertical design is waterproof at depths of 10 feet for up to one ahour and can record 1080p video in the computer-friendly H.264 format. It can capture 14-megapixel still photos, and there is a 6X optical zoom along with a 6x Advanced Zoom that crops the image sensor. There is also a High-Speed Sequential Shooting mode that can capture 22 photos at 7FPS.
Sanyo TV and Toshiba BD players pack Vudu movies
Vudu wrapped up its week in high fashion on Friday by marking the shipping of several devices that use its video streaming service. The Toshiba BDX2500 and BDX2700 provide access to 1080p movies from Vudu's service as well as CinemaNow and Netflix. They support the full BD-Live feature set, both analog and HDMI-based 7.1-channel surround, and playback from locally stored media that can involve H.264 or WMV videos.
Sanyo Xacti CG100 and GH1 reach Japan first
Sanyo today brought out two new Xacti camcorders in its home country in a likely preview of their US launches. The vertical CG100 and traditional GH1 both capture 1080p at up to 30 frames per second at 1080p and can move up to 60 frames at 720p. Either adds SDXC and can now take on 64GB or more of removable storage.
BlackBerry loses ground in JD Power without touch
Apple's lead in smartphone customer satisfaction has only grown in the past few months, JD Power discovered in its latest Smartphone Customer Satisfaction study. The iPhone's score has remained unchanged since October and at 810 points retains the absolute lead in satisfaction scores for both all phones and smartphones. The second-place BlackBerry has dropped down to 741 and now sits below the average of 753.
Prepaid QWERTY-based clamshell coming to retail
Boost Mobile has launched the QWERTY-based clamshell/flip hybrid phone from SANYO on its prepaid network: the Incognito. Introduced last fall and first available at Best Buy in late January, Boost Mobile expects to expand the distribution of Kyocera's low-cost phone to RadioShack as well as Target and Walmart soon. The handset, which utilizes Boost's outsourced 3G/EVDO network (by Sprint), has a glowing touch-sensitive keypad and OLED display along with flip-open QWERTY keyboard and a larger 2.6-inch, 320x240 screen along with a 2MP camera with VGA camcorder.
Bluetooth, e-mail sync raised as issues
Apple, AT&T, Research in Motion and several other companies are being sued by a company based in Frisco, Texas, according to AppleInsider. SmartPhone Technologies charges that seven of its patents have been violated, including ones related to Bluetooth, e-mail sync and some broader concepts associated with smartphones. Other corporations listed in the suit include LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sanyo. With one of the patents only RIM, Motorola and Samsung are listed as infringing.
Sanyo Xacti GH2, CG102 and CG20 official
Sanyo today wasted no time in bringing over its new Xactis to the US under new names. The GH2, CG102 and CG20 all shoot widescreen 1080i AVCHD (H.264) video and have a new imaging processor that helps Sanyo shrink the size of the cameras. Of the series, the GH2 and CG102 also capture stills at 14.4 megapixels and have a unique "double-range zoom" that uses both wide-angle and telephoto elements to jump from 5X zoom to 12X.
Cameras take both video and still photos
Sanyo announced two additions to its Xacti lineup, the DMX-CG110 NR, and the DMX-SH11. Both cameras feature 16GB internal memory, SDXC expansion up to 64GB, and both MPEG-4 and AVC (H.264) format, suited for posting videos online. Both are part of Sanyo's "dual camera" line, taking both HD video and HD still photos.
Gear captures both video and stills
Sanyo has announced a pair of new camcorders in its Xacti series, the VPC-SH1 and the VPC-CS1. Both are defined as "dual" cameras, capable of capturing both stills and video. The SH1 supports 30x zoom, 1080p video, and stills extrapolated from 4 megapixels to 10. Videos are saved as MPEG-4 H.264 files on SD cards, including Eye-Fi models and the forthcoming SDXC format.
Sanyo Eneloop battery aimed at musicians
Sanyo is catering to musicians with its latest application of its Eneloop batteries, the Eneloop music booster. The device will let musicians power their amps, equalizers and other related equipment that requires an AC adapter or 9 Volt DC battery. The Eneloop music booster has an integrated lithium-ion battery that can power devices when there is no available electrical outlet.
Panasonic to release home batteries in 2011
Panasonic is planning on bringing the first lithium-ion battery for storing energy required to run a home, the company's president said in a recent interview with a Japanese daily newspaper. Fumio Otsubo said the product will be capable of storing enough energy for about a week's worth of typical energy used up by a home. As the second largest electronics maker in Japan after its acquisition of Sanyo earlier this month, is well equipped to release such a product.
Panasonic buys majority stake in Sanyo for $4.6B
Panasonic on Thursday said it will take majority stake of Sanyo, in a deal first announced back at the start of November. The deal is worth $4.6 billion and will see Panasonic own 50.2 percent of all Sanyo shares. Once complete, the company will be one of the largest electronics manufacturers worldwide.
Apple Black Friday discounts active in US
Apple as promised has launched its Black Friday sale, currently ongoing in the US, Canada and Europe. The Friday-only discounts are highlighted by a $101 price cut for all iMac and MacBook Pro models regardless of size. The iPod touch also sees heavy discounts, bringing the 64GB model down to $358, the 32GB version to $268 and the 8GB model down to $178.
Sanyo Incognito on Sprint November 30th
Sprint introduced the new Sanyo-branded Incognito SCP-6760 from Kyocera to its lineup on Friday. The handset has a glowing keypad and OLED display before flipping open to reveal a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a larger 2.6-inch, 320x240 screen. The device will run on Sprint's EVDO network and users can access the e-mail and browse the web on 3G.
Eneloop charger can juice two Motion plus remotes
Sanyo has introduced a new version of its contact-free Eneloop battery and charging system for the Nintendo Wii's remotes with MotionPlus attachments. The system is an improvement over a similar one introduced last year by accommodating both a second controller as well as the new peripherals. It includes two battery packs specially adapted to the cradle and a USB cable that draws power from the console's USB port.
Sanyo Stick Booster charger uses AA batteries
Sanyo on Wednesday revealed its new Eneloop Stick Booster. The device is a battery pack that can plug into consumer electronics devices with miniUSB or USB ports such as cellphones, portable gaming consoles and MP3 players. What makes this different from other dry-cell chargers is that, thanks to Sanyo's Eneloop batteries, it can charge devices that require a high current for charging, such as an iPhone.
Sanyo projector has 12,000 lumens, 4,000:1 CR
Sanyo on Tuesday introduced the PLC-XF1000 projector to its lineup, which uses two lamps and a new QuaDrive optical engine to produce images much brighter than normally possible. The projector is rated at 12,000 lumens of brightness and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. Sanyo points out the brightness rating is the highest among 100V AC projectors. The projector also gets an Active Maintenance Filter (AMF) to reduce maintenance costs and labor.
iMovie adopts new PC-friendly video format
Apple on Tuesday released iMovie 8.0.5 [36MB], an update to its free movie editing software bundled with all new Macs. According to Apple, the update improves compatibility with a number of devices and fixes other minor issues, including improved compatibility with camcorders using the iFrame video format and with importing video captured on the iPod nano as well as fixed problems with resizing the iMovie window during playback. The update, available both online and via the Software Update, is recommended for all users of iMovie '09.
New Sanyo camcorders get iFrame support
Sanyo has released the first pair of its Dual digital camcorders that support the iFrame video format with the VPC-HD2000A and VPC-FH1A. iFrame is a newer video format meant to make it easy to import, edit and share videos. The new models have a dedicated iFrame video recording mode that uses the same format that is used to edit on a computer to speed up the process.
JD Power says iPhone tops, hurts normal phones
The iPhone today claimed an even larger edge in satisfaction versus its rivals in JD Power's second phone satisfaction study of 2009. Apple's smartphone climbed ten points from an earlier score to 811 out of 1,000 while its closest rival, LG, managed just a four-point increase to 776. The two were the only smartphone designers to score above the industry average.
Sanyo intros iPod alarm clock, dual dock system
Sanyo on Wednesday introduced two new products made to work with Apple's docking iPods and iPhones, with its cube alarm clock radio, the DMP-P1, along with the dual dock music system, the DMP-692. Both can charge and play the audio content of the connected Apple devices. Either system has an AM/FM tuner, and users can choose to wake up to a preset station, the music from their Apple device or a buzzer. A sleep and snooze mode is also integrated.
Nokia now a member of Wireless Power Consortium
The Wireless Power Consortium on Thursday announced that cellphone maker Nokia has become one of its members. This is expected to result in quicker development and the more widespread use of the Qi wireless charging standard the Consortium is working on. With the addition of Nokia, the company has backed the open standards that would be shared among many makers of cell phones and other portable electronics devices.
Sanyo portable projector
Sanyo on Wednesday announced its LP-XU106 portable LCD projector, which it claims is the highest brightness ultra portable projector in its class, at 4,500 lumens. The LP-XU106 weighs about 7.5lbs and has a 1,000:1 contrast ratio along with a 1.6x zoom lens. A corner keystone correction function lets users place the projector at an offset angle from the screen or wall both vertically and horizontally without distorting the image.
Sanyo Xacti CG11 in Japan
Sanyo today brought out a new compact HD camcorder likely destined for the US. The Xacti CG11 records at 720p like many of Sanyo's newer cameras but has built-in recognition of Eye-Fi's cards, such as the Eye-Fi Video line. The hook lets users share video over Wi-Fi to YouTube and elsewhere without having to plug in. Versus the CG10, the new device also gets a mini HDMI port to preview content at full resolution through only an optional cable.
Sanyo intros Repoch DVR
Japan's Sanyo recently announced it would bring a DVR device to market that relies on slot-in hard drives that comply with the iVR (Information Versatile Disk) standard shared with Hitachi. The Repoch will include an integrated tuner for receiving digital terrestrial TV broadcasts to enable viewing recordings on analog broadcast-compatible TVs. This will allow users to keep their outdated analog TVs even though these broadcasts have been discontinued.
Sanyo eneloop lamp
Sanyo on Tuesday announced it will soon release its eneloop lamp, the ENL-Y1S. Meant to promote reuse, the device acts as a desk lamp when stood upright, and automatically turns into a flashlight when lifter to 90 degrees, with the light source coming from the base of the lamp. A third mode, called Healing light by Sanyo, is turned on by pressing down on the lamp and results in a cool blue illumination.