Panasonic Firefox-Powered Smart TVs Debuted in Europe

Panasonic is finally back from a long sleep. After they stopped selling those awesome Plasma TVs, they pretty much lost the market share. But finally they are back and are offering new products such as Firefox OS-powered 4K Smart TVs. Panasonic’s VIERA Smart TVs are the first ones to run Firefox OS on such platform and are being offered in Europe. Mozilla offers several unique advantages that other players like Google’s Android TV platform, Samsung’s Tizen and Roku doesn’t provide (yet), such as HTML5 web apps including Netflix and Hulu, along with the ability to share content from any device with a Firefox browser.

“We’re happy to partner with Panasonic to bring the first Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS to the world,” said Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO. “With Firefox and Firefox OS powered devices, users can enjoy a custom and connected Web experience and take their favorite content (apps, videos, photos, websites) across devices without being locked into one proprietary ecosystem or brand.” he added.

Coming to the products, curved 4K Viera 65-inch CR850 and 55-inch CR730 with CX series 4K flat TVs. Panasonic is also bringing a new wide color phosphor “4K Studio Master” picture engine to the table. It will deliver professional color accuracy using 3D look-up tables (LUTs) used by film industry color professionals. The CR models will also feature HDR and 10-bit color capability for more detailed gradations between colors.

Thank you Mozilla Blog for providing us with this information.

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Tron: Legacy Motorcycle Replica Auctioned for $77,000

People pay a lot of money on things they like on the big screen. But fortunately, some of the things they buy are quire awesome. Take the bike from Tron: Legacy for example. Who wouldn’t want to own such an electrical-powered beauty? I would!

Disney’s Tron: Legacy had its debut back in 2010 and since then, there have been a few people interested in buying a replica of the light cycle. Parker Brother’s Custom Choppers are said to have sold 10 such replicas for a price tag of $55,000. Even so, it looks like others are still interested in buying more of them.

An auction held by father and son Paul and Chris Andrews that took place on the 2nd of May at RM Auctions Sotheby’s brought forth everything from model car engines to customized classic cars. Amongst them was another Tron: Legacy light cycle replica, which apparently found an owner willing to spend $77,000 on it.

The vehicle is said to run on a 96 volt electrical motor and comes with light features to recreate that Tron: Legacy look and feel of the real light cycle. Would you have bought something similar if you had the money? All I can say is this:

Thank you Geek.com for providing us with this information
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EXCLUSIVE: OcUK Debuts Wire-free SATA Adaptors

Getting a new and revolutionary product to market is always a challenge, but there are some instances where the product is so revolutionary that it changes the way in which we interact and manage our beloved systems. Following months of planning and r&d, Overclockers UK are proud to announce the launch of their exclusive wireless SATA adapters. Unlike a traditional SATA cable that for some requires meticulous cable management to fit just right in their system, this revolutionary product takes away that need, making the build time for your system much faster.

Each pair of adapters, once installed work just like any other SATA connection, although at this time the speed is limited to SATA 3Gbps. Running on a low power 2.4GHz connection, the adaptors can work up to distances of 2m with a shielded end and micro-antennae to block out any interference from other wireless devices. The plug and play units have an auto sensing channel selection to allow multiple sets to be installed into your system for the ultimate in cable management.

OcUK have got a limited run on these products whilst a SATA II set of adapters is in the development stage to see how the market warms to the concept. For a remarkable price of £199.99 (inc VAT) you can be one of the first to jump onto the next generation of wireless storage devices. I’m also told that bulk orders will see a significant discount. I can see already that this product is going to be a top-level product and I’d already be happy to give this our prestigious Innovation Award. Head over to OcUK with this link where you can get your orders in.

Source: Overclockers UK