Florida to join New York in lawsuit against major LCD makers for price fixing

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said on Tuesday he is suing the world's biggest makers of liquid crystal display screens for engaging in a "conspiracy at the highest level" to fix prices.  McCollum's announcement came days after New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a similar lawsuit on Friday, alleging a decade of price fixing by major Japanese, South Korean and Taiwanese LCD makers and by their U.S. units.  In a statement, McCollum, who like Cuomo in running for governor, said records subpoenaed by his office indicated the defendants organized the conspiracy "at the highest level of their organizations in various secret meetings and telephone conversations over a period of years." Among the defendants are well-known international LCD makers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, AU Optronics Corp, Hitachi Ltd, LG Display Co, Sharp Corp and Toshiba Corp, the Florida attorney general's office said.  It noted that some of the defendants and their employees had already been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice and had paid over $890 million in criminal fines. Source - Reuters

THX has teamed with Blufocus to offer 3D certification

THX Ltd. has teamed with BluFocus , a quality assurance and advanced testing facility for the home entertainment industry, to build an ecosystem of services to address the technical challenges of 3D post-production. THX®-BluFocus 3D certification sets authoring and production guidelines and testing procedures for evaluating 3D Audio-Video quality, 3D Blu-ray disc and player Interoperability, and the physiological effects of 3D on home viewers.  One of the biggest reported concerns among consumers is experiencing fatigue from 3D video and glasses. THX and BluFocus are researching root causes of viewer fatigue to better understand the physiological effects of 3D. The goal is to work closely with content producers to implement best practices and guidelines for all 3D elements, including onscreen characters, objects, graphics and subtitles. THX-BluFocus certification also evaluates how 2D-to-3D conversion adds depth to the picture, and whether this added depth causes any creative errors or flaws that deviate from the storyline or may cause fatigue.

Keynotes at CES 2011 Announced

Verizon Chief Executive Officer Ivan Seidenberg will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2011 International CES. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2011 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, will be held January 6-9, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Seidenberg will deliver his CES keynote address at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2011 in the Hilton Center, following a State of the CE Industry keynote address delivered by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer will give a preshow keynote address at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, in the Las Vegas Hilton Center. Additional 2011 CES keynote addresses will be announced in the coming months.  The 2011 International CES will feature 2,500 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2011 International CES, visit CESweb.org .

Sidney Harman of Harman Media has purchased Newsweek from the Washington Post Co.

Sidney Harman of Harman Media has purchased Newsweek from the Washington Post Co. for what is said to be $1 plus assumption of all obligations such as leases which are rumored to be around 30 million dollars.  Harman, 91, made his name in high-fidelity stereo equipment, founding Harman Kardon premium audio company in 1952. But he became a high-profile philanthropist and author on such topics as quality of working life, productivity and education. He earned a PhD in education in 1973 and founded the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University. In Washington, he is a trustee of Shakespeare Theatre Company. He is married to Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

Panasonic buying Sanyo and other unit for $9.4 billion

Japan's Panasonic Corp plans to buy out subsidiaries Sanyo Electric and Panasonic Electric Works for up to 818.4 billion yen ($9.4 billion) to strengthen its push into greener businesses. The world's No.4 flat TV maker will raise up to 500 billion yen in a new share issue to help finance the buyouts, sending its shares down as much as 11 percent. Under President Fumio Ohtsubo, Panasonic has been shifting away from low-margin home electronics products and investing more aggressively in solar cells, batteries and other energy-related areas which offer promising growth prospects. Panasonic said making the two subsidiaries wholly-owned would allow it to more effectively allocate management resources across the group as well as speed up decision making amid growing competition from overseas rivals.

A Keyless Entry Solution for Disabled People

Dean's home is situated 30 minutes south of Perth in a quiet semi rural setting and within a cul de sac. His home has a large natural garden with pathways winding throughout this peaceful setting, which he is able to freely access with the independence provided by automatic door opening.

Are Internet HDTVs The Next Big Thing?

Internet TVs have been around in some fashion for a while now, let's call it year 3, and actual sales results have been, well, lukewarm. It was CES 2009 that kicked off the first big year for Internet TVs as 2008 was really a starter year with unit sales of little over a half a million.

Backyard Movie Magic with Open Air Cinema

These new inflatable movie screens have theater-quality projection surfaces and are so easy to use it's a no-brainer. They take about 30 seconds to inflate-secure them with the tethers and you're good to go.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 4: To Java or Not to Java

Just as compact disc had conquered the domain of vinyl LP records and VHS had decimated its Betamax competition, Blu-Ray DVD was beginning to make great strides in the home electronics world. Although Blu-Ray has yet to completely replace standard definition DVD's, the format has gone from virtual obscurity to the most sought after home video format since VHS tapes first made their appearance. With the successive release of each new blockbuster movie onto Blu-ray , sales records are repeatedly made and then a few months later shattered.

Case Study: Omni Commercial Controller Powers Full Integration at Penal Institution

For 25 years, Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) has provided innovative, quality home automation products to professionals in the low-voltage market. These products offer security along with luxury and convenience, making HAI's system a good bet for anyone who wants both security and energy management.

Content Insider #144 - The Ancient Art of Computing

Your Hardware Selection Depends on "Their" Ecosystems Today, two things seem to define who you are…your significant other and your computing device. One is ( hopefully ) permanent, the other changing. Hint -- the device is the one that should change more frequently.  You can (and probably do) have several devices.  They don't seem to mind when you prefer one over the other or when another enters your life.  Try that in your personal relationship and it will go over like a lead balloon! We came to that epiphany when our son just had to have one of those new tablets for school and other stuff. "I found a cure for the plague of the 20th century, and now I've lost it! - Dr. Robert Campbell/Sean Connery, Medicine Man (1992) - Cinergi Pictures

Content Insider #146 - Games Get Real

Historically, two "fringe" markets drove technology advances.  One was - and still is - video gaming…if you can't figure out the second, tough! But video gaming isn't video gaming anymore.  Not like it used to be, dominated by hardcore pasty skinned dudes who had more luck with their keyboards than with gals.

Content Insider #147 - Security

If you pay a lot of attention to your online security, you're probably not reading this. If you pay no attention, you're probably ****ed! If you have a normal concern…how bad can it be? Take a minute and go to your favorite sites and search on the subject of online/onphone security.

Content Insider #148 - The iGen Gen X, Gen Y … Creating Havoc for Marketers

We're part of the Baby Boomer Generation--(there are two parts -- 1946 - 1964).   Then, there are the Gen Xers ('65 - '78).   Then Gen Y ('79 - '89).   Now, it's the  iGen (1990 - 2009).

Google TV - Searching for Success

Kurt Scherf studies developments in home networks, residential gateways, digital entertainment services, consumer electronics, and digital home technical support services. Kurt is the sole author or contributing author/analyst to more than 80 research reports and studies produced by Parks Associates since 1998.

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