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Sony announced that starting tomorrow, they will be re-organizing their TV division into three parts. The LCD TV, outsourcing, and next generation TV divisions. The idea is to better define the market to make better TVs.
Sony missed their July-September results last Wednesday, and analysts outlook is going to be under 200 bn yen (2.63 billion). It’s an eighth annual loss, Reuters reports.
Sony and Samsung Joint Venture in Jeopardy?
The LCD division is a joint venture with Samsung. As Market Watch is reporting, Sony might end this alliance that they had since 2004. Since LCD is changing to LED technologies, it is unknown how this partnership will stay fruitful.
The outsourcing division is just that – certain TV parts are outsourced to reduce production costs. Sony began outsourcing in 2009 – which was odd for the electronics giant to do. By outsourcing, they were able to compact their factories to bring profits up.
Next generation TV division researches the current trends of the TV. From Over the Top Television standards, to screen resolutions, OLED technology and sound breakthroughs.
Sony and Google TV
Of course, earlier in the week, Google announced upgrades to Google TV (which Sony produces for televisions and Blu-Ray players). With a better interface and the additional Android market, it breathes new life into the TV. While last years launch was not heralded, Google hopes this revamp will get Google TV in the right direction. Therefore, Sony could see a good bump in the market.
Whether this split will provide stability is to be seen. The division shakeup will happen on November 1st.
If you are look for a cool geeky gift for the holiday season, then you might want to check out this Giant Shift Key LED lamp. Yes, it’s exactly what it says.
Powered either via USB or three AA batteries, you simply press down on the key to turn it on and off. (Actually, what would be exceptional cool is if it actually worked as a Shift key when plugged in by USB…but it doesn’t.)
At the moment you have to order them in quantities of 10 or more, but no doubt this will be hitting the likes of IWOOT, Firebox and ebay soon enough. Wow! I just checked ebay and someone already is selling them at 10x markup. Maybe I should order a batch….
Well as many of you experienced on the last show the audio went downhill at 1:11 minutes. Tonight it happened again! Backup recorder saved the day, meanwhile the machine in question has been fired and a replacement has been ordered from Sweetwater. Having issues like this is unacceptable to me at this point. Otherwise show went off without a hitch and I have a pile of stuff to share. Their will be a meetup on 5-22 in Coldwater Michigan. Listen for details. Special version of Geek News Central Insider coming be a Insider!
Ok folks I am still here, while I do not want to go into the circumstances of the emergency travel it appears at this point that we probably will not have to go anywhere. I cover a huge amount of ground in tonights show and there is a wealth of information about what is coming up next. Thanks to the listeners that have signed up for monthly contributions it is heart warming to see how much you care. I will continue to do my best in delivering you the most content of any tech show in the space.
So we had this pretty big snowstorm pass through the Midwest. Over a foot of snow, added to a plethora of horrible conditions. But one forseen issue happened that simply came from making the planet greener.
Light Emitting Diodes.
Green Bay WI put in some high – efficiency LED traffic lights throughout the town. The idea was straightforward. Save on electricity, save on bulb replacement and use the money in other places. Great plan… except for the unforseen snow….
What happened was the LED bulbs did not produce enough heat to melt the snow and ice off. The snow blew up into the light and the protective cover did just that – protected the snow and blocked drivers from seeing the lights.
West Bend, WI had the same problem. However, this was the first time in 7 years that it caused concern and an accident. The city created a special scraper to clean the lens. There is a special cover that heats up in cold weather to melt ice, but it’s simply too expensive.
Since this is the first time since installation, there is not a big concern over it. City officials simply tell people to be careful if the light is covered in snow.
Last Show from Japan and then I will be back in Hawaii for a few weeks. Look forward to getting back to the regular studio and cranking out the shows from home. I am announcing a new segment in tonights podcast pretty excited about adding it to the line-up.
When you think of Energizer you think about batteries but you really do not think about home lighting. The folks at Energize have come with some great lighting products for the home that have eye appeal and will solve a lot of problems people have with lighting.
This new line of lighting products called “Light on Demand” are going to allow people to hang lights in places they would not do so otherwise. With long lasting rechargeable batteries this is the perfect solution that eliminates the hassle of having to hide or run wiring. As simple as hang the light and turn it on is the advantage of these new products by energizer. Long Life Time, Uses LED lights and they are very efficient lights that will run 12 hours on a charge. Best thing as easy to hang as a picture.
They are going to be sold at Target and Target.com available Feb 3rd.