Apple’s CarPlay hits the road

The service, previously known as “iOS in the car”, will bring Siricentric infotainment functionality to the dashboards of a wide variety of cars.

From an Israeli startup: double-sided solar cells

The vast majority of solar cells today generate electricity by facing the sun, but what if you could engineer their backside to make use of reflected light as well? That’s the idea underlying the technology of bSolar, an Israeli startup who recently launched the so-called bifacial solar cells.

Phone! SMS! No, I want WiFi on all my flights

Last week, Virgin Atlantic said that you could use your phone to make calls and get/send text messages if you fly using its Upper Class service between New York and London. What I really want is the ability to connect to the Internet.

Time Warner Cable building an app for Panasonic TVs

Time Warner Cable is developing an app for Panasonic’s Viera Cast Smart TV platform to access its on demand video library. This makes the company the first cable operator to develop an app for Panasonic’s platform. The app is supposed to launch some time this year.

SyncTV: building TV apps for almost every device

There are a ton of development frameworks for creating apps on various connected TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones and the like, which is more than most publishers can reasonably be expected to develop for. Enter SyncTV, which hopes to solve that issue.

PlayJam raises $5M to bring casual games to your TV

TV gaming startup PlayJam has raised a $5 million Series A funding round from GameStop Digital Ventures, Adobe Ventures, Endeavour Ventures, London Venture Partners and others. The financing comes as PlayJam sees a massive opportunity to bring new games to connected TV platforms.

Finals wrap up record year for NBA streaming

The NBA’s effort to increase the amount of video available to fans in the latest season, with the league reporting more website visitors and video streams watched over the course of the 2010/2011 season and postseason than ever before.

Why Tesla and Panasonic Teamed Up

Tesla and Panasonic cozied up this week, with the Japanese electronics giant investing $30 million in the upstart electric vehicle maker and agreeing to jointly develop battery modules. The move deepens one of a growing number of alliances being formed among car companies and battery makers.

Video: The Panasonic AG-3DA1 3-D Camera In Action

If 3-D is ever going to become more than a way for Hollywood to inflate box office returns, the technology for creating content has to become more accessible. In this interview, Panasonic’s Jan Crittenden Livingston demonstrates the AG-3DA1, the world’s first integrated twin-lens 3-D camcorder.

Vid-Biz: Panasonic VOD, Cisco Olympics, Sony 3-D

Today on the Net: Panasonic is adding online video-on-demand services to its connected HDTVs, Cisco wants to strike a deal with NBC to distribute Flip cameras to Olympic athletes again and Sony wants to be tops in 3-D TV sales, despite a slow start.

Why 2010 is a Breakout Year for LEDs

In a few years, we’ll look back at 2010 and remember it as the year that LEDs (light emitting diodes) turned a corner and went from a pricey niche lighting technology to a mainstream contender.

Skype Wants to Make Your TV More Social

Skype will soon be available on your TV set, thanks to TVs from LG and Panasonic with an integrated Skype client that will be coming out later this year. The plan to move video conferencing to the big screen makes sense.

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Why Is the Plasma HDTV Market Dying?

Back in 1998, plasma TVs burst onto the scene with new, flat, high-definition displays. Despite their high price point, they sparked the imagination of TV viewers worldwide. In the years that followed, prices for plasma sets fell rapidly, and soon they were within reach of a many buyers. But 11 years later, plasma has fallen on hard times. One-time champions of the technology — such as Pioneer, Sony and Vizio — have abandoned the market. While LG and Samsung still have some plasma products, only Panasonic remains as the stalwart defender of the plasma faith. And even Panasonic is increasing its play in the LCD market these days, clearly hedging its bets in spite of recent investments to double its plasma panel production capacity. So, what happened?