Once upon a time Red Hat was content to be the enterprise Linux leader and VMware was happy to be the dominant virtual infrastructure vendor.
As the two companies have sought growth, they've increasingly stepped on each other's toes, with recent VMware marketing taking strong swipes at its erstwhile partner, Red Hat, highlighting Pizza Hut as a high-profile customer defection from Red Hat to VMware.
Can't the two companies just get along?
Panasonic has announced its first 3D TV bundle available exclusively at Best Buy stores, featuring a plasma TV and 3D-compatible Blu-ray player. The bundle will cost $2,900 for a 50-inch TC-P50VT20 TV (a $2,500 value by itself) and 3D-compatible DMP-BDT300 Blu-ray player ($400), and also include one pair of 3D glasses (model TY-EW3D10U, $149). The Panasonic bundle and TVs will be "sold exclusively at select Best Buy stores via Magnolia Home Theater," according to Panasonic. The 50-inch model will be followed by 54-, 58-, and 65-inch versions later this year, though pricing has yet to be determined.
If the TC-P50VT20 sounds different from the TC-P50VT25 model that was CNET's Best of CES pick earlier this year, that's because it is--albeit just slightly. The two models are nearly identical: the VT25 has minor external styling differences (different color bezel) and includes an RS232 port and ISF calibration mode not found on the Best Buy version, but it's slightly more expensive. (See an early hands-on evaluation here.)
To drum up excitement for the 3D launch, the companies held a joint press event at the Best Buy store in Manhattan's Union Square. Immediately following the press conference, the first bundle was sold to customers Brad and Ashley, a couple from Manhattan's Upper West Side. (The timing of the sale had been pre-arranged by Best Buy beforehand.) With New York sales tax, the total came to about $3,100. Immediately afterward, they were bombarded by questions and interviews from the large group of media who had shown up to document the event.
In the end, despite the hype, this wasn't the first 3D TV actually sold in 2010.… Read more
CNET did not review the 58- and 65-inch members of the Panasonic TC-PV10 series, but we did review the 50-inch version. The spec sheets on all sizes in the series are identical but for screen size, so we expect the picture quality of the 50-inch version TV to provide a good indication of how these larger sizes will perform. For more information, please refer to the full review of the Panasonic TC-P50V10.
Panasonic's TC-PC1 series is available in two screen sizes: the 42-inch TC-P42C1 and the 50-inch TC-P50C1.
While CNET has not reviewed the Panasonic TC-PC1 series, we have reviewed the company's slightly more expensive TC-PX1 series. The two series of 720p plasma HDTVs are very similar similar aside from a few key differences. The X1 series has a higher native contrast ratio spec (30,000:1 vs. 15,000:1) so we expect it to exhibit slightly better black levels than the C1. The X1 also has an additional HDMI input (for a total of three, while the C1 … Read more
Panasonic's TC-PU1 series is available in three screen sizes: the 42-inch TC-P42U1, the 46-inch TC-P46U1, and the 50-inch TC-P50U1.
While CNET has not reviewed the Panasonic TC-PU1 series, we have reviewed the company's slightly more-expensive TC-PS1 series. The two series of 1080p plasma HDTVs are very similar similar aside from a few key differences. The S1 series has a higher native contrast ratio spec (40,000:1 vs. 30,000:1) and an antireflective coating on the screen, so we expect it to exhibit slightly better black levels and bright-room performance than the U1. The S1 also has … Read more
Last year, Scion's booth at the SEMA Show was jam-packed with some of the craziest cars at the show. 2009 saw the continuation of that grand tradition.
This year, Scion brought out an xB with a built-in kitchen (sink and all!), another with its own dancefloor, and yet another that had been stretched into a pickup toting a matching custom scooter. Scion's other models also got some modding love in the form of a rally-prepped xD and a loud-and-low tC that seemed to have forgotten its roof.