As reported by Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Panasonic is going to partner with retailer Best Buy in the U.S. for a major push of 3-D technology. Best Buy brings the retail space, Panasonic brings the hardware, and presumably, customers will come, too--because Panasonic's cutting prices by almost 50% to entice them.
Big news from Skype: They're making a push for better video quality, with both new HD webcams and software support, but that's not the biggest deal here. They're also partnering with LG and Panasonic for Skype-enabled HDTVs.
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It's hard to get too excited about TVs at the moment: There are so many innovations, from super-slim to OLED, that a new gizmo has to be truly amazing to stand out. And that's something Philips seems to have achieved with its new 56-inch Cinema TV. It's massive, and it disposes of the boring old 16:9 aspect ratio to deliver you movies on a 21:9 shaped screen.