Bragging rights don't come cheap, and if you want to own the largest LED-backlit high-definition television on this side of the Solar System, it's going to set you back $10,999.99, leaving you a penny for your thoughts if you've saved up eleven grand. That's the asking price for Sharp's newly unveiled 90-inch LED Smart 3D TV (model LC-90LE745U), which stands almost 4 feet tall, over six feet long, and has a 4.5-inch waistline while tipping the scales at 141.1 pounds.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman this week announced a $553 million multi-state settlement with seven major technology corporations accused of illegally conspiring with each other to artificially inflate prices for liquid crystal display (LCD) screens used in a variety of consumer and business applications, including televisions, computer monitors, and laptop computers.
Sharp, Samsung, and half a dozen other liquid crystal display (LCD) panel makers may have colluded to fix prices earlier in the decade, according to claims brought on by a class action lawsuit. The display makers agreed to settle the case for a combined $388 million, of which Sharp, Japan's largest panel maker, will fork over $105 million.
Fallout from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to rock the tech industry with delays for one reason or another. From damaged facilities to disruptions in power, parts just aren't getting from point A to point B, and who knows how long it will be until things are back to normal. But these aren't the only problems. Now we're hearing that a shortage of industrial gases has forced Sharp to halt production of some LCD panels.
Looking to replace your janky rear-projection HDTV? There are plenty of options to wade through if you're in the market for a new TV set, including four new models that Sharp has just begun shipping. These all fall under Sharp's LE830 Series Aquos Quattron LED LCD line, which it introduced earlier this year at CES.
A couple of years ago, Robert J. Sawyer, Erin Brockovich, and I were all invited to fly to Istanbul and address a conference of several thousand business leaders on the topic of “thinking outside the box.” We weren’t the only ones invited, there were a number of other “out-of-the-box” speakers from all over Europe as well. While there, Sawyer and I were also invited to speak to a group of several hundred bankers. There was a lot of brain-power gathered in those conference halls and auditoriums.
Whenever I’m invited to give a speech, I always ask three questions. “Who am I speaking to and why did they invite me? What can I say to them that will be useful? What can I say that will make a difference?” (In this particular case, I was pretty sure that they did not want to hear about tribbles.)
After a few weeks of cogitation on the matter, I had an insight that struck me as profound. The reason why businesses fail is because the operators of those businesses fail to understand what business they’re really in. Because ultimately every business is a service business.
Editorial Director Jon Phillips catches a quick look at some of Sharp's new Quattron displays, including a behemoth 60" panel, straight from the show floor of CES. Sharp promises better colors for their new lineup, though we're always skeptical of such claims before we get a chance to do some of our own testing.
Tablets are still a trend at this year’s CES, with Sharp jumping on the bandwagon and announcing its first entry to the U.S. tablet market – Galapagos – as well as announcing several gigantic 70-inch LED display. The Galapagos tablet – which was announced last year in Japan -will be partnered not only with an ebook store, but will also ultimately work with Sharp’s web-connected HDTVs.
If the only thing holding you back from buying a Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorder is the size of the box, then hey, you'll love what Sharp has done. At the Ceatec convention in Japan, Sharp was seen showing off its new small size BD recorder that measures a scant 35mm at its thinnest part.
"BD recorders using an HDD have an HDD capacity of at least 320GB, which is equivalent to the capacity of three BDXL discs," Sharp said. "So, it is possible to use BDXL discs in place of an HDD."
In addition to using BDXL discs, Sharp also kept things slim by using an external AC adapter, as well as cut back on the number of recording functions.
"We consider that it is possible to commercialize the recorder in the near future. Because it has a smaller number of functions than existing BD recorders, its price will be low," Sharp said.
Sharp has announced two Android-powered tablet devices with built-in Wi-Fi to go along with a new e-bookstore. The company has chosen the name “Galapagos” for its range of tablet devices, which will include the 5.5-inch “mobile type” and the 10.8-inch “home type” models at launch, and vie for a piece of the e-reader pie (yes, you read that right). Sharp wants to ensure that Galapagos is viewed as an e-reading device that can also perform most of the functions associated with tablets, and not the other way around.
Users will be able to download e-books through an e-bookstore also named Galapagos. Both the e-readers and the e-bookstore will be available in December this year. Sharp expects to offer “approx. 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books” at the time of launch.
“This new e-bookstore provides an “Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service” (fee-based service) for periodical publications. The most recent editions of newspapers and magazines a user has subscribed to can be delivered and read by the user’s e-book readers. In addition, free trial versions of recommended e-book content can also be delivered to the e-book reader, letting users immediately purchase content of their favor,” the company said in a release.