October 26, 2011 |
Call it film's last gasp. Birns & Sawyer, the oldest movie camera rental shop in Hollywood, made history last week when it auctioned off its entire remaining inventory of 16- and 35-millimeter film cameras. Owner and cinematographer Bill Meurer said he didn't want to part with the cameras but had little choice as the entertainment industry has largely gone digital. "People aren't renting out film cameras in sufficient numbers to justify retaining them," Meurer said in an interview at his North Hollywood warehouse, where he rents out cameras, lenses, lighting equipment and grip trucks.
July 19, 2011 |
Logothetis in Russia. On a trip to Belgium that took him to Liege, Waterloo and the Ardennes, Jake Bumgardner came upon Brussels' Grand-Place one wet evening. "This rainy image is typical of all my rain-soaked photos from this trip," the Chicago resident said. The buildings of the Grand-Place date to the 17 th century, and the square is one of Brussels' most popular attractions. Bumgardner used a Panasonic DMC-FH20. On a trip to Belgium that took him to Liege, Waterloo and the Ardennes, Jake Bumgardner came upon Brussels' Grand-Place one wet evening.
January 16, 2011 |
I watch TV on a 20-year-old, 21-inch Panasonic television set with a single RF input into which I run a DVD player, a VHS machine and a cable box chained in sequence. It is the only television in the house, though sometimes I do watch things online ? on an even smaller screen, a 15-inch cathode-ray computer monitor of no certain age (though it has survived more than one CPU). The Panasonic has never given me a lick of trouble, and although I am sure that the mere writing of those words guarantees its failure in the near future, I have no plans to upgrade until that happens.
November 4, 2010 |
Tesla Motors Inc. shares surged Thursday after Panasonic Corp., which makes rechargeable batteries among its many products, bought a $30-million stake in the electric car company. Panasonic, based in Osaka, Japan, paid $21.15 a share Wednesday in a private placement, Palo Alto-based Tesla said in a statement. Panasonic now holds about a 2% stake in the company. In afternoon trading, Tesla shares jumped $3.13, or 14.4%, to $24.90. Last week, Tesla opened the doors of its Fremont, Calif.
October 7, 2009 |
Japan's big-name electronics manufacturers are readying flat-screen TVs that can show high-definition movies and video games in 3-D for launch next year. At the country's biggest consumer electronics show, which opened Tuesday just outside Tokyo, all the major makers had large 3-D prototypes on display. Visitors to company booths at the show donned special electronic glasses and watched as soccer balls flew toward them in sports clips and virtual heroes moved deep into the background of video games.
February 5, 2009 |
Panasonic Corp., sinking into what it expects will be its first annual loss in six years, said Wednesday that it was slashing about 15,000 jobs and closing 27 plants worldwide. It joins a string of Japanese companies making deep cuts as they cope with the global slowdown. Plunging consumer demand, lower gadget prices and the soaring yen, which erodes overseas income, are battering Panasonic, the world's largest maker of plasma TVs. It said Wednesday that it swung to a loss of 63.