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Panasonic's New Phone Slows Down Speech For Australians With Hearing Loss

This. Is. Brilliant. The Panasonic KX-TGM420 Series amplified cordless system features a voice volume up to 40 decibels (dB) to make caller voices easier to hear, and so you don’t miss a call, and the base unit can be set to ring loudly at up to 112 dB. Bright red LED visual ringers on the base unit and handset flash when there is an incoming call, and the phone is also compatible with hearing aids.

But the most exciting feature has to be “Slow Talk” — which slows the speed of speech in real time and when checking voice messages.

Here's My Perfect Home Theatre, No Expense Spared

Someone asked me recently what home theatre setup I’d build myself if money was no issue. I’m not talking about an actual theatre — I’d rather just go to the movies for that — but here’s what I’d buy myself. If you have an appropriately fat bank account, enough space at home and an afternoon to buy everything, here’s what you should get.

Panasonic's New Compact Camera Is Much Cheaper Than It Looks

Once upon a time Panasonic was among the champs when it came to “step-up cameras” — the high-quality point and shoots that bridged the gap between $250 cameras and $1300 DSLRs. Yet over the last few years, Sony’s RX100 series cameras have taken the crown thanks to a tiny camera body, excellent image quality and fancy features like a high-speed lens and the ability to shoot high-quality video. The new Lumix LX10 looks like a welcome return to form for Panasonic — aping the RX100’s best features and knocking $US300 ($398) off the price.

This Device Was The iPod Of The 1970s (Sort Of)

When it was first released, the iPod flew off shelves with the promise of storing 1000 songs. Thirty years prior, fitting that much music in a single piece of consumer equipment was unheard of — except in the case of the Panasonic RS-296US.

Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player: Australian Review

Slowly but surely, after years of waiting and angst, 4K is becoming a thing. Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are already available in stores around the country — at a moderate price premium over a standard Blu-ray or DVD — and Netflix’s repertoire of 4K content is growing and growing. The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player that not only promises amazing improvements in picture quality, but also the best sound, including for 7.1-channel home theatre systems, as well as a design that’ll be at home in the most distinguished and serious home theatres.

Panasonic Has A Cheaper Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player, Too

Panasonic’s DMP-UB900 was the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player to be launched in Australia, but when it’s released onto store shelves later this month it’ll be more expensive than its Samsung competitor, thanks to some higher-quality audio components and apparently superior video output. Internationally, Panasonic now has two new 4K Blu-ray players launching that — if they come to Australia — should be pretty damn tempting, and provide stronger competition at for anyone looking to get into the new format without breaking the bank.

This Indestructible Camera Will Be The Only Thing Left To Record The Apocalypse

When you go to the trouble of installing a security camera in some hard-to-reach place, you want to know for certain it will survive with little need for maintenance. That’s what Panasonic is promising with this remote camera that keeps on recording even when the wind is blowing at preposterous speeds up to 210km/h.

One Tweet From Elon Musk Made $770 Million Disappear

Tweets are mysterious things. They’re sometimes witty, usually banal and often garbage. But if you’re Elon Musk, your tweets can have a very real impact on how companies are valued. For instance, one tweet from Musk yesterday wiped out $US580 million ($773.2 million) from Samsung SDI’s market capitalisation. No joke.

Hands On: Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

Australia’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player delivers the goods but you’ll want a top-shelf television and a great movie to really do it justice. Right now Netflix is the sole oasis in Australia’s Ultra HD content desert, but that’s finally set to change with Panasonic unveiling its DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player – due to go on sale in September and likely to come with a local price tag north of $1000.

Panasonic Has Australia's First 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is here. With the first discs launching within a couple of weeks in mid-May, Panasonic has just announced the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player that you’ll be able to watch those super-high-bitrate discs on: the DMP-UB900. It’s not out until, September, though.

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