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Get the party started (and keep it going all night) with Panasonic MAX
July 22nd, 2014

When it comes to a house party, there is nothing better than rocking tunes that everybody loves! The easiest way to get that mood is by sharing playlists and letting your party guests to get their DJ on. With Panasonic MAX and AKC audio systems*, you can really bring your music loving friends together and get them dancing to the same tune, thanks to the Panasonic MAX Juke App.

Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and your partygoers will thank you. You’ll be able to play songs stored on your smart devices via Bluetooth, request and play songs from the internal or USB memory on mini systems and even share the request playlist with your friends at the same time. There’s nothing like sharing music to bring everyone together!

The DJ is in the house with the SC-MAX770

The Panasonic MAX770 is bringing back the cool club days of the 80s with a big powerful system and combining it with of-the-moment technology like the turntable-style scratchpad and the ability to mix and sample songs. You can even use the Panasonic MAX JUKE App to handle basic operations, adjust the illumination, control the scratch function and take song requests.

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In addition to an internal 2GB memory capable of storing 500 songs, the MAX770’s DJ Jukebox plays songs from the internal memory or a USB device with Mix Play mode – and you can even operate playlists and play requests through the MAX Juke app.

DJ Sampler
You can use the turntable on the top panel to add samples sounds to the music as it is played. Up to six types of sample sounds can be registered for custom sounds that match the mood of each song.

MAX DJ Effect
Every budding DJ will enjoy the skillful control of a professional DJ effect feature. Six effects give you masterful control over the music to entertain your guests with DJ-like club tricks and sounds. You can impress your friends with the phaser, filter, sound chopper, electro echo, pitch shifter and harmonizer for beats that sound like they were dropped by a pro.

*Compatible with models MAX770, AKX58 and AKX18.

Download the Panasonic MAX Juke App for Andriod (IOS version not available).

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Microwave soup recipes to make you welcome winter
July 21st, 2014

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We finally had to bid goodbye to what seemed like an endless Aussie summer and face the cold reality of winter’s chill. It’s not all bad news, though! Winter brings so many delightful moments of cosiness into our life. Crackling fires, soft woollen jumpers, and snuggling up with a hot drink under a warm blanket are just a few.

A positively delightful aspect of the colder months is the opportunity to break out those comfort foods that just don’t make sense during summer – and delicious warm soups definitely top the list.

With a Panasonic microwave, you can even cut down the time you would spend in the kitchen making these yummy bowls of goodness, leaving you more time to spend in front of the fire!

We’ve put together a list of our three favourite winter soups to warm your belly, along with easy steps for your microwave prep:


Potato and Leek Soup

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Ingredients

  • 350g leeks sliced (prepared weight)
  • 350g peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 25g butter
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 300ml whole milk
  • 30mls crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Place the leeks, potatoes and butter in a large bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5mins.
  2. Gradually add the stock and seasoning.
  3. Re-cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 15mins or until the vegetables are tender. Stirring halfway.
  4. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. Place in a liquidiser and blend until smooth.
  6. Stir in the crème fraiche and season to taste. Heat on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 mins or until piping hot.

Pea and Pancetta Soup

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Ingredients

  • 30g butter
  • 1 small leek, halved lengthways, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 small potato, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1-1.2 ltrs chicken or vegetable stock
  • 550g fresh or frozen peas
  • 50g pea shoots (optional)
  • 4 tbsp double cream, plus extra to serve
  • 85g cooked pancetta, cut into strips
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Put the butter, leek and potato in a large microwavable bowl and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5 mins, then MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 10 mins or until the potato is soft.
  3. Add the peas and pea shoots if using, and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 5 mins.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender, season with salt and pepper and blend to the desired texture, adding the cream at the end (strain through a sieve if you want it really smooth).
  5. Reheat the soup on HIGH MICROWAVE for 3 mins Add a swirl of cream and a sprig of pea shoots if using.

Tomato and Basil Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stick of celery chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1tsp sweet or smoked paprika
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 1.25kg tomatoes quartered with central core removed
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp green pesto
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

Method

  1. Put the oil, onion, celery, carrot and paprika in a large bowl and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5mins.
  2. Add the tomato purée, tomatoes, sugar and hot stock to the bowl and cook on MEDIUMMICROWAVE for 15mins or until the carrots are soft.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Place in liquidiser and purée until smooth.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Cover and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 mins or until piping hot.
  7. Serve topped with a swirl of pesto, and garnish with basil leaves.

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Panasonic’s matching components introduced Hi-Fi without the hassle
July 18th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that buying a stereo system was once as complicated as buying a car. By the time a salesperson had run through all the confusing aspects of which receivers went with which speakers, whether you needed 8 or 4 ohms impedance, what it was going was going to take to hook it all together and then how you were going to afford the hefty price tag, most of the fun had been taken out of the music.

Today we are flashing back to the Panasonic stereo systems that took the hassle out of Hi-Fi. The RA-6100 and 6600 introduced the concept of high-fidelity matching components that were all compatible in any combination. Music lovers were free to choose from FM/AM stereo receivers, built-in 8 track player/recorders, deluxe turntables, and superb speakers featuring tweeters and thrusters. Instead of relying on a salesperson to guide the way, Panasonic’s matching components turned everyday music fans into stereophonic experts.

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The LUMIX GH4 is a wedding photographer’s dream
July 17th, 2014

Today we take you behind the scenes of two beautiful wedding shoots with renowned wedding photographer and ‘LUMIX Luminary’, William Innes. Using our GH4, Innes demonstrates the versatility of this photo/video hybrid interchangeable lens camera by putting it to the test on a professional set and on location at a glorious wedding.

LUMIX GH4 Videography of Wedding in 4K by William Innes

Mr William Innes“My first impression of the LUMIX GH4 was how comfortable it was to hold and work with. It felt perfect in my hands. The smaller size and weight is great for wedding photographers that work 10-hour plus days. Other features like shooting speed 12 FPS and great low light capabilities make it a perfect tool for my line of work. Last when I combined the GH4 with the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm/F1.2 lens I was totally in awe! It captured absolutely stunning portraits of the bride and groom” - William Innes.

Behind the scenes of LUMIX GH4 wedding photo shoot with impression by William Innes


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Interbrand Ranks Panasonic No. 1 in the electronics sector for the “Best Global Green Brands 2014”
July 16th, 2014

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2014 marks the fourth year of the Interbrand ranking of Best Global Green Brands. The US brand consulting company defines an excellent green brand as one that achieves a good balance between green perception (consumers’ image of an eco-brand) and green performance (a company’s environmental management practices). The top 50 companies are ranked based on these two elements.

On June 24, Interbrand announced that Panasonic ranks No. 5 in its Best Global Green Brands 2014. Although a rank lower than last year (our place were taken by Nissan), we have once again come out on top in the electronics sector.

Panasonic’s Evaluation Points

Panasonic’s Evaluation Points. Click here to read the full evaluation.

Panasonic’s Evaluation Points. Click here to read the full evaluation.

Panasonic’s green performance was evaluated as being especially high, with excellent marks going to “Products and Services,” “Governance,” and “Transportation and Logistics.” Interbrand also noted the following points in its evaluation:

Achieving such a high ranking in the Best Global Green Brands is especially meaningful to us because Panasonic has been committed to sustainability initiatives around the world since the company was formed. Locally that commitment to ECO awareness saw us successfully campaign for the creation of TechCollect, a national e-waste recycling scheme. The launch of this scheme has already resulted in Australians setting a new Guinness World Record for the most e-waste ever collected for recycling in one week, as well as the collection of 16,554 tonnes of e-waste over the 2012/13 period.

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Read more about the Best Global Green Brands 2014 ranking.
Panasonic Announces Targets Towards Powering Eco Lifestyles with Technology.
Panasonic builds the smart town of the future.
100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project shines a light in the darkness.