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Project Ara releases new MDK ahead of second developers conference

Posted by wicked January - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Our favorite modular phone guys, Project Ara, has just made public the second version of their Module Developers Kit (MDK) – which basically contains all you need to know if you want to create a module for Project Ara based on the Spiral 2 prototype. This was done ahead of the Ara Developers Conference slated on February 14 – we guess that the contents of the MDK will be big talking points on the conference itself.

The MDK was a collaborative effort between the guys and gals at Project Ara and companies that include NK Labs, LeafLabs, New Deal Design, Metamorph Software, X5 Systems, Toshiba, Mixel, Quanta, Opersys, Linux Solutions, Linaro, BayLibre, NewOldBits, Oxford Systems, Foxconn and IDT Systems among others. Within the MDK are details on the many software and hardware upgrades on the new prototype, including the new Toshiba UniPro switch and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) which we wrote about before. The new Toshiba chip allows for the connection between module elements, especially the processor to the other modules.

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There is also the new contactless connection system between module and board, and the new “Greybus” communication protocol that handles the aforementioned contactless system. This new system was set in place to save on space and give the whole phone a sturdier build.

More of the content of the MDK will surely be talked about at the 2nd Ara Developers Conference, so be sure to look out for that event. Also, you can download the MDK here.

SOURCE: PhoneBloks

Toshiba’s NFC SD card lets you preview pictures with just a tap

Posted by wicked January - 9 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Toshiba has just launched two new products that will help photographers out greatly during photoshoots. The Japanese technology company has just announced two new SD cards, including the world’s first NFC-enabled SD memory card, as well as a new Wifi-capable SD card.

The NFC-capable card comes in 8/16/32GB variants and can be used alongside any NFC-compatible Android device. If you’d like to use the NFC capabilities with this card, simply download the Memory Card Preview App on your device, tap it to your camera, and up to 16 image previews will appear on your phone, along with available storage space on the card. If you’d like to download or really do anything with the photos beyond looking at the previews, unfortunately the SD card doesn’t support those features quite yet.

Toshiba has also announced a new Flash Air III, the seemingly more useful device out of the two. This one is Wifi-enabled, meaning you can access all of your stored pictures and quickly share them with your computer as long as it’s connected to a WiFi network. This newer version of the SD card provides enhanced photo sharing and management features from the previous model, and should be able to transfer photos and videos faster than previous iterations. You can pick up the Wifi-enabled SD card beginning in March. The 16GB model will run you $79.99, while the 32GB model will cost $99.99. If you’d like to pick up an NFC-enabled SD card, they’ll be available sometime in February, though no pricing information has been mentioned yet.

Toshiba Releases Canvio AeroCast, A Wireless Hard Drive Able To Cast

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Not wanting to be left out this holiday season, Toshiba has gone above-and-beyond simply keeping pace with its competitors. Today, the company has issued a press release unveiling what may be the gadget to purchase this December. It is a portable hard drive that is both wireless and capable of directly Casting to devices like the Chromecast.

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No bigger than the size of your hand, their newest addition to the Canvio portable hard drive line comes with a 1 terabyte built-in capacity but also allows expandable storage via SD cards. With the downloading of Toshiba’s Google Cast Ready app, users will be able to cast personal photos, music, and video to their televisions.

Vice president of Toshiba’s Branded Storage division stated, “Storage needs are changing. By understanding the importance of mobility, we have taken storage to the next level. With integrated wireless capabilities, we empower our users to share and stream their personal digital content the way they want, wirelessly…the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive fills a real need for consumers – they’re now able to enjoy the content that they own, wirelessly on the home television.”

Coming in at $219.99, the product will be available on Toshiba’s online store today, but it won’t be introduced alone. Toshiba is also releasing a Cast Wireless Adapter for $79.99. This device should allow older generation Canvio portable hard drives to become Cast-ready.

For me, I am already daydreaming about the devices and software this product could work with, like Chromebooks and Plex. I’m also left wondering how I might be able to integrate Google Drive sync on this puppy. Now all I need is Google Fiber…

 

Source: News.Toshiba.com

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Toshiba’s Shared Board is a 24-inch display running Jelly Bean

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Some products just require a simple question: what were they thinking? This time around it is Toshiba being asked the all-important question. The company introduced the Shared Board (TT301) that is technically a tablet, but the display is massive for the category. The 24-inch display will be placed on a stand or mounted somewhere because it is certainly too large for traditional tablet use.

The specifications Toshiba went with for the Shared Board are.. underwhelming. The resolution of the 24-inch display, though, is Full HD (1920×1080). And then it all goes downhill from there. The processor running the Shared Board is an unnamed dual-core clocked at 1.0GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. The internal storage gets filled to completion at 16GB. It does have WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The disappointment ends when you find out Toshiba has the Shared Board running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. That exact version of Android was released on October 9, 2012.

Making up for the dated specifications is an accessory. The Shared Board works with a remote featuring an IR blaster that can be used during presentations. Right now, the Shared Board is confirmed for Japan; however, markets outside of that are unknown.

Source: Tablet News
Via: Android Headlines

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Toshiba shows off eyeglasses with embedded display

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Toshiba_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014Most major manufacturers are jumping into the connected wearables market in some way or another, whether that’s with a smartwatch or virtual reality headsets. Toshiba is no exception, and they showed off a new pair of smart glasses at a trade show in Japan this week.

The glasses, called Toshiba Glass, work similarly to Google Glass, but there’s a small difference; there’s a small projector built into the side of the arm of the glasses, right behind the lens. The result is a pretty bulky, goofy looking device, but it’s reportedly quite a bit cheaper than Google Glass, so there’s an advantage. The project displays information on the lens of the glasses, which is then reflected onto the person’s eyes. Again, not quite as sophisticated as Google Glass, but pricing plays a big role here.

Unfortunately, there are a few other drawbacks to Toshiba Glass that are probably going to make the product DOA. First off, the device isn’t actually wireless. Toshiba skipped on a battery for Glass because they didn’t want to make it too heavy, so the headset has to connect to a smartphone in your pocket. Having a cable running from your eyeglasses into your pocket seems really, really inconvenient, and there’s no telling how much drain that’s going to put on your phone battery. It’s also different from Google Glass in that it isn’t really its own device, but instead just an extension of what your smartphone is doing.  It’s great for notifications and the like, but so are smartwatches, and a watch is much less cumbersome.

Toshiba plans on launching the device next year in Japan and North America, although they didn’t estimate an exact price.

source: Computer World

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 available through Amazon, pricing starts at $249

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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In the market for a new laptop? We should mention giving a Chromebook a look. In the next several months leading up to the holiday season, there are going to be an abundance of Chrome OS devices released. The Chromebook 2, from Toshiba, is currently available through Amazon.

There are two models and both feature a 13.3-inch display. The base model’s display has a resolution of 1366×768 while upgrading raises this to 1920×1080. Regardless, you get an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The upgraded model takes the base 2GB of RAM up to 4GB. Battery life for the base model is estimated at eleven hours and the 1080p display of the more expensive Chromebook 2 lowers it to about nine hours.

Source: Amazon [Base Model Link - $249] [Upgraded Model Link - $364]

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 gets 1080p display option and Skullcandy audio

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 computer has gone official and it is packing some features that Chromebook fans will appreciate. The new machine still offers a 13-inch screen packed inside a small 12-inch chassis. Two versions of the Chromebook 2 will be available with one offering a full HD 1920 x 1080 screen with IPS technology with the base model offering 720p resolution.

The 1080p screen will also offer users wider viewing angles. Both models of the Chromebook will feature Skullcandy audio with enhanced bass and sound quality. No fan is used inside the Chromebook 2 making them very quiet.

Toshiba will offer charcoal, aqua, and rose accessory cases for the computer. With Skullcandy audio inside, the Chromebook 2 from Toshiba is the first Chromebook to offer branded audio. Processors inside the Chromebook 2 will include Celeron units. WiFi will be built-in and Toshiba will offer 2GB or 4GB configurations.

Battery life is promised to be up to 11.5 hours on the HD screen model and up to 9 hours on the 1080p model. Connectivity includes a USB 3.0port, USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, SD card slot, and a security lock slot. Pricing ranges from $249.99 to $329.99 with availability set for October 5.

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SOURCE: Toshiba

Microsoft planning on launching ultra-cheap laptops to compete with Chromebooks

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up.

It looks like competition is going to get a bit tougher on Google, however. Microsoft has announced a slew of cheap Windows 8 laptops will be coming from their partners in time for the holidays, primarily to compete against budget Chromebooks. HP has a $199 laptop in the works, as well as smaller 7 and 8 inch versions of these “Stream” computers for just $99. At that price range, that’s going below even Chromebooks and competing against cheap tablets that have also taken a slice of the market.

Aside from HP, Acer and Toshiba have some laptops coming out running Windows 8.1 and using Intel’s low-end Celeron processors. These laptops are hitting the $249 price point, and for the most part, the specs seem pretty decent. A good bit of this price drop is coming from Microsoft lowering Windows license fees for OEMs, allowing them to push out cheaper devices.

Time will tell if Microsoft can stand up against Google’s extremely budget pricing and simple interface.

source: The Verge

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Toshiba Excite Go 7-inch Intel cheapie

Posted by Tom May - 28 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Joining the Toshiba Encore 2 models is another budget tablet, the 7-inch Excite Go, which’ll debut at US$110.

It’s powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

The price is the main selling point here, it has 8GB storage, microSD support and comes with Android KitKat.

It’ll be an ok main tablet but is probably best suited as a secondary slate to give to your kids to keep grubby fingerprints off your pride-of-place model or to have in the kitchen for Netflix while cooking.

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Toshiba announces Excite Go, a 7-inch Intel-based tablet for $110

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Toshiba looks to be going after the ultra-low-end tablet market with its newly announced Toshiba Excite Go, a 7-inch tablet with an aggressive price of just $109.99.

As you can imagine the Excite Go isn’t exactly a super-powered device, but it’s actually pretty decent when you consider the low price tag.Under the hood you’ll find a quad-core Intel Atom processor and a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600. There’s also 8G storage with microSD and the power of KitKat right out of the box. For those that want to use it for some basic writing, there’s also OfficeSuite Pro bundled in.

The Toshiba Excite Go probably isn’t going to wow most consumers (semi-ironic considering the name), but it could be perfect as a secondary tablet or for something to give your kids. The Excite Go is also considerably better than many other tablets in this price range, such as the $99 HP 7 Plus. Additionally, it’s nice to see KitKat installed, while most sub-$150 tablets are still stuck on Jelly Bean.

What do you think, anyone interested in picking up this sub-$120 tablet when it arrives in early July, or does its modest resolution and Intel-based processor prove deal breakers for you?

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IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today unveiled the Excite Go™ tablet, a seven-inch Android™ 4.4-based tablet that offers a comprehensive and reliable tablet experience at a fraction of the cost, starting at just $109.99 MSRP1. With all the features needed to enjoy convenient web browsing, apps and entertainment, the Excite Go is an affordable option for people looking for an easy-to-use, highly mobile tablet.
“Consumers love handheld Android tablets as they offer portable entertainment at accessible prices and can be easily added as an additional device in the home,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “The Excite Go is yet another example of Toshiba’s ability to provide affordable tablets with the latest version of Android, competitive features like Intel processors and solid build quality.”
Stylish, Lightweight Design
Encased in a stylish Satin Gold finish, the Excite Go is light and compact, weighing just 12.5 ounces2. It is designed to be comfortably held with a single hand, making it perfect for gaming, reading, emails and more. The tablet’s capacitive multi-touch display features 1024×600 resolution, which provides clear, precise navigation for browsing the web and playing games.
Optimized Performance and Additional Features
Armed with a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor3, the Excite Go offers high-speed performance for apps and games from Google Play™ and watching videos. Android 4.4, KitKat allows faster multitasking and improved file management with easy access to Google Drive™ and other cloud storage services. With wireless display support, users can stream even copy-protected premium content on the tablet directly onto a TV screen. The Excite Go also comes pre-loaded with a full version of OfficeSuite Pro (a $14.99 value), enabling portable productivity and the dual camera version includes Toshiba’s exclusive TruCapture™ app that improves the readability of images from whiteboards and books by automatically removing borders, straightening distortion, reducing glare and noise, sharpening and brightening contrast – ideal for classrooms and offices.
A single charge on the Excite Go provides up to 7.5 hours of general use or up to 6 hours of video playback4. Additionally, the Excite Go comes equipped with up to 16GB of internal storage5, a Micro USB port and a microSD™ Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards, enabling consumers to extend the tablet’s storage capacity.
Pricing and Availability
The Excite Go will be available for purchase for $109.99 MSRP beginning in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us.