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Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes.

While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into a smartwatch. At this point in the game, this is just a concept and not in development. Assuming consumers adopt this “module” way of thinking, you can clearly see that it’s inevitable that Project Ara could be used for so many other things, including wearables.

source: Engadget

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Toshiba microSD card boasts world’s faster read/write speeds

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Digital and smartphone cameras are getting more and more capable and data storage will soon need to catch up in order to provide users a smooth and seamless experience. It is exactly for this purpose that Toshiba is unveiling its next generation of microSD cards that can directly support those 4K videos you’re fond of shooting.

Let’s get the tech specs out of the way first. There are two Toshiba microSD cards being announced, with different data capacities and different read and write speeds. The THNSX032GAJCM4 is capable of storing 32 GB worth of data and has an amazing read and write speed of 260 MB/s and 240 MB/s, respectively. The higher capacity THNSX064GBK5M4 on the other hand can handle a larger 64 GB but is also slightly slower with 145 MB/s reading speed and 130 MB/s when writing. Of course, these are ideal maximum speeds that might turn out to be slower in real world use.

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What this means for consumers is faster downloads, faster file processing, and, when it comes to recording high quality videos, more storage. Currently, if users wanted record videos in higher resolutions, they’d be better off saving on the device’s internal memory first because those have faster file writing speeds than an external storage card. With Toshiba’s new microSD cards, however, users can make use of the external storage directly, which gives them more room for videos and photos. This is even more important for digital cameras that don’t have internal storage to begin with.

Toshiba hasn’t announced yet actual retail products that will carry these high-speed flash memory components. Samples are already being sent to chipset makers and component vendors, but there is no timeline yet when we’ll see them integrated into finished products available for purchase.

SOURCE: Toshiba

Toshiba Chromebook now available for $299, some retailers for $279

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The latest Chrome OS laptop to go on sale is the Toshiba Chromebook. Announced back in September, it is available through Toshiba’s online store or through some retailers including Amazon. If you choose to go with Toshiba’s online store, this Chromebook will set you back $299.99; however, Amazon is carrying it for $279.99. Inside is Intel’s Celeron Processor 2955U (Haswell). There are two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. On the device’s page, Toshiba claims you can get up to nine hours of battery life. Not too bad, right?

Hit the source link if you are interested in picking one up. Remember, Amazon is selling it for $20 less!

Source: Toshiba, Amazon

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Toshiba Chromebook lands in the U.S., arrives to the UK on February 10th

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Arriving ahead of it’s original February 16th launch target, the Toshiba Chromebook is now available  from Amazon for $279.99, at least for those in the United States. The Chromebook is also listed on Amazon UK for £249, though it’s not expected to land there until the 10th of February.

Priced around the same as many other Chromebooks, the biggest difference is that the Toshiba model packs a larger 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768. Under the hood you’ll find the laptop is powered by a Haswell-series Celeron 2955U CPU and 2GB of RAM.

Other specs include an SDX card reader, 16GB storage, two USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, a headphone jack, a battery rated for 9 hours of life, and a lock slot. All of this can be had in a package that weighs around 3 pounds.

With its lock-slot and larger display, the Toshiba Chromebook could be a perfect device for schools and businesses looking for a cheap laptop that can handle basic web-driven needs, or simply for consumers that like the idea of a bigger screen. On the downside, the Toshiba Chromebook’s looks are a bit on the boring side, especially when compared to devices like the HP Chromebook 11 or the extremely high-end Chromebook Pixel.

What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up, or do you feel that there are better Chromebook options for around the same price?

 


    







Toshiba Chromebook now available in the US and UK

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Coming a bit ahead of the expected mid-February release, the Toshiba Chromebook is now available for purchase. The Chromebook is available for those in the US and UK. The price seems to be varying a bit from retailer to retailer. Not to mention, the difference between the US and UK pricing.

With that in mind, those in the US can expect to pay anywhere from $280 up to $300. Adorama has the Chromebook available for $280, while Amazon has it at $288 and Toshiba has it at $300. Those in the UK will be looking toward Amazon, who have the notebook priced at £249. Pricing aside, the Toshiba Chromebook was originally announced back in January, during CES.

Toshiba was showing the Chromebook during the show, and even had a full and detailed set of specs available. While many of the Chromebook models share similar specs, Toshiba does have one piece setting them apart — the display size. That measures in at 13.3-inches, though the resolution will be a familiar 1366 x 768.

The Toshiba Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, which for those curious — is Haswell. Other specs include 16GB of SSD storage, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics, HDMI, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a promised battery life of up to 9 hours.

Users will also find a microSD memory card slot and the standard Chrome keyboard (with the Search key replacing the Caps Lock key). Like other Chrome devices, the Toshiba model offers 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years. And lastly, this model is available in Sunray Silver, it sports a textured top lid and weighs in at 3.3 pounds.

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Toshiba Chromebook hands-on: 13.3-inches and a 9 hour battery

Posted by wicked January - 9 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Toshiba entered the Chromebook market here at CES 2014 with a 13.3-inch notebook. This has them sitting in sort of a middle ground as many of the other Chromebooks are sporting an 11-inch display. Then we have the HP Chromebook 14. But while Toshiba has found the middle ground in terms of display size, the resolution will come in at a familiar 1366 x 768.

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With that in mind, the display was good to look at. We certainly cannot say this is the highest quality display on a Chromebook, but it should suffice for regular day-to-day use. The sides of the Toshiba Chromebook are where the ports are found. One side has a pair of USB ports along with a headphone jack and HDMI. The other side has the power and a memory card slot.

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The keyboard proved spacious enough for typing and is the traditional Chrome style keyboard. Or in other words, it is sporting the search key as opposed to the caps lock key. The trackpad was a good size, and perhaps more important — it seems to work well and without any delay or jumpiness.

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Toshiba has this one weighing in at 3.3-pounds and the overall build-quality seems to be solid. This is a plastic construction and as you can see in the image sitting below — is textured. The other key measurement for this model is the thickness, which is 0.8-inches. Other highlights in terms of specs show this powered by an Intel Celeron processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage.

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As for being out and about and being able to leave the power cord behind — Toshiba has said this one should be able to provide up to nine hours of battery life. The Toshiba Chromebook 13.3 will be available in mid-February and it will arrive with a price point of $279.

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Toshiba’s 5-in-1 concept laptop/tablet may one day dual-boot Android and Windows 8

Posted by wicked January - 8 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Now that Intel has confirmed its processors will support dual Android/Windows 8 devices, such as the Transformer Book Duet laptop/tablet Asus unveiled at CES 2014, we may see even more similar devices in the near future, from a variety of companies.

Toshiba unveiled at the same trade show a 5-in-1 PC concept that may one day dual-boot Android and Windows 8, the company told PC World, assuming the product moves past concept phase.

The “shape-shifting” Toshiba PC – which doesn’t have a commercial name yet – has three parts including a screen, keyboard and kickstand (this one contains the motherboard), which the user can arrange in different ways.

The device can be used as a traditional laptop, but also as a tablet, which has two modes, one that results after the removal of the detachable keyboard, and one that’s achieved by folding the keyboard back.

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The remaining two modes include a “’Presentation/TV” mode that involves using the kickstand” and a “‘Canavas’ mode that lets the user flip the attached keyboard 270 degrees, making the device better for drafting with a stylus.”

The company did not mention specs for this concept Toshiba, so don’t get too excited about it just yet. However, we’ll remind you that the company launched its first Chromebook at CES 2014, so it’s clearly more interested in Google’s offers when it comes to PC OS alternatives.

In mid-2013, Samsung presented such a versatile laptop/tablet combination, which was received very well by crowds, although the company ended up quietly removing it, as it had never happened, without explaining why the Ativ Q remained just an interesting concept.

Hands on with Toshiba’s entry-level Excite 7 tablet

Posted by wicked January - 8 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Toshiba’s latest stab at the budget tablet market is the Excite 7, a 7 inch tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The biggest selling point of the Excite is its $99 price tag, which means you’re definitely getting $99 specs. It’s powered by a dual-core Rockchip CPU and 1 GB of RAM with a 1024 x 600 screen. The Excite has 8 GB of onboard memory, plus a microSD card slot. They’re not screaming specs, but the device runs relatively stock Android, so it’s not having to chug through unnecessary bloatware.

At first glance, the device really seems like it performs well for the price range and specs it has, which is always a good sign. You can watch our hands video past the break, and be sure to keep up with the rest of our CES coverage.

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Toshiba is set to launch a brand new camera module with unique hardware which will refocus all of the photos you take on your smartphone. Known as the TCM9518MD, the module packs dual 5MP sensors and a separate processing chip which will capture all image and depth data in a picture. With this new technology, Toshiba says that consumers will soon be able to take pictures that are not currently possible with normal lenses.

The TCM9518MD is currently being shipped to phone manufacturers right now for testing, and the module should hit the market in devices within the next year (perhaps in the HTC One+).

Hit the break for the full press release, and remember to check out the rest of our CES 2014 coverage.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES) – Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today makes available sample quantities of its TCM9518MD, the industry’s first1 dual camera module able to simultaneously output recorded images and depth data for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. The TCM9518MD’s twin camera modules and a dedicated companion LSI chip simultaneously deliver deep focus images in which foreground and background, and all points in between, are in focus with depth data provided for each object in the picture. The dual camera module will be demonstrated this week at the CES 2014 show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140107/SF40356)

“We expect the TCM9518MD to drive new applications for smartphone, tablets and mobile devices including refocus and defocus; highlighting objects in a scene and then editing, cropping etc.; as well as image and gesture operation,” says Andrew Burt, vice president of the Image Sensor Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. “Not only does the dual camera module enable these advanced capabilities with fast digital focus and little shutter lag, the device doesn’t require any focus motors, so it can be built much thinner than today’s 13-megapixel camera modules.”

The TCM9518MD incorporates twin 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules (5 megapixels x 2 arrays). The dedicated companion LSI chip of the TCM9518MD measures and appends depth data to objects in the image. This data can be used for a variety of applications. The LSI also generates 13-megapixel images by up scaling images taken by the twin 5-megapixel cameras, resulting in a lower module height than that of conventional 13 megapixel camera modules2.

Computational cameras create images impossible to realize with the standard camera module by combining optical hardware technology—the lens and diaphragm—with digital signal processing technology. The TCM9518MD brings high resolution and computational camera functionalities to the CMOS image sensor market for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.

Product Demonstration at CES
Product demonstrations are by appointment only. To schedule a demonstration please send an email to[email protected] and include your name, title, company, preferred date/time at the show, as well as a phone number.

Availability/Pricing
Sample shipments of the TCM9518MD are now available. Price is $50 (U.S.)

*About TAEC
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s fifth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, April, 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba’s web site atwww.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba’s “Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices,” or “Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook.” This information is available athttp://www.toshiba.com/taec/support/techquestions/index.jsp or from your TAEC representative.

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Toshiba introduces their first Chromebook at CES 2014

Posted by wicked January - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Chromebooks are wildly popular as of late, and could represent a sea change for the PC market. Toshiba, which has always made very solid PCs, has a new Chromebook here at CES. This one is a bit bigger than normal, but not the largest Chromebook out there.

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At 13.3 inches, it is a touch bigger than the normal 11-inch variety Chromebooks are, but not as massive as the 14-inchers we’ve seen from HP. The resolution is a disappointing 1,366×768, but it checks in at $279, which is very approachable. It’s a slight 3.3 pounds, and less than an inch thick (0.8-inches, if you’re wondering), making it highly totable. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB Memory.

Toshiba is saying the battery life is right around nine hours, which is not unheard of for a Chromebook. With such a slim OS, battery life tends to be impressive. Chrome OS lends itself to slimmed down hardware, and the Toshiba Chromebook (no, really, that’s the name) is no exception.

Though Chrome OS is lightweight, it’s increasingly powerful. With desktop applications having been introduced, all that’s needed is a more widespread adoption. Once more Developers realize the benefits of Chrome OS, the platform will grow. If sales numbers are any indication, the market is there — and growing. The Toshiba Chromebook might not blow us away, but it also doesn’t disappoint. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the genre; a slim, low-cost, lightweight machine. It will be available starting February 16th.

VIA: CNET

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