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Typically when I meet with a manufacturer to talk about new products, they’re coy about mentioning their competitors. They refer to “our competition,” or “other players,” or “similar devices.” Every company wants me to believe it’s the only company on the planet, that any others aren’t even worth the lip service.
That’s what made my last meeting with Toshiba so odd. While showing me the new Kirabook, the highest-end ultrabook the company has ever made and the first in a new line, the company’s product managers and PR reps couldn’t stop talking about Apple. They told me “we’re lighter than Air,” and compared “apples to apples — our apples to Apple’s apples.” While other manufacturers have raced to the bottom and to the lowest…
Just in case you didn’t have enough content options from the likes of Roku and your cable set top box, Toshiba has partnered with Rovi to integrate the DivX Plus Streaming codec into a new line of TVs. The streaming format promises enhanced multimedia controls like multi-language subtitles, resumable playback across devices and Dynamic Resolution Scaling, which should be good for those with fluctuating bandwidth. However, there aren’t that many services behind the format just yet, though Knowhow Movies by Dixons Retail in the UK has pledged its support. Still, one can never have enough ways to entertain the kids.
You might not have noticed, but Toshiba’s been playing the Android tablet game for the last few years. Now, a new leak suggests Toshiba’s next slab will house NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 mobile chip (clocked at 1.8GHz, according to an AnTuTu benchmark) and almost the very latest version of Android — that’s 4.2.1, if you’ve been keeping count. According to techblog.gr‘s stolen glances, there’s also a dockable keyboard with chiclet keys, but no trackpad. It appears to be more of a standalone dock than connected lid, with the tablet connected and propped at an angle rather then joined at a seam, although it may lie on top of the tablet to protect the screen when not in use.
We also got a peek at the ports along one of the edges, which includes micro-USB, micro-HDMI and a microSD slot, but no word just yet on internal storage and, well, much else at this point — not a digitizer in sight. We’ve added a shot of the keyboard add-on after the break and if you’re interest has been piqued, there’s more photos at the source.
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While we’re used to connected hard drives that share their contents with phones and tablets, the reverse isn’t common — why don’t many of these drives safeguard our mobile content from the start? Toshiba is as baffled as we are, so it’s launching its Canvio Connect portable drive with handheld access in mind. While the USB 3.0 disk has no built-in networking of its own, a software bundle for Macs and PCs (we’ve confirmed that it’s Pogoplug) lets travelers back up photos and videos from their Android and iOS devices, reach the drive’s files through the internet and partake in 10GB of free cloud storage. The new Canvio can also serve as a traditional external drive for computers, although it’s still improved in that space when the enclosure is about a third shorter than that of its predecessors. Toshiba expects the mobile-savvy Connect to arrive in mid-May at prices ranging from $ 99 for a 500GB model through to $ 190 for a 2TB version.
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While Toshiba’s currently got a bevy of e-readers on tap for its Japanese online e-book shop, it simply added a budget-oriented monochrome providing: the BookPlace Mono. It’s a slightly smaller sized but otherwise exact same looking version of its BookPlace DB50 reader, carrying a 6-inch E Ink screen with 758 x 1,024 pixels, along with an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, WiFi, 4GB internal memory, a Micro SD slot and a USB port. According to Japanese e-book site ITMedia, 9,800 yen ($ 100) gets you the reader plus a set of books, with the cost climbing to 13,500 yen ($ 150) after that. Modifications to Toshiba’s BookPlace e-book shop mean purchasers there will need to traipse over to among a network of bookstores to get it, though– either by tennis shoe or mouse, we presume.Com mentsVia: Newlaunches.com Source: ITMedia(translated), Toshiba(translated)
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RAM remains one of the principal drains on a smartphone’s battery: it’s almost always in use, and it saps power even when its host device is idle in a pocket. Toshiba hasn’t eliminated that demand entirely, but its new SRAM (not yet pictured here) is intelligent enough to cut a lot of the waste. The memory can better predict what power it’s going to need while it’s active, and includes a smarter retention circuit that occasionally wakes up to tweak buffer size while it’s on standby. While these sound all too abstract, they should lead to some very tangible gains. Toshiba estimates that the SRAM chews up 27 percent less power when live, and 85 percent less when it’s just waiting for action. The company doesn’t yet know when the RAM will reach finished devices, but we’re hoping it’s soon when even mainstream phones like the Optimus F7 will ship with 2GB of RAM; that energy draw isn’t going down all by itself.
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Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 was an Android tablet made to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. When we were handed one to review, we fell in love with its 1,280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 chipset and a battery life of over 10 hours. It failed, nevertheless, as many do, with its bad cameras, choppy audio performance and a top-heavy launch cost that would hold off lots of buyers. But now, time has passed, the rate has actually fallen and plenty of you may have made the financial investment. So it’s to you that we ask, how’s it going? Why not tell us exactly what, if somebody asked you, would you change?
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Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 was an Android tablet designed to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. When we were handed one to review, we fell in love with its 1,280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chipset and a battery life of over 10 hours. It failed, however, as so many do, with its poor cameras, choppy audio performance and a top-heavy launch price that would put off many buyers. But now, time has passed, the price has fallen and plenty of you might have made the investment. So it’s to you that we ask, how’s it going? Why not tell us what, if someone asked you, would you change?
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The newest to announce its entrance into the Ultra HD market with its 84-inch 4K LED TELEVISION is Toshiba. The L9300 collection is likewise available in 65-inch or 58-inch models and will be offered this Summer with no word on cost. According to a representative of the business, the key to Ultra HD is the processing as there will not be much native content at launch, and it has the best with its CEVO 4K Quad + Dual Core Processor and CQ Engine. The demo model on show sure amazed, but we’ll hold our last judgement when the item lastly ships.
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Toshiba is intent on making a camera sensor for smartphones and tablets that obtains a trick from Lytro and permits users to choose a focus location in their photos after having taken them. Not only that, however it ’ ll also allow individuals to place the entire photo in focus, as well as work with video shot on the gadget, potentially one-upping the pioneering Lytro camera in a type aspect created for usage in daily gadgets. Engadget found a report from Asahi Shimbundetailing Toshiba ’ s newest mobile imaging job.
The camera is made to make use of 500,000 small lenses layered on top of the camera sensor, each of which grabs a somewhat different image which is then incorporated into one by means of Toshiba ’ s software. The outcome is an image that individuals can tap to pick focus, similar to with those developed by Lytro ’ s lightfield modern technology, however in a package deal small adequate to fit in your pocket, rather than in Lytro ’ s elongated camera body. While Toshiba is currently hard at work on the tech, and intends to link up with smartphone and tablet OEMs to work it into their devices, don ’ t expect to see anything available commercially utilizing this tech prior to a minimum of the end of 2013. No word yet on whether it ’ ll permit users to move viewpoint slightly in addition to focus, the method Lytro does because its most recent update.
We lately covered a task that enables you to create Lytro-style pictures utilizing any camera that can manual focus while shooting digital video clip, however Toshiba ’ s tech promises to be even easier to use, and most likely more affordable for most people, too. Numerous see Lytro itself as a tech trial, with the supreme intent of the project being to obtain the tech into even more comprehensive consumer gadgets. In an interview with Gizmodo in October, Lytro creator Dr. Ren Ng mused on when we may see Lytro tech in smartphones, which reportedly still calls for “ extensive research and screening. ” It appears like the race is on, nevertheless, with Toshiba eager to capitalize early on.