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Google takes to space with Skybox Imaging acquisition

06/10, 3:55pm

Rumored purchase of satellite imaging company confirmed for $500 million

An earlier report that saw Google eyeing startup satellite imagining company Skybox Imaging was confirmed today, with an announcement from the companies. The search giant will acquire Skybox for $500 million in cash, a figure that was lower than the $1 billion the company was originally thought to fetch. Google says that buying Skybox will help them keep Google Maps "accurate with up-to-date imagery."

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WSJ: Google considering $1B satellite network for Internet access

06/02, 8:13am

Network of 180 satellites will reportedly provide Internet to remote areas

Google is exploring the possibility of launching its own satellites into space, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal claims the search company is planning to invest more than $1 billion on a fleet of small satellites that could be used to spread Internet access into areas of the world that are not covered by more traditional forms of connectivity, such as cellular or wired connections.

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Dish Network deal will allow customers to pay bill with Bitcoins

05/29, 5:59pm

Deal with Coinbase allows bitcoin transactions from customers

Satellite provider Dish is teaming up with Coinbase to allow its customers to pay bills with Bitcoins. The deal makes Dish the largest company to date to accept the Internet currency for service transactions. Dish's deal follows other such agreements with Coinbase including online retailers Overstock.com and Tiger Direct.

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Toshiba bolsters Satellite line with new Click 2, Radius models

05/27, 10:35am

New models ship in June, exclusive to Best Buy

Alongside an array of tablets, Toshiba today announced a refresh of its Satellite laptop line. Debuting today are the Satellite Radius convertible, and the Satellite Click 2 and Click 2 Pro detachable PCs. Both models are exclusive to Best Buy, and will debut in June.

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Google said to be in talks to buy satellite startup Skybox Imaging

05/25, 5:32pm

Company takes high-definition images with satellites, deal could be worth $1 billion

Google may be looking to further expand its technology line-up, this time reaching into orbit for its most recent acquisition talks. Sources tell Techcrunch that the search giant is in talks with Skybox Imaging, a startup satellite company that takes high-definition images and video via satellite. The deal is reportedly being valued at upwards of $1 billion.

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Toshiba shipping Satellite P55t 4K notebook next week for $1,500

04/15, 3:22pm

High-resolution Toshiba notebook has Adobe Lightroom 5 pre-installed

Toshiba will be shipping its notebook with a 4K-resolution display in the United States starting from next week, the company has revealed. Going under the Satellite P55t name instead of the P50t it was initially unveiled as at CES, it will be available from April 22nd, and will offer a native resolution of 3,840x2,160 on its 15.6-inch TruBrite touchscreen display.

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Toshiba reveals more about Satellite P50t, Satellite S50, S70 ranges

03/20, 6:57am

Haswell-based Toshiba notebooks offer high capacities, high-resolution option

Toshiba has detailed new ranges of notebooks it will be releasing this year, as well as providing additional information for one it has already revealed. More detail about the Satellite P50t, a notebook with a 4K-resolution display first introduced at CES, is provided by the company, along with the lower, more conventional-resolution Satellite S50 and S70 notebooks.

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Ofcom approves satellite broadband connections on UK transport

01/21, 11:04am

Passengers could see faster Internet connections in transit before end of year

Transport companies in the United Kingdom could offer passengers faster Internet connections in the future, thanks to a recent decision by Ofcom. The UK regulator is permitting the use of satellite-based connections in travel, with Ofcom claiming passengers could end up seeing broadband speeds up to ten times faster than what is currently offered by airlines, ferries, and coach firms.

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Toshiba adds 4K display to Tecra W50, Satellite P50t, updates Kirabook

01/07, 11:10am

Ultra HD screens added to Toshiba performance notebooks

Fresh off the back of its first Chromebook unveiling, Toshiba has launched two new notebooks with 4K-resolution displays. The upgraded Tecra W50 and the Satellite P50t, complete with Ultra HD screens, are accompanied by an updated Kirabook, with the Ultrabook now packing a Haswell-based Intel Core i7 processor, though not UHD high-resolution screen.

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Gogo inflight Internet to receive 60Mbps speed boost next year

09/11, 4:48pm

New system combines air-to-ground connection with satellites

Inflight Wi-Fi provider Gogo will be upping the speed of connections offered to its customers in the future, once it begins using satellites. The current Air-to-Ground system will be supplemented by satellite connections in the Gogo GTO or Ground-to-Orbit service, which could lead to passengers being able to share connections as large as 60Mbps per plane.

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Toshiba targeting Google Chromebooks with Satellite ND15t

09/05, 6:32am

Toshiba tries netbook reboot with Satellite ND15t

Toshiba has debuted a new Satellite netbook running Windows 8.1. The Satellite ND15t is a compact 11.6-inch touchscreen notebook aimed at the entry-level notebook targeted at users who might otherwise be tempted by a Google Chromebook. Although netbooks have all but disappeared from the market, Toshiba's new ND15t moves is being pitched as both affordable and offering more productivity than Google's Chrome OS notebooks.

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Toshiba launches 8-inch, 13.3-inch tablets running Windows 8.1

09/05, 5:51am

Toshiba Encore 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet includes Office preinstalled

Toshiba has launched two new tablets at IFA, both of which will be compatible with Windows 8.1. The Satellite Click is a 13.3-inch detachable tablet that can convert to a notebook by attaching a keyboard dock, while the Encore tablet is an 8-inch model with multi-touch capabilities and a budget-oriented price tag, that attempts to mimic the functionality of larger versions.

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Briefly: Alcatel One Touch N3 rumored, new Sky boxes on the way in UK

08/23, 1:48pm

Alcatel working on successor to One Touch Idol X claims rumor

Alcatel is rumored to be working on a successor to the One Touch Idol X, shortly after its launch. The TCL N3, likely called the One Touch N3 outside of its native China, is shown in a render leaked by Chinese site MTKsj.com to have a 5.7-inch 1080p display with minimal bezel. Internal specifications and a projected release date were not suggested in the rumor.

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Toshiba revises laptop line with Haswell, AMD A-series processors

06/03, 9:02pm

Qosmio X75, C, L, P, S models all updated

Following Intel's official Haswell release and AMD's similar announcement, Toshiba has renovated nearly its entire line of laptop computers at Taiwan's Computex. Newly updated today are the Qosmio X75 gaming laptop, entry-level Satellite C series, the midrange Satellite L series, the Satellite P series premium laptop line, and all the Satellite S models.

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Thuraya deploys SatSleeve, enabling iPhone satellite calls

03/21, 6:57pm

Versions available for 30-pin dock as well as Lightning

Satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications announced today the launch of the Thuraya SatSleeve, a clip-on case that brings satellite connectivity to the Apple iPhone. Only slightly larger than the iPhone itself, the compact adaptor provides users with the ability to turn an iPhone into a satellite phone that allows connectivity beyond the coverage of traditional terrestrial cellular networks.

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Eutelsat launches first Ultra HD channel across Europe

01/14, 1:02pm

Satellite demonstration channel broadcasts 4K resolution content

The first channel dedicated to broadcasting Ultra HD content has launched in Europe. Operated by Eutelsat Communications, the channel started broadcasting demonstration footage on January 8th, with the aim of helping television manufacturers, satellite services, pay-TV operators and production companies in broadcasting their own content in the format.

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Syrian rebels use Skype, satellite phones to avoid outages

12/02, 7:23pm

Smuggled equipment used to bypass phone lines, cell networks

It has been revealed that Syrian rebels have resorted to using Skype to communicate with each other during the recent country-wide Internet outage. The messaging and voice-calling service was used alongside stockpiled equipment and a satellite connection so as to communicate with others around the country as well as overseas, despite government efforts to stop this from happening.

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DirecTV, ViaSat satellite broadband service Exede launches

11/21, 9:17am

Exede service boasts 12Mbps connection speed, capless periods

DirecTV has announced the packages for its satellite broadband service it has created with ViaSat. Dubbed Exede, the 12Mbps satellite connection is being aimed towards rural customers that lack cable or fiber broadband access, and is offering a $10 monthly discount and a refunded installation fee to initial sign-ups.

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Dish launches satellite broadband on October 1st

09/27, 12:17pm

Service hopes to bring broadband to rural US

Dish Network is set to launch its nationwide satellite broadband service in the US. Called dishNET, the service is a collaboration between Dish, ViaSat and Hughes, and hopes to offer the 14.5 million rural residents under-served by DSL and cable internet providers a satellite broadband connection, claimed to be as high as 10Mbps.

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Dish Network to offer satellite broadband service across US

08/15, 11:40pm

Broadband to be bundled with TV service

Dish Network is reportedly preparing to rollout satellite broadband service to complement its existing television services. The company already offers satellite broadband in a limited number of markets, as part of a collaborative partnership with California-based communications company ViaSat, however the upcoming service is said to utilize EchoStar satellites and coverage across the entire contiguous US.

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Avanti punts pay-as-you-go broadband service to Europe

07/23, 5:38pm

Prepaid Satellite Internet aimed at travellers, rural locations

Satellite operator Avanti Communications has started a pay-as-you-go satellite broadband service in Europe. The wholesale connection provider will now allow its service partners to sell the high-bandwidth Ka-band service to their customers based on bandwidth usage instead of a recurring monthly subscription. The aim of the new pricing scheme is to attract those who see satellite broadband as too expensive for their needs, especially those in remote locations or frequently travelling.

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Toshiba outs aluminum Satellite P800, S800 with Ivy Bridge

04/10, 12:35pm

Toshiba introduces performance notebooks

Toshiba has brought out two new performance laptops alongside today's earlier affordable notebook announcement. The Satellite P800 series will be powered by Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA GeForce 630M discrete graphics, while the Satellite S800 series will have the choice of Ivy Bridge or AMD's most recent notebook processors with optional AMD graphics.

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Toshiba intros Satellite L800, C800 notebooks

04/10, 10:25am

Toshiba details L800, C800 affordable notebooks

Toshiba on Tuesday unveiled two new lineups of mainstream notebooks in the Satellite L800 and Satellite C800. The L800s are thinner than their earlier counterparts and get a choice of third-generation Intel Core (Ivy Bridge) and AMD processors. They are available in 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch screen sizes.

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Toshiba revamps Satellite P with Ivy Bridge, GeForce 600M

03/12, 5:05am

Toshiba crosses the Ivy Bridge with GeForce 600M

Toshiba has revamped its Satellite P range with the launch of the P8-series. The new line will ship in Q2 and will feature Intelís latest Ivy Bridge processors and Intelís GeForce 600M, although the company is remaining somewhat coy in outing the new components by name in its press materials. The full line-up includes two 15.6-inch notebooks (P-850, P855) and two 17.6-inch notebooks (P870, P875).

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Toshiba ships 14-inch U840 ultrabook with hybrid storage

02/06, 11:10pm

Notebook shows in Australia

Toshiba appears to have quietly released its Satellite U840 ultrabook for customers in Australia. The notebook builds upon the company's Z830, adding a larger 14-inch display with 1366x768 resolution and powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor.

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Court rules Americans can be ordered to decrypt data

01/23, 10:20pm

Judge says notebook data can be compelled

Colorado federal Judge Robert Blackburn on Monday set a precedent with an order requiring that a woman decrypt data on the hard drive of her Toshiba Satellite M305 notebook by February 21. The official dismissed a defense by Ramonia Fricosu's attorneys that argued it would violate the Fifth Amendment's rule against self-incrimination, CNET said. The All Writs Act of 1789, which had already been used to compel phone companies in surveillance requests, was also valid with locked down storage.

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NVIDIA intros bright 3D Vision 2 glasses, 3D LightBoost LCDs

10/14, 10:05pm

NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 and 3D LightBoost arrive

NVIDIA picked its GeForce LAN 6 tourney to unveil the second generation of its 3D glasses hardware. 3D Vision 2 helps cure a common weakness of 3D by producing a twice as bright picture and improving the color saturation over traditionally washed out 3D video. The lenses are also 20 percent larger, immersing the gamer more in the image, and are made of softer materials that fit better with headphones.

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Toshiba ships one of the first quad-core AMD Llano notebooks

06/21, 7:50am

Toshiba Satellite L750D-ST4N01, Llano-based PC

Toshiba has begun shipping one of the first notebooks equipped with AMDís Llano-based Fusion quad-core processors. The Toshiba Satellite L750D-ST4N01 incorporates AMDís mid-range A6-3400M chip with an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6520G graphics core on-board. The new hybrid chips, which AMD refers to as APUís (Accelerated Processing Units) incorporate DirectX 11-capable graphics processing on the same die as the CPU.

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Toshiba Satellites get new AMD A-series chips

06/14, 11:40am

Budget line uses AMD Bobcat chips exclusively

Toshiba has announced its new Satellite series laptops. Entry-level Satellite C600 series, Satellite L700 series, and premium Satellite P700 Series laptops will begin shipping later this month. The Satellite L700 and P700 series offer the choice of Intel Core processors or AMD's new A-series mobile APUs. The Satellite C600 series uses AMD's Bobcat processors exclusively.

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Toshiba puts out 3D-capable Satellite P700 notebooks

04/06, 1:05pm

Toshiba Europe intros 3D-capable Satellite P700s

A href="http://www.toshiba.eu/eu/">Toshiba Europe this week revealed four new notebooks that have 3D active shutter glasses technology. They include the Satellite P750 3D/P755 3D and the Satellite P770 3D/P775 3D. The former use 15.6-inch HD displays, while the latter goes bigger with 17.3-inch panels. All have the necessary 120Hz display refresh rates and ship with two pairs of NVIDIA's 3D active shutter glasses.

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Dish set to acquire Chapter 11 satellite company DBSD

02/01, 9:55pm

Deal said to be worth $1 billion

Dish Network has announced that it will attempt to acquire DBSD North America, a satellite communications company that has been involved in ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The deal will reportedly cost approximately $1 billion, including an $87.5 million commitment as a debtor-in-possession credit facility to help bring the company out of bankruptcy protection ahead of the formal purchase.

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FCC approves LightSquared's satellite broadband plan

01/26, 8:20pm

Startup must still disprove interference claims

Confirming a leak that emerged earlier this week, the FCC has officially approved a proposal from satellite-broadband startup LightSquared. The move will lift a requirement that barred companies from deploying terrestrial phone networks using spectrum originally allocated for satellite-based phone systems. The startup now will be able to lease portions of its airwaves for standard smartphones while the company expands its satellite broadband endeavors.

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Satellite Internet provider Hughes said up for sale

01/21, 5:40am

Shares surge 30 percent on the news

Satellite Internet provider Hughes is said to be up for sale, according to a report. The company, which is majority owned by private equity Apollo is said to have hired Barclays Capital to provide advice on a potential sale. Early bids have emerged from other interest private equity firms and competing satellite ISPs.

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Toshiba intros new Satellite, Qosmio notebooks

01/06, 11:50pm

New notebooks based on new Core processors

Toshiba has introduced several new notebooks that have been added to the company's Satellite and Qosmio groups. The Satellite E305 represents one of the many new notebooks based on Intel's second-generation Core i5 processor. A 14-inch display and chiclet keyboard both integrate LED backlighting, while the back of the screen is protected by an aluminum cover.

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Toshiba Satellite C665D packs AMD Fusion in 15.6-inch frame

01/04, 12:25pm

Toshiba Satellite C665D uses AMD Brazos

Toshiba as part of its CES rollouts brought out its first notebook based on AMD's new Fusion chips. The Satellite C665D is unique in running on AMD's 1.5GHz E-240 but with the same 15.6-inch display as other Satellites with more power-hungry processors. Toshiba hasn't given battery life figures but, through the Radeon HD 6310 built into the processor itself, should still deliver 1080p video and DirectX 11-grade 3D.

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MacBook Pro, Android join Kindle on Amazon's top 2010 list

12/30, 12:25pm

Amazon top 2010 list has Kindle, MacBook Pro

Amazon wrapped up the year on Thursday with word that itself and Apple topped the lists of its most popular items of the year. The Kindle with Wi-Fi unsurprisingly topped both the bestseller and wish list charts for electronics, but Apple had unusual success in computers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro was both the bestselling notebook on Amazon and the most wished for, although the most gifted was a low-end, 15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite.

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Toshiba shows bare-bones Satellite, Pro C660 notebooks

09/30, 11:15am

Toshiba intros Satellite, Satellite Pro C660 PCs

Toshiba has revealed two new notebooks in the form of the 15.6-inch Satellite C660 and Satellite Pro 660. Either can be had with chips from AMD or Intel, up to an Athlon II or Core i3, respectively. To keep prices low, there is only integrated graphics on both, with either Radeon or GMA HD video depending on the choice of processor.

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Toshiba unveils child-ready L635 Kids' PC

09/23, 3:30pm

Toshiba L635 Kids PC toughens up for young users

Toshiba today brought out a rare notebook designed first and foremost for kids. The Satellite L635 Kids' PC is built to withstand the cosmetic abuse sometimes imposed by those under 10 and has both a cross-patterned finish and a wipeable keyboard that should continue to look good and stay cleaner after use with dirty hands. At 13.3 inches, the system is small and light enough to be portable for a child but still big and fast enough to run modern games and movies.

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Toshiba outs four notebooks with built-in WiMAX modems

09/22, 11:30am

Toshiba intros notebooks with WiMAX modems

Toshiba on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of four new notebooks with integrated WiMAX modems. Based on existing products, the 16-inch Satellite A665 and 14-inch Satellite M645, 13.3-inch Portťgť R705 and 14-inch Satellite E205 each can connect to Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, which is live in 54 cities across the US. The service gives about 3Mbps to 6Mbps downstream.

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Toshiba recalls Satellite T130, T135 due to fire risks

09/02, 2:15pm

Toshiba Satellite T130, T135 recalled

Toshiba, together with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, have issued a voluntary recall of its T130 and T135 13.3-inch notebook PCs due to a possible risk of fire. The exact products that are potentially affected include the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite Pro T130 notebooks. About 41,000 examples sold worldwide are covered under the recall.

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Toshiba shows new Satellite A-, C-, M-, L-series notebooks

06/15, 12:35pm

Toshiba shows Satellite A-, C-, M-, L-series PCs

Toshiba on Tuesday introduced a plethora of new Satellite notebook PCs, including the feature-laden 16-inch Satellite A665 and the 14-inch Satellite M645. There are also four new entry-level models in the L-series with the 13-inch L635, 14-inch L645, 15.6-inch L655 and 17.3-inch L675. The A665 and M645 can be equipped with chipsets using NVIDIA's Optimus technology for offloading graphics to either the CPU's own video or the GPU, depending on the workload.

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Toshiba Satellite T215, T235 hop to AMD Neo chips

06/15, 10:55am

Toshiba ultraportables go to AMD

Toshiba's notebook launches were bolstered today by two rare AMD-based ultraportables. The 11.6-inch Satellite T215 and 13.3-inch Satellite T235 both use Athlon II Neo chips to provide a one-inch, under four pounds design that still has integrated graphics capable of HD video and modern 3D. The T235 adds an option for faster Turion II Neo hardware or Intel's CULV-based Pentium dual-core.

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Toshiba brings first 3D notebook to US

06/15, 9:35am

Toshiba Satellite A665 adds 3D Vision graphics

Toshiba refreshed its notebook lineup this morning and headlined the group with the Satellite A665 3D Edition, its first North American 3D notebook. The port of a Japan-first model brings a 15.6-inch, 120Hz display that can handle stereoscopic 3D and a GeForce GTS 350M that supports 3D Vision for not just games and online videos but HD movies through a Blu-ray burner. DVD playback also gets a lift as Toshiba's upscaling technology carries over from its TVs.

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Toshiba hints at Satellite M135 redesign at Computex

06/03, 4:00pm

Toshiba shows new ultra-thin notebook at Computex

Judging by a new notebook being shown off at Computex this week, Toshiba is likely to update the styling of its Satellite M135 notebook with an ultra-thin design, complete with a chiclet keyboard and wide trackpad. Spotted by Engadget, the 13-inch notebook is about one inch thick, and will be powered by at least a choice of a 1.06GHz Intel Core i5 or a dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo CPU.

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Toshiba ships Satellite E205 with Wireless Display

01/19, 8:50pm

Notebook features Intel Core i5 CPU

Toshiba has begun shipping its Satellite E205 notebooks with Intel's Wireless Display technology. The wireless system, first introduced at CES, works with Intel's latest chipset which allows users to view the notebook display on any HDTV with Composite or HDMI inputs. A small box connects directly to the TV, although no external adapter is required on the computer side.

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Toshiba's T100 ultraportables get AMD Neo chips

01/06, 10:20am

Toshiba T115D, T135D get AMD CULV alternative

Toshiba's Satellite T100 series expanded significantly on Wednesday with the rollout of AMD-based processors in the mix. Instead of the Intel CULV processors of before, the T115D and T135D have the option of the Athlon Neo, the dual-core Athlon Neo X2 or (on the T135D) the Turion Neo X2. They all give performance beyond that of a netbook but, because of the Radeon HD 3200 video, should be faster than the Intel-based models in graphically intensive tasks.

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Toshiba auctions celebrity-designed notebooks

11/25, 3:00pm

Toshiba teams with GQ on limited notebook auction

Toshiba has teamed up with GQ magazine on auctioning off notebooks designed by four famous men. The 'artists' include Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, actor and writer Rainn Wilson, rock musician Joe Perry and actor and producer Omar Epps, with each designing the exterior and interior look of four different Toshiba Satellite notebooks.

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Toshiba vows no "craplets" on Windows 7 notebooks

10/14, 3:20pm

Toshiba unveils Win 7 PCs with no clutter

Toshiba on Wednesday updated its notebooks with Windows 7 and a rare promise among Windows PC makers. The company promises that all of its systems running the new OS, including its touchscreen models, will go without any icons on the desktop except for the default Recycle Bin. System performance should get a boost as the PCs will run as little software in the background as possible, in many cases only running anti-virus tools.

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Toshiba unveils its first touchscreen notebooks

10/14, 10:15am

Toshiba bows M505 Touch, U505 Touch

Toshiba this morning refreshed its notebook line for Windows 7 but centered its attention on its first two touchscreen models. The Satellite M505 Touch and U505 Touch both have multi-touch displays both to use Windows 7's more touch-aware interface as well as Toshiba's own custom touch apps. A bulletin board app provides a space for calendars, notes and photos, and a ReelTime app provides a visual file search that uses a thumbnail timeline to find content by when it was created or changed.

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Toshiba enters CULV notebooks with Satellite T100

09/29, 10:10am

Toshiba bows T100 ultraportables

Toshiba this morning made its second-ever Windows 7 notebook its first system ever to use Intel's CULV platform. The Satellite T100 series is aimed at the space just above netbooks with the added processor speed but also larger screens and thinner designs; at its smallest, the line is less than an inch thick and weighs just under 3.5 pounds. Every model is said to get as much as nine hours of battery life out of its built-in six-cell pack.

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