Initial camera components for modular smartphone have 2MP, 5MP, 13MP sensors
Project Ara, Google's quest to create a modular smartphone, has received two significant boosts. Toshiba has revealed a trio of camera modules that can be inserted into the back of the smartphone and exchanged for other modules, while smartphone manufacturer Yezz has confirmed it will be creating its own modules for the project, with its first modules set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
Canvio Connect II includes 500GB, 3TB drives, AeroCast streams to Chromecast
Toshiba launched four devices in its Canvio range at CES. The Canvio Connect II portable hard drive was joined at the trade show by a new addition to the Canvio Basics range, while the Canvio AeroCast and Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter are devices able to offer wireless sharing of content, to mobile devices as well as streaming to set-top boxes.
Wacom digitizer with 2,048 pressure levels included in Encore 2 Write tablet
Toshiba has unveiled an update to last years' Encore 2 Windows tablet, adding stylus input to the device. Not to be outdone by its premium stablemate, the cheaper Encore 2 Write has a similar 2,048-levels of pressure sensitivity via a Wacom digitizer for both the 10.1-inch and 8-inch versions of the tablet, and ships with extra productivity apps designed to get the most from the stylus.
Toshiba Portege Z20t has 1080p 12.5-inch display, additional keyboard dock
Toshiba is taking on the Surface Pro 3 with a high-powered tablet with Wacom-powered stylus input, offering ten-point multitouch and 2,048 stylus sensitivity levels. The business-focused Portege Z20t is powered by an Intel Core M processor, has a Full HD 12.5-inch IPS screen, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB and 256GB SSD storage options.
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Aluminum chassis brings network storage options to consumers in mini-ITX form factor
Lian Li announced a new chassis aimed at consumers looking for custom built network-attached storage (NAS) options and system integrators. The new PC-Q26 brushed aluminum chassis grants ample room for storage options, while promoting the use of smaller computer parts as emphasized by the fit for mini-ITX motherboards. The case allows up to 11 storage drives to be stowed inside, with room for 10 drives in 3.5-inch bays and one in a 2.5-inch bay.
New manufacturing process leads to higher capacities, faster NAND
Toshiba today announced the launch of the world's smallest embedded NAND flash memory products, integrating NAND chips fabricated with cutting-edge 15nm process technology. The new products are compliant with the latest eâˆ™MMC standard, and are designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablet PCs and wearable devices. Sample shipments of the 16GB products start from today, with 8GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB products to follow.
Job losses, major changes triggered by volatile consumer PC market, claims Toshiba
Toshiba is preparing to eliminate a chunk of its workforce as part of its PC business restructuring, the manufacturer has advised. Approximately 900 positions will be culled globally, representing more than 20 percent of its computer production arm, excluding manufacturing, with the effort expected to cut fixed costs by more than 20 billion yen ($184 million).
Two models of Toshiba Chromebook 2 shipping in US from October
Toshiba's second iteration of the Chromebook adds quite a few improvements compared to the original, including a choice of 13.3-inch displays. The Chromebook 2 will be available with a similar 1366x768 monitor to the first version, though a second option involves a 1920x1080 IPS display as well as doubling the amount of memory.
Toshiba Encore Mini includes Office 365 Personal, entry-level specifications
Toshiba has introduced two devices running Windows 8.1 at IFA, adding to its existing Radius and Encore ranges. The Satellite Radius 11 is a convertible notebook able to switch between tablet and notebook modes, while the Encore Mini is a 7-inch tablet offering full Windows 8.1 with Bing and Microsoft Office 365 Personal preinstalled.
High-speed TransferJet adapters pass data between nearby devices at up to 375Mbps
Toshiba will be attempting to make TransferJet more prominent in the US and Europe, by releasing adapters for the high-speed wireless data transmission technology. The manufacturer is planning to use the Sony-created technology to provide quick transfers of data between devices located physically close to each other, with the dongles shipping to Europe later this year.
May confirm two important points
[Updated with video showing powered-on device] A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.
Might discount claims of 16GB being dropped
Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers.
New SSD line starts AMD's 'one stop shop' for enthusiasts
AMD today announced its previously-rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.
Key components hidden under shielding
A photo obtained by a Taiwanese news site is said to show a fully-assembly logic board for the iPhone 6. Some visible components include the SIM slot, Toshiba flash memory, and what may be a Wi-Fi module at the base. Other important components however, like the processor, are concealed by electromagnetic shielding.
Fitness tracker from Toshiba uses small module with interchangeable wristband
Toshiba is joining the ranks of companies producing wearable devices, by creating its own fitness band. The WERAM1100 uses a simplistic design of a small sensor block embedded inside an interchangeable rubber wristband, similar to the Sony SmartBand's construction, with the device able to perform typical fitness tracker monitoring functions.
ARC 100 SATA III series features Toshiba A19 nm NAND, prices start at $75 for 120 GB
Toshiba-owned OCZ announced the release of a new series of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSD) called the ARC 100. With the new ARC series drives, OCZ is offering solid state performance at entry-level pricing to spur consumer adoption. OCZ is selling the SATA III drives in three sizes, featuring Toshiba NAND, a three-year warranty and prices starting as low as $75.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
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.
Toshiba Encore 2 includes 8-inch, 10-inch models, Windows 8.1 installed
Toshiba has introduced a trio of tablets, with one running Android and the others on Windows 8.1. The Excite Go continues Toshiba's Excite range of Android devices, while the Encore 2 tablets follow on from the original, offering 8-inch and 10-inch displays with a resolution of 1280x800 packed into a 0.4-inch device that's considerably thinner than their predecessor.
Japanese company to provide three types of processors, set to be sole chipmaker
A processor vendor has been picked for Google's anticipated Project Ara phone initiative, according to report from Nikkei. Working with Google as far back as October 2013, Toshiba has been tapped as a preferred vendor for the low-cost, modular smartphones. Commercial units of the phones are expected to ship in 2015.
Rogers begins 700MHz LTE rollout in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver
Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.
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.
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.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
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All OCZ Technology warranties not covered by Toshiba subsidiary
After Toshiba's acquisition of the assets of troubled SSD manufacturer OCZ Technology, it was believed that the business would continue on as it was prior to bankruptcy filings for the purpose of everyday operations. In one important aspect, however -- warranties -- the company will alter because of the terms of the bankruptcy proceedings. The new Toshiba subsidiary OCZ Storage Solutions is cutting warranty service on many older OCZ drives.
Toshiba owed the most money by defunct company, terms of deal not revealed
Toshiba has completed the process to purchase the assets of PC hardware developer OCZ. The SSD maker declared bankruptcy in the beginning of December, with Toshiba having announced its intention to purchase the troubled manufacturer nearly simultaneously. Terms of the deal were not announced.
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.
13.3-inch display, 16GB SSD in first Toshiba Chromebook
Toshiba has launched its first foray in Chrome OS notebooks, by showing a Haswell-based Chromebook at CES. Offering a 13.3-inch, 1366x768-resolution display, the Toshiba Chromebook follows the same pattern as other Chromebooks, in offering a 3.3-pound, 0.8-inch thick notebook with relatively low specifications that are adequate enough for light Internet work, along with a fairly cheap price tag.
19 hardware partners lined up to support standard for YouTube
Google's YouTube will be showing of a 4K-capable video codec, VP9, at next week's CES in Las Vegas, according to GigaOm. The format is being presented as an alternative to H.265, and will be open and royalty-free. To avoid the lack of support that killed off Google's VP8, the company has signed up 19 hardware partners, including Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, ARM, Intel, Broadcom, and Marvell. At CES, 4K YouTube steaming will be demonstrated at booths belonging to LG, Sony, and Panasonic.
Samsung set to refresh Galaxy Camera line
Samsung appears to be preparing a follow-up to last year's Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered device that the South Korean tech giant pushed out amid a range of other offerings. Tech industry insider @evleaks previously revealed a test shot from the device in November, and now the Galaxy Camera 2 has reportedly shown up in Indonesia's ePostel certification website. The mid-range Android shooter could show up early next year at CES or a bit later at MWC.
Deal conditional on regulatory approvals, bankruptcy court rulings
Financially troubled SSD manufacturer OCZ Technology Group today announced that the company has signed an asset purchase agreement with Toshiba Corporation to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35 million, subject to customary regulatory approval. The move comes only a few days after OCZ revealed that bankruptcy was imminent and its assets had been seized by debtors. The offer has already been approved by both Toshiba's and OCZ's board of directors.
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Excite 7 smaller version to earlier 10-inch Toshiba tablets
Toshiba has launched a new seven-inch Android tablet, one that briefly surfaced as a leak in July. The Excite 7 is a smaller companion to the 10-inch Excite Pure, Pro, and Write tablets revealed earlier this year, and though it shares the same external design language as its larger stablemates, it opts for a smaller seven-inch display with a lower 1024x600 resolution.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.
Uses single LTE chipset for all US carriers
In spite of shifting to more advanced components, the iPad Air is actually cheaper to build than the third-generation iPad was, according to a teardown by IHS iSuppli. The cost is estimated to be between $274 and $361 per unit, depending on the exact configuration. The base cost is $42 less than it was for the third-gen iPad. One contributing factor is the A7 processor, which while costing $18 per unit, is still $5 less than an A5 processor was 18 months ago.
4K-capable TVs supplied with upscaling Blu-ray player, sound bar
Toshiba has started selling its range of Ultra HD televisions in the United States. The L9300U range, consisting of a trio of televisions capable of displaying 4K-resolution video, and will be supplying its BDX6400 4K Upscaling Symbio Blu-ray player and SBX5065 300-Watt Sound Strip as free extras to purchasers for a limited time after launch.
All new Toshiba models boast fourth generation Haswell processors
Toshiba today announced the launch of its latest range of business laptops, which includes the newly designed Z-series family and the new Portégé R30, the successor to the previous Portégé R930. Two new Tecra laptops also launch today: the new Tecra W50, a high-performance mobile workstation, designed for heavy-duty tasks; and the new Tecra A50, which offers increased levels of performance, security and reliability over its predecessor.
Move intended to restore profitability to beleaguered department by 2014
Electronics manufacturer Toshiba is cutting its television division by 50 percent, and closing two facilities used for flat-panel manufacture. While not completely shutting down the department, the company expects that the changes will help the company see profitability in television sales in a tightening market before the end of 2014.
Tech mimics Lytro camera
Toshiba has introduced a smartphone camera module that utilizes two sensors to capture "deep focus" images. The technology appears to be similar to Lytro's cameras, simultaneously capturing images and depth data. Users can then manipulate the depth of field or focal plane after taking a single picture.
Uses 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording
Toshiba has introduced a new action camera to its line of Camileo camcorders. The Camileo X-Sports houses a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor that can record Full HD resolution video at 60 frames per second, as well as taking photos while recording video, at set time intervals, or in a burst mode, housed inside a case that can withstand drops from as high as five feet.
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.
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.
Apple-related troubleshooting calls fall by more than half
Apple's score has almost doubled quarter-to-quarter -- to 503 -- in a Q2 Rescuecom survey of computer reliability. The data is based on a mix of manufacturer marketshare and the number of calls Rescuecom's Level 3 technicians have to handle. Between Q1 and Q2, the number of Apple-related calls dropped by more than half, even though Mac marketshare has remained largely unchanged.
New lines have multitouch displays, Intel and AMD processor options
Toshiba has unveiled some new additions to its catalog of notebooks. The 14-inch Satellite E45t Ultrabook and 15.6-inch Satellite E55t and E55Dt models from the Satellite E series are mid-ranged systems that introduce 10-point multitouch support, with the Intel-based versions offer Dragon Assistant voice control and Intel Wireless Display, and the AMD models using a quad-core A6 APU with Radeon graphics.
New cards capable of up to 250MB per second data transfer
Toshiba today announced that it will launch a new series of SD memory cards offering the world’s fastest data write speed for the format. The latest edition to its line-up of Exceria memory cards feature a high peak data rate, and are designed to utilize read and write speeds of new digital cameras and other applications requiring large data transfers performed rapidly.
Screenshot allegedly shows Toshiba AT7-A running Android 4.2.2
Toshiba may be making a new tablet running on Android Jelly Bean, one that is in a smaller form factor than the 10-inch models launched last month, according to a report. Benchmarks said to be for the Toshiba AT7-A appear to show it as running on version 4.2.2 of the mobile operating system, as well as revealing other alleged specifications for the seven-inch tablet.
58-inch 4K-capable TV to go on sale in the US for $5,000
Toshiba has revealed that it will be releasing three 4K televisions in the United States, shortly after similar Ultra HD televisions go on sale in Japan. Starting in August, the L9300U series of UHDTVs will go on sale with a choice of three screen sizes, all of which will use the company's CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core processor and CQ Engine for image processing and upscaling HD content to 4K resolution.
Toshiba adds Qosmio PX30t with Haswell to UK lineup
Toshiba has rolled out its first Qosmio-branded all-in-one, designed to be a capable multimedia and gaming machine. The Qosmio PX30t (pdf) is powered by a choice of Intel third- and fourth-generation Core-series processors that also support Ultra HD out capabilities in the fourth-gen Core i7 quad-core variant. The 23-inch all-in-one also sports a HDMI-in port, allowing for the connection of a console with support for audio through its built-in DTS Studio Sound-capable Harman/Kardon speakers.