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Toshiba To Launch Android-Based Color eBook Reader

Written on January 29, 2012 by Kristoff Jones

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Toshiba steps up its e-book reader game with BookPlace DB50, a 7-inch color e-book reader.

Japanese technology giant Toshiba is finally catching up with the e-book reader market and announced its first dedicated e-book reader, BookPlace DB50.

The BookPlace DB50, which was announced on Thursday, is a color e-book reader that runs on customized versions of Linux and Android Gingerbread. It has a 7-inch display and runs on Freescale i.MX535 (1.0GHz) CPU and has 8GB of memory. The device also supports Wi-Fi connectivity and has a direct access to BookPlace store, Toshiba’s very own e-book store.

Toshiba’s BookPlace DB50 will hit Japanese stores on February 10th and will be on sale for around $284.

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Toshiba Reveals Three New Camileo 1080p Camcorders

Written on September 04, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Toshiba announced three new camcorders: The Camileo Clip, Camileo X200, and Camileo X400.

As part of their plans of making more product releases at IFA, Toshiba UK introduced three new Camileo camcorders: The small Camileo Clip, the larger Camileo X200, and Camileo X400. All three are capable of shooting 1080p HD videos and still images. They feature an electronic image stabilizer and a new Exposure Measure function that could adjust image settings automatically.

The X400 is said to be sporting a 5.0-megapixel CMOS sensor with 23x optical zoom lens, while the X200 gets an 8.0-megapixel sensor and 12x zoom. They both come with a 3-inch LCD and a motion and smile detection technology, which is very useful for capturing moving subjects.

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Toshiba’s Excite Tablet, Seen in IFA Booth

Written on September 01, 2011 by Lulu

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Toshiba's much more improved tablet called Excite was seen at the IFA show.

Toshiba’s much improved tablet, Excite, made an appearance at the IFA show ahead of time. Even though staffs were closely watching it, the said Android slate was clearly seen at the Toshiba booth before the expo started.

Excite appears to use mostly a stock version of Android 3, and has the mini HDMI, microSD and microUSB support that was leaked out previously. Other details said that it is one of the few Android 3 tablets outside of the HTC Jetstream to use something other than a Tegra 2 chip — if these details are accurate. Toshiba might use a dual-core, 1.5GHz TI OMAP4460 chip that could make it one of the fastest tablets in the field. Front and rear cameras are known, but support for 3G or 4G isn’t.

The Excite promises to reverse an additional error Toshiba made with the Thrive and should ship much closer to its unveiling date, most likely within a few weeks.

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Apple: The Only Major PC Maker in Western Europe That Still Grows

Written on August 18, 2011 by Lulu

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A new study showed that the Apple is the only PC maker based in Western Europe that is still growing

Gartner stated that Apple was the only major computer manufacturer based in Western Europe that is still growing. That is according to a continent wide breakdown on Wednesday. Apple increased its shipments by half a percent to hit 7% of the market, while other Windows-based PC makers dropped in the same timeframe. HP and Delli gained shares, but still saw their shipments drop by 6.1% and 12.7% respectively. ACER, on the other hand, faced a disastrous flop after its abnormalities in overstock forced it to ship 44.6% fewer PCs, and drop to 2nd place at 16.7%.

The pattern was largely consistent from country to country. Apple gained shares in the UK and had a boost in France where its raw shipments were increase up to 6.4 points. Enough to put it in the top five for the first time. Samsung was one of the few others to see an upside in any area, but only registered in the top five in France.

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Toshiba-Fujitsu, to Have the First Mango Phone

Written on July 27, 2011 by Lulu

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Toshiba-Fujitsu will be releasing the first Window Phone 7 Mango called IS12T on September this year.

A special event in Tokyo, that was held by Toshiba-Fujitsu, gave it the distinction of being the first company that will have the Windows Phone 7 Mango device. The IS12T, the first Mango phone, is a close cousin of the Regza phone. However, it has the unique touch of being waterproof and dust resistant to IPX5 and IPX8 levels. It also have one of the greatest camera, which sports a 13.2 megapixel sensor.

The design of the said device goes above official Mango chassis specs. It utilizes the soon-to-be ubiquitous second generation.

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Toshiba Thrive Tablet, Facing Power and Reboot Hitches

Written on July 18, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Owners of Toshiba Thrive tablet are currently suffering from power flaws.

Toshiba, for the second time around, encountered several issues and problems with regards to its recently launched tablet — the Thrive. The device’s owners have posted comments on the company’s forums, claiming that the tablet is suffering from serious bugs. They say that the tab often refuses to wake up from sleep, it requires a hard reset, and the device frequently turns on even without prompting. These defects were also found in stock devices that have no installed applications yet.

Not all users are experiencing the said issues. But still, few statements affirm that such glitches can be solved through editing the Wi-Fi connection and screen timeout settings of the tablet.

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Video: Toshiba Thrive Unboxing

Written on July 11, 2011 by Lulu

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Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet gets an un-boxing on a silent video.

The Toshiba Thrive, which is due to launch on July 10, had been given an early unwrapping in a silent video. The device seems to be a bit thicker than its competitor. However, part of the reason why its thicker than others is that it holds a compartment for a replaceable battery which other tablets lack.

The device also retains all the standard Honeycomb tablet trimmings, aside from its replaceable battery. These include a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. The Toshiba Thrive also has a HDMI and USB ports, and a micro SD slot.

Toshiba Thrive is available in a 16GB model retailing for $480 and 32GB model that is selling for $580. An 8GB version is also available, but in smaller quantities, for $430.

See the video after the cut.

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Pre-order Toshiba Thrive Now Available

Written on June 14, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Thrive, Toshiba’s tablet is now out and available for pre-order from Toshiba directly or from Amazon and Office Depot.

The gadget has a 10.1-inch, 1280-by-800 pixel screen, a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, dual cameras: a 5-megapixel one on the back and a 2-megapixel one on the front for video calls, as well as the latest version of Android, Honeycomb 3.1.

Thrive seems to be the same as with all the other tablets in the market but this Toshiba tablet differentiates itself as it has a swappable easy grip surface on the back and a slightly lower price than most competitors. The 8 GB Thrive costs $429.99, the 16 GB version costs $479.99, and the 32 GB version costs $579.99. When you pre-order one now, you can expect it at your doorstep in mid-July.

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Apple MacBook Air, Switching to Samsung SSDs?

Written on April 18, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Apple goes for a faster SSD for their MacBook Air with SM1286C. Could it be Samsung's?

The last time we heard of the MacBook Air, it was updated last October 2010 with a new 11.6″ form, along with faster graphics and formidable SSDs – aptly called Blade SSDs – due to its thin demeanor. It was later revealed by iFixit that the almost thin as paper SSDs were actually Toshiba’s Blade X-gale with read speeds of 210MB/s and write speeds of 176MB/s.

However, it was recently discovered that the MacBook Air is playing two-timer as there appears to be another version of the notebook with an SM1286C (Toshiba is TS128C). Reports speculate that the other SSD could have come from Samsung since Apple does have a record for using Samsung SSDs before.

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Toshiba Rocks Rome with 2011 HDTVs

Written on April 06, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Remember the name 'Toshiba' when choosing your next HDTV. Their new lineup will simply blow your mind!

Toshiba rocked the CES with their glasses-free 3D displays, but this time they decided to highlight their conventional HDTVs at an event in Rome. Make no mistake about it though, Toshiba definitely made a good impression with their new TVs and laptops.

One that stands out above the rest of the competition is the 55ZL1 model, which has everything ranging from a seven core CEVO CPU to Pro-LED512 panel. It is a first with its 512 zones of dimming with 3,072 LEDs, and a facial recognition system, which records preferences of the person using the television. Plus the television has active shutter 3D glasses to boot.

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