First look at the Toshiba Chromebook 13 (video)

Introduced at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Toshiba Chromebook 13 is now available with a $299 starting price. Here’s a first look at the device, which I’ll be using full-time for the next few days as a real world test.

Why Chromebooks were hard to find at CES

Sure, I would have liked to see more Chrome OS devices at the Consumer Electronics Show. The two I found were unique but Google isn’t a typical company that presents its devices at such an event.

Home solar leasing business shines for SunPower

SunPower is signing up residential solar leases at a nice pace in the U.S. while seeing a good demand for its highly efficient solar panels in Japan’s residential market. The company is still posting losses, though it’s doing better than in previous quarters.

Behind the scenes at an LED lighting lab

After raising $230 million in venture capital and developing LED lighting components for a decade, Bridgelux in Livermore, Calif., is making a technology transition to drive down costs. The company is now counting on its partnership with Toshiba to make this transition a success.

Why a 13-inch tablet is a big bet for Toshiba

A trio of new Toshiba tablets are on the way ranging in size from 7.7-, 10- and 13-inches with the new Excite 13, With the large display, however, comes a large price: The Excite 13 will start at $649.99 when it arrives on June 10.

Intel takes moviemaking social with The Inside Experience

A young woman held against her will, a mysterious Chinese takeout receipt, a laptop that offers access to YouTube and Facebook but not Google Earth: Those are some of the puzzle pieces of a new interactive movie called The Inside Experience, unveiled by Intel Monday.

Yahoo Brings Its TV Widgets To Toshiba

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Apple’s efforts are getting more attention, but Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) continues to plug away at the connected TV market…

This Week Is a Coming-Out Party for Android Tablets

After nearly five months of owning the consumer tablet market, Apple’s iPad is about to face its first real competition from optimized tablets running on Android. Samsung will take center stage by introducing their Galaxy Tab slate this week, but others are sure to follow.

Toshiba Folio Leaks — iPad Competition Heats Up

The race to build a tablet that competes with the iPad is underway, with Toshiba set to announce the Folio 100 this week. The Folio is an Android slate designed for HD video playback. Samsung will announce its own tablet to compete with the iPad.

Toshiba Leaps From Laptops to Electric Cars

Toshiba and Mitsubishi Motors have teamed up to work on battery systems for electric cars, the laptop and electronics giant announced on Friday. But if everyone needs multiple sources, then Toshiba is hardly a shoe-in for a contract to supply Mitsubishi with the battery systems.

Toshiba AC100 Smartbook: Android Without Touch

What do you get when you build a smartbook using the Android OS without touch support? The Toshiba AC100 smartbook. The AC100 is a thin 10-inch notebook running Android 2.1 without touch support that is intended to be an always connected device with long battery life.

Toshiba Resurrects Libretto — Dual Screen Version

Toshiba is resurrecting the Libretto for its 25th anniversary, in a dual screen model that lacks a physical keyboard. Libretto W100 is only a prototype, but will be sold in limited numbers to enthusiasts wanting to see “what the future of mobile computing” could be.


Pushing Processors Past Moore’s Law

What comes next to ensure that compute power continues to increase? Companies like IBM, Hewlett Packard, Samsung and Toshiba, as well as many universities and government labs, are currently investigating the next generation of processors that could push us past Moore’s Law. After almost five decades, it’s had a good run.

Toshiba Laptop With 10 Minute Battery Charging?

I have been following rumors of a new Toshiba laptop with interest. Not because it is cool — what has me excited is the Super Charge Ion Battery (SCiB) it’s reported to use. These batteries supposedly can be 90% charged in only 10 minutes.

6 Nuclear Power Startups To Watch

Barack Obama’s $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants, announced today, is aimed at building more massive, gigawatt-sized reactors. Still, that same budget request could represent opportunity for startups venturing into the world of nuclear power.

IBM's Cell Chip Gets Another Home: TV

IBM’s Cell processor, originally designed (in Austin!) for the Sony Playstation 3, will return to its entertainment roots in a Toshiba television due out next year. The move makes it official: Big Blue’s big bet on a new chip architecture is paying off.