Chromebook foil, tablet toil
This holiday, Windows notebooks and tablets took on cheap notebooks and tablets featuring Google operating systems, but Microsoft still hasn’t shown the path to becoming more competitive in smaller touch form factors.
Game consoles are still leading the charge, but Chromecast grew faster than any other player this year.
As expected, Toshiba revamped its Chromebook this week, bringing more battery life on a single charge. The device is lighter and slimmer as well, plus there’s a 1080p option with high-quality IPS screen and 4 GB of memory.
Toshiba launched what may be the lowest-cost Windows 8.1 tablet yet: The Encore Mini. The 7-inch slate has limited hardware but could retail for $99. That price and the free OneDrive storage plus Office 365 access could help build market share for Microsoft.
After only eight months on the market, Toshiba looks ready to bring an upgrade to its Chromebook 13. There’s not much new here; just a switch in the Intel processor. But it boosts battery life from around 9 to 10.5 hours.
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Can you get a full Windows 8.1 tablet that weighs less than a pound and runs 10 hours for under $200? As of July, you can: That’s when the 8-inch Toshiba Encore 2 arrives along with a 10-inch model for $269.
Want to stream embedded web video from your Android device to a Chromecast? Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear how; you’ll need the Chrome beta browser and a hidden command to make it happen.
Looking for a 13.3 inch Chromebook? At the moment, you have one and only one option: Toshiba’s Chromebook 13. For $299 or less, you get a solid performer with decent battery life but I hope you like plastic.
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.
Smartwatches and wearable health gadgets typically get or send data to the cloud via Bluetooth 4.0 to a mobile device. You could soon cut out the middleman thanks to Chrome OS host support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
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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.
After sitting out the first few rounds, Toshiba says it was time to release a Chromebook due to the market’s growth and potential. I spent a few minutes with its first effort and it doesn’t feel like a cramped experience.
Some Chromebooks are too small. Some are too big. With a 13-inch display, Toshiba’s new Chromebook might be just right. The $279 laptop running Chrome OS launches mid-February in a Wi-Fi only model.
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.
Toshiba has acquired another smart grid startup Consert, who has been building a smart home service.
Batteries used for content delivery networks could provide power savings up to 14 percent over networks without batteries, and that could increase up to 35 percent if new types of servers were created that could move in and out of different levels of energy states.
A startup that makes more efficient power conversion devices has raised money from, and partnered with, a group of Japanese electronics giants. Transphorm is a venture-backed startup and its move is a symbol of the growing importance of corporate partners as well as overseas investors in cleantech.
Unlike last year’s product launch, the Galaxy S III will hit the U.S. on multiple carriers soon after the product debuts internationally. Five carriers are ready to sell Samsung’s flagship; a single model for all. HTC’s patent woes continue and Toshiba’s new small slate shines.
Toshiba is set to add another choice to the small slate market: the company will soon sell the Excite 7.7 tablet running on the latest version of Google Android. Here’s a first look video and early impressions of the 16 GB tablet with Wi-Fi.
Kurion, a startup that has developed technology that cleans up nuclear waste and is one of the most successful cleantech firms you haven’t heard of, has been acquiring more cleanup tech.
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.
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.
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.
A group of nuclear tech companies on Friday afternoon (Japan time) are poised to begin cleaning the contaminated water in the turbine buildings at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan that suffered damage in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami.
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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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