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Windows 10 may be a free upgrade for many of us, but Microsoft’s newest operating system still has the potential to drive PC sales. One reason some customers may decide to pick up a new system is Windows Hello, the feature that recognizes your face when you log in. Toshiba is banking on that feature being a draw for its new Satellite Radius 12 two-in-one, which is one of the smallest laptops to sport both the necessary Windows Hello hardware and a 4K display. The key to Windows Hello is the camera, which makes use of depth-sensing technology to provide Windows Hello with the image of your face... Read more...
Toshiba is hitting the reset button on its notebook lineup and is launching a slew of new back-to-school products that have been designed with Windows 10 in mind. Toshiba’s Windows 10 focus comes in the form of a dedicated Cortana key and built-in TruTalk dual-array mics across the entire range to provide quick and competence performance with Microsoft’s voice assistant. As for the notebooks, the new or updated models include the Satellite C Series, L Series, S Series, Satellite Fusion, and Satellite Radius. The Satellite C Series is aimed at everyday users and is available with 15.6- and 17.3-inch... Read more...
Dish Network is in hot water with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for outright violating the agency's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including the "Do Not Call" registry, by placing tens of millions of unsolicited calls to numbers that appear on the list. In all, Dish Network and its retail partners made some 57 million unauthorized outbound calls. The FTC is holding Dish Network responsible for illegal calls made by its vendors to numbers on the DNC registry since Dish retained the retailers, authorized the retailers to market Dish products and services, and because the retailers... Read more...
Dish Network subscribers have lost access to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network due to a dispute in negotiations between the satellite TV provider and media conglomerate. At issue is the expired contract between the two sides and their inability to come to terms on a renewed deal, so as usual when these things drag out, the customers are caught in the middle of what ends up being a contentious battle with lots of finger pointing. Eventually the two sides will likely kiss and make up, as they almost do when contract negotiations like this reach a standstill. But in the meantime, each... Read more...
AT&T last month inked a deal with DirecTV to acquire the satellite TV service provider for around $48.5 million in a cash and stock deal. Now all that waits is regulatory approval, but one thing the suits in charge will have to figure out is what the real cost will be to consumers. One of the concerns is that deal like this could ultimately limit consumer choice. As far as AT&T is concerned, the deal is a good one for consumers because the combined companies would be able to offer lower prices on satellite TV and broadband Internet service bundles, which would then put the pressure on cable... Read more...
How do you deliver broadband Internet access to areas that are off the beaten path, both stateside and abroad? Google may have found that answer to that question by staring into space. According to several reports, the Mountain View firm is planning to spend anywhere from $1 billion to $3 billion shooting low-altitude satellites into space. The initiative is being spearheaded by Greg Wyler, founder of satellite broadband trunking provider O3b Networks, and is backed by Google, which is a shareholder in the company. Along with a few other strategic partners, they've created an company referred to... Read more...
An abandoned NASA satellite is under new management. After floating in space without a mission for 17 years, the International Solar-Environment Explorer (ISEE-3) has been brought out of retirement by a group of scientists and engineers who used their spare time to reestablish contact with the satellite. The ISEE-3 Reboot Project, which is being supported by Space College, Skycorp, and SpaceRef, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in May that raised nearly $160,000. NASA is aware of the project and, in fact, Mission Control for this venture is located on the NASA campus, at “McMoons,”... Read more...
When it rains, it pours. Toshiba took the wraps off half a dozen refreshed and new mobile devices today, including convertible and detachable laptops, Windows tablets, and a bargain-basement Android tablet. The laptops will start dropping in June, followed by the tablets in July, in plenty of time for students gearing up for fall classes. Arriving in June are the Satellite Radius and Satellite Click 2 Pro laptops, both of which have touchscreens and run Windows. As a convertible, the Radius can be used as a laptop or folded back for a tablet-like experience. It has a 1920 x 1080 resolution display... Read more...
It's official -- AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider in the U.S. with 20 million customers, for approximately $48.5 billion. It's a stock-and-cash transaction deal worth $95 per share based on AT&T 's Friday closing price, which represents a 10 percent premium. DirecTV shareholders will receive $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. That equates to an equity value of $48.5 billion, and a total transaction value of $67.1 billion, including DirecTV's net debt. AT&T plans to finance the cash portion of the deal through a combination... Read more...
By this time next year, we may look back and remember when AT&T and DirecTV were separate entities. Nothing is yet imminent, but word on the web is that AT&T is gauging DirecTV's level of interest in being bought out in a deal that could have a monumental impact in the intertwined telecom and pay TV industry. DirecTV's satellite service is home to around 20 million customers, with another 5.7 million signed up for AT&T's TV service. If the two firms agreed on a deal and were allowed to merge, their combined subscribers would be in striking distance of where Comcast is headed with its... Read more...
“Iridium GO! is unlike anything the world has seen before,” reads the bold proclamation on the Iridium website. “Powered by the world's furthest reaching network, this compact, rugged and portable unit creates the first ever reliable global connection for voice and data communications on up to 5 smartphones, laptops or tablets.” The device looks a bit unconventional--a boxy little thing with a stubby antenna that pops up--which is commensurate with what it offers, which is global Internet access. The device relies on satellites for connectivity and grants users voice calls,... Read more...
Like many companies, Toshiba is busily launching products at IFA this week, and among the company’s new devices is a detachable laptop, an 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1, and a petite Satellite notebook. Toshiba Satellite Click The Satellite Click continues a trend we’ve been seeing toward devices that are built to be laptops but with detachable displays that then function as standalone tablets. The 13.3-inch device has an IPS multitouch display and runs on an AMD A4 APU with Radeon 800 graphics. It also features a 500GB hard drive and a dual battery design, and it will run Windows... Read more...
Toshiba is the latest PC maker to let us know all the details of its newly-refreshed line of devices, and the company’s lineup consists of tablets, notebooks, and an all-in-one. There’s a trio of 10.1-inch tablets, actually--the Excite Pro, Excite Write, and Excite Pure. The Excite Pro ($499.99) and Excite Write ($599.99) feature PixelPure (2560x1600) displays, NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. They also offer Harman Kardon speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro; 8MP rear cameras; and ports including micro HDMI, micro USB,... Read more...
DirecTV is reportedly giving some serious thought to making an offer for Hulu, the six-year-old video streaming site. Should DirecTV make a formal bid, it's not a foregone conclusion that Hulu would accept it, as the site's owners -- Walt Disney Co., News Corp., and Comcast -- are looking at various options, including bids from other interested parties. Citing people who are familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports that DirecTV could use the acquisition to beef up its "TV Everywhere" service, a platform that makes its content available to pay TV subscribers over the Internet. You... Read more...
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