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If this whole software and hardware business doesn't pan out for Microsoft, the Redmond outfit might have a future in used car sales. Need proof? Just wait until you see Microsoft's pitch on why altering its various Terms of Service agreements to forbid class action lawsuits is a good thing...for you! "When a customer in the United States has a dispute about a Microsoft product or service, many of our new user agreements will require that, if we can’t informally resolve the dispute, the customer bring the claim in small claims court or arbitration, but not as part of a class action lawsuit," Microsoft explains. "Many companies have adopted this approach, which the U.S. Supreme Court permitted... Read more...
Toshiba Introduces The World’s First Laptops With Three NVIDIA GPUs GeForce 9400M GPU + Two GeForce 9800 GTS GPUs = No Compromises SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008—When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce® 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs. The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706, the first pair of laptops to incorporate three powerful NVIDIA... Read more...
Baltimore is the first city to get full-on WiMAX deployment, and other U.S. cities are slated to come online soon, such as Chicago and Washington D.C. Using Intel's WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 "Echo Peak" chipset, Toshiba will soon start selling the Satellite U405-ST550W with integrated WiMAX support. The Satellite U405-ST550W Laptop will come configured with: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Intel Centrino® 2 Processor Technology Intel® WiMAX / Wi-Fi Link 13.3" Widescreen Display With TruBrite® Technology High-speed eSATA/USB Sleep-And-Charge Combo Port Built-in Webcam With Face Recognition 320GB Hard Drive 4GB RAM Toshiba Supports Introduction of Mobile WiMAX with the Launch... Read more...
Either these hospital workers have a strange fetish or ... well, we actually can't think of an alternative. Two University of New Mexico Hospital employees were fired after it was discovered that they have been posting photos of patients' injuries to MySpace. The workers were using their cell phone cameras. A hospital supervisor received an anonymous tip about them on Tuesday and launched an inquiry. The MySpace page could only be accessed by the employee's MySpace friends, as the profile was set to private, a small measure of comfort. Additionally, the identifying features of the patients were omitted, so no one could be identified --- but neither could the hospital inform any of the victims... Read more...
Toshiba got its clock cleaned by Sony by supporting the HD DVD format over Sony's Blu-ray discs. But the next-generation video war really didn't have any winners. Even with HD DVDs out of the running, Sony can't seem to sell enough Blu-ray players to afford enough red ink to print a chart of how bad they're doing with the format; if it wasn't for the Blu-ray player in the Playstation 3, next to no one would have one. And now Toshiba's back, and angling towards fighting the next-gen hi-def wars one more time: Let's go back to watching standard DVDs, played back in Toshiba's Extended Detail Enhancement players (XDE).In a demonstration to reporters last week, Toshiba played the same disc in an XDE... Read more...
Security researchers presenting information at next week's Black Hat convention are expected to demonstrate a particularly nasty method for stealing online credentials from users on any number of websites that allow users to upload their own pictures. The exploit will work by displaying what looks like a .gif picture, but contains a Java applet that can be triggered to run after the fact in the victim's browser. They call the file a GIFAR. The bad guys would create a profile on one of these popular Web sites -- Facebook for example -- and upload their GIFAR as an image on the site. Then they'd trick the victim into visiting a malicious Web site, which would tell the victim's browser to go open... Read more...
On Tuesday, Toshiba launched the Qosmio G55-802, the first laptop available with the Cell CPU. Yep, think PS3 technology, developed jointly by Toshiba, Sony, and IBM. The laptop has the following features, for $1549.99: Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit) Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit) Tohiba Quad Core HD Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7350 (2 GHz) NVIDIA® GeForce 9600M GT 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM 500GB: Two 250GB 5400rpm hard drives DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash drive Atheros Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR 18.4" Screen However, in particular, the Cell CPU is not about gaming, but about a multimedia experience. Taking the... Read more...
Analysts at Gartner have estimated that there are already one billion computers in use worldwide right now. That's a big number, but it's the estimated rate of growth in PC ownership that jumps off the page in their report -- 12 percent a year. That means by 2014, they estimate two billion people worldwide will be able to leave bizarre comments on YouTube videos or press the autosum button on a spreadsheet. “Whereas mature markets accounted for just under-60 percent of the first billion installed PCs, we expect emerging markets to account for approximately 70 percent of the next billion installed PCs,” says Gartner research vice president Luis Anavitarte. The firm cites the explosive expansion... Read more...
Polaroid got famous for making instant cameras and film for the impatient photographer. They've fallen on rough times as the digital camera has made capturing a photo and seeing it on a little screen almost instantaneous. But what if you want an instant artifact of your snapshot? Polaroid's betting you'd find a use for a little battery-powered printer that spits out  a two by three inch color photo. No ink to smudge, either; the colors are embedded in the paper, waiting for the printer to bring them out.The printer uses paper with billions of embedded dye crystals. It selectively heats them up to produce different colors. There is no ink, toner, or liquid chemical in the process. The prints... Read more...
Toshiba recently announced that its lightweight Portégé R500 ultraportable laptop is now available with a 128GB solid state drive (SSD). With this new, but pricey option, Toshiba claims that the Portégé R500-S5007V is now "the world's lightest laptop with a 128GB SSD and DVD SuperMulti drive." That might sound impressive upon first blush, but it's actually a rather hollow claim, as there are very few--if any--other 128GB SSD-based laptops on the market right now. But, we thought we would use this opportunity to proclaim HotHardware.com as the world's favorite tech enthusiast site among HotHardware.com editors.The Portégé R500 has been around for a year or so now, but still remains one the... Read more...
Toshiba's Storage Device Division claims to have produced the first 1.8-inch, 5,400-rpm, SATA hard drive with a 160GB storage capacity. The MK161GSG uses a micro-SATA connector and supports a 1.5Gb/sec SATA interface. The drive is positioned as an ideal addition to the quickly growing small-form-factor portable market, such as subnotebooks, MIDs, and portable audio players.Toshiba also announced an 80GB version of the 1.8-inch drive, the MK8017GSG. Both drives include 8MB buffers and have 15ms average seek times. The 80GB version uses a single platter with two heads, while the 160GB version has two platters and four heads. Both drives will be available in August.The current flagship in Toshiba's... Read more...
There's always quite a race to display things. Look at the ferocious competition and impressive innovation between the makers of plasma screens, LCD screens, rear-projection sets, you name it. I guess you can still buy Cathode Ray Tubes, too,  if you like technology from the last century. They all have their pluses and minuses, of course, but can you get one that has a picture up to 25 feet across diagonally but costs only $720?  Oh yes, how about if it weighed under 5 pounds? Toshiba says: consider our portable projector. “As an innovator in mobile computing technology, Toshiba has added the affordable TDP-SP1U to its lineup of award-winning projectors for consumers and business professionals... Read more...
Long gone are the days when the primary differentiating factors between competing laptops models were just battery life and weight.  Don't be mistaken--battery life and weight are still important; but with so many folks now using a laptop as their only computer, laptop manufacturers have stepped up their efforts on the very look of their notebook designs, as well as piling on enough features to make you never miss a desktop PC.  Apple, of course, leads the charge with the sleek designs and user-friendly interface of its MacBook line of laptops.  Dell and Lenovo have also had success with their updated designs. Recently, long-time computer manufacturer, Toshiba, has done a complete... Read more...
Long gone are the days when the primary differentiating factors between competing laptops models were just battery life and weight. Don't be mistaken---battery life and weight are still important; but with so many folks now using a laptop as their only computer, laptop manufacturers have stepped up their efforts on the very look of their notebook designs, as well as piling on enough features to make you never miss a desktop PC. Apple, of course, leads the charge with the sleek designs and user-friendly interface of its MacBook line of laptops. Dell and Lenovo have also had success with their updated designs. Recently, long-time computer manufacturer, Toshiba, has done a complete refresh of its... Read more...
A sore loser?  Perhaps.  Despite lsoing the high-definition optical disc war to Blu-ray and Sony, Toshiba says it has no plans to market a Blu-ray player.Despite its exit from the next-generation DVD race, the one-time champion of HD DVD is not giving up on the promise of high definition on optical disc. Rather, it seems to be working to improve standard DVDs.Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida has said that his company has no plans to market optical disc players compatible with Blu-ray, according to a citation that appeared last week in Japan's Daily Yomiuri.Instead, it now appears Toshiba will look to bring to market players that include new firmware that would include codecs or other... Read more...
There is a significant amount of untapped power to be found in even low-end discreet video cards when they’re simply drawing 2D user interfaces, and Adobe plans to put that power to work in their next version of Photoshop, which is internally being referred to by the code-name "Stonehenge".  Digital media enthusiasts are more likely to know it by the title Photoshop Next when it eventually ships, hopefully before the end of the year. There are numerous theoretical advantages to using the GPU to handle some of the heavy lifting, but theory and practice have a very long history of clashing.  So what kind of real world results can we expect? The primary result after this addition... Read more...
If Toshiba has its way, fingerprint authentication is about to become passé. Toshiba Satellite laptops with Toshiba's "Fusion finish" (the Satellite U400, M300, A300, and P300 models) will all come standard with "Toshiba Face Recognition" software. Instead of logging in with a traditional typed password, Satellite users can get access to their systems by having their faces scanned by the Satellite's integrated webcam and then compared against a database of stored images of the users' faces. A press release from Toshiba stated:“Toshiba prides itself on making laptops that stand out in the marketplace,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information... Read more...
The President of Toshiba, Shozo Saito, delivered  a fascinating look at near future of solid-state memory last week. He's in a position to know about NAND flash memory and Solid State Drives,  and the future not only looks bright, it looks like the future is right now. He predicted one-quarter of notebook PCs will have a solid state drive within three years. Toshiba cited notebook PCs as the most likely market where demand for NAND flash memory will strengthen. The global market for SSD for notebook PCs will expand 313% every year from 2008 to 2011, the company said.Toshiba is planning to extend its SSD lineup, which currently ranges from 32 to 128 Gbytes, up to 512 Gbytes in the future.... Read more...
Toshiba has announced that they are delaying the release of their Dynabook SS RX1 notebook which has been heavily advertised as featuring a 128GB SSD.Toshiba cited parts delays.  It's not clear whether the delays are SSD-related, but Toshiba postponed the launch of a notebook last year with a 64GB SSD due to flash memory chip "procurement" delays.Originally due to ship this month, the SS RX1 is now due to ship to the Japanese market sometime in June.... Read more...
Yet another reason to keep your teen from talking you into a cell phone?Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens' courtship behavior, police and school officials said.The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.Yes, yes, we know a lot of parents cite safety reasons for giving teens and younger cell phones, but it seems like they're getting access to things they shouldn't have without the responsibility or thinking that would prevent them from abusing it.  Readers?... Read more...
Thursday Adobe launched Photoshop Express, an free, online version of its popular Photoshop picture and graphics-editing software. In doing so, Adobe joins the crowd of vendors offering online versions of productivity software. Typical of such offerings, Photoshop Express (PE) arrives in beta form.San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc. says it hopes to boost its name recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share photos online.While Photoshop is designed for trained professionals, Adobe says Photoshop Express, which it launched in a "beta" test version, is easier to learn. User comments will be taken into account for future upgrades.Photoshop Express will be completely... Read more...
As Doctor Venkman might say, it's human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! When Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was having trouble configuring automatic archiving of e-mails by his Macintosh computers, at first he tried contacting the company directly for support. When that didn't work out, he made an on-air appeal for help. To Steve Jobs. “I know we don’t agree on anything,” Mr. Limbaugh chuckled, referencing Mr. Jobs’s endorsement of Al Gore. But someone at Apple was apparently listening: the company assigned an engineer to work with Mr. Limbaugh.After two weeks, the snag was sorted out. For the record: they deleted the null mail folder and rebuilt the... Read more...
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