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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Toshiba slashing utility bills with domestic fuel cells

As the world’s supply of fossil fuels shrinks, it’s heartening to see one company pressing ahead with serious plans for alternative ways to power our homes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Big Brother software tracks humans in live video

The marvelously named Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology, which kicked off this morning here in Tokyo, is home to many wondrous devices, but few as likely to alter our lives as a piece of software from Toshiba.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Crazy or crazy smart? Toshiba boss bets house on standard DVD

Anyone familiar with the conservative nature of big Japanese business will tell you that Toshiba’s decision to drop HD DVD like a hot brick was almost unseemly in its haste, even though the firm had little choice.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Panasonic Blu-ray boss says HD DVD death was suicide

One of the marketing bigwigs behind Blu-ray has gone public with an astonishing claim that Toshiba has only itself to blame for the flop that was HD DVD.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Shoppers to Toshiba: You shouldn’t have bothered

Even though we’ve heard of some fantastic customer service for Japanese early adopters of the failed HD DVD format, it seems not everyone’s happy with the brave face being put on by Toshiba.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Honest / insane retailer swaps old HD DVD for new Blu-ray gear

Amid the rush to wring the last few pennies out of HD DVD’s rancid and yellowing corpse, at least one retailer has had the decency to front up and look after its unfortunate customers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sharp retail practices surround HD DVD downfall

After yesterday’s Toshiba HD DVD pullout there are still a few loose ends that need to be tied up, so we took to the streets of Tokyo to see how electronics retailers are handling the HD DVD wake in Toshiba’s hometown.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Toshiba’s Cell-packing SpursEngine impressive in the flesh

Toshiba has been showing off its new, powerful SpursEngine processor at the CEATEC 2007 electronics show just outside Tokyo and we were there to take a look.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Technology fostering community of translators and comic fans

In one of the most innovative and open-minded approaches to intellectual property we’ve seen in a long time, Toshiba is helping Japanese comic-book artists bring their work to the rest of the world through some pretty clever technology.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Toshiba SDHC cards pumped up to 32GB

Users of SD cards might be keen to hear that Toshiba Japan has just revealed the world’s first 32GB SDHC card and that it will be available from January next year.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Sony puts Cell processor in next-gen supercomputer

There has been plenty of talk about the power of the Cell processor at the heart of Sony’s PlayStation 3 since the chip project began in 2000, but precious little in the way of end results until today, when Sony announced a prototype computer board using the powerhouse processor.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Normal-size phones set for fuel cells and touchscreens

The Wireless Japan exhibition near Tokyo this week has seen plenty of demonstrations of existing and future technologies, but there’s one that we’re still not sure how to categorize – fuel cells.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Toshiba NAND memory breakthrough to yield smaller mobiles

The latest memory-chip development, announced today in Japan and the US by Toshiba, is a breakthrough in chip architecture that should lead to mobile phones with more compact designs and even more memory for file storage.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Toshiba HD DVD/HDD recorders slim down, add features

If there’s one sure thing about the so-called HD TV format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD it’s that none of us should be rushing out to buy either right now. The latest high-definition recorders from Toshiba Japan underline that in heavy red ink.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Toshiba redefines the ultra-light laptop PC

Just a day after revealing the first rewritable HD DVD drive for laptop PCs, Toshiba Japan today unveiled a range of lightweight, rugged laptops that weigh as little as 768g, with a battery life as long as 12.5 hours and plenty more besides.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Toshiba RD-A1 HD DVD recorder launches in Tokyo


Toshiba’s ass-kicking RD-A1 HD DVD recorder with a 1TB hard drive went on sale this morning, after a delay of a few weeks natch, for the wallet-kicking sum of ¥398,000, or about US$3,400.

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