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Toshiba Satellite U500 Laptop

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop

Satellite U500

Toshiba’s portable Satellite U500 comes with a 13-inch LCD screen, up to 8GB memory, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and up to 500GB hard disk. At a size of 317 x 230.6 x 29.5mm, the laptop has a battery life of up to 3.5 hours and the handy feature of a 3D impact sensor that removes the writing head quickly in case of shock or its being dropped. The U500 should be available next month with a starting price of $980.00.

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Newegg Deals: LG HDTV, Magellan GPS, Sony and Toshiba notebooks

We are back with another list of the latest , and this time the list is heavily skewed towards digital cameras and photo frames. If you are in the market for one of those, be sure to check out the list below:

As always, you can find other non-expiring Newegg promo codes and deals on our forums.


Toshiba to integrate Media Center Extender technology into HDTVs

REGZA media center toshibaHey, it’s time, and that means we are getting slammed with news from all ends. Toshiba, happy to get in on that party, has just announced that they’ll be integrating Media Center Extender technology directly into their REGZA line of HDTVs, and that they are even working on a standalone device that you can integrate into your home theater setup as well to get the same functionality. I guess this is the most we can expect from the company whose HD DVD technology lost out to in a major way. We’ve got the full release for you after the break.

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Laptop Experts: Restoring a notebook to factory defaults

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Software

As I noted previously, I take part in the Laptop Experts website, along with a few other key experts in the technology field from ArsTechnica, Boing Boing, Ubergizmo, and others. We are totally into answering questions from everyday computer users. I wanted to highlight one that I answered this morning:

Question: I want to restore the factory settings on my TOSHIBA A305-S6872 to the out of the box settings. How can I do this?

Answer: The absolute easiest way to do this is to grab the installation discs that came with the notebook, pop them in, and go through the installation process. Make sure you select a new install (as opposed to a repair or upgrade.) Once that is done, you will also want to put in any other software or driver discs that came with the notebook as well, and then run Windows Update last to make sure it is completely up-to-date.

Feel free to chime in - your thoughts? Ever have this issue before?

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Toshiba TLP-X2000U Projector Speaks

Toshiba Audible Projector

Toshiba has released their TLP-X2000U Projector, supposedly the first one with voice guidance. The wireless 3LCD device audibly assists you with set up and will let you know about system problems such as lamp life, on/off status and cooling fan status. At a weight of only 4.4 lbs., it has close captioning, a multi-screen function, and is Windows Vista compatible. With 3,000 ANSI lumens, XGA (1024x768) resolution, and a 600:1 contrast ratio, talk ain’t cheap. Think $1,739.00 from Toshiba’s online store.

 

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MRM Teams With Panasonic to Recycle

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech

MRM Map

MRM (Manufacturers Recycling Management) is trying to get us all to recycle our old electronics, taking away the need for disposing of your dead ones in the nearest dumpster when no one is looking. Joining Sharp Electronics Corporation and Toshiba America Consumer Products, Panasonic has now stepped up to create a nationwide program to recycle their goods. You simply drop off your unused products. It is available in ten states so far and they hope to expand to all 50 of them in the next 3 years. Look for further announcements in January.

 

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Get your notebook questions answered at Laptop Experts

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, PC / Laptop

Laptop ExpertsOver the past few months, I’ve been answering questions submitted by the masses, alongside the likes of writers from Boing Boing, HotHardware, OhGizmo!, ArsTechnica, and more. Toshiba sponsors the site (and also sponsors Gear Live, for the record), which has been something I’ve enjoyed being a part of since it launched. I wanted to share this destination with you, in case you guys happened to have notebook questions that you were having a difficult time getting answered. The site is called Laptop Experts, feel free to look us up and submit your queries. One of us will be happy to help!

Oh, and be sure to check out the Laptop Experts Widget, which lets you have access to the site’s features from your desktop.

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ApriPoko Learns and Responds

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science

ApriPokoToshiba is working on a new robot that doubles as a voice-operated remote for all your appliances. At a size of 8 x 11-inches and a weight of only 5 lb., ApriPoko learns by watching and questioning your actions, such as “What did you just do?”

Talk back to the bot (“I turned on the stereo”) and he will memorize your actions. When you want that stereo turned on the next time, he will happily oblige with an IR signal. Think of the implications in years to come for the prototype.

“I got a beer from the fridge.”
“I flushed the toilet.”
“I called my boss and told him I was very sick.”
“I have to go see my mother-in-law.”

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Microsoft ends 360 HD DVD production, slashes HD DVD add-on to $49

Xbox 360 HD DVD player

Well, with the news that HD DVD had been killed by Toshiba, you knew that it was only a matter of time before the player was eliminated as well, right? Well, the time has come, as Microsoft sent us the following update:

As a result of recent decisions made by , Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD.  Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market.  As we stated earlier, we do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace.  HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room, along with playback of the DVD movies they already own.

Okay, well, shouldn’t that be “HD DVD was one of the several ways…”? So, now that we know that the Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-on will no longer be manufactured, if you really really want one, they can now be had for $49.99. That is 75% off of it’s original price, for those of you keeping track. So if you want a piece of recently outdated technology, now is your chance.

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