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By Steven P.
Amazon Deal of the Day: Save up to 41% off Samsung and Toshiba storage
by Steven Parker
As part of today's Amazon Deal of the Day, the company is touting "16% off Samsung, Toshiba and Kingston Storage" but as of writing the percentages are actually higher (up to 41% off) and there is no Kingston SSD deal that we can see, it's possible there was limited stock and they've sold out already. Happily, you can still save up to 41% off other storage options, which are listed below.
First up is the largest discount of 41% off the Samsung EVO Select 256GB microSDXC Memory Card with Adapter, a few of the highlights for this card can be seen below:
Memory Type: SDXC Hardware Interface: MicroSDXC Speed Class: Class 10 (Up to 100MB/S Read and 90MB/S Write) Capacity: 256GB It's now available for $29.49 (list price 49.99) a savings of $20.50 (41%) other capacities are available but with smaller or no discounts applied.
Lastly, there's a 20% discount on the Toshiba N300 8TB NAS HDD. A few of its highlights include:
Capacity: 8000 GB Hardware Interface: SATA 6.0 Gb/s Cache memory (Size): 256 Mb Built for small office and home office NAS Designed for 24/7 operation High reliability with up to 180TB/year workload rating High performance 7200 RPM drive with large cache size Integrated RV sensors to compensate for rotational vibrations Includes Toshiba 3 year limited warranty It can be had today for $163.99 (list price $204.99) which is $41 (20%) off the normal price. Again, other capacities are available at lesser discount.
You can keep an eye out on the Storage Deals here, maybe the Kingston drive or others will show up later in the day. Amazon also has a bunch of other Gold Box deals going on today that aren't so tech related that you can check out here.
Update: The Kingston deal is back, here.
By Steven P.
Deal of the Day: 24% off the Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition, now just $249.99
by Steven Parker
With today's Deal of the Day over on Amazon, the 43-inch Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition Smart TV has been discounted by 24%, bringing the price down to just $249.99 from its normal $330 list price.
Here are a few of its specs:
Panel: LCD (LED backlight) 2160p, 60Hz, UHD: 3840 x 2160 Dolby Vision HDR / Response time: 8 ms Sound: Digital Optical Output / DTS Studio Sound 3x HDMI / 1x USB Voice Remote with Alexa Model: 43LF711U20 (43-inch) Dimensions: 23.9 × 38.1 × 9.3 " (60.6 × 96.8 × 23.7 cm) Weight: 18.3 lbs. (8.3 kg) The TV also has the Fire TV experience built-in which brings together live-over-the air TV and streaming content on the home screen. Connect any HD antenna (sold separately) to watch live over-the-air TV, or stream movies and shows from Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO and more.
Get the Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition Smart TV for $249.99 (list price $330.00) at Amazon
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By Ather Fawaz
Toshiba's new algorithm seemingly leverages quantum computing while running on ordinary PCs
by Ather Fawaz
As any programmer will tell you, computational efficiency is the part and parcel of a good algorithm. And now, Toshiba, a renowned Japanese multinational conglomerate company, has claimed that it has created an algorithm that analyzes market data faster than even the most advanced supercomputers of today.
The algorithm, dubbed "Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm”, leverages the principles of quantum computing—despite running on traditional PCs—to churn through market data to make certain calculations. Specifically, Toshiba has claimed that its new algorithm is capable of calculating arbitrage opportunities for currencies in a few microseconds only.
While it hasn't been tested on real-world problems, the algorithm seemingly outperforms competing algorithms and approaches on mathematical benchmarks. But adopting the algorithm to new problems might require a complete redesign from the ground up, especially because access to Toshiba’s backtesting in currency trading and portfolio optimization isn't publicly available.
However, the firm has claimed that it sees potential applications for the Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm outside the domain of finance and market analysis as well. The Chief Executive Officer of Toshiba, Nobuaki Kurumatani, corroborated in an interview:
Moving forward, the Japanese giant has recruited financial professionals and people familiar with the subject matter to complete a tangible, real-world trial for the algorithm by March 2021.
Toshiba Memory is rebranding to Kioxia in October
by João Carrasqueira
Many of Toshiba's businesses have been doing less-than-great for the past few years, especially since the company was involved in a big financial scandal back in 2015. Since then, some of its divisions have been sold off, including Toshiba Memory, which, as you might have guessed, develops NAND flash memory technologies.
It was originally expected to be sold to Western Digital in 2017, but it ended up being purchased by a consortium led by Bain Capital last year. Being that it's no longer by Toshiba Corporation, it made sense for a rebrand to happen eventually, and the change was formally announced today. As of October 1 of this year, Toshiba Memory and all of its divisions across the world will be renamed to Kioxia. The word is a portmanteau of the Japanese word 'kioku', meaning "memory", and the Greek word 'axia', which translates to "value". Stacy J. Smith, executive chairman of the company, said:
This means that the Toshiba brand is slowly becoming less and less visible to the public. Recently, Toshiba's PC business, which is now mostly owned by Sharp, also got a rebrand and is now called DynaBook, though that change hasn't been adopted everywhere yet.
Toshiba changes its name to Dynabook in America
by João Carrasqueira
Toshiba's PC business hasn't been the most successful as of late, but it's still kicking following its acquisition by Sharp. Earlier this year, the parent company rebranded itself to Dynabook, which has traditionally been one of its sub-brands for laptops, and now, its American division is doing the same. The change was announced today, and it's effective immediately.
Despite the change of name, the company claims it's the same company that's been delivering innovations in computing since 1985, and promises to keep doing so going forward. Takayuki Tono, senior vice president for Dynabook Americas, said: "We will continue to reinvent mobility, expand our IoT and AR Smart Glasses portfolios, and deliver world-class support to help improve our customers’ ability to work smarter and accomplish more."
The name change is only meant to align with the naming scheme used by its parent company, and we can expect the same to happen across other regions, including Europe, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.
Under its new branding, Dynabook has also announced a new laptop today, the Tecra A50-EC. As most of the company's laptops, it's aimed at businesses and it features a wide array of ports, including three USB Type-A ports, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, and SD card reader, and a USB Type-C connector. It also features an optional Windows Hello camera, a spill-resistant backlit keyboard and more. You'll be able to order it from the company's website.
Source: Dynabook Americas (Business Wire) (1), (2)