It’s been a slow rollover in the personal computing world from disparate terminals and screens and mice and dongles to a more civilized and tidy tablet form factor. Convertible laptops coming out of Lenovo, VAIO and Microsoft are definitely a good sign of things to come. It turns out that Toshiba wants to get in on the consumer end, too.
It’s introducing the dynaPad, a 12-inch full HD tablet running on Windows 10. The screen make-up is a sandwich of Gorilla Glass 3 panes and a sensor mesh, topped off with an oleophobic coating to combat against nasty fingerprints. [...]
Just because the PC market’s contracting doesn’t mean that competition doesn’t get colder. At least in Japan, it’s actually getting warm enough to the point of a possible three-way merger between the personal computing parts of Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO — the latter a spin-off from Sony and resurgent in the high-end market.
The three Japanese companies will hash out details and may have a preliminary agreement within the month. Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO’s controlling investor will have approximately equal, if not equal shares in the operation. [...]
The ink has dried on an agreement between Sony and Toshiba. The two companies have been in talks about the former purchasing the latter’s semiconductor factories — factories that also produce CMOS camera sensors for many clients, including smartphone makers. Now we know the finalized numbers on the table and the timeline moving ahead.
Sony will pay ¥19 billion or roughly $154 million for the facilities, equipment and other assets from Toshiba’s operations located in Oita, Japan and will be under the control of Sony Semiconductor Corporation, a subsidiary.