10 new Chromebooks, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), get the Play Store

The Play Store keeps trickling down to more Chromebooks. The last time we covered it, 17 new models had received the Play Store either on the stable or beta channel, and now 10 more are joining the ranks. The most prominent of these is the Toshiba Chromebook 2, but only the 2015 model. If you’re like me and you got way too excited thinking this is for your computer, hold your breath and make sure you have the 2015 model (the best way to know is if you have vents on the back next to the display hinge like so).

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Toshiba introduces Symbio, a smart home hub, security camera and system, and Alexa speaker in one

I look around at my hallway console nowadays and see a Canary camera, a Google Home, and a SmartThings Hub v2. Not to mention the Synology server, router, and a few other miscellaneous tech items. The idea of having all three integrated in the same device, saving space and unnecessary wiring is quite appealing, and that’s what Toshiba’s new Symbio aims to do.

It’s a 6-in-1 device: a 1080p wide-angle “low-light” camera with sound and motion alerts, a smart sound detector for babies and pets and even legacy alarms around the house, a Bluetooth and WiFi streaming speaker with ODMD driver, a voice control interface with Amazon Alexa built-in, a smart home hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave radios, and an intercom for communicating between Symbios and phones.

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Toshiba settles dispute with Western Digital, clears way for Bain deal

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In a joint announcement issued on Tuesday, Toshiba and Western Digital said they will settle a dispute over the Japanese firm’s plans to sell its memory chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital, signaling an end to the long-running saga is near.
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Toshiba sells its electronics department to Hisense

Toshiba signed a deal today selling its television subsidiary to China’s Hisense, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The Japanese company will sell a 95 percent stake in Toshiba Visual Solutions to Hisense Electric for $ 113.6 million. Toshiba will keep a 5 percent stake.

Toshiba is struggling hard after its US nuclear department filed for bankruptcy in March. It has sold other parts of its business to stay afloat, including its dishwasher and washing machine appliance branch to China’s Midea Group. The Visual Solutions subsidiary, in particular, had reported a net operating loss of $ 54.1 million in the last fiscal year.

The company that will buy Toshiba Visual Solutions has a bit of a rumored checkered past as well. Hisense happens…

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Toshiba picks Bain consortium as winner for its memory unit, likely backed by Apple

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Toshiba on Wednesday announced an $ 18 billion agreement to sell its memory chip business to a group of companies led by U.S. equity firm Bain Capital, one prominent backer likely being Apple.
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