Toshiba Adds Apps To Laptops

Toshiba adds applications that it claims will simplify everyday tasks

A new set of applications have been added to Toshiba laptops including Toshiba Media Controller, ReelTime and Bulletin Board and will come pre-installed on all Satellite and Qosmio consumer laptops as well as Toshiba netbooks and select Satellite Pro, Tecra and Portégé business notebooks.

Toshiba Media Controller is an app designed to make it easier to stream video and music across a home network. Enhancing the Home Group and media sharing capabilities of Windows 7, Media Controller enables a user to play files to or from other connected Windows 7-compatible PCs or play to Windows 7-compatible devices such as the Xbox 360 and digital media receivers.

With a drag-and-drop visual interface, users can view and select media to play on PCs connected to the home network – whether they are wirelessly connected or wired – create playlists and even stream media to multiple PCs at once. Once media is playing on another device, Toshiba Media Controller allows the user to play, pause, advance forward and backward and control volume.

Toshiba is also expanding the installation of two applications previously only available on its touch-screen Satellite laptops to all new consumer and business laptops with Windows 7. The applications are designed to increase personal productivity and can be used with the TouchPad or an external mouse.

ReelTime helps users easily find files based on when they were opened with a simple, fun visual history. Users can quickly scroll through automatically generated previews of documents, photos, videos and more, filter by file type or use the calendar to go back weeks or months.

Bulletin Board gives users fast access to day-to-day activities, tasks and projects. Personalise and organise the board by moving, rotating and resizing using gestures to fit personalised style. Bulletin Board also includes several built-in gadgets such as labels, calendars, a clock and a to-do list, as well as a dedicated Toshiba Board, which provides access to software updates, network connectivity, user guides, technical support and more.

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