News Bits: Toshiba Expands Recycling Program, Best Buy Deceives Customers, FreshBattery Brings New Life to Old Notebooks, Vulcan FlipStart No Longer Vaporware

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Toshiba Expands Recycling Program

Demonstrating its continuing commitment to preserving the environment for future generations, Toshiba announced today that it has enhanced its recycling initiatives with a free computer take-back program. The company also announced today it has joined the Green Electronics Councils Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) by registering select notebook models with EPEAT.

To keep computers out of dumpsters and landfills, Toshiba offers to recycle its notebook computers for free with no obligation by the consumer to purchase a new Toshiba computer. In addition, Toshiba offers users the option of trading in their used, functioning computers for cash.

Read More (BusinessWire)

Best Buy Deceives Customers

Best Buy has confirmed that its stores run a secret, employee-only intranet site via a report in The Hartford Courant. The intranet site is identical to Best Buy’s public Internet site, but the prices are different. It is supposed to discourage customers from buying products advertised at cheaper prices on BestBuy.com.

The strategy foils attempts by customers to price match items from the Best Buy online website, which displays higher prices for the same items. Last February, Best Buy denied the existence of such a website. Last Wednesday, Best Buy confirmed it existed, but did not back its intent and purpose with solid reasoning.

The bottom line is that Best Buy has been intentionally deceiving customers via use of the intranet website, making those believe the prices on the site are the actual prices.

Read More (DailyTech)

FreshBattery Brings New Life to Old Notebooks

New batteries can give aging notebook computers a refreshed life with longer run times and enhanced performance. In the United States today, there are more than 60 million notebook computers with batteries getting very close to the end of their lifespan. Now FreshBattery is pleased to introduce its new reliable online source for built-to-order laptop batteries, offering healthy, long-life lithium ion batteries at competitive prices. FreshBattery offers batteries for a variety of models including Apple, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP-Compaq, IBM-Lenovo, Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba.

For more information visit www.freshbattery.com

Read More (BusinessWire)

Vulcan FlipStart No Longer Vaporware

It seems this little wonder may be making its way to shelves after all. The good folks at PC Mag got the chance to do a full review on the FlipStart E-1001S, so now we have a few specs from the unit. It has a full QWERTY keyboard, a 5.6-inch screen (1024×600), a Pentium M CPU, a 30GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM and an EVDO antenna. Not to bad if you use it as your travel companion. There is no word on availability, but rumor has it that it will go for $1,999.

Read More (Crave)

 

 

 

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