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Toshiba has launched a new line of portable PCs for the Japanese market today to celebrate the 10th birthday of the first notebook. The Japanese vendor introduced eight models and 16 variants. Among these was the Libretto ff 1100, which can record visual images and music and comes with a detachable C-MOS camera for digital photographs. It has a SmartMedia drive that supports the removable flash-memory. SmartMedia supports data recording from digital sources, including from digital still cameras. One novelty available on this model guaranteed to drive you mad is audible email. This changes the text message received via email into voice synthesis output. The Libretto ff 1100 supports a wired control unit that can be used to control the camera and music recording and playback. Today’s announcement also incorporates the DynaTop, a slim-line desktop computer that integrates the PC into the base of the monitor. It is designed to replace the conventional desktop – with 14.1" and 15" monitors, but easily portable. Toshiba launched a new series of DynaBookSS PCs, the B5-sized super-slim notebooks. These products all have an 11.3" low temperature polysilicon TFT display, and use DVD-ROM. In June 1989 Toshiba introduced the world's first notebook, the DynaBook J-3100SS, to Japan. ®

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