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Another sure sign the netbook's day is done: Toshiba's US wing has confirmed it will no longer offer new versions of the laptop-lite machines.

Wondering where the heck the Intel Atom N2600-based Toshiba NB510 had got to, US netbook site Liliputing asked the company when the Cedar Trail machine might be expected to arrive Stateside.

Short answer: never.

Toshiba US will be promoting Ultrabooks instead, a spokesman from the firm told the site.

In the UK, the 10in NB510 is still available from Toshiba. It'll set you back £306. It has older models at £249, if you prefer something a bit cheaper.

At the company's 2012 product showcase, held early in April, staff insisted there was still a market here for netbooks, despite the momentum behind tablets and the arrival of the Ultrabook.

Still, netbooks' plunging share of UK retail tech sales doesn't paint a rosy picture of the platform's future, whether Toshiba continues to offer them or not. ®

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