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December 1, 2003

Small Business Embraces the Tablet PC
InternetNews.com

A growing number of small businesses are discovering that Tablet PCs can fill real needs and pay clear dividends — companies like Austin, Texas-based Gram Traffic Counting and Bartec Fire Safety Systems of Burnaby BC in Canada.

The interesting thing is, once they start using Tablet PCs, small businesses typically find additional applications and benefits.

Counting Cars
Gram started using Tablet PCs from Motion Computing earlier this year to do roadside travel surveys for its highway department customers. The firm saw an instant increase in productivity and efficiency, says president Patricia Nassour.

"It saves us at least 50 percent on the surveys," Nassour says. "We were able to reduce the number of temps we hire. It helped us be more competitive in our bids and allowed us to be more timely in delivering to our clients." 8:59 am

NGRAIN Transformer 2.1 Allows Organizations to Maximize the the Return on Investment of 3D Computer-Aided Design Data
Business Wire

NGRAIN(TM) Corporation today announced advancements in its powerful 3D data-converting software product, Transformer 2.1. Developed for aerospace, defense and automotive organizations, Transformer significantly extends the return that organizations realize on their investments in 3D computer-aided design (CAD) data, by enabling them to reuse these assets in multiple post-manufacturing applications, including training, maintenance, and service.

Fortune 500 manufacturing companies today spend millions of dollars on the creation of CAD data during the design and manufacturing phases of the product lifecycle. Until NGRAIN, this complex 3D data - due to its large file size - was restricted to use on high-end computer systems, making it inaccessible for daily use.

With NGRAIN Transformer 2.1, organizations can convert over 50 different types of 3D data into the highly compressed and interactive NGRAIN format without loss of model detail. Now, users with little or no 3D experience are able to leverage these files for post-manufacturing purposes - on common desktop, laptop, and Tablet computers. 8:56 am

December 2, 2003

Tablet PC Awards

Fellow Tablet PC MVP Spencer Goad has launched www.tabletpcawards.com

The Tablet PC Awards is a program setup to award companies and individuals who have developed great Tablet PC hardware and software. Nominations are being accepted at the site thru January 1st, 2004 and the winners will likely be announced in early 2004.

Spencer is also the editor and publisher of tabletpcbuzz.com 12:24 pm

Motion Computing Introduces Innovative Indoor-Outdoor Display Technology for Tablet PCs; Unique Motion View Anywhere Screen Enables 'Ubiquitous Viewing'
Business Wire

Motion Computing(TM) today unveiled the Motion View Anywhere(TM) Display, which offers a unique capability for tablet PC users who want an indoor-viewable screen equally suited for outdoor use.

The bright 12.1-inch XGA indoor-outdoor display is based on optical enhancement technology initially developed for high-end marine, GPS and military applications. The View Anywhere option provides uncompromised indoor and outdoor viewing without sacrificing battery life - a combination of user benefits unique in the tablet PC market.

"The new View Anywhere technology is a major step forward for ultramobile computing in virtually any low-light or bright-light environment, and everything in between," said David Altounian, Motion's chief product officer. "This is Motion's innovative response to the many potential customers - ranging from government and the military to insurance and field sales - who told us they need 'ubiquitous viewing' on a tablet PC."

The Motion View Anywhere display is priced as a $349.99 option on any Motion M1300 powered by Intel Centrino mobile technology. It is scheduled to be available later this month in the U.S., Canada and the UK, and the first quarter of 2004 in Ireland, Germany, France, Austria Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 10:24 am

Motion Computing Introduces Value-Priced Tablet PC Model; Company Company Adds Fingerprint Reader, Reduces Price on Top-Line M1300 System
Business Wire

A $1,699 slate tablet PC powered by an ultra low-voltage 800MHz Mobile Intel(R) Celeron(R) processor was introduced today by Motion Computing(TM), an innovator in ultramobile computing and wireless communications.

The new Motion M1300 model is the latest addition to Motion's family of M1300 Tablet PCs and is compatible with the broad range of Motion's mobile accessories. It was developed for on-the-go, ink-enabled applications in a variety of markets - including healthcare, education, field force automation and government - that can benefit from the entry-level value of Celeron technology.

The customizable system offers the same award-winning M1300 features, including a 12.1-inch display, 802.11b or 802.11g wireless capability and USB 2.0 -- but uses Intel's ultra low-voltage Celeron technology with 512KB of Level 2 cache and a 400MHz front side bus. The $1,699 base hardware configuration includes 256MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, expandable to 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive.

Motion's newest tablet PC model is about 10 percent faster and delivers more than 9 percent more battery life than the company's previous entry-level system, the award-winning M1200 powered by a 933MHz Intel Pentium(R) M III ultra low-voltage processor. 10:21 am

Dynalog Unveils Xplore's Rugged Tablet PC
CXOtoday.com

Dynalog, in alliance with US-based Xplore Technologies, launched a rugged tablet PC, labeled the ‘iX104', on Monday.

Claiming to be the ‘first of its kind launch' in India, the iX104 is based on the Intel Pentium III processor, and engineered around Windows XP (Tablet PC Edition).


The iX104 has been designed for public safety, utility, field service, field sales, health care, warehousing, transportation, government, military, and homeland security applications.

The ‘rugged' tablet PC has been designed for demanding applications, extreme environments, and high mobility conditions. The product is designed to operate in extreme temperature conditions ranging from -20 degrees to 60 degrees, and is strengthened to protect against drops and shocks. 10:19 am

Acer, Microsoft to jointly host meeting to set Tablet PC strategies
DigiTimes

Acer and Microsoft will jointly call a meeting early this month to discuss and set strategies to further promote sales of Tablet PCs around the world, according to sources at Acer.

Acer will offer an in-depth development plan aiming to boost sales of Tablet PCs in the six selected markets of Australia, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and the US to around 20% of the notebook market in 2004. 10:17 am

Industrial tablets and touch panel computers
Dial Infolink Manufacturing

WONDERWARE has announced the release of its new product line of Wonderware industrial tablets and touch panel computers.

The new line of integrated hardware, software and services from Wonderware combines hardware with InTouch 8.0 human-machine interface (HMI) software, plant communications capabilities and support services. These new offerings enable a consistent plant intelligence software solution across a broad spectrum of industrial applications.

The InTouch software resident in Wonderware industrial tablets integrates Microsoft Windows XP tablet PC edition operating system features such as inking and annotation.

Inking enables customers to write values into data links in their own handwriting, which can save time for people who will use an industrial tablet computer as a mobile data collection station.

Annotation enables users mark up a graphical display with pens and highlighters. By making notes directly on HMI displays, users can quickly and precisely communicate areas of concern or interest, allowing for quick resolution of production inefficiencies.

In addition, Wonderware industrial tablets come standard with wireless capabilities. Users can communicate directly with the wireless-enabled supervisory control systems while travelling to different locations. 10:13 am

Pharos Introduces the iGPS-360 Global Positioning System Receiver for Mobile Devices With New ``Convertible'' Capability
Business Wire

Pharos Science & Applications Inc.: GPS Receiver's Serial, USB, CompactFlash, PCMCIA, Bluetooth(TM) Connection Capability to Personal Computers, PDAs, Tablet PCs and Other Portable Devices Enables Location-Finding and Navigation Anywhere, on Any Device

With the introduction of its new iGPS-360 Global Positioning System receiver, Pharos Science & Applications Inc., a leading provider of portable navigation and location-based services for mobile devices, has brought the power of GPS location-finding and navigation to all types of portable and handheld computing devices.

The unique modular design of the iGPS-360(TM) receiver allows users to add GPS positioning and navigation capability via the serial, USB, CompactFlash, PCMCIA port or Bluetooth(TM) wireless connection to their notebook computer, Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC, Tablet PC or other mobile computing or telematics device.

"No other GPS receiver offers these convertibility options," states Andy Wang, Pharos' vice president. "And, as consumers and enterprise users upgrade and change their mobile equipment, it's important that their peripheral equipment be compatible with these new systems. With its universal connectivity, Pharos iGPS-360 receiver is assured of working with today's and tomorrow's mobile devices." 10:11 am

The tablet to cure IT ills
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

When communications sales consultant Chris Carroll calculated that his inability to cope with the demands of his customers was costing him between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, he took a tablet.

This particular pill - a Toshiba Portege 3500 Tablet PC, with two AC adaptors and an in-car charger - cost him $5000. His prescription for real-time management also required a $450 Hewlett-Packard 450 portable colour inkjet printer, a $200 Bluetooth PC card, a Sony Ericsson T68i mobile phone and a Plantronics Bluetooth headset, together with sundry items of software.

That was in September. The symptoms - chronic desperation and a form of blindness that somehow rendered the important entries in his A4 memo pads invisible - have miraculously disappeared.

These days, Carroll is a calm fulcrum of efficiency around which the world somehow turns. And he's become an enthusiastic advocate for Microsoft's tablet PC format.

"It is almost criminal," he says, "that people don't realise that clamshell notebooks don't provide the sort of efficiency that you can get from a pen-based tablet PC. With one of these you can sit in a cafe unobtrusively and do a lot of work. You'd think 10 times before you lifted out your clamshell." 10:08 am

Tablet PC opens up computing options
EE Times

Straddling the new and old in mobile computing-and hedging its bets on evolving tastes-the HP/Compaq TC1000 morphs from tablet to notebook and desktop PC in the guise of a fairly lightweight, high-performance portable.

That flexibility comes at the price of some awkwardness in balance. Despite steps to center the tablet docking point on the keyboard base, most of the TC1000's weight is supported above base height-the reverse of a conventional notebook PC and a potential source of instability. 10:05 am

Acer demands Microsoft Tablet resolution
What PC?, UK

Acer is locked in a struggle with Microsoft over the future of the Tablet PC.

The PC and electronics vendor is convinced that Microsoft is not doing all it can to push the technology.

"Microsoft has to communicate with the channels and the users. Once people try it, they appreciate it," he said. But, he added, Microsoft must kick-start the process and get people trying out Tablets. 8:55 am

Perfect for writing to Santa
The Globe and Mail

If you're professional or student who's required to take lots of handwritten notes, while still producing typed reports, it's well worth considering investing in a tablet PC.

These unique computing devices combine the best of both worlds. While they act much like a standard laptop or notebook, they also allow you to enter and manipulate data right on the monitor using a pen or stylus.

Taking advantage of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, a number of companies have moved into this new hybrid computer category.

"It provides the best of both worlds with the full features, functionality, and familiarity of a notebook yet offers the versatile digital inking capabilities of a Tablet," explains Tamara Keserovic, marketing manager of mobile computing products for Fujitsu Canada.

Fujitsu recently introduced a new addition to its Tablet PC line with the LifeBook T300 Tablet PC series. With its latest entry, all you have to do is flip the LifeBook's screen and it transforms from a traditional notebook into a highly mobile wireless enabled Tablet PC. 8:47 am

Consumers having trouble swallowing the tablet PC
Toronto Star

Whether he knows it or not, David Harrison is the perfect poster boy for the Tablet PC.

Standing in front of 1,100 students packed into Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto, the physics professor scribbles complex formulas, draws diagrams and surfs the Web on his Toshiba Protégé tablet computer. The device is connected to a "monster" projector, giving his first-year physics students an in-your-face lesson that beats the best of PowerPoint presentations.

"In physics, we do so much mathematics, which is a pain on PowerPoint," says Harrison, who has taught at the university for more than 30 years and began using his tablet in September. "I'm up at the front with the tablet, and I use it like I would a blackboard."

He saves all his digital handwritten notes and posts them on the course's Web site, where students can download his scrawls at a later time. "They absolutely love it," says Harrison.

"I run a weekly focus group with students, and they're all unanimous. They just love this way of using the technology." 8:45 am

Technology makes great gifts for everyone
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving meant counting our blessings. Now, Thanksgiving weekend means counting our money -- and then spending it. In that modern spirit, I'm going to note some tech-related items that crossed my path in recent months. Some might make good gifts for family and friends, or (shhhh) even yourself

Tablet PC. This is a great idea that is still being developed for use by average people. The ability to write on the screen is going to be a standard feature someday, and Microsoft and its partners are making good strides even though I think they're at least one generation away from turning these machines into must-have devices. But folding the screen into tablet mode and using the stylus to maneuver on the computer and the Web, and to take quick notes or make drawings, is a new experience that you have to try to understand. Some people need these capabilities now. 8:42 am

Acer Middle East's 'Fresh Technology' first-to-market strategy pays big dividends
AME Info

Acer was the world's first IT company to introduce the tablet PC – with its capability to convert from the traditional laptop 'clamshell mode' for keyboard input to 'tablet mode' for use with a stylus pen – which presented Middle East users with unprecedented ease-of-use, functionality, and versatility in computing.

'The Tablet PC, with its digital pen and speech technologies, considerably extends the functionality of PCs, offering Middle East users a truly 'fresh' approach to computing,' said Murthy. 8:39 am

December 3, 2003

Intel exhibits its vision for the home of the future
Newark Star

NEW YORK -- Even for a Manhattan penthouse, this was pretty cool. One bedroom featured Gateway's 610 Media Center, a new PC that sports a DVD burner, high- quality speakers and subwoofer all built into an elegant flat-panel display.

Another bedroom boasted video-on-demand, with movies delivered via the Internet to a TV that enabled the show to be paused, forwarded or re-wound as desired. In the kitchen, online recipes appeared as if by magic on a portable "tablet" PC. Aiming a remote control at a giant screen in the living room, viewers called up digital photos, and pumped songs from a computer MP3 collection through a glorious Surround Sound system.

Most of these devices shared content wirelessly, using Wi-Fi radio technology that beamed pictures, music and movies from room to room in the computer language of ones and zeroes. No static. No messy cables. 9:49 am

ViewSonic offers resellers "easy sell" with first convertible Tablet PC
eChannelLine

ViewSonic Corp. will start ramping up its channel this month with its first convertible Tablet PC featuring a 12.1-inch screen and keyboard, handing resellers a much broader customer base.

The V1250 weighs less than 3.8 pounds and is souped up with Intel Centrino mobile technology and powered by the fast ultra-low voltage processor, the Mobile Pentium M.

"By offering the convertible, it is just so much more broad for resellers. That is the key behind this type of product. This is a much easier sell for them," Coffman stressed. "Now with our lineup of tablets … we are making it easier for our resellers. Now they have the ability to service every part of a company's PC needs." 9:46 am

Motion Computing debuts lower-cost tablet
CNET News.com

Motion Computing on Tuesday refreshed its tablet PC line with a less expensive, lower-power model.

The start-up company, which sells tablet PCs based on Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system , launched a Motion M1300 model priced at $1,699--$300 less than its original M1300.

The tablet keeps Motion Computing's traditional 12-inch screen and writing slatelike form but includes a less expensive, 800MHz low-power mobile Celeron processor from Intel.

Also on Tuesday, Motion Computing cut $100 off the price of its existing M1300 model, which comes with a 1GHz Pentium M processor from Intel. The company will also give new buyers of the device the option of buying a screen it says is more visible outdoors 9:42 am

December 4, 2003

Portrait Painting By Pixels
AllAfrica.com

STREET artists capturing portraits with paper and paint will look distinctly old fashioned when a new generation of artists hits the streets using handheld computers to sketch your portrait.

A new wave of young artists is being trained to use tablet computers, beginning with eight deaf-mute students in Taiwan. They have each been given an Acer Tablet PC loaded with artistic software to let them draw colour portraits, then print out the image or download it to a CD and hand it to their model.

"We chose artists from a deaf and mute school and gave them Tablet PCs and the software and we are training them to use it," says Chen.

Each hardware and software package is worth about 100000 Taiwanese dollars (2930) and comes with 110 hours of training.

"They are not difficult to use but we want to help the students develop their own different styles and digital skills," says Chen.

"Our objective is to marry technology and culture for the benefit of the handicapped to help them earn an income." 9:38 am

Time for the tablet
Red Herring

Former Dell exec is using his alma mater's secrets to make Motion Computing king of the tablet PC.

Motion Computing CEO Scott Eckert spent nearly seven years as a Dell executive, memorizing the secret sauce that makes the computer giant's enviable business model hum. Today, the lessons he gleaned have helped his two-year-old Austin, Texas-based tablet PC maker turn a profit just one quarter after shipping its first product.

The company is already winning big customers, including HealthSouth, which recently said it would equip 5,000 clinicians in 1,400 of its physical rehabilitation centers with Motion's tablet PCs over the next year or so. And research firm IDC places Motion as the third largest provider of tablet PCs in the U.S. as of the second quarter of this year. The company grew its unit shipments by 20 percent sequentially in the second quarter. 9:36 am

Fabulous tech-inspired treats for your gift-giving pleasure
USA Today

Need proof that at least one of the entries on my list is worthy? I used it to help come up with this very roster. Microsoft's $99 OneNote software, a stand-alone member of the new Office 2003 suite, makes it a breeze to organize and search your free-form notes whether you are jotting down potential entries for a best-of compilation, or capturing the musings of your boss or professor. You can even record a lecture (if your PC has a mike) and have OneNote show you the notes from a particular point in the audio. What's more, you can write (in text or, most conveniently if you have a Tablet PC, in virtual ink) anywhere on a OneNote page. 9:33 am

Microsoft to share tech secrets - - but some materal still off limits
Seattle Post Intelligencer

Departing from its longtime practice, Microsoft Corp. plans to give others in the computer industry much greater access to the technological secrets the company has historically kept under lock and key.

Microsoft said yesterday that it is opening a wide range of intellectual property -- including patents, copyrights and trade secrets -- for possible licensing by other companies through negotiations and through licensing programs established around specific products.

One licensing program announced by Microsoft yesterday involves the Subpixel Rendering, or SPR, technology behind the company's ClearType brand. The technology improves the sharpness of text on liquid-crystal displays, making it easier to read for long stretches of time. ClearType is used in products including Microsoft's Tablet PC. 9:30 am

Intel accelerates its Celeron shift
Cnet Asia

The chipmaker has begun shipping a new 800MHz "ultra low voltage" Celeron chip to tablet PC manufacturers such as Motion Computing, a company spokesperson said.

New mobile Celeron processors don't always make headlines, but the 800MHz chip marks the beginning of a transition for the Celeron line to a new generation of underlying technology--a few months earlier than expected. Unlike past mobile Celerons, which were based on the Pentium III-M or the Pentium 4, the ultra-low-voltage chip borrows its circuitry from Intel's more recent Pentium M. The company had been expected to make the circuitry transition in the first quarter of 2004.

The Celeron chip, which appears in tablets such as the Motion M1300, serves as an alternative to Intel's flagship mobile processor, the Pentium M, or its aging Pentium III-M for the smallest mobile computers, such as tablets. 9:26 am

Steady Growth Projected For Shipments Of Internet-Capable Devices
TechWeb

Shipments of devices capable of accessing the Internet is expected to increase by nearly 30 percent this year, with mobile phones and computers making up the vast majority of the products sold, a market research firm said Tuesday.

But so-called "smart appliances," which covers everything from ovens and refrigerators to email devices, are expected to have a growth rate of 95.4 percent from 2002 to 2007. Tablet PCs and smart displays, which are portable touch screens that are attached to a PC through a wireless connection, are forecast to have a growth rate of more than 100 percent. 9:24 am

December 5, 2003

Tablet PC software gives kids a boost in learning computer basics
Emediawire

The “Tablet PC” platform is now widely available and comes in many affordable forms. Tablets allow children to write directly on the screen using a familiar, pencil like writing tool. Children take to Tablets easily and naturally. This allows learning to take place more quickly and effectively. A company called Vectiva.com believes that the Tablet PC, coupled with powerful educational software, is the key to increasing the speed and quality of children's education.

(PRWEB) December 3 2003--The education crisis continues unabated. Each year, many of our children fall further behind in learning the basic skills that will allow them to compete in the increasingly global and technological economy. Introducing children to technology at a younger age is one important step toward helping them succeed in school and in life. At the same time, new consumer technologies have emerged that promise to make the power of computers more accessible to young children. The “Tablet PC” platform is now widely available and comes in many affordable forms. Tablets allow children to write directly on the screen using a familiar, pencil like writing tool. Children take to Tablets easily and naturally. This allows learning to take place more quickly and effectively.

A company called Vectiva.com believes that the Tablet PC, coupled with powerful educational software, is the key to increasing the speed and quality of children's education. To that end, Vectiva.com today announced the general availability of "VT Coloring Book 1.0", an innovative educational application for the new Tablet PC platform. VT Coloring Book 1.0 is a teaching tool for preschool and elementary aged children. It helps them to learn the skills they will need to successfully use a Tablet PC in an e-enabled learning environment, while entertaining them with familiar cartoon images and challenging them to complete the coloring pages. Children will spend hours coloring a variety of cartoon pages on their Tablet PCs. They can also save and print the images for gift giving and crafts. Parents will also like the fact that they can add an almost infinite number of cartoon coloring pages to the VT Coloring Book collection for free. 10:13 am

Cirond Announces Release Date for WiNc 2.0
Business Wire

Cirond Corporation (OTCBB:CROO), will begin shipping its second-generation wireless connectivity tool -- WiNc 2.0 -- on January 30th, 2004. WiNc 2.0 provides support for a broader set of wireless network cards and has been redesigned for greater ease of use.

"From the outset, we designed WiNc to be the best tool for finding and connecting to 802.11-based networks using a Windows-based desktop PC, notebook computer or Tablet PC," said Nicholas Miller, president and CEO of Cirond Corporation. "Now users can not only find and connect to those networks, but they can manage their connections in a more efficient way, enjoy improved performance, find support for a wider range of wireless network adapters and more quickly get working with their wireless network of choice.

In addition, the look of the new WiNc 2.0 wireless connectivity tool can be customized using software "skins." Also, users will be able to save lists of available networks and will find support for Windows domain logon. The enhanced design of the product also makes it simple to instantly check Internet availability on a given wireless network -- and to quickly toggle between settings using new Toolbar buttons.

In addition, WiNc 2.0 users will be able to customize their view of networks and adapters so that they see as little or as much information as they want. Finally, WiNc 2.0 includes integrated Ping/Trace routing, providing a utility for connectivity diagnosis. 10:10 am

Wireless Network Security Concerns Dominate Wi-Fi Show
TechWeb

On Thursday NEC America launched a new WLAN solution based on its IP PBX communications platform that allows voice communication over wireless networks. Using a combination of access points, wireless controllers, and systems management software, the new NEC offering integrates with phones, laptops, PDAs, and Tablet PCs to handle up to 14 simultaneous voice conversations over a single access point. NEC's pitching its wireless gear and management software to a variety of industries, including healthcare and hospitality.10:07 am

 

December 8, 2003

Increasing Competition: Acer Adjusts Prices On Entire Line
Whatisnew.com

In an effort to gain US marketshare, Acer made an aggressive move against its competition last week and lowered prices by as much as 20% on notebooks and Tablet PCs. This move is timely for end-of-the-year business purchases.

New costs are reflected at many Acer distributors as of today. Buyers should expect to see the changes in their costs in the next few days, if not already. This will depend on resellers' inventory because the new price is not retroactive. 7:29 pm

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 User Experience
whatisnew.com

this is a HUGE increase in Tablet PC functionality. It's amazing how much better they've made the experience of using a Tablet PC. 9:31 am

Tablet PC is grist to Mac rumour mills
Australian IT, Australia

Is Apple planning to release a tablet PC capable of doubling up as a portable video?

THE Macintosh rumour mills are never silent for long. For the past few weeks they have been buzzing about the coming launch of a tablet PC — possibly as early as January.

The tablet would double up as a portable video machine, a sort of companion device to Apple's hot-selling iPod portable music players, several have suggested. 9:13 am

Transmeta Looks For a Different PC Boom
InternetNews.com

In the past few months, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm has scored several contracts to put its processors in not only laptops, but also in non-traditional desktop hardware as well as thin clients, blade PCs, Tablet PCs and what the company calls "Ultra Personal Computers".

Last week alone, Transmeta inked deals to put its new TM8000 Efficeon chip in products made by Hewlett-Packard and Wyse Technology. 9:09 am

Acer increases its grip on the Middle East's mobile technology Market
AME Info, United Arab Emirates

With a strong track record for setting standards in the technology sector, Acer was the world's first IT company to introduce the tablet PC – with its capability to convert from the traditional laptop 'clamshell mode' for keyboard input to 'tablet mode' for use with a stylus pen.

More recently still, Acer was the first regional IT vendor to launch a tablet PC with Intel Mobile Centrino technology – the TravelMate C110 9:06 am

Tech the halls
The Globe and Mail

An old-fashioned Christmas? Forget it. EDWARD TRAPUNSKI lists the slickest, the best and the most up-to-the-minute gadgets that Santa could leave for his favourite tech-heads.

Tablet PC: The $3,299 Acer TravelMateC300 looks like an ordinary computer notebook at first, but it has a screen that pivots and folds down over the keyboard, making it an electronic notepad. The new Windows XP Tablet operating system allows for electronic pen writing directly on the screen, with built-in hand-writing recognition, and Intel Centrino makes wireless connectivity possible anywhere. A sketching program by Corel turns the tablet into a smart cocktail napkin. Visit http://www.acer.com/ca for dealer locator. 9:04 am

December 9, 2003

Tablet PC Holiday Cards
whatisnew.com

Our friends at WhatIsNew.com have an selection of Holiday Cards that you can personalize on your tablet PC as well as instructions for Sending Holiday Cards From A Tablet PC ........Thanks Lora! 10:51 am

Cubit to Debut 88K Centrino-Based Notebook
ChannelTimes.com, India

Ahmedabad-based Cubit Computers is on course to introduce its Intel Centrino-based tablet PC, Neon tablet PC/notebook, in early January 2004.

The tablet PC is targeted at upper-income groups like corporates, executives, etc.

The Neon Centrino tablet PC will be based on VIA Antar 1.0GHz and weigh 1.8 kg, featuring 256 MB DDR RAM, 20 GB HDD, EXT.CD ROM drive, 14.1XGP TFT display, 56.6 Kbps modem, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet card, 85 multi-language keyboard, Smart LI-ION battery, 1 external VGA port , built-in 2 speakers, 2 USB (2.0 version),1 infrared port, built-in CMOS camera, wireless LAN. 10:49 am

Wacom Technology and A.T. Cross Announce New Penabled™ Executive Pens for Tablet PCs
wacom.com

Wacom Technology, the world's leading maker of computer graphics tablets and electronic pens, and A. T. Cross Company (ASE-ATX), a leading manufacturer of fine writing instruments, have partnered for the first time in the development of two executive pens for the Tablet PC.

The pens are for use with any of the Penabled Tablet PCs announced today at Microsoft's launch of the Tablet PC platform. Tablet PCs provide the functionality of notebook computers while offering natural pen-based computing capabilities.

Penabled Tablet PCs use patented Wacom technology that allows the pens to be cordless and batteryless, provide 256 levels of pressure and have optional electronic erasers.

The two new pens have a sleek, modern metallic look. One model is with a cap and one is without a cap. The pens have a single side switch, which can be set as a right mouse button. They are capable of 256 levels of pressure so line and signature width, as well as darkness, can vary according to hand pressure. Both have a pocket clip, and both have an electronic eraser, which is a unique feature of Wacom Penabled pens. 10:44 am

December 10, 2003

Microsoft Longhorn details emerge
Digit Magazine

Tablet PC OS gets free update

Longhorn may be a couple of years off, but Tablet PC users won't have to wait that long for an update. Microsoft plans to release a free upgrade, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004, by mid-2004.

Code-named Lonestar, the upgrade focuses primarily on improving handwritten input. For example, when you place the pointer in a location that can take text (such as a document, or browser address window), the Text Input Panel will automatically appear as a small bubble. When activated, this will grow to its full size and appear close to the chosen text field instead of at the bottom of the display, as it does now. Microsoft has also given the TIP context-recognition capabilities. For example, if you're filling in a browser address window, the TIP will be more likely to recognize a URL. You'll be able to catch and fix mistakes in the TIP before sending text to an application.

New development tools will allow creators of third-party applications to incorporate some of the operating system's new functionality into their software. Meanwhile, the beta of the upgrade is due in early 2004, with final code to follow sometime this spring. 9:41 am

 

December 11. 2003

Words from a Tablet fan
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA

After some previous posts and a story about the Tablet PC, I received some messages from faithful Tablet PC users suggesting that the Tablet wasn't getting the credit they feel it's due. I asked one of those users, Steve Martin (no, not that Steve Martin), from the Salt Lake City area, to explain how he uses his Tablet and what he thinks about it. He responded yesterday:

I work as a network administrator for a company that handles the IT needs of hundreds of small and medium sized businesses. I use my tablet every single day. My boss has paper forms that he has us fill out with the day's activities and hand in to him. He gave the forms to me in Word format and I print them to the journal printer and fill them out by hand that way. I then e-mail the completed forms to him each day. On some occasions I will fill out a work order at a job location and have the customer sign the form on my TPC screen. I use it to configure firewalls and modems. My big wish is more battery life. I generally will plug in whenever I can conveniently do so or my battery would not last all day. I use the Toshiba 3500 and have been quite happy with it. Also, I would to see Microsoft make the journal printer available on regular desktop PCs. They already have journal viewer available so why not give them the ability to make journal files. You wouldn't need to be able to edit the files on the desktop PC but at least you could print pages and then move them onto your tablet at a later time.

Anyway, I love the TPC form factor. I am excited to get my hands on the update that is due to come out some time next year. I think the Tablet is here to stay. 10:29 am

December 12, 2003

A Tricky Time Saver
Forbes

NEW YORK - To be fair to all the adepts of the Franklin Covey method, we must preface this review with the confession that, until two weeks ago, our sloppy habits had been spared any interaction with the Franklin Covey organizational philosophy, whether digital or paper-based.

It all started pretty well. First, we installed PlanPlus on our Acer TravelMate C110 tablet PC without a glitch. Then, in an unusual attempt at being methodical, we resolved to watch all the tutorials before we tried to use the software--since an initial glimpse at the home screen's crammed display hinted that we'd better get coached first. 10:14 am

Toshiba Introduces the latest Tablet PC with Built-in Acceleration Sensor
Japan Corporate News, Japan

Tokyo (JCNN) - Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502) introduced December 5 the latest model in the dynabook SS Series of Tablet PCs. The M200 features an acceleration sensor which detects the orientation of the PC to automatically adjust the screen from portrait to landscape mode or vice versa.

Also, thanks to the motion sensor, users can activate a series of applications by lightly shaking the Tablet PC. Its LCD screen is equipped with Toshiba's proprietary Tablet Pen Button technology to allow users to quickly launch selected applications by simply touching the buttons with the tablet pen.

Powered by Intel's 1.4GHz Pentium M processor, the product comes with 512MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM (max. 2GB), a 60GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch TFT LCD, NVIDIA's GeForce FX Go5200 graphics accelerator, and IEEE802.11b wireless LAN connectivity.

The Windows XP Tablet PC Edition model measures 295 x 249 x 33.2, weighs 2.1kg, and is priced at 381,200 yen ($3,530). 10:11 am

SONbuddy wireless networking now available online
The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Green Packet Inc said its SONbuddy wireless networking solution is now available for online purchase at www.sonbuddy.com

Cupertino, California-based Green Packet develops mobile Internet infrastructure for secure network access, WLAN-cellular integration, intelligent roaming and instant community networks. 

SONbuddy was developed to enable mobile devices to form and sustain a self-organising network (SON), without the presence of infrastructure or an access point, the company said in a statement. 

"With SONbuddy's patent-pending 'multi-hop' technology, users will no longer lose their connections when communicating with another device, due to the self-healing nature of the network," said C.C. Puan, founder, president and CEO of Green Packet ( www.greenpacket.com ).

SONbuddy is currently available for Windows 2000/ XP/ Tablet PC platforms, in Gold and Lite Editions.  10:08 am

 

December 15, 2003

DECEMBER 15, 2003 ( COMPUTERWORLD ) - Every year Dave Raspallo, CIO at Textron Financial Corp., found himself having to replace a third of his 1,200 PCs. But he grew tired of the cost of the annual ritual, and he began swapping out his desktops for thin clients. Forty percent of those PCs are now gone, and many more will disappear next year.

"I would consider it a failure if we don't eliminate completely the use of any desktops," said Raspallo, who has a name for his project: STIMI, or "Stop the Intel-Microsoft Insanity."

And he isn't stopping at the desktop. He's giving road warriors handhelds and tablet PCs in lieu of laptops. Total savings will be around 25% annually for his Providence, R.I.-based company, most of it in reduced support costs. 9:50

Demanding a Better Desktop Alternative
ComputerWorld

Mi-Co Strikes Marketing Relationship With New York Firm
Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Mi-Co has formed a strategic partnership to combine its data capture and digital writing technology with technical service and solutions of New York-based Marketing Wizards.

This alliance with Marketing Wizards will bring the data capture and digital writing applications of the Mi-Forms Software System to the market place in areas as banking and finance, healthcare, and municipal services, says Mi-Co.

“Marketing Wizards experience in technical marketing, digital writing, and advanced work on the Tablet PC and the Logitech io Pen is an excellent addition to the Mi-Co alliance program,” stated Barrett Joyner, senior vice president of sales and M=marketing for Mi-Co in RTP. “Marketing Wizards has focused on solving real problems for large technology customers and brings that expertise to this alliance.” 9:48

Top-drawer tablet PC has lots of extras
Advertiser, Australia

ACER Computer Australia has launched what it claims is the first “ever-convertible” tablet PC that has a 14.1in screen and in-built optical drive design. Acer also has combined the latest Intel Centrino mobile technology.

Acer says its TravelMate C300 improves the viewing experience with an industry-first 14.1in LCD, meeting the needs of users who prefer a larger writing surface.

The TravelMate C300's convertible screen adjusts quickly and easily between notebook and tablet mode.

Using digital ink on the screen allows documents to be created and edited in any situation.

One of the new features of the TravelMate C300 is a sensor that measures lighting and automatically adjusts screen brightness to suit the light conditions. Users may choose to adjust the lighting manually and the light sensor software will save the setting to be used the next time similar conditions are encountered. 9:46 am

HCL Tags Free Offer With Toshiba Portege 3500
ChannelTimes.com, India

HCL Infosystems Ltd, the authorized distributor of Toshiba in India, has announced a new scheme for Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC to attract buyers.

The tablet PC, priced at Rs 1,99,999 and launched six months ago, now officially comes with a Nokia Communicator and a DVD CDRW combo drive free.

Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC is powered by Mobile Intel Pentium 3 processor 1.33 GHz-M, Microsoft Windows XP tablet PC Edition, 256MB SD RAM, 40GB HDD. Its cutting-edge communications include integrated WLAN and Bluetooth technology.

Portege 3500 comes with a three-year international warranty. 9:43 am

Three notebooks make most of wireless capabilities
Houston Chronicle, TX

Wireless Internet access has given a huge boost to portable computing. The first time you sit down in a coffee shop, sip an overpriced and undersized latté while surfing the Web, the "I get it!" light will flicker on.

Folks who previously were not interested in owning a notebook computer are now considering one, and wireless capabilities are a big factor. That's particularly true for notebooks that use the faster, 802.11g standard, which has a potential speed of 54 megabits a second.

On a home network, that's more than enough zip for transferring big files or streaming music and video.

TABLET PC TC1100 -- $2,300, HP/Compaq. The last time I looked at a Tablet PC from the HP/Compaq axis, it was not a pretty picture. Dim screen, poor performance and an unfinished feel made it a generally poor experience.

With this new version, things have improved, but not quite to the point that I'd recommend a Tablet PC for most users. It's almost there, but not quite.

For the TC1100, the punchless Transmeta Crusoe processor has been replaced by an Intel Mobile Pentium 4 running at 1.0 GHz. The screen is still only 10.4 inches, but it's much brighter and clearer than before. WiFi, though the slower 802.11b, is standard, as the TC1100 uses Intel's Centrino technology, which boosts battery life while still providing a solid wireless connection. It also has Bluetooth wireless capabilities.

I spent an evening with the Tablet PC at Kaveh Kanes, a downtown coffee shop with free WiFi access. I sat at a table and wrote using the keyboard, then crashed on a couch and used handwriting recognition in some instant messaging sessions.

The notebook was responsive, and using a Tablet PC with built-in wireless is lots of fun. Using the stylus to click on Web pages while surfing is very intuitive. 9:37

December 12, 2003

A Tricky Time Saver
Forbes

NEW YORK - To be fair to all the adepts of the Franklin Covey method, we must preface this review with the confession that, until two weeks ago, our sloppy habits had been spared any interaction with the Franklin Covey organizational philosophy, whether digital or paper-based.

It all started pretty well. First, we installed PlanPlus on our Acer TravelMate C110 tablet PC without a glitch. Then, in an unusual attempt at being methodical, we resolved to watch all the tutorials before we tried to use the software--since an initial glimpse at the home screen's crammed display hinted that we'd better get coached first. 10:14 am

Toshiba Introduces the latest Tablet PC with Built-in Acceleration Sensor
Japan Corporate News, Japan

Tokyo (JCNN) - Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502) introduced December 5 the latest model in the dynabook SS Series of Tablet PCs. The M200 features an acceleration sensor which detects the orientation of the PC to automatically adjust the screen from portrait to landscape mode or vice versa.

Also, thanks to the motion sensor, users can activate a series of applications by lightly shaking the Tablet PC. Its LCD screen is equipped with Toshiba's proprietary Tablet Pen Button technology to allow users to quickly launch selected applications by simply touching the buttons with the tablet pen.

Powered by Intel's 1.4GHz Pentium M processor, the product comes with 512MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM (max. 2GB), a 60GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch TFT LCD, NVIDIA's GeForce FX Go5200 graphics accelerator, and IEEE802.11b wireless LAN connectivity.

The Windows XP Tablet PC Edition model measures 295 x 249 x 33.2, weighs 2.1kg, and is priced at 381,200 yen ($3,530). 10:11 am

SONbuddy wireless networking now available online
The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Green Packet Inc said its SONbuddy wireless networking solution is now available for online purchase at www.sonbuddy.com

Cupertino, California-based Green Packet develops mobile Internet infrastructure for secure network access, WLAN-cellular integration, intelligent roaming and instant community networks. 

SONbuddy was developed to enable mobile devices to form and sustain a self-organising network (SON), without the presence of infrastructure or an access point, the company said in a statement. 

"With SONbuddy's patent-pending 'multi-hop' technology, users will no longer lose their connections when communicating with another device, due to the self-healing nature of the network," said C.C. Puan, founder, president and CEO of Green Packet ( www.greenpacket.com ).

SONbuddy is currently available for Windows 2000/ XP/ Tablet PC platforms, in Gold and Lite Editions.  10:08 am

December 16, 2003

Microsoft Revamps To Focus on Windows Core OS
E-Commerce Time

In a move designed to prevent its ever-growing range of products from drawing attention away from its core operating system, Microsoft has announced it will form a division solely focused on improving the Windows OS software.

In a widely circulated memo to employees, Microsoft said the division will become "a center of gravity for advancing engineering excellence within Windows."

The company said that having a stand-alone Windows unit will create a more streamlined process for integrating the OS with all of Microsoft's other software development projects, ranging from office productivity upgrades to more advanced Tablet PC software. Now, those projects will move forward in concert with Windows advances. 8:50 am

Synchrologic 'Pushes' New Release of Synchrologic Mobile Suite
Business Wire

Synchrologic today announces the general availability of Synchrologic Mobile Suite 5.4. Synchrologic's latest release raises the bar of mobile computing by offering the industry's broadest device support to push corporate data to mobile workers including email, calendar and other PIM data, files, and corporate application data. While enabling 'Always There' data on any device over any network, Synchrologic Mobile Suite also provides IT with the robust tools to remotely manage and secure the data and devices.

Synchrologic Mobile Suite extends the existing corporate infrastructure to mobile and remote staff, delivering access to enterprise applications, files, Email and PIM data, Intranet sites, and Web content. It also provides valuable tools for remotely managing mobile devices. Synchrologic Mobile Suite is composed of four core products: Synchrologic Email Accelerator, Synchrologic Data Sync, Synchrologic File Sync and Synchrologic Systems Management. It is compatible with a wide range of mobile devices, including laptop and tablet PCs, Pocket PC, Palm, and Symbian OS devices as well as backend data bases including Exchange, Domino, Oracle, Sybase, DB2, and SQL server. Only Synchrologic Mobile Suite provides a comprehensive platform that meets all corporate mobile infrastructure needs. 8:48 am

NEC Trims Tablet PC Price for the Holidays; Versa LitePad Tablet PC Price Drops by Nearly 25 Percent this Holiday Season
Business Wire

NEC Solutions (America), Inc. (Nasdaq:NIPNY), a premier provider of integrated solutions for the Connected Enterprise in North America, today announced that it has reduced the price of the award-winning NEC Versa(R) LitePad Tablet PC by nearly 25 percent this holiday season to $1,799 U.S.

Thinnest and Lightest Design

Introduced in February 2003, the Versa LitePad is the thinnest and lightest slate-style Tablet PC solution on the market with an ultra slim profile of .6-inches thick, 8.8-inches wide by 11.6-inches long and weighs a feather light 2.2 pounds. The Versa LitePad is also equipped with the ultra low voltage Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III -- M processor at 933MHz with 256MB memory to maximize performance. 8:45 am

Space race
Sydney Morning Herald

As we fight the daily tide of clutter washing across our desks, personal computers - supposedly our greatest productivity tool - occupy the most space. But a counter-revolution is under way, with precious desk space annexed by the PC about to be liberated by the IT industry's push towards miniaturisation.

Bulky beige boxes are disappearing from desks, along with the hefty television-like cathode ray tube monitors lurking on top of them. In their place are smaller computers - usually packing far more processing power, memory and storage than their cumbersome predecessors - and flat-panel liquid-crystal displays barely thicker than a folded newspaper.

The "digital ink" handwriting recognition system used in the Windows Tablet PC Edition will be more deeply integrated in Tablet PC 2004, says Microsoft Australia Windows product marketing manager Danny Beck.

"There is discussion around further integration of digital inking into Windows in general. It something that Microsoft research is looking at and something that we'll see if there's a commercially viable opportunity," says Beck.

"It's one of several ways that you can enter data; we're not limiting customers but we're offering them several ways to interface with devices depending on the type of application they're using and the type of work they do."

User interface alternatives such as graphic tablets, touch screens and voice recognition are already available but we struggle to imagine computers without a keyboard and mouse. 8:42 am

 

December 17, 2003

High-flying Toshiba mobile computers soar up the Saudi sales charts
AME Info

Toshiba's wide product range – from entry level to high-end professional – has also been a decisive growth factor, according to Khalil, along with Toshiba's exclusive carry a three-year warranty, an assurance of quality that significantly influences purchasing decisions and creates a huge competitive advantage.
'We have a mobile computer to suit everyone's needs or budget,' he says, 'and we expect continued growth due to our Centrino-based mobile technology that is driving the sales of products such as our second generation Tablet PC, the M200. 8:56 am

Microsoft SPOT watches to go on sale in January
InfoWorld, CA

Microsoft Corp. will use January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to announce availability of wrist watches and wireless services based on its Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT), a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

It was first announced at CES in January 2003, and SPOT watches were originally supposed to go on sale from Fossil Inc. and other watchmakers in time for the holiday shopping season. Last minute tweaks to a radio chip in the watches delayed their introduction, according to a source familiar with the effort.

Furthermore, Microsoft at the show will also talk about an incremental update to its Windows XP Media Center Edition that is expected out later this year and show off Windows Automotive products for in-car entertainment and navigation. The company is also expected to talk about enhancements it is making to its Tablet PC software. 8:55 am

 

December 18, 2003

Gateway Makes It Easy to Give the Gift They Want
PRNewswire

Customers Can Order Online 'til Dec. 22 for Delivery by Christmas; Cool Products Also In Stock at Gateway Stores POWAY, Calif.,

Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alert to all shopping procrastinators -- it's the week before Christmas. But everyone kicking themselves for not ordering gifts sooner can take heart ... there's still time to purchase hot new Gateway products for the holidays. In fact, shoppers can order select home PCs, electronics and accessories from Gateway.com as late as Dec. 22 to have products arrive by Dec. 24.. More information about guaranteed deliveries, order dates, delivery methods and available products is available at: http://www.gateway.com/home/guaranteed_delivery.shtml .

Gateway-branded products is expanding to include thin TVs, digital cameras, tablet PCs, and enterprise products, all of which are designed to work seamlessly together with the company's award-winning line of PCs. 8:56 am

Software to Create Ultimate Entertainment Remote Control
ABC News

Be careful what you wish for: Media receivers providing more places to play streaming digital music in the home could mean more single-device remotes (some not even able to communicate between rooms) cluttering the coffee table.

On the other hand, the number of remotes could actually drop with the arrival in early 2004 of MiHome, software that turns PDAs and other wireless devices into all-knowing, smarter-than-smart remote controls that function anywhere in the house.

Behrens demonstrated MiHome running on both a Pocket PC with WiFi and a GSM cell phone with a data link. It can also work with a Tablet PC, smart display, or notebook.

BravoBrava! plans to debut MiHome at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January and ship in the first quarter of 2004. A functional version of the software would be just $12 a year. Eventually, the company hopes to license the software to manufacturers such as TiVo or add functionality to remote control software such Universal Electronics' Nevo (www.uei.com). 8:53 am

Alias SketchBook Pro Teams with Toshiba's Portégé M200 Tablet PC

Alias Systems, a Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) company, today announced an agreement to bundle a trial version of Alias ® SketchBook Pro ™ on Toshiba ® Portégé ® M200 Tablet PC's sold in the United States. The impressive combination unites Toshiba's award-winning Tablet PC technology with the Alias SketchBook Pro innovative digital pen-driven sketching, annotation and presentation software, resulting in a must-have visual collaboration package.

Champions in global marketplace, local IT-product stars recognized
Taipei Journal, Taiwan

 Explaining the purpose of the product awards, Jan Hung-tze, CEO of the PC Home Group, said, "Selection of the 2003 products of the year is meant to provide consumers with a deeper understanding of new technologies, their influence on society and the trends they set in shaping our lives." Acer Inc.'s C100 tablet PC was selected as Product of the Year in recognition of the company's success in creating an excellent self-developed product, setting an example for other IT companies that have long developed by engaging in contract manufacturing of other companies' products. Acer, it should also be noted, played an instrumental part in formulating the international standards for tablet PC specifications.

        Other products cited as having a major impact on life included the iPod, an MP3 player developed by Apple that can store 10,000 songs and weighs less than 160 grams, picture-taking handsets, LCD TVs and Centrino-chip laptops, as well as wireless "hotspot" facilities that facilitate high-speed Internet access. 8:50 am

ViewSonic offers resellers "easy sell" with first convertible Taqblet PC
eChannelLine, Canada


ViewSonic Corp. will start ramping up its channel this month with its first convertible Tablet PC featuring a 12.1-inch screen and keyboard, handing resellers a much broader customer base.

About two years ago the company released its first Tablet PC, a slate version branded The ViewPad 1000. Back in November 2002, the company introduced the V1100, another slate Tablet PC running the Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system.

"Resellers experienced that they put a lot of evaluation units out there and found the evaluation cycle and sales cycle to be fairly long," said Dan Coffman, senior product manager at ViewSonic Corp. "Some deals took six months to close. That's largely to do with a form factor that companies are just not used to; you take the form factor and the OS and there is a lot of qualification time that ends up happening."

The company has seen a recent pickup of volume for its existing slates today, as companies have gone through the qualification process and are feeling much more comfortable with the OS.

"As the convertible comes out, the feedback is much better first of all for having a convertible which will hit a broader space," he said. "Also, just everybody getting used to the fact that tablets are really an acceptable way to go." 8:45 am

Toshiba launches VoIP software for PCs
IDG.com,

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Digital Solutions Division released a software program Tuesday that can turn a desktop or notebook PC into a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone, the company said in a release.

The Toshiba SoftIPT SoftPhone costs about US$200 per software license depending on the number of licenses purchased and the system for which the software is designated. It works on both wired and wireless PCs running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP.

The software allows users to perform such tasks as call answering and forwarding, voice mail retrieval and conference calling through their PCs. It needs to be used in conjunction with Toshiba's Strata CTX telephones as well as Toshiba laptops, Tablet PCs and desktops. 8:43 am

Tablet Talk 1.1 Now Available
invictussoftware.net

Tablet Talk v1.1, is now available for public release! Tablet Talk is a great new product built for users who demand seamless integration with their Tablet PCs. We have included a 60-day evaulation license with all downloads, so you can try before you buy! Tablet Talk is reasonably priced well below our competitors, giving consumers more options. Visit us at http://www.invictussoftware.net . Below is a brief listing of the functionality that you will receive when purchasing our product:

* Operates on 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Server 2003, and Tablet PC with .NET Framework v1.0 or higher installed.
* Digital Ink collection/Handwriting recognition, and ability to decipher written text.
* Personal Information Management (PIM). This includes Calendar, Schedules, Tasks, Contacts, as well as the ability to sync Microsoft Outlook 98,2000, and XP items directly into the product.
* Audio and Video recording, playback, and audio speech conversion to text. Record class lectures, business meetings, so forth, and conversion to text to be able to read the lecture instead of listening to it again.
* Website spidering and webpage snapshot. The ability to grab content from the web for viewing later without an internet connection. Great for the buses, flights, school, or when you can't be plugged in.
* File Management and File Encryption/Decryption. Keep your most precious information secure and away from prying eyes.
* 128 bit Encryption and logon security. All data stored is encrypted, and password protected
* Graphical animations and notebook style operating environment.
* Email Support and FREE upgrade to Tablet Talk version 2.0 when released! 8:40 am

Grant funds help bring innovation to the classroom
Edina Sun Current

Grants included funding for an Edina Student Technology Fair for students in grades 3-12; BRAVO Music Appreciation for K-4 students to work with a contemporary Minnesota composer; and a Tablet PC for Dynamic Math Instruction, allowing Valley View Middle School's geometry students to learn via technology-based teaching. 8:37 am

 

December 19, 2003

Fujitsu Launches 12.1-inch Tablet PC
Japan Corporate News

Fujitsu (TSE: 6702) introduced December 16 the latest model in the FMV-STYLISTIC family of business tablet PCs.

The FMV-STYLISTIC TB10 features an Intel 1GHz low-voltage Pentium-M processor, 855GME chipset, and 256MB (max. 2GB) PC2700 DDR memory to enhance the overall system processing power.

The tablet PC supports the latest IEEE802.11a/b/g wireless LAN and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. It also incorporates a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 7.5 hours of battery life.

Its interfaces include two 2.0 USB, a PC card slot, an SD Memory card slot, a Smart Card slot, and an IEEE1394 port.

The 1.55kg PC measures 324.4x220x20.9mm, and is priced at 276,000 yen ($2,579). Shipment is slated for late December.

Practical Usage Scenarios for Your Tablet PC
informIT, United States

Sure, the Tablet PC seems like a cool idea, but how would I, a consultant/attorney/student/fill-in-the-blank use it? What are the practical applications for me? Craig Forrest Mathews provides some real-life usage scenarios.

*Editors note: this is an excellent article please click on the link above to read the details for each profession.

The Photographer:

The photographer works mostly in the studio, where he uses a high-end digital SLR camera and his Tablet PC to take studio pictures primarily for magazines. With his Tablet PC, he can preview and edit images with the ease of a pen interface.

Slate style Tablet PC —This style of Tablet PC offers great mobility.

The Construction Supervisor:

The construction supervisor is responsible for keeping construction projects moving forward on a tight timeline and noting any problems or potential problems.

Rugged slate style Tablet PC —This style of Tablet PC offers great mobility

The Salesperson

The salesperson sells computer networking hardware and services, and often needs access to configuration tools when on a sales call.

Convertible style Tablet PC —This style of Tablet PC is ideal for high text demands

The Executive

The executive runs a medium-size product-oriented company. She travels often and spends a fair amount of time in meetings. She is comfortable with technology, but really likes the pen interface on the Tablet PC.

Convertible style Tablet PC —This style of Tablet PC is ideal for high text demands

The Doctor

The doctor is constantly moving around her office and the hospital in which she works. Accessing patient information on her Tablet PC makes it easier to review case files regardless of her location.

Convertible style Tablet PC —This style of Tablet PC is ideal for high text demands

The Attorney

The attorney is responsible for several clients and cases. To keep up with demands, she has turned to the Tablet PC. It has helped her keep notes in a single place and to easily share those notes with colleagues. The Tablet PC also helps her to stay in touch with others so she can more quickly accomplish her work.

Convertible design Tablet PC —This type of Tablet PC is ideal in this situation because it allows for quick keyboard use when needed.

The Real Estate Agent

The real estate agent deals in residential properties and prides himself on finding the perfect house for each person.

Convertible style Tablet PC —This style of Tablet PC is ideal for high text demands.

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FTEC eyes a bigger chunk in Southeast Asia market
The Edge Daily

Vun said FTEC would also be rolling out its tablet PC to the mass market in January . He added that potential customers could also purchase their products on-line by year-end. 8:39 am

Demanding a better desktop alternative
Computerworld Australia

Every year Dave Raspallo, CIO at Textron Financial, found himself having to replace a third of his 1,200 PCs. But he grew tired of the cost of the annual ritual, and he began swapping out his desktops for thin clients. Forty percent of those PCs are now gone, and many more will disappear next year.

"I would consider it a failure if we don't eliminate completely the use of any desktops," said Raspallo, who has a name for his project: STIMI, or "Stop the Intel-Microsoft Insanity."

And he isn't stopping at the desktop. He's giving road warriors handhelds and tablet PCs in lieu of laptops. Total savings will be around 25 percent annually for his Providence, R.I.-based company, most of it in reduced support costs. 8:38 am

 

December 22, 2003

Acer Announces Year-End Bonanza for Partners
ChannelTimes.com

In sync with the cricket fever sweeping the country, Acer has announced the "Acer Consumer Product Cricket Bonanza", its year-end channel initiative for its consumer products.

The program extends to all Acer notebook models, tablet PC, Aspire Consumer PC models, APSLe-M and APSLe-AI models, and will end on December 31, 2003. 9:50 am

NEW GADGETS: Complete control
The Nation, Thailand

The ViewSonic Tablet PC V1250 weighs in at just 1.8 kilograms but offers powerful mobile computing. It features Intel's Centrino mobile technology, offers 256MB of memory, a 30GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch LCD screen, and three hours of battery life. The tablet is also compatible with Microsoft Office applications. 9:48 am

 

2004: Things to Come - Exclusive: .NET experts look at the coming year
Web Service Journal

the growth of tablet computing will see the increased adoption of ink-based rich client experiences. The only sane route to producing code for this platform is .NET - and I would not be surprised to see some new and truly different types of programs in the next 12 months as developers begin to gain experience, get comfortable with this form factor, and begin to really exploit it.

The Tablet PC will come into its own with its third generation as the power increases and the cost differential diminishes.

Tablet PC momentum will increase and it will become the preferred device for road warriors. 9:46 am

December 23, 2003

MindManager for Tablet PC Named Codie Award Finalist
PRNewswire

By Presenting Ideas Visually, Mapping Software Cuts Time Needed to Make Business Decisions LARKSPUR, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/-- One of the few software applications designed for both how and why people use tablet PCs, Mindjet's visual tool for brainstorming and planning has been named a finalist for Best Mobile Product in the 19th Annual Codie Awards. MindManager 2002 for Tablet PC ( http://www.mindjet.com/us/products/tablet_pc/tablet_pc.php ), a pen-enabled version of Mindjet's popular desktop PC application, was released April 30. It is available on Hewlett-Packard, ViewSonic and Acer tablet PCs. 10:28 am

ECS EZ Tablet has price,
Philippines Daily News

TABLET PCs are still generally expensive, hovering above the 100,000-peso range. That's why when I saw the EZ Tablet from Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and took it home for a spin, I was floored by the value for money of this Asian-made tablet PC.

First thing you'll notice is the size of the EZ Tablet. It's smaller than the usual tablet PCs, which seek to emulate the full-screen display size of notebooks. The display of the EZ Tablet is an 8.4-inch, 600x800, SVGA TFT-LCD screen that rotates 90 degrees for either landscape or portrait view. Pick it up and you'll be happy about its weight and feel. It's only 2.6 lbs and measures 23.6 cm x 17.5 cm -- smaller than a letter-sized bond paper. The EZ Tablet is only 2.5 cm deep. It's just like a 200-page hardbound book, only slightly heavier.

But what's more impressive about the EZ Tablet is the built-in features.

Connectivity is both wired and wireless with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b), RJ-11 jack for a built-in 56 kbps modem, and an RJ-45 LAN port for 10/100 mbps Ethernet.

The ECS EZ Tablet uses a Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 chip (running at 800 MHz) and 256 Mb RAM (expandable to 512 Mb). Transmeta is the company which came out big a few years ago with the goal of making energy-efficient processors for mobile devices. They actually were ahead of Intel in this department, since Intel only shipped its Centrino energy-saving chips early this year. 10:24 am

Digital Gear: It's Multimedia Madness
PC World

Sheet Music Goes Tech

Digital sheets will replace paper sheets as classical music steps into the 21st century, according to FreeHand Systems, manufacturers of the MusicPad Pro device, a sleek tablet PC that displays digital music sheets on a 12.1-inch TFT LCD screen, while sitting on a music stand.

Digital music sheets can ease the process of arranging, composing, and performing for classical musicians and composers, the company says. A single MusicPad Pro tablet can store more than 5000 pages of sheet music. Sheets are turned by touching the screen. MusicPad Pro also has annotation technology that allows musicians to mark up or compose new music while preserving the original score. FreeHand Systems calls it "the biggest breakthrough for musicians since music was printed." 10:19 am

December 24, 2003

Last-minute Christmas ideas: What NOT to get
Cnews

Desktop PC's - What? Be careful of buying a good old personal computer? Well, yes, um, maybe. I think portability will be a big issue in 2004 and by 2005 the majority of PCs' we buy could easily be Tablet PC's or small notebooks. If you buy a desktop unit today you will want it to last for two to three years; meaning it may gather dust later on in life. With so much emphasis on wireless connectivity and data transfer speeds picking up, we could all be in for a major shift in our workstations. Besides, you can still hook up an external monitor, full size keyboard, and mouse and so on to a Tablet PC so it can act as a desktop unit as well. The corollary to this is you can probably buy two desktops for the price of a Tablet. So if you only have to work in two places, review the desktop angle. 8:49

Matt M - Chris De Herrera on the future of Pocket PC
MTekk IT Services

Chris De Herrera's been around a long time. Indeed, when I got my first PalmPC (the Nino 300), Chris was already there. I always like dropping in on Chris' website, especially because of the sheer amount of information he's accumulated over time. He also does some really great articles, like this one . He talks about what he knows of planned changes, as well as his own visions for the future.

Definitely worth a read - I can see his points, especially where the Tablet PC is concerned, and believe he's right in that convergence certainly will happen. Nonetheless, I think there will always be a need for both full-size and pocket-size devices, and giving consumers that choice (preferably packing as much value into both lines as possible) will really help both platforms. Tablet PC and Pocket PC both have an exciting future ahead. 8:42 am

 

December 29, 2002

2004 outlook: VoIP to rise, Sun to set
Search 400

Year of the Tablet -- After chunking away at tablet computing for about eight years, PC makers have finally got it figured out. The new models are sleek, lightweight and gorgeous. Ink capture is the killer app, and Microsoft has got a hit with OneNote. Tablets are beginning to appear in the arms of techno-enthusiasts everywhere. From there, it's only a short hop into the mass market, and this is the breakout year. 10:03 am

Plan a longterm IT strategy
East Anglian Daily Times

In this week's IT column, Colin Stewart, general manager at AC Computers Ltd, suggests five New Year resolutions which business owners and managers might consider to improve the use of IT in their businesses

Go Mobile

Treat your sales force and yourself to true mobile working by purchasing a laptop, tablet PC or PDA.

The advantages are greater productivity as sales paperwork can be undertaken on site rather than having to be done on return to the office.

The increasing use of wireless networks and public "hot spots" where you can stop and use your laptop to access the internet, pick up e-mails etc, will drive forward the demand for mobile computing. 10:00 am

Frontenac Catholic school goes cutting
The St. Louis Post

Look no further than Diane Gioia's desk to see how far Villa Duchesne-Oak Hill School has come with technology this year.

Gioia can detach the screen and plastic stylus from her computer keyboard to take with her to grade her students' work. Her students take their tablet screens with them to study for exams or to complete homework assignments.

The 150 ninth- and 10th-grade girls at the Catholic school in west St. Louis County began the school year with an HP Tablet PC 1000. The computer cost each student about $1,800, with assistance provided for some scholarship students. Their teachers also were issued the computers. The computers are used in each ninth- and 10th-grade class.

The school is one of the first in the country to have so many students use the tablet personal computer in every class as well as after school, said George Warren, director of kindergarten through 12th-grade education for Hewlett-Packard. 9:57 am

tablet pc treadmill...
flashenabled.com

 

i'm pretty sure i made the first tablet pc mounted to a treadmill which streams in the news to listen to, which grabs files from my media center pc to watch (tv shows) and it checks my email and keeps me online (instant message + rss + irc) while i jog, just so i don't miss anything. pen input is really easy when you're going 9.6km/h. 9:54 am

Toshiba makes its mark in retail sector
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand

Toshiba has just launched a number of new products on to the New Zealand market including the Portege M200 Tablet PC featuring Centrino wireless technology, a multipurpose docking station, and the "accelerometer" that will activate preset navigation commands when the device is tilted.

The firm has also introduced the world's first four-inch screen handheld PDA device, the Pocket PC e800, with a 480 by 640 resolution, both Secure Digital and CompactFlash card slots, and available in either a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi wireless option. 9:49 am

IT Investor's Journal: The big picture heading into '04
IT Manager's Journal

For the next 3 to 5 years, or longer, I can see myself becoming gradually and increasingly bullish on technology stock fundamentals. Some broader long-term growth themes in technology I like include RFID, high-definition TV and other related technologies, tablet PCs, VOIP, TCP Ipv6, Wi-Max, and possibly GPS. As for how to play these trends via equities, I shall be writing more about ideas I develop next year. 9:44 am

December 30, 2003

A Year of Mixed Results
ABC News

Many good things happened in the computer industry in the past year, but they were balanced by some not-so-good news.

The latest Tablet PCs are fast and have innovative designs.

The Tablet PC market is still small, and the integration of handwriting recognition could be better. 9:33 am

LG 'will persist' with Smart Display, even after Microsoft drops it
The Register

The Smart Display, a year old, will not make it to 2.0 - Microsoft has told the unfortunate manufacturers who partnered with it in the doomed venture

The problem with the smart display was pretty simple. If you got the small one, it was actually smaller than most Tablet PCs, and no cheaper. If you got the big one, it was really too heavy and clumsy to carry around the home casually. And, not to be too mealy-mouthed, it was not fun to use.

The pen interface, simply put, wasn't up to it. At a time when Microsoft was launching the Tablet PC at very similar prices, with a far, far better "ink" interface, the pioneers of Smart Display found that they couldn't even compete with the Tablet. 9:30 am

Cover Story Inventive or defective?
New Straits Times

Creativity streaked ahead, or plummeted to new depths when it came to design. We take a look at what scored, and what flummoxed us.

Acer's tablet PC
Is chronic computer use ruining your penmanship? Whip out Acer's TravelMate C110 tablet PC, which has a display screen that you can write on. When you're tired of using it like clipboard, just swivel the screen and use the keyboard as usual. With a longer battery lifespan than its predecessor, and weighing in at a trim 1.5 kilogrammes, we think the TravelMate is a very cool piece of electronica indeed. 9:26 am

News : Gates to Launch CES
Overclockers Club

The 2004 CES, taking place next week in Las Vegas, will feature a pre-show keynote from Microsoft's Bill Gates. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Las Vegas Hilton Theater. In past years, Gates chose CES as the place to preview the Tablet PC and advanced devices such as Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) watches. 9:23 am

Targeted strategies and hot markets will lead distribution in Canada
eChannelLine

In 2004, change in the channel will be driven by the market, according to leading Canadian distributors. In order to succeed, solution providers will need to focus on targeted approaches to marketing and delivering IT solutions that truly address their customers' needs. The market leaders in the coming year will range across various segments, from mobile and digital imaging to MFPs and multimedia.

Dominant products in 2004, in Estill's view, will be low-end multifunction and inkjet printers. He also predicts that the new year will also bring improved growth in the tablet PC segment, which took off slowly in 2003. 9:21am

Your next OS: Windows 2006?
Australian Reseller News

Minimum requirements for the preview call for an 800-MHz Pentium III processor, 256MB of memory, and a graphics card with 32MB of video RAM. Such specs are beefier than XP requires, but Longhorn-capable systems should be commonplace by the time the OS ships.

Longhorn addresses some long-languishing Windows XP problems. The Internet Connection Firewall is on by default and has been upgraded to be bidirectional, stopping both incoming threats and any outgoing connections attempted by worms and Trojan horses.

Longhorn may be a couple of years off, but Tablet PC users won't have to wait that long for an update. Microsoft plans to release a free upgrade, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004, by mid-2004.

Code-named Lonestar, the upgrade focuses primarily on improving handwritten input. For example, when you place the pointer in a location that can take text (a document, browser address window, and so forth), the Text Input Panel - the window in which handwriting recognition takes place - will automatically appear as a small bubble that, when activated, will grow to its full size and appear close to the chosen text field instead of at the bottom of the display, as it does now.

Microsoft has also given the TIP context-recognition capabilities - for example, if you're filling in a browser address window, the TIP will be more likely to recognise a URL as such. You'll also be able to catch and fix mistakes in the TIP before sending text to an application. 9:18 am

December 31, 2003

A year of ‘ kewl ' stuff . . .
The Star, Malaysia

The low-down on hitech toys and technologies that changed our lifestyles this year and a look on more digital goodies in the pipeline

P UMMELLED by the global economic downturn and still recovering from the dotcom and telecommunications bust from previous years, the technology industry looked like it was going to shift into lower gear this past year. 

That, fortunately, did not happen. While businesses may have been cautious in their technology spending, consumers were quite the opposite, greeting many new developments with enthusiasm and open wallets. 

And why not? It was a year for personal technologies to come to the fore. From wireless features to various hybrid devices, the message from the industry was clear: we want to make it more convenient for you to work, and more compelling for you to play.

HAVING all those feature-rich and glamorous devices – PDAs, smartphones, Tablet PCs and what-have-you – sounds great, but only if you didn't have to recharge them every few hours. Wireless surfing may mean being unfettered from cables, but if you still have to plug into an electrical outlet often, you're just as shackled as if you were using a desktop PC. 

Which is why the search for longer lasting power for handheld devices saw some major movement this year. Many people believe that “fuel-cell” technology may just be the answer, and such research has become a race between Japan and the United States. 

The fuel-cell battery promises a very long life – up to four or five times that of conventional dry-cell batteries. The fuel cell produces electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, and its only by-product is harmless water vapour. 

US President George W. Bush announced in his February budget he would spend more than US$1.7bil (RM6.5bil) on developing hydrogen as a power source over five years, but small direct methanol fuel cells for mobile phones and laptop fuel-cell batteries developed by Toshiba and NEC could be commercially available within a couple of years. 9:47 am

 

 

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