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November 2003

November 3, 2003

PC Guardian Introduces Newest Computer Anti-Theft Package at Computer Security Institute Conference and Exhibition

Today, PC Guardian Anti-Theft Products Inc. ( ) will introduce the Notebook Guardian(R) Expansion System at the Computer Security Institute's 30th Annual Computer Security Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC, meeting rapidly growing demand by security administrators for greater flexibility in customizing computer anti-theft packages.

Users can order additional Expansion Locks (Model 1250) to secure other equipment that have Security Slots. System configurations the device can secure are numerous and include the following: -- Laptop and flat-panel monitor -- Laptop and LCD projector -- Laptop, docking station, and monitor -- Desktop and monitor -- Desktop, monitor, and printer -- A series of network-attached storage servers -- Network-attached storage servers and printers -- Banks of desktops, monitors, and printers in a computer lab -- A series of network printers with removable hard drives -- Banks of Tablet PCs 10:32 am

ADLIB Audio on Bowie

ADLIB Audio is supplying over 100 JBL VerTec line array elements to the David Bowie “Reality” Tour. Liverpool-based ADLIB has increased its VerTec stock by a factor of six to supply the tour.

ADLIB is supplying 32 VerTec 4889 top boxes and 32 VerTec 4880 subs for the main hang and a centre cluster of three VT4887 down-fill cabinets. The side hangs comprise of 32 VT4888 ‘midi' sized enclosures and six 4887 ‘baby' VerTecs are utilised as front fills.

The entire system is powered by 52 Crown VZ 5002 amplifiers.

The sound system is managed via 10 BSS Omnidrive units controlled from a wireless Tablet PC running the SoundBench 2 software, all supplied by ADLIB. Each main hang is split into three zones – top, middle and bottom – for optimum controllability, and the side hangs are configured as two zones. The fast-rig capabilities of the VerTec – via its proprietary flying system - have come into their own on the tour, where the day's schedule is extremely hectic for all departments. 10:28 am

Motion Computing Deploying 5000 Tablet PCs at 1,400 HealthSouth Rehabilitation Centers Nationwide
Business Wire

Motion Computing today announced an agreement to deploy 5,000 tablet PCs to HealthSouth Corporation (OTC Pink Sheets:HLSH). The ultramobile, wireless Motion M1300 Tablet PCs will be distributed throughout HealthSouth's nationwide network of approximately 1,400 outpatient rehabilitation facilities and will streamline workflow for clinicians and enhance patient care.

Motion Computing -- a top-tier tablet PC maker with an almost six percent share of the worldwide market -- specializes in lightweight, slate-style products, featuring electronic stylus "pens" as the primary input device.

Microsoft, Motion and other PC makers earlier this year introduced the new product category, which includes pure slate models and "convertible" units with attached keyboards. With an industry-leading 12.1-inch display, Motion's award-winning tablet PCs are based on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the industry's most advanced pen-enabled software.

"The efficiency of the tablet PC adds significant value to the rehabilitation process," said Randy Carpenter, HealthSouth senior vice president and chief information officer. "Motion is one of the world's leading tablet PC manufacturers with a strong commitment to healthcare. This program allows us to provide our clinicians with the latest technology and keeps us focused on our main priority -- our patients."

Equipped with TherapySource software from Source Medical Solutions Inc., the tablet PCs will streamline workflow, improve accuracy and reduce costs by managing scheduling, registration, clinical documentation, coding, reporting and other tasks.

"This is a flagship application of tablet PC technology," said Motion CEO Scott Eckert. "We are pleased to play a supporting role as HealthSouth continues to drive innovation in the healthcare field." 10:25 am

Motion Computing Lands $11.2 Million in Series Series B Funding; Premier VC Firm NEA Leads Investment; Jimmy Treybig to Join Board
Business Wire

Motion Computing, a top-three provider of slate tablet PCs and an innovator in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, today announced $11.2 million in Series B funding to accelerate its growth in domestic and international markets.

The investment is led by one of the world's most successful venture capital firms, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), which has $5 billion under management and specializes in information technology and healthcare companies.

In less than a year following the introduction of the industry's most ultramobile PC category, Motion Computing has leveraged its product design innovations and an efficient, build-to-order business model to become a top-tier provider of tablet PCs. Motion has won acclaim for its innovative 12.1-inch display, lightweight tablet PC design, and for being at the forefront of second-generation tablet PC development. The company delivered the first slate models based on Intel Centrino mobile technology and has developed patent-pending mobile computing accessories such as its space-saving hardtop keyboard.

"With early growth and profitability, we want to take advantage of our business momentum and an attractive market opportunity," said Scott Eckert, president and CEO of Motion Computing. "This investment will accelerate our business geographically -- primarily in Europe and the U.S. -- allow us to broaden our product portfolio and further develop our key vertical markets such as healthcare, field force automation, government and education. 10:23 am

Microsoft previews PDAs, Tablets
ARNnet, Australia

Microsoft is giving developers a look into the future of Pocket PCs and Tablet PCs. New capabilities for Windows Mobile handhelds and a new version of the Tablet PC operating system are among the innovations being shown at the Professional Developers Conference here this week.

On the Tablet PC front, vice president of Microsoft's Windows Platform Group, Jim Allchin, has disclosed plans for a new version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

Code-named Lonestar, the new operating system should ship in the first half of 2004. Allchin revealed few details about planned changes. He said only that the new version "has dramatically better [handwriting] recognition capabilities, as well as several other very, very nice facilities." 9:59 am

Temple: Newsbook offers glimpse of future
Rocky Mountain News, CO

Today the Rocky becomes the first newspaper in the world to publish a Newsbook online. (The Los Angeles Times produced the first Newsbook last year but made it available only on CDs.)

What's a Newsbook?

"The Newsbook is really an attempt to bring together the strengths of printed publications with the compelling features of the Web," says Roger Fidler, director of the Institute for CyberInformation at Kent State University, who conceived and developed the idea. "It's essentially a marriage of print and the Web into a new medium."

Print it out, and it looks like a high-quality glossy magazine. While the Newsbook is what we at the Rocky have to offer now, Roger also has used the same software to develop a portable electronic edition of a newspaper in a page-based format.

Ultimately, you could download the Rocky to a lightweight tablet PC and read it over coffee while on a Parisian vacation.

This is a vision Roger has been working on since 1981, while I was still hammering away at a manual typewriter. The development of tablet PCs now makes it possible. (Don't worry, though. If you want to try the Newsbook, it works just fine on any computer. 9:55 am

November 4, 2003

Alias Launches Contest to Celebrate the Work of Alias SketchBook Pro Artists

Expose Yourself Contest the First of Its Kind for Tablet Artists with more than $25,000 in Prizes to be Awarded

Alias Systems, a Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) company, announced today Expose Yourself , the upcoming contest for digital artists who use Alias SketchBook Pro ä , the innovative sketching tool for Tablet PC's and Wacom Ò tablets. From November 17, 2003 until February 13, 2004, artists, illustrators and designers can submit their sketches at , have them viewed by an extensive online community and judged for a collection of valuable prizes. The Expose Yourself contest is sponsored by Microsoft , Acer , Wacom, PC Mall and Intel.

Alias SketchBook Pro Free Trial Version

A free 15-day trial version of Alias SketchBook Pro is available for download at for all artists, designers and illustrators who wish to begin working on their contest entries immediately. 9:33 am

Toyota Dealers Learn Just Driving Cars Doesn't Drive Sales ; Interactive Wireless PC Technology Enhances Product Education for Toyota Sales Consultants
Business Wire

When it comes to training its top sales consultants, Toyota has taken the ride-and-drive to a whole new level with the launch of the second-generation Prius. Instead of just kicking the tires, these trainees use interactive, wireless PC technology to learn more about the car and ultimately help customers learn more too.

Working with Maritz Inc., the St. Louis-based enterprise performance management company, Toyota is now launching a new application for wireless PC technology at 40 sales events in 15 cities across the country. In addition to a traditional training event with a driving session and facilitated presentations, Toyota's sales consultants also engage in interactive self-paced learning using Maritz' DiscoveryTab platform, which wirelessly pushes engaging animated information to a group of tablet PCs in the classroom. Well beyond traditional automated response systems, participants can individually manipulate the information to get answers to their questions or click on animated images to learn more about specific design elements or systems. The facilitator can even lead the group in interactive games such as finding the nine storage areas hidden in the animated Prius interior. 9:26 am

LGI, Motion Computing Announce Leasing Program For Tablet PCs, Accessory Products
Business Wire

LGI Financial Solutions, a leading provider of managed financial services, and Motion Computing, an innovator in ultra-mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced a leasing program that provides Motion's commercial, healthcare, education and government customers flexible financing options for tablet PCs and mobile computing accessory products.

Designed to address the growing demand for Motion's award-winning line of tablet PCs, the program enables Motion to offer a wide range of competitive financial solutions from a host of financial institutions that cover Motion's targeted vertical markets.

"Motion Computing is a leader in the development of mobile computing products," said Clark Covert, LGI's chairman and CEO. "Providing flexible financing and outstanding customer support, we believe LGI can assist Motion's customers in acquiring the mobile technology they need to accomplish their business objectives." 9:24 am

Microsoft Research - Asia Establishes Advanced Technology Center

Microsoft Research - Asia (MSRA) today announced the founding of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Beijing, a new division in MSRA that will focus on further developing innovations produced in the lab. The ATC will enable MSRA to work with a larger number of technologies and accelerate technology transfer to Microsoft(R) (Nasdaq: MSFT ) product groups.

Since the lab's inception, researchers in the Beijing lab have made more than 70 key contributions to Microsoft products, from digital ink parsing and rendering technologies in the Tablet PC to advanced graphics for Xbox(R) games, an English Writing Wizard in the Chinese version of the Microsoft Office System, and the AutoMovie feature in Windows(R) XP Movie Maker 2. 9:19 am

Trustees of Computing
CIO Asia, Singapore

A typical meeting for Devenuti features a wireless Tablet PC, equipped with OneNote, a Microsoft Office feature that acts like 'digital paper', helping him take and organise notes, as well as allowing him to have access to the latest versions of documents and information he needs to get the job done. Its tight integration with Office applications, for example, e-mail, allow notes and action items to be shuttled immediately to those who need to know, where before, the notes would often get lost in a small mountain of paper and e-mail.

"[These technologies have] changed my workflow," he says. "I'm now able to subscribe to [files, documents and information] from colleagues, for example report files from Asia Pacific. As long as they are shared, I can see them. It lets us collaborate better." 9:18 am

November 5, 2003

New Wintop Tablet PC
Wintop usa

WintopUSA, Inc , with global offices located in the Far East, the Netherlands and the US, proudly introduces the following new product to the technology market.

The Wintop XP Tablet PC offers a full compliment of powerful features packed into a compact and highly portable package. The Wintop XP has the portability and power you're looking for, at a surprisingly affordable price, and with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition, you won't be limited by your operating system.

Mi-Forms ``No Barriers'' Release from Mi-Co Receives Excellent Reviews from ThotWave, Edvocacy, Logitech
Business Wire

Mi-Co continues to receive excellent feedback on the latest release of Mi-Forms, Release 3.5, which brings new mobile data capture and digital writing capabilities to the marketplace.

"The pen is mightier than the sword" is a quote from Edward Robert Bulwer, the English novelist and with this release of Mi-Forms that is definitely the case." said Jim Clary, Mi-Co's Chief Executive Officer. "Mi-Forms now supports the Logitech io Pen as well as our traditional data capture platforms such as the Tablet PC, Pocket PC, and signature capture pads." 10:36 am

Webraska and Partners Showcase Live Telematics and Navigation Market Solutions at the ITS World Congress in Madrid
Business Wire

The French car-maker RENAULT presents navigation and tourism information services resulting from the COSMECA project. Aiming to develop an integrated package for individuals on the move, the project resulted in a bundle comprised of an off-line planning system, an electronic agenda, and an off-board navigation application running on a tablet PC or a PDA. This "co-pilot" solution features turn-by-turn navigation, automatic playback of video clips about the main points of interest along the route, and on arrival, will download the car's GPS position to the PDA for final walking instructions. 10:34 am

Publishing Industry Soundbytes
Write News

Reed Business Information has selected NewsStand Inc. to provide digital production and delivery of New Scientist . Established in 1956 and based in the U.K., New Scientist is a leading current affairs weekly magazine covering scientific and technological advances. The publication provides news, features and reports to more than 650,000 current readers across the globe. Subscribers of the New Scientist digital edition can now download the publication, just as it appears in print, to their laptop, desktop or Tablet PC. 10:32 am


November 6, 2003

Microsoft must do more for tablet PC market

Dell, IBM and Sony are still turning their collective noses up at the form factor but one year on, just under 92,000 tablet PCs have been shipped across the EMEA region.

The latest figures show the market leaders to be HP (with 31 per cent share), Acer (23 per cent) and Toshiba (17 per cent) 10:08 am

Progress seen steady as Tablet PC turns one
IT World

It's been a year since Microsoft Corp. launched Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and declared a new chapter in the history of personal computing to be starting. The platform hasn't caught on as fast as its biggest cheerleader was perhaps hoping but despite a quiet first year few are willing to dismiss the platform just yet.

Microsoft, perhaps predictably, feels "great" about the first year of the Tablet PC, even though the company might fall a bit short of its sales targets, said Andrew Dixon, marketing director for Tablet PC at Microsoft. The goal was to sell 500,000 Tablet PCs by year's end and the company is on track to reach between 400,000 and 500,000 units sold, he said.

About half of all Tablet PC sales are in the U.S., the other half is split between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, he said. Users are typically enterprises that have large numbers of employees in specific categories such as salespeople and insurance claims adjusters, Dixon said.

"Our goal is to become the next mainstream notebook PC," he said, adding that Microsoft still believes that four years from now the majority of all portable PCs will be Tablet PCs. That reaffirms a prediction made by Gates at Comdex 2001 that Tablet PCs will become the most popular form of PC within five years of their launch. 10:06 am

IBM toying with Tablet plans for 2003
The Register, UK

The Tablet PC market has thus far failed to impress the company that invented the first PC - but it looks like that will change next year, when sources predict an IBM Tablet to be released around May.

The first IBM Tablet won't be a genuine IBM product, but a badged 'slate'-style product, to test customer reaction. But in parallel, the company is designing its own, which will almost certainly be a convertible.

"It may be that we have to have two models, one slate, without a keyboard, and one notebook-convertible. But we might also find that demand becomes more focused during 2004, and that we have to come up with some other factors," said one of the researchers.

Launch date for the ThinkPad Tablet would probably be around January/February 2005, but there is a possibility that it could be earlier by a couple of months. 10:04 am

Electrovaya Launches The Scribbler SC2000 Series, a Laptop /Tablet PC With a Winning Combination of Power, Battery Life, Size, Weight and Detachable Keyboard
Business Wire

Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) today announced the launch of the Scribbler(TM) SC2000 series, a laptop/tablet PC with the winning combination of computing power provided by the Intel(R) Centrino processor and 5 to 9 hours of runtime provided by Electrovaya's unprecedented 70 Wh thin Li Ion SuperPolymer(R) battery. All of this is elegantly packaged in a thin 0.75", 3.1 lb portable device that includes fingerprint security feature, a 40GB Hard Drive and up to 768 MB of RAM.

"Its advanced design and sleek appearance enables an unmatched computing experience. The Scribbler(TM) SC2000 series design can be adapted to tablet or laptop configurations. Furthermore, no other portable computing device comes close to the functionality and runtime of the Scribbler(TM) SC2000 series," said Dr. Sankar Das Gupta, CEO of Electrovaya.

"Electrovaya's Scribbler(TM) SC2000 series is the next-generation Tablet PC enabling a new range of computing capabilities," said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Tablet PC Division at Microsoft Corp. "The enhanced mobility features and extended battery life of the Scribbler SC2000 allow users to take full advantage of the power and functionality in the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system and ink-enabled applications."

"Electrovaya's battery technology is second to none. We tested the battery life and were extremely impressed. We can't say enough about that," said Dr. Richard Przybylski, Senior Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin and concluded, "The Scribbler is a fine piece of equipment. The ease of use and maintainability were bar-none the best encountered. The word is out in our company and is spreading."

"Performance of the Electrovaya battery was awesome. After the first day of the conference, during which we had operated the Scribbler(TM) SC2000 for slightly over seven hours, we had depleted only three-quarters of the available charge. No other mobile computing device we've ever used has had this capability," said Dan Guatto, President of Halton Hills Hydro. 10:02 am

Mobility in Seoul
The Feature

During a tour of the Samsung museum and technology showcase, I spied this refrigerator with a mobile-internet enabled portable tablet PC sitting in its door. Either tap your grocery list directly into your fridge door, or carry the tablet about as you do your inventory. As far as I know, the tablet can not read the contents inside your fridge, but you're likely free to use a UPC code reader to itemize everything purchased and consumed in your kitchen, with this fridge serving as the kitchen data hub. (Please click link above for photo) 10:00 am

2004 International CES TechZones Highlight Content Storage, Digital Imaging, Broadband in Largest CES Ever
Business Wire

The International CES is the premiere tradeshow for the wireless technology industry. The line-up of wireless TechZones includes the Bluetooth and Mobile Computing/Tablet PC TechZones. 9:57 am

PC Magazine's 20th Annual Awards For Technical Excellence Honor The Most Innovative Technologies in 2003

PC Magazine, a Ziff Davis Media publication, announced today the finalists for the 20th annual Awards for Technical Excellence. The awards recognize the products and influencers that have advanced the state of technology and set new standards for technical innovation.

Personal Computers * Apple G5 * Hy-Tek Tek Panel 300 * Toshiba Protigi 3500 Tablet 9:55 am


November 7, 2003

Today is the first Anniversary of the Tablet PC

Remodeling done, Gateway to open store doors

Gateway plans to hold a grand reopening for its retail stores next week.

The company is set to formally announce on Tuesday that it has completed renovations of its 190 retail stores and to discuss several new PC and storage products at an event in New York, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

In addition to unveiling the redesigned stores, Gateway will discuss several products. It plans to launch a convertible tablet PC, along with a new computer design, whose chassis puts it somewhere between a desktop and a notebook. 9:51 am

HP reaches out to wireless networks, UK

HP is using a Swiss telecommunications show next week to introduce a number of devices that are capable of connecting to several flavours of Wi-Fi networks as well as to other mobile devices using short-range Bluetooth technology. Among those devices is an improved version of its HP Compaq Tablet PC. Whereas its predecessor featured a Transmeta processor and was limited to 802.11b wireless networking, the TC1100 switches to an Intel processor and is also able to connect to higher-speed 802.11a and 802.11g networks 9:45 am

Mobile computing: PC redux?
Australian Reseller News, Australia

Despite the software integration challenges ahead, many attendees found reasons to be hopeful about growth prospects in the enterprise for mobile phones, PDAs, laptops and Tablet PCs.

Microsoft vice-president of office program management, Antoine Leblond, predicted that there wouls be more than 100 million mobile workers in the US by 2006. 9:39 am


November 10. 2003

Fun Paint 1.05 for Tablet PCs
From Spencer at

A paint program specifically designed to allow young children to learn to use a Tablet PC or a digitizer tablet (It will also work with a mouse). This program is a fun way to introduce children to the idea of the pen interface, ink as a medium, and strokes as an analog to writing." 9:53 am

Publisher Axel Springer Teams with NewsStand to Launch e-Editions of German Newspapers WELT am SONNTAG and DIE WELT
Business Wire

NewsStand Inc., the leading digital distributor for newspapers and magazines worldwide, and publisher Axel Springer have teamed to launch digital editions of Sunday newspaper WELT am SONNTAG and daily newspaper DIE WELT ( ). Now, complete digital versions of the German newspapers can be read on a desktop, laptop or Tablet PC or be printed out page by page by readers all over the world.

The first digital edition of WELT am SONNTAG was made available on Sunday, Nov. 9. DIE WELT's digital edition will be available starting today. Readers can download the e-Editions of these well-known publications at and . 9:53 am

eTForecasts: New PC Opportunities Are Emerging; Dell and HP Have 3X Lead in PC Sales
Business Wire

PC sales growth has slowed or declined for three years because of three market conditions: PC market maturity, economic slowdown/recession and lack of new PC market opportunities. PC market maturity will remain a factor that limits future growth. The other two factors are changing and will spur future PC growth. Economic growth is required for PC growth, which is now happening in most countries. There are five emerging PC market opportunities that will increase the long-term PC penetration in homes and offices:

Tablet PCs. Tablet PCs will expand the mobile PC market because some of the mobile workers that could not use PCs now have a product that can enhance their productivity and capabilities. The Tablet PC may also increase the number of multi-PC workers. 9:50 am

Gadget Gifts

Call it the season of extremes. Gadgets like MP3 players and digital cameras keep getting smaller, while TVs keep getting bigger and wider. Any of these are bound to please even the technology-challenged.

1. TravelMate C110 Tablet PC Acer Use it like a clipboard by writing directly on the screen; when you're ready to use the keyboard, just rotate the display and you have a notebook computer. And it's only 3.2 pounds. $2,199 at 9:47 am

Happy Birthday, Tablet PC

On the platform's first anniversary, it's worth gauging its technological progress, recalling its forerunners and evaluating its prospects.

On Friday, the Tablet PC turned one year old. It has been an interesting year for this new product: In some ways, it was both premature and late.

While not perfect, this product has actually had a comparatively good first year. Its success has a lot to do with the products that really defined the product class long before the Tablet PC came to market; we should take a moment to reminisce about some of the departed (and somewhat illegitimate) parents of the Tablet PC. The most memorable of these early tablets is the Apple Newton, which not only helped spawn the Tablet PC but launched the Palm computer—an ironic turn of events that echoed Apple's own borrowings from Xerox in the early '80s. (Xerox made early strides with the graphical user interface and the mouse, both of which defined the first Macs and, eventually, Windows).

The Tablet PC's relative success also has a lot to do with the effort the Microsoft team made to bring the platform it to market; the company did a better job with the Table PC than with any other business-oriented hardware platform I can recall. Recalling the work it did with the Xbox and the Media Center PC, Microsoft sampled the product out to a significant number of influencers, press and analysts. Based on feedback about the product, Microsoft early next year is expected to offer a comprehensive number of improvements; that makes Microsoft's Tablet PC unit one of the most responsive I've seen in any company or industry I cover.

Over its next two birthdays, the Tablet PC should get bigger (and smaller) as its features begin to permeate the PC market. It will help foster modular computers and as well as a new class of mobile entertainment centers, home automation controllers and wireless displays. 9:45 am


November 11, 2003

Save your hearing - buy a Tablet PC

Noise levels vary across models, but overall Tablet PCs are quiet. Many have almost no audible noise in the human hearing range, like the FIC Slatevision, or have an occassional fan noise. More importantly, they're all more quiet than 1999 desktop computers, don't have irritating high pitched whines, whistles, and rattles that can damage your ears. 11:57 am

Franklin Covey TabletPlanner 3.0 Now Available!

FranklinCovey® TabletPlanner™ for Tablet PC 3.0 is the newest update to FranklinCovey's advanced planning system that merges the convenience of paper with the power of a Tablet PC.

TabletPlanner 3.0 offers powerful task, calendaring, note, and contact management tools and is based on the popular FranklinCovey paper planning system. TabletPlanner was built to leverage the digital ink capabilities and the mobility of the Tablet PC.

TabletPlanner 3.0 adds several key features designed to increase productivity by teaching productivity skills integrated with a powerful planning system that helps the user clarify, focus on and execute on their highest priorities - personally and professionally.

Industry Leader Embraces Mobipocket eBook Format; OverDrive Retail and Library Channel Adds 10,000 Popular eBook Titles for Smartphones and all PDA Platforms
Business Wire

OverDrive, Inc., the leading vendor of eBooks to retailers and libraries, today announced broad support for Mobipocket, a popular software format that allows users to download and read eBooks on popular smartphones, all PDA systems, and personal computers. Over 10,000 commercial titles in Mobipocket format from 150 leading publishers such as Random House, McGraw-Hill, Time Warner, Oxford University Press and others will be available through OverDrive's Content Reserve for resale to global retailers and libraries.

Mobipocket-formatted eBooks can be read on 6 different mobile platforms -- Microsoft Smartphone 2002 (Orange SPV phones, Motorola and Samsung), SymbianOS smartphones (i.e. Ericsson, Nokia), PalmOS (i.e. Palm Inc, Sony Clie, Handspring), Pocket PC (i.e. Compaq, HP, Casio, Acer, Toshiba, Dell), Tablet PC, Franklin eBookman and personal computers. 8:46 am

Universities: A marriage of convenience

After spending about $3.5 million on direct campus research funding last year, Microsoft recently helped support a host of programs that benefit technologies such as .Net and embedded computing. Projects include "Composing Web Sources Using a Scalable .Net Middleware," at the University of Southern California and "Accelerating Next-Generation Windows CE.Net Applications Using Run-Time Configurable Coprocessors" at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

The company also is touting a $25 million joint research project with MIT called iCampus , in which professors began looking into ways to integrate computer technology more deeply into classes and other instructional environments. Early results yielded ringing endorsements of Tablet PCs running Windows XP, one of Microsoft's key recent product lines. 8:43am

Windows Longhorn: more details emerge, UK

By all accounts, the next version of Windows will be a long time coming. Code-named Longhorn, the OS isn't due until sometime in 2006. Bits and pieces of the embryonic operating system have been leaking onto the Internet since the beginning of the year, however, and recently, Microsoft has started to divulge details of its ‘biggest bet' since Windows 95.

Longhorn's user interface will integrate many of the cutting-edge features that Microsoft is testing today in Tablet PCs, mobile devices, and Media Center PCs. Last week, Microsoft showed off Longhorn's support for ink handwriting recognition (sticky notes) and voice. Just as Internet Explorer became a component of Windows years ago, Windows Media Player is slowly morphing into an omnipresent feature rather than a standalone application, and some versions of Longhorn even include a My TV application. 8:38 am

What's Putting Wind in Wireless' Sails

Pieces of wireless technology that have been in the works for years are now coming together. For instance, wireless service providers have increased network speeds with hardware and software upgrades. Last month, to take one example, No. 1 U.S. provider Verizon Wireless rolled out DSL-like (for digital subscriber line) Net access speeds to its Washington (D.C.) customers whose laptops are outfitted with special modems. And W-Fi (short for wireless fidelity, another technology for using the Web wirelessly at high speeds), is taking the U.S. by storm.

Those faster networks have turned tablet PCs and laptops into wireless devices. They've also allowed handset makers to roll out new gadgets such as smart phones, a cross between a phone and a personal digital assistant (PDA). Unlike today's "dumb" phones, these devices include an operating system (OS) -- the software that runs the basic functions of a computer -- and the processing power and memory that PCs had a decade ago. By 2007, perhaps 80% of all handsets sold will contain an OS 8:37 am

Real estate riding wave to wireless future, United States

Evidence swirls amid Silicon Valley's real estate market that technology will someday turn home buying into a completely wireless and mobile venture.

breakthroughs in wireless and cellular technologies point to a day when the real estate world will be entirely wireless. Here are examples:


The Motion Computing M1300 Tablet PCs sold by San Bruno-based Criterion resemble an 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper pad that is about an inch thick. But they have the power and memory of a Microsoft Windows-based PC or laptop, without the need for a keyboard. The company's product is designed especially for real estate professionals.

The tablet unchains an agent from the office and allows them to do work anytime from anywhere,'' said Daniel Tealdi, president of Criterion. ``We're taking the pen-and-paper format and adding a computer screen. Now agents can do what they always did -- walk, talk and write millions of notes -- while staying online at the same time.'' 8:35 am


November 12, 2003

Gateway launches tablets at business-like prices
InSourced, UK

Gateway has launched the Gateway(R) M275 high-performance convertible notebook that delivers state-of-the-art tablet functionality. With prices starting at $1,799.99, it is only $150 more than similarly configured performance notebooks. The small $150 premium allows tablet pen-based computing and will be a key driver for many businesses that are considering, but have not yet migrated to the tablet platform.

As one of the largest tablet displays available on the market today, the Gateway M275 gives users considerable writing space. Plus, the 1024x768 resolution contributes to the vivid, crisp image, while voice recognition technology built into Microsoft's(R) Windows(R) XP tablet PC Edition extends the benefits of tablet computing further by making dictation simple and accurate.

The Gateway M275 features the most advanced mobile PC technology on the market today. Intel(R) Centrino(R) technologyin the Gateway M275 notebook includes mobile-optimized Intel(R) Pentium-M(R) processors, as well as standard integrated WiFi 802.11b wireless connectivity to take advantage of wireless hot spots at college campuses, airports and hotels. Customers also have the option to upgrade to integrated 802.11g wireless. The new Gateway M275 notebook delivers more than four hours of battery life with a standard Lithium Ion battery, providing extra productivity on the road(3). The Gateway M275 also comes standard with an integrated v.92 modem and 10/100 Ethernet, and supports an optional port replicator.

The digital media-ready Gateway M275 also houses two integrated media devices -- a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive and a four-in-one memory card reader that can access Smart Media, Secure Digital Stick, Multimedia Cards and Memory Stick cards. These storage devices, along with the large hard drive, two USB 2.0 ports and IEEE connection, make it easy to store, edit and share presentations, files, photos and video. 8:54 am

Consumer electronics devices showcase the new Gateway, Singapore

Gateway was selling Motion Computing Inc.'s slate Tablet PC device under its own brand name, but introduced its own convertible Tablet PC Tuesday. The Gateway M275X uses a 1.4GHz Pentium M processor, 256M bytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 40G-byte hard drive, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW (CD-rewritable) drive and an 802.11b wireless chip at a starting price of $1,799. The more expensive M275XL with a faster processor, more memory and more storage space will also be available along with the M275X starting on Nov. 13. 8:52 am

Gateway aims at homes for the holidays

Gateway on Tuesday kicked off the holiday season a little early, throwing open the doors on its renovated retail stores and launching an array of new PCs, music players and digital cameras.

As previously reported , the Poway, Calif., PC maker has refurbished all 190 of its retail outlets to try to establish itself as a brand name in the consumer electronics market and return to profitability.

Gadgets galore
Among the new products introduced at the event, the company showed off several notebooks, including the Gateway M275 convertible tablet PC, which has a starting price of $1,799. That laptop has a 14-inch display, wireless networking and a 1.4GHz Intel Pentium M processor. The screen rotates and folds flat, so that it can be used as a writing tablet. 8:48 am

3Com's 11 a/b/g Wireless PC Card With XJACK Antenna To Ship with Colligo Personal Edition

Recognizing that mobile workgroups need to connect their devices to work together when away from the office network, Colligo is bundling its Personal Edition software with the new 3Com 11a/b/g Wireless PC Card with XJACK Antenna. This single card supports all three existing IEEE 802.11 networking standards—11a, 11b, and 11g—so you can connect to any existing Wi-Fi network. Colligo's software helps to solve nomadic workgroup inefficiencies by allowing team members to connect any Windows-based laptops, Tablet PCs and handheld devices via ad-hoc (server-free) peer-to-peer connection or wireless networks to share data and communicate electronically. 8:44 am


November 13, 2003

Alias SketchBook Pro Hits Milestone

Digital Sketchbook Tool for Tablets Gains Momentum with More Than 100,000 Distributed Copies from Downloads, Bundles and Online Sales

Toronto, Canada – November 13, 2003 – Alias Systems, a Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) company , today announced its Alias SketchBook Pro ™ product has hit the 100,000 distributed units milestone. Alias SketchBook Pro is an intuitive, pen-based software application that transforms Tablet PC's and Wacom Ò Tablets into digital sketchbooks. Leveraging Alias' industry-leading paint technology, the software empowers artists, designers and anyone who works with images to sketch ideas, annotate photographs as well as documents and present them anywhere, at anytime, using the power of Tablet technology. Alias Ò has successfully marketed the product through downloads, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreements with Tablet PC manufacturers and sales via its Web site at . 9:33 am

Buy Your Oranges With Big Blue

he next time you use the self-checkout register at your local Wal-Mart or grocery store it might be using IBM ( Quote , Chart ) technology, thanks to an acquisition by Big Blue Thursday.

The retail stores solution division of the Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant bought out Productivity Solutions, Inc., to bolster its point-of-sale (POS) product line for retailers for an undetermined amount. The entire company of 140 employees, based out of Jacksonville, Fla., will be assimilated into IBM's retail division.

The deal is the natural evolution of a marketing agreement the two companies have enjoyed for the past couple years, said Greg Thompson, an IBM spokesperson, where PSI provided the hardware and IBM the software, certain components and services. Thompson said IBM picked the company because of the modularity of the automated checkout machine.

Big Blue envisions a Retail On Demand service for the shopping centers of the future, where customers aren't reduced to waiting in line to make their purchases. Instead, they'll be able to buy their milk or latest DVD using an Internet shopping card, wireless tablet PC or kiosk.

The end result, of course, is the promise of RFID ( define ), the end-all-be-all in shopping convenience. With RFID, customers could just walk out of the store with their purchases and have the bill automatically tallied against their bank account. The technology is used today, but it's primarily used at the supply chain management level to account for inbound/outbound pallets at the warehouse. 9:11 am

No PC dreams for Microsoft
CIOL, India

Microsoft Corp. has no plans to launch its own PC. 20 years after they brought out their own brand of peripherals for the PC, the mice and the keyboard, the world's largest software maker has categorically denied any plans to come out with a desktop of its own.

"We are continuously striving towards enhancing the PC experience for the user but will never come out with a PC of our own," stated Yolanda Chan, regional sales director, home and entertainment division, Asia Pacific region, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited.

The company has virtually changed the way the PC is used with its software. The same goes for the laptop, handheld and the Tablet PC. Infact, they are the first OS maker for the revolutionary Tablet PCs, which recognizes handwriting. "We are committed towards our OEM partners and will work along with them to roll out computing rich hardware," added Yolanda. 9:09 am

Electrovaya's Award Winning All Electric Vehicle to be Exhibited at the 20th International Electric Vehicle Symposium, Long Beach, CA
Business Wire

Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting its prototype Maya-100 all electric, zero emission vehicle (ZEV) at the 20th International Electric Vehicle Symposium at Long Beach, California running from November 15th to 19th. Electrovaya is a world leader in portable power based on its award winning lithium ion Superpolymer(R) battery technology. With an energy density of over 200 Watt hours per kilogram, Electrovaya's lithium ion Superpolymer(R) battery is five times lighter than lead acid and takes considerably less space.

Electrovaya's goal is to become the leading provider of tablet PC's, portable power for the notebook computer and wireless sectors, and to apply its technology to a broad spectrum of alternative energy applications including UPS, stand-by power and zero-emission vehicles. It develops, manufactures and sells high value products globally using award winning patented proprietary lithium ion SuperPolymer(R) rechargeable battery technology, which delivers the highest energy density of any battery technology on the market today. Electrovaya has designed, developed and markets the SCRIBBLER Tablet PC which offers significantly longer run time than any other Tablet PC currently available. 8:43 am

Thinking smaller
Baltimore Sun, MD

If you've ever visited a Disney theme park, you might recall the "It's a Small World" ride.

As you drift through the building on mini-boats, hundreds of robotic children from around the world sing their annoyingly memorable song about the shrinking nature of our planet. Soon, they could be singing about computers

For years now, the fundamental building blocks of personal computers have been shrinking, at least in the sense that you can pack more and more power or storage into the same space.

Cube-like machines, no bigger than a shoebox. PCs that fit inside the computer's monitor. Wireless PCs that can easily be carried around the home or office, such as the growing category of tablet computers. 8:40 am

Tablet PCs one year on - not quite a celebration
Geekzone, New Zealand

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Tablet PC launch, Canalys research reveals how the product category has performed so far in EMEA and looks at what the industry needs to do in year two. 8:35 am

Now ERP hits Bangalore schools
Mid-Day Mumbai, India  

It's 9 am on a school day and the first class has just begun. The teacher takes the attendance, but she isn't entering it in the cumbersome ledger; she's flicking on a snazzy portable digital assistant (PDA).

Back in the staff room, she hooks it up to the school computer and the data is instantly transferred to the administrative department. In the midst of a working day, an anxious parent can log on to the system and satisfy herself that the child is not playing hooky.

This is just one of the several ways that a teacher or parent can interact thanks to Bangalore-based Pacsoft Solutions which has just launched Lyceum on .NET developed specially for educational institutions using Microsoft .NET technologies.

Pacsoft has specialised in educational software over the past 10 years and has 1,800 schools and colleges as its customers. For the ICSE Board in Delhi for instance it has created an extranet linking 1,200 schools associated with the board throughout India.

For example if the ICSE were to organise a training camp for English teachers, teachers in all schools affiliated to the Board could log in and participate in the camp. The features do seem futuristic and Sait says he is “ready for the day the Tablet PC will replace text and notebooks”. 8:33 am

November 14, 2003

Will Security Fallout Dull Microsoft Lonestar's Shine?

Chairman Bill Gates will be walking a fine line, come Comdex 2003. Security can't play second fiddle to the latest Tablet advances this year.

if I were a betting woman heading off to Sin City this year, I'd wager that Gates won't be waxing poetic to the extent he usually does about the coolest, newest gadgets that are part of Microsoft's vision for the digital decade. Instead, I'm expecting Gates & Co. to spend a lot more time focusing on Microsoft monumental security problems and its strategy to combat its seemingly endless parade of patches.

That doesn't mean BillG won't be doing his usual show-and-tell with forthcoming gadgets and gizmos, like next-gen Tablets, smart watches, personal-media players and the like. After all, every year since 2000, Microsoft's chief software architect beat the drum for tablet-style devices, even though Microsoft didn't launch the Tablet OS officially until a year ago. In 2001, Gates made the Tablet PC the centerpiece of his Comdex address. Last year, while the Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) devices stole the limelight, Tablets were still a hot button for Gates in his annual Comdex remarks. 11:12 am

Mobile Buzz at Comdex

You'll also see the second generation of Tablet Computers—which mark a significant improvement over the initial crippled products—with processors that have both good performance and good battery life (as compared to the first generation where you had to choose between the two). Prices remain above $1,800 for the preferred clamshell form factor.

Microsoft, who last year gave us the tablet and introduced many to the pen method of interfacing with a laptop, will be showcasing voice command. Much more reliable than voice recognition, this technology will allow us to more easily navigate our laptops, tablets, handheld computers and smart phones. 11:09 am

Gates to kick off a more serious Comdex

Microsoft's Bill Gates will celebrate 20 years of speaking at the conference by opening proceedings with his Sunday evening keynote, which is expected to cover the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and the future of technology – although even he has been downsized from the 17,000 seater MGM Grand Arena to the 7,000 seater Aladdin Theatre further down the boulevard. 11:07 am

Fujitsu ready to turn heads
Business Times Singapore

FUJITSU has lined up some good-looking models for mobile warriors this winter. Yesterday it previewed its Winter 2003 collection in this tropical city, launching the LifeBook B5010 ultraportable notebook PC and the LOOX 610 high-end personal digital assistant (PDA). Waiting in the wings, to be unveiled in December, is an new Tablet PC, the Stylistic ST5010.

The Tablet PC, when it is launched, will have a 12.1-inch screen and a 6-cell battery that will work for four hours without recharging. The current version has a 10-inch screen. It will have a Smart Card slot and a wireless keyboard. 11:04 am

KnowNow, Accius and Whentech Team to Deliver Wireless, Real-time Trading Solution

New York Mercantile Exchange Traders Exchange Paper for Handheld Tablet PCs and Real-time Data

KnowNow(TM) Inc., a leading provider of Internet-based publish-subscribe solutions that connect people, applications and services in real time, announced that it has teamed with partners Accius Systems Corp and Whentech LLC to deliver a wireless, tablet PC-based real-time solution for New York Mercantile (NYMEX) options and futures traders. With millions of dollars trading per minute in complex options strategies and commodities positions, traders make decisions in split seconds and put positions at significant risk. The new solution delivers up- to-the-minute data to traders on the exchange floor, enabling them to make faster and more accurate trades, minimize trading risk and ensure accurate trading positions. 11:02 am

Comdex eyes the workplace

The technology trade show in recent years has served as a showcase for consumer items like Internet appliances, but this year, it will focus on technology for the working world. Themes will include mobile computing, security and utility computing.

Gates is expected to discuss Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, which would mark the tablet's third appearance in his keynote. He is likely to show off a number of improvements the company has made to the device, sources said. Tablet PCs are essentially small notebooks that can be operated with a pen and can capture handwriting.

A new version of the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition OS, code-named Lonestar , is slated to arrive in the first half of next year, Microsoft Group Vice President Jim Allchin said at a developer conference last month. Allchin said the device would offer "dramatically better" handwriting recognition, among other improvements. Microsoft is also trying to make it easier for developers to write programs and create Web sites that can take advantage of the Tablet PC's handwriting abilities.

Tablet sales have increased, thanks to a push from Microsoft. Worldwide tablet sales reached nearly 72,000 units in the fourth quarter of 2002, following the November launch of the Microsoft tablet OS, and are expected to grow to 500,000 in 2004 , IDC has said. But that figure is relatively small when compared with the total worldwide notebook market, which reached about 30.5 million units in 2002, according to IDC.

Companies such as HP, Toshiba and Gateway are sticking with the tablet, however. Toshiba is expected to show off its latest at the show 10:57 am


November 17, 2003

Home Toys

Bringing more freedom and productivity to the workplace, ViewSonic® Corp., a worldwide leader in visual display products, today announced its first convertible Tablet PC. Designed for the enterprise user, the V1250 provides mobile workers anytime, anywhere and any-style computing by transforming from an ultraportable notebook computer to a slate-style tablet with a simple rotation of its LCD screen.
At less than four pounds, the V1250 is the lightest convertible Tablet PC available with a 12.1-inch screen. It is built on Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and powered by the fastest ultra-low voltage processor on the market, the Mobile Pentium® M.
When in the slate configuration, a unique navigation area helps the user quickly execute common tasks, such as scrolling or toggling between applications. An available docking station features the industry’s only built-in spare battery charger, enabling users to easily charge a replacement battery to extend usage time without adding weight. ViewSonic added an on/off switch for the integrated 802.11b wireless radio to allow greater mobile freedom and boost battery life performance. Performance enhancing features such as auto-adjust brightness and four programmable easy-launch buttons are also included in the product.
Analyst forecasts predict that the Tablet PC could account for well over 20 percent of the portable market by 2007 . The V1250 addresses this increasing demand by adding yet another form factor to the company’s award-winning family 12:44 pm

FranklinCovey(R) Launches TabletPlanner(TM) 3.0, Adding New Productivity Tools to Award-Winning Tablet PC Software; Includes Support for Microsoft(R) Office(R)2003

New Features Enhance Planning, Productivity and Digital Note Taking Capability for Mobile Information Workers

FranklinCovey(R), a global leader in effectiveness training, productivity tools and assessment services for organizations and individuals, and Agilix Labs(TM), Inc., a developer of innovative mobile wireless solutions, announce the launch of TabletPlanner(TM) for Tablet PC 3.0. This latest version of the award- winning, pen and digital ink-enabled, planning and productivity application for mobile information workers includes support for Microsoft(R) Office(R) 2003. Consistent with its strategy to support key industry standards, and as a strategic Microsoft partner, FranklinCovey has implemented Microsoft XML and XML Web Services as part of TabletPlanner 3.0. 12:32 pm

Gates goes Matrix at Comdex
What PC?, UK

Gates predicted that the second wave of Tablet PCs would drive "substantial growth" in the market, and discussed Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004, which he said would be available as a free upgrade for blet PC owners in mid-2004.

It features improved handwriting recognition, a redesigned input panel and provides new ways for software developers to include ink-recognition capabilities in their applications.

And yes, there was a video: Gates as Morpheus and Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer as Neo in a Matrix spoof. Not as truly awful as it sounds, 12:26 pm

Microsoft Announces the Next Version of the Tablet PC Operating System

Today at COMDEX Las Vegas 2003, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT ) announced Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition 2004, the latest version of its Tablet PC operating system. The new version features deep integration of pen support in Windows XP, making it easier to create text anywhere in Windows and familiar Windows applications. In addition to recently announced tools in the Tablet PC SDK that enable them to create pen-aware Web pages, the new operating system now offers software developers a rich set of capabilities to deliver innovative software applications based on the Tablet PC platform. (Logo: ) The announcement of Tablet PC Edition 2004 caps the Tablet PC's first year, which has been marked by continued growth in the number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and independent service vendors (ISVs) supporting the platform, an ever-expanding number of customer pilot deployments, and the first corporate deployments of the Tablet PC as a next- generation notebook PC. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates, in announcing Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 at his annual COMDEX keynote address last evening, noted that Tablet PCs are experiencing increasing support from all segments of the PC industry. "Forty companies are designing and manufacturing Tablet PCs worldwide, and more than 120 are developing software that takes advantage of the pen capabilities in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition," he said. Gates demonstrated a line-of-business application developed by Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services, which is making Tablet PCs a standard supported mobile computer platform for all employees who need mobile PCs. "We're also seeing great early purchases and deployments of Tablet PCs in several major vertical markets, including healthcare, financial services and education," Gates said. Key features of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 include the following: -- Enhanced "ink to text" experience throughout Windows and in any Windows application, makes the pen a mainstream input device. Inserting text is easier with the new Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP), and word and case recognition is improved. Developers and users can even add "rules" for how handwriting should be recognized in certain text fields (e.g., e-mail messages, addresses, URLs). -- Integration in Microsoft Office 2003 and Office OneNote 2003 offers enhanced productivity by allowing users to annotate anywhere in Microsoft(R) Office Word, Excel or PowerPoint(R) 2003, and send handwritten e-mail in Office Outlook(R) 2003. OneNote(TM) on the Tablet PC brings together ink, text and Web content in one application. -- New capabilities enable developers to create powerful productivity applications. Developers can integrate pen and ink in Web-based line-of- business solutions. Companies such as FranklinCovey Co. and Corel Corp. are deeply integrating pen and ink in their applications. This support makes ink as natural to use as text or any other feature. "These enhancements to the core Tablet PC software demonstrate how the Tablet PC really is the evolution of the laptop PC," said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Tablet PC Division at Microsoft. "The increased inking support throughout Windows and Office, plus the ever-growing support of our OEMs and ISVs, is giving customers even more choices in terms of hardware and software solutions that extend the power of pen computing into broad horizontal and vertical, market-specific applications." Mitchell added that the recently announced Tablet PC Software Development Kit (SDK) version 1.7, which enables software developers to add support for digital ink in Web-based applications, extends the reach of the Tablet PC even more broadly by integrating pen-based computing into the tasks that customers perform every day with a laptop PC. "We are giving developers new tools to enable deeper integration of digital ink into the broadest possible range of PC applications," Mitchell said. Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 is scheduled to be available by mid-2004 as a free upgrade for existing customers and will come preinstalled on new Tablet PC hardware systems. 12:19 pm

Eurocom launches mobile line
The Globe and Mail, Canada

The Eurocom T200C Convertible TabletPC is a fully customized tablet PC and notebook based on the Intel Pentium M Centrino processor, standard 2.5" notebook hard drive and standard 200-pin DDR333 DRAM featuring the largest 14.1-inch rotating touch screen XGA display, integrated wireless LAN (11Mbps 802.11b or 54Mbps 802.11b/g) and FireWire, and a built-in PC Camera for Video Conferencing. Equipped with hand-writing recognition applications for marketing surveys, sales orders or taking notes, the T200C Convertible is designed for all-day-computing, anywhere, anytime with up to 6-hours of battery time. 11.28 am


November 18, 2003

Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation
COMDEX Las Vegas 2003

BILL GATES: Well, good evening. It's great to be here at COMDEX and get a chance to look around and see what all the new things are.

The hardware is not holding us back, in fact, it's rushing ahead with some wonderful capabilities. The cost of the hardware to implement these systems will be very low. Even the natural form factors that we need for reading and tablets, and wrist-type devices, pocket devices, those are coming along at very full speed. The communications cost that we solved in the '90s continues to improve. So again there, if you look at an IT budget, that can be less and less of it. And we have to tackle the things that build in cost, developing applications, managing the networks, making sure that everything is running well. It's really that kind of advance that will make people confident to go and build these new applications. And that's, again, software that needs to do that. 2:53 pm

Toshiba Introduces Next Generation Tablet PC; Toshiba's Portege M200 Notebook Computer Brings New Level of Productivity and System Performance to all Mobile Professionals

Building upon its award-winning tablet PC platform, Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD) today introduced its next generation tablet PC offering an impressive array of productivity tools and a new, uniquely designed docking station. The Portege(R) M200/205 Series is built on the success of Toshiba's Portege 3500 offering advanced wireless connectivity with Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology and a dual axis accelerometer which allows users to manually tilt the notebook up or down, for scroll type functionality. With enhanced design and system performance, the Portege M200/205 Series offers users a more intuitive interface and a natural, practical way of working with their computer.

Appealing to several customer segments including consumer, enterprise, small-medium sized business, education and all mobile professionals, the Portege M200/205 offers exciting new options for users who want flexibility and convenience. From large sales force automation roll-outs to converting text to digital ink, the Portege M200/205 is attractive to a broad set of customers looking to maximize productivity. Like its predecessor, the Portege M200/205 works as an everyday notebook computer, but includes an innovative display that rotates and folds back for convenient information viewing and sharing, and offers a choice of data input modes such as typing, writing or speech.

"The Portege M200/205 offers exciting new options including a docking station that will provide new usage scenarios and increased applications for everyday mobile computing." 9:15 am

Fine Print on the Microsoft's New Tablet OS

Microsoft Corp. is readying a new version of the Tablet PC platform that improves upon the handwriting features in the operating system. The device and software was demonstrated by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates in his Sunday evening keynote address.

Code-name Lonestar, the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 software will offer a larger "ink-to-text" panel than the current version, meaning users can scrawl longer e-mail messages that the computer translates into typed text.

The new OS also will feature an improved handwriting recognition engine that lets it anticipate what kind of data to expect—a phone number, a state, etc.—with the result of more accurate recognition. This would come in handy for doctors who write drug prescriptions on their Tablets, according to officials of the Redmond, Wash.-based company, who added that the health care field is one of the bigger markets for Tablet PCs. 9:11 am

Editors note: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 will be a free upgrade for existing Tablet PC users.

Colligo Upgrades Industry-leading Mobile Workgroup Networking Software Enhanced
Wireless Developer Network

Colligo Networks, the leading provider of “instant networking” software, continues to upgrade its industry-leading software solution that helps mobile workgroups improve its efficiencies in any location, and on any Windows-based handheld device, they need to share data and communicate electronically. The company today announces the launch of ColligoTM Workgroup Edition 3.3, with features that will further improve workgroup productivity.

ColligoTM Workgroup Edition is available via direct online sales at, retailing at $69.99 and includes the rights to install the software on a computer (PC, laptop and Tablet PC) as well as a Pocket PC per license. Additional licenses are required for further use. 9:08 am

Wacom Penabled Cordless, Battery-free Pen Technology Featured In HP Tablet PC
Business Wire

HP Compaq PC TC1100 Pen Has 256 Levels of Pressure; Optionally Available Pen Includes A Pressure-sensitive Eraser

Leading pen tablet maker Wacom(R) Co. Ltd said today that its Penabled(TM) battery-free pen technology has been selected for the new HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100, a full-function, mobile PC that works both as a tablet without a keyboard and a highly portable notebook PC.

When used as a tablet, the HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100 captures digital ink from a Penabled electronic pen that is wireless and needs no batteries to operate. Instead it is powered by the tablet. The pen is also pressure-sensitive, so the harder the pen is pressed, the thicker a line becomes. 8:58 am

Toshiba Corp. to Launch a New Tablet PC
Miami Herald, FL

Call it rock 'n scroll.

Toshiba Corp. plans to launch a new tablet PC on Tuesday that allows users to tilt the clipboard-like computer up and down to scroll through Web pages. Users reading an electronic book or digital magazine can also turn the pages manually by tilting the tablet from left to right - similar to the real thing.

The unique "dual axis accelerometer" is among several new features in the Toshiba Portege M200, the company said. The product has a suggested retail price of $2,499. 8:53 am

Take 2.0 tablets and call Scott in the morning
eChannelLine, Canada

On Sunday, Gates focused on spam and took the wraps off of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 (, which was officially announced today. Key features of the OS upgrade include: enhanced "ink to text" experience throughout Windows and in any Windows application; integration in Microsoft Office 2003 and Office OneNote 2003 allows users to annotate anywhere in Microsoft Office Word, Excel or PowerPoint 2003, and send handwritten e-mail in Office Outlook 2003; and new capabilities for application developers. The OS is scheduled to be available by mid-2004 as a free upgrade for existing customers and will come pre-installed on new Tablet PC hardware systems. 8:52 am

Q&A: Inside the Next Version of the Tablet PC Operating System
Microsoft Press Pass

One year after Microsoft launched the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced an interim edition of the operating system at COMDEX 2003.

PressPass: What are the primary enhancements offered in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004?

Mitchell: Our goal was, first of all, to improve the Tablet PC experience by making the pen a mainstream input device, on par with the keyboard and mouse. This is not only about the way in which the pen is used to insert text — although there are certainly a number of improvements there — but also about inking across the operating system and across Windows applications. So our goal was to make pen-based input be a standard part of the way you use your mobile PC.

Mitchell: The first thing that all users will see is the deeper support for pen input across the entire operating system and in all Windows-based applications. Regardless of whether they have a convertible, slate or hybrid Tablet PC, users can now more easily insert text with a pen. If they are on a slate and they tend to spend more time with recognition, we have brought a new level of handwriting-recognition intelligence to the Tablet PC operating system. For instance, we use context to more accurately understand what is being written. It's much like we use context when we're talking to each other to disambiguate what we mean when we use, for instance, acronyms like "PC." Does that mean "personal computer" or "politically correct?" When a user enters an Internet address via a pen, the software interprets the context and recognizes it as an Internet address. This makes for a more efficient and natural end-user experience.

So the improvements in ink and handwriting recognition are probably the two biggest benefits. If your language is East Asian and you write using characters, we think you'll see dramatic improvements in the user interface as well, mostly again for entering text. It's cumbersome to type many Asian languages, so improving the way those customers can use digital ink is a significant improvement. And across the board, you'll see the benefits poking through to all Windows-based applications where some of the low-level operating system functionality is used. 8:47 am

Editors note: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 will be a free upgrade for existing Tablet PC users.

November 19, 2003

Introducing EPen&Forms Software for Tablet PCs
Design Universe

Powerful, easy-to-use software for creating pen-enabled documents and forms.

Design Universe ™ announces the immediate availability of EPen&Forms ™ Software for Tablet PCs. E-Pen&Forms software provides a powerful, easy-to-use tool for creating custom forms for handwriting on Tablet PCs with direct data export into any application or database.

Convert your forms for use on Tablet PCs in minutes, Sync with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Exchange, Word, Excel, Export data to CSV or XML Export data to SQL, Oracle or any database 10:29 am

MindManager to Be Preloaded on HP Tablet PCs

Mindjet, the leading provider of visual tools for brainstorming and planning, today announced a marketing agreement with HP to provide Mindjet's MindManager Tablet PC software bundled with the newly introduced HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100.

"Mindjet's pen-enabled organization and planning solution is a natural complement to the HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100," said Naila Seif, director of mobile solutions, Personal Systems Group, HP. "The combination of the HP Tablet PC and MindManager for Tablet PC provides customers an innovative solution that helps them not simply take notes, but structure the information in such a way that it will be immediately understandable to themselves and to others." 10:20 am

Microsoft: 'Lonestar' Will Improve Tablet PC

Microsoft is hedging its bets that the "Lonestar" upgrade to its Tablet PC series will shine. The Lonestar release of the Tablet PC operating system is composed of three pillars: improved ink to text, integration with Office 2003 and a newer, more advanced SDK for developers.

The upgrade will ship mid-2004 free of cost to existing users, and be preinstalled on new systems

One of the main areas of attention in the development of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 is inking. There is less disconnect between the tablet input panel (TIP) and applications, while TIP itself has been significantly overhauled based upon user feedback.

Rather than be hidden away in the quick launch bar, TIP is now integrated into the input fields of applications. Users click an icon that brings up the panel proximate to wherever it is supposed to be.

The new TIP has, "a clever understanding of the active window," Tablet PC General Manager Peter Loforte told BetaNews. Existing programs do not have to be re-coded to take advantage of this new behavior.

In addition, the TIP window also grows as a user's handwriting requires more space, and will display commonly used prefixes such as "www" for convenience's sake. 10:15 am

COMDEX 2003: SmartScreen Antispam, Tablet PC 2004, and Windows Mobile 2003
Windows & Net Magazine

As I write this, COMDEX 2003 is just barely under way, with preregistration, preconferences, and Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates's keynote address behind us. And although some of this show's most interesting revelations might still be in the future, we've already discovered some interesting Microsoft platform-related news that I want to tell you about.

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004
Gates noted that various hardware makers have sold 500,000 Tablet PCs in the past year, which isn't a huge number, frankly. But two factors are colluding to make Tablet PCs more viable in the year ahead. First, PC makers are moving away from the performance-challenged Pentium III Processor - M and Transmeta Crusoe platforms that previous devices were based on, and moving to the more powerful Pentium M/Centrino platform. As a result, second-generation Tablet PC devices, some of which are available now, will perform better, while getting dramatically better battery life than their predecessors. Rarely do we see such an obvious win-win for users.
Second, Microsoft is improving the Tablet PC software and will release a free upgrade for all Tablet PC users called Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 in the first half of 2004. 10:07 am

HP Teams with AT&T Wireless to Offer Latest in High-speed Wireless Connectivity
Business Wire

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced it is working with AT&T Wireless to offer mobile professionals connectivity to EDGE, the fastest national wireless data network.

Connecting to the AT&T Wireless' EDGE network via a wireless PCMCIA card modem, HP notebook and Tablet PC users can increase their productivity while on the go by accessing business applications such as e-mail, Internet, intranet, company databases and enterprise application at speeds up to three times that of a dial-up connection. Customers can expect to receive average download data rates between 100-130 kilobits per second with speed bursts up to 200 kbps.

"HP further outpaces the competition in wireless Internet by making EDGE technology available to customers using notebook and Tablet PCs so they can increase business communication cycle times and improve corporate productivity," said Kevin Frost, vice president of notebook marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "Companies also get a great return on their investment because workers can stay connected to the network for longer periods of time and at higher speeds." 10:04 am

Acer gives its new tablet a 14.1-inch face

LAS VEGAS—Acer America Corp. showed off next-generation tablet PCs at Comdex—convertible tablets with high-resolution 14.1-inch LCD screens.

Featuring Intel Centrino mobile technology, the Acer TravelMate C300 also comes with a full-size keyboard and an internal, modular optical drive. The TravelMate C300 is the first convertible tablet PC to feature a full-size display and keyboard, said Jeffrey Friederichs, vice president of the San Jose, Calif., company's notebook business unit

Weighing 6.2 pounds, the $2,300 C300 comes with a 1.7-GHz Pentium M chip, a 60G hard drive, 256M of double-data-rate synchronous dynamic RAM upgradeable to 2G, IEEE 802.11b wireless capability and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive. 9:58 am

November 20, 2003

New tablet PCs: Better--but still not perfect

Microsoft's Tablet PC OS and a bunch of new tablets that support it are among the meager highlights of a Comdex politely described as "sedate" by some and "dead on arrival" by others. The show, such as it is, limps along through tomorrow.

IF I WERE ASKED to wager on long-term survival, I'd give tablet PC--now a year old--100-to-1 odds over Comdex. The tablets, both present and future, were spotlighted in Bill Gates' keynote and have a strong presence on the show floor.

Launched last November , Tablet PC has seen some minor tweaks since its debut, but no wholesale changes. And it won't be getting a complete makeover very soon. While Gates talked about Tablet PC 2004, this evolutionary (and free) update won't appear until next summer.

MEANWHILE , the Tablet PC 2004 OS, due next summer as a free upgrade, is purely evolutionary but in a helpful way. The big change involves a new "Text Input Panel" that opens up whenever you want to enter text. This allows the user to write decent-sized characters despite the tiny size of the form field being filled in. 10:37 am

ProScan launches new family of Intermec barcoding and data capture products

ProScan Systems , sole distributor for Intermec products in southern Africa, has announced the launch of an integrated family of new Intermec automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) products.

The Intermec CT60, which operates Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, is a new rugged tablet personal computer that brings the ease of use of a pen tablet PC to mobile workers. The new CV60 vehicle mount terminal is an easy-to-use ultra-rugged touch-screen PC terminal with secure 802.11b connectivity designed for use on in-premise vehicles. 10:34 am

Industry faces holiday Grinch
Oakland Tribune

A shortage of flat-panel display screens, one of the fastest-growing trends in the technology business, threatens to pinch the industry's budding comeback.

A few years ago the sleek screens were an expensive rarity, but their new popularity in everything from computer monitors to television sets left suppliers unable to keep up with the demand.

That could result drive up computer prices and make consumers wait for back orders just as the holiday shopping season is set to begin.

Along with notebook computer sales, driving the soaring demand for flat panels are a growing number of new products built around the screens, from DVD players in minivans to trendy thin computer monitors, tablet computers, digital video cameras and other gadgets. 10:32 am

Take note: Gates may be disappointed by Tablet PC's reception
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA

Speaking at Comdex two years ago, Bill Gates said he hoped many of the conference attendees would be taking notes the next year on Tablet PCs, the pen-based, pad-style computers later introduced around a specialized version of his company's Windows operating system.

The biggest initial uses are in specialized industries and environments in which the Tablet PC capabilities provide clear advantages. Among other features, Tablet PCs let people take handwritten notes in digital ink in the field, as if writing on a clipboard. The notes can be left in that form or converted into typed text.

Companies in such areas as health care and insurance-claims adjustment are using Tablet PCs for that reason. Tablet PCs have also started to gain acceptance in schools and universities, in part as note-taking devices for students.

Executives overseeing Microsoft's Tablet PC initiative said they expected most of the initial users of the product to be in specific industries -- vertical markets, in business parlance. As time goes on, however, the company expects to see more growth horizontally, among a broader base of general users. 10:27 am


November 21, 2003

Win One of 10 Tablet PC's or A copy of One Note

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Tablet PCs, round two

A year has passed since the first tablet PCs from Acer, Fujitsu, Toshiba, HP, ViewSonic, Motion, and others hit the shelves. While we saw promise in those nascent systems, their slow performance and sometimes-quirky hardware left us feeling decidedly underwhelmed.

In the second half of 2003, many tablet makers refreshed their tablets or produced new ones. The trend continues at the Comdex trade show, where Toshiba , ViewSonic , Eurocom , and others have unveiled new tablets.

So far, the recent tablet harvest is much more inspiring than last year's crop. Most rely on Intel's Pentium M processor, which not only smokes the PIII-M and the Transmeta processors of the first tablets, it also extends the battery life. With their Intel 855 chipsets and Pro/Wireless 802.11b mini-PCI cards, many of the new tablets are also certified Centrinos. Thankfully, companies have reinforced their tablet-PC cases with stronger hinges and sturdier plastics, too. 10:39 am

Happy birthday, Tablet PC
What PC?, UK

Microsoft marks one-year anniversary of the Tablet with revamped operating system

Microsoft has unveiled the latest version of its Tablet PC operating system, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004. The release marks the Tablet PC's first birthday, a year which has seen disappointing sales of the new design.

The new operating system is due to be available by mid-2004 as a free upgrade for existing customers, and will come preinstalled on new Tablet PC hardware systems. 10:36 am

Tablet PC Claims Nine-Hour Battery
PC World

Electrovaya says Scribbler Tablet PC SC 2000 can run all day without recharging.

LAS VEGAS -- One of the busiest booths here at Comdex features a new, lightweight, Tablet PC with a claimed battery life of nine hours. That's an unprecedented amount of unplugged time that, if true, blows away what's available today.

Electrovaya , one of the world's leading mobile battery companies, rolled out its Scribbler Tablet PC SC 2000 to packed crowds during the first two days of the trade show.

The $2599 Tablet PC weighs 3.1 pounds and has a 12.1-inch display; it's only 0.75 inches thick without its detachable keyboard. 10:31 am

Welch Allyn and JMJ Technologies Partner to Automate Vitals Data Transfer; Physicians in Smaller Practices Benefit from State-of-the-Art Computer-Based Patient Records
Business Wire

Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced a three-year software licensing agreement with JMJ Technologies to seamlessly integrate the Welch Allyn Vital Signs Monitor and the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs(TM) with EncounterPRO(R), JMJ's award-winning computer-based patient record (CPR) and workflow system. Physicians will now be able to enter vital signs data from the Welch Allyn products directly into the patient's medical record, allowing for improved workflow and reduced paper documentation for physicians, nurses and support staff.

Using a Tablet PC, touch screen or desktop workstation, the EncounterPRO CPR automates the most common activities in a medical practice including prescribing medicine, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results. In addition, documenting clinical encounters and electronic document imaging and scanning are also simplified through a paperless patient record. 10:28 am

November 24, 2003

LG launches high-end notebooks

HAVING built a strong brand on the back of its consumer business, LG will today make its first foray into the PC market with a pair of wireless laptops.

LG Australia marketing manager Paul Reeves said the company has been making notebooks on an OEM basis for a number of clients, including IBM, for some years.

LG decided to sell its own-branded machines to broaden the business and increase brand awareness. LG's notebooks would be joined by a Tablet PC product in the second quarter of 2004. 10:13 am

Psst! Let's talk!
Australian IT, Australia

Safe flow of information was a determining factor in deploying web services when Hewlett-Packard helped the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne establish the Newborn Emergency Transport Service. Case information, stored on a Tablet PC and ready to be downloaded, accompanies a baby when they are rushed to neo-natal intensive care at another hospital. 9:59 am

Phoenix Launches cME Trusted Core NB, Its First Product In the New Core System Software Category

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC ) has launched Phoenix cME(TM) TrustedCore NB for notebooks and tablet PCs. This is the company's first product in the new, extensible Core System Software (CSS) category. Because it is based in CSS, Phoenix cME TrustedCore addresses the four issues critical to networked computing -- connectivity, usability, manageability, and especially security. 9:58 am

To-do list: Cut losses, find profits
Salt Lake Tribune, UT

Friday's earnings report came just days after the company unveiled a new, enhanced version of its planning software for Microsoft's Tablet PC. TabletPlanner 3.0 is seen as a potentially pivotal product line for FranklinCovey, combining the simplicity of a paper-based planner with the technology of tablet PCs. 9:52 am

Acer to Conduct Lottery for 'Wi-Fi 101' Applicants
Yahoo News

Acer America Corporation, one of the leading worldwide suppliers of PC solutions, today announced that, due to the overwhelming response to the "Wi-Fi 101" initiative, a random lottery will be held in December to select the schools that will receive free wireless access points and installation. Acer originally announced that "Wi-Fi 101" would include up to 120 schools selected to participate in this program. Due to the volume of responses received, it was determined that the only fair way to select the recipients was through a blind draw.

Acer America's award-winning products include tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebook computers, servers, displays and peripheral solutions for business, government, education and home users. 9:50 am

November 25, 2003

Microsoft Polishes Tablet PC

Microsoft Corp. is readying a new version of the Tablet PC operating system that improves developer support, image handling and handwriting features.

Code-named Lonestar, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 has a larger "ink-to-text" panel than the current version, meaning users can scrawl longer e-mail messages that the computer then translates into typed text.

The new operating system, which was demonstrated here at Comdex, also has a better handwriting recognition engine that lets it anticipate what kind of data to expect—a phone number or a state, for example—which generates more accurate recognition results. This should help doctors who write drug prescriptions on their tablets, according to officials at Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash., who said the health care field is a big market for tablet computers.

Microsoft Lonestar to improve Tablet PC
Designtechnica, United States

One of the main areas of attention in the development of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 is inking. There is less disconnect between the tablet input panel (TIP) and applications, while TIP itself has been significantly overhauled based upon user feedback.

Rather than be hidden away in the quick launch bar, TIP is now integrated into the input fields of applications. Users click an icon that brings up the panel proximate to wherever it is supposed to be.

The new TIP has, "a clever understanding of the active window," Tablet PC General Manager Peter Loforte told BetaNews. Existing programs do not have to be re-coded to take advantage of this new behavior.


Acer to battle Dell's direct approach, targets US$10 billion in in sales in 2006
DigiTimes, Taiwan

Taiwan-based Acer said yesterday it will battle Dell and other giant rivals on sales of IT products with a new channel business model that can help Acer garner 40% growth in sales every year for the next few years.

Under the approach, Acer will start marketing a series of digital home entertainment, or information entertainment technology (IET) products, including the Acer Aspire E PC, E Box, E TVD, E Tablet, E 2Go and E Radio, in April 2004. 8:41 am

Phoenix releases first software for new firmware environment
eChannelLine, Canada

Phoenix Technologies has announced the first product in its new TrustedCore Products family of Core System Software (CSS). Its cME TrustedCore NB, designed for notebook and tablet PCs, was announced on Monday, and is scheduled to be followed by cME TrustedCore DT (for business and consumer desktop systems), cME TrustedCore EMB (for embedded systems developers), cME TrustedCore SVR (for servers, blades and grids) and cME TrustedCore IA (for consumer information appliances). All are expected to be available by the end of the first quarter of 2004.

"Core System Software is a new kind of firmware that provides the critical foundation of trust, manageability and connectivity required for networked computing today," said Tim Eades, Phoenix's senior vice president and general manager, corporate marketing and products division. "BIOS [Basic Input Output System] was designed before the Internet, before the Ethernet. That's one of the problems it had. That is not what we think will have the legs to have another two decades. Everybody agrees this needed to change." 8:38 am

Agilix(TM) Extends Tablet PC Software Development Innovation, Develops a 'Pen-Perfect' Tablet PC Application
Yahoo News

Agilix Integrates PowerNotes(TM), a Comprehensive Digital Ink and Text-Based Note-Taking Solution, and Microsoft(R) Office(R) System 2003 Support Into FranklinCovey TabletPlanner 3.0

Agilix Labs, Inc., a Microsoft® Empower ISV Partner, announces the delivery of FranklinCovey TabletPlanner(TM) 3.0 to strategic partner FranklinCovey®. TabletPlanner is a custom- developed software solution that combines Agilix note-taking, storage, and search technology with FranklinCovey's productivity and planning methodology. The second upgrade in 12 months, FranklinCovey TabletPlanner 3.0 provides mobile information workers with a productivity and planning tool that integrates with Microsoft Office Outlook 2003.

TabletPlanner runs on any Windows XP-based computer (including the Tablet PC); adds PowerNotes(TM), an updated and comprehensive note-taking application supporting digital ink or text via keyboard entry, and proprietary FranklinCovey productivity and planning solutions, including support for Mission/Values, Goals, and Weekly Compass. 8:34 am

November 26, 2003

Apple Tablet coming as early as January
Mac Daily News

"Apple Computer has been decidedly absent from the tablet game. In part, this has to do with the failure of the Newton, which will always be associated in the mind of Steve Jobs with his former friend and nemesis John Sculley. 'Real computers have keyboards,' Steve has said a zillion times, and he'll mean it right up to the moment he changes his mind. That moment appears to be coming soon," Cringely reports.

"Quanta, the Taiwanese company that makes many Apple notebooks, has been apparently switching its production to the new tablets, or at least that has been reported in the Taipei press since early this year. If this is the case that Apple is introducing such a machine as early as January, how is it likely to be different from the Windows-based tablet machines that have so far failed to excite buyers? What's needed is a networking technology optimized for video transport. One has been in the works for sometime, and down at the IEEE, they call it 802.15.3, and this is where I believe Apple sees opportunity," Cringely reports 5:33 pm

Acer C110 Tablet PC
The Globe and Mail, Canada

Tablet PCs are the holy grail for gadget fans - they conjure up an image of Captain Picard whipping out a clipboard-sized device on the starship Enterprise to jot down a few notes. And walking around with a small, light tablet on which you can take notes in digital ink is certainly a tempting vision. 5:31 pm

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November 28, 2003

Digital Gear: Deals Aplenty This Season
PC World

In a remote location, the CommanderPack from NetworkAnatomy won't single-handedly solve a crisis, but it can connect to help in an emergency.

The CommanderPack is a worldwide communications and crisis-management system bundled into a backpack, helmet, and bionic hand. The 11-pound system's waterproof backpack has an on-board Tablet PC containing crisis- and information-management software. The backpack's dashboard also integrates communications equipment for worldwide voice, data, audio, and video connectivity.

The helmet serves as a mount for a camera, a microphone, and a light. The bionic hand is the CommanderGauntlet, a hand-worn glove that can wirelessly operate the Tablet PC and communications equipment without actually touching or removing the backpack. The CommanderPack was designed for global search and rescue operations, humanitarian operations, and border patrol missions, according to the company. 5:46 PM

After a year, tablet still niche
Computerworld Australia

A year after its introduction, Microsoft's Tablet PC technology remains a niche product, according to analysts and hardware vendors. But the company hopes user adoption rates will rise when an upgrade of the pen-based operating system hits the market.

The updated software, formally known as Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004, is due to ship by the end of June. Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, said in his Comdex/Fall 2003 keynote speech that the upgrade should make it easier for developers to add so-called digital ink capabilities to new and existing applications.

Some corporate users are already making big investments in tablet devices. For example, HealthSouth, a US provider of outpatient surgery and other health care services, this month said it had ordered 5,000 tablet PCs equipped with wireless LAN connections from Motion Computing. 5:44 PM

It's just another Matrix war
Tandem, Canada

The devices running the Windows OS include also the Tablet PCs, not a smashing success to date. However, despite the rather unimpressive sales of Tablet PCs, Microsoft hopes that the future Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004, codenamed Lonestar, will expand the user base, thanks also to lower hardware prices.
Lonestar will be released in mid-2004 as a free software update, and it should sport improved handwriting recognition - a technology that Microsoft is refining in order to simplify support for third-party applications - and input panel. 5:42 pm

Phoenix adds security at the hardware level
PC Pro, UK

The major BIOS developer, Phoenix Technologies has unveiled its first product based on its new extensible Core System Software (CSS). The new technology has been built with security in mind and offers embedded security features that protect the core system software from malicious attack and a security API.

The first products to benefit from the new cME Trusted Core NB are notebooks and tablet PCs, which are particularly vulnerable to being lost, stolen or provide points of vulnerability when they log on to corporate networks remotely. By building security at the hardware level Phoenix believes that companies will not only be safer from virus and hacker attack but will give them the freedom to roll out secure connections, access to sensitive resources and policy management. 5:37 pm