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June 1, 2004

The Tablet: Big Machine On Campus?
NBC4.TV

Microsoft And Thomson Learning Hope That A Giveaway Of The Nifty Notebooks Will Spark Demand Among Students -- And Teachers

his September, some University of Virginia students will be lugging more than course outlines, gargantuan textbooks, and standard laptops. Tucked away in their backpacks, 425 students of biochemistry, psychology, or statistics will have a new, free Tablet PC, courtesy of Microsoft (MSFT) and Thomson Learning (TOC).
The school believes the compact, portable PC, which is about the size of a typical spiral notebook, will add a new dimension to the classroom. The Tablet will let professors enliven lectures with digital extras and enable students to scrawl notes and draw diagrams while watching 3-D molecules split -- all with the touch of a stylus.

With its snazzy new ink and handwriting-recognition technology, which allows a user to write on the screen, the Tablet whips hastily scrawled notes into organized and searchable Microsoft Word documents and gives students access to the teachers' own handwritten notes. Professors can audio-record lessons for students to listen to during study hours. 11:19 am

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Motion Computing Includes Full Version of Alias SketchBook Pro on
Third-Generation Tablet PC

Alias Press Release

Award-winning M1400 First Tablet to Offer Users Complete Accessibility to
Leading Sketching and Annotation Software


Alias, a Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) company, and Motion Computing® today announced an agreement to include the full version of Alias® SketchBook(tm) Pro on all Motion M1400 Tablet PCs configured with the Motion Pak software package sold worldwide. The bundle combines Motion Computing's cutting-edge Tablet PCs with Alias SketchBook Pro's best-in-class digital pen-based sketching and annotation software.
 

"Motion and Alias have similar philosophies - lead the market with innovative
products that change the way people can collaborate and communicate," says
Steve Maric, sales and marketing manager, Alias.  "The speed, power and
versatility of the three pound M1400 make it a perfect match to the sketching
and annotation tools of Alias SketchBook Pro.  For creative professionals,
that means the most functional mobile computing option available today."

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.NET Rock Star: Julia Lerman
devsource.ziffdavis.com

Outside, you might notice the woman hiking or skiing in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. But when she comes back indoors, Julia Lerman has a different persona. As an independent contractor and software developer, she's been programming for 20 years and self-employed for last 13. Somehow, she's found herself in a visible position in the .NET community, between user groups, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and other connections between software developers.

I've been working a lot lately with Tablet PCs. One of my consulting clients not only gets excited about new technology, but is savvy about how to leverage technology in his business. When he saw Tablet PCs, he immediately grokked the benefit of using them for a project that we were planning. So I got a tablet—and quickly realized how many designissues there were to consider.

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Sarah McLachlan Gets Personal with Latest Artist's Choice CD; Starbucks Celebrates CD Launch by Giving Wi-Fi Users Exclusive Interview Footage via the T-Mobile Hotspot Service
Business Wire

Starbucks customers that access the T-Mobile HotSpot service can experience exclusive multimedia Wi-Fi content from the Sarah McLachlan Artist's Choice(TM) CD. Wi-Fi users at Starbucks can interact with the music McLachlan picked for the CD, and for the first time ever watch her exclusive Artist's Choice(TM) interview with Hear Music. Starbucks customers with a Wi-Fi equipped laptop computer or Tablet PC can watch the exclusive video content, access digital liner notes and listen to sample songs from the CD at any one of the more than 2,900 Starbucks locations that offer the T-Mobile HotSpot service 8:33 am

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REALTY WORLD Northern California and Criterion Corporation Announce Private Labeled Wireless Mobile Office Solution
Business Wire

Real Estate Firm Partners with Criterion Corporation to Offer Customized Tablet PC-based REALTY WORLD Wireless Office

REALTY WORLD(R) Northern California, Inc. has announced plans to implement an enterprise wireless mobile office solution that will provide its 1,100 agents in more than 400 real estate offices in Northern California and Northern Nevada the latest technology tools to boost productivity and client service.

The REALTY WORLD Wireless Office was developed by Criterion Corporation, a mobile hardware and software solutions innovator specializing in wireless enterprise applications for the real estate industry. The REALTY WORLD package features Criterion's REDTablet(TM) Mobile Office Solution, which consists of a Motion Computing M1400 Tablet PC with Intel(R) Centrino(TM) Mobile Technology, 512MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive. The package also includes Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Office XP software, Sprint Sierra 550 Wireless WAN Card, HP deskjet mobile printer and an Executive Portfolio Carrying Case. Agents may select options, including additional hard disk storage and RAM, DVD/CD-ROM External Drive, 12.1" XGA TFT LCD View Anywhere(TM) Display, Detachable Hardtop Keyboard and Cover, "Flex Dock" Desktop Docking Station, and a digital camera. 8:30 am

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Bowers & Wilkins Loudspeakers at CEDIA 2004
HiddenWires

A new brand from the B&W Group, this is the first European showing for i Command - a radical multi-room control system which offers the sophistication of current computer control based platforms without the need for complicated and time consuming programming. Utilising RS-232 protocols, i Command works by assigning an IP address to the equipment which it is connected to, allowing the installer to build a bespoke web page for control. Using either CAT-5 cable or Wireless connections, i Command can be navigated by an in-wall keypad or a PDA/PC tablet. Allowing for easy integration with other products - projectors, lighting etc., i Command is an ideal solution for multi-room installations. 8:28 am

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Industry-leading notebooks and digital home products – Twinhead showcases its power in product development and design
DigiTimes

Twinhead aims to market stylish and diversified products to strive for greater margins and the company has dedicated significant resources to designing products using the latest technology and offering the most flexible and diverse functionality.

Twinhead T8 ruggedized Tablet PC

Industrial notebooks require distinctive features such as waterproofing and shock resistance. Twinhead has implemented these features into its new T8 Tablet PC. This model has successfully passed shock, vibration, humidity, temperature, water immersion and dust exposure tests. The T8 conforms to military standards (MIL-STD-810) and is equipped with Billinton Bluetooth and Airvast 802.11b wireless modules. 1:30 am

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Physician's medical records program draws attention
Flint Journal

FLINT ?Dr. Ayman Haidar never writes anything down. Not a single prescription or observation. Not one letter.

Instead, he uses his tablet PC to take notes during exams and write prescriptions, using EMR, the new electronic medical records program he developed about three years ago when he started his practice at Genesee Urgent Care Clinic.

"I decided from day one we were going to be as paperless as possible," said Haidar, 35.

"It's very easy to find any information about the patient," he said. "Anything is only a few clicks away."   Haidar can access his patients' files from anywhere: the office, the hospital, his home or anywhere with a computer.

  Haidar's office staff also loves the electronic?nly approach to patient records.  Office Manager Margaret Osborn said Haidar's software is simple and efficient.  "It's much more convenient," she said. "If you go to a filing cabinet, that takes a lot of time and that has to be in order, this is so much quicker."

The program also adds an element of safety to prescriptions since pharmacists no longer have to decipher his handwriting. In fact, Haidar said 70 percent of the prescriptions he writes are faxed to pharmacists when the patient is in the office. That way the drugs are ready when the patient gets to the pharmacy.  1:28 am

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Electronic notebooks are on tap at U.Va.
Richmond Times

As part of an experimental program, the University of Virginia will equip more than 400 of its students this fall with electronic notebooks that can translate handwriting into text.U.Va. will be working in collaboration with the Thompson Corp. and Microsoft Corp. to also develop digital course material for use with the Tablet PCs - electronic devices that weigh a little more than 2 pounds and are about the size of a thick notebook.

The Tablet PCs are being donated to the school by the companies.

The pilot program will run for at least two semesters beginning in the fall and will be used by about 400 students each semester. The courses in the project are biochemistry, psychology and statistics. The Tablet PCs, which range in cost from $1,500 to $2,500 will be loaned to the students involved in the project. The Tablet PCs have been available to the public for about two years.   1:26 am

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Notebooks sales to large firms expected to fall: IDC
iT News

Companies with 250 or more staff expect to spend less on notebooks in the next 12 months, a recent market report by IDC has found.

Michael Sager, market analyst for PC hardware at IDC, said that a survey of 255 enterprises in Australia with 250 or more staff revealed that their overall notebook spend was expected to decrease.

However, the picture still looked bright for notebook sales to SMBs and for tablet PCs and smart handheld devices across the board.  1:22 am

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Microsoft TechEd 2004 Roundup
Canoe.ca

Anybody who has attended a Microsoft "TechEd" event knows it is like drinking from the Microsoft fire hose for five solid days.

Despite few new product/software version releases and big announcements, this years' TechEd at the San Diego Convention Center kept the 11,000 attendees busy from early morning "Birds of A Feather" technical sessions right up until the last saxophone tune was played at the 2 AM closing of the nightly jam sessions.

Now just when you thought old technology such as faxing was nearing the end of its product life cycle, companies like Miami-based Venali (www.venali.com) some up with new variations of an old theme. Venali, which is an Internet-based fax tool that works like a printer when you want to send a document from something like MS-Word, is priced lower than a Telus phone line, is perfect for fax blasting companies, and addresses new hardware like Tablet PC's. In other words, you can "sign" an MS-Word form with a Tablet PC pen, then tap a toolbar icon and send it off as a .tif file to the recipient. We'll take an in-depth look at Venali later on this year.  1:20 am

June 2, 2004

New power toys from one of those Inky Code contests
Tabula PC

It's Wednesday morning, June 2, so it must be time for some new tablet power toys (as some of you have already guessed). As totally amazing as it may seem, last year's Does Your Code Think in Ink? contest actually generated some software submissions (about 70 or so), and months after people gave up even asking to see any of them, we now have the top three available for download.

The 3 power toys are available from the PC Magazine website (http://www.pcmag.com/tabletpcpowertoys), but that means you have to go through some privacy-sucking registration forms to access the downloads, and I'm very unhappy with that. I don't feel like I have to divulge 3 pages of personal information (from hair color to my dog's favorite snack brand), and then clear over a dozen checkboxes so I don't get spammed with every imaginable PC Magazine newsletter. Not cool!

Once you give away all your personal secrets, you can download the grand prize winner and two runners up. But is it really worth it? Here's a short recap

If it weren't for this last runner up, I'd be really dejected right about now. Scott Hanselman saves the day! His Web Search Power Tool may not be pretty or glamorous, but is exactly what I want from a power tool - it's actually useful. 12:22 pm

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Microsoft and PC Magazine Announce Winners of Tablet PC 'Does Your Code Think in Ink?' Contest
PR Newswire

Top Three New Tablet PC Power Toys, Chosen From Over 70 Creative Entries, Available for Free Download From PC Magazine

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and PC Magazine today announced the winners of the Microsoft(R) Tablet PC "Does Your Code Think In Ink?" contest, a competition challenging developers to build the most creative PowerToy utilities that incorporate digital ink functionality included in the Microsoft Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition platform. The goal of the contest was to provide users with a new set of free PowerToys that will enrich their Tablet PC experience. Individual developers across the globe submitted code in competition for the grand prize of $15,000. Microsoft and PC Magazine selected one grand-prize winner and two runners-up from more than 70 unique entries.

"I am very excited to see so many innovative pen-enabled PowerToys resulting from the contest," said Andrew Dixon, director of marketing for the Tablet PC division at Microsoft. "The Tablet PC is about enabling people to use the power of their mobile PC in new places and in new ways, and it is always fascinating to see what new software can be created when you combine the Tablet PC platform with a group of talented and creative developers." Developers used the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition platform and the accompanying Microsoft Tablet PC Software Development Kit (SDK) to develop their PowerToys. 9:28 am

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"Does Your Code Think in Ink" Winners
PC Mag

Late last winter, a group of PC Magazine editors gathered in PC Labs to judge 15 finalist utilities in the "Does Your Code Think in Ink?" contest sponsored by Microsoft. The competition, launched October 26 at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, gave developers roughly three months to build and deliver PowerToy utilities that would take advantage of the Microsoft Windows for Tablet PC operating system and the tablet PCs that run it

Grand Prize: MyOwnFont

The MyOwnFont PowerToy allows you to create a TrueType font from your handwriting. The font will work in any application that recognizes TrueType, including e-mail software and word processors. You can even apply your creation to the system font in Display Properties and have the ultimate customized desktop with your own handwriting displayed throughout the system.

First Runner Up: PowerPaint

The PowerPaint PowerToy lets you apply paint strokes to create unique animated images. A clever feature mixes colors in response to pen pressure. For example, you can start with green and transition to blue as you press harder.

Second Runner Up: Web Search Power Tool for the Tablet PC


The Web Search Power Tool for the Tablet PC gives you a small input panel that lives in the upper left corner of your screen. To perform a search, you write directly in the panel and click send, which converts your writing to text and executes the search. 9:26 am

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Intellisync Voted Best Mobility Solution by Windows & .NET Magazine for Second Consecutive Year
Yahoo News

Intellisync Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNC - News), a leading provider of synchronization and mobilization software, today announced that its Intellisync® Mobile Suite software won Windows & .NET Magazine's "Best of TechEd 2004" Award as the top solution in the "Mobile PCs and Devices" category. Intellisync Mobile Suite, which provides wireless access to a wide range of enterprise data, was selected over finalists iAnywhere Solutions, JP Mobile Inc. and AT&T Wireless based on its strategic importance in the market, competitive advantage and value to the customer. It is the second consecutive year in which Intellisync Mobile Suite has captured the prestigious award.

Intellisync Mobile Suite extends corporate data to mobile and remote employees, delivering access to enterprise applications, files, email and PIM data, intranet sites and Web content. It also provides valuable tools for remotely managing mobile devices. Intellisync Mobile Suite is composed of four core products: Intellisync Email Accelerator, Intellisync Data Sync, Intellisync File Sync and Intellisync Systems Management. It is compatible with a wide range of mobile devices, including laptop and tablet PCs, Windows Mobile-based Smartphones, and handhelds based on the Pocket PC, Palm OS and Symbian operating systems. 9:24 am

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Electrovaya Announces Excellence Award From NASA
Business Wire

Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) (www.electrovaya.com), a world leader in lithium ion SuperPolymer(R) battery technology, is pleased to announce the "Recognition of Excellence" award from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Johnson Space Center) Extravehicular Activities (EVA) Office.

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 aerospace, UPS, stand-by power and zero emission vehicles. It develops, manufactures and sells high value products globally using its award winning patented proprietary lithium ion SuperPolymer(R) rechargeable battery technology, which delivers the highest energy density of any commercially available rechargeable 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.  9:20 am

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ABC INK
tabletpcpost

A tracing program to help children practice writing words. Choose from a list of words that include: apple, barn, fish, ladder, umbrella, and many others. When you're done tracing the letter, click "See Picture" and the program will take your letters and turn them into a picture of that word.  9:17 am

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DSU among universities to get course redesign grants
Madison Daily Leader

Nearly $439,000 has been awarded to the state's public universities to redesign courses to improve student learning and reduce costs of course delivery.

Approximately $309,000 is designated to 11 course redesign projects led by faculty at the public universities. The results of the redesign will improve the teaching of an entire course, not just a specific section.

An additional $130,000 is for the redesign of 29 general education courses at Dakota State University to improve efficiency by using wireless infrastructure and Tablet PCs.

grant recipients at DSU:

Richard Christoph, Barb Myers, and Melissa Gioglio to redesign CSC 105 Introduction to Computers to incorporate wireless and Tablet PC technology.

--Wireless Technology in General Education; to redesign 29 general education courses to use the wireless infrastructure and Tablet PCs. The courses will be redesigned so that homework and other assignments are completed, submitted to faculty, and returned electronically.  9:15 am

June 3, 2004

What do Technology, The Zoo, Jessica Simpson, Killer Whales and Fireworks have in Common?
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Acer concedes tablet PC isn't catching on
EE Times

Acer Inc., a key backer of the tablet PC, conceded that it may be years before the concept catches on. The company cited a lack of applications to drive adoption and the need to shrink the price premium tablets now command over standard notebook PCs.

Still, Acer said it is moving ahead with research on "commodity technology" intended to lower the cost of tablets, and perhaps push the functionality to become a standard feature in notebook PCs. "If that happens, then it will help boost tablet PC sales and help it become mainstream," said Campbell Kan, head of Acer's notebook product line.

"The key, we believe, is on the applications. We know that Microsoft is working with a lot of individual software vendors for more applications. But to adopt a new concept like this takes years. But we still believe that method of input will eventually be what the end user needs.

This summer, Microsoft is expected to ship Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, which will include Version 1.7 of its software development kit and Office applications more closely integrated with the tablet functionality.  10:33 am

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Three Minutes: Godfathers of the Spreadsheet
PC World
 

Twenty-five years after inventing the electronic spreadsheet, Dan Bricklin talks about the dawn of personal computing, why small software firms remain crucial, how technology aids community, and what people still don't get about Tablet PCs.

PCW: You've been a big proponent of pen computing. How's the Tablet PC looking?

Bricklin: Tablet PCs are too heavy for some uses, they don't have the [optimal screen] resolution, and there are a lot of other technical issues. But they're getting there. And for some people, they are there.

It's good that Microsoft is pushing the tablet forward; it opens up a new form factor. With [Wi-Fi] and the Internet, we're frequently just choosing and clicking, and the pen is wonderful for that. I can sit here reading with my tablet. I don't even necessarily use the pen; I use the arrow buttons on the machine.

The pen isn't about handwriting recognition. That's completely wrong. That's like taking a sound card and viewing the sound card by how well it does voice recognition--rather than the fact that I can now do voice over IP, and rip MP3s and play back MP3s, and do learning at a distance with Flash movies, and view streaming video with audio. 10:27 am

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Tatung shows off entertainment products, displays, Tablet PCs, servers and a videophone
DigiTimes

Tatung’s theme at this year’s Computex is “Quality Living to Live Smart.” The company is displaying its full range of IT products that enable people to access and display digital content easily and pleasantly. The line of devices on display includes the Media Center Extender, Photo Jukebox, TV cards, PDP/LCD TVs, Tablet PCs and a broadband videophone.


In IT products, pride of place is going to the company’s Tablet PC with built-in WLAN connectivity. 12:01 am

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June 4, 2004

A Must-See Tablet PC

One of our biggest complaints about tablet PCs has been their use of the same LCDs that are found in notebooks. The problem is that these displays usually have one really bad viewing angle—the angle from keyboard to screen. Granted, you'd never experience this angle from a typical notebook, but on a slate design, the flaw is noticeable, especially when you're trying to read with the screen in portrait mode. So we're happy to heap some praise on Motion Computing's M1400. This is the first slate with a 12.1-inch screen to eliminate the bad viewing angle, providing crisp, colorful images no matter which way you look at the screen. Once you check out the M1400, our new Editors' Choice, you won't want another model.

The Motion Dashboard app gives quick access to important settings, and let us adjust the amazing dual-array microphones built into the screen bezel. With barely any tweaking, we were able to block most ambient noise and record only voices speaking directly at the screen.

We did like the fingerprint sensor we found on the side, however. Coupled with the installed OmniPass software, the sensor let us merely swipe a finger to access password-protected Web sites, programs, and other log-ons that we configured it to manage.

The Motion Computing M1400 will be drawing in slate aficionados from around the world. They'll find the best tablet PC screen around, along with robust, easy-to-use features that add to a solid pen-based computing experience.  10:15 am

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Julia's DevTeach Tablet Session
whatisnew.com

The Tablet PC Developer's Revolution
When: Tuesday June 22 9:30AM
Speaker: Julia Lerman
Room: NET169

Bringing your Windows Forms skills to the world of Tablet PC's means more than learning how to create inkable controls. Many developers will be writing applications with a minimum of user experience on the tablet. Take a look at some of the common issues and decision making you will have to deal with when creating very usable applications for Tablet PC's. How to deal with your data in a disconnected environment? What options are there for inkable controls.... 10:13 am

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Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction Conference Tablet PC Events
whatisnew.com

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Conference 2004 will have a couple sessions convering Tablet PC uses. The sessions look like they will cover familiar issues. It's good to see such initiative. 10:09 am

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LawNet Tablet PC Webinar
whatisnew.com

LawNet, Inc members can attend a free webinar on Tablet PCs.

Microsoft SIG, The Right Clique: The Tablet PC -
When: June 17, 2004, 2:00 PM Eastern
Speaker: Greg Renza, Perfect Access Speer

“Word 2003, Inking and the Tablet PC”

The second coming of the Tablet PC arrived with much fanfare from Microsoft. Not only was the hardware much improved over the previous generation, but there was a whole new version of Windows XP designed especially for the Tablet. Nearly two years later, how has the Tablet impacted the way we work?
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Doctors, Untethered
Forbes

At St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., medical data are literally in the air. X-rays, CAT scans and lab results can be plucked immediately off of the hospital's wireless network, saving doctors time. Now St. Vincent's Wi-Fi network is being turned to an even more important purpose: eliminating medical errors. "Our goal is zero preventable errors

That's where Wi-Fi could help. "It's indispensable," says Mark Maldia, an internist who has worked at St. Vincent's since last July. At another hospital he might spend an hour running from floor to floor to get an X-ray. Now he can download it in five minutes. Lab results come across as soon as they're ready, not hours later. And with his tablet PC, Maldia can show patients images of their broken bones or tumors. He can even compare new images to old ones. In March, Maldia became one of the first doctors at St. Vincent's to begin prescribing drugs by computer. His verdict? "It could be the biggest time-saver yet." 10:01 am

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Sync-and-go web application support
ComputerWeekly.com

Sybase's Mobile division has unveiled the latest version of iAnywhere's M-Business Anywhere mobile application platform, featuring broader device support, new usage tracking capabilities and support for global deployments. It has also added tablet, laptop and PC support.Caroline Scofield, mobile product manager at Sybase said, "M-Business Anywhere is the only solution in the industry that enables developers to create mobile web applications for deployment on such a wide range of devices.”

“For example, existing web applications designed for delivery to PDAs can now be seamlessly deployed to tablets," she added.

The upgrade provides companies with unprecedented device flexibility while keeping development costs very low, because they can use their existing web development expertise.

"By supporting tablets, laptops and PCs in addition to PDAs, iAnywhere has made M-Business Anywhere an even stronger enterprise platform," 9:54 am

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Alias releases SketchBook Pro for Mac
digitmag

Maya maker Alias has announced that its SketchBook Pro software is now available for Mac OS X. SketchBook Pro is a sketching and annotation software application that works with pen tablets.

SketchBook Pro was originally released for Tablet PCs. Product Manager Colin Smith said that Mac users have requested the software for their platform since its initial release. "Almost every second or third e-mail has been, 'Can you put this on the Mac,'" Smith told MacCentral. "So when the time came to decide new features for this release, Mac OS X support was at the top of the list."  9:52 am

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June 7, 2004

Robertson Research Institute's NxOpinion Gives Doctors a Virtual Second Opinion
ComputerWorld

In a developing nation, a physician enters his observations of a patient's condition into a tablet computer. A user-friendly application compares the data to a massive knowledge base, then requests additional information from the physician to facilitate a rapid and accurate diagnosis through a unique "virtual dialogue."

The output must be equally user-friendly as the input," he says, adding that NxOpinion is a mobile technology that could eventually "reside on a PDA, tablet computer or PC and be updated when those devices are synced."

NxOpinion "was designed to facilitate and enhance workflow," says Bates, who participated in pilot testing in the Dominican Republic. "I didn't think any of the doctors there had seen a tablet [PC] before, but they easily picked it up. Adding data worked better than expected, thanks to the flexibility of the English/Spanish translation capability."  10:49 am

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Motion Computing CEO Scott Eckert Wins An Entrepreneur Of The Of The Year Award
Business Wire

Motion Computing announced today that its CEO, Scott Eckert, was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) for Austin.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year honor is among the world's most prestigious awards for entrepreneurs. Eckert was chosen from a list of widely respected CEO finalists from companies such as Staktek Holdings, PlanView, Multimedia Games, Esoterix Inc., NetSpend Corp., Waveset and Wayport, all successful ventures in Austin.

Motion Computing, its tablet PCs and other mobile computing products have won eight awards for industry leadership and technology innovation in 2004. Motion was recently named a Red Herring Top 100 private technology company, and has garnered PC Magazine's Editors' Choice award, Computer Reseller News' "Highly Recommended" designation and Laptop Magazine's Ultimate Choice Award for its recently announced M1400 Tablet PC.

"The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes individuals who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement," said Darin McNelis, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "Scott Eckert embodies each of these qualities and may count himself among an elite group of the world's best entrepreneurs. Congratulations to Scott and to Motion Computing."

Eckert has a history of success in the area of entrepreneurship. Prior to leading Motion Computing to early success, he was, in addition to other general manager positions at Dell Inc., the founder and general manager of Dell Online where he was responsible for the creation and execution of Dell's worldwide Internet strategy. Under his management, Dell's electronic commerce revenue grew from zero to about $20 million per day, making it the largest computer vendor on the Internet and one of the most celebrated e-commerce case studies.

Motion also announced today that leaders of the world's major industrial nations and their staffs will use Motion tablet PCs at the G8 Summit this week in Sea Island, Ga. 10:44 am

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G8 Summit Deploys Tablet PCs, Advanced Software To Assist Dialogue Among World Leaders
Business Wire

Out with sticky notes and staff scrambling about. In with clipboard-sized Tablet PCs and the latest communications software.

When the G8 Summit convenes here this week, world leaders and their staffs will interact in a manner befitting the 21st century -- relying on state-of-the-art Tablet PC hardware and cutting-edge software for "digital" note taking, online collaboration, and rapid, secure information transfer.

The G8 Summit is an informal gathering for leaders of the world's major industrial nations to discuss international issues. Until now, summit participants often relied on sticky notes and staff runners as a means ofcommunications. Now the summit organizers are providing Motion Computing(R) Tablet PCs running Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition and Microsoft Office OneNote(tm) and equipped with software developed by Groove Networks, among others, to accelerate communication among the world leaders' staffs.

"Our goal is to apply technology strategically to make this the most constructive and productive summit in the event's 30-year history," said Prescott Caballero, deputy chief information officer of the G8 Summit Planning Organization. "Over the last several months, we've evaluated a number of technology options and were very impressed with the combination of slateTablet PCs and software that enables peer-to-peer communications, digital note-taking and screen-sharing. The use of these tools already has cut preparation time by as much as 50 percent, and we expect these tools will help facilitate more productive dialogue among the summit participants this week."

Integral to the new process are specially trained staff members -- called sherpas -- from each participating country.

For example, a world leader's sherpa can quietly take notes during a session with a digital pen, underline text to flag a need for information, transmit the automatically encrypted notes over a peer-to-peer network toresearchersand policy staff located in a remote research room, and quickly and unobtrusively receive an answer to the query. After the summit, each country will remove its Tablet PC hard drives for transit home. 

From Motion Computing

Motion Computing's widely acclaimed M1300 Tablet PCs will be the hardware mainstay for the summit's collaborative environment and the primary means for each world leader's sherpa staffer to quickly communicate with policy staff and researchers.

"The G8 Summit planning committee needed a mobile computing solution that would let the world leaders and their staffs communicate faster and more reliably than ever," said Scott Eckert, Motion's CEO. "Motion delivered on these requirements in a great example of Tablet PC versatility and people using our systems in new ways and places."

G8 sherpas will use Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 on Motion Tablet PCs to capture and organize notes digitally during the summit, which they will share in real time with their assistants through shared-session technology. OneNote takes advantage of unique digital inking features in the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system to combine the freedom and flexibility of paper notes with the efficiency and power of digital organizational tools. The combination of OneNote with the Tablet PC's pen and ink functionality allows you to be more productive anywhere you need to take notes.

"The Tablet PC is about enabling people to use the power of their mobile PC in new places and in new ways" said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Windows Mobile(tm) Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp. "The innovative use of technology at the G8 Summit is a great example of how the Tablet PC along with Microsoft OneNote can replace less efficient paper processes to streamline the way people interact and work together." 10:33 am

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Toshiba Portégé M200 Tablet PC Review
rojakpot.com

The Toshiba Portégé M200 is one of the latest convertible Tablet PCs running the Microsoft Tablet PC operating system. In fact, it's currently the most powerful and capable Tablet PC in the market!

So, let's take a look at what the Portégé M200 offers. Oh by the way,unlikeother members of Team ARP, I'm not a person who believes in benchmarks. I prefer the judge a notebook on other aspects

The Toshiba Portégé M200 is definitely worth checking out if you are in the market for a Tablet PC or an ultra-portable notebook. It is more expensive than other ultra-portables in the same class but that's because of its additional capabilities as well as its Tablet features. If you give this Tablet PC a shot, you'll never want to return to a normal notebook again!  10:30 am

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Tablet PCs on slow dissolve
ZDNet.co.uk, UK

Those who've actually used Tablet PCs are enthusiastic. There are many classes of consumer who aren't at ease with keyboards, and the Tablet PC's handwriting recognition is good enough to keep them happy. The next generation of operating system extensions will be even easier to use -- when Microsoft manages to ship them: the company's seeming inability to produce new software has spilled over into Lonestar, the long-promised update. And nobody doubts that the ideal domestic tablet that's slim, light, long-lived, cheap and delivers high quality media over wireless networking will walk off the shelves.

When the technology for pen-sensitive screens becomes cheap enough, it will be adopted by everyone -- and why not. At that point, Microsoft will stop maintaining the Tablet PC operating system as a separate brand and just subsume the pen and digital ink stuff into the mainstream OS. 10:26 am

June 7, 2004

Robertson Research Institute's NxOpinion Gives Doctors a Virtual Second Opinion
ComputerWorld

In a developing nation, a physician enters his observations of a patient's condition into a tablet computer. A user-friendly application compares the data to a massive knowledge base, then requests additional information from the physician to facilitate a rapid and accurate diagnosis through a unique "virtual dialogue."

The output must be equally user-friendly as the input," he says, adding that NxOpinion is a mobile technology that could eventually "reside on a PDA, tablet computer or PC and be updated when those devices are synced."

NxOpinion "was designed to facilitate and enhance workflow," says Bates, who participated in pilot testing in the Dominican Republic. "I didn't think any of the doctors there had seen a tablet [PC] before, but they easily picked it up. Adding data worked better than expected, thanks to the flexibility of the English/Spanish translation capability."  10:49 am

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Motion Computing CEO Scott Eckert Wins An Entrepreneur Of The Of The Year Award
Business Wire

Motion Computing announced today that its CEO, Scott Eckert, was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) for Austin.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year honor is among the world's most prestigious awards for entrepreneurs. Eckert was chosen from a list of widely respected CEO finalists from companies such as Staktek Holdings, PlanView, Multimedia Games, Esoterix Inc., NetSpend Corp., Waveset and Wayport, all successful ventures in Austin.

Motion Computing, its tablet PCs and other mobile computing products have won eight awards for industry leadership and technology innovation in 2004. Motion was recently named a Red Herring Top 100 private technology company, and has garnered PC Magazine's Editors' Choice award, Computer Reseller News' "Highly Recommended" designation and Laptop Magazine's Ultimate Choice Award for its recently announced M1400 Tablet PC.

"The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes individuals who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement," said Darin McNelis, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "Scott Eckert embodies each of these qualities and may count himself among an elite group of the world's best entrepreneurs. Congratulations to Scott and to Motion Computing."

Eckert has a history of success in the area of entrepreneurship. Prior to leading Motion Computing to early success, he was, in addition to other general manager positions at Dell Inc., the founder and general manager of Dell Online where he was responsible for the creation and execution of Dell's worldwide Internet strategy. Under his management, Dell's electronic commerce revenue grew from zero to about $20 million per day, making it the largest computer vendor on the Internet and one of the most celebrated e-commerce case studies.

Motion also announced today that leaders of the world's major industrial nations and their staffs will use Motion tablet PCs at the G8 Summit this week in Sea Island, Ga. 10:44 am

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G8 Summit Deploys Tablet PCs, Advanced Software To Assist Dialogue Among World Leaders
Business Wire

Out with sticky notes and staff scrambling about. In with clipboard-sized Tablet PCs and the latest communications software.

When the G8 Summit convenes here this week, world leaders and their staffs will interact in a manner befitting the 21st century -- relying on state-of-the-art Tablet PC hardware and cutting-edge software for "digital" note taking, online collaboration, and rapid, secure information transfer.

The G8 Summit is an informal gathering for leaders of the world's major industrial nations to discuss international issues. Until now, summit participants often relied on sticky notes and staff runners as a means ofcommunications. Now the summit organizers are providing Motion Computing(R) Tablet PCs running Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition and Microsoft Office OneNote(tm) and equipped with software developed by Groove Networks, among others, to accelerate communication among the world leaders' staffs.

"Our goal is to apply technology strategically to make this the most constructive and productive summit in the event's 30-year history," said Prescott Caballero, deputy chief information officer of the G8 Summit Planning Organization. "Over the last several months, we've evaluated a number of technology options and were very impressed with the combination of slateTablet PCs and software that enables peer-to-peer communications, digital note-taking and screen-sharing. The use of these tools already has cut preparation time by as much as 50 percent, and we expect these tools will help facilitate more productive dialogue among the summit participants this week."

Integral to the new process are specially trained staff members -- called sherpas -- from each participating country.

For example, a world leader's sherpa can quietly take notes during a session with a digital pen, underline text to flag a need for information, transmit the automatically encrypted notes over a peer-to-peer network toresearchersand policy staff located in a remote research room, and quickly and unobtrusively receive an answer to the query. After the summit, each country will remove its Tablet PC hard drives for transit home. 

From Motion Computing

Motion Computing's widely acclaimed M1300 Tablet PCs will be the hardware mainstay for the summit's collaborative environment and the primary means for each world leader's sherpa staffer to quickly communicate with policy staff and researchers.

"The G8 Summit planning committee needed a mobile computing solution that would let the world leaders and their staffs communicate faster and more reliably than ever," said Scott Eckert, Motion's CEO. "Motion delivered on these requirements in a great example of Tablet PC versatility and people using our systems in new ways and places."

G8 sherpas will use Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 on Motion Tablet PCs to capture and organize notes digitally during the summit, which they will share in real time with their assistants through shared-session technology. OneNote takes advantage of unique digital inking features in the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system to combine the freedom and flexibility of paper notes with the efficiency and power of digital organizational tools. The combination of OneNote with the Tablet PC's pen and ink functionality allows you to be more productive anywhere you need to take notes.

"The Tablet PC is about enabling people to use the power of their mobile PC in new places and in new ways" said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Windows Mobile(tm) Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp. "The innovative use of technology at the G8 Summit is a great example of how the Tablet PC along with Microsoft OneNote can replace less efficient paper processes to streamline the way people interact and work together." 10:33 am

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Toshiba Portégé M200 Tablet PC Review
rojakpot.com

The Toshiba Portégé M200 is one of the latest convertible Tablet PCs running the Microsoft Tablet PC operating system. In fact, it's currently the most powerful and capable Tablet PC in the market!

So, let's take a look at what the Portégé M200 offers. Oh by the way,unlikeother members of Team ARP, I'm not a person who believes in benchmarks. I prefer the judge a notebook on other aspects

The Toshiba Portégé M200 is definitely worth checking out if you are in the market for a Tablet PC or an ultra-portable notebook. It is more expensive than other ultra-portables in the same class but that's because of its additional capabilities as well as its Tablet features. If you give this Tablet PC a shot, you'll never want to return to a normal notebook again!  10:30 am

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Tablet PCs on slow dissolve
ZDNet.co.uk, UK

Those who've actually used Tablet PCs are enthusiastic. There are many classes of consumer who aren't at ease with keyboards, and the Tablet PC's handwriting recognition is good enough to keep them happy. The next generation of operating system extensions will be even easier to use -- when Microsoft manages to ship them: the company's seeming inability to produce new software has spilled over into Lonestar, the long-promised update. And nobody doubts that the ideal domestic tablet that's slim, light, long-lived, cheap and delivers high quality media over wireless networking will walk off the shelves.

When the technology for pen-sensitive screens becomes cheap enough, it will be adopted by everyone -- and why not. At that point, Microsoft will stop maintaining the Tablet PC operating system as a separate brand and just subsume the pen and digital ink stuff into the mainstream OS. 10:26 am

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June 8, 2004

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Chat Today at 3:00pm Pacific time

Join the Tablet PC product team the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:00pm Pacific time. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition paves the way for the most versatile computing experience ever. The mobility of Tablet PC is combined with ink and speech tools to let you take your PC too many more places and use it in many new ways. You bring the questions, we will supply the experts.

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Ekahau Launches Location-Aware Apps for Wi-Fi-Enabled Computers
DirectionsMag.co

Ekahau to add location awareness to Wi-Fi enabled Notebooks and Tablet computers using the award winning Ekahau Positioning Engine.

Ekahau Inc. today announced that enterprise customers in various markets can now run location-aware applications on their Wi-Fi enabled mobile computers, including those based on Intel(r) Centrino(tm) mobile technology.

Enterprise location-aware computing applications typically deliver content or services to end users based on location and context, such as a doctor being automatically presented with a patient's records based on the proximity of the patient to the doctor.

Ekahau worked with Intel to optimize its solution for mobile PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology - Intel's leading technology for mobile computing. Intel Centrino mobile technology delivers outstanding mobile performance and wireless LAN capability, while enabling extended battery life in thinner and lighter notebook PCs. 7:20 am

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FOCUS ON: TABLET PCs: New Products Aimed At Verticals
crn.com

Solution providers are finding that tablet PCs with ruggedized features are increasingly attractive to customers in vertical markets such as public safety, manufacturing, warehousing and logistics and health care.

Mapping Solutions, a solution provider and application developer in Oregon City, Ore., builds turnkey offerings aimed at the public safety market that combine rugged systems with its mapping applications. Mike Collins, director of sales and marketing at Mapping Solutions, said that while some customers seeking mobile solutions might consider PDAs, the larger screen real estate on tablet PCs makes them a better fit for graphics-intensive applications.

New products from Hewlett-Packard and JLT Mobile Computers are aimed at meeting the needs of vertical-market customers.

HP began shipping in April its first rugged unit, the HP Tablet PC tr3000. For the past three years, HP had been reselling an offering from tablet PC vendor Itronix that carried the Itronix brand name.

The tr3000 weighs 3.7 pounds and includes an 8.4-inch outdoor transmissive touch screen designed for easier viewing in bright sunlight. It runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition on a 933MHz ultra-low-voltage mobile Intel Pentium III processor and can withstand a 3-foot drop. The tr3000 also includes integrated wireless capabilities and carries an estimated street price of $3,449.

JLT is also venturing into the rugged tablet PC market with the G-force 850, slated to ship in volume by August. The G-force 850 will feature either a magnesium or precision-built aluminum case, replacing the plastic case featured on early production models.

TThe G-force 850 includes an 8.4-inch touch screen that, unlike other tablet PCs, does not require a pen or stylus for operation. "Other systems have a touch screen but can't be activated by an object other than the pen. Ours features a resistive touch screen that can be operated by the user's finger," Einck said. The G-force 850's touch screen makes it more attractive in industrial environments where users often wear gloves or where pens are likely to get lost.

Weighing less than 3.5 pounds, JLT's G-force 850 runs Windows XP Tablet PC edition on Transmeta processors with speeds of up to 800MHz. Priced at $4,000, the unit provides up to eight hours of battery life and can sustain up to a 4-foot drop, Einck said. 7:04 am

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Electrovaya Receives the 'Technology Award' and the 'Battery Electric Vehicle Award' at the Tour De Sol 2004
Business Wire

Electrovaya Inc., a world leader in Lithium Ion SuperPolymer(R) battery technology, announces the receipt of the "Technology Award" and the "Battery Electric Vehicle Award" at the Tour de Sol.

Electrovaya's goal is to become the leading provider of tablet PC's, portable power for the notebook computer, aerospace 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(TM) Tablet PC 7:02 am

June 9, 2004

Home Inspectors Adopt Criterion Corporation's Tablet PC Real Estate Solution
Business Wire

Criterion Corporation today announced that Building Specs Inc., a major national home inspection, environmental inspection and training company, has endorsed Criterion's Tablet PC Real Estate Solution for use by its 70 licensed affiliates and the approximately 400 home inspectors each year who rely on Building Specs for up-to-date training in home inspection tools and techniques.

Criterion's Tablet PC Solution (http://www.redtablet.com) provides everything a home inspector needs to complete home inspection reports entirely from the field.

The Criterion Tablet PC Solution features award-winning Motion Computing tablet PCs with a View Anywhere(tm) display. The Motion tablet PC's lightweight slate design is about the size of a clipboard and enables home inspectors to fill out digital inspection forms "on the go" while carrying the device in one arm and accessing and inputting data with a digital pen. The View Anywhere indoor-outdoor display option provides uncompromised indoor and outdoor viewing without sacrificing battery life -- a combination of user benefits helpful for home inspectors, who need a clear screen in all lighting conditions.

The Criterion Tablet PC Solution's built-in wireless WAN card, digital camera and mobile printer also enable home inspectors to instantly access technical information over the Internet during an inspection or snap a photo and import it into a report. At the conclusion of the inspection, the inspector can e-mail and/or print the report for the buyer, seller or real estate agents while at the property.

"The Criterion Tablet PC Solution gives home inspectors everything they need to do business while out in the field," said Stephen Showalter, founder and president of Building Specs Inc. and a past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors. "If I need some reference material in the middle of an inspection, I don't have to wait to get back in the office to access it. I can simply pull it up on the screen and get the information I need right away."  10:45 am

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Fiber-optic network, Tablet PCs, Wi-Fi at G8 summit
Computerworld Australia

As official delegations from eight major Western nations begin Tuesday's G8 Summit on Sea Island in Georgia, their work is being supported by a number of technologies put in place just for the three-day event.

The summit, convening in the U.S for the first time in seven years, includes officials from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the U.K.

Networks range from a massive 2,000-mile fiber-optic network in coastal Georgia to a free Wi-Fi network and beefed-up cellular service.

Included in the technology mix are 780 push-to-talk cellular phones distributed to delegates and to federal, state and local staffers and security personnel.

When they're not using the phones, aides to the various heads of state will be able to take notes and conduct research using tablet computers from Motion Computing, Office OneNote software from Microsoft and virtual office collaboration software from Groove Networks, according to Tricia Traeger, a spokeswoman for Motion Computing. She said each G8 delegation will be able to use the tablets over a secure peer-to-peer network, using Microsoft OneNote to highlight notes that need more research.  10:38 am


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NoInk Inks Deal With Rehabilicare
ebizQ, NY

NoInk Communications, a provider of integrated handheld and Web-based software for the medical industry, was chosen to provide sales force automation solutions to Rehabilicare, a maker of home-use electrotherapy devices and a division of Compex Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMPX). NoInk says its solutions are “being integrated across Rehabilicare’s medical sales force to drive efficiencies in the ordering, inventory and contact management processes.”Rehabilicare recently deployed NoInk’s mobile technology to 15 of its field sales representatives and managers for a pilot program. Once the test phase is complete, the company will roll out NoInk’s solutions to its more than 60 employee sales reps. The Tablet PC applications will allow the company to better track and service its field inventory which is stocked across 6,000 nationwide physical therapy clinic and physician office locations

In addition to licensing NoInk’s Web-based sales force automation (SFA) software, Rehabilicare’s reps are also running applications on Tablet PCs in the field.  10:35 am

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Seize the Work Day - an interview with Michael Linenberger
tabletpcsweblogs

Michael Linenberger, author of Seize the Work Day, recently agreed to field a few questions about his guide to adopting the Tablet PC. The book offers a wealth of practical, hands-on recommendations about configuring a Tablet PC for maximum productivity as well as comprehensive reviews and implementation guidelines for software applications that take advantage of digital ink. Linenberger, a former executive with Accenture and a long-time technologist and knowledge worker, develops a model built around a digital “binder” containing your “power documents” - those documents that, regardless of their source, are critical to the work at hand.

I found the book to be an extraordinary aid in getting my Tablet PC system configured and a good set of software tools installed and integrated. While my work circumstances differ from Linenberger’s (I work in a software company and have very few outside meetings with clients) and so came to somewhat different conclusions on form factor and work style, virtually every recommendation made in the book was worthy of consideration and most have become part of my approach to making the Tablet PC the central tool in my work. 10: 30 am

 

June 10, 2004

Leica and GiveMePower Present World's First Laser-Powered Wireless CAD Solution at AIA 2004 National Convention in Chicago
Business Wire

Leica Geosystems today begin presenting PowerCAD(R) SiteMaster(TM) at the American Institute of Architects 2004 National Convention and Design Expo in Chicago. PowerCAD SiteMaster is a new mobile and wireless field solution which automates the creation of wireless, laser-generated as-built floor plans, area estimates, and building inspections for architects, appraisers, contractors, engineers, estimators, installers, realtors and other professionals involved in the design, construction and management of buildings.

Improving job efficiencies as much as 1,000% over manual "measuring tape and paper" methods, PowerCAD SiteMaster uses precise measurements from a wireless Leica DISTO(TM) Plus laser to automatically create richly detailed as-built floor plans and construction drawings on a Windows(R) Pocket PC, Handheld PC or Tablet PC. Drawings are generated to professional architectural CAD standards, and include complete as-built site information with extended detailing, accurate room areas and dimensions, and on-site inspection observations including digital photographs and hands-free VoiceNOTE(TM) audio recordings.  10:20 am

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The Challenge of Designing Interfaces for the Tablet PC
devx.com

Designing a usable interface for a Tablet PC program is considerably trickier than simply drawing blue lines across a yellow background and calling it a legal pad. Consider these challenges, and learn how to overcome them. 

The pen is a harsh mistress. While the portability and direct manipulation of the Tablet PC form-factor are a dream come true for many users, designing a usable interface for a Tablet PC program is considerably trickier than simply drawing blue lines across a yellow background and calling it a legal pad. UI design is made harder because the Tablet PC is frequently compared to the versatile blank sheet of paper.  10:15 am

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Transmeta shrink Efficeon CPU
I.T. Vibe

Transmeta have today announced they are to release an addition to their Efficeon processor range which will be 45% smaller than its predecessors. The new TM8620 is to come in a new, small 21mm x 21mm package.

The Efficeon range are designed specially for embedded systems, and portable devices such as PDA’s, tablet PC’s, notebooks and so on. With the Efficeon’s new smaller size, lesser power consumption, high performance and longer battery life, as well as the ability to run these processors with only passive cooling ( fanless operation ), the Transmeta CPU range for portable devices is looking very attractive indeed. 10:12 am


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What gadgets support Gmail right now?
engadget

That said, in the bunker here, all of our Tablet PCs, Robots, Media Center PCs (Gmail on TV!) and other devices which are running IE as well as our Linux machines with Mozilla and/or Netscape worked fine as expected. We think this is the first example of Gmail on a robot :-]


So basically for now it seems PDAs and Phones are out. You could do a VNC service on your phone/pda back to a computer and view Gmail that way, but it’s an overkill. We think once Gmail supports forwarding, you’ll be able to read your Gmail on just about any device. If you got Gmail to run on something besides the list above us know. 8:50 AM

 

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Bill Bodin for IBM and Dean Guida for Infragistics to Be featured on This Week's Let's Talk Computers(R)
Market Wire

Guests from IBM and Infragistics, Inc. will appear on radio talk show "Let's Talk Computers." IBM is the world's leading e-business company offering a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that help businesses take full advantage of emerging innovation. Infragistics™ is the world's largest publisher of reusable presentation layer development tools for the Microsoft® .NET®, COM, and Java® platforms.

CEO Dean Guida of Infragistics (http://www.infragistics.com) discusses the release of a new video from experts at Infragistics, Gartner and Microsoft and the release of NetAdvantage™ 2004. "The Increasing Importance Of The Presentation Layer To The Enterprise" provides answers on achieving Tier 1 strategy, better ROI, standardization and more. Infragistics NetAdvantage™ 2004 is the ultimate presentation layer toolset for building commercial class user interfaces for Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Tablet PC and COM with the look and feel of today's most popular applications, including Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows.

Listen to the interviews at:

IBM http://www.lets-talk-computers.net/guests/ibm/smarthome2

Infragistics http://www.lets-talk-computers.net/guests/infragistics/net2004  8:47 am

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Acer unveils new notebook range
ITWeb

Acer has launched its new range of TravelMate notebooks, featuring the latest technology available on the market today.

Also released earlier this year, Acer's two new Tablet PC notebook offerings, the ultra-portable TravelMate C111 and C302Mxi, are based on Intel Centrino Mobile technology.

The C111, the entry-level Tablet PC offering from Acer, is a top of the range notebook for power users. An upgrade from the C100, sporting Bluetooth connectivity, the C111 is a third-generation tablet PC driven by Intel Centrino Mobile technology using Intel's home-grown 855GM graphics processor.

Acer's new TravelMate C300 convertible Tablet PC (TMC302Mxi) offers users long battery life, a swivel 14.1-inch XGA LCD screen, a full size keyboard, integrated gigabit LAN networking functionality and a host of connectivity options to suit power users' needs "out-of-the-box”.

The TMC302Mxi offers more functionality than any other notebook on the market and gives Acer's channel partners a distinct advantage over the competition. The size, performance and features of the TMC302Mxi suit a broad set of customers looking to take advantage of the latest mobile wireless technology  8:44 am

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June 14, 2004

Global eScience Announces CTO Appointment
Business Wire

Global eScience announces the appointment of Tom Davidson, as it's Chief Technical Officer.

Virgil Hentz, Chairman and CEO of the Company, stated, "We are very pleased with Mr. Davidson joining our organization, he will be located in our Olathe, Kansas manufacturing facility, overseeing engineering, network and technical operations. We see Mr. Davidson playing a vital role in the design and engineering of essential networking and security components in our Tablet PC product. His responsibilities will include the implementation of high-speed wireless, VOIP (voice over IP) and GPS technologies in the company's Tablet PC equipment. He will play a key role in expanding the Company's high-speed broadband and IP telephony presence in the global market place. 9:27 am

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Chicago White Sox Hit Home Run With Gateway PCs and Personalized Service
PR Newswire

Team Applauds Stability of Hardware, High Levels of Service

Baseball in the new millennium is less about peanuts and popcorn and more about computer technology than ever before.

"Baseball these days is very high-tech, with a variety of diverse and specialized needs," said Brown. "We have scouts who use Gateway notebooks to submit reports and trainers who wirelessly connect to the team network while on the road. Our chief financial officer uses a Gateway tablet PC to help manage our organization's finances. And even White Sox players benefit from the Gateway relationship by getting the latest in computer hardware." 9:24 am

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invivodata to Launch In-Clinic Solution for Collecting Patient- Patient-Reported Outcomes Data in Clinical Trials
Business Wire

invivodata(R) inc., an industry leader in electronic patient self-report solutions for clinical research, today unveiled SitePRO, its in-clinic patient reporting system for collecting patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data in clinical trials. Specifically designed for conducting on-site quality of life assessments and patient screening, SitePRO is already proving to be an effective tool for site coordinators and patients alike. It is currently being used in a global Phase IIB trial involving hundreds of sites and thousands of patients.

John Ware, Ph.D., chief quality officer at QualityMetric Inc., the world's foremost source of patient-based, generic and disease-specific health surveys for clinical trials, added, "Delivering quality of life assessments on handheld electronic devices can make it easier for patients to provide clean, error-free data that is in range. Because SitePRO scores patient assessments automatically, it can not only expedite the process, but also eliminate data entry errors."

SitePRO features a screen three and one half times wider than a standard personal digital assistant (PDA) display and can present complex text-based questions on an easy-to-use touch-screen interface without reformatting. Merging the practicality of a PDA with the functionality of a Tablet PC, SitePRO is an easy-to-use system proven to help patients provide accurate in-clinic reporting.  9:22 am

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Infragistics(TM) Introduces New Features and Designers In NetAdvantage(TM) 2004 Volume 2 Release
PR Newswire

Infragistics, the world's largest publisher of reusable presentation layer development tools for the Microsoft(R) .NET(R), COM, and Java(R) platforms, today announced it is shipping the Infragistics NetAdvantage 2004 Volume 2, a complete toolset for developing commercial quality user interfaces for Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Tablet PC & COM. Volume 2 of NetAdvantage 2004 ships with new designers and style presets across all ASP.NET elements, MSDN style help through HelpCenter, new features in WebTab, WebGrid, WebCombo, WinSchedule and WinGrid, and three new elements: WinDataSource, WinGridBagLayout, and WinFlowLayout.

Today, Infragistics NetAdvantage 2004 Volume 2 is the single most comprehensive presentation layer development toolset on the market. Ideal for designing commercial class applications for all Microsoft development environments - Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Tablet PC and COM - Infragistics NetAdvantage 2004 Volume 2 is now expanded and comprised of best-of-breed elements including grids, scheduling, charting, toolbars, tabs, explorer bars, menus, listbars, trees, dock manager, UI and editing elements, and more. 9:19 am

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R&D Envy
Information Week

Each year, HIP Health Plan Of New York finds one or two of what chief technology officer Pedro Villalba calls "golden nuggets" in the company's IT "sandbox." The first golden nugget extracted this year from the sandbox--as the company's research lab is known--is a tablet PC with customized software that's used by nurses to gather information about hospital patients so the health-insurance company's case managers can recommend the most cost-effective treatments.

Two nurses are using the tablet PC in a pilot project that--if successful--will be expanded to 15 nurses on HIP's staff. In New York hospitals, nurses visit patients who are insured by the company and type each patient's case information into a standard form on the PC. A nurse then can swivel the machine's screen to tablet form and, using a stylus, write observations and comments in her own handwriting. The information is uploaded via a wireless network to a database accessible to case managers, who analyze the cases and make recommendations to caregivers within 24 hours. 9:17 am

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Why I Bought a TabletPC
michaelhyatt.blogs.com

When I leave for a meeting—and most of my life is spent attending meetings—everything changes. Before, I would have grabbed a legal pad, a folder, and perhaps even a binder or two. Now, I just pull the Toshiba out of the docking station, whirl the screen around so that it’s in tablet mode, insert it into my leather portfolio, and off I go. This takes about 5 seconds.

Now I have all my files with me. In fact, I have set up my “Power Documents” (another Linenberger idea) in OneNote for instant reference. (I plan to blog more about these later.) Since our office is wireless, I can quickly look up something on the Web if needed in the meeting. I can also make assignments or solicit information via e-mail. Much of the assignments I receive in meetings can be done right there in the meeting. You have to experience this to believe it, but it's already been a great boon to my productivity. 9:14 am

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Fujitsu Siemens Computers' new branding campaign hinges on its campaign hinges on its brand assurance: Responsibility
AME Info

The new campaign uses striking statements complemented by nature motifs to draw the audience's attention. With provocative statements such as 'Flexibility is based on instinct, or a sense of responsibility' to showcase the convertible LIFEBOOK T tablet PC; 'Intelligent systems work without lead, but not without responsibility' to promote the SCENIC E green PC; or 'Mobility, instinct or responsibility?' to feature the STYLISTIC Tablet PCs, the company intends to promote what is near to the customer's heart: keeping their business running with a partner they can trust.

'Our new branding campaign is meant to speak to our customers on their terms,' added Bibi. 'It is also designed to promote the strong company image of being a responsible IT vendor. We continue with our customer promise: We make sure.' 9:12 am

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Al-Futtaim Panatech wins deal from Emirates Airlines for for Panasonic's latest range of rugged laptops
AME Info

Emirates Airlines has recently purchased from Al-Futtaim Panatech LLC, Panasonic's CF-18 range of 'Toughbook' laptops for the airline's new A340 fleet.

The Toughbook CF-18, driven by Intel's Centrino mobile technology, is a power-packed notebook PC, fully convertible to Tablet PC design. It is powered by an ultra low voltage Pentium M processor 900MHz, and has a 256MB SDRAM expandable to 768MB.

To ensure compliance with the airline's stringent standards, Panasonic has strengthened the CF-18's functionality by developing installing a 400hz AC adaptor. The laptop is loaded with mission critical software enabling pilots to access information like aircraft thrust, temperature, wind, load calculation and other necessary trouble-shooting data. The HDD (hard disk drive) can be removed enabling easy and frequent data transfer. The laptop's touch screen functionality, removable HDD and easy conversion to a tablet PC format are also added advantages.

'The Toughbook CF-18 offers the ideal solution for in-flight usage and reflects Panasonic's commitment to offer high levels of performance, technological innovation and durability in a portable computer. The laptop's energy efficient lithium iron battery has a runtime of over six hours making it ideal during long-haul flights or delays. The cockpit is often flooded with bright sunlight, making it difficult to view a computer screen, however the CF-18's thin-glass display is fitted with trans-reflective technology that can block out excess sunlight. 9:10 am

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HP gives tech grant to McNary
Keizertimes, OR 

When McNary High School's new freshmen begin classes next fall they'll benefit from a $35,000 Technology for Teaching grant given to the science department by Hewlett-Packard Co. The company will deliver five tablet personal computers, five multimedia projectors, an all-in-one fax, scanner and copier, and a digital camera to the school sometime this summer.

"The tablet PC allows educators to write notes that are projected onto a screen in the room, and when they are done, they can save these notes will be able to show them to absent students at a later date," 9:07 am.

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June 15, 2004


Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Preview
Now available for Download

Technical Preview Program

To aid IT professionals in planning and testing for the deployment of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft is making available this preview, based on Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of SP2. Additionally, we have established 11 newsgroups for sharing information


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Tinker Air Force Base Completes First Phase of Landmark Aircraft Maintenance Project Using Wireless PLM Solution From UGS and Intel Corporation
Yahoo News

UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, Intel Corporation and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) today announced the completion of the first phase of a wireless Tablet PC-based mobility solution project for maintenance mechanics at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), which could improve the efficiency and productivity of aircraft maintenance time with the potential for significant cost savings.

The point-of-maintenance solution consists of software based on UGS' industry-leading Teamcenter® PLM portfolio -- which already serves as the digital backbone of Tinker's lifecycle management process -- running on wireless Tablet PCs based on Intel® Centrino(TM) mobile technology.

This new solution enables our maintenance personnel to enter the repair data on a wireless Tablet PC right at the point-of-maintenance using an electronic version of the same paper forms we use today. We expect this dramatically streamlined system could save Tinker AFB significant direct maintenance costs, as well as reduce aircraft maintenance cycle time. This new technology application enables us to increase the time these aircraft are in service doing the defense department jobs they were designed to do." 9:59 am

 

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Exideas and Mercurial Innovations Group Partner to Develop a Compact Touchpad Keyboard Based on Exideas' MessagEase Technology
Yahoo News

Exideas, a California software company specializing in
Computer-Human Interface (http://www.Exideas.com), and Victoria based
Mercurial Innovations Group Ltd. (http://www.thinkmig.com) today announced their strategic partnership for developing a compact touchpad USB keyboard for PC's using Exideas' MessagEase technology. This keyboard will provide full functionality using an area much smaller than a regular computer keyboard, making it an ideal tool for various consumer, industrial, and military applications.

MessagEase Keyboard uses a system of taps and slides with fewer keys requiring a smaller area. The taps enter frequent letters while slides enter the rest of the characters. MessagEase keyboard is currently available for use with PDA's and Tablet PC's. A touchpad implementation of MessagEase can also function as a mouse input, obviating the need for a separate mouse. 9:56 am

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Rehabilicare Implements NoInk Communications' Sales Force Automation Solutions to Drive Efficiencies
Yahoo News

Rehabilicare recently deployed NoInk's mobile technology to 15 of its field sales representatives and managers for a pilot program. Once the test phase is complete, the company will roll out NoInk's solutions to its more than 60 employee sales reps. The Tablet PC applications will allow the company to better track and service its field inventory which is stocked across 6,000 nationwide physical therapy clinic and physician office locations.

In addition to licensing NoInk's Web-based sales force automation (SFA) software, Rehabilicare's reps are also running applications on Tablet PCs in the field. 9:53 am

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Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Ships
WinInformant.com

Sometime this morning, Microsoft will publicly launch the second public preview release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the oft-delayed Release Candidate 2 (RC2) build, giving customers one last chance to test the product and the myriad of changes it brings. XP SP2 is an extensive, security-oriented update to XP that, in many ways, is as disruptive as a major Windows release.
  
For Tablet PC users, the update also provides a major refresh of XP Tablet PC Edition that adds a much-improved Tablet Input Panel and other features. Likewise, Media Center PC users will find their systems updated to XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, also a major update, after they install XP SP2. 9:49 am

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NEC Solutions America and Abacus Partner to Deliver Mobile Solution to Legal Community
TMCnet

AbacusLaw Software Enables Legal Professionals to Join the Mobile Workforce with Ease and Efficiency with NEC's Industry Leading Tablet PC

NEC Solutions (America), Inc., a premier provider of integrated solutions for the connected enterprise in North America, today announced a collaboration with Abacus Data Systems, a leading provider of legal practice management software, to include AbacusLaw Classic software with NEC's Versa LitePad Tablet PC, the industry's thinnest and lightest Tablet PC solution on the market today.


"NEC Solutions America and Abacus have revolutionized the legal pad by combining the most innovative Tablet PC on the market with the industry's most recognized law practice software," said Judd Kessler, Esq., Abacus Data Systems President. "The Versa LitePad and AbacusLaw Classic package provides the legal industry with a convenient, portable and fully functional solution that will prove to be a major competitive advantage for the attorneys who use it." 9:46 am

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Emirates airlines opts for rugged laptops
CPILive.net

Emirates Airlines has recently purchased from Al-Futtaim Panatech LLC, Panasonic’s CF-18 range of ‘Toughbook’ laptops for the airline’s new A340 fleet. Al-Futtaim Panatech LLC, a part of the Al Futtaim Group is the sole UAE distributor of Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE, the leading global manufacturer of security, telecommunication, office solutions and consumer electronics.

The Toughbook CF-18, driven by Intel’s Centrino mobile technology, is a power-packed notebook PC, fully convertible to Tablet PC design.

The laptop’s touch screen functionality, removable HDD and easy conversion to a tablet PC format are also added advantages.

“The Toughbook CF-18 offers the ideal solution for in-flight usage and reflects Panasonic’s commitment to offer high levels of performance, technological innovation and durability in a portable computer.
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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Form
Transform Magazine

Could there be a best-of-both worlds alternative to all-paper or all-digital records? The Cherokee Indian Hospital is deploying digital pens and "smart" paper forms that will capture a digital record of more than 120,000 patient visits per year. The 27-bed hospital is sticking with the forms paradigm in part to satisfy HIPAA record keeping guidelines but also to support seven remote health centers in surrounding areas of western North Carolina.

The hospital's new approach is built on HP's Forms Automation System, which generates personalized forms that can be used with tablet PCs or printed and filled out with special pens that capture information using standard ink and built-in infrared cameras that record each pen stroke. The hospital has automated four of its 15 standard patient encounter forms since February, and the same templates and data collection rules are used whether the forms are on completed with tablet PCs or digital pens.

"We're using the tablet PCs in the high-volume areas, such as the emergency room, but the digital pens are much more affordable — $200 versus $1,800 each," says computer analyst and developer Jim Eller. The hospital will purchase as many as 40 pens. 9:40 am

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June 16, 2004

Review: Exideas MessagEase
Peter Rysavy

Overall, MessagEase is a very innovative text entry system for those times when you use a Tablet PC with just a pen, but still want the efficiency and control of a full keyboard. It eliminates a lot of the physical pen movement that would be necessary to operate the built-in Tablet PC keyboard, and it takes up a lot less space too. However, even though it may consist of a small window, MessagEase provides all the functionality of a standard keyboard, and more. It has a learning curve, but the layout makes sense and takes a lot less time to get used to than you would think at first.   2:46 pm

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Tablets take their time
ZDNet.com

"Tablet technology is progressing as expected, which is slowly," said Alan Promisel, an analyst with IDC. "Over time, there's going to be a greater number of convertible designs available at lower prices, making the (price) difference between a tablet and a traditional notebook almost negligible."

"I think at some point in the future, tablets are going to be there," Ward said. "Personally, I do not think it is today's generation of tablets, and I think there are a number of changes that need to happen. We should talk again in 18 months. That's when I think the software will be ready--although some people are using it today--for the masses."

New designs may also help the tablet PC. Gateway and Acer have already been selling convertible tablet models that incorporate larger, 14-inch screens, which are likely more appealing to executives, but tablet makers are expected to reveal additional models later this year as well.

There is potential for tablet PCs to become home computing devices over time, but so far little has been done to market them to consumers. 12:53 pm

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Tablet PCs to hit their stride in 2005
PC Pro, UK

Tablet PCs will have to wait until 2005 before they hit their stride, according to analysts.

Industry analysts In-Stat/MDR reckon the cast of Microsoft and its hardware partners, such as Acer and HP, have achieved only partial success with the Tablet PC show, since its launch in October 2002.

The firm reckons that as the prices of the pen-based computing devices breaks down through the $2,000 barrier, they will broaden their appeal to a much wider audience.

Up until now though, the high prices have kept the devices to niche markets where they are deployed for a specific task, often using specialist software developed by partners. 11:01 am

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Large Vendors Target SME Accounting Marketplace
Accounting Software 411

The recent American Institute of CPAs Information Technology Conference in Las Vegas, May 3-5, 2004, featured a number of exhibitors, many of whom are typically thought of as more appealing to the large enterprise space. Conversations with them proved otherwise, and given the number of small- to medium-sized CPA firm/consultant attending this conference, many vendors made attempts to enter the smaller space with new programs, offerings and innovations.

For example, HP (Hewlett-Packard) is no stranger to the small- to medium-size space, but made a concerted effort at the conference to showcase its products and services to this market to gain even more market share. HP demonstrated its Compaq Tablet PC, various notebooks, handhelds, and, of course, a variety of printers and peripherals. In the third quarter of 2003, HP announced its new SMB strategy called “Smart Office.”
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Hewlett-Packard asks what's in a name? $860m
Sydney Morning Herald,

Hewlett-Packard has enlisted the engine room of the Sydney Opera House as part of a $US600 million ($860 million) advertising effort to catapult the computer company into the top 10 most recognised and favoured brands in the world.

Among its targets in the current top 10 line-up of world brands are old-timers Microsoft, IBM and McDonald's.

Since May 2002, when Hewlett-Packard and Compaq completed a controversial merger, the new-look company has sunk more than $US600 million into brand advertising - a third of its total marketing expenditure - trying to convince the world it is a new and inventive force for good.

We've heard that line a few times before but in the next 12 months HP will spend another $US300 million around the world on TV and print advertising to ensure the message gets through. From next week, it will be the Opera House's high-tech, wireless "PC tablet"-equipped concert team which will lead HP's global brand charge in 2004. 10:56 am

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Socket Delivers Industry's First Cordless Bar Code Scanner with 'Fuzzy Logic
Business Wire

Socket Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCKT)(PSE:SOK), the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, today announced the industry's first cordless laser bar code scanner with ultra-high performance Fuzzy Logic scanning that enables easy reading of damaged, poorly printed and hard-to-read bar codes. The Cordless Hand Scanner combines the power of laser bar code scanning technology with the convenience of Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology in a single compact, light-weight product that has the maximum possible cordless range. This unique device enables a wide range of current and future scanning applications, such as medication administration, pharmaceutical inventory control, electronic medical record control, and other mobile data-collection activities.

Socket's Cordless Hand Scanner is compatible with Pocket PC 2003 devices and is scheduled for first customer shipments on June 25, 2004, through Socket's website (www.socketcom.com) and through Socket's worldwide distribution channels. The product will be available for use with Windows XP/XP Tablet, Palm OS v5.0 and later, and Symbian OS devices on August 31, 2004   10:53 am


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In-Stat/MDR Reports Tablet PC Market Will Remain Partially Successful Until Prices Fall
Business Wire

The effort put forth by Microsoft and its hardware partners to introduce the Tablet PC into horizontal and vertical commercial markets, has only been partly successful, according to In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com). A recent report from the high-tech market research firm reports that the device, which was designed to counteract sluggish commercial PC sales, has been adopted in vertical markets, such as health care, real estate, and insurance. However, horizontal commercial markets have been somewhat hesitant to adopt a new PC form factor in a world of slow-growing IT budgets.

"Many vertical markets were accustomed to pen-based computing, and saw the Tablet PC as giving them the flexibility of pen-based computing plus access to all software that runs on Microsoft's XP operating system," said Brian O'Rourke, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "As a result, the vast majority of Tablet PCs that shipped in 2003 went to vertical applications." Within horizontal markets, Tablet PCs are particularly targeted at large enterprises. But, according to O'Rourke, "With limited IT budgets in the early part of this decade, and forecasts for annual increases in the 3% range over the next four to five years, enterprise IT managers have been hesitant to take a chance on a new PC form factor." However, In-Stat/MDR projects that as Tablet PC prices come down over the next few years, and Tablet PC software offerings increase, interest in horizontal markets will rise. Horizontal markets should start to make an impact on this market in 2005, as average selling prices fall below $2,000 for the first time.  10:50 am

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Winona State University Selects Gateway Tablet PCs in Largest Higher-Ed Tablet Deal in North America
Yahoo News

Gateway M275 Convertibles Offer Full Notebook Features + Pen Input

In the largest higher-education implementation of Tablet PCs in North America, Winona State University, of Winona, Minn., has signed an agreement with Gateway, Inc. to standardize on Gateway® M275 convertible tablets for its students, faculty and staff.

The seven-year deal, which includes an initial two-year agreement and five, one-year extensions, will likely exceed $40 million over the length of the contract. Winona State will immediately rollout more than 4,000 Gateway M275 Tablet PCs for incoming freshmen, as well as current students, faculty and staff ready for a refresh of their existing notebooks.

The university, with an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, is the first major higher educational institution to standardize on the Tablet PC platform. Winona State was one of the first "laptop universities" in the nation in 1994. Today, every full-time undergraduate student receives a university-leased notebook, as do faculty and most student services staff.

"We conducted an open bid and had faculty, staff and students evaluate many different models of PCs, including other tablets from competing companies," said Joe Whetstone, vice president of information technology for Winona State. "The Gateway M275 tablet bubbled to the top. It was the overwhelmingly popular choice of our students and faculty because the convertible has all the features of a mainstream notebook coupled with pen input."

The Gateway M275 offers traditional notebook features -- a full-size keyboard, Intel® Centrino® technology(1), optional 768MB RAM, 40GB hard drive(2), four hours battery life(3), CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, integrated wireless -- combined with Tablet PC pen input that allows users to write on screen. And unlike many other Tablet PCs on the market, Gateway's M275 is priced starting at $1,799 -- only $150 more than a similarly configured notebook. The M275 also boasts the largest screen size in the industry (14.1 inches), so students and faculty don't have to strain to see the screen.

"Students love the all-in-one quality of Gateway's tablet, which allows them to use it like a notebook or notepad. Faculty like the fact that the tablet eliminates a barrier during classes with its fold-down screen," 10:48 am

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Margins to be had on new LG notebook line, says Supercom
eChannelLine, Canada

LG has officially launched this month its line of X-Note Notebook Series, which includes four different categories of notebooks. Supercom is now carrying the high-end LM Premium Series and the mid-level LS Series. Over the next week or two the distributor will add the LT line, LG's convertible tablet PC line and the Ultra-Portable LU Series.

Rossi also believes that the new line of notebooks offers resellers unique selling features, such as an ultra thin and lighter design along with the top standard battery life of 6.5 hours. 10:44 am

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Four Concept Computers
CIO

New PC designs may not reach a mass audience, but some features point to the future of computing.

And Intel—king of the PC processor—is working on a new twist in notebook design through a series of prototypes collectively called Florence: Detach the keyboard, and it's a tablet PC; reattach the keyboard, and it becomes a standard notebook. Florence works better as a desktop system, letting users position the monitor and keyboard separately, which can reduce neck strain and other ergonomic ailments. Furthermore, it saves IT the cost of components commonly used with corporate notebooks—docking stations, extra monitors, keyboards and mice. A built-in camera and audio system lets it handle teleconferencing, and fingerprint identification helps to increase security. 10:22 am

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June 17, 2004

 

VIDISolutions' Viditalk Pre-Loaded on ViewSonic Tablet PC
PR Newswire

VIDISolutions, a leading provider of video communication software, announced today that it has signed an OEM agreement with ViewSonic Corp. ViewSonic will be offering the VIDITalk video messaging service on its Tablet PCs through a direct link on the Tablet's desktop.

The icon will appear on all Tablet PC V1250 units, with a direct link to sign-up for the monthly service. VIDITalk will be offered at special pricing to ViewSonic customers, with packages starting as low as $9.95 per month. VIDITalk is a video creation and streaming application that lets users enhance their email, and other electronic communication, by creating and transmitting high-impact video messages right from the PC. The videos are not attachments, require no downloads and offer a significantly higher video quality than competing video email products. VIDITalk videos can be viewed in a standard Windows Media Player with either a high or low speed internet connection.

"ViewSonic continues to extend the power of the Tablet PC by offering innovative software solutions that complement our products," said Dan Coffman, senior product manager for ViewSonic. "VIDISolutions provides our customers with a true streaming video solution, allowing them to collaborate easier and more effectively."

"The Tablet PC V1250 is a truly mobile computing platform and we believe VIDITalk is an ideal fit. ViewSonic customers already recognize the power of the Tablet PC, and now, they will have a unique opportunity to further enhance their system with an advanced multi-media creation and distribution tool. It's not been possible before to have this kind of computing and communication power all combined in one system. 10:11 am

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Allstream Launches Digital Ink Solutions
PR Newswire

Allstream, Canada's largest alternative communication solutions provider, today announced the launch of its newest service Digital Ink Solutions - the first offering of its kind in Canada. A revolutionary business workflow enabler, Allstream's Digital Ink Solutions is the first product in the Canadian marketplace that offers electronic data capture from pen and paper as an efficient and cost-effective means of accelerating business processes. As part of Allstream's comprehensive IT Services portfolio, Digital Ink Solutions provides enterprise customers with a cost effective way for paper-based processes to enter the digital world.

Digital Ink Solutions is based on new, proven technologies that takes the common practice of writing on a piece of paper to the endless possibilities of near real-time data capture and conversion. Once written, the data can be manipulated, stored, analyzed and shared as if it had been gathered through other more expensive time consuming and often error prone electronic means. Digital Ink transforms familiar pen and paper business activities into an effective tool for accurate and reliable data capture and access using an inexpensive ballpoint digital camera "productivity" pen, sophisticated, but cost competitive "smart" paper, and data transmission and communications hardware and software.

Allstream's Digital Ink Solutions also supports companies attempting to remove office paper through other digital means as the software runs on PC tablets equipped with Microsoft's XP operating system. In this configuration digital paper is not required.  10:08 am

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WSU gets laptop upgrade
Winona Daily News

Winona State University made history Wednesday as it unveiled new laptops that will allow students to type and write notes into electronic documents.

While other colleges have bought some tablet PCs, or are considering getting them, no purchases have come close to the approximately 4,000 Gateway M275s Winona State ordered.

"This is the largest deployment of tablet PCs in higher education in North America," said Dave Garcia, a Gateway senior education executive.

The tablet PC has a notepad on one side of its swivel top, and instructors or students can write on top of slides, handouts and other documents with the Microsoft software.

Incoming freshmen can get the new laptops, as well as students who already have had a laptop for two academic years, said Robin Honken, a project coordinator in technical support at Winona State.

Diane Lamar, from Cary, Ill., was one of many parents attending the press conference while their children were in orientation.

Lamar was interested in getting a look at the machines because the hospital where she works is getting them for its nurses. Though her daughter is coming to Winona because she "fell in love" with the school, Lamar said the laptop program is definitely an added bonus. 10:00 am

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Tablet PC sales expected to grow
Austin Business Journal

Tablet PC adoption has been slow, but sales should rise in 2005 as prices fall, according to a research report by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based In-Stat/MDR.

The report, released Wednesday, focuses on several tablet PC makers, including Austin-based Motion Computing Inc. Austin is also home to rugged tablet PC maker, Xplore Technologies Corp.

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Surf the net while surfing waves
bbc news

For a decade, "surfing" has come to mean browsing the net rather than riding ocean waves on a plank.

But a surfboard has now been developed that lets surfers surf while surfing. The prototype board has been built by Devon "shaper" Jools Matthews. It houses a laptop, solar panels, and video camera, and is to launch at the Intel GoldCoast Oceanfest on 18 June. The world's first wi-fi board uses a high-speed net connection point - hotspot - positioned on the beach.

Chip makers Intel has commissioned the unusual surfboard as part of the free sports and music festival in North Devon to show off how technology can be brought to the sea and sand.

The board will have its maiden outing on the waves when it is used by international pro surfer Duncan Scott at the event.

Ride with the best  

"As a professional surfer, explorer, writer, film producer and world traveller, being able to communicate quickly and effectively is critical to my success," said Mr Scott, who also advised on the board's design.

"In the near future," he added, "via wireless real-time streaming, it could be possible that observers will, for the first time, actually be able to 'ride' a wave with the best surfers in the world." The board itself is 9ft 4 inch long board, ideally suited to the particular waves found along the UK's "Surfers' Paradise" in North Devon. The technology, supplied by Intel, is tucked away neatly in the board, inside a specially designed waterproof casing. The casing is made of a tough but lightweight tray, and has a silicone seal, a crystal PVC cover and an aluminium gasket.

Serious side

But even though it is all a bit of fun, serious efforts have been made to ensure the technology did not interfere with the ride and feel of the board, said Intel.  10:57 AM

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Whats New
guardian

Surf the surf
Now you can surf the net while surfing the waves, thanks to Intel's wireless-enabled 9ft 4in longboard. The board, made by Gulfstream in North Devon, has a built-in (British) Rock T200 Tablet PC with an Intel Centrino chipset and a video camera that can record up to 64MB of video while the board is in use. Pro-surfer and "Intel ambassador" Duncan Scott will ride the board at this month's 2004 GoldCoast Oceanfest free sports and music festival that Intel is sponsoring. Scott and other surfers will be able to connect to the net via a Wi-Fi hotspot set up on the beach. The father of the internet, Vint Cerf, would surely approve.  10:55 am

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Someday, You'll Own a Tablet PC
eWeek

Opinion: With tablet support likely becoming a standard part of the Longhorn OS, every Windows-based business notebook will double as a Tablet PC.

There's been a lot of talk around eWEEK.com about the future of the Tablet PC, so I've decided to add my two cents' worth. My prediction? Someday every business notebook that uses a Microsoft operating system will be a Tablet PC. And most of them will even have tablet features!

Whether you will use your future notebook as a tablet—even whether it will be possible to do so with your machine—will depend on what you buy and how you choose to use it. But make no mistake: Tablet "goodness" will be baked right in, whether your screen has a digitizer or not. Why? Because it's very likely that tablet support will be a standard part of the Longhorn OS.

And as we move toward Longhorn, Microsoft is investing a lot of money in hardware technology to persuade notebook manufacturers to make tablet features a standard part of their notebooks. Microsoft's goal is to push the marketplace rather than wait for evolution to popularize tablet  10:50 am

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How computing is changing the classroom
BBC News

My son will be moving from primary to secondary school in September, and we have recently spent some time at his new school so that he can get used to it. It is an intimidating prospect for him, as it is for most 11-year-olds, though simply finding his way around the dozens of classrooms is probably the major challenge at this stage.

I do not have to worry about remembering where everything is, so our visits have been a great opportunity to look at the school's facilities and, in particular, how they use computers in the classroom.

This is not a call for computer-based training or online learning or electronic delivery of lessons, whatever the advocates of teaching through computers might say. It is not even a call to abandon traditional "chalk and talk" teaching, since that can be valuable too, if properly used. In fact, one of the most interesting things I saw in Max's new school was what I would call "ohp and talk" teaching: one of the classrooms has a projection system linked to the teacher's Tablet PC.

She can walk around the class, looking at student's work while still going through a presentation or even writing on the screen.  10:48 am

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Computer makers gear up for back-to-school sales
Boston.com

Graduation ceremonies may still be taking place around the world, but computer makers are already gearing up for the lucrative back-to-school season.

First on their target list are the educational institutions that buy computers for their students, and then the students themselves, who will head to the Internet and retail stores starting next month, largely to buy notebook computers.

Education sales are one of the key factors for revenues at PC companies during the second-quarter, an otherwise low sales period. Companies often discount their products as they fight to win the loyalty of these students early on. Back-to-school buying can also give a boost to retailers during the summer, when shopping for some items otherwise slackens.

Last year notebook sales for back-to-school were through the roof compared with previous years, but we're looking for positive growth again," said Stephen Baker, an analyst for market research firm NPD Group.

Schools and universities are already in the midst of negotiations with personal computer companies such as Dell Inc. , Hewlett-Packard Co., Gateway Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. on contracts for computers they will start using next fall.

Gateway, which has lost both money and market share in recent years and recently bought eMachines to try to compete, recently announced a deal to sell 4,000 tablet PCs to a Minnesota university.  10:45 am

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Intel goes surfing
Geek.com

To go hand-in-hand with sponsorship of the 2004 Intel GoldCoast Oceanfest, Intel has created a surfboard containing a Centrino-based Rock T200 Tablet PC and a video camera that can record up to 64 MB. The machine is fully integrated into the board, positioned to be in the correct area for viewing when a surfer is lying down on the board.

Intel claims surfers can use it for checking their e-mail and surfing the Web, as well as using it to record footage of themselves surfing. It also comes with a solar charging panel built into the board to recharge the battery. 

The board will be used by pro surfer Duncan Scott when the festival starts on June 18th in North Devon, England. Intel will also be providing a wireless hot-spot during the event to allow people on the beaches to surf the 'Net--as well as the waves--freely. 10:36 am

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Turning around sales
SearchCRM

One division of San Francisco-based pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Corp., wanted to maximize cross-sell opportunities. Its sales team found it nearly impossible to familiarize themselves with the 30,000 products -- made by 300 different manufacturers -- that they sell.

The solution: McKesson armed reps with tablet PCs to carry with them on calls. Reps can now access customers' products, as well as use a built-in commission calculator to see how their pay would rise if they're able to cross sell.

"It's what they call your spouse on a chip," Dickie joked.

In addition, the tablet PC does some data mining to recommend potential products for customers. It also gives reps cheat sheets on those products and scripts that the salesperson can follow when talking with customers. Dickie called it a "product manager in a box."

As an early adopter of tablet PCs, McKesson invested just $18,000, Dickie said. In the first three months, the company increased revenue per rep by 30%. It also logged a 400% jump in new product hit rates and a 1.4% improvement in profits.  10:37 am

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Itronix Wireless, Rugged Mobile Computing Solutions Certified by Top Three Leading Claims Software Providers
PR Newswire

Itronix Corporation, a world-class developer of wireless, rugged mobile computing solutions, announced today that its award-winning GoBook(R) II wireless, rugged laptop has been certified by the insurance industry's top three software providers. In addition to the GoBook II laptop, ADP also certified Itronix's wireless, rugged GoBook Tablet PC.

Both the GoBook II laptop and the GoBook Tablet are ideally suited for mobile professionals in the insurance and collision repair industry -- they are designed to support mission-critical activities, such as remote claims processing, on-site settlements and real-time wireless communications to the office.

Like all Itronix rugged mobile computing devices, the GoBook II and GoBook Tablet PC, a uniquely designed, truly portable, wireless, rugged slate Tablet PC, are built to operate and withstand any situation a mobile workforce may encounter, including rain, snow, wind, dust, fire, shock, vibration, and chemical exposure. In addition, the GoBook II and GoBook Tablet PC are the only wireless, rugged computing solutions that incorporates Itronix's Common Radio Module Architecture (CRMA(TM)), which enables users to easily and cost effectively upgrade to new wireless technologies as they become available.  6:10 am

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Laptop prize for doodle
Ealing Times

A CARTOON doodle has won a school a brand new computer after beating more than 600 schools in a national competition.

North Ealing School, in Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, won a Hewlett Packard Tablet PC in a National Doodle Day competition which was held in aid of the Epilepsy Action and The Neurofibromatosis Association charities. 4:01 am

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MIKE WENDLAND: Hands-free music sheets put foot down on flipping
Detroit Free Press

INTERLOCHEN -- Elizabeth Koch unpacked her oboe and positioned herself in front of the music stand. But instead of staring at a paper copy of Mozart's oboe quartet in F major, she was looking at a tablet PC, the music shown on its bright display.

As the 18-year-old student from Rochester, N.Y., rehearsed, she never had to take her hands off her instrument to turn pages. All she did was tap a foot switch, and the next page instantly appeared on the screen.

"I've really become quite attached to this," said Koch, who will spend the summer in northern Michigan playing in the music ensemble at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. "It's hard to go back to the old way."

Technology is changing yet another way of doing things.

In this case, the technology is called MusicPad Pro, billed as the world's first sheet-music computer tablet. 12:06 am

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Components of a smart home
Malay Mail, Malaysia

A SMART home system should be designed with interoperability in mind. According to Mimos Berhad’s business manager Mohamed Rawidean Mohd Kassim, this means the home’s devices, systems and networks should work together in harmony. To function, a smart home system basically needs three mechanisms – security, automation and communication.

“Furthermore, music can be conveniently stored on a PC for personalised access from anywhere on a home network and can be easily controlled by multiple devices like remote controls, Tablet PCs, and other computers” 12:05 am

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Microsoft hopes younger eyes have Office vision
ZDNet.com

But to figure out the broad changes needed for its venerable Office software, Microsoft is turning to an Indian medical student, an aspiring architect from Kenya and 13 other young adults from across the globe.

The young people, ages 19 to 24, are part of an "Information Worker Board of the Future" that will spend this week touring Microsoft's campus and discussing their ideas for the future of work and software.

The students will also make out pretty well. In addition to picking up all travel costs, Microsoft is giving each a tablet PC and other goodies. 12:04 am

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Companies craft specialty PCs in pursuit of profits
USA Today 

Computer makers seeking profits beyond passé PCs are pushing pricey models made specifically for video games and home entertainment.

Sony in May announced a laptop less than half an inch thick. Gateway, H-P, Dell and others make Tablet PCs — a cross between a laptop and personal digital assistant (PDA).

Expect more specialty PCs as computer-makers seek more revenue, tech analysts say. H-P, for one, is working on a computer for the living room. 12:03 am

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HP's laptop is at the top for ruggedness
Orlando Sentinel

There was nothing very high tech about the tablets used by countless first-graders learning to write the alphabet.

Fold back the cover, often decorated with a picture of a horse or cat, then pick up a fat, dull-pointed pencil and slowly, clumsily, attempt "A, B, C," forming the letters between wide-spaced blue lines on coarse tablet paper.

Well, class, the tablet has come a long way, morphing into a specialized laptop computer, known as a Tablet PC, that's handy for individuals in fields such as health care, real estate and insurance.

One of the more interesting Tablet PCs comes from HP, which offers a special, rugged version, the Tablet PC tr3000. It costs a hefty $3,449, but it's as close to indestructible as any computer gets. It's also totable and versatile, making it appealing to mobile workers.

The 3.7-pound machine's magnesium case can withstand a 3-foot drop onto a hard floor, function in temperatures from 4 degrees below zero to 140 degrees and withstand a dousing in a rainstorm. You wouldn't want to subject other computers to such conditions.

Its 8.4-inch screen is viewable indoors and out -- a rarity for laptops, which often become invisible in bright sunlight. It can go online wirelessly and run for about 31/2 hours on its rechargeable battery. 12:02 am

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Notebooks drive sales in Europe: study
ZDNet.com

Computer sales to channels in key European markets grew 4.2 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago, according to data released Friday by market research firm Context.

The notebook segment drove the sales, fueled by falling prices in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Unit sales of notebooks to distribution channels in these three countries grew 24.7 percent in May over the same month last year. Context said retailers, mail orders and online outlets contributed to this rise. While desktop PC sales dipped 6.6 percent, enterprise servers grew 2 percent and tablet PCs by 4 percent over May 2003.

Hewlett-Packard remained the top brand in all three markets with 20.4 percent of units sold during the month--down from 23.1 in May 2003. Toshiba was No. 2, closely followed by Acer. FSC's share jumped the most, from 8 percent to 11 percent. 12:01 am

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Motion Computing Serves Up Tablet PC `E-Menu' for Holiday Inn Inn Restaurants
Business Wire

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has ordered more than 100 Motion Computing(R) tablet PCs to dish out an electronic menu to restaurant patrons at 11 Holiday Inn(R) Hotels and Resorts.

The "E-Menu" system takes advantage of Motion's lightweight, clipboard-sized tablet with integrated wireless capabilities and an electronic stylus, or pen, which replaces a mouse or keyboard as an input device.

Using the stylus with Motion's bright, 12.1-inch screen to point and click, diners can browse the menu items, customize selections and even place orders directly into the kitchen. The E-Menu can be updated in real time, enabling the chef to highlight specials or customize the menu depending on the time of day.

Available in both English and Spanish and normal and large text, the E-Menu allows diners to view photographs and a complete nutritional breakdown of each menu item as well as tax and gratuity calculations in multiple currencies. Once a meal order is placed, the E-Menu system provides Internet access and games for kids as well as local, hotel and travel information.

"Motion's tablets are helping Holiday Inn create a `21st Century Hotel' with cutting-edge technology," said Mark Snyder, senior vice president, brand management, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, the Americas. "Eventually, we will be able to integrate operations systems wirelessly -- from reservations to supply chain management -- all while providing the customer with a great dining experience."

"Motion's outstanding display technology and slate design fit right in to our vision for the E-Menu concept, and the tablet has proven itself in practice," stated Keith McNally, CEO of Ameranth Wireless. "We are proud to have Motion as a strategic partner in this endeavor."  10:00 am

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British Manufacturers Drive IT Industry Innovation
Process & Control Today


The Tablet PC now looks set to be the next mobile technology to have a major impact in the manufacturing industry, with 70% of UK software developers planning to create applications over the next two years.

Commenting on the research, David Parker of leading manufacturing software application developer, bVisual Ltd. said: "Mobile computing is certainly a major area of growth for IT and the manufacturing industry is well placed to benefit from emerging technologies. A good example is the Tablet PC, currently an important area of focus for us as it combines all the functionality of a laptop PC with a 'pen and ink' capability that means people can use it like a notepad."

"In a very dynamic industry like manufacturing that relies on technology to capture and manage information, but often needs people to be on their feet and mobile, the Tablet has great potential. At bVisual, for example, we are developing an application called Visual Risk Analyser to help measure business project risks. The Tablet PC means we can offer a much clearer, easy-to-use interface to our customers."

"70% of the software developers we surveyed plan to write a Tablet application by 2005," said Paul Randle Windows XP product manager at Microsoft UK. "That's a major industry commitment, which doesn't only show the potential of the Tablet PC, but also the growing importance of mobile technology in business as a whole. The focus that software developers are directing towards manufacturing will give the industry a clear opportunity to get innovative, tailored software products that can deliver real business value."

As well as manufacturing, retail and finance were identified as high priority industries by software developers for mobile innovation. In addition, the companies surveyed believed that the Tablet PC is appropriate to a wide variety of job roles, ranging from executive management to warehousing. This range of industries and diversity of roles suggests that mobile technology and tools like the Tablet PC have an important role to play in UK industry if businesses are quick to take advantage of them. 
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Secrets of a longer life
VNUNet.com,

Some manufacturers extend battery life by the simple expedient of having a battery with a high power rating. The average battery is usually rated at about 3.5 amp hours (Ah), but Canadian firm Electrovaya has batteries rated at 8Ah fitted to some of its Tablet PC models.

Tests in IT Week Labs have shown that laptops employing Intels Centrino technology are among the most power-efficient designs. Intel also claims that laptops built with the latest Centrino processor, Dothan, extend battery life by an extra 10 percent. 11:08 am

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Tablet PC-based software application will act as virtual clipboard for health professionals
News-Medical.net

Mental health professionals and educators who use a traditional clipboard and paper to record observations of children with autism can soon upgrade to a portable computer that can tap the information superhighway for faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatments. The new system is believed to be the first of its kind.

"This system will tremendously increase our efficiency and make a big contribution to researchers of autism worldwide," said Dr. Robert Cohen, director of the Autism Center of Virginia and vice chairman of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Psychiatry

The "Virtual Clipboard," as it's called, is a Tablet PC-based software application that allows psychologists and other treatment and educational staff to instantly file and retrieve patient information to and from a central database using wireless technology and the Internet. All data captured can be used immediately to help assess a patient's progress and treatment program. It was developed as a class project by three undergraduate Information Systems students in VCU's School of Business: Matthew Morton, Matt Nuckols and Chris Stewart. The students worked with researchers at the Autism Center and other institutions to design the application. 9:54 am

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Cheaper Pentium Ms arrive
CNET News.com

Intel on Wednesday delivered a pair of lower-priced Pentium M chips as part of its latest line of notebook processors.

The chipmaker added the Pentium M 715 and the Pentium M 725, which run at 1.5GHz and 1.6GHz, respectively, to its recently introduced Pentium M 700 series of notebook chips. The 715 and 725 follow the launch last month of Intel's Pentium M 735, 745 and 755, which run at speeds of 1.7GHz to 2GHz.

Gateway will make the Pentium M 715 available as an option on its Gateway M275 tablet PC, the low-price Gateway M405 and the performance-oriented Gateway 450, a company representative said. 9:52 am

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Mobility Revisited for the Enterprise
DirectionsMag.com

Mobile computing is defined as using a portable computing device while in transit or in a remote location. It's basically computing on the go. This is a general definition and any device that meets these criteria could technically be characterized as mobile. The Tablet PC is definitely mobile and is powerful enough to run desktop applications. Many mobile users welcome such devices and see the value of having such power, performance and capacity.  9:48 am

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GiveMePower Ships PowerCAD Pro 6; Next-Generation CAD Software Delivers Major Gains in Productivity and Compatibility for Design and Drafting Professionals
Business Wire

GiveMePower Corporation (OTCBB:GMPW), a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) and graphics development software for Windows(R) mobile, wireless and desktop computing, today shipped PowerCAD(R) Pro 6, its next-generation CAD software optimized to save time and money for design and drafting professionals using Windows(R) desktop, laptop and XP tablet PC computers. Thousands of beta users around the world contributed to making PowerCAD Pro 6 smarter, faster and easier to use in the creation, management and sharing of 2 and 3-dimensional designs and drawings in industry-standard file formats.

PowerCAD Pro 6 is ideal for architectural, engineering, construction, design, manufacturing, mapping and GIS professionals who are seeking to lower costs and improve productivity, while maintaining compatibility with their existing CAD systems. Featuring nearly 400 AutoCAD(R)-compatible design, drawing, customization and data exchange tools, PowerCAD Pro 6 is an affordable alternative or a complementary companion system to programs such as AutoCAD(R) by Autodesk, Inc. and MicroStation(R), by Bentley Systems, Inc., as well as other PowerCAD Anywhere(TM) mobile and desktop product family members.

- Ideal desktop, laptop or XP tablet companion for PowerCAD CE(TM) mobile/wireless handheld CAD systems.  3:37 pm

 

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Tablet PC, RV, and Me
whatisnew.com

I recently rode as copilot with a relative from Mr. Lassen to the Sacramento Valley in a beautiful Holiday Rambler motorcoach. Since then, I've been dream-building my own RV rig, and a traveling digital system with a Tablet PC as a base.

First, I'd want a Tablet PC with at least 6-8 hours of battary life, plus a spare battary. I know, the shelf life of a the second one is not much different from the first, but at least I can keep one charging in a campground while using the other.

I'll have to decide if I want a slate, convertible, or hybrid design. I've used them all and appreciate each feature for some things I do.

The Tablet PC doesn't have to be rugged, just solid, because I'll use it outdoors in my pack. The Tablet PC will need to earn its way in either ROI or GVA in 10-12 months to keep up with the market.

I like to read ebooks outdoors, so I'll download selections from the University of Virginia elibrary. I'll load software from www.tabletpcpost.com plus get a GPS, tracking service, and maps.

I want a way to use the Tablet PC as a TV. Maybe add a projector and a drop down light weight screen to project from the Tablet PC to the screen. This will save the unnecessary extra weight of a TV.

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The myth of the Tablet consumer
incremental blogger

Actually, I think the consumer interest is there. The lackluster commercial sales in my book are more indicative of the Tablet marketing strategy employed to date than the Tablet itself. You have to get the word out first. You have to communicate with the customer. You have to communicate with those that are going to sell the Tablets.

In fact, what's frustrating to me is that in this case, the article is published at a site visited by over 100,000 VARS, system builders, and the like. Think of it. These are the people that would sell and deploy Tablets. But I bet most aren't. They've probably never used a Tablet themselves or if they have it's been for five minutes trying out the recognizer in Journal. They don't know how or why customers would use a Tablet. Instead, they read headlines like this one on eChannelLine. Expecting the customers to pull the market along is inefficient.

The "Tablet isn't for consumers" story is a myth. Tell it to the students using Tablets. Tell it to the start ups that leverage the flexibility of the Tablet in their highly fluid states. Tell it to the doctors, lawyers, managers, engineers, and on and on, that purchased a Tablet out of their own pocket--and not as part of an IT deployment strategy--because they saw it could help them. Tell it to the teacher surfing the Net on the couch. Tell it to the 750 developers that are working on Tablet-enabled products like those on TabletPCPost. Tell us Tablet users that we don't exist and you're sure to get a response. Because yes, Mark, we do exist. If you have any doubts, check the user blogs (Tabula PC, TheTabletPCsWeblog), or the Tablet news sites (TabletPC2, WhatIsNew, TabletPCTalk), or the forums (TabletPCBuzz, TabletQuestions).

 

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Channel 9 Video: Robert Williams - How does the Tablet PC team come up with new features?
channel9.msdn.com

Robert Williams is an executive with the Tablet PC team and he talks about how the Tablet PC team works to come up with new features.

This team is representative of many that work at Microsoft. Developers, User Experience experts, Architects, and Evangelists all work together to bring out products.

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Comdex and its discontents
CNET News

perspective For many of us, November has always been a time to gather with friends to feed on cocktail weenies, negotiate transportation difficulties and revel in the crass commercialism that makes this country great.

Unfortunately, Comdex is being cancelled this year. That only leaves Thanksgiving for this sort of thing.

Although it's always been fashionable to carp about the week-long trade show, Comdex has always played a crucial role in the high-tech industry.

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STUDENT, MEET GOBINDER. GOBINDER, MEET STUDENT
gobinder.com

GoBinder is for college students. It's very simple to describe. Cutting through all the hype, GoBinder does the following:

  • Helps you organize your class schedule and assignments so you get better grades
  • Provides entirely new software that makes taking notes easier and faster
  • Lets you store, organize, annotate, and search information professors provided on web systems like Blackboard
  • Puts you in control of the learning process so you have the right answers

Sure people in big companies will find GoBinder useful, but this software is 100 percent focused on helping students. Will you use it after college?

Absolutely. But, GoBinder is indispensable if you're hoping to keep up in class, get better grades, and learn more during your stay on campus 10:44 am 

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COMPANION PRODUCTS THAT WORK WITH GOBINDER
gobinder.com
  • Blackboard
  • abletGoPak
  • Outlook
  • Palm

abletGoPak   abletGoPak is a collection of Special Interest Dictionaries (SPIDs) created to work with Agilix GoBinder. These wordlists add additional recognition accuracy to enhance the Tablet user experience. Over 12 subjects are included with additional subjects being added all the time. To add words to the User Dictionary you will also need a Dictionary Management Tool. We highly recommend abletDictionaryMgr or abletWordPak. 10:42 am

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Tablet PC Price Premium Gone
whatisnew.com

Just compare prices of notebooks with comparable features. They're mostly in the same price range, including for Tablet PCs which have more features than keyboard-only notebooks.

Tablets that are more expensive have more features - maybe not ones you want, but the features are there. Or they are more limited in availability. Notebooks that cost less are more available and older, or have different parts than the more expensive notebooks.

Yes, the premium for Tablet PCs appears to have followed the cycle of conventional pricing based on supply and demand. Knowing that Tablet PC pricing is so predictable should give all of us comfort.
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Channel 9 Video: Tetsuo Seto - Demonstrates Tablet PC multilanguage features
channel9.msdn.com

Tetsuo Seto, Tablet PC team's East Asian program manager, demonstrates the new Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005's ability to recognize handwriting done in multiple languages.

We've also filmed this demo with Tetsuo talking in his native Japanese tongue.

For those who don't know, if you are a Chinese or Japanese writer, using a pen is easier than using a keyboard. Here's Tetsuo showing how you can mix Chinese, Japanese, English, or a number of other languages all in the same document.  10:25 am

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First Linux PC To Run All Windows Apps Unveiled
CXOtoday.com

Element Computer, the company that created the world's first sub-$1000 tablet PC, has overcome the final barrier for Linux adoption on desktops by mainstream businesses.

The company has unveiled the worlds first Linux desktop OS, called ION, which can run all Windows executables at top speeds, using a new WinLauncher technology powered by Win4Lin from Netraverse.

As of July 1st, all Element Computer laptops, tablets, and PCs will become Win enabled, and allow users to copy and paste between Linux and Windows applications on the same desktop, combined with filesystem integration and common’ My Documents’, drives and printers. However, a severe delimiter is the fact that the OS will sell only on pre-installed Element Computer machines. 10:22 am

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Meeting of minds
CMPnet asia

last May, the Wall Street Journal, which has strong tech coverage led by Walt Mossberg and Kara Switzer, created a new version of this conference idea and called it D: All Things Digital.

They invited most of the top industry players to join them to again try and develop key technology strategies that will help drive the growth of the tech industry as it recovers from its downturn.

Although business and IT was a key topic, the conference also included important discussions about the digital home and consumer markets.

This year’s event took place in San Diego in early June and was kicked off by a dinner discussion with Bill Gates, led by Walt Mossberg.

I had a chance to talk to him about their Tablet PC strategy, a topic we have discussed in detail on multiple occasions over the last three years.

He is still steadfast in his belief that the Tablet PC will eventually be the most important mobile computing platform, and said that Microsoft is committed for the long term and will continue to invest in technology that fulfil the Tablet PC’s potential eventually.
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Emerging Technologies Progress Report
ComputerWorld

• Tablet PC Awaits Horizontal Leap

While General Motors Corp. and other large companies have piloted tablet PCs as a notebook replacement for general-purpose computing, most tablet PCs sold to date have been deployed in forms-based, vertical market applications, where they often replace proprietary systems. Market research company IDC estimates that tablet PC shipments last year totaled 415,000 units, compared with more than 24 million traditional notebooks.

"The first generation really wasn't ready for widespread deployment," says Tony Scott, chief technology officer at GM, citing problems with digitizer resolution, battery life and the maturity of Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC software.

A second pilot of HP Compaq Tablet PCs is now under way at GM, and Scott says the hardware has gotten much better. Although pen accuracy and overall system performance have improved, he says, the two-hour battery life is still inadequate.

On the software side, Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, scheduled to ship with Windows XP Service Pack 2 later this summer, should smoothen some of the rough edges. "Pen support was grafted onto the side of [Windows XP] rather than a major change to the internal structure," says Dan Kusnetsky, an analyst at IDC in Framingham, Mass. The next version will "integrate ink capability more tightly" with the operating system, he says.

IDC expects strong growth in tablet PCs, with unit sales doubling this year and passing 20 million by 2008. More than half of those are expected to be hybrid units that include a keyboard as opposed to pen-only slate designs. But outside of vertical niches, users may be reluctant to pay the $150 to $200 premium that tablet PCs currently carry over traditional notebooks 11:18 am

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AWE Takes HP To The Rugged EDGE
wirelessweek.com

Not only has AT&T Wireless and HP made it possible for HP iPAQ Pocket PC owners to access EDGE services, the wireless carrier and the computer maker say two ruggedized HP computers have passed interoperability tests and are fired up to deliver EDGE-enabled field service solutions.

The companies conducted a field trial of both the HP Rugged Notebook nr3600 and the HP Rugged Tablet PC tr 3000, along with Dexterra's Dexterra Field Service application to determine whether these devices could successfully operate on AT&T Wireless' high-speed data network. The result, according to the companies, is the ability for mobile workers to access "mission-critical" information even when out in the elements.

"Field users demand rugged PCs that withstand challenging environmental conditions with reliable wireless access in order to work effectively in remote locations," said Ben Thacker, HP's manager of the Mobile Computing Global Business unit. HP's rugged PCs are designed to withstand long-term vibration, rain, dust and extreme operating temperatures.  11:15 am

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Gates defends security record
Australian IT

MICROSOFT chairman Bill Gates defended Microsoft's security record, slammed open source software, and talked up his company's ability to defeat Google during his first visit to Australia in four years.

In a one-hour press conference before announcing the $40 million Unlimited Potential technology charity program alongside Prime Minister John Howard, Mr Gates delivered a neatly tailored capsule of where Microsoft was heading.

Armed with one of world's biggest corporate R&D budgets, he enthused about Microsoft's coming clash with Google over the search market.

"We were in internet search before Google was founded," said Mr Gates. "The way search is done today is very low-tech: basically, you take a bunch of words and make an index... some of the false hits you get are a little humorous."

With over a decade of linguistic research behind it, Gates said Microsoft was poised to put more smarts into its search tools. Promising to make search "ten times better than it is today" Gates said the rate of improvement in search as Microsoft competed with Google would be "highly beneficial to consumers."

"It's going to take time but Tablet will be the mainstream thing," said Gates, promising to cut the price of the Tablet edition Windows to be in line with Windows XP Pro and working with component manufacturers to halve the premium a Tablet PC costs over and above a normal notebook computer. An improved version of Tablet Windows was due out in the next three months, he said.

Speech and ink recognition and other human/computer interface technologies would score a huge boost over the next six years from the exertions of Microsoft's R&D army. "We're less than a third of the way towards where we will be by the end of the decade," Gates said of coming advances in interface technologies. 11:11 am

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Bringing together a worldwide vision
Seattle Post Intelligencer

The people making the presentation were 15 university students from around the world, brought by Microsoft to the Redmond campus for a week. Microsoft assembled the group, dubbed the Information Worker Board of the Future, to help it get a better sense for how the workplace might evolve during the next decade -- and how the company's products might need to evolve during the same time frame, as people now in their late teens and early 20s enter the professional work force.

Raikes, whose group includes the Microsoft Office suite of products, acknowledged during the Friday session that it's important to make existing features easier to use. But he also pointed out all the things the students would be missing today -- such as the Microsoft OneNote program they were using to take handwritten notes in digital ink on their Tablet PCs -- if the company had stopped trying to innovate five years ago.

Anesu Mhlanga, a 21-year-old from Zimbabwe who is studying law at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, said she hoped to give Microsoft a better sense for the importance of that part of the world, where she said people can be quick to embrace technology, such as the Tablet PC, when they have access to it.

Microsoft gave each of them a Tablet PC and they were quickly testing the limits of what the computers could do, twisting the hinged screens to different angles and figuring out how to draw pictures with a stylus. 11:07 am

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Gates touts licensing's economy, R&D
PC World Magazine

There are very few topics Microsoft chairman Bill Gates didn't address during his media briefing in Sydney this morning from the "low cost" of Microsoft licensing to the "poor value proposition" of open source, and Apple's "diminishing" market share.

Even in the most extreme cases, Gates said, software licensing is such a small [part of the] costs in IT shops today compared to the cost of communications and staffing.

Gates delivered a 15-minute spiel on seamless computing, how tablet PCs will become mainstream, the advent of Web services, Microsoft's efforts to improve automatic patching and the company's planned assault on the search market, specifically Google, before moving on to Apple. "Mac's market share has gone from 4.1 percent to 3.7 percent; it is making a contribution to industry," 10:58 am

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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Form
Transform Magazine, NY

Could there be a best-of-both worlds alternative to all-paper or all-digital records? Cherokee Indian Hospital is deploying digital pens and "smart" paper forms that will capture a digital record of more than 120,000 patient visits per year.

The new approach is built on HP's Forms Automation System, which can be used with tablet PCs or laser-printed forms filled out with special pens that record each pen stroke. The 27-bed facility has automated four of its 15 patient forms since February, and the same templates and data-collection rules apply to both devices.

"We're using the tablet PCs in the high-volume areas, such as the ER, but the digital pens are much more affordable - $200 versus $1,800," says the hospital's analyst/developer Jim Eller. 10:55 am

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Coming Soon Averatec C3500
Avertec

The Averatec C3500 Series is an exciting new option for mobile computing. With its innovative design it combines both Notebook and Tablet PC functionality into an ultra portable form factor. The C3500 provides the performance and features of today's notebooks with a built-in DVD+CD-RW drive and wireless mobility. 11:50 pm

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Fakespace Systems Introduces Interface Enabling Simultaneous Multi-Platform Interaction
Yahoo News

FIE IN (Interaction Network) is a series of tools that can enable interaction with and between visualization systems. Devices such as PDA's, tablet PC's and laptops can be used as input tools on the main computer(s) driving the visualization displays. Snapshots of one or more displayed images can be taken at full resolution for archiving or near-real-time sharing with remote locations. Images on one user's computer, for example a laptop, can be displayed on any platform connected to larger visualization systems making data presentation easier. 10:41 am

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Psion Teklogix And Shipcom Wireless Deliver RFID And Mobile Computing Solutions To Enterprise Customers
Business Wire

Psion Teklogix (LSE:PON), a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection, including RFID technology, and Shipcom Wireless Inc., today announced that Shipcom Wireless will resell Psion Teklogix' line of rugged mobile computing devices with its CATAMARAN and CATAMARAN RFID software. Shipcom Wireless is a leading global provider of enterprise mobility, RFID, supply chain automation, and business process modeling solutions.

The integration of Shipcom Wireless software with Psion Teklogix mobile computing devices provides customers with a range of additional data collection options for all types of environments. Currently, Psion Teklogix offers integrated RFID capabilities in its 7535 and netpad hand-held devices as well as a tethered RFID reader that can be utilized with a variety of Psion Teklogix vehicle-mount or hand-held devices.

Shipcom's CATAMARAN software supports most wireless devices including iPAQ's, barcode scanners, industrial hand held terminals, WAP phones, RFID Tags, Pocket PC and Palm devices, Tablet PCs, touch-memory and pen-based computers. 10:39 am

 

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MobileDataforce Introduces Pointsync Technology to Integrate Palm and Pocket PC Mobile Business Applications with Enterprise Databases
Business Wire

MobileDataforce(TM), the leading provider of mobile business solutions for handheld computers, announced today the release of version 4.5 of the Intercue Mobility Suite, which provides full database integration, multiple report formats, and two-way data synchronization.

The Intercue Mobility Suite offers an XML development environment for creating, publishing and integrating XML-based forms for data collection on four major mobile platforms, Palm OS, Windows CE, Pocket PC and Tablet PC/Windows. "Version 4.5 supports full integration with MS-Excel, MS-Access, MS-SQL Server and Oracle or any other ODBC data source," said Dave Wasden, VP of Product Management with MobileDataforce. "Business applications on handheld computers are becoming more powerful every day. We are extending back office applications into the field for mobile users."  10:25

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TabletPCTalk.com adds new features

One of the few site around that does not force you to register to use and enjoy its features, TabletPCTalk has added a system that allows you to rate the news, leave comments and post to its fourms with out the necessity of giving out your email address or personal information.  11:29 am

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Tablet PCs: Go mobile with these innovative designs
winnetmag.com

Tablet PCs are mobile computers that run Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, a version of XP that features built-in handwriting recognition. The devices come in two general form factors. The pure slate design looks like an overgrown Pocket PC and doesn't have a keyboard (although all Tablet PCs can accept external USB keyboards). The convertible units are basically notebook PCs with a swiveling display that you can fold down to cover the keyboard. When the keyboard is covered or removed, you control the Tablet PC by using an electronic stylus that communicates with the display's built-in active digitizer.

The Tablet PCs in this Buyer's Guide expand on the basic form factors. Some of the listed products are as light as 2.2 pounds; others offer displays as large as 14.1" and processor speeds as fast as 1.6GHz. Tablet PC prices, however, remain somewhat higher than conventional notebook PC prices.

Both pure slate and convertible designs have advantages and disadvantages. Pure slate units are usually thinner and lighter than their convertible brethren, but propping up a pure slate Tablet PC in your lap or on an airline tray table isn't particularly convenient. The convertible form factor makes you carry the keyboard with you even when you don't need it but is easier to use on your lap or in a small space.

Microsoft plans a major XP Tablet PC upgrade sometime this summer, when the company releases XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). The upgrade will offer handwriting-input improvements, along with XP SP2's security enhancements (including a built-in firewall that's on by default). I received a review copy of the enhanced Tablet PC OS as this article went to press. In an upcoming issue of Windows & .NET Magazine, I'll review the updated OS and tell you about its new features.  11:25 am


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Wireless Arrives
Winnipeg Sun

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Unless it is post season play, attending a Major League baseball game isn't about the game anymore. It's about what else you can do at the ballpark while the game is on.

This year, SBC Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, has installed 121 Nortel Wireless access points in the park to support 802.11b wireless networking technology. This means you can bring your PDA, tablet PC, laptop or other WiFi enabled device to the ballpark and have free access to the Internet and "Digital Dugout" via the Giants WiFi Network.

While this is old ballcap for latte-lovers at Starbucks, it is a great example of how wireless technology has arrived.

These days when Tablet PC's and Centrino-equipped notebooks are gaining popularity a secure device like the D-Link is a great idea if you have a coffee house style restaurant or similar establishment. By the way, if you're worried about reception, Linksys, among others, sells boosters that will increase wireless coverage.

Wi-Fi will soon be ubiquitous, especially for the traveler. Wireless hotspots are in practically every major airport and are generally free in "first class clubs" like the Maple Leaf Lounge in the new Toronto Airport. One of the biggest problems experienced by hot spots is how to charge for the service. Expect to see "free" become the rule rather than the exception. Wireless is everywhere.  11:15 am

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DSU is South Dakota's first tablet pc university
EurekAlert

accessing information on the internet, submitting class assignments, and communicating with teachers will be done using the new Gateway M275 Tablet PC. 11:11 am

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Chicago real estate agents get new listing technology
Inman.com

The ListAndSend product suite aims to simplify the process of capturing, packaging and exporting data. With ListCapture, listing data can be captured and validated at the listing location using a PDA, Pocket PC or Tablet PC, or off-site using a standard Web browser. Once captured, the data can be reformatted and combined with additional data from many different sources and then automatically exported to a variety of destinations, including agent and broker Web sites, back-end broker systems and third party real estate applications." 11:03 am

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