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May 3, 2004

New Tablet PC Software Download Site Opens
Emediawire

TabletPCPost.com went live today after a successful month-long beta trial. Now Tablet PC users havea central location to preview and download software designed specifically for their Tablet PCs.

Dedicated to increasing awareness of Tablet PCs, TabletPCPost provides a comprehensive catalog of entertainment, general business, education, and industry-specific Tablet PC applications. Website visitors can also participate actively by posting comments about their own experiences and voting for their favorite products.

"Agilix sees TabletPCPost as a tremendous asset to the burgeoning Tablet PC Community and is happy to add a (free) downloadable 30-day trial version of Agilix GoBinder. TabletPCPost, and its categorized listings, provides Agilix with another outlet to promote and track the popularity of GoBinder in the education market," said Brad Baldwin, Agilix Vice President of Marketing.

Tablet users are responding enthusiastically too. "Many Tablet enthusiasts monitor the site for new downloads constantly,” says Lora Heiny, Managing Editor of TabletPCPost. "They particularly enjoy the RSS feeds that enable them to track in real-time the New Releases as well as the Top Downloads. 11:23 am

Gadgets galore on show at CeBIT techfest
Australian IT

GADGET lovers will be drawn to CeBIT in Sydney today like bees to honey.

The Australian version of the internationally renowned mega-show in Hannover, Germany, will have the latest and greatest communications technology.

Wacom will seek to drum up interest in its tablet technology by launching the first desktop computers loaded with the Windows XP PC Tablet operating system, only available for walkabout-type tablet PCs since late 2002.

Going to the desktop will give other users the benefits of the tablet system, such as handwriting recognition, Wacom Australia-New Zealand business representative David Spencer says.

"Doctors will be able to write on x-rays on their imaging systems," he says. "Previously they had to append notes."

Wacom's pen technology allows a stylus to be used as a mouse. Its high-end offerings in the Cintiq range allow drawing directly on the screen. Wacom, whose entry-level equipment starts at $139, will introduce a 15in interactive screen for $1500 and a 17in model for $2000; an 18in version is also on the cards for about $3500. 11:17 am

Vertical Focus: Pharmaceutical Firms Find a Spoonful of CRM Helps ...
Destination CRM 

Dale Hagemeyer, principal research analyst of the CRM practice at Gartner, says pharmaceutical companies should "put the icing on their sales force automation cake," with tablet PCs to make it easier for reps to take tailored messages to doctors. Siebel Systems, which analysts agree leads the way in the pharmaceutical CRM market, has partnered with Microsoft, Pharmetica, Proscape, and Accenture to provide interactive multimedia content on tablet PCs in which the messaging changes as reps go through the presentation. And as with most tablet PC programs, the information reps collect doesn't need to be reentered into the system. What's more, firms can--and do--use that information to improve marketing and sales efforts.

ALi Announces New USB 2.0 Camera Controller
Designtechnica

Attributed with power efficient and small package design, ALi's USB 2.0 AV camera controller eliminates the inconvenience of requiring additional power converter when transferring images between video camera or DSC and mobile computing devices like PDA, Notebook PC and Tablet PC. In addition, ALi's USB 2.0 AV camera controller enables mobile computing devices such as Tablet PC to capture high-resolution images without any adverse effect to its battery life. In the future, as more and more multimedia application requires real time operation through mobile devices like 3G cellular phones, more and more OEM and ODM manufacturers will benefit from the design flexibility, cost effective and high quality features offered by ALi's USB 2.0 AV camera controller  11:09 am

AuthenTec's Fingerprint Sensor Adds Security Capabilities to the New Motion Computing M1400 Tablet PC
Business Wire

Integrated TruePrint(R) Technology Allows Users to Protect Critical Data and Access Password-Protected Web Sites Conveniently with a Simple Swipe of a Finger

AuthenTec, Inc., the leading semiconductor provider of fingerprint sensors to the global market, today announced the availability of its TruePrint technology on the new Motion Computing M1400 Tablet PC, which features a built-in fingerprint sensor, the AES2501, from AuthenTec. Optimized for the everyday computing needs of mobile professionals, the biometric feature enhances security and convenience by eliminating the need for multiple passwords and PINs, and instead, requires only a single swipe of a finger.

To ensure an accurate and reliable access to networks, applications, and Web sites, AuthenTec's patented TruePrint technology operates by reading a registered user's fingerprint where it originates below the surface of the skin. TruePrint provides the clearest, most accurate fingerprint images in the industry. The M1400 Tablet PC, based on Intel Centrino(TM) mobile technology, is Motion's new flagship product and is packed robust features that work together to create a sophisticated yet convenient user experience. Now available, the tablet PC is priced from $1,999.

"AuthenTec is the first company to bring affordable fingerprint biometric technology to the consumer," said Steve Mansfield, vice president of marketing at AuthenTec. "Continued demand for feature and capability-rich PCs like Motion Computing's M1400 Tablet PC has manufacturers seeking user-friendly ways in which to better protect these devices. AuthenTec provides the answer with the market's top-selling and lowest-cost fingerprint authentication solution."

"AuthenTec's fingerprint sensor gives M1400 users a convenient, secure way to manage access to sensitive data and the tablet PC hardware itself through global password management and data encryption," said Elizabeth Clark, director of product management at Motion Computing. "AuthenTec's technology makes the M1400 a valuable tool for all mobile users in healthcare, education, government, and field service and sales who need a reliable way to log on or protect key documents and network resources." 11:03 am

New community website offers Tablet PC app downloads
WindowsForDevices

TabletPCPost.com, a central location where Tablet PC users can preview and download software designed specifically for their Tablet PCs, launched this week after a successful month-long beta trial. The new site is "dedicated to increasing awareness of Tablet PCs," according to managing editor Lora Heiny.

Heiny says TabletPCPost provides a comprehensive catalog of entertainment, general business, education, and industry-specific Tablet PC applications. Website visitors can also participate actively by posting comments about their own experiences and voting for their favorite products.
10:43 am

iAnywhere’s Palm, Pocket PC applications also now can run on Windows
SDTimes.com

Current licensees of iAnywhere Solutions Inc.’s M-Business Anywhere mobile platform can upgrade to version 5.5, released in mid-April, and deploy their Palm OS and Pocket PC applications unchanged to desktops, laptops and tablet PCs running Windows, the company said.

the company had been getting requests from developers, particularly in government, looking to deploy their M-Business applications to Microsoft’s relatively new Windows XP Tablet and other Windows-based machines. “If you think about a company trying to mobilize Siebel, [clients] are using it at their desk and maybe on a Pocket PC device. Now some people want offline access on their laptops when they are not connected to the network.” 10:38 am

May 4, 2004

Microsoft, HP Unveil New PC Designs
Extreme Tech 

In addition, Microsoft executives are expected to announce that they are working with hardware providers to add touchscreen capabilities to the Tablet PC.  10:55 am

Microsoft airs Windows Home Concept
ComputerWeekly

The Windows Home Concept also includes a Home Tablet PC that will come with a docking station and can synchronise with the Home Centre PC.

The vision for the Home Tablet PC is similar to that of the Smart Display, the wireless PC displays that Microsoft pulled the plug on in December, only a year after the first Smart Displays shipped.

"The Home Tablet PC is a more compelling scenario," said Sullivan. "There is a notion that the ability to take my content with me and it still be usable when I am away from my home network is an important feature."

"This is not a product announcement; it is a demonstration of a concept," he said. "Over the next 12 to 18 months you will see many of the technologies that we are showing here shipping in PCs. The full end-to-end scenario of the concept, we're thinking is kind of a 2006 scenario." 10:52 am

Promising Upgrade for Tablets
PC World

Ever since Windows XP Tablet PC Edition debuted in November 2002, Microsoft has insisted that handwriting recognition is not the centerpiece of the operating system's pen-based features. But tweaks to improve the handwriting recognition are the most visible changes in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (code-named Lonestar)--the first major revision of the operating system. Overall, it seems to be a good revision, especially as a free upgrade for current Tablet PC owners.  10:50 am

Microsoft, HP planning joint effort to stretch the reach of Technology
Seattle Times,

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have a history on the desktop, not the kitchen counter.  But the two computer-industry giants have begun collaborating in the home-entertainment world and are developing computers and other devices for the kitchen and the living room.

The companies are expected to announce the partnership today at Microsoft's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, which runs through Friday at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. 

Another idea is customizing a Tablet PC to be mounted on a wall in the kitchen. There, it would display a grocery list, a cooking show or a calendar of each family member's activities. The tablet could be taken down from the wall and act as a portable computer or television. 10:47 am

Attention Business Editors:
CNW Telbec

Microsoft Canada expanded its commitment to innovation today by unveiling a multi-level program to drive Canadian
innovation throughout its life stages. CAN>WIN: Advancing Innovation will advance the training of teachers and students in primary and secondary
schools, advance groundbreaking research at Canadian universities and advance capital to emerging software development companies.

University of Waterloo -- To develop a mathematical recognition engine for the Tablet PC, enabling mathematicians to enter and compute complex formulas using pen-based input. The University is also developing complex online learning labs for university students which the students can learn anywhere they have web access. A further outreach of the online courses is to develop an online course for high school students so they can assess their skill base before entering university to see if they are ready to meet the expectations of university education.  10:41 am

Microsoft to demonstrate home PC of tomorrow
ZDNet.com

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates plans on Tuesday to show his idea of the home PC of the future--a vision he will be trying to convince computer makers to get behind.

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have come up with a concept PC that builds on the company's current Media Center entertainment idea and goes a few steps further. The Media Center PC of the future has a remote control with a built-in LCD screen for programming recordings. The PC, known as the Windows Home Concept, also supports Internet telephony, dual high-definition TV tuners, biometric security, and a built-in cable modem.

Gates will show off the device as he kicks off the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), a week-long gathering for those who build devices based on or connecting to the Windows operating system.

In addition to the souped-up Media Center, Gates is also expected to show off a home version of a tablet PC. Microsoft will tout the device as a communications hub for busy families to quickly send schedule updates to others who may need to be reached on another PC, cell phone or other device.  10:35 pm

May 5, 2004

Gates Promises Longhorn Beta In 2005 Despite Security Concerns
CRN

Microsoft has recommitted to releasing Longhorn, its next-generation Windows client and server, into beta testing in 2005 even though its chairman acknowledged that security concerns threaten his dream of enabling seamless connectivity and Web services.

At the company's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2004 in Seattle, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates demonstrated an updated alpha and SDK of the Longhorn client, as well as potential Universal Plug and Play (UpnP) technology that could connect various Windows network-attached devices. Microsoft called the alpha a developer's preview. The first developer preview was released last fall.

Microsoft showed advanced 3-D and streaming media capabilities of the Longhorn GUI and "superfetch" technology that offers better handling of virtual memory. It also demonstrated a new File Transfer Wizard and a smart USB cable that can rapidly enable the migration of all files from one PC to another using a single monitor. As another plus for OEMs, Microsoft will integrate into Longhorn an image-based setup and Windows Pre-Installation Environment (PE) 9:49 am

Dolphin Portable Chemical Inventory Tool Enables Compliance, savings
Business Wire

Dolphin Software Inc., the trusted source for chemical management and compliance solutions, today announced the availability of its Portable Inventory Assistant (PIA), a unique chemical management tool enabling assured compliance, reduced administrative burden and corporate cost savings.

The portable digital tool works seamlessly with Dolphin's Comply Plus Web, the company's acclaimed Web-based customized chemical management solution. The products are key components in Dolphin's Compliance-Side Total Chemical Management (CSTCM) service for complete, corporate-wide chemical management.

Dore said that the Portable Inventory Assistant is ideal for many types of businesses, from manufacturers, production facilities and institutions that store countless containers of chemicals (including for maintenance and repair purposes), to pharmaceutical companies that have thousands of small-quantity lab bottles.

The mobile inventory system uses a scanning gun hooked to a tablet PC loaded with the PIA software, Dore explained. The PIA can store data through the UPC scanner, an attached keyboard, handwriting (using a digital pen), or by touch-typing on the on-screen keyboard.  9:46 am

WinHEC 2004: Allchin Touts Windows Roadmap, Experience Computing
Windows & Net Magazine

During his keynote address at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2004 in Seattle Tuesday, Microsoft Group Vice President Jim Allchin updated attendees on the company's client and server product plans for the next two years. Allchin also declared the coming product waves to be part of what Microsoft calls "the experience economy," where only those products that think through end-to-end experiences will be wildly successful. Allchin called out non-tech industry companies such as Starbucks as innovators of the experience economy.

On the client side, 2004 will be a big year. First, Microsoft plans a Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) release in late summer that will focus on what Allchin calls "safety" features, primarily security updates that will make the underlying system more resilient and reliable. XP SP2 will beget three major new client releases, XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (codenamed Lonestar), XP Media Center Edition 2005 (codenamed Symphony), and XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems, the latter of which targets AMD-64 and upcoming Intel-based x86-64 systems. Microsoft will also ship Windows CE 5.0 and new versions of the Smartphone and Pocket PC operating systems in 2004, Allchin said. Additionally, the company is planning a "media experiences wave" this year that will include a major new version of Windows Media Player that supports "Janus" subscription-content synchronization with portable devices, a major revamp of MSN Music, Portable Media Centers from a variety of third party hardware makers, and Windows Media Center support for Media Center Extenders, set-top boxes that will remotely access Media Center Content. 9:42 am

 

 

Riding High
Independent

British eventing star Leslie Law reveals howthe Tablet PC is helping his business stay in the game

Recently, he's been putting his HP Tablet PC TC1100 through its paces. "The Tablet has huge benefits," he explains, "Not least its mobility. The Microsoft OneNote program has let us set up folders for each horse and that allows us to go out into the stables and put the records straight on to the Tablet: fitness programs, feeding programs, veterinary programs and more. It all goes straight into the horse's folder. Before it was a matter or making notes in a diary and transferring it to a computer ? well, you know what it's like when you give someone a message, by the time it gets to the fourth person it's quite distorted. So already this system is looking like a huge benefit and removes a lot of scope for errors. Saves a lot of time, too."

He was impressed at how quickly he got used to the Tablet. "It took a little adjustment, but within a matter of hours you use the screen pen as easily as you would an ordinary pen."

And the possibility of linking a digital camera to the Tablet simplifies things further. "If I see a horse for sale, that I think someone might like, I can take a picture, load that into the PC and send it on an email very easily. That really helps, a client has a visual image of the horse and that will help them to decide whether to come and view it, or even buy it." It's time for Leslie to get back to training. He pauses, and sums up his thoughts about Tablets:

"Computers are an increasingly central part of all our lives. The Tablet just seems the neatest, most mobile version, and there's lots more you can do with it." 9:36 am

May 6, 2004

 
Tablet PC Campus Demo Tour Date Changes (from Lora at whatisnew.com)

Attention people planning to attend University of Washington Microsoft
Tablet PC Campus Demo Tour: the event is actually Friday, May 14th NOT May
6th as the website listed.

They are  in the process of fixing the campus tour list to make sure the rest of the dates
are correct.

The team apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. Microsoft is
scrubbing the Campus Demo date list to confirm that all other dates and
locations listed are correct. Unless otherwise noted, events will be held in
campus bookstores.

These events are an excellent way to see Tablet PCs and especially to see
how to use them in college settings. If you are in an area where there is an
event, please stop by.

Mobile Showcase whets wireless appetite
InfoWorld, CA

Tablet PC innovations were also demonstrated by vendors Motion Computing, Electrovaya, and ViewSonic. Motion Computing showed off its Motion M1400 Tablet PC, a slate-style tablet targeted at vertical industries such as healthcare, field sales, government, and education. The M1400 features a wide viewing angle, 160 to 170 degrees, on a 12.1-inch display. The system also touts advanced audio capabilities, with a dual microphone array that can cancel echo and background noise, according to Elizabeth Clark, marketing manager at Motion Computing.

Electrovaya, meanwhile, demonstrated its Scribbler SC2000 Tablet PC that features extended battery life through the company's proprietary lithium ion SuperPolymer rechargeable battery technology. This specialized battery can power the Tablet all day, up to 16 hours, according to Electrovaya officials.

ViewSonic showed its V1250S, a convertible tablet PC that includes integrated 802.11g and b wireless. The 802.11g wireless standard can support wireless networking with transfer speeds nearly five times faster than 802.11b, according to ViewSonic officials.

Targeting control of large-scale mobile computing deployments, NetMotion Wireless at the show launched a new version of its Mobility XE  mobility management software. Mobility XE is designed to address the problems of connection reliability, data access, and management in enterprise wireless deployments.

New features in XE include server pooling for improved scalability, load balancing and automated failover, a centralized Mobility Management Console that enables Web-based access to full management functionality, according to NetMotion officials.

Microsoft, HP Unveil Windows Home Center Prototype For Connected Home
CRN

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard teamed up at this week's WinHEC 2004 to demonstrate the Windows Home Concept, a system with a linked communications PC, intelligent remote device and Tablet PC.

At the core of the system is a 50-inch plasma display/digital TV powered by a Windows Home Center PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004. The PC integrates all cell and landline telephone services, e-mail, address book, instant messaging and home entertainment center services into one box.

Medtronic Introduces LIFENET BLUE Wireless Patient Data Transmission Product Enhancement
TMCnet

Bluetooth(R) technology gives pre-hospital EMS teams uninterrupted focus on patient care

Medtronic announced today its global introduction of a new patient data transmission product upgrade for the LIFEPAK(R) 12 defibrillator/monitor called LIFENET(R) BLUE. Equipped with Bluetooth(R) SIG technology, LIFENET BLUE allows emergency medical service (EMS) teams to wirelessly transfer patient data from a LIFEPAK(R) 12 to a tablet PC running LIFENET(R) EMS ePCR (electronic patient care report) to provide a complete pre-hospital patient record. Additionally, LIFENET Blue provides EMS teams the ability to wirelessly transmit patient data from a LIFEPAK 12 defibrillator/monitor via a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to a remote LIFENET RS Receiving Station in a hospital emergency department.

Microsoft unveils Windows Upgrades for Mobile PCs
Extreme Tech

Microsoft Corp. gave a behind-the-scenes peek Wednesday at technologies the software company is looking to include in future versions of Windows designed for mobile PCs.

Darin Fish, business development manager within Microsoft's Mobile Platforms Division, described the disclosure as a "work in progress." Fish said "no final decision" has been made whether there will be a mobile version of Longhorn, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, or whether the technology will simply be part of the company's Tablet Edition OS.

Fish hinted, however, that the capabilities of the tablet and notebook PC would converge, however. In 2004 and 2005, for example, so-called "pen and ink" (also called "electronic ink") technologies would become prevalent in both notebook and tablet PCs.

Microsoft will ship Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 this summer; previously, the software was known as Tablet Edition 2004, but the software giant retitled the release in a bid to emulate the "auto year 2005" system used by car manufacturers. The software will sense the presence of a stylus, converting ink to text on the fly. A new 1.7 SDK will also help developers, and the software will be tied more closely to OneNote and Office.

Many of the enhancements seem tied to a powerful toolbar, which Fish had docked on the left-hand side of the screen. Screenshots of prototype code used the toolbar to display stock quotes, upcoming appointments, battery life, and other data in small but readable illustrations.

Technologies that could appear in future versions of Windows and the Tablet PC edition include:

  • Mobile entertainment – quick, almost-instant access to multimedia files, possibly to the point where users might not need to login, Fish said. Obviously, security would be an issue, he said. Users have also asked for the ability to quickly search and transfer media stored on other PCs and mobile devices on the system, Fish said.
  • Power management. Here, Microsoft intends to improve the UI, Fish said. Minimizing the power consumed by a tablet is useful, he said, but users would also like to know exactly how much power is being used, how much is left, and how long it would take to refill a PC or tablet with a full battery charge.

    Connection and collaboration. In an office meeting, for example, users should be able to quickly set up an ad-hoc network to share files, chat, or other tasks. Presentations should be able to be "projected" directly to other users. "I see lots of laptops here," Fish said. "Why couldn't I project this presentation directly to your laptops, or wirelessly to this big screen?"

  • Device and file synchronization.
  • Ink file names. Users should be able to name a file with "inked" text, or identify a file with a star or some other proprietary notation, Fish said.

  • Improvements in handwriting recognition.

Microsoft plans laptop tune-up with Longhorn
ZDNet.com

As for the company's tablet PC operating system, one of the biggest changes being considered is the ability of the software to learn the handwriting of a particular user. To date, Microsoft's recognition software has focused on deciphering ink input by comparing it with the millions of samples in its library.

The issue has been a subject of heated internal debate for years, with Chief Software Architect Bill Gates among those pushing for an engine that could adapt to individuals.

The company also wants to expand its support for ink beyond text files, allowing file names, for example, to consist entirely of an ink image. The pen is also likely to get an expanded role in Longhorn. A feature known as "Flick" would allow the pen to deliver complex commands based on various gestures as opposed to just being used to move the cursor on the screen.

Secrets to Cup success
FOX Sports

"You're always looking for the edge," says Sharks assistant coach Tim Hunter.

Since the last week of the season, each Sharks coach has used a PC tablet — basically, a mini TV screen — that enables the live video feed to be marked so it can be reviewed immediately. These tablets enable players to see, on the bench between shifts, plays isolating a missed check, positional mistake or opposing power-play tendency. The Sharks are the only team in the NHL to use these tools on the bench; the other nine teams who use them do so in the dressing room between periods. Saving time with instantaneous video replay gives the Sharks the advantage of being able to change on the fly.

May 6, 2004

 
Tablet PC Campus Demo Tour Date Changes (from Lora at whatisnew.com)

Attention people planning to attend University of Washington Microsoft
Tablet PC Campus Demo Tour: the event is actually Friday, May 14th NOT May
6th as the website listed.

They are  in the process of fixing the campus tour list to make sure the rest of the dates
are correct.

The team apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. Microsoft is
scrubbing the Campus Demo date list to confirm that all other dates and
locations listed are correct. Unless otherwise noted, events will be held in
campus bookstores.

These events are an excellent way to see Tablet PCs and especially to see
how to use them in college settings. If you are in an area where there is an
event, please stop by.

Mobile Showcase whets wireless appetite
InfoWorld, CA

Tablet PC innovations were also demonstrated by vendors Motion Computing, Electrovaya, and ViewSonic. Motion Computing showed off its Motion M1400 Tablet PC, a slate-style tablet targeted at vertical industries such as healthcare, field sales, government, and education. The M1400 features a wide viewing angle, 160 to 170 degrees, on a 12.1-inch display. The system also touts advanced audio capabilities, with a dual microphone array that can cancel echo and background noise, according to Elizabeth Clark, marketing manager at Motion Computing.

Electrovaya, meanwhile, demonstrated its Scribbler SC2000 Tablet PC that features extended battery life through the company's proprietary lithium ion SuperPolymer rechargeable battery technology. This specialized battery can power the Tablet all day, up to 16 hours, according to Electrovaya officials.

ViewSonic showed its V1250S, a convertible tablet PC that includes integrated 802.11g and b wireless. The 802.11g wireless standard can support wireless networking with transfer speeds nearly five times faster than 802.11b, according to ViewSonic officials.

Targeting control of large-scale mobile computing deployments, NetMotion Wireless at the show launched a new version of its Mobility XE  mobility management software. Mobility XE is designed to address the problems of connection reliability, data access, and management in enterprise wireless deployments.

New features in XE include server pooling for improved scalability, load balancing and automated failover, a centralized Mobility Management Console that enables Web-based access to full management functionality, according to NetMotion officials.

Microsoft, HP Unveil Windows Home Center Prototype For Connected Home
CRN

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard teamed up at this week's WinHEC 2004 to demonstrate the Windows Home Concept, a system with a linked communications PC, intelligent remote device and Tablet PC.

At the core of the system is a 50-inch plasma display/digital TV powered by a Windows Home Center PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004. The PC integrates all cell and landline telephone services, e-mail, address book, instant messaging and home entertainment center services into one box.

Medtronic Introduces LIFENET BLUE Wireless Patient Data Transmission Product Enhancement
TMCnet

Bluetooth(R) technology gives pre-hospital EMS teams uninterrupted focus on patient care

Medtronic announced today its global introduction of a new patient data transmission product upgrade for the LIFEPAK(R) 12 defibrillator/monitor called LIFENET(R) BLUE. Equipped with Bluetooth(R) SIG technology, LIFENET BLUE allows emergency medical service (EMS) teams to wirelessly transfer patient data from a LIFEPAK(R) 12 to a tablet PC running LIFENET(R) EMS ePCR (electronic patient care report) to provide a complete pre-hospital patient record. Additionally, LIFENET Blue provides EMS teams the ability to wirelessly transmit patient data from a LIFEPAK 12 defibrillator/monitor via a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to a remote LIFENET RS Receiving Station in a hospital emergency department.

Microsoft unveils Windows Upgrades for Mobile PCs
Extreme Tech

Microsoft Corp. gave a behind-the-scenes peek Wednesday at technologies the software company is looking to include in future versions of Windows designed for mobile PCs.

Darin Fish, business development manager within Microsoft's Mobile Platforms Division, described the disclosure as a "work in progress." Fish said "no final decision" has been made whether there will be a mobile version of Longhorn, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, or whether the technology will simply be part of the company's Tablet Edition OS.

Fish hinted, however, that the capabilities of the tablet and notebook PC would converge, however. In 2004 and 2005, for example, so-called "pen and ink" (also called "electronic ink") technologies would become prevalent in both notebook and tablet PCs.

Microsoft will ship Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 this summer; previously, the software was known as Tablet Edition 2004, but the software giant retitled the release in a bid to emulate the "auto year 2005" system used by car manufacturers. The software will sense the presence of a stylus, converting ink to text on the fly. A new 1.7 SDK will also help developers, and the software will be tied more closely to OneNote and Office.

Many of the enhancements seem tied to a powerful toolbar, which Fish had docked on the left-hand side of the screen. Screenshots of prototype code used the toolbar to display stock quotes, upcoming appointments, battery life, and other data in small but readable illustrations.

Technologies that could appear in future versions of Windows and the Tablet PC edition include:

  • Mobile entertainment – quick, almost-instant access to multimedia files, possibly to the point where users might not need to login, Fish said. Obviously, security would be an issue, he said. Users have also asked for the ability to quickly search and transfer media stored on other PCs and mobile devices on the system, Fish said.
  • Power management. Here, Microsoft intends to improve the UI, Fish said. Minimizing the power consumed by a tablet is useful, he said, but users would also like to know exactly how much power is being used, how much is left, and how long it would take to refill a PC or tablet with a full battery charge.

    Connection and collaboration. In an office meeting, for example, users should be able to quickly set up an ad-hoc network to share files, chat, or other tasks. Presentations should be able to be "projected" directly to other users. "I see lots of laptops here," Fish said. "Why couldn't I project this presentation directly to your laptops, or wirelessly to this big screen?"

  • Device and file synchronization.
  • Ink file names. Users should be able to name a file with "inked" text, or identify a file with a star or some other proprietary notation, Fish said.

  • Improvements in handwriting recognition.

Microsoft plans laptop tune-up with Longhorn
ZDNet.com

As for the company's tablet PC operating system, one of the biggest changes being considered is the ability of the software to learn the handwriting of a particular user. To date, Microsoft's recognition software has focused on deciphering ink input by comparing it with the millions of samples in its library.

The issue has been a subject of heated internal debate for years, with Chief Software Architect Bill Gates among those pushing for an engine that could adapt to individuals.

The company also wants to expand its support for ink beyond text files, allowing file names, for example, to consist entirely of an ink image. The pen is also likely to get an expanded role in Longhorn. A feature known as "Flick" would allow the pen to deliver complex commands based on various gestures as opposed to just being used to move the cursor on the screen.

Secrets to Cup success
FOX Sports

"You're always looking for the edge," says Sharks assistant coach Tim Hunter.

Since the last week of the season, each Sharks coach has used a PC tablet — basically, a mini TV screen — that enables the live video feed to be marked so it can be reviewed immediately. These tablets enable players to see, on the bench between shifts, plays isolating a missed check, positional mistake or opposing power-play tendency. The Sharks are the only team in the NHL to use these tools on the bench; the other nine teams who use them do so in the dressing room between periods. Saving time with instantaneous video replay gives the Sharks the advantage of being able to change on the fly.

May 7, 2004

WinHEC 2004 Show Report and Photo Gallery
winsupersite.com

Here are some stories and photos from the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2004

"The Mobile Platforms Division [at Microsoft] was formerly the Tablet PC Division," said Darin Fish, the Business Development Manager for the Mobile Platforms Division. "We reorganized so we could have a greater focus on the mobile PC, not just the Tablet PC. What we found working on the Tablet PC is that much of the platform work we were doing was benefiting all mobile PCs. The challenge was getting [that technology] to all mobile PCs. We're still the same group, and we have one team focused on mobile PC fundamentals, and one that's very focused on pen and ink."

Microsoft creates the underlying platform that runs Tablet PCs and other mobile PCs, and the company is predictably planning a series of updates that will dramatically improve that platform for users. Late this summer, Microsoft will ship Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (code-named Lonestar), a free update for all Tablet PC users that adds a dramatically enhanced Text Input Panel (TIP), with context-sensitive handwriting recognition and other new features.

Its Longhorn-era plans, however, are far more exciting. Though Microsoft hasn't yet determined which of these features will be included in the base Longhorn product line, and which will only be available on Tablet PCs and notebook computers, the list is dizzying. The company will beef up the product's fundamental features, such as power management, multi-monitor support, and the like. But it will also be working on a slew of new functionality, including:

Auxiliary Displays. Next-generation mobile devices will include small external displays on their covers that will let users view personal information management (PIM) data at a glance, without having to open or turn on the device.

Device and File Synchronization. Using Longhorn's integrated Synchronization control panel, users will be able to synchronize data between their PC and Tablet PC, notebook computer, PDA, portable audio devices, and other portable devices.

Communication and Collaboration. Longhorn will make it easy for users to quickly set-up ad-hoc wireless networks for file sharing, and discover people who are connected near you. It will also provide a way to connect with wireless projectors, with one-to-one and one-to-many support for wireless connections between PCs whose users wish to collaborate in real time.

Mobility Center. Microsoft is planning an Activity Center called Mobility Center for Longhorn that will include all of the mobility tuning features in the OS, all in a central location.

Location Awareness. Though the details of how the system will accomplish this are currently in flux, Microsoft plans to add location awareness to PCs with Longhorn, so that your system will behave and look differently when you're at home, at work, at school, or at other locations.

Pen/Shell integration. Longhorn will natively support ink files names: Click on an icon's name with the stylus, and just write the file name normally in your own handwriting. A simple wizard will let you supply examples of your handwriting so that the handwriting recognition engine only compares created file names against your writing, and not the millions of samples the engine currently uses.

Snipper and Flick utilities. A a new pen gestures feature (codenamed Flick) will allow you to perform certain actions with a Tablet PC stylus that aren't writing or control selection activities. For example, you could set up gestures for copy, paste, back, forward, undo, and delete activities. Another pen utility, codenamed Snipper, will bring the Microsoft Snipping Utility Powertoy into the base OS.\

Pen Optimized Skin. For a new generation of small, 5-inch to 8-inch, Tablet PC devices that will begin shipping this year, Microsoft is developing a dashboard page that will provide access to PIM information that users need, all in a single, handy page. The Pen Optimized Skin presents time and calendar information, links to recently accessed documents and applications, the 7 most recent unread email messages, the most recent uncompleted tasks, and the links to your most often used applications. This skin is designed to sit on top of, and generally replace, the basic Windows user interface on devices whose screens are too small for a desktop UI.

 

Fujitsu spruces up tablet PC line with ST5000
eChannelLine,

Fujitsu Canada says the new indoor/outdoor display on its Stylistic ST5000 tablet PC makes an attractive alternative to rival TFT displays.

The 10.4-inch indoor/outdoor screen on the ST5000 is one of the best on the market today for outdoor use, according to Tamara Keserovic, marketing manager for Fujitsu Canada in Mississauga, Ont. By employing special reflective front-light technology, text and graphics can be clearly seen in a wide variety of light environments. Under direct sunlight, the display gets even brighter rather than becoming washed out. In low light conditions, the display�s front light can be adjusted to enhance its view, she explained.

WinHEC 2004: Microsoft Merges Tablet PC Future into Wider Mobile Computing Vision
www.winnetmag.com

Say what you will about the Tablet PC, but Microsoft isn't giving up, and upcoming versions of this often-misunderstood technology will meld with other mobile computing devices and, ultimately, become a mainstream product. That's the new plan at Microsoft, anyway: Once seen as a laptop alternative, Tablet PCs will soon give way to a range of mobile PCs that meet all customers needs, a sharp departure from the niche products PC makers released until recently.

 

"The Mobile Platforms Division [at Microsoft] was formerly the Tablet PC Division," said Darin Fish, the Business Development Manager for the Mobile Platforms Division. "We reorganized so we could have a greater focus on the mobile PC, not just the Tablet PC. What we found working on the Tablet PC is that much of the platform work we were doing was benefiting all mobile PCs. The challenge was getting [that technology] to all mobile PCs. We're still the same group, and we have one team focused on mobile PC fundamentals, and one that's very focused on pen and ink."

 

Microsoft Unveils Future Of Tablet PC
eWeek 

Microsoft on Wednesday gave WinHEC attendees a behind-the-scenes peek at future technologies the company is preparing for mobile PCs.

Darin Fish, business development manager in Microsoft Corp.'s mobile platforms division, described the disclosure as a "work in progress." Furthermore, Fish said no final decision has been made whether there will be a mobile version of Longhorn, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, or whether the technology will simply be part of the company's Tablet Edition OS.

Still, Fish suggested that the capabilities of the tablet and notebook PC would converge. He predicted that during 2004 and 2005 so-called "pen and ink" technologies (also called "electronic ink") would become prevalent in both notebook and tablet systems.

Tablet PC Demo Days
microsoft

Go beyond the notebook with the Tablet PC. The Tablet PC is the evolution of the notebook PC that lets you use your notebook in new places and new ways—at work, on the road, and at home. Experience the new Toshiba Portégé M205 Tablet PC.

Visit a retailer near you to see a Tablet PC demo (from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM unless otherwise noted), and try one out for yourself. If you can't make one of the dates below, check this page again later. We'll be adding new dates through June. You can also review the hardware demo online.  Click here to find a retailer in your area.

JumpingMinds FractionPractice Version 1.00 Released

JumpingMinds FractionPractice Version 1.00 is now available for download.

FractionPractice is a Tablet PC software application that makes practicing fraction skills fun and easy. Solve problems naturally--just as you would on paper. As you handwrite solutions to automatically generated problems, FractionPractice recognizes your work and provides instant feedback

 

May 10, 2004

Criterion's REDTablet Mobile Real Estate Solution Showcased at Intel Launch Event
TMCnet

REDTablet(TM) Mega-Producer John Pinto Demonstrates Why Tablet PC is Perfect Mobile Technology Tool for Real Estate Professionals

For real estate mega-producer John Pinto, mobile technology is all about increasing productivity and providing clients with the service they need, any time day or night and from almost anywhere he happens to be at the moment. His new Tablet PC - and the instant access to his clients and tools and information it provides - has transformed the way he does business. He expects the Tablet PC will boost his business this year by 30 to 35 percent over 2003.

Gateway Notebooks Pump Up the Performance With Latest Intel Pentium M Processor
Yahoo News

For customers who want a notebook PC that is powerful, flexible and portable enough to handle all their computing needs in a range of environments, Gateway updates its Gateway® 450 and Gateway M275 notebook PC lines with new Intel® Pentium® M processors.

Designed for businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and students, the award-winning Gateway 450 and M275 notebook lines are now offered in select configurations that include new Intel Pentium M processors (previously codenamed "Dothan"). The Gateway 450 is a mid-range performance notebook popular with businesses and institutions, and offers an optional built-in biometrics fingerprint sensor that can be used in lieu of passwords for identity authentication. The Gateway M275 is a mainstream convertible notebook that transforms into a Tablet PC by rotating the display on a hinge, then folding it on top of the keyboard for pen-based computing.

Win a Toshiba Portege M200 convertible tablet PC
Mortgage Introducer

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Each month the letter or e-mail judged to be the best, will win a fantastic Toshiba Portege M200 convertible tablet PC, courtesy of BM Solutions. The Toshiba Portege M200 delivers breakthrough performance with a rich feature-set, including Intel Centrino mobile technology, wireless connectivity and a hi-density, hi-resolution SXGA+ screen in a tablet, making it the most compelling and intuitive business productivity tool.

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Toshiba Notebook PCs to Support New Intel Pentium M Processors ; Technology to Offer Business Customers More Choices for Improved Mobile Computing Performance
Business Wire

The Digital Products Division (DPD) of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS) today announced the company's support of the new Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processors 735, 745 and 755 -- key components of Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology. Toshiba plans to offer the new processors in current business Tecra(R) and Portege(R) and upcoming SMB and consumer Satellite(R) notebook PCs providing increased mobile performance from today's existing models.

"Toshiba embraces Intel's efforts to enhance the benefits that mobile and wireless technology delivers to the end user," said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing, Toshiba DPD. "By constantly improving upon its technology, Intel complements Toshiba's commitment to provide its customers the best mobile computing has to offer."

Toshiba's Tecra M2, Tecra M2V and Portege M200 tablet PC will be the current business notebooks available with the new processors. The Tecra brand is a build-to-order line designed to have a long product life-cycle and provide a stable image to lower cost of ownership for IT professionals. The Portege M200 tablet PC will also come equipped with the latest Intel chips that will enhance its existing features and promote improved mobility through Wi-Fi(TM) wireless connectivity(a). Toshiba's tablet PC is designed to deliver the flexibility and mobility of a notebook PC with the convenience of tablet PC functionality.

Gartner: Regional PC sales surges in first quarter
Cnet Asia

Mirroring recent buying trends, labtop and tablet PC sales again outpaced the growth of desktops. According to Gartner, regional notebook shipments grew 47 percent while desktops witnessed an 11 percent increase.

Short Takes: WinHEC 2004 Special Edition
iT News, Australia

Microsoft verifies, updates XP Reloaded plans
Various Microsoft representatives verified last week that "XP Reloaded" will be a marketing campaign aimed at rejuvenating consumer excitement in Windows XP, a product that has evolved dramatically since its initial release in October 2001. Set to run from October to December 2004, XP Reloaded will focus on new XP versions such as Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, as well as various product updates that will ship in late summer/early fall, including XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and the next major version of Windows Media Center, and add-on products like Portable Media Centers and Media Center Extenders. What's changed is that Microsoft originally planned to have separate marketing campaigns for XP SP2 and XP Reloaded; now SP2 will be marketed as part of the XP Reloaded campaign.

"Lonestar:" Next Version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
microsoft expert zone

The next generation of Window XP Tablet PC Edition is almost here. Beta testers are working with the new version, codenamed "Lonestar," right now. It will be available as a free upgrade if you already have a Tablet PC in the second half of 2004. If you buy a new Tablet PC then, it will come pre-installed.

I've been trying out Lonestar on my Acer TravelMate C111 and am thrilled with several improvements the Tablet PC team has made. In this column, I'll cover the new Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP), improved word and case recognition, and how the new software improves the whole ink to text experience.

New Tablet Input Panel

You'll immediately notice the completely-redesigned Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP). The TIP is a Tablet PC user's primary tool for entering ASCII text with a pen instead of a keyboard. The new TIP provides major improvements in text correction and control. In the original TIP, you had to correct handwriting after the text appeared in your document or in the separate text preview window. With the new TIP, your recognized handwriting appears directly below your handwriting in the same viewing pane, making it easy to quickly correct characters before converting them into text. In the earlier version, users had to rewrite entire words to correctly convert then to text. Now you can just scratch out a letter or a number and write it directly into the TIP. This is both very convenient and just plain cool. As shown in Figure 1, this feature lets you see the recognition engine in action.

LG enters Canadian notebook market
eChannelLine

LG has been in the OEM notebook business since 1997, and makes several Tier One brands, but these are its first branded products in this area. It is announcing four brands. The LM, featuring the LM 40 and LM 50 are their premium brands, while the LS, with the LS 40 and LS 50, are for their value market. The LT line, featuring the LT20, is a tablet PC. And the LU line, with the LU 20, is an ultra-compact.

MindManager X5 ProSoftware tutorial
Australian Personal Computer,

If you think a mind map is just a brainstorming tool, you’ll be amazed at what MindManager X5 Pro can do.

Mind maps are graphical, hierarchical outlines used for planning, enhancing learning and developing innovative thinking. However MindManager X5 Pro offers a lot more behind the scenes, such as hooks into popular Office programs like Word, Project, Powerpoint and Outlook. Additionally, its XML-based architecture makes it ideal as a versatile business tool.

Users can use both type and handwriting anywhere on the mind map. Even as a simple note-taker, MindManager is superior to Microsoft’s OneNote application, and even comes with a version tweaked specifically for Tablet PCs. If you’re using the program for taking notes, start with a blank document or choose from a host of templates for scheduling, business, organisation and design processes. Styles can be applied later from the Template Organizer.

MindManager is available in X5 Pro and Standard versions, with the main differences being the Standard version’s lack of XML support, customisable wizards and templates, and Microsoft Outlook integration. Pocket PC and Tablet PC versions are available, as is a handy plug-in to export the results to an Excel spreadsheet should you need to take the data from MindManager and use it elsewhere.

Computing's Future on Display at Microsoft Conference
TechNewsWorld 

The Troy prototype, developed by HP in conjunction with Microsoft, comes with a console that sits between the keyboard and screen, offering controls such as a volume knob, media playback buttons and a built-in cradle for a hand-held device, such as a Pocket PC.

That prototype is a follow-up to Athens, a concept PC that Microsoft and HP showed at WinHEC last year. Although neither concept is expected to come to market as a complete package, the companies expect elements of both to be incorporated into future hardware designs.

Another prototype from Microsoft and HP was demonstrated on stage during Gates' speech.

It incorporated a Media Center PC in the living room, a Tablet PC in the kitchen and a high-tech remote control with a microphone for making phone calls.

Programmed for Success
Washington Post

Wilson's expanding technological inventory includes a computer database he designed and multidimensional scouting reports that come to life with video. Wilson conducts team meetings around an interactive SMART Board that uses streaming video and a telestrator and allows him to move player templates with his finger. In addition to a "bench monitor," which he employed in Washington, Wilson carries a tablet PC during games to capture statistics in real time.

Wilson said the Sharks spent a six-figure sum upgrading their technology this year. It includes streaming video software for himself, two assistants and a video coordinator, software that Hunter said can run up to $20,000. Wilson and his assistants sometimes splice inspirational movie clips -- a coliseum scene from "Gladiator" was one example this season -- into customized video, sometimes cut for individual players. He uses his growing database to "break the game into our own numbers and come up with some stuff that basically supports my own crazy theories about winning,"

May 11, 2004

Acer TravelMate C300: TMC303XMi
whatisnew.com

OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition
Processor: Intel® Pentium® M Processor 735; 1.70GHz, 2MB L2 cache

Display Size: 14.1" XGA display (1024x768) with integtrated Wacom digitizer

Graphics: Intel® Extreme Graphics 2

Memory: 1GB (512/512)

  • 80GB hard drive
  • DVD-Dual drive (DVD+/-RW)
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • Optional external USB 1.44MB3 floppy drive
    Connectivity; 802.11b/g WLAN, BluetoothTM, Gigabit LAN, V.92 modem
    Estimated Street Price upon release $2599.00 US.
    Acer US warehouse does not have any inventory at this time. One Acer distributor speculated early June. We will keep you updated on estimated times of arrival.

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Chat Today at 3:00 PM Pacific TIme

"Join the Tablet PC product team this afteroon, May 11, at 3:00pm Pacific time.  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

Trouble in Tablet Land?
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Where will the Tablet PC go tomorrow? It's time for Microsoft marketing to provide some solid direction.

When Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates launched the Tablet PC back on November 7, 2002, he touted the technology as "a whole new way of experiencing the personal computer." The Tablet was more than a PDA. It was better than a notebook. It was the mobile form factor of the future, destined to spawn an entirely new class of apps — like Microsoft's own ePeriodicals, for one. (By the way, whatever happened to ePeriodicals?)

 

SION Power Debuts First-Ever Lithium Sulfur Battery at Windows Hardware Engineering Conference; New Battery Powers an HP TC1000 Tablet PC for the Entire Day on a Single Charge
Internet Telephony Magazine

At Microsoft Corp.'s annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, SION Power Corp. (www.sionpower.com) made history by demonstrating the first-ever lithium sulfur (Li-S), very high-specific energy rechargeable battery as a power source for a notebook personal computer. Located in the Microsoft Small Business Partners Pavilion, the SION battery reliably powered an HP TC1000 Tablet PC for the entire day on a single charge.

This revolutionary new battery, employing patented technology, will enable notebook and tablet PC products to achieve an eight-hour runtime on a single charge, while weighing less than current battery technologies. This power level is twice what can be currently found in other rechargeable batteries.

Microsoft readies XP SP2 giveaway
ZDNet.com

Microsoft says it will give away Service Pack 2 for Windows XP but is remaining coy about the exact nature of "XP Reloaded."

SP2 will be labeled on the box as having "advanced security technologies," highlighting its set of updates to the firewall, antivirus and network protection mechanisms of the Windows operating system. Although Microsoft says that some of these changes will cause problems with around one in 10 existing applications, the company is not planning a certification program and is not maintaining a public list of troublesome software. Tablet PCs are also being addressed by SP2's inclusion of Lonestar--more formally known as XP Tablet PC Edition 2005--which adds more stylus input options and Office integration

Motion Computing Named to Red Herring Top 100; Award Recognizes `Best and Brightest' Private Tech Companies
Business Wire

Motion Computing(R), a leader in mobile computing products for healthcare, field sales and service, government and other vertical markets, today announced its inclusion in the Red Herring 100.

The Red Herring 100 award has a tradition of identifying new and innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs. "At the Red Herring, we scour the industry to identify the best and brightest technology companies that are transforming the current markets or creating new ones," said Alex Vieux, publisher of the Red Herring. "The Red Herring 100 is our annual list of our most promising private companies. Like Google, eBay, Salesforce.com and other previous Red Herring alumni, these 100 have the potential to become the next titans of industry."

The Red Herring 100 recognition is Motion's sixth major award in 2004 and follows on the heels of a coveted PC Magazine Editors' Choice award for its Motion M1400 Tablet PC design innovations. The company is rapidly expanding its efficient, build-to-order business model internationally and has consistently grown market share to become a top-tier player in the global tablet PC market.

Education Is A Focus For Success With Realtor Conventions
Realty Times, TX

As predicted by founder Jack Peckham, the Real Estate Cyberspace Society's third annual convention drew record crowds the week of April 18th-24th. Attendance in Washington D.C. for the NAR mid-year is also setting a record, says Steve Cook, spokesperson for the NAR.

Innovation Showcase, a section of the trade show run by RealComm, which features the newest and most innovative hardware with applications for the real estate industry. There, Realtors who are interested in learning how to operate a new digital camera, for example, or a new tablet PC, can see which brands and models are most suited for their purposes.


M1400 leaves little to desire
Washington Times

Austin, Texas-based Motion Computing Inc., released its Motion M1400 Tablet PC, price $1,999, and it's something you should look at, from a number of angles.

First of all, the new model boasts improved display technology, sound technology and power management. According to the firm, each M1400 is equipped with high-speed wireless connectivity using an integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 BG 802.11 card. Units boast between 256MB and 2GB of 333MHz DDR memory, an enhanced 12.1-inch display, hard-drive options of 20GB, 40GB or 60GB, integrated Bluetooth, integrated Ethernet, a built-in fingerprint reader, as well as a combination USB mobile keyboard, desktop stand and hardtop cover, all in one. There's not much lacking here.

May 12, 2004

Rundgren's Bridgewater Hall date
Manchester Evening News, UK 

Rundgren will be performing songs taken from his recently released and critically acclaimed 18th solo album, Liars, as well as tracks from his 35 years in the music business.

The current line-up of Todd Rundgren and The Liars features the same musicians who performed on Rundgren's 1997 bossa nova album With A Twist; former Utopia bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress (guitar), John Ferenzik (keyboards) and the Tube's Prairie Prince (drums).

Rundgren recently told Uncut magazine that "every member of the band will be playing through a tablet PC, in his own high-intensity LED chamber, in a set that looks something like a bombed-out cathedral."

Acer to Pre-Load MindManager X5 Pro Software, Acer and Mindjet ...
PR Newswire

Mindjet today announced a
marketing partnership with Acer America Corporation to pre-load trial versions
of MindManager X5 Pro software onto Acer TravelMate Tablet PCs.  MindManager
X5 Pro enables users to quickly create structured notes that can be
immediately published as Microsoft Office documents.  Mindjet's latest
software supports rapid planning and decision making; using XML, XSL, and Web
Services technologies to give business professionals immediate access to a
valuable mix of information types.

"Acer Tablet PCs, loaded with MindManager X5 Pro software, give mobile
workers the ability to interact with enterprise data and online information
they require to make informed line-of-business decisions," said Joe Dylewski,
ISV partner manager for Acer America Corporation.  "With MindManager loaded
onto their Acer Tablet PCs, users can now use either a pen or keyboard to
access the full power of enterprise data."

Pen-enabled MindManager X5 Pro software helps users quickly capture,
organize and share the unstructured information typical of meetings and
brainstorming sessions.  Users then take advantage of the software's XML
technology to push this information into enterprise databases, scheduling
applications, and knowledge-management systems.

Tablet PC Could Quietly Vanish
eWeek 

The question is whether the Tablet PC and Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet Edition OS are being subsumed back into the notebook PC, a product the Tablet once broke away from. If they are, observers wonder, is there a need for a dedicated Tablet operating system?

So far, the only answers have been forthcoming from hardware makers, many of which have moved to "convertible notebooks," which combine a keyboard and a touchscreen. These devices run the Tablet PC OS.

However, for the slate hardware platforms, the outlook with customers is somewhat muddy. Slate PCs still play an important role in vertical enterprises, such as health care, vendors say, but "knowledge workers" have asked for a keyboard to complement the pen input.

Entrepreneurs at MIT
Boston Globe

THE MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology has long been a generator of ideas for businesses that have fueled the national and state economies. The latest batch of innovative thinking will be on display tonight when winners of the this year's MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition are announced. All 427 students who took part in the contest will have learned valuable lessons in practical technology.

The competition, open to anyone on campus, frequently draws MIT engineering students, who team up with their counterparts at the MIT Sloan School of Management. When the competition began 15 years ago, the award was $10,000, given so that students could afford to take out a patent. Now the winner gets $30,000 and two runners-up receive $10,000.

The real awards come from venture capitalists. Of the 1,300 entries since 1990, 83 have resulted in the creation of companies. The most prominent is Akamai Technologies of Cambridge, which operates a global network to speed business data across the Internet. A finalist -- but not the winner -- in 1998, the project became a company that is worth almost $1.5 billion.

This year's entries include the Active Joint Brace, to improve mobility of people with muscle injuries; Smartpaper, to help students model concepts on a tablet PC; and Rive Technologies, which aims to produce clean gasoline from feedstocks. Even if many proposals never achieve commercial viability, the competition gives students experience at the intersection of business and technology that they do not usually get within the university.

Family practice sings praises of Nightingale software
ITBusiness.ca

It didn’t take long for Dr. Hanson Lo to become hooked. A few days was all it took, really, he admits. And now, says Lo of his foray into electronic medical records (EMR), there’s no going back.

"If you asked me to go back to the paper route I would hate that," says Lo.

Lo, who moved his Whitby, Ont.-based family practice to a new location a few months ago, says it was at that time he decided to go paperless and make some big changes in the way he and his staff of five worked.

After evaluating a few vendors, Lo decided to go with Nightingale Informatix Corp.’s ASP-based patient access for MDs software, which his clinic runs on both desktop PCs and one Toshiba Portégé 3500 Tablet PC.

"I think it’s fantastic," he says of the application. "Once you record in the system, it’s stored offsite and any doctor can access it anywhere in the world. It’s such a beautiful convenience. If you have a group practice where you share patient records it’s almost a must; it will make continuity of care so much easier."

May 13, 2004

Learning To Think In Ink
Whatisnew.com

Good news. There is a 3:1 ratio of developers to end users. Frank Gocinski led the Tablet PC Developer tour in the afternoon. Developers arrived to a personable, driven presentation allowing great exchanges between presenter and audience. Plenty of jokes. (A big positive for Layne. LOL) Relaxed atmosphere. Perfect opportunity to learn to think in ink... digital ink that is.

As the presentation moved forward more developers arrived just as Frank talked about the increase in interest in developing for Tablet PCs. With Windows XP Service Pack 2 there are currently 2500+ beta testers and 70,000 developers.

Momentum is definitely increasing.

Next, he reviewed the Tablet PC Vision:

2003 - Tablet PCs were a new type of notebook PC
2004 / 2005 - Tablet is a feature of notebooks
2006+ - There will be a Mobile PC for every customer need  12:02 pm


BOE HYDIS, Motion Computing Pact Yields First 12.1-Inch Slate Tablet PC with Wide Viewing Angle
motioncomputing

BOE HYDIS and Motion Computing today announced the availability of Viewiz, BOE HYDIS’ Advanced Fringe Field Switching (AFFS) display panel, on Motion’s new M1400 Tablet PC.

The new Viewiz wide-view screen enhances presentation sharing and real-time tablet PC collaboration with an almost unlimited viewing angle (160 to 180 degrees) that works in both portrait and landscape display modes . Because the display is brighter, clearer and can be seen straight-on and at varying angles, it improves the user experience while walking, standing or sitting, and especially when viewing the tablet PC on a flat surface.

Motion’s 12.1-inch XGA TFT display – widely acclaimed because its dimensions approximate those of a sheet of paper – is even better on the M1400 because of the Viewiz AFFS screen technology.

In addition to its remarkably wide viewing angle, the Viewiz AFFS display panel brings to the Motion M1400 Tablet PC:

  • Increased brightness and high contrast
  • High image quality, suitable for TV
  • No color shift, for vivid and authentic color without discoloration at any angle
  • No ripples from pen/screen contact
  • Faster response time
  • Low backlight power consumption for longer battery life  12:00 pm

 

Intel Launches Powerful New Pentium M Processors, Cancels Next-Generation Pentium 4
Connected Home Online

This week, Intel significantly boosted the performance of the Intel Centrino mobile microprocessor products with the introduction of new Intel Pentium M processors that feature faster clock speeds and system buses and larger cache sizes. The company also announced that it's canceling the development of two next-generation desktop-based microprocessors so it can concentrate on more powerful dual-core microprocessors. Both announcements are a boon for PC users because Intel pledges to keep up its recent pace of innovation and speed the development of its processors and related chipsets.

The new Pentium M designs, which are code-named Dothan, will ship this week in a variety of notebook computers and Tablet PCs. The Dothan family currently includes three new processors, all of which feature a smaller 90nm process (compared with the earlier-generation Pentium M chips' 130nm process), resulting in smaller sizes, less power consumption, less heat, and lower costs. However, because the new chips use the same socket design that the earlier-generation chips used, PC makers can immediately integrate the Dothan CPUs into their existing mobile computers.

The Dothan processors are also the first products to use Intel's new chip-naming conventions. The Pentium M processor 735, for example, runs at 1.7GHz and costs $294 per chip (in quantity). The other two models include the Pentium M processor 745, which runs at 1.8GHz and costs $423, and the high-end Pentium M processor 755, which runs at 2GHz and costs $637. The number 7 in these product names denotes the Dothan generation of chips, whereas the latter two numbers specify relative performance. The Pentium M processor 755, for example, has higher-level performance than the Pentium M processor 735.  9:56 am

Rise of the e-classroom
Independent

Computers are a growing part of everyday life, so naturally they are increasingly used in schools. Beyond that less-than-earth-shattering statement, however, lies a complicated and fluid picture, with vast differences in provision across the schools landscape, and a continuing debate about how best they should be used.

Some state schools, for example, have access to as many as 1,000 laptops, while others still conduct some lessons on blackboards. Some teachers have gone totally electronic, while others cling to their belief in "chalk and talk".

Another innovation creeping into some schools are tablet PCs: screens carried around the room by a teacher. Anything the teacher or a student writes on the screen is simultaneously displayed on the board at the front for all to see.

This all costs money, of course. Schools will never have enough to do everything they want to in IT, but the Government continues to increase spending on schools generally and ring-fence certain amounts for spending on computers.

A longer-term aim is for every pupil in the country to have access to his or her own PC or laptop out of school hours, by 2006. 9:51 am

Windows XP Reloaded muddies the SP2 waters
ZDNet.com.au

The exact composition of the XP Reloaded deal will be revealed in due course, but it will presumably need to at least encompass the SP2 bundle, which looks like this: security enhancements, in the areas of network protection, email/Web security, execution protection and OS maintenance; an upgrade to XP Tablet PC Edition (code-named Lonestar); Windows Media Player 9 Series; a Bluetooth update; Movie Maker 2.1; a new wireless networking client and DirectX 9.0b. Some of the security enhancements will break some existing applications, but Microsoft says it won't be running a logo programme to mark those that are tested to work with the new operating system -- if you're worried that this may matter, you should be testing as much as possible as soon as possible.

Lonestar, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 to give it its official name, will introduce an automatically resizing in-place Tablet Input Panel (TIP) that follows the stylus around the Tablet PC's screen. You will also be able to convert handwriting to text on the fly, and will get better integration with Office 2003 and OneNote.  9:49 am

WinHEC 2004: The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
Windows & Net Magazine

The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) has historically been a big event for PC hardware driver developers, engineers, and other low-level technical workers, virtually guaranteeing a low attendee turnout and minimal press coverage--or so you'd think. However, beginning with last year's WinHEC, the conference has gained new prominence as Microsoft began using the show as a way to roll out new Longhorn features. And that strategy makes sense: With a long-term-development product such as Longhorn, low-level hardware developers are the first people who need to know how to target the system's revamped driver model. At this year's show, the hype was bigger than ever, and it wasn't all about Longhorn, although certainly that product received its fair share of coverage. Here's what I learned at the show.

For Tablet PCs, notebooks, and desktop PCs, Microsoft also foresees new auxiliary displays, built into the body of the PCs, that will supply pertinent at-a-glance information. For Tablet PCs and notebooks, this small display will sit on the unit's outside lid and provide battery status, wireless range, time, personal information manager (PIM) data, and digital-media playback information, even when the underlying PC is off. You could use this screen to view your next three scheduled events, for example, or control digital music playback. For desktop PCs, the auxiliary display will be even more subtle. To get an idea of what's in store, imagine future home PC designs that are more like stereo equipment, with subtle LCD lettering on the case's exterior that details the name of the currently playing song or alerts you when you receive a phone call. 9 :47 am

May 12, 2004

Rundgren's Bridgewater Hall date
Manchester Evening News, UK 

Rundgren will be performing songs taken from his recently released and critically acclaimed 18th solo album, Liars, as well as tracks from his 35 years in the music business.

The current line-up of Todd Rundgren and The Liars features the same musicians who performed on Rundgren's 1997 bossa nova album With A Twist; former Utopia bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress (guitar), John Ferenzik (keyboards) and the Tube's Prairie Prince (drums).

Rundgren recently told Uncut magazine that "every member of the band will be playing through a tablet PC, in his own high-intensity LED chamber, in a set that looks something like a bombed-out cathedral."

Acer to Pre-Load MindManager X5 Pro Software, Acer and Mindjet ...
PR Newswire

Mindjet today announced a
marketing partnership with Acer America Corporation to pre-load trial versions
of MindManager X5 Pro software onto Acer TravelMate Tablet PCs.  MindManager
X5 Pro enables users to quickly create structured notes that can be
immediately published as Microsoft Office documents.  Mindjet's latest
software supports rapid planning and decision making; using XML, XSL, and Web
Services technologies to give business professionals immediate access to a
valuable mix of information types.

"Acer Tablet PCs, loaded with MindManager X5 Pro software, give mobile
workers the ability to interact with enterprise data and online information
they require to make informed line-of-business decisions," said Joe Dylewski,
ISV partner manager for Acer America Corporation.  "With MindManager loaded
onto their Acer Tablet PCs, users can now use either a pen or keyboard to
access the full power of enterprise data."

Pen-enabled MindManager X5 Pro software helps users quickly capture,
organize and share the unstructured information typical of meetings and
brainstorming sessions.  Users then take advantage of the software's XML
technology to push this information into enterprise databases, scheduling
applications, and knowledge-management systems.

Tablet PC Could Quietly Vanish
eWeek 

The question is whether the Tablet PC and Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet Edition OS are being subsumed back into the notebook PC, a product the Tablet once broke away from. If they are, observers wonder, is there a need for a dedicated Tablet operating system?

So far, the only answers have been forthcoming from hardware makers, many of which have moved to "convertible notebooks," which combine a keyboard and a touchscreen. These devices run the Tablet PC OS.

However, for the slate hardware platforms, the outlook with customers is somewhat muddy. Slate PCs still play an important role in vertical enterprises, such as health care, vendors say, but "knowledge workers" have asked for a keyboard to complement the pen input.

Entrepreneurs at MIT
Boston Globe

THE MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology has long been a generator of ideas for businesses that have fueled the national and state economies. The latest batch of innovative thinking will be on display tonight when winners of the this year's MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition are announced. All 427 students who took part in the contest will have learned valuable lessons in practical technology.

The competition, open to anyone on campus, frequently draws MIT engineering students, who team up with their counterparts at the MIT Sloan School of Management. When the competition began 15 years ago, the award was $10,000, given so that students could afford to take out a patent. Now the winner gets $30,000 and two runners-up receive $10,000.

The real awards come from venture capitalists. Of the 1,300 entries since 1990, 83 have resulted in the creation of companies. The most prominent is Akamai Technologies of Cambridge, which operates a global network to speed business data across the Internet. A finalist -- but not the winner -- in 1998, the project became a company that is worth almost $1.5 billion.

This year's entries include the Active Joint Brace, to improve mobility of people with muscle injuries; Smartpaper, to help students model concepts on a tablet PC; and Rive Technologies, which aims to produce clean gasoline from feedstocks. Even if many proposals never achieve commercial viability, the competition gives students experience at the intersection of business and technology that they do not usually get within the university.

 

Family practice sings praises of Nightingale software
ITBusiness.ca

It didn’t take long for Dr. Hanson Lo to become hooked. A few days was all it took, really, he admits. And now, says Lo of his foray into electronic medical records (EMR), there’s no going back.

"If you asked me to go back to the paper route I would hate that," says Lo.

Lo, who moved his Whitby, Ont.-based family practice to a new location a few months ago, says it was at that time he decided to go paperless and make some big changes in the way he and his staff of five worked.

After evaluating a few vendors, Lo decided to go with Nightingale Informatix Corp.’s ASP-based patient access for MDs software, which his clinic runs on both desktop PCs and one Toshiba Portégé 3500 Tablet PC.

"I think it’s fantastic," he says of the application. "Once you record in the system, it’s stored offsite and any doctor can access it anywhere in the world. It’s such a beautiful convenience. If you have a group practice where you share patient records it’s almost a must; it will make continuity of care so much easier."

May 14, 2004

Sharks use technology to stay on edge
Seattle Post Intelligencer

The Sharks have a computer monitor on their bench for replays and strategy questions, and they keep a tablet PC handy for instant statistical checks. Their locker room features a "SMART Board" - essentially the world's most sophisticated chalkboard, which includes video streaming and telestrator capabilities. 10:48 am

Tablet PC Campus Demo Tour Dates Updated
microsoft

Put a Tablet PC on your school-supplies list. The new evolution of the notebook, the Tablet PC gives you the freedom to use your notebook in new ways just about anywhere: in the classroom, in the dorm, in the library, on the go. Take notes, write papers, and get access to the information you need when you need it.

Visit these campus locations to see a Tablet PC demo (from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and try one out for yourself. And while you're there, enter to win one of 50 free Tablet PCs in the "Tablet PC Hook-Up" giveaway. If you can't make one of the dates below, come back to this page later. We'll be adding new dates through June. 

Windows XP Reloaded muddies the SP2 waters
ZDNet.com 

The exact composition of the XP Reloaded deal will be revealed in due course, but it will presumably need to at least encompass the SP2 bundle, which looks like this: security enhancements, in the areas of network protection, email/Web security, execution protection and OS maintenance; an upgrade to XP Tablet PC Edition (code-named Lonestar); Windows Media Player 9 Series; a Bluetooth update; Movie Maker 2.1; a new wireless networking client and DirectX 9.0b. Some of the security enhancements will break some existing applications, but Microsoft says it won't be running a logo program to mark those that are tested to work with the new operating system--if you're worried that this may matter, you should be testing as much as possible as soon as possible.

Lonestar, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 to give it its official name, will introduce an automatically resizing in-place Tablet Input Panel (TIP) that follows the stylus around the Tablet PC's screen. You will also be able to convert handwriting to text on the fly, and will get better integration with Office 2003 and OneNote.  9:01 am

Send instant ink messages with the new MSN Messenger—download it for free
microsoft.com

Support for the Tablet PC's digital ink format, which lets users send ink email messages, including handwritten text and drawings. Users who don't own Tablet PCs can choose to receive digital ink messages from users with Tablet PCs; if this feature is turned off, the Tablet PC user sees a new Ink entry form so that messages are converted automatically to plain text for the other user.  2:47 am

Individuals and small Tablet PC software vendors now have a professional resource for developing marketing strategies. Bernie Day has started a software marketing consulting business. Good job, Bernie! 2:25 am

Programming The Tablet PC—Get Up To Speed Quickly
devx.com

Customizing software for Windows XP on the Tablet PC is not difficult. It requires an additional SDK and some background on the paradigm. This article shows you what you need to do to get up to speed quickly. It includes code samples and numerous illustrations. 2:24 am

Better batteries with sulfur?
InfoSync, Norway 

Sion Power thinks its new Lithium-Sulfur batteries will provide the power to tomorrow's new devices. If their electrical capacity claims are true, they may do just that.

Sion Power is showing off its new battery design this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), based on a new Lithium-Sulfur design. SION believes that its new Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) batteries are the answer to the industry's woes.

Commercially widely available Li-S battery technology is still 3-5 years out, according to Sion, but some working prototypes have already been demonstrated. At WinHEC, for instance, an HP TC1000 Tablet PC ran for eight solid hours on a Li-S battery pack. In the future, Sion hopes to be able to power a new generation of mobile devices, or keep conventional ones running for longer periods of time. 2:22 am

May 17, 2004

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Peter Loforte - What's cool about the upcoming Tablet PC software
MSDN.com

Peter Loforte, general manager of the Tablet PC team, shows us what is cool about the upcoming Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 software update (code-named "Lone Star.")

This 10-minute video will give you a great idea of what working with a Tablet PC is like (and Peter talks a bit about developer opportunities on the Tablet PC as well).

The Tablet PC that Peter is using is a HP TC1100 that converts from a laptop-style configuration (which is how he's using it here) to a slate-style configuration. The keyboard detaches on this model. Some Tablet PCs have keyboards permanently attached that "convert" from slate mode, to laptop mode. Others, like the NEC, are pure slates (they don't have keyboards attached at all, although you can always plug one in via a USB port).
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Turn Your Tablet PC Into A PhotoCopy Machine
whatisnew.com

The fun of using a new product like the Tablet PC is coming up with new ways of doing things. Here is one idea that may alter the way you think about making photocopies of books, newspaper clippings, sheet music, recipes, genealogy documents, and other printed documents.

In this article I'll show you how to use a digital camera and your Journal-enabled Tablet PC to photograph printed documents and "import" them into Journal as electronic collections that you can markup, highlight, or clip (using the Microsoft Snipping utility). 12:34 pm

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Judgement day
australianit.news.com

Even though Bill Gates himself has, for the past couple of years been touring the world espousing the virtues of the Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC, users have not been fooled.

With less than 5 per cent of the mobile market, according to analysts, the platform is not expected to come into its own until the Tablet PC Edition 2004 arrives, probably later this month or in June.  (Editors note: Tablet PC Edition 2005 will be a free update for existing users)  He expects the second half of 2004 to be a better time for the devices.

Tablet PCs come in two styles: convertible — a conventional-looking notebook with keyboard, whose screen swivels to close either face-down or face-up to turn the system into a tablet PC clipboard; and detachable — in which the keyboard separates from a pure-play slate.

"Most of us thought the convertible would be the biggest seller, since the screen can be flipped over, but to our surprise the majority are the pure slate," he says.

Acer offers a battery life of up to seven hours and a second battery bay that extends battery life to a potential 13 hours.

Electrovaya and ViewSonic have switched from slate to convertible in their latest machines. 12:26 pm

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New eBVyou Model Selected
www.bvu.edu

Buena Vista University has chosen the Gateway M405e as the new computer for its eBVyou program. The model has double the hard-drive space and memory of the current 450L, a longer battery life than the current model and an integrated DVD player/CD-rewritable drive.

Another event taking place over the summer is that interested faculty will receive the tablet PC model that the IRC had originally recommended for the eBVyou program. In the end, the model did not work for the eBVyou program because it exceeded the budget.

Although the computers could not be provided for students, the university will be doing a pilot program with faculty to determine if a tablet PC should be used for the eBVyou program in the future. 12:16 am

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Notebook makers release PCs for Intel's Dothan
CPILive.net

A slew of notebook PC vendors lined up behind Intel Corp.'s three new Dothan Pentium M processors on Monday with new and updated systems that feature the improved chip.

Gateway Inc. and Toshiba Corp. also joined the Dothan launch party with new systems. Gateway updated the 450XL notebook and M275XL convertible Tablet PC with the 745 processor.

Toshiba's Tecra M2, Tecra M2V, and Portege M200 notebooks are currently available with the new Pentium M chips, while future Satellite models will also support the chips, the company said.
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Itronix Expands Product Line With New GoBook Q-200 Ultra-Rugged, Wireless Handheld Computer
PR Newswire

World's Most Rugged, Advanced Wireless Handheld Available Exceeds All Durability Tests, Provides End-Users with Superior Tri-Radio Wireless Performance and Wireless Investment Protection

Itronix Corp., a world-class developer of wireless, rugged mobile computing solutions, today introduced the GoBook® Q-200 handheld computer, the industry's first truly "ultra-rugged," advanced wireless handheld computing device. Designed to support mobile professionals who work in mission-critical environments such as field service and repair, inspection and service, public safety, telecommunications, utilities, insurance and federal and military environments, the ultra-rugged handheld is ergonomically designed and weighs 1.7 pounds with a high performance battery. The GoBook Q-200 supports up to three wireless networks concurrently, operates on the Microsoft Windows CE.NET operating system, and is powered by a 400-MHz Intel XScale processor. The GoBook Q-200, which is backed by Itronix's award-winning iCare(TM) Implementation services, will be available for delivery in June 2004.

"The GoBook Q-200 is, by far, the most rugged wireless handheld computer available in its class today -- it's specifically designed for mobile workers that require highly reliable and flexible wireless connectivity in a handheld computer that can withstand the harshest environments and handling day-in and day-out.  4:07 am

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Keeping business well in hand
Everett Herald, WA

Dexterra is riding a wave of good news. The recent arrival to Snohomish County just raised $16 million and seems perfectly poised to meet rising demand for mobile computing software.

And Loughan, who came out of early retirement to become Dexterra's chairman and chief executive officer, clearly relishes the demands of navigating a startup to success. He compares it to snowboarding.

"This is one of my sports, and I get into sports usually for one reason -- to win," said Loughan, 38. "It's fun waging the battle."

The mobile trend is snowballing, as wireless connection options have multiplied and greater computing power is being packed into personal digital assistants and cellphones, as well as larger tablet PCs and laptops.

"It's very much a growing field," said Annie Neubrech, director of channel partner programs at Everett-based Intermec Technologies Corp., which counts Dexterra as a partner. "Automating the mobile workforce is a top priority for many companies."  3:20 am

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NEW GADGETS: Travel Mate
The Nation

The Acer TravelMate C300 is a tablet PC, coming with 14-inch LCD displays for improved reading and writing comfort.

It is based on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition for mobile computing and integrated wireless networks and Bluetooth technologies.

The device also features 30 to 60 GB hard drives, DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW Combo drive and DVD-Dual drive. It is powered with up to seven hours of battery life off a single charge with the standard battery pack and provides up to 13 hours of battery life for all-day use. 3:21 am

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May 18, 2004

When the Mission Truly Is Critical
SYS-CON Media

NET Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson recently chatted with John Gomez, CTO of Eclipsys. In this exclusive interview, Gomez talks about the role of .NET in mission-critical software for the health-care industry, and how he merged his love of technology with his interest in health care.

Then there is mobility. I know you said a single thing, but this is just too cool not to talk about. With .NET we are empowering clinicians to be mobile. It goes far beyond a PDA. It is truly integrating their ability to practice medicine with technology. Some things are minor, such as using a PDA or Tablet PC at a bedside and then walking up to a printer that recognizes the clinician and then prints out confidential patient information.  11:10 am

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Intellisync Voted Best Mobile Wireless Email Solution by Network Computing Magazine
PR Newswire

Intellisync Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNC), a leading provider of synchronization and mobilization software, today announced that its Intellisync(R) Mobile Suite software won
Network Computing magazine's 2004 Well-Connected Award as "Best Mobile
Wireless Email System." The Intellisync solution, which provides wireless
access to a wide range of enterprise data, was selected over a dozen competing
products based on performance, price and number of supported devices.

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 11:07 am

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Electrovaya Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2004 Financial Financial Results
Business Wire

today announced financial results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2004. All figures are in US dollars.

- Second quarter revenue for 2004 was up 17% from the second quarter of fiscal 2003.

- Gross profit of $139,000 or 9% of revenue, compared to $7,000 or 0.5% for the same quarter in the prior year.

- Scribbler 2000 series receives positive reviews from a variety of technology publications, including PC World, Laptop and Mobile PC magazines, as well as from on-line publications such as Medical Tablet PC.com, Geek.com and CNET.com.

Cost of goods sold is comprised of the material, labor and manufacturing overhead associated with the production of SuperPolymer(R) batteries, the Scribbler tablet PC and machine building for third parties, as well as direct labour costs related to research service revenues. For the quarter ending March 31, 2004 cost of goods sold increased by 7.1% to $1.5 million from $1.4 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2003.  11:02 am

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Review: Toshiba Portégé M205
pdabuyersguide.com

The M205 is my personal favorite, though it lacks the Compaq's innovative design. It's the only tablet offering SXGA resolution, high clock speeds, a large battery, plenty of RAM and a lovely display at a low 4.5 pound weight. It makes no concessions as a notebook, while offering all those neat and useful tablet features.

The Toshiba is a fast performer, and competes easily with regular Centrino notebooks. MS Office 2003, Adobe Photoshop CS, Corel Painter, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, OneNote 2003 and other apps are responsive and a joy to use on this machine. Even current demanding games are playable at high resolutions.

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A tiny peek at Averatec's upcoming 3500 series convertible Tablet PC
kstati.com

I couldn't find a better picture of it anywhere else, so here's a really tiny image of what should be (but know knows) Averatec's new 3500 series Tablet PC. Yes, it's that mythical cheap tablet. When it launches - supposedly sometime this summer - it should sell (out quickly) for about $1,100. Rebates and special offers will likely push that down into the three digit price territory.

This will be one of those products produced by one Asian company, yet rebranded and offered in different configurations by many others, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of clones. This new tablet with a low price tag doesn't mean that Tablet PCs are getting cheaper - they aren't quite commoditized to that extent yet. However, it means that there will be cheap tablets. 10:57 am

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WordLogic Fast-Tracks the Porting of Its Critically Acclaimed ...
Business Wire

WordLogic Corporation (OTCBB:WLGC), the preeminent developer of text and data entry software for mobile devices, today announced the commencement of the architectural platform for an advanced version of its text input software geared towards the Tablet PC market. "The international community has spoken, particularly the academic and educational communities, and we have been listening. We have fast-tracked the movement of our prototype Tablet PC version into commercial application form to answer this call,"

The Tablet PC represents the evolution of mobile, powerful and versatile computing. With lightweight form factors and built-in wireless support, Tablet PCs can go where notebooks don't typically go today-to class, to the library, on the go, or at your desk. Using the Tablet PC, students and educators can create, capture, and collaborate in new and unique ways.

Tablet PCs are part of an exciting transformation in the university environment. Lectures can now be supplemented with multimedia content. The latest wireless technology provides instant access to the Internet, so web sites can be accessed and shared to enhance learning. Faculty can now develop dynamic, interactive classrooms using the latest technologies. That's why the higher-education community is embracing the mobility and versatility of the Motion Tablet PC.  9:28 am

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Microsoft, University of Virginia, Thomson Collaborate to Design New Instructional Tools
Yahoo News

Textbooks Go Digital With Tablet PC Venture

The University of Virginia, Thomson Learning, a part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC - News; TSX: TOC - News), and Microsoft Corp. announce a groundbreaking collaboration to develop and deliver digital course material and tools that will help instructors better serve their students and help those students learn and retain more. The pilot project, involving the university's College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, will bring rich digital content and learning applications to Tablet PCs. It will run for at least two semesters beginning in fall 2004 and will reach more than 400 students each semester. The courses in the project are biochemistry, psychology and statistics.

The project draws on Thomson's rich library of digital content and learning applications and will be brought to students through Microsoft® software and Tablet PC hardware. The University of Virginia, with a strong reputation for adopting advanced technologies to improve education, provides the ideal environment in which to pilot the program.  9:23 am

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Dell president relishes HP rivalry, but focuses on customers' needs
SiliconValley.com

Rollins, who also met with the Mercury News on Tuesday, doesn't mince words when talking about the brutal competition in computer hardware that exists between the two companies. In fact, Rollins, who takes over as Dell's chief executive in July, clearly relishes the intensity of the rivalry.

``Bring it on,'' he said about the challenges that come with competing against HP.

When Microsoft launched a Media Center edition of its Windows operating system, HP was one of the first to offer a PC with it. Dell waited until the demand was greater and then offered it, as well as its own scaled-down, lower-priced version that customers might want instead.

HP was also one of the first to offer a Tablet PC, a next-generation notebook computer with handwriting capabilities. Dell doesn't offer one to its customers -- yet. 9:18 am

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E3 2004 Coverage Article
Overclockers Club

The first one that caught our eye was the Rogue gaming tablet. This was a tablet PC that was running some top-of-the-line hardware. It was running UT2k4 flawlessly. From what we heard from their representatives, the tablet itself basically a working PC. Running a 2GHz processor, the tablet boasted upgradeability in a fairly unique way - a swappable NB/SB combination - one block that can be upgraded. That's not all folks, the CPU, RAM, AND video card are all swappable. That's right, this is basically a PC in tablet form. The benefits of this over, say, a laptop? Well, for one, all your basic controller-style buttons are what you can use to play instead of a keyboard and mouse. Of course, if that isn't your style this isn't just a handheld tablet - as mentioned before, this is a PC as well. Its got a DVD/CD-Rom, 80Gig upgradable HDD, built in IrDA, Ethernet, USB, WiFi, sound and it was running Windows XP flawlessly - this thing can hook up to all your computer equipment and bam, you have a PC instead of a tablet. I personally can't wait to see where they're going with this. Only downside - its bulky - its definitely no GameBoy, but for crying out loud it's running XP and UT2k4. 9:11 am

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InfoPath 2003 SP1 Preview
Microsoft Systems Journal

Some of the most compelling enhancements revolve around Tablet PC inking, security and signatures, improved e-mail deployment, form extensibility and integration with other technologies, and the new support for Visual Studio .NET development. I'll cover each of these areas in more detail.

Tablet PC Support
  SP1 comes with many enhancements that benefit Tablet PC users. For starters, InfoPath automatically detects when you're filling out a form on a Tablet PC and allows you to enter data in "ink" mode. You simply write over the form's controls by hand and InfoPath uses an ink-to-text transformation to fill it in. This process is completely automatic at run time and transparent to the form developer at design time.

You can also design forms specifically for Tablet PC users with the Ink Picture control. This control allows users to save ink drawings or handwriting directly into a form. The form shown in Figure 2 illustrates how you could use the Ink Picture control to store a handwritten signature on a form field entered using the "inking" capabilities of a Tablet PC. When the user fills out this form and saves it, the signature will be stored as encoded binary data in an XML element (of type xsd:base64Binary) so that other applications can then process it.  8:59 am

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Bad Code? FxCop to the Rescue
Microsoft Systems Journal

When you've got bad code, there's only one thing you can do when they come for you: call FxCop. Some of you may have already used this excellent free tool from Microsoft, but many developers haven't because, for some unexplained reason, it's hidden deep down in the bowels of the GotDotNet Web site at http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/fxcop. (FxCop, if you don't know, is a code analysis tool that checks managed code assemblies for conformance to Microsoft® .NET Framework design guidelines.)

Tip 64 If you're starting to do the very cool Tablet PC development and need another test machine, but can't afford a second Tablet PC, I ran across a great idea on how to mimic one at Can't Afford a Tablet PC? Try This!. Wei-Meng Lee and Brian Jepson point out that you can install Windows Tablet PC Edition on a laptop and hook up a graphics tablet. That gives you an instant test machine for about $100! 8:57 am

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May 20, 2004

Microsoft Tablet PC Developer Center Launched
microsoft

Welcome to the Tablet PC Developer Center
Welcome to the new home for Tablet PC development, where you'll find information on how to write great applications for the Tablet PC. If you are new to developing for Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, take a look at Tablet 101. Are you already seasoned at developing for Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition? Explore Mobile Ink Jots, the in-depth technical articles, and information about our featured partner listed on this site.    5:09 pm


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Yesterday's Tablet PC Developer Training Session - San Jose
whatisnew.com

Lora from whatisnew.com fills us in on her day at the free Tablet PC Developer Training session.

"More, more, more," is the mantra for most people who use Tablet PCs. We heard it yesterday several times over.

Can we put together a $500 Tablet PC for students, including software?
Good idea. Hardware manufacturers are looking at how to do something like this.

Let's take the Avaratec C3500 (Peter has a collection of photos here and here). To get to $500, we have to get to $1000 first. 1:59 pm

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Channel9 Video: Burt Parker When is battery life going to get better on Tablet PCs
channel9.msdn.com

Today's Tablet PC's get about 3 hours of batery life. We wondered when, or if that'll improve.  Burt Parker works with OEMs on just this isue and his answers are encouraging. 11:47 am

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CHannel9 Video: Burt Parker - What is the most suprising thing you've seen a Tablet PC used for?
channel9.msdn.com

Hot tubs? Coffee holders? Burt Parker is the OEM Product Manager on the Tablet PC team and he shares the most interesting things he's seen a Tablet PC used for.  10:22 am

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Channel9 Video: Susan Cameron - New Tablet PC powertoy under development
channel9.msdn.com

Susan Cameron, group product manager, for the Tablet PC group, shows off a yet-to-be-released PowerToy for the Tablet PC that converts all the fonts used on the desktop to your own handwriting -- she also shows off why the Tablet PC is better for people who are left handed.

The PowerToy in question is under development and plans for its release to the public have not been disclosed yet. As soon as the team announces something, we'll let you know here on Channel9.
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Channel9 Video: Michael Tsang - What language/tool did you use to write the Tablet PC's drivers?
channel9.msdn.com

Michael Tsang is a software design engineer on the Tablet PC team. What does that mean? He's the guy who wrote the driver software for the digitizer. He also wrote the software that handles what happens when you push on the buttons on the Tablet PC (like the ones that make your page scroll up or down). 10:16 am

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Modus Mobiliti - type , txt , speak or write ?
IT-Analysis

When it comes to textual data entry into a mobile device, there are individual preferences held with a passion. Perhaps it's related to age, after all, you only call something 'technology' if it was invented after you were born. There is also the resistance to change with the human tendency to stick with something familiar. But is the keyboard nearly dead?

Early electronic pen styli interaction was poor, and the need to learn new letter shapes for writing has been a stumbling block for some potential users. T he wider market now beckons as in recent years, Microsoft finally sorted out stylus driven interaction for keyboard-less laptop PC derivatives with the Tablet PC version of Windows. (One might say they made a Go of it.) There are even smart Bluetooth enabled pens that read and recognise as they write. 10:10 am

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Publishing by Design: Time to Make Human Factors a Concern
Online Journalism Review

Digital communicators let fallacies about convergence and traditional media dominate their thinking. The relatively new field of human-computer interaction (HCI) can offer alternatives.

Of course, there will be transitional stages, and it is quite possible that in the future a significant readership will access digital facsimiles on tablet PC-type devices. And digital versions are ideal for publishing models in which editions are distributed for printing at local sites, such as at hotels, speeding delivery to regional and foreign readers and allowing expatriates and travellers to keep up with home news. 10:07 am

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Tablet PCs Go To College
Information Week

Microsoft is launching a pilot instructional project at the University of Virginia utilizing Tablet PC hardware that links students and professors through wired and wireless connections.

All of the university's classrooms have wired and wireless Internet access, enabling students and professors to communicate with one another in real time. The Tablet PCs will operate Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and OneNote. Students, who will be able to take lecture notes and save them electronically, will also be able to access online exercises and simulations in the classroom. Course materials, such as chemical structures and statistical models, can be embedded in their notes. 10:04 am

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Microsoft Tablet PC Developer Tour 2004 International Dates
tabletpctraining.com

This free course provides an overview of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition features for developers, architects, systems integrators, and solution providers. Plan to spend a few hours with us and we’ll teach you what you need to know to get started.   12:23 am

International Events
June 1 -  Beijing, China
June 9 -  Frankfurt, Germany
June 9 -  Singapore
June 10 - Berlin, Germany
June 11 - Paris, France
June 15 - Hong Kong
June 15 - Munich, Germany
June 16 - Zurich, Switzerland
June 23 - Bangalore, India
June 25 - Reading, UK

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Channel 9 Video: Robert Williams - Is the Tablet PC technology good enough for using the pen only?
channel9.msdn.com

One of the questions the Tablet PC team gets a lot is "is it really ready to use with only a pen?" Robert Williams is the executive in charge of working with OEM partners. He does a lot of market research, and gathers feedback from OEMs and customers and knows just how hard it is to get people to give up the keyboard, and talks about some of those challenges here. 12:17 am

May 21, 2004

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New Wacom Penabled Driver 4.79-4(RC) for Penabled Tablet PC's
wacom.com

This driver should only be installed on a Penabled Tablet PC running Microsoft Windows XP - Tablet PC Edition or on a system running Microsoft Windows XP that has the Tablet PC SDK installed. This is a significant update that supports all current Penabled Tablet PCs. Features added to this release include: Support for an upper side switch,Click sound when tip click threshold is reached, and Special keys selection added to Keystroke dialog. In addition to new features the following defects were fixed: Persistent Display of the TIP icon in Windows XP SP2 and Paint in Wintab applications not displaying in correct location when in portrait. This driver also supports use of a Wacom tablet or Cintiq (see FAQs below for details).  6:56 am

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Microsoft OneNote Frequently Asked Questions
Ben M. Schorr, OneNote-MVP

For those of you using OneNote on your Tablet PC's, fellow MVP Ben Schorr's site ofers is an excellent source for information and answers to your OneNote questions.    6:48 am

Site information includes:

The Basics
  • Using OneNote - Tricks
  • Using OneNote - Getting Started
  • Troubleshooting
  • Storing and Sharing Notes
  • More Information and Resources
  • Digital Ink
  • Great Gear
  • Using with other programs
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    TabletFlash: Flashcard
    whatisnew.com

    TabletFlash is a simple flashcard program for Tablet PCs. You can handwrite anything you like on a series of blank cards, record audio hints or answers for each card, and then step through the cards either sequentially or randomly.  6:46 am

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    May 22, 2004


    Channel9 Video: The Tablet PC has changed my life (in bed)

    channel9.msdn.com

    It's not often that you get a general manager at Microsoft to admit that he brings his computer to bed. But that's not the only way the Tablet PC has changed his life, in this video he explains how the form factor of the Tablet PC has enabled him to use a computer in places and ways that he never was able to before.  2:00 pm

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    May 24, 2004

    Inside information being revealed on the Internet
    Taipei Times

    Blogs aren't just personal any more. Browse the right sites and you can get software secrets or an insider view of the market straight from the source

    Will giving customers a little inside information keep them loyal or let them take advantage of you? The immediacy and interaction of blogs have caught the imagination of employees who want to talk about their work with peers, customers and anyone who's interested.

    Read the right blogs and you can get the unofficial or semi-official inside track. For example, a post from prolific Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble mentioned Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (and complained that the real name was far less interesting than the codename Lone Star). That version of Tablet PC is tied to Service Pack 2 and the 2005 means it will come out in Microsoft's 2005 financial year, which starts in July. A few days later came the official announcement that the service pack wouldn't be out for June as planned but "in the third quarter" -- July at the earliest. 1:06 pm

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    Tablet OS Makes Progress
    eWeek

    Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005—the first major upgrade to the Tablet PC operating system—provides enough enhancements to entice some new converts. The update also will tide over current fans and developers until the release of a "Longhorn" version for Tablet PCs—or whatever Microsoft has planned for the Tablet operating system on the company's long and often-winding product road map.

    eWEEK Labs' tests show that Tablet PC Edition 2005 dramatically improves on the initial release's handwriting-recognition capabilities and makes the overall Tablet PC experience more satisfying. However, enterprises evaluating Tablet PCs as possible notebook replacements should wait until Microsoft clarifies its plans for the operating system. 11:28 am

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    Tablet PCs Pass Inspection
    eWeek

    While corporate response to Tablet PCs has been cool for the most part, Dennis Board introduced 200 convertible Tablet PCs into his computing infrastructure and, in the process, saw productivity among mobile workers more than double.

    The Tablet PCs have proved so successful among road warriors at Inspection Solution that company executives are now asking for the hardware.

    Board said he plans to update the company's Tablet PCs when Microsoft releases Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, the first update to the Tablet PC OS. A Java-based reporting application also will be deployed at the time, he said. The reporting application will automatically connect to the company's Sybase Inc. database server on the corporate network to send the latest information to each inspector. 11:24 am

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    AERIALS EXPRESS TO UNVAIL “ MASCOT ” AT ICSC CONVENTION
    LBS

    ICSC attendants will have the opportunity to test the new mobile, aerial-based mapping system first hand.  The Aerials Express Navigator, equipped with two built-in high-definition video monitors and laptop computer will be available for test drives, outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center May 23rd through the 25th.  “We went a little overboard on the vehicle,” says Landis. “We went a little overboard on the vehicle,” says Landis.  “But we wanted to dazzle our clients.  Mobile Aerial SolutionsTM will impress anyone when installed on most laptops or a tablet PC.” 11:20 am

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    OneNote Showcases Tablet PC's Tighter Integration With Office
    eWeek

    eWEEK Labs installed the OneNote SP1 preview on an M275 Tablet PC from Gateway Inc. after loading the Office 2003 suite.   OneNote automatically recognized our hardware as a Tablet PC and let us highlight text and objects using the tablet's pen.

    When used with Tablet PCs whose styluses have eraser functionality, the OneNote update lets users erase handwritten notes as they would with a traditional pencil eraser on paper.

    In tests, we could insert documents from Office applications such as PowerPoint, Word and Excel into OneNote as pictures. After inserting a Word 2003 document into a OneNote page, for example, we could annotate the document with handwritten notes using our Tablet PC's stylus. We also were able to type notes on the Word document in OneNote.

    Most useful to enterprise users is the ability to post notes on a site powered by Microsoft's SharePoint Portal Server 2.0 or Windows SharePoint Services using the Shared Workspace Pane in OneNote.

    Enterprise users also will appreciate the security features added to the update: We were able to password-protect notes, as well as encrypt notes and parts of notes—a handy feature when sharing documents with other users. 11:15 am

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    Dispelling Misconceptions About Microsoft
    TechNewsWorld

    This one caught me by absolute surprise. Here is the background. For some time now, I and several other analysts and IT managers have been telling Microsoft that the separate Tablet PC edition idea was a bad one. This is because the last thing IT wants is another operating system to manage. After lots of pounding, Microsoft agreed to look at this issue. In two presentations at WinHEC -- Microsoft's recent hardware conference for developers -- Matti Suokko, the Mobile Platforms Division manager, and Darin Fish, the Business Development manager for the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft, both indicated Microsoft is considering a new direction.

    You would think the result would be a sigh of relief from analysts and media. Instead, the articles that resulted generally concluded that the Tablet PC is dead. Folks got to this opinion by taking the obvious shortcut of tying the platform to the unique OS and concluding that if the unique OS is gone, so is the platform -- despite the fact that pictures of tablet computers were liberally sprinkled through both presentations, including the future road map sections.  11:08 am

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    Tablets Struggle for Position
    eWeek

    During an interview with eWEEK Labs, Microsoft officials said they will continue to work on the Tablet PC operating system. "We are actively working on the next generation of the Tablet PC operating system functionality for Windows Longhorn," said Peter Loforte, general manager of the Tablet PC Division at Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash. "The focus of our efforts is on a set of core mobility and rich Tablet functions for a broad range of mobile PC hardware that includes slate and convertible Tablet PCs."

    Adding electronic ink capabilities into the core Windows operating system is something that makes sense to eWEEK Labs and that IT managers we interviewed said they would welcome. "Higher-end laptops and ultralights will evolve to include hybrid Tablet PC functions," said Duke Energy's Wilson. "At that point, the Tablet feature becomes just another technology that rides the techno-curve into each vendor's corporate laptop product line."

    Cost is one factor that has precluded Tablet PC deployments at many corporations. IT managers eWEEK Labs spoke with said they liked the idea of providing handwriting-recognition capabilities to users but the price difference between a standard notebook and a Tablet PC was too great to justify the purchase of pen-enabled devices. For example, a Gateway Inc. T275 convertible Tablet PC—one of the lowest-priced Tablets—starts at $1,799, while a Dell Inc. Inspiron 5100 notebook can be purchased for $1,099.  11:05 am

    May 26, 2004

    Toshiba Offers Perfect Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
    Business Wire

    Celebrate Father's Day or Commencement with Cutting-Edge Mobile Computing Devices Offering Portable Home Entertainment and Personal Gaming Experiences

    Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD) today introduced the latest in mobile computing technology to surprise Dad or the upcoming graduate. The company suggests the Satellite(R) P25-S670 notebook computer, the Satellite M35-S320 notebook computer or the Portege(R) M205 tablet PC.  7:05 pm

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    Cirond Ships AirPatrol Mobile 2004-05-25
    Business Wire

    Cirond Corporation (OTCBB:CROO) today announced the immediate availability of its new AirPatrol Mobile solution to meet the growing danger posed to all corporate computer networks by the creation of unauthorized wireless networks. AirPatrol Mobile is a $995, software-only solution that runs on any standard wirelessly-enabled Windows-based notebook or Tablet PC. It can be used to quickly, accurately and cost-effectively detect and locate unauthorized wireless access points and Ad-hoc networks (which can be created by users with wirelessly-equipped notebook or desktop computers who choose to share their wired network connection).  9:57 am

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    Toshiba Adds Wide Viewing Angle Technology and 12.1-Inch SXGA+ Display to Line-Up of 'Kangaroo' LCD Modules for Tablet PCs
    Yahoo News

    Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* announced today at the Society for Information Display (SID) International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition in Seattle, Washington, that it has added a higher resolution, 12.1-inch SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) to its line of "Kangaroo" LCD modules for Tablet PCs. The new display features Anti-Color Inversion Technology (ACIT) to improve the range and symmetry of the viewing angle in both the upper/lower and left/right directions.

    Developed by Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. (TMD)**, the "Kangaroo" modules include a pocket behind the LCD panel in which system designers can easily insert a digitizer tablet, and are specifically designed to address the requirements of the Tablet PC market for thin, lightweight displays.

    The new 12.1-inch SXGA+ ACIT module, designated LTD121KM2S, provides a higher-resolution, wider viewing angle version of TMD's special pocket LCD design for Tablet PCs in response to OEM demand

    As the leading LCD module supplier in the Tablet PC sector of the portable PC industry, we're working closely with our OEM customers to address the unique needs of this market," said Steve Vrablik, business development director for LCDs, for TAEC. "The addition of the 12.1-inch SXGA+ ACIT module and a full line-up of devices with ACIT wide viewing angle technology provide a wide selection of displays to our OEM customers for next-generation Tablet PCs." 6:35 am


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    Mobile Developer Conference at Tech-Ed 2004 Europe
    WindowsForDevices


    Microsoft has integrated this year's Mobile Developer Conference (MDC) into its Tech-Ed 2004 Europe confrence, in the form of an extended "Mobile PC and Devices" track with over 30 targeted sessions. The track will focus on how to develop and implement solutions for three fast growth IT sectors -- Pocket PC, Tablet PC, and Smartphone. Tech-Ed Europe takes place June 29 to July 2 in Amsterdam.
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    May 27, 2004

    Overview of the Tablet PC Platform for Developers
    Tabletpctalk

    "Want to learn more about how to develop for the Tablet PC? Well this presentation by Arin Goldberg covers the features of the Tablet PC including Tablet PC 2005 and the SDK 1.7 from a developer's point of view.  3:48 pm

    Sections include:
    Agenda
    The Tablet PC Platform History
    The Tablet PC Platform Overview
    Ink Collection (Input)
    Ink Data and Management
    Ink Recognition
    Tablet PC Platform SDK
    Object Model Overview
    Focus on Key Objects
    Ink Collection Objects
    InkCollector Object
    InkOverlay Object
    Ink Collection Events
    Overview Slides_Slide17
    Ink Data Objects
    Ink Object
    Stroke Object
    Strokes Collection
    DrawingAttributes Object
    Renderer Object
    Ink Data Events
    Clipboard Support
    Overview Slides_Slide26
    Ink Recognition Objects
    RecognizerContext Object
    RecognitionResult Object
    Overview Slides_Slide30
    Platform Controls and Components
    Platform Controls
    Platform Components
    Overview Slides_Slide35
    New Features in the 1.7 Platform
    Tablet PC Input Panel
    Context
    Overview Slides_Slide40
    Context for Non-Ink-Enabled Controls
    Context Tagging Tool
    Web Support
    Hosting Ink Controls
    Ink in a Web Application
    StylusInput APIs
    RealTimeStylus Plugins
    Other Improvements
    Development Environment
    Deploying your Tablet Application
    Overview Slides_Slide51

    Requires a high speed internet connection 2 hours 38 minutes. Video courtesy of Microsoft, Produced with Producer 2003" (Source: Microsoft)
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    Mindjet MindManager X5 Pro Named CeBIT Best of Show for Personal Softwhere
    PR Newswire

    eWeek and PC Magazine yesterday named Mindjet's MindManager X5 Pro as CeBIT Best of Show in the Personal Software category. The judges noted that Mindjet's "personal and business productivity 'mind-mapping' tool could easily become the first software package you turn to when starting a new project, researching a topic, or thinking through an idea."

    Mindjet's products for desktop, tablet and pocket PCs are used by half a million customers around the world. MindManager software boosts business productivity by combining the power of information visualization with the benefits of team  collaboration to increase the ROI in people, information and
    business process management
    .  3:34 pm

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    Dovarri Announces Mobile Sales Force Automation Software for HP Products at CeBIT US
    Business Wire

    Today at CeBIT America, the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event for the Enterprise Business Marketplace, Dovarri, Inc. announced the delivery of wireless and mobility solutions for HP products that specifically address the sales force automation (SFA) needs of enterprise customers.

    Armed with the Dovarri mobile solution on an HP iPAQ Pocket PC or HP Compaq Tablet PC, sales professionals will have a flexible, user-friendly mobile sales solution with the power for extensive reporting capabilities that management demands. With quick and simple implementation and the choice to manage in-house or outsource to HP, customers of all sizes are better able to achieve a rapid return on investment and an increased competitive advantage through improved customer responsiveness," said Richard Stone, Manager Wireless and Mobility Solutions, Americas, HP.  8:12 am

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    Video Showcases MessagEase Text Entry for Small Devices
    PR Newswire

    Exideas has released a video showcasing its MessagEase text entry technology for small devices. The video demonstrates how MessagEase provides full text and complete keyboard replacement using a very small area or few buttons. You can access this video from http://www.exideas.com or by following one of these links: Windows Media: http://www.exideas.com/ME/videos/MEintro.wmv Real: http://www.exideas.com/ME/videos/MEintro.rm MessagEase technology provides a much needed text entry means for devices when a full QWERTY keyboard cannot be implemented. It presents a practical and fast alternative through its easy-to-use Interface.

    Currently Exideas has several MessagEase products running on Tablet PCs, Pocket PCs and Palm OS devices. 8:08 am

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    Food Lion's New Concept Store Leverages Microsoft Technologies Bloom, Food Lion's Store of the Future, Aligns with Microsoft's Smarter Retailing Initiative
    PR Newswire

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Food Lion LLC today announced that many of the leading-edge retail solutions being deployed at its new concept store, Bloom, a Food Lion Market(TM), are based on Microsoft(R) technologies and are in line with the Microsoft Smarter Retailing Initiative (SRI), a comprehensive solutions framework for enabling the future of retailing. Food Lion's Bloom stores are designed to provide customers with a simple, uncomplicated and hassle-free shopping experience. Some of the solutions chosen by Food Lion to enhance the customer shopping experience include multiple self-checkout options and product location and information kiosks. Highlights on the store operations side include a store manager workbench and other applications available on a Tablet PC and via a wireless, broadband network. 8:06 am

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    Preview of Lonestar / Windows XP Tablet 2005
    PDA Buyer's Guide

    As some of you might know, Microsoft has been working on the first revision to the Windows XP Tablet operating system, code named Lonestar. It will ship under the name Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 and will be a free upgrade for tablet owners. More confusing is that Lonestar has been rolled into Windows XP Service Pack 2, so if you download the beta of SP2, you'll also get the beta of XP Tablet 2005. For those of you who are adventurous, you'll find the RC (release candidate) 1 of SP2 at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx .

    First off, 2005 offers even better integration with MS Office 2003 and OneNote. SP1 for OneNote is due out after XP Tablet 2005 is released and that offers a better bag of tricks than the already capable 1.0 release. BTW: if you don't have Office 2003 on your tablet, run out and get a copy-- the tablet enhancements are superb. 1:22 am

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    Reports of Tablet PC's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
    eWeek 

    Despite recent reports to the contrary, Microsoft's plans to merge elements of the Tablet PC platform into the next version of Windows doesn't spell the end of tablet computing.

    A few years ago I read an obituary for Bob Hope that was picked up by my local paper. Hope had become one of my favorite celebrities over the years and I was saddened by his passing. The only problem was he hadn't actually died.

    I had a similar experience recently as I read a number of articles and columns about the death of the Tablet PC that pointed to a presentation by a Microsoft executive as a clear indicator of the platform's demise. These articles pointed out that while the vertical products have been successful, the horizontal offerings have not done well, and they focused on the failure of these horizontal, clamshell designs as the cause for Microsoft's action.

    Microsoft continues to fund the Tablet PC effort at a high level, and like any large initiative from a complex company that is focused elsewhere at the moment (security is driving the company), it has some problems.

    In the end, Microsoft's move to merge the Tablet PC platform into Longhorn does not represent the death of the Tablet PC, but its continued (painful) birth.  12:19 am

    May 28, 2004

    Coming next week...

    What do Technology, The Zoo, Jessica Simpson and Killer Whales have in common?

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    Quality Systems a Picture of Health
    Motley Fool

    The market isn't close to saturated, with only about 10% of physicians having electronic medical records. Second, EMRs are becoming important because they have the potential to both save lives and money. Their significance was highlighted yesterday when EMRs were raised as an issue in the presidential elections.

    Third, technological barriers to adoption are disappearing. Conversations with doctors indicate that entering patient information using a laptop is still not the ideal solution. In addition to the time it takes to type everything in, the audible clicking of the keyboard and the way the laptop screen sticks up becomes a barrier between the physician and patient in communication.

    However, Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) introduction of tablet PCs may overcome these issues. Tablet PCs are like notebook-sized personal digital assistants that have all the capabilities of laptop computers and the ability to recognize handwritten text. A doctor can hold a tablet PC on his or her lap as if it's a clipboard and enter notes using a pen. Quality Systems does not have a tablet PC system yet, but it seems likely that it will consider it. 1:06 pm

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    Easy USB operation for DVD/CD writer
    Advertiser, Australia 

    A new DVD/CD-RW external drive from accessory specialist Targus Australia makes full use of the latest USB technology.

    Targus says the drive delivers "genuine" 24X read-and-write operation for CDs and 8X read on DVDs.

    Slim and compact, the Slimline USB 2.0 DVD/CD-RW drive complements any notebook, sub-notebook, tablet or even desktop PC.

    Ideal where the computer is not fitted with an internal drive, this neat little Targus product (14.2x15.5x1.9cm and weighing 363g) operates with easy plug-and-play convenience.

    Easy hot-plug installation means it can be connected and disconnected while a computer is in use, and the simple Y-cable USB connection, complete with a mouse pass-through, means no tangled wires.

    There is also no clumsy "power bricks" – the drive is powered from the computer's USB ports the Slimline does not require an AC adaptor.

    With an expected retail price of $599, the Slimline USB 2.0 DVD/CD-RW drive comes with all required software. Bootable with most notebook and PC computers, the drive is compatible with Windows 2000, ME, XP and Mac OS 9 and higher.  8:38 am

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    Company Profile for WalkAbout Computers
    Business Wire

    WalkAbout Computers is a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged, mobile, wireless Hammerhead tablet computers and peripherals including durable vehicle, desk and wall-mounted docking stations for workers in demanding environments. Designed to withstand rough treatment, the daily rigors of field use and extreme environmental conditions, WalkAbout's Hammerhead Tablet PC is the most durable and reliable mobile computing tool on the market today.

    The newest value-class offering, the Hammerhead RT, combined with our industry-leading fully rugged Hammerhead XRT performance-based model, gives WalkAbout a complete range of qualified rugged PC solutions.

    Designed to meet MIL-STD 810F specifications with up to IP67 rating, the Hammerhead units continue the long-standing WalkAbout tradition of providing customers with a rugged product that performs flawlessly in extreme temperatures, wet environments and other demanding situations -- whether behind a desk, on the road or out in the field.  8:37 am

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    ZyDoc Ranked Third Nationwide in Medical Transcription
    Yahoo News

    ZyDoc.com Corporation, a technology leader in automated medical documentation solutions, won third place ranking as an outstanding transcription business at the TEPR Recognition Program for Medical Transcription (MT) Businesses. The award was conferred by the Medical Records Institute (MRI), whose mission is to promote and enhance the journey towards electronic health records, e-health, mobile health, and IT-related applications.

    The ZyDoc SpeechDoc Reporting System Bundle with next day shipment and a full library of specialty templates is available on turnkey Dell workstations and Toshiba Protege® M200 Tablet PCs starting at $6495. 8:30 am

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    RFID Remedy for Medical Errors
    RFID Journal

    Start-up company Exavera Technologies has unveiled its eShepherd system which, by combining RFID and Wi-Fi technology, the company says can bring enormous savings to hospitals and healthcare centers across the U.S.

    EShepard will help ensure that patients get the correct treatment by using both the Wi-Fi and RFID capabilities of the router. Nurses and doctors wearing RFID-tagged badges will also carry Wi-Fi-enabled PDA’s or tablet PCs. Whenever the RFID transceiver detects the proximity of a hospital staff member to a patient, the Wi-Fi network will deliver the patient’s records on the caretaker’s handheld device.

    In addition to reducing medical errors, the eShepherd system will cut costs by savings improving efficiency. By carrying Wi-Fi-enabled computers, nurses and doctors will be able to view any patient’s complete record whenever they need to, rather than having to repeatedly walk to a central filing area to retrieve records between seeing patients, according to the company. “That could mean saving each doctor or nurse 3 minutes for each patient seen in a day,” says Bontemps.

    The system’s tracking capabilities can also be used to locate equipment, as well as staff and patients. For example, the PDA or tablet PC could notify doctors of each patient’s location, so they can structure their schedules to suit.
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    Food Lion Checking Out With Wi-Fi
    InternetNews.com 

    With most retail grocery chains hemorrhaging revenue to supercenters, most notably the ubiquitous Wal-Mart, Food Lion has launched a new concept store designed to increase the consumers' "shopping experience" through the use of wireless technology. Dubbed "Bloom, A Food Lion Market," the project plans to open a total of five pilot stores by the end of 2004 in the Charlotte, N.C. area, each equipped with a portable shopping system by Symbol Technologies, Agilysys and various Microsoft technologies.

    Some of the offerings in the concept stores include multiple self-checkout options and product location and information kiosks. Highlights on the store operations side include a store manager workbench and other applications available on a Tablet PC and via a wireless, broadband network. 8:18 am

     

    May 29, 2004

    The Tablet: Big Machine on Campus?
    BusinessWeek

    Microsoft and Thomson Learning hope that a giveaway of the nifty notebooks will spark demand among students -- and teachers

    This 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.

    CLOSER TIES.  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.

    Edward Ayers, dean of UVA's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, couldn't be more enthusiastic about the Tablet's prospects. "There hasn't been anything this powerful for classrooms since PowerPoint. 10:51 am

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    Mobile Sales Force Automatio Software
    Daves Ipaq

    Armed with the Dovarri mobile solution on an HP iPAQ Pocket PC or HP Compaq Tablet PC, sales professionals will have a flexible, user-friendly mobile sales solution with the power for extensive reporting capabilities that management demands. With quick and simple implementation and the choice to manage in-house or outsource to HP, customers of all sizes are better able to achieve a rapid return on investment and an increased competitive advantage through improved customer responsiveness," said Richard Stone, Manager Wireless and Mobility Solutions, Americas, HP.  10:48 am

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    Tablets, take two
    InfoWorld

    Microsoft isn’t about to tell you that the upcoming release of the Tablet PC OS is the next generation of the Tablet architecture — that would be admitting that there was something wrong with the first one. Nevertheless, Microsoft and a handful of OEMs are taking another run at the touchy-feely notebook. And it isn’t just a fresh marketing push. It’s a genuine reworking that creates new reasons for looking at the platform again.

    I need a lot more time before I start drawing conclusions, but at least superficially, Microsoft has addressed most of my gripes about the platform with its newest Tablet PC OS, which is based on Windows XP Service Pack 2.

    Meanwhile, Toshiba is doing wonders with it. I’m working with Toshiba’s M200, and the customized software rocks. Toshiba put four stylus-sensitive regions to the right of the display. You can customize each of these buttons, and Toshiba also includes a gesture engine that limits the number of trips to the Start menu (menus and styli do not mix). When you run the machine in tablet mode with the keyboard concealed, the buttons around the display’s perimeter are very handy. The M200 has three microphones on the display bezel to reduce input noise for telephony and voice recognition.

    Toshiba’s design highlights the usefulness of the new Tablet PC architecture that actually delivers the ability to use the stylus with non-Tablet-aware apps. I’ll revisit the Tablet as the retail release of the new OS approaches.

    It still must get better from here. However, I can say that I do a lot less flipping when I’m using the Toshiba M200 Tablet PC. Maybe I can acquire a taste for the Tablet after all.  10:44 am

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    The right (wireless) stuff
    InfoWorld,

    We were well into the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay, a couple of miles off the mouth of the Severn River. Resting on what would normally be the boat's beverage-preparation area was a black box about the size and shape of an old-style cassette recorder. Attached to that was an Hewlett-Packard Tablet PC and an Iridium satellite phone. We were logging in to a secure site on the Internet.

    As I watched the signal strength indicators for the satellite wax and wane, I wondered whether we'd be able to keep the connection. We did, and in a few seconds, the screen on the computer showed a menu. We'd achieved a secure connection using Type 4 encryption from a boat. Not bad for a piece of technology once restricted to government use by spooks and generals. The SwiftLink 1400 from TeleCommunications Systems  was entering the commercial marketplace in a big way

    What make the SwiftLink 1400 unique are its portability and flexibility. It only weighs a couple of pounds, and it can apparently use any form of communication short of semaphore flags. We set up a satellite connection from the boat, but the device can also use the GSM cell phone network, analog and digital phone lines, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. We called up Google using T-Mobile's GSM network and then headed for Starbucks to try out Wi-Fi.  10:41 am

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