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Tablet PC News Archive

August 2005

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August 1, 2005

Top 10 Countdown/Tablet Tips
Campus Technology

10.  Use the tablet’s open-form factor to achieve greater interactivity in your classroom.

9.  Add life and color to your presentations on the spot with informative pen annotations (digital ink).

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7. Incorporate electronic textbooks and related digital materials.

6.  Listen! Don’t forget the audio capabilities of your tablet.

5. Collect, grade, and return your assignments electronically.

4. Take a walk! Carry your tablet and move around the classroom, while  using wireless projection

3. Use interactive software and visualizations, and access online resources during class.

2.  Leverage the features of the tablet operating system.

1.  Wield the power of the pen!

  • Train your students to use their tablets for pen-based notetaking.
  • The whole class can share their pen annotations on your presentation slides.

    Easily convert handwritten passages to text.

    Be spontaneous and encourage collaboration!

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Too much Tablet PC hardware talk and not enough ISV talk?
Whatisnew.com

Dana Blankenhorn (Corante) provoked me to reconsider my bias to Tablet PC hardware over Tablet PC software. For years, I focused on hardware. I still enjoy learning about which chipsets have just been released or are soon-to-be-released, it doesn't matter if it's for a tower, notebook, or a Tablet PC.

Potential Tablet PC users want to understand the hardware and I can spend time showing them details about the variation in the hardware and learning what may suit his or her uses best. Plus, the physical aspect of Tablet PCs plays a large role in people's decision about choosing a Tablet PC. The light-weight portability of most Tablet PCs is of unquestionable value.

With Tablet PCs hardware and software are completely dependent on each other and their stories are intermixed. Software provides the value for the productive aspects of people's daily use. These uses can range tremendously: from a college student taking general education courses to general business person jotting down client contact information and telephone conversation notes. Both of these scenarios were demonstrated at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, along with many in between. Microsoft's demonstration Tablet PCs have ISV applications ranging from Agilix to MiCo -- applications to suit a range of needs and reflect the diversity of applications available in the Tablet PC ecosystem.

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Pile up the notes, find what you want with free software
Kansas.com

Is your desk covered with huge, tottering piles of paper? Do you occasionally delve for an old document by guessing how far down in the pile it might reside, in the same way a geologist estimates the best depth to drill for oil?

Then you might want to consider an intriguing new piece of Windows software called EverNote, which lets you create the computer equivalent of a bottomless and messy paper pile in which it's nevertheless almost miraculously easy to find what you want.

Best of all, the standard version of EverNote (www.evernote.com) is free.

EverNote Plus at $34.95 is intended for the small number of notebook computers with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Tablet PCs have touch-sensitive screens and can use a stylus for taking handwritten notes. EverNote Plus includes handwriting recognition for turning those notes into text. If you don't have Tablet PC, however, you don't need EverNote Plus; the standard version even lets you create handwritten notes or drawings with a mouse, although without handwriting recognition.

I tried EverNote using a sample file supplied by the company with 300 notes of all types. The software sorted through these notes at lightning speed and otherwise worked as advertised.

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Top Ten Back-to-School PC Buying Tips
PC Magazine

1. Desktop, notebook, or tablet. If you like to type notes in class or work on papers in the library (or the quad), choose a notebook. Tablets work well in classrooms because the writing is noiseless, and if the professor draws diagrams, you can too. If you'd rather have high performance over portability, and cost is a top priority, choose a desktop.

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Practice Cautious with Mobility
Mobile Health Data

Myrick had heard that some of the vendor's other users were offering access to the system via Tablet PCs. But she wanted to see the mobile hardware in action. So she called several users and visited one practice to get ideas on how she could offer mobile access at Oregon Medical Group.

Oregon Medical Group decided to have its physicians choose the make and model of mobile hardware they wanted to use to access the records system over its new Wi-Fi network. Figuring that the screen size of a PDA would be too small for physicians to use to access the application, the group practice purchased two different models of Tablet PCs for its physicians to test.

It acquired an HC1100 Tablet PC from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. and an M200 Protégé from Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Irvine, Calif. Three Oregon Medical Group physicians began testing the Tablet PCs in April, bringing them into exam rooms when seeing patients. While using the mobile hardware to access the records system wirelessly hasn't caused any problems for the physicians, they have had some concerns about their battery life and screen readability, Myrick says. She also isn't sure the practice needs all the inherent features of a Tablet PC.

"We aren't using any touchscreen modules on our records system so there aren't any applications that require the stylus on the Tablet PC," she adds.

Oregon Medical Group physicians continue to test notebook PCs for wireless access to the electronic records system. The practice is keeping the Tablet PCs and plans to purchase several more in case they are preferred by a few of its 90 physicians.

One physician who has tested the Tablet PCs already has given up using his desktop PC, preferring the mobile hardware, Myrick says. The practice, however, will continue testing mobile hardware with its physicians to determine a device that suits the majority of users

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Firefighters armed with Tablet PCs
Tablet PC Questions

The department is now equipped with seven Panasonic Toughbook Tablet PCs, which will eventually be carried along on the fire engines. The tablets will be used as both safety and convenience tools. Firefighters will be able to access floor plans to commercial buildings in Danville and also get a list of the dangers and procedures to use with chemicals."

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The State of Biometric Authentication
Redmond, CA

Toshiba uses another type of biometric authentication for its Tablet PCs. Recognizing how tedious entering a long password with a stylus in “tablet” mode can be, the company provides a Tablet Access Code Logon utility. This program appears at logon and prompts the user to write a code, such as a signature or symbol, with the tablet pen. It then compares the writing style with samples that the user previously recorded.

August 2, 2005

TabletPc2.com August Product of the Month

For the Month of August we bring you kingston's new Data Traveler II Plus - Migo Edition which allows you to sync data on multiple Tablet PC's and a true "Knight in Shining Armour"- the new Kingston 4-GB Data Traveler EliteKIngston Migo  

Migo offers something people have been asking for since the launch of the Tablet PC nearly three years ago.  A fast and easy way to synchronize files on one computer and use them on another.     Besides Migo you also have the option of using the included Kingston Secure Traveler software if you want to password protect your information.  

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Xplore's Rugged Tablet PC's Selected For Defense Training System
Yahoo News

Xplore Technologies® Corp., a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider, today announced Saab Training Systems in Huskvarna, Sweden has purchased its rugged iX104C2V Tablet PC's with AllVue LCD Technology. Xplore's rugged mobile computing solution is part of the combat training system (CTC) Saab develops, manufactures and markets primarily for the defense market.

"Before we found Xplore's rugged tablet, we tested various devices, which looked good on paper, but failed in reality. It was a challenge to find a truly ruggedized tablet",

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CA27 industrial tablet PC
ferret.com.au

GETAC'S new industrial tablet PC, the CA27, distributed by APC Technology, isTablet pc now available in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The CA27 is suitable for the emergency services, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation, military and mobile workforce industries. It is water, dust and dirt proof.

The lightweight CA27 slate-type A4 size tablet PC meets the US military's tough 810F standard (Mil-STD 810F).

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Tablet PC News - Fujitsu Tablet PC's Go Sonoma
tabletpcreviewspot

According to one of our inside sources, Fujitsu will be refreshing its Tablet PC Fujitsu Tablet PCmodels with the Sonoma platform this month. On the bright side, this means updated graphics and the new faster PCI Express bus. On the downside? Well Fujitsu's Tablet PC products are in the "Thin and Light" category. We can only hope that despite Sonoma's increased heat and power requirements, Fujitsu Tablet PC's will still run cool (and quiet) and keep their relatively long battery life. We will post more details about the product refresh as they surface.

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August 2, 2005

TabletPc2.com August Product of the Month

For the Month of August we bring you kingston's new Data Traveler II Plus - Migo Edition which allows you to sync data on multiple Tablet PC's and a true "Knight in Shining Armour"- the new Kingston 4-GB Data Traveler EliteKIngston Migo  

Migo offers something people have been asking for since the launch of the Tablet PC nearly three years ago.  A fast and easy way to synchronize files on one computer and use them on another.     Besides Migo you also have the option of using the included Kingston Secure Traveler software if you want to password protect your information.  

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Xplore's Rugged Tablet PC's Selected For Defense Training System
Yahoo News

Xplore Technologies® Corp., a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider, today announced Saab Training Systems in Huskvarna, Sweden has purchased its rugged iX104C2V Tablet PC's with AllVue LCD Technology. Xplore's rugged mobile computing solution is part of the combat training system (CTC) Saab develops, manufactures and markets primarily for the defense market.

"Before we found Xplore's rugged tablet, we tested various devices, which looked good on paper, but failed in reality. It was a challenge to find a truly ruggedized tablet",

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CA27 industrial tablet PC
ferret.com.au

GETAC'S new industrial tablet PC, the CA27, distributed by APC Technology, isTablet pc now available in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The CA27 is suitable for the emergency services, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation, military and mobile workforce industries. It is water, dust and dirt proof.

The lightweight CA27 slate-type A4 size tablet PC meets the US military's tough 810F standard (Mil-STD 810F).

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Tablet PC News - Fujitsu Tablet PC's Go Sonoma
tabletpcreviewspot

According to one of our inside sources, Fujitsu will be refreshing its Tablet PC Fujitsu Tablet PCmodels with the Sonoma platform this month. On the bright side, this means updated graphics and the new faster PCI Express bus. On the downside? Well Fujitsu's Tablet PC products are in the "Thin and Light" category. We can only hope that despite Sonoma's increased heat and power requirements, Fujitsu Tablet PC's will still run cool (and quiet) and keep their relatively long battery life. We will post more details about the product refresh as they surface.

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August 3, 2005

In Small Rooms, Fitting Many Functions: Tech Built for the Dorm
New York Times

COLLEGE students have always been great at cramming tiny dorm rooms with as much tension-relieving entertainment equipment as they can, from giant stereos and vinyl record collections of the 1970's to fully stocked DVD and TiVo surround-sound systems of today. Luckily, 21st-century technology can multitask as well as modern humans can, making a dorm room seem just a little bigger because one device can do the job of two or even three.

Because computers serve all kinds of multimedia, they have become jukeboxes and movie theaters, but tablet PC's can be used in more ways. Besides working as a standard laptop for grinding out your "Moby-Dick" paper the night before it's due, a tablet PC offers a closer hands-on approach: the screen can be flipped to function as a touch-screen writing tablet for scrawling notes in digital ink.

The swiveling screen can be helpful for practicing PowerPoint presentations for marketing class or for wirelessly browsing the Web by using the tablet pen.

At 3.5 pounds, IBM's ThinkPad X41 ($1,899 at thinkpad.com) is one tablet that won't cause backpack strain. It also features an integrated fingerprint reader, which allows access through a swipe of a finger instead of typing in a password. The X41 does not have a built-in CD-DVD drive, but there is an optional dock attachment.

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IT'S ICT SHOW TIME!
Bangkok Post

Poj Kumklinwong, 45, a second year deaf student of Ratchasuda College, practices drawing a portrait using a tablet PC during weekend classes. He and his friends will show off their skills at the expo this year.

Get a digital portrait

Offering something different this year, deaf students from Mahidol University's Ratchasuda College will be on hand at ICT Expo hand to create your digital portrait. They will draw your portrait using a stylus pen and a tablet PC and then it can be printed out for showgoers using a colour printer.

Around five students will be there to provide this service daily. Students at the college who are already computer literate have been practicing portrait drawing during weekends with art teachers from Silpakorn University.

The project was initiated by Acer Computer and is known as "Careers for the
Deaf". Already in its second year, the project provides a way to enhance the students' IT skills and follows a similar social project started by Acer in Taiwan.

Acer donated 10 tablet PCs, printers and software to Ratchasuda college and
made them available to 10 students.

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InPlay Technologies to Acquire Developer of Digital Computing Pen Technology
Yahoo News

InPlay Technologies announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held FinePoint Innovations, a developer of patented digital computing pen solutions for tablet PCs.

"We are pleased to have reached a definitive agreement with InPlay. We believe this transaction will enable FinePoint to accelerate execution on our business plan and leverage the market exposure for our new digital pen technology," added Stephen Caldwell, FinePoint Innovations president. "In the short term, our relationship with InPlay will maximize our ability to deliver on the significant purchase order we have received to use our digital pen technology in tablet PCs which should be available this year."

FinePoint's digital computing pen technology consists of a digitizer and digital writing pen. The pen is an active RF digital pen versus the typical analog pen used with most tablet PC systems. Digital signaling enables very low power consumption, superior performance, and lower manufacturing costs.

"We believe our technology road map is in sync with our initial target market, tablet PC's industry road map. Moving to digital is simply the first step to opening up advanced options for pen computing. It provides an excellent opportunity to participate in the industry's future growth. From there we see opportunity for our technology in a range of markets from PDAs to point-of-sale devices.

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Lenovo Partners Left Empty-Handed
eWeek, MA

Sales of IBM PCs under new owner Lenovo have proven so successful that the company is having trouble filling orders for some models, according to a Lenovo executive.

Midlevel desktops are not the only models in short supply, he pointed out. The ThinkPad Tablet has sold so fast since its introduction that Lenovo quickly ran out of stock and is now working to catch up, he said.

The product, intended for vertical markets such as health care, has caught on in the mainstream marketplace, he said.

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August 4, 2005

Lenovo Partners Left Empty-Handed
eWeek, MA

Sales of IBM PCs under new owner Lenovo have proven so successful that the company is having trouble filling orders for some models, according to a Lenovo executive.

Midlevel desktops are not the only models in short supply, he pointed out. The ThinkPad Tablet has sold so fast since its introduction that Lenovo quickly ran out of stock and is now working to catch up, he said.

The product, intended for vertical markets such as health care, has caught on in the mainstream marketplace, he said.

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Tips on using Ink and Agents in Tablet PC apps
WindowsForDevices

Microsoft's MSDN developer website has published an article on how to use Microsoft Agent 2.0 to enhance user interfaces in Tablet PC applications. Author Robert Crago points out that even though the Agent SDK hasn't been updated in a few years, it's still compelling technology "when used appropriately."

According to its description on Microsoft's website, Microsoft Agent is a set of software services that can enhance a user interface with interactive personalities in the form of animated characters. These characters can move freely within the computer display, speak aloud (and by displaying text onscreen), and even listen for spoken voice commands.

Tablet PC applications

As an example, Crago uses "Agent Peedy" (shown above) in a simple application that measures the length of a line drawn on the Tablet PC screen. The 10-page paper highlights areas where agent-based applications differ from more conventional Tablet PC apps.

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August 5, 2005

Tablet at PDC
windojitsu.com

Session list and speakers haven't been completely finalized yet, but current plan (read: unless I'm hit by a truck) has Jamie Wakeam and I co-presenting a session on what Longhorn Vista has in store for Tablet PC developers.

From http://commnet.microsoftpdc.com/content/sessions.aspx

 
 
 

Windows Vista ("Longhorn") Tablet PC: Advances in Creating Ink Enabled Applications
Come see how ink integrates into the Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly codename "Avalon") and what the new and improved recognition APIs can do. When using the Windows Presentation Foundation, the stylus is a premier input device adjacent to the keyboard and mouse, ink is a core data type, and several ink controls are built in. The ink analysis API unifies layout analysis (e.g., distinction of drawing, words, paragraphs, etc.) and ink to text recognition under a single API, in addition to improvements in accuracy and supported structures (e.g., bulleted lists and call outs). The combination of these advances and the expansion into touch digitizers enables new scenarios.

For me, that means Ink collection and rendering in Avalon.  For Jamie (fellow PM on Tablet platform team) that means other features, which will be forthcoming in a new Tablet SDK...  mainly, the new and improved Ink Analysis API, which unifies this with this, plus a whole lot more.

Are there any other Tablet- or Mobile-related topics you'd like to see covered at PDC?  Why not suggest something for the Birds of a Feather Sessions?  I'm an MS employee now, so I'm not allowed to suggest anything... but if I were?  Hmm... how about

  • The Mobile PC Hardware Ecosystem of Tomorrow
    Tablet PC hardware is getting very interesting...  Models like Toshiba Tecra M4 are getting much bigger, while models like Motion LS800 are getting much, much smaller...  with Vista, some Tablet-related systems currently outside the bounds of "Tablet PC officialdom" may come into the fold -

or

  • Data Synchronization in a Mobile Computing World
    Discuss pros, cons, and best-practice applications of all the various and sundry data-sync technologies out there -- ADO.NET Disconnected DataSets vs. SQL Server / MSDE merge replication vs. Windows Synchronization Manager, vs. carrier pigeon, vs...?  There are a lot of interesting developments along these lines... is MS doing enough?  What are we missing?  What other tools are helping you solve these problems?

IMHO this would make a great BOF session -- its scope spans all the different tracks (presentation, data, communication, tools).  Even the Office track is somewhat related -- Outlook 2003 is (arguably) a great example of a rich client app which works well in a disconnected environment.  How do they do it?

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Technology redefines 'cramming'
International Herald Tribune

Because computers serve all kinds of multimedia, they have become jukeboxes and movie theaters, but tablet PCs can be used in more ways.

Besides working as a standard laptop for grinding out your "Moby-Dick" paper the night before it is due, a tablet PC offers a closer hands-on approach: The screen can be flipped to function as a touch-screen writing tablet for scrawling notes in digital ink.

At 3.5 pounds, or 1.5 kilograms, IBM's ThinkPad X41 ($1,899 at thinkpad.com) is one tablet that will not cause backpack strain.

It also features an integrated fingerprint reader, which allows access through a swipe of a finger instead of typing in a password. The X41 does not have a built-in CD-DVD drive, but there is an optional dock attachment.

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XTA DP428 on Show at Plasa
ZioShow.com 

Earlier this year, XTA Electronics unveiled the most advanced and powerful audio management system available: the groundbreaking DP428. The new digital signal processor provides everything needed for digitally interfacing and managing even the largest system and can be seen on Stand BB6 at London’s Earls Court

To address the increased power and capability provided by the DP428, XTA’s industry-leading AudioCore PC remote control software has also taken a big leap forward. The DP428’s input/output routing can be controlled from simple screens, and EQ curves can be adjusted quickly and easily, even with tablet PCs. Up to 128 DP428s can be networked together and centrally controlled via AudioCore, using common XLR cables. For wireless control, XTA’s Walkabout Kit allows fine-tuning the system from anywhere in the venue for great sound in every seat.

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South Dakota CIO Relies on Gateway Tablet
Government Technology

A lot of what I do as a CIO is approve and review things, and ultimately coach people," explained Doll. In particular, he needed mobile technology that links him to coworkers, helps him manage a heavy meeting schedule and gives him the tools to handle problems on the fly.

Doll spends many hours outside his office in the state's capital of Pierre, visiting with officials in various agencies and staying in touch with his IT team members.

"Obviously I'm out and about," said Doll. "Meeting with people is one of the primary things I do."

Unfortunately, most mobile devices left Doll feeling somewhat cut off from those around him. "With a laptop, the minute the screen comes up, people don't know if you're playing games or whatever at a meeting," he said. And PDAs just didn't meet oll's visual and written communications needs.

Doll looked to his Gateway representative for another alternative. He was eager to move from a standard keyboard and laptop screen to something "less imposing."

The Solution

The solution to Doll's mobile computing challenge came in the form of Gateway's Tablet PC. The innovative device looks more like a pad of paper than a standard laptop computer, and it allows the user to actually write on the device's screen ? similar to pen and paper

The Gateway Tablet's Intel Centrino mobile technology with Intel Pentium M processor provides the functionality Doll needs as South Dakota CIO.

"Let's face it, we're an 8 1/2-by-11-world, and I needed that footprint," said Doll. Equipped with wireless connectivity, the Tablet PC allows Doll to take notes, save and retrieve files, access the Internet ? and do anything else he once did with a laptop. Doll says the Tablet has distinct advantages over other mobile devices.

"It's paper-size. I can readily move it from portrait to landscape just like a pad of paper," he said. "I can use different colors, highlight things, and I can draw again for the first time."

Business Impact

The Gateway® Tablet also allows Doll and his colleagues to interact on an entirely different level. "A lot of times I'll hand the Tablet to one of the staff and say, 'OK, show me,' and voilà, they're drawing me something, and we're conversing back and forth over what is, in essence, this 'piece of paper.'

"But unlike pen and ink, this 'piece of paper' can save the drawing, e-mail it, print it out to share with others, or embellish it in a number of ways. The Gateway Tablet PC's easy portability allows Doll to carry the device around the office or anywhere his high-intensity job takes him.

The Gateway Tablet PC helped Doll in another, unexpected way as well. "I was getting a little bit of carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist, so going back to writing instead of using the mouse and keyboard has really helped," he said.

Since acquiring the Gateway Tablet, Doll has stopped using a PDA and keyboard ? although a keyboard is available for the Tablet in an easy-to-carry clamshell bag. "I strictly live by the Tablet in its natural singular state of just the device itself," he said.

Members of the South Dakota IT team who meet Doll in an office hallway often find themselves looking at articles and information Doll has captured and saved on his Tablet. When he isn't sharing information one-on-one with team members, Doll downloads or scans articles then marks them up as he's reading and passes them on.

"The staff appreciates that," Doll said. "They're able to say, 'Well, that's what some of his hot buttons are,' or 'That's what he's sensitive to,' or 'That's what he thinks about that.' It's a really valuable thing."

But perhaps the nicest thing about the Gateway Tablet PC, according to Doll, is that it "brings back the old-fashioned personal touch."

Using his pen and "electronic pad of paper," Doll can "whip off a note and sign my name, and it's in my own handwriting." Indeed, recipients of Doll's handsigned e-mails and electronically generated transmissions often are startled to find the CIO's signature at the end of the missive.

"It's amazing how many people comment that it's really neat," said Doll. "It's as if you were talking to them. They know I really wrote it."

In all, Doll said his Tablet PC simplifies his life as a busy CIO and ? perhaps more importantly ? keeps him in better and more personal communication with staff and others he serves in South Dakota.

"I think it really gives me the contact with people in my job and the work I do for the state day in and day out," said Doll. "The fact that I'm walking around with my whole world in a device that's basically the size of a fat pad of paper is pretty amazing."

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Gateway agrees to offer UTSA students discounted notebook PCs
San Antonio Business

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) said Thursday that it entered into a strategic alliance with Gateway Inc. to sell notebooks, tablet PCs and equipment to students, faculty and staff at a discount

UTSA also reached a separate agreement with San Antonio Federal Credit Union (SACU) to provide special financing packages for students on Gateway products.

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August 8, 2005

Tablet PC and Vista Beta 1
blogs.technet.com

I've had several emails asking about Tablet PC and Vista Beta 1. Will beta 1 install on a tablet? What's in, what's out, what's new????Vista

To the first question - yes Beta 1 works on a Tablet! I have beta 1 installed on my HP TC1100 right now. There are some caveats, but it is definitely worth doing. You'll need a keyboard and mouse to get it set-up and you'll probably have to install some drivers before the pen and buttons will work. This beta doesn't have most of the tablet bits,  but we have created a separate install that give you the Tablet Input Panel, or TIP as we call it. The TIP download is linked to the Beta 1 site and will soon be linked to the MSDN beta 1 download site.

What's in: Since Vista Beta 1 was intended for developers and IT folks we focused on getting the platform APIs into the OS. The latest version of Avalon, or I should now say the Windows Presentation Framework is has lots of tablet goodies for tablet developers. Check out the Tablet Avalon team site. With XAML and our new InkCanvas you can have your first pen enabled app up and running in seconds.

What's out: Most of the Tablet bits you'd expect aren't in this beta, like Windows Journal, the control panel etc. These will all be back in the next beta.

What's new: There are several new features that are designed specially for or only for the Tablet PC:

  • Check Boxes on Hover. One problem users have had when using a pen is selecting multiple files. Beta 1 introduces a new feature that displays checkboxes when you hover over file icons. In the beta this is off by default but you can turn it on in the Folder Options control panel. Go the the View tab and enable "use check boxes to select" (or something like that). While you are in the Folder Options dialog you should try out "Single click to open an item" on the General tab - this is the same as XP but is definitely the way to go on a tablet.
  • Panning Tool. The mouse wheel was one of the best inventions ever (after the Tablet of course). It allows you to scan up and down web pages with ease. But with the tablet you don't have a "pen wheel" so you have to carefully target the scroll bar to scoll. And if you are left handed you hand obscures the @^&* page you're trying to scroll!! ...drum roll... enter the Panning Tool in IE, this awesome invention is similar to panning tools in image editing apps, you just grab the page and move it up and down. No more looking away from what you are reading, tapping on the scroll bar... trying to find your place again. This is just a taste of a really really cool feature you'll see in beta 2. Enough talking about it, panning is only on tablets - a hand icon appears on the IE toolbar, click it to enter panning mode.
  • TIP Features. The extra download TIP is far from the final one we plan to ship but it does have several new features. Let's start with the edge target - that's the little tab on the side of the screen that you use to invoke it. Until now, the TIP was either docked at the top or bottom of your screen or floating when you brought it up "in-place". Unfortunately when it was floating it kept going away. Now if you bring it out from the edge target you can put it wherever you want and it will stay ("Stay TIP, good boy"). Getting rid of ink has also been improved, you can either us the eraser on your pen or do pretty much whatever wacky scratch-out you can think of

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Fujitsu Builds Tablet PC Support Into Notebook
ComputerWorld

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. today will announce a notebook PC that weighs just 2.2 lb. and can be converted into a tablet device with touch-screen and handwriting-recognition capabilities. The format is designed to appeal to users in health care and other vertical industries.

The new LifeBook P1500 will replace the P1000 model, of which more than 200,000 units have been sold globally over the past four years, said Paul Moore, director of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu's U.S. headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Although the P1500 will first ship with Windows XP Professional, Fujitsu plans to also make it available with Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC Edition operating system by year's end, Moore said. The new model, which has a list price of $1,499, is based on a 1.2-GHz Pentium M processor and includes an 8.9-in. screen.

The older LifeBook opens like a typical notebook PC, but the P1500 can be flipped open and swiveled to convert to a tablet format. That capability is something doctors who use the P1000 have asked for, said C.A. Nix, president of Medical Practice Technologies LLC, a Cumming, Ga.-based systems integrator.

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computer cram course
Pioneer Press

TABLET COMPUTERS

If your child plans to carry a Windows laptop around, consider a Tablet PC model.

Such portables work like other laptops but add a touch screen for use with a penlike stylus. This comes in handy for note taking without a keyboard's distracting clickety-clack.

The latest model. The beef with Tablet PCs is bulk, especially with "convertible" models that have keyboards for dual-use computing. Lenovo remedies this issue with its just-released ThinkPad X41 Tablet.

A modified version of its ThinkPad X41, this Tablet PC is very thin yet packs plenty of power along with superb fit and finish (the famed ThinkPads used to be IBM products). Useful features include a Secure Digital flash-storage slot and a fingerprint reader for extra data security.

You'll pay dearly — about $1,900, or $600 more than the nontablet model. That doesn't include an external optical drive for reading and recording CDs and DVDs (the X41 doesn't fit in an internal burner). But if you can swing this, you'll give your kid a truly tote-worthy tablet.

Otherwise, consider cheaper and bulkier tablets from Fujitsu, Gateway and Toshiba, among others. We have used some of these and enjoyed them, but we aren't thrilled with them. Another option is a slimmer, slate-style tablet that lacks an integrated keyboard, but this makes mobile computing more awkward.

Additional gear. If you opted for the X41, consider add-on batteries that will get your child through more of a day without a recharge. Other options include a docking station with extra ports and a bay for a slide-in optical drive.

Your kid is sure to lose one or more styli, so buy spares. If the tablet didn't come with a powerful Microsoft note-gathering program called OneNote, be sure to get a copy. And download the Microsoft Education Pack for Tablet PC, a free package of programs aimed at students.

More info. www.lenovo.com and www.microsoft.com/tabletpc

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Tablet PC Community Health Relative Indicates Strong Potential for for Sales to Consumers
Whatisnew.com 

The other day Tony Smith of The Register wrote at the end of an article about how Tablet PC sales will be positively impacted by Microsoft's release of Windows Vista. Many similar statements have been made since InStat's latest report and I can't help but notice and agree with the expectation for great Tablet PC success in consumer segments.

It is reasonable to assert that just a little more attention to this group of consumers would help convert and increase sales of Tablet PCs even further. Could this attention influence the actual sales by this one percent difference or more? Yes, I believe it could and it would certainly be great to see the effort.

Tablet PC features being available in Windows Vista will mainstream Tablets more. It is fine to say this, but this one percent looks like "low hanging fruit" to me.

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Panning Tool in IE for Tablet PC Users
Tablet PC Questions

Internet Explorer in Beta 2 for Windows Vista will have a panning tool, allowing Tablet PC users to grab web pages and move it up and down. Ian LeGrow explains more features for Tablet PC users in his post on the new Tablet PC Team blog. "No more looking away from what you are reading, tapping on the scroll bar... trying to find your place again. This is just a taste of a really really cool feature you'll see in beta 2. Enough talking about it, panning is only on tablets - a hand icon appears on the IE toolbar, click it to enter panning mode."

Ian also gives a hint about new TIP features: "Getting rid of ink has also been improved, you can either us the eraser on your pen or do pretty much whatever wacky scratch-out you can think of."

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August 9, 2005

Review: The Acer C314 Tablet PC 
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The Acer C314 Tablet PC is in many ways a breath of fresh air. It's not that Acer C314 tablet pcthis model is the Tablet version of Acer's popular "Ferrari" notebook. What makes this machine special are the nuances and little extras you'll find that were thoughtfully engineered into the design.

The C314 Tablet PC also features the newest Centrino platform, "Sonoma". The new chipset coupled by the very capable NVIDIA Go 6200 graphics GPU promises an extended future. Chances are good that the C314 is ready for the next generation of Windows "Vista" scheduled to hit the shelves in 2006.

Conclusion

The Acer C314 is an excellent full-featured Tablet PC that is powerful enough to function as a desktop replacement. The generous 1024MB of RAM, 100GB hard drive, Built-in Bluetooth and fast 2.0GHz processor are a good value for the price. This machine is great for students or consumers who want a Tablet to be their "only" PC.

Although there is value in the features that are included, it is obvious that Acer has cut back in their technical support. I would not recommend this model to any first-time computer user who might need to talk to a reliable tech support representative without having to wait for 20 minutes on hold.

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Greenwich Associates Boosts Market Research Process With SPSS SPSS Software; Streamlined Interviews, Improved Data Quality, Speedier Results
Business Wire

SPSS), a worldwide leader of predictive analytics software, today announced that Greenwich Associates, a leading international research-based financial services consulting firm, has significantly improved its market research operations using SPSS software. Harnessing SPSS, Greenwich Associates modernized its data collection process, providing for more streamlined and meaningful interviews, enhanced data quality and faster results for clients.

For more than 30 years, Greenwich Associates has provided decision makers with focused financial intelligence based on a unique combination of comprehensive market research and in-depth analysis. The company interviews up to 40,000 key decision makers in over 80 countries each year to research market trends and customer relationships within the Corporate Finance, Fixed-Income, Brokerage, and Investment Management fields.

In-person interviewing has always been a hallmark of Greenwich Associates and one of its most critical business processes but in recent years, interviews conducted using paper questionnaires became inefficient relative to today's technology. In response, Greenwich Associates worked with SPSS to customize an interviewing solution built on Dimensions(TM), a comprehensive application suite for market and survey research. Greenwich Associates has transformed its interviewing process by substituting lengthy paper-based interviews with electronic information captured using tablet PC technology.

As a result, Greenwich Associates plans to reduce its interview production cycle time some 20 percent by leveraging SPSS software and the Internet, and expects a favorable return on its investment. In addition, Dimensions' flexibility allowed the organization to implement customized questionnaire navigation capabilities that ensured interviews remained conversational in nature and that the quality of results were maintained.

"We aim to modernize the entire interviewing experience, from the in-person interactions with our respondents to the back-end collection process," said Tom Griffin, CIO of Greenwich Associates. "SPSS software has enabled Greenwich Associates to make use of tablet PC technology and has also provided an open platform for seamless integration to our existing systems."

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NetSimplicity Introduces New Visual Asset Manager Enterprise Edition
Market Wire

NetSimplicity Software today announced general availability of Visual Asset Manager Enterprise Edition, a new version of its asset management software that will enable facilities and operations managers to save significant time tracking and evaluating fixed, mobile and IT assets.

The new Enterprise Edition extends the original Visual Asset Manager (VAM) product to accommodate larger enterprises with full visibility into what they own, where assets are deployed, and the value of those assets via a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solution.

The Enterprise Edition features new access-anywhere interfaces for handheld barcode scanners and tablet PC devices, available as optional modules. It also includes performance and scalability enhancements to support enterprise-scale, multi-site deployments, new Crystal Reports® customizable reports and MS Report Server Reports, native Microsoft SQL Server® database access and a new tool that allows users to import inventory data from virtually any legacy data source.

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MobileDataforce® Launches Intercue Publisher 2.0, Enabling Companies to Easily Update Mobile Employees with Electronic Forms
PR Web

MobileDataforce®, the leading provider of rapid application development solutions for mobile environments (RADS-ME), announces the release of Intercue Publisher v. 2.0 to enable companies to automatically distribute new and revised electronic forms on Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, and Tablet PC devices, plus Windows XP laptop and desktop computers.

Companies that use handheld devices to collect data in the field experience a common problem: ensuring that a new or revised form is received and used by all employees. If employees are using different variations of the same work order, for instance, or do not have a new work order installed on their handhelds, numerous technical or administrative problems could result. Intercue Publisher solves this problem by automatically publishing all new and edited forms to all subscribed users and creates reports that offer details on the employees who have successfully received and installed the most recent updates.

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Tablet PC And The NCAA: Tablet PC Users Petition NCAA To Force School Name Change
Blogcritics.org 

Prompted by the NCAA's recent decision to prohibit sports teams with nicknames and mascots that are deemed "hostile and abusive" from using that imagery in post season tournaments, and forbidding those teams from hosting postseason tournament games, a collective of Tablet PC users today filed a petition to the NCAA to force similar sanctions on the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen.

A number of leaders in the still small, but growing, Tablet PC community took a break today from installing the beta of Windows Vista on their Tablet PCs and inked their strong feelings about this issue in a shared OneNote session, a Skype conference, and later a broadcast on MSNBC.

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Fujistu Lifebook P1500 promises to be smallest and lightest convertible notebook
Geekzon
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Fujitsu Computer Systems has announced the LifeBook P1500 notebook in theFujitsu P1500 USA. Fujitsu says this is currently the industry's smallest convertible notebook available.

The Fujitsu LifeBook P1500 notebook weighs in 2.2 pounds and is equipped with a compact 8.9" wide SVGA touch screen display. Despite being a convertible model, with a slate form factor, the new model is not a Tablet PC, because of its use of a touchscreen instead of a digitizer.

By using it in tablet mode users will find it easy to navigate through forms-based applications used in healthcare, field and sales force automation and supply chain management, or use the pen stylus and eliminate the need for a notepad and paper archives.


It runs Microsoft Windows XP Professional, enabling inking and note-taking with support for included third-party applications EverNote Plus 1.0 for Windows note management software, ritePen 2.5 for handwriting recognition and Fortune Fountain DialKeys which provide on-screen keyboards and thumbpads.

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My Favorite Vista B1 Feature for Tablets
Tablet PC Team Blog

'm getting pretty frequent questions from folks wondering if Vista beta 1 really works on a Tablet PC. Not only does it work but one feature has been a really boon for me: the new panning tool in IE 7 (Vista only version). This is the first of what might be a series of posts on my favorite new and maybe even old features.

The great thing about using a pen is that it is so natural, but unfortunately Windows wasn't designed for a pen from the ground up, so we have to make due with UI elements like narrow scroll bars. If you are a heavy duty user you may have widened the scroll bars but that's just too much work for most of us and doesn't really solve the problem. If you are reading something you still need to glance away from where you are reading to the scroll bar, scroll, then look back and find where you were reading. The panning tool in IE makes "high cognitive load" scrolling a thing of the past (well in IE anyway). You can now absently scroll the page and keep on reading at the same time. Okay - that may not sound like much but it is really awesome in practice.

Now you do lose something for this scrolling magic - you can't select web page text when the tool is in use.  You can still click on links, but when you drag you scroll instead of select. For me this wasn't too hard to get used to, I scroll a lot more that I select so I'm happy to switch out of panning mode if I need to select something.

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August 10, 2005

Actual Window Manager for Tablet PC
PowerHomeBiz.com

Actual Tools, the leading innovator in system enhancement technologies, today announced that the latest version of Actual Window Manager was examined by Jeff Van West who recommended it as a fine productivity tool for Tablet PCs. Mr. West is the author of Tablet PC Quick Reference by Microsoft Press and a regular columnist on the Microsoft Expert Zone website. Actual Window Manager is an OS enhancement suite that provides users with over forty options to organize their desktop for convenient computing.  

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Lenovo Reports Global Profitability in First Fiscal Quarter 2005 ...
Business Wire

Lenovo made solid progress in our first 60 days. Lenovo's business model of ThinkPad Tablet PCproduct innovation combined with cost and expense competitiveness delivered profits in both our original and newly acquired businesses," said Steve Ward, Lenovo's chief executive officer. "Our innovative products - like the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet, the Lenovo Yangtian desktop with its one-key virus-kill feature and our award-winning ET960 Smartphone - combined with the commitment of our employees, business partners and suppliers, give us significant competitive advantages.

Notebook PC Business: Enterprise notebook sales gain momentum

Total turnover for Lenovo's notebook PC business was HK$9.3 billion. Globally, Lenovo's commercial notebook market share increased quarter-to-quarter, as enterprise buying for ThinkPads gained momentum. The company noted that response to the new x41 Tablet PC has been excellent. In China, strong performance came from notebook adoptions by high-end consumers.

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Experience Pack for Tablet PC: fun toys and real tools
Jeff Van West

There are two big reasons why I love my Tablet PC. One is its go-anywhere form factor. The other is its use of pen-centric software. Pen-centric programs let you use the pen directly on a Tablet PC screen and help you interact with your computer in a more natural way.

And with the Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC, a group of six fun free programs sort of like a Plus pack for Tablets, I can really get mobile and take full advantage of the pen with my Tablet PC.

In this article, I'll explain how to install the Experience Pack, describe what each program does, and show why I think the Experience Pack has something for everyone

.Experience Pack for Tablet PC

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THG Video: Siggraph 2005 Emerging Technologies roundup
Tom's Hardware Guide

At the annual Siggraph convention, attendees got to see the latest in graphics and video technology. One popular exhibit is the Emerging Technologies exhibit, which showcases companies and universities with futuristic devices that may or may not make it to the marketplace.

Quasi the Robot tricks most attendees

The star of the Emerging Technologies exhibit was Quasi, the short robot from Carnegie Mellon University. CMU pulled a fast one on many attendees with their seemingly intelligent robot, who in actuality was controlled by a human being sitting in a dark corner.

As we walked up to their booth, the short humanoid robot with glowing purple eyes, said hello to us. That in itself is not a big deal, but when the robot asking questions about our cameras and clothing, we thought that Carnegie Mellon must have leapfrogged everyone in Artificial Intelligence technology.

But this was not the case, and we were almost completely fooled. Quasi would exhibit emotions such as sadness, confusion, and anger by tilting its head and changing the color of his eyes. In addition, the tone of voice would change and match his mood. Quasi seemed to have an unreal sense of his surroundings, and followed attendees as they moved around

Carnegie Mellon Robot

Quasi even exhibited free will, often commenting how cool it would be to take a walk or swim, which would be quite impossible as his feet were bolted to a box containing movement servos. With our video camcorders in hand, we were about to ask university officials how they developed the world's first autonomous robot, but then we spotted someone in the corner, speaking softly into a headset, and controlling a Tablet PC - something wasn't right.

It turns out that Quasi is remote controlled via a Tablet PC. You can think of it as a high tech puppet, as the operator sets the mood of the robot and speaks via a headset. Quasi can have varying degrees of moods, for example he can be set to 50 percent mad and 50percent confused.

Quasi visually tracks attendee with a camera built into its head. The camera transmits a live video feed to the Tablet PC, and the operator can move the head manually or let the robot take control. Specific actions like dancing or tickle response can be done by having the operator click buttons on the right-side of the tablet.

Even though we discovered the truth, we think that at least 80 percent of Siggraph attendees were duped. Most of them happened to be women who were so freaked out by Quasi, they would often run away.

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August 11, 2005

Gateway inks PC notebook deal with Texas university
Washington Technology

Gateway Inc. has signed a four-year agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio to serve as a university-wide provider of notebook and tablet computing products to students, faculty and staff.

Under the agreement, Gateway of Irvine, Calif., will provide the university community with specific pricing on select Gateway notebooks, tablet PCs and peripherals. The initiative, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, will support 26,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff, the company said. The potential dollar value of the agreement was not disclosed.

In an effort to promote adoption of these portable technologies, Gateway has worked with the San Antonio Federal Credit Union to establish several finance packages for students that offer low monthly payments and incentives that could waive interest charges.

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Evernote organizes your your data onto an endless tape
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

A new contender has now entered this field, and it boasts an unusual design. It's called EverNote, and is for Windows computers only. EverNote is being offered as a free download from its maker, EverNote Corp., at www.evernote.com A paid version, the $35 EverNote Plus, adds handwriting and shape recognition for people who use tablet computers.

I have been testing EverNote and it works well. It is fast and logical and a good way to round up random thoughts and resources.

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Tablet PC Programming BootCamp
Whatisnew.com

Learn how to add ink functionality to your existing applications at the Tablet PC Programming BootCamp. Martin Shoemaker, developer of Tablet UML, has a good perspective on why this operating system creates a good platform for integrated pen and ink and how it goes beyond simply adding a pen to a PC -- a good person to learn from.

Lead Instructor: Martin L. Shoemaker

Workshop in Design and Coding Tablet PC Applications
Three-day Lecture-Only - Four-days with Hands-ON labs
 

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Exalted Ambition and a Tablet PC
Whatisnew.com

Robert's message to Microsoft is, "Get it on, guys. Liberate us too. Market your tools to the rest of us. Fulfill your promise, your exalted ambition."

Dad, are you proding to learn more about Tablet PC positioning and reach in the education sector? He honestly questions what he has seen and contasts it with what he expects to see. I appreciate ambition too.

Earlier this week, Loren questioned whether Tablet PCs are visible enough to students.

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15% discount on Tablet PC software
Geekzone

Yes, it is official now... Our 15% discount code is now valid for Tablet PC software titles listed in our Geekzone Software Store (powered by Handango).

Act now to buy your Tablet PC software from our Geekzone Software Store with 15% discount. In our store you will find software for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone, Tablet PC, Palm OS, Symbian, J2ME (Java) and other platforms.

For a limited time only you can use the discount code 6E56CD4 when purchasing any software title for your Tablet PC from our store.

The code is valid for one use only per customer, so make sure you select all software you need, but don't let the expire date eat your chance to use this discount!

Make sure to enter the discount code before proceeding to checkout and click the [Recalculate] button to have your discoun applied.

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August 12, 2005

Fujitsu Builds Tablet PC Support Into Notebook
RedNova.com

Includes swivel top, plus touch-screen and writing tools Fujitsu P1500

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. today will announce a notebook PC that weighs just 2.2 Ib. and can be converted into a tablet device with touch-screen and handwriting-recognition capabilities. The format is designed to appeal to users in health care and other vertical industries.

The new LifeBook P1500 will replace the PlOOO model, of which more than 200,000 units have been sold globally over the past four years, said Paul Moore, director of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu's U.S. headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Although the P1500 will first ship with Windows XP Professional, Fujitsu plans to also make it available with Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC Edition operating system by year's end, Moore said. The new model, which has a list price of $1,499, is based on a 1.2-GHz Pentium M processor and includes an 8.9-in. screen.

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Mary Jo Tells Us To Come Clean On Windows Vista
WebProNews

Oh, regarding hardware: it's too early to know that. Nearly every team I am visiting is doing performance work right now. Until they are done with that work (which probably won't happen until close to the release candidates which will come next year) there's really no way to accurately tell you what kind of hardware you'll need. Based on what I'm seeing, though, if you want the best experience you'll want a fairly beefy machine with a great video card (128MB video card is needed to see the full Aero experience). But even all that might change (obviously that isn't great for a lot of laptop and Tablet PC users, so the teams are working to make everything more performant. We really won't know just how successful those teams will be until next year sometime.

A few other things, too. 1) If there's something you want to know about Windows Vista, leave it here in my comments or over on the Coffeehouse in Channel 9 and I'll try to get you an accurate answer. 2) If you are on a Windows Vista team and you'd like to come on Channel 9 to explain the features your team is working on, please send me email at rscoble@microsoft.com.

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Tablet use increases this fall to include juniors
Madison Daily Leader

Dakota State University is projecting the use of another 325 tablets this fall through its mobile computing initiative.

The South Dakota Board of Regents is due to approve a lease agreement for the purchase of the tablets Friday during a one-day meeting at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

Other items up for discussion and approval by the Regents are the 2006 operating budget and budget requests for the 2007 fiscal year.

DSU President Doug Knowlton said the table lease agreement updates the existing agreement between the Madison school and Bank of America.

The per-semester fee paid by the students to use the tablets will remain the same at $275. The three-year lease for the machines includes an option to purchase them after three years.

The mobile computing initiative was approved in 2004 and went into effect last fall. The initiative required all freshmen and sophomores to lease a Tablet PC for use in the classroom

In addition to those required to use the tablets, some juniors and seniors also voluntarily opted to lease tablets for use on campus.

"We're pleased with it (the initiative)," Knowlton said. "It's worked well for the campus. People are incorporating it more and more."

Chief Information Officer David Zolnowsky said that a total of 865 students and 65 faculty and staff members were using tablets last year.

Beginning this fall, an additional 25 faculty will be receiving tablets and the number of students will be close to if not more than 1,100. DSU currently has 1,087 students with tablets reserved and additional registrations taking place this month.

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August 15, 2005

Preview- Windows Vista Tablet PC Tip Screen Shots

A selection of screens shots showing the Tablet PC tip in Vista beta 1

Vista Tip 8

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Episode 20 of The Tablet PC Show podcast

The Tablet PC Show #20 - the Nicole Simon Edition

Marc Orchant is back this week as co-host and we celebrate this special Tablet PC SHowmilestone 20th show with special guest Nicole Simon from Germany. Nicole is an uber blogger with a number of blogs in both English and German as well has her own podcasts. She just received her brand new Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC and found the out of box experience to be less than desired so we brought her on the show to let everyone know what she thinks. We have a great (long) discussion in spite of repeated problems with Skype and covered all manner of topics from spamware, accessories, screen protectors and many programs. Give it a listen and you’re bound to find something to take away from this show. Nicole even got to rant about the inability to install the Experience Pack and Education Pack on her German ThinkPad. She is also no doubt the first person to describe the ThinkPad Tablet PC as a “cutie”. Thanks to Nicole for chatting with us and we hope you enjoy the show.

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Ballmer’s bold vision of Microsoft’s future

Innovation is the name of the game, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed at the company’s annual financial analyst meeting, where he outlined its business strategies for the fiscal year 2006.

Other editions for home users, tablet PCs and media center entertainment PCs would join the premium editions of the upgrades.

The move to introduce higher value versions of existing products is not something new to Microsoft. Ballmer said that such a move has helped drive new growth and new value to the company before when it launched a professional edition of Windows, Windows Pro, which “drove literally billions of dollars of revenue growth versus the home version.”

“I believe in the future of Microsoft from an innovation perspective and from a growth perspective. I believe in it I think more than you do. You might be thinking that Windows and server and Office are slow-growing businesses. We think that they are poised for very steady, robust growth,” Ballmer said.

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GTSI to Provide Rugged Tablet PCs
Washington Post

Rugged tablet personal computers built for soldiers on the battlefield should perform well for government inspectors in slaughterhouses, said officials from GTSI Corp., which is to provide the military-style hardware to the Agriculture Department.

Inspectors traditionally use pen and paper in the field to fill out their inspection forms while working in "a pretty messy environment," said Mark Wenners, a GTSI sales manager. "Now they can go in with a tablet that can withstand these types of conditions -- dirt, dust and moisture."

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Tuner Trucks: Dibs Mini Cooper S
AutoWeek 


Dreyer’s/Edy’s (it’s the same company, but called Dreyer’s in the West and Edy’s in the East) chose the Mini for its size, first of all, but also because the vehicle has high-tech items like Blue-tooth and iPod compatibility. To those, Canyon added a MiniMac computer and an HP Tablet PC, all performing various promotional duties during the truck’s 10-city cross-country tour.

The frozen fun Mini will have four TV screens, three of which pop up through the roof so passersby can see Dibs commercials, and one on the dash. In back there is an insulated slide-out tray chock-full o’ Dibs. One of two smiling server girls will also pop up through the roof to dispense Dibs to the masses at the rate of 2500 boxes a day (the same two girls will drive all across the country serving Dibs

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Fujitsu LifeBook T4010 Tablet PC Tablet PC for digital artists
DTV Professional

Notebook computers are the best selling sector of the PC market due in part toFujitsu t4010 their mobility, wireless capability and processing power. Another segment of the notebook market, the Tablet PC promises to take the notebook computer segment a little further in market penetration. The TabletPC has been around for several years, with current models already in their second and sometimes third generations. TabletPCs are unique in that the LCD screen in which you view your computer's content also serves as a digital input device as well, meaning that you can control the computer directly on the screen with a stylus. This capability opens a whole new realm of possibilities, especially for those who are digital artists or just sketchers.

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Tablet PC and Media Center join Premium Edition
Whatisnew.com

Other editions for home users, tablet PCs and media center entertainment PCs would join the premium editions of the upgrades. The move to introduce higher value versions of existing products is not something new to Microsoft. Ballmer said that such a move has helped drive new growth and new value to the company before when it launched a professional edition of Windows, Windows Pro, which “drove literally billions of dollars of revenue growth versus the home version.”

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August 16, 2005

Cool Tools for School: Microsoft Ready to Help Students Do Their Best
microsoft.com

With the school year about to begin, new products make academic success easier to achieve, whether in K-12 or Higher Education. (First in a series on Microsoft and educational innovation.)

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Adds to Student Success

A successful student is one who can effectively organize, prioritize, and use their notes and the other information available to them. Notebook PCs running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 software are making it easier for students and instructors to keep on top of and get more out of all of the information and other resources at their disposal.

Although students can use OneNote with a desktop or laptop to benefit from its powerful audio and video recording capabilities, the combination of Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 software and Tablet PCs allow students to take advantage of the great features of OneNote using ink or text.

The new Microsoft Education Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC edition and the Experience Pack for Tablet PC released earlier this year provide additional tools and resources. Both packs are available only in English. They may be downloaded free at http://www.microsoft.com/tabletpc.

At the University of Virginia, a pilot program now in its second year, is changing the way students learn and instructors teach. Through the program, about 400 students are assigned an HP Tablet PC and provided online and other educational tools from Thompson Learning. Each of the Tablet PCs includes OneNote 2003. In several classes, all or most of the instruction delivered by instructors is via Tablet PCs. The students take notes within OneNote 2003 on their Tablet PCs, using either the built-in keyboard or by writing on the screen with a pen-like stylus.

Miller, one of the students who took part in the first year of the pilot, had no problem giving up the spiral paper notebooks he used to carry around – and sometimes lost – for electronic notes. “I can keep all of my notes in one thin computer instead of carrying one notebook for each class,” Miller says. “I can back up my notes onto another computer or a disk, so I don’t run the risk of losing a semester of notes, as I did a few years ago when I lost one of my notebooks right before finals. That was a mess.”

Using OneNote 2003, Miller records the professor’s lecture and imports the professor’s Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 slides into his notes. He can then write on top of the slides and synchronize the audio recording with his notes. While on road trips with the hockey team, Miller listens to the lecture all over again, and watches the notes he took appear in time with the lecture. “It’s almost like being in class,” he says.

Referencing notes from previous classes is also becoming easier since Miller’s UVA classmate Casey switched to Tablet PC and OneNote. Before last year, Casey kept all of his old notebooks in a crate next to his desk. It would take 30 minutes of flipping and scanning through the 300-page loose-leaf notebooks to find anything. Now he can type a keyword into OneNote’s search field and instantly find the relevant notes within his files.

Education and Experience Packs Increase Study Power

The Microsoft Education Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition provides five programs that allow students to become even more organized and ratchet up their study skills another notch. Ink Flash Cards, Equation Writer, Send to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, GoBinder Lite, a scheduling tool, and Hexic Deluxe for Tablet PC help students study effectively—and have a little fun while they're at it.

This year, Microsoft released another add-on. The Experience Pack for Tablet PC comprises six programs – Ink Desktop, Snipping Tool, Ink Art, Media Transfer, Ink Crossword and Energy Blue Theme Pack – to increase students’ productivity and promote creativity. The snipping tool allows students to cut and paste sections of text and graphics from Web sites where they are doing research. They can then save the digital snippet within OneNote 2003 files or send it via e-mail. The URL of the site is retained within the snippet, taking much of the hassle out of creating a bibliography once students complete their research.

University of Virginia chemistry instructor Charles Grisham believes Tablet PCs and OneNote 2003 are not only making his students better organized, but also allowing them to learn better, especially in courses that require students to maintain detailed notes and draw diagrams. “For many years, computing devices, including calculators made students stupid, not smarter,” Grisham said. “The Tablet PC is the first step in taking us back to writing and drawing by hand and all of the other methods that worked before there were computers. But Tablet PCs are doing this while providing so many other resources that help students organize information and engage and interact with each other and their instructors.”

“Thanks to valuable insight and feedback from students, parents and educators, we’ve developed new products for K-12 and Higher Education that bring learning to life,” says Bartholomew. “I’m pleased with the progress we’re making in the very important area of helping students to achieve and to experience academic success.”

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Send to OneNote 2003 Screenshots
whatisnew.com

In the Microsoft Education Pack for Tablet PC there is a utility that is handy for more people than just students: Send to OneNote. With Send to OneNote you can take Word, PDF, spreadsheet, or any other type of document and import its image into OneNote, where you can annotate it. This is useful for organizing documents, keeping notes when in meetings and workshops.

There are two ways to use the Send to OneNote 2003 feature: 1) the common method of using the wizard, which guides you through finding the document and printing it, and 2) using the print driver directly, which is convenient if you already have a document open.

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August 17, 2005

Interview with Bill Emmot Editor in Chief of The Economist Magazine
Asharq Alawsat

Q: Rupert Murdoch predicted the death of the newspaper as we know it by 2040 creating a fierce debate in the media. Do you believe the same applies to magazines?

A: I believe that it is not a matter of publishing online or in print. The magazine approach with its thoughtful and analytical approach will always be in need. Developments in technology might mean you are able to receive the material electronically such with a “Tablet PC.” Of course, in the future, this might become the sole way of receiving information and reading news. However, I believe we offer our readers in depth analysis which is best consumed in print format for the time being. If better technologies emerge, we might change this. What we offer is a way of thinking not a technology.

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Flaky DRM=Bad News for Music Fans
PC World 

I've been trying to get Napster to work on my home desktop, and I'm feeling like its DRM--which is based on Microsoft's technology--should be called Digital Rights Mangling. Every time I try to stream a song, I get a message about a required Windows Media security update, but pressing OK does nothing. When I try to download music instead of streaming it, I get a license server error. Bottom line is, I haven't listened to a single song yet.

On my Tablet PC, by the way, Napster works flawlessly. In fact, it's a blast.

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August 18, 2005

Students Going Online to Save Money on Textbooks
Emediawire

Abebooks.com has a dedicated section called "Textbook Central" to help students find their books easily and quickly. It also includes a buy-back program where students can sell their books to recoup funds, as well as contests to win a Tablet PC, gift certificates for posters, CDs and iPods.

“Previously students had no choice but to purchase their textbooks at list prices from their own campus stores or large local bookstores,” said Sue Connors, Abebooks director of bookseller community. “In the last 18 months, the Internet has dramatically changed that situation and now price-conscious students can choose between new and used editions at cheaper prices by simply spending a few minutes online.”

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Rentacomputer.com introduces the Just Back From Rental Sale
I-Newswire.com

Unique Service: Tell Us what price you want to pay

Visit the Just Back from Rental Page at Rentacomputer.com located here: http://www.rentacomputer.com/sales/Just-Back-From-Rental-Sale.asp click on the link with the budget price you want to pay and we will match the best product available with the price you choose. Notebook, Desktop, Tablet PC, and other computer products price range from $200 up. Choose in $100 increments.
New products are being added everyday so check back often.

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Loren & Larry Plan Tablet PC BOF at PDC
Whatisnew.com

Larry O'Brien emailed me and asked why I hadn't posted about having a Tablet PC Birds of a Feather (BOF) session at PDC on Tablet PC development. Hmmm. Seems like it would be a good idea.

I'm guessing the BOF should be a 200 level (introductory) session with lots of overview about the market size, opportunities, current developer resources, and so forth as well as a chance to share what people are working on, things they've learned, and, of course, their Tablet PC.

I'm thinking that a general developer session makes more sense than a detailed technical discussion. Does this seem right? Or should a BOF be focused around something more specific, such as developing with Agilix InfiNotes?

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Go, Tablets! Go!
Whatisnew.com

Today was one of those days that made me yearn for the classroom again. It was the second of two Tablet PC Pilot trainings for about 20 teachers where we really started getting into the pedagogy of how we're going to use these things in the classroom. It was part just exploring the potential of all the cool apps that are coming out for tablets, part evangelizing the changing nature of digital content, and part amazement at watching technology actually work. I love those days when you know people are walking out drained but psyched about the prospects.

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August 19, 2005

Fujitsu's Tablet PC Feels Like a Paper Pad, So Why Is It Clumsy?
Handelsblatt

There are two main reasons the tablet PC hasn't taken off. One is the failure by Microsoft to better integrate its pen and touch-screen interface into its Windows and Office software. The other is the failure of computer makers to make tablets that have the right size, feel and navigation controls that might make them as effortless to carry and use as a paper notepad or book

The hardware challenge is especially tough. In the vast majority of cases, consumers who buy a tablet want it to be "convertible;" that is, they want it to have the ability to turn into a regular laptop with a keyboard. Most tablets meet this goal, but it makes them bulkier than they otherwise might be. They never let you forget that you're hefting a huge, heavy slab of metal and glass.So I was intrigued when Fujitsu introduced this month the smallest and lightest tablet PC I've seen, the P1500 series. This is a convertible notebook that weighs a mere 2.2 pounds, and starts at $1,499. It's just 9.3 inches wide, 6.6 inches deep and 1.4 inches thick, about the size and thickness of an average hardcover book. The screen measures just 8.9 inches diagonally.

The P1500 series isn't officially a Tablet PC, because it doesn't use Microsoft's special Tablet version of Windows. Instead, Fujitsu, which has been making tablet machines for a long time, uses regular Windows XP Professional, and adds third-party software for capturing and recognizing handwriting on the screen. An official Tablet version may come later.

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Volvo Open 70 Offshore Racer
Popular Mechanics

THE ROUND-THE-GLOBE VOLVO OCEAN RACE pits the world's most advanced sailboats against the world's worst weather--gale-force storms, mountainous seas and sweltering doldrums. The seven Volvo Open 70s (70-ft. racing sloops) preparing to start the 32,000-mile, nine-leg rally from Spain on Nov. 5 make up the fastest class of monohulls ever built. In Apri 2005, a VO70 sailed a record 530 miles in 24 hours, topping out at 39 knots. For the 11-man crews, speed has risks. "It's like being on a runaway train--you never know what's in front of you," says Peter Merrington, a watch captain the last time the race was run, in 2001. "You just hope nothing breaks."

1--Instruments Masthead pod measures wind speed and direction. LCDs on the mast and on deck display the data. Navigators watch wind, course and boat speed on a wireless tablet PC.

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August 22, 2005

Fashionable Tablet PC:LT20-4
pcworld

LG levers its recent good form in notebook computing and its consumer electronics background with this, it's first Tablet PC. This stylish convertible has a bright 12.1in display (with wide viewable angle and Wacom digitiser backing) that can be used like a traditional notebook or fold back on itself to become a slate. Using a stylus to scribble down and save notes or diagrams in a meeting and swivel the screen around to show other attendees has obvious appeal. Tablet PCs are also slowly winning fans in education, finance and healthcare industries.

The LT20-4 isn't a powerhouse of a machine (it scored 66 in PC WorldBench 5 and 2526 in 3DMark 2001) but will handle everyday applications in addition to those integrated into Windows XP Tablet PC Edition including handwriting or voice-to-text conversion.

The LT20-4 has no built-in CD/DVD drive, which keeps its weight down to a svelte 1.75kg.

LG pre-installs network configuration and battery life management software in addition to an "ez-menu" system settings interface. This pops up when you press the ez-menu button found at the top-right of the display, next to the Windows Journal shortcut, screen orientation and power buttons. , cursor up and down and buttons are also located at the bottom-right of the display - handy when in slate mode.

The battery has power indicator lights and part of the rear of the notebook can flip down to raise the notebook at the back (and store a spare mini-stylus).

Verdict One of the best looking, lightest (and one of the least expensive) tablet PCs we've seen. Danny Allen

Price: $2799 (1 year warranty) Vendor: LG Electronics Phone: (02) 8805 4000 URL: www.lge.com.au Specifications: 12.1in display; Intel Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz) processor (first-generation Centrino 855GME chipset); 512MB DDR memory; 64MB Intel Extreme 2 integrated graphics; 60GB hard disk; 3 x USB 2.0 ports; 1 x FireWire; SD card reader; 1 Type II PC Card slot; 10/100 Ethernet; 802.11b/g Wi-Fi (with quad-band antennae).

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The Evolution and Death of the Laptop Computer
TechNewsWorld

The laptop will probably last through this decade, but we are exploring different alternatives and as such it is likely that conclusions on this subject will be different in 2011. The market desperately needs to move to a more appliance-like device that is much more portable and much less power-hungry.

Tablet PC

The Tablet PC, in slate form, looks and feels like a big OQO. While most are the same size, Motion Computing just brought out a device that is closer to the OQO size than it is to a traditional notebook computer. It will fit in a large coat pocket and has a display that is easier on aging eyes than the smaller device. Motion hasn't integrated the keyboard, which is probably a requirement for a replacement product, but you can now see a working device that is larger and get a sense for where user needs with regard to size are and where the related fixed screen technology currently is.

Tablets, in general, were expected to replace standard laptops starting this year and, for the most part, that isn't happening. They are moving aggressively in education, which does suggest this move is still on its way, but it is likely still several years out. One of the big limiters for this has been the inability to make the pen-based interface available for desktop computers and, at least now, many are moving between the two product types.

The tablet PC is clearly coming but it is more an evolution of the user interface right now than a true replacement for the existing laptop computer.

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EverNote helps messy workers clean up their computers
Pioneer Press

Is your desk covered with huge, tottering piles of paper? Do you occasionally delve for an old document by guessing how far down in the pile it might reside, in the same way a geologist estimates the best depth to drill for oil?

You might want to consider an intriguing new piece of Windows software called EverNote, which lets you create the computer equivalent of a bottomless and messy paper pile in which it's nevertheless almost miraculously easy to find what you want.

Best of all, the standard version of EverNote (www.evernote.com) is free.

EverNote Plus at $34.95 is intended for the small number of notebook computers with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Tablet PCs have touch-sensitive screens and can use a stylus for taking handwritten notes. EverNote Plus includes handwriting recognition for turning those notes into text. If you don't have Tablet PC, however, you don't need EverNote Plus; the standard version even lets you create handwritten notes or drawings with a mouse, although without handwriting recognition.

I tried EverNote using a sample file supplied by the company with 300 notes of all types. The software sorted through these notes at lightning speed and otherwise worked as advertised.

There are also big plans for EverNote going forward, plans the company hopes will eventually encourage many users to upgrade to an expanded Plus. Later this year, EverNote Plus will add support for synchronization with Palm and PocketPC personal digital assistants, as well as some smart-phones. More smart-phones will be included next year.

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BOE Hydis Develop LCD Screen for Notebooks Boasting 30% More Brightness
Azom.com

High-end TFT-LCD manufacturer BOE HYDIS has successfully developed BOE-Hydis' 10.4-inch DRIM panel notebook and tablet PC LCDs that boost display brightness 30 percent¡ªwithout increasing power consumption¡ªthrough the application of a new pixel structure to AFFS technology.

The newly developed the DRIM(Data Rendering Innovation Matrix) LCD panel is designed for a 10.4-inch XGA. It achieves unprecedented levels of brightness at 240cd/©Oand boasts an impressive 600:1 contrast ratio.

The new LCD panel also adopts the company¡¯s innovative AFFS (Advanced-Fringe Field Switching) technology, which supports a 180-degree display angle for both horizontal and vertical viewing, and with its higher brightness, lower power consumption, and greater contrast ratio, it stands as the highest quality LCD in the tablet and notebook PC display industry.

By improving brightness, power consumption and contrast ratio, which are the common problems associated with mobile PCs, this technology will be in the limelight in the mid- to small-sized portable PC display markets such as notebooks and tablet PCs,¡± explained Jungyeal Lee, head of the R&D Center at BOE HYDIS.

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Motion Computing LS800 Tablet PC Review
Geekzone

I have had the pleasure this weekend of having the new ultra mobile Tablet PCLS800 Table PC offering from Motion Computing – the LS800.

After three days I have to say I am very impressed. As previously posted my first impression was “wow that’s small” and I still think that every time I look at it. However I now have a few additional things to say…

The overall impression is that the LS800 as been designed very, very well. When you first look at the unit you notice that the screen is offset away from the battery when held in portrait mode. Additionally the battery itself has a rubberised coating on the exterior surface. These two factors combined make the LS800 very comfortable to hold in one hand like a book – great for reading and browsing. At just 1kg (2.2lbs) the LS800 is light enough to hold like this for quite some time.

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Hi-tech devices simplify school work for teens
Florida Today

Here's what we found:Tablet PCOne relatively new gadget available to teens this year is the Tablet PC. Most often sold as a convertible laptop with a swivel screen and pen input, the Tablet is an impressive piece of technology that can really streamline the work of being a student.The cornerstone of Tablet PCs for students is the excellent OneNote program from Microsoft. Based on the Office architecture, it allows students to turn their computer into their class notebooks with convenient and easy to understand organizational systems. But the real power comes in the handWriting recognition. The computer can literally take a student's pages of scrawling writing and with the click of a button convert the whole thing to standard text. As well, for students with course loads heavy in science and math, the ability to save hand drawn sketches directly with the text of your notes is a wonderful option.

Though Tablets often cost 30 to 50 percent more than a similarly equipped machine with standard laptop features only, their ability to make handwritten notes both searchable and legible as normal text saves valuable time in studying for the big exams. -- Sam Miorelli, graduate, Cocoa Beach Jr./ Sr. High

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Requests for MS OneNote and HP Tablet PC Proposals
Whatisnew.com

The Digital Union invites faculty to submit proposals for research based use of six HP Tablet PCs with Microsoft Office Suite that have been donated to the Digital Union by HP and Microsoft. This research initiative seeks proposals that will demonstrate the use of PC tablet technology to enhance other research and/or teaching activities. Request for Proposals are open now through August 30, 2005. Selection and notification will be completed by September 15; tablets will be available immediately upon notification of selection

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One-year anniversary of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Whatisnew.com

Thursday, August 25th will mark the one-year anniversary of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. The new version of the operating system was rolled into Microsoft's release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and available as a free download. Feature changes between the two versions of the Tablet PC operating system were dramatic: handwriting recognition results improved considerably, entering information through the Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) got easier now that it floats next to a text entry area, in-place corrections in the TIP, and more.

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Slide-show tools in $20 program are impressive
Chicago Tribune

Because schlepping laptops remains the bane of road warriors, let me suggest something like the $1,499 Lifebook T4000 Tablet PC notebook from Fujitsu. You are an artist and may like the idea of owning a pen-capable computer that make things like fine-tuning art in Quark or Photoshop much easier. I can tell you from experience it rocks with a folding keyboard so easy to use that you'll find yourself dozing off with the small computer propped on your chest like a hardcover book, which weighs just about as much and is only a tad smaller. This 9.5-by-11.5-inch model with a 12-inch diagonal screen can be found at Fujitsu.com.

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Best computers for students
WSLS.com

PC Magazine's Lance Ulanoff describes the most important items for students this way: "The watch word for students of almost all ages is laptop, laptop, laptop."Lance says power conservation and wireless capability are most important for a campus laptop. He liked the $1200 Averatec. He says, "It's powerful, built for the mobile environment."

And for students with plenty of note taking -- there's this $1600 Fujitsu Lifebook. You can turn the laptop into a tablet that you can write on electronically or draw diagrams.

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August 23, 2005

Fujitsu Revamps Flagship Convertible and Slate Tablet PCs
PR Newswire

Fujitsu Computer Systems today updated its mobile product portfolio with the enhanced LifeBook(R) T4000 and Stylistic(R) ST5000 Tablet PCs. These innovative Tablet PCs have been redesigned to even better meet the needs of mobile professionals with faster processors and new security options so that users can do their jobs more efficiently and accurately. With a reputation for reliability, the new offerings from Fujitsu demonstrate the company's continuing commitment to provide affordable and dependable computing platforms.

The LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC combines the convenience and familiarity of a notebook with the powerful and versatile functionality of a slate Tablet PC. It is perfect for both users of vertical applications requiring inking or pen- driven navigation, and for mobile professionals who need an integrated keyboard and media drive. Offering maximum flexibility, the LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC features the Intel(R) Pentium (R) M Processor ULV 740 or 760, a bright 12.1" XGA display with a wide 160 degree viewing angle, optional Bluetooth and fingerprint sensor, and a long battery life. The LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC also comes with a choice of either the Atheros Super AG(R) or Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection. The Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PCs blend quality and reliability into a svelte slate tablet that weighs a mere 3.5 pounds yet features the customer's choice of a large, bright 12.1" XGA indoor or indoor/outdoor display with a greater than 160 degree viewing angle, or a high-visibility 10.4" indoor/outdoor display. Combined with an Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor ULV 753, a shock-mounted hard drive and ample system memory, the Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PC offers exceptional reliability, uncompromising performance, and extended battery life. It comes with a complete set of security features including built in TPM, a dedicated Smart Card slot, and a biometric swipe sensor (on 12.1" display models only). The Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PC also comes with an optional Bluetooth PAN and a choice of Atheros Super AG(R) 802.11a/b/g WLAN or Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection. The Fujitsu LifeBook T4020 and the Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PCs are available through Fujitsu Computer Systems at http://us.fujitsu.com/computers or 1-800-831-3183 and through Fujitsu resellers

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Novell Releases ZENworks 7
eWeek

Novell announced Monday that Novell ZENworks 7 Suite, a set of systems management programs for both Linux and Windows, had arrived.

With the new ZENworks, administrators can manage and support Windows and Linux desktops, laptops, servers and handheld devices from a single workstation.

The suite can also be used to manage Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows 2000 Professional, the Windows 98 SE desktops, the Windows 2000 Server and Server 2003

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Gartner's latest on tablet PCs, social tagging, and other emerging technologies
ZDNet

Among the technologies that are of interest to enterprises, those that are emerging and have a clear path for disruption often make for the most interesting discussions in tech circles. Last week, Gartner published (client reg. req.) research on tablet PCs, MetaCarta's location search capabilities, security functions making their way "in the cloud," and social tagging. While some of this may not be new to some, others will find it important to their decisions and planning. So here are the important bits from the $95 document:

Tablet PCs

Gartner says that tablet PCs are coming of age, and especially in customer-facing situations, could be worth their premium prices, particulary if they are convertible models.

"When we recently tested one of the available new versions, we were surprised at how significantly handwriting recognition has improved. Even with bad handwriting, the system often recognizes words correctly at first glance (for this author, it was about 70 percent of the time)."

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Networking: Cheap health-records software
World Peace Herald

Chakraborty said the integrated electronics medical records practice management helps offices keep on top of records, because there is no longer the question of items being missed because the software prompts the doctors' staff to complete all required fields. All of this frees up time and allows the practice's physicians to see 25-35 patients each day, two or three days a week. When the doctors are away from the office, they can use their tablet PCs to go over labs or pull up patient histories, she added.
    
Medical schools, however, are even further advanced than most doctors' offices in terms of networking and computer-technology use.
    
"Today's medical students are trained to use tablets rather than paper and pencil throughout their studies," Chakraborty said. "As a result, by the time they become attending physicians, EMRs (electronic medical records) are an intuitive part of practicing medicine for them. This will help EMRs progress from a work in progress to an integrated part of today's medical society."

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Chatham College Launches New Academic Year with Expanded Technology Initiatives Across the Curriculum
U.S. Newswire

Among the new technology-based programs launching this year are a PC tablet program for undergraduate first-year students; Global Information System (GIS) software for graduate programs in Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture; an expanded wireless network that now covers most of the 32-acre Shadyside campus; and a new online learning program through the College's School of Continuing Education.

On Monday, August 29, Chatham's incoming first-year students will each receive a wireless tablet computer that they will be required to use in class. One of only two such initiatives at a women's undergraduate college, Chatham's pilot program is designed to teach students how to better utilize computers as learning tools.

"Since the mid 1990s Chatham has invested in making technology an integral part of our learning environment, and we believe that incorporating computers in the classroom experience through this tablet program can better prepare students for future careers," explained Laura Armesto, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. "Our students and faculty will explore how to utilize technology beyond simple word processing or data management, and thereby push technology to a greater learning and teaching potential." Chatham faculty members previewed similar tablet computers this year to determine how to best utilize the tablets within course structures, including in-class note-taking, research and online learning. First-year students will be assessed a $500 per year technology fee to lease the HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC computers, which they will own upon graduation. Next spring students and faculty will evaluate the tablet program to determine how it has impacted both teaching and learning, allowing the administration to determine whether it should expand throughout the academic curriculum.

The tablet computers will be able to access the College's expanded wireless network, as well as hard-wired locations in classrooms and residence halls. The wireless network was expanded by the College's Information Technology staff this summer to include most academic buildings and open spaces except for Mellon Hall and the residence halls. The College is considering expanding throughout those areas in the next year.

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August 24, 2005

Going paperless
Victorville Daily Press

When Dr. Vijay Arora walks around his Apple Valley office, he carries with him every chart and record for all of his patients — all stored on his two-pound tablet personal computer.

Arora, an obstetrician, is among a relatively small number of doctors switching over to a paperless office. At his fingertips, literally, are all his patient's entire files, including X-rays, lab results, prenatal charts, prescription histories — even color photos from the last surgery, all on electronic files.

Arora took his sizeable practice paperless about two years ago when he Tablet PC in Officebought the software that promised to decrease the number of employees, he said. He has not reduced the number of his staff.

"It is faster and the employees have more time to work with the patients," he said.

Although he knows of only a few other doctors who file everything electronically, he said he decided to switch over for efficiency and privacy and to streamline the delivery of health care.

"And, I'm a computer buff," Arora said, adding he builds computers in his spare time.

"I'm the kind of person who trusts the electronic format — people say what if somebody accesses the information, but it's the other way around — it's more secure," he said.

"Privacy is a huge concern," he said.

The system requires two levels of login to access, and he maintains a backup system at a remote location, he said.

The system is completely integrated — the only paper left in the office, besides the snail mail that arrives at the door, is a number of old patients' files the staff is

finishing scanning into the computer, he said.

Arora can literally type in the last name and a few letters of the patient's first name, and like all computers, before the name is fully typed, a file is suggested. The doctor hits "enter," and the process begins. To fax a prescription to a pharmacy, for example, the prescription is called up electronically, and there's even a "draw-down" menu to adjust the dosage. The computer asks for approval, an electronic signature, and records the pharmacies' request, dated and filed.

Patient information can be e-mailed to other doctors' offices or faxed on the computer. Arora dictates his patient notes into the computer and then goes back to edit.

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Fujitsu LifeBook P1510; The world’s lightest Centrino Tablet PC
Hardware Zone

“The LifeBook P1510 was designed with powerful mobility in mind, as elite P1510 Tablet PCprofessionals need access to their digital lives wherever they are. With this breakthrough in technology, the P1510 is the successful marriage of design, innovation and extreme portability. Luxurious and enhanced mobility has arrived from Fujitsu.”

Sporting a 8.9-inch swivelling Wide SVGA LCD screen, the LifeBook P1510 can be used as a notebook computer or as a digital notepad with the screen swivelled over the keyboard. Medical professionals and engineers will appreciate its handheld tablet form, using the included stylus to make notes on-the-go, while jetsetters will appreciate its ability to rest comfortably on an airplane table tray.

Extreme portability is assured with a weight of approximately one kilogram. An impressive battery life of up to 8 hours with an optional second battery maximizes total productivity while on-the-go. Powerful features include 512MB of memory space and 60GB of storage space ensures that today’s elite professionals have ample room to store all of their important digital data. An optional port replicator transforms this ultra portable gadget into a full-featured notebook, enabling easy docking and undocking from devices without the fuss of reconnecting cables. This personal companion sits inconspicuously on the work desk, saving valuable workspace.

Recognising the need for enhanced security in today’s security-conscious world, this ultra compact pen convertible notebook features the biometric smarts of fingerprint recognition technology. An effortless swipe of your pre-registered finger is all it takes to access to confidential files and folders, while encryption of confidential files and folders with your fingerprint ensures you can reliably prevent unauthorised data access.

USB and audio connectors are also conveniently located allowing hassle-free access for the plug and play of a vast array of computing peripherals. Comprehensive connectivity options such as SD and CF card slots grants jetsetters and budding digital artists easy transfer of photo or video clips during vacations and getaways.

With these features, the LifeBook P1510’s outstanding design and cool silver casing exudes pure charm and sophistication, making this petite headturner a must-have gadget and a true digital companion for the best of life’s indulgence.

Ms Myrchelle Ng, Marketing Communications Manager, said “The LifeBook P1510 is the pinnacle of Fujitsu’s premium image. Renowned for its smart blend of aesthetics and performance in its PC product offerings, the P1510 is cleverly designed to suit today’s digital lifestyle. Whether it’s fine-dining, first-class travel or golfing in the great outdoors, elite professionals can be assured that this stylish and powerful computing companion creates a class of its own, propelling Fujitsu’s design and innovation philosophy to greater heights”.

Warranty, pricing and availability

The LifeBook P1510 will debut at COMEX 2005 with a recommended retail price of $3,488 and comes with Fujitsu’s standard three year warranty(1). Please visit www.pc-ap.fujitsu.com for further details.

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Tech Support: Still a Ways to Go
PC Magazine

Three newcomers to our survey also turned in impressive scores. Alienware, known for its top-of-the-line gaming machines and cutting-edge designs, scored the best of all Windows makers for desktops, earning a Readers' Choice award in its first year out. Its machines are expensive, but readers say they get what they pay for. Averatec, a smaller maker of notebooks and tablet PCs, posted very good scores for a new vendor, even though it doesn't sell the most expensive products. And newcomer Shuttle also had impressive results.

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Gateway Ticketing Systems Announces the Global Release of Galaxy 3
Business Wire

Gateway Ticketing Systems has announced the release of Galaxy(TM) 3, the latest version of their revenue management and admission control ticketing product. Globally museums, zoos, amusement parks, attractions, and transportation customers are making the move to Galaxy 3. Packed with enhancements, Galaxy 3 provides customer convenience through expanded sales channels, integrated security features, and streamlined operations. Scott Trievel, Gateway Ticketing Systems' Product Development Manager says, "We are excited to introduce Galaxy 3. Many hours have been devoted designing, testing, and implementing these new features to ensure that they work to our customers' demanding standards. We are positive this product will not only meet new and existing customer needs, but that it will also exceed their expectations!"

Galaxy 3 provides many options to enhance guest purchasing through kiosks, online Web stores, and mobile tablet PCs. Galaxy 3 Kiosk establishes remote presence and convenient purchasing through self-service ticketing and will-call order pickup. For guests who would rather avoid lines altogether, PrintAtHome ticketing is the latest development offered with eGalaxy Web Store. Galaxy 3 users can also send ticket sellers into ticket-sale lines to sell and activate pre-printed tickets on a mobile tablet PC.

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August 25, 2005

News For Your Web Site
dBusinessNews Pittsburgh

Akustica, Inc., a pioneer in acoustic system-on-chip solutions, today announced that it is collaborating with SigmaTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGTL), a leader in analog-intensive, mixed signal integrated circuits, to address PC voice communication applications with Akustica's CMOS-MEMS silicon microphone and SigmaTel's High Definition (HD) Audio coder-decoder (CODEC) chip solutions.

As part of the effort, Akustica and SigmaTel have developed a digital microphone array reference design that greatly simplifies the integration of multiple microphone chips into notebook computer platforms. SigmaTel has released a new family of High Fidelity High Definition Audio CODECs, the STAC9202 and STAC9251, that "seamlessly" interface with the Akustica family of CMOS-MEMS silicon microphones. Both companies will actively promote a fully integrated digital microphone array solution to computer manufacturers.

The two companies aim to serve notebook and tablet computer manufacturers who are now developing next-generation voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) platforms for real-time communications. Mobile platforms based on Intel's latest generation of chipsets feature audio capabilities based on the High Definition Audio (HD Audio) specification enabling enhanced voice capture through the use of multiple microphones. The result is high-fidelity PC-based audio that delivers a seamless convergence of digital entertainment between the PC and consumer electronic devices.

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Rentacomputer.com Introduces the Just Back From Rental Sale
PowerHomeBiz.com

Buying computers back from rental can save you hundreds of dollars over the purchase price of a new one. Most models are in brand new condition!     

Unique Service: Tell Us what price you want to pay

Visit the Just Back from Rental Page at Rentacomputer.com located here: http://www.rentacomputer.com/sales/Just-Back-From-Rental-Sale.asp click on the link with the budget price you want to pay and we will match the best product available with the price you choose. Notebook, Desktop, Tablet PC, and other computer products price range from $200 up. Choose in $100 increments. New products are being added everyday so check back often.

Are you looking for something not on the "Just Back From Rental Sale" list? Email us at TechTravelAgent@Rentacomputer.com

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Attention Metaphor
ZDNet 

Scoble hipped me to this Tablet but I wasn't really listening when he did. I first worked with the Motion Tablet, which is a marvel of light weight and long battery time. But the sound card currently used doesn't support what I need to run Castblaster, so I switched to the Toshiba. It's bigger, heavier, no detachable slate mode like the Motion, but the screen resolution is intense. Coupled with some new glasses and a great new easy chair and ottoman, it's relegated my Mac to its current role as Airport Express server. Note to Apple: your iTunes software on the PC is intermittent when playing Airport to the speakers, on both the Motion and the Toshiba.

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Toshiba Satellite R15-S822 (PSR10U006005) Tablet PC Products
PC Magazine

Take notes, write emails without your keyboard. Browse the Web with a pen.Toshiba r15 tablet pc It's a more intuitive way of computing. With a simple twist and click, you can use a pen with hyper-precise digital ink to take notes. View the ample-sized 14.1 diagonal swivel screen in a way that's more like the way you normally read books and watch TV. You can even get creative by sketching out ideas or creating digital art right on the screen. The Satellite R15 is state-of-the-art with built-in optical drive, integrated wireless, the Intel Pentium M Processor, and the Toshiba Shock Protection System to provide higher impact protection and reliability for key hardware components.

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Mi-Co Signs Alliance With Eiles Creative to Implement Mobile Data Capture Applications
I-Newswire.com

“If you’re an enterprise systems integrator or ISV considering going mobile with Tablet PCs or Digital Pens, then choosing the Mi-Forms 5 solutions platform is a no-brainer.” said Ted Eiles, Co-founder and Creative Director. ”The Mi-Forms .NET based platform lets developers spend their brain cycles on creative and innovate mobile computing solutions and not on the heavy-lifting and subtleties of digital handwriting capture systems.”

With an emphasis on efficiency in such verticals as health care and governmental services, there is an increase in the use of digital ink solutions that capture written information on forms and transfer the information directly into a computer. The Mi-Forms System, with its support of Tablet PC and Digital Pen digital ink e-forms, eliminates the need for typing and reduces the need to handle the data multiple times during the workflow process.

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August 26, 2005

Top 10 Ways Top 10 Ways Academics Can Benefit from OneNote
microsoft

OneNote 2003 can help students, teachers, and professors gather, organize onenote on the tablet pc

and use notes more effectively. Students can use OneNote to keep all their notes in one place and be more prepared for classes, exams, and study sessions. Teachers and professors can easily do research and share information with students and colleagues.

Click Here for the top 10 ways OneNote can help you be more productive.

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Fujitsu Launches New Tablet PCs - LifeBook T4020 and Stylistic ST5032
Mobilemag.com

Fujitsu Computer Systems has enhanced its LifeBook T4000 and Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PC lines with new products that claim to be better equipped at answering the demands of mobile professionals; featuring faster processors and updated security options.

The LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC merges the convenience of using a laptop with the functionality of a slate Tablet PC. If you are a user that makes use of (or prefers) inking or pen-driven navigation or one that requires the use of a keyboard and disk drive, Fujitsu offers this Tablet PC. It ships with the Intel Pentium M Processor ULV 740 or 760, a 12.1" XGA display (that offers a 160 degree viewing angle), optional fingerprint sensor and Bluetooth connectivity. This Tablet PC can be purchased with either the Atheros Super AG or Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network adapter. The LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC sells for US $2,149.

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New money, technology for CPS caseworkers
News 8 Austin

Tablet PC's will play a big role in the state's effort to better it's Child Protective Services agency.Tablet PC

"We're going to be reducing workload. The tablet PC is a good example of that. We're going to be hiring aides and clerical support, other workers. So again, the caseworkers themselves can spend focus the time that they need to spend with children and with families," Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson Patrick Crimmins said.

The technology is essentially a complete mobile office for every worker in the field, with an attatchable camera.

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Real estate's future driven by Tablets, Dashboards
Inman.com

This ad for VREO, the parent company for the Red Tablet and the Real Estate Dashboard, hits at the heart of what the future of real estate looks like. In fact, my new Red Tablet was waiting for me as soon as I returned home from the Real Estate Connect conference. I couldn't wait to dive into all the cool features it offers, including the ability to take notes in my own handwriting and convert them to a Word file, collect e-signatures, access all the cool mapping tools, as well as being completely mobile.

The Real Estate Dashboard is the software that works in conjunction with a tablet computer to allow real estate agents to eliminate one of the most wasteful of all real estate activities – driving different places to collect signatures on documents. While you may not do this personally, someone else is. Furthermore, either you or your client is being charged for it. In fact, as I listened to the experts in the area of e-signatures discuss the coming changes, I wanted to stand up and scream, "Do you really think we like driving all over town to collect signatures?" Some of them actually thought we did. Given the traffic in most major cities and the high price of gas, there are few activities that are more wasteful.

The Real Estate Dashboard software works on any tablet PC, but is specifically designed for the Red Tablet PC. This is the only tablet and software combination specifically designed for use by the real estate industry. You can download your forms as well as most of the required documents to conduct a sale. Buyers and sellers sign directly on your computer using a light pen, much like what retailers use. One of the interesting features about this approach is that documents are stored in a "vault" rather than in a traditional computer file or PDF. Once the user "locks down" the document, it cannot be changed.

Regardless of the technology that ultimately survives, going digital as soon as possible will give you a huge competitive edge. For brokers and agents, it will eliminate the huge cost of doing duplicate work. For example, buyers read their documents and then sign a statement that says they have read each document and approve of the contents. This is similar to agreeing to the licensing agreement when you first use a new piece of software. The buyer signs only once. Her signature will then appear on all the appropriate documents in the appropriate place. Furthermore, notaries can now also legally notarize electronic signatures. This means the whole process can be taken care of in just minutes.

In addition, going digital puts you far ahead of the competitors who are still conducting business using paper. Think about it. You're sitting in front of a seller, your tablet PC in hand. After reviewing the virtual tours of the comparable sales online, you demonstrate how the seller's property will look when posted to your Web site in your virtual video magazine. You then demonstrate the cool mapping features you use on your site. When you're ready to discuss the terms of your listing agreement and the supporting documents, the seller can view them right from your tablet and make changes. In case the seller wants a paper copy, you have your portable printer with you. Now compare this to the agent who walks in with a printout of the current comps and a stack of papers. Who would you hire?

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Where mind meets matter
Express Computers

One of India’s senior-most IT practitioners, L C Singh, took time off his daily grind to make a film to capture what he insists is Indian about the economic progress India has made.

Singh spent two years writing the story. 9 pm to 11 pm, daily, he used to write the script, mainly using a laptop computer and later the tablet PC. This gadget he found friendly, as it understood 98 per cent of his handwriting. It’s a different story that thanks to his extensive use, Singh gave valuable feedback to the manufacturers of the tablet PC he used for writing and was offered an improved version, free with all flaws removed.

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Delphi adds 'PocketChart' EMR software; MedAptus PPC charge capture software adds Tablet PC support
MobileVillage

MedAptus yesterday announced a new Tablet PC version of its Electronic Charge Capture software, previously available only on Windows based PCs and Windows Mobile Pocket PC handhelds.

The Tablet PC version affords physicians the same application functionality as the handheld version, and all components are completely interchangeable, according to MedAptus. For example, with our system a physician can use a Tablet in his office and later take his handheld device to the hospital for use during rounds

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NTUC Income reaps paperless rewards
IT AsiaOne, Singapore 

GOING paperless will help save NTUC Income about $4 million a year in operational costs and give the leading Singapore insurance firm a 23 per cent jump in productivity.

Early this week, NTUC Income inaugurated its paperless digital warehouse project with help from Singapore Computer Systems (SCS), MatrixView Inc, and storage major EMC Corp.

NTUC said it is also working with SCS to provide NTUC's field agents with Tablet PCs for electronic processing of policies and sending them straight into the system. Both the agent and the client can use the Tablet PC's touchscreen to sign the documents - a forensic software verifies the signature.

'The document is then automatically hardened and watermarked and the agent can use a WiFi hotspot to send the document to NTUC Income's network,' Mr Kang said.

'The document would then go to the underwriters who would then start processing it. Right now 10 agents are trialing the system. By next month we hope to equip all our 2,500 agents with the Tablet PCs.'

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Toshiba Announces Notebook Storage Cart for Educational Settings
Business Wire

Toshiba's Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. and provider of industry-leading portable computers, projectors and other mobile-related services and products, today announced the availability of a Notebook Storage Cart that offers the convenience of a portable digital classroom.

The Notebook Storage Cart stores and charges up to 30 notebook computers in individual compartments and provides room on the top shelf for a work surface or for use with a digital projector or printer.

Designed to enable educators to provide more engaging classroom experiences, the Notebook Storage Cart can be easily moved around a classroom or from room to room. Teachers can combine a projector, such as Toshiba's TDP-T91AU with integrated document camera, and a Tablet PC such as Toshiba's Tecra(R) M4 or Satellite(R) R15, with the Notebook Storage Cart to create the ultimate mobile classroom experience.

"We have found a lot of interest in the cart from educators who wish to take full advantage of notebook and projector technology in the classroom," said Jane Poon, product manager for Toshiba projectors. "It can help provide an all-in-one digital education solution."

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Vista on a handheld by 2007
bit-tech.net

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has shown off a new class of device which he thinks will be running Windows Vista by 2007.

The new form factor, which he calls a Handtop, is a small device with a touch sensitive screen, possibly sporting a QWERTY thumboard too.

Paul's Handtop looks rather a lot like the OQO model 01 to us. Having had a play with that device, which runs Tablet PC Edition, we can quite see the value in a mini PC in your pocket.

The enabler for this platform will be the new processors from Intel next year. Merom, the new processor designed for laptops, will operate at such a low power consumption that it should be able to squeeze into a small device such as this.

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August 29, 2005

Tablet PC - Review Problems
WebProNews, KY

Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble notes a nice review of the IBM Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC.

I've been itching to try out a Tablet for a while, and might have thought to buy one when I bought my new laptop weeks ago, but I've never had a chance to try one out. See, no matter which store I went to, their Tablet unit was broken and missing the stylus.

People come into stores like CompUSA and J&R and just steal the stylus, to replace the one they lost from their own Tablet, and sometimes even steal keys off the keyboard. Worse, most of these stores attach one of those "beeper" alarms that go off if someone tries to steal the unit, only they place it where it makes it impossible to fold the Tablet into, well, a Tablet.

If people can't try out a Tablet, how will they learn to buy a Tablet? Maybe stores need to keep Tablets behind glass, like many do with PDAs and MP3 players, with a nice sign that says "Ask us about our Tablet PC". Microsoft needs to realize that Tablet PCs are never going to sell in decent numbers if customers can't see what the big deal is.

Editors Note: unfortunately its not just New York, the problem is universal, Pen disappear because they are not tethered and walking away with a pen in your hand is something that happens on a regular basis. Machines are locked down so users cant pick them up which in the case of the Tablet PC makes it impossible for the user to try them properly and experience them as they use them.

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Preparing for School: The space issue of dorm rooms
Globetechnology.com

Because computers serve all kinds of multimedia, they have become jukeboxes and movie theatres, but tablet PCs can be used in more ways. Besides working as a standard laptop for grinding out your Moby-Dick paper the night before it's due, a tablet PC offers a closer hands-on approach: The screen can be flipped to function as a touch-screen writing tablet for scrawling notes in digital ink.

The swiveling screen can be helpful for practising PowerPoint presentations for marketing class or for wirelessly browsing the Web by using the tablet pen.

At 1.75 kg, IBM's ThinkPad X41 ($1,899 at thinkpad.com) is one tablet that won't cause backpack strain. It also features an integrated fingerprint reader, which allows access through a swipe of a finger instead of typing in a password. The X41 does not have a built-in CD-DVD drive, but there is an optional dock attachment.

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Tablet PCs & Innovation
Whatisnew.com

Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online attributes the reason for Tablet PCs existence today to Bill Gates.

And thank goodness for foresight and interest-- for the sake of innovation! Personal benefits of the addition of pen interaction with the computer, let alone digital ink, handwriting, gesture, shape recognition, etc. is tremendous.

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Technology: Best computers for your academic major
Lincoln Journal Star

Back to school or just starting?   Here are recommendations for computer Toshiba M4 Tablet pcequipment attuned to the field you choose. 

The pre-medicine major

Get used to carrying around a clipboard with Toshiba’s Tecra M4-S435 Tablet PC. The 14.1-inch touch-screen display lets you write notes directly on screen. It’ll even convert your handwriting to a more legible font. Prices start at $1,700

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Start.com Search Page, Clustering Results and Try Hosted OneNote
Geekzone, New Zealand

There are two software I have on my Tablet PC that are "essential" in my list: MindJet MindManager for mind maps (it is "ink" enabled, and I have to post a review here sometime) and Microsoft OneNote.

With OneNote I don't have to carry a notepad with me to scribble, take notes, start projects and other stuff (yes, draw caricatures during meetings too). It works on "non ink" PCs as well, so if you want to have a look, try the OneNote Hosted Demo server.

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Online Reseller Tablet Authority Announces Availability of New Motion Computing LS800, the Industry's Smallest, Lightest High-Performance Tablet PC
PR Web

Tablet Authority has the hard-to-find Motion Computing® LS800 at special launch pricing. The newest tablet computer from Motion Computing, the LS800 is the smallest, lightest full-strength tablet PC on the market. Unveiled last month, the LS800 runs on Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.

Approximately half the size of most slate tablet PCs, the LS800 is small enough to slip into a lab coat pocket or attach to a tool belt. It offers the optimal wireless solution for highly mobile professionals in industries from route sales and service, to manufacturing and healthcare.

The LS800 has an 8.4-inch display, is less than 1 inch thick and weighs 2.2 lbs. Powered by the latest generation of Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology, the ultramobile LS800 comes with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IrDA and Ethernet. And it supports a full range of innovative and performance-enhancing peripherals.

For more on the LS800, visit the company website at http://www.tabletauthorityinc.com

Tablet Authority has the LS800 in stock and ready to ship at extremely competitive prices. According to Tablet Authority's sales manager Steve Harper, "The new LS800 is in demand and hard to find. Tablet Authority is a high volume supplier, so we are able to keep them in stock while most others can't."

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Channel9 has a new look
Whatisnew.com

Have you checked out the new design for Microsoft Channel9? Now you can find all the Tablet PC videos more quickly.

Don't forget the Wiki's too. The Tablet PC Channel9 wiki even has a directory for Tablet PC related websites and blogs. Make sure yours is listed. The great thing about a wiki is that you can add your own content.

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Do you REALLY Need that Laptop?
Winnipeg Sun

Another word of advice concerns laptop "type". The cute, small portables that run Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system cost considerably more than bigger laptops and I’ve found they are better suited for the business world. Using Windows XP Home on your portable unit should be fine for school.

Don’t get me wrong, Tablet PCs are terrific and I use one myself. In fact, if you want to use one during lectures to handwrite your notes you can use Microsoft OneNote 2003 on your Tablet’s display. You can even record the lecture provided you are sitting near a power connection. See what I mean about that spare battery?

The nice people at Hewlett-Packard have let me test drive their HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet model and the very cool HP iPAQ h6325. Now, I have all I need in terms of a cell phone, PDA and portable computer – all of which I use wirelessly to get ‘Net access or to synchronize notes and e-mail. I’ve used the handwriting and recording features in OneNote at some of the press conferences I’ve attended and they work fine.

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August 30, 2005

Take one tablet before your visit
Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra's online advertising and search engine arm, Sensis, put more than 400 Acer Tablet PCs in the hands of mobile salespeople this year. This allowed the road warriors who flog, among other things, space in the White and Yellow Pages to give customers on-screen proofs of their advertisements and then sign the contract right there and then on-screen.

A third of the project's multimillion-dollar budget was spent on making representatives comfortable with the technology so the tablets could be a sales tool and not expensive paper weights, says Sensis vertical business general manager, Thomas Arthur.

Training, scenario playing and interactive DVDs were used during the 15-month project to prepare for the move away from pen and paper. It included a large trial in Mildura. Staff could consult trainers for six weeks after they got their tablets.

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Ones to watch: Tablet PCs, clean bits and meta data
SearchCIO.com 

Are tablet PCs ready for their big entrance? Adopted slowly by the mainstream market, tablet PCs are expensive, clumsy and maybe too fragile for the rough and tumble of everyday computing. But according to Gartner Inc., their big day is just around the corner.

After test-driving the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook T 4010 PC tablet recently, Gartner analyst Alexander Linden was surprised at "how significantly" handwriting recognition has improved: "Even with bad handwriting, the system often recognizes words correctly at first glance [for this author, it was about 70% of the time]."

Linden, whose analysis was part of a Gartner report highlighting emerging technologies, was even more enamored by the tablet PC's svelte shape and good manners. In many corporate cultures, "it seems far less impolite to jot notes into a tablet PC than to type notes while hiding partly behind the screen of a notebook PC," he said. No bigger than a sheaf of papers or a book, the tablet PC "fits much better into social environments," he said. "We speculate that this feature will become a major adoption driver for certain customer-facing situations."

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Tablet PC News - Users Petition Microsoft to Include Tablet PC OS Recovery Media
Tablet PC Reviews 

To:  Microsoft Corporation

We, the users of Tablet PCs from accross the globe, strongly urge Microsoft Corporation to mandate the inclusion of recovery media with purchase of any Tablet PC from any licensed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

We also strongly encourage Microsoft to re-evaluate its decision to make Windows XP Tablet PC Edition available only to OEMs and MSDN subscribers. We reccomend that Microsoft allow OEMs to ship Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with purchase of a Tablet PC, or by purchase after the initial sale of the Tablet PC as deemed necessary by the OEM.

If Microsoft made these two changes, many simple problems could be easily avoided. These two changes would save time, money, and effort on behalf of both the OEM and the consumer.

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Tablet PC Is Stronger Than Predictions Suggest
eWeek, MA

Opinion: With a little price adjustment and an improvement to the form factor, Tablet PCs should catch on, despite analysts' dire warnings.

There are two conclusions we might draw from the almost simultaneous decision of three respected industry analysts to dramatically slash their predictions of Tablet PC sales:

1. Tablet PCs are a real loser in the marketplace: a bad idea that will never catch on.

2. The analysts were smoking crack when they made their sales predictions.

Neither of these conclusions is true, although Tablet PCs obviously aren't setting the world afire and, in retrospect, the analysts really must have been hallucinating when they issued those numbers. I just don't think crack was the likely cause. A Microsoft reality distortion field seems the more likely cause, but I'd bet that Redmond's internal estimates never matched the external analyst numbers.

The problem with the analysts' predictions is that Tablet PC could never have sold nearly the forecast numbers, unless they had become so mainstream that every notebook included tablet features. That was never going to happen and I think only the analysts are surprised that their predictions haven't come true.

The analysts allowed themselves to be sucked into the Tablet PC hype and then contributed hugely to it. That they all "independently" came up with such wild numbers isn't evidence of collusion so much as mass hysteria.

Now, the Tablet PC platform suffers because it failed to live up to wild expectations. Because the analysts have revised their projections, Tablet PC looks like a real loser. It's just not fair.

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Tablet PCs' Future Uncertain
eWeek, MA 

The fate of the pen-driven, portable PC category, which got a boost in 2002 when Microsoft Corp. first rolled out its Windows XP Tablet PC Edition software, is uncertain, as some analysts have begun to lower their long-term growth projections for the category and Microsoft remains mum about its future tablet operating system plans.

Despite early expectations—the Tablet PC Edition OS provided an easier method of allowing people to navigate their computers with a pen, make digital annotations and capture handwriting, while a new "convertible" form factor was more like a traditional notebook—tablets have failed to woo mainstream business users and consumers as quickly or as easily as initially expected, market watchers say.

The machines, which have caught on in areas such as health care and education, are thus likely to remain trapped in those niches for some time to come, forecasters now say.

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Tablet PC Technical Chat on September 7, 2005
Whatisnew.com

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition paves the way for the most versatile computing experience ever. The mobility of Tablet PC is combined with ink and speech tools to let you take your PC many more places and use it in many new ways. Join Microsoft experts as we engage in a fun and interactive online chat about Tablet PCs.

10:00 AM Pacific Time

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August 31, 2005

2005 Back to School Contest
directtextbook

Super SIMPLE and FAST

Entering to win one of these great prizes is simple . . .

Win a IBM X41 Tablet PC, iPod Minis or Amazon gift certificates

Tell a student how they can save over 40% this year on books by using Direct Textbook. You can enter up to 100 times!

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Ones to watch: Tablet PCs, clean bits and meta data
SearchMobileComputing.com

Are tablet PCs ready for their big entrance? Adopted slowly by the mainstream market, tablet PCs are expensive, clumsy and maybe too fragile for the rough and tumble of everyday computing. But according to Gartner Inc., their big day is just around the corner.

After test-driving the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook T 4010 PC tablet recently, Gartner analyst Alexander Linden was surprised at "how significantly" handwriting recognition has improved: "Even with bad handwriting, the system often recognizes words correctly at first glance [for this author, it was about 70% of the time]."

Linden, whose analysis was part of a Gartner report highlighting emerging technologies, was even more enamored by the tablet PC's svelte shape and good manners. In many corporate cultures, "it seems far less impolite to jot notes into a tablet PC than to type notes while hiding partly behind the screen of a notebook PC," he said. No bigger than a sheaf of papers or a book, the tablet PC "fits much better into social environments," he said. "We speculate that this feature will become a major adoption driver for certain customer-facing situations."

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Do PCs have a killer app?
Whatisnew.com

With the ongoing discussions about what would be a "killer app" for Tablet PCs, I've been having an ongoing discussion with myself (that's not unusual) about specialist versus generalist products and how the categorization impacts the perception of Tablet PCs... and whether the question of a "killer app" is even relevant to Tablet PCs.

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Double and Single Tap Your Way Through Tablets
Whatisnew.com

Just like in Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 default settings allow you to double tap to open an application or folder. If you want to accelerate navigation, then change the setting to tap once.

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Click My Computer.
  3. Go to Tools menu and select Folder Options.
  4. The Folder Options dialog will appear. On the General tab change the Click items as follows to Single-click top open an item (point to select).
  5. Click OK.

Now, you can single tap your way through your Tablet PC.

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Toshiba Tecra M4-S515
PC World

The Toshiba Tecra M4-S515 is a nicely designed convertible notebook that's easy to use as a tablet PC. It has plenty of ports accessible in both tablet and laptop modes, but our test unit's touchpad didn't always work.

To convert the M4-S515 into a tablet, you have to swivel the 14.1-inch screen clockwise and lay it flat against the keyboard. Along with the touch screen, the M4-S515 offers two keyboard pointing devices: an eraserhead and a touchpad. The eraserhead worked fine, but the touchpad did not. No matter how I tweaked the settings, the touchpad wouldn't reliably select text when I dragged my finger across it. Selection usually required several swipes, and sometimes it didn't work at all.

Our full-featured test unit came with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a PC Card slot, and other standard ports. Whether you're in laptop or tablet mode (the default tablet screen orientation is portrait), you can reach all of them easily. The same goes for the status lights, which are conveniently located on the front of the case in laptop mode and down the left side of the case in tablet mode. The one exception may be the stylus silo and optical drive--a DVD burner in my unit--which reside at the bottom of the case in tablet mode. If this bothers you, you can rotate the screen 90 degrees to landscape orientation, thus changing the relative position of the ports.

The M4-S515's shortcut buttons make tablet use convenient. They include not only the usual Task Manager and display rotation buttons but also a lockable launch button for Microsoft Outlook. A versatile joystick-like button scrolls in four directions and drills down to menus for setting brightness, power, and other features. You can reprogram this button and the display rotation button to launch applications or Web sites. Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 converts handwriting to text more easily than ever. I used the floating Input Panel's text-writing pad most often, correcting rare errors in the easy-to-use character pad. The writing pad translated my chicken scratch accurately almost every time.

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If you want the reliability and power of Windows XP, with the added benefit of pen and ink, the Tablet PC is the solution for you

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The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.

 

 

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