Tablet PC News Archive
June 1, 2005
Review: Fujitsu Lifebook T4010 Tablet PC
Weighing in at 4.7 lbs the new Fujitsu LifeBook T4010
is a convertible Tablet PC designed to give you the best of both worlds.
Acer's fourth-generation tablet PC, the TravelMate C310 packs the latest Intel® Centrino mobile technology, DDR2 533MHz memory, state-of-the-art PCI Express bus architecture, and a host of other productivity-enhancing features into a 14.1", two-spindle convertible tablet design — so professional users like you can stay 'write' on target
The latest Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology -- featuring: the Intel® Pentium® M processor; Intel® 915GM/PM Express chipset; and Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection -- delivers superior mobile performance
Ground-breaking dual-channel DDR2 533 technology supplies the power for next-generation graphics and faster multimedia applications
NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6200 graphics with TurboCache™ technology delivers amazingly life-like DVD playback and graphics
A full day (8.5-hours) of battery -- using an optional second battery -- life means your mobility is never compromised
Centrica extends mobile benefits to senior staff
In the initial trial Centrica directors were given a selection of HP Tablet PCs, iPAQ PDAs and Motorola smartphones ? all running Microsoft Windows. Each director saved between 30 and 90 minutes a day in terms of productivity.
Technology Support Wins Regional Microsoft Partner Award
Technology Support Incorporated (TSI), Houston's leading technology consulting firm specializing in data, voice and video integration, has been named a Central Region winner of the Microsoft(R) (Nasdaq:MSFT) U.S. Field Partner Awards in the "Compete" category.
The client benefits achieved by the new solution - which encompassed Microsoft Office, Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Terminal Services, Tablet PC 2005, SQL Server 2000, an IP based camera security system and DVR based on embedded Windows XP, a multimedia solution and custom application written for Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 - included improved operating efficiency, enhanced backup and recovery, reduced system downtime, centralized workflow and scheduling capabilities, and greater security.
InteGreat's IC-Chart EMR System Selected by Internists, PC, a Mid-Size Practice
EMR to Be Deployed on Tablet PCs, Providing Real-Time Access to Clinical Data
InteGreat, a leading provider of electronic medical records systems (EMRs) for medium to large group practices, announced today the addition of Internists, PC, a 16-physician medical group to its client roster. This agreement demonstrates InteGreat's ability to deliver on its goal to enable mid-size group practices to benefit from the same sophisticated technology as large practices.
Internists, PC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will implement InteGreat's IC-Chart EMR system practice-wide on Tablet PCs to document patient encounters, automate prescribing and increase office efficiency through an easy-to-use web browser interface. InteGreat's IC-Chart will integrate with Internists PC's Misys practice management system. Implementation is expected to take eight months.
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BES102 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo/Hi-Fi Headphones review
The headpones on their own are great as you can pair with almost any Bluetooth device to listen to its audio output, and it has a plug-in microphone so it can be used as a handsfree headset also. Paired to your pocket PC, tablet PC, or notebook, you could be chatting away on Skype as I did through my Pocket PC and CafeNet (a local Wi-Fi hotspot service), or listening to any other voice quality audio stream such as a training video.
June 2, 2005
HP Opens Top Technology Producers Contest
HP has started its second annual Top Technology Producers contest, which recognizes real estate professionals who use technology to be more efficient, improve customer service, enhance marketing tactics, generate more listings and improve overall sales revenue.
The contest runs through Aug. 31, 2005, and applications are available online at http://www.hp.com/go/techpro
Contest winners will receive a variety of HP technology solutions including:
Grand Prize: A choice of a HP Compaq Tablet PC tc4200 or HP Compaq Tablet PC tc1100 and $180 worth of HP professional brochure paper.
Fragmentation a Bigger Threat Than Viruses?
Why do we protect against viruses? A virus causes a computer to slow down or stop, rendering the system less usable or unstable.
From a productivity standpoint, disk fragmentation causes the same damage as a virus. A buildup or fragmentation will cause a computer to slow down or even crash, resulting in lost productivity.
There is one major difference: Viruses come from the outside. Disk fragmentation comes from inside. Even a newly-formatted PC with a fresh installation of Windows® will be moderately fragmented. (It's true. Try it yourself and see.)
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Editors Note: We have Diskeeper 9 Pro installed on every Tablet PC and desktop in our office. Read our review of the previous version here
Strength, Control, and Flexible Rewards
Tablet To Go
A laptop may be a requirement for you if you travel a lot for business. A laptop with tablet PC capabilities is probably a step above what is absolutely necessary, but it can be a pleasant step to take. The $1,599 (street) Toshiba Satellite R15-S822 has a convertible style that lets you use it either as a tablet to write on directly or as a regular notebook. A 60GB hard drive, 512MB memory and built-in 802.11g make it a well-stocked piece of hardware.
Never get lost with GPS notebook-phone
Italian vendor Dialogue has launched the Flybook, an ultra-portable full-featured tablet notebook complete with WLAN, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G and GPS functionality.
Shaddi Haddad, newly-appointed chief of Australian operations at Dialogue, said the Flybook was a full-featured hybrid notebook and swivel-screen tablet with mobile phone and GPS functionality.
The Flybook comes in six colours: black, blue, red, yellow, white and platinum. A handbag-type carrybag or briefcase-type carryall were included, Haddad said.
Haddad said the ultraportable, which weighed 1.2kg, had WAN connectivity to cover 2G, 2.5G, 3G, Wi-Fi-based WLAN and Bluetooth. It had FireWire, USB, LAN, PCMCIA and LAN ports too.
The company believed it was the world's smallest tablet so far, he said.
The Windows XP Professional for tablet PC-loaded Flybook was 235mm x 155mm. Users could plug in a SIM card to make GSM voice calls or surf the web via GPRS, he said.
Specifications released by the company boast for the $3499 Flybook a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe TM-5800 processor, 512MB of DDR RAM, 8.9-inch TFT active matrix touchscreen display and 40GB hard drive.
MaxiVista is ready to use within a minute. No need to open your PC to install video cards. MaxiVista works flawlessly with any PC combination of Desktop-, Laptop- or Tablet PC
Turns your Laptop or Tablet PC into an additional monitor of your primary PC.
MaxiVista is a dual monitor software and can turn your Laptop or Tablet PC into an additional monitor of your primary PC:
Your productivity will be increased instantly - Toolbars and program windows can be moved and extended across both screens as they would be one big monitor. Just connect up to four PCs via network and enjoy the extended desktop real estate.
June 3, 2005
First ThinkPad tablet set for debut
The first-ever ThinkPad that converts to a tablet PC will make its debut on Monday, CNET News.com has learned.
China's Lenovo Group is expected to announce its new X41 Tablet Series (X41T) in coordination with IBM, which developed the convertible laptop. This is the first computer released by China's Lenovo Group following its purchase of IBM's legendary PC business earlier this year.
With its signature black casing, eraser-size trackball and red and blue click buttons, the X41 Tablet Series looks like any other model of IBM's ThinkPad laptop line.
However, the 12-inch screen of the X41T can be rotated 180 degrees and pressed flat against the computer's keyboard, turning the notebook into a tablet computer. This was made evident in photos and internal documents supplied by IBM's Japanese laboratories mysteriously that began appearing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Web site late last month.
Internal specifications on the X41T were not immediately available, but pictures submitted to the FCC show that the X41T, like its ultra-portable X41 cousin, will have a Mini PCI card slot. The tablet PC is also expected to use an Intel Pentium M processor and run on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
The new tablet PC is expected to compete with similar laptop convertible designs sold by Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu and Tatung instead of the clipboard or slate-like tablets made by Motion Computing or Itronix.
Tablets' best days may be ahead
According to Meta Group analyst Steve Kleynhans, Lenovo's entry into the tablet PC market could boost overall tablet sales, especially with the help of IBM, whose brand historically has held significant sway over the PC market.
"The big turnaround for the tablet will happen when we think of it not as a form factor but as a feature," Kleynhans said. "Tablets are inching toward the mainstream.
Gateway Goes for Business Gold
The Irvine, Calif., PC maker, which absorbed eMachines Inc. in 2004, is has been reshaping its notebook, server and desktop lines in an effort to boost sales to small and medium businesses as well as government and education customers.
Gateway plans to follow them, soon, with a new tablet PC as well as a new line of E-Series desktops, which it says will more heavily emphasize security. The E-Series desktops will incorporate a security chip for encrypting files, Elsasser hinted.
What is a Tablet PC?
A Tablet PC is a lightweight PC in the form of a flat panel. Users interact with it by tapping the screen and writing on it with a pen-like device that’s called a stylus. Tablet PCs let users wirelessly connect to the Internet and to other PCs. A Tablet PC combines the mobility of a handheld computer with the computing power of a notebook.
What are the characteristics of a Tablet PC?
Power. A Tablet PC can run most PC applications that run on Windows XP, plus applications created specially for this class of devices. On the connectivity side, besides the built-in wireless support, Tablet PCs can be placed in a docking station to support a large monitor, network connection, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.
Mobility. The Tablet PC comes in two forms, the ‘convertible’ with an integrated keyboard, and the ultramobile ‘pure tablet.’ All Tablet PCs are light, ranging from two to three pounds. Combined with wireless network support, a Tablet PC gives you greater mobility and immediate access to the full power of your PC.
Is there a special operating system for the Tablet PC?
The Tablet PC runs Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition that adds to the capabilities of Windows XP Professional—handwriting support, ink notes and voice recognition. All existing Windows software applications run on Tablet PCs.
How does the handwriting recognition work?
The handwriting recognition on a Tablet PC accepts handwriting by storing it as a graphic, and the converted text in its notepad application. With this you can go back and forth between the handwriting and the converted text for nuances that the recogniser may miss. The handwriting recognition can even be done after you have entered your notes.
Fujitsu tablet offers clear view
Fujitsu Canada has announced two new displays for the LifeBook T4000 Tablet PC, making it the ideal convertible for all types of work environments and lifestyles. The T4000 offers an indoor/outdoor wide-view display model with up to 180 degree viewing angles. The 12.1 inch XGA TFT display, designed for indoor or outdoor use, offers unhindered viewing from just about any position. With clear images, fast response times and a high contrast ratio, the versatile display offers a compelling choice for today's mobile workforce. For tasks that require viewing maximum data and details on the screen, it now offers a 12.1 inch, indoor high-resolution SXGA+ TFT display configure to order option. With a resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels, the new display produces vivid imagery and brilliant graphics, a requisite for programmers and computer-aided designers. For more information see: http://www.fujitsu.ca
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HP Gives Wireless Freebies to 205 Schools
205 schools were the beneficiaries of HP’s Technology for Teaching grant program. The grants, designed to equip teachers with HP wireless technology, totaled $8.5 million in products, cash and professional development. In all, 174 K-12 and 31 colleges in the U.S. received grants from the program, which is in its second of a three-year, $25 million commitment. 400 schools in total have benefited so far.
Among the K-12 applicants, preference was given to schools serving low-income students and projects including a math or science component. Teams of five teachers receive more than $35,000 worth of HP Tablet PCs, multimedia projectors, digital cameras , an HP Officejet All-in-One and a $500 stipend per teacher. Training is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education.
June 6, 2005
Microsoft Updates 'New World of Work'
During a keynote address at the company's TechEd Conference here, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touted the latest mobile messaging and security features in both Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0.
Ballmer also ogled Lenovo's recently released ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC, its first major release since IBM sold the ThinkBrand line to the Chinese PC maker. The latest tablet includes an optional fingerprint reader and embedded security subsystem.
Lenovo Writes the Next Chapter in Tablets; New ThinkPad Tablet X41 Tablet is Industry's Thinnest, Lightest, Most Secure Convertible
-- First New ThinkPad Since Lenovo Bought the PC Division
-- A Simple, Lightweight Flip Changes the View for Tablet Marketplace
Capitalizing on long-term, multidimensional expertise in the development of tablet PCs, Lenovo today announced the newest member of the ThinkPad portfolio -- the ThinkPad X41 Tablet, creating a new alternative in tablet computing without compromises in weight or function.
Previous tablets required people and businesses to make a choice. Either they picked a heavy convertible -- including both tablet slate and keyboard -- or they picked a lighter tablet slate without a keyboard. The ThinkPad X41 Tablet offers a new trifecta in tablet innovation -- writable slate, full-size keyboard(1), and light weight. Starting at 3.5 pounds and 1.14-inches thin, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet is nearly 20 percent lighter than its closest competitor and delivers the longest standard battery life of any 12-inch convertible tablet.(2)
Significant Milestone for Tablet PC Platform
"The launch of the ThinkPad X41 Tablet marks a significant milestone for the Tablet PC platform and is a well-timed response to the growing demand we're seeing for Tablet PC functionality," said Bill Mitchell, Corporate Vice President responsible for mobile PC computing at Microsoft Corporation. "The ThinkPad brand has a distinguished history of industry-leading design and innovation and is a great notebook PC by itself -- but augmented with Tablet PC features it really shines, especially in the enterprise market."
Select models of the ThinkPad X41 Tablet boast the longest standard battery life of any 12-inch convertible tablet, at up to 6.3 hours on select models with the optional 8-cell battery. For mobile workers who demand anytime and anywhere access, users can combine the ThinkPad X41 Tablet's unique battery options to deliver all-day computing, offering up to 8.5 hours of battery life with the optional 8-cell system battery and separate Extended Life Battery.
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet is available with the new ThinkPad X4 Dock, which provides the same functionality as the ThinkPad X4 Ultrabase Dock in a stationary form factor. Offering additional expansion options for mobile workers, the new dock provides increased functionality, flexible expansion and cable management, and is compatible with the ThinkPad X40, ThinkPad X41 and ThinkPad X41 Tablet. The ThinkPad X4 Dock includes 3 USB 2.0 ports, legacy ports, Ultrabay Slim device bay, 56W AC adapter and integrated key lock and cable lock slot for added security. Its price is $219.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet will be available on June 14 through select resellers and through www.lenovo.com and www.ibm.com. Lenovo personal computers are also available through select business partners. Prices for the ThinkPad X41 Tablet start at $1,899. For more information, see www.thinkpad.com/tabletpc.
Tablet for the wilds
TRAVELLING to Antarctica but need a tablet PC that will operate in extremely low temperatures? Itronix can help you out with its Duo-Touch.
The rugged tablet PC includes an insulated case and a hard drive heating system that allows it to boot up at -20 degrees Celsius.
Its maximum operating temperature is rated at 60 degrees Celsius.
The Duo-Touch runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and includes a full suite of wireless options, including Bluetooth, GPRS and GPS navigation.
This means it supports all the major existing wireless technologies.
Its size is somewhere between a regular tablet PC and a PDA, with a 20cm screen, and it weighs less than 2kg.
Powered by a 1.1GHz ULV Pentium M processor, the Duo-Touch ships with an impressive 1280MB DRAM, as well as 128MB of video RAM. The name Duo-Touch refers to the two touchscreen modes, which can be toggled with a single switch. As with any tablet PC, default mode allows a stylus to be used to navigate the desktop
AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor Adds The Power of Touch to New Motion Tablet PC; Provides Security, Convenience and Functionality for Ultra-Mobile Workforce Productivity
Motion Computing(R), a leader in ultra-mobile computing and wireless communications, has added AuthenTec's Power of Touch(TM) to its new LE1600 Tablet PC - providing authentication, convenience and personalization benefits critical to a mobile workforce. The new Motion LE1600, with an embedded EntrePad 2501A sensor from AuthenTec, is designed for mobile professionals in healthcare, field sales and service, government and education.
The LE1600 is the second Motion tablet PC to feature a swipe sensor from AuthenTec, the world leader in fingerprint sensor innovation and sales for more than five years. Motion embedded AuthenTec's EntrePad 2501 fingerprint sensor into its M1400 tablet PC last year
June 7, 2005
Microsoft, Lenovo unveil new pen-based Tablet PC
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet, a powerful business PC from Lenovo, at Microsoft's TechEd 2005 held June 6, 2005, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
China's Lenovo Group Ltd., which bought IBM's personal computer business last month, on Monday unveiled its first pen-based computer which runs Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC version of Windows.
The world's largest software maker said that the debut of the laptop computer, the ThinkPad X41, will help to broaden the market for the portable computers to business users.
Users in the legal and medical professions, where note-taking is essential, have been the main early adopters of Tablet PCs, but Microsoft is betting that more business workers will find ways to use Tablet PCs.
Tablet PCs, including models sold with or without keyboards, allow users to use computers with a pen instead of a keyboard and a mouse.
At 3.5 pounds (1.6 kilograms) and 1.14-inches (3 centimeters) thick, the X41 is one of the lightest Tablet PCs on the market today. Hewlett-Packard Co., Fujitsu Ltd. and other top PC makers already offer Tablet PCs.
SNEAK PREVIEW: Averatec's C3600
Our very own Andrew Baxter is currently in Taipei attending the COMPUTEX 2005 show. Before getting a jumble in a bit of an earthquake, he sent over pics of the FIC T2300 Tablet PC which is to be rebranded as the Averatec C3600. Although we don't have exact details, it is safe to assume that this refresh of the popular Averatec C3500 Tablet PC will feature Centrino technology and I am predicting a possible AMD Turion option as well. The expected U.S. release of the C3600 should be in time for the holiday shopping season.
OneNote eScript Toolkit is for physicians
An Electronic Prescription solution for Tablet PCs.
"OneNote eScriptToolkit is an e-Prescribing solution built upon the Microsoft OneNote product. The OneNote eScriptToolkit is a complete electronic prescrition writing system. It includes a comprehensive database of over 6400 drugs. Using OneNote eScriptToolkit a clinician can write an accurate and easy-to-read prescription in less than 5 seconds. The system takes advantange of a number of unique capabilities only available on a Tablet PC. Not only is signature capture available , but our AccuInk technology is being unveiled with this product. This feature combines our experience in handwriting recognition with database searching
June 8, 2005
New Lenovo Tablet PC Shows Why Steve Jobs Is Switching To Intel
To understand why Steve Jobs fired IBM you need to look no further than the Lenovo Thinkpad T41 Tablet PC.
The Chinese are coming, the Chinese are coming! And you thought Dell was hard to compete with.
Why do I say all this? Because the Lenovo outsexes. Out powers. Is lighter weight. Is better designed than any current Apple portable.
Well, when you see it, you'll understand what I'm talking about. First of all, Lenovo is the company that bought IBM's Thinkpad brand.
First question, do they still have the industry's best keyboard on a portable device? Yes!
Is it the industry's lightest convertible Tablet PC? Yes! (3.3 pounds).
What's the battery life? Somewhere around six hours.
Why do I say it's better designed? It's thin. It has a great rubberized grip. It is black. It is beautiful.
It also has a really cool new fingerprint reader so you don't need to enter passwords for most things anymore.
But, it all comes down to performance. This new machine is using a very fast Intel processor that uses very little power, and generates very little heat.
Photos of the new Lenovo Thinkpad X41 TabletPC
Lora from Whatisnew.com is at Tech Ed in Orlando and has posted photos of the New Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC, the Motion LE1600 and others for all of our readers to see. Thanks Lora!
Will the Lenovo ThinkPad X41 boost the Tablet PC market?
The majority of analysts consider that one of the factors that stalled the adoption of Tablet PCs is represented by high prices, especially when compared to notebooks.
Still, the fingerprint data protection system, wireless connectivity and the Digitizer Pen that doesn’t require any power are enough pros to make ThinkPad X41 an interesting alternative for mobile users.
Moreover, the weight of only 1.5Kgs cannot be matched by many notebooks.
Therefore, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X41 has a lot of chances to draw the public’s attention on Tablet PCs.
TabletPCReviewSpot: HP Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC
The specs. and build of the TC4200 sound promising. So in this review we take the TC4200 and place it under a microscope. We closely examine all the features found inside and out. We benchmark this Sonoma-powered titan in several aspects of performance to see exactly what kind of performance it delivers. Does the TC4200's insides live up to what its got on outside? Read on!
Tatung claims first with Intel Sonoma tablet PC
INTEL SONOMA CHIPSETS may be as hard to get as hen's teeth in a retirement home for foxes, but Taiwanese giant Tatung claims it's no problem whatever and has introduced a tablet PC using the i915GMS.
The 12.1-inch Sonoma Tablet PC, dubbed the TTAB-A12D, is shipping now, the firm said, and includes an interesting set of specs.
That includes a 758 low voltage 1.5GHz Pentium M, 512MB DDR2 memory, Intel LAN, a 60GB hard drive, and a 12-inch WACOM electromagnetic digitiser.
It's also radioed up with Calexico 802.11abg, includes two built in speakers and two array microphones with a fingerprint detector.
A battery life of four hours is claimed for the baby, which we spotted at the Computex show in Ole Taipei a few days back. Tatung has a number of other Tablet PCs, of a pretty interesting design if you're into that sort of thing
Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2005 US Software Design Invitational Winners
First-place winner. James Barrett, John McKeon and John Sells of Virginia Commonwealth University developed ECESIS, a Tablet PC-enabled application designed for use in early-childhood education classrooms to facilitate writing instruction. Using the application, students will complete a series of lessons that will be stored on the application server and distributed to client applications via Web services.
June 9, 2005
Pen could be mightier than keyboard with ThinkPad X41
Now ThinkPad aficionados have another chance to see if the pen is mightier than the keyboard. The ThinkPad X41 that IBM is unveiling is the first ThinkPad to run Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet operating system. It's well worth considering if your job requires you to take lots of handwritten notes or do diagrams.
As with other Microsoft-based Tablet PCs, you can avoid a mouse and a physical keyboard in favor of a virtual onscreen keyboard and special pen.
My experience with past Tablet PCs is that their screen's coating tended to dull the display. But the X41 has a lovely display, at least for indoor viewing. Writing on the screen felt natural. Press lightly with the pen to get thin lines; press harder for thicker lines.
Without access to a physical keyboard when using the X41 as a tablet, you can use an onscreen shortcut menu for adjusting the brightness and volume and handling wireless connections, among other tasks. At the press of a button, you can also change the screen orientation between landscape and portrait views.
Beyond Microsoft's Tablet software (version 2005), the machine includes trial versions of programs that benefit from a pen interface: Alias SketchBook Pro, FranklinCovey PlanPlus and Zinio Reader.
There's no internal CD or DVD drive. So despite its note-taking tools, this is a no-nonsense machine that might not be ideal for students and others who often burn music and watch movies. You can add an optical drive with such capabilities (along with extra ports) as part of an optional $219 X4 Dock.
I doubt that the new corporate owner had much to do with planning the X41. But with the first ThinkPad emerging form its stable, Lenovo still comes up a winner
Dakota State University Selects Gateway for Enhanced Interactive Curriculum
Dakota State University of Madison, S.D. has joined the growing ranks of visionary educational institutions that use Gateway tablet PCs to support innovative curriculum and interactive learning. The University's recently implemented tablet program will eventually provide 2,400 students and faculty with a Gateway M275 convertible tablet PC.
New technology can boost bottom lines for US hospitals
With Compliance+TM, physicians begin the inpatient process as usual: by starting a patient chart. Rather than writing patient information on standard paper, it is written on "electronic paper." The electronic paper is a tablet personal computer (PC). The tablet PC captures clinical documentation immediately by software that is incorporated into the workflow practices of physicians. Compliance+TM immediately transmits the physician information throughout the hospital system to those individuals who benefit from real-time review, such as the nursing, pharmacy and billing staff.
TechEd 2005: Tablet PCs, Virtualization, and Windows Mobile 5.0
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IBM ... er, ah ... Lenovo Enters the Tablet PC Fray
In January 2004, an IBM representative showed me a prototype Tablet PC that the company was considering making and asked my opinion of such a device. On Monday, Lenovo Group, which purchased IBM's PC products, announced that it was shipping that product as its first ThinkPad Tablet PC. Dubbed the ThinkPad X41 Tablet (X41T), the new device is virtually identical to the current ThinkPad X41 laptop but features the swiveling screen that's come to identify so-called convertible laptop-style Tablet PC devices.
The X41T is notable for several reasons. First, it provides ThinkPad customers with a Tablet PC that has the ThinkPad's stunning quality. IBM told me last year that a lot of its customers had been asking about a Tablet PC and that they weren't particularly interested in going with another vendor.
Second, Lenovo is taking the right approach to pricing. The X41T will cost just $100 more than a comparably equipped X41 laptop (although you could argue that those devices are already pretty expensive; the X41T starts at about $1800).
Third, the ThinkPad entry further legitimizes the Tablet PC form factor, which is a huge win for Microsoft. Dell is now the only major PC that doesn't provide a Tablet PC.
Provider Tests New Tablet PCs
Mobile Health Data
The University of Virginia Health System is evaluating Tablet PCs released earlier this week by Lenovo Group Limited, Beijing, China. The Charlottesville-based delivery system is piloting the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC for possible use in its 100 clinics across Virginia.
The Tablet PC is the first release from Lenovo since it finalized its purchase of Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp.'s PC division in April. The vendor last month announced plans for an "Innovation Center" in Research Triangle Park, N.C., where it will work with a coalition of vendors, including IBM, Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp., to design a suite of computing devices.
Tatung’s TTAB-A12D Tablet PC
Tatung’s claim that the TTAB-A12D, their new slate-style Tablet PC, is the very Tablet sporting Intel’s new Sonoma chipset is a little dubious, since Toshiba already started selling a Sonoma-powered Tablet PC of its own (the Tecra M4) earlier this year, but we’ll let that slide and focus on the specs: four hour battery life, a 12.1-inch screen, a 1.5GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, a 60GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, two built-in speakers, and an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner
June 10, 2005
Episode 11 of The Tablet PC Show is now available
Marc Orchant is traveling this week and couldn’t do the show with me but have no fear he will be back soon. Today’s show is a special one as I welcome two attorneys who are successful using Tablet PCs in their law practices.
Matt tells us how they use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in their office in addition to making audio recordings with OneNote which I found very interesting, and the discussion of using MindManager for brainstorming sessions is very good. Doug discusses the new ActiveWords InkPad beta for the Tablet PC which has just been released and can’t say enough good things about the combo on the Tablet.
ThinkPad X41 Tablet is Industry's Thinnest, Lightest, Most Most Secure Convertible
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The ThinkPad X41 Tablet comes equipped with Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
Previous tablets required people and businesses to make a choice. Either they picked a heavy convertible — including both tablet slate and keyboard — or they picked a lighter tablet slate without a keyboard. The ThinkPad X41 Tablet offers a new trifecta in tablet innovation — writable slate, full-size keyboard(1), and light weight. Starting at 3.5 pounds and 1.14-inches thin, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet is nearly 20 percent lighter than its closest competitor and delivers the longest standard battery life of any 12-inch convertible tablet(2).
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet relies on ThinkVantage Technologies to make the difference for today’s mobile worker. These include the Active Protection System, an integrated motion sensor that can detect sudden changes in movement and temporarily park the hard drive to help protect valuable data from some falls or drops.
Combining Lenovo’s hardware- and software-based security solution and integrated fingerprint reader, select models of the ThinkPad X41 Tablet are the most secure tablet PCs available today
New Technology Boosts Bottom Lines for US Hospitals
Advanced Imaging Pro
Inaccurate and cumbersome paper-based patient record systems are responsible for sizable financial losses at America's hospitals. Large and small facilities alike are seeking better ways to capture patient documentation in order to get more accurately reimbursed from insurance companies. A new software system launched today at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) may be just what the doctor ordered to help hospitals improve patient revenue
With Compliance+ , physicians begin the inpatient process as usual: by starting a patient chart. Rather than writing patient information on standard paper, it is written on "electronic paper." The electronic paper is a tablet personal computer (PC). The tablet PC captures clinical documentation immediately by software that is incorporated into the workflow practices of physicians. Compliance+ immediately transmits the physician information throughout the hospital system to those individuals who benefit from real-time review, such as the nursing, pharmacy and billing staff.
Never Has Information Been More Available and Less Secure
by CREDANT Technologies
Notebooks and tablet PCs are popular business tools -- approximately 55 million portable PCs will be shipped in 2005 according to IDC. Consider that the vast amount of information on these devices is at risk in less than 1 minute, unless additional security measures beyond the standard Windows login password are used.
CREDANT Mobile Guardian Shield for Windows (CMG Shield) takes a revolutionary new approach to protecting valuable information against loss, theft, attack and unauthorized use. CREDANT's patent-pending CryptEssential process uses intelligence-based encryption to enforce the protection of vital information no matter where it is stored, filling the security gaps left by file-based products and the data corruption and productivity losses associated with full hard disk encryption.
June 13, 2005
A Day in the Life of A Breeding Farm
A world away from hitting the finish line of a classic race in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the dream is reborn.
On this chilly, breezy morning, he evaluated a mare roughly every five minutes from 5:30-7:30 a.m., with Basson reading from her tablet PC what work needed to be done, the mare's teasing responses, and the findings from the last physical exam. Blanchard found some mares ready to breed, some needing another day or two, some pregnant, and some not pregnant.
Tablet PCs get boost with Lenovo ThinkPad
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet can be used like a standard laptop or in slate mode
Lenovo has announced a new Tablet PC portable, the first ThinkPad to ship since it acquired the personal computer division of IBM. The new model is a convertible design, combining the advantages of handwriting input with a full-size keyboard and a low weight, according to the firm.
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet, available from mid-July, is similar to the current X41 but adds a pen-driven display that can swivel to convert the device into slate mode for easier pen input using Windows XP Tablet Edition
Wired for work - Teens' mastery of technology bodes well for Workplace
Jefferson City News Tribune
Teenagers today seem to be hard-wired for the latest technological advances.
Local businesses will need their understanding. And for those youth who "love their computers," there will be plenty of IT (information technology) jobs to go around.
The Business Information and Technology Institute offers high school students in Mid-Missouri a first-hand, and sometimes behind-the-scenes, look at the plentiful IT careers in their backyard
The House of Representatives IT staff impressed the students with its state-of-the-art equipment, including a tablet PC (personal computer) which will eventually replace up to five computers per representative.
Time to start taking the Tablets?
Microsoft has plugged away at the details, and the Tablet operating system, and its related applications are now a lot more user friendly than they were. With a new generation of hardware emerging, it may be time to take a new look at Tablets.
Perhaps the biggest sign that things have changed is the availability of a Tablet in the Thinkpad range, normally one of the most sensible and staid of laptops (butterfly keyboard notwithstanding).
The X41, launched this week, is the first Thinkpad Tablet, and the first Thinkpad from Lenovo, the new Chinese owners of the brand
Motion Computing - the real innovator?
IBM isn't the first to get to this point or even - possibly - the best. Motion Computing has been the leading innovator in Tablet PCs, and it came out with its own lightweight Tablet earlier in the month.
We have yet to hold either machine in our hands, but Motion Computing's LE1600 has had plaudits from those who have used it. It includes features that are still not part of the basic Tablet edition of Windows XP, but are in Microsoft's plans and prototypes.
It has three microphones, so it can pick up good sound, no matter which way you are holding it (this is important, as the Tablet is intended to take notes and record, while being held in the crook of your arm or rested on a table).
It also includes a sensor that reacts to ambient light to keep the screen visible wherever you are, while still saving on battery power. It also has a security suite and - like the X41 - a fingerprint reader so you can use to stop other people using it.
The biggest difference is that the LE1600 is a pure slate. It is made of carbon fibre and magnesium, and the keyboard is an optional extra that clips on. Without the keyboard, it's a sleek, light beast weighing 3.13lb, with it, it's still portable.
These two are not the only devices in the new wave of Tablets. Fujitsu's LifeBook may be the one for people who really need to carry a DVD drive - it fits one in a £1275 device, that weighs an extra 1lb. This one also has Bluetooth, and a feature that is reminiscent of a PDA - one-touch buttons to launch applications.
There are other players with recent Tablets including HP, and the choice looks like getting broader, as the Tablet operating system becomes more sophisticated, and Intel's mobile chipsets are refined.
Tools Of The Trade: The Toshiba Tecra M4 tablet PC
Finding the right balance is all the more important with a tablet PC, as it has to work in two quite different ways. And combining a good keyboard design and a good touch screen needs a sound knowledge of ergonomics as well as technology.
Toshiba's high-end Tecra tablet PC scores highly on functions and performance, but less so on ergonomics, for the size of the machine makes it awkward to use in its tablet configuration. Although the large screen is pleasant to use, cradling such a bulky unit on your arm for any length of time becomes uncomfortable.
But the main feature of interest might well be Toshiba's EasyGuard technology, including shock protection for the hard disk drive. Built-in software moves the drive to a safe position if the machine detects vibration, safeguarding data in the event of the computer being knocked or dropped. It is a reassuring feature to have, as tablet PCs are vulnerable because they spend so much time being used on the move.
Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine Name Best of TechEd 2005 Award Winners
This year the judges chose to award a new category, the Most Innovative Product of Best of TechEd, which was Motion Computing's LE1600 Tablet PC. "We were impressed with this laptop's ultra mobile tablet form factor, built-in fingerprint reader, and its superior screen, which is able to display in direct sunlight. This is a laptop that every IT Pro would love to have," commented Carheden.
June 14, 2005
Writing's On Wall: Notebooks Up Vs. Desktop
Investor's Business Daily
Just look at the headlines. Research firm Current Analysis says notebooks outsold desktop computers at retail in the U.S. for first time in May.
And on Tuesday, Toshiba plans to unveil 13 notebook PC models to capitalize on the mobile computing craze. Toshiba has been one of the big beneficiaries of the notebook trend because the only PCs it makes are notebooks. It's the top-selling brand at retail.
Toshiba sees three key areas where it can shine: thin and light notebooks weighing less than 4 pounds, digital convergence machines like its Qosmio media center notebooks, and pen-based tablet PCs.
Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet Legitimizes the Tablet PC Market
The entry of Lenovo's ThinkPad notebook brand into the tablet PC market lends credibility to tablet PCs as a platform. The ThinkPad X41 Tablet derives features and accessories from ThinkPad's mainstream X-series notebooks, such as docking stations, and it is compatible with ThinkPad X41 notebooks and the T43 and R52 integrated-graphics models. Hewlett-Packard (HP) used a similar strategy when it derived its TC4200 convertible tablet PC from its NC4200 notebook. However, Lenovo's ThinkPad X41 Tablet is nearly 20 percent lighter than the TC4200 and includes a fingerprint reader, which eliminates the need to enter a password. This last feature is crucial for walking workers who need to access their systems quickly. Fujitsu, Toshiba, Gateway and Motion Computing
Recommendations: Enterprises in vertical markets, especially markets based on customer relationship management requirements, should strongly consider the ThinkPad X41 Tablet. For applications used predominantly while standing or walking, the HP and Dell/Motion slates may be most appropriate, although the ThinkPad convertible tablet’s lighter weight and slimmer profile make it better suited for walking workers than any of the other available convertible tablets.
June 15, 2005
Residential Homebuyers & Sellers to Enjoy New Corus Home Center ...
Corus Home Realty, Inc., a leader in delivering client-centric real estate services, today announced the opening of its newest home center in Delaware Valley. The office is located at 505 West Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting, PA.
The new home center will concentrate on providing Delaware Valley buyers and sellers custom resources and data, including local neighborhood and school reports. Additionally, each center offers clients a patented tablet PC, called the Mobile Navigator(TM). The Mobile Navigator can be taken in the car, and with its GPS technology tied into MLS data, clients can view home offerings at their convenience.
CIS Consulting Group Forms F2B Mobile Solutions, LLC
Today CIS Consulting Group, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced the formation of F2B Mobile Solutions, LLC., an Authorized Master Distributor for Field2Base, Inc.
Field2Base (http://www.field2base.com) develops and markets Tablet PC- based field applications that leverage its proprietary integrated wireless communications software. The Field2Base solution gives any company the ability to annotate CAD files and photographs, complete forms and submit directly to the home office, communicate time sensitive information, and resolve field issues -- from any location 24 hours per day -- while simultaneously establishing digital audit trails of a wide range of transactions.
Wellington Tablet PC User Group
A new user group is being organised and invites all interested parties for its first meeting in Wellington. The Wellington Tablet PC User Group (TUG) aims to educate the user community, facilitate the dissemination of information from vendors to the community and to provide a forum for the sharing of information between peers.
Wellington TUG meetings are open to all who would like to attend. The topics covered should be of particular interest to Tablet PC users, those considering the Tablet PC platform, Developers, IT Professionals and those interested in technology.
The first meeting will be held 12th July 2005 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The event will be hosted by Microsoft New Zealand (Microsoft NZ, Level 12, Mobile on the Park, Wellington) and sponsored by MindJet.
Comparing the Sony U750 with the HP TC1100 Tablet PC
What differences would a user experience if handwriting, pointing, or drawing using a mobile PC with a passive digitizer versus an active digitizer? James Kendrick is one of the few people who can tell us. On his blog, he describes his personal experiences with the Sony U750 running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 versus the HP TC1100 Tablet PC running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
Tablet PC and Mobile PC MSDN Whitepaper & The Tablet PC Developer Center
The center section of this month's issue of MSDN Magazine features a Tablet PC and Mobile PC whitepaper -- Tablet and Mobile PC Development within Reach: It's All About Anywhere Access to Applications and Data.
This issue was distributed at TechEd. Great timing because attendees read it and then headed over to the Tablet PC Hands On Lab to learn about techniques.
Toshiba brings Tablet PC to retail in New Zealand
The New Zealand office of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD) has released a new range of notebook computers. The range includes four new models and advancements to two of Toshiba’s most popular machines.
The four new models include the Satellite R10 Tablet PC, giving New Zealand retail consumers the opportunity to purchase pen-based mobile computing devices.
Toshiba says that this model is perfect for home-users and students looking for a fast and productive way of editing documents and email whilst on-the go. It features a 14 inch poly-silicon display, pressure sensitive digitiser, a 60GB hard drive and 1.7 MHz processor and 512MB RAM (with a maximum of 2GB). The optical drive can read and write CDs and a variety of DVD formats.
Hilton Locke's TechEd 2005 Wrap-Up
learned that our efforts are fostering a Tablet ecosystem are paying off, with vendors such as Mindjet and Motion telling us that we're doing a good job, to keep up the good work.
I learned that Tablets in academia is a hot topic right now, having spoken to several academic computing representatives at the show, as well as having read a couple of articles in USAToday mentioning Tablets. I was especially pleased to read that competitive bids for Tablets are meeting bids for non-Tablets. That's a big deal. -- Hilton Locke, Microsoft Tablet PC Team member
Electrovaya receives Frost and Sullivan's Technology of the Year Award
Electrovaya Inc.world leader in lithium ion SuperPolymer(R) battery technology, has been awarded the 2005 Advanced Energy Storage Excellence in Technology of the Year Award. According to Miriam Nagel, Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan "This achievement goes to Electrovaya, Inc. in recognition of the company's pioneering efforts in the development of the novel lithium ion SuperPolymer(R) technology, which delivers the highest energy by volume and weight among all existing commercial batteries, and which is powering a range of innovative end user devices."
Electrovaya's goal is to become the leading provider of tablet PC's, portable power for the notebook computer, aerospace and wireless sectors, and to apply its technology to a broad spectrum of alternative energy applications including UPS, stand-by power and zero-emission vehicles
Docs to Access Records App on Tablets
Mobile Health Data
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Internists PC will use Tablet PCs to access an electronic medical records system from Scottsdale, Ariz.-based InteGreat Inc. Contract terms for the Web-based software were not disclosed.
The 16-physician, multispecialty group practice plans to enable its physicians to wirelessly access the application from hospitals, outreach clinics and their homes. Additionally, the practice plans to integrate the records system with its practice management system, from Misys Healthcare Systems, Raleigh, N.C. Internists PC is evaluating Tablet PCs from various vendors.
Birds fly off the screen to teach ecology
The Virtual Raft Project, as it is called by founder Bill Tomlinson, an assistant professor of informatics and drama at U.C. Irvine, employs three desktop computers around a room, each displaying an island on its monitor representing an ecosystem. One of the islands is a preserve, and the other two can be destroyed when children hit a button and everything turns gray. The children then can repopulate the destroyed islands with the help of a park ranger by "transporting" plants and hummingbirds physically from the preserve with a tablet PC to the destroyed islands.
Next, the children "capture" various types of plants and five species of hummingbirds by bringing the tablet PC up to the screen of the "preserve" computer. When a hummingbird approaches the tablet PC, which looks like a box, the bird hums differently because its wings are bound. It will roll around in the box if the child tilts the tablet PC. He or she then carries the tablet to the destroyed island and watches as the hummingbird seems to fly out of the box into the screen, or a plant takes root
June 16, 2005
Free Medical Dictionary upgrade
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GiveMePower Launches New Professional CAD System For Under $300
GiveMePower Corporation (OTCBB:GMPW), a provider of next-generation computer-aided design (CAD), digital blueprint management and graphics development software for "anytime and anywhere" use across all Windows(R) desktop, laptop, tablet and handheld/wireless computing platforms, announced that PowerCAD(R) Classic(TM) 6, a new professional-grade, AutoCAD(R)-compatible 2D design and 3D viewing system is available for immediate purchase at a suggested price of $299.
Optimized for high-speed operation on all popular Windows desktop, laptop and XP tablet PCs, PowerCAD Classic 6 offers functionality similar to AutoCAD LT(R) in a fast and productive system which costs $600 less.
A Tablet Ready for Prime Time
have been a fan of Microsoft's Tablet PC since its debut in 2002. But the truth is, I liked the concept of a PC that could be run with a pen instead of a mouse and keyboard a lot better than any of the actual tablets brought out by a variety of hardware makers. The IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet changes all that. It's the first model with a real shot at becoming my everyday laptop.
The difference in the $1,899 ThinkPad X41 Tablet is that it began life as the ThinkPad X41, which I regard as the best notebook in its class by far. And interestingly, while it was developed at IBM and carries the IBM brand, the X41 Tablet is in fact the first ThinkPad to hit the market since Lenovo Group acquired IBM's PC division in May.
LONGER LIFE. As a laptop, the tablet resembles the standard X41. The biggest visible difference is the hinge that lets the display rotate and fold flat over the keyboard to create a slate. At its thickest point, the slightly wedge-shaped tablet is about 1.2 in. thick, vs. 0.8 in. for the regular X41. The tablet is also about 13 ounces heavier, bringing the weight to 3.5 lbs.
Those are astonishing specs for this type of product. Both Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) and Fujitsu offer Tablet PCs built around similar 12.1-inch displays and using Intel Pentium M processors, like IBM/Lenovo. Both are significantly thicker than the ThinkPad and weigh about a pound more (though the Fujitsu includes a DVD drive that is missing in the others). That extra pound makes a huge difference if you're spending the better part of a day carrying the tablet around.
Two other features add to the attractiveness of the ThinkPad Tablet. The standard battery is rated at a respectable 3.5 hours, but an optional high-capacity battery runs for nearly 6.5 hours at a cost of $159 and about an extra half-pound. This brings the tablet close to the important goal of getting through an entire workday on a single charge.
Installing Apple OS X operating system on a Tablet PC
Charles Alexander installed OS X on his Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC. The system runs. The digitizer functions. He's run into issues with screen rotation, networking, USB, etc. He writes on TabletPCBuzz.com, "But with apple's inkwell this thing is really showing potential."
June 17, 2005
Attention Tablet PC Users - Beta Test Opportunity With Mindjet MindManager
Scott Quinn, Senior Product Manager at Mindjet, posts that Mindjet is seeking Beta testers. He writes, "As a Beta tester, you get first access to our products and the ability to influence product development. Beta testers receive free technical support on all Beta products." Looks like a good opportunity for Tablet PC users to help out and provide pre-release feedback.
Finally the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC has arrived. Many perspective buyers have anxiously awaited the release of this model spawned for the legendary ThinkPad product line. Weighing in at only 3.5 lbs., the X41 packs in a host of features demanded by business-oriented road warriors all in a light, sturdy and compact package. The X41 is powered by the somewhat modest, very capable low voltage Intel Pentium M processor at 1.5GHz. A perfect compromise between power consumption, performance and comfort. The low voltage 1.5 Pentium M stays cool and ceases to blast out the heat that the recent Sonoma-based Tablet PC s deliver.
Of honorable mention:
1. As we have raved in the past, it is refreshing to see a lightweight portable that has been graced by the improved Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 video architecture.
Tablet PC ThinkPad x41 - Initial Review (Michael Gartenberg)
Well, Thanks to the good ThinkPad folks, I have an x41 Tablet PC to use for a bit and overall, it's just as good as I thought it would be. Short review, if you're in the market for a TabletPC, stop what you're doing and go to the ThinkPad order site and order one. For those looking at a more in-depth take, keep reading. First, this device builds on what is already the best notebook on the market in my opinion, the x40/41 series. The good news is that adding the Tablet function doesn't compromise the core experience of the original machine. For my thoughts on that unit, check out my review here.
Sprint Offers EV-DO-Ready Sprint PCS Connection Card(TM)from Novatel Wireless
Sprint (NYSE: FON) and Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL) today announced availability of the Sprint PCS Connection Card by Novatel Wireless(TM) (Merlin S620(TM)). Designed to operate on CDMA 1xEV-DO (Evolution, Data Optimized) and 1xRTT networks, the card will support broadband-like speeds when Sprint EV-DO coverage is available later this year and is backwards compatible to provide 1xRTT throughput speeds in Sprint coverage areas where EV-DO service is not yet available.
With a lightweight design and an advanced, embedded antenna, the Merlin S620 by Novatel Wireless can be used in conjunction with a laptop computer running Windows® 2000, XP or Tablet XP and a PCMCIA Type II PC Card slot to remotely and securely access the Internet and data-intensive corporate applications, as well as send and receive email with sizable attachments.
June 20, 2005
Alias SketchBook Pro 2 Available for Customer Download
Alias announced today the launch of Alias SketchBook Pro 2, the latest version of its award-winning paint and drawing software application. Recognized for its unique ability to turn a digitized pen tablet or Tablet PC into an intuitive, mobile sketchbook, this release takes SketchBook Pro software to a broader audience of users, appealing to a growing number of creative professionals looking to add to their digital toolset.
To meet the needs of our growing community of SketchBook Pro users, Alias completed an extensive study, pin-pointing the need for improved usability and additional functions in the current version, 1.1," explains Colin Smith, Alias product manager for SketchBook Pro. "Significant improvements to the program's user interface, a multitude of new features and improved pen-based capabilities are amongst the numerous changes made to version 2. Alias looks forward to advancing the workflow and development process of our customers, helping to maximize creativity and performance."
"Version 2 was clearly a result of free and open dialogue with community users, listening and understanding our numerous needs and desired enhancements," comments Michelangelo Capraro, owner of Tin Lion Creative and dedicated SketchBook Pro user. "The superior combination of a pen tablet and Alias SketchBook Pro software has really changed the way I work, revolutionizing my creative progressions, giving me the freedom and ingenuity to do better work." Tin Lion is a multimedia design consultancy firm specializing in user interface design and interaction for its clients.
Unique Progress Data Synchronization Technology Enables Cole Systems to Mobilize State Lottery Sales Forces
The Progress Real Time Division, a leader in real-time products for event stream processing, data management, data access and synchronization, and an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), today announced that its innovative PeerDirect(R) database replication and data synchronization technology has been integrated into Cole Systems' OrderPad Enterprise(TM) mobile sales force automation software. With these PeerDirect capabilities, OrderPad enables sales reps to more easily access reliable, up-to-date information from headquarters even while in the field and disconnected from the network. More than 430 lottery sales representatives in Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Kentucky are using OrderPad to manage the entire sales process from a single mobile device, the Tablet PC.
OrderPad Enterprise, the first Tablet PC-optimized mobile sales software, delivers unique features and benefits, including easy-to-use digital ink and ink-to-text recognition, which enable a more natural interaction between lottery sales representatives and retail customers. With the incorporation of the PeerDirect data synchronization engine, local databases are kept synchronized with back-office systems. This ensures that sales representatives can enter sales data and orders from the field when disconnected - upload this information to headquarters when it is convenient for them to do so - and access corporate sales figures and itemized inventory data whenever they need it.
PeerDirect enhances the value of OrderPad by enabling a distributed application architecture, which automatically distributes and coordinates corporate data among distributed databases, with updates occurring at headquarters or on any of the Tablet PCs. As a result, sales reps have access to the most current information from headquarters - regardless of the quality of their network connection and bandwidth - and are able to spot sales trends and make smarter decisions while at a customer location.
Motion Computing Launches LE1600TC Tablet Client; Enhanced ...
Motion Computing(R), a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, today unveiled the mobile thin client version of its LE1600 tablet.
The LE1600TC includes the popular security features from Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Service Pack 2, such as improved wireless networking and an embedded firewall. Combined with the LE1600's advanced security capabilities, organizations can help ensure user, network and enterprise data are protected.
Health Care in Developing World to Benefit from New Diagnostic ...
mysan.de (Pressemitteilung), Germany
Designed to operate on state-of-the-art Tablet PC and Pocket PC platforms, using Microsoft’s agile .NET technology, InfoDx is easily integrated into a wide range of medical environments and supports the mobile needs of health care workers in many communities. The stand-alone design can be updated annually through the distribution of a CD or memory chip, and via an Internet connection if available. RRI is exploring distribution and funding opportunities with aid organizations including The Rotary Club and International Aid, in an effort to expand the reach and impact of its solution.
Skyhook Wireless Announces Commercial Availability of the Wi-Fi Positioning System Across Top 25 Metropolitan Areas
Skyhook Wireless announced today the commercial availability of the Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), the first wide-area positioning system leveraging 802.11, or Wi-Fi, rather than satellite or cell-tower-based technologies. The system is now available for deployment by application developers and device manufacturers across the largest 25 metropolitan areas of the United States. The precise location of any Wi-Fi enabled device, including a PC, laptop, PDA, Tablet PC, Smartphone or RFID tag, can be determined without adding any new hardware. WPS includes a reference database of over 1.5 million private and public access points along with their locations within these metropolitan areas. The WPS client software utilizes this reference database to calculate a device's location to within 20-40 meters
ThinkPad X41 to hit stores
Charlotte Observer, NC
ThinkPad aficionados may have wondered if the handwriting was on the wall for the sturdy laptop line when IBM sold its notebook computer division to the Chinese company Lenovo, but at least some of the writing was on the screen with a stylus.
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet, which goes on sale early next week, is the first computer in the ThinkPad family to incorporate a version of Windows XP that is customized for many pen-based tablet functions, including handwriting recognition.
Weighing in at 3.5 pounds, the ThinkPad X41 converts to a standard notebook computer by flipping up the screen and swiveling it around to expose a full-size keyboard. It has a 12.1-inch screen and a built-in fingerprint reader for password-free security, and comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
It uses the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system. Battery life between charges is estimated at 2.6 hours with a standard four-cell battery; an optional eight-cell battery offers 8.5 hours.
Prices start at $1,899, and the tablet can be ordered in advance at lenovo.com/think.
Pilot Program of 35 Tablet PCs To Teachers
...yesterday we kicked off a full year pilot of about 35 tablet PCs in the hands of teachers from every discipline at our school. I ran a two-hour training that was one of the most fun sessions I've ever done primarily because of the kick of having the tablet and being able to walk around the room using the stylus to navigate it, everything being projected via wireless connection to a screen at the front of the room. Amazingly cool technology, I think.
I haven't written too much about my tablet use, but I can't imagine life without one at this point. I've had my Toshiba M200 for about a year and it's become attached to me, literally.
Where's RFID Going Next
At the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., RFID tags have found their way into patient wristbands. Each tag contains a patient's name and medical record number. Nurses scan it using a tablet PC containing a reader and pull corresponding records from the hospital's database. Hospital personnel have seen a reduction in drug-administration errors, and CIO Daniel Morreale says freeing nursing staff from having to type information into a database has led to improved productivity.
Library provides 'hot spot' for wireless Internet users
Downtown Kalamazoo has a new "hot spot."
Since mid-May, the Kalamazoo Public Library has been offering free wireless Internet to its patrons and the public.
Users are able to search the library's vast online resources, check their e-mail and surf the Internet from their own wireless-enabled, WiFi-standard laptop, tablet PC or PDA.
June 21, 2005
Try a Motion LE 1600 tablet for 48 hours!
Allegiance Technology Partners, Inc. Motion Demo Program
Allegiance Technology Partners, Inc. is focused on providing Tablet Computer solutions to businesspeople and mobile professionals who need access to corporate data and client information anywhere and anytime.
The Tablet will come loaded with various programs, including Microsoft Office 2003, so that users can get the maximum benefit from this trial period. Of course, we look forward to this being the first step in doing business with you and your organization.
We know Its not a Tablet PC, but we thought you might like to see this....
Acer Announces the Ferrari 4000 Notebook; New and Exclusive Carbon -Fiber Notebook from Acer Continues Tradition Of Innovation
Acer, Official Supplier to Scuderia Ferrari and the leading notebook brand in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) according to IDC Q1 2005 data, announced today a new and exclusive notebook, the Ferrari 4000.
The Acer Ferrari 4000 is the world's first notebook to harness the cutting-edge technology pioneered and perfected in the world of Formula One and in the aerospace industry. The magnificent carbon-fiber casing of the Ferrari 4000 conceals the very latest AMD64 bit technology, defining an exclusive notebook that offers all the performance and elegance gained from the alliance between two companies constantly focused on innovation and renowned for pushing the boundaries of technology.
Acer America's award-winning products include tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebook computers, servers, displays and peripheral solutions for business, government, education and home users
i-PHONO Bluetooth Headphones
The i-PHONO BT430 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Audio Dongle is plug-n-play and compliant with various audio devices using the built-in standard 3.5mm (1/8 inch) stereo audio plug. The only installation procedure you need to do is to plug the i-PHONO BT430 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Audio Dongle into the audio out jack of your audio device such as a walkman, MP3/CD player, Pocket PC, Tablet PC etc. Additionally, the innovative one-button pairing operation allows you to pair the audio dongle effortlessly with the i-PHONO BT420 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Sports Headphone.
CAPI, CASI, Polling, and Market Research for the Tablet PC
Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), Computer Assisted Self Interviewing (CASI), Polling, and Market Research just took another leap forward with the release of Survey System 2.0. Knight Software (http://www.knightsoft.com) released version 2.0 in June 2005.
Survey System exposes the full inking and handwriting recognition capabilities of the Tablet PC to allow efficient data collection in a questionnaire format.
Mark Essays Electronically: A Professor Uses Tablet PC's in a Composition Course
The 25 students in Mr. Bernhardt's class were all offered loaner tablet PC's as part of a pilot program at several of the university's campuses. Only seven of the students agreed to be part of the experiment, since most of the other students had already purchased computers in anticipation of taking the online class.
Tablet PC's have developed a following among some college professors, who say you have to try them for yourself to appreciate their benefits over traditional laptops.
Wi-Fi location system is better than GPS, says start-up
A Boston, Massachusetts-based start-up says it has developed software that uses Wi-Fi signals to pinpoint locations better than satellite-based global positioning systems can.
On Monday Skyhook Wireless announced the commercial availability of its Wi-Fi Positioning System, or WPS. The software, which is now available to application developers and device manufacturers, uses 802.11 radio signals emitted from wireless routers to determine the precise location of any Wi-Fi enabled device, whether it be a PC, laptop, PDA, Tablet PC, smart phone or RFID tag.
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HP Gives Wireless Freebies to 205 Schools
Among the K-12 applicants, preference was given to schools serving low-income students and projects including a math or science component. Teams of five teachers receive more than $35,000 worth of HP Tablet PCs, multimedia projectors, digital cameras , an HP Officejet All-in-One and a $500 stipend per teacher. Training is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education
The 31 higher education institutions received $2.3 million in cash and equipment. Recipients will use wireless technology to enhance student achievement in math, science, business and engineering courses. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for example, will use HP Tablet PCs, outfitted with global positioning system receivers and geographical information system software, in field-based earth science courses to gather data and test hypotheses in real time.
June 22, 2005
ACOM EMR Offers PainFree Installment Plan for RAPID EMR Chiropractic E-Documentation and Reporting Software
ACOM EMR, the electronic medical records division of ACOM Solutions, Inc., has introduced its PainFree Installment Purchase Plan, a program that makes it simple and easy for chiropractic practices that want to participate in the trend towards paperless electronic processes to acquire and use ACOM’s RAPID EMR™ clinical e-documentation and office reporting solution, it was announced today by vice president Gregory T. Church.
“Doctors using the solution report that with its comprehensiveness and ease-of-use, RAPID EMR saves enormous amounts of dictation time, allows them to spend more time with more patients, and results in better and faster reimbursements with fewer disputed claims,” Church said. “It also supports their compliance measures and provides clear and concise outcome assessments that facilitate patient education and retention.”
Under the program, ACOM installs all of the solution hardware and software and provides training, customer support and maintenance on the hardware and the software components. These include the RAPID EMR software, a tablet PC, an all-in-one office machine (printer, copier, fax, and scanner) and a wireless printer router for the tablet PC.
My Official LE1600 Tablet PC Review
I received the LE1600 last Friday. With everything that Motion has done innovation wise to this tablet, I was really excited about the possibilities. I’ve always liked the Motion tablets: I’ve owned 2 of them prior to this one – M1300 and M1400VA. Motion kept up with excellence in design and innovation and there is much to be impressed with in the LE1600.
One of my first thoughts when I picked up the tablet was how much lighter and well balanced it felt. It felt very similar in weight to my TC1100. But its' a lot of faster than the TC1100
I’ve had periodic issues with my wireless. I switched from the windows client to the Intel Proset, adjusted the power options, and things settled down. It still goes off every now and then. I’m going to play with some different WAP’s and continue to work with tech support on this issue. As a point of reference, I had similar problems with my M1400VA staying connected to my LinkSys WAP and it used the same adapter. When I changed it over to the Dell mini pci card, it worked flawlessly.
PocketPCTech is now selling screen protectors for the LE1600.
Description: The kit contains two WriteSHIELD™ screen protectors, four KlearScreen Wet Single packs, 3.25" horse-hair brush, applicator, two Optical quality MicroFiber cloths, 2oz bottle of Klear Screen Cleaner and fully illustrated instructions.
Working with ActiveSync 4.0 MSDN Webcast
Fellow Microsoft MVP Chris De Herrera will be presenting a MSDN Webcast Working with ActiveSync 4.0 - A Practical Guide on Wednesday 22 June 2005 at 11:00am PST.
Users who want to learn more about Microsoft ActiveSync 4.0 will probably benefit by attending it. This is webcast will focus on the practical use of ActiveSync, including what's changed with ActiveSync 4.0, how to troubleshoot it and where to find support for it.
Chris De Herrera is Microsot MVP (Mobile Devices and Tablet PC MVP) and the owner of PocketPCTalk.com.
June 23, 2005
The latest version of Fun With Construction, version 2.0 is up for FREE BETA TRIAL DOWNLOAD.
Fun with Construction, is a geometry construction based software
for use with Tablet PCs. Its the ultimate construction, graphing, mapping and flowcharting software for Students and Teachers.
It is produced by Heulab a Microsoft Premier Partner. Heulab focuses on developing Education Based software for use on Tablet PCs.
Tablet PCs: It's all about application
Worldwide trends seem to indicate that tablet PCs are being applied in niche markets where the use of a stylus and touch-sensitive screen can bring massive benefits to users' efficiency. However, the future still holds the potential for the device to be used as a solution capable of revolutionising the way all mobile workers interact with their information.
Says Traci Maynard, Acer business unit manager at Tarsus Technologies: "There's still a compelling argument for all mobile workers to make use of tablet PCs. The challenge, however, is that they've become accustomed to using conventional notebook computers and that corporate users are generally resistant to change."
"At the end of the day, it's all about application," Maynard says. "Many customers are finding their tablet PCs invaluable to their working life and are not prepared to forego these benefits in the interests of saving on the price premium these devices carry. I am, therefore, convinced that as this market matures and the digitiser becomes more mainstream, we will see a healthy growth in the sales of tablet PCs,"
School Board goes paperless July 11
Golden Valley Sun Post
The School Board in District 281 is on the verge of becoming paperless. Beginning July 11, agendas and supporting materials for School Board meetings will be posted online.
Instead of being given a paper packet containing those materials at every meeting, each board member will be issued a tablet PC (personal computer), at a total cost of $12,000. Board members will be required to bring the tablet PCs with them to each meeting.
BIOTRONIK Announces FDA Approval of ICS 3000 Programmer
BIOTRONIK, Inc. today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a state-of-the-art programmer -- the ICS 3000. The programmer boasts a 12" high-resolution, high-contrast, lightweight LCD touch screen color display; jam-resistant thermal printer; CD-RW drive; USB ports; and 30GB hard drive. The ICS 3000 also incorporates a detachable screen to simplify and improve follow-up efficiency, essentially transforming the programmer into a tablet PC. Clinicians should benefit from faster follow-up times during their busy pacemaker/ICD clinics.
Tablet PC Team At Handango Partner Summit & Gnomedex This Week
techADDICTION co-host and good friend, James Kendrick, is having "fun in the sun" down in Miami, Florida. No, it's not a real vacation, James is attending the Handango Partner Summit. Watch for updates like this on his blog, which he is updating via his Tablet PC and wireless EVDO modem (kct's digital world)
This Friday evening, Gnomedex attendees will have a chance to take Tablet PCs for a test drive. We look forward to seeing people at the event!
Mednet System connects to SureScripts e-prescribing network
Pharmaceutical Business Review
Physicians using Mednet System's emr4MD Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to electronically exchange prescription data via computer or tablet PC will now be able to connect with pharmacies at sites across Massachusetts.
"Communicating through the SureScripts network helps to eliminate handwritten or faxed prescriptions, which will significantly reduce the likelihood of medication errors"
Microsoft has yet to announce minimum Longhorn system requirements, but for PC buyers seeking insurance that a new system will run Longhorn, the company advises getting 512MB of RAM and a "modern" CPU--more than Windows XP needs. As with most of the recent Windows updates, the easiest way to get Longhorn will be on a new PC, and by late 2006 most PCs will be 64-bit. Reflecting that trend, all editions of Longhorn will include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. (Microsoft officials say that they are still mulling over whether features included in the Tablet PC and Media Center editions of XP will continue to require special editions of Windows.)
Handango Hosts Fifth-Annual Partner Summit
Top 200 Independent Software Vendors and Mobile Market Leaders Gather for Exclusive, Invite-Only Event
Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, announced the commencement of the fifth-annual Handango Partner Summit this week in beautiful Miami, Florida, from June 22-24. This premier, invite-only event gathers together the top 200 mobile independent software developers (ISVs), leading handset manufacturers, top wireless operators and industry influencers from around the world to explore the future of the mobile content downloads market. Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and the Microsoft Tablet PC Team are the headline sponsors of this year's event. Additional sponsors include Alltel, BenQ, BlackBerry, PalmSource, Sprint, Symbian, Telstra, TELUS Mobility, UIQ Technology and Verizon Wireless.
"The Microsoft Tablet PC Team is excited about sponsoring the Handango Partner Summit for the first time," said Frank Gocinski, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Mobile Platforms Division. "As PCs are becoming more mobile, customers are seeking new ways to access PC applications and data anywhere and anytime. The Handango Partner Summit provides an excellent forum for discussing and learning these latest trends and fueling development of the Mobile PC and Tablet PC marketplace."
June 24, 2005
Record notes easier
Too lazy to type but want to have both a recording and notes at the end of a long speech?
Then the Tablet PC, equipped with OneNote software, just might be the computer for you. Now, as you take notes, you can record at the same time and, once you’ve finished, instead of fast forwarding and rewinding, you simply tap the corresponding area of your notes and the recording will play from that point. The software also allows you to e-mail notes or paste them into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. It can also be used on regular desktop PCs.
Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital Selects ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 8
Using ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical, healthcare professionals in Mount Carmel St. Ann's Emergency Department can quickly create patient notes, reports, letters, and other documents in real-time, all by voice. In addition, the new Roaming User feature and added mobility in Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 8 allows doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to dictate on-the-go using a variety of input methods - PCs, tablets, digital voice recorders - and transcription is virtually instantaneous. Prior to deploying Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Mount Carmel St. Ann's contracted with transcription organizations to transcribe dictations, which meant not only a longer turnaround time for patient records - typically 24-48 hours - but also a higher incidence of medical record errors. Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking - which boasts 99% accuracy, enhanced medical vocabularies, and the ability to create macros and templates - Mount Carmel St. Ann's has increased efficiency in the Emergency Department, reducing reliance on transcription services by 97 percent and dramatically reducing medical record errors.
"Using ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking has really improved how we work in the Emergency Department," said Dr. Loren Leidheiser, chairman and director of emergency medicine, Mount Carmel St. Ann's Emergency Department. "Our staff is now able to dictate notes using a variety of input methods - PC, tablet, digital voice recorder - making it even easier to get patient information into our EMR, and increasing productivity and efficiency overall. In addition, we have significantly reduced costs by eliminating the need for manual transcription, and using Dragon NaturallySpeaking has also greatly reduced the number of errors in patient records. All of this translates to improved care for our number one priority - our patients."
Motion Computing LE1600
Tablet PC makers face a big challenge: making the unit light enough to be comfortable to hold, while keeping the performance and battery life of a regular notebook. The LE1600 is tablet specialist Motion Computing's most determined attempt yet to crack this conundrum.
At 1.5kg, the LE1600 may not be featherweight, but most people will have little issue holding this slate in the crook of an arm. Yet it's a no-compromise machine, and Motion has tried hard to incorporate the performance and features you'd expect in a modern business notebook, including USB 2, 802.11b/g and Gigabit Ethernet.
Motion's LE1600 is incredibly well thought out, packing a great range of features into a solidly built 1.5kg slate tablet. The extended battery, security features and wide range of optional accessories are particularly welcome. Had the performance been better, it would take this tablet PC into full notebook-replacement territory and improved value for money, but battery performance is paramount, and here it excels. Overall, it's a brilliant design, and if you're looking for a fully loaded, long-lasting slate tablet, the LE1600 will impress.
Phatware PhatPad 2.2 for Pocket PC review
PhatWare Corporation's note-taking program PhatPad 2.2 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC comes with a companion desktop application and it is a serious program if you want an application for note taking, scribbling or doodling on your Pocket PC.
What’s most interesting is that its companion desktop application is in itself a great program. It works well on a desktop or laptop, but it is a perfect addition for a Tablet PC when coupled with a Pocket PC.
For Tablet PC users, this is even better. I tried PhatPad Windows version on my Tablet PC and it works very well, allowing me to enter precise notes. In terms of price and flexibility when synchronization is involved, it beats Windows Journal.
Do As I Say
Around Poynter, Larry Larsen is the go-to guy if you want to know about the next cool thing in technology. I've been watching Larry use a Tablet PC and recently became part of a small group of colleagues who have gotten their hands on this approach to personal computing. I've just begun to scratch the surface, literally, by taking notes in digital ink on my Tablet screen. So, I'm thrilled that Larry has written this power user's introduction to the Tablet for journalists.
God forbid I were stranded on a desert island with only one of my gadgets, the Tablet PC would be my first choice. The reason is that it is a great catchall device; portable enough to be an MP3 player (albeit a large one), powerful enough to be my video editing system, and with a screen big enough to make any Personal Video Recorder jealous.
Mini-Review: ADS Tech Instant TV Deluxe USB
My ADS Tech contact asked if I wanted to review the Instant TV Deluxe USB accessory, and I thought it would be a great way to help get content onto my mobile devices or even my new Tablet PC since I don't yet have a media drive for it.
Since my Tablet PC does not have a CD or DVD drive yet, I have been accessing the content stored on my PC via Wi-Fi to watch shows on the Tablet via the Orb service as well. This is a very cool and geeky thing to do and blows away most people I show it to.
The ADS Tech Instant TV Deluxe USB has filled a huge void for me in getting video content onto my devices and Tablet PC, and I couldn't be happier with it. I probably could have reviewed the PCI card version, but when I was sent the USB model I didn't have an available PCI slot on my old PC.
June 27, 2005
Alias Launches SketchBook Pro 2
Computer Graphics World
Alias has announced the launch of Alias SketchBook Pro 2, the latest version of its award-winning paint and drawing software application. Recognized for its unique ability to turn a digitized pen tablet or Tablet PC into an intuitive, mobile sketchbook, this release takes SketchBook Pro software to a broader audience of users, appealing to a growing number of creative professionals looking to add to their digital toolset.
Alias SketchBook Pro is a paint and drawing application designed specifically for use with a tablet and stylus.
Microsoft's Gates: I still believe in Tablet PC
the Tablet PC might have been written-off by many, but it still has at least one strong supporter. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., said Monday he still believes in the form-factor and repeated a prediction that, with better hardware and software, it could still dominate over traditional laptop PCs.
"We need to keep investing, both in the hardware and software side, before it moves into the mainstream," said Gates at a Tokyo news conference on Monday. "It's not yet in the mainstream. I totally believe in the tablet."Gates praised Toshiba, with which the news conference was held. The two companies said they were broadening their relationship to include work on interactive video disc technology and future computing platforms based on the upcoming Windows Longhorn release, including Tablet PC."I think we see very good gains in the sale of tablet, particularly in the health-care area and the insurance area. What we need to do is get the form factor to the point where every student and every business person who goes to lots of meetings feels like the need that extra capability," Gates said.
"There will be a substantial improvement in the tablet software as part of the Longhorn release and that's just one of many areas we are working on with Toshiba and so I will again, without an exact date, predict that most portable machines will be tablets in the future and I would hope that over the next 3 to 5 years the software and hardware refinements will make that a reality."
DRS Technologies Acquires WalkAbout Computers
DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) announced today that it has acquired WalkAbout Computers, Inc. from Scorpion Holdings in a stock purchase transaction. The terms were not disclosed.
Walkabout is a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial rugged tablet computers and docking stations for mobile users operating in harsh environments.
Motion Computing Works with Elluminate to Launch Its Award-Winning Products
Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and Web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, and Motion Computing(R), a leader in ultra-mobile computing and wireless communications, announced today that Motion has implemented Elluminate Live! Enterprise Version(TM). Motion uses the live eLearning environment in a variety of applications, including training its internal sales force worldwide, providing monthly product updates to its Motion Solution Provider network, and supplementing or replacing its on-site training for its tablet PC customers
LG unveils new notebooks
The tablet PC launched comes with Intel Centrino technology, dual quad-band antenna, state-of-the-art digital pen, 160-inch wide-view LCD viewing angle with ergonomic and stylish design powered by Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, which enables handwriting recognition through the convenience of a stylus. The LT20 is targeted at mobile professionals. This model has won the prestigious "Red-dot" international design award.
Microsoft, Toshiba team on HD-DVD players
In an expansion of their alliance, Microsoft and Toshiba said Monday they plan to develop high-definition DVD players together, cross-license technologies and cooperate in designing new models of mobile personal computers.
They will develop HD-DVD players by bringing together Microsoft's expertise in PC technology and Toshiba's expertise in consumer electronics, the companies said in a joint statement.
Gates and Nishida said the two companies agreed to work together on tablet PCs, smaller mobile PCs, using the next version of the Microsoft Windows operating system code-named Longhorn. And sharing technology through cross-licensing will help cut costs and speed up product development, they said.
"This agreement demonstrates our desire to share our innovations with other companies in ways that promote the spread of new ideas," Gates said.
Microsoft and Toshiba Strengthen Relationship
Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. today announced a significant expansion of the companies' global relationship to enhance the development and delivery of innovative digital consumer electronics products and personal computers by sharing each other's respective hardware and software technologies. The expanded collaboration is designed to accelerate the availability of new devices for the benefit of customers, while demonstrating mutual respect for each company's intellectual property rights.
The companies have been working closely to promote Windows XP-based Tablet PCs and Media Center PCs on a worldwide basis, offering customers new PC work styles and benefits. Microsoft and Toshiba also expect to develop and deliver compelling mobile PCs with the next version of the Windows operating system, code-named "Longhorn."
At Gnomedex in-between my hack/how-to sessions I got a chance to chat with the folks who made a Podocast robot that was controlled via Ink on a Tablet PC. They might publish the information on how to make your own in MAKE! Here are the specs, some more info and a lot of photos...
Mack D. Male and Dickson Wong – are the two guys that brought the robot to Gnomedex. Andrew Ng and Ashish Patel – the two guys that worked with them on the project in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The website for the Podbot is http://www.podcastwizard.com/robot/. There are pictures of the Podbot, of the team, some video, and some information (such as a blog-like story page).
The on-board tablet pc is a Toshiba Portege M200, and the controller tablet we’re using is a Compaq TC1000.
Toshiba sees market for tablets
Toshiba's New Zealand manager Callum Eade says its tablet sales are currently between 10-20 per cent of total notebook sales.
The Satellite R10 tablet has a swivel screen to quickly convert to a regular notebook with keyboard, and so can function as a tablet or a notebook. Though the R10 is pricier than a comparable non-tablet notebook, Toshiba believes the customers are out there.
"A lot of consumers will be happy to pay extra for the tablet functionality," Mr Eade says. "The challenge lies in people understanding the benefits of the technology."
Tablet software OneNote passes the interview test
Ever since Bill Gates singled out my use of a Tablet PC during a speech in Seattle in May, I've been barraged with e-mail from people asking me about the software I used to take handwritten notes on the screen while simultaneously making an audio recording.
It's all made possible by what has to be one of the most innovative and productive pieces of software ever invented, yet very few people have heard of. It's called OneNote, and it's a $99 application from Microsoft officially described as a note-taking and management program.
You can use OneNote on any Windows computer. On desktops and laptops, you type your notes. On a Tablet PC, you can also use a stylus to take handwritten notes or draw diagrams, and mix and match typed notes with handwritten notes.
But it is the audio synchronization ability of OneNote that is the most impressive feature.
Using either the built-in microphone on your computer or an external one plugged into the microphone port, you can click a button and record what's being said as you take notes.
When you review your notes, you put the stylus or mouse cursor next to your digital-ink scribbles, and the audio recorded at that time is played back.
So when I interviewed Gates, for example, I scribbled away on the surface of my tablet just as if I were taking notes on a paper pad. As he said something that I knew I'd want to quote later when I sat down to write my story, I just scribbled an asterisk next to the handwritten note I made of his quote.
Just in from Gnomedex - Tablet PC Blogging Balcony
Tonight was the Gnomedex Seattle Public Library Networking Bash -- a great ending to Gnomedex Day 1. Gnomedex, an annual technology conference, is packed with influentials in the tech industry. The Microsoft Tablet PC team sponsored the blogging area, which was on the 2nd floor balcony -- with a great view of the main networking area.
After the Tablet PC setup was complete, I looked over the ledge and below I could see Buzz Bruggeman surrounded by a group of people. Down the escalator I went and found Buzz talking with people from BBC News. Within a few minutes, we were headed up the escalator so they could all take a look at the Tablet PCs. They went straight to the Motion Tablet PCs and doodled on Blograffiti.com.
Kalama teacher gets to sees promises, pitfalls at conference at conference with cream of crop
As she looks to the future, she envisions a classroom with students using tablet PCs instead of laptops and possibly even paper and pencils. Tablets PCs, which are transportable and are a cross between a laptop computer and a Palm or other personal digital assistants. They would have wireless capabilities.
One tablet PC costs $1,500 to $2,000, she said. Not even the high-tech school she visited in Taipei had a tablet PC for every student.
June 28, 2005
Bartels Media released the new version 2 of the multi
monitor software solution MaxiVista. MaxiVista now enables user to control a Tablet PC from the keyboard and mouse of another computer.
When the user moves the mouse over to a given monitor, the user is then
controlling that PC. Any clipboard text data is shared between all computers as well.
"The new mouse/keyboard software switch perfectly complements the original MaxiVista feature, which enables using a Tablet PC as an additional display for another computer" said Gunnar Bartels, general manager of Bartels Media.
To allow a Tablet PC to be used as a display, MaxiVista performs a clever
trick, as PCs generally lack required video inputs. Instead using a video
cable, MaxiVista utilizes any network connection between the computers to
transmit the screen contents.
"PC users have a natural demand for maximum screen real estate. More desktop
space increases users' productivity as they do not need to switch back and
forth between overlapping program windows." said Bartels
MaxiVista is software-only, and saves users from buying expensive dual
monitor graphics cards and keyboard/mouse switches.
MaxiVista is available at http://www.maxivista.com. The price has been
reduced by more than 40%, starting from US$ 29.95. A free trial version can
be downloaded from the same web address.
HP Awards $2.1 Million in Technology for Teaching Leadership Grants to 25 Schools in U.S., Canada; Program Recognizes Success Of Previous HP Grant Recipients with Additional Cash and Equipment
HP is awarding $850,000 in cash and equipment to teams of teachers at 14 K-12 public schools in the United States and one in Canada. Valued at more than $57,000 for each school, the K-12 award package includes HP equipment and professional development.
Schools will receive a mobile cart - equipped with 15 HP Tablet PCs, a wireless HP digital projector and an HP digital camera - which can be moved throughout the school for use in any classroom. Additional equipment is also being donated for the use of three new teachers and administrators joining each school's HP Technology for Teaching team.
HP is awarding a total of $1.3 million in cash and equipment to 10 two- and four- year colleges and universities across the United States. The grantees will each receive an award package valued at more than $120,000. Recipients selected one of two HP technology packages, both of which feature HP Tablet PCs, docking stations, printers, digital cameras and digital projectors for faculty, plus either 40 Tablet PCs or 100 HP iPAQ Pocket PCs and 14 Tablet PCs for student use.
Tablet Notebooks are designed for use in education
Industrial News Room
Convertible to ThinkPad notebook, ThinkPad® X41 Tablet for education is powered by 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium M LV processor 758 with 2 MB L2 cache and 400 MHz FSB or 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium M ULV processor 753 with SpeedStep technology. Unit has battery life of up to 6.3 hr, converts handwriting to text, and features Embedded Security Subsystem v2.0. Other features include UltraConnect antenna, 256 or 512 MB memory, 40 GB HDD, and 12.1 in. XGA TFT display
New ThinkPad X41 Tablet Notebooks for Education Include a Three-Year Limited Warranty
At a glance
The new ThinkPad X41 Tablet for education offers great features and options, including:
Convertible to a ThinkPad notebook
Able to convert handwriting to text
Common docking solution with ThinkPad X40 and X41 notebooks
Common options and accessories with ThinkPad X41
Embedded Security Subsystem for strong security measures
Battery life of up to 6.31 hours
Enhanced port replication and expansion via the optional ThinkPad X4 Dock
Riverdeep and HP Select Ohio School for One-to-One Technology Award
As the first place recipient, Paulding Elementary will receive a 20-user HP Tablet PC mobile classroom with digital projector and wireless access, Riverdeep's Destination Success Network Version software, with the reading or math course of their choice, and three days of on-site professional development.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers' STYLISTIC ST Series captures 60 percent share of EMEA slate tablet PC market
New slate tablet PC market figures from Canalys show that the STYLISTIC Slate Tablet PC from Fujitsu Siemens Computers outperformed all its EMEA region competitors combined in the first quarter of 2005* and achieved the number one spot in this market.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers also achieved the number one position in the Total Tablet PC market with 26.9 percent market share, according to Canalys.
With its STYLISTIC ST Series and LIFEBOOK T Series, Fujitsu Siemens Computers offers the industry's most comprehensive tablet PC portfolio. It includes slate and convertible units, a choice of indoor and outdoor displays, 10.4-inch and 12.1-inch displays, and a complete range of peripherals and accessories catering to a wide variety of application scenarios. Customer case studies include solutions for health care, insurance, retail and many more applications.
'With our LIFEBOOK T Series and STYLISTIC ST Series, we provide our customers with a unique portfolio of state-of-the-art tablet PCs
The STYLISTIC ST502x Series is specially designed for working while standing or walking.
It's light, thin and robust. Its brilliant display enables a convenient working on every location - indoor and outdoor. Connectivity through WLAN (54 Mb/s), IrDA, Bluetooth and optional high-capacity battery - Intel® Centrino Mobile Technology - facilitates flexible and nonstop working for up to 9 hours.
PhatWare and Web Information Solutions Launch New Online MobileSoftware Store
The store supplies mobile software made by PhatWare and WebIS, including all of PhatWare's products for Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones, Tablet PCs, and Smartphones. The store has simpler navigation than large online stores and is secured with extensive online commerce security protocols to protect customers' personal information.
Business Travel Convenience, but Not for Everyone
New York Times
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which operates more than 40 luxury properties, recently announced plans to install self-service kiosks in its hotels in North America. Although the machines are not accessible to the blind, Fairmont added a third check-in option for guests with disabilities. Each property will have an employee called a "roving ambassador" in the lobby, equipped with a wireless-enabled Tablet PC. "The ambassadors will be able to meet guests with special needs," said Jeff Senior, Fairmont's senior vice president for marketing and sales.
Upgrade to Kodak’s Practice Management Software for Oral Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Enhances Workflows, Patient Privacy
The KODAK WINOMS CS Point-of-Care Module in Version 7.0 has been enhanced to support an all-in-one clinical interface and an improved user interface. In addition to accessing WINOMS CS Software from a mobile and wireless tablet PC, this module also features full integration with KODAK OMS Imaging Software for quickly accessing patient images including digital and scanned x-rays, scanned paperwork, and digital photography.
Dr. Murphy, who uses a tablet PC in his practice, also praised the upgrade’s improved Point-of-Care Module. “The interface is better. For example, now, when I call up a guide for the teeth, they are all on one window
Site Update: IBM/Lenovo Forum and Search
Alright, I give in. For all the folks who have e-mailed asking for a forum for the Thinkpad Tablet PC - You now have it! I setup the forum this afternoon, and moved most of the Thinkpad threads I could find in there
Indiana School Receives Grant From HP
Inside INdiana Business
The school will receive HP equipment and professional development. The school is one of 25 chosen to receive a total of $2.1 million in wireless technology, cash and professional development as part of the 2005 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership grant program.
HP is awarding $850,000 in cash and equipment to teams of teachers at 14 K-12 public schools in the United States and one in Canada. Valued at more than $57,000 for each school, the K-12 award package includes HP equipment and professional development.
Schools will receive a mobile cart - equipped with 15 HP Tablet PCs, a wireless HP digital projector and an HP digital camera - which can be moved throughout the school for use in any classroom. Additional equipment is also being donated for the use of three new teachers and administrators joining each school's HP Technology for Teaching team.
Tablet PC Exhibit Day 1 NECC 2005
Today was an exciting day for me at the NECC 2005 Microsoft booth. Undoubtably, the word is out about Tablet PCs being useful to administrators, faculty, and students. I had a chance to say hello to Ramesh and Fred from Inspherion Learning, Rakesh from HeuLab, Jo Lynn from Motion Computing, Katherine from Ocoee Middle School, and literally hundreds more.
June 30, 2005
Audio Engineers Able toTweak Sound Remotely
Nikkei Electronics Asia
On the high end of the market, sound system controller devices with the latest digital signal processing technology now typically have wireless networking built into their Ethernet networking. With these devices, mobile terminals such as remote controls with LCD screens (often provided as part of the system) and external tablet PCs and laptops can be used remotely to access the central system. Lake Technology Ltd of Australia (part of Dolby Laboratories Inc of the US), and TC Electronics of the US have taken this approach with their fully addressable networked devices. Both devices use Ethernet protocols, making network setup relatively easy. These units plug directly into a LAN using either a wired connection or Wi-Fi.
The Lake Technology Pro 26 Contour digital loudspeaker processor is a speaker control system that offers full networked control across multiple processors in a multi-directional, multiple-speaker array from a remote location. One feature of the system is that all system settings can be adjusted during a live audio performance to correct atmospheric and sound absorption changes. The device's Ethernet ports enable multiple units to be interlinked for system control and allow communication with a master PC or the wireless tablet device provided with the system.
Of course, Wi-Fi is also an effective tool for acoustic engineers seeking venue mobility. In this case, a common setup is a tablet PC with an 802.11b card that remotely controls the host computer, which is connected via serial cable to the sound system's main processors.
The World famous Hollywood Bowl has sound system controled using the Lake Contour system and a Fujitsu 4121 Tablet PC.
Gearing up for Greatness
Music, Magic and Tablet PC Technology at the Hollywood Bowl
Delay of ATI R520 to boost Nvidia 4Q sales
Nvidia yesterday announced that Acer adopted its GeForce Go 6 series for new TravelMate notebooks. The GeForce Go 6200 GPU with TurboCache technology will be used in the Acer TravelMate 4150 notebook and TravelMate C310 convertible Tablet PC, while the GeForce Go 6600 GPU has been selected for the TravelMate 4650.
FSC claims to rule slate tablet market
Fujitsu Siemens Computers claims its Stylistic ST series has grabbed a massive 60% of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) slate tablet PC market.
According to new market figures from industry analyst Canalys, FSC’s Stylistic Slate Tablet PC outperformed all of its direct competitors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region in the first quarter of 2005, with sales of approximately 6,000 and 60.6% overall market share.
FSC also claims the number one position in the total tablet PC market for the same EMEA region, with a Canalys-quoted market share of 26.9%.
FSC offers a broad range of tablet PCs, segmented into its Stylistic ST and Lifebook T product families. These include both slate and so-called ‘convertible’ units, with display sizes spanning from 10.4- to 12.1-inches.
Slate Labyrinth Demo Released
Increment Software has just released the Slate Labyrinth Pre-release Demo.
Slate Labyrinth is described as:
An amazing new game designed for Tablet PC. In Slate Labyrinth, you draw lines and other shapes to try and stop the water from filling unnecessary areas of the labyrinth. With over 50 unique levels and a ranking system, Slate Labyrinth is the biggest and most enjoyable Tablet PC game yet.
In One Word: Amazing
Slate Labyrinth combines challenge, fun and quality all into one innovative and immaculate game. From the moment you download the Slate Labyrinth Demo, your Tablet PC will become the most entertaining possession you own.
Digital Experience 2005 Showcases Newest Must-Have Tech Items
Go grab the latest high tech gadget you bought, look at it, hold it, hug it - now start saying your goodbyes. In the following report, NY1 Tech Beat Reporter Adam Balkin takes us to one of the first events of the year that highlights what could be the must-have tech items come December.
Lots of that tech stuff you'll no doubt be drooling over come the winter holidays - that's how you'd describe the Digital Experience 2005 event. It’s the coolest of the cool.
In the computer world, Lenovo, the Chinese company that recently bought out IBM's PC business, is showing off its first tablet since the deal, the ThinkPad X41.
“This actually is the thinnest and lightest tablet PC in its class, so Lenovo was able to come out strong well after the tablet market debuted with a product that's much more mobile and more powerful and more secure than most of the things out on the market today,”
AuthenTec Named One of World's Most Innovative Companies For Third Third Consecutive Year by AlwaysOn; Fingerprint Biometrics Company Named to AO100 List of Innovative Private Companies
AlwaysOn selected AuthenTec because it has "demonstrated excellence in five criteria: innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz, and investor value creation," the company said. The AlwaysOn editorial panel selected the hundred most innovative and successful private firms from more than 1,000 companies nominated by venture investors, investment bankers, leading entrepreneurs and industry insiders.
Founded in 1998, AuthenTec is the number one supplier of biometric fingerprint sensors to the PC and wireless markets - with AuthenTec sensors in nearly 5 million devices, including notebook and tablet computers, portable hard drives, password managers, mice, pens, keyboards, memory keys, cell phones and others. The company recently launched the EntrePad 1510, the world's smallest and most powerful fingerprint sensor, and announced a host of new applications using the company's sensors - including the HP nx6125, two Toshiba notebook computers, Fujitsu notebook and tablet PCs, a Motion tablet PC, an APC biometric mouse, and an LG biometric cell phone.