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Tablet PC News Archive

October 2005

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October 3, 2005

ClearCube Launches the ClearCube Solution Network: the Industry's First PC Blade Ecosystem
Yahoo! News

ClearCube removes the traditional PC from the end-user's desk and replaces it with secure end-user connection devices including ClearCube user ports, Neoware thin-client appliances and Motion Computing tablets. These devices connect to a PC Blade -- a full featured, Intel-based computer that is secured in the data center. Using the ClearCube Management Suite, IT managers can remotely monitor, manage and provide computing solutions to users anywhere in the world.

"ClearCube PC Blades are an excellent backbone to our Neoware clients," said Michael Kantrowitz, President and CEO of Neoware. "The combination of PC Blades and Neoware enables a very secure, highly manageable computing environment."

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Gateway juices tablets with 14-inch screen
Orlando Sentinel

The art world wouldn't look the same without the sketches of Michelangelo Gateway cx200and Picasso.

The digital world would be different, too, if the concept for the Compaq Portable Computer hadn't been sketched on a napkin and Moore's Law of semiconductor speed on a piece of graph paper.

The Tablet PC, enabling one to doodle, draw and take notes on an LCD screen, has yet to replace pencil and paper because nobody has created a computer chip smart enough to read the chicken scratch that passes for handwriting in the post-cursive era.

Gateway's new CX200X Convertible Notebook, really doesn't wow me as a computer notepad.

But it more than measures up as an all-round laptop because its designers pushed the boundary for a Tablet PC screen from 12 inches to 14 inches in a widescreen format.

Much of the competition uses a 12-inch screen to help reduce system size. No one wants to doodle on a tablet as bulky as a printed volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Gateway has made a trade-off, sacrificing some portability for versatility. The 7-pound CX200X is a couple of pounds more than a typical 12-inch model from other vendors.

But Gateway's 14-inch display helps tip the scales in this system's favor because its widescreen format is ideal for surfing the Web and watching movies.

When used in standard computer mode, the screen's cinematic proportions (12 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches tall, and 14 inches diagonally) handles a DVD with aplomb.

Those dimensions are also well-suited for displaying two text pages side-by-side, a convenience if you're using half of the screen for reference while composing a document on the other half.

But, wait, there's more. The Convertible Notebook's rotating hinge allows the screen to pivot, reversing the dimensions to tall-and-thin, making the shape resemble a picture frame.

The screen folds flat, leaving the exterior flush with the keyboard and the digital surface facing up. In this configuration, the computer is nifty for viewing Web pages because there's less need for scrolling.

Of course, it's still a computerized tablet, and Gateway's stylus pen can be used for jotting notes or drawing directly on the screen.

The $1,399 test model includes an ample 512 megabytes of memory, a 60-gigabyte hard disk and a built-in DVD burner.


Despite its heft, the Convertible Notebook beats out other Tablet PCs for usefulness. And if you still crave paper notes, you can always print out your digital doodles.

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Targus Notebook Chill Mat™
Tablet PC Questions

Birdie has been complaining about the Acer Tablet PC resetting. My first guess was spyware, malware, or adware running on the machine. However, after looking several different times, this was eliminated as a cause. As she described the problem, she talked about a slowdown of the machine prior to the shutdown. Yesterday we purchased the  Targus Notebook Chill Mat™, an excellent accessory for any Tablet PC convertible user. After being on for almost 24 hours straight, the Acer Tablet PC did not slowdown, shutdown, or reboot. The Chill Mat did the trick. Cool.

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Tatung introduces new tablet PC family
eChannelLine

San Francisco-based Tatung Science and Technology has unveiled two new tablet PC models, the entry-level 10.4'' TTAB-910E and the 12.1'' TTAB-A12D.

"The light weight and slim dimensions of the new TTAB-A12D tablets make them ideal for applications in healthcare, insurance, education, inventory management, manufacturing, and other areas that require users to carry the units for long periods of time, while the TTAB-910E provides affordable entry level Tablet PC for vertical applications," said James Hwang, Tatung's director. The TTAB-A12D tablet PCs measure 9.13" x 11.92" x 0.73" (232 mm x 303 mm x 18.6 mm), weigh 3.08 lbs (1.4 kg), and can be operated with either a stylus an optional keyboard. The 12.1'' TTAB-A12D comes configured with a choice of a 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium M processor LV 768 with 2MB L2 cache or a 1 GHz Intel Celeron M processor ULV 373 with 512KB L2 cache. The entry level 10.4'' TTAB-910E comes configured with an Intel Celeron M processor LV 733 MHz with 256KB L2 cache. Both models feature an integrated security system based on Omni Pass AP biometric fingerprint recognition. The TTAB-A12D can be rotated 90 degrees by using the optional docking station, allowing users to view the tablet screen in portrait or landscape format. When the tablet is rotated on its cradle, the on-screen image also automatically rotates, and it can be inclined for four different viewing angles. Both TTAB-A12D tablets feature WLAN 802.11 a/b/g or b/g via Mini PCI, a 56K V.92 Modem card, and IrDA on the motherboard. I/O Ports include VGA out; DC-in; USB 2.0x2; IEEE1394; Headphone out; Microphone in; Modem Port; LAN Port; Docking Port and KBD Stand Interface. Audio support is AC-97 Rev 2.2/2.3/Azalia compliant with integrated stereo speakers and an integrated full duplex microphone; and an optional array microphone. The unit also includes a card bus slot for Type I/II, Mini-PCI, MDC.

The TTAB-A12D system includes a Lithium Ion battery pack, with up to four- hour battery life when used with a six-cell battery pack, support for S3 hot swap features, and an AC adapter 12V DC power supply. Standard accessories include an AC adapter, power cord, stylus pen, pen tether, quick start guide, Window XP tablet PC edition, utility CD, a 6-cell battery pack, and a detachable keyboard stand. Optional accessories include a 10-cell extended battery pack that holds power for up to six hours, an external battery charger, slim USB keyboard, RF mouse, docking station, slipcover, and carrying bag.

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Have briefcase, will travel
FCW

The slow days of summer are over and the boss says it's time to hit the road again. The day before your trip you stand looking at your empty briefcase and contemplate what to pack.

First, you think about what you want to accomplish. You'll need to write some documents and check e-mail on the road, and you plan to make the most of your time at the airport and on the plane to complete those tasks.

You're also scheduled to present a slide show to a small group. The attendees will want to be able to use some of your information when they're in the field and away from their computers.

Another meeting will be a brainstorming session that will involve drawing diagrams you'll want to reference later. Most of them will be static, but some will need simple animation to be fully effective.

So what will accomplish all those tasks and still fit in your briefcase? We've rounded up four products that fill the bill.

The first is Lenovo's ThinkPad X41 convertible tablet PC. It's the lightest convertible tablet on the market, and it switches from notebook to tablet mode in seconds. Use it in notebook mode to type documents and e-mail messages, or use it in tablet mode to take notes while you're sitting or standing. You can also make a presentation to a small group by rotating the screen.

Lenovo obtained the X41 through the acquisition of the IBM Personal Computing Division. The X41 is one of the few notebook PCs on the market that includes a touchpad and a trackpoint for navigation. But if you don't like either of those, you'll want to check out Iogear's Laser Travel Mouse 1600. This small, lightweight mouse works on almost any surface, and its high resolution means that moving the cursor requires little effort on your part. That's perfect when you're working in cramped spaces such as airplane seats.

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Yes, Microsoft listens
Whatisnew.com

Do you remember the old TV commercial where a person said, "When EF Hutton speaks, people listen..."? When customers, partners, developers speak, Microsoft Tablet & Mobile PC team members listen. Over on the Tablet PC Team Blog, Koji gives a quick update on what happened at PDC and how the team is not only listening but taking action. 

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October 4, 2005

Toshiba Announces Enhanced Convertible Satellite(R) Notebook Tablet PC; Satellite R15-S829 Features Additional Multimedia Functionality, Increased Performance at Affordable Price
Business Wire

Toshiba's Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and provider of industry-leading portable computers, projectors and other mobile-related services and products celebrating Toshiba's 20th anniversary of the first mass-marketed laptop computer, today announced the availability of the Satellite(R) R15-S829, a convertible notebook for mainstream notebook users with added multimedia functionality and enhanced performance.

Starting at $1,599(1), the Satellite R15-S829 convertible notebook allows users to work with a traditional keyboard or rotate and fold the screen down for use as a Tablet PC with digital pen-based input and control. Consumers are given the capabilities of a full-featured notebook with the added convenience of handwritten notes.

The Satellite R15-S829 offers features new to the line, including a DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive that reads and writes in up to 10 formats and can nearly double a recordable DVD's storage capacity in DVD+R double layer format, and an 80GB hard drive(2) operating at 5400 rpm for quicker access to files.

The product also includes 512B memory(3) (expandable to 2GB), Intel(TM) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology for optimum wireless(4) connectivity with a more powerful Intel Pentium(R) M 735 processor(5), and Microsoft(TM) Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system.

"The Satellite R15-S829 is perfect for the notebook buyer who would like the ability to move beyond the keyboard and take notes, handwrite an e-mail or draw with digital ink on a portable, fully configured notebook PC," said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems. "Consumers will appreciate the freedom and creativity possible with a dual-function notebook that also offers Toshiba quality, design and reliability at an affordable price."

With its 14.1-inch XGA display, the Satellite R15-S829 offers a writing and viewing area similar to an 8.5- by 11-inch piece of paper in Tablet PC mode. A Tablet PC Input Panel allows users to later convert digitized "ink" into text.

Microsoft Office OneNote(TM) 2003 software is included to enable users to better capture, organize, find and share notes gathered from e-mail, meetings, presentations, classes, the Web and other sources. OneNote captures virtually any type of information -- ranging from typed notes to audio -- in a single convenient place.

The Satellite R15-S829 is currently available from ToshibaDirect (www.toshibadirect.com) and major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide. Toshiba is committed to offering consumers the most competitive pricing possible, regularly offering rebate and other discount programs to its retailers. Consumers should check local stores and newspaper advertisements for current retail pricing on Toshiba notebook PCs.

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Attention Tablet PC Developer Experts: Request for Technical Articles and Samples
Whatisnew.com

The Tablet PC and Mobile PC teams are looking for aspiring authors with great technical ideas, samples, and content for our Developer Center. If you’re a developer who has innovative Tablet PC or mobile PC ideas, is interested in seeing those ideas published, and wants to get paid for published articles, let us know. For more information, send e-mail enquiries to TabISV@Microsoft.com. If you have a great idea for us to write about or really want someone else to write about a specific topic, send us e-mail about that, too.

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Mi-Co Sponsors NC Home Health Care Leadership Conference
ClickPress

Wilmington, NC. Demonstrating its continuing commitment to the health care market, Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, announced today that they are sponsoring the Leadership Conference hosted by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina. The conference is being held in Wilmington NC at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside on October 3 and 4, 2005.

Phillip Greene of Gateway Computers added, “Mi-Forms Software on the new M280 Tablet PC from Gateway is an excellent combination of power, performance and price for the mobile healthcare professional capturing client data.”

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October 5, 2005

OmniMD chooses the MEDCIN® Terminology Engine for its Specialty EMR
NewsReleaseWire.com

OmniMD, a leading developer of HIPAA-compliant Internet/Intranet/ PDA/ OmniMDTablet PC / Desktop PC based enterprise clinical solutions, has announced the availability of MEDCIN® clinical engine in its Specialty Electronic Medical Records(EMR) product. MEDCIN® includes more than 270,000 clinical data elements covering symptoms, history, physical examination, tests,diagnoses and therapy. MEDCIN has evolved over 26 years, in collaboration with physicians on staff from Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and other medical centers.

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Tablet PC Update
eSchool News

One of the reasons I've been busy is that our Tablet PC pilot keeps rolling along, and we've been collecting some regular reflections from our teachers that I thought might be interesting to share. Let me just say that personally, I think the tablet technology is potentially transformative for teachers, and as you'll see if you read all the quotes, it's been transformative for many here. Now I know that we are extremely fortunate to be able to test this model (Tablet PC, wireless Internet access, wireless ceiling mounted LCD projectors), and we're hoping to expand it to most if not all faculty next year should things continue to go well. The creativity that inking allows, the "never have your back to the students" mobility that wireless connectivity allows, the abilty to save and share the work you do on the tablet, and the hand-off-ability of giving it to students to show their work renders a lot of other technologies (i.e Smart Boards) pretty irrelevant. It's been a treat to watch. So anyway, here are a few teacher comments, and you can read a bunch more excerpts if you like.

--To tell you the truth, I feel like I am a better teacher since I have acquired such wonderful technology.

--I love this model and can’t wait to get to class each day. It makes each lesson unique, even when I am just creating notes, or showing a PowerPoint.

--I’ve found that one of the best things about the tablet is the increase in student participation.

--I am finding that the tablet has become almost necessary in order for me to complete my lessons…Finally, I am relieved when I remember that if this model is not implemented next year, we all get to keep these awesome tools that I feel have enhanced my teaching, my organization, and most importantly, student learning in my classroom.

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Xplore's Rugged Tablet PC's Selected for Streamlined Service
PR Newswire

Xplore Technologies a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider, announced a strategic deployment to Shell GAS LPG by its Platinum Systems Integrator, Rugged Systems Ltd. Working with IT advisor, EACS Ltd., Shell GAS LPG selected Xplore's rugged iX104C2D Tablet PC's for deployment by their engineering functions as part of the company's larger Six Sigma project in the United Kingdom.

Shell GAS provides gas delivery service as well as maintenance and installation service of gas vessels at customer sites. Xplore tablets are primarily used for engineering functions to maintain the vessels at the customer's location, install new LPG vessels into new customer properties, and remove them when they are no longer needed. Engineers can complete orders onsite at the customer location and send finalized work order forms back to the office real-time. The original paper-based method, when documents were sent by fax or mail was slow; and the forms did not always include all the vital details. Utilizing the conditional format of the electronic forms, Shell GAS receives all the required data. Due to the streamlined process, the company achieves a higher level of customer satisfaction.

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Motion Tablet PCs Receive High Marks at Celebration High School; Mobility Helps Set Teaching Best Practices into Action
Business Wire

Celebration High School (CHS) has begun a new era in teaching with Motion Computing(R) tablet PCs. This fall marks the school's first year as a totally wireless, ultra-mobile teaching environment. All 110 teachers and administrators at the Celebration, Fla., high school are now using Motion tablet PCs.

The Motion tablets serve as the hub of CHS's wireless teaching world that includes a campus-wide wireless network, wireless projectors, and interactive white boards. Gone are the days of grading and lesson plan books for CHS teachers. Academic, disciplinary, and personal information about each student is securely stored wirelessly via the tablet on the school's network. In addition to using the tablet to create and project lessons, teachers grade assignments submitted electronically and can analyze that data and share it with administrators instantaneously. CHS has more than 700 wireless laptops available for student use.

"One well-known best practice in teaching is that students learn best when teachers interact with them, as opposed to lecturing to them," said Scott Muri, CHS's assistant principal. "Students pay more attention when the teacher circulates throughout the classroom. With the tablet, interactive white boards, and wireless projectors, the teachers at Celebration High are able to move about the classroom freely."

Over the past three years, CHS tracked the evolution and reliability of tablet PCs, waiting for the right time and the right technology to fall within the state's IT budget for the school. With Executive Source Quality Computer Systems (ESQ), a Motion Computing channel partner, CHS selected Motion M1400 tablets for their durability, flexibility, and ease-of-use. Teachers were trained by ESQ on basic tablet functions in April 2005 and were up-and-running without any major issues in time for the start of the 2005-2006 school year. According to Muri, the teacher's response to the tablets has been overwhelmingly positive.

Here's what two CHS teachers had to say:

    "In addition to drawing on presentations and lessons with the
tablet's pen, I enjoy being able to type notes using the Bluetooth
keyboard. I usually set my tablet up with an LCD projector and then
take the keyboard out into the classroom and sit with the students.
They seem to enjoy it and feel like they are a part of running the
class."
-- Amy Hughes

    "I've really enjoyed the tablet PC because it's interactive and
mobile. It's made a big difference in the way my kids learn. They're
more engaged and attentive because of this new and different
technology."
-- Joel Fox

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Our Favorite Laptops
PC Magazine

Another one of our favorite laptops is the Fujitsu LifeBook P1510, a small, sleek system with the added benefits of a Tablet PC. If you need the freedom to move about the country and not feel the weight of your laptop slowing you down, then the LifeBook is a very good option.

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October 6, 2005

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P1510
TrustedReviews

Fujitsu-Siemens slogan for the Lifebook P1510 is “See how big small big can be”. It’s certainly apt as the Lifebook P1510 is tiny – a mere 37 x 232 x 167 mm (HxWxD) It’s the smallest Tablet PC notebook I’ve come across. Indeed it’s one of the smallest notebooks I have ever seen. Of course, small doesn’t automatically mean good, as there tend to be several features missing, but as you’ll see the Lifebook P1510 is quite a remarkable little machine.

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Gateway Takes Convertible Notebook Mainstream With New Performance, Features and Affordable Price
PR Newswire

Performance Notebook With Tablet Capabilities Priced Less Than $1,400; System is the First Convertible With 14-inch Widescreen Display in Retail; Gateway Extends Value by Adding Full Version of Microsoft OneNote 2003

Gateway today unveiled its new Gateway(R) CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook, which unites the power and performance of a full-featured notebook PC with the convenience and flexibility of digital pen input and Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Operating System 2005.

The Gateway CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook is sure to get the attention of students, consumers and professionals alike. It is available now in several different models at leading retailers including Best Buy, Best Buy Canada and CompUSA.

The first convertible notebook available at retail with a 14-inch widescreen display, the new Gateway Convertible Notebook provides all the benefits of a full featured mobile PC including high performance capabilities, premium features and extended battery life. The system's unique design enables it to be easily "converted" from a notebook into tablet mode; the display simply swivels and folds down upon the keyboard to allow users to take handwritten notes, draw diagrams and edit documents directly on the stunning display. Gateway's new CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook is affordably priced at less than $1,400.00 -- a price that is making the technology much more appealing for a wider range of notebook customers.

Gateway further enhances the value of the new Gateway Convertible Notebook by including all the software that gives customers a great tablet experience right out of the box. In addition to Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Operating System 2005, Gateway also includes a full version of Microsoft OneNote 2003 on the convertible.

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October 7, 2005

Agilix Labs Participates in the 2005 Schools of Distinction Awards
PR Newswire

Agilix Labs, Inc., a leading provider of mobility software solutions for the education market, today announced its participation as a sponsor in the 2005 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. Agilix is providing 200 copies of GoBinder(TM) to each of the 20 K-12 schools that were recently announced as award-winners, a value of $200,000. Awards are slated to be presented to the 20 schools at an annual gala held this evening in Washington D.C., which will be attended by Agilix management. Sponsored by Intel and Scholastic, the Schools of Distinction Awards are for the top K-12 schools that have demonstrated extraordinary educational achievement and innovation, providing exemplary models for success. Awards were given to an elementary and a secondary school in each of 10 categories: overall academic achievement, literacy, science, mathematics, teamwork, leadership, collaboration, professional development, technical excellence and technical innovation. "Agilix is delighted to participate in the 2005 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction awards," said Curt Allen, Agilix president and chief executive officer. "We support the effort to recognize innovation in our elementary and secondary school systems throughout America. Our youth are our future, and all efforts to accelerate student learning will pay great dividends to the destiny of our communities."

Agilix GoBinder is a mobile learning application that enhances the learning process by enabling students to take in-class notes, capture learning content for rapid recall and stay organized. Students can use Intel-based notebooks or Tablet PC computers to take digital notes, capture content, and search, annotate and organize all of their class materials. The application helps students stay organized with a calendar, task and contact manager.

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October 10, 2005

Two Gateway Firsts Hit Stores Last Week
Twice

New York — Gateway Computer marked two firsts last week as it began shipping the company's first LCD monitor designed for the consumer and professional markets and its first consumer Tablet PC.

Shipping on the same day as the FPD2185W was the CX2600 series, Gateway's first attempt at selling a Tablet PC to the masses. Unlike its previously introduced business models, this was designed from the ground up as a notebook with the tablet functionality added afterward, McDonald said.

The series consists of two units, the CX2610 selling at Best Buy for $1,399, and the CX2608 selling through CompUSA for $1,349. The models are essentially the same with each having a 14W-inch touch-screen display, a 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512MB of memory, an 80GB hard drive and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. The Best Buy version features a dual-format, double-layer DVD burner, while the CompUSA model has as DVD/CD-RW drive.

McDonald said Gateway specifically moved away from the ultra thin and light formats used by other Tablet PC vendors instead relying on a notebook with a heavier chassis and stronger hinge for the pivoting display. This not only added strength, a factor found lacking in Gateway's earlier models, but keep down costs, he said.

McDonald believes Tablet PC functionality may soon become just another feature on mainstream notebooks. He compared the current situation Tablet PC market as being similar to where wireless networking was several years ago, found on a few models or as an option.

“I would expect that in five or six years 90 percent of the market to have some level of tablet functionality,” he said.

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Location tracking -- for people, products, places -- is fast coming into its own
Boston Globe

At the Illinois Institute of Technology, prospective students could take a self-guided tour using a tablet PC that spits out information on activities happening near where they are standing on the Chicago campus or gives them architectural highlights of the Mies van der Rohe building as they walk by.

Such tracking technologies, including new applications for Global Positioning Systems, are coming to a campus, cafe, or care center near you.

After years of false starts and underwhelming results, systems for locating people, places, and objects are finally finding themselves. Once the province of the fanciful imagination of Q from the James Bond series, location technologies are wending their way into ordinary business practices and extraordinary human applications, from monitoring the elderly to connecting a cardiac patient admitted to the emergency room with the nearest surgeon.

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Gateway Takes Convertible Notebook Mainstream With New PerformanceFeatures and Affordable Price
eCoustics.com

Performance Notebook With Tablet Capabilities Priced Less Than $1,400; System is the First Convertible With 14-inch Widescreen Display in Retail; Gateway Extends Value by Adding Full Version of Microsoft OneNote 2003

Gateway today unveiled its new Gateway® CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook, which unites the power and performance of a full-featured notebook PC with the convenience and flexibility of digital pen input and Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Operating System 2005.

The Gateway CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook is sure to get the attention of students, consumers and professionals alike. It is available now in several different models at leading retailers including Best Buy, Best Buy Canada and CompUSA.

The first convertible notebook available at retail with a 14-inch widescreen display, the new Gateway Convertible Notebook provides all the benefits of a full featured mobile PC including high performance capabilities, premium features and extended battery life. The system's unique design enables it to be easily "converted" from a notebook into tablet mode; the display simply swivels and folds down upon the keyboard to allow users to take handwritten notes, draw diagrams and edit documents directly on the stunning display.

Gateway's new CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook is affordably priced at less than $1,400.00 -- a price that is making the technology much more appealing for a wider range of notebook customers.

"With the new Gateway CX2600 Series Convertible Notebook, our customers can do more in so many areas of computing; it gives them unprecedented advantages over traditional notebooks," said Chad McDonald, director of notebook product marketing, Gateway. "The extra capabilities added by the innovative convertible design and easy-to-use suite of software let our customers capture handwritten information, sketch diagrams and conveniently access online information. Plus, it lets customers enjoy existing and new applications for work, school and play."

Gateway further enhances the value of the new Gateway Convertible Notebook by including all the software that gives customers a great tablet experience right out of the box. In addition to Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Operating System 2005, Gateway also includes a full version of Microsoft OneNote 2003 on the convertible. Microsoft OneNote 2003 is an easy-to-use software program that provides handwriting recognition as well as the means to capture, share and organize written and recorded notes, information and files. When purchased separately, Microsoft OneNote 2003 has a suggested retail price of $99.

So Much To Do With The Gateway Convertible Notebook
The Gateway Convertible Notebook enhances and expands the mobile computing experience to help customers be more creative, get more done and have more fun. Following are just a few of the new and innovative ways that the convertible notebook can be used:

  • Students can use the digital pen to easily take notes in class, search handwritten notes and even convert handwriting into text. They can also add charts and online information to research papers. Microsoft's Education Pack for Tablet PC, which comes standard with the new convertible, features many applications such as Ink Flash Cards and Equation Writer to help students with their studies and keep their school projects organized.
  • Home users can use the Snipping Tool to circle a portion of content from anywhere, copy the exact image of what was circled and then simply paste it into another file -- such as a document or email. For example, a customer can find an interesting article, news item or recipe online and simply circle it and email it to a friend or family member.
  • Small business professionals such as insurance agents can capture digital signatures and information directly on forms.(1) Other professionals who are highly mobile such as real estate agents can handwrite notes while they move around their work environments.
  • Gateway retail customers of all types will enjoy Microsoft's Experience Pack for Tablet PC, which comes standard with the new notebook. The software pack includes useful applications such as the Ink Desktop, which makes the display instantly ready to accept handwritten notes. The program also features Ink Art for creating digital works of art and Media Transfer to send digital media files from another PC to the Gateway Convertible Notebook.
  • Sales and marketing professionals, professors, instructors, and anyone who makes presentations can use the Gateway Convertible Notebook's swiveling display to present to a small group, as well as use the pen and display to write directly on the screen to annotate the presentation, emphasize a point and capture feedback.

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October 11, 2005

Ball State Moves To Head Of Class In Intel’s Ranking Of The Top 50 “Most Unwired” U.S. Campuses
LBS-zone.com

Survey Finds Students Check Laundry Status from Laptops, Log in to Virtual Office Hours and Turn in Term Papers from the Quad

As the most technology savvy and well-connected generation of college students enters school this fall, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., is the nation’s “Most Unwired Campus,” according to Intel Corporation’s second annual survey on wireless Internet access at U.S. colleges and universities.

Last year many campuses reported limited wireless network capabilities. This year’s survey, conducted with the Center for Digital Education, reveals that students are more likely to be enjoying campus life unwired. Seventy-four percent of this year’s top 50 schools have 100 percent wireless network coverage on campus, up from 14 percent of the top 50 in 2004. According to the survey, the top 50 most unwired campuses are, on average, 98 percent covered by a wireless network, up from 64 percent last year.

Rounding out the top 10 campuses for the greatest wireless Internet accessibility are Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. (No. 2); University of Akron, Akron, Ohio (No. 3); Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. (No. 4); Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh (No. 5); Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Mass. (No. 6); St. John’s University, New York (No. 7); Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (No. 8); Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I. (No. 9); and Trinity University, San Antonio (No. 10).

* Professors at Coppin State University ( Baltimore) and Winona State ( Winona, Minn.) use wirelessly-enabled tablet PCs to transmit data to LCD projectors from anywhere they roam in the classroom.

Once just a productivity tool for business travelers to stay in touch with the office and customers, laptop PCs have become an indispensable part of student life. More than 20 million portables (laptop, tablet and convertible PCs) are expected to be sold in the United States this year, almost 23 percent more than last year, according to industry research firm IDC**. Without adding pounds to packs, Intel® Centrino® mobile technology has helped to fuel a new category of lighter, thinner and more powerful wireless-enabled laptop PCs. Connecting to wireless Internet access points (hotspots) with laptop PCs and other wireless-enabled devices is quickly becoming part of everyday life across America.

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Shock and war
Computeractive

Itronix, in town for an arms fair, has shown off two laptops targeted at the military and other users of rugged notebooks.

One was a Tablet PC in which the processor is in a sealed compartment, water-cooled with pipes leading out to a heat exchanger.

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October 12, 2005

Tablet Kiosk Introduces Think Pink; Sahara i215 Pinkie Tablet PC to Benefit Fight Against Breast Cancer
Press Release

Tablet Kiosk announces the release of their newest addition to the Sahara Sahara i215 PinkieBrand Slate Tablet PC's, the Sahara i215 Pinkie, benefiting the fight against Breast Cancer.

Tablet Kiosk has teamed up with the American Breast Cancer Foundation (www.ABCF.org) in the marketing of it's new Pink Tablet PC, the Sahara i215 Pinkie, with a portion of the proceeds for each unit sold going to ABCF for the fight against breast cancer.

The Sahara i215 Pinkie integrates the latest mobile CPU power, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi and a wide viewing angle display as standard equipment, while maintaining their sleek lightweight design.

The Sahara i215 Pinkie utilizes the latest Intel(r) Centrino mobile technology low voltage processor, running at 1.5 GHz with 2MB L2, worldwide wireless capabilities with an Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG (802.11a/b/g) wireless module and the highly regarded Hydis Wide Viewing Angle Display, offering viewing angles of up to 180 degrees, as standard equipment.

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Winners of the 6th Annual Final Draft Big Break! Screenwriting Screenwriting Contest Announced at Event Honoring Sydney Pollack
Emediawire

Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final Draft®, the world’s #1-selling scriptwriting software, today announced the winners of the 6th Annual Final Draft "Big Break!" International Screenplay Contest at an event that also honored Hollywood legend Sydney Pollack with its inaugural Final Draft Hall of Fame Award. Big Break! is an annual, global screenwriting competition designed to support emerging creative talent. Big Break! rewards screenwriters with over $15,000 in cash and prizes and exposure to the entertainment industry through meetings with industry professionals, studio executives and agents. This year’s winners were selected out of 3,500 entries worldwide (a 25% increase over last year).

The first place winner is Julia Van Develder of Rhinebeck, New York. Her winning screenplay, The Escape Artist, tells the story of an aspiring artist who finds himself trapped in a boring corporate job and a loveless marriage. He fakes a mental breakdown and is committed to a psychiatric hospital in hopes of pursuing his dream in the guise of “art therapy.” But his boss and his wife discover the con and are out for revenge.

Second place goes to Craig Tiede of Meadville, PA. His screenplay, Zoo Day, is about a meteorologist who abandons his own cancer treatment to track a hurricane. His life collides with those of a wounded soldier and a single mother raising her teenage sons. Together they battle the elements and forge bonds in an attempt to survive.

Jon Gilbert of London, England, won third place. His screenplay, The Sculptress and The Thief, is a thriller about an armed robber on the run from police who takes refuge in a warehouse owned by an eccentric, elderly sculptress. Tensions grow as her devious plans undermine the robber's haven, ending in a horrific climax.

Big Break! Becomes the First Paperless Major Screenwriting Contest
Through the combined efforts of Big Break’s! premier sponsor Microsoft and Without A Box, the contest’s official Screenwriting Submission System, a majority of this year’s 3,500 entries in the contest were submitted, read and judged without being printed on paper. Entries were received online at Without A Box and then transferred to Microsoft’s Sharepoint Server which delivered them to Microsoft Powered Tablet PC’s for reading and judging. “By utilizing Microsoft’s technology we saved hundreds of man-hours of copying and printing, not to mention many trees," said Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft, Inc.

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October 13, 2005

Ball State University Moves To Head Of The Class In Intel’s Ranking Of The Top 50 “Most Unwired” U.S. Campuses
noticias.info

Professors at Coppin State University ( Baltimore) and Winona State ( Winona, Minn.) use wirelessly-enabled tablet PCs to transmit data to LCD projectors from anywhere they roam in the classroom.
Broadcast across campus wireless networks, sporting events can be viewed anywhere on campus with a wirelessly-enabled laptop PC at Ball State, Purdue ( West Lafayette, Ind.) and Western Michigan University.
At Carnegie Mellon and Dartmouth, students can use wirelessly-enabled laptop PCs to check the status of their laundry loads and washing machine availability.

Professors are conducting virtual office hours and administering exams online.
University operations are being streamlined through wireless Internet access, as schools equip campus security staff, housing services staff and facility managers with wirelessly-enabled laptops to complete paperwork and submit work orders instantly from the field.

Once just a productivity tool for business travelers to stay in touch with the office and customers, laptop PCs have become an indispensable part of student life. More than 20 million portables (laptop, tablet and convertible PCs) are expected to be sold in the United States this year, almost 23 percent more than last year, according to industry research firm IDC**. Without adding pounds to packs, Intel® Centrino® mobile technology has helped to fuel a new category of lighter, thinner and more powerful wireless-enabled laptop PCs. Connecting to wireless Internet access points (hotspots) with laptop PCs and other wireless-enabled devices is quickly becoming part of everyday life across America.

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Tablet PC's Reach for the Masses
New York Times

The two main types of tablet PC's are the slate model, a book-shaped computer with a pen, and the convertible model, which includes a keyboard and closely resembles a laptop. Both types run the same programs as other Windows-based computers, but all of the mouse actions can be performed by touching the pen to the screen.

The pen also allows users to write directly into programs in longhand, using an on-screen input panel, or by tapping letters and numbers on an on-screen keyboard. For example, in a Web browser you can either write a Web address by hand or tap out the letters on the on-screen keyboard. Programs developed specifically for the tablet PC offer greater uses for the pen, including mathematics, drawing and more expansive handwriting capabilities.

A new unit from Motion Computing, the LS800 (starting at $1,899; www.motioncomputing.com), is an ultraportable slate tablet PC. It measures less than an inch thick and 8.94 inches long, and the screen is 8.4 inches diagonally. With an exterior made of carbon fiber, it weighs about 2.2 pounds and is the lightest and smallest of the slate tablet PC's on the market.

The LS800 comes with a built-in fingerprint reader, which can grant access to the system using finger scans in addition to passwords. It also includes several buttons alongside the screen - one for toggling between landscape and portrait views; another to turn the Wi-Fi radio on or off; and another that starts up the Motion Dashboard, a utility program that quickly allows users to recalibrate the pen, activate the Bluetooth radio and adjust settings like security and Wi-Fi connectivity.

On the other side of the size spectrum is a new convertible model from Gateway, the CX200 (starting at $1,100; www.gateway.com). It has a 14-inch display that, as with other convertibles, flips open like a laptop and can swivel to one side and then fold down over the keyboard with the screen facing up. It is the first convertible tablet PC with a display using the WXGA wide-screen format (a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 768 pixels, and a 16:9 aspect ratio for wide-screen viewing of DVD movies).

The CX200 is large: it measures 13.58 inches wide, 11.14 inches deep and 1.36 inches thick. It weighs about 6.75 pounds with an eight-cell battery, according to Gateway, and comes with a choice of several processors, from a 1.4-gigahertz Celeron M up to a 2.13-gigahertz Pentium M. It includes a bay that can accommodate optical drives or a second battery, and it has a seven-in-one memory card reader.

From Hewlett-Packard comes a model aimed largely at business users seeking portability, the HP Compaq TC4200 (starting at $1,599; www.hp.com). With a 12.1-inch screen, the device is essentially a convertible version of Hewlett-Packard's ultraportable notebook, the NC4200. As with many ultraportables, the TC4200 lacks a built-in optical drive for playing or burning CD's and DVD's, but it offers a selection of standard-voltage Pentium M processors, from 1.73 to 2 gigahertz, typically available in larger models. The casing is made of magnesium alloy, a hard material that is protective but also adds weight.

Another model aimed at business users is from Lenovo, the ThinkPad X41 tablet (starting at $1,899; www.thinkpad.com), the first ThinkPad tablet. The X41, like the TC4200 from Hewlett-Packard, has a 12.1-inch screen, but at 3.5 pounds with a four-cell battery, it is about a pound lighter. It comes with a 1.5-gigahertz low-voltage Pentium M processor, which sacrifices some speed compared with some other models, but puts less strain on the battery and helps reduce weight.

Another new convertible, the Toshiba Tecra M4 (starting at $1,614 after rebate; www.toshibadirect.com), is aimed at consumers, college students and business users. It has a 14.1-inch screen and is large enough to be a desktop replacement. It has an assortment of ports and expansion slots, including three U.S.B. ports, with two along the left side and one in the back; a Secure Digital slot; a PC-MCIA slot; S-Video for TV out; and a four-pin FireWire port (the type that does not provide power to an attached device).

When it comes to software made for the tablet PC platform, a variety of programs have been developed. For mathematics, the MathJournal from xThink ($198; $98 for students; www.xthink.com) can calculate solutions to handwritten math problems. For example, you can write out an equation like 5 = 2x + 1, and the program can solve it numerically or symbolically, or plot the result on a graph.

A $100 program, the PlanPlus for Windows XP from FranklinCovey (www.franklincovey.com), is a planner and contact manager; you can write appointments directly in the calendar, add daily notes and write in contact information by hand that can be linked to Microsoft Outlook for sending e-mail.

The tablet PC is also seeing hardware changes. Microsoft relaxed its definition of tablet PC's last month and is now allowing computer makers to put its Windows operating system for tablets into units with touch screens. The first is an ultraportable convertible from Fujitsu, the LifeBook P1510D, which is expected to be available on Nov. 22, according to a Fujitsu spokeswoman (starting at $1,549; www.fujitsu.com). It has an 8.9-inch screen and weighs about 2.2 pounds with a three-cell battery.

A touch screen made to work with the tablet PC operating system allows the use of any pointing device, including your fingers; it does not require the special pen of today's tablet PC's. (A version of the P1510D is available with a touch screen and the Windows XP Professional operating system, starting at $1,499.)

Microsoft has added features and addressed handwriting accuracy in past updates of the tablet PC edition of Windows. In Windows Vista, the Microsoft operating system due out next year, more improvements for tablet PC's are planned. (A note about Vista: If you are considering buying a computer now and upgrading to Vista next year, check first with the manufacturer about system requirements, including the graphics processor's ability to support Vista's graphics-intensive features.)

Among the improvements in Vista is a way to import text from sent e-mail messages to help recognize words not found in standard dictionaries; Pen Flicks, a way to assign actions like "delete" or "copy" to specific pen movements; and a way to train the system to recognize your personal handwriting style.

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October 14 2005

DIgital Life

Were on our way to Digital Life in NYC !

DigitalLife is the only consumer technology event showcasing the latest in all things digital. Hosted in the largest convention center in NYC, DigitalLife will transform the Jacob Javits Center into a digital playground for THREE straight days! So, come check it out — and bring your family, friends, and co-workers — don't forget, kids under 12 get in FREE!

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October 17 2005

Is It Really Time to Upgrade?
Washington Post

To hear Steve tell it, buying a computer was, by now, supposed to be as simple as grabbing something off the shelf at the grocery store. However, Angela notes, even if it's easier to buy a machine these days, knowing which one to buy still requires some decision-making. And so the Duo set out to streamline the process. They didn't look at every computer on the market--and neither should you. Instead, they've got a little list of questions you should ask yourself before you head for the store.

A few users may, however, have needs that immediately circumscribe their buying choices. For instance, some handwriting-friendly folks may be interested in Tablet PCs, which allow users to operate the computer simply by scribbling on the screen with a special stylus. Steve's handwriting is wretched, and Angela crashed the machine multiple times during her testing, but if this is your cup of tea, these things are out there. More popular lately is the use of the computer as an entertainment center for storing photos, music, and video. If that's a priority, says Steve, you might consider a Media Center PC, which lets you use your hard drive as a TiVo -like digital video recorder. (Though, he grumps, most of those types of machines turned out to be somewhat flaky during our testing as well.)

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Blackboard and Agilix Labs Release Backpack -- New Mobile Learning Application
Market Wire

Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB ), a leading provider of e-learning software and campus commerce systems, and Agilix Labs, Inc., a worldwide leader in mobile learning solutions for education markets, today announced the availability of Blackboard Backpack™, a mobile learning application that synchronizes with the Blackboard Academic Suite™. Blackboard Backpack will be available to academic institutions, faculty and students using Blackboard. The technology which allows this synchronization will be a core part of Blackboard's latest software release, Release 7 for the Blackboard Academic Suite.

Blackboard Backpack allows students and faculty to easily download local course and organization content in the Blackboard Academic Suite, so that the local application's database is up to date and available for non-connected use. The primary benefit is to enable students' offline access to educational materials, and incorporate it into their personal learning knowledgebase.

The first application of its kind in the education market, Blackboard Backpack enables students to download content from the Blackboard Learning System™ and the Blackboard Content System™ on to a desktop, laptop or Tablet PC for each course they are enrolled in. Once course content is stored locally in the Blackboard Backpack database, students can view it offline, organize it, annotate it and search it. The offline content appears exactly the same as it does online. Additions and changes to the content made by faculty are automatically captured and downloaded when students re-synchronize with the Blackboard server.

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Gates to students: We need your ideas
PC World Magazine

Microsoft needs students interested in computer science to program the IT innovations of tomorrow, including Tablet PCs that users can write on with a pen and wireless camera phones that interpret foreign street signs, Bill Gates said Friday.

"It's key for young people coming into the field to come in with an open mind," said Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, speaking at Howard University, a historically African-American university in Washington, D.C. "It's really your generation, and many of you specifically, who will have a chance to drive this forward."

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The Fujitsu Lifebook P1510d: a TabletPC Lover's Perspective
Blogcritics.org,

Vista Beta 1 on the P1510d
Wanting to experience the P1510 as a Tablet PC, I grabbed my copies of Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1 and installed it. I tried two different builds. I was aware that Vista makes many more demands of hardware than its predecessor, and I had concerns that the 512mb of RAM wouldn't suffice, but I found I had no unexpected performance issues whatsoever (there were some device driver problems and application compatibility issues, but this was expected in a beta, and I reported it to Microsoft). I can honestly say that using the Vista Tablet Input Panel on the Fujitsu was a better experience than using the TPCE 2005 TIP on my beloved ViewSonic V1250.


Conclusion
If I hadn't been using an active digitizer for a year and a half, I'd be sold. For those who are new to penabled computing or who have been using PDAs and wishing for something that can do and show more, I have little doubt that the P1510d will deliver. A way simply needs to be found to make the device run cooler.

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October 18 2005

TechNet Webcast: Single Image Deployment with Tablet PC Edition 2005 (Level 200)
msevents.microsoft.com

Start Time: Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

End Time: Thursday, October 20, 2005 1:00 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This webcast will provide the information you need to build and deploy Tablet PCs, leveraging the same Microsoft Windows XP image you have used for your notebook PCs! We show how to use the System Preparation Tool to deploy Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, which eliminates the need to maintain separate images for Tablet PCs and non-Tablet PCs. We show you some of our quick tips and best practices for building and maintaining a single image-helping to save you time and increase your information technology efficiencies.

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Microsoft Issues Windows Vista October CTP
Storage

On Monday morning at 8:00 am PST, Microsoft will issue the October 2005 Windows VistaWindows Vista Community Technical Preview (CTP), or build 5231, to beta testers, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers. As an interim build between the Beta 1 and Beta 2 milestones, Vista build 5231 does not include the fit and finish of a true beta, but it does introduce several major new features, including Windows Media Player (WMP 11), Mobility Center, and Network Center, as well as a significant upgrade to Internet Explorer (IE) 7.

As my exhaustive review on the SuperSite for Windows (see URL below) demonstrates, these claims are accurate. Windows Vista build 5231 includes a variety of new features. WMP 11 includes a new graphical media library that utilizes album art rather than the database-like lines of text that characterize other media players. The new version of Media feature features swooping, animated graphics, and uses Vista graphical features to overlay video and photo slideshows behind the user interface. A new Mobility Center provides a front-end to the many tools notebook and Tablet PC users will need. And a drastically rearchitected volume control finally lets you discretely control the sound output of any application or service; with this capability you could mute everything but WMP 11, for example.

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Xplore's Rugged Tablet PC's Provide Sharp Service for Global Global Market Leader
Canada NewsWire

a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider, announced that its rugged XploreiX104C2D Tablet PC's were selected for logistics application at a major customer of Exel UK Ltd. Xplore's rugged mobile computing solution is the hardware core foundation for the company's Track and Trace project to improve the efficiencies of its logistics chain, and to provide first class service for its wholesale customers.

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Agilix Labs Partners With SanDisk to Deliver Secure Mobile Learning Solution for Education
Yahoo! News

Agilix Labs, Inc., a worldwide leader in mobile learning solutions, today announced that it is collaborating with SanDisk® Corporation to deliver an integrated solution for education. The solution will enable the distribution of copyrighted, electronic content that is supported by Agilix GoBinder.

Agilix GoBinder is a mobile learning application that enables students to take notes, capture, organize, search and share learning content and manage their personal schedules and assignments. The integrated solution will use SanDisk's recently introduced FlashCP(TM) technology that can securely, easily and legally distribute copyrighted and educational material over the Internet to USB drives.

Students using the integrated solution will be able to view, annotate and search copyrighted, protected content within Agilix GoBinder, when used with a SanDisk Cruzer® Freedom USB Flash Drive. The application will connect to a SanDisk online catalog, from which licensed and free content can be readily downloaded.

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Agilix Labs to Bundle SparkNotes Content in Agilix GoBinder
Yahoo! News

SparkNotes, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. the world's largest bookseller, and Agilix Labs, Inc., a worldwide leader in mobile learning solutions for education markets, today announced a partnership that will enable Agilix to bundle SparkNotes content in its popular GoBinder application. In addition, SparkNotes will promote GoBinder on its Web site, www.sparknotes.com.

Agilix GoBinder will be distributed with some of the most popular SparkNotes content as part of the application. GoBinder will include a SparkNotes tab to include the content, giving it significant prominence within the application. Both SparkNotes study guides and GoBinder software are designed for college students.

GoBinder is a mobile learning application that allows students to create their own personal database of knowledge content. Students can take notes and create digital paper of any Microsoft Office application file, PDF or Web page. Notes and digital paper can be annotated, highlighted, searched and shared with peers. GoBinder enables students to manage their student life, by including a calendar, assignment and contact manager. This data can also be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook or Palm devices. GoBinder runs on any Windows XP computer, and supports digital ink in Tablet PCs.

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MIKE WENDLAND: Microsoft has a winner with Tablet PC operating system
Detroit Free Press

Not to be a name dropper, but when Bill Gates spotted me last week at a news conference in Ann Arbor his face broke into a big grin and he greeted me with something to the effect of "Hey, Mike, my favorite reporter!"

Alas, it wasn't my journalistic skills that brought the compliment. It was the machine I was using to ply my trade: a small, slate-like computer using the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC operating system.

Gates absolutely loves the Tablet PC system. He thinks it's one of the most innovative and useful things Microsoft has ever invented, even though it's been slow in taking off.

It was the second time this year that Gates and I had a face-to-face and the second time he noticed me using a Tablet. The last time we met, back in April during a visit to Dearborn, he was so taken by my use of the Tablet that he mentioned me by name a few days later during a speech in Seattle. So when Gates saw me last week again using a Tablet, he once again beamed approval and later, when I asked him about technology that personally excites him, he mentioned the Tablet PC.

"I'm staking my reputation on it in a very big way," he said.

The Tablet PC I was using last week is the LS800 from Motion Computing, one of a dozen or so computer makers who put out Tablet versions. Some tablets look just like laptops. The screen swivels around to cover the keyboard and, with a stylus, you can take notes in handwriting right on the surface of the screen.

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Take It With You
Entrepreneur

There is also another class of notebook. Tablet PCs haven't hit the mainstream with a vengeance, but they are an intriguing alternative to standard notebooks. They come in two types: slate and convertible. Slate tablets appeal to users in specialty areas that essentially need a very portable digital writing device. The $2,349 slate-style Fujitsu Stylistic ST5020 comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an integrated fingerprint reader. The easy-to-carry package weighs 3.5 pounds. Convertibles have a wider appeal. "A convertible tablet is more of a mainstream notebook with tablet functionality," says Gunn. The Hewlett-Packard Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC is a good example of the convertible genre. Starting at $1,599, it features a 12.1-inch screen and a three-year warranty, and weighs a very reasonable 4.6 pounds. Cutting-edge technology fans, crea-tive entrepreneurs, and those who just can't pass up the notebook-and-pen functionality should check into tablet PCs.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X41
Siliconrepublic.com

Even before you get to the many features of Lenovo's ThinkPad tablet PC, the thing that strikes you on first grappling with it and again on repeated operation, is just how easy it is to use. It's not an intimidating piece of kit by any means.

Lenovo has wisely opted to make the X41 a convertible that works either as a standard laptop or as a tablet PC. The screen tilts on a single pivot, so that even when in traditional mode it can be adjusted depending on the user's sitting position. At a push it could be used for one-to-one presentations, as the screen tilts through 170 degrees. When used as a true tablet or 'slate', the display locks into position flat on top of the keyboard.


Tablet PCs are your classic niche hardware - they tend to be found in places such as schools or hospitals (Tallaght Hospital in Dublin uses them). But with handwriting recognition up to this level it's not a massive leap of faith to imagine, say, journalists toting them at press conferences, where they could transcribe speeches or presentations directly into a usable electronic document.

While the software learned to interpret my scrawl, early attempts at handwriting were a source of amusement as much as anything. It had a few problems beefing - sorry, that should read 'keeping up' - with my notes but it settled down before long to being very reliable. I'm not sure I'd ditch the paper notebook just yet, but the day that I do has suddenly got much closer.

If you're not prepared to take the plunge and use the X41 as anything other than a standard laptop it's possibly a bit pricey, but if the work lends itself to pen input then it's an option well worth considering.

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Fujitsu pen PC packs powerful punch
eChannelLine

Fujitsu has announced the LifeBook P1510D notebook, the industry's smallest Fujitsi P1500convertible notebook compact enough to go anywhere and light enough to hold effortlessly, with the versatility to easily convert from a conventional notebook into a slate tablet. Slightly larger than a DVD case and perfect for sliding into a lab coat pocket, the it weighs in at a scant 2.2 pounds and is equipped with a bright, compact 8.9" wide SVGA touch screen display making it ideal for the mobile workforce or person on the go. Use it in tablet mode and navigate easily through forms-based applications used extensively in healthcare, field and sales force automation and supply chain management, or use the pen stylus and eliminate the need for a notepad and paper archives. Easily rotate the screen and tilt it up to transform the LifeBook P1510D notebook into a standard notebook with a keyboard for versatility and mobility without compromise. For more information please see: http:// www.fujitsu.ca

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The Pen is Mightier with GDI+ and the Tablet PC Real-Time Stylus
MSDN Magazine

Many programming interfaces are the result of a compromise between the polar ideals of simplicity and versatility. Some, however, break the interface in two and pursue both goals independently. They keep the simple programming interface for many common programming tasks, but also provide a versatile interface for more unusual needs.

Such a separation between the simple and versatile characterizes the application programming interface for the Tablet PC. Much of the Tablet PC API is remarkably easy. With just a few lines of code you can attach an InkOverlay object to any Windows® Forms control and start doing some of the stuff Paul Yao demonstrated in his article "Add Support for Digital Ink to Your Windows Application" in the December 2004 issue of MSDN®Magazine.

Yet, as a result of this simplicity, InkOverlay has some severe and inescapable limitations. If InkOverlay doesn't quite meet your needs, you may want to make the leap to the other Tablet PC programming interface—the far more versatile Real-Time Stylus. That's what this article is all about.

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UCLA Medical Center Shreds Hospital Paper Chase With Mobile Wireless Access to Comprehensive Patient Data
UC Los Angeles

UCLA Medical Center is piloting a mobile, wireless patient information retrieval system that gives physicians instant access from throughout the hospital and around the world to real‑time patient data via wireless Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and cellular smart phones. The Global Care Quest system, or GCQ, is intended to improve access to patient data, save health care workers time, trim the cost of care and tighten patient safety standards.

At UCLA, GCQ integrates with digital medical records, bedside charting and laboratory results, to create the most comprehensive digital medical data storage and retrieval system of its kind. This state-of-the-art software solution advances existing technology by offering — for the first time — PDA and cellular smart phone access to real-time data from bedside ICU monitors, as well as X-ray and CT/MRI scan imaging studies. Physicians can access medical data throughout the medical center via the hospital's wireless network (Wi-Fi or 802.11b), and remotely, outside the hospital, through high-speed cellular network connections (1xRTT, EV‑DO, EDGE).

The GCQ system integrates with hospital and clinical information systems through wireless networks accessible on both Palm OS and Pocket PC (Windows Mobile) devices, as well as standard MS Windows-based desktop and Tablet computers. Patient privacy is protected through use of authentication codes and data encryption that meets standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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October 19 2005

Convertibles: The new laptop bling?
Legit Reviews

A laptop that has a screen that can flip around 180 degrees and be used as a Tablet PC? Not only is it possible, it's an inevitability, and will become more commonly known by 2008. Sales of these "convertible" laptops are projected to skyrocket 708%, from 1.2 million units this year to around 9.7 million by 2008.

With manufacturing prices dropping and Microsoft touting tablet PCs, shipments of the products are expected to hit 9.7 million units by 2008. That's up 708 percent from the 1.2 million units expected to ship this year, according to a forecast by market researchers at IDC. Convertible notebooks are expected to make up the majority of those shipments, IDC said.

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Dialogue Flybook
Computeractive

One of the biggest draws when using a tablet PC is the ability to write on-screen and have your scrawl turned into presentable, editable text. The Flybook uses Dialogue's own ritePen technology. However, after using ritePen for a while, we were left in no doubt that Dialogue should have opted for the XP Tablet Edition operating software.

Among other criteria, Microsoft insists that all XP Tablet Edition PCs must have an active pen to write with which means it won't accidentally recognise your wrist as the pen. The Flybook uses a passive stylus and, as a result, will react to wrists instead of the pen, which completely screws up the handwriting process.

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Tablet info round-up
Whatisnew.com

Channel9 video: Meet the new Mobile PC Team (new Tablet PC features Tablet Guytoo!) -- Robert Scoble has an informal conversation with Mobile Platforms Division teams about features in Windows Vista, upcoming reference applications for developers, and more. In Robert's own words, "We start out the meeting "is this the team that's about to get fired?" Hey, the Tablet PC team has its naysayers. :-)"

Tablet Guy -- as featured in the latest Mobile PC & Tablet PC Channel9 video -- has arrived! You can get pick up yours at a conference, like DevConnections.

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October 20, 2005

A View into the Third Decade of Windows
Canada NewsWire

Microsoft Canada Co. today celebrates the 20th anniversary of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating system and ushers in the third decade of Windows, with the help of Canadian customers and technology partners. Twenty years is a veritable century in the technology space, where developments such as the shift to 64-bit computing and storage and networking bandwidth growth allow for faster, more powerful, computers.

B.C.-based Kal Tire (www.kaltire.com) is one of the largest tire sales and service organizations in North America. Working with Habanero Consulting (www.habaneros.com), Kal Tire implemented a Windows XP- based CRM solution and placed Tablet PCs with field sales and service people. With the help of Windows XP and the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Kal Tire is able to better manage critical information and serve its clients more effectively.

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Tablet PCs hit the mainstream
CNET Reviews

Write, rather than type, in meetings. Create a searchable archive of all your handwritten notes; convert notes to text and share them with colleagues. Work easily with drawings, formulas, or signatures. You can do a lot with a tablet PC, and the past six months have seen a slew of new tablets in all shapes and sizes. The thinnest tablets are keyboard-free slates, such as the Motion LE1600. Lightweight convertibles, such as the HP Compaq tc4200 and the ThinkPad X41 Tablet, travel easily and can function as a laptop or a tablet. And a new group of larger convertibles, such as the Gateway CX200X and the Acer TravelMate C310, are best described as laptops with tablet functionality. Whatever size fits you best, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition gives you a range of handwriting-recognition and annotation tools, so you can kiss your ink pen good-bye.

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Meet Tablet Guy
Whatisnew.com

Tablet Guy is a foam doll that Microsoft Mobile Platform Divisions, Mobile & Tablet GuyTablet PC ISV team is giving away at conferences. Tablet Guy's first public appearance was on the MPD team's latest Channel9 interview.

Since Tablet Guy's debut people have been asking where they can get one. Others, like Marc Orchant, blogged that they want one. Lucy people, like TDavid, already have one.

So how do you get a Tablet Guy? The most common way will be to go to a conference that the MPD ISV team is attending. For example, Frank will be handing some out tomorrow at Educause.

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Fujitsu PC set for further growth at new site
iT News

Fujitsu PC Australia has moved to bigger, brighter premises after approximately tripling local revenues over the last three and a half years.

Mead said Fujitsu PC was particularly strong in notebooks and tablets. It claims to be one of the only companies that offers a convertible tablet PC as well as a standard model.

Those strengths should help it increasingly target verticals such as utilities, healthcare and consultancies, he said.

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Insurance adjusters use pen-based GUI and wireless
Techworld.com

A Canadian insurance company is deploying to its field adjusters a new mobile application designed to speed damage claims and make repair estimates more accurate.

The application includes pen-based software on a tablet PC, a local or wide-area wireless network and a hosted service for data storage and processing, all through an application service provider (ASP). Gore Mutual Insurance of Cambridge, Ontario, found the combination let adjusters spend more time meeting with customers in the field, create estimates quickly and accurately without having to use a keyboard, and then upload the data to the ASP.

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October 21, 2005

A multimillion-dollar advertising campaign from Gateway Inc. launches today inGateway Tablet PC a bid to do something that Toshiba, IBM and others have been unable to do: convince the masses that tablet PCs are for them.

So far, the tablet computer has appealed to a non-consumer market. But the Irvine company believes that it has figured out how to help people get it: Show people why it works.

"What we heard from focus groups was that you really had to see it and experience it to understand it," said Marna Bullard, Gateway's vice president of marketing.

The new campaign -- which includes $1 million spent on print ads, $1 million online and an undisclosed amount on TV, according to Bullard -- shows viewers how tablets can be used to sign documents, instantly e-mail hand-drawn notes and watch movies on a wide screen.

It's the first major advertising effort since the company moved to Irvine last year.

Gateway plans to use the tablet PC as a way to stand out from competitors.

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Microsoft Celebrates Windows 20th Anniversary
Marketnews.ca

In celebration of the anniversary of Windows, Microsoft recognized the accomplishments of customers and technology partners who it says have “pushed the boundaries of computing”. Some examples include B.C.-based Kal Tire, one of the largest tire sales and service organizations in North America, who, working with Habanero Consulting, implemented a Windows XP-based CRM solution, and placed Tablet PCs with field sales and service people; and Toronto-based Panorama, who provides enterprise-ready business intelligence solutions on top of the Microsoft-based platform.  In addition, Microsoft recognized several Canadian OEMs who it says continue to foster a healthy ecosystem for technological innovation, including Dell Canada, Fujitsu Canada, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co., Motion Computing, and Toshiba.   

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Bringing handheld mobile digital video broadcasting to reality
IST Results

The new standard for broadcasting digital video to future mobile phones, PDAs and laptops, DVB-H, is now almost complete. The next step is to begin testing the technology, and here the INSTINCT project will continue its key role.

Many industry observers see the broadcasting of video to mobile phones as the next logical development for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard. Broadcasting digital video over the existing wireless telecom networks brings a number of technical problems in its wake as capacity in existing third generation mobile communication networks (3G) will be exceeded even by moderate use video streaming services

The project partners demonstrated DVB-H technology and service types at the IBC content management conference in Amsterdam in September 2005. Three different service types were on show; operator-oriented mobile digital broadcasting on a mobile phone, broadcaster-oriented mobile digital broadcast services on a tablet PC and PDA, and interactive broadcast to a TV set-top box with the capability to download data from the set top box to a cheap mobile phone.

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Do tablets face a convertible future?
ZDNet UK
Hold on to your keyboard. Laptop computer screens that flip around to become convertible tablet PCs could be an increasingly common sight within the next three years.

With manufacturing prices dropping and Microsoft touting tablet PCs, shipments of the products are expected to hit 9.7 million units by 2008. That's up 708 percent from the 1.2 million units expected to ship this year, according to a forecast by market researchers at IDC. Convertible notebooks are expected to make up the majority of those shipments, IDC said.

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October 24, 2005

Getting The Most Out Of A Tablet PC
WebProNews, KY

What is a tablet PC, how is it different from a laptop and is it the right computer for you? To find the answer to these questions lets take a look at tablet PC's and how they work.

Tablet PC's were originally designed to put mobile computers in the hand of people working in the field. The people using them spent the majority of their time away from a desk and wouldn't have access to a keyboard or mouse. Users would make entries via stylus or digitizer. The lightweight and highly portable nature of these types of computers made them perfectly suited to field technicians and health care workers. These original models are known as slate tablets do to their distinctive one piece design. The entire computer screen and all was encased in one small unit, usually weighing 4 pounds or less. All of the units came with ports for connecting an optional keyboard, mouse, CD/DVD drive, printer, monitor or other computer peripherals. By choosing not to include all of these peripherals computer manufacturers were able to shave off pounds and lengthen the battery life considerably.

Many people were attracted to these new tablet PC's but still wanted a traditional keyboard setup. Manufacturers responded to consumers demand and the convertible tablet PC was born. A convertible tablet PC looks very much like a small notebook computer. Aside from the monitor it functions exactly like a traditional laptop computer. The monitor is attached on special hinge that allows the monitor to swivel, making it an extremely powerful tool for small customer presentations and demonstrations. The monitor is also capable of swiveling completely around and lying on top of the keyboard with its screen facing up. This gives it the appearance of the traditional slate tablet PC. Convertible tablet PC's traditionally have a larger viewing screen, larger hard drive, larger battery, and other accessories. These extras make it a much more powerful computing platform, but they also make it heavier and more expensive.

Is a tablet PC the right PC for you? The real question is how portable does you're computing lifestyle have to be? Do you spend a lot of time outside of a traditional office environment? Do you need to use a computer to record or makes notes while you're walking, or moving from place to place, if so a tablet PC is the perfect choice for you? For salespeople or business men who spend a lot of time traveling a convertible tablet is probably a much better option. It gives them more power, and more features, with a more traditional computer setup.

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Gateway Closes Three Major Federal Deals Valued at More Than $20 Million
PR Newswire

Gateway, the nation's third-largest PC vendor, today announced that over the last few weeks it has secured more than $20 million in federal contracts with the Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) for its products and integration services.

"These three contracts represent Gateway's commitment to providing our customers with cost-effective, industry-leading products and services that are tailored to meet specific IT environments," said Vin Riera, vice president of government sales, Gateway. "We are proud that the SSA, DOI and DoDDS have selected our systems to meet their individual technology needs and objectives."

Gateway's contract with the Department of the Interior is for one year with options for 4 more years at a value not to exceed $3 million. The company will be providing the DOI with two of its award-winning notebook computers, the M460 notebook and M280 convertible notebook. The M460 was awarded for the DOI's Telecommuter Standard category and the M280 for the Traveler Tablet category.

The M280 Convertible Notebook The Gateway M280 is Gateway's new 14" widescreen convertible notebook that provides all the power and mobility of a notebook with the flexibility and innovation of a tablet. The M280 is a full featured mobile PC with high performance capabilities, premium features and extended battery life. The system's unique design enables it to be easily "converted" from a notebook into tablet mode; the display simply swivels and folds down upon the keyboard to allow users to take handwritten notes, draw diagrams and edit documents directly on the stunning display.

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iMedica Announces Release of New Patient Relationship Management Management Software for the Physician's Office; Innovative Single-Database System Manages Entire Patient Relationship -- Clinical and Financial -- in One Application
Business Wire

iMedica(R) Corporation demonstrated a new approach to physician practice management at today's Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) conference in Nashville, Tennessee. iMedica Patient Relationship Manager(TM) (PRM) 2005 unites iMedica's award-winning electronic health record system with practice management functions designed by the industry's best, all in one application and one database. iMedica avoids the interface problems inherent in component systems by eliminating the interface entirely. iMedica PRM will be released for general availability in November 2005.

Optimized for a Tablet PC, the iMedica program allows doctors to hold the computer like a clipboard, maintaining eye contact with the patient throughout a visit. Physicians have the flexibility to work in whatever way suits them best: type, click, talk or even hand-write and draw with the tablet stylus. With its unique Intelligent Navigation and Adaptive Learning features, iMedica PRM lets doctors chart faster than on paper. In fact, iMedica has posted the fastest time in the TEPR Documentation Challenge -- which clocks real physicians charting a Level 4 visit using different EHRs -- every year since 2002. And just as important, the resulting visit note was determined to be accurate and complete.

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Intel Examining 'Indoor GPS' Technologies
PC World

The teleconference you're watching is droning on and on, and you need coffee. The problem is that the coffee machine is down the hall from your office. Is there a way to refill your mug without missing out on a minute of the presentation? Intel believes so.

The company recently presented its precision-location project as a possible solution to the shortcomings of a global positioning system in an indoor setting. Using wireless networks and fixed access points, a laptop computer can triangulate its own position in relation to other devices in the office.

So when you go to get your cup of coffee, and you carry your laptop or tablet PC with you, your portable recognizes that you're leaving the office and displays the teleconference on its screen. When you return to your desk, the laptop senses it, and the presentation moves back to the monitor on your desk. All you have to do is make sure you tote your portable along.

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Using the Tablet PC to Grade in Quantatively Demanding Disciplines
Whatisnew.com

The advevnt of digital ink in instructional technology was a critical advance for teachers in quantatively demanding disciplines such as Economics.  Devices such as the SMART Sympodium and the Tablet PC allow for chalk and talk to be digitized and suffers the same complaints in the classroom that chalk and talk suffer, just now on a higher technological plane.  However, the use of a digital imput device allows so much more.   This presentation will introduce some of the uses of a Tablet PC for presentations, but will concentrate on how a Tablet PC reduces the time necessary for reading and grading of student submitted assignments. 

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EdTechTalk Podcast Talks Tablet PCs
Whatisnew.com

The first part of our conversation with these two leaders in the field of educational technology. The discussion includes life before web2.0 and the paths each took to get where they are, copyright issues of digital content, politics of edtech, the use of tablet pc’s, professional development, differences between U.S. & Canadian educational systems, & lots more…

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October 25, 2005

Promoters tap university
Daily Free Press

In order to promote their products specifically to college students, several major companies have hired student promoters at several colleges, including Boston University.

COM senior Trevor Guthrie has worked for Microsoft since last October offering the use of the company's new program, OneNote, to college students.

"The key thing we're trying to do is introduce people to this new program," he said. "Our sole purpose is to get people interested in downloading the program."

To appeal to students, Microsoft is offering free six-month trial downloads, in addition to entering all students who download the software for a chance to win various prizes, including a Toyota Prius and a Tablet PC, Guthrie said
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UCLA Medical Center Shreds Hospital Paper Chase With Mobil, Wireless Access to Patient Data
Wireless Developer Network

"As intensivists, we need to deliver right care, right away," said Dr. Paul Vespa, associate clinical professor and director of neurocritical care at UCLA. "Given the shortage of intensivists, technologies such as GCQ are invaluable in extending the reach of our care by allowing us to respond instantly to emergencies from any location 24 hours a day, seven days a week." The GCQ system integrates with hospital and clinical information systems through wireless networks accessible on both Palm OS and Pocket PC (Windows Mobile) devices, as well as standard MS Windows-based desktop and Tablet computers. Patient privacy is protected through use of authentication codes and data encryption that meets standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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Creating a new kind of classroom
eGov monitor

A recent report by Becta, entitled Tablet PCs in Schools, cautiously suggests that one such paperless technology, the Tablet PC, could dramatically change the way children learn. As the report puts it, "Tablet PCs were being used in ways that supported, extended and transformed the curriculum. The pace of lessons was improved, as was the richness and variety of the content examined."

The Tablet PC, which uses the Windows XP operating system, resembles a lightweight laptop. What makes it different is that users operate it with a digital pen rather than a mouse or keyboard (though some Tablets, known as 'convertibles', come with keyboards too). Students use the digital pen to write or draw, as they would with an ordinary pen. They can save their handwritten text as it is, or convert it to typed text. Teachers can use the pen to mark and annotate the work in a different colour. Students can search the saved files for particular words or phrases, just as they could with a laptop.

At the end of last year, there were 90 or so schools in England using Tablets. The Becta report looked at 12 of them, and found that in most cases the Tablets had had a significant impact. "There was a strong feeling amongst the schools, which was shared by the researchers, that there was definitely something different about Tablet PCs compared with laptops or desktops. Children related to them differently - they seemed to bond with them in a very personal way," says Peter Twining, the Open University lecturer who managed the Becta research.

The most successful schools were those that used the Tablets in conjunction with a wireless network or data projector to create a more collaborative learning environment. Children's individual notes, for example, could be shared by connecting their Tablet PC to a data projector in order, the report says, "to move towards a record that represented a class consensus." Stephen Uden, Educational Relations Manager at Microsoft, agrees that Tablets are best used collaboratively, and cites a music lesson he observed in which pupils using specialist software were able to write scores directly onto their Tablets and then play the music back to the rest of the class.

Cornwallis Technology College in Kent has been using Tablet PCs since November 2002, mostly with Year 7 children. It now has 200 Tablets, with 290 more due to arrive in the autumn. The Tablets have enabled students to personalise their learning, says Caroline Barber, first deputy at the school: "We've got some wonderful examples of students' work where they've got Flash animation, where they have inserted sound files into PowerPoint presentations, where they've produced electronic workbooks on topics." At the end of the first year, the academic performance of those pupils who had used Tablets was significantly higher than that of those who hadn't - a difference that was particularly marked for the lower ability students.

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MaxiVista is a dual monitor software and can turn your Laptop or Tablet PC into an additional monitor of your primary PC:
TechSpot 

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.

Features:

- Program windows can be spreaded over both displays to avoid switching back and forth between overlapping applications. Your productivity will be increased up to 50%
No Hardware required

- MaxiVista is completely software based and the most cost-effective Dual Monitor solution available. No need to buy expensive displays, extra video cards or a monitor KVM switch
Easy to install

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October 26, 2005

Online ordering now Available ! Pink Tablet PC

for the the Sahara i215 Tablet PC , and the Sahara i215 "Pinkie" the Tablet PC for the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Agilix Labs' GoBinder Wins Mobile Star Awards for Education and and Tablet PC Productivity Software
Yahoo! News

Agilix Labs, Inc., a worldwide leader in mobile learning solutions, today announced that its Agilix GoBinder(TM) software has won Gold Star and Bright Star Mobile Star Awards(TM) from MobileVillage®, the 10-year leader in market development and news services about mobile technology.

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Xplore's Rugged Tablet PC's selected by DaimlerChrysler in Bremen, Germany
Yahoo! News

Xplore Technologies® Corp. a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider,Xplore announced its iX104RD Tablet PC's have been selected by DaimlerChrysler in Bremen, Germany to increase spare parts processing efficiency at their manufacturing plant. Xplore has received initial orders for over 150 systems for DaimlerChrysler from Xplore's distributor, ID.SYS GmbH and its authorized German systems integrator, ID Biz Input Solutions GmbH. Approximately 50 systems have been deployed to date.

Xplore's rugged iX104RD Dual Mode Tablet PC's with integrated Cisco® Aironet 350 wLAN card are wirelessly connected to DaimlerChrysler's mobile spare part management system called MOBSY. The tablets, mounted on electric forklifts are used to locate and manage the logistics for the automobile parts used on the manufacturing lines

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Panasonic to Highlight Reliable, Durable Workflow Solutions at NACE 2005
Business Wire

In addition to the MDWD, Panasonic will demonstrate the fully rugged CF-18 Panasonic tablet pcconvertible tablet PC and CF-29 notebook computer, both widely used by insurance carriers nationwide. These models are now available with integrated access to the next generation EV-DO and EDGE wireless networks of all major carriers. These new devices have displays that are up to 300% brighter than commercial-grade notebooks. The LCDs were designed for the conditions facing estimators and repair professionals in the field.

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Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D Review
InternetNews.com

Now Fujitsu's done a neat job of creating a convertible subnotebook or Fujitsu P1510Dultraportable -- although it isn't a Tablet PC. While the company says a Win XP Tablet PC Edition edition will ship soon, the LifeBook P1510D runs Windows XP Professional and has a relatively old-fashioned, stylus-or-finger-or-pen-or-whatever touch screen instead of a Tablet PC's active digitizer that works only with its special stylus.

The result is a PC with a split personality: Note-jotters and vertical-market types will take advantage of its pen-input versatility, while we suspect most users will simply enjoy the P1510D as a capable, attractive ultralight.

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Call for papers: Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education
Whatisnew.com

The First Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education will be held on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana on April 6 and 7, 2006. WIPTE is open to anyone with an interest in instructional technology. A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PC's and similar pen-based devices as tools for the radical enhancement of teaching and learning. This conference is intended to leverage this shared passion and to identify best practices in the educational use of pen-based computing so that all educators may benefit from this next generation of technology.

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October 27, 2005

Touchscreen Subnotebook Unveiled
PC World

The Flybook V3, which is on show for the first time at this week's World PC Expo here, is the third model in the company's Flybook family of compact Windows XP-based notebook computers. The machine, like others in the range, features a display that swivels around and can be folded down so that it faces outwards.

The machine is scheduled to launch in Europe and the Middle East in November and then in the U.S. and Asia, said Lee. Pricing has yet to be determined.

Touch Screen Features

The 8.9-inch screen supports a maximum resolution of 1024 pixels by 600 pixels and is fitted with a standard touch panel that can be operated by almost any stylus. Initially the machine will be available with either the Windows XP Home or Professional operating systems installed and later with a new version of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, said Michael Lee, a representative of the company, speaking at the Tokyo exhibition.

Standard touch panels like that on the Flybook are not supported by Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system--Microsoft has insisted on more complex electromagnetic touch panels and stylus--but a relaxed version of the operating system will soon be launched that will include support

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Stylish, lightweight Tablet PC
Malaysia Star

THE LifeBook P1510 is the latest Tablet PC offering from Fujitsu. 

It weighs about 1kg, which makes it the lightest Tablet PC to be based on the next-generation Intel Centrino platform, Fujitsu claimed.  

“The P1510 is the successful marriage of design, innovation and portability,” said Mok Wai Tong, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific vice-president of sales and business development. 

The Tablet PC has an 8.9in SVGA widescreen LCD (liquid crystal display) screen that swivels. It can be used as a notebook computer or as a digital notepad when the screen is swivelled over the keyboard. 

Medical professionals and engineers will appreciate its handheld Tablet form, using the included stylus to make notes on-the-go, he said. 

The P1510's features a 60GB hard disk, which is ample room for storing digital media files, and the notebook also comes with an SD (Secure Digital) and CF (CompactFlash) card slots for transferring data easily.  

An optional port replicator transforms this ultraportable into a full-featurednotebook, enabling easy docking and undocking from devices without the fuss of reconnecting cables, Fujitsu said.  

For additional security, the P1510 has a biometric fingerprint scanner and software that can encrypt confidential files and folders. 

The P1510 retails for RM7,888. For more information, surf to www.pc-ap.fujitsu.com.  

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A new consensus on Tablet PCs
Vanguard Online

Many of you on campus have heard about the new Tablet PCs. This is the first year that Bentley College has decided to try this little "experiment." About half of this year's freshman class has been issued Toshiba Tablet PCs. These new and innovative laptops feature, among other things, DVD burners, revolving screens, and a stylus that allows users to physically write on the screen as if they were writing in a notebook. At the beginning of the year, many freshmen were bitter about not being selected for the test group. But has the Tablet PC lived up to the rave that it first was introduced with? JP Passero doesn't think so. "I haven't really heard of any people saying that they really like it now that they have it."

Not everyone, however, dislikes the Tablet PCs. Some feel as if it's something new, innovative, fun, and useful. The stylus feature is a quick, convenient way to take notes for all your classes theoretically in one "notebook" using Microsoft OneNote.

At the end of the year, students that participated in the test group will be asked to fill out a survey and deliberate on their experiences with the Toshiba Tablet PCs. After review by the technology department, the school will decide on whether or not to issue Tablet PCs to the entire freshman and junior class next year, to re-administer another test group, or to simply put the idea away never to be seen again.

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Computers becoming more critical in classrooms as educational tools
My High School Journalism

Last year’s attainment of a $30,000 grant for the science department has allowed the team to spend on new technology, including tablet PC’s for each teacher and increased funding for science equipment and labs. Science teacher Margaret Bancroft said the laptop helps her keep track of her classes and hopes to implement it further with the addition of wireless Internet.

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MSN Jumps on Book Search Wagon

InternetNews

MSN hopped into the literary fray on Tuesday, announcing its intention to launch MSN Book Search in 2006. MSN will work directly with copyright owners to get permission to scan their works for indexing. It also joined the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and will work with the organization on its efforts to scan and digitize books in the public domain.

The move highlights the growing importance of search for content that was not originated for the Web, while adding fuel to the fire of controversy regarding Google's own book-scanning operations.

For example, MSN has plans to let searchers bookmark the content, or "loop it in" with MSN Messenger so that they can share and discuss it with friends. Tiedt saw more synergy with Microsoft's digital book efforts, which include e-book reading software for the Tablet PC.

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October 28, 2005

Flybook available in US, notebooks with sunlight readable screens Announced
TG Daily 

If you are tired with carrying around your six-pound plus laptop, Flybook may have something for you - A 2.6 pound laptop that can be turned into a tablet PC. We talked to Steve Tang, President of ABLE-COMP and the US importer of the Flybook notebook. He brought in three Flybooks Version 1 for us to play with, but also told us of the upcoming version two.

Tang calls the Flybook a "convertible" laptop - users can twist the touch-sensitive screen around to turn it into a tablet computer. The laptop is about the size of the old Apple Newton, considered to be one of the first PDAs. Inside the hood is a 1.1 Ghz Transmeta Crusoe CPU, 512 MByte memory. The 8.9 inch screen provides a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. A 40 GByte drive is built-in and while there is no CD-ROM drive in version one - the next model will have one built-in, Tang said

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MAX PC NETWORK
PC Plus

In ten years we’ll be net-connected know-it-alls who fondly remember the days of paper. At least that’s what Bill Gates believes. In a speech at the Internet Advertising Bureau’s Engage 2005 conference, Microsoft’s Chairman set out his dream of a ‘digital lifestyle’.

Unsurprisingly, the main elements of Gates’ dream tie in neatly to Microsoft’s core product lines and interests, such as Tablet PC, MSN Instant Messenger, Media Center, HD DVD and the Xbox 360. Few people will disagree that digital devices will have a much greater impact on the way we live in the 21st Century. But how quickly all this happens is still up for debate. Here’s what Bill Gates had to say on…

The return of the Tablet
“The PC is becoming more portable and smaller, in fact over the next ten years we’ll have a Tablet device which will let you read off the screen as comfortably as you read off paper today. It’ll let you use a pen to annotate things, to write ink notes, to draw things, as well as using the keyboard.”

“So we think about students in four or five years. Instead of spending money on text books, they’ll spend a mere $400 or so buying that Tablet device and that textual material that they’ll hook up to will all be on the wireless Internet, where it will have animations, timelines, links to deep information… So they’ll be spending less than they spent on those text books and yet having a dramatically better experience.”

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FinePoint's Digital Pen Technology is In Play With New Convertible Notebooks
PR Newswire

FinePoint Innovations, a newly acquired subsidiary of InPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPLA) announced today that its new, digital pen technology has launched as the computing pen and digitizer for a major computer manufacturer's new product line of convertible notebooks.

FinePoint has received additional purchase orders of $2.0 million, for a total of $3.1 million to date. FinePoint's patented technology is the computing pen and digitizer for 3 models of convertible notebooks, aimed at the enterprise, small business and consumer markets with a suggested retail price as low as $1099. FinePoint shipped approximately $700,000 of the initial purchase order as of September 30, and expects to ship the majority of the current purchase orders before the end of the year.

FinePoint's digital computing pen technology consists of a digitizer and digital writing pen. The pen is an active RF digital pen versus the older analog pen technology used with previously launched tablet PC systems. The FinePoint configuration enables very low power consumption of the notebook battery, and superior performance by using a digital RF communication path. "Our digital technology means greater accuracy and true pen-on-paper look and feel," said Stephen Caldwell, president, FinePoint Innovations. "It was important that the human interface, the computing pen, match with the high performance, feature rich design of this product."

"This computer manufacturer has made a number of innovations in its established 20-year history and the next generation of convertible notebooks is no exception. We are excited that they included the technological advantages that our digital pen brings, both short term and for enhanced capability in future generations," Caldwell continued.

Convertible notebooks and tablet PCs expand on the functionality of traditional notebooks by employing user-friendly pen input devices in addition to a full keyboard. Pen computing allows users to take notes, draw diagrams and edit documents in electronic form. Standard forms can be filled out using these devices and can be easily electronically transferred as needed. Specific target markets include insurance, medical, real estate and education.

FinePoint designs, develops and commercializes innovative pen-input solutions for builders of tablet PCs, computer peripheral products, POS terminals and kiosks. Driving future innovation, FinePoint's digital technology is uniquely positioned to meet expanded functionality and performance needs.

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Good reason Gates likes his Tablet
Seattle Times

Not to be a name-dropper, but when Bill Gates spotted me recently at a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., his face broke into a big grin and he greeted me with something to the effect of "Hey, Mike, my favorite reporter!"

Alas, it wasn't my journalistic skills that brought the compliment. It was the machine I had, a Tablet PC. Gates loves it. He thinks it's one of the most innovative and useful things Microsoft has invented, even though it's been slow in taking off.

The last time we met, in April during a visit to Dearborn, Mich., Gates was so taken by my use of the Tablet that he mentioned me by name a few days later during a speech in Seattle. So when Gates saw me again using a Tablet, he once again beamed approval.

Later, when I asked him about technology that personally excites him, he mentioned the Tablet PC. "I'm staking my reputation on it in a very big way," he said.

The Tablet PC that I was using is the LS800 from Motion Computing, one of a dozen or so computer makers who put out Tablet versions. Some look just like laptops. The screen swivels around to cover the keyboard and, with a stylus, you can take notes in handwriting right on the screen's surface

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Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC: Closing the Mobile Gap
CoolTechZone.com

IBM has bitten the convertible bullet with its X41 tablet PC and now that we’ve been testing one for a while, here are our thoughts on the unit.

Before giving our final verdict on it, however, lets consider one more thing. Who is this hybrid product designed for? Is it for power users like you and me? Anyone who buys this notebook probably has a few hundred people working under him/her to do his/her presentations, work on excel and so on. The tablet is then around for sheer novelty and flaunt value. It’s nice to have a tablet these days and that’s what Lenovo is playing at.

Those who own a tablet will normally be attending long meetings, taking quick notes and wouldn’t want to generally carry around heavy models, but to the majority of us, tablet PCs don’t make sense, financially or pragmatically.

If you are looking for a small lightweight tablet and won’t do much more than e-mail and note taking, along with basic office stuff, we would seriously recommend this one for it’s battery life, the extreme lightweight design and the brilliant IBM support, but be ready to pay anywhere from $1800 to upwards of $2000 for a common purpose machine.

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iPod goes trick or treating
CNET News.com

Unimpressed with the idea of just "walking around in a box," last Halloween Jared Winick, left, went as a fully-functional iPod using a tablet PC, a rewired USB mouse, and a bit of Java code to play and display MP3s. Some battery-powered speakers provided the sound. He even won a costume contest and seemed to be having a great time.

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Israeli technology facilitates extensive clinical study in Mali
Israel 21C, CA

"We realized that a study of this tremendous scope required a mobile computing platform. Instead of relying on paper forms, which could get lost or damaged, researchers and clinicians simply carry the Tablet PC from house to house or health clinics and hospitals, and use the pen to fill in the data fields directly onto the computer. Later the researcher can connect to the Internet and submit that forms through a Web service and Satellite technology back to the research center," he added.

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MedLink VPN Releases EHR Applications For Tablet PC
Business Wire

MedLink VPN, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Media Group Corporation (OTCBB:WMGC), announced today it has completed beta testing and has released its newly designed EHR (Electronic Health Records) for use on medical application Tablet PC's, and is thus now able to offer physicians a state of the art wireless mobile EHR platform.

The Tablet PC offers the power and capabilities of a desktop computer in a lightweight design that can easily be carried from room to room. MedLink believes the Tablet PC is the future of electronic medical records because it is a huge leap ahead of the personal digital assistants (PDAs) currently widely used by physicians. The Tablet PC also operates over a secure WiFi network, allowing electronic health records to be transmitted simultaneously to office databases, patients, and other physicians.

Says WMGC President and CEO Ray Vuono, "The PDA's now in wide use have a tiny screen size and lack the processor power needed to compete with a traditional computer. The Tablet PC, on the other hand, is shaped like a clipboard, and is like placing a fully functional desktop PC into a physician's hand. Even laptop computers can't begin to compete with the design and functionality of a Tablet PC."

MedLink VPN is continuing to develop and enhance the Tablet PC EHR, using feedback from physicians and technological breakthroughs to supply an industry currently transitioning to digital EHR with HIPAA compliance. Physicians involved in beta testing of the product offered positive feedback and interface suggestions, and have helped MedLink to build one of the most functional and user friendly HIPAA compliant EHR interfaces available to physicians today.

The Company believes that the introduction of the Tablet PC EHR will help convert traditionalists who continue to extol the virtues of writing on paper, primarily because the Tablet PC captures so much of the natural simplicity of pen and paper. The Tablet PC is perfect for the medical community because its design mimics the patient chart that physicians are used to jotting notes in.

In addition, where necessary, the technology allows data to be typed in using a virtual keyboard, or entered using digital pen or transcribed via voice recognition software.

Going forward with this wireless Tablet PC EHR application, a doctor can now digitally access and view all pertinent patient data and medical history at a glance, and digitally update appropriate medical information right in the exam room. Each patient chart is then instantly wirelessly updated on all securely linked servers, and the data is available for use by any authorized staff member, which streamlines the billing, scheduling, physician orders, and prescriptions process and virtually eliminates the need for paper records.

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Military Testing Infrared Gunfire Detector
Washington Post

Radiance Technologies engineers Frederick Gant, left, and Tim Patterson operate the WeaponWatch system mounted on the front and rear of a Humvee, from a tablet PC, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in Huntsville, Ala. Perhaps the most lethal combat method Iraqi insurgents have against American troops is the sneak attack by a sniper. So Radiance Technologies, an Alabama company, set out to invent a device that neutralizes that advantage. (AP Photo/Patricia Miklik Doyle) (Patricia Miklik Doyle - AP)

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Globally Popular Mobile Technology Podcast “techADDICTION” Adds Third Host and Re-launches as the “MobileTechRoundup” Show
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-- Currently enjoying an audience of tens of thousands around the world, the “techADDICTION” podcast is adding a third host, increasing the frequency of shows and re-launching independently as the “MobileTechRoundup” show. David Ciccone, owner and editor of the Dave’s iPAQ website, joins “techADDICTION” co-hosts James Kendrick and Kevin C. Tofel for the new “MobileTechRoundup Podcast”. The three mobile technology experts will record and release two 30-minute shows each week, starting with the inaugural episode on November 1, 2005.

“People are more connected and more mobile than ever,” says co-host Kevin C. Tofel. “Our goal with the new show and additional host is to bring a broader perspective on mobile technology. The public is already riding the technology curve as more people utilize mobile devices everyday, ranging from cell- and SmartPhones, Personal Digital Assistants, Tablet PC’s, iPods and numerous other small but powerful devices. Our goal is to educate and entertain our listeners by providing timely news, commentary, tips, tricks and product reviews to maximize the benefits of mobile technology.”

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