Tablet PC News Archive
September 1 , 2005
TabletKiosk Releases Sahara i215 & i200 Slate Tablet PC’s
TabletKiosk announces the much anticipated launch of their newest addition to the Sahara Brand Slate Tablet PC’s based on the Intel® Pentium® M and Intel Celeron technology.
The Sahara i215 Pen Tablet PC and the Sahara i215 Touch-It Tablet PC 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 Tablet PC utilizes the latest Intel® 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. These new features coupled with the only Customer First Exchange Warranty offered by a Tablet PC OEM, make the Sahara i215 Tablet PC the choice of discriminating users who demand the best.
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Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D - Pentium M 753 1.2 GHz - 8.9
Tablet PC Reviews
Whether you're toting this tiny convertible to a customer site, visiting patients, or running from meeting to meeting, the LifeBook P1500D notebook offers you the comfort and ease of a notebook combined with the amazing versatility of a tablet.
Write notes and draw directly on the screen like you would on a pad of paper using EverNote. Back at the office, simply flip the screen, transforming the system into a traditional notebook to compose emails, reports, and presentations. The LifeBook P1500D notebook features the latest Intel Pentium M Processor ULV running on Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system and state-of-the-art integrated wireless - all in a sleek and slender convertible form factor. It offers the latest in security features with embedded TPM, integrated Fingerprint Sensor, Fujitsu Security Application Panel, and a built-in universal lock slot helping you keep your data and assets safe.
September 2 , 2005
Monster Hit — Big Head Todd tests the newest HP Tablet PC
When HP provided Todd Park Mohr with an HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC to test, we figured he'd find some creative uses for it. In addition to leading the Colorado-based band Big Head Todd and the Monsters (BHTM), Mohr is an artist and veteran road warrior. He also knows his way around technology.
Music is Mohr's first love. He and bandmates Rob Squires and Brian Nevin have toured yearly since 1988, playing 3,500 shows and sharing the bill with other artists including Sheryl Crow, the Eagles and the Dave Matthews Band. Recently, the band wrote and recorded "Blue Sky," recognized as the theme song of the space shuttle Discovery mission that marked the U.S. space program's return to flight.
It was only natural that Mohr would use the tc4200 Tablet PC for musical applications. "I ran Cubase," he explains, "which is basic music production and composition software. I love using the pen stylus to actually draw the notes. If I have a musical idea, it's like my little sketchbook." Mohr also uses a music-sequencing program called Project5.
The processing power of the tc4200 Tablet PC is also sufficient, says Mohr, to use with the professional-grade, processing-heavy audio and video editing applications he relies on in his solar-powered home recording studio. "I really like the increased performance. It's the zippiest tablet I've experienced thus far," he states.
Todd Mohr of BHTM
Mohr is a big fan of the tc4200 screen, in part because he takes a lot of digital photos on tour. The 12.1-inch XGA display offers a wide viewing angle and has protective, sparkle-free glass. "The glass screen of the tc4200 makes a huge difference in the experience," he says. "It feels so durable and smooth. It has a really solid feel, which is important in a tablet because your hand is touching it all the time.
"I also really like the S-video output on the tablet," he says. "That's a great touch. It's really handy for displaying pictures from the road to show to family members. S-video is nice because it's quick and easy to plug the tablet into a TV."
That would be someone else's TV, though. Mohr doesn't own one. Instead, he uses the HP Tablet PC and a high-speed connection to watch the morning news over the Internet. With the advanced docking station and MultiBay that supports a DVD+/-RW, DVD/CD-RW and DVD-ROM, watching DVD movies and listening to music CDs is also possible.
Life on the tour bus and in hotels requires computing versatility. Built-in wireless capabilities of the tc4200 are the foundation. For now, Mohr and the band rely on restaurants and hotels for their wireless connections. For their next tour, Mohr says, the band is looking for a bus company with wireless Internet access capabilities so they can be online while traveling. "That's going to be really cool."
Mohr uses the tc4200 for e-mail to keep in touch with family and fans, and the compactness makes it user friendly. He compares the convenience of the Tablet PC to the convenience of a compact digital camera: "If it's really big, you're not going to carry it with you, and you're probably not going to use it as much."
Just as the multifaceted music of Big Head Todd and the Monsters appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes, Mohr foresees a wide audience for HP Tablet PCs. "I've always been kind of obsessed with the tablet format. The more I see people react to my HP Tablet PC, the more I think there's a bright future for tablet computing."
Sketching with Tablet and Pen
About 150 architects showed up July 15 for a regular meeting of the American Institute of Architects’ New York technical committee to see the three-day-old release of pen-based design product SketchUp, from @Last Software, Boulder, Colo. It was demonstrated on Hewlett Packard tablet PCs. Reactions ranged from applause to cheers as the software was put through its paces creating 3D models of .........
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September 6 , 2005
Pink Sahara i215 Tablet PC
to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness
TabletPc2.com is proud to present you with a sneak peek of the the Limited Edition Pink Sahara i215 Tablet PC
Nicknamed the Pinkie, The pink Sahara i215 will be available from TabletKiosk.com on a first come first serve basis in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Chip shortage forces tablet PC delay
An apparent shortage of Intel chips has caused tablet PC maker Motion Computing to modify its orders for September.
According to an internal memo seen by CNET News.com, Motion's marketing department got word from Intel that there is a world-wide shortage of the Intel Pentium M Processor number 758 which is a low-voltage chip running at 1.5GHz.
"What this means is that existing orders of the Motion LE1600 tablet PC are now scheduled to ship during the first week of October. The current expected ship date for new LE1600 orders is the second week of October," the memo said, noting that Motion was also exploring other alternatives to fill orders.
A representative with Motion Computing confirmed the company's attempts to modify its sales techniques including suggesting Motion Computing's LS800s, which include Intel's 1.2 GHz ultra-low voltage processor--a chip that is not experiencing a delay-- and Motion's LE1600 with an Intel Celeron processor.
Vista Gets Media Center Functionality
Media Center PC World
Paul Thurrott, he of Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, has given away a few details about the forthcoming Windows Vista Beta 2.
According to Paul, the Windows Vista code tree was recently forked between the version Microsoft will give out at the Professional Developers Conference 2005 and the version that will become Beta 2. The current PDC build has the Tablet PC and Media Center functionality enabled, so we may finally get to see the next version of Windows MCE by this time next week. There is also the rumour that Microsoft will announce which versions of Vista will ship when.
Windows Vista Build 5219 Ready for the PDC
The current PDC build--build 5219--could very likely make it into the greedy little hands of attendees, and it's got a couple of interesting surprises: It includes the infamous and once-missing Sidebar and has the Tablet PC and Media Center functionality enabled.
And fear not, people. You've been waiting to hear which product editions Microsoft will ship in the Vista time frame, right? That announcement is coming next week. Stay tuned."
Electrovaya SC3000 Tablet PC Review
The Electrovaya Scribbler SC3000 Premium is a true "writing slate" style computer which runs on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. Based on Windows XP Professional, but with significant usability enhancements such as pen and speech input, this operating system has been billed for at least a few years as a glimpse at the future of personal computing.
According to a recent news story posted on this site, Tablet PC use in Canada has grown twenty percent. Maybe it is something in the water up here, but I have to admit to liking these things myself. I have reviewed a couple of tablets in the past and using each was a delightful experience. I won't go into the why's and why not's of the platform too much in this article. Suffice it to say if you have not played around with a Tablet PC you really owe it to yourself to test one out.
Recently we worked with Electrovaya's top of the line Scribbler SC3000 Tablet PC for a few weeks. Electrovaya is a company that has really staked a claim in the emerging Tablet PC market. They know the platform well, so when the FedEx man delivered our review unit I was anxious to get started.
September 7 , 2005
Review: Xplore iX104C2 Dual Mode Tablet PC
When it comes to outdoor displays that we have used, reviewed and photographed in 2005 the Xplore iX104 Rugged Tablet PC wins our Editors Choice for a Indoor Outdoor display.
If your looking for a Rugged tablet PC the Xplore iX104C2 is an excellent choice. It looks good, feels good, and if you happen to drop it you wont break it! We found the iX104C2 very much to our liking, truth be told, we found it so much to our liking that we didn't want to return it.
The Gateway Convertible Doesn't Have Wheels - But It's Mobile and But It's Mobile and Takes You to New Places
The fun, flexibility and freedom of a "convertible" on wheels has a new rival in Gateway's new CX200 convertible notebook PC, a unique all-in-one device that combines the power of a full-featured notebook PC with the innovation of pen input. The industry's first convertible notebook with a 14-inch widescreen display, the new Gateway(R) CX200 gives consumers more room to take handwritten notes, draw diagrams, edit documents and enjoy entertainment applications.
The new Gateway CX200 convertible notebook is easy to use in a number of environments where a keyboard and mouse are not practical -- such as taking notes in class or in a meeting, or while standing or moving around a school, home, yard or shopping trip. Consumers can use the notebook PC's Intel(R) Centrino(R) technology to enjoy wireless computing from hot spots now widely available at coffee houses, restaurants, hotels and college campuses to browse the web, check email, and share digital content such as music and photos.
"Putting the 'top down' on this convertible gives consumers the means to
use one single device for computing, productivity, learning and fun," said
Chad McDonald, director of notebook product marketing, Gateway. "The unique yet easy-to-use design and software let customers do everything they usually do with a high-performance notebook and a whole lot more, such as sketch diagrams, handwrite notes and type text. Plus, they can even use study tools,get organized for school and have fun with art and games."
* Operating system: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
* Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor 740 (1.73 GHz, 533MHz FSB,
* 2MB L2 cache) with Intel Centrino technology
* Chipset: Intel(R) 915GM Chipset with DDR2 Support
* Memory: 512MB DDR2 Dual Channel 533MHz SDRAM
* Hard drive(4): 60GB SATA
* Optical drive: DVD+/-R/RW
* Media Reader: Integrated 7-in-1
* Video: Integrated Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900 with up to
128MB shared memory
Review: New Gateway CX200
Slate tablets haven't caught on—perhaps they never will—but convertible tablets are making their way into the mainstream. And we're not talking about the small ones, with their 12-inch screens and 3.5-pound system weights. It's the larger ones, those that are substantial enough to be your primary laptop at home or in the office. The new Gateway CX200 convertible tablet ($1,905 direct) is such a machine. It has great features, fast components, and a crisp 14-inch widescreen display.
The CX200 weighs in at 6.9 pounds and is clearly a notebook that will spend more time on your desktop than on a plane. The 14-inch widescreen is nice and bright. It has a transflective display that makes the screen look even brighter and glossier than a standard screen. It's terrific for viewing photos and home movies, but it does give off some glare in certain lighting conditions. The
Toshiba Satellite R15-S822
has a standard 14-inch screen, without any special LCD treatment. It's not as bright as the Gateway's but gives off less glare.
PDC 2005: Tablet PC BOF
You voted for "If you build it, will they come?" Tablet PC Developer BOF and it won a spot at PDC 2005. The BOF is scheduled for 10:15PM on Tuesday. Community members, please come ready to with ideas and questions. Look forward to seeing you there!
Julie, thanks for submitting it.
Also, Loren mentioned to me that people have been asking about a Tablet PC gathering during PDC. The Microsoft Tablet PC and Mobile PC team is trying to reserve a room where we can have a gathering Tuesday afternoon. Stay tuned for more information.
Xplore wins Pen Computing and TabletPc2 Awards
Xplore Technologies(R) Corp. (TSX:XPL), a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider, today announced that the company has received Editor's Choice Awards from both Pen Computing and TabletPc2 for its innovative iX104C2V(TM) rugged Tablet PC with AllVue(TM) LCD Technology.
Pen Computing, a recognized media pioneer in the mobile computing market, awarded their prestigious Editor's Choice Award for Best Rugged Tablet PC Slate to Xplore Technologies. Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, Pen Computing's Editor-in-Chief explains, "Sporting exemplary industrial design, the flagship iX104C2V Tablet PC is extremely tough, technologically completely up-to-date, yet also has an attractive industrial design..." "Its AllVue display is superior to anything else we've seen." For the complete story visit http://pencomputing.com/editors_choice_2005/tpcs.html.
InPlay Technologies Completes Acquisition of FinePoint Innovations
InPlay Technologies announced today that it has completed the acquisition of privately held FinePoint Innovations, a developer of patented digital computing pen solutions for tablet PCs
We are pleased to bring FinePoint on as an InPlay technology," said Bob Brilon, CEO, InPlay Technologies. "We were looking for innovative technologies in emerging growth markets. Our entry point is just before commercialization or conversion to revenue. With its newly developed, leading edge digital pen technology for the tablet PC market and a significant initial purchase order moving forward this year, FinePoint fits well with our model."
September 8 , 2005
Today's Orange County business briefs
Gateway Tablet PC has largest display
Irvine's Gateway Inc. introduced its first Tablet PC Wednesday as part of a small- business event in Washington.
Such computers look more like clipboards and allow users to write directly on the screen. Special Microsoft Tablet PC software, which was introduced three years ago, translates handwriting into digital text.
The company said the Gateway CX200 is the first Tablet PC in the industry with a 14-inch widescreen display for 25 percent more space to work with.
It includes Intel's Centrino chip for wireless Internet capability and can be configured to last 8-1/2 hours. Gateway recently recommitted itself to the small-business customer with a line of new computers and services. Its stock closed Wednesday at $2.67, up 6 cents.
ADB Warp/M motorized zoom profile at PLASA
ADB Lighting - exhibiting at both IBC and PLASA 2005 - will place the accent this year on the Warp/M, a fully automated zoom profile spotlight, derived from the manual Warp profile launched two years ago.
At PLASA 2005, ADB will also show a selection of its other luminaires, digital dimmers and control systems, in particular the successful Mentor 4-in-1 console with the latest ISIS software upgrade, and the new ISIS Light Tablet, a user configurable, virtual console on a Tablet PC for remotely activating all the functions of any ADB control system running on ISIS software.
The ink gestures addin for Word is coming along.
Bob is making some terrific progress with the Office UI integration. He was stuck on a couple Office CommandBar issues, but I think he's made his way through them. He's definitely been learning lots about the workings of Word.
On the gesture side, the addin now supports recognizing handwritten text. You can insert up to a single line of text above a chevron gesture or if the text is placed above a selection it will replace the selected text with the recognized string. Here's an animated GIF that shows these two operations in action:
Tablets Find Safety at School
Gateway is going back to school, this month, with a new tablet PC.
The company on Wednesday introduced a new convertible tablet PC that promises higher performance and better ergonomics for a lower price than its predecessor. Those improvements, the Irvine Calif., PC maker believes, will help Gateway Inc. tablets continue their momentum in education and break into retail, countering a disappointing trend for tablets of late.
Other tablet PC makers are also looking at various segments of the education market to raise the overall grades for the portable platform.
But one market—higher education—has heartily embraced the tablet, Gateway says, giving the company a focus for its second-generation tablet and offering a beachhead to continue attacking other areas, including small and medium businesses and retail.
"I think the tablet is here to stay. I think it's going to continue over time to become a mainstream platform. But I don't think it's going to take off as quickly as some of the folks in the industry thought initially," said William Diehl, vice president of product marketing at Gateway.
September 9 , 2005
How to use Microsoft’s shared computer toolkit
The Shared Computer Toolkit helps to keep information on shared computers secure so that one user can’t access the files or make changes to the configurations of other users. With the toolkit, you get the following tools:
- Windows Restrictions Tool
- Windows Disk Protection Tool
- Windows Accessibility Tool
Installing the toolkit
At the time of this writing, the toolkit is in public beta. If you want to try it out, you can download version 1.0. Remember that this is beta software and shouldn’t be installed on production machines. It installs on Windows XP Home, Pro or Tablet PC and SP2 is required.
Note: The Toolkit does not run on XP Media Center Edition or XP Pro 64x Edition. It does run on Tablet PC Edition.
September 10 , 2005
Exclusive: Windows Vista Product Editions Revealed
Two days before the start of Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005, I've received exclusive insider information about the product editions, or SKUs, which Microsoft intends to create for Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn). While the exact breakdown of the Windows Vista editions has been the subject of much speculation, this list closely matches the editions list I first published on the SuperSite for Windows last year. Here's how the Windows Vista product editions break down.
There will be two general categories of Windows Vista editions, which map closely to the two that exist today for XP ("Home," which comprises Starter, Home, and Media Center Editions, Pro, which includes Professional, Professional x64, and Tablet PC Editions). In Windows Vista, the two categories are Home and Business. In the Home category, Microsoft will create four product editions: Windows Vista Starter Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (previously known as "Uber" Edition). In the Business category, there will are three editions: Windows Vista Small Business Edition, Windows Vista Professional Edition, and Windows Vista Enterprise Edition. In all, there are 7 product editions planned for Windows Vista
Windows Vista Professional Edition: A powerful, reliable and secure OS for businesses of all sizes. Windows Vista Pro Edition will include domain join and management functionality, compatibility with non-Microsoft networking protocols (Netware, SNMP, etc.), Remote Desktop, IIS Web server, and Encrypted File System (EFS). Additionally, Pro Standard will include Tablet PC functionality. Windows Vista Pro is roughly analogous to XP Pro today. This version is aimed at business decision makers and IT managers and generalists.
According to internal Microsoft documentation, the goal of the product edition differentiations in Windows Vista is to provide "clear value proposition" to all customer segments and take XP-era innovations, such as the Media Center and Tablet PC functionality, to the mainstream. Windows Vista is also being positioned as a transitionary product for the x64 platform: Almost all Windows Vista editions will be offered in both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions. Microsoft expects to transition almost completely to x64 post-Vista.
September 12 , 2005
Will the number 7 in the year 2006 be Microsoft's Lucky Number?
Time will tell..............
- Vista Starter
- Vista Home Basic
- Vista Home Premium
- Vista Pro
- Vista Small Business
- Vista Enterprise
- Vista Ultimate
Keeping in mind that the final product is still over a year away, and that the names could still change, click here for an outline of the 7 versions of Windows of Windows Vista expected to ship in 2006.
Agilix Labs Named No. 6 in the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum's ...
Recognized as one of the leading Tablet PC independent software vendors, Agilix released a set of developer tools, called InfiNotes, that add ink note-taking features to new and existing .NET applications early in 2005. Agilix developed InfiNotes in conjunction with the Microsoft Tablet PC team to accelerate the development of applications for the Tablet PC platform. There are two versions of Agilix InfiNotes, one which adds Microsoft Journal-like functionality (license and royalty free) and a second that provides state-of-the-art note-taking functionality and is available for a one time license fee per developer (no royalty fees). The Professional Edition includes all the rich note-taking functionality of Agilix's GoBinder, Blackboard Backpack and FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Windows. The UVEF 2005 "Top 25 Under 5" Award competition required companies to have its principal location in the state of Utah and have established its business after December 31, 1999. Awards were based on meeting revenue and profit growth, equity funding, job growth and job quality measurements. More than 135,000 students, professionals and developers from 31 countries worldwide use Agilix solutions.
PDC 2005 - SOLD OUT
Bill Gates’ keynote will be broadcast live and available on-demand. Watch it here on September 13, 2005 at 8:30am.
More than ever before, PDC05 will feature the deepest presentations, discussions, and technology explorations into the "what," "how," and "why" of the future of the Microsoft platform. Fill your head at advanced 400-level sessions that can only be delivered by developers, to developers. See what the future holds through deep discussions on Windows Vista™, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Windows Communication Foundation and plan your next steps with key architectural guidance on topics such as ASP.NET 2.0, CLR, and SQL Server 2005.
Tablet PC and Mobile PC Community Gathering at PDC 2005
During PDC05 , Tablet & Mobile PC Community members are gathering on Tuesday, September 13th for an overview of Tablet & Mobile PC features in Windows Vista, discussion of favorite ink-enabled applications, and informal conversation.
Date: Tuesday, September 13th
When: 3PM - 6PM
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center Room 512
You must have a PDC attendee badge to attend.
We would like to keep track of the number of possible attendees and space is limited, so please RSVP to me at ljheiny at hotmail.com.
Bring your Tablet PCs and be ready to show off your favorite ink-enabled applications. See you at PDC!
September 13 , 2005
We will be reporting from PDC today- Stay Tuned for updates!
Motion Computing LS800 Tablet PC Review
Mike details his Motion Computing LS800 Tablet PC experiences. "Overall I would recommend the LS800 as a great device for people who want a small form factor to their tablets. If you are looking at tablets for the first time, you may want to be sure that you'll like the form factor if you are using this as your primary device. If you are looking to upgrade your current tablet to something new, then you'll probably know if you would like a smaller tablet or not."
Lenovo X41 Tablet PC Built in fingerprint recognition technology ensures more secure notebook computing
Form Factor and Fingerprint Recognition
The Lenovo ThinkPad X41 has a form factor that is designed to be cradled in your arm, and used as it should, like a writing tablet. Weighing in at less than 4 lbs (3.5lbs as designated by Lenovo), the ThinkPad X41 features a 12-inch screen and is just 1.14 inches thick. The model tested at DMN features fingerprint recognition technology (ThinkVantage Client Security Solution)and an embedded security subsystem ( certified RSA SecurID-ready) in addition to a common password proection setup to access the computer. This marks how computer systems, and especially notebook computer systems that are used for sensitive purposes, will be protected in the future. For Lenovo, the future is now.
September 14 , 2005
PDC 2005 photos
Fujtisu P1500 with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. You use a stylus to write and can use your finger tip to navigate through a webpages. Fujtisu's press release today mentions that it will be available toward the end of October.
Fujitsu LifeBook P1500 Notebook, Industry's Smallest and Lightest Lightest Convertible to Offer Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Operating System
Fujitsu Computer Systems today announced that starting next month, the LifeBook(R) P1500 notebook will be available with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, broadening the appeal of the industry's smallest and lightest convertible notebook
The ultra-portable 2.2 pound LifeBook P1500 notebook, also available with Microsoft Windows XP Professional, is equipped with a bright compact 8.9 inch wide SVGA touch screen display and long battery life, and packed with full PC functionality. Use it in tablet mode and navigate easily with touch screen or pen-driven input through forms-based applications used extensively in healthcare, field and sales force automation and supply chain management, or use the pen stylus for jotting notes and capturing signatures for contracts or purchase orders. Easily rotate the screen and tilt it up to transform the LifeBook P1500 notebook into a standard notebook with a keyboard for versatility and mobility without compromise. The LifeBook P1500 notebook delivers the performance and reliability mobile professionals expect from Fujitsu, recently rated tops for reliability among Windows-based notebooks in PC Magazine's 18th annual Reader Satisfaction Survey.
Pricing and Availability
The LifeBook P1500 notebook with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition will be available by the end of October through the Fujitsu direct sales force, Web site and channel partners(1) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2005 with pricing starting at $1,549(2) for a base configuration. Users can choose from a recommended configuration or they can customize their system using the Fujitsu Configure To Order (CTO) program. The LifeBook P1500 notebook with Microsoft Windows XP Professional is available now.
Pechanga Casino Installs Motion Computing PCs
Casino City Times
Pechanga Resort & Casino, a AAA four-diamond property in Southern California, has deployed 200 Motion Computing® tablet PCs for gaming table management, player tracking and employee training.
The Motion tablet PCs are located on 155 of Pechanga's gaming tables, running Progressive Gaming International Corporation's (NASDAQ:PGIC) table management system, TableLink®. With the TableLink application, Pechanga tracks player activity at every table. TableLink automatically and accurately updates player data collected via the Motion tablet -- including player numbers, average bets, table limits and the amount of time played.
Pechanga also has placed Motion tablets in its employee training room, which is a replica of the casino's gaming floor. In training, new dealers learn how to deal at Pechanga and how to use its player tracking system.
September 15 , 2005
The New Fujitsu P1500 Tablet PC at PDC 2005
Love it - Need it - Want it -Gota have it!
Between seeing and hearing about all of the new Tablet PC features that will be in VIsta and this amazing little 2.2 pound LifeBook P1500 Tablet PC, with its 8.9 inch wide SVGA touch screen display, Tuesday was a very exciting day at PDC 2005
More Photos and Info from PDC will be up later today
Good news for ThinkPad fans: You can now have your notebook and your tablet PC, too. Lenovo's $2059 ThinkPad X41 Tablet, the company's first portable based on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, is a svelte convertible that fully lives up to ThinkPad's proud design heritage. The X41 and Motion Computing's new $2439 LE1600 Tablet PC are among the first tablets to use Intel's latest mobile technology to stay slim without sacrificing much performance.
The two tablets are similar in many ways. Both carry Intel's 1.5-GHz Pentium M LV 758 processor, one of the centerpieces of Intel's next-generation mobile platform, code-named Sonoma; both run Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, the latest version of the tablet operating system; and both have fingerprint scanners with biometric security software and 12.1-inch active-matrix LCD digitizer screens. Each model also features built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi and a full complement of connectors (two USB 2.0 ports, ethernet and phone jacks, and SD and PC Card slots).
Beyond these similarities, Motion Computing's preproduction LE1600 Tablet PC edged out our shipping ThinkPad X41 Tablet in most respects. However, the ThinkPad left the LE1600 in the dust in our battery life tests: It ran for a solid 5 hours, 1 minute, considerably outdoing the LE1600's time of 3 hours, 3 minutes. (Our tests were performed without the optional extended-life batteries.)
Gates Q&A: Blog Extra II
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Q: Do you envision Windows being as central to the PC industry in 10 years as it is today?
"The full-screen device will always play a special role. If you want to write a document, edit a document, you're going to sit at two feet and do that. That's the PC, and the PC is where you're able to take notes. This is the Tablet, I don't know if you've seen this Motion machine. [Gestures to a Motion Computing Tablet PC.] Just think of that two years from now, four years from now, in terms of the thinness, the cost. Every student, instead of having textbooks, they're going to have a Tablet PC, and so the PC is very significant.
Evidence mounts for premium Vista
With Windows Vista, Microsoft is considering a product line-up that would include several new high-end editions of the operating system.
Microsoft has discussed plans for an edition for corporations and is also evaluating both a small-business version and an "ultimate" edition of the operating system that would combine the best of Microsoft's corporate and consumer features.
Various Microsoft executives have also noted that with Vista, high-end laptops should be able to combine both Media Centre and Tablet PC capabilities.
September 16 , 2005
Microsoft's Vista looks to get tablets on write track
ZDNet - USA
In Vista, the new incarnation of desktop Windows, due next year, the software giant will let people give the operating system examples of their own handwriting in an effort to improve handwriting recognition. The personalization feature, which is optional, is one of a number of Tablet PC enhancements disclosed this week as part of an updated test version of Vista.
Other new Tablet-specific features in this latest version of Vista include new "gestures" designed to make it easier to navigate through Web pages, send e-mail and manage other frequent tasks without having to switch to a keyboard.
Many of the changes are designed to make the software more predictable than prior versions, and ultimately expand sales of Tablet PC systems. "You get frustrated, and you are going to stop using it," said Ian LeGrow, a group program manager in the Tablet PC unit.
In Vista, the "personalize handwriting recognition" feature presents two options. For those having a problem with a particular letter, word or phrase, there is a "target specific recognition errors" window. For those who are having more pervasive problems, there is an option to provide a more extensive set of samples--from A to Z.
With Vista, tablets will learn not only how users write particular words but also which words they turn to frequently, making those more likely guesses in cases where the software is unsure which word was meant. The software will also adopt Web sites and e-mail addresses that are not part of its standard dictionary.
What do you think of the new Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP)?
In the Microsoft Windows Vista, Community Technology Preview (CTP) you can see a new Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP). Have you tried it yet? The TIP floats out from the side of the and can be repositioned. One improvement is that the TIP can be used with terminal server!
Yesterday, Mobile Platforms Division team members walked PDC05 attendees through Tablet PC features that are present in Windows Vista, Community Technology Preview (CTP). This personalization allows people to help train the Tablet PC how an individual writes certain words. Writing "Billy Hollis", who was in attendance yesterday, is a good example of combination of similar shaped letters. With Handwriting Personalization Windows Vista will learn from outbound email messages how you write "Billy Hollis", and so the next time you write your combination of shapes the operating system will recognize it correctly. In addition, a user has the option to drive through a wizard how they write an "l" and "i" individually as well as in combination with other letters to form these particular words. As more people start using Windows Vista CTP on their Tablet PCs, it'll be interesting to see how intuitive people find this new feature.
PDC05: Walk through of Tablet PC features in Windows Vista
I'm in conference room 512 listening to Ian LeGrow and Koji Kato walk through Tablet PC features included in Windows Vista. Although I'm not a developer, I always enjoy listening to developer oriented presentations. The depth of information is considerably different from - well, just different. Here are a few features Ian has reviewed:
- Flicks Panning in Internet Explorer Handwriting Personalization Ink error reporting system, analogous to Watson
- Tip Auto-Complete
Cadillac DTS Limousine and Escalade ESVe
The DTS limo has a seventy-inch longer wheelbase than the stock DTS--yep, that's right, nearly six feet longer, perfect for party animals. This show limo is outfitted so comprehensively, we wouldn't be surprised if the six rear-seat occupants stayed inside and didn't bother to attend the prom/bachelorette party/binge of their choice. Out back, the limo features a 22-inch LCD TV, tablet PC, DVD player, wireless headphones, and premium sound system.
New Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 Helps Business Users Create Visual Blueprints for Action''; Increased Integration with Microsoft Office Brings Information to Life for Greater Team Collaboration
Business Wire Mindjet Corporation, the leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information, today announced availability of Mindjet(R) MindManager(R) Pro 6, the newest version of its flagship application for business professionals and teams. Available September 20, 2005, MindManager Pro 6 is a tool for graphically representing the core communications of business: from capturing meeting notes to creating sales campaigns and drafting business plans in an "at-a-glance" view. Now with enhanced integration with Microsoft(R) Office, each resulting Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 "map" can contain additional information via hyperlinks to documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Maps can also be connected to corporate applications and databases, and to Web services.
Mindjet technology delivers what no other technology can: A flexible, creative way for users to capture, organize and share information. Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 captures the information in an intuitive interface integrated with XML, HTML and the Microsoft Office suite of applications, including Word, PowerPoint(R), Outlook and Project - and now Excel(R) and Visio(R). MindManager provides busy professionals with a single easy-to-use interface from which they can quickly access key information, without having to navigate to numerous, often difficult-to-master applications. Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 enables individuals and teams to flexibly capture ideas and information to build clearly structured, easy-to-understand representations of projects, plans, systems or strategies. Its fluid, drag-and-drop interface helps users quickly organize and reorganize information to discover new avenues of thought and new solutions - and then put those solutions immediately into action.New Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 features include: -- New Microsoft Excel integration: Embed spreadsheet information into maps -- New Microsoft Visio export: Quickly create flow charts, map out processes -- Improved Microsoft PowerPoint integration: Quickly create and preview slides -- New editable outline view: Switch from map mode to standard linear mode -- New "Add Attachments": Add multiple documents, URLs to each map topic -- New Topic Alerts: Receive alarms for appointments created in your maps -- New Organizational Chart view: Create dynamic, data-rich org charts -- New Ink-enabled Notes: Adds new power to mapping on a Tablet PC -- Improved Map Formatting commands: Make maps look better than ever - fast! Product Pricing and Availability for Mindjet MindManager Pro 6: -- Available on September 20, 2005 via: www.mindjet.com
September 19 , 2005
ActiveWords(R) Announces InkPad 1.5 -- Productivity Software for Tablet PCs
ActiveWord Systems, Inc. (http://www.activewords.com ), the leading developer of Windows(R) software that accelerates productivity, today announced ActiveWords Inkpad Version 1.5 for Tablet PCs from the dais of DEMOfall, the prestigious technology entrepreneurial conference. In essence, Inkpad makes the Tablet PC pen input mode as productive as the keyboard mode. Inkpad works like the company's flagship ActiveWords software, which allows users to devise a personalized system for using words to navigate to folders, files, programs, and web-based services; send email; substitute text; and carry out virtually any desired action. ActiveWords intuitively "sees" words entered from the keyboard and automates processes related to the words. Inkpad now does exactly that for pen input on a Tablet PC. "We're pleased with the work ActiveWords is doing on the Tablet PC" said Frank Gocinski, Business Development Manager for Microsoft's Mobile Platforms Division, "ActiveWords InkPad is an example of innovative design for natural input that makes mobile users more productive throughout the day."
Acer's Tablet PC (Without) a Twist
Acer showed a bunch of products, not all of which will be available in the U.S. One which will be is the TravelMate C200, a Tablet PC with a 12.1-inch screen that slides up into position to turn the system from a tablet into a standard clamshell notebook--rather than twisting around, as the screens on all other convertible Tablet PCs do. It's an interesting design that puts the screen at a nice angle and feels sturdy. It also reminds me of that of the Grid Convertible, an early-1990s tablet-style PC that was way, way ahead of its time.
Unlike other Tablet PCs, the C200's design means that its screen always faces out when it's closed, but a clever built-in cloth cover protects it. .
Preview: Acer TravelMate C200
Throwing a pinch of innovation into the troubled Tablet PC mix, Acer's newest convertible has a tendency to confuse those used to the old swivel-and-tilt paradigm. Shedding the swivel in favour of slide, the C200 sports a display which slides backwards and tilts upwards to a 125-degree angle to reveal the keyboard; it's an eye-catcher, and also feels surprisingly sturdy despite a somewhat flimsy look.
The 12.1-inch XGA display of the unit delivered the goods - indoors, at least - as far as display qualities were concerned, but what really catches the eye is the option of having the C200 configured with an Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 chipset with 256 MB of VRAM. As much as my inner geek is salivating, however, the more sensible option of a bog-standard Intel 915GM chipset is probably the better one as the processor of the C200 could never keep up with the Go 6200 anyway. Oh, and lest I forget, the Intel chipset can draw up to 128 MB of memory from the main banks.
Speaking of memory, the C200 can be configured with up to 2 GB of DDR2 533 MHz RAM, which runs in tandem with a choice of Intel Pentium M processors. Fitted with Acer's Disk Anti-Shock Protection (DASP), a 100 GB drive spinning at 4,200 RPM further enhances an already powerful setup, and the inclusion of an Acer Media Bay also allows for the option of either a DVD Dual Layer drive or combo DVD/CD-RW drive.
Acer Unveils Tablet PC, Plans to Enter US LCD TV Market
ATHENS, Greece—At its Global Press Conference here Saturday, Acer rolled out a brand new tablet PC with an innovative pop-up hinge
Unlike many other tablet computers, which use a rotating screen to convert from traditional notebook to tablet, the new TravelMate C200's LCD screen slides up off of the keyboard to convert from a tablet to a traditional notebook.
The sliding LCD panel allows for a quick conversion, and feels more sturdy than the rotating screen design.
The C200 is built on the new Sonoma platform from Intel, and includes a Pentium M processor, and the new 915PM/GM Express chip set.
It includes biometric security via a built in thumbprint reader, and features a 12.1-inch LCD screen. The keyboard includes an integrated pointing stick, but no trackpad.
The C200 should be available in the United States by the end of the year. Pricing was not yet available.
HP launches fastest-ever tablet PC designed to simplify the the professional on-the-go experience
HP has recently unveiled the latest tablet PC, which is a full function convertible notebook PC, targeted at mobile professionals who require powerful and highly-mobile computers offering greater security and reliability.
'The HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC is the only tablet PC featuring the new Intel 915 chipset/CPU, making it the fastest tablet PC available in the market. Designed to simplify the professional on-the-go experience, the power-packed, ultra-mobile HP Compaq tc4200 incorporates Intel Centrino Mobile Technology to provide wireless connectivity and improved battery performance.' added Vishnu.
'We believe that Tablet PC is the evolution of mobile computing, bringing new functionality to the way that people use personal computing.
September 20 , 2005
We will be at DemoFall 2005 Today
70 new technologies. 2 days. 1 place.
Rigorously screened from hundreds of technologies from around the world, you'll see only the most significant, relevant and viable. The ones that exemplify and lead emerging trends. We do all the vetting so you can do a lot of business in a very efficient two days.
At DEMOfall, it's all about technology.
This is a show like no other. Each company who launches here, regardless of size, faces the same screening process. Marketing budgets must be checked at the door. It's technology vs. technology on a level field.
EverNote Plus 1.0
The key to EverNote is that it uses a continuous, scrolling tape as its organizational metaphor. When you add a note, it is automatically time- and date-stamped and added to the end of the tape. You can create notes using the keyboard or electronic ink; the program supports a wide variety of input pens and digitizers and works well with Tablet PCs. (EverNote is developing versions for both Pocket PC and Palm OS platforms.) You can also drag a variety of file types from Windows Explorer and drop them into notes, or grab content from a Web site.
EverNote is not as powerful as Microsoft's more ambitious, more expensive ($99) OneNote (go.pcmag.com/onenote). That program features a tabbed-notebook metaphor and tight integration with Microsoft Office applications, plus the ability to associate audio and video clips with a note—and much more. In addition, it has strong outlining abilities that the current version of EverNote lacks. But if you don't need that much power, EverNote is certainly worth a spin.
Skanska Unleashes Work Crews Sept. 19, 2005
Wireless networks and tablet PCs save a full workday a week at construction company's work sites.
That's why Skanska built what Stockley calls a "walking office"--an on-site wireless local area network. It's also rolling out tablet PCs from Motion Computing Inc. to supervisors and project managers on job sites. The idea is to slash the inefficiencies of managing paper and bring the capability for near-instantaneous decision-making to job sites.
Tablet PCs let workers access plans and reports and mark up drawings anywhere. Problems can be resolved within minutes or hours rather than days or weeks. "What we want our project teams doing is managing the projects, not fax machines or waiting around for decisions to be made," Stockley says.
With a paper-based process, it can take 15 minutes or more for the supervisor to reach the office trailer, 15 minutes more to work on paperwork, and even more time to drive back to the construction site. The on-site availability of documentation alone has reaped tremendous cost-savings. Skanska estimates the tablet PCs have bolstered productivity by 20%, adding an extra workday each week.
The first wireless tablet PC deployments were delivered last year to several job sites, including construction at Duke University's Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences building at the Pratt School of Engineering. During the job, there were 1,200 requests for information, including 42 partial plan and specification set revisions. Using the paper system,that number of requests for information would have resulted in 72,000 to 720,000 documents.
September 21 , 2005
Pen functionality in Windows Vista build 5219
The latest build of Windows Vista demoed at PDC has caused quite a stir and while the build made available to beta testers doesn't have a couple of the flashier features of the PDC build (the restored sidebar and 3-D Alt-Tab using Windows-Space) it does have some new fodder for use Tableteers.
After saying that software needs to be more pen friendly out of the box I am pleased to say that the latest build of Windows Vista, whilst not completely there, is at least heading in the right direction. The way the pen interacts with the OS has been updated and is now distinct from the normal cursor shown when using the mouse: the cursor turns in to a small cross-hair which better represents the pen rather than the normal arrow cursor.
In my earlier post I said how the OS needs to adapt in a similar way to SharePoint including 3rd party "tweaks". Well, with build 5219 we've got the first evidence of this happening with Vista. You may recall the Click! utility designed to improve the process of 'clicking' with the pen.
Vista can now give a visual indication of single or double taps (like a ripple spreading on water) or when you click the button on the side of the pen etc. The animation when right-clicking has also been streamlined.
Other software aims to make the OS more usable and Vista plays ball with "flicks" - pen gestures to carry out common tasks:
Flicks can be turned off completely, enabled as a simple set (just up, down, left and right) or a full 8 direction set of flicks. They take a little bit of getting used to but you can also relax the flick sensitivity to make it easier for a gesture to register. When you have the full set of flicks enabled you can customise them to suit by selecting from a set of common commands.
One of the things causing the biggest buzz about Vista is the ability to personalise the handwriting recognition - this can be turned on or off as desired and you can also opt to have Vista collect inking data as you work in order to improve recognition in future
You are able to provide data from the personalisation in a few different ways: writing the alphabet (upper and lower case), numbers, a common set of symbols and also by copying a set of sentences in order to match your handwriting against specific groups of words.
If you commonly have issues with certain characters (I,l and 1 for example) then you can also take steps to target these specific recognition issues.
Vista does have a nice, shiny new "Tablet PC Pen Training Wizard" (contents subject to change) which walks new users through the difference between the pen and the mouse, and how to use the pen instead of a keyboard etc.
Toshiba Singapore Selects Acronis True Image Personal for Its Notebooks, Tablet PCs
the technological leader in storage management software, announced that its subsidiary, Acronis Asia, Pte Ltd., will work with Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd to bundle Acronis True Image Personal Edition with Toshiba notebooks and tablet computers (more commonly known as "Tablet PCs") throughout Asia South. By bundling award-winning Acronis True Image with its notebooks, Toshiba will allow users to create an exact disk image for complete system backup and bare metal restore while providing the most comprehensive data protection. The disk backup file contains the exact copy of a hard disk, including all the computer data, operating system, and programs. After a system crash, the user can restore the entire system or simply replace lost files and folders from the disk backup.
Kingston Launches U3 Powered DataTraveler USB Smart Drives
Work Confidently and Securely Based on the innovative U3 smart drive computing platform, the Kingston U3 DataTraveler creates a secure workspace. Built into the smart drive, the U3 Launchpad; similar to a Start Menu, allows the user to launch programs; add/remove software; change computer settings or preferences; manage storage capacity and monitor programs. The combination of a new U3 smart drive platform and Kingston's popular Data Traveler, offers consumers more than portable file/data storage. These drives can be personalized with software that is relevant to the way they work -- conveniently carrying and launching a wide variety of U3 smart software applications including productivity, multimedia, backup/security, games, medical, utilities, photo imaging and graphic design software available at http://www.u3.com as well as via one click directly from the U3 Launchpad.
Compatible with both Windows 2000 SP4 and XP, the new U3 DataTraveler smart drive solutions offer password-protected data security, a five-year warranty and free 24/7 technical support. Available mid-October, U3 DataTraveler units are color-coded in silver with purple grips for the 512-MB version and silver with black grips for 1-GB capacities.
September 22 , 2005
Panasonic Toughbooks Ruggedized PCs Available on Cingular Wireless EDGE Network, Providing Unparalleled Mobile Access to Critical Business Systems
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company today announced that select fully-rugged and semi-rugged Panasonic(R) Toughbook(R) notebook computers have been certified for use on the Cingular(SM) Wireless EDGE network.
EDGE Certified Toughbook Model Information
The fully-rugged and durable Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 and CF-29 are designed using MIL-STD-810F environmental testing procedures for drops, shocks, altitude, vibration, and dust, water and extreme temperature resistance. Both models are encased in magnesium alloy and feature a shock-mounted removable hard drive in a stainless steel case. With one quick swivel, the Toughbook CF-18 transforms from a fully-rugged maximum-performance notebook PC to a fully-rugged handwriting-friendly tablet PC.
Gadgets and gizmos add spark to DemoFall
PC World Magazine
The Mobile Personal Server, otherwise known as the MPS 1400E, is just that, a full-blown server that requires users to authenticate themselves before loading its applications -- or projecting the applications, as White said -- onto another device. For the few people who actually own a Tablet PC, Active Word Systems has a nifty software utility program that allows users to quickly access Web sites and applications with a mere stroke or two of the stylus.
The ActiveWords InkPad box pops up anywhere and anytime you like on the screen and allows a user to write in NYT, for example, and the system will take them to The New York Times Web site. A quick scrawl of the word Excel will, of course, launch that Microsoft Office product.
Previously ActiveWords was only available for non-touchscreen-capable
Software Attacks Real Estate Paperwork
Real estate software provider VREO released Real Estate Dashboard, an electronic signature and document management software for the real estate industry.
Real Estate Dashboard is optimized for use on VREO's REDtablet, a tablet PC configured specifically for the real estate industry, but will run on any tablet PC hardware.
Major features of Real Estate Dashboard include easy e-signatures and paperless document management capabilities. The software aims to simplify the process of capturing e-signatures on a tablet PC by replicating the pen and paper experience for Realtors and their clients. It also enables agents to electronically fax or e-mail transaction documents, and faxes can be received directly into the software.
September 23 , 2005
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LG Makes A Splash In The PC Market
LG Electronics India Pvt. Limited (LGEIL), a player in the display and optical storage devices segment has announced the launch of a range of premium IT products, which include wide format notebooks based on Sonoma platform, tablet PCs and desktop PCs based on Mediacentre platform
Also, LG has brought in the Tablet PC (LT20), which is a Bluetooth enabled stylish notebook. It also comes with Intel Centrino mobile technology, digital pen, 160" wide-view LCD viewing angle. It is powered by Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, which enables hand writing recognition through the convenience of a stylus. The keyboard tilt function further adds on to user convenience. The LT20 is targeted at mobile professionals.
September 26 , 2005
Tatung Introduces New Ultra-Light, Ultra-Slim, High-Peformance Tablet PC Family; High Performance 12.1'' TTAB-A12D and Entry Level 10.4'' TTAB-910E Tablet PC; American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly
2005--Tatung Science and Technology today unveiled two new models of tablet PC, TTAB-A12D and TTAB-910E. The new advanced 12.1'' TTAB-A12D can be configured with a 1.6 GHz Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor LV 768 with 2MB L2 cache or Intel 1GHz Celeron M processor ULV 373 with 512KB L2 cache. The entry level 10.4'' TTAB-910E can be configured with an Intel Celeron M processor LV 733 MHz with 256KB L2 cache. The ultra light and ultra slim TTAB-A12D is about the size of a book, keeping the system manageable and easy to carry for a variety of remote or mobile computing applications. It can be operated either by using a stylus for handwriting, sketching or mark-up, or with an optional keyboard or docking station.
High Performance Configurations with Built in Biometric Fingerprint Security
A unique security system is integrated with the TTAB-A12D to limit unauthorized access the new Tatung tablets through Omni Pass AP biometric fingerprint recognition. With the integrated OmniPass software, access to the system is controlled by a sensor that requires users to swipe a finger to access password-protected Web sites, programs, and other log-ons that can be configured by users or administrators.
The TTAB-A12D tablet includes one user expandable memory slot (SO-DIMM slot); a 12.1" XGA TFT LCD display; an electromagnetic digitizer, allowing 133 samples/sec, at 0.001 mm (2540ppi) resolution; a 2.5" 40GB/60GB hard disk drive; and 10/100 Ethernet on the motherboard.
For communications, the TTAB-A12D tablet features 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.
Ultra Thin and Ultra Lightweight
The TTAB-A12D weighs only 3.08lbs (1.4Kg) and its dimensions are 9.13"x11.92"x0.73"; 232mm (W) x 303mm (H) x 18.6mm. The system includes a Lithium Ion (5400mAh @7.4V) battery pack with up to 4hr battery life (depending on configuration and applications) with a 6-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 and 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.
Acer renews commitment to the Tablet PC
Acer has announced a raft of new products, renewing its commitment to the Tablet PC format with a new 'sliding' mechanism that draws the screen back across the keyboard and tilts it up in a single action.
The C200 Tablet PC notebook series is a Sonoma-based Centrino affair with dual-channel system memory support up to 2GB, dual-layer DVD burning, nVidia graphics, WiFi and Bluetooth wireless and of course Microsoft's Tablet PC platform.
Spear Technologies Introduces New Mobile Workforce Tablet PC Solution at APTA EXPO 2005
Spear Technologies announced today that it is adding Tablet PC solutions to its wide range of wireless, mobile workforce applications. The Spear 3i(TM) Mobile Workforce Tablet(TM) applications enable maintenance workers to fill-out familiar forms, take handwritten notes, mark images, draw diagrams, and add signatures to documents using a pen-like stylus and a Tablet PC. With the familiarity of a pad of paper, ease of use is comparable to completing traditional paper forms. The new system will increase usability and productivity, while minimizing re-training. This new line of software applications and hardware helps maintenance workers be more productive in more work environments; whether they are in a shop, in a vehicle, on the track, or on a roadway -- Spear is redefining worker mobility with its advanced asset management solutions for the transportation industry.
Spear is planning a full line of Mobile Workforce Tablet applications. The first one will be available for general release in January 2006 and will support your inspection workflow for any of your assets. The Tablet PC can display a custom inspection form unique to your organization. With a pen-like stylus, the inspector will be able to simply "tick" boxes, mark images, write-in the results of the inspection, and record the results as the inspection is performed.
Mike Thomas, CEO of Spear Technologies, commenting on the introduction, said, "Different jobs require different tools. Our mission is to offer the latest, proven technology tools to help maintenance workers be more productive. We not only offer web applications, but our R&D group has really taken our software beyond our self-service TouchPoint kiosk and Mobile Workforce applications with our new Tablet PC software." Thomas added, "Our customers are no longer satisfied with just web applications; they want more choices and we are delivering them."
AOL CEO Refocuses Time Warner's Strategy
The interesting thing is how the family room is changing. My wife's mom is watching TV on the big screen. I'm watching my TV on my Tablet PC with my Ultimate Ear headphones (they are so awesome I can't even say, but way too expensive for most people to afford -- but in this new living room they are a must so that you can block out all the other noise). My brother-in-law is using his Mac to talk with friends and play games on Pogo. My son is surfing yet another Mac.
Former Microsoft and Apple exec Linda Stone talks a lot about continuous partial attention. Oh, this concept is reality for me in this family room.
Gates and Ballmer: A look at the future
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Q: You spent time today looking back at the first 30 years of the company. Would you look ahead five years to what you expect Microsoft to be like in terms of its size, its product mix, things along those lines?
Gates: Most of the things that will be big within five years are the things we're working on today, and so the Xbox, the way that redefines the home environment, some of the ways we're thinking about the office and the software working there. The key research things we're doing, we've been lucky enough to be able to invest in.
Some of the divisions, like Business Solutions, the search work we're doing, in five years those ought to be darn good businesses, not only in size, even in profitability. Certainly that's the bet we're making today. ... People will finally be telling me I was right about the Tablet PC in five years. A lot of continuity. I don't see any discontinuity in this five-year period.
Lenovo, Toshiba Tablet PCs Get High Marks For Function, Design
Wright business technologies is a general IT solution provider based in houston that supports customers in the oil and gas, health-care, legal and business markets. Stephen Wright, President of the company, reviewed the following three tablet PCs.
Tablet PCs have come a long way, and many of the latest models offer light weights, large sizes, rich feature sets and many uses for employees in general business settings or vertical markets. In a review of the Hewlett-Packard tc4200, Lenovo X41 and Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PCs, the Lenovo and Toshiba units received the highest ratings. The Lenovo X41 is lightweight and has a smart design and a useful built-in fingerprint reader. The Toshiba Tecra M4 was the largest unit of the group and had the best feature set, while the HP tc4200 had several serious design flaws, which limited its performance.
All three vendors back up sales of their Tablet PCs with three-tier channel programs offering varying levels of training, marketing resources, financing, incentives and technical support.
September 27 , 2005
Blue Man Group with Lake Technology
The Blue Man Group has installed a Lake Contour digital speaker processor and a pair of Lake Mesa Quad EQ digital matrix processors in the audio system for its latest international production, which recently opened in Toronto, Canada. The sonic quality and performance of the Lake processors are well suited to the group's dynamic material, says Mark Radu, head systems engineer at Toronto-based PA Plus Inc, the company responsible for the engineering and supply of the entire sound system for the new show at the city's Panasonic Theatre.
The Lake equipment really lets you finesse the sound like no other processor," he said, singling out for particular mention the Mesa EQ Parametric Overlay, which uniquely offers independent control of a filter's slopes. "Sonically," he said, "I think the Lakes sound far superior to any other DSP speaker controller." Also of particular note, he continued, is the interface with SmaartLive, the network capabilities that allow for wireless tablet PC control.
The units, originally set up at the Panasonic Theatre using a PRAM serial server and wireless tablet control, are now installed with hard-wired computer control. Lake Technology distributes PRAM Technologies wireless data and control products, including the WSL-2E Wireless Serial Link, worldwide.
PA Plus takes a similar setup on the road with its corporate and broadcast clients and music tours, Radu explained. "We have a computer rack that we send out with our bigger shows. It has a hard-wired computer with a server, a wireless unit, and the tablet. The rack also contains controls for a Smaart system that is integrated with the Lake system via Lake's SmaartLive Controller. We can run the system from the computer built into the rack, and we can also log on as a secondary controller with the tablet or use the tablet as the primary controller." For PA Plus, which has been in the business of audio production system rental, sales, and installation for 25 years, the arrangement allows system engineers to bring control of more than one system onto either of the computers, the company says.
Fujitsu Siemens launches world's lightest convertible notebook
The LIFEBOOK P1510 delivers full notebook and tablet PC functionality yet weighs just under 1kg. As the lightest convertible notebook available it is the perfect mobile workmate, whether on business trips or in the field, and particularly for vertical markets like healthcare and insurance.
'The LIFEBOOK P1510 is currently the world's lightest convertible with full mobile functionality. We see great sales opportunities for it with managers and regular business travellers as well as in vertical markets.'
Fujitsu Siemens Computers has enhanced several of its proven mobility features in the new LIFEBOOK. The LIFEBOOK P1510 convertible, featuring a long battery life and state-of-the-art 8.9-inch touchscreen display, has equal effectiveness whether in slate or notebook form.
'Typical application areas for the LIFEBOOK P1510 include healthcare, banking and insurance, retail, outdoor sales and market research. The light weight makes work easier and more enjoyable,' said Lewitzki. 'When in slate mode, the stylus is all that is needed to run applications. At a hospital, for example, patient data can be entered on the tablet and then processed in notebook mode, since the LIFEBOOK P1510 doubles as a powerful office PC.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers has also paid special attention to other vital mobility factors, such as flexibility, design, performance and security. The LIFEBOOK P1510 features Bluetooth technology and Intel Centrino technology, which ensures ample computing power even under peak loads and a long battery life, extendable to 8.5 hours with an optional six-cell battery. Passive digitiser technology means any stylus can be used to operate the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, while the integrated fingerprint sensor delivers additional convenience and security.
Tablets fix pharmacy problem
WITH more than 5000 pharmacy customers around the country, the 18-strong sales force of Boots Healthcare Australia (BHA) had their work cut out for them using a manual sales process.
Salespeople were equipped with the mySAP CRM Mobile Sales module running on Toshiba M200 tablet PCs, thought to be the best transition from a paper-based system to a technology-based system.
Sales orders are now entered directly on to the tablet PC, then automatically replicated to BHA's SAP-based order management system whenever the sales people dial into the company's home network.
The system's seamless integration means orders are automatically faxed or routed to necessary business entities for swift processing.
Sales staff can connect to the system from the chemist's shop to find out when stock will arrive.
They can also manage customer records automatically.
The implementation provides efficiency gains and has helped sales people focus on sales effectiveness.
Introduced a mySAP CRM Mobile Sales module running on Toshiba tablet PCs.
Automation of the sales process has provided efficiency gains as well as a new focus on sales effectiveness.
September 28 , 2005
FSC wins HCT deal for tablet PCs
F ujitsu Siemens Computers has been awarded a seven figure contract to supply the Higher Colleges of Technology's (HCT) Abu Dhabi Men's College with 648 tablet PCs.
HCT, which witnessed a record number of entrants this year, opted for Fujitsu Siemens Computers' innovative LIFEBOOK T4010 – its lightweight convertible laptop which integrates the functions of a high-powered notebook with those of a tablet PC.
The LIFEBOOK T4010s will be used by first year entrants at Abu Dhabi Men's College and fit with the UAE Government's ongoing e-learning strategy. HCT will be implementing an IT training initiative, supported by a college-run help station, to ensure the students get the most from their notebooks.
The Future of Tablet PCs: Digitizing Ink Forever
Tablet PCs have been around for quite some time now, but the expectations that people had from them have been mostly shattered thus far. With Gartner dropping its forecasts and the industry as a whole talking about shipping 3.5 million tablets in 2009, Tablet PCs seem to be having a tough time cracking the notebook segment, and nowhere close to becoming mainstream today.
There are two iterations of Tablet PCs; the first one is what the tablets initially looked like, which is the slate form factor where you just have a touch screen and a stylus to do all your work. Now this for post people seems a bit pointless and when all is said and done, it does limit functionality a fair bit because in today's computer pervasive environment, people have become more used to typing than writing, which is why the slate form-factor just doesn't make sense anymore.
From this gap of need and availability arose the "convertible" tablet, where the device looks like a regular laptop except that the screen is 180 degrees rotatable, and once you rotate it, it settles down neatly over the laptop's keyboard to work like a regular Tablet. This, in my opinion, is how it should've been in the first place, and where Tablets are headed in the future (assuming they don't die-out).
Even future projections speculate that out of the 3.5 million Tablets expected to retail in 2009, 2.3mn will be convertibles while 1.2mn will use the slate form factor.
The Government of Serbia Welcomes The New Microsoft Technology ...
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Microsoft Corp along with the Honourable Vojislav Kostunica, Prime Minister of Serbia, today held a joint ceremony to open the first Microsoft development centre, the Tablet PC Software Development Extension, in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. The Centre was created to continue expanding language support for handwriting recognisers within Microsoft(R) Tablet PC technology and develop recognisers for the languages of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). By collaborating with governments to offer local citizens the ability to customise technology with increased language capabilities, users in CEE will have the ability to work on Tablet PCs in their regional languages and realise overall IT progress. The Technology Development Centre is the latest example of the benefits of public and private alliance to achieve economic growth, competitiveness and more knowledge-based jobs in Europe.
Baracoda releases new wireless barcode scanners for PDAs, laptops & tablets
Baracoda today added a new line to its barcode scanners. Baracod's new RoadRunners line are Bluetooth enabled barcode scanners targeted at ISVs for field service management, pick-up and delivery, sales force automation, inventory tracking and asset management
According to Baracoda, the RoadRunners "seamlessly" integrate with PDAs using Pocket PC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003, and Palm OS. The devices also work with Symbian and Java based mobile phones such as the RIM BlackBerry 7520 and Motorola i605. For PCs or tablets, the Baracoda RoadRunners are compatible with devices running with Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows Tablet PC.
September 29, 2005
LG unveils new range of PCs in India
LG Electronics India, a Display and Optical Storage Devices major, has announced the launch of a range of premium IT products which included Wide format notebooks based on Sonoma platform and Tablet PCs and Desktop PCs based on Mediacentre platform.
LG also showcased the Tablet PC - LT20, which uses Intel Centrino technology, dual quad-band antenna, state-of-the-art digital pen and 160? wide-view LCD viewing angle with ergonomic and stylish design powered by Microsoft WindowsXP Tablet PC Edition, which enables hand writing recognition. The LT20 is targeted at mobile professionals with a sense of individual style, the company said.
A device that wears many hats
PERSONAL MULTIMEDIA GADGET
Tablet PC / palmtop hybrid device
Processor: 1GHz VIA Eden
Memory: 128MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM
Graphics: S3 UMA (AGP 8x LVDS interface)
Display: 8.4in TFT LCD touchscreen (800 x 600pixels)
THE first question we asked ourselves when we got this device from Singapore-based Tronic was: What exactly is a Personal Multimedia Gadget (PMG)?
At first glance, the PMG looks like a Tablet PC thanks to its touchscreen monitor.
However, most Tablet PCs use a Wacom digitiser, which projects a small magnetic field above the screen to interact with electronics in the tablet's stylus.
Thus, users are able to rest their hands on the screen without affecting the image or mouse pointer; only movements of the stylus affect the mouse pointer.
Upon closer inspection, however, we realised that the PMG's touchscreen feature uses an analogue resistive technology that is similar to that used in Palm and Pocket PC devices.
This means you can use your finger to tap on the screen of the PMG to access any of its functions. Nevertheless a stylus is included should you need one to navigate the PMG.
So is the PMG a palmtop device? Not quite, since its 8.4in display is large compared to most palmtops.
You can think of the PMG as a hybrid between a Tablet PC and a palmtop, or perhaps, for lack of a better word, an overgrown PDA.
September 30, 2005
Waiting for the perfect Tablet PC
Tablet PC Questions
The last few months have been spent looking for the perfect Tablet PC. Variables include speed, weight, memory expansion, hard drive space, and screen resolution. I cannot seem to find one Tablet PC and therefore settled on using multiple machines in order to separate out the workload. For example, I use a convertible for my writing and a slate for reading. The two Tablet PCs make for a powerful combination, efficient and easy to use. The slate is easy to have set at the correct angle on the table while the convertible can sit on the desk or on my lap. My only concern is that this system is not very mobile. This is solved by carrying the important files on a USB flash drive. Regardless, I will keep looking for the perfect Tablet PC.
Laptop Rain Check
Rain or shine, today's road warrior cannot live without his trusty laptop or tablet PC. Anil Patrick gives a lowdown on how to take care of your mobile computing devices during a wet spell..
Notebooks on a slimming diet
Customers today want thinner and lighter notebooks with high battery life and enhanced wireless capabilities
Vendors across the board are busy pitching for enterprise customers with a range of sleek notebooks. For instance, HP launched nine models in March, all targeted at the enterprise; HP has a thin ‘n' lite range, and a tablet PC range. Another major joining the bandwagon is Lenovo, aggressively marketing its tablet PC and ultra-sleek models under the IBM ThinkPad umbrella
For Lenovo, consolidating the IBM product line is the biggest challenge. Says Menon, “As of now, we are consolidating our product line, and with the addition of the recently launched tablet PC range to our kitty, we hope to secure the top place in the enterprise market soon.” The company is looking at increasing its visibility in the enterprise space by approaching CXO/CTO-level people.
The Government of Serbia Welcomes The New Microsoft Technology Development Centre
Microsoft Corp (Nasdaq: MSFT) along with the Honourable Vojislav Kostunica, Prime Minister of Serbia, today held a joint ceremony to open the first Microsoft development centre, the Tablet PC Software Development Extension, in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. The Centre was created to continue expanding language support for handwriting recognisers within Microsoft(R) Tablet PC technology and develop recognisers for the languages of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). By collaborating with governments to offer local citizens the ability to customise technology with increased language capabilities, users in CEE will have the ability to work on Tablet PCs in their regional languages and realise overall IT progress. The Technology Development Centre is the latest example of the benefits of public and private alliance to achieve economic growth, competitiveness and more knowledge-based jobs in Europe.
The Tablet PC is Microsoft's operating system built for mobile-computing, based on the Windows(R) operating system. With a Tablet PC users can capture handwritten notes on screen, which can then be converted into text for the languages where handwriting recognisers exist. At the moment handwriting recognisers for Tablet PC exist only for four major East Asian languages and major Western European languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Through the work done at this new development centre, Tablet PC users will have more flexibility to use a computer in more places and situations than previous systems.
Medical Informatics Forum - EMR, PDA, PACS, eLearning
OmniMD, a leading developer of HIPAA-compliant Internet/Intranet/ PDA/ Tablet 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.
At St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., medical data are literally in the air. X-rays, CAT scans and lab results can be plucked immediately off of the hospital's wireless network, saving doctors time. Now St. Vincent's Wi-Fi network is being turned to an even more important purpose: eliminating medical errors. "Our goal is zero preventable errors," says Timothy Stettheimer, the hospital's chief information officer
That's where Wi-Fi could help. "It's indispensable," says Mark Maldia, an internist who has worked at St. Vincent's since last July. At another hospital he might spend an hour running from floor to floor to get an X-ray. Now he can download it in five minutes. Lab results come across as soon as they're ready, not hours later. And with his tablet PC, Maldia can show patients images of their broken bones or tumors. He can even compare new images to old ones. In March, Maldia became one of the first doctors at St. Vincent's to begin prescribing drugs by computer. His verdict? "It could be the biggest time-saver yet."