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Tablet PC News Archive

August 2006

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August 1 , 2006

MobileTechRoundup Podcast #60: Zune, A2DP, VMs and more...
JKontherun

Motr_coverCLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.
MoTR 60 is 35:16 minutes long and is a 32.4 MB file in MP3 format.
INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1″ by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.
HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

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Review: OtterBox 7030 Rugged Case
TabletPC2.com

Otterbox - Samsung Q1

Have you ever wished you could have the protection of a ruggedized version of your Slate Style Tablet PC, Convertible Tablet PC or Ultra Mobile PC?   If so the Otterbox 7030 Rugged laptop case my be the answer to your dreams.

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Samsung Q1 Ultra Mobile PC Review
nForcersHQ.com

The Samsung Q1, the first UMPC released in the market, is attractively designed and well built. We soon grew fond of it and would highly recommend it to executives, journalists, road warriors and the likes desiring a small but immensely robust PC alternative with portable computing qualities not available in tablet and ultra-portable notebooks.

For its impressive multimedia and portable computing qualities, the Q1 gets our major approval as a handy travel companion on long-distance flights, daily commuting trips and the likes. And because it packs a CF card reader, the Q1 also presents itself as a valuable tool for photographers as well. The bundled Microsoft's Journal allows one convert the Q1 into a 'real notebook' to take down notes quickly by scribing directly on the screen by means of the stylus input.

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Single Image Ghosting With UIU 3.0
IT Backbones

Binary Resource UK, part of the company that originally developed Ghost, the cloning software now owned by Symantec, has launched an updated version of Big Bang LLC’s Universal Imaging Utility (UIU).

UIU ver. 3.0 makes it possible to create (in conjunction with an independent Cloning utility, such as Ghost, Altiris, Acronis…) a single hard-disk copy or Image that can be deployed across all Windows 2000 and XP computer platforms and configurations (including Tablet PC’s) within a network environment. Subsequent loading of this clean hard-drive Image is the fastest way to restore computers compromised by viruses, spyware, bad drivers and bad data, thus making roll-outs faster than ever
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Patientrak Electronic Medical Records Smart Card System
PR Web

Electronic health care records management pioneer, PatienTrak, (http://www.patientrak.com), has improved portable health records (PHR) accessibility with its new web based (ASP) medical health records system and personal health record smart card. Now patients and health care providers can access medical health records, and send and save their most vital personal medical information instantly using the Internet or multiple devices, such as smart cards, USB keys, mobile phones, PDA’s and Tablet PC’s.

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August 2 , 2006

Beginner’s Guide to the Tablet PC
StudentTabletPC

Welcome to The Student Tablet PC! If you are here, you are likely considering a Tablet PC or you already own one and want to maximize your experience. The following will serve as a rough guide to help you explore some of what a Tablet PC can offer.

(For any term you’re not familiar with, please take a look at our Glossary)

We do cater to students, as we are students ourselves, but the information here relates to anyone who is interested in Tablet PCs and wants to manage information more effectively.

Introduction to Tablet PCs

When you think Tablet PC, depending on your technology background, you likely picture a spiral notebook sized computer with limited power, or you picture a laptop with the ability to write on the screen and turn the screen around (from the Gateway commercials). Both ideas are correct, but few know that Tablet PCs range from the very small book-sized “slates” to the monster-sized high-power laptops (called “convertibles”).

A Tablet PC can be many things, but it is not just a big PDA. If you think you understand handwriting recognition because of your Pocket PC, think again. Most Tablet PCs use an active digitizer, meaning you can touch the screen with your finger all you want and nothing will happen. The digitizer pen acts as your mouse and writing utensil. Why is this a feature?

  • Better handwriting recognition
  • No accidental interference from your wrist or pinky while writing
  • You still have the hover ability you have with a standard mouse

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TabletKiosk Announces the Newest Members of its UMPC Family

Introducing the eo ™ i7200 Series of Intel based UMPCs

TabletKiosk™, a leader in mobile computing solutions, today announced the launch of eo ™ i7209 andeo ™ i7210 the newest additions to the company’s family of ultra-mobile computing solutions.

TabletKiosk continues to advance the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) platform by offering innovative features to maximize productivity and encourage on-the-go use. The two new models, powered by Ultra Low Voltage processors from Intel Corporation, are as follows:

eo ™ i7210 Intel ® Pentium ® M 1.0 GHz ULV / 1 GB DDR2 RAM / 60 GB HDD

eo ™ i7209 Intel ® Celeron ® M 900 MHz ULV / 512 MB DDR2 RAM / 30 GB HDD

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August 3 , 2006

Increasing Demand for Multifunctional Architecture to Seamlessly Integrate into Retail Value Chain
Newswire Today

Frost & Sullivan World Quarterly Retail Systems Outlook on POS Systems, Handheld Terminals and Tablet PC Markets – 2Q 2005, reveals that revenue in this industry (POS Systems) totaled $3.20 billion in 2005 can reach $4 billion in 2008.

As the retail market becomes increasingly competitive, there is rising pressure on retailers to differentiate themselves from the competition. With reducing profit margins, retailers are increasingly relying on information technology (IT) to deliver profitable differentiation. Retailers are likely to remain focused on replacing legacy systems with convergence, and remain vigilant about the key technologies in retail; point-of-sale (POS), handheld terminals (HHT), mobile data computers and Tablet PCs.

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Most Popular Tablet PCs List - July 2006
tabletpcreviewspot

July has seen the biggest "Most Popular" shuffle in the history of TabletPCReviewSpot.com. With all the exciting new hardware, several models have been completely blown right out of the "Most Popular" list. This last month has seen the addition five new devices; the Toshiba R20 / R25, Fujitsu LifeBook T4210, Toshiba Tecra M7, Sony VAIO UX Micro PC and the Gateway M285.

Listed here are the top ten "most popular" Tablet PCs for the month of June based on your input on TabletPCReviewSpot.com. You can check out the full list of the TPCRS most popular tablets here

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Gearing Up: Schools putting out the word on student computer needs
Winston-Salem Journal

The university has made arrangements with IBM to offer three types of computers for sale through its Web site.

"We start off with a desktop that is relatively well-equipped," Harmon said. "Moving up to the next level, there's a laptop. Typically, the mobility costs a little more money. On the high end there's a tablet. Basically a convertible laptop, the biggest difference is it has a touch-enabled screen."

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August 4 , 2006

Big Laptops On Campus
BusinessWeek

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University prides itself on being a PC pioneer. In 1984 the Blacksburg (Va.) school was the first public institution to require incoming engineering students to buy a desktop. The mandate for this year's engineering frosh: slick laptops that can double as tablet PCs.

Tablets that can switch their displays to allow users to take notes by hand have been around since 2002. Most PC makers, such as Gateway , Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba, offer a version more to fill a niche than to sub as a full-featured PC. In the past, buying a tablet generally meant giving up extras you may need or want.

That's not the case with Fujitsu's newest convertible tablet, the LifeBook T4210, which starts at $1,729. It runs the latest Intel processors as other speedy laptops do and comes with optional Bluetooth wireless capability and multiple slots for memory cards. And unlike Lenovo's ThinkPad X41 Tablet, say, you can have an onboard CD or DVD drive. You can even order the T4210 with a DVD burner.

Editors note: Look for our review of the Fujitsu T4210 next week

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Updated Intel Centrino Patch Blocks "Wi-Fi" Worm
tabletpcreviewspot

Your Intel Centrino-based Tablet PC could be at risk. Intel has advised users to install a security patch for users of certain centrino-based computeres. The Intel Pro Wireless card models 2200BG, 2915ABG, 2100 and 3945ABG are vulnerable to aworm that hops from computer to computer via Wi-Fi networking. Most Centrino Tablet PCs and computer products contain these built-in card models. To protect your Tablet PC, download updated Intel software here.

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Help Us Improve Recognition
EverNote
evernote

Dear EverNote Users,

Periodically EverNote collects samples of handwriting to improve our recognizer technology. For this to be achieved we release some carefully crafted sentences and ask our users to help us by writing them out in their handwriting on a sheet of paper and submitting it to us.

In return for your efforts - we are willing to give a FREE version of EverNote Plus or ritePen 2.5 for all accepted samples.

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New TabletKiosk eo Accessories & Manual
tabletkiosk

eo UMPC i7200 Series User's Guide (English)

Bluetooth Ultraportable keyboard



eo Portfolio Carrying Case                  eo Slip Case

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August 7 , 2006

Review: Fujitsu Lifebook T4210 Tablet PC

Full Sun

Fujitsu continues to lead the pack in innovative features, introducing the first Tablet PC to incorporate a Bi-Directional Hinge on the screen.  The unique hinge allows users to share the screen with people on both sides of them in a meeting. 

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Tool speeds mobile software development
Electronics Talk

MobiForms is a rapid application development tool for building Java based mobile applications for Tablet PC, Pocket PC, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, EPOC, symbian and Palm based mobile computers and PDAs.

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First Look: Franklin Wireless EDVO Card
mobility Today

This revolutionary product will enable Tablet PC and Mac laptop and desktop USB EDVO Cardusers that do not have a PCMCIA card slot to connect to the Internet or company information with broadband-like download speeds using Sprint Mobile Broadband Services operating on the Sprint Power Vision Network. Not much information is out on this card but our early tests have shown remarkable speeds! Previous ultra mobile portables have had the "ball and chain" by tethering their EVDO phones/pda's but now those days are over and it looks like Sprint beat everyone to the punch!

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TabletKiosk eo v7110 UMPC 1st Look-Video
mobilitysite

Recently, I had a chance to test the TabletKiosk eo v7110 UMPC. I shot a short video and here it is...

If you want to view this video with a little more clarity, visit it page here. Make sure to click the option on the controls of the video and select original size.

I was really impressed with the form factor. This was my 1st experience with a "UMPC". I have checked out some other "small" Mobile PC-like devices such as the OQO, and this was just about perfect size.

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Being business savvy
CPILive.net

“We are currently in pilot mode or a very significant RFID based project that will change the way the entire industry uses this emerging technology. Another interesting project that we have is one that uses tablet PC-based wireless computing that will be rolled out for customer service in the next six months.”

It would be safe to say that this company is among the earliest in the region to currently have pilots in the area of RFID and tablet PC-based applications.

“We are currently in pilot mode or a very significant RFID based project that will change the way the entire industry uses this emerging technology. Another interesting project that we have is one that uses tablet PC-based wireless computing that will be rolled out for customer service in the next six months,” Powell shares.

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Education falls into the laps of MSU students
Grand Forks Herald

"In 2004 we took the next step and became a tablet," PC university, Stenehjem says. "We were looking for something students and faculty can use in a traditional fashion, if they choose."

The tablet PCs also called convertible notebook computers, allow students to use a stylus and take their notes in cursive writing, rather than typing.

"If they're more comfortable writing than keyboarding this is something they can do," Stenehjem says.

Each of MSU's full-time students is issued a computer when they start classes. Incoming freshman and graduating seniors always get a new computer and sophomores and juniors get a computer that is upgraded from the previous year.

The tablet computers offer faculty yet another tool with which to teach, Stenehjem says.

"The instructional side of the tablet PC, I think, has been wonderful," he says, noting that delivering information to students over the years has evolved from writing on a blackboard, to a whiteboard to overhead projectors and screens.

Now "with the tablet, they're essentially carrying their projector with them," Stenehjem says.

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Franklin Wireless Launches First EV-DO Mobile Broadband USB Modem in the U.S.A.
Market Wire

Franklin's CDU-550 is the industry's very first 1x EV-DO USB device, and will be available immediately through Franklin Wireless as well as to business customers through Sprint sales channels later this month. This revolutionary product will enable tablet PC and MAC laptop and desktop users that do not have a PCMCIA card slot to connect to the Internet or company information with broadband-like download speeds using Sprint Mobile Broadband Services operating on the Sprint Power Vision Network. Sprint today has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. The Sprint Power Vision Network now covers 153 million people and services customers in 220 major metropolitan areas as well as 470 airports across the nation, the most of any carrier.

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August 8 , 2006

Edit documents with ink or speech
jkontherun

Natural Input Solutions has released the second beta version of the Natural Input Software (NIS).  NIS provides the ability to edit Word documents using a combination of ink and speech on a Tablet PC.  The company has a clunky video demonstration that shows how editing can be accomplished either with simple gestures of the pen or by speaking into the program.  There are two versions of the beta available, one for the native Tablet PC speech recognition and one for Dragon NaturallySpeaking users.  There is no information about future pricing for the program and the betas are time and usage limited. 

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Wireless working well for 3's sales staff
Australian IT

Hutchsion plans to use a fleet of tablet PCs - introduced to help process 200,000 former Orange mobile customers swapping to 3 - to make a trip to a 3 shop a better experience.

Two hundred Acer tablets, which connect using 3G data cards, have been in use since February, allowing staff to serve customers outside the shop during peak traffic periods.

The tablets would be part of a second-generation make-over of the company's shops, Hutchison consumer sales general manager David Bickett said.

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Expert View: Making A Case for Tablets
ABC News

Virginia Tech's School of Engineering is now requiring new students to buy Tablet PCs. This is important, surprising news and could signal a change in fortunes for the often-scoffed-at Tablet PC. In fact, a quick search online ­reveals a number of schools—primarily engineering and medical—across the country doing the same. I'm not talking about slate tablets, mind you. I'm referring to convertible tablets—those laptops that look like typical notebooks but have screens that can be flipped around and written on.

The handwriting recognition has improved drastically with the latest version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition; this really helps the case for tablets. The Tablet OS has all the same capabilities as Windows XP Professional. Using Tablet-specific software, you enter a whole new level of computing—one that you may quickly realize you can't live without. Microsoft's OneNote 2003, for example, can be addictive.

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August 9 , 2006

California doctors pioneer e-medical records
itworld.com

The Family Practice Medical Group in Oakland is a pilot site for the EMR system, going live in March of 2005, and now "retires" between 10 and 12 paper record files in any given day, said Dr. Careen Whitley, a family practitioner there. The staff prioritized which patients' records should be moved from paper to electronic form first, with those who need the most ongoing care at the top of the list.

"On day one, it's a matter of knowing where things are and learning how to navigate the system," she said of the switch to using a tablet PC while she talks to patients. She used to dictate notes for transcription later, but now she types notes as she goes along. "It's splitting your brain in two," she said of the transition. "Part of you wants to take care of the medical problem the patient has and be compassionate and engaged and the other part of you is trying to figure out the computer.

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Microsoft Tablet MVP and ZDNet Blogger Marc Orchant Joins Foldera Joins Foldera as CEO of ClassFolders
Business Wire

Foldera(TM), Inc. (OTCBB:FDRA), the Next Generation Information Organizer and Messaging/Collaboration service, has announced the appointment of software industry veteran and well-known blogger Marc Orchant to the position of ClassFolders' CEO-in-Residence.

Prior to joining the editorial team at ZDNet, one of the most heavily trafficked technology portals on the internet, Mr. Orchant wrote three blogs for Weblogs, Inc., a blog network purchased by AOL last year. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for the Tablet PC hardware platform and developed a training course for Microsoft Learning about Time and Task Management using Microsoft Outlook in 2005.

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Child welfare on the go
San Antonio Express

Abel Garcia, a state child welfare investigator, spent part of the afternoon documenting child abuse cases and preparing for his next case. It's an important task that usually requires him to drive to the office to collect information.

But on Tuesday — thanks to a piece of technology newly adopted by the Department of Family and Protective Services statewide — he was able to do it from the parking lot of a Whataburger on the city's South Side.

Garcia has been using the tablet since May as part of a pilot program for 90 investigators statewide. Today, the first wave of state child welfare investigators will use the new tablet PCs as part of a statewide rollout.

In the next three months, the state child welfare agency will distribute some 3,000 of these mobile computers to all of its caseworkers at a cost of $16 million, said San Antonio-based agency spokeswoman Mary Walker.

A two-day training program began Monday in Dallas, Arlington, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, Austin, San Angelo, Abilene and Amarillo. Training is also scheduled in 10 other Texas cities through October, when all the tablets should be in use.

The biggest strength of the tablet, which weighs less than 4 pounds, is that it serves as a mobile office.

"The tablet PC is a key component to improving CPS in Texas," said Joyce James, Department of Family and Protective Services' assistant commissioner for Child Protective Services. "This tool will enhance the mobility of our caseworkers and their ability to respond to the needs of children and families."

The PCs come with secured wireless Internet access, map software for finding clients and planning daily routes, voice recognition dictation software, and a computer-based reporting system.

The tablet comes with a digital pen instead of a mouse. The pen also replaces pen and paper because special software automatically converts notes scribbled on the screen into text.

Since May, some 75 percent of the pilot users reported they were "very pleased" with the performance of their tablet PC, officials said. Most also reported the new tool increased the speed and quality of case documentation, which frees caseworkers to spend more time working with clients.

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Preview: Microsoft Windows Vista
IT Business Net

Windows Vista Home Premium is the big gun operating system for home users. It has new features designed for the home power user, including Windows Tablet and Touch technology for Tablet PC users, the capability to create DVDs and edit high definition movies, full Windows Media Center functionality to record and watch high definition and regular TV shows, the capability to connect to an Xbox 360, and full search functionality

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College-bound have lots of laptop options
MSNBC

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University prides itself on being a PC pioneer. In 1984 the Blacksburg, Va.,  school was the first public institution to require incoming engineering students to buy a desktop. The mandate for this year's engineering frosh: slick laptops that can double as tablet PCs.

Tablets that can switch their displays to allow users to take notes by hand have been around since 2002. Most PC makers, such as Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba, offer a version more to fill a niche than to sub as a full-featured PC. In the past, buying a tablet generally meant giving up extras you may need or want.


That's not the case with Fujitsu's newest convertible tablet, the LifeBook T4210, which starts at $1,729. It runs the latest Intel processors as other speedy laptops do and comes with optional Bluetooth wireless capability and multiple slots for memory cards. And unlike Lenovo's ThinkPad X41 Tablet, say, you can have an onboard CD or DVD drive. You can even order the T4210 with a DVD burner.

Review: Fujitsu Lifebook T4210 Tablet PC

August 10, 2006

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Why Get A Tablet PC?
WebProNews

From the geek perspective, a tablet PC is a pretty cool device. Modern ones like those made by Fujitsu and other manufacturers can be used as a modern version of the slate tablet, or by pivoting the screen operated like a conventional notebook computer.

Taking a look around places where one normally sees portable computers and their owners at play, like the library or Starbucks or Panera Bread, and its notebook after notebook. I've yet to see one outside of a display case.

It seems as though tablet PCs should take off. There is some demand for them in a couple of distinct vertical niches. If the very first Tablet PC concept were announced today, it's easy to imagine people seeing them as useful for the healthcare industry.

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Going back to the Tablet
Malaysia Star

Having a Tablet PC certainly has its upside – after all, there are situations where having a slate-style computer is a lot more convenient to hold and use than a regular notebook, especially when you’re on the move with no table to put the notebook on. 

The Toshiba Portege M400 is the latest iteration of the Tablet PC – it’s a convertible Tablet and comes with Microsoft’s windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. 

Of course, the major attraction of this notebook is the Tablet PC functionality, which allows you to rotate the LCD screen and close it back on top of the keyboard and use it in portrait format. 

In Tablet mode, the Portege M400 works much like all Tablet PCs – you get an electromagnetic stylus that you can use to tap on icons or write directly on the screen, and have your handwriting translated into printed text. 

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Applying a skin to my Tablet PC
Geekzone

To my surprise they now stock skins for my Tablet PC, the Toshiba M200/M205! I ordered one and two days later got it in the mail. I ordered one and two days later got it in the mail.

Note that it doesn't come with that Internet Explorer sticker - that's on top of my own "personal tablet PC". And for fellow Americans reading this blog, follow the link to your equivalent Skinit.

Ah, and I want to see users of slate Tablet PCs do it!

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Samsung Q1 BIOS upgrade available
jkontherun

Samsung_q1_8Eagle-eyed jkOTR reader Bill spotted a BIOS upgrade for the Samsung Q1 on the company's website; the 912 Kb file is dated July 28th and will bring your BIOS up to version "MA02". Bill and I have both run the upgrade without any major issues.

Samsung doesn't really provide much info on this BIOS upgrade so it's not yet clear what this fixes or adds. This short description is all we have to go on at this point: "You can update the BIOS & Micom in yourself". The upgrade is a simple five-minute process: download the executable, close all programs and run the upgrade directly in Windows; the upgrade will force a reboot. I HIGHLY recommend that you have your Q1 plugged in with the AC adapter when running the BIOS upgrade.

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August 11, 2006

Travel Warning: Are You Prepared to Check Your Technology and Valuables?
eCoustics.com

The recent events of plotted terrorist attacks on airliners between the United Kingdom and the United States has caused increased airport security. Officials determined that even everyday items such as toothpaste and shampoo have become material for terrorist plots.

What does this mean for travelers? Airline passengers have been requested to place carry on items in clear plastic bags and soon may be required to check valuables such as laptops, PDAs, cell phones, iPods and personal items like shampoos, cosmetics and liquid bottles.

Otter Products, LLC. manufactures of rugged carrying cases for technology and valuables, Otterbox 7030 in streamoffers solutions to meet travel requirements, while providing airline passengers a sense of security that belongings remain protected.


The OtterBox Rugged Laptop Carrying Case, a recently introduced case for protecting expensive laptops, offers protection even in checked luggage. With a waterproof, crushproof, dustproof, drop-resistant design, this case provides the ultimate safeguard for laptop travel. In addition, a lock capability allows travelers to rest easy knowing their laptop, Tablet PC, slate, Ultra Mobile PC or Convertible Tablet PC is securely stowed. See details at: http://www.otterbox.com/products/pc_cases/laptop_case/.

Read our Otterbox Review

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Franklin Wireless Launches First EV-DO Mobile Broadband USB Modem in the US
Newswire Today

Franklin's CDU-550 is the industry's very first 1x EV-DO USB device, and will beUSB EDVO Card available immediately through Franklin Wireless as well as to business customers through Sprint sales channels later this month. This revolutionary product will enable tablet PC and MAC laptop and desktop users that do not have a PCMCIA card slot to connect to the Internet or company information with broadband-like download speeds using Sprint Mobile Broadband Services operating on the Sprint Power Vision Network. Sprint today has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. The Sprint Power Vision Network now covers 153 million people and services customers in 220 major metropolitan areas as well as 470 airports across the nation, the most of any carrier.

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Tablet PCs Help Police Identify Dead Bodies
tabletpcreviewspot

So you've used your Tablet PC to scribble notes and diagrams, surf the web wirelessly, and perhaps you've even gotten so crazy as to give a PowerPoint presentation on it. Howev er, you can't be considered a true, extreme, power Tablet PC user until you've used it to identify the fingerprints of a decomposing body that has "degloved" and has had one hand bitten off by an alligator! O.K., so a Tablet PC is just one of the tools these folks use, but if you're a CSI fan or just morbidly curious about what the term "degloved" could possibly mean, read on...

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August 14, 2006

Imagine LAN Announces UltraSync™ Software for Ultra-Mobile PCs
PR Web

imagine LAN, Inc., a leading developer of mobility and recovery software applications, today announced the introduction of UltraSync, a peer-to-peer PC synchronization application for synchronizing files (music, pictures, documents, video, etc.), folders, Outlook® email, and browser favorites between an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and a companion desktop or notebook PC via a wired or wireless LAN.
Ultrasync

The Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) platform was designed as a PC companion for today's media-driven, on the go consumer/prosumer. It allows users to surf the Internet, check e-mail, and enjoy their favorite digital media content virtually anytime, anywhere. The UMPC combines the power of Windows® XP with mobile-ready technologies that make it easy to access and use full versions of Microsoft® Office, Internet Explorer, and other Windows-compatible applications on the go - enabling users to communicate, accomplish tasks, and stay entertained and informed wherever life takes them.

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ilium looking for beta testers for new UMPC software
Jkontherun

Ilium Software (www.iliumsoft.com) is getting ready to release a new program for the UMPC and we're looking for a few good beta testers! If you're interested in giving it a shot, please email us as soon as possible. Due to a tight deadline it's going to be a short beta so we'd like to get people started as soon as possible!

Just email us at beta@iliumsoft.com with your name, the model of UMPC you are using, and any other info you think would convince us that you'd make a good beta tester! Slots are limited so please let us know as soon as possible! Thank you!

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Check Out "Tablet PC Launcher" - Make Pen-Based Computing a Snap!
Tablet PC Reviews

If you are looking for a great utility to cut down pen taps to launch applications, access and open files, switch between tasks and more, "Tablet PC Launcher" by Googgy Software could be the answer for you! This handy little utility simplifies navigation in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, providing the user with a simplified and speedy experience with no keyboard or mouse required.

Tablet PC Launcher

Tablet PC Launcher is ready to go instantly without any complicated configuration or thought. It is a very small program that stays "out of the way" and can save time and spare Tablet PC users from tedious and redundant "tapping" to carry out everyday repetitive computer tasks.

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New Windows Tablet and Touch Technology site:

tabletwiki.com"This is a place where you can find, add, and edit knowledge about your mobile technologies. The initial focus is on Tablet PCs, Ultra Mobile PCs (Origami) and Media Center PCs. As various technologies converge, we may see articles on other gear, but for now our focus will be on Windows Tablet and Touch Technologies. "

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MobileSketch(TM) Moves Sketching Forward; Apex Announces MobileSketch Version 3 Release
Business Wire

Apex Software, the standard in sketching in the real estate valuation market, MobileSketch3announced today the release of MobileSketch(TM) Touch Tablet Version 3.

MobileSketch Touch Tablet was designed to empower users to quickly and easily draw sketches in the field using a Tablet PC or Ultra Mobile PC. Version 3 is designed to take full advantage of the functionality and form factor of the mobile device making it an invaluable tool to mobile professionals.

"Our goal was to eliminate the need for the clipboard," said Randall H. Garrett, President and CEO of Apex Software. "With MobileSketch v3, mobile professionals don't need anything more than their Tablet PC to get their job done faster and more effectively."

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News - Tablet PC Based In-Car PC System
Tablet PC Review

Tablet PC in Car

Bitportersmedia has an ambitious coding project in the works to turn a Tablet PC into an in-car PC/Navigation system. The project, named DRADIS (Battlestar Galactica fans might recognize the moniker), aims to aid drivers "with their work tasks while driving" which is a little scary until you read that interaction is based on speech recognition and synthesis. The software makes heavy use of the Tablet PC API and provides navigation, video, and live RSS feeds. .

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August 15, 2006

Why a $500.00 Price Tag for an Ultra Mobile PC isn't realistic - and why the Ultra Mobile PC’s are worth the asking price
TabletPc2.com exclusive

OEMs would like nothing better than to sell their Ultra Mobile PCs, for that "ideal" $500 price point.  However, as you can see from the chart above, the hard costs exceed $500 to build each unit, so it is impossible at this time. 

TabletKIosk eo v7110 Ultra Mobile PC               Samsung Q1 Ultra Mobile PC

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Tablet PC Tech Support Report Card
Tablet PC Reviews

So how well does your preferred Tablet PC manufacturer provide technical support? LAPTOP Magazine has "graded" some of the top manufacturers in the quality of technical support offered for there products. Two grades were awarded for each company. A seperate "web-based support" grade and "phone-based support" grade were averaged to provide an "overall grade".

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Audio InkShow: An interview with Darin Fish

When you want to know the pulse on the Tablet PC and Ultra Mobile PC industry, there is one person at Microsoft to talk to: Darin Fish.

Darin is the Director of Business Development for the Mobile and Tailored Platforms Division at Microsoft, which includes Tablet PC and Ultra Mobile PC / Origami. He has been with Microsoft for 22 years, 4 1/2 of which has been spent working with the Tablet PC team. Darin was on the Tablet PC team for about a year before launch and has been on the team since. Darin’s team manages the relationship with OEM, ODM, IHV, and ISV Partners. If it has to do with hardware or software for Tablet PCs and Origami devices, Darin and his team have their hands in it.

If you are at all interested in Tablet PCs, Vista, Tablet PC marketing, the future of the Tablet PC and devices to come, and some new technology called “Hot Start”, then you need to listen to this Audio InkShow.

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Targus Rolling Notebook Backpack Targus rolling backpack

My all time Favorite Tablet PC Computer Case

In October 2004 this bag was the TabletPC2.com product of them month, almost two years later, nothing else has come close and the Targus 15.4" Rolling Notebook Backpack remains my favorite computer bag.

Where has this bag taken me?  into the homes and offices of Actors, athletes Directors and Producers.  Las Vegas, Manhattan, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and countless other city's.   Microsoft, Miramax, Universal......It's traveled by car, plane, Limo, taxi and bus, bounced up and down stairs, rode in elevators and on more then one occasion been used as a door jamb in a hotel room.

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August 16, 2006

Tablet PCs - Which one should I choose?

One of the most frequently posted questions in the tablet PC forums is: Help! Which one should I buy?

This webinar, hosted by Allegiance Technology and featuring a panel of experts, will attempt to guide you towards an answer.

With experts from GottaBeMobile, jkontherun, TabletPC2 and TabletWiki sharing their experience and answering your questions, this promises to be a very information webinar for anyone who is contemplating a Tablet PC purchase.

Title:

Tablet PCs - Which one should I choose?

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2006                 Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now.

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MobileSketch - A "Dream" Tablet Drawing Solution
Mobility Site

Apex Announces MobileSketch Version 3 Release

There was a time when we would draw something we were creating on a piece of paper then re-draw it and re-draw it to get it right. Now when you are out in the field or just at home doing a project there is a very cool program you can use on your Tablet PC called MobileSketch.

MobileSketch Touch Tablet was designed to empower users to quickly and easily draw sketches in the field using a Tablet PC or Ultra Mobile PC. Version 3 is designed to take full advantage of the functionality and form factor of the mobile device making it an invaluable tool to mobile professionals.

There is an excellent video on the ApexSoftware site that gives a great demo. Clearly designed for the professional in mind, this is a terrific application for the serious "do-it-yourself" woodworker. You can visit ApexSoftware here.

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August 17, 2006

Solid-state ultra-mobile PC goes on sale
Computeractive

A solid-state version of the Samsung Q1 ultra-mobile PC is to go on sale in the UK late this month – though it will be only available online.Q1

It replaces the usual hard-disk with 32GB of flash memory and is the first mobile PC with no moving parts ever to be available in the mainstream market.

This makes it a double first for the Q1, which was also the first ultra-mobile built to Microsoft's Origami spec to be generally available. The model is being sold exclusively by Expansys .

The solid-state version will cost £1,399 - £600 more than the entry-level Q1. This is not expensive by the standards of ruggedised computers.

Samsung is also bringing out a Q1b model in October which uses Via's C7-M processor, and slightly improved disk space and Ram: 60-byte hard disk and 1GB of Ram. It will cost £899

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Back to School, With Cellphone and Laptop
New York Times

Among the popular options this year are laptops that flip around to turn into Gateway Tablet PCtablet PC’s, like the Gateway CX210X convertible notebook ($1,299). The stylus that comes with the laptop can be used like a pen. For those unfamiliar with tablet PC’s it can take a little time to become comfortable with the smooth display, however, and the screen is sometimes difficult to see under certain lighting conditions. But the laptop could prove to be a big timesaver for students putting together study guides. For example, students could download a professor’s lecture notes to the laptop, write their own notes in the margins using the tablet PC, then print out a set to study.

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Vista TIP Software InkShow

With Vista, comes a whole new experience when it comes to the TIP. It is obvious that Microsoft has listened to alot of suggestions when it came time to start implementing Tablet PC features into Vista. In this Software InkShow, I take a look at the new docking options, Auto Complete features, and password security.

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Tablets make Charleston port-able
GCN.com

Wireless tablet PCs help the port of Charleston, S.C., keep tabs on the thousands of tons of cargo that it handles every day. More than 2,000 trucks a day arrive with containers of agricultural products, consumer goods, machinery, metals, vehicles, chemicals and other payloads. Hammerhead Tablet PC

Port workers at the dozen lanes entering the port area use tablets to enter information and paperwork data from truck drivers into the port’s automated Yard Management System. Workers then print a ticket for each container. When a truck arrives to pick up a container, crane operators use their wireless tablets to determine which container is to be collected and where it is located. Then they repack the stacks of containers to make sure that the right one is ready by the time the truck gets to that area of the facility
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In deploying the system, port officials found that all tablet vendors are not alike. The original vendor didn’t keep up with advances in CPUs and RAM, which meant that the tablets weren’t as fast in handling information as the workers preferred, Davis said. Plus, the devices weren’t rugged enough to withstand the shocks and bumps of everyday use at the port.

In 2003, port officials began testing replacement tablets. They conducted demonstrations among several competitors before selecting Hammerhead rugged tablet PCs from DRS Tactical Systems Inc. of Melbourne, Fla. The units have up-to-date CPUs and enough RAM to handle necessary applications. They have larger screens than the previous devices and the touch-screen interface lets workers wearing gloves to operate them simply

Davis advised consulting multiple vendors before selecting a tablet PC. Also, additional features can actually cause more problems. “We prefer units with no buttons, because workers were accidentally hitting them.” Finally, on-site testing is essential: Vibrations at the port severely affect some types of tablets.

Davis points out that handling 2,000 trucks a day without rugged tablets would be impossible. But with the right tablets, it’s become reasonably painless.

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August 18, 2006

Microsoft To Offer Free Vista Upgrade

Microsoft has teamed up with PC vendors to promote the delayed Vista OS by offering Get ready for vistaPC buyers worldwide a free upgrade coupon, as a way of encouraging them to buy a Vista-capable PC as early as possible, according to market sources, citing information leaked from Taiwan-based PC makers.

With the coupon offer to kick off in October, prospective buyers who have planned to purchase a Vista-enabled PC in the first quarter of 2007 when the new OS is launched, will be encouraged to take up a Vista-capable PC in advance, the sources asserted.

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ASUS Offers Commercial Notebook Series with Solid Security Features

R1F Tablet PC
Handwritten Input Support with Convertible Screen

The R1F Series offers a wide aspect visual enjoyment while remaining compact for high mobility. The 180-degrees convertible LCD screen allows easy Asus R1F Tablet PCpresentation and data sharing during meetings or at gatherings.

Increase productivity and efficiency with handwritten input capability! Together with InfoPen software, users can record and edit images or documents as easy as on a piece of paper with color and highlighter options. The DigiPen stylus also has an eraser end and mouse control buttons so that users can now navigate a wide range of applications with single-handed ease!

  • Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology
    - Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2050/T2250/T2300E/T2400/T2500
    - Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5500/T5600/T7200/T7400
    - Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipset
    - Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • DDR2 667 MHz, up to 2G
  • 13.3" WXGA Color Shine & Crystal Shine LCD, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
  • SATA 80/100/120 GB, 2nd HDD available
  • Hot swappable ODD/ Super Multi
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth® V2.0 + EDR
  • 3x USB, 1x Express Card, 1x 8-in-1 Card-Reader, 1x Fingerprint Reader, 1x TPM (optional)
  • 31.7 x 23.2 x 3.5cm, 1.98kg

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Windows XP Hibernation Fix
microsoft

The computer occasionally does not hibernate and you receive an "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API" error message in Windows XP with Service Pack 2, in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

SYMPTOMS

You use a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. When you try to put the computer in hibernation, the computer occasionally does not hibernate. When this problem occurs, you receive an error message that is similar to the following:
Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API.
When you experience this problem, the hibernate feature is not available on the computer until you restart the computer.

This problem typically occurs when the computer uses 1 gigabyte (GB) or more of RAM.

Note The Windows XP SP2 features and components are included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

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Leading Physicians Office Consults with Onsite Chicago
PR Web

Chicago legs will implement a complete network overhaul project with latest standards to provide exceptional service to its clients. By year end Chicago legs expects to have a robust network structure with high speed wireless access and tablet PC for its physicians.

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Pat Hodgkins column
Charlotte Sun-Herald

Since we are seeking business growth, it follows that we need to create a business-friendly atmosphere. Two recent happenings in the city of North Port involving support of businesses concerns me.

The first was the desire of The Computer People (Nanci Ruhl) to bring in (for five hours) a state-of-the-art Microsoft truck that Microsoft has transformed into a hands-on interactive environment -- complete with workstations, a Tablet PC, a server, and powerful software solutions. What a learning experience this would have been for neophytes in the world of computers (today's world)!

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August 21, 2006

Toshiba Tecra M7 Convertible Tablet PC User Review
Tablet PC Reviews

First of all, I have to come out and say that I have never owned a Tablet PC, until I purchased my Tecra M7.  And second, let me say that I may never go back to a conventional notebook again!  The Tecra M7 from Toshiba is not only a powerful notebook computer, but also, by rotating the screen it becomes a Tablet PC, making tasks such as note taking and graphics editing a breeze.

The Tecra M7 has several features specifically designed to make tablet use easier.  For example, the biometric fingerprint scanner is located to the side of the screen, making login in tablet mode as easy as swiping a thumb.  Also to the side of the screen are a joystick for easier navigation, a button that works like a second Esc key, a button that is essentially the same as pressing Alt-Ctrl-Delete, and a button to access the Toshiba Assist Console.  Sadly, Toshiba must not have been thinking too well when they placed the two programmable keys.  Instead of placing them to the side of the display, they are located to the left of the keyboard, making access to them impossible when the computer is in tablet mode.

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Tech writes off ordinary laptops for ones with electronic pens
Roanoke Times

n 2002, the college made laptops mandatory for students. The machines typically run at about 2 gigahertz -- or 10,000 times the processing power of the PCs students used in 1984.

And this fall, thanks to an agreement with Fujitsu and Microsoft, the college will be among the first in the country to require tablet PCs. They run at the same speed as laptops but have the added feature of an electronic pen that allows students and professors to jot notes or draw designs on screen. These notes can be saved and shared with other students or an entire class.

Tront's reserved demeanor changes quickly when, electronic pen in hand, he begins drawing feverishly on his tablet screen and talking about the possibilities the new devices open up.

Just as the Internet improves students' research capabilities and laptops allow for more hands-on classroom learning, Tront said he thinks the tablets will allow for a different level of classroom interaction.

He has already worked in class with tablet PCs in the past two years and said the feedback has been positive. But the concrete effects of the new technology on student learning are not yet known. The college will conduct surveys and tests with students to gauge its impact.

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Putting pen to screen
Cincinnati Enquirer

When St. Ursula Academy freshmen started classes last week, they carried a tool that will change the way they learn.

All 175 freshmen are working on tablet PC computers, which have pen-based technology. Students will have little or no need for paper, pens and pencils. Textbooks will be online, too.Freshman with Tablet PC

"I love it," said Maria Duffy, 15, of Eastgate. "It's going to be way lighter than the books. I used to carry around a ton of books."

The One-to-One Tablet PC Program will be phased in with each freshman class, so eventually all students will work with tablet PCs.

"We were always poised to do a one-to-one program," said Kim Henninger, St. Ursula's director of technology. "When the tablet PC became available, which is the pen-based technology where you can turn on the screen and write, it just became a no-brainer."

The tablet PC does everything a laptop does and more. With a swivel screen, students can fold it on top of the keyboard and use a pen, like those used to sign credit-card transactions, to take notes on a screen that resembles a legal pad. Students can highlight key points with strokes of color and even convert their handwriting to text.

The freshmen pay a $500 tablet fee annually for four years or they can pay pre-pay $1,600.

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Whatever happened to the paperless office
St. Petersburg Times

Grandon Gill's paper diet once consumed 10,000 sheets a year when he made his lecture notes available to his students. Now, Gill is down to less than 1,000.

Less than half of Gill's students get paper copies; others access the notes online. Gill, an associate professor in the information systems and decision sciences department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, changed some of his other paper-devouring habits, too.

"The Tablet PC has many of the same advantages of a pad of paper," Gill said. "It's relatively easy to use. It's shaped the way a sheet of paper is. It has plenty of capacity to hold all documents, and you can write on it."

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News - Tablets on a Truck
Tablet PC Reviews 

Tablets on a Truck- Microsoft Across America is Coming to Your Town

Tablet PC Truck

Microsoft is currently touring the country in a fleet of 42 foot long, state-of-the-art trucks that lets you check out the latest Microsoft technology in a hands-on interactive environment. The trucks feature the latest Tablet PC technology among other things and are probably the most techno pimped rides on the road today. To see when they might be in your town visit their site here.

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Asus R1F - A 64-Bit Tablet PC
SlashGear

ASUSTek, one of the top tier motherboard makers has announced a new Tablet PC product called R1F. Some of the Asus R1F will be powered by Core 2 Duo cpu (Merom) that support 64-bit processing and there will be also models that uses Core Duo cpus (does not have 64-bit processing support). The Core 2 Duo based model will help this product to have a better battery life compared to the Core Duo models (Yonah). The R1F is equipped with a spill-proof keyboard, which is a feature I would like to see in all tablet pc or laptop as I’m pretty sloppy with my drinks. If you are security paranoia, you will love the Finger Print security system on R1F that pretty much similar to the one you can find on certain Lenovo ThinkPad models.

Asus R1f

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August 22, 2006

Review: Toshiba Satellite R25-S3503
zdnet

  • The good: Wide screen; sharp display resolution; tablet functionality. Toshiba R25
  • The bad: Too heavy for regular mobile use; screen wobbles easily; small touch pad; mediocre performance.

The Toshiba Satellite R25 convertible tablet has a few things going for it: it's relatively inexpensive; it has a beautiful, 14.1-inch wide-screen display; and its long list of features includes a built-in dual-layer DVD burner. Unfortunately those advantages come at the cost of portability; the 7-pound Satellite R25 is far too heavy for mobile handheld use. If you're looking for a notebook to use primarily at your desk but still want the tablet option to take handwritten notes, consider the Satellite R25.

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Asus Tablet Swallows Core 2 Duo
TrustedReviews

Asus has been making pretty darn good kit for just about every company ever to sell a Asus R1F Tablet PCPC and more recently it has also been making pretty darn good kit for itself. Here are three more examples…

The R1 Tablet and new V1 and F2 series laptops all jump on the thunderous Core 2 Duo bandwagon. The trio are available with a choice of T5500, T5600, T7200 and T74000 processors and while the Tablet gets a nice 13.3in WXGA screen, the other two take things up a notch being fitted with 15.4in widescreen displays with SXGA+ res-es.

WiFi comes as standard all round and the R1 and V1 (below left, right) can swallow second hard drives while the F2 goes more for the VoIP market by integrating a 1.3MP webcam. As you’d expect with a Tablet the R1 has to put up with integrated graphics (from Intel’s 945GM chipset),

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Ingenious Med Signs Eight New Clients in July
TechLINKS

Ingenious Med's flagship software program, IM Practice Manager (TM), is an ASP application which uses the internet to enable physicians and administrators to enter and access patient, rounding and practice information using a variety of platforms including: PC desktop, Tablet PC, and handheld PDA technology. Physicians can enter or access information in real-time from any web-enabled location.

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August 23, 2006

Fujitsu's New Fingerprint Sensor IC Features USB 2.0 Compatibility ...
Yahoo! News

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) and Phoenix Technologies Ltd. today announced that Fujitsu has introduced the latest member of its fingerprint sensor IC technology, the Fujitsu MBF320 Sweep Sensor(TM). The new MBF320 features TrustedCore pre-boot authentication (PBA), fingerprint-matching algorithms and biometric software from Cogent Systems, and a USB 2.0 full-speed interface. The combination of the TrustedCore PBA with the MBF320 fingerprint sensor IC adds a vital new layer of security to PCs, notebooks and tablet PCs.

The new MBF320 has been developed specifically to provide the trusted computing platform for PC, notebook and tablet PC applications

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Lenovo X41 Tablet PC
IT Business Net

The Tablet PC form factor can be adapted to a variety of uses, from having a digital canvas to paint directly on with the various paint programs that work Lenovowell with Tablet PCs, to using a Tablet PC for other, more enterprise focused tasks such as inventory, taking orders, data management, and even secure computing. Lenovo, which recently completed the purchase of the PC division of IBM has taken over the ThinkPad line and has introduced the X41 ThinkPad for segments of the Tablet PC market that need the capabilities in a small form factor. The Lenovo unit we have in for review is a miniscule system that is built for computing with a Tablet. It isn't a smaller notebook that uses a Tablet screen, but rather, it was designed from the ground up for Tablet PC computing. This is evident in the battery unit that powers the system when unplugged, and other dedicated featrues that are designed to make Tablet PC-based computing a seamless affair.

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Sony VAIO VGN-UX180P Micro PC
ABC News 

At $1,799 (direct)—which is as much as you'd shell out for a good laptop or tablet PC—I wish that the Sony VAIO VGN-UX180P had come with better performance and a keyboard that was easier to type on for long periods. Having said that, I still think it was an extremely useful device to have had during my time of need. It's the type of device I'd use to compose short e-mails, research information on the Web, watch my favorite videos, and even use as my MP3 player. Anything more than that requires more patience than Job (and really tiny fingers).

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August 24, 2006

Ink Blog Plugin Beta 2
Whatisnew.com

If you haven't had a chance to chat with Ed Holloway about Tablet and Touch technologies, then make time. As co-founder and CTO of Field2Base, which is so dedicated to Tablet PCs that it has them promoted on a bright-yellow Hummer, and UMPC enthusiast / developer he is always coming up with something. On Ed's blog he's been posting about his ink blogging support for Live Writer. He has posted Ink Blog Plugin Beta 2 for all of us to use. Thanks, Ed!

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Mi-Co and Logical Progression Announce Partnership
The Open Press

Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, and Logical Progression, a software company specializing in healthcare interfacing solutions, today announced a Mi-Comultifaceted business and technology partnership that will bring HL7 interfacing and HIPAA compliant applications to the Tablet PC market.

With this partnership, Mi-Co will provide Logical Progression access to the full range of the capabilities within the Mi-Forms Software Platform. This includes the software development kit for building pen perfect healthcare applications for the Tablet PC. The development agreement also includes joint sales and marketing activities.

“Logical Progression is a customer oriented company with an extensive amount of form and healthcare experience. In addition, the staff’s experience in Microsoft .NET technologies is truly impressive. We are pleased to forge this alliance because we are confident that Logical Progression will bring major business benefits to our joint customers,” stated Carolee Nail, Mi-Co’s Vice President of Operations and Channel Development.

Logical Ink is a mobile data collection solution for healthcare that utilizes Tablet PC to help healthcare professionals save money, eliminate paper and capture "clean" data more quickly and easily. This ASP/smart-client solution combines Mi-Forms core technology with healthcare-friendly features such as support for quickly converting forms and creating validation rules, automating conditional form packets, HL7 interfacing, enterprise-level security and HIPAA/FDA compliant audit trail. Logical Ink customers are able to easily create an "electronic paper" version of their forms and extract data without redundant data entry or form scanning.

“We are excited about this partnership with Mi-Co and taking Logical Ink and Tablet PC to the healthcare enterprise,” said Chris Joyce, president of Logical Progression. “The industry has been begging for technology like this for years and now that Mi-Co has made handwriting recognition reliable and fast, we can build on their technology and truly provide an electronic solution that is better than paper. Our goal is to make Logical Ink the industry standard for patient data collection. “

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August 25, 2006

Tablet PCs - Which one should I choose?

One of the most frequently posted questions in the tablet PC forums is: Help! Which one should I buy?

This webinar, hosted by Allegiance Technology and featuring a panel of experts, will attempt to guide you towards an answer.

With experts from GottaBeMobile, jkontherun, TabletPC2 and TabletWiki sharing their experience and answering your questions, this promises to be a very information webinar for anyone who is contemplating a Tablet PC purchase.

Title:

Tablet PCs - Which one should I choose?

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2006                 Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now.

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ASUS Introduces R2H Ultra-Mobile PC
Digit-Life

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. today unveils the latest R2H Ultra-Mobile PC - with 7-inch display, built-in high-resolution webcam, incorporated GPS and biometric fingerprint authentication.

Security is also provided by the ASUS Security Protect Management (ASPM) that guards access to the device and network. Users can choose to setup multi-factor authentication requirements for different security levels while enjoying the Single Sign On (SSO) one-time login convenience without compromising security integrity.

The R2H runs on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with Touch Pack software and ergonomic hardware interface designs. With complete function keys laid out on both sides of the front panel, users are offered operation to a full set of control keys, including mouse, scroll buttons, hot keys as well as on-screen keypad.


R2H Specifications:

  • Intel Celeron M ULV Processor (900MHz)
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Onboard 256MB, DDRII 533, 1x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 768MB DDRII 667 DRAM support
  • 7" WXGA touch screen LCD, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligent Engine
  • PATA 1.8" HDD 4200PRM 20/30/40/60 GB
  • Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR, 3x USB, 1x SD Card-Reader, 1x GPS, 1x Finger Print Reader
  • 23.4 x 13.3 x 2.8cm, 830kg

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ACOM Healthcare Business Division Launches iDMX, Automated ...
PR Web

iDMX is comprised of a Microsoft Windows-based tablet PC and specialized on-board software that displays and coordinates DVD resident images captured by the DMX system with a four-page electronic check-list side-by-side on the computer screen. The checklist walks the doctor through the sequence of images and tells him/her what to look for. Each check-box has standardized text associated with it and on completion of the image review, iDMX automatically generates the Findings and Observations report.    

Key features and benefits include

-Direct capture of DMX studies from the tablet PC

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August 28, 2006

Checking out the Vista Touch Experience - with video
.pringle.net.nz

Since Motion Computing provided me with one of their cool touch screen LE 1600 Tablet PCs running Windows Vista to take to TechEd NZ I have given it a good going over.  I even worked it into both of my sessions – I used it for all of the Vista demos in my lunchtime session.  I also recorded a video of the Touch Mouse and showed that in my Getting Started with Tablet Development and it really wowed them. I've since added an audio track and you can check the new video out here.

Touch Mouse

The Touch Mouse

The Touch Mouse is the heart and soul of the Vista touch experience.  When you tap the screen with the tip of your finger a transparent mouse appears on the screen with the pointer above and to the left (if your tablet is configured for right-handedness). 

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OnTheRun with Tablet PCs Show #27- the boys are back and there's gonna be trouble
jkontherun

Marc Orchant and James Kendrick are back with show #27 after a very long, unrestful JKonThe Runhiatus and we have some catching up to do.  The latest build of Vista seems to be making a lot of people happy, especially Tableteers like Kevin Tofel.  Everyone must be aware of the big battery recall going on now affecting Dell, Sony, and Apple customers.  Hey, these are the three big OEMs who don't make Tablet PCs.  Hmmm, coincidence? 

Listen here ( MP3, 15.3 MB, 44 minutes) or

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EverNote 1.5 Beta - Now Available

EverNote 1.5 brings new level of usability and protection that make EverNote even more powerful and convenient.

This beta is a 60-day trial version of EverNote Plus, After the 60-days trial period, it will revert to free permanent version of EverNote. We are planning to offer all beta users an option to automatically upgrade to the final release of EverNote.

If you own EverNote Plus 1.1, you will be eligible to upgrade to EverNote Plus 1.5 for free when the final release is available. If, for whatever reason, you would like to downgrade back to EverNote Plus 1.1 during this beta program, please contact us and we will send you the location of the installer (please send us enough data to verify your purchase of EverNote Plus 1.1).

A few highlights include: New clipping functionality, New drag-and-drop
functionality, Ability to open multiple databases in separate windows;
Spellchecker; New shortcuts; Password protection for the entire EverNote
file; Ability to export notes into TXT and HTM formats; Other improvements
and bug fixes. My favorite enhancement is the new file synchronization
ability, where you can synchronize your notes between your PC and a USB
drive or between multiple PCs via USB drives. This allows the ability to
make note links everywhere!

For a complete overview of the release notes, please see:
http://www.evernote.com/en/products/evernote/beta-features.php

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Tablet PCs are write on
The Grand Rapids Press

Make way for new fancy laptops, ones with special pens allowing you to write on the screen. Writing is done with a special stylus, great for taking notes or drawing pictures. The laptop screen can rotate and fold down so you're holding a tablet, a thick electronic notepad. When in notepad form, use the stylus as a mouse to interact with objects on screen.

Tablet PCs are portable and usually lighter and more compact than standard laptops. Not just a flashy improvement in screen navigation, they're often easier and more intuitive than a mouse. As keyboards are good for fast text entry, and mice are best for precise object selection and movement, a Tablet PC excels with managing your written data and pictures.

Conclusion

You need to be comfortable with computers, as the Tablet stylus isn't intuitive, so it requires experimentation and practice.

Tablet PCs succeed if you need to draw, sketch or take handwritten notes and store it all electronically. They're not good for reliable and fast handwriting recognition. They're best for gadget freaks who like laptops with a little bit more functionality than most other tools.

Tablets are overall a good thing, and the future will certainly bring more refined versions.

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Caseworker chosen to test new tablet PC
Corpus Christi Caller Times

New technology soon available to CPS caseworkers will cut out stacks of paperwork and hours of travel time, allowing them to devote more energy to tackling child abuse and neglect cases in the Coastal Bend.
Working on Tablet PC

Monjaras, at the Corpus Christi Police Department, works on his new tablet PC as he picks up information from police reports for one of his cases.

Monjaras was chosen as one of 90 caseworkers in the state to field-test tablet PCs. The other 31 caseworkers assigned to cover the county, plus an additional 20 local CPS staff members, will each receive tablets next month. Instead of a mouse, like some laptops, the tablet PC has a digital pen and a detachable keyboard, which eliminates the need for written notes that must be carefully organized.

About 3,000 of the tablets will be distributed statewide to caseworkers and other CPS staff by the end of October. CPS is a part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The statewide cost is about $16 million, including a two-year lease with wireless capability, accessories, training and warranty support on each tablet, officials with the department said.

Before he had the tablet PC, Monjaras, like other caseworkers, needed to make frequent trips from the field back to the office to look up reports or file last-minute paperwork.

"There's never a typical day," Monjaras said. "If we get an emergency call, no matter what time - day or night - and we're on call, we have to go right away."

But with the tablet, caseworkers can go straight to an emergency situation and call up their files, notes and reports, including criminal records, with a stroke of their digital pen.

"Instead of trying to explain over the phone to my supervisor what the house looks like, or the child, I can just e-mail pictures straight to them to get feedback," said Abel Garcia, who has used a tablet PC since May.

Having the tablet PC with him at all times has not only helped Garcia save time, but allowed him to make more informed choices in the field.

"You have an opportunity to make quicker and better decisions because you have it all right there," he said. "It's exactly like having your office out in the field."

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August 29, 2006

Why do you need a UMPC?
Geek.com

UMPCs are slate Tablet PCs and need to be marketed this way.

I am a daily user of the Samsung Q1 UMPC (see our Geek.com Labs coverage), and I find this small slate Tablet PC to be very functional and valuable in my life. Bob Russell posted a good article asking Why will people want UMPCs?

I think the article is a very well articulated statement that talks a bit about why the mainstream press isn't the problem when it constantly slams the UMPC format, but rather that the burden to show the power of the device rests with Microsoft and UMPC manufacturers. Kevin Tofel, James Kendrick, and I talk about this all the time on the MobileTechRoundup podcast since we think Microsoft really needs to focus its PR on the fact that the UMPC is a full slate Tablet PC in a smaller form factor. If you look at the price of slate Tablet PCs, the UMPC devices are priced US$500-$1,000 cheaper in most cases.

I also think if you are going to use a slate Tablet PC effectively then you really have to try changing the way you work with a computer and try to use pen input. This requires some time and effort, but can be worth it in the long run.

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For Holden racers, tough is only the beginning
ZDNet.com.au

Given the frantic activity and unpredictable movement of all kinds of hard objects within the pit, it’s little surprise that the Holden Racing Team (HRT) recently standardised on Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook as its notebook platform of choice. More of a surprise, however, is just how useful the device has proven to be.

Rapid availability of performance information had improved the team’s racing, Holden Racing Teambut HRT’s technology support crew recently realised there had to be a better way to deliver timely race information to the drivers. After assessing various options, they settled on the Toughbook CF-18, a Tablet PC form-factor notebook whose rugged, waterproof and reinforced design promised protection against many in-the-field accidents.

Eight of the notebooks have been used in the team’s races since their introduction at the beginning of the year. However, choosing them was about more than just making sure they would survive their next encounter with a heavy object. Using built-in wireless LAN connectivity, the devices have become portable data display terminals that are actually handed into the car so the driver can analyse the last lap’s performance using intuitive touch screen controls and handwriting annotation capabilities.

It may seem like a small change compared with the paper solution, but the heightened interactivity of the tablet PC solution has engaged the drivers and helped them analyse their performance data more readily, and with more interactivity, than ever.

“If it’s a harsh environment and you’re trying to scoot a [conventional] notebook into the car, it’s just not going to go,” says Webster. “With the screen folded flat on the tablet PC, you can just pass it through and if it does get dropped, it will be OK. The guys have been experimenting with the handwriting recognition, and they are keen to pursue this avenue further.

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Samsung Q1-SSD Ultra Mobile PC (Solid State Disk Version) 
expansys.com

Available in UK

Our Price: £1,399.95   ( $1790.35 USD)  

The Samsung Q1-SSD is a high-performance version of the Q1 - featuring a Solid State Disk, it offers significantly faster boot times and faster program operation - it is also quieter, more durable and more efficient than it's counterpart with a spinning hard disk. This pack contains a FREE organiser case and full QWERTY keyboard.

It is designed for optimal portability and resolves many of the traditional challenges of mobile computers. The data in flash memory disks is much more secure against external shocks that can occur when transporting a mobile computer. The SSD can withstand about twice the impact that would cripple a regular hard disk drive. In addition, stored data can be more easily retrieved from flash memory than traditional hard drives when PCs are dropped or liquid is spilled on the device. This mobile computing device is the ideal solution for professionals and executives who are constantly on the move.

The SSD reads 300 percent faster (53MB/s) and writes 150 percent quicker (28MB/s) than normal hard drives. As a result, multiple application programs can operate simultaneously and large volumes of data can be edited and reproduced more efficiently. The Microsoft Windows XP operating system will boot up 25-50% faster on the SSD than on other drives—good news for those in a hurry. Moreover, the typical 1.8-inch hard disk drive weighs around 50 grams; whereas the SSD is 20 to 30 grams lighter.

The Q1-SSD will show video or still photos as well as play audio without having to be booted up first. This "instant on" feature provides access to multimedia content such as digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) TV at least 30% faster than with a portable multimedia player (PMP).

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Tablet Edition additional technologies. As such, it includes advanced security tools, deployment technologies it has the power of a connected PC, with the freedom and simplicity of pen and paper.

In the box:
Samsung Q1
Getting started guide
Pouch
AC Adapter
Power lead
Re-chargeable battery
Leaflets and warranty info
Hand strap
Stylus
USB data cable
Organiser case
USB QWERTY Keyboard

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August 29, 2006

Why do you need a UMPC?
Geek.com

UMPCs are slate Tablet PCs and need to be marketed this way.

I am a daily user of the Samsung Q1 UMPC (see our Geek.com Labs coverage), and I find this small slate Tablet PC to be very functional and valuable in my life. Bob Russell posted a good article asking Why will people want UMPCs?

I think the article is a very well articulated statement that talks a bit about why the mainstream press isn't the problem when it constantly slams the UMPC format, but rather that the burden to show the power of the device rests with Microsoft and UMPC manufacturers. Kevin Tofel, James Kendrick, and I talk about this all the time on the MobileTechRoundup podcast since we think Microsoft really needs to focus its PR on the fact that the UMPC is a full slate Tablet PC in a smaller form factor. If you look at the price of slate Tablet PCs, the UMPC devices are priced US$500-$1,000 cheaper in most cases.

I also think if you are going to use a slate Tablet PC effectively then you really have to try changing the way you work with a computer and try to use pen input. This requires some time and effort, but can be worth it in the long run.

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For Holden racers, tough is only the beginning
ZDNet.com.au

Given the frantic activity and unpredictable movement of all kinds of hard objects within the pit, it’s little surprise that the Holden Racing Team (HRT) recently standardised on Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook as its notebook platform of choice. More of a surprise, however, is just how useful the device has proven to be.

Rapid availability of performance information had improved the team’s racing, Holden Racing Teambut HRT’s technology support crew recently realised there had to be a better way to deliver timely race information to the drivers. After assessing various options, they settled on the Toughbook CF-18, a Tablet PC form-factor notebook whose rugged, waterproof and reinforced design promised protection against many in-the-field accidents.

Eight of the notebooks have been used in the team’s races since their introduction at the beginning of the year. However, choosing them was about more than just making sure they would survive their next encounter with a heavy object. Using built-in wireless LAN connectivity, the devices have become portable data display terminals that are actually handed into the car so the driver can analyse the last lap’s performance using intuitive touch screen controls and handwriting annotation capabilities.

It may seem like a small change compared with the paper solution, but the heightened interactivity of the tablet PC solution has engaged the drivers and helped them analyse their performance data more readily, and with more interactivity, than ever.

“If it’s a harsh environment and you’re trying to scoot a [conventional] notebook into the car, it’s just not going to go,” says Webster. “With the screen folded flat on the tablet PC, you can just pass it through and if it does get dropped, it will be OK. The guys have been experimenting with the handwriting recognition, and they are keen to pursue this avenue further.

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Samsung Q1-SSD Ultra Mobile PC (Solid State Disk Version) 
expansys.com

Available in UK

Our Price: £1,399.95   ( $1790.35 USD)  

The Samsung Q1-SSD is a high-performance version of the Q1 - featuring a Solid State Disk, it offers significantly faster boot times and faster program operation - it is also quieter, more durable and more efficient than it's counterpart with a spinning hard disk. This pack contains a FREE organiser case and full QWERTY keyboard.

It is designed for optimal portability and resolves many of the traditional challenges of mobile computers. The data in flash memory disks is much more secure against external shocks that can occur when transporting a mobile computer. The SSD can withstand about twice the impact that would cripple a regular hard disk drive. In addition, stored data can be more easily retrieved from flash memory than traditional hard drives when PCs are dropped or liquid is spilled on the device. This mobile computing device is the ideal solution for professionals and executives who are constantly on the move.

The SSD reads 300 percent faster (53MB/s) and writes 150 percent quicker (28MB/s) than normal hard drives. As a result, multiple application programs can operate simultaneously and large volumes of data can be edited and reproduced more efficiently. The Microsoft Windows XP operating system will boot up 25-50% faster on the SSD than on other drives—good news for those in a hurry. Moreover, the typical 1.8-inch hard disk drive weighs around 50 grams; whereas the SSD is 20 to 30 grams lighter.

The Q1-SSD will show video or still photos as well as play audio without having to be booted up first. This "instant on" feature provides access to multimedia content such as digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) TV at least 30% faster than with a portable multimedia player (PMP).

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Tablet Edition additional technologies. As such, it includes advanced security tools, deployment technologies it has the power of a connected PC, with the freedom and simplicity of pen and paper.

In the box:
Samsung Q1
Getting started guide
Pouch
AC Adapter
Power lead
Re-chargeable battery
Leaflets and warranty info
Hand strap
Stylus
USB data cable
Organiser case
USB QWERTY Keyboard

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August 30, 2006

PhatWare Releases PenCommander 1.5
press release

New version optimized for Ultra-Mobile PCs; provides new user-level functions, improved performance, support for 32 single-stroke gestures and more.

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PenCommander 1.5. PenCommander is a stand-alone application that features a powerful scripting technology and is now enhanced to support Microsoft Windows based Tablet and Ultra-Mobile PCs.

PenCommander allows users to employ the pen to call up commands that can control Tablet PCs and UMPCs in almost limitless ways, such as editing documents, inserting often-repeated text into documents and launching applications. To execute a PenCommand, simply write a PenCommand name on the PenCommander input panel. PenCommander is the best tool for entering repetitive data, accessing frequently used applications and documents, inserting time, date and signature, and overall extending Tablet PC and UMPC functionality and user's productivity. It provides a simple and fast way to access functions that typically take longer to complete.

In addition to support for Microsoft Windows based UMPCs, PenCommander 1.5 also includes an updated scripting engine, which supports new user-level functions and improved performance. Most commonly used keyboard shortcuts and PenCommands can now be assigned to single stroke gestures. The application supports 32 gestures.

PenCommander 1.5 has a new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, which provides an IDE-like environment for creating and testing new PenCommander scripts. PenCommander’s input panel can be made semi-transparent, allowing a user to view other applications’ windows under the panel.

"PhatWare is excited to improve the functions of PenCommander for Tablet PCs and UMPCs based on the suggestions we have received from our customers," said PhatWare president Stan Miasnikov. "We are eager to release the upgraded PenCommander 1.5 version to the Tablet PC and UMPC community."

PenCommander 1.5 for Tablet PCs costs $29.95, and can be purchased directly from the PhatWare Web site or any of PhatWare's network of authorized retailers. For more information about PenCommander 1.5 or any of PhatWare's other productivity solutions for mobile and desktop computing, visit www.phatware.com.

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Toshiba signs Dh20mn deal with UAE Higher Colleges of Technology
Strategiy

Toshiba Computer Systems has announced an AED 20 million deal to provide UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) with tablet PCs for faculty and student use. The agreement will extend to 12 HCT campuses including Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah.

Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Chancellor of HCT, comments: “Technology is constantly changing and adapting the way people interact, learn and do business. The HCT was the first in the region to adopt tablet PCs – this fit within our education model based on allowing students to follow the latest enhancements in technology and actively using it for their learning process.

“The innovative steps HCT is taking to embrace technology and enhance the learning environment for students, has allowed Toshiba to demonstrate its leading edge capabilities in tablet PC technology and Al Futtaim its outstanding customer service.”

Al-Futtaim Technologies will ensure that all HCT faculty and staff receive the appropriate training on how to use the tablet PCs, and will also provide optimal after-sales service.

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Vista Handwriting Personalization Software InkShow
gottabemobile

Handwriting personalization in Vista is where it starts to get really interesting for Tablet PC users, and that is the focus of this Software InkShow.

In Windows XP SP2, the only method of “training” the recognizer is to add words to the dictionary. That does help a lot when dealing with unknown words, but it doesn’t do anything for those odd characters like 4s, Ks, Vs, etc. With problem characters, you basically have to figure what the recognizer is looking for and tailor those characters to it.

With Vista, things are a whole lot better. You can now tailor the recognizer to your own handwriting and deal with those problem characters much easier. In this InkShow, I cover targeting specific problem characters and symbols, training the recognizer with sample sentences, turning on automatic learning based on corrections you’ve made, and  submitting problems to Microsoft for further analysis. I also go over how to transfer your personal recognizer to another Tablet PC.

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August 31, 2006

OneNote 2007, a UMPC and....fantasy football?
jkontherun
one note for football

Just another use of a UMPC along with Microsoft OneNote; seasoned OneNote'rs Fantasy Football on UMPCmight skip this, but I like sharing different uses of the application, especially with a UMPC since it can basically go anywhere. Previously, I used this approach on a Home Depot trip. Last night, I applied it to the Fantasy Football draft and found it extremely useful. You fantasy league players know the pains of carrying several draft cheat sheets and sorting though mounds of papers telling you that you should "Forget last season, this year [insert player name] will be the man for his team as well as the sleeper in the league."

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Senforce introduces version of endpoint security product
CTR, CA 

Senforce of Draper, Utah has improved its current endpoint security management solution with enhanced removable storage security that monitors and / or prevents any intentional or inadvertent transmission of data to and from endpoints to removable storage devices. Senforce aims at securing endpoints like PCs, laptops and tablet PCs through its ESS 3.2, by providing a comprehensive view of endpoint security management.

Endpoint security management provider, Senforce has allowed its users to determine the security policies that are appropriate for each endpoint device. The ESS 3.2 provides centralized management and policy definition, location-aware policy enforcement, powerful reporting and strong audit controls, according to the company. This ensures that security policies are enforced, based on the location of the PCs, tablet PC or desktop PC, Senforce said Monday.

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College students spending billions on must-have electronics
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Today, top-notch technology -- such as the wireless Compaq Tablet PC that Tablet pc for studentsChatham College is distributing to incoming freshman for the second year -- is required in some classrooms.

Chatham freshmen walked away with their computers for less than half what it's retailing, thanks to a $530 "technology assessment" fee tacked on to their tuition bill. Still, sales of laptop computers and the other electronics must-haves such as digital cameras, flat screen televisions, flash memory devices and Sony Xboxes, have pushed this year's spending on back-to-school electronics up more than 27 percent from last year

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10 things to consider before rolling out Vista
ZDNet Asia

Which edition(s) of Vista do you need?
Selecting the right edition of Windows XP was pretty simple. There were four Vistabasic varieties: Home Edition, Professional Edition, Tablet PC Edition, and Media Center Edition. If the computer needed to join a Windows domain, the first and last editions were out (MCE 2004 could join a domain, but 2005 could not). Unless you were installing on a Tablet PC, there was no need for TPCE. The logical choice for the vast majority of systems on a business network was XP Pro.

Pre Order Microsoft Vista Now!

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