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Tablet PC News Archive

February 2006

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February 1, 2006

Microsoft IT Showcase: Enhancing Productivity with Tablet PCs at Microsoft
Microsoft

Brief Description
Detailed discussion of the measured productivity gains for employees using a Tablet PC at Microsoft. The study compares results from recent and past surveys to draw specific productivity variance conclusions.

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Do the twist
The Age, Australia

HANDWRITING on a computer - it's the quintessential blend of the analog world with digital technology. The desire to be free from the constraints of a keyboard and mouse for a more direct form of input has meant the persistence of the pen into the computing arena.

If you find writing more comfortable than typing or have an aversion to keyboards, a tablet notebook may be the way to go.

Microsoft dived into penstyle computers in 2002 when it released a Tablet PC Edition of Windows XP. While tablet computers existed before Microsoft came along, the introduction of the Tablet PC Edition helped more mainstream players such as HP, Acer and Toshiba get into the action by providing a "standardised" platform around which to design their notebooks.

As such, any notebook that is built to run this operating system is referred to as a tablet PC. They're often called convertibles as well, given that their displays can flip around so that the screen is facing up when the lid is closed. It's designed to be used like a regular paper pad, so you can just hold it in your arm or lap and scribble on it with a special pen.

Those who need to take notes that often include diagrams, charts and drawings on their computer will find tablet capabilities indispensable.

You can send handwritten email messages that can be viewed on any PC with Outlook 2003 as well as doodle in MSN Messenger.

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American Airlines Forms Strategic Technology Alliance With Lenovo
PR Newswire

American Airlines today announced it has signed a strategic technology lenovo TabletPClenovo agreement with Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) to provide Admirals Club(R) members with access to new Lenovo PCs to further enhance the overall travel experience with the world's largest airline. By providing leading-edge PC technology at its Admirals Club lounges worldwide, American aims to create the ultimate business experience for its customers who need to access the home or office while traveling. Today, technology devices and services are a critical component in the airport lounge environment for business travelers. Within their mobile workstyle/lifestyle, the airport lounge is a place where "refresh and recharge" refers to e-mail and portable devices as much it does to the travelers themselves.

Through the agreement, new Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop computers, along with ThinkVision flat panel displays, will be installed in all 43 Admirals Club lounges. In addition, Lenovo ThinkPad Z60 notebooks and Thinkpad X41 Tablet PCs will be available in Admirals Club lounges worldwide. IBM will provide deployment services, including the loading of software, testing, staging and installation of the PCs and IBM printers.

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Acer in the pack
Melbourne Herald Sun

Dave Bullard slides open a great little machine that is no slouch as a performer
TABLET PCs are a strange breed. They look to be normal notebooks, but the screen flips so it lies on top of the keyboard and you can write on it like a tablet.

Until now, though, the screen configuration has generally been through an "open, twist and close" action dependent on a swivel subjected to great force.

Acer's new TravelMate C200 series use a slide action more likely to survive the rigours of the road -- tablet PCs are aimed at mobile sales teams, students and the like.

First-time tablet users will find the C200s a breeze to use, as long as they run through the excellent training application.

The stylus is a comfortable, full-sized pen and the handwriting recognition is excellent.

It even recognised the oft-maligned scrawl of my colleague Peter Familari . . . and that's saying something!

AT A GLANCE: ACER
Model: C204TMi
Price: from $3499
Acer: 1300 366 567
www.acer.com.au
One of the best tablet notebooks yet. Great quality, easy (and fun) to use, and highly specced for the price. And we love notebooks that come with two batteries.

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News - IE 7 Public Beta, M400 Tablet PC Launch Date

Toshiba M400 Tablet PC Launch Date

The new Toshiba Port g M400 convertible Tablet PC featuring Intel's hot new "Core Duo" CPU is expected to be announced on February 7th. Ordering and shipping will start immediately after the announcement. Check back right here on TabletPCReviewSpot.com for updates and information on the M400 as they become available.

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Mayville State's Rollout of Tablet PCs a Pen-Ultimate Success
Mayville State University

Call it the high-tech heartland. Call it PCs on the plains. Call it what you will, but Mayville State University in eastern North Dakota has joined a select group of pioneering colleges adopting tablet PCs as part of its computing mandate program campus-wide.

Halfway through Mayville State's first year of rolling out Gateway M275 convertible tablet PCs campus-wide, the experiment has been nothing short of a major success. Mayville State, which enrolls more than 900 students, selected Gateway, Inc. as its technology provider of choice after weighing several factors – including how user-friendly the technology was, the availability of on-campus training and the quality of customer support.

As one of the nation's first tablet PC universities, Mayville State elected to standardize its students, teachers and staff on Gateway's M275 convertible tablet PC, which offers all the features of a mainstream notebook, plus pen input functionality. More than 750 university-leased M275s were distributed to all full-time students and current faculty members. The university chose the Gateway M275 over a more traditional notebook because of the tablet's interactive features that allow students to take notes on-screen, professors to annotate live presentations and more.

“Mayville State is always looking toward the future. We were one of the first laptop universities in the nation and our partnership with Gateway enabled us take the next step toward tablet PC computing,” said Brian Larson, director of marketing and sports information at Mayville State University. “By integrating cutting-edge tablet PC technology into our day-to-day activities, we have improved all aspects of campus life from teaching, learning and research to administrative tasks.”

Armed with M275 tablets, Mayville State's students and professors have found unlimited ways to use their tablets both in and outside the classroom. Professors have traded in their chalk for in-class presentations that allow real-time notes to be added by the instructor or students. Paper has essentially been eliminated in the classroom; assignments are turned in electronically, enabling professors to interact with students by using in-tandem editing and grading. Voice recognition and wireless access are among the many tablet PC benefits that introduce students to a different way to learn, to study and collaborate with their instructors and peers.

“Mayville State's campus-wide implementation demonstrates the endless versatility of Gateway's convertible tablet PC,” said Bridget Winders, vice president of education for Gateway. “Students can take notes in class, professors can give presentations without a screen barrier, and wireless capabilities enable everyone to be more productive and mobile. Gateway views technology as a critical element in providing quality education to students.”

Mayville State University joins Winona State University in Winona, Minn., Florida A&M Law School in Orlando, Fla., and Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., in pioneering the adoption of tablet PCs on campus.

The Gateway M275 offers traditional notebook features a full-size keyboard, Intel Centrino technology(1), optional 768MB RAM, 40GB hard drive(2), four hours battery life(3), CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, integrated wireless combined with Tablet PC pen input that allows users to write on screen. And unlike many other Tablet PCs on the market, Gateways M275 is priced starting at $1,799, only $150 more than a similarly configured notebook. The M275 also boasts the largest screen size in the industry (14.1 inches), so students and faculty don't have to strain to see the screen.

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The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Today Launched PACER
Yahoo! News

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) today launched its proprietary electronic estimating and sales system called PACER.

PACER is a complete turnkey system that enables contractors to electronically detail job elements, print and review work statements, print estimates and contracts prior to leaving the initial customer visit. PACER saves valuable time and enhances a company's ability to close work "on the spot." PACER is built on Tablet PC technology so a contractor can document the job on a computer while performing a walk-through. The PACER software is specifically designed to optimize use of the Tablet PC for detailing job requirements. PACER enables contractors to produce closure paperwork on the initial customer site visit. Studies suggest that producing professional closure documentation on your initial site visit can increase your close rate by as much as 50%. PACER also enables contractors to document special customer requests and special accommodations discussed during the sales process. This approach helps assure complete customer satisfaction

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February 2, 2006

MPD Partner Briefing
Whatisnew.com 

MPD Partner Briefing

Today is Day 2 of the Mobile Platforms Division (MPD) Partner Briefing. Arnie Lund and Ken Hardy are discussing research on future lifestyle PCs. One of the discussions that is going on now is about using a PC as a home base machine versus as a companion PC. Arnie suggests that in the ecosystem of devices that they should all work together.

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Targus Laptop Cooling Pad @ LaptopLifeStyle.net
Techzine

Targus Cooling pad

Pros:
• Easy to set up, light, space efficient
• Extra USB ports. Perfect for a tablet PC that has limited room on its own.
• Don't need to unplug everything when its time to go, simply leave the mouse and keyboard plugged into the ChillHub and only take what you need.

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MS to enter rural areas with Saksham
Times of India

Microsoft India has decided to enter rural markets through a project called 'Saksham' (meaning self reliant) that will tap local entrepreneurs and help spread IT in areas that remain untouched by technology.

Saksham will help people set up information kiosks, tie-up finances for entrepreneurs through banks and involve local people for developing relevant applications for mass use.

It will also help artists to sell 'Madubani Works' developed digitally on Microsoft's Tablet PC. "Saksham is a public-private partnership that has been developed in consultation with industry partners to evolve a sustainable model," said Microsoft MD Neelam Dhawan.

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February 3, 2006

Ultra Mobile PC's Becoming a Reality

Just when those of us in the Tablet PC community had settled in an come to terms with the idea that on the hardware side all would be quiet until Vista launches later this year, Bill Mitchell, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Mobile Platforms Division renewed our interest and excitement when he tossed out the impending arrival of the Lifestyle - Ultra Mobile PCs at this weeks Mobile Platforms Division Partner Briefing in Redmond.

During his session on "Windows for Mobile Growth"  Bill Mitchell made it clear that Microsoft was still 110% behind the Tablet PC.   He also gave attendees a glimpse into the near future with the introduction of the Lifestyle / Ultra Mobile PC's that just may be here sooner than you think..

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OneNote "12" and the Tablet PC
blogs.msdn.com

I promised some time ago to write about the Tablet experience in OneNote 12 and how it has changed. This is a tricky topic to cover since there are still a lot of people out there who think OneNote is only or primarily meant to be used on Tablets. I still feel I have to make the point that OneNote was designed for all PCs and also to take advantage of tablets when used on a Tablet.

Wrap up
So what does all this mean? It means that in OneNote 12 you just write your ink and that's it. We don’t try to clump it into boxes or anything. You are free to move it around the screen in pieces. Everything will work as well as it can. Although OneNote is always trying to figure out what you have done it doesn’t make you deal with this - it just provides the results of the parse to the features that need it, such as ink search.

If you have Beta 1 of OneNote 12 then you know that all this isn't quite working as well as I describe. Beta 1 of OneNote is using the ink parser in the Vista beta, and bugs in that notwithstanding we hadn’t actually done any tuning for Beta 1 plus we have our own bugs. Next beta will be closer to the final behaviour, using the near final parser for Vista too.

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WinInfo Short Takes: Week of February 6
WinInformant.com

PortalPlayer Builds Hardware for Windows Vista's Sideshow Feature
While Apple gets all the credit for the success of the iPod, the company never could have done it without a little-known company called PortalPlayer, which designed the original iPod hardware. Now, PortalPlayer is back with another cool new hardware product called Preface, which is essentially an auxiliary display for notebook computers and Tablet PCs. It sits on the outside facing lid of such a computer and lets the user interact with PC software, even when the PC is asleep. Preface has its own operating system, processor, and memory, so it's much smarter than standard auxiliary displays, but it's also completely compatible with the Sideshow feature in Microsoft's next Windows version, Windows Vista. PortalPlayer says that Preface will add only a few dollars to the cost of each notebook, but that's a small price to pay for what you get: Instant access to email, calendar items, IM messages, and other data. Sounds good to me.

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Apple's patented the Tablet Mac (part II)
engadget, CA

Apple Tablet PC

Well, what do you know? Yet another Apple tablet PC patent's shown up on the USPTO site, this one also with none other than Jonny Ive's Handcock on it (last time around it was both Jobs and Ive on the patent, though). Today's filing mainly pertains to touch-input user interface methods with multiple fingers, gestures, and motions, as well as methods for visually displaying and manipulating aspects of the UI -- exciting stuff, we know. But the point is that ok, we get it already Apple, you're working on a tablet PC. Now how about releasing it so you guys can focus those man-hours on a proper DVR / media Mac for us, eh?

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February 6, 2006

Tablet PC 2 Super Bowl

Tablet PC 2 - Seahawks

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February 7, 2006

AuthenTec Featured Speaker - Showcasing Latest Biometric Fingerprint Sensors and Wireless Applications at 3GSM World Congress
Business Wire

With more than seven million fingerprint sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the recognized number one supplier worldwide - shipping nearly two thirds of all sensors sold in the wireless, PC, and access control markets during the past five years. The company's sensors are used in more than 100 different cell phones, notebook and tablet computers, portable hard drives, mice, keyboards, memory keys, and other devices.

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The Next Big Thing: What Will Displace iPod, Follow Blackberry?
TechNewsWorld

  • The OQO +1 Tablet PC: One of the reasons we haven't seen much in terms of new, overall design from Apple lately with respect to the firm's PowerBook line is because the original core design team spun out on its own and formed OQO. The OQO +1 Tablet PC has recently gone through a significant update with greater memory and an extended battery, with a true digitizer to replace the touch screen.

OQO Tablet PC

  • A little larger than a PDA but vastly smaller than your average laptop , this product takes the idea of being ultra-mobile one big step further. As with any Bluetooth-enabled PC, a Bluetooth phone can be used to complete the solution. This gives users the option of leaving the PC at home and traveling with just the phone.

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Pilsen native eager to help others achieve
Chicago Sun-Times

Tablets for De La Salle

Tablet PC's are becoming de rigueur for freshmen at De La Salle Institute, at 35th and Wabash, according to Brother Michael Quirk, president of the private Catholic college prep that boasts five of Chicago's mayors, including the current Mayor Daley, as alums. "We believe we're the first high school in the city going to tablets," says Quirk, who sees tablets as powerful and more flexible classroom tools than desktops or laptops. "Tablets are more adaptable to daily student life," Quirk says. "We want to assure our students continue to produce college caliber work, and are ready for the rigors of a top university." Quirk believes kids living in the city deserve the best technology.

"We are trying to make this affordable," says Quirk, who's spreading the payment for the computers over four years. "We have a need-based financial aid system that will help those who can't afford a tablet PC."

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Mobile Platforms Division Partner Briefing notes on TabletPCTalk.
Whatisnew.com

Chris De Herrera updated TabletPCTalk.com with his notes and videos from last week’s Microsoft Mobile Platforms Division Partner Briefing. He includes notes about Lifestyle PCs, including the presentations that described Ultramobile PCs.

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PCs flood autos despite safety issues
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Detroit is invading one of the last PC-free zones: your car.

In an era when people can check e-mail or browse the Web while doing everything from grocery shopping to lying on the beach, behind the wheel of a car has remained one of the few places where it just didn’t happen. Over the years, automakers have tried to introduce computers in cars, but they never really caught on with consumers.

Now, both auto makers and car-accessory companies are making a renewed push with products designed to allow drivers to do everything they can do on a desktop PC – word processing, Internet surfing, e-mail – while sitting in the driver’s seat. Screens can be mounted anywhere from near the dashboard to the back seat. While many models are meant to be installed in the dash and replace the radio entirely, carmakers are betting more on tablet computers that aren’t as integrated into the car or on features like larger consoles, trays and Internet connections for storing and operating laptops.

By spring, Ford Motor Co. will offer as a dealer-installed accessory for its F-series trucks a tablet computer that mounts into a docking station on the floor (the computer is about at cup-holder level), is powered by the vehicle’s battery and contains enough memory to store PowerPoint presentations, blueprints and thousands of MP3 songs. Ford developed the product with Stargate Mobile LLC and Microsoft Corp.

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 Apple's touchscreen patent claim hints to tablet computer
TG Daily 

A patent filed by Apple suggests that the company is developing its own "smart" touchscreen technology for a whole range of devices, including a tablet computer. The company apparently plans a "multipoint"-capable screen that may enable the company to "digitize" the iPod and create a "human" interface for widely used software - such as Google Earth.

Not surprisingly, Apple's touchscreen also focuses on "virtual control interfaces" such as volume knobs and switches. For example, the abstract describes a tablet PC with a "virtual scroll wheel" displayed on the screen, on which the direction and "amount of rotation of the fingers" increases or decreases the volume accordingly.

During this rotation, the touchscreen can provide not just audible, but also tactile feedback in the form of vibration. "A haptics unit of the tablet PC may provide a certain amount of vibration or other tactile feedback for each click thereby simulating an actual knob," the filing says.

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February 8, 2006

How technology will change dining experience
AZ Central.com

Before long, you'll probably be able to browse a restaurant's menu, order your dinner and pay the check through your cell phone. One day, diners may be able to assess a restaurant's wine selection through a tablet PC at each table.

For restaurant owners who have already adopted similar technology, they've found it a powerful way to boost profits, increase efficiency, refine menus - and hopefully please customers. Some are reporting 30 percent savings in wait staff payroll, 20 percent increases in service speed and notable decline in frustration.

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Continued Revenue Growth, New Off-Shore Development Center and Next Generation of EMR Leads Mednet System into 2006
PR Web

Mednet System also announced the launch of next generation of its Electronic Medical Record product - emr4MD version 3.5. Key features of emr4MD v 3.5 are:
•    100% standards based – XML, SNOMED, CCR, HL7, DOQ-IT
•    Click-thru documentation – Document entire patient encounter without typing a single word. Just point-n-click or tapping on tablet PC screen can create entire visit documentation
•    Disease Manager – AMA guidelines based disease manager to improve quality of care and increase P4P compliance
•    Referral Management – Single click management of outbound and inbound referrals
•    Scanning and Document Management – Scan and manage paper charts with flexible workflow
•    E-Prescribing – SureScripts certified, single-click refills, drug-drug, duplicate therapy, drug-allergy checks
•    Patient Portal – Patient self service for appointment requests, refill and referral requests, and viewing lab results

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Mobile Technology Briefing Webcast Conference Call
Whatisnew.com

Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Platforms Group will discuss the recently announced Intel® Core™ Duo processor, the company's first dual-core microprocessor for laptop platforms. Due to innovations in the new processor, chipset and Wi-Fi solution, platforms based on Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology offer higher performance and longer battery life. Intel plans to ramp the new technology at a record pace and introduce a successor later in 2006. Watch the Webcast and download the presentation

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Toshiba embraces new Intel chips in tablet PC
CNET News.com

Toshiba plans to use Intel's Core Duo processor in a tablet PC, hoping to provide a boost to a product category that has fallen far short of early expectations.

The company on Tuesday unveiled the Portege M400, along with three other notebooks that feature Intel's newest dual-core mobile processor. The 12.1-inch M400 weighs 4.5 pounds and features a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive as a standard option.

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ADDING MULTIMEDIA Toshiba Adds Optical Drive to Portege M400
TMCnet 

Portege(R) M400 Intelligently Fuses Breakthrough Mobile Technologies into a Highly Portable Tablet PC to Deliver Performance, Productivity Toshiba M400 Tablet PC

Continuing the award-winning legacy of its Tablet PCs, Toshiba's Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Portege(R) M400 Tablet PC.

Designed to build upon Toshiba's highly successful Portege M200, this new convertible Tablet PC is rich in performance and productivity innovations -- including the company's EasyGuard(TM) technology(1) -- to create an ultra-portable Tablet PC capable of running today's robust business applications. The Portege M400 gives Toshiba the industry's widest range of Tablet PCs options from a form factor, performance and price point prospective.

The Portege M400 embodies the true vision of what Tablet PC computing was first envisioned to be when the concept was originally presented to the public four years ago," said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems. "We are confident the multi-purpose functionality of the Portege M400 delivers a Tablet PC which businesses will find as a valuable tool for their workforces." Toshiba's new Tablet PC is the ideal tool for mobile professionals, students and healthcare professionals.

To deliver a high level of performance and mobility, the Portege M400 is powered by the Intel(R) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology. This new mobile technology is designed to lower power consumption and component size while boosting overall performance from graphics to wireless capabilities while enhancing security. All three of the major Intel(R) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology components have been updated in the new platform to feature the Intel(R) Core(TM) Solo processor, the Intel(R) Mobile 945 Express chipset and the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 ABG network connection. User's can customize the Portege M400 to feature Intel(R) Centrino(R) Duo Mobile Technology.

The cornerstone of a Tablet PC is its screen technology. The Portege M400 incorporates a 12.1-inch diagonal XGA or SXGA+ display featuring wide-view angle technology. For increased ease-of-use, the framing around the display has six display buttons with the following functions, Cross-Functional, ESC/Display Rotation, Windows Security, Toshiba Assist, Toshiba Presentation and On/Off. Toshiba has added a fingerprint reader to the frame of the Tablet PC for increased data security and convenience
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February 9, 2006

Academics using Tablet PCs
Whatisnew.com

Academics using Tablet PCs

Can now participate in online conversations about how Tablet PCs are being used in academics and the research going on around them at TabletPCResearch.com. The site is just getting started, and the foundation is still being built. Blog and forums are up. It’s already off to a great start though!

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Dealer seminar for LG IT products held
Peninsula On-line

Suhail Aga, sales manager for Notebooks has given presentation of latest series of P1 Express and M1 Express series based on NAPA from Intel. LG Electronics is the first company to introduce Notebooks with NAPA Intel Duo Core Processors. LG Electronics was awarded the "Manufacturer of the Year" for Tablet PC and Notebooks in 2005.

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Microsoft Healthcare Users Group and Microsoft Announce Winners of of 2006 MS-HUG Annual Awards
PR Newswire

Microsoft Hospital of the Year -- St. Luke's Health System, Boise, Idaho. St. Luke's Health System is Idaho's largest healthcare provider, with three full-service hospitals in Boise, Meridian and Sun Valley; 25 outpatient facilities; 600 physicians; and 4,200 total employees. St. Luke's treats more than 325,000 patients per year from Idaho and six adjoining states. A leader in the Idaho and Southwest Idaho Community Network, St. Luke's has a partner relationship with nine rural hospitals and a management agreement with four.

As of December 2005, St. Luke's has rolled out the Web-based physician portal to more than 1,300 users, including over 350 physicians representing over 100 practices and 604 hospital users. Using Microsoft Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Mobile(R) 2003 for Pocket PCs, St. Luke's is extending portal access through mobile devices. Physicians are no longer tied to paper charts as their single source of information, which increases the availability of results and gives them anywhere, anytime access to patient data.

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Railinc Announces Reduction in Cost of Wireless Reporting by Train Crews Through Its Mobile Command Service
Business Wire

Railinc today announced that it is reducing the price of its RailSync Mobile Command (TM) software for short line and regional railroads. Mobile Command is a software application that enables train crews to report railcar movement and status events real-time while in the field using a "ruggedized" tablet PC. The wireless solution enables increased shipment visibility while increasing railroad productivity through automation.

"Short lines have enthusiastically embraced the concept of wireless computing by train crews, but cost remains the primary hurdle for most operators," says Allen West, Railinc's Vice President of Business Services. "Our new pricing is designed to remove this barrier to enhanced productivity for both regional and short line railroads that can reduce their overall costs with Mobile Command."

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February 10, 2006

jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #11- Tablet PC demo video
jkontherun.blogs.com

In keeping with the Tablet PC demo meme I decided to show a bunch of things I do JK On The Runregularly on my Tablet PC in this special video edition of jkOTR AE.  The video was recorded totally onscreen using Camtasia Studio and I hope you enjoy it.  Here's a list of programs shown in the order of appearance in the video:

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Sydney Windows Mobile User Group - Tablet talk
ubertablet.blogspot.com

Also in the room was SWMUG Executive Committee member, and Illustrator, Jon Harsem. If you’re ever graced with his presence you’ll find him amusing, entertaining and forever wanting your tablet to cartoon on. I was lucky enough to keep one of his toons on my Slate.

Sahara cartoon


We banter about for a few minutes until our umpire, Roger Lawrence, yells "time". I’m called up first to do my thing. Once again I take the podium to talk Tablet PC in Australia. On this particular evening I share news of the Sahara Slate PC, and exhibit the Xploretech ruggedized Tablet too.

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New Classroom Presenter Makes Classes Not So Boring
Whatisnew.com

the Classroom Presenter was developed to specifically to address the interaction problem, and to provide flexibility while using slides. The idea behind Classroom Presenter is simple: support writing on top of slides by using the Tablet PC as the instructor device.

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Electrovaya Scribbler SC3100 Tablet PC - Our Full Review
Tablet PC Reviews

Getting down to business (and the Scribbler is great for just that), there are some very unique features that make the Electrovaya SC3100 exude the very essence of coolness. In some respects this device comes straight out of a James Bond film. The Scribbler SC3100 is a significantly practical Tablet PC, yet it's innovative design lends hints of ingenious engineering in the mobile space. This model is the first slate tablet I have worked with that incorporates all the necessary input devices I could want, but packs up into a nice sturdy and compact 4.5 lb. bundle.

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February 13, 2006

Health Systems and Clinics Accelerate Slate Tablet PC Adoption ...
Business Wire

Healthcare industry executives expect continued proliferation of slate tablet PCs throughout 2006 and 2007. These experts, including Motion Computing(R) clients and members of its Health and Life Sciences Advisory Board, expect 2006 to bring:

-- acceleration of clinical system deployments to improve patient safety, clinician workflow and productivity;

-- even more health organizations to pervasively implement slate tablet PCs as their standard device for point of care computing initiatives;

-- further inclusion of unique tablet PC features by clinical information system software vendors; and

-- continued implementation and maturation of secure wireless infrastructure

According to the Medical Records Institute's (MRI) 7th Annual Survey of Electronic Health Record Trends and Usage Study, between 2003 and 2005, tablet PCs were the fastest growing mobile/wireless technology in the health industry. In its 2005 survey of 280 healthcare providers, MRI found that tablet PCs were adopted substantially faster than all other mobile technologies combined and, along with cell phones, were the only mobile devices to have grown in market share each year. Tablet PC use grew at a two-year rate of 80.4 percent, compared to 53.9 percent for cell phones, 2.8 percent for laptops and 0.8 percent for PDAs.

"The very promise of point-of-care documentation and decision support depends upon clinician adoption. Generally, physicians and nurses will only use technologies that advance their productivity and care processes. For this reason, slate tablet PCs have been a key driver of successful clinical systems usage because they enable various workflows and are designed to parallel the pen-and-chart model so familiar to clinicians," said Joel French, vice president, healthcare & life sciences for Motion Computing.

Below, Motion clients and health industry experts explain why tablet PCs remain the fastest growing mobile/wireless technology, have been adopted by thousands of health organizations and are supported by nearly every major clinical information system software vendor:

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MPD Partner Briefing: Using the ultra-mobile Tablet PC as a remote control
Whatisnew.com

I'm still sorting through blog posts that described last week's Microsoft Mobile Platforms Division Partner Briefing. Here's a really good post: Nick Landry was interested in a demo during the keynote, where Arin Goldberg, ISV Architect, used a Fujtisu LifeBook P1510D Tablet PC as a remote control device for a Media Center Edition PC.

He [Bill Mitchell] introduced a new form factor now known as "Lifestyle PCs", or "Ultra-Mobiles". The idea is to bridge the gap between the most powerful Windows CE/Mobile devices, and the weakest Tablet PC device... Yes, there is a gap. Is there also an overlap? Of course, but it does not matter since it simply provides companies like mine with an extra weapon in our arsenal to make sure we can always recommend the best solution for our clients. At the end of the session, there was actually a very cool demo by Arin Goldberg on how an ultra-mobile Tablet PC (which has a price  point around $500) could be used to drive a Windows Media Center PC. He was flipping channels left and right, accessing the program guide and doing it all over wireless from a Tablet PC in the palm of his hand. He then proceeded to asking us what channel we wanted to see, probably to dismiss any "pre-scripted" doubts. Poor Arin actually listened to me and switched to channel 5 where he lost everybody's attention for a solid 5 minutes as he kept rambling on while we were enjoying the scenery in "The Tyra Banks Show".

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Samsung Ultra-mobile PC?
Whatisnew.com

http://digiens.blogspot.com/2006/02/samsung-collaborate-with-intel-for.html has a photo of what it is calling Samsung's Ultra-mobile PC.

Samsung Electronics announced on 8th that they will commercialize the Intel's "Ultra-mobile PC" concept for the first time. The prototype will be open to public at the "CeBIT" exhibition, which will be held at Germany next month. (Digiens)

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Handwriting On The Wall For Tablet PCs - Must Lighten Up
Investor's Business Daily

Makers of tablet PCs — machines that run on the tablet-PC flavor of Microsoft's Windows operating system software — aim to broaden the category with "ultramobile" tablets that are smaller than current tablet PCs but larger than today's handheld computers or personal digital assistants. Microsoft (MSFT) and its partners expect to unveil such products this spring.The debut of the new type of tablet PCs would come about a year after Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates showed off a prototype ultramobile PC at the company's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. The next WinHEC is scheduled for May 23-25 in Seattle.

With tablet PCs, users can write notes and make drawings with digital ink. Applications can be managed with a pen and touch screen instead of a keyboard and mouse.

Already some computer makers are incorporating tablet functionality in mainstream notebook designs, says Mika Krammer, Microsoft's director of Windows mobility marketing. Examples include Gateway's (GTW) M280 and Lenovo's ThinkPad X41 tablet PCs, she says.Shortcomings of tablet PCs have been their extra cost vs. other notebooks. Also, they're still too heavy to be carried around comfortably and battery life isn't great, analysts say.Tablets cost more because of the added expense of a special pen, touch screen, premium operating system and the display hinge for convertibles. But the cost difference could fall below $100 soon.

Microsoft is working to get tablet technology into traditional notebook PCs as part of its "notebook-plus strategy," says Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies. With this approach, companies sell full-featured notebook PCs, with tablet functions as an extra.About 75% of the tablet PCs sold today are convertibles. The rest are slate-type tablets that don't come with attached keyboards.

A problem with tablet PCs today is their weight. The lightest weigh 3 to 4 pounds. They can be hard to use like a clipboard, Kay says.

At last year's WinHEC, Gates showed off a concept PC called the Ultra Mobile 2007. Developers are targeting a cost of less than $1,000, "hopefully even in the $800 range," Gates said at the time. It would weigh less than 2 pounds and still have all-day battery life.

The device would feature a constant wireless connection to the Internet and could include a built-in camera, phone, music and video player. The device would use Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, scheduled for release this fall.

Microsoft could position it as more of an entertainment device, analysts say. Consumers would use it to play games, watch TV and access their music. The mock-up shown by Gates last year had a 6-inch screen.Microsoft likely will save its next big tablet PC push for the release of Windows Vista, Kay says.

It will try to rejuvenate the tablet with cool new shapes, services and applications, he says.With Vista, tablet functionality is being integrated into the core operating system, Krammer says. Vista will deliver many improvements for pen navigation, she says. For example, users will be able to assign key commands or actions to simple pen gestures, called "flicks."

Also, users will be able to tailor the handwriting recognition software to fit their own personal style.

Sales of tablet PCs should pick up as more applications support digital ink and pen functions, says Craig Marking, senior product marketing manager for Toshiba's U.S. computer unit. The software needs to be honed to take advantage of the latest processors, such as dual-core chips.

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Intel Centrino Core Duo/Solo Overview
Geekzone

For those of you who aren’t sure about the new naming, Intel have switched away from the Pentium brand and are now calling their processors Core Duo or Core Solo depending on how many cores (CPU core logic) the processors contain. The Centrino Core Duo/Solo is an evolution of the Centrino Pentium M range and offers improved FSB speed, power consumption, instructions and of course, the ability to have two CPU cores in on fab (Fabrication container, the plastic thing that provides an interface between the mainboard and the processor(s)).

First off the current release of Centrino Core Duo contains no 64bit extensions. However, in the 2nd half of 2006, there are plans to release a 64bit edition. Speculating, this will most likely coincide with the release of Windows Vista.

Looking into the future, the low power consumption, increased performance and flexible reference design of the 945 chipset combined with the Core Duo/Solo are ideal to breath life back into the Tablet PC market. Graham confirmed that Intel’s roadmap includes their “Next Generation Micro Architecture” which enables very small form factor.

Combine this with the technology of a Polymer display, a Core Solo “L” (Low voltage) and the abundance of cheap solid state memory and you’ve got the perfect combination for a durable, long battery life, always on, useful tablet PC
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February 14, 2006

Microsoft Tablet PC Partners Having Increasing Impact on Patient Care, Efficiency for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations
Yahoo! News

The steadily growing number of Tablet PC solutions created by Microsoft partners and powered by Microsoft® technologies is having a positive impact on patient lives, medical worker efficiency and the balance sheets of healthcare organizations, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today announced during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2006 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Since the launch of Microsoft's mobile software for Tablet PCs in 2004, the number of Microsoft partners creating mobile computing solutions for the healthcare industry -- including industry partners such as Eclipsys Corp., Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., Motion Computing Inc., Toshiba Corp. and many others -- has rapidly grown to more than 60, extending Microsoft's vision of a more connected and empowered healthcare ecosystem. Relying on the strengths and scalability of Microsoft Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition, SQL Server(TM), .NET Web Services, Office XP Professional and other Microsoft technologies, these businesses have implemented Tablet PC and mobile solutions on a consistent platform across a broad cross-section of healthcare organizations, including thousands of hospitals, clinics, home health groups, visiting nurse services and others.

"Flexible data input options, mobility and real-time access to information are just a few of the factors driving adoption of Tablet PCs in healthcare, because they allow clinicians to easily use point-of-care technologies within their desired practice patterns versus having to change their practice to fit within technology constraints," said Joel French, vice president of healthcare and life sciences at Microsoft partner Motion Computing. "Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition combined with Motion's family of award-winning slate Tablet PCs have together enabled tens of thousands of nurses, physicians and other clinicians to streamline clinical workflows, eliminate or reduce information latency, and improve patient care experiences."

"Fujitsu has embraced Tablet PC on more form factors than any other manufacturer because we see the value it adds to the healthcare industry," said Paul Moore, director of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu. "From touch screens to active digitizers, the diverse product line from Fujitsu delivers on the vision of Tablet PC. Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition provides a stable and reliable environment for deploying products, which is significantly contributing to its growing popularity in healthcare."

Hospitals and healthcare organizations using Tablet PC solutions offer concrete proof of the primary benefits of greater efficiency, better patient care, and lower costs produced through mobile integration, collaboration and information-sharing in the clinical setting.

Greater Efficiency

Lightweight, highly portable, and featuring familiar and easy-to-use Windows applications, Tablet PCs can increase healthcare worker efficiency. Whether reviewing a patient chart, annotating X-rays, collecting patient data, checking lab results, writing prescriptions or performing any number of other common activities, doctors and healthcare workers can do all these things on a Tablet PC in real time while with a patient or colleague. This translates into more patients seen, reduced paperwork and transcription time, and decreased redundancy.

For example, Austin, Texas-based pediatric group 'Specially for Children, an affiliate of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system with 63 acute-care hospitals, worked with Motion Computing to reduce paper consumption and increase efficiency. The group armed clinicians with Motion's Tablet PCs running on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and electronic medical record (EMR) software. As a result, not only did the organization realize substantial annual cost savings, the clinic estimates its staff collectively saves 65 hours a week -- meaning they can see an estimated 2,500 new patients a year.

Better Patient Care

Tablet PCs improve patient care by reducing mistakes, increasing doctor and nurse efficiency, enhancing communication, and shortening the duration of a patient's visit -- helping create a better overall experience for the patient. The mobility of a Tablet PC helps clinicians quickly and easily collect and review critical patient information and charts, conduct research, share notes, and update information directly at the patient's bedside and in real time. Because Tablet PCs employ digital forms and digital ink software with the use of a pen device on the screen, operation is familiar and similar to the traditional paper, pen and clipboard. This same feature automatically authenticates and records input, reducing errors.

In a concrete example of Tablet PCs delivering efficiencies and improving the patient care, a paperless strategy employing Toshiba's Tablet PCs, an EMR and a patient Web portal saved Bellevue Family Medical Associates nearly $100,000 in just nine months by cutting chart pulls and filing by 66 percent, reducing patient lab result notification by 80 percent, and eliminating dictation time entirely for this 10,000-patient medical center.

Lower Costs

By drastically reducing the use of paper, decreasing the need for multiple PCs for each healthcare team member, and decreasing costly errors and redundancies, adoption of a Tablet PC solution can have a significantly positive impact on a healthcare institution's bottom line.

For example, to improve access to patient information, Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic worked with Fujitsu to initiate a program to replace paper-based methods. Central to this was a pilot group of 60 physicians using highly mobile Fujitsu Tablet PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition to manage medical records. In the pilot, physicians saved more than 450 hours per year as a result of improved patient documentation procedures. To date, more than 1,500 Tablet PCs have been deployed, with more than 550 physicians currently using their Tablet PC as their only computer. Now boasting support for several all-digital campuses with no paper charts, in 2006 Marshfield plans to roll out another 1,000 Tablet PCs for practitioners.

"We are distributing a Tablet PC to each clinician instead of installing a desktop in every exam room and office," said Reed E. Hall, executive director of Marshfield Clinic. "Because of that we can reduce the total number of computers required and estimate savings of nearly $2 million annually, and we will also be able to potentially lower the cost of managing patient charts by up to $6 million annually."

In addition, as a result of its Tablet PC approach, Marshfield estimates that it will be able to lower the cost of managing patient charts by up to $6 million annually.

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Lean, green machines: Toshiba unveils ‘06 notebook range
Computerworld Australia

Hallmarks include environmental protection, performance, security and durability

Sydney, 14 February 2006: Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited Information Systems Division (ISD) today unveiled its primary range of notebook computers for 2006, for both business and consumer use.

The range includes two new business notebooks: the Portégé M400 tablet PC, and Tecra M5; and three new retail models: Satellite M100, Satellite A100, Satellite P100. This is in addition to three business models that were launched in January to coincide with the introduction of Intel’s dual core platform in Australia: the Satellite Pro P100, Tecra A7 and Tecra A6; plus two other consumer models that have been refreshed: the Satellite M50, Satellite M70; and the Satellite R10 consumer tablet PC and miniature PC, the Libretto U100, which remains current.

Business models

The new models in Toshiba’s general business range are as follows:

Portégé M400: Ultra portable tablet PC (RRP $4,070 or $4,290 Inc GST)

The new flagship model in Toshiba’s family of tablet PCs, the Portégé M400 replaces the Portégé M200 as the high-powered, fully equipped tablet in an ultra-portable 12.1 inch form-factor (two kilograms).

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Tablet PC Conference
Whatisnew.com

Pace University Seidenberg School for Computer Science and Information Systems is hosting a Tablet PC Conference.

The conference focuses on innovations and applications in Pen-based Computing for university and high school faculty. The conference is free with registration.

Date:

April 26, 2006 -- April 27, 2006

Time:

8:30 AM -- 6:00 PM

Campus:

New York City Downtown , Multipurpose Room

Audience:

This event is open to the public and Pace community.

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February 15, 2006

St. Luke's Health System Recognized for Innovative Use of Siemens Soarian Portal and Soarian Community Access Technology; Named Hospital of the Year by Microsoft Healthcare Users Group
Genetic Engineering News

As of December 2005, St. Luke's had rolled out Soarian Portal and Soarian Community Access to more than 1,300 users, including more than 350 physicians representing 100 practices, and 604 hospital users. Using Microsoft's Windows XP, Tablet PC edition and Pocket PC 2003, Pocket PC Mobile edition operating systems, St. Luke's is also extending portal access through mobile devices. Physicians are no longer tied to paper charts as their single source of information, which increases the availability of results and gives them anywhere, anytime access to patient data.

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Visionary Medical Systems, Inc. to be featured on Alexander Haig's Health Journal Television series
PR.com

Visionary Medical Systems, Inc. will be featured on Health Journal Television, hosted by General Alexander Haig.

The medical community is continually advancing with the advent of new technology. With so much information regarding treatment and constant patient updates, how can anyone keep up? In this segment of Health Journal Television, Visionary Medical Systems will discuss how its information technology solutions maximize healthcare productivity and improve patient care while reducing provider’s costs.

About Visionary Medical Systems
Since 1995, Visionary Medical Systems, Inc. has been providing affordable information technology solutions to maximize healthcare productivity and improve patient care while reducing provider costs. In 2001, Visionary Medical Systems released their electronic medical record Visionary Dream EMR to assist the clinical side of medical practices and eliminate paper medical records. Dream puts the patient’s record in front of the physician at the point of care electronically and wirelessly with a Tablet PC.

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Railinc reduces price of Mobile Command software for short line regional railroads
Canadian Transportation & Logistics

  Railinc says it is reducing the price of its RailSync Mobile Command (TM) software for short line and regional railroads.

Mobile Command is a software application that enables train crews to report railcar movement and status events real-time while in the field using a "ruggedized" tablet PC. The wireless solution enables increased shipment visibility while increasing railroad productivity through automation
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February 16, 2006

Panasonic Aim Toughbook At eHealth Applications
Wireless Healthcare

Increased adoption of wireless technologies by healthcare organizations requires a wide variety of device types, depending on the clinical or business application. Yet, according to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney in a May, 2005 report ("Healthcare Device Category Selection Guide"), there "is a product void in the 1-kilogram weight range." This void, between traditional PDAs, which offer limited functionality, and standard clamshell or tablet PCs, which can be too heavy or cumbersome for regular bedside use, is addressed by the Toughbook Wireless Display, designed to offer an optimal combination of size, weight and functionality for point of care applications.

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With New Office 2007, Lineup Gets New Forms Server, SKUs
CRN, NY

Office 12, now dubbed Office 2007, will feature a converged SharePoint and Content Management Server, a new Forms Server, and some new desktop SKUs.

Microsoft detailed the packaging options of the next Office wave, still due in late 2006, on Wednesday.

Plans call for seven different suite versions. Microsoft will continue to offer a Professional version through volume licensing but will layer e-forms and content management to the overall package plus add the new Office Communicator client, said Parri Munsell, group program manager for Information Worker licensing and pricing at Microsoft. An Office Enterprise 2007 edition will add Groove collaboration and the OneNote note-taking application for tablet PC users, Munsell said. Both of these high-end editions will be offered only via volume license deals.

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British curriculum school plans to introduce Islamic history
Khaleej Times

Seminar for IT products held in Doha

JUMBO Hitech Center (Video Home Group), the authorised distributor for LG IT Products in Qatar organised a seminar at Doha’s Ramada hotel to bring together IT Dealers and to familiarise them with the latest products from LG Electronics, including the new series of seventeen and nineteen-inch monitors. ‘LG- Philips’ is the largest producer of LCD Panels in the world, according to Scott Kim, IT Product manager, LGEGF. LG Electronics was awarded the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ for Tablet PC and Notebooks in 2005

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February 17, 2006

Tablet Guy visits San Francisco
Whatisnew.com 

You never know when you’ll have a Tablet Guy photo opp. Tablet Guy went to San Francisco this week and took pictures over by Fisherman’s Wharf. He even changed a flat tire — definitely a good Guy to have around.

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GeoSpatial Innovations, Itron Team Up
DirectionsMag

Under the agreement, Itron Distribution Staker will now come bundled with GSI’s Pocket Designer field software. Utilities that purchase Distribution Staker will have access to a seamless field-to-office solution for creating overhead or underground electric line designs in the field. With this partnership, utilities now have the flexibility to complete their field design on a tablet, laptop or a handheld Pocket PC device.

GSI’s Pocket Designer software runs on a Pocket PC and allows engineers and designers to quickly capture locations of structures and cables. Electrical workers can complete a paperless electric line design by adding construction units and notes while working in the field. Pocket Designer produces an average labor savings of 20 percent per job by eliminating manual methods for measuring, sketching and re-keying data obtained in the field.

Itron’s Distribution Staker software runs on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer and combines computer-aided design rendering and editing capabilities with robust data sharing, reporting and estimating tools for utility companies. While a designer uses the embedded design tools to create layouts and construction drawings, Distribution Staker automatically generates a complete and consistent construction packet including material lists, customer estimates, utility cost estimates, staking sheets and more.

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Kalam exhorts IT czars to aim at $200bn exports by 2010
Business Standard

"The World Knowledge Platform would connect countries like India, Singapore, Philippines and Korea on the fibre optic broadband, which could also be used to foster education and culture. The platform, which would be the grid for computer education, should also look at jointly developing a tablet PC priced at around $100-150," the President said.

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February 18, 2006

A unique opportunity to give feedback

that will affect the future of mobile computing.

Your knowledge and feedback are vital to our success! Microsoft’s Mobile PC User Research team is building a panel of customers who use mobile computers such as Tablet PCs in order to better understand what is important to you. This is a unique opportunity to give feedback that will affect the future of mobile computing.

If you’re interested in participating in this panel, please click on the link below to see if you qualify and join today! If you are accepted into the Mobile PC Advisory Council, you will receive a $10 gift certificate that can be used at Amazon.com. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

http://deploy.ztelligence.com/start/index.jsp?PIN=13869Q29VVQQK

Typically, we will send you six to twelve surveys per year. In appreciation of your time, at the completion of each survey, you’ll be entered in a sweepstakes to win cash awards.

Join our elite group and have a direct impact on the development of some of the world's most popular software.

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February 20, 2006

A tablet worth taking
The Age, Australia

Notebooks with fold-away keyboards seem to be the most popular tablet PC form, but slate-style tablets with the keyboard removed seem to offer more innovation.Sahara Tablet PC

The size of an A4 notepad and only 25 millimetres thick, TabletKiosk's Sahara Slate PC i215 pen is getting closer to our futurist vision of a tablet PC. Weighing 1.5 kilograms, the Sahara packs a 1.5 GHz Pentium-M, 512 MB of RAM and a 60 GB HDD. It sports a 12.1-inch XGA display and a Wacom electro-magnetic pen that slots into the unit, but a touch-screen version is available.

The dimensions give the Sahara the feel of an overgrown PDA but that's not a bad thing. Tablet PC designers can learn a lot from their PDA brethren when it comes to usability, and the Sahara has borrowed from the PDA with features such as a jog wheel. This computer packs most of the features you'd expect from a portable device, such as USB2.0, FireWire, 802.11a/b/g, 10/100 Ethernet, a CF I/II slot and optional Bluetooth, but the lack of a PC Card slot means you can't use it with citywide wireless networks such as iBurst.

The feature that really makes the Sahara stand out is the $899 (US $2195)  optional iDock. It allows you to connect to all you desktop peripherals, and the iDock also has an adjustable monitor arm - just waiting for you to attach the Sahara. You can even rotate the slate to portrait, with the display automatically switching. What you now have is a desktop computer.

TabletKiosk's Sahara Slate PC i215 pen retails for $3995. (US $449.00) For more details call distributor Tegatech Australia on 1800 615 617 or visit http://www.tabletkiosk.com

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OneNote Planner Plug-In, v2.0 (with video!)
studenttabletpc.com

I had a yearning for the flexibility and ease of my trusty weekly planner I used pre-tablet pc, so I decided to create my own using OneNote 2003.

Some of you may remember version 1.0 a while back (called the Organizer), however that one was a little clunky and too much for what I wanted to do. I made a very simple one this time. This resides in only one section and only has basic tools, mostly ones you can't easily use in Outlook, although I did include a contact page and yearly overview.

I still use Outlook for long-term scheduling and planning, however it currently lacks the quick day to day planning I really enjoy with a weekly planner. I like to have the big events stand out, to be able to think about what I'm doing as I write it out longhand and add little notes here and there. I know, Outlook is a powerful tool and I just need to harness it and yadda yadda, but that's not what I want. I want the freedom of paper (or the like)

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Fujitsu claims top tablet spot in EMEA
Computer Business Review

Fujitsu Siemens Computers claims to have shifted upwards of 40,000 tablet PCs in EMEA last year, an increase of 15,000 units on 2004 and which makes it the region's number one in the market, the vendor has said.

Tablet PCs accounted for just 1.5% of notebook PCs sold worldwide last year, IDC now says, and makers shipped nearly 1 million tablet PC units in 2005 and are forecast to hit 1.9 million units this year.

According to a latest study carried out by Canalys across Europe, Fujitsu has a 50% share in the EMEA territories. In earlier figures released by IDC, Toshiba was found to be a head of the pack of vendors selling tablet PCs in the US with around a 34% share, and some ten percentage points ahead of Hewlett-Packard.

To date, the devices have found market appeal among healthcare, education and the insurance sectors. Tablet PC vendors are proposing to broaden the appeal of the form factor with ultramobile alternatives that are larger than a PDA but smaller and lighter than current generation tablets.

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WEBCAST: Windows Applications in a Mobile World
Whatisnew.com

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

Your applications should be good mobile citizens. This talk discusses the business reasons why mobilizing your PC application is important and what Microsoft Windows Vista and the Mobile Platform APIs can do to help you build great Mobile PC Applications. 

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Review: Fujitsu T4020d TabletPC (TabNote)
Technology Evangelist

have been asked many times what the best laptop is.  My answer is actually not a Fujitsu Tablet PClaptop at all, rather, a TabletPC.  Being a huge fan of Apple Computer, this surprises many, but Apple has no product that can begin to compare to the Fujitsu 4020 TabNote.

What is it I like about the 4020 so much?  Why would an Apple zealot choose a PC over a PowerBook (or MacBook Pro)?  Allow me to break down a few of the key things I love about this unit.

  • First and foremost, I can write directly on the display.  By simply swiveling the screen around, my laptop becomes a pad of paper that can be searched, archived and managed easily via OneNote.  I much prefer write my notes down over typing, and the 4020 allows me to work with my TabNote as if it were a pad of paper.
  • I can use this unit as either a standard laptop or as a TabletPC.  This gives me the flexibility to do whatever work I may need done.  Sometimes I simply need a keyboard, sometimes I need a pad of paper.  This unit does both.

The real testament to the 4020 is how I use it.  When going to a business lunch I often find I am the only person with a laptop (or TabNote).  The best part about this is that it’s small enough where I can eat my lunch and have the TabNote out while not taking up so much room that we need another seat just for technology.  I can be taking notes, surfing sites, and calling up info that other users simply can’t do because their technology was too big or too heavy.  I am the *only* person in meetings without a pad of paper.  I am able to use my technology to take notes, or even draw out pictures of designs and save them for later.  I even sign documents right on my screen and e-mail, not fax them back to their originator.

This TabNote has changed the way I work for the better, and I would highly suggest anyone looking at portable computing take a good, hard look at the Fujitsu 4020.

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February 21, 2006

A unique opportunity to give feedback

that will affect the future of mobile computing.

Your knowledge and feedback are vital to our success! Microsoft’s Mobile PC User Research team is building a panel of customers who use mobile computers such as Tablet PCs in order to better understand what is important to you. This is a unique opportunity to give feedback that will affect the future of mobile computing.

If you’re interested in participating in this panel, please click on the link below to see if you qualify and join today! If you are accepted into the Mobile PC Advisory Council, you will receive a $10 gift certificate that can be used at Amazon.com. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

http://deploy.ztelligence.com/start/index.jsp?PIN=13869Q29VVQQK

Currently, this opportunity is only available for U.S. residents; however we plan to expand to 1-2 additional countries before the end of 2006 and will post another announcement when we expand.

Typically, we will send you six to twelve surveys per year. In appreciation of your time, at the completion of each survey, you’ll be entered in a sweepstakes to win cash awards.

Join our elite group and have a direct impact on the development of some of the world's most popular software.

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Are all PCs with pens created equal?
Whatisnew.com

Today there are still differences between pen based computers. However, this diversity is a good thing. Right? Of course it is!

Take a look at the Motion LE1600 Tablet PC as compared with the Fujtisu LifeBook P1510 Tablet PC. Two very different form factor PCs. The LE1600 is a slate with a 12” display and active digitizer. It is good that the digitizer is active, so a person can rest their hands on the display and write, just as you would with pen and paper. The tiny Fujitsu LifeBook P1510 Tablet PC, however, uses a touch screen so a person can tap with a blunt object, including finger. With a small screen like this, the different digitizer and pen is acceptable.

The operating system adds an additional level of simplicity to the end user experience with a pen and digitizer. It really comes into play with handwriting recognition methods. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is dramatically different in ease of use and accuracy as compared with graffiti styles of old. It takes a lot of effort to make something so simple. It's good to see progress, especially when I look at handwriting personalization features in Windows Vista

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February 22, 2006

Tablet PC Review - The Best Table PCs On The Market
WebProNews

tablet pc is a personal computer that has a touch screen. Much lighter and more manageable in small spaces than a laptop, a tablet pc is a truly personal computer.

While a built in keyboard is not standard on a tablet pc a keyboard may be plugged in if the user prefers. To enter information on a tablet pc you simply write on the screen. The tablet pc is able to read your writing based on handwriting recognition. The handwriting is stored as a graphic and can be converted to text either in real time or stored and completed after you have finished your notes. If you would prefer to be more natural, comments, notes and doodles can be left in your own handwriting. Tablet pcs use Windows XP Professional as their operating system. There are a wide variety of additional software programs available to customize a tablet pc to meet your individual needs.

Tablet pcs are lightweight and are designed for students and business people alike. With their wireless capabilities tablet pcs are great for checking emails and keeping important files and information at your fingertips.

Tablet pcs on the market

* Hewlett-Packard offers a tablet pc that comes equipped with wireless options, integrated security and an outdoor viewable display. Battery life is up to 5.5 hours and an additional travel battery can be purchased for all day use. This tablet pc comes with a three-year warranty.

* Gateway offers a full bundle tablet pc that comes with USB keyboard, dock for a desktop, and DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. It is a slate type model and comes with Windows XP Tablet PC software. Standard battery for this tablet pc lasts at least 3 hours. With a weight of three pounds this tablet pc is perfect for students or business people on the move.

* Toshiba is marketing a dockable tablet pc that combines a notebook pc with the versatility of the tablet pc. The fully rotating screen allows viewing in either the landscape or portrait orientation. This model of tablet pc is must for adding personal notes or diagrams to presentations.

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HP Labs marks 40th with high-tech coffee table
CNET News.com

The researchers at HP Labs are a serious bunch working on ways to create the data centers and transistors of the future--but the company sees no harm in going after the gaming-table market on the side.

During an open house here Tuesday celebrating its 40th anniversary, HP Labs showed off Misto, the hybrid of coffee table and tablet PC that promises to either entertain or rile up family members next Thanksgiving.

Tablet PC Table

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February 23, 2006

Hands on Review of the M400
pringle.net

I was lucky enough to borrow a Toshiba M400 from Toshiba New Zealand for a couple of days.  I picked it up today before lunch when I was passing by.  I had quite a busy day today so the thing sat on my desk all day largely unmolested.  Talk about torment!

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Xplore Elects Mark Holleran as New President and COO
Yahoo! News

"In a short period of time, Mark has had a tremendous impact on accelerating Xplore's turnaround," stated Mr. Sassower. "His dynamic approach, leadership and wealth of experience have proven invaluable in taking Xplore from being a leading provider of rugged pen tablets in the public safety market to being the leading provider of rugged tablet PCs to the Fortune 500/Global 2000 markets. This has enabled our company to establish a solid foundation upon which to build a profitable, high growth business. The Board has great confidence in Mark's ability to complete Xplore's turnaround and to take it to the next level."

"I am excited about Xplore's opportunity to become the rugged PC company of choice in the industry," said Mr. Holleran. "Our rugged tablet has received excellent acceptance in Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies around the world. This is an exhilarating time to be leading Xplore's drive to expand its product portfolio and become the premier rugged PC company," added Mr. Holleran.

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New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
InformationWeek

Our Digital Edition isn't new, but you might not know about it. It's a reproduction of the pages of the weekly print edition of InformationWeek. The Digital Edition contains reproductions of the actual print pages themselves, with the text, graphics, photos and even advertisements. The user experience of the Digital Edition even acts sort of like a print magazine; clicking on the image of a dog-eared page corner looks like turning a page.

I've read that this sort of presentation is great for viewing on a Tablet PC, because the Tablet PC sits in your lap or flat on a table, just like a print magazine does.

You should definitely check out the Digital Edition at least once. Even if you decide you don't like it, you'll be impressed, and you'll "oooo" and "aaaah" about how slick it is.

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Review: Purse-sized laptops have appeal
BusinessWeek

Dialogue Technology Corp.'s Flybook and Fujitsu Ltd.'s Lifebook P1500 are two purse-size tablet computers that beg the question. Each has 8.9-inch displays and weighs less than 3 pounds.

I was fully prepared to fall for the Flybook. It's immeasurably cooler, with an array of flashy colors such as "Purple Red" and "Yellow Cab." The design is so gorgeous, you almost want to take a bite out of it. The silver Lifebook, by contrast, feels more like an older, mousy sister -- mature and responsible, but not as much fun.

I believe the Lifebook has more mainstream appeal. There's a slot for Secure Digital, or SD, memory cards common in digital cameras. Just plug it in and upload your photos, all without the hassle of synching your camera to the computer or using a separate card reader.

Frequent business travelers will especially appreciate the biometric sensor that can identify your fingerprint and log you on to the computer.

Another big plus for the Lifebook P1500: There are four configurations, with prices starting at $1,399, and the computer is available through a number of resellers.

The Flybook, by comparison, is marketed as a fashion accessory, and it is far too rarefied to be found in your nearby electronics store.

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February 24, 2006

JumpingMinds InkGestures  AVAILABLE NOW!
jumpingminds.com

InkGestures for Tablet PC

AN EDITING COMPANION FOR MICROSOFT WORD

InkGestures is a Microsoft Word 2003® Addin that enables you to edit documents using the pen on a Tablet PC. With InkGestures you have access to over twenty copyediting commands. Capitalize words. Italicize words. Create bullet lists. Insert text. All with a pen on a Tablet PC.

 

DESIGNED FOR THE TABLET PC

InkGestures is designed to make copyediting even more natural on the Tablet PC. With pen-based editing you can make changes to a document much like you would on paper yet have your changes applied to the document immediately.

 

Plus InkGestures makes it easier to edit when and where you want. Whether you're sitting on an airplane editing a manuscript or on the couch editing an assignment, you can be more productive with InkGestures and your Tablet PC.

 

SUPPORTS EDITING E-MAILS IN MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

When you use Word to create e-mail messages in Microsoft Outlook® (which Outlook does by default), you'll have access to the same pen-based editing capabilities in Outlook.

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Call for Speakers -- Mobility Connections Las Vegas
Whatisnew.com

Call for Speakers -- Mobility Connections Las Vegas

Dear Fellow Speaker,

It is my pleasure to announce that DevConnections, the greatest third-party conference for .NET developers, is expanding with the addition of a brand new event this fall: Mobility Connections!

Mobility Connections will be held on November 6-10th at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The show will run alongside Visual Studio Connections, ASP.NET Connections and SQL Server Magazine Connections. These events are also co-located with Windows & Exchange Connections. The last event in Las Vegas had more than 2,800 attendees, and more than 4,000 are expected this fall.

Mobility Connections will have two tracks, one on Tablet PC development, and another on Mobile Devices development.

Mobile PC / Tablet PC Track

This track is about developing enterprise applications for Mobile PCs with the tablet feature. The conference will be on or near the WinFX release. We would like to do justice to both to WinFX and .NET 2.0, but remember that you need to keep your topics within the context of Tablet PC development. Generic sessions about these technologies need to be covered as part of Visual Studio Connections.

Please submit abstracts along the following topics:

  • Developing applications for Tablet PC, both the 2005 and Vista versions.
  • Tablet PC SDK and WinFX on Tablet PC.
  • Building smart clients with the Tablet PC platform (offline use, security, etc.)
  • Designing applications for Ultra Mobiles.
  • Deployment, manageability of Tablet PC apps.
  • Power Awareness, Network Awareness, Sync Center and Windows Sideshow.


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Goodsync File Synchronisation Review
Geekzone

During the CES 2006 I came across GoodSync. The software promised to keep my files in perfect sync, between my computers or between my PC and a removable drive –including USB memory, digital camera or any other device that can be mounted as a drive on a Microsoft Windows-based PC.

For the last couple of months I have been using Goodsync to make sure a few GB (yes, gigabytes) are completely in sync between my desktop (which I use everyday to work on Geekzone) and my tablet PC (which I use almost every day in some other projects or simply in front of the TV).

The program is quite simple to use. After you install it on a PC you can start creating jobs, having a left and a right side corresponding to a local and a remote drive. The remote drive can be a networked drive or a plugable device as described before.

Creating a job is an easy task, and each job is a tab in the program. While creating the job a baloon will give tips on what to use on each side.

 

Although I have not tested exact times, updates on a relatively large folder (8GB, containing 2,085 folders and 50,000 files) seemed fast enough to allow me to run the program just before putting my tablet PC in Hibernate mode. In general it took about 4 to 5 minutes

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JumpingMinds InkGestures Version 1.1 Now Available
Whatisnew.com

Today, JumpingMinds posted InkGestures Version 1.1 for download. InkGestures allows you to edit and apply changes to a Microsoft Word 2003 document by simply using common copyediting commands and your Tablet PC.

There are 20 common gestures, such as a carrot for inserting letters, words, or phrases and a curlicue for deleting selected text or individual letters. Here is a list:

InkGestures for Tablet PC

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February 26, 2006

Microsoft to Announce Mini-Tablet PCs
WinInformant.com

On March 2, Microsoft will unveil a mysterious new miniature Tablet PC product family. Codenamed "Origami" (and previously codenamed "Haiku"), the new devices will be sized like PDAs but will include a full Windows operating system. It's not known yet whether that OS will be XP Tablet PC Edition or some version of Windows Vista, but my guess is that it will be Vista-based.

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Origami video: the real deal?
kevintwodotoh.com

Much like everyone else, I’ve been wondering what Microsoft’s Origami Project is. The speculation runs rampant but it appears that you might not have to wait a few Origamiweeks to find out what Origami truly is. Marketing firm DigitalKitchen must have the ad campaign on this one because if you hit their site and enter, click Work and then BrandTheatre, guess what you’ll find. Not just pics of the device, but a Flash-based video showing the various uses. I won’t add to the speculation fire that’s burning and tell you what I saw. Instead, I’ll let you spend a few minutes viewing the revealing show so you can form your own conclusions.

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Origami Project : Microsoft creating a buzz about a buzzing device
Earthtimes.org

After a blog reported of a Microsoft mobile platform device that is "wearable, always on, no larger than 10 inches, connected through 3G networks, pen-based", it was found that there existed a Microsoft registered site OrigamiProject.com. Though nothing is known, it is clear that the project will be launched on March 2, 2006. It is believed to stand for a new mobile platform, between Windows Mobile and the superior Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

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Origami rumors unfold
CNET News

A very cryptic Origami site only tells us more information about the product will be unveiled on March 2.

For now anyway, NetworkWorld's Paul McNamara seems to have the best insight (http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/4680); he cites an industry source who has reportedly seen Origami and calls it an ultraportable lifestyle PC.

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Photos of Microsoft's Origami?
Seattle Post Intelligencer

But the images are at least generally consistent with what has been reported about the project. As noted here previously, Microsoft's Robert Scoble wrote on his blog that Origami is "the code-name for a new kind of device." And the photos posted by Engadget seem to be similar to what a source told NetworkWorld's Paul McNamara about the Origami project.

Based on the pictures, Engadget's Ryan Block raises questions over the fact that it would appear to use both a keyboard and stylus. He wonders what operating system it would be running. (Devices based on Microsoft's existing Portable Media Center software don't have touch screens or keyboards.) But as suggested by some of the people in the comments to Block's post, a device like that could very well use a standard version of Windows, with Tablet PC capabilities. That's what the company discussed at last year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference.

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What is the “Origami Project”?
RealTechNews

What is the Origami Project? Where’s Waldo? Who Watches the Watchmen (Sorry, I had to throw that in; it’s one of my favorite graphic novels of all time)? Microsoft has registered a website called “The Origami Project“, and rumors abound as to its meaning. Taking a page out of Apple’s secrecy book, there’s a video there that’s cryptic, at best.

But what we’re hearing now is that Origami might be little more than a new code name for an ultra-portable device that Microsoft demonstrated last year at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. (Since Microsoft is continually changing code names to keep company watchers guessing, such a move would not be unprecedented.)

The original “Haiku” device was described as an ultra-portable mini-Tablet when the first prototypes made their public debut. The systems, as described Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, would weigh about a pound, feature a battery that could hold a charge for a full day, and integrate a camera, a phone and a music device in a single form factor. Source: PC Magazine via Yahoo! News

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February 27, 2006

Microsoft Developing 'Ultra-Portable' PC
Smartmoney.com

Microsoft Corp. is reportedly planning a new portable consumer gadget that will combine the features of a personal computer and a digital music player, as the PC software giant looks to make inroads into the handheld market.

Microsoft (MSFT) is developing an "ultra-portable PC," the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing a person familiar with work going on at the world's largest software company.

in recent weeks, postings on Web sites and Internet blogs have fueled speculation that Microsoft is developing its own portable music device to compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s (AAPL) wildly popular iPod line.

However, according to the Journal report, the device under development would be for a broad range of uses, not solely a music player, and modeled after Microsoft's tablet PCs that use a pen-like stylus to input information.

Meanwhile, a cryptic Web site said to be run by Microsoft heralds a product that "can change your life," but offers no concrete product details. The Web site, www.origamiproject.com, promises that consumers can "learn more" this Thursday.

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Origami Rumors are spreading like wildfire
TabletPc2.com

Microsoft Origami - What is it?    

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Scoble Warns: Origami Over-Hyped?
BetaNews

Speculation continued over the weekend regarding Microsoft's Origami Project, with a purported video of the product further feeding the rumor mill. Microsoft admits the video of the portable PC is legit, but says it was an early concept. Company evangelist and blogger Robert Scoble warns the hype may lead to disappointment.

News of Origami broke last week after Microsoft leaked out a teaser Web site at origamiproject.com. A Flash animation pops up three questions: "Do you know what I can do? Or where I can go? Or how I can change your life?" It ends with the text, "Learn more on 3.2.06."

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Gotta Be Mobile
Gottabemobile

Rob Bushway and and Dennis Rice have launched a new community site: gottabemobile.com.   GottaBeMobile’s main features will be in a couple of major areas, one being what we are calling “InkShows” with Camtasia demos and tutorials showing new (and old) apps, how-to’s, etc

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Microsoft Officially Unveils Windows Vista Product Lineup
TeamXbox

Microsoft Corp. today announced the product lineup of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Scheduled for release later this year, the Microsoft(R) Windows Vista product lineup will bring clarity to customers' digital world by helping them easily accomplish everyday tasks, instantly find what they want, enjoy the latest in entertainment, improve the safety of their personal information, stay connected at home or on the go, and help ensure PCs are up-to-date, more secure and running smoothly.

The Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter. The number of offerings is the same as the number of offerings currently available for Windows XP.

More important, the lineup is designed to deliver clear value to a broad range of customers, each product tailored to meet specific needs of various segments of customers -- home PC users, small and medium-sized businesses and the largest enterprises -- and is aimed at bringing 64-bit, Media Center and Tablet PC functionality into the mainstream

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives Microsoft Grant
UC Riverside

Thomas Stahovich, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Riverside has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Microsoft Research to develop tablet PC technology that will tutor engineering students on the fundamental principles of analog circuit analysis.

Stahovich’s project, titled A pen-based circuit analysis tutor, is one of 11 funded from more than 165 proposals submitted from 18 countries. A panel of 40 carefully reviewed the projects from a wide cross-section of disciplines. The awards are all part of Microsoft’s $500,000 Tablet PC Technology, Curriculum and Higher Education Request for Proposals to enrich the classroom experience in higher education.

The grant will advance technology Stahovich has been developing for several years that allows the Tablet PC to analyze and interpret student’s circuitry sketches and equations by interpreting each pen stroke. The computer then checks the student’s accuracy.

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Microsoft's Origami: touchscreen computing, entertainment on the entertainment on the go?
Ars Technica

Microsoft is about to announce a new product or technology from Microsoft Research, and the mysterious product offering is slowly coming into focus. A viral marketing website has been launched to create buzz, but it appears as though the cat may be already out of the bag.

Microsoft's Origami Project appears to be nothing other than a tablet PC design aimed at entertainment and mobile computing. Pictured below, one such device appears to be smaller than most sub-compact laptops, and other imagery suggests that the keyboard is easily detachable

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Is Microsoft Dropping Cryptic Hints About a New Gadget?
New York Times

A cryptic Web site that was set up by Microsoft but does not bear its name appears to hint that the company will reveal information about a new consumer product on Thursday. The site caused a flurry of speculation on Internet gadget gossip sites over the weekend.

The Web site, www.origamiproject.com, suggests that the introduction of a personalized mobile device that "will change your life" is in the offing, but gives no details. It promises an update on Thursday.

A video clip unearthed by bloggers on the Web site of the video production firm Digital Kitchen appears to be an advertisement for a hand-held, wireless touch-screen computer from Microsoft called Origami

Richard Doherty, the president of Envisioneering, a consumer electronics consulting firm, said that his company had received an invitation to a briefing for analysts at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., on Thursday.

"It's a 'technology' we've been invited to see," Mr. Doherty said. "That could be all kinds of things. But a device that is near to shipping would be surprising. If Microsoft was working with any of the major chip makers on a new device, it would be a long shot that that piece of information would not slip out until the product was almost ready."

Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft, said Saturday that the company was not planning an announcement on Thursday, but that it would have something to talk about at an industry event next month. He would not comment on the intent of the Web site but confirmed that it did belong to Microsoft. The Digital Kitchen video, he said, was created about a year ago and shows an early prototype of Origami.

Intel has been working on multimedia tablet-style PC's running Windows for some time.

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February 28, 2006

Origami Rumors are spreading like wildfire
TabletPc2.com

Microsoft Origami - What is it?    

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Microsoft touts PC-like portable media device
MSNBC

NEW YORK - A new portable media device that allows users to listen to music, play video games, browse the Internet and jot hand-written notes is the initial vision of a product in development by Microsoft Corp. and its partners, the software giant said on Monday.

Microsoft acknowledged that an early version of its new hand-held PC-like device was featured in a video on the Web site for marketing firm Digital Kitchen.

"While Origami is a concept we've been working on with partners, please know that the video seen on Digital Kitchen's Web site is a year old and represents our initial exploration into this form factor, including possible uses and scenarios," a Microsoft spokesman said.

The company declined to disclose details about the device, including when it might be available for sale, but it said there would be announcements over the coming weeks. 

The device appeared to be a tablet PC, a notebook-shaped computer that allows users to write with a digital pen to input text on handwriting recognition software. It was about the size of a oversized post-card.

Origami PC

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DualCor Handtop PC Revisited
Digital Lifestyle Magazine

When asked to explain the DualCor cPC, Steve replied, "The DualCor cPC is a revolutionary concept in computing. What we have accomplished is the ability to take two processors and two operating systems and put them into a small ultra-portable handtop format."
DualCor

DualCor cPC combines the power of a desktop PC, the instant-on convenience of a PDA and the always-connected functionality of a cell phone. It is the first all-in-one mobile device to concurrently run Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Mobile 5.0. Both processors take separate partitions of the machine's 1GB of DDR 2 SDRAM and 1GB of NAND Flash but share the 40GB hard drive, allowing documents created by one OS to be accessed by the other. There's a shared folder so you can move files between XP and Windows Mobile transparently.  Also, the cPC is designed to synchronize your Outlook data in Windows XP with the Mobile 5.0 system to take advantage of the instant on features of Windows Mobile.

The DualCor cPC is expected to list at about $1500 USD and should be available March 2006

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Intel’s Cure for Medicine
Red Herring

Intel said Monday it plans to begin testing a tablet PC designed specifically to improve patient care by helping doctors and nurses to communicate.

 

The chip giant, which created a digital health division last year, will test the device as part of its ambitious foray into the medical technology field. Intel is promoting political and industry efforts to provide better healthcare by streamlining records management.

Mr. Burns declined to say where Intel will test the tablet PCs or how much they may cost if they are commercialized. He showed a prototype tablet that comes with a slot with docking Bluetooth-enabled stethoscope.

 

In a video illustrating the tablet’s potential uses, a nurse and a doctor in different parts of a hospital discussed treatment while they each looked at the same patient’s vitals and medical history on their tablets.

 

Another nurse used the tablet to scan the RFID tag around the patient’s wrist and a tag on a bag of blood to make sure he administered the transfusion of the right blood type to the right patient.

 

The tablet illustrates Intel’s interest in selling technology to medical providers. The company also is developing products for patients to monitor their healthcare at home.

 

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Will Microsoft Origami be the first UMPC?
TG Daily 

A website vaguely describing what could be a handheld device is heating up rumors on the Internet, OrigamiProject.com, registered to Microsoft, is believed to outlined a new approach to generate a product category between the PDA and the Tablet PC, which appears to fit very well into Intel's description of a Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC).

"Hello. Do you know me? Do you know what I can do? And where I can go? Or how I can change your life? You will... learn more on 3.2.06." There's not much what these phrases would reveal. The graphics published on the website add little to the whole pictures, but they have succeeded in giving speculations about rumors about Apple's upcoming announcement a pause.

While the site indicates that there will be more information available later this week, Cnet and PC World are reporting that Microsoft's PR agency does not plan to make any additional information available this week. Sources at Microsoft also indicated that there is no event planned for 2 March.

Microsoft's Richard Scoble recently confirmed the existence of Origami in a recent entry in his blog, saying that it would be a "fairly low-cost" portable device. He also hinted to an article of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, which concluded that 2 March will not see a product release, but most likely "more details" about Origami. Several blogs as well as Engadget are listing pictures of the device and even a video, which, according to Microsoft, are authentic, but may not display the final device.

With several high-profile events - including the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and the CeBit tradeshow in Hannover, Germany - taking place next week, it's likely that Microsoft may be choosing one of these events to unveil the Origami. Intel is expected to show the first functional versions of its UMPC, which could be the technology platform for Origami.

Sources recently confirmed to TG Daily that the UMPC is on track for a Q1 release. The first generation of UMPCs will be running on Pentium M processors coupled with Intel's 915GMS chipset. Features of the platform will include GPS and WWAN capability as well as a battery stand-by time of about a week. Prices of such mobile PCs, which will be running a full version of Microsoft's Windows Tablet PC operating system, are rumored to come ine at about $500 to $600.

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What is Tablet PC?

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

The Tablet PC

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

 

 

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