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Tablet PC News Archive

December 2006

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2006 List for Santa

Check out all the items you want Santa to leave under your tree

Offering an exceptional selection of holiday gifts for computer enthusiasts, music lovers and technology buffs alike, The TabletPc2.com 2006 List for Santa has something for everyone.

TabletPc2.com's Fourth Annual List for Santa

December 1, 2006

HP Crossfire PC

Looks like AMD has a sweet new rig they're readying for January launch, and word on the street is Bill Gates wants to launch it personally. It's the IQ770 "Crossfire," the first mass market touchscreen desktop PC we've seen, surely good for taking advantage of Vista's integrated tablet functionality. The Vista Premium system, set to launch alongside Windows on January

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TabletPCReview.com Holiday Mobile Giveaway Contest
tabletpcreview.com

'Tis the season for giving and this year we have a lot to give and a contest that should be fun for all. With over $2,000 in prizes and two ways to win, four lucky people will start the New Year off with a smile. So avoid the hustle and bustle this year, enter to win one of four great prizes in the Holiday Mobile Giveaway and have a great 2007 on PROPortable and TabletPCReview.com!

Asus UMPC

Grand Prize: The grand prize is an Asus R2H UMPC customized with a Cinnamon Anodized Brushed Aluminum face and also a custom dark charcoal painted chassis. The winner of this Asus R2h will be selected randomly from all entrants names (from both the pool of photo entry submissions and those that purchased PROPortable systems). Click here for an overview of the Asus R2H at PROPortable.com.

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Tablet PC & UMPC Gathering at CES
whatisnew.com

Are you going to attend CES? Tablet PC & UMPC users should plan to come to the annual Tablet PC -- and now UMPC -- community gathering.

Event planning is underway. It will probably be much like last year, where OEMs, ISVs, and users gathered at a casual eating place in the late afternoon or evening to talk tech. We do need to keep track of who wants to attend. Please post and then email either Rob, Loren, or me and we'll keep track and then email those who confirm the final location and time.

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TabletKiosk eo v7110 UMPC Review
Tablet PC Reviews

EO UMPC

TabletKiosk's eo v7110 UMPC carries a mixed bag of features and capabilities to satisfy the needs of certain mobile professionals. The eo is a hip looking device that can make a great alternative to carrying a larger Tablet PC or notebook computer. TabletKiosk offers custom configuration options such as a whopping 160GB hard drive and various add-ons such as the extended battery and dock. With that kind of flexibility coupled with the relatively low $899 base price, the eo can easily fit the needs to get you or your business functionally mobile.

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The New York Times Announces Times Reader in Free Beta Available on NYTimes.com
Business Wire

The New York Times announced today the release of Times Reader, available in a free beta on NYTimes.com. Times Reader is a downloadable application that enhances the onscreen reading experience of The New York Times for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista users. It offers consumers access to The Times electronically, online or offline from a desktop, laptop, tablet PC or ultra-mobile computing device. Times Reader lets users retrieve the latest news and photos, through a synching process that lasts approximately one minute.

Times Reader combines the interactivity and immediacy of the Web with the portability of a newspaper through Windows Presentation Foundation, Microsoft's advanced display technology in Windows Vista. The text in Times Reader is displayed in a format to fit the size and layout of any computer screen and enables readers to customize the display according to personal preferences, such as font size and content relevance.

The New York Times is the only newspaper to offer advertisers and readers this capability, said Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager, NYTimes.com. Times Reader is an opportunity for our readers to experience the paper in a new way and provides advertisers greater visibility for their ads through this unique platform.

While providing the look and feel of the newspaper, Times Reader allows mobile users, such as business travelers or commuters, to synchronize their laptops, tablet PCs or ultra-mobile computing devices before getting on an airplane or a train and have available the latest New York Times content to read when it is most convenient.

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December 3 , 2006

The Second Annual Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards
wickedstageact2.typepad.com

TabletPc2.com is the Proud Recipient
of an Inkblot Award for our 2006 List for Santa!

Best Annual Wish List For Santa That Makes All Geeks Think About Committing Crimes To Purchase All The Cool Gadgets: Linda Epstein of TabletPC2.com 

I created The Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards as a celebration. Yes, it's a celebration of the 1 year anniversary of this blog. But it is more than that. It is a celebration of a community that I have come to know and admire. The Tableteers ink blot awardthat make up the Tablet PC Community are an amazing collection of individuals who know and work with the Tablet PC platform. They are fiercely protective of it, insatiably curious about advancing it, very intelligent, often wickedly funny, at one time very forgiving and patient, and in the same breath, scathingly critical when the need arises. They are also exceedingly willing to evangelize the platform to anyone who will listen, and in my humble opinion, have helped keep the spotlight on The Tablet PC in ways that may, in the long run, prove to be responsible for keeping the platform thriving. 

That all remains true, certainly, but the Tabletscape, like everything else, has evolved in a year. It actually has a name, The Tabletscape coined by James Kendrick. It now includes not only Ultra-Mobile PCs, but more things mobile. Ink is now side by side with touch. Those changes will continue and I hope we will continue to see growth

See all of the Ink Blot Awards Here

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December 4 , 2006

EverNote Software Featured on All New Fujitsu Notebooks and Tablet PCs
Business Wire

EverNote® Corporation today announced a new partnership to distribute EverNote software on the Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation line of high-performance and reliable LifeBook® notebooks and Stylistic® Tablet PCs shipping in North America.

In addition, the LifeBook P1610 pen-enabled convertible notebook will include both EverNote Plus and EverNote ritePen®, an advanced handwriting recognition software.

EverNote Corp. is a leader in information capturing technologies. From best-of-breed digital ink and handwriting recognition technologies, to its popular personal content management application, EverNote provides a single place for capturing, categorizing and instantly locating any kind of notes, including text, web and document clips, handwritten notes and images, and accessing them on multiple platforms and devices.

People appreciate software that works with them to make their job easier, said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing, Fujitsu Computer Systems. EverNote, whether it is used with a pen or keyboard, delivers on this with a clear, easy-to-use, searchable notepad.

A leader in mobile computing, Fujitsu offers a complete line of LifeBook® high-performance notebook PCs, ranging from powerful desktop replacements to ultra-portable and convertible notebooks, to fit the needs of every mobile user. Fujitsu Stylistic® Tablet PCs offer unsurpassed levels of flexibility, productivity and performance with both pen and keyboard inputs.

The popularity of Fujitsu notebooks and Tablet PCs gives EverNote more exposure to a growing base of mobile users, said Leonid Kitainik, executive vice president of EverNote. We are excited about the partnership with Fujitsu that helps business users and consumers manage the myriad of content that they interact with every day. Additionally, we are positive that LifeBook and Stylistic users will enjoy the forthcoming version 2.0 of EverNote, which includes our new Search in Images (AIR-Search) technology.

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Vista Sidebar Tablet PC coolness
ZDNet

Take a look at the latest idea from Loren Heiny - an ink-enabled Ink Pad for the Sidebar in Vista. I love reading his blog when he explains his design and coding processes - it provides great insight into how he tackles an opportunity to extend the utility of digital ink on the Tablet PC.

InkPad Sidebar

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Vista InkPad Sidebar Gadget download
journals.tuxreports.com

Before I go off to do some Christmas shopping I thought I'd post at least the executable for the InkPad Sidebar Gadget I mentioned yesterday.

Here's a zipped copy of the gadget (inkPad.gadget.zip).

* To install the gadget you'll need Windows Vista RTM, which is available online for MSDN subscribers. I'm not sure the gadget will work with any of the beta versions. Let me know if it does.
* Unzip the file to the folder: \Program Files\Windows Sidebar\SharedGadgets

Wait about 30 seconds or so (to give Vista a chance to detect the added gadget) and then tap on the "+" icon (Add Gadgets button) in the toolbar at the top of Vista's Sidebar. This will display the Gadget Gallery shown below. You should see an icon for the InkPad Gadget.

InkPad Sidebar

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The World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2007: Sling Media, Inc. Selected
Business Wire

The World Economic Forum today announced 47 Technology Pioneers for 2007. Sling Media, Inc. has been selected as one of these Technology Pioneers. The Technology Pioneers were nominated by the world’s leading venture capital and technology SlingBoxcompanies. The final selection from 225 nominees was made by a panel of leading technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum. Technology Pioneers 2007 are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, Switzerland from 24-28 January 2007.

 

Sling Media is a digital lifestyle products company whose award-winning product, the Slingbox™ allows consumers to access their familiar living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs and Macs, PDAs, and smartphones. The Slingbox redirects, or “placeshifts,” a single live TV stream from a standard cable connection, cable box, satellite receiver, or DVR to the viewer’s PC—located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.

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December 5 , 2006

Top 10 Tablet PCs of November
Tablet PC Reviews,

Welcome to the monthly listing of the Top 10 Tablet PCs. This report is compiled based on the number of views each product page receives, so every time someone clicks on a product they're giving it a vote in that months rankings.

These ranking don't necessarily indicate which models are the best selling, just which ones TabletPCReview readers are most interested in learning about.

This time of year many new tablets are hitting the market and that's why we have a couple of new tablets making their way on our Top 10 list. Moving up from the bottom of the list to number one is the Lenovo ThinkPad X60. And based on the excitement over that model so far, we expect it to hold a top spot for a long time.

1. Lenovo (IBM) ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC (Previously #10) - The ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC convertible notebook is a convertible Tablet PC/notebook that uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The X60 uses Wacom pen technology and a unique press to screen eraser that feels like a real pen. The X60 has a 2.5" hard drive allowing for upgrades and high-speed drives. The X60's 12.1" screen isavailable with a touch screen and outdoor viewing option.

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LG readies mobile WiMax devices
InfoWorld

South Korea's LG Electronics plans to next year introduce a range of products that support mobile WiMax technology, a company executive said at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2006 conference and exhibition in Hong Kong.

The first products from LG to support mobile WiMax will be a version of the company's XNote C1 Tablet PC and a PDA (personal digital assistant) based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 software, said Nam Keehyun, manager at LG Electronics' Digital Media Strategic Planning Department.

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NEC's ShieldPRO Tablet PC: as tough as it is ugly, almost
engadget, CA

nec tablet pc

Look, it's fine to claim your wares can handle drops, spills, pressure and dust. Who doesn't aspire to a sense of unkempt ruggedness now and then? But if you've got the 'nads to drop it or bath it in a tub of sparkling water for press shots, well, our mustachioed public servants should probably take notice. Sure, NEC's new ShieldPRO Tablet PC isn't the prettiest girl on the block, but she'll do ya right when the going gets tough: 90-cm (nearly 3-foot) drops to concrete, -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F) temps, dust, sand, water... no problem, this pup brings a 54 Ingress Protection rating. The Magnesium Alloy chassis measures in at 48-mm (1.89-inch) thick and up to 3.5-kg (7.7-pounds) to protect a 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400, up to 2GB of memory and 60GB of disk, a 1024x768 12.1-inch display, 8-hour battery, and a variety of in and outs. You can even opt for a Linux pre-load and Solid State Disk for added robustness. This slab is yours nicely spec'd for about ¥300,000 or $2,600 starting January in Japan.

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Physicians’ Alliance to Offer iMedica Patient Relationship Manager
Business Wire

iMedica PRM helps practices manage the entire patient relationship in one system and one database. Uniting clinical and practice management data lets iMedica PRM do things that other systems cant, such as showing health maintenance reminders in the schedule and avoiding interface issues between disparate systems just a few of the many ways iMedica PRM helps physicians streamline their practice workflow and achieve a fast ROI. Optimized for a Tablet PC, the iMedica PRM allows doctors to hold the computer like a clipboard, maintaining eye contact with the patient throughout a visit. Physicians have the flexibility to work in whatever way suits them best: type, click, talk, or even hand-write and draw.

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December 6 , 2006

MobileTechRoundup show #80
blogs.zdnet.com

Listen here (MP3, 32MB, 35 minutes)motr_cover.jpg

The gang starts off MobileTechRoundup show #80 on a football tangent, but then gets back on track by discussing two freeware of the show titles you may want to try. We talk a bit about Windows Mobile Crossbow and then how a Dell Axim with Crossbow is still a possibility in 2007. James received a very nice case to review and Kevin has a new slate Tablet PC from Fujitsu in his hands.

If you enjoy listening to the MobileTechRoundup podcast, please vote for us at Podcast Alley. Also, please let me know if you have anything you would like us to cover and discuss on the show and I'll try to work it into a future podcast.

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Microsoft's ICampus Project Complete
WebProNews

According to a Microsoft press release, iCampus programs include "classroom exercises powered by Tablet PCs, to remotely accessible laboratories that give students access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to archived classroom materials, soccer-playing robots, annotated multimedia Shakespeare courses, GPS-tracked shuttle systems and a host of other applications that have enhanced the academic lives of students and teachers alike."

One particularly innovative breakthrough is the Classroom Learning Project, which enables instructors in large classrooms to annotate their Power Point presentations simultaneously on both the screen, well as tablet PC's distributed to students prior to the lesson.

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UMPC: better, but the jury's still out
ZDNet UK

We've just reviewed our second Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), the R2H from ASUS. In case you'd forgotten, the UMPC caused something of a stir back in February/March when Microsoft ran a teaser campaign for Origami (Redmond's codename for what turned out to be the UMPC) — a small slate-style Tablet PC running Windows XP.

Optimists hoped that Origami/UMPC systems would be go-anywhere, do-anything wonder-gadgets, but the bubble of anticipation soon burst when Samsung unveiled the Q1 at CeBIT in Hannover. The Q1, although a neat enough piece of kit, was short on features, processing power and battery life, and long on price (£799 inc. VAT).

It's taken until now to get our hands on a second UMPC, and the ASUS R2H is a big improvement. It still costs £799 (inc. VAT), which will get you a very decent traditional notebook, but (in the UK at least) you get a great set of extras and add-ons, including a digital TV tuner, folding keyboard, external DVD rewriter and a mouse. That's on top of built-in features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 1.3-megapixel digital camera. We certainly enjoyed setting up this little critter on the desk and keeping an eye on the TV news.

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Next-gen OQO ultra-portable computer coming
TG Daily

OQO has been selling its portable "model 01" computer more about 26 months without significant changes. The once much anticipated design has settled in a market niche that is now being populated by ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs). Rumors about a potential successor have flying around for some time, but a FCC filing now confirms that the device will be announced soon.

OQO2

Today, the OQO model 01+ sells from $1200 and will be replaced by a completely new design soon. According to a filing published on the FCC website today, the new ultra-portable computer has been approved by the organization and could be ready for introduction in the near future. Expect the model 02 to make its debut during CES 2007 (January 8-11) or earlier.

Images and technical specifications of the device have not been published due to a confidentiality request by OQO.

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December 7 , 2006

Innovative Office Products Displays EVO™ Tablet Arm at 2007 International CES
eCoustics.com

Innovative Office Products, Inc. (www.lcdarms.com), a designer and manufacturer of ergonomic EVO Tablet Armmounting solutions for LCD monitors and keyboards, will introduce the EVO™ Tablet Arm to the 2007 International CES, January 8-11, 2007, in Las Vegas, Booth 70950 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The EVO™ Tablet Arm is a product line extension of the award-winning EVO™ LCD mounting arm that was first introduced at CES 2006. Winner of the prestigious 2006 red dot design award, EVO™ levitates flat panel monitors above the work surface, enabling intuitive fingertip adjustment of monitor height and position.

The EVO™ Tablet Arm is a floating docking station for tablet PCs and notebooks, allowing the user to create an ergonomic computing station at his or her primary desk, without having to sacrifice the mobility of the computer. A gas spring arm "floats" the computer above the desk for comfortable viewing, with quick attach and release for work on the go. A full-size keyboard and mouse can be used to recapture the comfort of a desktop PC.


The EVO™ Tablet Arm is of particular value for tablet PCs, which can be awkward to use, particularly from a seated position—the user must either lay the screen flat on the desk, or cradle it in one arm while writing with the other. The EVO™ Tablet Arm solves this problem by allowing the user to suspend the screen in a comfortable viewing and writing position. Or, if used with a separate keyboard and mouse, the tablet can simply be used as a monitor.

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Fujitsu shows off its concept PCs
Cnet Asia

Fujitsu's chief designer and design consultant for the Personal Solution Design Department at Fujistu COncept PCthe Design Center, Kenichi Kimura, was in Singapore recently and brought with him two of the company's concept PC designs. The Turn Table PC, which features a DJ equipment-like design on the front cover, virtual 5.1-channel surround speakers and a LED touch-sensor keyboard, is targeted for personal entertainment.

The Japanese computer maker also unveiled the Ultra Mobile device, an ultra-portable tablet PC which sports the same compact dimensions as a CD jacket for entertainment on-the-go. It is designed for operation via the touchscreen display and buttons on the sides.

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Gateway Makes the Grade With a $2.2 Million Contract From the Illinois State Board of Education
PR Newswire

The Gateway(R) M285 Convertible Notebook PCs will be given to teachers and Gateway M285 Tablet PCsixth graders for use as a teaching tool to support day-to-day instruction and student testing. The convertible notebook's unique design allows it to be easily "converted" from notebook into tablet-mode by simply swiveling and folding down the display. The tablet enables students to use the PC with the digital pen for numerous activities including, solving mathematical equations, drawing diagrams, editing documents and taking notes directly on the widescreen display. Teachers are able to enhance the curriculum and classroom collaboration by taking advantage of the functionality of the convertible notebooks.

Gateway, Inc., the nation's third-largest PC company, is earning high marks with the announcement of a $2.2 million agreement with the Illinois State Board of Education. As part of the contract, Gateway will provide convertible notebook PCs and support services to five Illinois school districts for the state's Technology Immersion Pilot Project.

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December 8 , 2006

Mobile PCs Walk the Line Between Stay at Homes and Road Warriors
Business Wire


Most mobile PCs, although portable, are used in only two locations, and are used very differently than desktop PCs, according to the 2006 Mobile PC Profile Report from MetaFacts, Inc. Most employer-owned mobile PCs stay in the workplace, although when mobilized, are often used in hotels, home offices and client locations. Home-owned mobile PCs spend more time outside the home than work mobile PCs do outside the workplace. Besides various rooms of the home, such as adult bedrooms, living rooms and home offices, home-owned mobile PCs are used twice as often as work mobile PCs in a school, at the library, in a cybercafé, or at a restaurant.

Notebook and tablet PCs are bought for the promise of portability and freedom,yet only get used in a couple types of locations, said Dan Ness, Principal Analyst at MetaFacts. Even though Mobile PCs are more powerful and lighter than ever, Americans seek the convenience of always on and always connected. Also, someone you see using a notebook in public is probably using their home, not work, PC.

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December 11 , 2006

Tablet PC Hardware Dictionary
ultranauts.com

In case you're new to the Tabletscape, I've put together a little Tablet PC Hardware Dictionary to help you find your way. This isn't meant to incorporate every detailed spec but to give you a lighthearted overview of Tablet Hardware. Enjoy. Feel free to add to the dictionary with comments to this post.

Tabletscape - A parallel universe where ink is King, OneNote is Queen and guys like Kevin Tofel can be rock stars.

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OnTheRun with Tablet PCs #33
jkontherun.blogs.com

Otr_tpc_cover_art_10Listen here ( MP3, 17.2 MB, 50 minutes) or

Marc Orchant and James Kendrick sit down (finally) for show #33 and talk about the new Fujitsu P1610 mini-Tablet PC with the 8.9" touchscreen that incorporates near perfect palm rejection technology.  Marc is heading to Finland- will he use the Tablet PC backlight as a flashlight for his upcoming visit?  The discussion quickly switches over to all the Tablet PC owners who are trying to install Vista RTM on their precious, and the dynamic duo touches on whether they will be installing Vista on their production devices any time soon.  Office 2007 file compatibility issues are in the news and Chuck Frey has a new mind-mapping book that Marc likes plus there's an interview with Eric Mack discussing mind-mapping on a Tablet PC.  If you listen closely you'll get a tip for using MindManager on a touch-screen Tablet PCs that lets you ink away in that fine program.  It's a good show and Marc and James think you'll like it.

Enjoy the show!

Links of interest from the show:

Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC GPS Overview InkShow
Gotta Be Mobile

This third installment of the Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC InkShows is focused on the GPS functionality.  In this InkShow, I go out with the R2H in my car to see how the built in GPS unit keeps track of my position.  I give an overview while using Microsoft MapPoint 2006.  I take a quick drive to demonstrate the tracking with the device, then I use the routing feature to map out a quick route.  After that, I drive around the corner to show some automated driving commands and directions.

This little device has become a nice addition to my Tablet PC experience.  The GPS functionality has definitely added to the usability of the Asus R2H for me - I use it all the time while driving around.  Guess we'll have to see how well it gets all of us around Vegas while at CES!

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Fujitsu P1610 Review
ultramobilepc-tips

When I turned on the Fujitsu P1610 sent by Alltp.com the first thing I did was topc070036 open a new OneNote document in my Samsung Q1 and write down anything I though that could be of any interest for this review. Those were in fact my first impressions and this is what I wrote there:

  • You can write with your hand touching the screen (See Picture ). The P1610 screen is not too sensitive like Samsung Q1 screen. It reminds me the TabletKiosk eo v7110 screen. I also was surprised to see how bright this screen was. It's the best screen I have seen in a long time. Later I took the P1610 outside and turn it on close to my Samsung Q1 to establish a comparison. As you can see from the following picture the P1610 screen is a lot better than Q1 screen when they are outside.

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Fujitsu Stylistic ST5112 slate Tablet PC: first impressions
jkontherun

I've been slowly configuring the Fujitsu Stylistic ST5112 Tablet PC over the past week, and while we don't have a video review just yet, I'm now comfortable enough to share my first impressions. I always like to set up a review unit for the way I work before providing opinions and I realize that the way I work isn't the way everyone else works. Still, a consistent approach tends to be more effective.

So after using the Fujitsu for a few days in my daily grind, what can say? With the limited usage, the overall experience is very positive; there's not much to dislike here.

So after using the Fujitsu for a few days in my daily grind, what can say? With the limited usage, the overall experience is very positive; there's not much to dislike here.

Fujitsu_st5112_main_1 1. Size, weight and aesthetics . Simply put: this is a beautiful slate! I feel like I'm holding a 12.1-inch LCD display panel, not a computer. The ST5112 is under an inch thick and it's all screen. In fact, if it weren't for the battery, it really would be all screen: the two inches below the screen when held in portrait is where the battery hides...and it gives you place hold the tablet without smudging the screen.

With the battery, the unit weighs about 3.5 pounds, which is more than my Samsung Q1 of course, but less than a good portion of notebooks available today. As expected Fujitsu put a high level of thought into the design of this slate; most of the buttons are where you'd want them to be and there's no wasted space.

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December 12, 2006

GiveMePower Launches New Ultra Mobile Computing Solutions
ccnmatthews.com

GiveMePower Corporation (OTCBB:GMPW), today launched two new ultra-mobile computing solutions for building surveying and inspection, construction area estimating and reporting, and facilities asset and information management - featuring hardware from mobility market leaders Dell and Tablet Kiosk.

Centered around GiveMePower's critically-acclaimed PowerCAD ® SiteMaster TM as-built floor planning, design and facilities information management software, two different Turn-On-and-Go solutions are now available for purchase, featuring either Dell's Axim TM X51v handheld PC or Tablet Kiosk's eo TM Ultra Mobile PC as the mobile / handheld computing device, and Leica Geosystem's DISTO TM A6 Bluetooth ® wireless laser to measure and instantly create AutoCAD ® -compatible drawings with "point, shoot, done" simplicity and speed.

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GBMInkshow: Taking The Vista Flip
Gotta Be Mobile

Well there has been lots of speculation on what systems this feature will run on or not and if computers with integrated graphics will be able to handle this and some other media features. I thought I’d give it a try with the Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet PC that I’m trying out. The Lenovo contains an integrated graphics solution and sure enough the Vista Flip works as advertised as you can see in this short Inkshow. Also note, I was able to produce a copy of this Inkshow in Windows Movie Maker. So, at least on this integrated graphics platform it can work.

Watch the video

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Tablet PC Holiday Gift Guide: This season find the perfect gifts
Tablet PC Reviews

We have searched high and low to find some useful gift ideas that will satisfy any Tablet enthusiast. To make shopping easy for your loved ones send them a link to our gift guide. If you are feeling even more selfish, use our gift picks to burn that extra holiday cash on yourself!

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Fujitsu ST5112 Tablet PC Hardware InkShow
Gotta Be Mobile

I have had the pleasure of working with the Fujitsu ST5112 for the past few days courtesy of Allegiance Technology Partners .  This has been my first crack at really using a slate for more than just a few minuets (well, besides the Asus).  I have to say that the experience was definitely a treat.  The performance was better than expected with the Core Duo 1.2 processor, better than the 2.13 PM in my Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC .  I will say, that I have been used to a Tablet PC with a keyboard, and the time I had with the unit, I was still missing the keyboard - but I can see getting used to it.

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December 13, 2006

Villanova Heads Most-Wired College List
The Age

Villanova University is higher education's high-tech hotspot, claiming the No. 1 ranking in a new list of "Top 20 Wired Colleges."

The school, in suburban Philadelphia, tops the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Indiana University in the rankings, a joint project of PC Magazine and The Princeton Review, a college advising and test-prep company.

At Villanova, first-year students are given laptops _ and replacements after their sophomore year. Nursing students get personal digital assistants, and engineers get tablet PCs. Over the Internet, students can register for classes, download lectures, take exams and get grades. Tech-support calls are guaranteed a response within 24 hours.

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UMPC News: Black Diamond Advanced Technology Announces Rugged UMPC
MobileTechReview.com

Black Diamond Advanced Technology (Black Diamond), a technology development firm specializing in the design and implementation of rugged electronic systems, today announced the launch of its flagship product the SwitchBack PC (www.switchbackpc.com), the world's first rugged UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computer). Switchback UMPC


Extendable Modules - Black Diamond's Patent-Pending Technology
The SwitchBack has all the features of today's rugged handheld tablet PCs, but it's smaller, more powerful and it has another significant differentiator... a detachable/attachable Module on the back which can be used to extend functionality by adding additional hardware, devices or connector interfaces. Examples of Modules that can be easily added to the SwitchBack are, but are not limited to:

Additional processor, hard drive or battery
Custom I/O Options (data transfer, interface extensions)
Fingerprint reader
RFID, Barcode Scanner or Mag Stripe Reader
Radio(s), terrestrial
Digital camera
GPS receiver
Breathalyzer, Laser Range Finder

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Fujitsu Lifebook T4215
CNET Reviews 

Early convertible tablets often were saddled with out-of-date components. But Fujitsu 4215 Tablet PCnewer models--such as the $2,429 Fujitsu LifeBook T4215--don't require you to sacrifice power for functionality, because they offer the latest technology, including Intel Core 2 Duo processors. While not as elegant as either the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 or the Gateway M285-E, the LifeBook T4215 is highly configurable and features a specially coated screen for outdoor use, making it a good fit for a range of uses and budgets. It also boasts a useful feature not found on other tablets: The rotating screen swivels both ways. With a middling keyboard but useful tablet features, the Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 is well worth a look if you plan on keeping the system in tablet mode a good deal of the time.

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December 14, 2006

jkOnTheRun Third Annual Geek Holiday Gift GuideT-Equalizer
jkontherun

Wow!  You know your blog has been around for a long time if you have a third annual anything and since it’s the holiday season once again we proudly present our jkOnTheRun Third Annual Geek Holiday Gift Guide.  You’re always struggling with what to get for that special geek in your life and here on jkOnTheRun we make that easier for you with our top 10 geek gift suggestions once again.

5.  T-Qualizer Shirt.  A T-shirt that has a working graphic equalizer on the front that reacts to noise and music.  What more can you say?  ThinkGeek.

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eWallet 5.0 Upgrade
iliumsoft.com

We've just released eWallet 5.0, for Pocket PCs, Palm OS Handhelds, Smartphones, Windows PCs and UMPCs. With eWallet 5.0 you can:

  • Sync your wallets more easily with our improved Sync Setup
  • Access your data wherever you go with more synchronization options:
    • Synchronize with multiple PCs, PDAs, or computers on a network
    • Synchronize to remote locations on the web
  • View your wallets remotely with FilesAnywhere Remote Storage built right in
  • Get complete support from the Windows Vista Mobile Device Center
  • Know your data is secure with "Always On" password protection
  • Enjoy the great new look with new icons from IconIdea
  • Customize your cards even more with four free self-installing icon packs

Free Upgrades

If you bought eWallet 4.1 from us within the last 90 days, the upgrade to version 5.0 is free, on the same platform(s)

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GottaBeMobile Inkshow Interview With Developer Ed Holloway
Gotta Be Mobile

Dennis Rice and I had the great pleasure to sit down recently and talk to Tablet PC developer Ed Holloway for an interview. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Ed Holloway is quite active on a number of fronts when it comes to developing ink applications. As the co-founder and CTO for Field2Base he is instrumental in the development of that forms application as well as the new Forms2Base application that was recently released.

Ed is also the man behind the Ink Blog Plug-in for Windows Live Writer and the new Ink Search Tool (which just went into Beta 2.) Take a few minutes and check out our interview with Ed about Field2Base and his other inking exploits.

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December 15, 2006

Announcing SnagIt 8.2

SnagIt 8.2 now has the features that users - like you - have asked us to add.

Send Captures Directly to Your Favorite Applications
With SnagIt's new output accessories you can send your captures directly to SnagIt 8.2Word, PowerPoint, Excel, MindManager, or Flickr, with a single click.

Print Exactly What You Want
Tired of your screen captures printing the size of a postage stamp? SnagIt 8.2 prints captures exactly the way you see them onscreen - the right size, every time. And, SnagIt remembers your last-used custom print settings.

Compatible with Vista and Office 2007
Whenever you're ready to try new technologies like Vista or upgrade to Office 2007, you can rely on SnagIt to continue to capture anything on your screen.

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A Christmas Wish List For Tablet PC and Mobile Users
Gotta Be Mobile

So, here’s a Christmas Wish List for Tablet PC, UMPC, and mobile enthusiasts. No,Santa Tablet PC Wish List it isn’t about what gadgets I’d like under the tree. It is more about things I’d like to see occur. Many of which are already on the way. Call me an impatient old elf.

I’d like to see manufacturers of small mobile devices all adopt mini-usb plugs for chargers. Enough of different tips and plugs for different devices.

I’d love to see better battery life for mobile devices sooner rather than later, and not just with the use of extended batteries. Electrovaya and Fujitsu seem to have made some headway, how about the rest of the gang joining up? Gotta be cheaper to develop that than dealing with recalls for using exploding Sony Batteries.

I’d like to see vendors and OEMs actually have product on hand and available for shipping when they announce a product is available. We’re all getting tired of that game.

I’d like to see Vista drivers for devices sooner rather than later.

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Full-ruggedized Outdoor-Tablet PC Victum-Tablet-iX104C3
PresseBox

Acturion Datasys, specialized solution provider in the field industrial- and militaryIx104 Tablet PC mobile computing, releases with the new Victum-Tablet-iX104C3 a full-ruggedized Tablet PC for mobile applications in very harsh environmental conditions – like extreme temperatures, rain, dust, sand, vibration and drop on concrete. The new Victum-Tablet iX104C3 can withstand drops on concrete from 1m while it is in operation. The Tablet PC has a totally closed full-metal housing made of tough light metal alloy. The enclosure fulfils IP65 protection class and fully complies with the standards CE class B, FCC class B, UL, MIL-STD810F and ATEX Zone 2 Category 3.

The Victum-Tablet-iX104C3 is based on a 1.2 GHz Intel-Ultra-Low-Voltage-Pentium-M-753-Processor. The Tablet PC is a slate without keyboard. It has a 10.4 Inch XGA-TFT-Display with 1024 x 768 pixels. An AllVue-Technology Display for best sunlight readability is optional available. With the AllVue Technology the display is excellent readable even in bright sun. Another outstanding feature is the DualMode option where the unit can be operated by finger and/or pen. The DualMode option combines a digitizer and a touch screen. The Victum-Tablet iX104C3 turns off the touch screen automatically when a digitizer pen is in operation. For secure User Log-On the Tablet PC has a fingerprint-sensor.

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December 18, 2006

TabletKiosk

This holiday season, TabletKiosk is pleased to present its line of mobile computing accessories which enhance the mobile computing experience for Tablet PC or Ultra-Mobile PC enthusiasts.

With accessories ranging from styluses to screen protectors and keyboards to carrying cases, TabletKiosk has all of the right accessories for carrying, using and powering most Ultra-Mobile PCs and Tablet PCs.

TabletKiosk offers the best solutions for extending battery life, entering large amounts of data, mounting the system for exhibition, swiping electronic cards, controlling other devices or protecting from possible damage. These accessories will enable to user to accomplish more everyday and personalize their mobile computing experience.

Check out some of our hottest sellers below, or view our complete selection here:

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Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC Wacom Penabled Tablet PC with with Fingerprint Recognition, other cool features
Corporate Media News

Lenovo X60

Wacom Penabled Tablet PC with Fingerprint Recognition, other cool features

One of the neatest aspects of Wacom Penabled Tablet PCs is the fact that you can draw directly on the screen, effectively giving you two computers in one footprint. In addition, with the proper accessories, that Tablet PC can be your main desktop as well. Lenovo has just introduced its latest Tablet PC that helps the company push the envelope in the Tablet PC space. Call the X60 and in a minuscule sub-5lb form factor, this Tablet PC has some pretty nifty features that help it to stand out.

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Fujitsu P1610 Vista desktop
jkontherun

I recently posted a screenshot of my working desktop on the Fujitsu P1610 and since I installed Vista Ultimate on Miyagi this week I thought I'd be remiss if I didn't post the Vista equivalent desktop shot.  I decided to post three to show off a little of Vista Ultimate on the P1610 so here they are in no particular order:

Funitsu Tablet pc with Vista

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Howard and Sons makes use of Panasonic’s Toughbooks to cater to outdoor events
Ferret, Australia

Australian company Howard and Sons, a world leader in the field of pyrotechnics, isCF-18 Tablet PC using Panasonic ’s Toughbooks to meet the extreme demands of live computer-controlled fireworks displays at outdoor events.

Howard and Sons has been established since 1922. Howard and Sons designs and manufactures fireworks, and provides dazzling fireworks and multimedia pyrotechnics displays for major events across Australia and around the world, in both outdoor and indoor environments, including national celebrations, rock concerts, festivals, corporate and private events.

Panasonic’s ruggedised Toughbooks are specialised notebooks, with a design that can withstand the extreme field conditions experienced in pyrotechnic events.

The fully ruggedised Toughbook CF-18 convertible notebook/ Tablet PCs purchased by Howard and Sons provide protection against vibration and shock; are specially sealed to resist damage from liquid, dirt and dust; and are used tablet-style to provide touchscreen operation to drive the shows.

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December 18, 2006

TabletKiosk

This holiday season, TabletKiosk is pleased to present its line of mobile computing accessories which enhance the mobile computing experience for Tablet PC or Ultra-Mobile PC enthusiasts.

With accessories ranging from styluses to screen protectors and keyboards to carrying cases, TabletKiosk has all of the right accessories for carrying, using and powering most Ultra-Mobile PCs and Tablet PCs.

TabletKiosk offers the best solutions for extending battery life, entering large amounts of data, mounting the system for exhibition, swiping electronic cards, controlling other devices or protecting from possible damage. These accessories will enable to user to accomplish more everyday and personalize their mobile computing experience.

Check out some of our hottest sellers below, or view our complete selection here:

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Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC Wacom Penabled Tablet PC with with Fingerprint Recognition, other cool features
Corporate Media News

Lenovo X60

Wacom Penabled Tablet PC with Fingerprint Recognition, other cool features

One of the neatest aspects of Wacom Penabled Tablet PCs is the fact that you can draw directly on the screen, effectively giving you two computers in one footprint. In addition, with the proper accessories, that Tablet PC can be your main desktop as well. Lenovo has just introduced its latest Tablet PC that helps the company push the envelope in the Tablet PC space. Call the X60 and in a minuscule sub-5lb form factor, this Tablet PC has some pretty nifty features that help it to stand out.

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Fujitsu P1610 Vista desktop
jkontherun

I recently posted a screenshot of my working desktop on the Fujitsu P1610 and since I installed Vista Ultimate on Miyagi this week I thought I'd be remiss if I didn't post the Vista equivalent desktop shot.  I decided to post three to show off a little of Vista Ultimate on the P1610 so here they are in no particular order:

Funitsu Tablet pc with Vista

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Howard and Sons makes use of Panasonic’s Toughbooks to cater to outdoor events
Ferret, Australia

Australian company Howard and Sons, a world leader in the field of pyrotechnics, isCF-18 Tablet PC using Panasonic ’s Toughbooks to meet the extreme demands of live computer-controlled fireworks displays at outdoor events.

Howard and Sons has been established since 1922. Howard and Sons designs and manufactures fireworks, and provides dazzling fireworks and multimedia pyrotechnics displays for major events across Australia and around the world, in both outdoor and indoor environments, including national celebrations, rock concerts, festivals, corporate and private events.

Panasonic’s ruggedised Toughbooks are specialised notebooks, with a design that can withstand the extreme field conditions experienced in pyrotechnic events.

The fully ruggedised Toughbook CF-18 convertible notebook/ Tablet PCs purchased by Howard and Sons provide protection against vibration and shock; are specially sealed to resist damage from liquid, dirt and dust; and are used tablet-style to provide touchscreen operation to drive the shows.

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December 19, 2006

TabletKiosk ™ Introduces the Powerbank MP3400
Universal Battery Pack Can Power Many Portable Devices

TabletKiosk, a leader in Tablet PC and mobile computing solutions, is pleased to introduce the Powerbank MP3400 Universal Battery Pack, the simple and efficient way to add hours of computing time to your Sahara Slate PC ®, eo ™ UMPC or other portable computing device.

The Powerbank MP3400 is a rechargeable battery pack that can power many portable electronic devices. To use, simply connect the MP3400 to your mobile device and select the appropriate output voltage.

The MP3400 ships with eight (8) different adapter tips to fit the DC ports on many common electronic devices, including portable DVD players, digital cameras, digital camcorders, PDAs, mobile phones, and more.

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End of year purchasing
Whatisnew.com

The end of the year is quickly approaching and many of you are thinking of end-of-year purchases. I've received a couple of emails from small business people asking, "What Tablet PC should to buy before the end of the year? It needs to be very portable, able to support Vista and have a powerful graphics card."

Lenovo ThinkPad x60 Tablet PCs (SXGA+ model) and ASUS R1F Tablet PCs are now shipping with Windows Vista Express Upgrade information and are Windows Vista Premium Ready. If you're willing to go a little heavier on the weight side, the Gateway CX210X is also Windows Vista Premium Ready. When shopping, look for the Windows Vista Capable or Windows Vista Premium Ready labels.

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GottaBeMobile interview with Intel
Gotta Be Mobile

One of the great things about attending conferences like Mobile Connections and CES, are the opportunities to meet key players in the Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PC space and get some insight in to where things are going. With the entire GBM team attending CES in January, we are planning to get some good video and blog coverage of products and interviews with folks you need to hear from.

While attending Mobile Connections last month, I had the opportunity to meet several folks from Intel’s Ultra-Mobility Group. The Ultra-Mobility Group at Intel develops low-power solutions targeted for the Ultra-Mobile PC platform.

In this InkShow, I sit down with Intel’s Rochelle Wheelan and talk about Ultra-Mobile PCs, the launch, battery life, and WiMax.

  • Watch the InkShow ( 4:42, 25.5mb, .wmv streaming or direct download)
  • Visit umpc.com
  • Visit OrigamiProject.com

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December 20 , 2006

OS X Tablet Edition: Expected Soon?
OSWeekly.com

Alongside the true video iPod and the iPhone, one of the most prevalent of the X tablet PCproducts rumored to be coming down the pipeline from Apple is a Tablet Mac, or a Mac Tablet PC, if you will. As you probably already know, Microsoft has been down with the Tablet PC for quite some time now, and they even produce a version of Windows specifically for the Tablet PC, which is called Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. Whew... I need to stop and take a breath.

I’ve never really had an opportunity to use a Tablet PC like I’ve wanted to, but many people who have swear by them. I suppose it all depends on what you need out of your computing experience. In my mind, a tablet gives you more freedom and blends in with the lifestyle of someone who is active and on the move in a better way. The ability to write on the screen and manipulate it in ways that become more comfortable truly helps to redefine what portability is, and even though I’m not a prime candidate for one at the current time, I can see why people dig them.

The question that has been asked over and again is - why is Apple taking so long to embrace the Tablet PC concept? You can be sure that they’ve been watching Microsoft’s progress very closely, and perhaps they’ve decided to wait until the time is just right, which you would think is sometime right around - I don’t know - now?

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PhatWare Releases PhatPad 4.0 for Windows Powered Tablet, Desktop ...
Emediawire

PhatWare Corp., a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PhatPad 4.0, the next generation of the company's award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows-based Tablet, Desktop and Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs.

PhatPad allows users to draw pictures, jot notes or put a mixture of pictures and typed text on a virtual scratch pad. The program uses new digital ink technology, which provides a very smooth ink flow, so it feels like writing on an actual piece of paper. While working with the note editor, PhatPad offers standard editing commands in addition to a customizable pen palette and variable pen width.

The upgraded software also includes a number of other new features, including improved inking and integration with handwriting recognition software on Tablet PCs and UMPCs, sinkable user interface with 9 pre-defined skins (including four skins similar to Microsoft Office 2007’s interface), document templates, password-protection with 256-bit long security key and new proprietary encryption algorithms, as well as support for Microsoft Windows Vista.

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December 21 , 2006

How Microsoft Botched Marketing The Ultra-Mobile PC -- And Why You Might Want To Buy One Anyway
TechWeb

Who Should Buy A UMPC?

UMPCs are versatile little computers. I should know, I've been using ultra-portable computers for several years. I could see early on that the benefits of having a full computer small enough to take everywhere would revolutionize my ability to capture productive time that is normally lost. What makes UMPCs so appealing is the ability to use a full Windows XP-based computer virtually anywhere I go.

Professionals shouldn't discount the UMPC out of hand just because they look too cute for serious business. These are full computers and can do anything that needs to be done in a business setting. Sales representatives can use UMPCs in the field because they are so light and small compared to full notebook computers. They are easy to carry. Since they run same programs as a desktop PC, there are no compromises when the need arises to access important customer information.

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Motion Computing Announces Addition to Manufacturing Strategy
press release

Tablet PC market leader teams up with leading Taiwan-based manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced a manufacturing agreement with ASUSTeK, Inc., a leading provider of computers, communications and consumer electronics based in Taipei, Taiwan. ASUS will become an original design manufacturer of Motion™ tablet PCs and peripherals. New Motion products built by ASUS will be released beginning in 2007

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Project Runway 06883 benefits Weston Middle School
Weston Forum

Project Runway is coming to Weston. Project Runway 06883, that is.

For an encore performance of the successful fund-raiser last spring, the Weston Middle School PTO will be holding another student-faculty fashion show and silent auction on March 9, 2007. This year they will be raising money to support the purchase of PC Tablets.

“Helping to bring the most up to date technology to our schools is a priority for the PTO. There are presently four PC Tablets already in use at the Weston Middle School and they have proved to be a very useful tool in the classroom,” said Brandy Solinsky, event chairman.

The equipment and set up for each PC Tablet is about $7,000. Lisa Wolak, middle school principal, was delighted that the “WMS PTO was committed to this project.”

PC Tablet technology consists of a laptop for the teacher that is connected to the school’s network and the Internet, utilizing an LCD projector and wireless technology. Ms. Wolak said she has found the PC Tablets to be a highly engaging, interactive tool for both teachers and students.

To learn more about this event, make a contribution to the auction, or to advertise in the program, contact Brandy Solinsky at 226-8674 or brandys@optonline.net.

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All I want for Christmas is a 17" HD tablet laptop with 4 gigs of RAM!
Computerworld, MA

All I need to do is buy a laptop, simple as that. So I set out to buy my new personal tablet PC with a 17" HD monitor. Cost will be no object because it's for business, I need a new PC, and frankly, I want a cool new toy for Christmas.

On my last trip, sitting next to me in business class (first class unless you're bumped), I noticed this person adroitly using a tablet. He demonstrated how to use the pen. When you hover the pen over the screen, the mouse follows it. When you want to click something, simply tap the screen. There is a button (recommended) on the pen for right-clicking or you can hold the pen in place for a second. You can lean your hand on the screen to write or type comfortably. There is handwriting and typing input. It looked fluid and intuitive. But I could sense that there would be obstacles to maneuvering the way that I am used to. Now, when I'm ready to buy one, I would like some more questions answered. For example, how can I automate frequently-used keystrokes? How can I type on that tiny keyboard? I'm going to need a more robust demonstration, so off I go to the nearest store.

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December 22, 2006

The ultimate Vista FAQ: versions
PC World

Q. I have a tablet PC. Can I install Vista on it? Should I?
A. Yes you can, if you buy a Vista version that offers tablet functionality: Home Premium, Business, Enterprise or Ultimate. But, before you do, check your hardware configuration against Vista's requirements. Many tablet PCs are relatively underpowered and may not make very satisfactory Vista systems.

Vista editions that do support tablets introduce some new pen-oriented features. You gain more control over where the Tablet Input Panel (TIP) writing area appears, the cursor changes shape to make what you're doing clearer, and gestures called "Flicks" enable you to perform navigational tasks such as scrolling with a quick pen manoeuvre

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December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays From TabletPc2.com

TabletKiosk Baby eo

December 26, 2006

HTC reportedly to offer its first UMPC in 1H 2007
DigiTimes, Taiwan

High Tech Computer (HTC), a leading Taiwan-based maker handsets, will offer its first ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), code named Athena, in the first half of 2007 at the soonest, according to industry sources.

HTC has actively stepped into UMPC development and production in light of the market niche between notebook PCs and smartphones, the sources indicated.

Athena will have the following features: a Marvel 624MHz processor; Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC operating system; a 5-inch VGA screen; a separate QWERTY keyboard which can combine with the screen to become a mini notebook PC; a built-in 3-megapixel phone camera with an 8GB hard disk drive; support for Wi-Fi, 3G, HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access), Bluetooth and GPS (global positioning system), the sources pointed out. As Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and 7-inch screens are mainstream specifications for UMPC models, Athena is different in these two respects, the sources noted.

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On The Road and Mobile Again Prepping Part III: Packing Up
Gotta Be Mobile

In addition to the Asus R2H UMPC, I’ve also recently picked up a Battery Geek Portable Power Station (it was an early Christmas present) and I’m looking to consolidate and lose some of the power adapters I carry with me. Of course having the right power tips makes this possible, and at the moment I still don’t have one for the Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet PC, although Battery Geek swears they’ll get it shipped to me right around January 1. (We’ll see.)

With2So, in this first picture you see the gear I’m packing (minus a few accessories that don’t require juice from an outlet. Each has its own power cord and brick, and the PPC 6700 has a handy little cradle that also comes in handy for charging the extra battery. In any regard that’s a lot of cables to tote around and you’ll see my old standby up to this point the Igo Juice adapter that I’ve used for quite some time. I’ll be leaving that behind on this trip and using the Portable Power Station instead (although I’m going to take along the X60 power cord and brick just to be safe, since I doubt I’ll see that power tip.) I’ll also be leaving behind the power cord for the Asus R2H because, wonders of wonders, the Portable Power Station comes with a tip that works just fine with that new addition. I also won’t need to take along the power cord for my Bluetooth headset as I can charge that off of the Power Station as well.

Battery Geek Portable Power Station

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December 27, 2006

CES Gathering update: Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering
Whatisnew.com 

CES is just around the corner and I'm looking forward to the annual Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering. I just got off the phone with Cheeseburger Las Vegas, where we met last year, to confirm our reservation for January 9th.The annual gathering with Tablet PC - and now UMPC - community enthusiasts has become one of my favorite parts of CES. It's a great place to talk with members of the Microsoft Mobile & Tailored Platforms Division (mobile PC, Tablet PC, and UMPC teams), OEMs, and ISVs, MVPs, and prominent online community members. Don't forget to bring your Tablet PC or UMPC!

Cheeseburger Las Vegas, in the Aladdin Casino Desert Passage.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
3:30PM - 6PM

RSVP to ljheiny at hotmail dot com.

How can I help?

There are many ways you can help!

  • Come prepared to talk Tablets, UMPCs, and future ultra-mobile PC technology.
  • ISVs and OEMs may bring sample products and brochures for people to test drive.
  • If your company has a giveaway, please let me know so we can make arrangements. Email me, please. 
  • Please help spread the word throughout the community. If you post on your website please link back to this original post, so if someone has a question I can help.

What about invitations?

If you'd like to reach out to a company / individual or think that someone should, let me know and I can share a common email with details about the event. It is an informal event, but we want to make sure that people know about it! 

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December 28, 2006

CES 2007 Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering
Whatisnew.com

A couple of people have asked me if it's too late to RSVP. Please keep sending your information in - clear until the last minute. I would like to keep track of who is planning to attend the CES 2007 Tablet PC and UMPC Community Gathering to make sure the room arrangement remains adequate.

So far, hardware manufacturers (OEMs and IHVs) are dominating the RSVP list, with ISVs a quick runner up. This could end up more like year 2 gathering, where we had a very strong representation of hardware companies for end users to talk with. The feedback companies received was tremendously useful and definitely had an impact. I hope to see the same type of interaction this time also.

 Keep spreading the word. You can link to the details

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Tablet PC Pens and Styluses InkShow
Gotta Be Mobile

I don't know why we have not covered this issue in an InkShow before, but pens and styluses are one of those things that you have to experiment with to find just the right one. Considering how much we interact  on a screen with a pen, issues of comfort, weight, button placement, and eraser head become even more important.

Fortunately, there are a myriad of choices when it comes to active digitizer pens and styluses. In this InkShow, I take a look at the collection of pens and styluses that I've accumulated over the years and tell you why I like them so much, and which ones I don't care for.

Share with us links and descriptions of your favorite digitizer pens and styluses, and stay tuned for another contest for your chance to win the Microsoft stylus I demoed in this InkShow.

  • Watch the InkShow ( 28:08, 154mb, .wmv streaming or direct download)

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December 29, 2006

The Neek Talk Pre-CES 2007 Show
Whatisnew.com

Neek Talk (Elizabeth, Sarah, and Kim) discuss their thoughts about the CES 2006 show and what they hope to see in the CES 2007 show. All of the adults of the family laughed hard when they heard their thoughts about the Microsoft booth. They hope to interview Martin from TabletKiosk and Jimmy from ASUS - as well as that unknown man named Bill Gates. 

The sound quality is a little poor. They were having trouble with the audio on the HP/Compaq TC1100 Tablet PC. Maybe this is a hint for a new Tablet PC. Anywho, simply turn up the volume and enjoy the teens' thoughts about Tablet PCs, UMPC systems, and the world's largest televisions.

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Lenovo Brings Power & Flexibility To The Tablet PC Market
Processor.com

When the Tablet PC was first introduced, many thought it seemed like a frivolous gimmick more than a functional productivity tool. However, as vendors have refined the technology and developers have come up with new ways to utilize the unique features of the Tablet LCD, it is becoming the cutting-edge notebook of choice for many users.

Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC

Starting at $1,799

Brings cutting-edge technology and productivity features to a competitively priced tablet PC platform

www.lenovo.com

Lenovo, which purchased the IBM Personal Computing division, has created the ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC, which brings a number of powerful and versatile features to the Tablet PC arena. Mike Hagerty, worldwide segment manager for Lenovo’s ThinkPad X Series, says, “Tablet PCs are becoming increasingly popular in mobile professional fields, such as healthcare, insurance, real estate, education, and sales. Tablet PCs blend the performance of a notebook with the natural interaction of a tablet to fit this type of user’s requirements.”

Lenovo is certainly not the first to bring a tablet PC to the market. The Toshiba Tecra M7-S7311 (www.toshiba.com) and the HP Compaq tc4200 (www.hp.com) are both examples of tablet PCs competing with the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC.

Lenovo’s Hagerty points out some unique features of the ThinkPad X60 that set it apart. “The MultiTouch feature enables people to use their finger or the pen to interact with the Tablet. The MultiView indoor/outdoor, antireflective, antiglare display helps viewability in multiple settings. Finally, the Active Rotate screen function orients the screen to the user no matter which direction it turns. With this function turned on, ‘up’ is always ‘up’ no matter which direction the Tablet turns. This feature also allows for easy collaboration in mobile settings.”

Starting at $1,799, the ThinkPad X60 is in the middle of the pack price-wise. However, comparing bang for the buck, it may be the best value going right now. The ThinkPad X60 has larger, more powerful, more current options than competitors, such as a 100GB hard drive, 802.11n MIMO wireless connectivity, and built-in WWAN (wireless WAN) capabilities to connect with wireless broadband providers.

These options, combined with the new features such as Active Rotate, raise the bar for the tablet PC market and provide a value for notebook users who can benefit from the unique features of a tablet PC.

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TabletPc2.com 2006 Products of the Year

It was my intention to have full reviews of the 2006 Products of the Year for you in December 2006.  Due to an injury in November I haven't been able to get these reviews done in time to post them for you this month, but I promise you the full reviews will be up in early 2007. 

Until then I hope you will enjoy finding out what the Products of the Year are and visiting the manufactures web sites for more information.

For all of the readers, sponsors and friends of TabletPc2.com
please accept my apologies for falling behind in the last few weeks.

Best Wishes For A Wonderful New Year

Linda Signature

Linda A. Epstein

Owner - Editor - Publisher

TabletPc2.com - UltraMobilePcs.com

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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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