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October 2006


October 2, 2006

Hugo Ortega Congratulates

Hugo Ortega 

Microsoft MVP - Tablet PC     ~    Welcome to the Team  Hugo!  


Future homes to have interactive wallpaper
PC Advisor

The latest remodel of the Microsoft Home, the software vendor's techno-fuelled vision of domestic accoutrements of the future, has no robot butlers nor any flying cars parked in the driveway.

But what it does showcase – and predict will be available to well-heeled cocooners five to 10 years hence – are a variety of smart appliances, from lamps to interactive wallpaper, that can be controlled by tablet PCs or mobile-phone-wielding residents.

Microsoft showed off the Home, located on its campus this week.


A high-tech RX for medicine
Austin American-Statesman

Two Austin technology companies, Wayport Inc. and Catalis Inc., have joined forces to smooth the computerization of patient medical records in doctors' offices and clinics.

Catalis, founded in 1999, has developed graphically oriented medical records software and is teaming with Wayport, one of the largest providers of Internet access and network services to hotels, airports, restaurants and other businesses.


Catalis' patient records program works on tablet computers and connects exam rooms with departments such as billing.


The Accelerator software includes a handwriting recognition system and a graphical interface that displays anatomical details.



October 3, 2006

CEATEC - Fujitsu Concept PC

Fujitsu Tablet PC

Fujitsu was presenting 2 new designs for their PCs: the Turn Tablet PC, a HUGE PC with a magnetic screen for use with a stylus and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and the Ultra Mobile, a compact PMP PDA.

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Do Slate Tablets have a future?

YES, there is a future for Slates, but of course, you'll have to continue along for my reasons why.

1. Right off the bat, while it might appear that the Slate Tablet PC market is shrinking due to only three main vendors, we can't overlook the new players that just joined the market. Specifically, I'm thinking of Samsung, Asus and folks like TabletKiosk, Pioneer, Daewoo, and Founder. Yes, these Origami specification devices are all UMPCs, but they're also fully functional Slate Tablet PCs. I also realize that several are based on the Amtek 700, but the point is: there are more options out there.

2. There will always be a market for Slate tablets in the verticals

3. Computing needs are changing.

So if there is a future for Slates, why isn't it now? When will it be? What will it take? Wouldn't you know it...I have thoughts on that too.


PatientKeeper Awarded US Patent for Advanced Data Sychronization
PR Newswire

Only PatientKeeper is designed to support a physician throughout the entire day, across all settings of care. Supporting any tablet or PC running a Web browser as well as Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) devices, PatientKeeper's applications allow physicians to access their patients' electronic records, write prescriptions, enter charges for services, document patient encounters, and securely send messages to other caregivers -- all in a single, integrated environment.


Wolf Medical Systems Announces Strategic Alliance with Toshiba Canada

Toshiba has supplied Wolf's national sales organization with Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PCs so they can demonstrate the Wolf Medical Suite to clients and prospective clients; they have also provided sales training and support. Wolf will work with Toshiba to communicate the benefits of the Toshiba Tablet PC to Canada's physician and medical administrative staff; the companies will also work together to showcase clinics who are demonstrating high levels of excellence through the selection of the Wolf electronic medical record solution on Toshiba Tablet PCs.

Dr. Princeton Lim of Metrohealth Clinic in Burnaby BC is a Wolf client using Toshiba Tablet PCs. He said, "We moved our system to Wolf EMR about a year and a half ago. Initially there were concerns that the Tablet might interfere with the interaction between the physician and patient; in fact, the opposite has been true. Our Toshiba Tablet PCs have given our physicians the mobility they need and the ability to interact with patients the way they always have - face-to-face. And we find that our patients are actually quite curious about our new technology and perceive us as a more forward-thinking and technology-advanced clinic, rather than looking at it as a barrier. Our physicians and their patients are particularly pleased with the rotating screens which are very useful when they want to show a graph or other information to a patient. We have physicians who use the Tablet PC with the stylus and others who use it as a laptop; having used a few Tablet PCs we find that the Toshiba Tablet PC has a very comfortable keyboard. Wolf Medical Suite together with Toshiba Tablet PCs have been a natural fit for our physicians at Metrohealth Clinic."

"Toshiba's Tablet PCs are a key element in a high performance medical practice," commented Dr. Brendan Byrne, Wolf's founder and President. "Physicians today choose EMR solutions to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the practice of medicine. It's critical for the majority of physicians selecting EMR solutions today to be able to implement them on Tablet PCs. We are very pleased to announce this next step in our relationship with Toshiba. Wolf customers across the country have been selecting Toshiba Tablet PCs for years now; with this next step in our relationship we look forward to making the Toshiba Tablet PC a more readily available choice for our physicians." Added Byrne, "Toshiba has demonstrated a real commitment to developing hardware solutions that meet the specific mobility requirements of Canadian physicians. We are pleased to be working more closely with Toshiba so our physicians continue to benefit from their leadership and innovation in the mobile computing field and their commitment to advancing healthcare."

Tablet PCs are essential to realizing the full benefits of electronic medical environments,"

line Launches Software Store
PR Web, LLC announces the launch of a new store selling software for the Tablet PC. The new store will offer software written specifically for the Tablet PC as well as software useful to Tablet PC users.

Initially the store will be stocked with over 200 software titles for Tablet PC users. Trial versions of many of these titles are also available. Additionally, most of these titles are available for instant fulfillment.


High-tech high school
Asbury Park Press

Frankman and the other sophomores in Wright's class were using a teaching and learning tool that has become commonplace at Monsignor Donovan: tablet computers that students use to take notes, access the Internet, prepare presentations and interact with teachers.

"I use the laptops almost every day," Wright said.

She said students in her World History class used them last week to access the British Museum site and learn mapping skills as they drew a map of Egypt.

That's just the kind of innovative teaching that Monsignor Donovan administrators had in mind when they started the tablet PC program in 2003. The machines, similar to regular laptops, are called tablet PCs because they also include a stylus that allows students to take notes directly onto the computer screen.

A group of 29 freshmen students at the Ocean County Roman Catholic high school used the PCs that year as part of a pilot program, modeled on a similar program that Principal Edward Gere had observed at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

Those students are now seniors at Monsignor Donovan, and all 985 students in the school now use the tablet PCs. Parents pay a $640 annual technology fee for use of the tablet PCs, software and wireless technology provided by Monsignor Donovan.

Sophomore Lindsey Maxwell, 15, said she uses her tablet PC to create online flash cards that help her remember mathematics concepts. Her math textbook is on the computer, and each of her teachers has an e-board, where homework assignments and other messages are posted regularly.

"I like it, for the most part," Maxwell said. "You probably learn more computer skills by using this every day."

Frankman, also a sophomore, said having the tablet PC has helped make her more organized.

"I think it helps me a lot," she said. "It helps me do my homework. I don't have to carry all the books around."


October 4, 2006

Imagine LAN Announces UltraSync™ Availability for Windows® XP XP UMPCs, Tablets, Notebooks, and Desktops
PR Web

UltraSync™ software from imagine LAN provides comprehensive digital content synchronization (files, music, pictures, video, Outlook® email, and browser favorites) between two Windows XP PCs over a wired or wireless LAN.


Nashua, NH (PRWEB) October 4, 2006 -- imagine LAN, Inc., a leading developer of mobility and recovery software applications, today announced the availability of UltraSync version 1.5, a peer-to-peer, bi-directional PC synchronization application for synchronizing folders/files (music, pictures, documents, video, etc.), Outlook email, and browser favorites between any two Windows XP systems (UMPC, Tablet, Notebook or Desktop) using a wired or wireless local area network (LAN).

A 14-day trial of UltraSync software is available to download from imagine LAN’s website at The retail price for UltraSync v1.5 is $30 (USD)

UltraSync Features
- File/Folder sync
- Outlook folder sync (messages, contacts, calendar, tasks, etc.)
- IE browser favorites sync
- Sync Selection Wizard
- Deletion Tracking
- Overwritten/Deleted file recovery
- AutoSync (automatically start sync process when a PC and its partner PC are connected via wired or wireless LAN)
- Skin Selector (decorative skin selection for the UltraSync "dashboard" UI)


October 5, 2006

Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season

Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Vista CapableWindows Vista through March 15.

As part of the deal, designed to drive PC sales though the holiday season, Microsoft will include coupons in each Windows XP SKU that will entitle users to a free or discounted Vista upgrade when the next-generation operating system ships in the first quarter of 2007, industry sources said. For instance, customers who buy PCs equipped with Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Pro Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Pro x64 Edition are entitled to a free upgrade to Vista, sources said. Customers will be responsible for fulfillment costs. Not all of the coupons will be for free upgrades. Customers who buy systems running Windows XP Home Edition can upgrade to Vista Home Basic Edition for a flat $49 fee and to the higher-end Windows Vista Home Premium Edition for a cost of $79.

The Windows Vista Technology Upgrade Program runs from Oct. 26, 2006, through March 15, 2007. Distributors are expected to have the new SKUs in house for system builders by Oct. 15


This Is My Job: Sound Engineer
Popular Mechanics

Tablet PC SOund

"Nothing is more important than delivering the music to the audience,” says sound engineer John Cooper. “If he’s going there, I’m going with him.” The 48-year-old isn’t just talking about his boss--he’s talking about the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. A typical day on the current tour, with the Seeger Sessions Band, starts at 7 am and ends past midnight, after encores. But there are few typical days on tour. “Before one show, I was heading to catering when I hear, ‘Get back out front--Bruce wants to play for the crowd coming in.’ He played for 25 minutes, just him and his acoustic guitar. It was like, ‘Where did that come from?’

1--TABLET PC Essentially a wireless remote for the entire system, this PC allows Cooper to walk the floor and hear the show in real time--and make adjustments accordingly.


Microsoft smart home showcases interactive wallpaper
PC World Canada

The latest remodel of the Microsoft Home, the software vendor's techno-fueled vision of domestic accoutrements of the future, has no robot butlers nor any flying cars parked in the driveway.

The latest remodel of the Microsoft Home, the software vendor's techno-fueled vision of domestic accoutrements of the future, has no robot butlers nor any flying cars parked in the driveway.

But what it does showcase -- and predict will be available to well-heeled cocooners five to 10 years hence -- are a variety of smart appliances, from lamps to interactive wallpaper , that can be controlled by tablet PCs or cell phone-wielding residents.


Paris Motor Show wrap up - every car


FOR most people driving any Ferrari is the stuff of fantasy, but for one American collector the regular product from Maranello isn't enough.

Jim Glickenhaus commissioned Italian styling house Pininfarina to build a one-off Ferrari inspired by the legendary Le Mans racing cars of the '60s.

The P4/5 began with an Enzo and retains the same 485kW 6.0-litre V12 engine and mechanical layout. But the bodywork is all new, with soft curves replacing the Enzo's angular lines and a bubble canopy that swoops rearwards into a louvred section over the engine.

The interior uses the Enzo dash but the rest is made-to-measure, with mesh-on-leather seats and a tablet PC added to the instruments.


October 6, 2006

TabletKiosk Roadshow Coming
Tablet PC Reviews

TabletKiosk is about to kick off a roadshow that will highlight their Tablet PC and UMPC offerings. There are four free shows that start October 19th.

From the site:

The TabletKiosk Demo Days Roadshow is open to all UMPC enthusiasts, Windows XP Tablet Edition fans and TabletKiosk customers. Please join us for these hands-on seminars where you will have the opportunity to see and try out the full line of TabletKiosk products, chat with members of the TabletKiosk team and meet some of your fellow Tablet PC and UMPC enthusiasts. In addition, all attendees will have the opportunity to win a $300 gift certificate to the web store.

Event Calendar

  • Anaheim, CA - October 19th 5:30-7:30PM
  • Orlando, FL - November 8th 5:30-7:30PM
  • Houston, TX - November 30th 5:30-7:30PM

All four events are free and a great opportunity to get up to speed on TabletKiosk's product line, or simply commiserate with other Tablet PC and UMPC fans. To register for any of the events visit the event page.


Plenty Of Love For The LG C1 Tablet

There is plenty of passion for the forthcoming Tablet PC design from Korean electronics maker LG.

Their C1 model has a much more modern look than previous attempts by the company in this field.

"LG seem to have heard my silent cries and taken the current trend for high-gloss surfaces on board in their new C1 convertible. With its piano-black lid and bright white keyboard, Tablets are no longer the dull cousin of the flash consumer notebook," Chris Davies wrote at SlashGear.

He noted LG confirmed the new model would have an Intel Core Duo processor, Nvidia graphics, and built-in cellular connectivity.

The base of the C1 has places for a GSM/Edge card and a SIM card. has a number of pictures of the C1.


Learning the lessons of mobile computing
What PC?, 

The increasing adoption of mobile computing in the education sector offers wide-ranging benefits to both students and staff. However, resellers that want to take advantage of this growing market must do their homework. Paul Bray reports

Leach claimed that laptops are the most suitable hardware format for education. Because the standard applications used in schools work best with a mouse and keyboard, tablet PCs and PDAs can be awkward to use, although teachers may find PDAs useful for high-mobility applications.

Other vendors have more faith in smaller form factors. Newell said: “We are seeing a growing demand for tablet PCs because they allow teachers and pupils to access their work easily and they can connect to the other devices in the classroom, such as IWBs.”


October 9, 2006

ASUS R1F Tablet PC User Review
Tablet PC Reviews

ASUS RF1 Tablet PC

So here I am with my ASUS R1F convertible Tablet PC, purchased a week ago (waited 1 week for supplier delivery, pretty fast for a notebook just released). I got AUD$400 off RRP - which is not unusual as many online stores have the R1F advertised at similar prices. Why the price is already so low from RRP is beyond me - I simply asked the shop to match prices advertised by other web-based vendors. They were more than happy to oblige. I also got an extra 1GB of RAM at cost (Kingston). I might as well note here now that the R1 is fitted with 2x512Mb RAM, so both available slots are already taken. This means if you want to have 2GB of RAM you will need to buy 2 brand new sticks of RAM (1GB each) and sell the 512MB sticks that came preinstalled, unless you have use for them elsewhere. I was lucky as the shop I went to didn't charge me extra for swapping the two 512 modules for a single 1GB module, despite the fact that there would have been at least AUD$80 difference to pay (512MB are significantly cheaper).

In this review, I'll give you my full, honest and unbiased opinions of the R1F Tablet PC. I myself rely so much on reviews before purchasing. I am not an IT guy, just a regular guy so hopefully you can appreciate my comments.


Win a Motion LS800 Tablet PC

How about getting in "Motion" with a Motion Computing LS800 Ultra Mobile Tablet PC?  In a partnership to help us launch the new discussion Motion Tablet PCforums, Motion Computing has stepped up to the plate big time and is sponsoring a contest and putting up a brand new LS800 Ultra Mobile Tablet PC as a prize in our "Make Me Mobile with Motion" contest!  Do I hear wild screams of delight out there?  Yes, I think I do!

“Put together a creative 800-1000 word essay for us on how adding a Motion LS800 to your life will make you more mobile and enhance your personal and/or professional life.


Safety Tips for Notebook and Tablet PC Computer Use
Tablet PC Reviews

With the rash of recent publicity about notebook and Tablet PC batteries catching fire, the main U.S. consumer safety watchdog group, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has seen fit to release a series of tips for safer portable computing. Statiscally speaking the odds of your Tablet PC or notebook catching fire are pretty low; the CPSC is aware of only 47 incidents involving smoke or fire associated with notebook computers from January 2001 through August 2006. But while you can't do much about manufacturing defects or other safety hazards, you can follow some of these common sense tips to reduce the chances of damage to yourself or your equipment. These are the CPSC's tips with a few of our own (in parentheses) added.

  • Do not use incompatible computer batteries and chargers. If unsure about whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the product manufacturer. (Also be careful with generic and third party replacements- if the price seems too good to be true, chances are you'll get an inferior product.)
  • Computer batteries can get hot during normal use. Do not use your computer on your lap. (Or in the Sauna for that matter! Seriously though, using a laptop on our lap is one of the reasons most of us go portable. If you do a lot of laptop computing consider investing in a laptop desk or board that will keep both you and your Tablet PC or notebook cool.)

Case Studies: Tablet PCs in Education

I've assembled a working list of case studies involving the use of Tablet PCs in schools and universities. Some of these focus on teachers using Tablet PCs for instruction, students using them in the classroom, and others in one-to-one computing environments.


October 10, 2006

Xplore Technologies Demonstrates Mobile Rugged Tablet PC Mounted in New Bristol RI PD Vehicle at IACP 2006
PR Newswire

Xplore Technologies(R) Corp. (TSX:XPL), a leading provider of rugged Tablet PCs worldwide, will be demonstrating their durable mobile computer products in Boston, October 15-17 at IACP 2006 in booth number 1572. Xplore's booth will feature a rugged vehicle mount iX104 Tablet PC in one of Bristol Rhode Island Police Department's new squad cars. Xplore's rugged Tablet PC is being deployed by the Bristol RI PD to help access critical information faster and create a more efficient work environment.


October 11, 2006

TabletKiosk Launches new site

TabletKiosk Tablet PC

The new and improved TabletKiosk Store will be open shortly


Hugo Ortega and UMPC Basics: video

By “out of the box” I mean software. The video is dedicated to the software experience obtained by the standard features shipped inside a UMPC. I felt this video was important given that only a couple of thousand people worldwide are currently UMPC owners, which means most of you have not even seen or touched these devices. To best translate the UMPC experience I have run the screencasts on an Ultra Mobile PC, uploaded the images using a 16:9 ratio and stayed true to the native resolution of 800x480. Hopefully this is about as close as you'll get to a real device.

Disclaimer: While I try and remain multicultural in my presentations sometimes thing just don't come out right [my American friends will think that using a rubber on a Journal page is a little "interesting," but that's what we call erasers Downunder.]

View the video here:


HP Invents - PC Concept & Design Innovation Tour

HP was very conscious that it needed to remain in touch with younger consumers, many of whom have only ever known a world with PCs and the Internet. He stated that HP studies

HP Future Tablet

how younger people used technology even to the extent of employing Design Anthropologists to literally follow people home. So if you’re under 25 and a strange man in a beard is stalking you it’s not necessarily anything to worry about – it’s just an HP engineer trying to make better gadgets.

The designs showed a clear move to thin clients, with radios and hard disk removed to allow for thinner, lighter devices with much longer battery life such as the tablet above.


Corel Painter Essentials 3
PC Authority

Compared to Painter, the creative power on offer is limited. Crucially, though, you can still achieve impressive end results. With the new range of Artist's Oils, for Corel Painter 3example, the thick, bristly brushes smear on finite amounts of oil paint – as you drag, the paint runs dry revealing more of the underlying paper grain. By comparison, the new Digital Watercolour brushes stay wet even between sessions, while the new range of Art Pens lets you create fluid calligraphic effects, reacting to every movement of the stylus if you're using one of the latest Art Pen 6 or Wacom Intuos 3 tablets. In fact, even if you're using an older tablet or a tablet PC, all Essentials' brushes feel more responsive, with Corel claiming that most now work twice as fast and some 10 times faster.


Franklin Wireless' USB Broadband Modem Grows Stronger in Venezuela
Market Wire

The introduction of Franklin Wireless' USB mobile broadband modem in the Venezuelan market arose after the launch of Franklin Wireless' EVDO CDU-550 in the United States. The CDU-550 mobile broadband USB modem enables wireless subscribers using Tablet PC, MAC laptop and desktop users that do not have a PCMCIA card slot to connect to the Internet to receive information with broadband-like speeds anywhere there is data service. This product is immediately available for purchase. For more information about CDU-550 please visit,


Sticky Notes Software InkShow

When it comes to taking notes on the Tablet PC, we tend to make things a lot more complicated than they need to be. In this Software InkShow, we take a look at a notetaking application that shines in its simplicity: Sticky Notes.  Sticky Notes is designed to do one thing very well: take quick ink and voice notes with very little overhead.  

Sticky Notes comes preinstalled on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Vista and, like Journal, is a great way to get accustomed to notetaking on the Tablet PC. So, sit back and watch this quick 6 minute InkShow on Sticky Notes. 

  • Watch the InkShow (direct download: 6:39, 35MB-WMV format)


News - Jet Engine to Power Your Next Tablet PC?
Tablet PC Reviews

Fuel Cells too far into the future for you? Solar too 1970's? Nuclear too scary? How about powering your Tablet PC with a miniaturized jet turbine engine? Impossible you say? Well aparently not. Alan Epstein, a professor in the aeronautics and astronautics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has come up with miniature jet engines that he thinks could provide a power source for all sorts of portable electronic devices including your Tablet PC. So how miniature are Epstein's jet engines? They are about the size of a quarter and made from silicon wafers sandwiched together. And how long will a minature jet engined keep your Tablet juiced? Epstein says:

"My laptop now runs about three hours with a full charge," he says. "With a micro-engine about the same size and weight (as a laptop battery), you'd end up with somewhere between 15 and 30 hours."

Of course Epstein is still only in the design and testing phase and his research is funded by the military so you'll have to wait in line a while to get your hands on a tiny jet engine to power your Tablet PC


October 12, 2006

4 technologies for working smarter

If you haven't heard of tablet PCs, that's because they're only starting to reach "mass market status," said Carmi Levy, senior research analyst for Info-Tech Research Group.
But if prescribed as a part of the way you work, you'll find this tablet easy to swallow and side effects may include more skilled workers.

Tablet PCs are lightweight portable computers with rotating keyboards and touch-screens that you can write on with a digital pen. They can cost up to $2,000 each and come with handwriting recognition, which converts your digital writing into text.

Small businesses "plagued by a preponderance of paper" can use tablet PCs to fill out forms and store documents, Levy said.

The information technology department at Pickering College told more than 200 of its students to trade in their laptops for tablet PCs, and now they're tapping into a new way of learning.

The option of handwriting or typing "caters to many different strengths and learning styles," said Michael Daleman, IT director at Pickering College.

Students with tablet PCs don't need paper text books any more, because texts can be stored on the tablets in PDF, or portable document format. Students who miss a class due to illness can download assignments into their tablets from home.

In a small retail business, a tablet PC could allow staff to perform price checks or find product information without going back and forth to the cash desk, Levy said. "You can do a look-up right there in front of the customer. The faster you can provide these answers, the more likely you are to close the sale," he said.

The less time you spend running around the store looking for information, the more time you can spend on the floor helping customers. This means a "richer retail experience and higher sales conversion rates," Levy said.

In a small manufacturing business, warehouse workers could park the forklift and reach for product inventory on the tablet instead.

You won't trip over wires while using tablet PCs, but you'll still have to worry about security software and battery life.


LG set to showcase latest laptops at Gitex

In the IT division; the latest notebooks, including the DMB notebook, the P1, T1, S1, and a new tablet PC will be on display, while the latest in the company’s Blu-ray enabled range of super multi DVD, DVD writers and players will also feature prominently. Visitors can also expect to see wall-mounted projectors, HD projectors, the latest mobile phones including the DMB phone, 3G phones, the latest Chocolate phone, and also cutting-edge gaming phones.


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Selects Skura Corporation To To Partner in an Innovative Initiative for the Novartis Sales Force
Business Wire

Skura Corporation, the leader in software solutions for Closed-Loop Marketing in the Life Sciences industry, is partnering with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada in an innovative initiative to dramatically improve the work-life balance of their Canadian Oncology sales force. SFX Viewer, running on Tablet PC technology, is being deployed to improve the work-life experience of sales representatives. SFX Viewer, a complete and proven software solution, is the leading product on the market that allows sales representatives to eDetail Physicians with on message multimedia presentations.


Gartner Dubious About Vista Coupons

Coupons for discounted or free copies of Windows Vista won't help fourth-quarter PC sales, research firm Gartner said Wednesday.

According to sources close to Microsoft, the Redmond Wash. developer will toss a coupon into each Windows XP- or Tablet PC-equipped computer bought between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007 for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista.



October 13, 2006

Ultimate Ears Road Case

Coming Next week

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TabletKiosk launchs New Site

TabletKiosk Tablet PC

Check out the new and improved TabletKiosk Store


Fujitsu to offer flash-disk option with laptops
PC World Magazine

Fujitsu will soon join two other major PC makers in putting on sale a portable computer that uses flash memory in place of the traditional hard-disk drive.

The company will offer a 16GB or 32GB flash memory disk as an option with new B-series machines due on sale in late October and new Q-series machines that will be available from early November, it said last Friday. Choosing the 16GB disk will add YEN 80,000 ($US670) to the price of the computer while the 32GB disk will add YEN 160,000.

The disks are made by Samsung Electronics and can already be found in two Samsung machines, the Q30 laptop Q1-SSD ultra-mobile PC

Fujitsu also unveiled Friday a new convertible machine running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. Fujitsu has been a keen supporter of Microsoft's Tablet PC push and the FMV-P8230 will join its existing line-up in mid-November. The computer has a 8.9-inch XGA resolution (1280 pixels by 768 pixels) screen and an Intel Core Solo processor. It will cost YEN 240,000.

Fujitsu said plans to sell the computers overseas are under consideration.


Toshiba's Tecra M7: Notebook with Tablet PC Bonus
Channel Insider

Toshiba's Tecra M7 is for users who want a good notebook system with some tablet functionality. Weighing in at almost 6 pounds and sporting a 14.1-inch widescreen display, the Tecra M7 is large and powerful enough for everyday computing, but it lacks the battery performance of its competitors.

The Tecra M7 is a convertible tablet PC and comes with Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 installed. Weighing 5.9 pounds, the Tecra M7 measures 13.7 by 10.2 by 1.2 inches


New convertible notebooks: Bigger and better
Scripps News

In keeping with their on-going attempts to both dazzle and confuse consumers, notebook manufacturers continue to hit store shelves with new offerings that are bigger and better than the one you bought last week. And this new crop of easily portable PCs is no exception.

For example, the new Toshiba R25-S3503 ($1,300) is a great middle-of-the-road notebook computer that not only delivers great sound and graphics, but offers something the others you'll see here don't: It flips its top to become a tablet PC.

The latest in a line of "convertible" notebooks offered by major manufacturers, this new Toshiba gives you the best of both worlds. It can be used as a high-end multimedia computer or you can flip and twist its 14.1-inch widescreen display to sit atop its keyboard and use it as a tablet PC to take notes in class, jot down shopping lists or anything else you'd do with pen and paper.


Mobile Event Experience slated for BR
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Microsoft Corp. will roll into Baton Rouge on Monday in a 42-foot-long truck full of technical products and software. It's part of the company's Mobile Event Experience, a hands-on interactive environment that includes computer workstations, a Tablet PC and computer servers. The Mobile Event Experience will continue through Tuesday at the Louisiana Technology Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.


IBM breaks the language barrier
Engineer Online

The goal of MASTOR is to convey the meaning of what is said, even if the speaker or speech recogniser makes minor errors. During operation, the user speaks into a microphone, MASTOR recognises and translates the speech, then vocalises the translation in the target language for the foreign language speaker to hear. The foreign language speaker can then speak into the microphone in their own language, and MASTOR translates and vocalises their speech back to the original language. MASTOR produces an audible and text translation of the spoken words that can run on a PDA, tablet PC or laptop computer.


October 16, 2006

Panasonic Introduces Next Generation Toughbook® Rugged Computers Rugged Computers Featuring Embedded 3G Wireless and Worlds Brightest Notebook Screens
Business Wire

Fully rugged notebook and tablet PC include powerful processors, new security CF-19 Tablet PCfeatures, and daylight-readable displays crucial for mission-critical and field-mobile applications

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the leading provider of durable, reliable wireless mobile PCs, today introduced two new rugged Panasonic® Toughbook® computers: The CF-19 convertible tablet PC, and the flagship CF-30 clamshell notebook.

Building on the success of the CF-18 tablet and CF-29 notebook, these new Toughbooks come equipped with Intel Core Duo processors, additional security features, and optional embedded access to next-generation wireless data networks from all major cellular wireless carriers. In addition, these MIL-SPEC-certified notebooks incorporate daylight-readable screens and the rugged featuressuch as magnesium alloy cases, sealed keyboards and ports, flexible internal connectors and shock-mountingthat ultimately deliver the highest levels of reliability in the industry.

Rugged, Reliable, Wireless

Both the CF-30 notebook PC and CF-19 convertible tablet are constructed of magnesium alloy and include shock-mounted screens and hard drives. With battery life of approximately 6 hours

Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Convertible Tablet PC: Select Features and Specifications

  • Intel® Core Duo Processor U2400 (2MB L2 cache), Processor speed 1.06GHz, 533MHz FSB
  • 80GB HDD
  • 512MB SDRAM standard, expandable to 4096MB
  • Optional external USB Combo Drive
  • Full Magnesium Alloy case with handle
  • Touchscreen PC version: 10.4" 1024 x 768 (XGA) transmissive, daylight-readable TFT Active Matrix Color LCD
  • Tablet PC version: 10.4" 1024 x 768 (XGA) transmissive, daylight-readable TFT Active Matrix Color LCD with Digitizer
  • 550 Nit LCD brightness (470 Nit with touch screen) with new Low Reflection Screen Coating
  • Dimensions: 1.9" (H) x 10.7" (W) x 8.5" (D)
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Battery Life: 7 hours, depending on use conditions


Samsung Q1 now Available at COMPUSA

This great bundle includes the normally optional keyboard and carry case!

At just 1.7 pounds and less than an inch thick, the Samsung Q1 Ultra Mobile PC re-defines the term "mobility". The Q1 gives you the power of a PC in a small package. Check your email. Revise a spreadsheet. Every Q1 comes loaded with Windows XP Tablet Edition and integrated WLAN 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0


New ultraportable PC offers Yahoo Go
PC Advisor

The world's largest contract laptop PC maker is branching out into UMPCs (ultramobile PCs), using a reference design from Intel and internet software from Yahoo.

Intel executives showed off the UMPC made by Quanta Computer today at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei. The new device is a sign that Intel and other backers of the UMPC design are gaining further support from hardware makers, which will increase the variety of devices available as well as their functions. More UMPC contenders should also help drive down prices through market competition.

The model on show runs on Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet Edition OS and is Quanta's first product in the UMPC category. It will be the second Taiwanese company to enter the market, following the launch of Asustek's R2H last month.


OnTheRun with Tablet PCs show #30

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Those OnTheRun Tablet guys are back with show #30 and if you are interested in Vista then you better pay attention.  Marc Orchant and James Kendrick catch up on where they have been since the last show and talk Tablets for almost an hour.  If you want to win a Motion LS800 then listen up and we'll tell you how.  We can't wait to see the next Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet PC and all the display options.  Which would JK choose- MultiTouch display or hi-res display?  Marc has been bopping around conferences all over the place and fills us in on how fruitful the Tablet PC spotting is going.  When Marc has some free time he's been using the New York TImes Reader on his Tablet PC, find out what he thinks about it.  James attended the Mobius event in Boston and guess how many Tablet PCs were in attendance?  Speaking of Mobius Matt Miller installs Vista on a MacBook Pro.  What do the Tablet guys think of Windows Vista RC2?  It might surprise you.  Kevin Tofel has Vista running on the Samsung Q1and loves it.  Check out Marc's Expert Zone Chat this week!


Dr. Neil, Hugo Ortega mashup

Dr. Neil Roodyn and I recently decided to commit to a weekly podcast, sortof...well hopefully...maybe.

In an effort to make good with our word we bring you round number two of Dr. Neil vs. Hugo Ortega. So sit back, and listen into two MVP's discuss some geek stuff with a special guest - a cool little five year old.


Asus R1F-K018T Core 2 Duo Ensemble Convertible Tablet PC

PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.66Ghz; 667mhz w/ 2mb Cache)
DISPLAY: 13.3" WXGA (1280 x 800) Color Shine Glaretype Convertible Touch Panel
MOTHERBOARD: Asus R1F w/ Intel 945GM Chipset
MEMORY: 1024MB DDR2 667
GRAPHICS: Integrated Intel 945GM Graphics - shared up to 128mb
WIRELESS: Built-In Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 A/B/G miniPCI
OPTICAL: 8x Super Multi DVD Burner
OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition

Price: $1,799.00


Tablet PCs promise to heighten CPS efficiency
Waco Tribune Herald

The tablet personal computers that Child Protective Services recently gave its workers may weigh less than four pounds each, but they’re a ton of help in the field.

Employees for the child welfare agency can use the computers to do everything from look up reports to research driving directions. Earmarked for workers who provide services to families in their homes, the purpose of the tablets is to create mobile offices to help employees do their jobs better, state officials say.

“The tablet PC is a key component to improving CPS in Texas,” said Joyce James, assistant commissioner for CPS, which investigates cases of child abuse and neglect. “This tool will enhance the mobility of our caseworkers and their ability to respond to the needs of children and families.


ArtRage 2.2 Released!

Ambient Design Ltd today announced the release of a new version of ArtRage, their award-winning natural painting software. ArtRage 2.2 is available for Windows XP/2K users, and a Universal Binary is available for Mac OSX users for both Intel and PowerPC. ArtRage 2.2 has been released in English, French, and German language versions.

ArtRage 2.2 adds significant new features which will appeal to high-end artists as well as hobbyist and inexperienced artists. Here are some of the most important changes.

ArtRage 1 was released as a free product in 2004 and went on to win a number of online awards, followed by the first place in Microsoft’s ‘Does Your App Think In Ink’ contest for Tablet PC applications (2004).


Tablet PCs promise to heighten CPS efficiency
Waco Tribune Herald

The tablet personal computers that Child Protective Services recently gave its workers may weigh less than four pounds each, but they’re a ton of help in the field.

Employees for the child welfare agency can use the computers to do everything from look up reports to research driving directions. Earmarked for workers who provide services to families in their homes, the purpose of the tablets is to create mobile offices to help employees do their jobs better, state officials say.

“The tablet PC is a key component to improving CPS in Texas,” said Joyce James, assistant commissioner for CPS, which investigates cases of child abuse and neglect. “This tool will enhance the mobility of our caseworkers and their ability to respond to the needs of children and families.


October 17, 2006

TabletKiosk eo Bump cases now Available

eo Bump Case for v7110 UMPCs    eo Bump Case for i7200 Series UMPCs

eo bump case

This attractive padded case not only looks slick, but also protects your eo UMPC from scrapes, bumps and scratches. These cases were designed to fit securely on the eo V7110 and eo i7200 series Ultra Mobile PCs while providing easy access to all of the buttons and I/O ports on the unit. The cases feature comfortable elastic criss-cross straps to provide easy one-handed use as well as an adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free carrying convenience.

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Just Released! New Diskeeper 2007 with InvisiTasking technology maximizes peak performance in a way never before possible by eliminating file system performance problems IN REAL TIME as they occur.

Diskeeper 2007

Diskeeper Corporation announced today Diskeeper® 2007 with InvisiTasking(tm), a new version of its award-winning defragmenter. InvisiTasking is a technology which truly allows any system maintenance task to run invisibly in the background. The ground breaking InvisiTasking technology marks the beginning of a new era for Diskeeper and automatic defragmentation. In the same way that manual defragmentation evolved into scheduled defragmentation, it has now evolved into true automatic defragmentation with InvisiTasking.

InvisiTasking is the foundation for Diskeeper to eliminate fragmentation in real-time without affecting system performance or intruding on system demands. Diskeeper 2007 is a major turning point in the history of the product and InvisiTasking marks the dawn of a new era of how background processing will be done across the industry.


Ultra Mobile PC is ruggedized for use in harsh areas.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room

Black Diamond Launches SwitchBack PC, World's First Rugged Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)

SwitchBack PC Unveiled at the Intel Booth at ESC Boston; First-of-its-Kind Rugged UMPC is Patent-Pending with Unique, Extendable Modular Technology

BOSTON, Embedded Systems Conference, Intel Booth #801, Sept. 26 -- 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 (, the world's first rugged UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computer). The SwitchBack makes its debut at the Intel booth at the Embedded Systems Conference taking place this week in Boston, MA.

The SwitchBack (7.5" x 5.5" x 2") utilizes a 1.0 GHz Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor, 1GB of 400 MHz DDR2 and can run Windows XP, CE, Mobile or Linux, packing the power of a desktop PC in a lightweight, handheld rugged form factor. The SwitchBack features the efficiencies of other UMPCs on the market, such as anywhere connectivity and portability, but takes it one step further with its own unique elements of extreme ruggedability, modularity and power.

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.


Spellex Tablet PC Suite
spellex for tablet pc

Spellex Tablet PC Suite allows your Tablet PC to better recognize handwritten medical terms while greatly enhancing the Microsoft Office basic English spell checker with hundreds of thousands of medical terms. Comprehensive medical spell checking and increased handwriting vocabulary can be yours in one easy-to-use software suite!

Works inside your favorite handwriting-enhanced applications like Windows Journal, Microsoft OneNote, Franklin-Covey Tablet Planner, Windows Tablet Input Panel, and many many others. There is nothing new to learn. No manuals to read, no commands to memorize, and no more irritating word conversion errors.

Correctly recognizes and spells thousands of medical words covering over 70 medical specialties, from Anesthesiology to Virology, and more... with countless useful medical terms not found in any other recognition enhancement!


AirGator Releases 'Ultimate' NAVAir Electronic Flight Bag
Aero-News Network

With a focus on the airline, corporate and other professional pilot requirements, AirGator Tablet PCAirGator says its NAVAir products empower the pilot to conduct all flight planning, enroute calculations and destination operations in one device.

At the top of the company's offerings for bizav pilots is the NAVPad Bundle -- which includes a Wireless Tablet PC with sunlight-readable touchscreen display, Bluetooth-enabled WAAS GPS and XM WX or WSI/Sirius weather receiver with antenna (both with battery pack capability), NAVAirEFB moving map software with integrated real-time weather, an integrated single wire 12/28 VDC power harness and optional mounting and power backup solutions.


October 18, 2006

Fujitsu P1610 tablet rocks out with an 8.9-inch display
engadget, CA

TabletPc2 Editors Note:

The P1610 Pictured above is an Overseas Release.  It is not from Fujitsu USA
and not currently being marketed or sold in the USA

Well folks, nostra culpa, a laptop from a major manufacturer slipped under our radar; without any further delay, we present to you what we know about the new Fujitsu P1610, heir apparent to the P1500 / P1510: it's got an 8.9-inch display (1280 x 768), an Intel Core Solo U1400 (1.2GHz) processor, up to 1GB of RAM, an 80GB HDD, a fingerprint sensor, an SD card reader, USB 2.0, UMTS (3G), a PC card slot, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a battery that purports to be good for up to 4.5 hours. Whenever this finally hits the Korean peninsula (well, it's southern half, anyway) it'll cost you 2,090,000 South Korean won ($2,187) for the 512MB RAM model or 2,390,000 won ($2,501) for the 1GB model.


Franklin Wireless CDU-550 Mobile Broadband USB Modem
Market Wire

Franklin Wireless announced its CDU-550 Mobile Broadband USB modem can now support both Windows Mobile, the most prevalent OS running on most PDAs and Ultra-Mobile PCs, and Linux operating systems.

Franklin Wireless' innovative CDU-550, which is also supported on Intel based Macintosh systems running the latest update of Mac OS X v.10.4.7 operating system, is the industry's first dongle EVDO USB mobile broadband modem to be introduced in the United States. The USB mobile broadband modem enables

wireless subscribers using Tablet PC, Mac laptop and desktop that do not have a PCMCIA card slot, to connect to the Internet with broadband-like speeds. Additionally, the wireless connection is not limited to hot spots, which allows greater freedom and a true mobility to the subscriber.

"The CDU-550 was developed for the user who wants wireless access without being limited to hotspots," explained Mr. O.C. Kim, President of Franklin Wireless. "There are many cards available, but only the Franklin Wireless CDU-550 is multiplatform, having a cross-platform feature that is not available anywhere else in the market. Additionally, it is the only USB mobile broadband product that supports the Linux system.


Ultramobile PCs Reappear
PC World

Now, Quanta Computer, the world's largest contract laptop PC maker, is branching out into UMPCs, says Dan Nystedt of IDG News Service. He said the company is using a reference design from Intel and Internet software from Yahoo. Here's what it looks like with the keyboard opened.

Quanta UMPC

The device runs on Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet Edition OS


Gateway M285-E
CNET Reviews

The good: Thanks to a Core 2 Duo processor, you get tablet features without Gateway M285-Esacrificing regular laptop performance; responsive screen and stylus; available with long-lasting 12-cell battery.

The bad: Too big and heavy for some tablet users; stylus requires recalibration when flipping screen orientation; low-res screen.

The bottom line: Gateway's M285-E convertible tablet can easily serve double duty as your main PC, but its size and weight makes it hard to use as a full-time tablet.


October 19, 2006

The Walletino UMPC

On Tuesday, UML introduced a very manly UMPC concept for high-powered businessman and we promised the next one would be for the modern woman. The Walletino is just the UMPC to keep you connected with your friends and family while out on the town. Designed to look just like that wallet you have stuffed full of money and credit cards, it hides a little secret. Open it up to find a large, bright LCD screen and a fully functioning PC



October 20, 2006

Original TabletKiosk Roadshow forum member Blowfish has posted 52 pictures of the event

TabletKiosk UMPCS

I just got back from the TabletKiosk Demo Days in Anaheim, CA, 10-19-06. Fun times, not only getting lots of hands-on time with all of the different tablets and UMPC's, but especially talking with Gail Levy (TabletKioskGail in these forums), Director of Marketing with TabletKiosk, Linda Epstein of and Chris De Herrera of Man, I learned a lot from these folks, especially Linda and Chris, they know their stuff when it comes to the tabletpc/UMPC universe.
Chatting with Gail, she told me that TabletKiosk will be coming out with a new outdoor viewable screen for the i7200 series UMPC's. This will be an option for the i7200 series, and available most likely the beginning of next year. This was excellent news! forum member Blowfish has posted 52 pictures of the event


Eclipse Aviation Unveils Avio Flight Bag
Aero-News Network

Strategic Aeronautics To Provide Electronic Flight Bag For The Eclipse 500 Jet

Eclipse Aviation and Strategic Aeronautics have unveiled the Avio Flight Bag (AFB), a suite of software applications that extend Eclipse’s Avio Total Aircraft Integration beyond the aircraft. From the convenience of their homes, offices or hotel rooms, Eclipse 500 operators will be able to tap into their AFBs to expedite all flight operations. Future integration of the AFB with the Avio system will provide Eclipse 500 customers with a completely paperless cockpit solution.

“The Avio Flight Bag addresses the growing operational needs of pilots, providing innovative, convenient and safe methods of ensuring proper planning and flight operations,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. “The Eclipse 500 has been designed with a very high degree of systems automation, and this product advances our goal of delivering unmatched avionics integration and operations capabilities to our customers.”

Features & Functionality

The Avio Flight Bag will be offered either as a standalone software application for use on a Windows based PC, or bundled with the newly introduced Fujitsu P1610D convertible tablet PC


Toshiba Tecra M7 Tablet PC - Our Full Review
Tablet PC Reviews

Editor's Note: - we took a unique approach in working with the Toshiba M7 Tablet PC. Our co-author, Jermaine Whitaker is a High School Teacher and Football Coach. Jermaine worked with the M7 extensively as a first time Tablet PC user. Throughout the review you will be able to read Jermaine's unique take and his views on how everything worked out diving into the Tablet PC platform with the M7. Enjoy


Jermaine: The Tecra M7 is a well-made, easy to use, good machine. I highly recommend the Tecra M7 to anyone who is in the market of buying a Tablet PC. The price will compete with any other Tablets on the market. 

Barry: Ditto. The M7 is a great contender for consideration by consumers seeking a "desktop replacement" type of Tablet PC. The Tecra comes across as a business class computer with consumer-friendly features. Whether it's features like a nice widesreen format display to watch DVDs or high-level biometric security that you seek in a Tablet PC, the M7 has combined a great mix in offerings all in one moderately priced package.


October 23, 2006

LG’s sexed-up tablet PCLG Tablet PC
T3, UK

It hasn’t even been a week since it announced those new Xnote models, but LG’s already extending its laptop family, with the cool rotating Xnote C1 Tablet PC.

The new lap-dweller keeps the same slinky lines as its Xnote brethren, as well as sporting slots for Compact Flash, SD and Memory Stick cards, so that’s three reasons why digital photographers on the move will lap this tablet up straight away.


New Samsung UMPCs Debut
Brighthand, CA

Samsung has widened the range of Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) it offers. It has recently begun selling two new variations of its original model.

This summer, this company announced an updated version of its Q1, which is now available. Bearing the name Q1b, this device has a Via C7-M processor, not the Intel Celeron one in the original model. 

Another new version of this device is called the Q1-Pentium, and as its name suggests it is based on a 1 GHz Pentium processor.

Memory Changes

Despite what earlier reports said, the Q1b has the same memory configuration as Samsung's first UMPC.

This Q1-Pentium, on the other hand, will sport a larger hard drive (60 GB vs. 40 GB), and  more RAM (1 GB vs. 512 MB). 

Otherwise, though, these two new models are essentially identical to the Q1. That means they run the special version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition that Microsoft has developed for this new class of devices. Like the original, they also sport a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

The Q1b is priced at $900, while the Q1-Pentium costs $1,250. The Samsung Q1 currently sells for about $1,100.


Automated Benefits Corp. Receives 2006 Mobile Star Awards
PR Newswire

Symbility Mobile Claims Solution Recognized in Categories of Best Tablet PC Application and Best Enterprise Software for Field Inspections

Symbility Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Automated Benefits Corp. (TSX Venture: AUT), today announced it received two Mobile Star Awards(TM) from Mobile Village(R) for its Symbility mobile claims(TM) solution. The product received a Gold Star award for best Tablet PC Application and a Bright Star award in the Field Inspections Software category.

"Mobile technology is improving business processes in every industry today, and the Symbility mobile claims solution demonstrates tremendous value for the insurance market," said Gary Thayer, Go Mobile editor and Mobile Star Awards coordinator. "The field requirements of this market make it particularly suited for mobile solutions that help improve efficiencies, and Symbility is clearly a leader in this space.

" The Symbility mobile claims solution empowers adjusters and contractors in the property and casualty insurance market to process claims more rapidly and accurately. The solution allows claims to be processed completely onsite using a Tablet PC.


Win an Anywhere Map EFB System — With Tablet PC!
Flying Magazine

Win an Anywhere Map EFB System — With Tablet PC!

EFB Tablet PC

Get a chance to win a new complete Anywhere Map electronic flight bag (EFB) by entering our giveaway on No purchase is necessary, and the official rules can be found on the website. The contest runs from October 20 through November 22.

The EFB features Anywhere Map's moving map software, including its two most popular utilities, Weather and Pocket Plates, all displayed on a Motion Computing LS800 tablet computer with a 30 GB hard drive. The system makes use of a wireless Bluetooth XM Weather receiver and antenna and a Bluetooth GPS receiver, and includes mounting hardware for the computer and the receiver/antennas. It comes with 12-month subscriptions to software updates, Pocket Plates approach charts and flight data updates, as well as the XM Weather activation.

This Anywhere Map EFB normally sells for around $4,350, but you can win one for free by entering our giveaway on And remember, you can enter as often as once a day. Good luck!


October 24, 2006

Tabletology reviews Electrovaya Scribbler SC 3100, Part 2: pen and paper

We were struck in reviewing the Scribbler how tough it must be to be a Tablet PCscribbler designer. Just because everything comes together in one neat little package in a Tablet PC so customer preference speaks at a hundred different points.

It writes a little different from the TC1100. It makes a scribble scribble sound, consistent with the name ‘Scribbler.’ We liked the drag and the nice feel of friction of the pen on paper, compared to the glossy feel of the TC1100 (of which we’ve never been great fans). I also picked it up for notetaking during its visit to enjoy the feel of the stylus on the screen.



Shuffle Master Unveils New Product Powered by Sona Mobile Wireless
Market Wire

Sona Mobile Holdings Corp. today announced that its strategic alliance partner, Shuffle Master, Inc. unveiled a new product, Vegas Star Wireless, at its Annual Investor Day. The strategic alliance between Sona and Shuffle Master develops, distributes and markets "in casino" wireless gaming content and delivery systems.

The new product, Vegas Star Wireless, is an extension of the Casino On Demand wireless gaming delivery system jointly developed by Sona Mobile and Shuffle Master. Casino On Demand utilizes the Sona Wireless Platform (SWP), an embedded wireless application which enables secure, real time execution of transactions over cellular or WiFi networks.

Vegas Star Wireless allows casinos to generate incremental revenue by increasing the number of player positions on classic Vegas Star products without requiring extra fixed-position terminals that occupy additional floor space. Using the wireless extension, players will be able to access their preferred Vegas Star games remotely from approved areas of the casino by using handhelds or tablet PC's powered by the Sona Wireless Platform.


October 25, 2006

OtterBox 7000 Laptop Case

We have rugged notebook PCs. And then we have rugged notebook PC cases. OtterBox unveiled its latest rugged laptop case. It is so rugged that you can even stand on the case without damaging the laptop inside (like you tried it with your existing laptop case).

Offered in two models - the 7030 Medium case for laptops with 15" screens and the 7040 Large case for those with 17" screens - they can snugly fit in Tablet PCs, UMPCs and various other versions of the humble notebook.


Microsoft Adds Office 2007 to Vista Upgrade Program

Windows Vista upgrade for a fee; Office 2007 upgrade for free

Microsoft today officially announced programs to provide holiday shoppers with low-cost upgrades to Windows Vista, which we first reported on earlier this month. New information for today is that Microsoft is offering a similar upgrade path for PCs pre-installed with 2003 Microsoft Office software to 2007 Microsoft Office.

The software giant says it is offering the Technology Guarantee program to consumers and small businesses from Oct. 26, 2006, through March 15, 2007.

“Our customers can shop for a new PC with confidence this holiday season because of the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista and Office Technology Guarantee programs,” said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. “These programs ensure people will have a great experience with their Windows XP-based PCs today, and an even better one when Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release become available.”

A number of computer manufacturers worldwide have confirmed plans to participate in the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista program. PCs carrying the Windows Vista Capable logo may be eligible for the program, but upgrade offers will vary among PC makers and region.

U.S. upgrades from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to Windows Vista Home Premium, and upgrades from Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Business 64, will be offered for a nominal fee. Upgrades from Windows XP Home Edition to Windows Vista Home Basic and to Windows Vista Home Premium will be offered at a 50 percent discount from the boxed product upgrade price, plus the cost of shipping and handling.

Customers will also receive upgrades from 2003 Office to comparable 2007 Office release products for the cost of shipping and handling when the product becomes available.


Holiday PC buyers get Vista upgrade promise

Computer buyers who pick up a new PC this holiday season won't get the latest version of Windows or Office, but they can score a discount if they decide to upgrade later.

Those who buy a system with Windows XP or Office 2003 between Thursday and March 15 will be eligible to move up to Windows Vista or Office 2007. The terms of the Vista "Express Upgrade" offer will vary from one PC maker to another, Microsoft said Tuesday. In some cases, the upgrades will be free, while in some other cases, they may require the customer to pay up to half the price of the updated software.

In the U.S. version of the system builder program, owners of Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC Edition can upgrade to Windows Vista Business for the cost of shipping and handling. Similarly, Windows XP Media Center can move to Windows Vista Home Premium, again for the cost of shipping and handling.

People who buy from smaller PC makers will get their new software directly from Microsoft. This is what's on offer for U.S. shoppers:

XP version Vista upgrade
Media Center 2005 Home Premium
Professional Business
Tablet PC Business
Professional x64 Business 64
Home Home Basic (half price)
Home Home Premium (half price)


Mobile Connections is coming up quickly!

DevConnections is quickly approaching, which means the Mobile Connections track too! Have you registered yet? I am ready to get to a good developer community event like this one will be. Now, I just have to shake this ear infection so I can get on a plane again. (Thank you for the kind notes while I've been home sick.)

Register for Mobile Connections
November 6 - 9
Mandalay Bay Resort
Las Vegas, NV


October 26, 2006

FireFox 2.0 and Tablet PC goodies

With the release of FireFox 2.0, it is a good time to point to the Tablet PC friendly extention goodness out there.

I'm using both browsers, but FireFox is currently set as my default

If you use FireFox 2.0 and a Tablet PC, there are several exentions that should be on your short list:

  • GeckoTip - enables the TIP to display when inking URLs and offers left handed scrollbars
  • Grab and Drag - offers gesturing, dragging, and much more. Really enhances the browsing experience for Tablet PC users
  • Mouse Gestures - Allows you to execute common commands (like page forward/backward, close tab, new tab) by mouse gestures drawn over the current webpage, without reaching for the toolbar or the keyboard.
    You can also use click-only "rocker" gestures which are even faster than drawn gestures.

Anybody else got some good Tablet PC / Pen friendly FireFox 2.0 extentions? I'm particularly looking for some that ink-enable Thunderbird, FireFox's email client.


Scriptnetics Becomes Known for Customized Handwriting Software for for Mobile PCs
PR Web

BrunMed, Inc becomes Scriptnetics, Inc. to better reflect its expertise in custom programming for handwriting on the Tablet PC and Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC).

The Tablet PC and the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) with their handwriting capabilities have opened up a new area of computer application development. This is handwriting as the method of data entry for control and retrieval in computer programs and is beginning to be referred to as scriptnetics.

Michael Milne, CEO, states, “Our ability to provide customized software systems that take advantage of the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC operating system puts us at the cutting edge of software programming.”

The Windows XP Tablet PC operating system was released November 7th, 2002 by Microsoft as a super set of the regular Windows XP operating system. This super set could take advantage of the maturing technologies of wireless, network access, low power CPUs and screen digitizers. These technology developments laid the foundation for computers to become lightweight and robust enough for “corridor warriors,” workers who can not be tied to a desktop computer and who multi-task throughout the work day.

The now newly named Scriptnetics began to leverage the new technologies into applications for medical doctors. Physicians and hospitals were the first large group of corridor warriors to purchase and use the Tablet PC. The first application released by Scriptnetics was Medscribbler, the first electronic medical record (EMR) with embedded handwriting.

Other Scriptnetics products include: a soon to be released an UMPC based prescription writer called RxScribbler, a medical dictionary for the Tablet PC, Prairie Dog Bash for the UMPC plus customized software applications for medical and medical software companies.

Scriptnetics is a Microsoft Tablet PC Premier Partner, one of only fifty companies world-wide, and provides software programming services from North America and information publishing for physicians.


CIC Automates the Mortgage Process
PR Newswire

"The CIC eSignature Solution presents a uniform methodology for capturing electronic signatures of all kinds," stated Russ Davis, CIC's Chief Technology Officer. "Whether you need the socially accepted handwritten signature from a Point of Sale type terminal, a verified biometric signature on a Tablet PC, zero footprint eSignatures, voice signature, or a combination fingerprint and smartcard PKI signature from a specialty device, CIC supports a wide variety of well known products with a single eSignature solution."


Picture This: Visio 2003
Redmond Channel Partner

Tools of the Trade
There are a variety of tools within Visio that will help your customers fine tune and customize their diagrams. Visio has new annotation features that support pen input on the Tablet PC, which facilitates natural markup and creating freehand sketches.


Seton is city's newest, largest Wi-Fi hotspot
Phoenix Business Journal

Patients and other guests will be able to use their personal laptops, PDAs or other handheld devices to access the Internet via Seton's public wireless network.

Seton executives say the wireless service is especially beneficial to patients, their families and friends who may need to remain in the hospital for an extended period of time but want a way to keep up with personal or work-related activities

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, scheduled to open in June 2007, and Seton Medical Center Williamson, scheduled to open in early 2008, will also offer free Internet access.

During the past two years, Seton installed wireless network service for clinical purposes in its facilities -- allowing doctors to move through the hospital with patient information on their PDA or tablet PC.


October 27, 2006

Ink Desktop - REALLY!

On this occasion I have been graced with the arrival of a brand new Wacom Graphire4 Pen Tablet. The reason: Well the reason is that Wacom has chosen to ride the Vista experience for all it's worth – which includes Tablet enabled Desktops…

A Tablet enabled Desktop is one of the most exciting “next gen” steps towards Tablet bliss. Due to Microsoft Tablet-enabling all of the Vista SKUs (except for Home Basic) what we’re now faced with is a world of Ink Enabled Desktops - REALLY. What does this mean you may ask? It means that Journal, Tablet Input Panel (TIP), Gestures and Ink-on-Office are only but a Wacom away!


Eyewear supplier uses tablet PCs to get better look at customer

A ready-to-wear eyewear supplier is using tablet PCs to help reps get up-to-date customer profiles, provide quick sell-through and replenish stock.

Vancouver-based SunTech Optics Inc., which sells sunglasses, reading glasses and accessories, recently deployed a sales automation application called EZ Route to increase sales efficiencies. But the application required a portable hardware platform, and its initial plan to roll out EZ Route on PDAs just wouldn’t cut it.

SunTech decided upon Fujitsu’s LifeBook P1510D Convertible Tablet PC, which was big enough to display its sales templates, but small enough to carry in a briefcase or knapsack. It was also fully functional so reps wouldn’t have to go home and use a desktop to check their e-mail.

Moving to a tablet allowed them to switch from “gadget” mode to a real PC. “Everything is automated and it engages the customer,” he said. When they go to place the order and the customer is allowed to sign on the screen, it’s even cooler.”

So far, SunTech has 34 tablets in the field and will have another 12 by the middle of November. By next spring, it will be using a total of 50 tablets.

Each tablet weighs 2.5 pounds. “(Reps) are used to carrying around seven or eight pounds,” said Chang. “It’s unprofessional to be carrying something that big into a store.”

The tablets were built custom-to-order and include extended-life batteries. If reps are just using the sales application, said Chang, they can go a week without a charge.

“Our buy-in is very high,” he said. “Of the 34 I’ve only had one come back and that’s because the sales rep left the laptop on top of an infrared scanner and it scrambled the drive.”

The tablet market is taking off for a couple of key reasons, according to Moore. There are more hot spots out there with integrated wireless and more people want to use them. They also want something light and portable, but with the functionality of Office and e-mail. “Your vertical product is now a horizontal product,” he said. “When Microsoft (got into) tablet PCs and created a consistent environment that we could write applications for, it just took off.”


October 30, 2006

OnTheRun with Tablet PCs #31

It's show # 31 and Marc Orchant and James Kendrick love Vista on their Tablet JK on the runPCs but there are some gotchas lurking if you are not careful.    James loves Internet Explorer 7 on his UMPC and tells us how to get the ability to use the TIP in web forms back.

Asus is getting everyone excited with their two new entries- the R2H UMPC and the R1F 13.3" Tablet PC (OnlyUMPC has a good review of the R2H


Business Professionals Praise The Tornado(TM) as an Efficient and Effective Computer File Management and Transfer Tool
PR Newswire

As Dallas-based Data Drive Thru sells more and more of its new patented Tornado computer file transfer tool, the company is receiving emails from business professionals who have found several valuable applications for the product in their day-to-day business operations.

Dr. Ron Attanasso of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a busy professional who is a dentist, full time professor at The University of Nebraska and the president of a start-up software company. Dr Attanasso uses The Tornado(TM) to keep a synchronized and balanced record of all the computer files on his laptop, desktop and portable slate tablet. "It is important that the files and notes on my laptop and slate tablet are transferred onto the hard drive of my base desktop computer, so that my academic, patient and business files are complete and in sync with one other. I also need to make sure that I have a reliable back-up copy for all of my work," said Dr. Attanasso. "The Tornado(TM) saves me a lot of valuable time and is the most secure method I have found to help me manage the proprietary files and data that must stay current on all of my computer devices. The Tornado(TM) is plug and play easy and small enough for me to take along to business meetings and when I travel."


Customized Handwriting Software for Mobile PCs

The Tablet PC and the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) with their handwriting capabilities have opened up a new area of computer application development. This is handwriting as the method of data entry for control and retrieval in computer programs and is beginning to be referred to as scriptnetics.

The Windows XP Tablet PC operating system was released November 7th, 2002 by Microsoft as a super set of the regular Windows XP operating system. This super set could take advantage of the maturing technologies of wireless, network access, low power CPUs and screen digitizers. These technology developments laid the foundation for computers to become lightweight and robust enough for "corridor warriors," workers who can not be tied to a desktop computer and who multi-task throughout the work day.

The now newly named Scriptnetics began to leverage the new technologies into applications for medical doctors. Physicians and hospitals were the first large group of corridor warriors to purchase and use the Tablet PC. The first application released by Scriptnetics was Medscribbler, the first electronic medical record (EMR) with embedded handwriting.


Instant Movie Rentals on Your Tablet PC with Movielink
Tablet PC Reviews

Entertainment via the internet has become serious business. We now have gadgets like the Slingbox that make it possible to "tune in" to our pre-recorded and live shows remotely from a PC. Then there is DVD rental mail order via the web with Netflix. So how about access to a library of movies like you get with Netflix, but the immediate ability to watch them on your Tablet PC? With free software from Movilink, renting or buying movies for instant viewing has become a reality.



October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2006

GottaBeMobile Audio Inkshow: A Halloween Treat For Tablet PC For Tablet PC Tricksters Everywhere
Gotta Be Mobile

Here’s a trick and a treat for you on Halloween. Dennis Rice and I get together halloween Tablet PConce again for another Audio InkShow (and this time he wasn’t wearing that Bill Clinton costume) and talk about what’s happening in the Tabletscape and what’s going on in the forums. We also wax rhapsodic about Vista and some things to look forward to and some things to be aware of. Here’s a list of the news items we hit, followed by a list of the forum threads we highlight.

Download the Audio Inkshow Here (58.0mb, 50:45, mp3 format)


Wacom’s Doug Little talks about the present and future of tablet technology

Doug: Many software developers have a tendency to see the pen as an opportunity for new kinds of tool support for such things as ink mark-up, annotation, paint, and photo editing. As pen input proliferates into the market, software vendors see the pen as a user interface methodology. This evolution expands the thinking beyond tools to consider more generally what the pen can bring to the experience of using software and operating system(s). We already see signs of this in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista operating system, which has added “Flicks” and TIP (Tablet PC input panel) icons wherever text input occurs. On the Apple side, we see this with applications like “Motion.” which has implemented pen gestures to allow users to quickly access shortcuts and modify application modalities. Another example would be Microsoft’s ribbon user interface in Office 2007, which plays extremely well to pen display and pen tablet users who are used to absolute positioning.


Toshiba Portégé M400-S4032
ABC News

The Toshiba Portégé M400-S4032 ($2,200 street) is a terrific convertible tablet PC with a rotating display that makes writing on the screen fun. The second iteration of the Toshiba's M400 series, the M400-S4032 includes a significantly improved set of components. It's one of the first convertible tablets to integrate Verizon's EV-DO wireless WAN, and if prestige is what you're after, an Intel Core Duo processor is a step in the right direction


OtterBox Ruggedizes Gear for GIS MS4 Stormwater Inventory

As GIS Specialist for the Town of Bethlehem over the last two years, Jason Baum has the exclusive responsibility of creating and maintaining the Geographic otterbox tablet pc caseInformation System. Located on the banks of the Hudson River in upstate New York, the town spans over forty two suburban and rural square miles and has a population of 32,000 people.

By using a Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000 and enclosing it in a rugged OtterBox 4600 Tablet PC case, Baum added longevity to the tablet while staying under budget.

“It was less expensive to get a Fujitsu Stylistic and OtterBox than a purpose built rugged tablet,” explains Baum. “We also have the flexibility of using the Fujitsu outside the case by simply removing it, employing the keyboard and external DVD.”

For the last eight months, the OtterBox solution has provided Baum and his co-worker Mike Kaulfuss the ultimate safeguard against the elements.

“We can be confident that the computer is well protected, and we can take it anywhere,” says Baum, “The response has been very positive.”

The team uses the OtterBox 4600 to protect the tablet while gathering field data


iRobot Sentinel Technology: Control Multiple Robots From a Single Tablet PC irobot Tablet PC

The folks at iRobot stopped developing Jetsons-inspired robot vacuum cleaners for a second to crank out the Sentinel, a technology that allows users to control several different robots simultaneously from a Tablet PC. The technology is being aimed at our fighting men and first responders so they can more safely and efficiently haul ass. The Army threw iRobot some cash to develop the Sentinel, so it's only a matter of time before the technology is deployed in any one of our well-managed theaters of operation.


GIVEAWAY: Anyone want a Tablet PC HP 1100?

OK, we have a redundant Tablet PC HP1100 that I would like to get rid of because it's cluttering my home office and I meant to give this away a couple of weeks back but never got around to doing so. It works fine and has the keyboard, charger and carrying case.

Simple to win all I need you guys to do is let me know how you are using your Palm / Treo / PDA device, give me a line or two or indeed a paragraph. Important, give your blurb a title, this is important NO TITLE NO ENTRY INTO THE CONTEST and send into us with TABLETPC in the subject line [again, very important because it ensures your email does not fall into my spam folder] and send to - Lindsey will choose a winner by random later this week.



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