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Tablet PC News Archive

February 2007

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February 1, 2007

The TabletPC2.com  Tablet PC Quick Compare  has been updated to include the newest Tablet PCs that are available with the Vista Operating System.  While I do my very best to keep the Tablet PC comparisons as up-to-date as possible, things are always changing.  So if you notice something missing a Tablet that is now available with Vista that isn't marked "Windows Vista" please feel free to drop me an email and let me know.

For those of you waiting for an answer to the question what Tablet PC I am using for my main machine...... stay tuned, you will have your answer next week. 

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Today turned out to be a blessing in disguise. What I had planned was a firsthand look at the brand new Toshiba R400 (don’t panic, I did that) but what ended up happening was rather special. Jon Dee, Founder of Planet Ark and Australian Spokesman for Al Gore's “an inconvenient truth” DVD, is a real gentleman and more than that he’s a geek like us. As the ultimate envangelist for all things ecological and Green Jon can frequently be spotted driving his Toyota Prius, planting trees, or living it up in his “solar powered” home!

What I didn’t realize is that Jon has been a long time fan of the UberTablet blog, and more importantly, of Microsoft’s Tablet PC. So at first when he made contact and offered me a look at the new R400 (as seen on Engadget) I didn’t actually believe he had one, until I got there that is! Jon’s primary intention with tablet PC is to become, and BE, paperless in every way humanly possible; and after watching this video I’m sure you’ll agree he’s doing a bloody good job of it.

Watch the Video: click here
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With Windows Vista, the handwriting recognition really works, making these PCs a much more viable option
BusinessWeek 

Since its much hyped release more than four years ago, the Tablet PC has been mainly a curiosity, popular on some college campuses and in a few industries and ignored everywhere else. The software, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, wasn't very good, and the Tablets themselves were short on performance. Windows Vista has changed that in a big way.

The Tablet software, which lets you replace the mouse and keyboard with a pen and allows you to write or draw directly on the screen, gets two critical improvements in Vista. First, handwriting recognition actually works, meaning that you rarely have to resort to the clunky on-screen keyboard.

Second, Microsoft (MSFT) has finally realized that a pen is different from a mouse. When you're working with the pen, a little dot on the screen tells you where the pen is pointing, rather than a big mouse arrow that gets in the way. And you can use pen-stroke gestures—Microsoft calls them flicks—for common navigation and editing moves. For example, a quick upward flick on a long Web page moves it up, as though you had spun the wheel on a scroll mouse. A flick to the upper left will delete a selection.

Portégé Power

Computer makers are responding to the improved software with some interesting Toshiba R400 Tablet PChardware. I tried out three new and very different "convertibles," or Tablet laptops that can be used in either the conventional clamshell mode or with the screen folded over the keyboard to form a slate. All of them are very compact and weigh in at just under 4 lbs.

The Toshiba (TOSBF) Portégé R400 is a classic example of a Japanese executive prestige PC. With a starting price of $2,599, it features an array of bells and whistles, including a screen on the edge of the case that can display new e-mails or calendar items while the laptop is closed and what Toshiba bills as the first wireless docking station using a new radio technology called ultrawideband.

Nice and Easy

HP TX1000 Tablet PCThe Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Pavilion tx1000 Entertainment Notebook is something completely new: a Tablet, starting at $1,299, aimed at consumers. Its dimensions are similar to the Toshiba, and while it lacks frills like the Portégé's external display, it has one feature the R400 lacks, a DVD drive.

All Tablets that I have seen to date employ radio technology to determine the location of the pen. The HP uses a touch-sensitive screen, which means you aren't limited to using its special pen. But there are a couple of significant drawbacks. The actual touch screen is a layer of plastic over the display that reduces the sharpness of images. And touch is much slower and less accurate than the radio technology, so handwriting recognition suffers.

My favorite device is actually the plain-Jane Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet (from $1,823).Lenovo X60 Tablet PC This modified version of the workhorse ThinkPad X60 notebook lacks glitzy features and seems a bit old-fashioned, with a squarish 12.1-in. display. But it's simply a pleasure to use, in tablet or clamshell mode. Some battery configurations give it 10 hours of running time. And at purchase, you can choose among display options, including a touch screen and a more rugged one for outdoor use. Like the Toshiba, it can be equipped to work with Verizon Wireless' high-speed mobile data service.  

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Microsoft Ink Desktop for Windows Vista 

If you have a Tablet PC, you’ll love using Ink Desktop. It’s like having a portable dry-erase board on your screen all of the time. Whenever you want, you can jot down a phone number, directions, or top priorities for the day. And, for added fun and functionality, don’t forget to download Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista, which contains four programs that provide unique functionality and fun to enhance your experience using a Tablet PC. It’s available separately for download.

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Fujitsu's Ultraportable Tablet
PC World

This ultra ultraportable features a swiveling, tablet-style screen.

Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PCNow, the last chapter in the saga (for now, at least): a look at Fujitsu's LifeBook P1610, an ultra ultraportable with a swiveling, tablet-style screen. As with the Vaio TX, I've given the LifeBook P1610 a grade from A through F for size; screen; keyboard; features; battery life; and price.

Weighing 2 pounds, 3 ounces (according to my digital postal scale) with a standard 3-cell battery, and measuring 9.13 by 6.5 by 1.4 inches (according to my tape measure), the LifeBook P1610 is roughly the size of a standard hardcover book and not much heavier. Even with an AC adapter added, the combined weight is still under 3 pounds.

Screen: Designed for Touch, Indoor/Outdoor Use

The LifeBook P1610's 8.9-inch touch screen swivels into tablet mode. You can even use your finger as an input device (some tablet PCs require a special stylus for touch screen input). The unit I tested came with Windows XP Professional, though Fujitsu also offers Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 as an option.

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PhatWare Releases PenCommander 2.0
PR Web

Upgraded version now supports Windows Vista and provides users with new PenCommander skins and an improved scripting engine. Pen Commander for tablet pc

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PenCommander 2.0 for Windows Vista-based Tablet and Ultra Mobile PCs. PenCommander is a system utility application that features a powerful scripting technology and is now enhanced to support the Windows Vista operating system.

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

PenCommander 2.0 for Tablet PCs and UMPCs is priced at $29.95, and it can be purchased directly from the PhatWare Web site or any of PhatWare's network of authorized retailers. Registered users of previous versions of PenCommander can upgrade the product at no cost. For more information about PenCommander 2.0 or any of PhatWare's other productivity solutions for mobile and desktop computing, visit www.phatware.com.

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February 2, 2007

Fujitsu T4215 Tablet PC Hardware InkShow
Gotta Be Mobile

We have had a lot of requests in the past several months to do an InkShow of the Fujitsu T4215 Tablet PC. In addition to a review of the T4215, folks have been asking for a comparsion between it and the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC. In this InkShow, I tried to accomodate both requests, as I took a look at the T4215 and also spent about 13 minutes comparing it to an X60 XGA Tablet. I'm sure I missed some comparison things, but as you'll see in the video, I kept finding more things to compare even as I was trying to wrap things up! As you'll also see in this InkShow, the two tablet pcs couldn't be more different. As an example, and one I failed to mention in the review, Fujitsu's speakers are on the outside front of the tablet. The Lenovo x60 speakers are on the bottom front of the tablet. Guess which sound better? As a result of comparing the two tablet pcs, I ended up covering some of the features of the T4215 twice.

Overall, I really like the T4215. As is the case with their other Tablet PCs, Fujitsu has done a first class job in its design, performance, and functionality. My only beef with the T4215 is the 12" XGA screen. It is quite grainey and bothersome to the eye, much like the Toshiba M400 and M7 screens. I've got a few other nit picks, but they are personal preferences rather than design flaws. If you need a tablet pc with a smart card reader or with an integrated cd / dvd drive, I think the T4215 should be at the top of your list. A big plus with the T4215 over other tablets with integrated cd / dvd drives, is that the cd drive can be swapped out for a battery to provide additional mobile time.

Watch the InkShow (35:35, 276mb - recommend right-clicking and choosing Save-As to view locally)

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Image Gallery: Toshiba’s Portégé R400 supports Vista’s SideShow
ZDNet.com blogs

There's no question that the Portégé R400 breaks some new ground on the notebook R400 Tablet PCfront. But whether it does it in a way that left us drooling to have one is a completely different story. As a reminder, the R400 supports the TabletPC version of Windows Vista. As you can see from one of the pictures in our image gallery, the R400 is a convertible model that works in both modes (notebook/tablet) and the display swivels between the two. 

So, what's unique about the R400? Well, the feature that earned it a spot it Bill Gates' keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2007 was its support for a new Microsoft technology called "SideShow."

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Safer, Faster Charging and Longer Lasting Tablet PC Battery Coming
Tablet PC Reviews

HP is working closely with Boston Power and is interested in potentially using the new battery. However, HP must do rigorous testing in their labs before deciding to sign any contracts with Boston Power for actually using the battery. The CEO and Founder of Boston Power, Christina Lampe-Onerud, says HP could be using the battery inside some of its notebooks or Tablet PCs as early as this Summer.

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February 5, 2007

Review of The Toshiba R400 Tablet PC
pringle.net.nz

Yesterday I picked up a Portege R400 from Toshiba for review.  I unboxed the unit and found that it had Windows Vista Business pre-installed.  This innovative new convertible from Toshiba has drawn some flack from some because it lacks some features people have come to expect from Mobile PCs.  And this is in fact a valid criticism.  There is no 6-in-one card reader.  There are only two USB ports and no FireWire.  There is no integrated optical drive. 

On the other hand there is a lot to like in this tablet.  The R400 is far and away the most slate like convertable I have ever handled.  It is light and thin and this makes it very comfortable to use in slate mode.  It is also the quietest Core Duo device I have yet seen.

The innovation does not stop there.  The R400 also sports integrated EVDO - which is not activated on my demo unit.  Indeed I know that Telecom New Zealand requires that any EVDO device used on the Telecom network be certified and I don't know if this has been done yet on the module in the R400.  For my American readers - there is a link in one of the utilities that takes you to the Verizon site to activate the EVDO.

In addition the R400 sports a Windows SideShow enabled LCD display on the front bezel that supports something that Toshiba call "Active Notifications". 

Over all this is a really nice convertable.  While I think that some of the criticisms that have been made are valid (the lack of an SD card slot in particular) the R400 looks great and has a nice feel to it.  Performance is snappy and it rates a respectable 3.1 on the Vista Perfromance Rating. 

I am very excited by the innovative features such as the hinge design, the wireless port replicator and the SideShow display that is powered by DirectPush.

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OQO Introduces First Ultra Mobile PC with Integrated Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess High Speed Data Service Capability
OQO Press Release

OQO2 with Vista

OQO Inc., mobile computing innovator and creator of the groundbreaking model 02 computer, today announced that OQO is now offering the model 02 computer with integrated EV-DO Wireless WAN capability compatible with the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service. Recently unveiled at CES 2007, where it received numerous industry awards and accolades, the OQO model 02 is the world's smallest fully-functional PC.

Customers in the United States will now be able to access email, the Internet, and business and personal applications utilizing Verizon Wireless' EV-DO BroadbandAccess service powered by the nation's most reliable high-speed wireless broadband network. Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service provides average download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second, and is currently available coast to coast covering more than 200 million people in over 242 major metropolitan areas.

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Tablet PC Road Show

Allegiance Technologies ( www.alltp.com) and Active Ink Software ( www.activeinksoftware.com) are partnering to demonstrate Active Ink’s Tablet PC form software running on the latest Tablet PC hardware.

  • See the latest Tablet PCs from major manufacturers.
    • Toshiba
    • Lenovo
    • Fujitsu
    • Motion Computing
    • Tablet Kiosk
  • See demonstrations of Active Ink’s software applications in practice.
  • Talk to experts who have experience implementing Tablet PC solutions.

Date: February 15 th, 2007
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714.750-1234

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ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs (UMPC) Released!
Ambient Designs

ArtRage 2 is now available in a version specifically designed for UltraMobile PCs. This new version of Ambient Design’s stylish and natural painting application has been enhanced to make it easier to use with small form-factor portable PC devices. For the ultimate painting and sketching experience ‘on the go’ ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs gives you style and ease of use.

 

UltraMobile PCs present two unique challenges to graphical software. Firstly the screen resolution is typically lower than a desktop or notebook computer. UMPC displays are typically around 800 x 480 pixels in size. This means there is less space to contain both the user interface as well as the working area of a project.

 

And secondly UltraMobile devices are commonly used with fingers as input devices meaning the user-interface elements have to be larger and easier to press. Typically UltraMobile devices are used while they’re carried in the hand rather than being placed on a level surface, so it can be more difficult to press user-interface elements even when using a stylus on the UMPC screen.

 

ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs overcomes these challenges:

  • Increased the size of small UI elements: The smallest UI elements from ArtRage 2 have either been increased in size or made their ‘clickable area’ larger in the UMPC version. This makes them easier to press with fingers or a stylus.
  • Controls and panels get out of the way: Panels in ArtRage 2 get out of the way while painting. In the UMPC version they more actively minimize when not being used, and leave a more easily clicked control to bring them back.Panels and controls hide when ‘Enter’ is pressed: UltraMobile PCs have an ‘Enter’ button mapped to a physical button on the front of the case. When this button is pressed while using ArtRage 2 all the User Interface controls and panels hide completely. So it’s very easy to work with all the panels and controls visible with one button press, but hidden completely while you’re working. This leaves the entire display surface available for painting and sketching.
  • All the features of ArtRage 2 Full version!: ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs has all the tools, features and style of ArtRage 2. There has been no compromise on features!

 

ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs is also still only US$19.95 to purchase! For more information about ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs including full features, screen shots, and comparisons with other versions of ArtRage: http://www.artrage.com/artrageumpc.html.

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Ink Desktop 2.0 fix available
Gotta Be Mobile

Last week, we posted about the availability of Ink Desktop 2.0 for Vista, an application that lets Tablet PC users write ink notes on their desktop. Part of the initial trouble I have experienced with Ink Desktop is that it disappears when you activate the desktop by pressing the desktop quicklaunch icon. The only way it will get displayed and able to use as an inkable component is to minimize the open applications.

Well, GottaBeMobile.com reader Blademonkey has come to the rescue and written an app that keeps the Ink Desktop on top, called InkOnTop. I've already downloaded the fix that Blademonkey wrote and it works as expected - after launching InkOnTop, the Ink Desktop will appear on the desktop when pressing the desktop quicklaunch icon.

Well done, Blademonkey. Check it out.

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February 6, 2007

First Look: TabletKiosk's New Sahara i440D Tablet PC

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TabletKiosk ™ Introduces Its New Sahara Slate PC ® Line of Tablet PCs

Sahara i400 Tablet PC

Three New Models Feature Sleek Form Factor and Faster Processors

TabletKiosk, a leader in mobile computing solutions, today announced the launch of the Sahara Slate PC i400 series, the company’s newest generation of Tablet PCs featuring both Active Digitizer (Pen) and Touch Screen input. Completely redesigned for 2007, the new Sahara series includes three models which share the same sleek exterior styling, technology platform, I/O feature set and full range of optional accessories.

Pre-order Yours Now!

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Does the $100 Laptop Have a Future in the US?
TechNewsWorld

In the coming weeks, the US$100 laptop developed by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation will go into wide-scale production. From there, the laptops will be sent by the thousands to emerging economies in Africa, South Asia and South America.

Meanwhile, in the United States, PC makers, private foundations, government agencies and others strive to provide suitable technology to all students who need it.

Tablet PCs in Schools

New devices are making inroads in the educational market. The tablet PC, for instance, is finding traction on many college campuses, where the ability handwrite notes makes it more versatile than the keyboard-only notebook.

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February 7, 2007

SR668 RuggedBook Tablet PC InkShow
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The SR668 is a very nice rugged Tablet PC that features both touch and active digitizer input that turns on / off with the press of a button. Running at 1.1ghz and 1.25 gb of ram, I found the SR668 to be quite rugged and snappy at the same time. My only disappointment was in the screen quality outdoors; however, I found out later that they did not ship me the outdoor screen version, which would greatly improve the experience for field workers. 

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Catalis, Inc. Announces Accelerator™ World’s Premiere Graphical Health Record
Newswire Today

Catalis Inc., the leader in medical informatics technology, today announced the debut of the world’s first graphical health record (GHR) software, Accelerator™.

“This is the killer app,” says James Atkins, MD, of the Texas Sinus Center. “There is no learning curve. It’s like having a chart in front of you.”

Accelerator replaces the traditional medical clipboard with tablet PC based software that connects doctors to every aspect of the health care industry. The system requires no typing, and uses patent pending graphical input devices to expedite information flow from doctors into computers. Health professionals are able to handwrite their diagnoses as well as order lab tests, write prescriptions and schedule follow-up visits instantaneously.

In an industry where the usual learning curve for a system is at least six months, it takes an average of just one day to assimilate Accelerator into a practice. Accelerator is compatible with the majority of existing computer systems now installed in medical offices.

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Toshiba firms enterprise tablet commitment
PC World Magazine

Notebook giant Toshiba has launched onto the local market a new notebook to tablet PC convertible that it hopes will drive the business case for such devices in the Toshiba R400 Tablet PCenterprise.

The Portege R400 is a slim, 12-inch tablet PC that Toshiba claims is the first portable computer to feature an edge display whereby e-mail and calendar alerts can be read in real-time even with the lid closed or when it is in sleep mode.

In launching the product, Toshiba's information systems division general manager Mark Whittard expressed confidence that the market for tablet PCs will expand once customers become more aware of the productivity benefits.

Whittard said the education sector has been particularly receptive to tablets because they allow students to interact with computers in a more natural way, for example with handwriting, than the traditional notebook or desktop keyboard.

While details of large-scale enterprise tablet PC deals have been scarce since they burst onto the scene several years ago, Whittard named pharmaceutical company Pfizer as one tablet user and the wider health industry as another strong sector for the devices.

Whittard is also adamant enterprises are purchasing tablets in significant quantities for their properties as a tablet and not for a notebook that happens to convert into a tablet.

"We have corporates that have ordered 500 tablets," he said.

The Protege R400 does resemble a notebook, but the lid is easily swiveled and folded to turn it into Toshiba's fifth tablet PC on the market.

"It may seem like a simple concept to have display where you can view e-mails and calendar appointments without opening, but this represents a leap forward in productivity for the mobile user," Whittard said.

Jointly developed by Toshiba and Microsoft, the R400 comes pre-loaded with Windows Vista and sports an Intel Core Duo low-voltage processor, 2GB of memory, an 80GB disk, and a biometric fingerprint reader.

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Toshiba’s Flagship Notebook A Trendsetter
Smart House, Australia

Toshiba is billing its flagship notebook for 2007 as a stylish option for executive users.

Design is a key feature of the Portege R400, which is a 12-inch table PC boasting a glossy white finish and a clear coat cover for scratch resistance. Toshiba is also claiming the R400 is the world's latch-free tablet PC.

It was developed in conjunction with Microsoft and features innovative technology such as the ability to display email and calendar alerts even when in sleep mode.

This is thanks to the use of Microsoft Active Notifications and the Toshiba Edge Display on the...

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February 8, 2007

Designing with the consumer in mind
Malaysia Star

When Hewlett-Packard launched its "The PC is personal again" campaign last May, its objective was to give choices to the consumer and allow them to personalise and treat their computers as something they would be proud of.  HP tx1000 tablet oc

At a regional press event in Seoul recently, the company continued down the same path by announcing several products with innovative designs that promise to revolutionise the way people interact with the PC. 

One of them is the HP tx1000 entertainment notebook, which is touted as the industry's first notebook with a "twist and touch" screen. 

According to HP, the design combines sensory touch features with the best in mobile computing technology thereby giving customers a new way of interacting with their PC. 

While regular Tablet PCs come with touchsensitive screens, what's special about the one on the tx1000 is that it doesn't require a digitiser pen to work. 

Instead users can now use any blunt penlike tool (a stylus is included) or even their finger to activate applications on the notebook. 

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Mi-Co Announces Issuance and Licensing of US Patent and Its Print on Demand Software at Anoto U.S. Seminar
Market Wire

Mi-Co

Patent Demonstrates Mi-Co's Ongoing Culture of Innovation in the Use of Digital Ink

At an Anoto partner seminar in Washington D.C. today, Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, announced that it has licensed U.S. Patent 6,798,907 to Rover Technology Fusions. Mi-Co also announced the beta availability of its "print on demand" software for Anoto functionality digital pen technology, via the Mi-Forms on Demand product.

Anoto technology allows users to capture and use digital ink when writing with a digital pen on paper printed with special Anoto patterns. When the digital pen is docked to a computer, then information from the pattern allows for the conversion of the digital ink into text. Many Anoto functionality applications use preprinted forms with these patterns. With the Mi-Forms on Demand product, the specific form needed can be printed right at the point of data capture making the process a real-time process with data from the form interacting directly with the organization's back end databases.

U.S. Patent 6,798,907 was awarded to Mi-Co for its invention of a computer system that combines handwriting captured in real-time with pre-existing information, creating a "composite document." An example of a composite document is one that has been pre-populated by database information and signed with an electronic ink signature. This patent is one of several awarded to Mi-Co staff relating to mobile data capture software systems that allow users to write on paper or paper-like Tablet PC forms and then process the data in real-time.

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TabletLawyer Partners with Courtroom 21 Project in the Courtroom of the Future
tabletlawyer.com

TabletLawyer, LLC is pleased to announce an agreement to place Tablet PCs in the tablet lawyer“courtroom of the future” operated by Courtroom 21 Project from the College of William & Mary Law School, home of the Center for Legal and Court Technology. The College of William & Mary has a proud tradition of providing a very rigorous education and is the oldest law school in the United States founded in 1779 at the urging of then-governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson. The Center for Legal and Court Technology has an international reputation for having the world’s most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom.

As a participating company with Courtroom 21, TabletLawyer, is honored to have Tablet PCs installed in Courtroom 21 and is pleased to offer the staff complimentary training in the general use of a Tablet PC and use of Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Office to increase the efficiency, organization, and productivity of judges, lawyers and court staff.

About TabletLawyer, LLC

TabletLawyer, LLC was founded by James Province, a busy solo practice lawyer in Poulsbo, WA. Last year he had twelve yellow pads of notes in use at the same time in his office. After he discovered a Tablet PC, he increased his own organization and productivity through effective use of the Tablet and certain software. He is now passionate about introducing the technology to other lawyers. TabletLawyer, LLC sells Lenovo, Fujitsu and Motion Computing Tablet PCs and peripherals. Unique in this industry, TabletLawyer provides complimentary training to it’s customers in the general use of a Tablet PC as well as effective use of Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Office to take advantage of Tablet technology. For more information, visit www.TabletLawyer.com and www.Courtroom21.net

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Fujitsu LifeBook P1610
LAPTOP Magazine

Proud road warriors aren't used to having their mobile gear called "cute" by passersby.Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC Yet that is exactly what we heard when we took the new Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 out for a spin. As with any super ultraportable, this itsy-bitsy Tablet makes some sacrifices for the size, but it's so small and light, the tradeoffs are worth it. Even the AC power brick is only slightly larger than your palm. The P1610 is the most versatile and refined Fujitsu munchkin-esque notebook we have used.

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A new Tablet PC resource for educators
Gotta Be Mobile

I love it when I learn about new Tablet PC technology sites that help specific verticals, and education is one where Tablet PC technology is ripe for the taking.

Ryan Betts, an educator pursuing his 2nd master's degree, has created the Teachers Using Technology site to help bring educators together and talk about how technology can enchance the overall educational experience. If you are in the education space, I'd encourage you to check it out.

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February 9, 2007

Reminder :  Southern California Tablet PC Road Show

Allegiance Technologies ( www.alltp.com) and Active Ink Software ( www.activeinksoftware.com) are partnering to demonstrate Active Ink’s Tablet PC form software running on the latest Tablet PC hardware.

  • See the latest Tablet PCs from major manufacturers.
    • Toshiba
    • Lenovo
    • Fujitsu
    • Motion Computing
    • Tablet Kiosk
  • See demonstrations of Active Ink’s software applications in practice.
  • Talk to experts who have experience implementing Tablet PC solutions.

Date: February 15 th, 2007
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714.750-1234

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Students, Be Your Own Boss this Summer! Contact the ECSSM!
SooToday.com

Students with an entrepreneurial side are being offered the opportunity to start their own business this summer, thanks to Enterprise Centre Sault Ste. Marie (ECSSM) and the Ontario Government. Eligible students will be able to receive awards of up to $3000, as well as the chance to open their own business over the summer months.

The Summer Company program is designed as an alternative to the traditional summer job, and offers participants the experience of running their own business. The program not only provides financial awards for successful completion, but also helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop their business skills through mentoring opportunities and access to training programs.

New for this year there will be two separate Early Bird draws for applicants who enter their submissions prior to the April deadline. Microsoft Canada has provided a PC tablet computer loaded with the new Vista O/S and Office 2003 as a prize available for entrants who submit their applications prior to February 28th; a second drawing will occur for those entries received prior to March 20, 2007

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Teaching with a Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

There are two new Tablet PC education sites on the block, not counting Ryan Betts that we pointed to last night.

The first one is TeacherTabletPC.com, written by Isaac, a mathematics teacher in the Chicago area. I love his introduction:

I teach mathematics in the Chicago metro area. Last year, a couple of my friends started using TabletPCs in class every day. While I am a big fan of bleeding edge technology in my own life, I am very hesitant when it comes to the latest educational fad, so I mostly sat back and listened to what they said. After hearing about it for a year, I decided it was worth playing with and found myself a B-stock IBM X41 tablet at CDW at the beginning of June.

My tablet has barely left my hands since then. I’ve used it nearly every day in class instead of an overhead or blackboards or whiteboards, predominantly using Journal.

The second one is by J. Ricky Cox, who teaches Chemistry with his Tablet PC at Murray State University. While there, be sure to check out Murray State's Tablet PC site. They have have a very nice page on about Tablet PC implementation, entitled "A Campus-Wide Initiative to Develop, Deploy, and Assess Five Models of Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning".

Via Bob Heiny with Tablet PC Education Blog

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February 12, 2007

Tablets go down better with Vista
Australian IT

IT'S fair to say the tablet PC concept, despite being given an enthusiastic promotional push by personal user Bill Gates at every opportunity, has failed to make much impact in Australia.

Tablet PCs were supposed to sweep the world, opening up a new era of handheld computing in which we'd all wander around with tablets in hand, scribbling handwritten notes and emails directly on the screen with a stylus.

But, apart from some specialised users - such as electronic-health workers stalking the wards and mortgage salesmen pushing their wares - the concept never took off. The tablets were heavy and clunky, the interface poor, battery life low and handwriting recognition technology barely acceptable.

Most major PC makers now offer tablet PCs, but in Australia they make up only 2-3 per cent of sales.

That could be about to change thanks to two factors: better tablet technology built into Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, and more innovative designs from hardware makers

For instance, Toshiba's new Portege R400 tablet, launched in Australia last week, looks to be a beauty - and one that just might spur adoption of tablet PCs in more market segments.

This very classy looking machine comes in a black-and-white scratch-resistant case, weighs just 1.7kg and has a claimed battery life of more than four hours

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Hugh Sung Video Podcast Featuring The Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

HughSung

Hugh Sung is celebrating his one year anniversary of blogging about Tablet PCs and how he uses them in his work as a musician. If you haven’t checked out Hugh’s blog and his Tablet PC exploits this is a perfect time to do so and a perfect introduction to how he integrates Tablet PCs into his art

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Power Talent Announces New Software
PR Web

Power Talent's career web portfolios give job seekers professionally designed, compelling presentations of their most significant strengths and accomplishments. During telephone interviews, candidates co-browse their portfolio with prospective employers over the Internet, visually explaining their achievements. Once in the door, candidates strengthen their live presentation with web portfolios which quantify the value they can deliver, thereby increasing their chances of employment. The portfolio can be displayed on a pc, tablet pc or wireless phone.

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Panasonic launches armoured laptop range
The Age

Electronics group Panasonic will launch its next generation of armour-plated notebook computers, which have been built to withstand rough outdoor use and constant vehicle motion.

The latest range features convertible tablet PC and notebook models that are made to stand up against drops, water and moisture exposure, temperature extremes and constant vibration

Both Panasonic's CF-30 notebook and CF-19 convertible tablet have been tested to withstand drops of up to 90cm while the CF-08 wireless display unit can survive a fall of 120cm.

The notebook and tablet are equipped with an Intel Core Duo Processor L2400 and standard Bluetooth connectivity.

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sTabLauncher totally rocks
Gotta Be Mobile

Stablauncher

Wow! I've been playing with a new program launch utility that really shines as a tablet pc application - sTabLauncher.

The launcher resides on either the top or bottom of the screen, and responds just like the new Vista TIP when you hover over it with the pen. The launcher is organized by tabs that also activate by hover. I quickly created a new tab and drag / dropped icons from my quicklaunch bar to the new tab with no problem. Tabs are easily configurable with a wide range of design possibilities.

The best thing about the sTabLaunch is that it is free and I'd encourage everyone to download it and give it a try. I'll put this application on our InkShow schedule.

 

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Sahara i400 tablet PC controls your lights, scans your fingerprints
Sci Fi Tech

TabletKiosk Sahara Tablet PCs

Sometimes you have to take it with you, and that’s when the Sahara i400 by TabletKiosk makes its move. Unlike a laptop or even a standard PC, a tablet PC isn't meant for traditional PC applications like Web surfing, but it's ideal for going from room to room and running applications like a home theater or even your lights, heating, and A/C.

There's no keyboard; either a touchscreen or pressure-sensitive digitizer stands in. The i400 has a 12.1-inch XGA screen and a 179-degree viewing angle. It's just under an inch thick and weighs in at 3.3 pounds. Other extras include Bluetooth, a fingerprint reader, two USB ports, a PCMCIA slot, and a cradle connector. Ships in March about two Gs.

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The Vista Experience Pack for Tablet PCs
ZDNet.com blogs

Just looked at the latest issue of the Mobile PC Newsletter from Microsoft and saw the long-awaited news that the Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista has been released for Tabelt PC owners. If you use a Tablet and have upgraded to Vista, go forth and add to the experience.

Enhance your experience using a Tablet PC with these five new programs, which provide unique functionality and fun.

Free download of Equation Writer, Media Transfer, Ink Crossword and Ink Flash Cards.

Free Download of Ink Desktop.

Equation Writer: Add mathematical expressions to your papers. Handwrite a math equation, and then convert it into a neatly typewritten image to paste into a report or a presentation.

Media Transfer: Copy or stream media files from your home computer to your Tablet PC, so that you can enjoy music, videos, or pictures wherever you go.

Ink Crossword: Solve crosswords on your Tablet PC using your tablet pen. Twelve puzzles come with Ink Crossword. You can also download a free daily puzzle and purchase more puzzle packs online.

Ink Flash Cards: Create flash cards to help you learn facts or study for an exam. Handwrite a question on the front of a card and put an answer on the back. Draw, insert graphics, and add text, too.

Ink Desktop: Take notes and refer back to them at anytime using Ink Desktop on a Tablet PC.

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February 13, 2007

TabletKiosk Needs Your Help

The Tablet PC and UMPC fan base is often referred to as a community.  This is why I am reaching out to the online Tablet and UMPC fan base so that we can all respond in a unified front.

 On Sunday, February 11, the TabletKiosk warehouse in Torrance, CA was robbed.  The thieves stole a considerable number of Sahara Slate PCs, eo v7110s and eo v7210 units.  

 
We are working with the police to catch the perpetrators and retrieve the stolen units and are exploring every possible avenue.  This is why we are asking for assistance from the Tablet and UMPC community who often find significant information about Tablet PCs and UMPCs for sale online.

 
The stolen units are both pre-configured and configured units as well as some customers’ personal machines.

 
If you find information about any eo UMPC or Sahara Slate PC units which seem too good to be true, I would appreciate if you would send the information to my attention.  A reward will be provided for the person who provides us with information leading to the culprit


 Gail Levy TabletKiosk

gail@tabletkiosk.com

 

 

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A visit to TabletKiosk and a review of the Sahara i440 Tablet PC

Gotta Be Mobile


To cut directly to the bottom line, the i440D is a well-thought-out product, and Tk i440the inclusion of touch screen capability sets a new level of utility for mobile platforms. The novelty of being able to use my fingertip to open windows and menus, select options and close applications took only a minute to get used to, but in that same minute it also became a must have feature. Others have reported exactly the same reaction; see Kevin Tofel’s comment at http://tinyurl.com/2r973o . But enough for now; back to our story.

Before I had to leave, TK revealed one last interesting fact. Almost as an afterthought, I asked them what kind of software (you can read “crapware” here, if you like!) bundle they were intending to offer with the i440D. I was both pleased and astonished when Gail said: “None.” She went on to explain that their various clients generally had their own specialized software needs and for that reason, it made no sense for TK to bundle any add-ons with the slate. For users who were interested, she said that the TK website had links to various software partners that TK has agreements with.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet (Windows Vista)
CNET Reviews


When we first looked at the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet in November 2006, we were impressed by its usability features, including an indoor/outdoor touch-screen display, an improved stylus, and the Active Rotate feature. Since the release of Windows Vista Business Edition, though, we were curious to see how our favorite tablet performed Lenovo X60 Tablet PCwith the new operating system. To that end, we got our hands on an X60 Tablet that had been refreshed with a faster processor, more RAM, and a larger, faster hard drive. These enhancements were enough to sustain the X60 Tablet's reputation as an excellent tablet with enough power for demanding business use. It's still expensive--our review unit cost $2,467, and that still doesn't include even an external optical drive--but the ThinkPad X60 Tablet remains one of our favorite convertibles for highly mobile business users

The good: Lightweight, portable design; good performance and battery life; comfortable stylus and keyboard; screen automatically rotates when you adjust tablet position; touch screen is usable in direct sunlight.

The bad: Expensive; somewhat dim display; lacks S-Video port; price does not include an optical drive.

The bottom line: The lightweight Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet now runs Windows Vista--and remains one of the best convertible tablets on the market.

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February 14, 2007

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Tech Data now offering Motion Computing true tablets
eChannelLine

Tech Data has added to its tablet PC product line-up with the addition of true, pen-based tablets from Motion Computing. LE1600 Tablet PC

Through the distribution agreement, Tech Data will distribution Motion's entire line of tablet PCs and accessories, with a focus on pushing the products through resellers serving key vertical markets.

"Essentially in the tablet space, what most manufacturers feature in their product families what are called convertible tablets. ... And Motion is a more specialized, pen-enabled product that literally is what they call a true tablet, a true slate. It has no keyboard," said Leslie Malone, director of client computing at Tech Data.

While convertible tablets certainly have their place in the market, there are some key verticals that need a true tablet, Malone said. These include the healthcare, education, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and public sector verticals.

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Microsoft OneNote 2007
PC Authority

OneNote is a misunderstood application. Although some people think it will only work one note 2007on a tablet PC, this is far from true. OneNote will work equally well on a desktop PC, notebook or a tablet. There’s even a pocket version for use on Windows Mobile devices.

At its heart, OneNote is a place where you make notes, scribble diagrams and gather information. It’s quick and easy to jot things down, paste stuff in from the Internet or other applications, then drag it all around and share it with other people. If you do run OneNote on a tablet PC, you get the added advantage of being able to handwrite notes and later have them converted to text.

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Comparing Ink-enabled Academic Software
Whatisnew.com

Confused about the differences between Classroom Presenter and Ubiquitous Presenter? Steve Myers posted a comparison chart of some Tablet PC friendly software applications.

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Grove City College goes Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

When I was at my son's Boy Scout meeting last night, I was talking with an upcoming Eagle scout about his 2007 college plans. He is attending Grove City College in Fall 2007 and is really, really excited, not to menion a very bright young man.

Any way, he knows my Tablet PC interests quite well and was telling me that incoming Fall 2007 Freshmen will be getting a Lenovo X60 Tablet PC as part of their school package and get to keep it if they are still full-time upon graduation. As of the 2006 school term, incoming freshmen were getting HP TC4200 Tablet PCs. If this prospective student is right about getting an X60, Lenovo got a win in the conversion department.

It is great to see colleges, like Grove City, embracing the Tablet PC.

More information on the Grove City College freshmen program can be found here.

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February 15, 2007

Reminder :  Southern California Tablet PC Road Show - ** TODAY **

Date: February 15 th, 2007
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714.750-1234

  • See the latest Tablet PCs from major manufacturers.
    • Toshiba
    • Lenovo
    • Fujitsu
    • Motion Computing
    • Tablet Kiosk
  • See demonstrations of Active Ink’s software applications in practice.
  • Talk to experts who have experience implementing Tablet PC solutions.

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Intel, Motion prescribing Tablet PCs for doctors
CNET News.com

Intel and Motion Computing plan to demonstrate the Mobile Clinical Assistant, first shown during last year's Intel Developer Forum, during an event at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center on Tuesday. Intel CEO Paul Otellini will be on hand along with Motion CEO Scott Eckert and Mark Laret, head of the San Francisco hospital.

The Mobile Clinical Assistant is designed to help drag the health care industry into the 21st century. Doctors and nurses can take notes on the Tablet PC-like device and download patient information from the hospital's server. The product is designed for a hospital, with rugged features such as spill protection and a sturdy chassis to guard against falls.

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Apple Applies For Docking Station Patent
Wired Blogs

A cradle to lull the iPhone (or, perhaps, a "tablet PC," as mentioned in the application)apple tablet pc dock to sleep in either horizontal or vertical position turned up in the patent application rolls this morning, described as an apparatus for "docking a portable electronic device that ... operates in multiple configurations."

The docking station would use a Sonicare-like inductive charging system so that nothing actually has to be plugged in, thanks to coils and "multiple transformers" hidden inside device and dock to allow spooky charging at a (short) distance.

Patent Application 20070035917

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Another CES Report: A quick look at the LG XNote C1 Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

Just when you thought that the GottaBeMobile.com coverage from this year's CES was done, we pull another video out!  Actually, this one has been a bit buried in a process of my switching from one computer to another, so has just now been rediscovered!

There is a great story with this short CES InkShow.  When we were on our trek through all the CES halls a CES, we had a number of targets to seek out, and the LG XNote C1 was one of them.  We wandered over to their booth, quickly found the computer we were looking for, and began to do what any tablet PC enthusiast would do -- we picked it up and started playing with it!

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Laptop lids lifted
News-Times

Last Friday morning, he researched Aztec history on his Gateway tablet personal computer, taking notes as he went.
gatweay Tablet PC

Donning a headset, Easton was able to record his own voice for a report on a book he was reading. He planned to show his parents his techno-work during a “laptop launch” ceremony Tuesday night at Tom McCall.

“Although we’ve only had the laptops for a short time, I’ve seen a dramatic increase in students’ interest in their studies,” Goyer said. “It’s wonderful to see their enthusiasm and how engaged they are.

“The tablet PCs have opened up a whole new world of instructional possibilities.”

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Tablet PCs feature active digitizer and touch screen input.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room

Sahara Slate PC i400 series tablet PCs feature touch screen and dual mode screen support, PCMCIA Type II slot, eSATA, USB 2.0, and 1394a connectivity, fingerprint reader, and TPM module for security. Available with 60-160 GB SATA HDD and up to 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 300 x 240 x 25 mm, 3.3 lb devices feature 12.1 in., 1,024 x 768 TFT LCD and 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery with AC adapter. Wireless features include Intel® Pro 3945 802.11 a/b/g and Bluetooth v2.0+EDR.

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PhatPad 4.1 Offers Improved Performance for Windows Vista
PR Web

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PhatPad 4.1, the next generation of the company's award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows-based Tablet, Desktop and Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs.

PhatPad 4.1 offers improved performance and installation experience on Microsoft Windows Vista computers. The new Multipage Undo action stores data for each page that is necessary to undo the users last editing actions, while saving information as the user changes pages.

Additionally, the application’s footprint on Tablet and Pocket PCs has been reduced by 10 percent compared to the previous version.
"PhatWare is thrilled about the continuous improvements that are being made to PhatPad based on the professional and consumer feedback," said PhatWare president Stan Miasnikov. "Our goal is to provide our customers with the best."

The application works on Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile 2003 or later and Tablet, Desktop and UMPCs with Windows 2000 SP3 or later (including Windows Vista with Windows Mobile Device Center component).

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February 16, 2007

GBM How-To: Add OneNote 2007 Printer as Right-click Send To option
Gotta Be Mobile

When I saw Warner's post this morning about the new Send To OneNote 2007 Powertoy, I was a little disappointed that it did not print the file to OneNote. It does send the file as a shortcut to OneNote, but it wasn't what I was really after. Being a heavy OneNote user on my Tablet PC, I'm always looking for some short-cuts to get documents and stuff printed into OneNote.

So, I went off on a goose chase to figure out how I could easily add a OneNote 2007 printer as a Send-To option, and I figured it out! Having this option will allow you to right click any printable file, go to the Send To option, and choose the OneNote 2007 Printer.

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ActiveWords SE for FREE - if you are in college!
Gotta Be Mobile

While perusing WNewquay's blog today, I found an article he wrote about ActiveWords. For those of you who don't know, ActiveWords is a program that lets the user execute programs, substititue text, etc with the press of a few keystrokes or ink strokes. ActiveWords is usually within the first group of programs I install when rebuilding my tablet pc or moving on to something else. You can watch our InkShow on ActiveWords here.

Anyway, WNewquay pointed out several months ago that ActiveWord Systems offers a free four year license of ActiveWords SE to all college and university students in the U.S. That's right - FREE! ActiveWords SE is similar to ActiveWords Plus, except the SE version does not include scripting, and SE works with a more limited collection of free add-ins. In addition, it doesn't appear that the ActiveWords InkPad works with the SE version. However, if you totally get in to ActiveWords, upgrading to the Plus version for InkPad capabilties is totally worth it. Being able to access the same ActiveWord shortcuts with your keyboard and tablet pc pen totally rocks. ActiveWords Plus is available for $49.95. Download the trial here.

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February 19, 2007

Roger Waters Brings
The Dark Side of the Moon

to the Hollywood Bowl

How did they control the sound for the most anticipated concert of the 2006 season?     With Tablet PCs.

Tablet PCs at the Hollywood Bowl

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Campus driven Tablet PC workshops
Whatisnew.com

I've noticed an increasing trend of these. Last week the University of Maine held "WebCT / Blackboard & Tablet PC and their uses in Teaching".  February 23rd University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is holding a demonstration for how teachers can use a Tablet PC as a classroom tool. March 20th, Loyola University Chicago is holding "Using a Tablet PC in the Classroom" brown bag.

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Tablet PC Ink Support coming to OneNote Mobile and Windows Mobile ...
Gotta Be Mobile

Thanks to the folks who write the Mobile and Embedded Devices blog, we learn that Windows Mobile 6 contains new support for the Tablet PC Windows Ink Services Platform via WISP Lite, a reduced set of features for PDA and Phone form factors. That means ink stored in the mobile device in the Ink Serialized Format (ISF)  willl be viewable and modifiable in Windows Mobile, which leaves us with hope for ink support in applications like OneNote Mobile and other applications with ISF support on the PC side that sync with Windows Mobile devices.

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Rapidly Growing North Texas Community Selects MobileEyes(TM) Fire Inspection Software
Market Wire

The volunteer fire department in the largely residential community of Fairview, Texas is planning ahead for a big wave of commercial and residential construction. With growth in mind, the fire department recently purchased and installed MobileEyes™ software that runs on a tablet PC to perform local fire inspections.

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February 20, 2007

Photos and Info - New C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant Tablet PC from Motion Computing

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The Motion C5, the first product in the new mobile clinical assistant (MCA) category of PCs, integrates durable design elements with key data capture technologies to simplify workflows, increase productivity and improve overall quality of care. Designed based on input from thousands of clinicians, the C5 brings reliable, automated patient data management directly to the point of care. Get a handle on patient care with the C5. It’s highly portable. It’s lightweight. And, it’s ready to work for you.

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Motion Launches Industry’s First Mobile Clinical Assistant Designed Specifically for Clinicians

Motion Computing®, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications,Motion C5 today announced its new C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) at UCSF Medical Center during a joint conference with Intel. The MCA is a new computing category, created by Intel with support from Motion to enable nurses, physicians and other clinicians to do their jobs on the move.

The Motion C5, the first product in the MCA category, integrates durable design elements with key point-of-care data and image capture technologies to simplify workflows, ease clinician workloads and improve overall quality of care. Designed based on input from thousands of clinicians worldwide, the C5 brings reliable, automated patient data management directly to the point of care. Intel and Motion conducted extensive user level, ethnographic, human factors, time/motion and clinical workflow research. This research resulted in clear requirements for a purpose-built mobile device.

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Flick Away With Vista's Flip 3DPen Flicks
Gotta Be Mobile

Flip 3D is one of the candiest bits of eye candy in Vista. It allows you flip through windows on your screen with a 3D twist that is quite eye popping.  Well, the Tablet PC Team has posted a neat little hint that shows how to configure Pen Flicks to activate Flip 3D. Basically you configure one of the Pen Flicks to simulate a CTRL+ALT+TAB or CTRL+WIN+TAB. Looks like a neat pen shortcut.

Check out the full scoop on the Tablet PC Team Blog.

Here’s a GBM Inkshow demoing Flip3D without the Pen Flicks. (Hi Res version available here and here’s a Hi Res version of a GBM Inkshow featuring Pen Flicks.

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Imagine LAN Releases UltraSync™ v2.0 for Windows® Vista and XP PCs
Emediawire

imagine LAN, Inc., a leading developer of mobility and recovery software applications, today announced the release of UltraSync version 2.0. UltraSync, the PC-to-PC synchronization application for files, music, pictures, video, Outlook® email, and browser favorites, has added support for Vista and Outlook 2007 in version 2.0.

UltraSync syncs over your wireless home or office network so you don't need any special cables to connect your two PCs. And, UltraSync's unique AutoSync feature knows when your PCs are in range and can automatically start a sync when it detects a connection between the two systems.

Availability and Requirements
UltraSync v2.0 is supported on Windows Vista and Windows XP/SP2 systems (UMPC, notebook, tablet, desktop) with a minimum of 35MB of available space. A 30-day trial version of UltraSync v2.0 is available from http://www.imaginelan.com/ultrasync/try_or_buy/UltraSync21_trial.exe. Retail price is $30 (USD) per license.


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Intel, tablet maker to unveil device for medical records
San Jose

Chip giant Intel and tablet computer maker Motion Computing plan to unveil today a notepad-like device for doctors and nurses to encourage them to start using electronic medical records with their patients.

Intel showed a prototype of a portable tablet device at a briefing about a year ago, which had many of the functions of a PC.

Erin Maher, spokeswoman for Motion Computing, said the company develops only handheld tablet PCs and about half of its business comes from the health care industry. One of its customers is HealthSouth, a health care provider in Birmingham, Ala.

In a case study on its Web site, Motion Computing described several problems HealthSouth had with its previous portable tablet computers, issues that have plagued such computers for some time. The drawbacks included frequent breakdowns and system crashes, brief battery life and lack of handwriting recognition or wireless capability.

HealthSouth has been in a pilot program using tablets from Motion Computing since November 2003. It is not clear how different the new tablet to be introduced today will be from what HealthSouth has been using. The companies have likely improved on the device, based on input from the pilot program.

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Microsoft is seeking input on new versions of OneNote and OneNote
Gotta Be Mobile

one note I have been in communication with the Microsoft OneNote team and they are currently in the planning process of OneNote 14 and the new version of the OneNote Mobile.

They are seeking some input in to those new versions and would like to know how you would improve those products. Want Tablet PC ink support in OneNote Mobile? What about better syncing capabilities between the two products?

Post your thoughts on OneNote here

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February 21, 2007

Nurses first to use Intel tablet PC
ZDNet UK

Nurses at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center will be among the first health care workers to use a tablet-like PC developed specifically for medical professionals by Intel and Motion Computing.
<Motionm C5 Tablet PC

The $2,199 (£1,126) C5 is technically called a "mobile clinical assistant", but it's basically a small tablet PC redesigned for a hospital environment. Intel chief executive Paul Otellini and Motion Computing chief executive Scott Eckert showed off the device during an event in San Francisco on Tuesday. The C5 was first unveiled during last September's Intel Developer Forum.

"It allows work to be done where work gets done," Otellini said. The C5 looks like a small slate-style tablet PC with a handle at the top. It has been coated with a special material that can withstand the frequent use of disinfectant cleansers and that helps protect the device against falls.

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Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In update available
Gotta Be Mobile

A lot of Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PC users are really in to productivity solutions, so it should be of no surprise to hear Tablet users sing the praises of David Allen's Getting Things Done method of time management.

GottaBeMobile.com forum member Steve Beller just let us know that NetCentrics has released a much anticipated update for Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In users. Version 2.5.21 enables the GTD Outlook add-in to work with Outlook 2007. It is important to note that the GTD add-in is not supported on Vista, but they will be releasing another update in Q2 2007 for that compatability. That said, I've installed the add-in on my Vista install and all appears to be running fine at the moment.

If you use the GTD add-in to help manage your time and tasks, and you've recently upgraded to Outlook 2007, then head over to the GTD site and download the update. The update is free.

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February 22, 2007

EO UMPC from Tablet Kiosk Mobilizes Southern California Physician
ducknetweb

Dr. Rubin makes the maximum use of his EO by being able to have the ability to have his patient records with him at all time. In addition, he also responds to emergencyEo UMPC calls as needed. By maintaining a synchronized copy of his EMR (electronic medical records) with him, he is able to look up patient information in the matter of a couple minutes, the time it takes to boot the computer if it is not currently running. By having his records available and up to date, he can view all past notes, current medications, etc. relative to the patient chart and avoid creating needless errors.

I was able to catch up for a brief moment today with him as he stopped in the office in between hospital visits. He uses 3 methods of input with the EO, inking, a keyboard when needed, and also uses voice recognition.

One of the real benefits of using the UMPC is the size. The UMPC has proven to be much more useful and portable than a full size unit, and yet offers all the same features as found on a larger tablet. Mobility has really paid off for Dr. Rubin. The EO UMPC travels with him at all times and is his constant electronic companion in the pursuit of better health care and I am glad we were able to provide the UMPC to help him with this mission.

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New way to get PI on the go
seattlepi.com

The newest addition to our "PIanywhere" initiative is P-I Reader, a Windows PI Reader for Tablet PCapplication that can download full-text articles (complete with photos and illustrations) for offline reading on your desktop or laptop.

P-I Reader uses the same technology that NYTimes.com's Times Reader has been beta-testing for a while. You can navigate from story to story, or page to page, from the keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, remote or whatever else you have handy. You can also resize the screen at will -- even shifting it from landscape to portrait orientation for your Tablet PC -- and adjust the type size for legibility; the scrollbar-free layout reconfigures dynamically.

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February 23, 2007

Eleksen fabric keyboard series (1) - yellow color wired model
Aving USA

BARCELONA, SpainVisual Eleksen presented an interesting fabric keyboard that can also be used as a pouch for UMPC. It is powered via USB port. The company presented a series of three fabric keyboard at 3GSM World Congress 2007 and this one is a wired model.

Eleksen Keyboard for UMPC

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GottaBeMobile Hardware InkShow: The Electrovaya PowerPad 95
Gotta Be Mobile

yGive me more juice! As mobile gadgeteers thirst for longer and better battery life, they often turn to third party solutions in the quest to stay powered up. And there are a number of such options available. Electrovaya’s Powerpads are just such a solution. If you’ve followed the Tablet PC scene at all you’ll know that Electrovaya’s Scribbler Tablet PCs come with the longest battery life around. PowerpadThe PowerPad with Electrovaya’s Super Polymer Lithium Ion technology have been a good solution for quite some time and thanks to the good folks at Electrovaya they’ve given us a chance to check out the PowerPad 95.

In this GBM Hardware InkShow we take a quick tour of the PowerPad 95 and look at the charging options, ports, and the Smart Tip solution for adjusting voltage. Since I have been using the Battery Geek Portable Power Station for awhile, I also do a quick comparison between these two portable power choices.

Watch or download the High Res version 

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February 26, 2007

BVS kicks out BumbleBee UMPC spectrum analyzer
engadget
Bumblebee

Although UMPCs haven't exactly caught like wildfire for one reason or another, Berkeley Varitronics Systems is hoping to make a splash in the spectrum analyzer niche with its vividly colored BumbleBee. Touted as a tool for "investigating and troubleshooting corporate wireless networks," BVS' machine is capable of measuring VoIP, 802.11b/a/g, Bluetooth, WiMAX, cordless phones and video, RFID, and broadband public safety data networks. Aside from packing goods that a vast majority of average joes will have absolutely no use for, the three-pound handheld houses a 1GHz Intel Pentium M processor, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, a seven-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 1GB of DDR RAM, 40GB hard drive, Ethernet, an SMA connection port, and gets powered by four AA cells.

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Lenovo's Talented Tablet
businessweek

The ThinkPad X60 will cost you, but it offers dandy features and handily takes care of business

After spending two weeks with the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet, I am strangely X60 Tablet PCreminded of Goldilocks' assessment of the baby bear's porridge as "just right."

That's my appraisal of the device after testing several tablet personal computers as part of a series on tablet and ultra-portable PCs Of the units I reviewed, the ThinkPad X60 best combines performance, price, and portability—a sign that IBM's former PC division is in good new hands.

While it may not boast some of the flashy features of its competitors, the X60 Tablet turned out solid performances both as a traditional laptop and a tablet. I would have given it an even higher rating if not for the $2,500 price tag my review unit carried.

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Service solution uses tablet PC and camera
Contractor Mag

Collier's Mobile Tech( Collier Consulting Group, www.collierflatrate.com, 800/739-9025) is a complete tablet PC application designed for field service technicians. The solution includes a tablet PC, which features a 101/2-in. screen and accepts handwritten input via an electronic pen. It packages a wireless printer, vehicle-mounting brackets, a camera for help in diagnosis by off-site personnel and for before/after pictures, a credit card processor, service software and Collier's Flat Rate tables for pricing service work. The user supplies the wireless phone service.

The flat-rate database, which comes preloaded on the tablet, culls from nearly 10,000 HVAC repairs; 90,000 parts and equipment; 2,500 plumbing repairs; and 45,000 plumbing inventory items. Conveniently, contractors can either accept the HVAC/plumbing database as-is or can customize any of the tables and pricing before the package is shipped by logging onto the Collier Website and making changes before the database is loaded onto the tablet.

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Bake-Off: Convertible Tablet PCs
CRN, NY

Notebook computers are an ideal mobile computing platform for most users. But many solution providers find that tablet PCs are better suited for vertical industries such as medical, education, manufacturing, shipping and receiving, public relations and inventory tracking where users prefer to record handwritten notes that can be converted to text.

Unfortunately, many users don't want to trade the functionality of a conventional notebook for a tablet PC that has no keyboard. For such users, convertible tablets are the best fit, combining the functionality of a notebook computer and a tablet PC in one portable unit.

For this bakeoff, CRN Test Center engineers examined the best convertible tablets—notebooks with swiveling hinges that allow the display to be flipped around and closed so that the units can be used as tablets—from three of the biggest players in the industry. The units include Hewlett-Packard's tc4400, Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet X60 and Toshiba's Portg M400

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How to Draw Comics
chris.pirillo.com

Our daily comic bLaugh is still going strong - and we’re kicking it up a notch with a bit of video learning. Yes, GoDaddy has been an amazing sponsor for us! Brad says that he’s gonna be uploading his “live sketch” videos every single day. Over time, you can learn how to become just as talented an artist.

Who knew learning could be this funny? Did you realize he uses a Tablet PC? He’s like a digital Bob Ross - without all the happy little trees. Then again, Bob Ross never really drew comics. Brad is quite simply the most amazing comic artist I’ve ever met (and worked with, certainly).

Even a Caveman Could Do it 

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Modern sound system big step in remodeling
The Times-Herald

Although concertgoers at this weekend's Wadsworth and Friends show may not be aware of it, the auditorium named for the classical musician is undergoing a major upgrade.

Music lovers may notice the new mural around the stage, but they may not be immediately aware that the auditorium now has a modern sound system. Steve Hill, technical director for the auditorium, said concertgoers Saturday "will see very little" to alert them to changes taking place at Wadsworth.

"One of the cool things about the sound system is that it includes a tablet PC," Hill said. The laptop computer can be taken into the auditorium. The operator can adjust the sound system from anywhere in the room

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Panasonic's Industrial Strength ToughBook CF-08 Tablet PC
Mobile Magazine

Sure, if you're lucky enough to do your work inside a nice cozy office with padded cubicle walls and a carpeted floor you don't have that much to worry about. For people that have to head out into the field to get down to business, there is the ruggedly durable ToughBook CF-08 Tablet PC. They say that it is waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant.

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February 27, 2007

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Happy First Anniversary to our Friends at GottaBemobile.com

Congratulations and Thanks to go out to Warner, Rob, Dennis and Matt for the time and dedication they have put into making the GottaBeMobile site, Ink Shows and forums
such a valuable part of the Tablet PC, UMPC and Mobile PC community

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Tablet PC Products From The abletFactory

Trial Versions of The abletFactory Products Now Available

The abletFactory is making a number of products available as Trialware. This changeAbletFactory was long overdue and we are happy to meet the needs of future cutomers in providing full featured ver­sions of our products that are time limited, but include full operating capabilities. Out inventory of Trial versions is increasing and we hope to have most converted in the near future.

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Best Buy open its Escape online store
DailyTech

The Escape online portal now features two very limited product categories: "MobileAsus UMPC Computing" and "Gadgets & Accessories." While limited in scope right now, hopefully the online store will be expanded to include a host of high-end gadgetry that isn’t normally available to North American customers.

Some of the mobile gear on hand includes the Asus R2H UMPC ($999.99), Raon LX800 UMPC ($879.99) and Flybook V33i ($2,999).

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END OF THE PAPER TRAIL
Asbury Park Press

Eighty-eight-year-old Ralph F. Rotondo of Toms River is dealing with a number of Patient using Tablet PCserious medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease and an enlarged prostrate.

So, when he walked into Dr. Mukaram Gazi's office in Lakewood, he expected to be asked to fill out extensive paperwork with a pen.

Instead, he was handed a tablet PC and a stylus — initiating an administrative technology that allows electronic prescribing of medications and makes for a near-paperless world for physicians.

"It is really very easy to do," said Rotondo, tapping away on the small computer screen. "You just follow the directions and answer the questions. If a new system like this gets medications to you quickly and helps save lives, I am all for it."

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School making use of tablet PCs in classroom
Greenwich Time

Pen and paper were scarce in Jen Donnalley's classroom Friday at Greenwich Country Day School. The Upper School math teacher saw little need for the materials, even as she wrote down an algebraic equation and asked her eighth graders to solve for "X."

The nine students scribbled down their work for a moment before Jake Orthwein, 14, raised his hand and asked if he could show off his answer. But that wouldn't require Donnalley duplicating the work on a chalkboard or Orthwein describing step by step how he solved the problem.

Instead, Donnalley tapped a few buttons on her tablet computer, which is similar to a laptop computer but has a screen that can be written on with an electronic pen

It's a small example of the latest technological innovation introduced this year at the preschool through ninth-grade private school. The software program, DyKnow, transforms each tablet PC into an interactive tool that lets teachers and students connect with each other's computers to show off work and information or to communicate using instant messaging. School officials say Greenwich Country Day is the first school on the East Coast to be using DyKnow in a classroom.

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Input Evolution
Entrepreneur 

Contemplate the computer mouse for a moment. You can now get a wireless one with optical technology, a scroll wheel, or extra buttons. The features are new, but the concept is basically the same as the original mouse. “[The mouse] goes back 50 years, so it’s getting pretty old,” says Fariborz Ghadar, consultant and founding director of Penn State’s Center for Global Business Studies.

What new technologies are on the horizon for computer input devices? In the short term, the tablet PC pen is an example of where input is heading. “I think the pen is going to take off because we’re all used to writing with pens and pencils,” says Ghadar. “The tablet allows you to bypass the keyboard to a certain extent.

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Mi-Co to Exhibit Mi-Forms HealthCare Software Solutions
dBusinessNews Triangle

For the fourth year in a row, Mi-Co, the leading mobile data capture software company, will be well represented at the largest healthcare technology conference held in the United States. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) hosts the 2007 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA from February 25 through March 1. Mi-Co senior staff and key partners will be demonstrating Mi-Forms and the latest in mobile forms automation technology in Booth 1817.

In addition to highlighting specific solutions for hospitals, home healthcare agencies and other healthcare providers, Mi-Co and its partners will hold strategic discussions with key healthcare software development companies. These companies are currently evaluating the Mi-Forms Software System for use in extending their solutions to Tablet PC, Digital Pen and Pocket PC devices.  

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February 28, 2007

The HP tx1000 Entertainment Tablet PC - Available Now

HP tx1000 Tablet PC

Starting at $1299.99

The HP tx1000 Entertainment Tablet PC is here - I'll post a "First Look" by the end of the week, followed by a full review in the coming weeks.  

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Educational Technology and its DePauw Roots Noted in Connecticut ...
DePauw University

Andrew Shaw writes that DyKnow's software "transforms each tablet PC into an interactive tool that lets teachers and students connect with each other's computers to show off work and information or to communicate using instant messaging. School officials say Greenwich Country Day is the first school on the East Coast to be using DyKnow in a classroom."

Read the story at the newspaper's Web site.

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Asus R2H: A Geek's Dream Come True
BusinessWeek

As far as I'm concerned, the Asus R2H ultra-mobile PC is a tech-lover's dream. A geek could hole up with it for days on end without missing a bigger machine or even a gaming console. This PC, available from Dynamism.com for $999, has just about everything a computer lover could need—and then some. But some of its software may be difficult for the neophyte to handle, so it's not for everyone. I tested it as part of BusinessWeek.com's series of tablet and ultra-mobile PC reviews (see BusinessWeek.com, 2/26/07, "Lenovo's Talented Tablet").

The Good: Nifty features like GPS, fingerprint reader, and USB mouse; multiple connectivity options

The Bad: Some of the Asus-specific software isn't very intuitive

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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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