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October 2007


October 1, 2007

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LifeBook U1010: Fujitsu’s first ultra-mobile PC (UMPC)
Product Reviews

This is the LifeBook U1010 and its Fujitsu’s first ever ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), which sports a fantastic 0.3mm glass LCD screen and just over half-a-kilogram weight.Fujuitsu U1010 UMPC

The LifeBook U1010 is able to be a NB PC, tablet or handheld computer thanks to the convertible swivel form factor.

Do not let the small size and light weight fool you as Fujitsu also claim this UMPC is a power house that can surfing the Internet, video-conference, edit documents, listen to music, watch movies and handle many other multiple functions.

Other features on the U1010 include a glide point pointing device to make interaction easier, a touch-screen that you use fingers not a stylus, a 0.2mm aluminum-plated Qwerty keyboard, fingerprint sensor, 2-level BIOS lock and Intel’s latest Ultra Mobile Platform 2007.


Then and now - Favorite Tablet PC features?

Tablet PCs have been around long enough that “then and now” comparisons are possible. As we creep toward the fifth year anniversary (November), I’ve found myself making these types of comparisons — Tablets to Tablets, UMPCs, and other ultra-portable PCs — and all of these compared with my expectations, the way I work and live.

I have strong opinions about features that I like and dislike. Me? Opinions? he he Yep.

Free-style handwriting is my favorite and most used feature. The way that I work would be dramatically different without Microsoft OneNote. I’ve become the original sales target user, the corridor warrior. I walk into a meeting holding a Tablet PC in slate mode in the crook of my left arm, push my chair back from the conference table a foot or so, cross my legs and prop the Tablet PC on my knee and start writing — handwriting — meeting notes. The clickity clicks from people typing notes on keyboards have become annoying to me, as has the display propped up in front of someone’s face. I wonder, “Are they looking at email or listening to the topic at hand?” I admit, trust drops immediately. It shouldn’t. But it does. Look me in the eyes. The ironic part is that I used to scoff that it would even be an issue. It is.

Leave the conference room and I still use the Tablet PC in slate mode while checking a room number or walking down the hallway. So, when do I stop using the pen? On stairwells, of course. Seriously though, I know that my pen use decreases as soon as I dock the PC.


October 2, 2007

Tablet PCs add oomph to ignored category
Houston Chronicle

Microsoft's Tablet PC platform gets no respect. Derided by critics as a niche product and a kludge, tablets have been ignored by most consumers who don't see their value.

But a funny thing happened while people were pointing and laughing at Tablet PCs. They got better.  A lot better.

I've been looking at two new Tablet PCs. Both are small, lightweight and surprisingly Lenovo X61 Tablet PCpowerful. And one of them gets my nod as one of the best notebook computers I've seen this year.

THINKPAD X61 — $1,843, Lenovo. Even before Lenovo bought IBM's PC division, the ThinkPad line has been home to Tablet PCs. Lenovo has continued the lineage well and hits a home run with the X61, which is primarily aimed at business users. But even consumers looking for a tablet would be smart to check this out.

One of the ways in which Tablet PCs have improved is their size and weight. The earliest models were heavy and relatively large. The X61 shows that's no longer the case. It weighs in at just under 4 pounds and has a compact 12.1-inch screen.

HP COMPAQ 2710p — $2,626, HP. The last HP tablet I tried almost made me swear off HP 2710 Tablet PCthem forever. The Pavilion tx1000 was probably the worst rendering of the platform I've seen. But HP more than redeems itself with the 2710p, which is the best Windows Vista notebook I've tried this year.

Now, that said, it's more expensive and not quite as fast as the X61. But the 2710p is a little lighter and has a 12.1-inch widescreen display, which means when it's in tablet mode, it's perfect for reading Web pages or other documents. In the screen's portrait orientation, it's like reading a sheet of paper.


2008: The Year of the UMPC and MID
Layne Heiny

Rational Trader declares "2008 will be the year of the must-have x86-based ultramobile PC (UMPC) and mobile Internet device (MID)." His reasoning is the new processors coming from Intel.

Of course, it has been possible for some time now to squeeze an x86-based PC into an ultramobile form factor, but it hasn't been cheap or attractive. Intel may yet find some success with its 90nm, Pentium M-derived "McCaslin" UMPC platform, which just recently launched, but the party won't really get started until McCaslin's 45nm successor, Menlow, arrives in 2008. Menlow and its successor, Moorestown, will fundamentally change the complex cost/power/thermals/compatibility equation that dictates what kind of hardware goes into a commercially viable pocket-sized widget.


Tablet PC: Data Ltd Unveils New Technology-Rich Rugged Tablet
Wireless Workforce

ata Ltd Inc, a nationally recognized manufacture of wireless data collection devices and developer of mobile data collection applications, has made public its newest industrial computer, the DLI 8300Data Ltd Inc,at this year’s Promat show held at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

This new device includes a number of features with functionality not previously available in a small-format, ruggedized tablet computer including:

  • Choice of OS including Linux , Windows CE 5.0, Embedded XP , XP Pro , Tablet PC edition
  • Multiple communications options including wireless radio and cellular independence, as well as embedded iDEN, Skype-based VOiP and GPS
  • A wide variety of input and capture options including long-range laser scanner, on-board RFID reader

The DLI 8300 is targeted at a wide variety of industries and applications including Warehouse / Distribution and Transportation as a fixed-mount, vehicle-based device and as a truly mobile hand held tablet in the areas of Field Services, Route Accounting, Healthcare, Insurance Claims and Adjustments, and Police/Fire/Safety.


October 3, 2007

Consumers Taking Note Of Tech Note-Taking Aids

Microsoft OneNote

Some call this 4-year-old application, updated last year to the 2007 edition, one of Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) MSFT best-kept secrets. Though bundled with some versions of the software giant's Office suite, the note-taking software has gotten little attention outside a dedicated core of fans and Tablet PC owners.

The software makes it easy to collect information from just about anywhere and store it in one place, organized by, say, college course, topic or project. Users can clip Web pages, screenshots, photos and computer files along with typed or handwritten notes on a tablet PC or some pen-based device.

One of OneNote's biggest features is the ability to record audio while you're writing. The software keeps track of what you were jotting down at any point 14 the recording.

This is useful for everything from business lectures to interviews -- if you can't keep up with some of the faster-paced portions of meetings, you can jot down their main points and go over the details later.

OneNote lists for $100, but it comes free with many Tablet PCs and is available at discounted rates for students.


Choppy video on a UMPC? Try disabling hardware acceleration
Kevin C. Tofel

Yes, it seems counter-intuitive, but it just might help based on T-Bird's post over at the Origami Project. This is a simple registry change (although you should always be careful in the registry, even backing it up first) and essentially turns off the hardware acceleration on your UMPC if it has that feature. You'll be offloading the graphics work onto your CPU, so I wouldn't recommend any multi-tasking. Give it a try if your UMPC has struggled with video playback; you can always change the registry key back if it doesn't help or if it makes things worse! I'm happy enough with my video performance so I'm leaving things alone for now.


October 4, 2007

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Microsoft Surface Table In Depth Look

Microsoft Surface Tablet

Remember Microsoft's gesture-based table computer called Surface? We got a hands-on of it back at All Things D, but Ars Technica got an in depth look, getting videos of some of the eight apps—some of which ship with it in late 2007.

Some of those we saw before in the Surface announcement, some of them—like the water app—are new, and quite neat. Besides the water app, which you can swish your hand around on to make waves, there's the video puzzle, a finger paint program, a music app, photo app, casino app, a T-Mobile demo app that lets you see specs of any phone, and the dining app.

The machine itself is actually quite similar to Windows Media Center and runs on top of standard Windows Vista, which itself runs on top of an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, and a "moderately-powerful graphics card.


High-Tech High
Government Technology

At 8 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2006, a school bell rang for the first time at Philadelphia's School of High Tech High Schoolthe Future, officially opening one of the nation's most advanced high schools.

Each student receives a tablet PC, wireless Internet access on campus and broadband access at home. The school is packed with technology - it features a performance center with two hydraulically rotating lecture halls to create small performing spaces for school and community performances; smart-card accessible lockers; a water catchment system on the roof to collect rainwater for use in nonpotable applications; and photovoltaic panels in the building's glass windows and the roof.


Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC Review
Tablet PC Reviews
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC

The T2010 has a simple design that is sleek and appealing. Right off the bat, you get that business feel. It would be perfect for college students as well considering it is so small and only weighs in around 3.8 pounds. The graphite color hides dirt very well and keeps the tablet looking professional. The chassis is solid and there is minimal flex, except for the keyboard area, which I will get to later. There are a few dedicated tablet buttons on the bottom of the screen that change the screen orientation and function. They are very convenient, especially when using the T2010 in tablet mode.


Tablet PC showdown: HP 2710p and Lenovo ThinkPad X61 face to face

Comparing Tablet PCs can be a tricky task, since they’re still relatively rare out in the real world.  And when someone finally does find one and buy it, they could feasibly never come into contact with another and never get the opportunity to see how it stands up against rivals.  So, it’s entirely possible that HP’s 2710p and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X61 might never have met on the battle-field, except for the fact that the Houston Chronicle’s Dwight Silverman decided to pull the two Tablet PCs in for a head-to-head.


GBM Podcast #35: I Want to Demo a Tablet PC

Get two veteran Tablet PC guys together and you know what happens: they talk about the good 'ole days when folks used to be able to go in to a store and at least demo one or two Tablet PCs. Nowadays, one can be hard-pressed to find a single tablet pc in a retail store.

Join Warner and I as we talk about demoing Tablet PCs, Vista SP1, what we'd like to see innovation wise in future Tablet PCs, mobile security, and Microsoft's Surface technology.


October 5, 2007

jkOnTheRun review- HP 2710p Tablet PC

What is it about the HP 2710p that makes the usage experience so enjoyable?  I haveHP 2710p Tablet PC spent a lot of time thinking about this and I believe the main reason is in how thin the 2710p is.  It is so comfortable to use no matter how it is configured.  In laptop mode it's very thin and the design is no compromise with a great keyboard and it's easy to use this way.  It's a breeze to unlatch the screen and swivel it around for slate usage and because it's so thin it is very comfortable to use this way.  It feels very nice in the hands in either configuration, and it is largely why I enjoy using it so much.  Tablet PCs need to excel in two areas, performance doing the things we do every day and comfort in doing them.  The 2710p is so comfortable to use that it is actually enjoyable to do so.  That is great in my book.


It is no doubt apparent that I am very pleased with what HP has brought to the tablet with the 2710p.  It is not only a great Tablet PC but also a stellar thin and light notebook computer, something that other OEMs have attempted to do but none as successfully as this in my book. 


Domino theories for Microsoft's Surface PC

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its Surface tabletop PC, and now Redmond is taking the technology demonstration on the road. Recently, it stopped off in London, where News.com sister site Silicon.com had a chance to take a closer look.

The Surface system, also known by the Milan code name, uses a 30-inch screen, several cameras, a PC running the Vista operating system and a projector to create an interactive, touch-sensitive environment that reacts to objects coming into contact with its flat surface.

Microsoft Surface & Tmobile app

This picture shows an application developed for T-Mobile. The company plans to use Surface in some of its U.S. stores toward the end of the year. A mobile phone with a domino tag (left) is placed on the Surface top and the relevant information for the handset is brought up. The customer can then select from the different talk plans at the bottom and drag them onto the phone to get an idea of pricing and so on. Here, the user is selecting ringtones and dragging them to the phone.


Congratulations on a job well done to all of my friends and colleagues at GottaBeMobile.com


Thank You, Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PC Community
Gotta Be Mobile

One year ago today, we launched forums on GottaBeMobile.com. In that one year, we have grown forum membership to close to 2,000 members, posted more relevant news, added a number of Contributing Writers for news and features, added three new feature series, started producing a podcast ( up to number 35! ). Because page-views and visits both increased three-fold over the year, we also had to double the size of our T-1 to accommodate all the traffic. What a year!


HTC launches Q4 lineup featuring a new UMPC
Monsters and Critics

On Monday, handset manufacturer HTC rolled out its Q4 2007 lineup. Topping the Q4 listHTC Shift UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) was the HTC Shift UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) which will run Windows Vista, and features a seven-inch touch sensitive display screen. Along with the Shift, HTC announced the S730, P6500 and the HTC Touch Dual, a new and more powerful member of the Touch family that integrates 3.5G wireless connectivity.

The HTC Shift is one of the first mobile computers globally to offer Microsoft Windows Vista and push email. “Combining the power of Windows Vista with always-connected 3G/HSDPA connectivity, the HTC Shift delivers unparalleled functionality in a sleek, compact design,” reads HTC product information.  The Shift is the first device to feature HTC's new SnapVUE technology. SnapVUE provides instant access to emails, calendar functions, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device. 


Mozilla, ARM and Samsung collaborate on Linux UMPC

Intel_MIDLinux_prototype UMPC

Take some known innovators in the tech world, put them in a room with some felt-tip pens, paper and the command to mash up a few topical niches, and you might end up with the seven-strong group that today announced their intention to bring a Linux-based UMPC to the market in early 2009.


October 8, 2007

Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC
PC Advisor

The Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 is designed to weather outside use better than your typical Fujitsu  T4220 Tablet PCconvertible tablet laptop. And the Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC has a nice keyboard and performs well, too, all at a competitive price.

This successor to the LifeBook T4020 offers several improvements. The Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC series now uses Intel's Santa Rosa processor line, and the hard drive, sealed before, is now user upgradable.

Most important, the Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC has a single, bidirectional hinge that is a first for a convertible and a major convenience breakthrough. When you want to switch between the tablet and notebook forms, you can swivel the screen right or left on its hinge - no worries about having to double-check a directional arrow or twisting the screen the wrong way on the first try.

The Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC has a few protective features, starting with a shock sensor that protects hard-drive components during a fall by retracting the drive's read-write head. Sturdy plastic port covers attach to the notebook, so they can't fall off and disappear; they keep dirt and moisture out of the network, modem and monitor ports. The Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC also automatically shuts down the optical drive during tablet use to protect it from breakage.

Our Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC test unit came with a nonglare screen coating for outdoor use, for which you'll have to pay extra. The 12.1in, XGA, standard-aspect screen feels thicker than a standard tablet screen, needs firmer taps, and has a visible sheen. These things aren't too bothersome, however, and the special coating allows you to work in direct sunshine - as long as the screen is displaying a light-coloured background. When we tried it with a solid-colored desktop, we could barely make out its icons, but the white input panel stood out and was easy to write in with the Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet PC's tethered digitizer pen.


All in all, the Fujitsu T4220 might not be the cheapest or lightest ultraportable you can buy, but for tablet users desiring a little extra ruggedness and peace of mind, it gets along nicely with Mother Nature.

TabletPc2 Review : Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 Tablet PC


A Plea For Better Inking on Small Mobile Devices
Gotta Be Mobile

For almost a year now, I’ve been using the Asus R2H as my primary device in rehearsals both with XP and also with Vista. What I love about using that particular Ultra-Mobile PC is that I can take notes in OneNote without thinking about it as I get no registration or vectoring issues. I’ve experimented with this using the Samsung Q1P but the Inking experience is just not the same. I’ve also experimented with the OQO Model 02, and although I love that little device, it is just to small for the chores at hand in that circumstance.

So, here’s my plea to the OEMs (I mentioned this on our latest GBM Podcast as well): Don’t forget the Inkers out there. As we head into Mobile Internet Device land, and a newer wave of UMPCs as well, don’t forget the note takers out there. Use a digitizer that allows those of us who need to take notes on a regular basis a real opportunity to do so, in the same way we have been able to with Tablet PCs. I enjoy tremendously the touch navigation and what that offers, but I happen to believe that there are others out there, like me, who see tremendous value in picking up a small mobile device to take notes. Having to place your hand just so on a screen to take notes defeats that purpose and quickly leads to frustration.


Mobile Solution: PocketMed Revolutionizes Mobile Billing
Wireless Workforce

PocketMed , a leader in mobile charge capture at the point of care, presents PocketBilling 4.0 at the American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly in Chicago.

PocketBilling 4.0 enables practitioners to increase charge capture rates, and accelerate the accounts receivable cycle, while providing a simple interface for physicians to track their patient encounters. Physicians capture billing data on their handheld computer, smart phone or tablet PC, and can submit directly to their office staff or billing company, replacing the need for paper-based superbills


October 9, 2007

GETAC to Showcase Fully Rugged PCs at Emergency Medical Services Expo

GETAC Inc., a pioneering manufacturer of Rugged computers that meet the demands of GETAC V100 Tablet PCfield-based applications, will showcase three models of versatile Fully Rugged notebook and convertible tablet PCs during EMS Expo 2007

Rugged GETAC models on display will include the new GETAC V100, a MIL-STD 810F and IP54 compliant notebook that features an LCD screen that instantly transforms into a tablet PC. The highly portable 4.9-pound V100 features ultra-quiet fanless design and includes a wide range of standard features, including a 10.4 inch screen, power-saving 1.2 GHz Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Platform Technology, 512 MB expandable to 2 GB of DRAM, 120 GB shock-mounted removable hard drive, Integrated Bluetooth, reversible waterproof camera, and a full menu of wireless networking capabilities - all housed in a water resistant rugged magnesium alloy case and ready for mounting in any emergency vehicle.

"The GETAC V100 exceeds every performance and reliability standard that emergency medical technicians and other emergency personnel demand from a Fully Rugged computer while offering a number of optional features not available elsewhere," said Mike Simek, Manager, GETAC Sales and Marketing. "The ability to instantly convert the V100 from a laptop to a tablet PC gives EMS workers the flexibility they need, while our security features offer them the confidence that their data is safe from the elements and the rigors of their job inside the V100's water-proof, shock-proof and drop-proof magnesium alloy case."


Our little genius - Kaylee using a Tablet PC @ 2 years old.



Are you attending Educause?

Educause begins October 23rd. Let me know if you are attending. I’m trying to figure out if we should have a Tablet PC & UMPC meet-up.

Educause ‘07
Seattle, WA
October 23 - 26th


school notes
Community Press

St. Ursula will host its open house Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the schol, 1339 E. McMillan in East Walnut Hills.

Tours of the college preparatory girls academy and information will be available. Future students and their parents will meet the faculty and learn more about the programs, traditions, mission and philosophies. Eighth graders will also be able enter a drawing to win a Tablet PC. The winner will be announced on Jan. 4, 2008.


October 10, 2007

New Samsung UMPC Details Revealed
Wired Blogs 

Samsung SPH-P9200 UMPC

Samsung's long-awaited SPH-P9200 UMPC—they think up such sellable product names, don't they?—will sport a Via C7 CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, Windows XP home, WiFi, a (user-facing) 1.3mp camera, HSDPA and two USB ports. There is, however, no Bluetooth, which is maybe a blessing in disguise.

The 5" display has a 800x480 native resolution, and other features decoded from the Korean-language manual include an "Optical joystick" and "enhanced system tray."

If all that sounds a little low-performance, note that it makes for a 5 hour stint before the batteries die: more than twice what you'll get from, say, the higher-end HTC Shift. Of course, the big hook here is the fold-open keyboard, which presents a full-size Qwerty layout instead of the peck-'n'-poke shrunken version that usually comes with a pocketable PC.


Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Tablet PC First Look Review
Tablet PC Reviews

When Fujitsu announced the LifeBook U810 mini Tablet PC, I couldn't wait to get my Fujitsu LifeBook U810hands on it and guess what, we just got one in our office. This tiny tablet is amazing. I can't say it would be a permanent replacement to a full-size tablet or notebook, but it is a great travel companion. It runs on Intel's A110 processor and has a 40GB hard drive. The 5.6-inch WSVGA display is small, but still up to Fujitsu's standards, meaning it looks great.

The U810 sports Intel's A110 800MHz processor. It has 1GB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive. Not to bad for such a tiny tablet, but I think I would rather have Windows XP Tablet PC Edition instead of Vista. Don't get me wrong Vista works fine on the U810, but you would gain more performance from Windows XP, which is an option.


Motion Computing: Not Offering LE1700 WriteTouch Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

In a surprise announcement in its partner newsletter, Motion Computing said that they will not be offering the LE1700 WriteTouch Tablet PC. Based on the announcement below, it appears that while working on technical issues on the WriteTouch model, manufacturing and supply issues came up that then began to conflict with their upcoming product roadmap. I'm working to find out if they have plans to use the WriteTouch technology with future products.

Here is their announcement:

Based on Motion's unrelenting commitment to delivering the best customer experience with the highest quality, we have made the decision to not offer the LE1700 WriteTouch feature at this time.   We have worked diligently to close technical and usability challenges, but some manufacturing and supply chain challenges continue to impact our schedule and overlap with key roadmap deliverables.  The decision is a difficult one but is in the best interest of our customers while affording us time to focus development and execution efforts on delivering best-in-class solutions.


October 11, 2007

MobileTechRoundup 113

CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.
MoTR 113 is 33:10 minutes long and is a 30.5 MB file in MP3 format.

How much did James like the HP 2710p eval? So much that he bought one and says something he’s never said before. Ever.


Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC
Laptop Magazine

Unlike many convertibles, which tend to be top-heavy from the additional weight of the Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PCLCD/digitizer, the T2010 is well balanced, so it stays anchored to your lap. Also thoughtful are two extra restraining pins around the spindle to keep the display from bouncing and wobbling in Laptop mode, as is common for convertibles. If only the designers were as thoughtful about the Tablet mode. The LCD doesn’t secure firmly to the keyboard when you convert it for stylus input. The Tablet screen swam about noticeably, which was distracting. The array of five launch buttons is generous and programmable, but the buttons are so flush against the lid surface and so sleek and black that they’re also difficult to find by touch.

The pen is thick and well-shaped, with a prominent action rocker button. It worked well with the LCD, providing a high hover zone and good calibration. Fujitsu, which has suffered from underwhelming LCDs in the past, has upped the quality considerably here with a screen that has excellent contrast and brightness even in indirect sunlight, along with the very wide viewing angles tablet users like. Our unit had a glossy finish, but you can also order the T2010 with an indoor/outdoor display that gives off less glare.


Dell says he'll be ready with PC alternatives

Since returning as CEO, Dell said a major focus was to "bring back the customer-centricity" into the company. "I think we lost some of that customer focus."

The company is also building a new consumer business, increasing its focus on emerging markets. The vendor also this year announced that it would ship Linux on a desktop. In addition, Dell said the company will soon introduce tablet computers.


An office in your pocket

The new OQO model 02 ultramobile PC would look at home in a piano bar. We almost thought we heard jazz wafting out of the box when we opened it.

The 5-inch screen is digitized so you can use the model 02 like a tablet PC — if you order the $29 optional digital pen. The pen is included if you order the system with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, but we think it’s a little stingy not to bundle it with other versions OQO 2 UMPCbecause the screen is digitized anyway.

We really liked the horizontal and vertical capacitive TouchScrollers located at the bottom right corner of the screen. They allow you to scroll by simply sliding your finger over them, so you can read documents or Web pages while in tablet mode.

When you do need a keyboard, the screen simply slides up to reveal it. It’s clear the OQO engineers thought about real-world use when they designed this thumb keyboard. There is a track stick on the right and mouse-click buttons on the left, so you can move the mouse pointer with your right thumb and quickly click with your left.

The system scored a 142 on the PassMark benchmark test, which is low, but not surprising considering the small size of this computer. Customers who buy the OQO are looking for portability over performance. In comparison, the convertible tablet PCs we recently tested scored between 250 and 450.

We were impressed with the amount of features and new technology OQO managed to pack into this tiny PC. Even the docking station is small and portable. You won’t get laptop-like performance or battery life, but for users who need a full PC that can fit in a pocket, the trade-off is well worth it.


October 12, 2007

Fujitsu LifeBook U810

First impressions of The Fujitsu Lifebook U810 Ultra Mobile PC

The eagerly anticipated Fujitsu U810 UMPC has arrived at TabletPc2.com and I'm happy to report it was worth the wait.  

This handy Ultra Mobile PC weighs a mere 1.56 pounds and is roughly the size of a paperback novel.  In fact if it were not for the battery it would be smaller than a paperback, which means it is both small enough and light enough to take with you anywhere you go.   Don't let the small size fool you, the Fujitsu U810 UMPC is packed with features that let you do anything and everything you need to do, where ever you happen to be.


October 15, 2007

Who Needs An Office?

Computers have always complemented paper, but couldn't replace an A4 pad for people on the move. Then, a few years ago, Microsoft introduced the tablet PC format, which turned laptop computers into writing pads. HP's latest tablet, HP Compaq 2710p, runs on Intel's latest low-power wireless chipset, Centrino Pro. It functions like a normal laptop until you swivel the screen around and lock it shut again, turning it into a thick, expensive piece of electronic paper you write on with an electronic stylus.

It's light at 1.7Kg, partly because its writable DVD drive is in an optional slimline docking station. It runs the Vista operating system, which integrates features designed for tablet PCs including a recognition system that feeds your handwriting into applications such as Microsoft Word. Microsoft also provides Windows Journal, an application resembling a notebook that you can write directly on as if with a real pen. It even includes a digital "eraser" on the stylus used to "rub out" what you have drawn.


New York Post

While the Media Wall is aimed at wealthy early adopters, Microsoft is taking a more Microsoft Surfacepractical and commercial approach to its multi-touch offering, which is simply called Surface - a 30-inch touch-screen built into what looks like a coffee table. But they hope the technology will eventually become even more ubiquitous than the standard PC.

Video demos of Surface, available at surface.com, promise interesting new ways to interact with data. Imagine dropping a digicam on the screen and seeing pictures spill out of it as if they were dumped from a shoe box, or setting down a Zune media player and literally poking around your music and video files.

It sounds like something from Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," but it may become reality sooner than later. According to Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble, the price tag will run somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 when they begin shipping later this year.


Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet
PC Magazine

These days, convertible tablet PCs are showing up as more than just a blip on the radar. They've been widely adopted in the vertical markets, and students are embracing them. Lenovo (formerly IBM) has long been a leader in the convertible tablet PC space. In the ThinkPad X61 Tablet ($1,934 direct) Lenovo continues to fuse the design of its darling X-Series ultraportable (see ThinkPad X60s ) with the tablet's functionality. With the best keyboard in the industry, very good performance scores, and a sturdy design, the X61 Tablet earns an Editors' Choice award to set beside Lenovo's previous one in this space, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet .

While it's clear that convertible tablets are picking up traction, the penetration hasn't been at the level of some of the more popular laptops. It could be that consumers haven't yet grasped the idea of using a digitizer pen on a laptop. Maybe the price premium is putting off potential customers. And perhaps the fact that two of the top three laptop vendors, Dell and Apple, haven't officially announced any tablet PCs of their own has limited their growth. Regardless, Lenovo has made significant progress with the ThinkPad X61 Tablet, making the adjustment easy for many would-be tablet converts.

Lenovo's overall tablet design hasn't changed since the ThinkPad X41 Tablet first launched in 2005. The magnesium alloy–backed frame and the pitch-black ID are no different from those of the rest of the ThinkPad line. The frame guards against wear and tear, and the conservative black trim lets people know that this machine means business. The X41 Tablet was one of the lightest tablets around, but lately, the competition has been growing fierce. The X61's 66-Wh extended battery boosts the weight to 4.4 pounds. Meanwhile, the Fujitsu Lifebook T2010 is able to keep things under 4 pounds with its 93-Wh extended battery. Opting for a 4-cell battery and saving $50 can get the X61 Tablet under 4 pounds, but it would leave you with appallingly short battery life. On the other hand, the HP Compaq 2710p (3.9 lbs) can get away with its 44-Wh battery, since it's using extremely low-powered components.


Review: Gateway C-120X Tablet PC — Let's Do The Twist
Wired Blogs

Ultra-mobile professionals and tech-savvy college students will enjoy the C-120X—Gateway’s little tablet that manages to balance size, weight, and features at a reasonable price. The 12.1-inch widescreen display allows you to channel your inner child as you can control the cursor to write and draw with your finger, in lieu of the included stylus. Graphics junkies beware: its 1.06Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and 1GB of RAM pack a paltry punch, especially with Vista. At 4.8lbs, it’s not the lightest 12-inch tablet on the market. But most will find it easy to carry for long periods of time, and won’t notice the weight when stuffed into a bag. —Claude McIver

The touch sensitive screen adds valuable functionality; no longer are tablet users slaves to the almighty stylus! Plenty of thoughtful features like a fingerprint scanner, DVD burner and FireWire port.


October 16, 2007

Internet takes learning wireless
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Jacqueline Regan on Tablet PC

Jacqueline Regan, a junior chemistry major at Chatham University, takes notes on a tablet PC during Corey Stilts' organic chemistry class, which uses wireless Internet.

A wireless network is helping Chatham University sophomore Veronica Leone to master organic chemistry.

In her class, assistant professor Corey Stilts is able to send via a wireless connection his notes as he makes them -- inserting model drawings and equations -- to each of 25 students in the room, all of whom have tablet PCs on which they can follow along, take notes and have their own copies.


Bluebeam Conversion Server v3.0 for Automated File Conversion Released

Bluebeam Software, Inc., a leader in innovative PDF and file creation solutions, announced today the release of Bluebeam Conversion Server v3.0, for automated conversion of CAD, Office and Windows files to 11 formats including PDF, DWF, and TIF. Bluebeam adds management and reporting tools to its latest version that simplify software configuration, add administrative control and provide web-based status reports.

"With the release of 3.0, we have created a better experience for our customers with additional administrative and reporting tools, more control over setup options, as well as faster overall performance," said Richard Lee, President and CEO of Bluebeam Software, Inc. Bluebeam Conversion Server 3.0 has the ability to run multiple processors, fully utilizing dual and quad core systems to run host applications simultaneously, resulting in more through put.

Bluebeam PDF Revu


GETAC to Showcase Fully Rugged Tablet PCs with iWater GIS-Based Software System at WEFTEC
Business Wire

GETAC Inc., a pioneering manufacturer of Rugged computers that meet the demands of Getac V100 Tablet PCfield-based applications, will showcase its V100 and CA27 Rugged convertible and slate model tablet PCs today through Wednesday, Oct. 17, during the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. (Booth #4149).

The lightweight-yet-Rugged V100 and CA27 tablet PCs will feature the iWater infraMap GIS software solution. iWater, Inc. provides services, accurate data, reports, maps, attributes and problem identification to cities, municipalities and private utility companies. Together, GETAC and iWater provide the ideal solution for field-based workers whose jobs demand the combination of GIS-based software and a Rugged PC that can stand up to daily outdoor use and abuse.

Designed to meet the strenuous everyday demands of utility workers, the GETAC V100 is fully compliant with MIL-STD 810F and IP54 standards for ruggedness. The highly portable 4.9-pound V100 features ultra-quiet fanless design and includes a wide range of standard features, including a 10.4 inch screen, power-saving 1.2 GHz Intel® Core Duo Platform Technology, 512 MB expandable to 2 GB of DRAM, 120 GB shock-mounted removable hard drive, Integrated Bluetooth, reversible waterproof camera, and a full menu of wireless networking capabilities all housed in a water resistant Rugged magnesium alloy case. The package includes the Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional and XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system.   For more information, visit the GETAC Inc. website at www.getac.com.


Another UMPC has joined the fray. This time, the entrant hails from Gigabyte, a brandgigabyte UMPC better known for making mainboards. The Gigabyte U60 is probably the first VIA-based UMPC available in Singapore.

This UMPC may be the only one which is capable of running Windows Vista while not using an Intel chipset, unlike AMD-based models such as the Everun and Kohjinsha SA1 which run on Windows XP. However, the 1GHz VIA Esther ULV processor coupled with a non-upgradable 768MB memory may prove to be a bottleneck when it comes to the resource hogging Vista OS. Weighing only 740g with a footprint of 190 x 120.8 x 28.3mm, it comes with a standard two-cell battery that rates only 3 hours of uptime.


October 17, 2007

Intel reveals ultra-portable Diamondville CPU

Hoping to produce an even more power-efficient technology than the best it offers today, Intel at its Developer Forum in Taiwan on Tuesday announced Diamondville, a new processor and platform architecture for extremely low-power PCs. The design is almost entirely original and is meant to fit into the ASUS Eee PC, the One Laptop Per Child XO, and other very small computers designed either for basic computing or developing world areas where regular or strong power supplies are hard to find. While exact figures were unavailable, Diamondville was expected to use significantly less power than even Intel's latest ultra low-voltage Core 2 Duo processors, which have a sustained power use of 10 watts.

This design will also be cheap to build, Intel mobile VP Mooly Eden noted. While a full system using Diamondville will cost between $200 and $250 -- more than the price for the $188 XO, which uses AMD's Geode -- the cost will be kept relatively low to encourage the development of the product class. CPUs should be available beginning in April with finished systems later. Most devices in the category are planned to use free versions of Linux to keep software licensing costs low.

In addition to supporting extremely low-cost notebooks, the technology may result in budget mobile Internet devices (MIDs) or ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs). UMPCs are currently the smallest computers in the category today but are often more expensive than traditional notebooks, as they rely heavily on faster but costlier processors as well as larger, costlier storage and full copies of Windows.


announced today that it has completed the merger of its indirect wholly owned subsidiary with Gateway, Inc. (NYSE:GTW). Gateway common stock will be suspended from trading on New York Stock Exchange as of the close of business today, October 16, 2007, New York City time. As a result of the merger, all outstanding shares of Gateway common stock other than shares as to which appraisal rights are perfected under Delaware law, were converted into the right to receive US$1.90 in cash per share.


How To Blog in Ink Using Word 2007
Gotta Be Mobile

Chris Paris is a very active GottaBeMobile.com reader and forum member, helping others in our forums with tablet pc issues, etc. He's written the following article for us on how to blog in ink using Word 2007.

- Chris Paris 

I've been an early adopter of using MS Word 2007's blogging features, having used it for various blogs -- via WordPress -- since the software came out. Here's the latest , entirely blogged from within Word! A while back I wrote a tutorial on setting up Word 2007 for WordPress  - (pardon the comical pseudonym), and it's been well received, even though setting up WordPress under Word 2007 isn't exactly easy. One mistake, and Word will throw an obscure error, directing you to a minimalist help page that hasn't been updated since Word 2007 came out. 


October 18, 2007

Data-Basics Announces Tablet PC Giveaway to Help Firms 'Get the Big Picture'

Data-Basics, a leading provider of management software solutions to service, construction and facilities management firms, today announced its "Get the BIG Picture" giveaway for a free tablet PC. By simply viewing a demonstration of TechAnywhere, Data-Basics' wireless field service software optimized for tablet PC devices, a visitor's name will be entered into the drawing.

The "Get the BIG Picture" Giveaway
Since TechAnywhere wireless field service software and the tablet PC is the perfect pairing of unique wireless field service software and cutting-edge hardware, Data-Basics is giving away a free tablet PC (an $800 US value).

Entrants can visit www.databasics.com/contest or call 1-800-837-7574 to sign up for a demonstration of TechAnywhere software, along with SAM Pro Enterprise service management software. Once the demo is complete, visitors will be entered in the running for a Toshiba tablet PC. The random drawing is scheduled to take place on December 2, 2007. Official contest rules are posted at www.databasics.com.

Why Tablet PCs?
Through a unique interface, TechAnywhere software for tablet PC allows technicians to electronically fill out job tickets as they presently do: with a pen (also called a stylus) and on a form designed to look like the job tickets currently used. TechAnywhere software is the only solution available that accurately emulates the paper work orders that techs are already used to.

"Choosing to optimize TechAnywhere for tablet PCs really freed up Data-Basics," said Tim Carcione, senior product engineer. "Since we weren't limited to the three-inch screens found on PDA-style devices, we could avoid complicated navigation and menu systems."

The result is software with a smaller learning curve, leading to decreased deployment time and quicker adoption by a firm's mobile workforce. And since tablets are fully functional PCs, additional software such as an office productivity suite or an estimating package can also run alongside TechAnywhere.


Disneyland Slates


Fujitsu Tablet PC in DIsneyland Paris

Yesterday I posted about visiting Paris with my Samsung Q1U. Ironically in the post I mentioned I might report back some Tablet PC fun but truthfully I didn’t think I'd come up with much...

Having said that here is what we were faced with when we entered the Disneyland Paris theme park today, i.e. 2x Fujitsu ST5111 Slate Tablet PCs. The good news is that the two folks carrying the devices we "Uberly" enthusiastic about the setup; they absolutely loved them. As we talked over the details we found out that the devices were under refresh, and we also found out that there were three new slates in contention for the honor! My next question was "which ones" to which the answer came back "Je ne sais pas!" What a shame!

For those of you interested, the devices were being used to show maps and provide (and collect) information. Rather proudly they were all being used in slate mode (not surprisingly as they are not convertibles) and with nothing other than the pen!


Asus Eee PC available at Best Buy, Newegg
Ars Technica

Well, folks, a glorious day in the ultra-mobile PC world has arrived: the Asus Eee PC hasAsus Eee PC - UMPC been officially announced. Earlier reports and original reseller postings hinted that the Eee PC would only be available in the 4GB size, and as we've since discovered, that's not going to be the case: Asus will offer an 8GB model with 1GB of DDR2 RAM also. If you're not digging the original white color, there have been pictures of black and pastel colors floating around as well. 

If you're wondering where you can nab one, Reuters claims that the UMPC will be available at Best Buy and Newegg during the next couple of weeks. While it will cost you $299-399 depending on which of the four models you choose, bulk retailers will be able to pick the units up at $199 apiece on the low-end. But who's buying the Eee in bulk? Governments, apparently.


GIGABYTE U60 UMPC - Exclusive Look!

Gigabyte U60 UMPC

GIGABYTE recently showed the world a glimpse of their Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) called the U60 at CeBIT, and again at Computex earlier this year. You can see our teaser preview here.


Export Your Drivers Across PCs

When you are setting up a new Tablet PC or UMPC one of the things on your check list is to make sure you have all of your drivers moved to the new device. This little utility, DriverMax, might just be the cool tool you need to make that chore a little easier.

DriverMax lets you export all (or those you choose) of the drivers on your XP or Vista system to a folder or compressed file. Once you’re ready to move the drivers use the import function.


Fujitsu U1010 UMPC user video review

Fujitsu U810 Flimstrip

Click to see the video


Multi-touch display can 'see' objects too
New Scientist

A computer screen that also acts as a two-handed touch interface and a crude infrared camera has been developed by researchers at Microsoft's labs in the UK.

Users can operate the display with both hands, in a similar manner to the display in the film Minority Report. But this screen can also recognise particular hand gestures as well as objects placed within a centimetre of its surface.

"It can sense much more than fingers, and is essentially a low resolution scanner and ThinSightcamera," says lead researcher Shahram Izadi. The screen can even communicate wirelessly with other devices nearby using the same infrared technology it uses to see.

The technology – dubbed ThinSight – was developed by adding an extra layer of electronics behind a normal laptop screen. This adds a couple of centimetres to the overall thickness, but completely transforms its abilities (see a video, top right).

The screen "sees" by using a grid of paired infrared sensors and transmitters that sit just behind the backlight of the laptop's LCD panel. The sensors can form crude images when infrared light bounces off an object (see images, right). This could allow the screen to identify hand gestures or to see objects, and let them interact with onscreen images.

Vital ergonomics

The Microsoft researchers are currently developing a 19-inch ThinSight panel and say it should be straightforward to someday integrate the feature into current manufacturing processes.

Using different technology, Microsoft also plans to launch a larger camera-based interactive table, called Surface, before the end of the year.


October 19, 2007

HP to Embed Sprint Mobile Broadband Service in Business Notebook PCs
Business Wire

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that it will integrate Sprint mobile broadband capabilities into several HP business notebook PCs, giving mobile professionals convenient access to the fastest and largest U.S. mobile broadband network.(1) HP 2710 Tablet PC

The companies will jointly market HP business notebooks that can take advantage of the dynamic features of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, such as the faster data speeds provided by 3G EV-DO Rev. A technology.(2)

When on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, HP business customers will be able to enjoy wireless connections at broadband speeds to corporate networks, email and the Internet without being tied to a wireless hotspot.(3) Customers also will be equipped for more powerful applications and services as they become available

HP mobile broadband notebook PCs

Across the lineup, HP business notebook PCs feature security, reliability and ease of use innovations such as Drive Encryption for HP Protect Tools, HP DuraKeys(4) and HP QuickLook, which with a touch of a button allows users to browse email, calendars and contact information in as little as 10 seconds.(5) HP business notebooks that will integrate Sprint Mobile Broadband service, including support for EV-DO Rev. A technology, include the following models, as well as additional models expected later this year:

  • HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC Weighing only 3.6 pounds,(6) this sleek, ultra-thin convertible notebook combines conventional notebook productivity with tablet PC flexibility. It features an optional(7) integrated camera for convenient video conferencing, image capture and integrated business card reader software, as well as HP NightLight on the keyboard to improve visibility in low-light conditions.


High-Tech Hospital Offers Luxury, Short Waits
Click 2 Houston.com

Flat-screen TVs, gourmet coffee and an Xbox are things that may be found in a fancy hotel's lobby, but what about in an emergency room's lobby? All of those things can be found in the lobby of Emergency Heath Centre in Willowbrook. "This is the face of emergency medicine in the future

There are no paper charts and filling out forms at the center is paperless. Patient information is electronically accessed and can be easily updated. "Each of our patients, when they arrive, will check in on a tablet PC. The PC is set up such that it stores their patient demographic information so they only have to fill it out once, the first time they come in," Goetze said, Patients also have the option of checking in on their Web site.


Fujitsu lifebook U810 Tablet PC Review
Tablet PC Reviews

When Fujitsu announced the LifeBook U810 mini Tablet PC, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. This tiny tablet has been getting rave reviews and after spending some time with it I can see why. I am not saying it would be a good permanent replacement to a full-size tablet or notebook, but it is a great travel companion. It runs on A110 processor and has a 40GB hard drive. The 5.6-inch WSVGA display is small, but still up to Fujitsu's standards, meaning it looks great.

Fujitsu U810 tqblet pc

Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Tablet PC in all its glory


October 22, 2007

Review: OQO provides PC for your pocketOQO 2 UMPC

The screen of the OQO model e2 measures 5in across the diagonal and slides up to reveal the keyboard. When closed up, the device looks like a miniature Tablet PC, and the model e2 does in fact support full Tablet functionality if users purchase an optional digital active stylus. The screen is left exposed, however, which could possibly lead to it being damaged, unless one of OQO’s carry cases is purchased.


Educause: Handheld and Mobile Computing Constituent Group

Yes, this means Tablet PCs & UMPCs to.

I briefly exchanged emails with Trace Choulat, who is organizing the Educause Handheld & Mobile Computing Constituent Group session. People interested in or already using mobile PCs, Tablet PCs, ultra-portables, & UMPCs are welcome to attend to exchange ideas about uses in higher education. The abstract has now been updated to reflect the range of mobile computing devices and PCs that people are now using.


October 23, 2007


Diskeeper Corporation today announced the launch of Diskeeper® 2008, the most automated performance enhancement defragmenter ever built. New features include the ability todefrag in the most extreme levels of low free space or the highest levels of crippling file fragmentation. Intelligent defrag dynamically chooses which software engine will net the most performance gains on a given system or environment. This is all done completely transparently, in real time, tapping the full power of otherwise unused idle resources with a highly advanced background processing technology called, InvisiTasking™.

The First program I install on any new Tablet PC....


Tablet PCs are the new laptops
Portsmouth Herald News

Laptops, more commonly called notebook PCs these days, are well known for their portable, light weight computing power. Tablet PCs, while not as well known, are beginning to make their mark.

There are essentially two types of tablet PCs on the market today. The most common version, sometimes referred to as a convertible tablet, looks very much like a standard notebook, but with a screen that swivels and collapses to form a flat surface. Other tablets are exactly that, a tablet where one side is the screen and one side is the bottom of the unit, just like on a standard notebook.

The key to what makes a tablet is the fact that the screen is touch sensitive, the fact that it accepts input via a special pen called a stylus and also that the screen automatically adjusts to the way you hold the unit — vertically or horizontally. A tablet is essentially the same as a notebook, except that you may also use it just like a pad of paper, writing onto the screen as one of the methods of input.


Fujitsu LifeBook U810
PC Magazine

The U810 adds one more feature to its repertoire: The screen can rotate 180 Fujitsu LifeBook U810 UMPC - Tablet PCdegrees, essentially making it a convertible tablet. At 5.6 inches, it has by far the largest screen of the devices I mention here, though reading text on it is still a recipe for eyestrain.

The integrated QWERTY keyboard is essentially a 66-percent laptop keyboard, not the BlackBerry-style keys you find on the OQO and FlipStart, and definitely not like the flattened keys on the Sony. Interestingly, the U810 offers the best typing experience of the crop.


Fujitsu Completes Three-Year Rollout of 2500 Stylistic & LifeBook Tablet PCs

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced that 2,500 Fujitsu Tablet PCs are now deployed throughout Marshfield Clinic, providing the largest private group medical practice in Wisconsin with chartless, point-of-care computing. LifeBook(R) T4000 Series convertible Tablet PCs and Fujitsu Stylistic(R) ST5000 Series slate Tablet PCs serve as the hardware foundation of the electronic medical records system that has enabled Marshfield Clinic to improve the safety and timeliness of patient care, as well as increase efficiencies and decrease costs.

Rolled out over three years, Fujitsu Tablet PCs allow mobile caregivers in the Fujitsu T4200 Tablet PCMarshfield Clinic system to access electronic medical records including reports and images, perform dictation, and enter orders and prescriptions electronically. According to a clinic analysis, Marshfield Clinic saves $4.50 each time it avoids pulling a paper chart. With nearly two million patient visits each year, the savings are significant. In addition, Fujitsu Tablet PCs eliminate the cost of fixed workstations for every exam room. Marshfield expects to have a completely chartless medical environment by November 2007

"If we didn't have the right hardware vendor, the project would have failed," said Mary Schalow, director of customer service and support for the commercial IT group, Marshfield Clinic. "The Tablet PC was going to be the physician's only device, so we wanted to make sure there was a large viewing area and adequate battery life. Reliability and service were huge factors since lives depend on the patient information. Fujitsu has stood up to that test."

The popular ultra-portable LifeBook T4000 Series convertible Tablet PC with an optical drive offers the comfort and ease of a traditional notebook combined with the versatility of a tablet. The thin and light slate form factor of the 3.5-pound Stylistic Tablet PC provides the freedom to be more productive. The system is weight-balanced so it can be carried comfortably in either portrait or landscape mode.

"Marshfield Clinic provided an exceptional opportunity to showcase how Fujitsu Tablet PCs can fundamentally transform medical facilities into a safer and more efficient environment," said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing, Fujitsu Computer Systems. "Healthcare organizations exploring the benefits of Tablet PCs need only look at the Marshfield Clinic. The reputation earned by Fujitsu for reliable, high-quality notebooks and tablets makes it a clear choice for any organization where notebooks and tablets play a mission-critical role."


NetSimplicity Expands Its Interactive LCD Solution Offerings

a leading provider of workforce management software, today announced the TabletKiosk Slate Tablet PCexpansion of their Interactive LCD Solutions for its flagship room scheduling software, Meeting Room Manager(TM) through a partnership with TabletKiosk(TM) a leader in Tablet PCs and mobile computing solutions.

With the Interactive LCD Solution, NetSimplicity, a division of Asure Software expands the options for on-site scheduling and viewing of meeting room availability and room details. The Sahara Slate PC(TM) is an interactive touch-screen tablet computer that can be placed on a reception desk or wall-mounted outside meeting rooms or in lobbies. From each panel, users can find a scheduled meeting, see at-a-glance whether one or more rooms are currently available, and book those rooms from the touch-screen interface. Their attractive design creates a positive impression for staff and visitors.


The Philips Cliniscape MCA104 medical tablet PC
Product Reviews

When Star Trek first hit our screens many of us fell in love with the technology and Philips Cliniscape MCA104 medical tablet PC.thought that we would never see this kind of technology, but now it seems that much of the technology is part of our ever day life. Take the communicator, well that’s a cell phone, how about those sliding doors, we now have them at the mall. Well it now seems as if DR McCoy has passed something to us now, and that is the Philips Cliniscape MCA104 medical tablet PC.

This Mobile Clinical Assistant designed by Intel’s Digital Health Group is just that latest piece of technology that will be heading to our hospitals. The Philips Cliniscape MCA104 medical tablet PC has a 10.4-inch touch screen, a core solo processor with 1GB of RAM, and the tablet is running a custom installation of Vista Business. Other features for the Philips CliniScape mobile clinical assistant are 2 megapixel camera, barcode scanner and RFID and Bluetooth radios, and a battery life of 3.5-hours.


Clearwire Introduces First PC Card
screenplays magazine

Clearwire has made available its first pc card based on Motorola pre-WiMAX technology, a first step toward expanding the consumer electronics ecosystem for WiMAX services through partners including Motorola, Intel and Samsung.

Until now, Clearwire subscribers have had to carry a compact, standalone modem along with their laptops for remote access. The new pc card can be inserted into a standard PCMIA slot on laptop computers running Windows XP or Vista and will run on laptop power.

Clearwire and Intel have roughly outlined plans to introduce a growing array of WiMAX devices beginning next year, including ultra-mobile PCs and eventually handsets. They expect the ease of use associated with PC cards, like those used to receive EV-DO and other 3G mobile services, and with embedded circuitry, like Intel’s Centrino Wi-Fi access  technology, and will attract a broader population to portable and eventually fully mobile broadband Internet access services.


Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC
Washington Post

The slim, light Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 convertible tablet has the longest battery life Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PCwe've seen, as well as a versatile screen suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. This $2558 unit (as of 10/9/07) could be more comfortable to hold, however, and the optical drive is not integrated.

The T2010 set a new record for battery life. Our test unit's nine-cell battery lasted just 2 minutes shy of 7 hours--best among currently tested laptops.

The T2010's roaming range will expand early next year when Fujitsu integrates mobile broadband as an extra-cost option. For people worried about durability, a 32GB solid-state hard drive, which has no moving parts, is available for $519. But as it stands, you can't beat this ultraportable's Herculean battery life.


October 24, 2007

Mi-Co Offers Free Mobile Data Capture Needs Assessments to HomeHealth Care and Hospice Providers
Market Wire

Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, today announced that following its successful exhibition at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) conference in Denver, the company is offering a free "Needs Assessment for Mobile E-Forms for OASIS" to organizations that provide home health and hospice care.

Wilson County, NC, Home Care & Hospice conducted an ROI study for its tablet PC Mi-Forms implementation. The agency currently saves a nurse time- and quality-equivalent of approximately $300,000 per year. It saves approximately 1.5 hours per nurse, per day, while its data capture error rate dropped by 50% and late submissions were cut by 75%.


These Laptops Think (Really) Small
PC Magazine

Imagine getting the functionality of a desktop PC or a typical laptop in a device you can slip into a coat pocket. With these Ultra Mobile PCs, that concept may not be such a pipe dream.

Here's a prediction: Desktop replacement laptops will eventually be replaced by handheld PCs that will rock the latest games, edit your high definition video, and keep you connected with the rest of world. It may sound farfetched, but the day may soon be coming, especially with the newest crop of Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs). The obvious hurdles are whether or not keyboards and screen sizes will be effective enough to mount this takeover. The Apple iPhone gave us a taste of virtual keyboards that could very well be the solution for UMPCs, when tactile feedback catches up to physical keyboards.

Right now, performance, usability, and high price tags are what hold UMPCs back from mass adoption. They're mainly used as communication devices, to browse the Web at above VGA resolutions, attempt a video chat, and be able to open at-tachments in an e-mail. You can even transcode audio/video files, if you're willing to push these devices to the limit. Aside from that, Smartphones have many of the other bases covered, at a fraction of the cost. Still, there are some neat fea-tures that users can take advantage of. For example, the Fujitsu Lifebook U810 is a convertible tablet that fills the length of your hands. Its tablet func-tions, combined with typical laptop capabilities, make this 1.5-pound device one to look out for.


Battery Life On My Lenovo x61
Gotta Be Mobile

This is one of the first times that I have had my Tablet PC with me where I had to use it Lenovo X61 Tablet PCfor a REALLY long time with no access to a plug.  I've been at meetings that last all day but a plug was close by, or places where I could plug in for a few during lunch or something, so a real test for me hasn't really happened. Today all that changed - Seminar all day and only my x61 in the middle of the room.  I thought it might be interesting to see how things went on the 8 cell so I gave the clock a look when we started in the morning. 

So, today my battery lasted me for a total of 6 hours 02 minuets.  I had another 8 cell, so I might have been able to go almost 12 hours with the 2 of them together...  Not bad in my eyes, but it will be nice when se start to get that out of only 1 battery!!


October 25, 2007

Lenovo thinkpad X61 Tablet
PC Magazine

These days, convertible tablet PCs are showing up as more than just a blip on the radar. Lenovo X61 Tablet PCThey've been widely adopted in the vertical markets, and students are embracing them. Lenovo (formerly IBM) has long been a leader in the convertible tablet PC space. In the ThinkPad X61 Tablet ($1,934 direct) Lenovo continues to fuse the design of its darling X-Series ultraportable (see ThinkPad X60s ) with the tablet's functionality. With the best keyboard in the industry, very good performance scores, and a sturdy design, the X61 Tablet earns an Editors' Choice award to set beside Lenovo's previous one in this space, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet .

While it's clear that convertible tablets are picking up traction, the penetration hasn't been at the level of some of the more popular laptops. It could be that consumers haven't yet grasped the idea of using a digitizer pen on a laptop. Maybe the price premium is putting off potential customers. And perhaps the fact that two of the top three laptop vendors, Dell and Apple, haven't officially announced any tablet PCs of their own has limited their growth. Regardless, Lenovo has made significant progress with the ThinkPad X61 Tablet, making the adjustment easy for many would-be tablet converts.


netsimplicity Expands Its Interactive LCD Solution Offerings

TabletKioTabletKiosk i440D Tablet PC

Asure Software , a leading provider of workforce management software, today announced the expansion of their Interactive LCD Solutions for its flagship room scheduling software, Meeting Room Manager(TM) through a partnership with TabletKiosk(TM) a leader in Tablet PCs and mobile computing solutions.

With the Interactive LCD Solution, NetSimplicity, a division of Asure Software expands the options for on-site scheduling and viewing of meeting room availability and room details. The Sahara Slate PC(TM) is an interactive touch-screen tablet computer that can be placed on a reception desk or wall-mounted outside meeting rooms or in lobbies. From each panel, users can find a scheduled meeting, see at-a-glance whether one or more rooms are currently available, and book those rooms from the touch-screen interface. Their attractive design creates a positive impression for staff and visitors.


have not found your valid reason to buy a UMPC?
Mobility Site

The other day I was writing an article for todoUMPC.com and I was saying that most of the people that have owned a UMPC and ended returning it was because they did not have a valid reason to buy one to begin with. Lets faced, UMPC still expensive toys and if you don’t have a real use for them you are going to end regretting to have bought one. I do have my valid reason, I carry mine loaded with Visual Studio and the source code of Tweask2k2 and all my other programs. And more than once I have turned on my UMPC to check my code and help a custome

A few weeks ago I was working in a Security Project and again my UMPC played a very important role on it. You can read the whole story here, summarizing it, thanks to my Q1 I was able to check security cameras away from home and catch some thieves. Is not this another valid reason?


October 26, 2007

Lenovo 25% off Sale!Lenovo ThinkPad Anniversary Sale - Save up to 25% on select ThinkPad notebooks through October 31.

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It’s amazing how quickly they grow up! This month the ThinkPad turns 15 years old. WhileLenovo X61 Tablet PC many ThinkPad features have changed over the years, three things have stayed the same; the red TrackPoint, the rectangular shape, and its' black exterior. Originally designed in 1992 by Richard Sapper and Arimasa Naitoh-san, the ThinkPad has earned hundreds of awards. However, that is just scratching the surface on a life full of milestones; which includes being the first modern notebook computer to fly in space as part of a Space Shuttle mission, and earning a place within the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.


GottaBeSecure: File Sharing Security Pitfalls
Gotta Be Mobile

image If you’re a mobile PC user, you probably have a network at home. Maybe you only have one other computer connected to your home network (or maybe you have 5 more, like me), but you’d probably like to be able to share information between your various computers (for instance, sharing MP3 music files from your desktop to your tablet PC). A common way to accomplish the task is to enable file sharing. Both Windows and Mac make it easy to access files on one computer from another using their own flavor of file sharing. The catch, for the mobile user especially, is setting up file sharing securely


Mobilising your workforce: Key questions to ask

According to IDC, the mobile enterprise application market will surge to US$3.5 billion by 2010. As this wave gains momentum, few enterprises can afford to be left behind. But those who dive in without planning will almost certainly end up on the rocks. In this tip, we discuss the critical considerations that can make or break a mobile deployment.

Understand your mobile users

  • Perhaps the biggest mistake is to assume that all users can be satisfied by a single solution. For most businesses, nothing could be further from the truth. Start by breaking your workforce into roles and defining how each would benefit from mobility.

Do some jobs require non-keyboard data entry (e.g., touch-screen, pen)? If so, give those users a tablet or convertible PC. Depending on user environment, you may want a ruggedised model.


At your fingertips
Chicago Sun-Times

Mark Bolger, a senior marketing director with Microsoft Corp., performed a little digital magic -- literally with his digits, sans a mouse or keyboard -- at a tech expo at Navy Pier Microsoft SUrfaceon Wednesday.

Mark Bolger, director of marketing for surface computing, demonstrates Microsoft's new surface computer, where, among other things, you can paint with a brush directly on the table, with a palette of colors.
(Jean Lachat/Sun-Times)

He put a digital camera on a tabletop, with a new kind of "surface computer" built in. Images tumbled out of the camera onto the tabletop, where they could be stretched out to fill the entire 30-inch screen or transformed into an e-postcard and sent to a friend.

He also put on a paint program that enables people sitting around the table to "finger paint" using digital paint with their fingers -- or even with a real paintbrush.

Microsoft's Surface computer broke down the barriers between the physical and virtual worlds, as part of Innovation Week in Chicago, an event aimed at sparking the imaginations of high school and college students as well as encouraging leaders in business, government and the universities to make Chicago a tech innovation mecca.

Back to the new computer, which soon will be available in hotels, casinos and retail stores.

"Thirty years ago," Bolger said, "[Microsoft founder] Bill Gates envisioned a computer on every desktop. Now, we are envisioning computers on countertops, kitchen tables, refrigerators and mirrors."


October 27, 2007

Enter to win the Top 100 Rock Albums of All Time from AVRev.com & AVRevForum.com.

As part of our annual reader survey, we wanted to give our readers and active forum participants a chance to win each and every record on our Top 100 Album list. To win simply fill out a few questions and you are good to go.

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webguide on umpc

WebGuide is one of my favorite software. I'm actually using it more than the Media Center itself. In this video I'm showing some of it's features, on UMPC of course.


October 29, 2007

The Samsung Q1 Ultra as a Professional Sound Studio
By Warner Crocker

GBM Forum member cbodhi has picked up a USB Studio Microphone (the MXL USB.007) and turned in Samsung Q1 Ultra into a mobile professional recording studio. cbodhi seems quite pleased with the results. Check it out here.

Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC sound studio


Xplore Technologies iX104C2 rugged Tablet PC slate
Rugged PC Review

Xplore's rugged Tablet PC gets a technological overhaul and emerges tougher than ever
Competition is always a good thing. Witness Hertz versus Avis, Coke versus Pepsi, Ford versus Chevy and so on. In the ruggedized mobile computing arena, slate division, the competition is between Xplore Technologies and WalkAbout Computer. The fierce battle between those two veterans of the pen computer field may be stressful to them, but it sure has elevated the state-of-the-art in rugged pen slates far beyond what we thought possible just a few years ago. And as usual when competition gets tough, the primary beneficiary is the customer. Xplore's latest is the iX104C2, a freshened-up version of the company's superb iX104 platform. Applying the vast experience Xplore had gathered over the years with its rugged GeneSys pen slates, the iX104 sports exemplary industrial design. This is a rugged machine that is not only tough, but also undeniably attractive. No matter what angle you look at it, every detail of the iX104 seems like some clever engineers thought about it for hours and days, and then went to the designers to come up with the perfect solution.
Xplore iX104 Tablet PC

Xplore is especially proud of its display technology and they should be. Our test rig came with "AllVue," which Xplore describes as "an advanced LCD and digitizer assembly technology using multi-layer optic enhancements and production techniques to reduce screen reflectivity and glare, and enhance the overall quality of the display." Compared to a standard transmissive notebook display, Xplore claims a 86% reduction of reflective loss, a 300% increase in outdoors effectiveness, a small increase even in indoor effectiveness, all at no impact on battery life. Can that be so? Yes it can. Indoors, the display is bright, crisp and sharp. There is none of the annoying iridescent shimmering seen on so many Tablet PC screens. And despite the hardened layer that protects the LCD and digitizer, there is also very little of the dreaded parallax effect. Outdoors, the display remains perfectly readable even in direct sunlight. This display is as close to the perfect compromise as we've seen. Xplore has a clear advantage here. Is it perfect? It isn't, and no current display technology has it all. The AllVue display doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the Hydis display, and at an angle colors degrade into rough steps. Still, this is as good as it currently gets.


The Tablet PC as a Social Instrument
Gotta Be Mobile

I’m not suprised at the result of this post on Thinking on the Margin, as I’ve seen it myself many times. Brian Hollal has discovered that a Tablet PC can attract a crowd in ways unlike non-Tablet PCs, and indeed spur a social moment. More importantly, he discovered that when it attracts children, they seem to immediately “get it” and are able to pick up the pen and get to Inking in ways that might take an adult a moment or two to figure out.

As I rant and rave about Microsoft’s woeful marketing of Tablet PCs and Ultra Mobile PCs, once again, this points to one area that they really need to focus on. Get Tablet PCs in the hands of kids.


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October 30, 2007

UMPCs in education

Samsung Q1 UMPC

Samsung is going strong on education markets. Few weeks ago I told you about Isley High School giving over 200 Q1Bs to students, but that was just the tip of the iceberg..

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Samsung looks like selling tens of thousands UMPCs to schools! And this is just in UK.

So will UMPC success in education? I belive so. It's looking good so far.


The 2007 Motion Computing LE1700 / Sahara I440D Tablet PC Slate Shootout!

'm a guy who owns a lot of gadgets. Yep. If a new device that comes along that enables me to do something easier, in a brand new way comes along, I'm the first guy in line to get one.

So, you can imagine when the Slate model Tablet Pc was first announced, with a built in Wacom tablet, you can see why I nearly lost my mind with spazzo-rific techno artist nerd joy. The lightest of the bunch? In 2004 the NEC VersaPro, only released in Japan, at a mere 1.9 lbs! Still the thinnest tablet PC to date, and now, sadly, discontinued.

slate Tablet PCs

Which brings us to today's offerings. I have had the pleasure of owning several Motion Computing Slate tablet pc's with fantastic wide angle displays, and considering an upgrade, got a couple of the latest models from Allegiance Technologies to review. I was excited about the dual core, excited about the touch screen on the Sahara, disapointed about the lack of a real Wacom Digitizer on the "writetouch" Motion 1700. No matter, I decided to review the standard wacom version of the 1700 with the SXGA display. I also had Allegiance send the new Sahara I440D with dual touch capability.


Use Windows Journal like an index card

Windows Journal is a basic note-taking application designed so you can handwrite, search those notes, convert to text when needed, insert images, and even print other documents into Windows Journal for annotating. It is extremely handy for freeflow notes or brainstorming, just as you would use a piece of paper.

The low display resolution of a UMPC gives you an added bonus — the Windows Journal page is approximately the size of an index card. This is useful for organizing project topics, references, or relationships.

Windows Journal on UMPC


Asus R2e will hit the market in November


Confirmed, the R2H Pentium stock is gone. Asus will start selling the R2e in November. The R2e uses the A110. It’s almost identical to the current R2H, the major difference is that the R2e will include HSDPA.


Cradlepoint Technologies Cellular Router
Gotta Be Mobile

When going mobile, one of the things I get the most benefit out of is my WWAN modem card. I used to think that integrated WWAN was the way to go, but for how I work and how frequently I switch between tablet pcs and umpcs, I have found USB based WWAN modem cards to be the most portable and cost effective. I recently purchased a USB727 Novatel modem from Verizon and have been enjoying that flexibility immensely. I can use it in my MacBook, my OQO Model 02 Tablet PC, the evaluation Lenovo X61 Tablet PC, and my Samsung Q1P UMPC.

The ultimate in flexibility and portability, though, is being able to share that WWAN broadband signal across WiFi for others to enjoy. Cradlepoint Technologies to the rescue.

Cradlepoint Technologies CTR350 Cellular Travel Router


October 31, 2007

Tablet PC 2 Halloween Hat

Tablet PC 2 Happy Halloween


Will Low Cost Ultra-Portables Affect High End Mobile Prices?
Gotta Be Mobile

Over the last year or so there has been much talk about low cost computing solutions targeted at the education market and emerging nation markets. First there was the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) that was intially ballyhooed as the $100 computer. Then came the Asus Eee PC, (aimed somewhat at education, but also as a low price consumer model) which originally had a price target of under $200. Both prices climbed a bit in reality, (the OLPC to under $200, and the Eee PC to between $299 and $500.) Packard Bell is also weighing in, but at a little steeper price and that price seems to keep fluctuating a bit.

Om Malik asks the same question I’ve been pondering for awhile about these low priced portables. What impact will they have on the mobile computing market?


Book: The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education, 2007: Beyond the Tipping Point (2007)

Last week at Educause, I stopped by DyKnow’s booth to get a couple of copies of The The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on EducationImpact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology: Beyond the Tipping Point (2007) for the Microsoft booth. I ended up giving those copies away to interested parties along the way back to the booth. If you’re looking for a copy, Amazon.com has inventory. Very popular and helpful to those who want to learn about work in this space.

A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PC’s and similar pen-based devices as tools for the radical enhancement of teaching and learning. Deployments of Tablet PCs have spanned the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels and have dealt with an amazingly diverse range of subject areas. This work is aimed at identifying best practices in the educational use of pen-based computing so that all educators may benefit from this next generation of technology.


Rugged switchback UMPC hits the streets
Slippery Brick

It was a little over a year ago we first brought you word of the Roper Mobile Technology SwitchBack. This rugged little PC is now commercially available.

The SwitchBack is a Windows XP-based PC in the Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) format. Technical features of this little monster include a 1.0 GHz Intel Celeron M processor, 2GB of 400 MHz DDR2 and up to 120GB of optional storage. You’ve also got a smaller QWERTY keyboard and 5.6-inch WSVGA touch screen with stylus.

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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.