Tablet PC News Archive
April 1, 2008
Samsung Introduces New Devices and Demonstrates Infrastructure ...
Offering consumers several options to harness the speed and mobility of WiMAX, Samsung’s IT and Mobile divisions today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium Mobile PC and the Samsung E100 PC Card. Both devices will operate exclusively on Sprint’s XOHM mobile broadband Internet service compliant to the WiMAX standard. The commercial launch is expected to begin in Baltimore, Washington DC and Chicago later this year.
The Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium Ultra Mobile PC is a compact, powerful computer that operates on the Windows Vista® or XP Tablet Edition operating systems and the high performance Intel Core Solo ULV processor. The Q1 Ultra Premium offers a large, ultra-bright 7-inch LCD screen, V1.5 split-QWERTY keyboard, and up to 6.5 hours of continuous run time. The Q1 Ultra Premium supports ubiquitous connectivity via the embedded Sprint XOHM broadband service, as well as support for 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 2.0 + EDR. The Q1 Ultra Premium is scheduled to be available in the fall of 2008.
April 2, 2008
Fujitsu Lifebook T2010 Tablet PC
Some things don't change and many months later I can tell you that I am just as enamored and impressed with the Fujitsu T2010 Tablet Pc as the day I got it. Giving up my favorite go anywhere machine isn't an easy thing to do.
With so may Tablet PCs available today what makes the T2010 such a standout? Because living in sunny Southern California and having friends and clients living beach side with homes dominated by plate glass windows, the Fujitsu T2010 with its amazing outdoor viewable screen is a life saver.
Congratulations to Tiffany Boggs from Tablet PC Review
Tablet PC MVP
The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts representing technology's best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. Worldwide, there are over 100 million participants in technical communities; of these participants, there are fewer than 4,000 active Microsoft MVPs..
Welcome to the Team Tiffany!
AT&T is the first company in the world to bring Microsoft Surface™ to life in a retail environment giving customers the ability to explore their mobile worlds using touch and device recognition technology.
Visitors to AT&T stores will be able to review features of a mobile device by simply placing it on Microsoft Surface
Touch the Network
By harnessing the power of Surface in our retail stores, we're giving shoppers the opportunity to learn about the growing universe of mobile applications and devices in a very personal and unique way.
Beginning April 17, visitors to AT&T stores in New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio, and San Francisco can be the first to experience Surface in person.
Surface Computing Coming to your Library?
A student walks into your media center, heads over to the reference desk and places his palm on the surface to access his network pass. The system, recognizing the student, then displays an assignment from his teacher, along with the pathfinder you created for the project. Another student lays her handheld on the desk and seeing her assignment appear, reaches out and drags it onto her device. Suddenly an announcement on the far edge of the desk catches her attention. The student touches the flyer, bringing it to the top of the pile. When she spreads her hand, the document magically expands so she can take a closer look.
Sound like science fiction? Think again. This is just a glimpse of what is possible with surface computing. Developed by Microsoft, the technology is basically a computer that is controlled via a large, touch-sensitive display. Some Las Vegas casinos, hotels, and even CSI: Miami are already showcasing the intuitive graphical interface, which enables users to easily manipulate documents. The powerful system uses multi-touch technology similar to that found in the Apple iPhone to recognize and respond to an assortment of gestures that goes well beyond a simple point and click. Pinch the corners of a document then pull your fingers apart to zoom in. When a wireless-enabled camera is placed on a surface-computing device, the computer can recognize it and automatically download any stored pictures.
Top 10 Tablet PCs of March 2008
Tablet PC Reviews
Welcome to the monthly listing of the "Top 10 Tablet PCs". This report is compiled based on the number of views each product page receives, so every time someone clicks on a product they're giving it a vote in that months rankings.
These rankings don't necessarily indicate which models are the best selling, just which ones TabletPCReview readers are most interested in learning about.
The ever so popular tx1000 is no longer number one. That is right, big brother tx2000 has finally taken over the number one spot. The tx1000 is still taking home silver after it's long reign at number one, but the Dell XT isn't far behind and in the past week ranks in at number two. Hopefully this Spring we will see some new tablets emerge or maybe some of the UMPCs will give our tablet friends a run for their money. The rest of the tablets are the same, with just a little change in order. I hope to see some updates from Lenovo, Asus and HP. However, the rumored Lenovo X200 tablet and updated Dell XT2 may not be released until fourth quarter this year, so keep your fingers crossed. We know fall is the big release time with back to school season, but we expect a few new contenders this spring.
April 3, 2008
TabletKiosk™ Ships the GETAC 840XT Full Mil-Spec Tablet PC
TabletKiosk™, a leader in Tablet PC based mobile computing solutions, today announced that it is shipping the GETAC 840XT (g840XT), the company’s first full mil-spec rugged Tablet PC, created in partnership with rugged mobile computing pioneer, GETAC.
The g840XT is an 8.4” Tablet PC designed for people who require mobility, durability and advanced wireless functionality and that complies with the rigorous environmental requirements of the MIL-STD-810F standard. By incorporating a shock mounted HDD, GPS module, sunlight readable display and fan-less design, the g840XT offers the convenience of a touch screen Tablet PC encased in a durable, magnesium alloy exterior.
April 4, 2008
Betting big: Intel says ultra mobiles will rival PC market in 5 years
With Intel Corp. betting so heavily on the mobile Internet device market exploding in the next several years, industry analysts are wondering if the fledgling business can live up to the expectations.
Intel this week unveiled its new low-power Atom processors, which are aimed at the embedded and mobile Internet device markets that Intel has heavily targeted. And they're betting big that it will quickly become a major business.
"We think the mobile Internet device market will be big," Anthony Yung, a spokesman for Intel, told Computerworld. "The Internet is going mobile. We see this as the next big opportunity for Intel over the next five or 10 years. The trend is to take a lot of the computing and Internet capacity to small devices. We'll see the market growing to the scale of the PC business in five to 10 years."
Mobile Internet devices are small, "pocketable" products that fall in between small laptops and smart phones in size and capability. While a high-performance ultra mobile device would be handy for, say, doing Web searches while on the go, the small keyboard and display add their own challenges. And with so many people attached at the hip with their smart phones, King wonders if they'll be quick to give them up or to cart another product around
Dell Sees Middling Future for MIDs
Dell sees the emerging Mobile Internet Device market as worth 10 to 15 million units over the next year or so, Dell executives said Thursday.
Executives also played coy on whether the PC giant will enter the mobile phone market, as some have speculated.
In some sense, mobile Internet devices tie into that theme. MIDs, which are based around the Atom processor from Intel , is the latest effort from the hardware industry to come up with a device, such as Tablet PCs, Media Center PCs, Intel's Classroom PCs, Ultra Mobile PCs and other initiatives, to expand the traditional desktop and notebook market. MIDs have been positioned as a portable alternative to a notebook, with a smaller, four- to-six inch display typically running a non-Microsoft operating system, while UMPCs are powered by Windows operating systems.
April 7, 2008
MTV Rocks The Cradle with MobileDemand's xTablet T8700 Tablet PCs
MTV has a hot new show featuring the children of well known rock stars called "ROCK THE CRADLE" and if you If you look to the right of Belinda Carlisle from the The Go-Go's you can see the MobileDemand's xTablet T8700 Tablet PC sitting on the table next to her.
We're shining the spotlight on children of rock stars to see who has what it takes to step out of the parental shadow and fulfill their DNA destiny.
Fun way to learn: Carnegie Mellon develops Tablet PC
Carnegie Mellon University has developed an innovative Tablet PC based system for
learning mathematics through games.
The Tablet PCs provide a unique mode of computer interaction using a digital pen. The pen provides a natural input medium and allows previous workflows centered on paper to continue uninterrupted. The computer becomes "intelligent paper", capturing the benefits of the digital environment and traditional paper.
“The System will enhance children’s learning of mathematics, while decreasing teachers’ grading workload and enhancing access to handwritten work so teachers can develop effective course pedagogies,”
“The system has shown remarkable results. Flexible Tablet PC based interface encourages students to show work in Arabic or English and express their ideas through sketching that can be analysed by the teachers,” Al Obeidah said.
The Tablet Math System is made up of two main components. The first is a thin client installed on tablet PCs. The thin-client is used by students to practise various math problems. The second main component is the web application.
Touch-screen, Tablet functions coming to Intel's Classmate
Eagle-eyed Steve caught the following information in an Intel PDF from the Intel
Developer Forum: the third-generation Classmate PC is expected to offer touch Tablet capabilities. The device is slated to appear late this year in the price range of $290 to $440 and of course will be powered by Intel's Atom processor.
Having used touch-screen Tablet PC devices for the past two years, I'm wondering about the whole idea. I'm all for promoting Tablet PC technologies but will the experience be positive or negative for the target audience? Students and other end-users might end up abhorring the vectoring issues we've experienced and could possibly equate that to all Tablet PCs,
ULCPCs: I'm Still Laughing At That One
I was in tech week for our latest production of Driving Miss Daisy when the news came across the wires that Microsoft’s naming nannies had coined a new one. I laughed so hard I almost caused a technician to fall off a ladder. (I have a very loud and obnoxious laugh.) I’ve never seen such a humorous retreat and surrender than this nonsense about ULCPC. The ULCPC or Ultra-Low-Cost PC is the latest in Microsoft’s losing game of trying to play catch up with the mobile revolution that they tried to start with Tablet PCs.
have to admit, I’m still laughing at this recent attempt. Lame doesn’t begin to describe it. I caught some heat awhile back when I blogged that the UMPC platform is quickly receding. Receding? I think Microsoft just buried the UMPC with a few extra syllables and hyphens on the tombstone. The ULCPC is trumpeted as a new class of device, but it sure sounds eerily similar to the promise of the UMPC/Origami when it was first released.
April 8, 2008
Review: HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
Small scale PCs that are truly usable are a rare commodity and the The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is comfortable to type on and easy on the eyes which makes it very usable. Weighing in at just 2.6 pounds with a 8.9 inch screen and spill resistant keyboard the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is designed for the education market, but will work equally well for casual business users and those those who want to travel light and want to stay connected.
April 9, 2008
WD® PERSONALIZES PORTABLE STORAGE WITH A RAINBOW OF FASHIONABLE COLORS FOR ITS BEST-SELLING MY PASSPORT™ HARD DRIVES
Just in time to make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, WD® (NYSE: WDC) today introduced 10 fresh new colors for its My Passport™ Essential™ Portable USB Drives. Weighing in at less than 5 ounces, My Passport Essential USB Drives put almost a third of a terabyte of digital storage in the palm of your hand and are available now at select retailers.
“Our striking new color selection gives our customers an opportunity to express their unique style, while securely storing and carrying the massive amounts of rich content generated by higher resolution cameras, HD videos and music,” said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups.
WD Sync software allows consumers to easily synchronize essential personal files from their desktop PC to their My Passport drive.
Features at a glance include:
Ten colors to choose from
· USB powered for ease of use
· Western Digital Synchronization software (Windows only)
· Secure with 128-bit encryption (Windows only)
· Stylish, slim design weighing less than five ounces
· Comes loaded with Google Desktop Search and Picasa photo organizer
· Available in 160GB ($119.99), 250 GB ($149.99) and 320 GB ($179.99) capacities
UMPC squeezes in optical drive
Singapore-based Kohjinsha has announced an ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) that features an integrated optical drive and a touchscreen that pivots into tablet position. The "SR8KPO6S" has a seven-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a 60GB hard drive, says Kohjinsha.
Kohjinsha's SR measures 9.2 x 7 x 1.3 inches and weighs 2.4 pounds, and seems to be one of the smallest portable computers ever to include an optical drive (right). The drive both reads and writes CDs and DVDs, and is compatible with double-layer DVD+R and DVD-R media.
The Windows Vista-based SR's convertible design provides it with a standard keyboard and touchpad, plus a seven-inch touchscreen display. The screen has 1024 x 600 resolution, LED backlighting, and pivots to fold down over the device's keyboard. At that point, the UMPC can be operated via stylus alone.
Tablet PC- what's that premium worth?
I am an unusual Tablet PC user, I know that. I am totally dependent on taking ink notes in my work and why the Tablet PC is so critical for getting my work done. In addition to the inking ability the other criteria that is vital to me is mobility and since Tablet PCs usually come in thinner and highly mobile forms they work well for me. The Fujitsu P1620 I am using now is a highly mobile inking machine and I love it. It makes my work better and easier and that's worth a premium to me.
April 10, 2008
The Tablet PC Price Point Premium: The Niche Gets Smaller
Gotta Be Mobile
James Kendrick raises an interesting discussion topic in his post this morning about the premium Tablet PC users pay for Tablet functionality, especially now as the move to Ultra-Low-Cost PCs (ULCPC) is in full swing. JK describes himself as an unusual Tablet PC owner in that he is dependent on taking notes all day. I ride in that same boat using my stylus as an oar. Inking on a Tablet PC is crucial part of my work flow, and like JK, I’ve been reasonably content to pay a premium to take advantage of what Tablet PCs offer me.
JK’s point is a simple one and it is has echoes my pleas for OEMs to pay attention to the Inkers out there for the UMPC platform, which is now headed to the dead pool. If you don’t need the Inking capability of an active digitizer Tablet PC, or at least a touch screen with good Inking capability, then why spend the extra dough if what you are after is a mobile solution? While those of us who have been bitten by the Tablet PC bug, know that Inking is a big part of the picture, mobility is just as big a factor, if not more so. I can certainly attest to the fact that the new HP 2133 Mini-Note could serve many a mobile warrior’s need, if they don’t need an Inking solution.
April 11, 2008
jkOnTheRun- First impressions of the HP tx2000 Entertainment Notebook
This is by no means a full review but I'm hearing from so many interested parties about the HP tx2000 Entertainment Notebook that I want to give my very brief first impressions. The tx2000 is a reasonably priced Tablet PC with a dual digitizer that has some interesting features that are uncommon in the genre. First up you'll notice that HP calls this an Entertainment Notebook and not a Tablet PC and after playing with it for a day I can see why they do. The tx2000 is a great device for entertainment functions as it is a Windows Media Center in addition to a Tablet PC. The cool remote control that runs the WMC fits in the ExpressCard slot for storage and transport and the screen is drop-dead gorgeous for watching videos on the integrated DVD drive.
GBM InkShow: Latitude XT Ink and Touch Video Review
Gotta Be Mobile
Dell's entry in to the Tablet PC space was a highly anticipated one. Being so late to the game, they needed something to set themselves apart from their competition. That differentiator is the N-Trig digitizer allowing for capacitive touch + ink with the promise for multi-touch.
So how did they do with the Latitude XT Tablet PC? In my opinion, it the best touch + pen experience on the market. It is smooth, soft, and accurate, allowing for a more intuitive user experience than currently available in passive or other dual-mode offerings.
In this InkShow, I focus on the pen and touch experience of the Latitude XT, demoing the various input modes, as well as comparing it to the Lenovo X61 Multi-Mode touch Tablet PC. Stay tuned for more upcoming InkShows on the Latitude XT where I cover the various features more indepth, the software, accessories, and more.
April 14, 2008
Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002
The M700's built-in optical drive, a rarity in the tablet space, gives you the ability to burn DVDs, watch DVD flicks, and install software. In shopping for a tablet, you have to ask yourself how important these capabilities are to you.
The best part about convertible tablets is their ability to expose a keyboard with one swivel of the screen. In the M700's case, the full-size keyboard is very pleasant to type on. As for other not-so-conspicuous enhancements, the Portégé R400's latchless design is carried over to the M700. The rotating screen is locked into position by two pegs near the hinge, in place of a locking mechanism in the front bezel. According to Toshiba, this design will beef up the hinge by 35 percent, holding the screen steady at multiple angles.
In addition to the Wacom digitized screen, the M700 also incorporates touch-screen capabilities. If whipping out the digitized pen (stored near the system's base, on the left side) is too much of a chore, your fingers can take its place. For pen input, the combination of Vista's tablet platform and Wacom technology is unmatched. Touch sensitivity on the screen is terrific for navigating, but the handwriting recognition and the pen-on-paper feel take advantage of the digitized screen and pen. The two different functions don't interfere with one another, either: Once you place the pen against the tablet's surface, touch capabilities instantaneously take a back seat.
On The Road and Mobile Again: The Tablet PC Software Toolbox
Gotta Be Mobile
I’m heading out tomorrow for the Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond and I thought it would be a good time to update on what applications I’m lugging around in my Tablet PC Toolbox. These applications (with one or two exceptions) are applications that allow me to Ink on the Tablet PC. It has been awhile since I’ve done so (see this post) and while we certainly haven’t seen a great deal of new Tablet PC software, there are some new additions and some subtractions. Most of those subtractions are due to apps that didn’t make the transition to Vista, which is what I’m using, for better or worse. So, here’s the update.
April 15, 2008
Kingston Technology DataTraveler BlackBox USB Flash drive
Kingston Technology Company, Inc.,
the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release
of its first Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-validated USB
Flash drive, the DataTraveler® BlackBox, shipping immediately in 2GB, 4GB
and 8GB capacities.
Gaining FIPS 140-2 certification requires a validation process
that meets federal requirements set by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), and the Communications Security Establishment of the
Government of Canada. This is critical because many governmental agencies in
the United States and Canada mandate that sensitive “data at rest” (i.e.,
all information not in the network) must be encrypted with the FIPS 140-2
“We are very excited that our DataTraveler BlackBox met all federal
requirements established by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST),” said Mark Akoubian, Flash memory product manager,
Kingston®. “This certification, along with other enhanced security features
makes the DT BlackBox an ideal way to store and transport confidential
documents with the utmost confidence that the data is secure.”
The winners of the 2007 Engadget Awards!
Tablet PC of the Year
Readers' Choice: Lenovo X61T
Touch On The HP tx2051 Tablet PC - Wow!
Gotta Be Mobile
I've been playing with the HP tx2051z eval that Warner brought with him, and I have to say I'm even more impressed with it than I was at CES 2008. The touch experience, combined with the Wacom active digitizer, is really, really good.
Like the Lenovo X61 MultiView / MultiTouch Tablet PC, it does have a very thin layer on top of the screen to provide the touch experience. However, it is a much better touch experience than the X61. It is as soft and accurate as the Latitude XT. Not including the upcoming multi-touch support, the Latitude XT does have a couple of edges: Auto Mode - being able to manually turn touch on / off at will; and, the screen on the XT is also much clearer, brighter, and has a wider viewing angle than the tx2051z.
April 16, 2008
TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D
With convertible PCs dominating the Tablet PC market in recent years, only a handful of manufacturers specialize in the pure slate design, and for the most part, these companies understand the platform’s use cases very well. While most business users prefer the flexibility of an attached keyboard, stylus-only computing fits some vertical niches such as health care, construction, and design. The Sahara i440D demonstrates that the company knows what slate customers want.
While far from a convertible, the Sahara i440D does include a small folding keyboard that attaches to the unit as well as a plastic stand for setting the display on a table. It also comes with a light and very handy folding stand that helps turn the slate into a laptop-like configuration.
Pushing the Right Buttons
The Sahara i440D clearly was designed with plenty of tablet savvy behind it; most of the niceties important to stylus computing are here. Four buttons on the left side of the unit (when in landscape mode) raise and lower volume, change screen orientation, and bring up the Windows Task Manager. Four user-configurable buttons and a fingerprint reader are on the right side. Our only gripe: all of the launch and shortcut keys are large and flush with the front panel, so we found ourselves activating them accidentally on occasion.
Good Dual-Mode Display
Because a stylus can be inconvenient to pop out for simple menu or window clicking, some tablets, including the Sahara i440D, now have dual-mode displays that combine a digitizer for both the precise action with a stylus and touch sensitivity for simple finger presses. The i440D is the first model we have seen, however, with which the user actually switches modes via one of the tablet launch buttons. Touch-Sensitive mode required more of a fingernail tap than a finger press to activate the cursor, but the unit comes with a very extensive and detailed calibration and adjustment tool for customizing sensitivity
Sahara Slate PC i440D Verdict
If you’re in the market for a slate, the $2,295 Sahara i440D is a good choice. It’s comfortable to use for long stretches, and we appreciate the versatility and responsiveness of the dual-mode display. It’s evident that TabletKiosk understands how Tableteers actually use these unique devices.
April 17, 2008
Getting in Touch With Andy Wilson
Another highlight of our visit with Microsoft Research was getting to know the man behind Microsoft Surface - Andy Wilson. His office is full of adaptive interaction - a dream for people who love touch, pen, multi-touch, speech, and more.
I can't share a lot of what he showed us, but this video demonstrating rough terrain, video object interaction with real objects shows quite nicely the kind of work he's doing. Along those lines, this video of two people playing checkers just blew me away. Be sure to peruse the rest of his site for a lot nuggets.
I would love to be a fly on the wall just watching Ken Hinckley, Raman Sarin, and Andy Wilson work. It excites me tremendously to think about what lies ahead in the natural input / adaptive technologies we talk about frequently here.
By the way, you can check out the fruit of Andy's work by checking out some of the AT&T stores where Surface is now deployed.
Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium Loaded with Mac OS X
It's not quite the same thing as getting a true-to-life Apple Tablet PC, but this is probably as close as you're going to get any time soon. Kevin at jkOnTheRun has decided to run a little experiment wherein he will load Mac OS X onto his UMPC. More specifically, he has installed the Apple operating system onto his Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium.
He's still ironing out some of those initial jitters, but it seems like the install has gone through without too much trouble. He was also able to get the touchscreen to work reasonably well, scribbling down a note using his stylus. The implementation isn't perfect, but at least it works. That's more than what people can say about Mac OS X on a Sony UX-series UMPC.
Kevin suspects that he will "never get everything working" and he's had some "issues upon rebooting." Thankfully, he was able to get online using EV-DO. Stay tuned to see what other issues (and successes) Kevin experiences in his mobile Mac journey
HTC Shift Review
After spending a week with the HTC Shift we really got a chance to see what it can do. This tiny tablet is quite the power house. I had no problems surfing the Internet with it or navigating through applications. It sports a Intel A110 800MHz processor and has a 40GB hard drive. The touchscreen was practically flawless and I enjoyed using my finger more then the pen. Although, the pen was helpful for more intricate navigating.
The 7-inch (800 x 400) touchscreen display is nice. It is very responsive and accurate. It is easy to navigate with your finger or pen. I like that is responds so quickly and doesn't take much force to open applications. You don't have to hit the icon two or three times. The SnapVUE screen is a convenient feature and can be switched back an forth from it and Vista (the Internet) with a push of a button. It displays the weather, email and calendar features thanks to Microsoft's Direct Push technology.
Windows XP SP3 RTM Details Confirmed
The information on the upcoming Windows XP service pack 3 was broken by Tech ARP. Now they have announced the confirmed features and Released To Manufacturing dates for XP SP3.
Unfortunately, it’s been confirmed that Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet Edition will not be available in an integrated release. PC gamers running either of these versions of the OS will only be able to update via Windows Update.
April 18, 2008
Fujitsu PC’s latest LifeBook models refreshed with Intel®’s next generation processors
Australian Life Scientist
Fujitsu PC Australia today introduces its refreshed LifeBook models, promising more power, power efficiency and unparalleled notebook performance. With full Windows Vista compatibility and an array of business-friendly features, professionals and leisure users alike will experience firsthand that power doesn’t have to come at the cost of style.
Designed with the most demanding of user requirements in mind, the refreshed LifeBook notebooks and tablet-convertible notebooks are incorporated with improved technology which supports the new processor, wireless components, and graphics systems. These new models also feature dynamic acceleration technology, which makes it possible to run single threaded applications faster. Hence, as any single threaded application is being processed, the CPU can switch off one of its several CPU cores and overclock the maincore which is being used
The LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC with bi-directional hinge allows for effective mobile computing while moving around and sets the trend for mobile efficiency with its refreshed platform featuring the Intel® Centrino® Duo processor technology as well as Intel® CoreTM2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB), Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965AGNwireless connection and Intel® GM965 Express Chipset.
Why don’t you make quick notes or draw images in your own hand? With its 12.1-inch XGA display, the LifeBook T4220 works to suit your working style. Savour the best in multimedia flexibility with the Dual Layer Super Multi Writer and lets you choose between data entry via a keyboard or digitizer input
Hands on with AT&T's version of the Surface table from Microsoft
AT&T is introducing the first retail use of Microsoft's Surface table display today at its AT&T Experience Store in San Bruno. The Bay Area is one of four regions that's getting the new table first, part of a larger rollout for AT&T that -- if the initial tests go well -- will expand to all 2,200 AT&T stores nationwide.
I got a chance to play with AT&T's Surface table this week and though it could use some more features, which AT&T promises is on the way, what they have so far amounts to a very fun and interactive way to engage consumers. I'm not sure it revolutionizes cell phone shopping, but it makes what can often be a tedious task of visiting a wireless store interesting and involving.
The 30-inch display acts like a huge iPhone touch screen, with a similar responsive feel. The table, which uses multiple embedded cameras and sensors, is able to track your finger movements, even if you place more than one finger on it. You can even place all your fingertips down to rotate an object.
The Surface table initially will provide interactive coverage maps and information on cell phones. The coverage map is pretty simple. You can pan around a national map, seeing where AT&T's voice and data coverage are strong and weak. To zoom in, place two fingers down and widen them to move in. Previously, you had to either view a brochure map or a slow-moving computer map that worked off of addresses. With Surface, it's nice to be able to see quickly where AT&T's coverage is best and be able to even follow your route to work, to understand what potential holes await you.
The other task is offering up information on select phones. Right now, there are eight phones that the Surface table will work with. Place one of them on the display and you get specs, features, information about plans and accessories. You can also drag a color icon over to the phone to see what it would like in a different shade. The features of the phone appear like photographs spilling out on the table. Each feature window offers up a video on one aspect of the phone.
The cool action happens when you place two phones on the table at the same time. Surface pulls up side by side comparisons of the devices. For example, this one might have GPS, but it doesn't have a Windows operating system.
The table is also waiting for upgrades that will allow it to load up content like ringtones by just dragging icons on to the phone. Another feature AT&T is working on will allow you to simply transfer over contacts and content from one phone to another. There's no time table for when Surface will incorporate the tutorials and the upgraded features, though they're coming in the next phase, AT&T officials said
Latitude XT Tablet PC - 15% Off Refurb Prices
Gotta Be Mobile
A GBM reader just passed along a great tip for those interested in buying a Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC: Go Refurb!
He just picked up a 1.2 ghz, LED, Vista Business, 120 gb hard drive, 1gb RAM XT for $1535 (including shipping and Media Base ). Head over there now and check out the inventory. You can save some big money.
Use this coupon code: S14NHZ$JG?3$0R to save an additional 15% off those refurb prices. I'm not sure how long the coupon code will last, but it is a fantastic deal.
April 21, 2008
Twist & Squeeze interface tested by Microsoft Research
A team at Microsoft Research have developed a prototype interface [pdf link] for mobile devices that responds to twisting, squeezing, flexing and stretching to control and on-screen GUI. The system, called Force Sensing, relies on very small manipulations of a handheld device - in this case a modified Samsung UMPC - with different gestures mapped to navigation and other controls. Visual feedback, such as interfaces twisting or bending, apparently decreases the learning time necessary for users to adapt to the new controls.
Saying Farewell to the HP 2133 Mini-Note
Gotta Be Mobile
Later today the pre-production evaluation HP 2133 Mini-Note gets packed up and returned to HP, thus ending my evaluation of this intriguing little entry into the -portable or -low cost market. Here are some final thoughts I’ve gathered. Keep in mind, I’m evaluating a pre-production model, so some of my experiences may be different from what you might experience with a shipping model.
Make sure you check out the GBM InkShows on the HP 2133 Mini-Note.
Thomasin Takes on the HP 2133 Mini-Note
The HP 2133 Mini-Note
April 22, 2008
Wacom(R) Introduces Major Innovations in Capacitive Touchscreen ...
Wacom announced today a major innovation in capacitive touchscreen technology, called Reversing Ramped Field Capacitive (RRFC(TM)) touch, that will be publicly unveiled at the International Society for Information Display Exhibition, booth #1129, May 20 to 22, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Wacom's patent-pending technology employs newly designed low-power circuitry and revolutionary reversing ramped electro-static fields to deliver pinpoint precision and drift-free performance to touchscreen users. The technology can be integrated into dual-input applications with Wacom's market-leading EMR(R) pen-input technology for Tablet PC OEMs or work by itself on other platforms that require only a finger touch interface. With this newly developed technology, Wacom can provide true flexibility to OEM partners seeking best-in-class interface solutions.
History of Innovation in Human Interface Technology
For the last 25 years Wacom has brought people and technology closer together through its natural and highly intuitive line of pen tablets and interactive pen displays. The company's electro-magnetic resonance (EMR(R)) technology, bolstered by its patented battery-free and cordless digital pen, dubbed Penabled(R), has played a significant role in the development and success of the mobile computing industry, culminating with the introduction of the first Tablet PC in 2001. As OEM and consumer demand for new and more natural input options increased, Wacom took the lead by offering electronic solutions for its pen together with 3rd party resistive touch input to manufacturers of Tablet PCs. To date, Wacom's pen and resistive touch systems can be found on some of the world's leading convertible notebook computers including, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba and Gateway. Wacom's introduction of its own RRFC touch technology continues the strong tradition of developing human interface solutions solely aimed at creating and delivering affordable, ergonomically sound, efficient and enjoyable computing experiences to both consumer and professional users.
April 23, 2008
AUTOMATIC DEFRAG MORE POPULAR THAN EVER
DISKEEPER SELLS 30 MILLION LICENSES
Diskeeper Corporation announced that its flagship Diskeeper® defragmenter surpassed 30 million licenses sold—making it the best-selling automatic defragmenter of all time.
Businesses are increasingly recognizing that computer fragmentation1 degrades system performance, thereby affecting productivity. As evidence, 749 of the current Fortune® 1000 list companies use Diskeeper to keep their PCs and servers running at maximum speed.
The newest release of Diskeeper 2008 is the most automated defragmenter ever built. Features include the ability to defrag in the most extreme levels of low free space (1%) or the highest levels of crippling file fragmentation (millions). Intelligent defrag now dynamically chooses which software engine will net the most performance gains on a given system or environment.
This is all done transparently, in real time, tapping the full power of otherwise unused idle resources with an advanced background processing technology called, InvisiTasking™.
TOSHIBA ADDS FIVE NEW MODELS TO ITS SATELLITE PRO PORTFOLIO OF BUSINESS ESSENTIAL LAPTOPS
Starting at $699, Toshiba’s Expanded Satellite Pro Family Now Offers a Broader Selection of Laptop Options
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the addition of five new models to its affordable Satellite Pro(R) family of laptops. With a starting price of $699(1), the new Satellite Pro series offers the necessary business essentials for today’s mobile professionals and students, including a choice of display sizes and configurations to suit a broad range of computing needs.
“The expanded Satellite Pro family of laptops demonstrates Toshiba’s commitment to its customers,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “Listening to the voice of the customer and their requests for more computing options within the affordable Satellite Pro lineup, Toshiba is delivering five new models of Satellite Pro laptops to meet customer needs.”
Featuring 13.3-inch, 14.1-inch, 15.4-inch and 17-inch displays, Toshiba’s Satellite Pro laptop family offers the latest processor technologies that provide outstanding business performance, including models with Intel(R) Centrino(R) processor technology, featuring Core(TM) 2 Duo processors(2), or AMD dual core processors(2).
Asus to replace Eee PC 900 UMPC batteries
It has not even been a day since reports came in about Asus Eee PC 900 UMPC, owners started to complain about how long their batteries were lasting. Well now it seems that Asus are all ready to get something done about the poor battery performance.
When you go to the Asus website and then do a rough translation, the company posted a statement stating that they are thankful for the support of their customers business and that they are now chalking some ideas to resolve the whole battery issue. Asus has said that every single owner of an Asus Eee PC 900 in Honk Kong will be receiving a free 5800mAh replacement battery, not sure on the rest of us yet.
MobileTechRoundup show #130, Affordable HP entertainment Tablet PC and Mac OS X on a UMPC
We put a small teaser in show #129 about another new device that James Kendrick has been playing with and in MobileTechRoundup show #130 his thoughts on the new HP tx2051 Entertainment Notebook were revealed. Kevin, James, and I also talked about my HP Mini-Note cancellation, the upcoming Asus Eee PC 900, and Kevin’s tinkering with Mac OS X on his Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC.
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April 24, 2008
PenAttention: a must for presenters with Tablet PCs
PenAttention: a must for presenters with Tablet PCs
Presenters using Tablet PCs, take note: you'll want to download the free PenAttention application before unveiling your next Power Point. PenAttention was written by Kenrick Mock, an associate Computer Science professor up at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Time and time again he was frustrated by the miniscule on-screen dot of ink that appears when hovering a pen over the Tablet PC. Pretty hard to highlight the latest and greatest handwritten bit of info in OneNote when you have "OneDot" to work with no?
Problem solved with PenAttention, the free application Kenrick wrote to address the issue. After installing it on XP Tablet Edition or Vista, you'll have the option in your system tray to activate one of three on-screen pen modifications. You can have a highlight around the ink dot (shown), a pencil icon or a standard cursor icon. Great idea and one that would be nice to see become native on the Tablet PC editions of Windows. I might even download it just to write in ink with the little pencil. Oh, bonus points for the first person to solve for "n" in the above equation... but you have to show your work. No guesses.
April 25, 2008
Toshiba Refreshes M700 Tablet PCs
Toshiba has announced the launch of three new Portégé M700 tablet PCs in the UK.
The company says these new models "come equipped with a blend of different computing technologies to provide unrivalled choice at the tablet end of the laptop market".
Toshiba's M700 models operate with a digitised pen for accurate ink annotations, as well as the touch-sensitive display that allows direct fingertip control to enable fast and effective note taking as well as easy system navigation.
"Highly accurate" handwriting recognition is promised with the inclusion of Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. The touchscreen can also be used as a virtual mouse with the Windows Vista Touch Pointer.
All new models are powered by the new 45nm "Penryn" Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The M700-3G13B also supports 3G HSDPA mobile broadband connectivity.
GBM Interview: Dell's Brett McAnally Talks Tablet
Gotta Be Mobile
In this interview with Brett McAnally, Dell's Director of Business Notebooks, we talk about the launch of the Latitude XT Tablet PC, choosing N-Trig as its digitizing partner, the potential for an Inspiron / Vostro type of Tablet, and more. Enjoy!
Brett, thank you for the opportunity to talk about Dell’s Latitude XT. It has been four months since the release of the Latitude XT. How has the response been in your target market?
We’re really pleased with the response so far. Thankfully, the feedback has confirmed what we expected, that usability is really valued, whether it be in the form of small size/weight, bright panels and multiple input options- especially touch. We’re getting great tips on what is good and what needs work for next time – it’s a learning process and there’s lots to do as we want to improve, but at least we’re hearing that we’re off to a good start.
Talk to me about your usability research in designing the XT. What were customers telling your team about the features they wanted in a Tablet PC? What data were you seeing that led Dell to go in the direction that we now see in the XT?
We always involve customer feedback and research in the development of our products, but the creation of the XT was the most collaborative process I’ve been involved with. We spent almost two years developing the concept and bringing the tablet to market, and during that time had the opportunity to run concepts by existing Dell customers, companies who were tablet buyers but not Dell customers, plus the usual focus group studies. I’d also point out that we had the pleasure of collaborating with key industry partners such as Microsoft, who provided great input on matching hardware capabilities with Vista tablet capabilities, especially with regards to touch.
So lots of great input from many sources (especially customers) on what was required, and we had very clear direction that size and weight was most important, followed closely by ease of use - meaning attention to detail on things like the pen, easy access to controls, balance, and pen/touch interaction.
April 28, 2008
Microsoft Office Labs Looks to Make Office Better
Among Microsoft Office Labs' first wares are Search Command and Community Clips
For anyone that has used Microsoft Office for a number of years, one of the biggest changes to occur interface wise was the new ribbon interface in Office 2007. Many realized finding the commands they were used to seeing in one place on older versions of Office was a bit more difficult in the new ribbon interface.
To combat this problem, Microsoft has announced Office Labs, a new service that consists of a small cadre of developers headed up by Chris Pratley. Office Labs plans to test new products and ideas for Microsoft Office that may eventually make it into an Office product or may simply turn out to be a bad idea.
The Office Labs site spells things out clearly, the software being offered may have bugs and it doesn’t promise to fix these bugs. Chris Pratley said in his blog post, “You might be wondering why this site isn't located on microsoft.com. One reason is simple: we didn't want to give anyone the impression that these projects are full blown Microsoft products. This site itself is also a concept test. Over time we'll be modifying it to experiment with ways to engage with you, our community.”
The other initial offering is called Community Clips, which allows users to make how-to videos about Microsoft Office products sort of like an Office specific YouTube. Community Clips also includes a client application for recording screen views and voice. Listed as other interesting projects are InkSeine which allows the use of a tablet PC with an interface tailored for pen input for sketches, and writing. Task Market is an online marketplace that allows business to connect with and hire freelancers in graphic design, writing and editing.
April 29, 2008
The new IdeaPad U110 notebook says a lot about Lenovo technology and design. It's won wide acclaim, including best-of-show honors for notebooks at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.
But the IdeaPad U110 says just as much about you. You know work and life can be easier with a full-featured ultraportable notebook under your arm. And you know a notebook can make a statement.
The IdeaPad U110. Beautiful technology.
|Express yourself by choosing an ultrasleek notebook with a distinct sense of style. The aluminum-alloy top cover on the IdeaPad U110 features a unique, etched surface that gives it a one-of-a-kind look and feel. And the U110 is available in two statement-making colors: a shiny black, like formal evening attire, or a flashier, eye-grabbing red.
Other expressive design features on the IdeaPad U110 include:
||An innovative Frameless Screen that extends to the very edges of the top cover, like an edgeless swimming pool.
||'Hidden', touch-sensitive buttons across the top of the keyboard, including user-defined keys for multimedia.
||A dynamic, angled shape, clamshell-style cover and special 'kink' hinge that puts the display in ideal ergonomic position.
|Enable yourself with the latest technology for work and multimedia in a truly ultraportable package: The IdeaPad U110 features an 11.1'' widescreen design that's only 0.72''-0.88'' thick and starts at just 2.4 lb.
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo L7500 processor ( 1.60GHz 800MHz 4MB )
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
11.1 WXGA TFT with integrated camera LCD Glossy
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer) 24X Max
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG
4 Cell + 7 Cell Li-Ion Battery
New computerized service turns tabletop into interactive shopping aide
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The coffee table of the distant future is helping people pick out cell phone plans in the immediate future. Microsoft's “Surface” is a high-tech surface that uses computers, cameras, and all sorts of innovations underneath in order to recognize objects you place on top.
From there, you can manipulate images and information related to that object with gestures kind of like the way you would on an iPhone.
Just about a full year after Microsoft unveiled Surface as a prototype, five AT&T stores across the U.S. have become the first to use the system as a way to help customers make their next purchase.
Initially, Surface will be primarily used in stores like AT&T as a high-tech sales tool, but Microsoft sees it as part of the future of home computing. Some day, something like Surface could possibly replace the home PC.
Its features lend itself to home use. In one demonstration, a digital camera was placed on Surface, and the tool immediately pulled up all its pictures.
“Surface computing in general is the most exciting innovation in interface design that I have seen in years,” said Lance UIanoff of PC Magazine. “This is a think/do interface and that is the future of interface design. It is thinking about what you want to do, doing it, and having it work just the way you expect it. It's basically very task-driven and it configures itself based on whatever you're doing, so I can see people saying, 'That is my computer of choice.'”
April 30, 2008
Can Toshiba Tip the Tables in Favor of Tablets?
Toshiba’s latest stab at the convertible PC market comes in the form of the Portege M700. We took a look at the M700-S7002, an $1,800 unit that sports an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz) processor, along with 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive and a dual-layer DVD+/-RW optical drive.
As convertibles go, the Toshiba is a little on the heavy side at 4.5 pounds, but most convertibles don’t incorporate an optical drive and many of the other features found in Toshiba’s offering. As notebook computers go, the M700-S7002 is loaded; the unit offers a 12.1-inch WXGA LED widescreen display, fingerprint reader, modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, Bluetooth, 802.11a/g/n wireless, Webcam and a Type II PC Card Slot. The unit also features a solid, full-size keyboard, touch-pad and a plethora of switches, buttons and controls.
All things considered, the M700 proves to be a decent notebook computer, which can offer tablet features when needed. Ideally, users will use the system mostly in its notebook configuration and then switch to tablet if they so desire. Either way, it combines the best of both worlds without any major downside—certainly a step in the right direction for convertible PCs.
And the latest OS install on my UMPC is...
I think I've had my new Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC for around six weeks now. In that time, I've run Windows XP Tablet Edition (which came pre-installed), Windows Vista and even Mac OS X. It's time to settle down now and that means I need an operating system for the long haul. Yes, I might do more experimenting, perhaps with a Linux distro or two, but I need my UMPC to be usable and rock-solid for everyday mobile use. So I've just wiped the drive and made a choice. Many of you would choose otherwise, but I went with Microsoft Windows Vista
Let me clarify one point right from the beginning. I've now run Vista on UMPCs with a 900 MHz Celeron, a 1 GHz Pentium M and most recently, a 1.33 GHz Core Solo CPU. The experience obviously varies with different equipment. However, one thing has remained constant: the overall performance is greatly enhanced with 2 GB of memory. If I didn't upgrade the RAM on the Q1 Ultra Premium, my choice would have been Windows XP.
So why did I go with Vista? There's a few reasons and these reasons are personal to me. I won't go into every possible pro and con here, but instead, I'll hit the main points. I fully expect that others might make a different choice because logically, they have different needs and requirements.
The main reason I made this choice is for the inking experience. Bar none, Vista offers the best and most integrated Tablet PC experience over any other option. The Tablet Edition of XP isn't even what I'd call a close second. Yes, it's very usable, but by comparison it feels like an add-on feature at best. Ink, and to a lesser extent, touch, permeates the operating system in a way that makes it a part of the operating system. Obviously, if ink isn't important to you on a UMPC, you're more likely to go with XP for performance reasons.
New Fujitsu Tablet PC Spotted?
Tablet PC Reviews
Thanks to a friend of TabletPCReview, we got some pictures of what looks to be a new LifeBook Tablet PC from Fujitsu. He spotted the LifeBook at a customer presentation Fujitsu gave last week in Germany.
At this point the following specifications are known:
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
- 13.3" passive digitizer Display
- Accessories in the same design
As I mentioned, not much is known at this time or if this model will even make it to the States, but it looks nice. If it lives up to other Fujitsu models we know it will have a solid chassis and great display, although it is passive.
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