Tablet PC News Archive
August 1, 2008
Panasonic Canada Inc. Unveils a Ruggedized Handheld Full-Function UMPC for Field Workers in Challenging Environments
Panasonic Canada Inc. today announced the availability of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC, the first ultra-mobile (UMPC) to integrate the low-power consumption Intel® AtomTM processor in a rugged handheld computer for use in the field. The CF-U1 reinvents handheld computing by integrating features previously only available on a full size PC in a form that can be used anywhere.
"The CF-U1 allows the mobile field workers to connect to critical information and applications in real time, thus improving organizational efficiency, increasing information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making," said Susan Black, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Communications and Computer Systems Division, Panasonic Canada Inc. "We are constantly collecting input from our customers and that feedback illustrated the need for a handheld PC, so Panasonic responded with the CF-U1 which was designed with a wide variety of industries in mind."
Rugged UMPCs must be purpose-built and engineered for the environments in which they will likely be used. The Toughbook CF-U1 PC will thrive in environments as diverse as construction sites, mining operations, oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, railroad yards, city streets and storage warehouses. Further, the Toughbook CF-U1 PC is ideally suited for use by insurance adjusters, building inspectors, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. The Toughbook CF-U1 PC has several docking options that expand functionality whether in a vehicle, at a desk, or on the move.
Unlike most handhelds, the Toughbook CF-U1 PC operates on full-function Windows® XP and Windows Vista® operating systems, giving users remote access to full software applications in the field. The CF-U1's many features include: a thumb-friendly and always-accessible backlit QWERTY keyboard that makes data input fast and easy; Panasonic LCD technology which enables the screen to be viewed in direct sunlight with low-power, white LED backlighting; a 2MP camera; a fingerprint and a barcode scanner; and twin, long-lasting, hot-swappable batteries enable battery replacement without disrupting operation.
What’s in a Name? Acronyms & Abbreviations under fire
Since “UMPC” is topical, lets concentrate on that for a moment. Those who have been following the tech world for a while might know that the term was coined by Microsoft to describe a smaller type of touchscreen Tablet PC. “Ultra Mobile”, then, was intended to differentiate between a full-size mobile device such as a laptop and a larger handheld such as a UMPC. Problem is, Microsoft wanted UMPC to solely describe a product of its own envisioning: Windows OS, 7-inch passive touchscreen and its Origami software additions to make the whole thing finger-friendly. So when Intel decided it wanted a piece of the handheld pie, it couldn’t use Microsoft’s definition and had to create its own: enter MID, which the company decided was more about internet surfing and media playback than office apps.
August 4, 2008
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Combines Tiny Technology,
High Fashion and Extreme Portability
Lenovo today announced it is entering the "netbook" PC market with the new IdeaPad S10 netbook PC. Lenovo designed the super-slim, super-small IdeaPad S10 to complement a customer's primary PC or as a first-time, introductory PC purchase. The IdeaPad S10 allows users to perform simple activities such as dive the Internet, check and write emails, listen to music and run basic applications. Lenovo also plans to introduce netbook models designed specifically for students and educators. Approximately one-inch thin with models weighing just over two pounds, the IdeaPad S10 netbook typifies thin and light design.
Lenovo Announces Ideapad S10
Lenovo is throwing its hat into the UMPC ring, announcing a 10-inch machine with a healthy feature set.
So which companies haven't jumped aboard the UMPC bandwagon yet? Let's see, there's Sony, Apple, Lenovo—wait, scratch off the last one. The Lenovo Ideapad S10, announced today, joins a growing list of sub-$500, under-3-pound, underpowered devices that is sure to pique the interests of mobile users who already own a laptop. These mini-laptops aren't meant to replace your primary one, and while Lenovo is fully aware of this, the S10 is offering a package of things that might make you reconsider its role.
Sitting back for a few months and seeing what other manufacturers were doing had its advantages—and Lenovo took note of what worked and what didn't
Lenovo realized that the price-per-gigabyte ratio for solid state drives is not in its favor, so it eschewed them in favor of capacity. It will offer both 80GB and 160GB configurations, spinning at 5,400 rpm. You'll find the usual array of ports, including two USB ports, Ethernet, a webcam, headphone jack, and a 4-in-1 card reader. Until now, the
HP 2133 Mini-Note
was the only UMPC to have an ExpressCard slot for WWAN expansion—you can also find one on the S10. Unlike the HP Mini-Note, the Intel Atom is the S10's platform of choice. It runs a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, up to 2GB of memory, the Intel 945 GSE Express chipset, and the GMA 950 graphics.
What's in a name? Diversity in Tablet PC form factors
Last week Panasonic released its new UMPC, Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, in Canada. Rugged, of course. (Available in the US since June.) In the photo the Panasonic rep is pouring water on the PC to show it continue working in harsh environments. This announcement is a good reminder how Tablet PC form factors have continued to diversify. Think about how many different types of Tablet PCs are available today.
Tablet taxonomy may have changed over the years, but fundamentally two familiar categories are the pillars: 1) Slate and 2) Convertible.
Slate form factors have all the PC components centralized behind the display. Several companies offer slates: Motion, TabletKiosk, Electrovaya, HTC, OQO, Samsung, Fujitsu, Avantech, DRS, General Dynamics, Everex, Getac, MobileDemand, Panasonic, Roper Mobile, and others. The simple design where the display is always exposed makes it easy to use in medical environments, manufacturing, military, and other mobile work place environments.
Convertibles are traditional clamshell notebooks with a swivel or sliding hinge. All of the major OEMs offer convertible Tablet PCs, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, MPC, Fujitsu, and ASUS. The attached keyboard and choice to use a pen when needed appeals to general business users, students, and a growing number of consumers.
There have been attempts to segment the categories by type of digitizer too, with EM and resistive. But then along came dual EM + resistive digitizers and today dual EM + capacitive are available. Too complicated.
Screen size was another marketing distinction. Tablet PCs with 8.9" display and larger and UMPCs with 7" and lower. Then came MID, still a PC, but even smaller display than UMPCs. Of course, individual companies started calling things whatever they needed to so they could appeal to their specific customer base.
There are rugged, semi-rugged, commercial, and even consumer Tablet PCs. Some are called UMPCs, others MIDs, and I'm sure we'll see some Netbooks with digitizers eventually.
At the core, if these units have digitizers, then they are Tablet PCs. But Tablet PC may not apply as this category of multi-functions, multi-features, multi-shapes continues. What do you think the next generation will be called?
August 5, 2008
Fujitsu U820, meet the FCC. FCC, meet Fujitsu's newest UMPC
Fujitsu's refresh of the U810 UMPC will hit the U.S. with the monniker of.... wait for it.... the U820. The diminutive mobile device is showing off for the F.C.C., so assuming there's no testing issues, we'll see the U820 sooner rather than later. It has the same 5.6-inch display at an eyeball popping 1024 x 600 resolution, but as we already knew, Fujitsu has reworked the small keyboard with an extra row of keys. Last we heard, this would be Atom-based and it looks like the Intel Atom Z530 is paired with the 945GU Express.
Xplore brings tougher security to its ultra-rugged tablet
Rugged PC Review
Xplore Technologies iX104C3 Tablet PC
Xplore Technologies has long been one of the major players in the ultra-rugged mobile computer department. Unlike others, the company has concentrated on rugged slates for certain vertical markets without getting sidetracked with multiple product lines
Xplore chose to beef up security in this new model. If you look at the right side of the computer on the image above you'll see a finger print scanner centrally mounted between the hardware controls. It replaces the iX104C2's joystick slew control. Xplore claims the machine is the first-ever rugged pen tablet with such a scanner which is used in conjunction with security authentication biometric software. The company also decided to switch from completely internal slots and bays to user-accessible ones, thus making it possible to remove critical data storage components. The PC Card slot and OEM radio bay are now user-accessible, as is an optional 80GB or heated 120GB hard drive.
The Service Manager - Completing the Work Flow for Field Force
Gotta Be Mobile
Tablet PC technology really begins to shine for businesses when it is coupled with software that helps to streamline work flow, which in turn, helps cash flow. That is what Active Ink Software's Service Manager does by automating the process of work orders, communications with service technicians, and invoicing back in the home office. In short, it is a complete end-to-end solution for the field force office by integrating QuickBooks with form data capturing in the field.
Jessica Sepke Receives Lenovo ThinkTank Award
Head of School Theo Wilkes Coonrod at Saint Mary's School (www.saint-marys.edu) in Raleigh announced that Director of Technology Jessica Sepke has been selected as the recipient of the Lenovo ThinkTank Award. The ThinkTank Award recognizes personal and institutional achievements in enhancing teaching and learning through the innovative use of technology.
At Saint Mary's School, Sepke implemented the ATLAS Program (Applying Tablets to Learning and Academic Success) which was started in August 2005. This program equips each student and faculty member with a Lenovo X41 portable tablet computer. These notebook PCs can be used as a normal PC or can be converted into a flat tablet that users can write on using an electronic pen.
August 6, 2008
The TabletPc2.com Accessories Page has been updated
We go through a lot of products and accessories here at TabletPc2.com, to make it onto the accessories page isn't as simple as asking to be on the page or sending the product for me to review. There are no paid placements on the accessories. The products included are all products that we have tried, used and in most cases continue to use.
The goal of this accessories page is to include only the products that we feel will be of value to you and that you will not be disappointed in if you chose to purchase them.
Accessories are a matter of personal preference, whatever suits an individuals needs and works for them is what they are most likely to use. if there are accessories that you use with your Tablet PC, UMPC or Mobile Pc that you think it would be of interest to others please let us know.
Don't Let Your UMPC Flatline, Protect with OtterBox
Samsung Ultra Mobile PCs are revolutionizing the medical field. With all the features and capabilities of a full-size tablet PC, in a more compact design, the UMPC allows doctors and other medical professionals to access important information anywhere at any time. But chaotic hospital environments and hectic private practice schedules can spell disaster for these costly devices. Prevent damage and destruction with the new OtterBox 1990 for Samsung Q1 Ultra and Q1 Ultra Premium UMPCs.
Safeguarding against dust, dirt, drops and scratches, the OtterBox 1990 is part of the sleek Defender™ Series line which provides semi-rugged protection in three durable layers without adding bulk.
* Layer 1: Thermal formed protective clear membrane slides on to safeguard screen and keys from scratches, dirt and dust* (layer optional depending on the level of ruggedization desired)
* Layer 2: Hi-impact polycarbonate shell snaps together over the device
* Layer 3: Silicone skin wraps over the case to provide additional protection from bumps and shock
Prof. Dave Berque Discusses "Academic Possibilities" of Tablet PCs
"Tablet PCs offer teachers and students a natural way to deal with a wide range of academic possibilities," says Dave Berque, professor and chair of computer science at DePauw University. "While traditional laptops are great for textual content, they don’t allow free-hand input of content."
In an interview with HotChalk, Dr. Berque adds, "However, the real educational power of a Tablet PC is leveraged by software systems that exploit the power of the pen. For instance, Microsoft Word allows teachers and students to make natural digital ink annotations on top of typed text. This can be useful when students are engaged in peer reviews or when a teacher is providing feedback on a student’s writing."
Berque's work at DePauw led to the development of pen-based technology, now known as DyKnow Vision, that is being used in classrooms around the nation. The professor received the 2007 Mira Techpoint Award for "Education Contribution in Technology - Individual" for his efforts to create the software.
Kingston Technology introduces super thin DataTraveler® Mini Slim USB Flash drive.
Kingston Technology is introducing a fun, easy and colorful way to transport and share music, photos and other digital files with its new super thin DataTraveler® Mini Slim USB Flash drive.
Measuring a mere 1.529″ x 0.645″ x 0.253″ and available in both 2GB and 4GB capacities, these drives will have an MSRP of $11.00 and $19.00, respectively.
Available in black, blue or pink with gray bottom casings, the new USB drive is a perfect fashion accessory for students who want to transport homework assignments and other documents everywhere they go. Small enough to carry on a keychain, students can also use different color drives to color-code school subjects for easy access and organization to all their files.
August 7, 2008
Kingston Technology Introduces DataTraveler 400
Symantec Pocket Disaster Recovery Kit
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today introduced the DataTraveler® 400 (DT400) Symantec Pocket Disaster Recovery Kit, a USB Flash drive preloaded with the Symantec Recovery Disk software. The drive allows IT administrators and tech support teams at small to medium-sized businesses to quickly restore individual files or folders from a Windows desktop, laptop or server in the event of a system or hardware failure.
A component of Symantec’s award-winning Backup Exec System Recovery product, Symantec Recovery Disk is preloaded on the DT400 and provides many unique features that aid in the recovery of a system failure. These features include full Windows OS command functionality that allows the user quick access to important Windows disk tools and network utilities. The drive is also embedded with Symantec pcAnywhere technology to allow remote access should a system crash on the road.
“With the DT400 Symantec Pocket Disaster Recovery Kit, Kingston and Symantec are giving small- and medium-sized businesses confidence in their disaster recovery strategy,” said Randy Cochran, vice president of channel sales, Symantec. “Users will literally have Windows protection in their pocket and can be up and running in minutes should they encounter a hardware failure, thus saving valuable time and money.”
Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 Review
Fujitsu recently announced the addition of the LifeBook T5010 to their Tablet PC line-up. The T5010 is the successor to the T4220 and it sports a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The T5010 also has a 13.3" active digitizer display that is very nice looking. This business focused tablet is great for taking notes and giving presentations. Check out what we think about this sleek new LifeBook and how it performs.
The T5010 has a nice 13.3-inch display. I always love Fujitsu's screens. The colors are bright and vivid. It's very easy to read and has a resolution of 1280 x 800. The screen has a little reflection to it, but nothing major. Some users prefer the gloss screens. I like that there isn't much graininess because that is a huge plus for a tablet. It makes the screen look more like a notebook.
Quaduro Quadpad E84 ruggedised tablet PC
Quaduro is to join the solid state memory brigade with the launch of a ruggedised tablet PC that has a flash memory drive at its core. The Quaduro Quadpad E84 has an 8.4in touchscreen display and uses an 8GB CompactFlash card to store data.
The Quaduro E84 runs off a 1GHz Intel Celeron M processor with 1GB of RAM, while graphics are powered by a 64MB nVidia chip.
The Quadpad E84 runs Windows XP Embedded, Tablet Edition, Home or Pro and, despite being a heavily ruggedised model, weighs only 1.19kg when fitted with its standard 3-cell battery.
Quaduro – a specialist maker of ruggedised laptops and tablet PCs for vertical markets – is pitching the Quadpad E84 as an ideal robust laptop for business users who need a combination of durability and lightweight. The laptop’s 8.4in touchscreen has a sunlight-readable rating of 330 NITS and a resolution of 800x600
The Quaduro Quadpad E84 ruggedised tablet PC is due to go onsale through resellers from September.
Quaduro Quadpad E84 ruggedised tablet PC has no internal moving parts and stores data to a CF card.
For full details and dealer information, see www.quaduro.com.
Tablet PC Learning Research Questions
These notes start a process of assembling a proposed research agenda as a learner might use a Tablet PC to increase learning. Perhaps these notes could serve as a beginning for organizing a Symposium on the Impact of Pen-Based Technology on Education Learning (SIPTEL). I assume that these studies occur in an environment in which people take advantage of instructed as well as open learning.
With your help, I'd like to flesh these notes into a reference for those interested in examining the mechanics of how people learn with Tablets and what implications these findings have for ways we organize learning venues, especially public schools.
Tablet, Touchscreen, and other mobile PCs offer state-of-the-art tools to identity how people learn new information and intellectual skills. These tools, with their many features, complement and expand the capacity of the Wisconsin General Test Apparatus (WGTA) and field study designs used earlier for similar purposes.
I have more confidence as a teacher in objective, experimental, empirical, behavioral research results than from anecdotes and school program evaluation reports. Yet, results from any of these strategies yield more confidence than from personal experience and other forms of non-objective data.
Tablet PC learning studies appear timely and relevant, given the expanding use of these tools in schools and businesses.
I'd like to see the following questions addressed objectively about Tablet PC learning. Studying these questions could require some teachers to work with behavioral learning scientists and software developers. I leave questions about learning as a meaningful process, cognition, knowledge transfer, creativity, neuropsychology, etc. to others, for the moment.
Electrovaya Scribbler SC-4000
Rugged PC Review
Electrovaya is a Canadian company primarily known for its patented very high energy density SuperPolymer Lithium Ion technology which can provide superior battery power to any number of portable devices, ranging from cellphones to notebook computers. For several years, Electrovaya has been offering its PowerPads that slide underneath notebooks and provide up to six times the power of a standard laptop battery.
On the plus side, the sleek and elegant SC4000's 12.1-inch XGA screen has a perfect viewing angle in all directions and there is a sunlight-readable version. You can now get disks up to 160GB and the unit has both an onboard 1.3 megapixel camera and a fingerprint scanner. And the whole thing still only weighs a minuscule 3.3 pounds. Whether that's enough to make up for the lack of the trademark Electrovaya battery power (an optional 70 watt-hour battery is available, though) is anyone's guess.
August 8, 2008
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SlingPlayer beta for PC adds DVR-like function and program guide
iming is a scary thing. Just yesterday I posted on how I was getting my Slingbox all ready to go for marathon mobile Olympic action and today Sling Meda opens up the public beta for their newest software. SlingPlayer 2.0 is PC only for now and adds some great new features. I know I'll be taking advantage of the Live Video Buffer because I'll want to pause and rewind the sports coverage while I'm working. Sling also added an integrated Programming Guide which alleviates the need to navigate around in the guide provided with your television or cable / satellite box. There must be some other stuff in there as well, since the download clocks in at a portly 160 MB. I'm grabbing it now on the UMPC... hope it fits!
Update: Of course the 160 MB download fits, the real question is: does the viewer and the new programming guide fit on a 1024 x 600 display. You betcha, but there's not that much room to spare as shown below. I like how I can just double-click on a program in the guide and the software sends the remote command to my DVR. Very nice! OK, I'll stop watching the PGA Championship and get back to work now. ;)
Evernote. Why it will make it & 20 Awesome Ways to Use It.
Firstly, what is it? Evernote is a tool which stores notes, documents & images and gives you the ability to be able to access & search them from wherever you are. Still unclear? Here’s a video of Evernote’s CEO Phil Libin giving you a 1 minute run down of his service.
Evernote can read text in your images So if you’ve got a photo like one I took of a receipt, it will scan it & make it searchable. In this particular example I searched for receipt obiously.
Although not perfect, it works better than i ever expect it to & is much more efficient than going through a drawer of receipts let me tell you.
Fantastic number of ways to get your information into it but the basics: you can email to it, take a photo & send it to it, you can take a screenshot or just simply copy & paste text into it. If you have a graphics tablet, you can take handwritten notes and of course…if you’re primarily browser based - you can use their firefox extension or bookmarklet which lets you grab any web page, image or text and create a note out of it.
Microsoft Starts Taking (Expensive) Surface Orders
Own a business? Have $12,500 handy? Get your own Microsoft Surface table-top computer now. On Wednesday, Microsoft posted an order form online for its multitouch computer.
Customers can get a commercial hardware unit in "metal," black, or white for $12,500. The Surface Developer Hardware Unit, which comes with five software developer kit licenses, costs a mere $2,500 more for a total price of $15,000. Both of those prices are significantly higher than the $5,000 to $10,000 Microsoft predicted when it first announced the product last year.
Service isn't included, and it isn't cheap. Installation service costs $1,500, as does maintenance service and a one-year warranty. And be ready to pay the most expensive shipping bill you've ever paid for a single item. If you want the unit in three to five days, it will cost you $240. Overnight? It will cost $530.
The point of all this is that Microsoft Surface is far from ready to be something that you get in your home. This specialized table-like computer is aimed exclusively at the commercial market and the multitouch technology is much more advanced than what is in, say, the iPhone.
August 11, 2008
World Wide Partner for the 2008 Olympic Games
At the Games, Lenovo, in collaboration with other technology sponsors, will provide more than 10,000 pieces of computing equipment and 500 engineers to help distribute real-time data and results of more than 300 events to the media and audiences worldwide.
Tiny U2010 weighs 610g and uses 5.6-inch LCD
Fujitsu announced its latest ultra mobile PC (UMPC) called the LifeBook U2010. The U2010 is the follow-up to Fujitsu's LifeBook U1010, and features the 3-in-1 tablet/notebook/handheld PC form factor.
Fujitsu has added an interesting feature to the U2010 that allows the small notebook to wirelessly connect to any FM radio at home or in the car and playback the stored digital music library. The LifeBook U2010 utilizes a 5.6-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 screen with a brightness of 300 nits.
The screen utilizes what Fujitsu calls a Raku Raku zoom button for enlarged viewing on the small 5.6-inch screen. The U2010 comes in multiple colors including Ocean Black, Pink Gold, Cool Silver, Fuchsia Red, and Luminous Blue.
RMT Duros—Fully-rugged Tablet PC For harsh environments
A subsidiary of Roper Industries that combines DAP Technologies, JLT Mobile Computers, and Black Diamond Advanced Technology—introduced the Duros Rugged Tablet PC. The Duros is a fourth generation Windows XP-based tablet PC that is sealed to very high IP-65 specifications and passes all the requisite MIL-STD 810F ruggedness tests. Equipped with a sunlight-viewable 8.4-inch SVGA resistive touchscreen and powered by either a battery-saving AMD Geode LX 800 or a quicker 1GHz Intel Celeron M processor, the rugged Duros tablet comes with hard drives up to 120GB (or a solid state drive up to 64GB). The battery is hot swappable and the Duros can be equipped with integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS and optional GPS. Able to run a variety of different operating systems, this handy mobile tablet computer is geared towards harsh field applications such as mining, construction, utilities, public safety or military.
August 12, 2008
Dell Takes Business Laptops to New Latitudes
Inspired by close collaboration with nearly 4,000 IT professionals and end users, Dell today announced a completely new line of Latitude and Dell Precision laptops, ranging from the lightest ultra-portable in the company’s history to the most powerful mobile workstation.
The new Latitude systems provide breakthrough battery life, brilliant new design and style -- including a choice of five colors.
Personalize Your Latitude
Dell will offer colors for the first time on Latitude laptops. In addition to Mica-Brushed Metal, the Latitude E4200, E4300, E6400 and E6500 will be available in Regatta Blue, Regal Red and Quartz Pink (E4200 only) in the coming weeks. The E5400 and E5500 are available in Matte Black.
“The new Latitude laptops and Dell Precision mobile workstations represent the largest client product development effort in the history of Dell,” said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. “We’ve invested more than 1 million engineering hours and the result is a family of head-turning products that are as solid on the inside as on the outside, with features that enable better security, manageability and productivity.”
Incorporating a wide range of new technology, Dell’s new Latitudes feature:
- All-day computing on the E6400 with breakthrough battery life of up to 19 hour
Lenovo Introduces the ThinkPad W700
Lenovo today introduced the ThinkPad W700, a 17-inch widescreen mobile workstation engineered with game-changing technologies and innovations to exceed the demands of the most data and graphics-intensive users. Lenovo brings the industry’s first built-in digitizer and color calibrator to a mobile workstation and combines these innovations with first-in-market technologies such as new NVIDIA® Quadro FX mobile graphics and supporting next-generation Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Quad Core processor technology. Other features such as optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations, up to 8 GB of high speed DDR3 memory, a range of wireless connectivity options and excellent multimedia capabilities including an optional Blu-ray™ DVD burner/player make the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation the ultimate power and performance mobile workstation.
Lenovo World Wide Partner for the 2008 Olympic Games
August 14, 2008
Students' laps need a good fit
Good news for cash-strapped students (or their parents) facing the inevitable computer upgrade: There's never been a better time to buy a new laptop.
Prices are at an all-time low, yet the laptops are considerably more powerful than a machine you'd have bought just five years ago at twice the price.
And features that were once pricey options are becoming integrated standards, such as built-in wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), web cameras and memory card readers
But choosing the right laptop to match your needs and budget can be an overwhelming task. The following should help you decide what's best for you and your limited budget.
When you're shopping for a laptop, keep in mind that the bigger the screen, the bigger the computer. A larger monitor also tends to add more weight and drain the battery faster than smaller screens. This shouldn't be as much of a concern for those whose laptop will be used as a desktop replacement, plugged into a wall's electrical outlet for its power. Tablet PCs, which let you write on the screen with a stylus pen, are also smaller and lighter in design than traditional laptops, but tend to cost more.
Mobile Workstations and More: High-End Graphics and More
This week has seen a huge array of new portable computers, in just about every size and shape you can imagine from tiny ultraportables to portable workstations. It's really quite amazing to see. I'm most excited about new mobile workstations from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
Lenovo's impressive W700 Thinkpad Workstation is the first real 17-inch workstation from the company, and it offers a number of unusual features. Like the HP and Dell entries, it has Intel processors and nVidia's brand-new mobile workstation graphics chips, including the Quadro FX 3700M GPU with 1GB of dedicated graphics memory and 128 graphics cores, which nVidia calls CUDA Parallel Computing Processor cores. (It is also available with the 2700M, with 512MB and 64 cores). It also has an integrated Wacom tablet, which is very unusual in a portable machine; and a Pantone color calibrator, the first time I've ever seen that built into any PC. It is designed for dual hard drives plus the optical drive (up to Blu-Ray), but you can replace the optical drive to get a third hard drive, bringing the maximum possible storage to 960GB.
August 15, 2008
It looks like we might start hearing some info on Windows 7 relatively soon. Microsoft has a new blog, Engineering Windows 7, authored by the Silencer himself, Steve Sinofsky, and Jon DeVaan, who is in charge of the Windows Core Operating System.
Toshiba UMPC Prototype
High Tech Lounge
With everyone jumping into the netbook market to compete against the likes of the Asus Eee PC, Toshiba is taking a slightly different approach and working on a handheld UMPC instead.
This is just the prototype that you see here, so there could be a lot of changes in store for the device before it hits retail outlets… if it ever makes it that far.
The unnamed chrome wonder from Toshiba currently boasts a 5.6-inch touchscreen display, Atom processor, 64GB SSD, and integrated GPS. Unlike the Eee PC and other similar subnotebooks, however, the Toshiba UMPC is going to be running a build of Windows Vista. You’ve got to wonder how well that Atom processor will be able to hold up. We’ve also got to wonder how much RAM this thing will be packing in order to provide a decent Vista experience
August 17, 2008
Editors Note: Rob Bushway is a fellow MVP and friend, my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. If you are reading this, Please take a moment to send good thoughts and positive energy to the Bushway Family.
Prayers and Good Wishes For Maggie Bushway
As some of you may be aware Rob Bushway’s daughter Maggie is suffering through another series of tough medical challenges. Maggie had a brain tumor removed awhile back and her seizures have unfortunately returned. Doctors in Colorado and St. Louis are working on the case. At the moment, the family is planning to head to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Monday morning for possible surgery.
If you’ve been following Rob for any length of time you know the love he has for his family, his strong faith, and I’m sure you’ve brushed up against Maggie’s journey at some point in those travels. When Maggie underwent surgery before there was a tremendous outpouring of prayers, love, and well wishes from this community, and I’m sure there will be again. An amazing amount of cards and letters were sent to Maggie.
How to Respond
Rob has asked that if you would like to send well wishes that you please do so by leaving a comment on one of the posts on his personal blog, RobBushway.com. He says being able to read those comments to Maggie will be the greatest help at this time
August 18, 2008
HP ruggedizes ultraportable laptops
Hewlett-Packard on Monday introduced ultraportable laptops that can easily switch between wireless 3G broadband networks and withstand harsh environmental conditions.
HP's EliteBook 2530p ultraportable and EliteBook 2730p tablet PC have been tested to meet the U.S. military's standards to withstand harsh elements like high altitude and temperatures, the company said.
The laptops, targeted at business users, have also been designed for sensitive parts like hard drive or displays to withstand impact on falls, said Keith LeFebvre, vice president and general manager at HP.
The EliteBook 2730p tablet PC comes with a 13.1-inch screen, weighs 3.7 pounds and is priced starting at $1,670.
The laptops run on Intel Core 2 Duo low-voltage or ultra-low voltage processors, support up to 8G bytes of RAM and support for additional wireless networking including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Storage options include hard drives or 80G-byte solid-state drives. The laptops come with Intel's integrated graphics technology.
HP 2730p Tablet PC: Centrino 2, SSD & EVDO/HSPA 3G
HP have officially announced the Centrino 2 update to their 2730p Tablet PC. The 3.74lb convertible has a 12.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 display with active digitizer, Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage (1.2 GHz, 3MB L2 cache) or Low Voltage (up to 1.86 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache) CPUs and up to 8GB of RAM. Storage is either a 80GB or 120 GB 5400rpm 1.8-inch SATA hard drive or an 80GB Intel SSD.
Connectivity includes WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and an optional 3G modem from Qualcomm with both EVDO and HSPA WWAN. An outdoor-viewable screen is an option, as is a super-multi DVD drive that fits into the ultraslim expansion base. Following user requests, the much-loved jog wheel from the HP tc1100 is back, making scrolling through and selecting list items incredibly easy.
Xplore Launches New iX104C4 Rugged Tablet PC
Xplore Technologies Corp, a maker of award-winning rugged mobile computers, today announced its new iX104C4 Tablet PC. “Our new iX104C4 has the best indoor/outdoor viewable display in the market today and signifies another milestone for Xplore as we continue to innovate in the rugged tablet computing segment,” said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore.
One of the first users of the new iX104C4 was Hydro One, the largest electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario, Canada, where the new units have been tested for several months. "The Xplore tablet is a champion in design, and the newest generation is no exception," stated Blain Smith, Hydro One, “We tested the new iX104C4 and experienced 20% greater performance than other rugged products.” With more than 1,200 Xplore iX104 systems deployed, Hydro One has seen nearly 100% accuracy for data collected in the field.
The iX104C4 design implements best in class sunlight readable display technology, Dual Mode flexible user interface, redesigned antennae, new integrated wireless modules, Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition/ Vista® Business compatibility and improved overall performance. The iX104C4’s key features include:
- 1.2 GHz Intel® Core™ Duo processor
- 50% brighter Dual Mode AllVue Xtreme display technology
- Integrated RS232/422/485 serial port
- 2X improved reach with 802.11n Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz
- 2X more memory capacity
Simplicity and a Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile
I've been evangelizing Tablet PC technology from the very beginning for one reason: I believe in the power and flexibility of the platform. That belief has been reinforced to me in some very practical ways the past week and a half.
My daughter has been back in the hospital dealing with ramifications from a brain tumor removed 5 years ago. With the constant going back and forth between home and the hospital, I've learned something very valuable: in the midst of crisis, simplicity reigns. The ability to keep technology at arms length in order to focus on the crisis at hand, but close enough within reach to stay in touch with friends and take care of the critical needs, is very important. As such, I've been working with the bare essentials: Latitude XT Tablet PC, Verizon EV-DO card, basic phone, iPod Shuffle, and a Moleskine. Notice what is missing: extra mice, portable keyboards, companion PCs, my MacBook, and the other stuff that just seems to clutter things up.
Just this morning, we took an early morning ambulance ride from the hospital to a testing center, and my Tablet PC played a critical role. While at the testing center, I received a call from an out of state hospital needing some important papers signed to pave the way for a medivac transfer to their hospital. The hospital told me they needed them signed right away, so I told them to email the PDFs to me and I'd get it taken care of. I whipped out my Tablet, plugged in my EV-DO modem, and got on line. The PDFs came to me via email, I signed them using Bluebeam PDF Revu, and then quickly emailed them back - took me all of 5 to 10 minutes. Without the connectivity, a great PDF annotating solution, and a built-in digitizer on my Tablet PC, the process would have been much more complicated and time-delayed.
I always tend to whittle things down to the bare necessities when I'm in crisis mode, or otherwise need to focus like a laser beam on a task at hand. It is amazing how little we really need to get stuff done. I love how a Tablet PC allows me to stay simple, but never sacrifices flexibility.
August 19, 2008
Lenovo Ultraportable Makes an Olympic Debut
Lenovo is taking a new mobile Internet device, the IdeaPad U8, to the Beijing Olympics.
The device is about the size of a Sony PlayStation Portable, with a similar shape, and has a 4.8-inch touch screen. It weighs 12.3 ounces and has Wi-Fi, EDGE access, two cameras and up to 2 GB of memory. It also supports mobile TV, GPS navigation and has free live coverage of the games through China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting.
The IdeaPad U8 will be available either in all black or a black-and-silver finish. But for the Olympics, Lenovo has created a special commemorative edition that has bright red, yellow and pink stripes on the back.
Lenovo has handed out about 1,000 of these devices to Olympic bloggers and athletes in Beijing, says an Intel evangelist who has the device.
The IdeaPad U8 will be available in Asia only. Lenovo hasn't revealed the pricing or when it will go on sale.
Panasonic Highlights Mobile Computing Innovations
The Toughbook U1 is the industry's first ultra mobile rugged PC to integrate the new low power Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor. With the introduction of the extremely portable Toughbook U1, remote workers are able to connect to critical information and applications in real time, improving organizational efficiency, increasing information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making. The U1 reinvents handheld computing by integrating robust features previously only available on a full size Toughbook PC in a UMPC form factor that can be used anywhere.
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook(R) mobile computers, will highlight its proven Intel processor-based reliable mobile computers, including innovative form factors such as the ultra mobile rugged Toughbook(R) U1 UMPC, utilizing the low power Intel Atom(TM) processor at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) held in San Francisco, California.
Archos unveils three new ‘Internet Media Tablets’
Archos does a cannonball into the Internet tablet pool with the release of three new devices: the Archos 5, the Archos 5g, and the Archos 7. These are the same devices that we wrote about late last week.
The company is boasting the “Internet Media Tablet” as a new concept even though these devices have a lot in common with gadgets like the Nokia Internet tablets. However, Archos has thrown the word “media” in between “Internet” and “tablet” so let’s see what all the fuss is about.
Each device will be compatible with the $99 docking station, which will allow you to record TV, play back HD content, charge your device faster, stream content from your PC to your docked device via Wi-Fi, and more.
Arbor Gladius G0710 Tablet PC
Arbor has just rolled out a new tablet PC - the Gladius G0710 which is set to do battle against other tablet PCs in its class. This model has passed the IP-54 certification with flying colors, meeting the Military Standard 810F tests for vibration, crash shock and transit drop, so butterfingers will be able to carry this around without worrying about when their fingers slip. This Intel Atom-powered tablet PC will come with the following specifications :
- 7" sunlight readable LCD touch screen display
- 1,024 x 600 resolution
- 2 megapixel CCD camera
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Gigabit LAN
- USB 2.0 ports
- 1.8" hard drive
August 20, 2008
Intel teaser slate PC revealed as a Panasonic medical tablet
Intel's certainly taken the lid off some interesting gear at this year's IDF, but this is a little disappointing -- that cool-looking slate / tablet PC the company was teasing this afternoon is a Panasonic tablet aimed at the healthcare industry, just as we suspected. Put in that context, it's nothing special at all, really -- we've seenof these from various manufacturers, and Panny's been putting out similar Toughbook tablets for some time, including the Atom-based CF-U1. Guess you can't win 'em all -- but at least the guessing was fun for a while.
The Xplore iX104C4 Tablet PC
I don’t know whether you can remember back in 2006 when Xplore technologies brought out their rugged iX104C3 tablet PC. They are now launching the new and improved version, the iX104C4.
The rugged construction makes this product durable to drops, rain and dust etc, making this good to use in various environments and locations. It is truly portable and is lightweight for ease of use.
The new version is not only compatible with Windows XP, but also with Vista. Xplore must be confident in their product as they are offering a three year warranty, which is good. It has many docking solutions for different working environments such as offices, vehicles and warehouses.
The specifications are quite impressive for this tablet pc. It has the usual Bluetooth and GPS options and also wLAN and wWAN. It comes with a good sized hard drive of 120GB, plus if desired an optional solid state hard drive. It also has 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and a reasonably fast 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo processor. It still has the 10.4 inch LCD screen, but is now 50% brighter than the previous model due to the Dual Mode AllVue Xtreme display technology. It also has an integrated fingerprint reader.
MPC display comparison: Sunlight visibility
Since many prospective UMPC buyers want to know how readable a particular device's display is outdoors and in direct sunlight, my husband and I headed to Kawaikui Beach Park in nearby Aina Haina this afternoon to find out. We stacked my HTC Shift, Willcom D4, Sony Vaio UX180P, Fujitsu U810, Kohjinsha SC3, and the Gigabyte M704 I have on loan from Direct From Japan in a travel bag, cranked up their screen brightness levels, and set them up on a picnic table. Have a closer look below.
The 84-degree weather and clear skies made everything very toasty and bright. Here's how the UMPC displays fared in direct sunlight (i.e., sun shining directly on their screens):
OQO CEO Moore- we're not announcing Atom deployment
Fans of the pocket-sized OQO UMPC have been understandably excited with the appearance of an OQO at IDF running the Atom processor. It's a natural fit (pun intended) and reaction in the OQO community has been as expected. Company CEO Dennis Moore has posted a comment at OQOTalk that points out that the single unit displayed by Intel at the IDF is just a technology preview and they are not announcing a model so equipped:
Yes, indeed, that is an OQO prototype shown with an Intel(r) Atom(r) processor. Intel is showcasing the OQO prototype in a couple of their keynotes and elsewhere at IDF because we have achieved by far the best performance with their processor in our technology demonstration.
Note that this is not a product launch or announcement, but is a demonstration of what we think an Intel Atom processor should do in a product targeting users who need the ultimate in mobile productivity, and demonstrates all the areas where OQO has led the market for years -- performance, battery life, thermals, usability, design, and form factor. While there are other small and light devices using Intel's Atom processor, none of them comes close to the performance and productivity we are showing with this technology demonstration.
I hope this helps explain today's news -- a technology showcase, not an impending product announcement.
August 21, 2008
First Look at the New Fujitsu Lifebook T5010 Tablet PC
The first thing you notice on the new Fujitsu T5010 Tablet PC is the screen quality. Fujitsu always has beautiful display and this is no exception. The screen display is crisp, clear, vivid and as close to a high definition screen as your going to find on a Tablet PC. You can see from the photo above with a photo of Olympic Gold Medallist Michael Phelps on the screen the new Fujitsu T5010 has an an amazing screen. This is definitely a Tablet PC that you can work on for long stretches of time and then watch a movie on on the plane without worrying about eye strain.
Notable Features on the new T5010 Tablet PC include a bi directional hinge, spill-resistant keyboard, Integrated webcam and dual digital microphones. Fujitsu PortShutter data-leak-prevention software allows the user to restrict which ports are available to the end user (USB port, optical drive). It weighs in at 4.9 lbs with the Modular Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer installed. (4.3 with the weight saver)
MobileDemand Named to the 2008 Inc. 500 List
To cap a year of recognition and accomplishments, MobileDemand, a rugged Tablet PC manufacturer based in Iowa, has been named to the Inc. 500 list, a ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. MobileDemand placed 148 on the 2008 Inc. 500 list with a three-year growth rate of more than 1,500 percent. In the computers and electronics category, MobileDemand was ranked as the third fastest growing company in America. It was also recognized as the top firm in growth from Iowa.
"We are extremely pleased to have placed so high on the list," said Matt Miller, President of MobileDemand. "It is a testament to our business model. Our advanced technology, combined with customer-focused engineering and aggressive marketing, fuels MobileDemand's growth."
MobileDemand has achieved success because its unique product, the xTablet, rugged Tablet PC, fulfills a need in multiple vertical markets by empowering field service and mobile blue-collar workers with full screen computers and the industry's highest processor performance. MobileDemand is established in numerous verticals, including manufacturing and distribution, warehousing, transportation and logistics, retail, government/defense, EMS and agriculture. Anheuser-Busch, General Motors, Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts, Pioneer Hybrid and 3M are just a few of MobileDemand's satisfied customers.
For more information about MobileDemand, please visit http://www.RuggedTabletPC.com
For more Tablet PC-related news, visit MobileDemand's newTablet PC blog.
Intel Classmate Tablet PC announced
Hey Intel, this is what should’ve been your mystery device! At a round-table event today, Intel’s Tom Rampone unveiled the company’s new Classmate Tablet PC, a touchscreen convertible version of the existing Classmate PC that was first tipped back in July. Designed to sell alongside the current model, the new Classmate has an 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600 display and runs on a 1.6GHz Atom CPU.
The webcam rotates so as to work in both laptop and slate orientations, and the handle has been toughened up and reshaped to provide a secure holding point for carrying the Classmate in Tablet mode. Storage is courtesy of an unspecified SSD, and there’s also an SD slot, two USB ports and video output.
Intel apparently expect the Classmate Tablet PC to reach the market by the end of the year. No pricing details have been given.
Circuit City Enhances Customer Experience With Customized Microsoft Software-Based Tablet PCs for Sales Associates in New-Format Stores
Microsoft Corp. and Circuit City Stores Inc. today announced that select Circuit City stores are empowering their sales associates with Tablet PCs running a custom Windows-based application to help them offer a more knowledgeable, consistent experience that builds consumer confidence and loyalty.
Called the Enhanced Digital Guide Experience (EDGE), Circuit City’s new mobile devices can speed the sales process by providing associates with immediate access to product recommendations, demos, usage questions, competitive pricing and more for thousands of items across hundreds of categories. EDGE is helping transform the retailer’s customer-service model in new-format stores known as the city™ by enabling any available associate to sell or discuss any product with any guest using a boundless selling approach to consumer electronics.
August 26, 2008
TabletPc2.com $1000.00 Prize Drawing
to Support the Lenovo Magnificent Mile Race for a Cure
It’s time for the third running of the Lenovo Magnificent Mile Races. This annual event raises money for research into two rare motor neuron diseases -- Primary Lateral Sclerosis, a variant of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a hereditary motor neuron disease.
"We know that those of you who can will want to help such a worthy cause, but to ad a little incentive were going to have a prize drawing with an assortment of prizes valued at over $1000.00 to TabletPc2.com readers who make an online donation of $25.00 or more to the Lenovo Magnificent Mile." Linda A. Epstein, Owner & Editor of TabletPc2.com.
For each $25.00 online contribution made to the Lenovo Magnificent Mile You will get 1 entry into the TabletPc2.com prize drawing.
All donations are tax-deductible. The SPF's federal tax ID number is 04-3594491.
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August 28, 2008
Samsung winning netbook SSD speed race
Blocks & Files
Samsung is sampling netbook solid state drives (SSD) that consign Intel's UMPC products to tortoise status.
There are three new products about 30 percent of the size of a 2.5-inch hard drive and with capacities of 8, 16 and 32GB, using 2bits per cell multi-layer cell (MLC) technology. They all use a 3Gbit/s SATA interface and have read speeds of 90MB/sec. The write speeds are slower: 25MB/sc for the 8GB product; 45MB/sec for the 16GB one; and 70MB/sec for the 32GB one; that's a feature of MLC chips; as the capacity and so the number of chips rise then writes can be parallelized across chips to increase write speed.
Ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) or netbooks are handheld small products like the Asus Eee , Acer Aspire and HP Mini-note, which are used for surfing the net, social networking and e-mail. Dell is going to introduce a UMPC soon, one using SSDs with STEC controllers. STEC makes the SSD's for EMC's high-end Symmetrix dri8ve arrays.
HP Pavilion tx2130ea tablet PC review
When you think about tablet PCs, it's more than likely you'll think of a business tool. However, HP has taken a slightly different approach with the Pavilion tx2130ea and aimed it at the consumer market. By reducing the price to a more than affordable £699 and selling it through stores such as PC World it can reach a far wider audience.
The main difference between this device and HP's more expensive, business-focused tablets is the technology used in the screen. Instead of opting for the more expensive digitised panel, where you need a digital pen to activate the screen, the Pavilion tx2130ea uses a capacitive touchscreen display. This means you can use the supplied stylus or your finger to navigate around the screen.
August 29, 2008
OAKLEY ATHLETES EARN 88 OLYMPIC MEDALS
Oakley, Inc. today announced that 88 Olympic medals were awarded to athletes in Beijing who relied on the performance benefits of Oakley’s High Definition Optics®. More than 600 athletes represented their countries around the globe wearing Oakley Radar®, Flak Jacket® or Enduring™ sport performance sunglasses for superior clarity and protection
.“We couldn’t be more proud of the countless athletes from around the world that chose to use Oakley sunglasses as a critical piece of their performance equipment,” said Scott Bowers, senior vice president of global marketing and brand development, Oakley. “We developed High Definition Optics (HDO) to meet the demands of our athletes and there is no greater compliment than to see them earn their place among the world’s greatest.”
In Beijing, Oakley’s HDO lenses provided critical performance advantages for athletes with its precision filtering, glare elimination, impact resistance, wind and 100% UV protection. Athletes were also able to select a lens tint to keep up with the changing light conditions, in addition to polarization and prescription correction.
Also at the Olympics, Oakley introduced the world’s first sport performance eyewear designed exclusively for women, Oakley Enduring. It was the choice of female athletes in a wide range of Olympic events
With more than 600 patents worldwide, Oakley innovation provided Olympic athletes the vision to exceed possibility. All performance benefits, as well as customizable frame colors, are available to consumers worldwide at www.oakley.com.
As technology develops, people feel compelled to buy the latest gadgets. That’s why nowadays the technically savvy are leaning towards tablet PC’s and leaving their desktops and laptops behind. Here we’ll give exposure to the Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook T5010 which dazzles with its unmatched and unbeatable appearance.
Apart from its great appearance, the Lifebook T5010 has some impressive attributes which should be mentioned. The device incorporates an Intel Core 2 Duo processor which works at the speed of 2.26 GHz. This advanced processor is very rarely found in tablet PC’s. The Lifebook T5010 is brilliantly intelligent, thanks to its 80GB hard disk which is equal to the hard disk of a normal computer. For excellent speeds, the product has a notable 2GB RAM which is more than sufficient.
Leaked Patent Suggests Multi-Touch Tablet Mac
According to a report published by AppleInsider, Apple has filed a 52-page patent that details a haptic control system for use in a tablet Mac computer. The patent was reportedly filed on April 15 of this year and builds on designs that the company had already filed several years prior. Amongst the lengthy filing, Apple included a collection of figures detailing how users would potentially control a tablet-like device.
One of the primary problems poised by sole use of haptic control systems on a PC is selecting small objects and buttons with comparably large fingers. Apple's solution for the problem, however, is relatively simple. By utilizing a multi-touch haptic interface, Apple's design suggests that a user place his or her thumb onto the desired work window, which would then become enlarged and easier to access.
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