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December 2008


VIDEO: First footage of BMW Product Navigator using Microsoft Surface

BMW & Microsoft Surface

We can think of worse things to do than spend a day at a BMW dealership configuring the vehicle of our choice. To make the experience of selecting the Ultimate Driving Machine even more engaging, BMW and Microsoft have teamed up on futuristic touchscreen tech.

The tabletop touchscreen interface enables users to pick a BMW, modify colors and content, and even save the finished project to a thumb drive to take home with them. As customers configure their vehicle on the Product Navigator, a plasma TV on the wall displays video and specs of that exact vehicle.



December 2, 2008

My self, two assistants and Thunders Storm have all been working on the 6th Annual Holiday Feature for weeks now.   The List for Santa it's taking a bit longer than expected , but it will be up in the next few days so keep checking back!



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 On-Demand Video Entertainment Experience, launches.

Site features content from over 90 providers including CollegeHumor, Comcast Entertainment Group, Discovery Communications, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Hulu, IMG SPORTS MEDIA, Lifetime Television, Marvel Entertainment, MGM, National Geographic Channel, Ovation TV, PBS, Playboy, Sony Pictures Television, Reuters, Starz Media, The Onion and many more.

New York, NY and Foster City, CA 2, — Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), announced the public launch of (, an online video entertainment destination. Users can go to to watch a huge selection of clips, TV shows, films, news and sports in high quality, for free, anytime they want. This includes video programming from over 90 content providers spanning 150 content brands.
“ is a wonderful combination of premium video content, television viewing, robust editorial and consumer-friendly access and socialization features,” said Jason Hirschhorn, President, Sling Media Entertainment Group. “Users will have a blast watching great clips, full length shows and movies while customizing the viewing experience to their liking." features:

  • Robust editorial programming:’s editorial team creates great content including blogs, playlists and clip collections.

  • Socialization features:  Users can subscribe to any channel, show or user to create a feed of programming and activity that reflects your personal tastes and those of your social network.

  • Slingbox access:  For the first time, Slingbox owners can now access and view their home television (cable, satellite receiver) and DVR via the website, making their Slingboxes available without a software client download.


December 3, 2008

The List for Santa

Sixth Annual Holiday Gift Guide Arrives Tomorrow


Annual Tablet PC & Touch Community Gathering at CES

Event InfoHost:  Tablet PC MVPs
Type: Party - Mixer
Network:  Global
Time and Place Date:  Saturday, January 10, 2009  3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:  TBD
City/Town: Las Vegas, NV
Contact InfoEmail:

Note: The time and date may change upon confirmation of location.

Enthusiasts, users, OEMs, ISVs, IHVs are invited to attend the fifth Tablet PC & Touch Community Gathering. The annual gathering takes place during 2009 International CES. It has been an excellent place for people to share information about new products, tips on existing products, and enjoy meeting people involved in the community.


December 4, 2008

The List for Santa

TabletPc2 Sixth Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Brought to you by Lenovo

This year's list includes more than 160 products from over 75 vendors.  The list includes Tablet PCs, Mini-Noteboks, Entertainment PCs,  Software, Accessories, Blu-Ray, Bluetooth, Digital Cameras, Mobile Phones and more.     

I will be posting new sections from 4th thru 9th
Come back every day and see what's been added.



December 5, 2008

Two new sections added

The List for Santa


December 8, 2008

**Four new sections added **

The List for Santa


December 9, 2008

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**Two More New Sections added **

The List for Santa


Why Apple Won't Sell a $99 iPhone, A Netbook or a Tablet PC
Wired News

We love the persistence of this rumor, mostly because we would actually buy an oversized iPod Touch device. But we have the feeling that, after an hour or so of playing we'd want to go outside and the oversized iPod Touch wouldn't fit in our pocket. We further imagine that we'd soon hanker for a proper keyboard to get some work done. The thing is, Apple already makes a tablet PC, and it is the current iPod Touch.

The other problem would be price. How much would Apple charge for a tablet? It would have to be a lot more than the Touch, itself already an expensive little device at the high, 32GB end. What would you pay? $800? $1000? That's a little too much for such a specialist computer.


Steve Jobs dismissed the netbook market as "Nascent". This certainly doesn't mean that Apple won't make one – Jobs has a history of denying entire product categories until Apple is ready to actually ship – but don't expect an Apple netbook anytime soon.


Why Do I Love Imperfect Platforms? Let Me Count The Ways
Gotta Be Mobile

guess it could be argued that I’m:

  1. A glutton for punishment/frustration
  2. A sucker for shiny new things
  3. A hopeless optimist

No matter which of the above labels fit, I find myself loving imperfect mobile devices and platforms. Without laying myself on some anaylsts couch, I’ve been trying lately to examine the reasons why. Here’s my thinking.

First up is my long standing love affair with the Tablet PC. I’m hoplessly smitten here. Not only does this imperfect Mircosoft solution offer me a way to take notes in my work and allow me to be less tied down when I do so, I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility it gives me when I use a computer for relaxation and fun as well. There are several things that I cannot imagine giving up on, should Tablet PCs ever cease to exist.

  1. Taking notes in meetings and rehearsals
  2. Web browsing in slate mode on a Tablet PC
  3. Brainstorming using MindJet’s MindManager and a pen
  4. Jotting off a quick reply in email using Ink
  5. When creating a new project or schedule being able to mark up what I’ve previously done with the pen


December 11, 2008

**The Accessories & Software Sections of the **

The List for Santa

Are Available Now!


December 15, 2008

The List for Santa


December 16, 2008

Fujitsu Launches New Sleek and Light Stylistic ST6012 Slate Tablet PC for On-Your-Feet Computing

First Slate With Embedded, Biometric Pre-Boot Authentication Delivers Added Data Protection

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation, the expert in pen computing, today showcased its 17 years of experience in developing tablet PCs, announcing the Stylistic(R) ST6012 slate tablet PC featuring the first embedded, biometric pre-boot authentication available on a slate, improved processor performance, and a new semi-rugged sleek exterior. Less than one-inch thick with a 12.1-inch, anti-glare display, the comfortable-to-carry slate is ideal for on-your-feet computing markets including insurance, education, and healthcare, as well as retail/mobile sales.
With its multifunction pen and indoor/outdoor display, the Stylistic ST6012 slate works like pen and paper -- only better -- offering the ability to write or sketch on the display, fill out digital forms, enter data and take orders. Plus, an optional rear mounted webcam captures images essential for reports such as insurance claims. When customers need to acknowledge receipt or sign contracts, the Stylistic ST6012 tablet PC delivers with digital signature capture using automatic handwriting recognition and special software.


December 17, 2008

Motion Announces Tablet PC Recycling and Donation Program

Partnerships with TechTurn, a Leader in Technology Recovery, Rebuilding and Recycling and Goodwill Industries Creates a Variety of Disposal Options for Motion Customers

Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, announced today that it has partnered with Goodwill Industries and TechTurn, an industry leader in technology resale, refurbishing and secure data retirement for the Motion® Tablet PC recycling and donation program. The program allows for the free return of all Motion-branded products for donation or processing and disposal in an environmentally safe manner.


December 18, 2008

Lenovo Thinkpad W700 Review
PC World

Can't decide between a desktop PC and a laptop? How about a workstation and a laptop? Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 desktop replacement (and desktop-size) laptop incorporates many of the latest mobile workstation features while also packing in a few unusual--and very welcome--goodies for the graphic artist or CAD designer.

As I've noted, high-end graphics users are the target market for the W700--that much is obvious thanks to a couple of key add-ons: A built-in color calibrator and, as well, a built-in tablet.

The W700 is also the first laptop to incorporate a WACOM drawing tablet (and that should give you an idea of how ginormous the W700 is). It measures 128mm by 80mm, or roughly the size of two playing cards side by side, and is located in the right palmrest. You must use a digitizing pen, which stows in a slot on the side of the notebook, but it works well with applications like Photoshop and Corel Painter. In addition, it works with Windows Tablet PC input, so you can, for example, use it to insert your signature into documents. It's pressure-sensitive, and you can adjust just how sensitive it is.

The ThinkPad W700 may look understated--and it's a bit of a kitchen-sink approach to computing--but it's a top-flight notebook. For on-the-go graphics artists, or those looking for the ultimate mobile workstation, it's hard to beat.


Fujitsu LifeBook U820 Review

The Fujitsu LifeBook U820 is an ultra-mobile convertible notebook with a high resolution 5.6” display. Packing built-in GPS with Garmin navigation software, a passive touch screen, and a 4-cell battery claiming upwards of 7.5 hours of battery life this UMPC can handle almost any situation. In this review we cover all the reasons why spending above $1,000 on a U820 is worth it compared to $400 or $500 on a standard netbook.

Tablet Features

The Fujitsu U820 offers a passive touchscreen display which is not that fun on a small high resolution screen. Trying to click icons or specific buttons can be a pain if the calibration is off just a fraction of an inch. For basic movements or using the Garmin GPS capabilities it is not as big of a problem since the targets are larger. Pen movement over the screen was almost rough at first, but got better as more oil from your hands built up on the surface. Under normal use I found the pointing stick to be the best form of input while on the go, and an external mouse if I was at work with plenty of desk space.

GPS Navigation

If you are familiar with Garmin GPS units, the Garmin MobilePC software is very similar. The interface looks just like what you would expect, and buttons are all large enough to tap with your fingertips instead of using the pen input. The internal GPS receiver works best NOT using the included external antenna and works well even indoors.


The rise of the Netbook

The PC industry ended the year on a decidedly gloomy note, with very few bright spots.

While Hewlett-Packard has navigated the economic downturn well thus far, the entire industry is facing a variety of inclement conditions, including Western markets oversaturated with laptops, constrained IT budgets, and declining consumer confidence.

The one product buoying PC makers right now, however, is the Netbook.


December 22, 2008

HP TouchSmart tx2 Review

The newest 12-inch notebook from HP is no ordinary ultraportable laptop. The HP TouchSmart tx2z is the first consumer notebook and tablet PC that offers on-screen multi-touch control. Forget about using the notebook's touchpad or an external mouse. If you see something on the screen you want to press or move just reach up and touch it. HP's new "MediaSmart" software allows you to use your fingertips to take command of everything on the screen with a quick touch or simple gestures. Is this the future of laptop computing? Keep reading to find out.

One of the big questions surrounding the release of the TouchSmart tx2 was whether it would have an active digitizer like the tx2500z or if it would sacrifice the active digitizer (and quality tablet functionality) in order to provide multi-touch screen controls. We're pleased to tell you the tx2 still has an active digitizer along with the multi-touch screen. You can use your fingers or the pen. The tx2 also has great entertainment features, like Altec Lansing speakers and a mini-remote control. For the price this tablet seems to be packed full of features just like its predecessor.


December 24, 2008

Laptop Shipments Exceed Desktops For The First Time

The impact of the global economic meltdown didn't affect third-quarter shipments in the worldwide PC market, which saw an overall increase of 15.4%.

Global laptop shipments surpassed desktops in the third quarter, marking the first time mobile PCs have led the market, a research firm said Tuesday.

Laptop shipments rose by nearly 40% in the quarter compared with the same period last year to reach 38.6 million units, according to iSuppli. Desktop shipments, on the other hand, dropped by 1.3% to 38.5 million units.

The watershed event was expected, given that laptop shipments have been increasing by double digits for some time, while desktops have been in the low single digits.

"However, this marks a major event in the PC market because it marks the start of the age of the notebook," iSuppli analyst Matthew Wilkins said in a statement. "The notebook PC is no longer a tool only for the business market or a computer for the well-off consumer; it's now a computer for everyman."

There was no change in the rankings of the top five PC makers in terms of shipments. Hewlett-Packard led the market with an 18.8% share, followed by Dell , 13.9%; Acer, 12.2%; Lenovo, 7.5%; and Toshiba, 4.6%.

Acer had an exceptional quarter. Shipments soared 79% year over year. The company shipped almost 3 million more laptops than in the second quarter, with most of those systems being netbooks.

The fast-growing netbook category is defined as ultralight, ultraportable PCs with screen sizes of 10 inches or less. Prices are often as low as $300.


December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays


December 26, 2008

Free Inking Applications for your New Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

So if you woke up Christmas morning and discovered a new Tablet PC under your tree where do you start? What first? Which applications should I grab?

Well, this post won’t cover all your bases, but it will get you started with a few Inking applications on your Tablet PC.

The place to check out applications for your new Tablet PC is Tablet PC Post. You’ll find a collection of great software there. Some of it is free, some of it is shareware, and of course some of it requires that you pay. Tablet PC Post has everything from educational apps to games to productivity apps, and it is a great resource for a Tableteer who is just getting started.

Two applications, both free, that I recommend will get you started Inking:

InkSeine from Microsoft Research. Many Tableteers feel like this is what Inking is all about. InkSeine lets you Ink, sketch, capture, collect, just about anything and its handy scroll wheel feature gives you some excellent navigation assistance with the pen as well. If you want to get the feel of Inking on the screen, this is a great piece of software to check out.

Tablet Enhancements for Outlook. Of course you need to be running Outlook to use this, but this excellent piece of software from Josh Einstein is now free to all comers and makes Inking in Outlook feel more like a first class citizen.

Here at GBM we’ve got InkShows one these two excellent applications (and many others) The numerous GBM InkShows will give you a taste of what’s out there and how to start incorporating Inking into your Tablet PC experience. 


December 26, 2008

GBM InkShow: Lenovo W700ds, Part 2
Gotta Be Mobile

In part 1, we gave everyone a quick hands-on look at the Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds, as well as Lenovo W700dssome close-up pictures of the W700ds, docking station, and size comparison to the Lenovo X200 Tablet PC. In this part 2 video InkShow, we go in to a little bit more detail on how the dual screens works, moving applications back and forth, and demonstrate a little bit of inking on the main and secondary secondary screen. In part 3, we’ll get in to the built-in Wacom digitizer, and in part 4 give a tour of this massive digitizing workstation featuring built-in dual screens.

From my use of the W700ds, I’ve learned that is primarily suited for the graphic artist preferring a digitizer not built-in to the screen, as well as needing another display to reference data from: look at another picture, reference email, reference copy that needs to go in to a Photoshop document, and more. This is not your typical mobile tablet pc. It is targeted at the artist who finds themselves working at a client site every now and then, or needing to take work home for the weekend or longer.


December 27, 2008

The Best of

What a Year it's been...

It's been a whirlwind year filled with new technology to explore and share.  Tablet PC's, notebooks, netbooks, networking gear, Wi-Fi , mobile phones, all the things we need and use to get our work done everyday.  Everything High Definition, Plasma televisions, DVR's even HD  optics for sunglasses.  Then there is the world of music, pre amps, amps,, speakers, soundbars, Blu-ray players, games, the bright lights of Broadway and all the things we turn to when its time to unwind. 

We all have our favorite things, some are technology oriented and others, which are of equal importance are not.  It's always a challenge to choose my favorites products for the year but after weeks of thinking about it, and slowly narrowing down the field you will find my favorites for below.  I hope you enjoy checking them out and feel free to drop me an email with your favorite things from .

Happy New Year From




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The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.