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January 2008


January 1, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

January 2, 2008

Tablet PC for workers on go
Seattle Times

Toshiba has unveiled the Portege M700 tablet PC aimed at educators, health-care workers and anyone who needs to fill in forms outside an office.

The M700 is Toshiba's ninth tablet. The first, the Portege 3500, debuted in 2002.

Kevin Roberts, Toshiba's M700 product manager, said the technology has improved significantly in computing power, weight, price and design.

Compared with their first tablet PC, the M700 has a hard drive up to four times larger, a processor twice as fast, battery life that is an hour longer, a price that's $500 lower and features that protect the tablet from being damaged when dropped or when liquid is spilled on it.

Advanced technology made it possible to add those features while keeping the M700's weight and size about the same as the first Portege.

"This computer is not meant to just be in the office. It's always on the go," Roberts said.

The Portege has changed and so has the market.

"A lot of people thought the tablet PC market would take off, but it didn't really happen," said Brian O'Rourke, a principal analyst with market researcher In-Stat who has followed the tablet PC market since 2002.

Because of their touch-screens and pen-shaped styluses, ancestors of today's tablet PCs were called "pen computers" when they first appeared in the early 1990s. The term "tablet PCs" emerged early the next decade, and those evolved into today's models, with screens that flip to reveal a keyboard, allowing the computer to be used like a laptop.


GottaBeMoible.com December InkShow and Podcast Roundup
Gotta Be Mobile

InkshowWe’ve turned a corner into another year, and the New Year promises to bring lots more GBM InkShow, Shortcut, and Podcat goodness. But before we head off down the path of that New Year, let’s take a look back at the December goodies we left under your Christmas tree.

We covered a range of topics from Inking with a Bamboo Tablet, to the Fujisu U810, and a pen and paper note taking system, Capturx. So, set back, and enjoy whatever holiday leftovers you’ve still got in the fridge, and cue up a GBM InkShow, or a podcast, or a shortcut.

January 3, 2008

HP tx2000 Tablet PC Release and Our First Look Review
Tablet PC Reviews

HP TX2000 Tablet PC

That is right, HP finally updated the tx1000. Welcome the tx2000 Tablet PC. It has the same design as its predecessor, but now has an active digitizer and touchscreen. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one and bring you this first look review. I have to say I am quite impressed with this 12.1-inch tablet. We received a pre-production unit too and it's still near perfect.

HP tx2000 Tablet PC specs:

  • AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual Core processor TL-66 2.3GHz
  • Up to 4GB DDR2 RAM (review unit had 2GB)
  • Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics
  • Hard drive options of 120GB, 160GB or 250GB
  • 12.1" WXGA touchscreen display with built in digitizer (1280x800 resolution)
  • LightScribe Super Multi or Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW
  • Windows Vista Home, Business or Ultimate OS


2007 GottaBeMobile Awards Winners Announced!

Tablet PC of the Year
HP 2710p Tablet PC

Runner ups:
Lenovo X61T MultiMode Tablet PC,
TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate Tablet PC

Ultra-Mobile PC of the Year
OQO Model 02

Runner Up:
Fujitsu U810 / U1010 UMPC ( aka Storm Trooper)

Software of the Year
Microsoft OneNote

Runner up:
Bluebeam PDF Revu


January 4, 2008

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC User Review
Tablet PC Reviews

Alright, here's what you've been waiting for. The first Dell Tablet PC to hit the market, the new Latitude XT. Forget the HP, forget the Toshiba, throw away your IBM. This tablet takes the cake and is going to be a tough competitor in the right market.

Dell Tablet PC


GPS navigation with UMPC just got cheaper

Garmin Mobile PC software

Garmin Mobile PC software is fully featured navigation suite for $59

"Garmin Mobile PC features the same easy-to-use "Where to?" and "View map" interface found on the Garmin nuvi(R) and StreetPilot(R).

Garmin Mobile PC offers much more than traditional trip planning. Users can use their laptop to receive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to their destination, similar to Garmin's traditional portable navigation devices. If a turn is missed along the way, Garmin Mobile PC will automatically recalculate the route and get them back on track.


Early Macworld bets: Notebooks, Blu-ray, and iPhones?

There's also some sentiment that Apple could use the Macworld stage to announce its take on the Tablet PC, revealing some sort of slate-like MacBook based entirely on flash memory, and perhaps incorporating many of the touch-screen features found on the iPhone. We've also heard this discussion center on a Apple-ish UMPC, which would ostensibly use Intel's upcoming Silverthorne chip.


Slingbox Anounces Slingbox PRO-HD

The people have spoken! They want HD and we're gonna give it to them.

Slingbox PRO-HD includes multiple inputs and outputs, including digital audio and a digital (ATSC/QAM) tuner. Not only will the Slingbox PRO-HD stream up to 1080i content and 5.1 surround within the home to a computer, it can also be used to ship high-def material to another HDTV via our forthcoming SlingCatcher. In addition, if you're one of the lucky ones who has super high speed broadband like FiOS, you can get similar HD quality streaming to a remote location as well. Slingbox PRO-HD is slated for a Q3 release @ $399.99 (USD).


January 5, 2008

Join Us Next Week -At CES 2008!

2008 CES

Live from Las Vegas

Sneak Peaks of New Tablet PCs, UMPCs, Accessories & more....

Our CES Coverage Begins Sunday with an Exclusive


Video Series: tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

No Keyboard Required (1/2)
Video Series: tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

Microsoft has championed the Tablet PC from day one and even though sales have not been spectacular, they have made sure that the environment became a core component of Windows Vista. As a Windows Vista Tablet PC user I can vouch for its viability and usefulness. To date I have always used a Tablet PC with an attached keyboard. When the opportunity came up to review a keyboard less tabletkiosk's Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC, I wanted to see how well it would work. Read on for the video series!

    tabletkiosk is the leader in keyboard less Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) and Tablet PCs. The Sahara Slate PC i440D one of their top of the line Tablet PCs.


January 6, 2008

Live from Las Vegas

2008 CES

An Exclusive Sneak Peek.....

The New TabletKiosk eo i7300 UMPC System

TabletKiosk eo i7300 UMPC System

The first fully modular Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)
that can be “customized” for specific applications


TabletKiosk 2008 Tablet PC & UMPCS

TabletPc2.com Fills in the blanks on the New TabletKiosk lineup for CES Bottom left: the revelutionary new eo i7300 series UMPC.  Top Right the new G840Xt, a 8.4 inch fully ruggedized UMPC.  Also shown the Sahara i440 Tablet PC, eo V710e and eo tough tab UMPC.


January 7, 2008

OQO Introduces New High-End model 02 Options with 64GB SSD and Sunlight Optimized Display

OQO Inc., creator of the world’s smallest fully-functional Windows Vista® PC, continues to expand its industry-leading UMPC line with the addition of a 64GB solid state drive (SSD) option plus the introduction of a new display technology offering dramatic improvement in direct sunlight readability with greater than 50 percent reduction in unwanted reflections.

This expansion of OQO’s offerings addresses two important growth segments of the UMPC market. On the one hand, field service professionals require outdoor-useable UMPCs in tough environments. At the same time, savvy prosumers are seeking best-of-class full PC functionality in a truly pocketable form-factor. With the addition of these new options, OQO customers in consumer and professional markets can now choose from the most complete line of UMPCs, ranging from base configurations starting at $1,299 to high-end configurations sporting 64GB SSD, 1.6 GHz processor, Sunlight Optimized display, Microsoft Windows Vista, and embedded mobile broadband capability through EV-DO Rev. A in the U.S. with service from Sprint or Verizon Wireless, or through HSDPA with service from international carriers.


OQO Demonstrates World’s First Ultra Mobile PC with Embedded Mobile WiMAX for Sprint Xohm Network

mobile computing innovator and creator of the world’s smallest fully-functional Windows Vista® PC, unveiled a technology demonstration of the award-winning model 02 computer with integrated 802.16e Mobile WiMAX high-speed wireless data capability at the Sprint Xohm™ booth # 31561 at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas. This demonstration represents the first trial of Xohm compatible WiMAX capabilities embedded in an ultra mobile PC, and showcases the power of anytime/anywhere access to information, applications, corporate networks and the full PC Internet experience.

Mobile WiMAX is a next-generation wireless networking technology that holds the potential to revolutionize mobile data communication through the availability of an advanced nationwide wireless broadband network designed specifically to mobilize the Internet and deliver new mobile multimedia applications. The promise of this new technology will be fully realized by devices that offer rich computing capability combined with truly mobile form factors.

As the leader in the ultra mobile PC category, OQO has pioneered the miniaturization of the PC into a sleek, elegant, and ergonomic device small enough to fit in your pocket yet powerful enough to run full multimedia and networked business applications with Windows XP or Vista. With this demonstration of the first ultra mobile PC with embedded Sprint Xohm compatible Mobile WiMAX, OQO is taking the logical next step in leading the development of this product category.


January 8, 2008

Asus Announces New UMPC, the R50A
Tablet PC Reviews

As we all know Asus recently updated the R1 Tablet PC and is going to update the R2H UMPC, but this UMPC is all new. The R50A is the beginning of a new UMPC era for Asus. Although, the unit we got to spend some hands-on time with on the CES show floor was a prototype it is good to know what we have to look forward to this coming year.



January 9, 2008

Live from Las Vegas

2008 CES

More photos and information on all of latest and greatest Technology from CES coming soon


New, Maybe Improved Ultra Mobile PCs
PC World 

I've never been sold on the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)--an Internet-connected device that runs Windows or Linux, has an Intel processor (at least by the strictest definition), and a seven-inch or smaller screen. It's not quite a phone, it's not quite a laptop, and for a device that won't replace one of those two necessities, it's not quite in my price range. Today I saw one new UMPC and several other prototypes based on Intel's Menlow platform. They're slick, they're full featured; Menlow might make them faster. I still don't want one but am becoming more intrigued

Samsung Q1

Samsung Q1 Ultra Premimum


Samsung, which released one of the original UMPCs, and launched the Q1 Ultra last year, was showing off a new Q1 Ultra Premium that will be available next month with prices ranging from $1099 to $1599.

Lenovo MID

Lenovo Prototype UMPC

Aigo, Clarion, Digifriends, and Lenovo were also showing off prototypes in Intel's booth.
The unique Lenovo prototype has a long, rectangular shape with a cell-phone styled keypad, which according to Intel, is intended for the Asian consumers who prefer that method of input.


Everex Unveils CloudBook Ultra-Mobile PC at CES

Everex UMPC

7" UMPC model to feature popular Open Source software from gOS

Everex, a world leader in the design and production of personal computers, today launched their much anticipated Ultra-Mobile PC featuring the latest Open Source operating system from gOS. Measuring 9" in length and 2 pounds in weight, the Everex CloudBook caters to users seeking the latest in mobile computing. With its 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV mobile processor, the laptop averages 5 hours of battery life on a 4-cell, lithium-ion battery. Unlike many of its competitors, the CloudBook also features 30GB of internal storage, digital video output (DVI-I), 4-in-1 card reader and 1.3MP webcam. With its size, specification and energy efficient design, customers will now find the performance and features of much larger laptops in one of the most mobile computer designs on the market. "

Available January 25th, the computer will be available at Walmart.com for $399.


CES 2008: Motion Tablet PCs at the Microsoft Booth
Gotta Be Mobile

Motion Tablet PC at CES

Sierra and I spent some time at the Microsoft booth at the Convention Center and one of the things we found there was a nice display of Motion Computing’s Tablet PCs. The M1700 and the C5 were both on display. This was the first time I’ve gone hands on with the C5 and boy was that a delight. While this slate Tablet PC is aimed at the medical market, I’m really glad to hear that Motion is wide open to other markets as well. The reason? I know this Tablet PC can work well in my work in the theatre.


Fujitsu's U810 May Be One Of The Most Feature Complete UMPCs at CES

Road warriors looking for the most PC in the smallest package will probably not have to look any further than Fujitsu's U810. It is quite possibly the most feature complete Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) I have ever seen. In fact, it probably shouldn't even be called a UMPC since it's a convertible that switches between a traditional notebook mode and a tablet mode. Call it an Ultra Mobile Tablet or UMT.



HP Pavilion tx2000 Tablet PC First Look

HP recently updated their popular notebook to Tablet PC convertible, the tx1000. Welcome the tx2000 Tablet PC. It has the same design as its predecessor, but now has an active digitizer and touchscreen. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one and bring you this first look review. I have to say I am quite impressed with this 12.1-inch tablet. We received a pre-production unit too and it's still near perfect.

HP TX2000 Tablet PC


The Tablet PC/UMPC Gathering at CES this afternoon was a total blast. In all we think 102 showed up, which was enough to pack the area we were using at the cheeseburger restaurant. Next year we’re going to need a bigger place!

Each year the crowd is a little different and this year was no different. There was a good showing of end-users–some bloggers, some forum members, and even a handful of enthusiastic soon-to-be Tablet owners. I also noticed that this year quite a few people brought their Tablets and UMPCs with them. That was great to see.

It also felt like there was an increased presence of Tablet manufacturers. Representatives from HP, Motion, Fujitsu, TabletKiosk, OQO and others were there–and all of them came with their most recent products. There was no single place at CES that had as many Tablets from so many different manufacturers in one place.

Besides a free meal courtesy of Microsoft, TuxReport Network (TabletPCPost.com, WhatIsNew.com, and UMPCBuzz.comTabletLawyer.com, JKOnTheRun.com, TabletPC2.com, and MobileDemand, there was also a large number of giveaways–including four Tablets–yes four. Lenovo gave away an X61 Tablet, HP donated one of the just-released TX-2000’s, Fujitsu handed out a U810 UMPC, and Motion gave away one of their Tablets configured any way the winner wanted.


January 10, 2008

Live from Las Vegas

2008 CES

Samsung "Life Made Simple" at CES

Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC

Weighing in at under two pounds and Running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the new Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC boasts a 1.33GHz ULV Intel Core Solo U1500 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, larger keys and 7.5 hours of battery life, 80GB 1.8-inch HDD, Bluetooth 2.0, SD card slot and 1.3 megapixel webcam.


Electrovaya Unveils Scribbler SC 4000 Tablet PC

Electrovaya Scribbler SC 4000 Tablet PC

Since we've been covering CES 08 since the 7th, let's digress and tackle a non-CES newly-unveiled gadget. Electrovaya has unveiled a new tablet PC called the Scribbler SC 4000. The thickness is a mere inch and it comes pre-installed with Windows Vista. The Tablet PC features Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, Intel 802.11a/b/g wireless network connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0, 1.3 Megapixel camera and 12.1 inch touchscreen. There's no word on price or release date as of yet but this baby looks good so far. Check out the full specs of Scribbler SC 4000 on its product page.


McKesson Rolls Out Its C5 Tablet PC Medical Applications
Wireless Healthcare

McKesson says it is the first healthcare IT company to announce general availability for the Motion C5 Tablet PCMotion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant tablet PC. The announcement comes after months of testing with McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals applications, configuration and firmware enhancements, and special arrangements with Motion Computing® for unique product, training and support bundles. Developed by Intel Corporation and Motion Computing in collaboration with thousands of clinicians as well as industry-leading companies like McKesson, the C5 has now proven in multiple implementations to enhance the benefits of information technology for clinicians, and ultimately for patients.

The C5 is a lightweight tablet that integrates durable design elements with point-of-care data and image capture technologies to help physicians, nurses and other clinicians do their job on the move. Recognizing that a mobile platform helps break down barriers some clinical systems impose between caregivers and their patients, McKesson engaged early with Motion Computing and Intel to ensure it could obtain the full benefit of this new technology for its customers. These efforts led to application enhancements specifically for the C5 to ensure effective bar-coding and connection with hospital wireless networks, as well as certification of McKesson’s HorizonWP Physician Portal, which clinicians log into more than four million times each month.


Toshiba M700 Tablet PC and Concept UMPCs at CES
Tablet PC Reviews

The M700 definitely has a solid design and chassis. The LED backlight screen was amazing, it really looked more like a notebook then a tablet, by which I mean no graininess. The hinge has a unique design as well that locks into place making the tablet feel more like a notebook, there was no signs of flex, just like the R400.


January 11, 2008

Tablet PC's & UMPCS

At CES 20082008 CES Inovations Award

From press confrences and meeting to the Tablet PC and UMPC community event it's been a busy few day here in Las Vegas.  Below you will find Photos and info on the Tablet PCs and UMPC found at CES 2008.

Toshiba M700 Tablet PC, Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC,  Fujitsu Lifebook U810 UMPC,  Fujitsu T4220 Tablet PC, Hp tx2000, HP 2010, Mobile Demand xTablet T870 Rugged Tablet PC, Switchback Rugged Tablet PC, Asus R50A UMPC.


January 14, 2008

What Will Steve Jobs Say At Macworld?

Macworld rumors fly as fast as ones about baseball players and steroids (albeit with less malice) and everything from updates to revolutionary breakthroughs have been objects of speculation.

Will there be an updated iPhone? Will Apple actually launch a miniature notebook or a tablet Steve JobsPC? Will there be deals with Blu-Ray or Hollywood movie studios? What about that docking station that someone is trying to get a patent for that looks like a giant monitor with a slot in the back to insert your laptop?

In a confusing and unprecedented move just a few days ago, Apple brought out its next generation Mac Pro and Xserve server products, updated with Intel Core Duo processors that can bring users up to eight cores of computing power, leaving some to speculate that the move was made to free up Jobs to talk about other things.

That then leaves the door wide open for new, flashy hardware like that tablet or ultra-portable notebook to take center stage


MobileDemand xTablet T8700
Rugged PC Review

MobileDemand of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is in the business of providing complete mobile automation systems for a variety of industries and applications. Initially specializing on the beer wholesale sector, the company is now increasingly marketing its unique rugged Tablet PC and accessories to other vertical markets as well. In January of 2008, MobileDemand announced a new version of the xTablet hardware platform, the T8700. The new machine retains the form factor and overall concept of its successful predecessor, the xTablet T8600, but adds a number of features relevant to its markets: upgraded electronics, faster wireless communications, and the availability of a sunlight readable display and a solid state hard disk. How good is the display? The picture below is an actual, undoctored image taken outdoors with a Pentax K10d digital SLR camera.

Mobile Demand T8700 tablet PC

As a Tablet PC slate, the T8700 can be used with or without a keyboard. It comes with either the Tablet PC Edition of Windows XP or with Windows Vista Business that includes pen computing functionality. Both operating systems offer an onscreen keyboard, digital ink, a wealth of pen-centric utilities, and also handwriting recognition. What makes the xTablet unique among most slate computers is that it has an integrated numeric keypad for quick and simple data entry.


GBM InkShow: MobileDemand xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

What do you get when you mix Vegas, CES, a rugged Tablet PC, and three destruction-hungry Mobile Demand Tablet PCGBMr's? One of the best InkShows ever, that's what.

In this InkShow, we take a look at the "secret" tablet I took with me to Vegas: the just announced xTablet T8700 from MobileDemand. With new specs like a 1.2 ghz Core 2 Duo processor, support for 2 gb of ram, SSD, and an outdoor viewable display, this button-activated touch + active digitizer Tablet PC took everything, including an unbelievable ride through Las Vegas, that Matt, Warner, and I could throw at it and survived.  This is a Tablet PC built for the vertical market - truck drivers, delivery personnel, construction, field-force workers, and more. The integrated keyboard and optional barcode reader make it a natural for taking inventory in places like beer coolers, food freezers, and more. When you see the damage we tried to inflict on the T8700, you'll come away quite impressed. I know we were.

Download the InkShow here


January 15, 2008

Fujitsu Beefs Up the LifeBook P1620 Convertible Notebook With More Power, Greater Security

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced a more powerful, more secure P1620 tablet PCLifeBook(R) P1620 convertible notebook, a 2.2-pound feather-light powerhouse packed with full PC functionality and an 8.9-inch touch screen display. The convertible notebook now sports a powerful Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor and includes Fujitsu Portshutter(TM) data leak prevention software.

The highly reliable LifeBook P1620 convertible notebook meets the needs of mobile and field professionals in healthcare, field and sales force automation, and supply chain management who require the flexibility of a tablet for note-taking or navigating through forms-based applications, along with the traditional keyboard input of a notebook computer. To keep their data secure, mobile workers can use the included Fujitsu Portshutter software to restrict which I/O ports can be used and what types of USB devices are allowed. The software is designed to help prevent confidential information from being copied to removable devices, and even prevent the connection of external devices that might compromise security. The software can also temporarily restrict the use of ports when the computer is left unattended.


McKesson to Release C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant Tablet PC
Trading Markets

Building on two decades of experience in mobile point-of-care solutions, McKesson said that it is the first healthcare IT company to announce general availability for the Motion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant tablet PC.

The C5 is a lightweight tablet that integrates durable design elements with point-of-care data and image capture technologies to help physicians, nurses and other clinicians do their job on the move. Recognizing that a mobile platform helps break down barriers some clinical systems impose between caregivers and their patients, McKesson engaged early with Motion Computing and Intel to ensure it could obtain the full benefit of this new technology for its customers. These efforts led to application enhancements specifically for the C5 to ensure effective bar-coding and connection with hospital wireless networks, as well as certification of McKesson's HorizonWP Physician Portal, which clinicians log into more than four million times each month.


January 16, 2008

HP tx2000 Tablet PC Review
Tablet PC Reviews

HP has finally updated the tx1000. Welcome the tx2000 Tablet PC. It has the same design as its predecessor, but now has an active digitizer and touchscreen. I have to say I am quite HP tx2000impressed with this 12.1-inch tablet. The entertainment features make this tablet a real head turner, especially when you consider the starting price. We received a pre-production unit for our review and it's still near perfect.

Tablet Features

There are plenty of multimedia buttons for watching DVDs, listening to music or viewing your photos. There is even an optional Webcam, which makes this tablet great for chatting with friends over the Web. It converts into tablet mode with ease and when in tablet mode the speakers are still accessible.

The tx2000 has both a touchscreen and active digitizer, so now you are getting the best of both worlds for a starting price of $1,299. You can take notes on the screen because it is no longer has a passive display. The pen has nice feedback and is easy to navigate with, but if you like using your finger then you can use it to navigate through windows as well.


GBM Podcast #44: CES 2008 Wrap Up
Gotta Be Mobile

We're back from CES 2008, and it looks like Warner was the only GBM Team member who didn't come down with some kind of illness. Nevertheless, Sierra and Warner spend some time in GBM Podcast #44 covering their experiences and thoughts from the Big Show in Las Vegas. We talk about a wide range of things including Toshiba and HP's new Tablet PCs, (we both walked away liking each of them, but we each prefer a different one), UMPCs, and of course the launch of the Mobile Internet Device (MID). We also talk about some of the crazy times and the parties we attended including the Tablet PC/UMPC


Tablet PC: Glacier Computer Announces The Release Of A Rugged
Wireless Workforce Online

Glacier Computer, the leader in rugged data collection hardware, adds portability with the Glacier Tablet PCRidgeline Tablet. The portable, rugged, computing power of Glacier's tablet computer is the key to bringing efficiency to mobile workers in harsh environments. Glacier’s tablet computer solutions are Windows XP devices capable of running any application while withstanding extremes of water and humidity at virtually any temperature. Maximize your investment with less fear of dropping or breaking. Each tablet computer is equipped with a convenient touch screen interface that workers use to retrieve and send information. Collecting data in any environment while on the move is the height of efficiency.

The Ridgeline Tablet has a 10.4" display with options for daylight readable functionality. It was designed and tested to withstand repeated 3' drops to concrete as well as IP 65 sealing mandates. Each unit comes with integrated 802.11 a/b/g radio, Bluetooth, numerous I/O, and many hard drive options. Users can input date via touch screen or pen. Special software allows for signature capture and character recognition.


January 17, 2008

HP Named Largest Global PC Maker for 2007
Hardware Zone

HP was named the world's largest PC manufacturer for 2007, with 18.8 percent of global PC unit shipments for the calendar year, according to results from the fourth calendar quarter of 2007 released today by industry analyst firm IDC.(1)

The HP personal computing lineup delivers some of the industry's most stylish designs and easy-to-use features, such as the youth designed Artist Edition HP Pavilion notebook and the tablet and touch-enabled HP Pavilion tx2000 Entertainment Notebook, both of which debuted earlier this month at CES 2008.


January 18, 2008

Toshiba Tunes Kids After Asus Eee Success

Toshiba has put together a marketing campaign to lure students who are looking at purchasing a notebook computer before they return to school or university for the year.

The campaign is no doubt a means to cash in on the school-age market being tuned by Asus with its new Eee PC, which was developed for younger school children who aren't necessarily ‘ready' for a complete PC with word processing and other technical programs.

While Toshiba recognises that users who purchase its computers are generally university age and above, it says some of its notebook computers include programs suitable for young children, helping them learn in an IT-savvy environment.

Add to this Government rebates, and Toshiba could well lure school teachers and unions who are looking to deck-out their schools with new notebook hardware and systems.

Toshiba encourages parents with school-age children who are looking for a notebook to consider the following:

1. Tablet PCs are popular due to their portability and price
2. Choosing a reliable brand is paramount
3. Some students will require Bluetooth connectivity and WiFi


January 21, 2008

Laptop predictions for 2008

In the mobile computing world, quad core processing and chipset refreshes are almost as certain as death and taxes. Fortunately, 2008 looks set to be a more exciting year than simply watching specifications grow.

Multi-touch becomes the new keyword
The iPhone changed the way we viewed touch technology. More than just a method of selecting applications, Apple leveraged on the fact that we have more than one finger and invented a new way to control our devices, hence creating the multi-touch interface. While the rumours of an upcoming Mac tablet

haven't come true yet, the MacBook Air does have a multitouch trackpad, and we expect multi-touch to take off in the next few years.

Tablet PCs, despite their great promise, never did become popular with the mass consumer who probably didn't feel that writing on the screen was worth the extra premium. Add to the fact that value manufacturers like Dell are entering the tablet PC market, and multi-touch technology may be the tipping point for this laptop category.


January 22, 2008

Review: Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC

Robert McLaws provides an excellent overview of his experiences with the Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC.

The best part of the review is the usage scenarios Robert suggests in the post.

  • Lifecasting
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Medical Professionals
  • Frequent Fliers
  • Digital Picture Frame

These scenarios push past some of the common usage scenarios discussed by many reviewers. For example, the mobile warrior scenarios are commonly discussed. Next, I appreciated Robert's overview of the Vista usage on the machine. I agree that UMPCs appear to be built for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Vista is an after-thought. Yet, getting Vista onto a UMPC is vital to the success of the platform.


Motion Computing Expands Partner Program, Streamlines Product line

Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today delivered a set of strategic enhancements to its U.S. partner program. The recent changes are based on feedback from existing partners and are designed to help a diverse base of resellers and distributors more easily deliver the right Motion(TM) products and services to meet a broad range of mobile computing needs.

As part of its commitment to helping partners more easily stock, sell and deliver the best slate PC solutions available, at a competitive rate, Motion is also announcing two new changes to the LE1700 family of tablet PCs


GETAC Weighs in with E100 Fully Rugged Tablet PC
Business Wire

GETAC Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of Rugged computers that meet the demands of field-based applications, today announces the addition of the ultra-lightweight but Fully Rugged GETAC E100 slate-style tablet PC to its growing roster of versatile Rugged mobile computing solutions. The E100 will be unveiled during the DistribuTECH 2008 Conference & Exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center (Booth #1938), and will be commercially available beginning in March 2008.

Weighing in at 3 pounds making it the lightest Rugged tablet PC on the market the versatile, easy-to-maneuver E100 is designed with field and customer service applications in mind. Despite its trim look and feel, the GETAC E100 is every bit as tough as the heavyweights: It meets MIL-STD-810F and IP54 standards for durability and protection against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that would severely damage or disable a commercial-grade PC


Today Laplink Software announced the release of Laplink Gold 2008 25th Anniversary Edition. The latest release of their "Complete Connectivity" product for file transfer, synchronization, remote access, and more.


Laplink Gold 2008 is now compatible with Windows Vista as well as older versions of Laplink. It provides full connectivity between multiple PCs, no matter what version of Windows is being used and no matter where the PCs are located.

"For 25 years Laplink Software has been providing successful solutions to keep your PCs connected, using any connection method, from any location," said Thomas Koll, CEO and Chairman of Laplink Software Inc. "Our unique solution allows immediate 'zero-configuration' access through firewalls and routers across the Internet, as well as almost any other connection you can imagine, including instant USB connectivity."

Laplink Gold 2008 includes a Laplink Easy Transfer Cable (physical version). The fastest and easiest way to instantly connect PCs for file transfer, synchronization, and remote control.


January 23, 2008

Fujitsu LifeBook P1620
Rugged PC Review

Fujitsu has a long history of offering tiny little pen-enabled notebook(let)s that are Fujitsu P1620 tABLET pcintriguing alternatives to larger, heavier laptops, especially for those who spend a lot of time on the road. The latest iteration, the LifeBook P1620, is an update to the original LifeBook P1610. The P1620 was introduced in January of 2008 and is truly tiny with a footprint of just 9.15 x 6.6 inches. It's also just over an inch thick and weighs next to nothing (2.2 pounds).

Note that the P1620, while it can be converted into a tablet slate, has a passive digitizer and not a Wacom-style active one with cursor tracking. In fact, this computer is so tiny that it simply has to make some concessions, but Fujitsu's designers tried hard to make it up to customers with nifty extra features. For example, while the display measures just 8.9 inches diagonally, it is a rather high resolution 1280 x 768 15:9 aspect ratio LCD -- and that's a lot of pixels for such a small screen. Also, unlike almost all Tablet PCs that use the swivel display hinge, the 1620P's goes both ways. And while the standard 3-cell battery offers only acceptable battery life in the 3+ hour range, you can replace it with a 6-cell extended battery that packs twice the punch, but adds barely anything to size and weight.


Experimenting with using a Tablet PC in a streaming presentation
Tablet PC Questions

Loren experiments using a Tablet PC with an external monitor in a live stream. During the presentation, he is cloning the Tablet PC’s display on an external monitor. Additionally, Loren shows how to use WebcamMax to switch between a webcam feed and a live view of the desktop.

The lessons learned include:

  • An external webcam is better than a built-in one on the Tablet PC for recording because otherwise the webcam shakes when you draw on the display (if the display is in “notebook” mode).
  • Likewise an external microphone is a good idea so that when you write on the display the internal microphone doesn’t pick up any writing noise.
  • Writing with light ink on dark “paper” seems to work better with at least the webcams I have.
  • Thicker ink seems to work better–particulary when the video is scaled down in size


January 24, 2008

jkOnTheRun review- WiBrain B1-H UMPC

WiBrain B1-H UMPC

Note to self: never get a review unit of anything two weeks before or after CES. Not even a new-fangled USB paperweight. OK, not that I've got that personal productivity mantra off my chest, it's time to provide a review of the WiBrain UMPC on loan from Dynamism. I'll start with a rundown of the specs to level-set you, along with the fact that this device configuration currently sells for $849. Right up until the recent (and drastic) price reduction of the Vulcan Flipstart which now goes for $699, I was telling anyone who would listen that the WiBrain is has a great price to value ratio. It still does, but there are clearly competitors as the low-priced portable market continues to gain momentum. If you missed our unboxing and video Geek Session of the WiBrain, now's a good time to get a quick video overview.


SUAMPRIPAD Holds Workshop On Table PC Technology
Bru Direct

In an effort to enhance teaching in the classroom and expose teachers to tablet PC technology, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Arabic Religious Secondary Girls School (SUAMPRIPAD) yesterday launched a five day InTel workshop for some 90 officers, teachers and staff of the school.

An introduction to the tablet PC technology and its objectives was then delivered by workshop facilitator, Hjh Rosnah binti Hj Metamit.

According to Hjh Rosnah, InTel is an integrated interactive teaching and learning system under the e-Government project of the Islamic Studies Department.

SUAMPRIPAD is one of the religious institutions involved in the pilot project that have constructed computer labs using tablet PC technology.

A tablet PC is a computer powered by the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, an operating system equipped with a sensitive screen designed to interact with a complementary pen. The pen is used directly on the screen, like a mouse and keyboard to do things like select, drag and open files


January 25, 2008

Project RED

Bono, co-founder of (RED); Bill Gates, founder and Chairman of Microsoft; and Michael Dell, founder and Chairman of Dell; together at the World Economic Forum announce that Dell and Microsoft are joining (RED) to help fight AIDS in Africa, with the introduction of a series of Dell (PRODUCT) RED personal computers powered by Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED.

Windows (RED) + Dell (RED) Combo Logo


Windows (RED) Collection

Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED, available on all Dell (PRODUCT) RED PCs, is designed to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. You get Window Vista Ultimate, enhanced with (PRODUCT) RED content like wallpapers and gadgets, on a stunning collection of PCs, and you are empowered to make extraordinary things happen, everyday.

It's simple- get a beautiful and state-of-the-art PC running Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED, and at no extra cost to you, provide nearly 4 months ($50 from notebooks) to over 6 months ($80 from the desktop) worth of life-preserving antiretroviral medication for a person in Africa living with AIDS.

Perhaps more than any previous invention, the PC can help you to change the world. It has fundamentally changed how we connect and communicate with one another, and now it can help eliminate AIDS in Africa.

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Toshiba Portege M700 Review

One of the key improvements to the Portege tablet PC series is the inclusion of LED technology in the display. More power-efficient yet brighter than conventional LCD panels, it allows for a thinner display that has better readability in bright environments. Despite this, the screen of the M700 LCD is intentionally made thicker to ensure that it will not crack at the slightest pressure. In fact, even when we pushed hard on the LCD from the back there were no signs of ripples on the LCD. It also helps that the magnesium-alloy chassis is able to withstand more punishment than plastic-based bodies.

The good: LED display; strong security and physical protection suite; spill-resistant keyboard; integrated optical drive.

The bad: Expensive; thick despite its LED screen.

The bottom line: If you can afford its expensive price tag, the Portege M700 should serve you in good stead with its strong feature set and full-power processor.

Read full review of the Toshiba Portege M700 »


January 28, 2008

Toshiba M700 Tablet PC User Review
Gotta Be Mobile

I’ve been using a Portege M400 Tablet PC at work since I started in May, and although I liked it well enough as a Tablet PC, there were some things about it that didn’t sit well with me. For example, the fan would run constantly (and loudly), and it had lousy battery life as a result. All of the known fixes from Toshiba (and some other forums) didn’t resolve it, so I was stuck with it. Also, as much as I like high-resolution displays on a desktop monitor, the 1450×1050 resolution of the M400 was too high for the 12.1" screen profile. I found myself squinting to read everything. There were a few other minor things, but they’re not really sticking out in my mind right now.

Fortunately, Toshiba released the M700 in December to remedy the issues of the M400. Customer Service needed a Tablet PC for testing purposes, so I handed down my M400 to them for that purpose in favor of the M700 that we ordered. It may seem a little unfair that I get a new PC after being here less than a year, but remember– I actually use my Tablet PC on a daily basis for work, and Customer Service will only be using it occasionally for testing and demonstrations.

Anyway, the M700 arrived yesterday morning, and I have to say– I am VERY, VERY impressed with it!


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New Forms Added To OneNote2007 EMR Toolkit

As part of the new OneNote2007 EMR Toolkit, we have added a number of templates from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).   These templates comprise the basics of a completely automated chartless office.

Streamline patient visits

Increase the accuracy and completeness of documentation

Enhance patient care  

You can get additional forms and templates free of charge at the AAFP website http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/publications/ journals/fpm/fpmtoolbox.html that can be used with the OneNote 2007 EMR Toolkit.









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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.