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July 2008


July 2, 2008

BlueAnt Z9i headset first impressions

I've only been using it for a few hours but I'll offer up my initial impressions of the BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth headset.  It's very small and so light that I don't realize it's on after just a minute of putting it in my ear.  It comes with two earpieces for a proper fit and a loop over the ear for security.  It also comes with a second clear plastic ear loop for those who don't want others to know they have an ear loop on.  There is a tiny A/C adapter for dedicated charging and it also comes with a short USB cable for charging the Z9i on a PC so you can leave the adapter at home.  That's pretty much all there is to tell.  The audio quality so far has been good and the dedicated volume buttons easy to use while wearing the Z9i.  The ant logo flashes blue when it's on and connected to a phone.  It also shines red when charging until fully charged when the LED goes out.

Blue Ant Bluetooth Headset


Lenovo goes for the small PC market

The Lenovo Group will launch its first ultra mobile personal computer, or UMPC, in August to compete with Asus and HP in the small-sized PC market.

China's No. 1 PC maker said yesterday its new UMPC models are expected to sell from 3,000 yuan to 4,000 yuan.

The new models feature a hard disk with a 120 gigabyte capacity and Window XP as an operating system.

Lenovo expects its laptop sales, excluding Thinkpad, will grow 60 percent year-on-year in the third quarter as young students choose their models.


Why The Pc Will Not Die

At the same time--and many who doubt the PC's staying power miss this point--the PC itself will be getting more powerful, more reliable and simpler to use. Even though the underlying hardware, networks and software will become more complex, that complexity will be hidden from users. There will be a simpler user interface that adapts to your needs, with voice recognition and natural-language processing. There will be "instant-on," so you won't have to wait for your PC to come to life. When the PC is at the center of a home network (probably connected to a broader network that will constantly monitor performance, update software and download device drivers and the like), it will be incredibly easy to administer, automatic in operation and maintenance-free. And the PC will morph into many new forms, such as book-size "tablet PCs." But they'll still be PCs underneath, with all the benefits of the universal PC model.


The Techie Dream: An All-Purpose Supergadget
Newsweek -

Gerry Purdy, CEO of the research firm Mobile Insights and a prognosticator on all things wireless, agrees with that vision; he thinks that in the next century we actually will see more, not fewer, mobile devices. Purdy adds two ingredients to the mix: a pen-based electronic tablet that will replace the yellow legal pad for note-taking, and a large handheld computer that will run the Microsoft CE operating system and serve as our primary computing companion. Code-named Jupiter by Microsoft, the units will have a keyboard and a larger screen than PalmPilots (on which inputting information can be difficult) and will cost half as much as the smallest laptops. Synchronizing information between all the various gadgets, Purdy says, will keep us from going insane, and ""we'll wonder how we ever got along without them.''


July 3, 2008

Want a Head Start on MobileMe? Try Evernote

MobileMe is set to ship to market by mid-July, and Apple has already begun taking pre-orders. But a neat little application, Evernote, already does some of that for producing, organizing and syncing notes, Web pages, audio and graphics for availability on just about anything with a Web connection. It works as both a desktop application and a Web-based application, and the company that created it, also called Evernote, of Sunnyvale, Calif., has customized a portal for the iPhone.

Evernote allows the user to tag notes for better organization. After several hundred or thousand notes that are saved, it will let you do simple searches by tag to find the precise notes for which you're searching. Notes can be emailed or printed; individual notes can be dragged-and-dropped between "notebooks" to move them around. The application supports a number of file formats, including text, html, jpeg, gif, png, wav, mp3 and an ink format. (The ink function actually worked very well when notes were taken on a Fujitsu Lifebook T2010 tablet PC.)


Active Desktop Calendar 7.53
PC Authority

A desktop PIM and calendar that you can change to suit your mood.

Verdict: A great way to get better organised.

This is a software publisher's description

This fully customizable calendar with notes, tasks, alarms and contacts provides integration and interactivity with the desktop background. You can organise your data in layers and share them with other people on a local area network.

The program can integrate with Outlook to show its appointments and tasks on the desktop. There are options for changing calendar icons, fonts and colours, marking weekdays of choice and marking dates with notes and/or alarms. You can have a text only version of the calendar and choose between displaying one, two or three months on the desktop.

Google Calendars are supported through direct connection with their iCal addresses. Special desktop pictures option will let you add some of your pictures to existing desktop background. For importing and exporting calendar data the program supports iCal and comma separated values CSV formats. Tablet PC users should not worry as the program detects desktop orientation changes automatically. Finally, Active Desktop Calendar comes with world clock screen saver that shows your computer's system time, plus five major time zones around the world.


Active Ink: Tablet PC Sales Expectations Never Realized
Gotta Be Mobile

Insightful comments from Active Ink Software, one of the early and leading ISVs in the Tablet PC space, on Tablet PCs, sales, developers, and Microsoft:

Any venture capitalists out there paying attention?

As a tablet PC software developer, I feel your pain. We created an electronic form data entry application for the tablet PC five years ago and continue to have a loyal customer base but our expectations regarding tablet PC sales have never been realized.

From a developer's perspective, it's hard to get excited about developing for this platform when there is very little marketing being done to promote this technology. We love the tablet PC and will continue to enhance our application, but wish some of the bigger players would put a little marketing behind it.

I like the idea of a venture capitalist funding some of the tablet PC developers. Maybe that will jump-start the market.

Best Regards,

Steve Hoffman
Active Ink Software


July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July


July 7, 2008

The Dell Latitude XT: A New Era in Tablet Computing
Mobile Computing News

Dell is a US- based company that develops, manufactures and sells personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, televisions, computer peripherals, and other technology-related products. Dell is famous for its creative and innovative design. Dell is also known for their after sale services. The products manufactured by Dell are always technically advanced. Dell is coming up with its latest model in its tablet PC range. The all new tablet PC is known as the Dell Latitude XT.


Talk To TabletKiosk - Are They On The Right Track?

Our Talk To OEM mini-series has been quite successful. You wouldn't believe the emails and correspondence I'm getting from the OEMs based on the feedback you are sharing.

Now, it is time for TabletKiosk, the folks behind the successful Sahara Slate Tablet PC and eo UMPC. What are your impressions of TabletKiosk and their products? Do you own one of their slates or ultra-mobile pcs? What are they doing right and how can they improve what they bring to market? Have you considered buying a TK product, but ultimately decided on a different OEM solution? If so, what were the tipping points? Is TabletKiosk poised to enter the active digitizer / small form factor space left open by Motion Computing


HP Takes Tablets Mainstream
Tom's Guide

HP Gets Serious About Tablet Computing

With an AMD Turion Multi-core processor, room for up to 4 GB of RAM, a touchscreen and a HPsensitive pen-driven tablet interface, the HP tx2000z tablet PC is more than just a worthy successor to the company’s tx1000 notebook series. It’s a truly creditable workhorse machine that combines very good tablet functionality with decent notebook PChttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laptop chops, at an entirely fair price (it’s available for as little as $900 direct from HP, but would retail for about $1,660 as tested with the extra options — see Table 1 for details later in this story).

We’ve been interested in Tablet PC technology for years, but this is the first tablet notebook we’ve worked with that made us actually want to own one.


Gigabyte M912V Shrinks the Tablet PC

Taiwan's Gigabyte has officially announced its M912V, shrinking the swivel-screened tablet PC into a oh-go-hip tiny form factor. Gigabyte Tablet PC

Taiwan's Gigabyte has officially announced its M912V tablet PC, which takes the whole idea of a touchscreen-based, swivel-display notebook computer and crams it into a form factor more closely associated with a sub-notebook or the new flavor of Atom-powered "netbook" PCs.

The M912V sports an 8.9-inch, 1,280 by 768-pixel LCD touchscreen display (with LED backlighting) that can rotate 180 degrees to transform from a traditional notebook form factor to a tablet PC. The M912V packs an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive offering up to 250 GB of storage. The unit also offers 1 GB of RAM, a 1.3 megapixel Web cam, integrated stereo speakers, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, and an ExpressCard slot, and an option for HSDPA mobile broadband connectivity.


Tecnology and good wine

Monvínic on Tablet PC

Imagine that you own a wine-bar and you have more than 12000 bottles of wine in your warehouse. What can you do to easily let your customers pick what they want drink? Monvínic is a wine-bar with a little restaurant and even a library where you can learn all you need about wines.

This company decided to use a sophisticated system with Amtek T226 TabletPCs provided by todoUMPC to help customers to pick their drinks from 3000 types of wines. All they have to do is to use the touch screen selecting the wine and the order is taken and served in few minutes.


Tablet PC switches to Li-ion battery
Electronics Talk

Advanced Li-ion battery technology provides a number of key operational advantages, including increased reliability, enhanced safety and extended cycle life. Saft is supplying thousands of MP series lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to JLT Mobile Computers of Sweden to power its new JLT8404 rugged field tablet PC designed for mobile computing applications in extreme environments This major order has resulted from JLT's strategic decision to switch from lithium-polymer batteries, as fitted to its previous handheld tablet PCs, to Saft's advanced Li-ion battery technology that provides a number of key operational advantages, including increased reliability, enhanced safety and extended cycle life The JLT8404 field tablet PC, which weighs just 1.8kg, has been designed as the perfect tool for demanding field work applications such as mining, construction, forestry, transportation and shipping.


July 8, 2008

Three reasons to toss the keyboard:  (1) bring back the joy of computing, (2) live on the edge of advances, and (3) learn to write again.

Tablet PC Pen

When I die, they will need to wrestle my Tablet PC from my grip. While some Tablet PC evangelists wonder where all the leaders went for the Tablet PC,  some of us just keep using the pen. I don't need no stinkin leader to tell me the real future of computing is in the pen. I get it.

I was bored a few minutes ago - before starting this blog post.  I was reading complaints about the future versions of Windows, the need for companies to monitor blogs, and blah blah blah.  Yawn.

I've been in a tech slump. Just to get excited about something - anything - I redesigned this website.  Four days later, and little sleep, I'm back to being bored. Then I realized something  special.

All of the coding, file uploading, blog posting, image processing - everything - was done with the pen.  Have I really managed to produce the first website without the use of a keyboard?  Totally Cool.  I need a Warner Ink blot award - splat.

What have I learned from the experience?

  • Designing a website with a pen is possible (although this was an accident)
  • Using only the pen was more fun
  • I managed to focus on the site better because I was walking around the house with the Tablet PC.  My Tablet was with me in the kitchen, on the bed, on the couch, and I carried it with me to the bathroom (yeah, that last part should be left out)
  • Use the TIP. It's your friend


It's July 8th: Lora's Day

Lora J. Heiny is a technology enthusiast  working in Redmond Washington and constantly traveling to Arizona where her dog waits patiently.

If you do not know Lora then you do not know or understand the Tablet PC and UMPC community. Lora is not just "the person behind the annual gatherings" - she is the biggest supporter of digital ink. Lora is the reason Loren writes software for the Tablet PC and UMPC.  She is the reason I even touched  a slate years ago. She's been the person to always say - "think Ink." Oh - and I have to mention Lora's attempts to draw.

A former owner of a technology company, Lora's understanding comes from One motto: Do it right and be proud. OK. I made that motto up but Lora lives that motto. She wont get involved unless it's done to help someone.

Happy Birthday Lora!


'Microsoft Location Finder', and 'Usb Flash Drive Manager'

Microsoft Location Finder

Turn your laptop into a GPS-type device without having to purchase extra hardware. Microsoft Location Finder is a client-side application that turns a regular WiFi enabled laptop, Tablet, or PC into a location-determining device without the addition of any separate hardware. When launched by a user, Microsoft Location Finder uses WiFi access points -- or reverse IP lookup when WiFi is not available -- to center and display the person's location on a Windows Live Local, enabling the user to quickly and easily search in their present location.

USB Flash Drive Manager

The Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager will help you backup and restore presentation, pictures, songs and applications from and to USB Flash Drive devices and take them with you. The application can also help you to classify and name USB Flash Drive images (for instance, "My network configuration" or "The pictures for my grandma") and lets you see this name whenever the USB Flash Drive is plugged into the computer.


TC1100 Tablet PC Being Given Away This Week
Gotta Be Mobile

Heads up to all GBM readers - the HP TC1100 Tablet PC will be given away this week, along with a bunch of other stuff, making it quite the takeaway.  All you have to do is be active in our forums, posting comments in our news article, or being generous with the link love.

If you have not won yet, here is your chance at the ultimate prize. For those that have been active in the past several weeks, but still have not won, don't despair - I've got my eye on you.


July 9, 2008

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC
Cnet Asia

The Latitude XT is impressive to look at: Its slate-grey outer casing is mirrored inside the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PCclamshell on the wrist rest; blue and silver highlights are used for buttons and key markings, and the visual design is generally very appealing. There is a blue power light on the lid section to remind you if the Latitude XT is turned on, along with a battery charge icon.

We like the Latitude XT's slimmed-down power supply, which is no taller or heavier than your average mobile phone (although it's a little wider and fatter). It's much easier to carry around than the usual laptop power bricks and we're happy with the slightly slower charge times that its 45W capacity offers as a tradeoff. Hopefully, Dell will start a trend here.

This is a convertible tablet PC that's likely to be carried around for significant periods of time in slate mode, ready for pen input. The problem facing manufacturers is to incorporate a screen large enough to work with while keeping the weight down to a manageable level.

tablet PCs need to cater for handwriting recognition, form filling and other pen-based activities. However, it's not always necessary to use a stylus: Less precise activities like opening applications or choosing and running a presentation can be handled simply by tapping at the screen with a finger.

The system measures 297 x 25 x 218mm, and Dell claims this makes it one of the thinnest 12.1-inch tablet PCs on the market. However, the optical drive comes as an external unit or integrated into the optional media slice, adding to both bulk and weight.


Samsung Launches Powerful Compact Camcorder with YouTubeConnectivity
press release

Today, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. unveiled the SC-MX20, the successor to the Samsung SC-MX20companys popular SC-MX10 compact digital camcorder. The ideal camcorder for the exploding generation of consumers uploading video content to the Internet, the SC-MX20 features a customized recording mode optimized for YouTube or multi-media devices, further simplifying the way users integrate the camcorder into their digital lifestyles.

Featuring a high-performance 680K pixel CCD sensor which delivers a resolution of 720x480, the Samsung SC-MX20 captures video with stunning color and clarity. The new model features a powerful Schneider lens with 34x optical zoom and advanced noise reduction (3-D Noise Reduction) technology to provide superb video quality. It also features Samsungs improved Advanced Image Stabilization, assuring that consumers will be able to record blur-free memories both near and far, as well as Face Detection, which can automatically detect up to five faces and adjust focus to ensure better composition.


Gigabyte Unveils Affordable Tablet PC Featuring Intel Atom.
X-bit Labs

tablet pc

Gigabyte Technology, a leading maker of various computer components, this week announced its low-cost small form-factor mobile computer that will compete against systems like Asustek’s Eee PC or MicroStar International’s Wind. Unlike the competitors, Gigabyte M912V is a tablet PC, hence, features touch-screen. However, the novelty may not be as affordable as its rivals.

Gigabyte M912V comes with 8.9” screen with 1280*768 resolution and is based on Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz) processor as well as Intel 945GSE and ICH7-M core-logic with integrated graphics core. The notebooks will be equipped with 1GB of DDR2 memory, 160GB hard disk drive, memory card reader, ExpressCard slot, 1.3MP webcam, Ethernet controller, Wi-Fi controller, Bluetooth controller, audio outputs, USB ports and so on. The weight of the machine is about 1.3Kg (2.86 pounds).


State Task Force Gets Equipment To Fight Crime

Caswell County, NC -- Criminals beware, law enforcement agencies in the Triad have some new technology to help them fight crime.

Four local agencies received a grant from the North Carolina Crime Prevention Commission. The money from the grant enabled them to form a task force using some new tablet PC's. With these computers, authorities rounded up ten people suspected of being involved in drug activity. They also found crack cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy off the streets. The mobile computers make it easy for task force officers to communicate with one another in an instant.


July 11, 2008

TabletKiosk was founded in 2003 to offer the latest in mobile computing and kiosk hardware solutions. Their targeted vertical markets includ Education, Medical/Healthcare, Local/Federal Government Sector, Home Automation, Control Systems and Hospitality / GamingTabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC Extended Life Battery

Liquid Cola has become stronger, more powerful, and eager to show off. A trip to TabletKiosk today ended with my purchasing an extended battery for my Tablet PC (Liquid Cola). However, I didn't just buy any ole battery. No. No. I bought the best.

Tabletkiosk is shipping extended batteries with added features


Software offers notes organizing solution for MS Windows.

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of PhatPad 4.5, the next generation of the company's award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows-based Tablet, Desktop and Windows Mobile based devices. The new version features improved compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista, two new UI themes, Windows taskbar icon, and the ability to take a picture with the mobile device built-in camera and set it as a background image.

PhatPad allows users to draw pictures, jot notes, or put a mixture of pictures and typed text on a virtual scratch pad. The program uses new digital ink technology, which provides a very smooth ink flow, so it feels like writing on an actual piece of paper. PhatPad users can also add images, voice notes, and text and animate their handwritten notes or pictures.

PhatPad 4.5 has been updated to support Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and the latest mobile devices powered by Windows Mobile 6.1

PhatWare Corporation is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner and Microsoft Tablet PC Premier Partner. To learn more about PhatWare, visit www.phatware.com.


July 10, 2008.

TabletKiosk eo i7300 UMPC Expected to Ship Q1 2009
Gotta Be Mobile

At CES 2008, we brought you some of the first news about TabletKiosk's new eo i7300 Ultra-MobileTabletKiosk eo i7300 UMPC PC. As many might have noticed, the new eo has been noticeably absent from TabletKiosk's site. I contacted TabletKiosk's Gaily Levy to get the latest on when we might expect this new modular-based UMPC.

For the eo i7300, we expect to begin shipping in Q1 of 2009.  Based on customer feedback, we’ve been changing the design  and the way that the interchangeable modules fit together.  We’ve also been working with our engineers to create a design that is patentable    


TabletPc2.com first look at the TabletKiosk i7300 is here


Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1 Rugged UMPC

Panasonic UMPC

There has been a lot of talk about Intel's new Atom platform of late, much of it centred on the Asus Eee PC and its imitators. Already we've seen the Eee PC 901 and MSI Wind, both of which employ the Atom platform. But this "Netbook" category, as Intel has decided to call it, isn't where the Atom was originally pitched. Back when Intel was first talking about the Atom chip, using its codename Silverthorne, the story was about Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), or the evolution of the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), and although there have been many prototype MIDs shown at various events, the first actual MID/UMPC device to hit the market comes from a rather unusual source - Panasonic.

Just picking up the CF-U1 fills you with supreme confidence in its ability to survive almost anything. It has that kind of indestructible feel to it, that used to reserved for Land Rovers and Tonka toys. This initial feeling continues when you examine all the ports and sockets surrounding the device. All the ports are hidden behind sliding doors that snap shut with a waterproof seal - the locking mechanism is also up to Panasonic's usual standard, ensuring that none of these flaps open accidentally when you least want them to.

Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1 Rugged UMPC in Rain

I've never been fully convinced of the merit of a UMPC. The problem with the platform has always been that a general purpose PC simply doesn't work in this form factor. However, Panasonic has taken the right approach, by creating a device that can be targeted at specific tasks, and has the potential to excel in the right environment.


HP Pavilion tx2500 Review
Tablet PC Reviews

The tx2500 has both a touchscreen and active digitizer, it's a real tablet. The screen HP Pavilion tx2500 Tablet PCautomatically changes orientation when rotated into tablet mode and the small hinge is surprisingly sturdy. The pen feels nice as well and I prefer it when navigating over my finger because it is more accurate. At the highest setting the screen is bright and the colors are bold, but you can't tell what you are setting it too because there isn't an on-screen indication for brightness levels, which would be a nice feature to have on this high-gloss display.

The tx2500 still has the touchscreen and active digitizer, which makes navigating the Web easy. You can use your finger or the pen. The tx2500 also has great entertainment features, like Altec Lansing speakers, a mini-remote control and quite a few media buttons. For the price this tablet seems to be packed full of features.


It's about the mobility, not the handwriting

I was having a conversation with Kevin just this morning about how the Tablet PC fits in the mobility scene.  My contention was that while the handwriting is very important to my work I believe that with many it's the mobility of the device that is paramount.  Our chat went on to explore how these new mini-notebooks are smaller, thinner and lighter than most convertible Tablet PCs and that I think OEMs better be paying attention to this fact. 

Imagine my surprise to find that John Hill, owner of Allegiance Technology Partners (Tablet PC reseller) and owner of Tablet PC Buzz, has penned a guest article for GottaBeMobile that addresses this very topic.  What is telling to me is what John said about the main feature his customers are needing from their mobile devices:

If I’ve learned anything about marketing Tablet PCs, it is this: it is all about mobility. I used to think it was about handwriting. It is not. Our success has come from finding people who need to do their work while walking around. Think appraisers, inspectors, medical staff, landscapers, service techs and builders. These are people who aren’t making money unless they are on the job site or in front of their customer. It is easy for them to understand the return on investment of a tablet computer.


Naming Computers

My Tablet PC has been working overtime and without the benefit of a good name.  In fact, on the local network, the name is simply TabletKiosk.  After little to no thought, I asked on TabletKiosk Sahara Tablet PCFriendFeed, do you name your computer equipment ?

My Tablet PC works hard for me and endures so much from me that it deserves a good name. Now, RFC 1178 has some great naming suggestions but I wanted to walk on the wild side.

I started thinking of the heat generated by this little one, as I poke and scrape across it's screen. Poor fella. Oh, and he's obviously a male because, like the joke says, You need one, but you're not quite sure why.

As names go, I'm leaning toward Liquid Cola. The liquid comes from LCD and cola from the amounts of Soda I consume while using the machine.


July 14, 2008

Multi-Touch Capability Available Tomorrow for Dell Latitude XT Customers
Dell Blog

But, Latitude XT customers don't have to wait for Windows 7 to use multi-touch. Tomorrow we will introduce a software update globally via support.dell.com for the Dell tablet that will bring multi-touch to both Windows XP and Vista. With this update, customers can use the functionality in several standard apps like Google Earth, Outlook and Microsoft Office, web browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer 7, and XP's Windows Picture viewer and the Vista's Windows Photo Gallery. Take a look at this video from Hans Eilers and Roy Stedman from the Office of the CTO for a demo of how this works.


HP Introduces the World's Fastest Mobile Printer
Hardware Zone

HP Mobile Printer

Freedom to print anytime, anywhere
Highly compact and weighing only 5 lbs, the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer lets you stay mobile with its impressive features. Enjoy the convenience of mobile printing with its optional Wi-Fi and optional Bluetooth connectivity2. Flexibility is also one of its key features, with its compatibility to Windows, Macintosh, Palm, Tablet PC, Pocket PC, and Symbian Series. You don’t even need a PC to enjoy its multiple print functions. Just plug in your notebook PCs, PDAs, digital cameras, cellphones, or even memory cards3 and go print!


Talk To Toshiba: Are They Your Go-To OEM?
Gotta Be Mobile

Toshiba has been in the Tablet PC space from the very beginning, coming to market with the Portege 3500 in November 2002, quickly updating it to the M200 / M205. Since that time, they have introduced various configurations and form factors, targeted at the consumer and the business person. Their current Tablet PC offering is the M700, introduced late last year, and the R400, introduced in January 2007.

In my opinion, because Toshiba was a major player in the space from the very beginning, they have been well positioned to tablet-enable their entire line of laptops, but have chosen not to. Instead of taking Tablet broad, they have chosen to keep it as a single option amongst their entire line. For the life of me, I can't figure out why their ultra-light R500 has never been converted into a Tablet PC - it begs for it.

TabletPc2.com Editors note:

This is pure speculation on my part but I suspect that the problem lies in the hinge. A hinge thin enough and light enough to fit the R500 profile would have to meet Toshiba's standards for durability /longevity. The cost in developing that hinge may be a roadblock at this point time.

Toshiba consistently puts out excellent products so until they can find or design a hinge that is thin & light enough to fit the R500 profile and meets Toshiba's quality standards so that it provides a positive customer experience at a reasonable price, were not likely to see a Tablet PC quite that thin or light as were dreaming of.

Maybe It's just wishful thinking on my part but I believe that in time Toshiba will give us a Tablet PC with the profile of the R500.


July 15, 2008


Toshiba Tecra M10, Tecra A10

Tecra M10, Tecra A10 Provide a Superior Balance of Performance, Mobility and Security for Business and Education Users

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division
of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Tecra® M10 and
Tecra® A10 laptops with Intel® Centrino® 2 with vProTM technology1. These new laptop
PCs feature Toshiba’s fourth-generation EasyGuard® technology2, Webcam with
business card reader software and common motherboard designs.
“The Toshiba Tecra M10 and Tecra A10 provide the real-world mobile
computing features that our business customers need most -- in the office or while
traveling,” said Jeff Barney, general manager and vice president, Digital Products
Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “These new laptops give
Toshiba’s customers the clear competitive edge and deliver Toshiba’s mission of
creating innovative laptop PCs that improve the productivity and lives of our business
Toshiba’s Tecra M10 and Tecra A10 include the following leading-edge
• Intel® Centrino® 2 with vProTM Technology:



Satellite Pro® S300 laptop

First Satellite Pro With EasyGuard Technology,
Docking Capabilities and Business Card Reader

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division
of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the expansion of its
Satellite Pro family with the Satellite Pro® S300 laptop. This affordable laptop PC
with Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology1 is packed with the key essential business
features to increase productivity plus Toshiba’s fourth-generation EasyGuard®
technology2, built-in docking capabilities and Webcam with business card reader

“The Toshiba Satellite Pro S300 laptop delivers the essential feature sets our
customers need and more for an improved mobile computing experience at an
incredible price point,” said Jeff Barney, general manager and vice president, Digital
Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “The design of the
Satellite Pro S300 laptop is a direct reflection of customer feedback, providing mobile
professionals with innovative and reliable computing performance that gives them the
freedom to work or explore when they need and want.”
• Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology:


Among Fujitsu's six LifeBook Montevina offerings are two 13.3-inch convertible tablets, a Fujitsu t1010 tablet pcnotebook upgraded with a gesture-enabled touchpad, and a corporate desktop-replacement

The LifeBook A6210 is a 15.4-inch notebook that has been upgraded with a high-gloss black lid, a new display option, E-SATA port, and a new gesture-enabled touchpad. A6210 buyers can choose between two widescreen display choices, either the Color Enhanced Crystal View display model for an enhanced viewing experience or the standard power-saving Crystal View LP display model. Both versions feature an integrated HMDI port for connecting the notebook to high-definition televisions.

The gesture touchpad translates finger movements into on-screen motions—for instance, parting two fingers to zoom in on a photo—simplifying and accelerating many different tasks. Options include 802.11n wireless for up to 450Mbps of upload/download speed, and an E-SATA port for faster data exchange. The LifeBook A6210 notebook also offers a choice of shared or dedicated graphics, an external ExpressCard TV Tuner, a fingerprint detector, and an optional Blu-ray ROM drive. The LifeBook A6210 is priced at $1,149 for the base configuration.


Fujitsu Showcases Tablet Computing Design Expertise Introducing Two New Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Widescreen Convertibles

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation has once again demonstrated its tablet computing design expertise, today announcing the availability of the 13.3-inch widescreen, LifeBook(R) T5010 and LifeBook T1010 convertible tablet PCs equipped with the next-generation Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 processor technology. Among the lightest 13.3-inch display convertibles on the market, the new tablet PCs are designed for on-the-go mobile users 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.

The 4.5-pound LifeBook T5010 convertible tablet PC, the successor to the flagship LifeBook T4220 convertible, supports Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 with vPro(TM) technology, offering security and remote manageability on a chip. The value-priced 5.3-pound LifeBook T1010 tablet PC, a new Fujitsu offering, includes the same performance and many of the same features as the LifeBook T5010 tablet PC, but without the high-end security features mainstream consumers, small businesses, and educational institutions don't need.


First Looks: Lenovo's New X200 Ultra-Portable Notebook
Gotta Be Mobile

Lenovo has just announced their newest utlra-portable, the X200, which is sporting the new Intel Centrino 2 processor and a whole slew of additional changes. I've been fortunate Lenovo X200enough to have used the X200 over the last several days and let me tell you - it flies!!! If this is any indication of the future X200 Tablet PC, I can't wait!

The X200 is a mobile-warrior's dream, sporting a new WXGA screen, integrated camera, 5-1 media card reader, Express Card 54, GPS support via WWAN ready cards, and up to 9 hours of battery life with the 9 cell battery. In addition, they also re-engineered the keyboard, making it the same size as the T series. I can tell a clear difference in typing on the X200 vs the X61 tablet and Dell Latitude XT. Typing is superb and fast on the X200! Lenovo did drop support for 1394 in this new update.

In addition to the above changes, the UltraBase has been redesign to support charging a second battery, display port, and Ultra-Slim SATA. The new UltraBase is designed to fit the upcoming X200 Tablet.


HP’s new notebooks  are now available with Intel’s  new processor family, Montevina

HP Debuts EliteBook, Expands Business Notebook PortfolioHP today introduced the durable, aircraft-inspired HP EliteBook Notebook PC as one of 10 newly designed products added to its business notebook lineup that merges functionality with sophisticated design. Unveiled at the HP Connecting Your World event, the HP EliteBook is the first in a new family of notebooks joining the HP Compaq business notebook series to create one of the most versatile business notebook portfolios in company history. These product families are distinguished by their contemporary look and design that provide the ultimate high-performing PC experience.


To provide mobility and multiple input capabilities to users, Fujitsu is launching two Centrino 2 tablet PCs. The LifeBook T1010 and T5010 tablet PCs, with 13.3-inch screens, will be powered by Core 2 Duo chips, with support for up to 250G bytes of storage and up to 4G bytes of memory. The Lifebook T1010 weighs 5.3 pounds with prices starting at $1,299. The T5010 weighs 4.5 pounds, and takes advantage of Centrino 2 with vPro security management features allowing remote fixes. It is priced at $1,769 for a base configuration.


July 16, 2008

The Stylistic ST5112 from Fujitsu
Mobile Computing

When talking about Tablet PC’s, we automatically wonder what Fujitsu has last been up to. The company always takes us by surprise, especially when it comes to tablet PCs. Fujitsu launched its latest addition to its tablet PC line with the Stylistic ST5112. Fujitsu’s slate tablets in the Stylistic series have been in the market for quite time and have created a niche over all these years. The slate supports both operating systems launched by Microsoft, namely, Windows XP and Windows Vista Business Edition.

The ST5112 empowered with a 12.1 inch indoor/outdoor display and only weights 3.5 pounds, making it extremely portable. It’s also less than an inch thick and very compact in terms of size. The Stylistic has been given the conventional touch and all the basic buttons, including an email button, are readily available. The left side of the Stylistic contains all the important ports, including two USB 2.0 ports, a 4 pin FireWire, a mono mic in, a 3.5 mm stereo out and modem ports. The display is highlighted by a couple of consumer (fast) IR windows on each side. The speakers and the integrated microphone are located on the left side of the bezel.

The Stylistic ST5112 is a complete machine which has every feature desired by the professional. It is a high performance product launched by Fujitsu who have once again shown that they are one of the leading producers in the tablet PC field.


HP Brings TouchSmart PC Within Reach for the Masses

HP Touch Smart

HP today announced that the latest HP TouchSmart PCs – the only touch-enabled, all-in-one PCs in the marketplace – are now available through consumer electronics retailers nationwide.

Debuted at last month’s HP Connecting Your World event in Berlin, the new TouchSmart family of PCs has earned accolades for its transformative effect on the way people engage with computers and their photos, music, movies and other digital content.

Consumers simply touch, tap or sweep a finger across the screen of the TouchSmart PC to access information, entertainment and social networks in a natural, intuitive way. Without using a keyboard or mouse, consumers can play music and create playlists; crop, edit and share photos; and easily check the weather or watch TV.

Reviewers have praised the new HP TouchSmart PC for its breakthrough touch-enabled software and the all-in-one design that allows the PC to fit wherever life happens. The PC’s piano-black finish and sleek design makes it an elegant addition to any room.



Dlink D-Life

D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, today officially launched the first device from the D-Life™ product family, a surveillance camera kit that enables remote viewing of live streaming video from a web browser.
The new Internet Surveillance Starter Kit (DHA-390) is designed for the D-Life website (www.d-life.com) - groundbreaking technology to activate and manage networking products via a website, providing customers with an easier way to experience a connected, digital lifestyle.

With its simple web-based interface, the D-Life Internet Surveillance Starter Kit from D-Link - bundled with Internet camera and two Powerline networking adapters - offers consumers an effortless way to monitor the home, children and pets by providing email alert snapshots, live video monitoring over the Internet on a PC, and the ability to share camera feeds, even in low light situations.
D-Link is also shipping the D-Life Internet Surveillance Expansion Kit (DHA-310) with camera and single Powerline adapter for those who wish to expand their home surveillance system with additional cameras.


July 17, 2008

Fujitsu T5010 Centrino 2 powered Tablet PC goes on show

Fujitsu T5010 Centrino 2 powered Tablet PC

Although we knew the Centrino 2 powered 13.3-inch Fujitsu T5010 Tablet PC was coming- courtesy of Virginia Tech’s bookstore - its taken a while for the company to actually start showing the machine off. Now that Intel have got their Centrino 2 announcement out of the way, the path has been paved, and I’ve a strong suspicion that this could become one of the go-to convertible Tablets for new and current users.

Under the hood, aside from the 2.4GHz P8600 Core 2 Duo processor, there’s 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard-drive, A/G/N WiFi and Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. Fujitsu have also managed to squeeze a DVD SuperMulti optical drive in there too.

There’s also more security functionality than you’ll likely know what to do with: a Trusted Platform Module, biometric fingerprint scanner and Smart Card slot, as well as Fujitsu’s Portshutter data leak prevention software, two-level BIOS and HDD password protection and support for Absolute Software’s Computrace computer theft recovery service. 


HP Pavilion tx2500z Review

The HP Pavilion tx2500 is the much needed update to the tx2000 Tablet PC. That's right, the HP TX2500ztx2500 has an updated processor and graphics. HP finally answered our prayers and added the new AMD Puma processor and ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics into the same great design. So let's see how much better it performs.

The tx2500 still has the touchscreen and active digitizer, which makes navigating the Web easy. You can use your finger or the pen. The tx2500 also has great entertainment features, like Altec Lansing speakers, a mini-remote control and quite a few media buttons. For the price this tablet seems to be packed full of features.

The tx2500 has both a touchscreen and active digitizer, it's a real tablet. The screen automatically changes orientation when rotated into tablet mode and the small hinge is surprisingly sturdy. The pen feels nice as well and I prefer it when navigating over my finger because it is more accurate. At the highest setting the screen is bright and the colors are bold, but you can't tell what you are setting it too because there isn't an on-screen indication for brightness levels, which would be a nice feature to have on this high-gloss display.


PhatWare Releases PenCommander 2.1 for Tablet and Ultra-Mobile PCs

PhatWare Corporationhas announced today the release of PenCommander 2.1, the software application that features a powerful scripting technology which allows to use pen to control Microsoft Windows based Tablet and Ultra-Mobile PCs. The new version features an improved user interface for Visual PenCommander, a tool which provides an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)-like environment for creating and testing PenCommander scripts; significantly reduced memory footprint; and improved support for Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

PenCommander enables a pen to be used to call up commands that can control Tablet PCs and UMPCs in almost limitless ways, such as editing documents, inserting often-repeated text into documents and launching applications. Scripts are executed by writing a PenCommand name on the application's input panel. PenCommander is recognized as the best tool for entering repetitive data, accessing frequently used applications and documents, inserting time, date and signature, and overall extending Tablet PC functionality and user's productivity. It provides a simple and fast way to access functions that typically take longer to complete.


HP 2730p Tablet PC with Centrino 2 update

Fujitsu aren’t the only company putting Centrino 2 tech into a Tablet PC. HP have unveiled HP 2730p Tablet PCtheir own updated notebook, the 2730p, which replaces the popular but venerable 2710p. With a smaller display than the T5010 - at 12.1-inches - the 2730p will arguably be a little more portable; however it may run a little slower, too, as HP have picked Intel’s 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo L9400 processor.

The 5010 uses a 2.4GHz CPU, and exceeds the HP on storage too; 320GB on the 5010, versus 120GB on the 2730p. Graphics and RAM are the same, however, with Intel’s Mobile GMA 4500MHD and 2GB (albeit DDR3 in the 5010 and DDR2 in the 2730p).


Lenovo BIOS Update for ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

I haven’t been using the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC as I’ve been putting some other Tablet PCs to the test recently, but I went back to it earlier this week. It feels like returning to an old friend. Prior to setting it aside I was experiencing a number of anomalies that were leading me to believe it was time to rebuild from scratch. I’m sure you’re familiar with some of them:

On Tuesday I noticed that Lenovo was pushing through a BIOS update (1.17) for the X61 and after backing everything up I went ahead and launched the update process.

At the moment, and it is still early, it seems to have corrected, or at least helped somewhat, most of the issues I mentioned above.


July 18, 2008

MobileDemand xTablet T8700 Review
Tablet PC Reviews

MobileDemand xTablet T8700

The xTablet T8700 is a rugged tablet made for field work and mobile workers. This isn't your ordinary tablet. In fact it can take pretty much anything you throw at it or you can throw it. The T8700 meets military standards and is helpful to many businesses that need to have access to information anywhere they go. It's an interesting looking slate tablet that is sure to turn heads.

Tablet Features/Pen

The xTablet T8700 does have some nice tablet features. It has some programmable buttons and it is easy to take notes on. The pen is located on the back side and is easy to access, but sometimes can be awkward to use because of the attached string. The active digitizer helps with browsing through applications and Web pages. The pen is responsive to this and accurate.


Twist to Infinite Writing and Computing Possibilities
Prdomain Business Register

Corporate bigwigs, students, home users and anyone fascinated by computing versatility will welcome Fujitsu’s new LifeBook tablet-convertible notebooks, the LifeBook T5010 and T1010. A glimpse at these two new computing gems
16 Jul 2008 , Asia Pacific : Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific today introduces its latest enhanced LifeBook tablet-convertible PCs, the LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010. Both notebooks boast a generous 13.3” WXGA 1280 by 800 widescreen on an extended glass cover pivoting on a bi-directional hinge and yet delivering a weight that gives its users complete mobility and agility.

Designed for extreme usability, the LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010 pack a Status LED that allows the system status to be seen even if the screen is closed, a scroll sensor adjacent to the screen to facilitate intuitive control and a Slide power switch to reduce inconvenience due to blunders while rotating the screen. There is even a two-way speaker that ensures uninterrupted music and sound even if the screen is closed – how thoughtful!


July 21, 2008

Playing casually
The Age

Anyone who has sampled the delights of PopCap games such as Peggle, Bookworm Adventures and Bejewelled knows that the term "casual game" is a misnomer.

You are about as likely to be a "casual" player of a PopCap game as a "casual" user of heroin.

Why do you think the "casual gaming" market is growing so rapidly?

A key reason is the advent of mobile entertainment: from mobile phones to PDAs, iPods and new "ultra mobile PCs", consumers are getting more mobile and taking more computing power with them wherever they go. The vast majority of 'traditional' videogames don't translate well to mobile devices. However the data storage capacity, input controls and processing power of mobile devices make them perfect for casual games.

Similarly, the games themselves are fun even in small time increments of five or 10 minutes. You don't need to read a manual to play and game content broadly appeals to all ages and both genders.

You've just signed a partnership with Mindscape in Australia to distribute your PC games. Is that a recognition that there is still some resistance from people to download and purchase products online?

Not at all. PopCap is the only casual games developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including Web portals, retail stores, mobile operators and developers, and game device manufacturers. We have always been at the forefront of bringing casual games to new platforms. We were first on the Xbox Live Arcade service, first on the ultra-mobile PCs introduced by Microsoft and Intel, first on iPods and among the first on mobile phones. We were first to make our games available on retail store shelves in North America.


Dell announces multi-touch capabilities and 128 GB solid state drive

Dell has made several notebook-related announcements including new multi-touch capabilities for the Latitude XT tablet PC, and the availability of a 128GB solid state notebook hard drive. The company also promised to announce the next generation of Latitude notebooks in the Dell Latitude XT tablet PCcoming weeks.

"We introduced the Latitude XT as a revolutionary product in the tablet space," said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. "Today Dell is taking that commitment to a new level with multi-touch functionality. We plan to finish this year with 50 percent more products in our laptop portfolio and deliver innovation our competitors cant match."

Latitude XT owners can download a free multi-touch module at www.support.dell.com that offers several additional capabilities related to being able to use the entire screen real-estate as opposed to just the notebook's touchpad.

The Scroll feature allows users to navigate in Web browsers and other applications by placing two fingers on the tablet PC's screen and moving them horizontally or vertically. The Zoom feature makes it possible to zoom specific content -- such as images or Web pages -- in or out by touching the screen with two fingers


Fujitsu Launches Two Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Widescreen Convertibles

Fujitsu Computer Systems, the company which offers a wide range of enterprise hardware and software products and services, unveiled the availability of the 13.3-inch.Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 Tablet PC

Widescreen, LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010 convertible tablet PCs equipped with the next-generation Intel  Centrino 2 processor technology.

"Mobile users want larger screens to view more information, but have a desire to minimize the associated weight and size creep – and this is exactly what the LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010 convertible notebooks deliver," said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product management, Fujitsu Computer Systems.
Convertible Tablet PCs are gaining great demand these days as they act as an alternative to using a laptop or PDA. It has a conventional keyboard and a touch screen andoffers both portability and power to all those mobile workforce sections.
The company stated that, among the lightest 13.3-inch display convertibles on the market, the new tablet PCs are designed for on-the-go mobile users 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.
The 4.5-pound LifeBook T5010 convertible tablet PC comes with a 13.3-inch widescreen display, built-in modular bay, integrated wireless access, and the latest Intel Centrino 2 Processor  Technology with vPro technology, offering security and remote manageability on a chip. LifeBook T1010 tablet PC displays the same performance and many of the same features as the LifeBook T5010 tablet PC, but without the high-end security features.
"Whether for a student taking notes in class, a healthcare provider making rounds, or a salesperson constantly on the road, we have a Fujitsu convertible tablet PC for every price point and computing requirement” Moore added


July 22, 2008

A Student's Survival Guide to Tablet Computing
Tablet PC Reviews

Whether it’s working with peers on time-sensitive team projects or reading hundreds of PDF’s and online articles, computing plays a crucial role in today’s demanding academic and professional environments. With increasing popularity, both students and professionals alike are discovering the features and uses of Tablet PCs in their daily lives.

Check out part one of this all-in-one-guide to learn how to successfully use a Tablet PC for your everyday activities as a student or young professional. Learn what makes a Tablet PC different, what you should consider before buying, how to fully utilize your tablet and much more. Read along as Shaun Mahal explains his experiences using a Tablet PC as a college student for a year, and find out how using a tablet can improve your academic or professional life today!


Apple's Mysterious Product Transition
Everything iCafe

Apple yesterday announced their Q3 earnings and included a mysterious reference to a "future product transition". The wording suggests that it might not be the long speculated iTablet, but rather a transition for an existing product.

That being said, I wouldn't be so certain that we can close the door an iTablet-like product. Perhaps the transition to iTablet would come from products like iPods or even iPhones. MacBooks are clearly the number laptop seller for Apple. If they were to release a tablet PC priced well below the MacBook, let's just say the company would sell more than a few, many of which would be first time Mac owners

What About the OS?

iPhone runs a specialized version of Mac OS X, so why not add a flavor for an iTablet. Think WWDC 09' with three banners: OS X, OS X iPhone, OS X iTablet. It's time for the third bridge. There are certainly enough developers on board and they could easily port apps to an iTablet.


The Techcrunch Web Tablet Project


Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device. This all stems back from a conversation a few weeks ago when we were discussing the ultimate web browsing/cloud computing client hardware. The iPhone is nice but too small, and most laptops are over-powered for the task. With applications on the web most of us just need a web browser most of the time, so the ideal device would be a light-weight small tablet running nothing more than Firefox on a decent screen and with a WiFi connection

I’m tired of waiting - I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web. Nothing fancy like the Dell latitude XT, which costs $2,500. Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox and possibly Skype on top of a Linux kernel. It doesn’t exist today, and as far as we can tell no one is creating one. So let’s design it, build a few and then open source the specs so anyone can create them.


July 23, 2008

Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 tablet-convertible PC
DigiTimesFujitsu LifeBook T1010 tablet-convertible PC

The LifeBook T1010 adopts Intel's Centrino 2 platform with Core 2 Duo processors (Penryn) and is Windows Vista compatible. The notebook also features DDR3 memory (1066MHz).

The LifeBook T1010 is fitted with a Passive Digitiser that supports stylus writing and pointing. The notebook specifications match a range of contemporary corporate requirements and is versatile for students or home users, according to Fujitsu.


Get more from your small speakers
Mobility Site

One of the features that I liked from my Samsung Q1 was the sound quality. The Q1 was prepared with drivers with SRS capability. Yesterday browsing the web I found that you can get the same sound quality in any UMPC or Netbook by just installing SRS Audio SandBox.

SRS Audio SoundBoxThe SRS Audio Sandbox was designed recognizing audio has become more important as many people use their PC for entertainment, both at home and on the road. With SAS you can customize your audio experience based on music, movie, video or game content.

Let me tell you… the sound on my P1610 was just horrible and after installing this program I enjoyed playing music again like I did before in my old Samsung Q1. Fantastic! A Must Have!


Giga Omni Media acquires jkOnTheRun!

Today Kevin and I are incredibly excited to bring you some great news about jkOnTheRun!  Our little tech blog has been acquired by the great Giga Omni Media group, home of GigaOm blog among others.  Giga Omni Media is one of the top tech networks around and we are excited and honored to be joining this great group of folks.

What does this mean for jkOnTheRun?

First and foremost you can rest assured that the coverage you have come to expect from us will continue.  jkOnTheRun will continue to bring you all the information about the gadgets and technologies that make your jobs easier and your lives a little bit better.  That we can promise you will not change.   We will continue to show you not only the technology of the day but how you can leverage it to your best advantage.  We will also continue to detail for you what technology we are using and what we do with it. 


July 24, 2008

OtterBox: A Helmet for Technology & Valuables

Once you get balancing, pedaling and breaking mastered, operating an iPod or making a OtterBox Casessimple phone call seems perfectly do-able. But it won’t be long until you discover that sweaty palms, bumps in the road and Mother Nature’s unpredictability can spell disaster for fragile devices. Ruggedize gear for any cycling adventure with protective cases from OtterBox.    Technology-specific cases for iPods, iPhones, BlackBerry® and Treo™ smartphones, PDAs and a variety of waterproof storage boxes, protect gear on the road, track, trails and more. As sponsors of the Fort Collins Cycling Team, OtterBox has provided cases to each member so they can safeguard valuables and technology from their active lifestyles. “The OtterBox 1000 is great for carrying a small digital camera, driver’s license and cash. I never have to worry about the items inside getting wet if I get caught in rain, plus it fits nicely in my cycling jersey pocket,” said Brad Smith, Fort Collins Cycling Team member. “Lots of my team members ride with iPods as well. OtterBox provides extra security from water and crashes whether used with an armband or carried in a jersey pocket.”Two lines of cases protect for any ride: the fully waterproof, rugged Armor™ Series for the most extreme rides; and the semi-rugged, dust and scratch-proof Defender™ Series for lower-intensity cruising.

           Otter Box Tablet PC and UMPC Cases

Ptter Box Cases for Breast Cancer


Toshiba Showing Off UMPC Prototype
Gizmodo Australia

Toshiba Mid UMPC

At the same presentation that APC mag learnt about the upcoming Toshiba ULPC, Will Maher over at PC Authority managed to get some hands-on time with a UMPC prototype from the laptop manufacturer.

Running on an Atom processor with Vista installed, a 5.6-inch screen and 64GB of SSD memory, the prototype also features a built in GPS chip, thanks to Toshiba figuring out how they can make antennas follow a curved surface.

The prototype is unlikely to ever make it into consumers hands, however, as Toshy feel that the 5.6-inch screen is too small for practical use. PC Authority agreed, saying that the onscreen, touch-sensitive keyboard took up 2/3 of the screen space when typing.


July 25, 2008

Tablet PC 2 - Needs Your Help

NOT Blue Host False Claim  TRUE

The Stats at Blue Host web hosting services have not been working since July 9th and even thought they claim to specialize in customer satisfaction They have plenty of excuses, but no solutions and and no time frame for fixing either of the stat programs included with their hosting packages.

In one of the stat programs blue host offers all of the stats from the past year are now missing. In the other they some days it reporst no stats other days it shows hundreds where it should show thousands. 

Blue Host however does not feel that accurate stats are important - In fact from their attutude I think its safe to say that they feel the stats are worthless and customer satisfaction means nothing.

I've have called almost every day it has become clear that they are in no hurry to get them fixed - in fact most days they tried to tell me there was nothing wrong with the stats

If anyone has a suggestions for a new hosting company PLEASE let me know.


Tablet PCs in Education Case Studies
Gotta Be Mobile

WhatIsNew.com has an outstanding list of case studies that document schools using Tablet PCs in a variety of settings.  These case studies provide in-depth looks at how students, teachers, administrators, and parents are benefiting from the use of Tablet PCs as integral parts of the curriculum.  The studies are organized by the companies involved and the participating schools.  Many of the case studies discuss DyKnow Monitor and DyKnow Vision, two software packages for teacher-student collaboration and management.  As an educator who has used similar management software, there is no greater feeling when you catch a few kids playing a game on Miniclip and lock their computers.  It makes you feel that there is justice in the universe after all.


Techno Dummy Episode #1: Preparing for the school year

Techno Dummy is a new live-chat series highlighting the use of technology in the classroom. We start the series preparing for the school year. Each episode is designed to help teachers manage the requirements of running a smooth classroom.

Episode 1:

  1. Explains the purposes of the Techno Dummy series
  2. Provides an explanation of hardware and software needed
  3. Suggests a layout for saving files
  4. Decide whether to print or upload your documents

Episode 1 begins at 10:00 AM PST Friday July 25, 2008. Live broadcasting of the pre-show began around 5 PM Thursday.  LPH began preparing the first show and has an outline. Feel free to watch and chime in with your suggestions on how to help teachers prepare for the school year.

Techno Dummy will be a live interactive broadcast. Every visitor will be able to ask questions regarding the show's topics. Feel free to send questions in early via email (layne DOT heiny AT gmail DOT com) or put them in the chat window during the pre-show. You are also welcome to ask your questions during the live broadcast.


July 28, 2008

Samsungs Q1 Ultra Now Available with HSDPA and Vista Business

he Q1UCMXP and Q1UP-V Extends the Companys High-Performance Family of Ultra Mobile Personal Computers

Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the availability of two Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPCnew ultra mobile personal computers (UMPC). The Q1U-CMXP, a Q1 ultra mobile model with integrated HSDPA 3G cellular modem and the Q1UP-V, a Q1 Ultra Premium featuring Vista Business, join Samsungs current line of UMPCs. Available nationwide at a suggested list price of $1,499 for the Q1U-CMXP and $1,449 for the Q1UP-V, these ultra mobile solutions are ideal for mobile professionals in a variety of vertical markets and environments, as well as the general consumer who is looking to stay productive or entertained commuting to and from work or even on vacation. The Q1U-CMXP maximizes connectivity with integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 10/100 BaseTX, and an integrated HSDPA 3G cellular modem supporting the AT&T Broadband Connect network. With unsurpassed wired and wireless connection options, the Q1U-CMXP provides ubiquitous communications regardless of ones location via the AT&T nationwide cellular network. In addition, the model boasts the same specifications as the industry standard Q1 Ultra XP model launched in May of 2007.

The Q1UP-V with Microsoft Vista Business is designed for the commercial market, as well as those individuals that travel frequently, by delivering a high performance PC in a small form combined with enhanced features, extended battery life, and superior text entry thanks to the V1.5 split-QWERTY key caps. Fueled by an ultra fast 1.33 GHz Intel Core Solo U1500 Pentium ultra low voltage CPU and 2 GB of system memory, these components significantly enhance support for Microsoft Vista Business. The Q1UP-V pushes the Q1 Ultra Premium to the next level. Moreover, the Q1UP-V has integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and 10/100 BaseTX providing users with various wired and wireless connectivity options, delivering a high-performance mobile computing solution that offers full PC functionality in an ultra-light package weighing under two pounds. Powering this premiere UMPC platform is a 6-cell, 57.7 watt Lithium-Ion polymer battery that provides up to seven hours of battery life for extended, continuous usage.


D-Link First Company to Offer Green Wi-Fi Home Networking
D-Link today became the first manufacturer to produce Green home network Wi-Fi routers capable of saving up to 40 percent in power usage.
The end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, D-Link is expanding its Green Initiative by adding eco-friendly features to its award-winning Xtreme N(TM) line of Wi-Fi Internet routers to decrease energy costs by reducing power consumption without sacrificing performance.

The Wi-Fi routers integrate D-Link(R) Green Ethernet(TM) technology, an innovative energy-saving technology that automatically detects link status and network cable length, then adjusts power accordingly. The D-Link routers also feature Wi-Fi scheduling that allows customers to easily program when the Wi-Fi radio signals are turned on and off to further save energy consumption. Now shipping and incorporating the Green technology are the D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655), D-Link Xtreme N Duo(TM) Media Router (DIR-855), and the D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router (DGL-4500).

Price and Availability
The D-Link DIR-655, DIR-855 and DGL-4500 are all available now through D-Link's network of retail outlets, value-added resellers, solution providers and distributors, or at the company's online store, www.dlinkshop.com


Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 Tablet PCs Introduced
Wireless Workforce

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation introduced the LifeBook T1010 Tablet PC convertible as part of an announcement that also included another T-Series Tablet PC convertible, the LifeBook T5010, and a number of new and updated notebooks. The introduction coincided with Intel's official announcement of the "Montevina" Centrino 2 platform that combines faster Core 2 Duo chips with Mobile Intel GM45 chipsets and the Intel WiFi Link 5000 series for faster wireless communication.

While all this new Intel technology certainly makes the new LifeBooks faster and more efficient machines, Fujitsu also used the opportunity to add models with the increasingly popular "wide" screens to its Tablet PC convertible lineup. Both new models sport a 13.3-inch wide aspect ratio display with 1280 x 800 pixel WXGA resolution. Unlike the higher-end T5010 that has an active electromagnetic digitizer and your choice of indoor or indoor/outdoor screen, the T1010 has a resisitive touchscreen and there is no outdoor-viewable screen option.

Fujitsu's press release described the T1010's upscale brother, the T5010, as the venerable T4220's successor, and while the economy-priced T1010 Series misses some of the older model's features it, too, can be seen as a lower-priced successor to the T4220. The T1010 is a bit larger and definitely more powerful than the older machine, weighing 5.3 pounds with its dual-layer multi-format DVD writer installed (there is no modular bay). That is still light, but about a pound heavier than the T4220 whose width the new machine also exceeds by more than an inch.


Jets’ New Video System: A Home Page for Football
New York Times

The program, called Huddle, was conceived a couple of years ago by three Nebraska students whose obsessions were technology and Cornhuskers football.

The result is part video library, part picture montage, part video game, part instant messenger, part calendar, part playbook — essentially an online community, like Facebook for football.

The system has been praised by the likes of Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Coach Eric Mangini, whose Jets are the first N.F.L. team to use it. Graff said he hoped Huddle would eventually change the way teams store, access, edit and use video.

“There is a world of possibility,” he said during a recent visit to The New York Times.

Jeff Raikes, the president of Microsoft, who will become the chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in September, agreed. Like Graff, he grew up in Nebraska. Like Graff, Raikes obsesses over Cornhuskers football. He even installed a satellite dish to watch the coach’s show, and he still subscribes to Huskers Illustrated.

“Football in Nebraska is about state identity,” Raikes said. “Other places, they have other things. In Nebraska, it’s Cornhuskers football.”

Like Graff, Raikes knows something about technology. He started at Microsoft at 23; during his 27 years there, he helped create Microsoft Office and tablet PC technology.


Ink at todoUMPC
Mobility Site

Probably is not too polite to come here and talk about my "adventures" in what I consider my first home. But Chris knows me well enough to know that I do this to promote the use of Tablet PC and UMPC all around the world.

Ink at todoUMPC

For those like me that love UMPC and Tablet PC because of the handwriting support participating in any forum is like to be naked in the middle of the road. At least that’s how we felt at TodoUMPC.com and that’s why we decided to have Ink and handwriting recognition support in our forum. So, today I’m pleased to announce that we have released the second version of our "Ink Board" with recognition.

I know that many of you do not understand Spanish so I prepared this short video - excuse my broken English- so your can see how this tool works in our forum at todoUMPC


Part I: Mobile PCs win sustainability debates at colleges

Sales of SUVs of the PC world - stationary PCs - are being beaten out by the more energy efficient mobile PCs. Of course, this shift to the rise of mobile PCs has been happening for a while. What is different is the relevance to U.S. college students of a PC being energy efficient, contributing as little to environmental impact as possible from production to degradation, and hopefully from companies that participate in fair trade (or at least those working toward it).

Over the next several weeks entering college students will be introduced to the values of their new communities and enter into an action oriented environment around sustainability.  From contests between dorms to other campuses, many students will stop using trays in the cafeteria on certain days (or at all), counting the minutes they're in the shower to stay under 10 or 6 min, using the common dorm fridge instead of bringing mini-fridges, buying veggies locally (organic) or growing their own, composting, and yes, even counting the energy consumption on their PCs all to contribute to building a more sustainable environment.

Mobile PCs are a wonderful tool to aid in creating a more sustainable environment. Every school I visited mentioned that the students can now print on two sides of paper from network printers. Students commented on how much this has helped them reduce use of paper and network printer access means they don't have to bring their own printer. Paper is fundamental to many academic processes, even today, and it's good to see that this basic is not overlooked.

Of course, there can be even further efforts with PCs helping schools to be less dependent on paper.

There are also software features like being able to handwrite formulas, equations, and notes directly into Tablet PCs. This can be helpful for lab research, as well as individual course notes.


July 29, 2008

A Student's Survival Guide: OneNote
Tablet PC Reviews

OneNote is the one program I would recommend to any tablet user to make the most of their device. Although somewhat difficult to describe, a simple example will explain its usefulness:

Walking into class, I start OneNote and open my “Classes” virtual notebook. From here, I go to my class’ section of tabs, in this case the “EC 101” group of tabs. This opens up a virtual notebook subdivided into as many tabs as the user desires. In my case, one section each for Lecture Notes, Discussion Notes, Homework/Notes on Readings, Questions, Resources, and a To-Do list for this class. I choose the “Lecture Notes” tab, where I can see all of my notes I have taken, separated by pages for each lecture session. They can, of course, be broken up by any other metric (one may find it useful to divide it according to topic). I create a new page for each lecture and OneNote really makes a difference when I can “print” the online lecture slides onto the page I’ve just created


Targus Announces Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Cases
Business Wire

Targus® Inc., maker of the worlds top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today its Zip-ThruTM 15.4 Corporate Traveler Laptop Case, the first in Targus line of checkpoint-friendly laptop cases. As a derivative of Targus award-winning Corporate Traveler line, this case is designed to help business travelers eliminate the hassle of having to remove their laptop from their laptop case when passing through airport security, thereby minimizing the possibility of the laptop being lost, stolen or damaged during the security screening process. Targus zip Thu

As a leader in the laptop case category, Targus is proactively designing solutions to make the travelers airport security screening experience more stress-free. The Zip-Thru case is designed to meet guidelines established by Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which focus on the screeners ability to get a clear image of the laptop when properly secured in the bag. In developing the Zip-Thru case, Targus worked in conjunction with TSA authorities to test the product through an actual airport screening device.

Our Corporate Traveler line is already a favorite case among business travelers, and adding the new Zip-Thru feature makes it a must-have for anyone who travels with a laptop, said Al Giazzon, vice president of marketing at Targus. The new Zip-Thru Corporate Traveler laptop case is the lightest in its class, and features our patented SafePort® Air Cushion System, which helps to prevent laptop damage if the bag is dropped or bumped. The unique combination of features emphasizes our dedication to delivering unsurpassed solutions, making the traveling experience smoother and more efficient for travelers.


Samsung Q1 Ultra shows businesses some love

These are tough times for the UMPC, whose promise of pocket-size, always-on computing has been overshadowed by the proliferation of cheaper Netbooks. But Samsung, one of the first companies to announce a UMPC back when the initiative was known simply as Oriami, has continued to issue updates to its Q1 Ultra. The latest, announced Monday: the Q1U-CMXP, notable for its integrated HSDPA cellular modem, and the Q1UP-V, a Q1 Ultra Premium running Windows Vista Business.

The Q1U-CMXP is almost identical to the Q1 Ultra released last year, with the addition of a 3G cellular modem that's compatible with AT&T's network. The Q1UP-V, meanwhile, features the same 1.3GHz Intel Core Solo U1500 CPU as the model we reviewed last month but increases the RAM to 2GB to better handle Windows Vista Business.

Samsung Q1 Ultra


How To Get Those Textbooks On Your Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

Are the textbooks you lug around too heavy? Isn’t that what the benefits of having a Tablet PC are all about? Then follow along in this guest article by GBM Forum member McKay Whitney (AKA Tablet Law Student) on how he gets his text books into his Tablet PC. McKay has owned and used lots of Tablet PCs including those from Toshiba, Gateway and HP. Take it away, McKay.

Books are heavy. Their margins provide only so much space to write in. I love tablet technology. These three truths motivated me to be a paperless law student. It is totally worth it. There are two good methods to make books digital:


July 30, 2008

Are you ready for some football? NFL.com to stream live games

Regular readers know how much I love my NFL football. So much so that I incorporate my NFL Logomobile tech passion into it by using my Ultra Mobile PC for the fantasy football drafts. Looks like I'll be using the UMPC to watch the Sunday night games and I won't need my Slingbox.

The NFL announced that 17 games will be live-streamed on the web, one each week. You can watch the standard broadcast, choose from multiple camera angles or pick a "star-cam" that focuses on a single player. I hope they tell those guys so we don't see 'em "privately adjusting the gear on the lower half of their bodies" while on camera.


Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action
Seattle Post Intelligencer

In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere. Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. -- tb

Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations, Microsoft thinks the shape of things to come might be a sphere.

After months of rumors, Microsoft researchers are taking the wraps off a prototype that uses an internal projection and vision system to bring a spherical computer display to life. People can touch the surface with multiple fingers and hands to manipulate photos, play games, spin a virtual globe, or watch 360-degree videos.

Sphere, as it's known, is expected to be shown publicly for the first time Tuesday at Microsoft's Faculty Summit in Redmond. For now, it's purely a research project. The company says it doesn't currently have plans to offer it as a product. The idea is to see what the technology can do, and how people will use it.

Sphere is a cousin of the Microsoft Surface tabletop computer, already being used in retail and hospitality settings. The underlying hardware for Sphere is sold commercially by Global Imagination of Los Gatos, Calif., but Microsoft researchers made numerous enhancements and developed specialized software.

In a broader sense, the project reflects Microsoft's belief that many more surfaces will become computer displays, with embedded microprocessors, in the years to come. That view is championed by Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, one of two executives filling Bill Gates' role at the company.


Motion Computing LE1600 trade in program

For a limited time, Allegiance Technology, a Motion Select Partner, is making a unique offer to owners of Motion Computing LE1600 Tablet PCs.  Trade in your worn but working LE1600 and get $600 credit towards the purchase of any new Motion Computing Tablet PC LE1700, C5 or F5.
This offer applies only to working LE1600s (must power up and boot to the desktop screen).  We will accept ANY SCREEN, ANY HARD DRIVE and ANY MEMORY.  Don’t sell it on eBay!  Trade it in to a trusted Motion Partner and get a great value for your used tablet.

For any other questions or to take advantage of the limited time offer, please call Hal Shifman at 215-441-5580 x100


GBM Podcast #55: We’ve Got Another Matt
Gotta Be Mobile

We talk about Matt’s mobile computing interests and what got him involved in technology as well as his interests in how that affects education. The Marshall is actually a guidance counselor. Matt joins us with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for mobile tech, but there’s one catch. He doesn’t own a Tablet PC. Find out why when you give the podcast a listen.

We also discuss this week’s news in mobile tech land including what’s up with the NetBooks (or whatever you want to call them), the TechCrunch Tablet, Samsung’s Q1 UMPC refresh, and Fujitsu’s latest small, but expensive ultra-portable.  Check it all out.

  • Samsung refreshes the Q1 UMPC line.
  • The TechCrunch Tablet
  • Fujitsu’s U2010 Tablet PC 
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July 31, 2008

Wanna Bet with the MobileDemand xTablet Tablet PC?

Tune in on Monday evenings, 8pm Central on ABC to watch the new show Wanna Bet? as you will see the MobileDemand xTablet Tablet PC used by the celebrity panel to record their bets.  Wanna Bet

Show Synopsis:  Wanna Bet? is a weekly, one-hour prime time event in which celebrities wager on challenge-performing contestants. The celebrities judge the performers and have the chance to earn big money for the charity of their choice by betting on the success or failure of the wildest tricks and mental challenges that ordinary Americans — housewives, truck drivers, dentists — can dream up and perform in front of a studio audience. Wanna Bet? is executive-produced by Phil Gurin (The Singing Bee, Weakest Link) and Marc Jansen (Lingo) from The Gurin Co.

See a variety of pictures here of the xTablet Tablet PC
being used by the celebrity panel

MobileDemand xTablet Tablet PC on Wanna Bet Corbin Bernsen using the MobileDemand xTablet Tablet PC


Tablet PC "Freaks" Welcome Expansion

On Friendfeed, Robert Scoble and Layne exchanged comments about A list bloggers and Robert replied, "You're on the 'T list' for 'Tablet PC freaks.' I'm on that list too." How true! lol I am also. You're welcome to join this list also! I'd love to see the search results for "Tablet PC" grow even faster on Friendfeed, Twitter, blogs, or your social media of choice.

Being labeled as a "Tablet Freak" has been a theme this week. OK, so it's a fairly common theme in my life. :) For example, the other day I shook hands with someone to whom I was being introduced and the person got a fuzzy look on her face. One of those, "Are you...? No... I think I know who you are," comments and then that sudden recognition of, "Oh yeah, I know you," with the eventual, you talk [way too much] about Tablet technology smile.

"Tablet Freaks" -- or Tableteers -- is not an exclusive list and you're always welcome to join in this conversation too. ;)


GottabeMobile got ink!
By Frank J Garcia

Yes, GottabeMobile, one of the most important sites about Tablet PC got ink support in its forum thanks to a collaboration with TodoUMPC, the European site about UMPC.

In this way GottabeMobile becomes the first forum in English with Ink support in the whole world!



Five Best Note-Taking Tools

Whether you're a fan of Microsoft products or not, Microsoft OneNote it a killer note-taking app that integrates with every corner of your Windows PC. In fact, some readers even admit to running Windows in virtual machines on their Macs solely for the note-taking goodies available in OneNote. OneNote 2007 syncs with the web and other computers, provides two-way sync with Windows Mobile phones, boasts quick searching of your all your notes, and much more. Finally, if you miss putting pen to paper with digital note-taking apps, OneNote's marquee feature is support for handwriting recognition on tablet PCs (you can even search your handwriting without converting it to text).






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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.