Tablet PC News Archive
May 1, 2008
TabletPc2.com 2008 Mothers Day Gift Guide
Some Tips to Get More Out of Your Vista Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile
I've often said that it is the applications that you install on your tablet that make it will return the most value. However, having said that there is a lot that you can do to Vista out of the box that will give you a better pen experience.
Here are my top tips for getting more out of Vista on your tablet.
First up - you need to improve your handwriting recognition. There are several things you can do to increase the percentage of your handwriting that is correctly recognised.
I recommend doing the second option first - this runs through a wizard that takes about 20 minutes. the wizard presents a number of sentences that you write in your normal handwriting. The information is collected during the session and then updates the recogniser engine. The first option can be used to focus on specific characters that you are having a problem with.
Proactively train the handwriting recognition engine. This can be done in two ways, as shown in the screen shot below (click for a larger image).
May 2, 2008
Fujitsu Announces Availability of Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Mini Convertible and LifeBook T2010 Ultra-Portable Convertible Notebooks With Fastest Wireless Data Connection in North America
Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced the availability of the LifeBook(R) U810 mini and the ultra-portable LifeBook T2010 convertible notebooks with built-in access to the AT&T BroadbandConnect High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network, delivering the highest speed data wireless GSM WAN connection available in North America.
“Fujitsu has integrated HSUPA access into the LifeBook U810 mini and LifeBook T2010 convertible notebooks to enable users to take advantage of flexibility and productivity gains that are gained through unparalleled data connectivity” said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing, Fujitsu Computer Systems. “The greater connection speeds integrated into the highly adaptable and highly reliable Fujitsu solutions allow mobile workers to be far more productive regardless of where their travels take them, including international travel through various AT&T roaming agreements.
May 5, 2008
First Look Lenovo IdeaPad U110
Feather light & feature rich Lenovo's IdeaPad U110 raises the standard in mobile computing
The first thing that came out of my mouth when I removed the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 from box was "This is Amazing." The U110 is light, sleek, sexy and it comes in brilliant shade of red.
The U110 is not a Tablet PC. It is an award winning ultra portable ideapad notebook designed with the style and power for those that want their own sense of style reflected in their choice of mobile computer.
This sleek new Lenovo IdeaPad U110 weighs in at 2.4 lb and is only .72 of an inch thin so it can go anywhere you do without weighing you down and its powerful enough to get the job done
More on the Lenovo IdeaPad U110
Toshiba Portégé M700 Convertible Tablet PC: As Practical as a Writing Pad
Tablet PCs were designed to be as easy to use a writing pad whilst having all the comfort and convenience of digital data storage. Toshiba’s new 12.1inch Portégé M700 Convertible Tablet PC is a true all-rounder. It can be used in tablet PC mode, as well as in normal laptop mode. Inputting data when working with files or writing e-mails with the Portégé is made easy though using your finger, the special PC input pencil or the typical laptop keyboard. The integrated high speed UMTS function with 3G Broadband WWAN makes it easy to surf the net everywhere. This tablet PC can use WLAN of course, in the 802.11a/g/Pre-N version. It is also compatible with Bluetooth wireless technology.
The new Portégé M700 has a better performance rate than its predecessors thanks to its Intel Core2 Duo Processor T8300. The 2kg Tablet PC also has a SuperMulti DVD drive, a webcam, a slot for a PC card, USB ports, a fingerprint reader and a Kensington slot. With regards to security, the Toshiba EasyGuard system offers a complex security network, as the computer should be protected against data theft. The 160GB Sata-Hard hard drive can hold as much data as one might like to carry around with them. The WXGA TFT display has LED background lighting and a wide viewing angle. The elegant Toshiba Portégé M700 also has a 2,048MB RAM.
AuthenTec Adds Security to New Motion Computing Tablet PC
New F5 Tablet is Motion’s First Semi-Rugged, Fingerprint-Enabled Tablet PC Tailored for Today’s Mobile Field Worker
AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), the world’s leading provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions, announced that its fingerprint sensor has been integrated as a standard feature into the new Motion Computing® F5 tablet PC. The F5 tablet, which combines the best features of a rugged PC with the portable convenience of a tablet PC, integrates an AuthenTec fingerprint sensor to protect the device, its stored data, and the networks to which it connects.
The F5 addresses issues encountered by mobile workforces across industries like field service, manufacturing, government and construction. Organizations within these industries are seeking to reduce the number of devices technicians carry, improve workflow, reduce data collection errors and ensure users can communicate with host systems and each other, in the field or in an office.
“We worked very closely with our customers on the development of the new F5 tablet, and among the requirements was best-in-class security. That’s why we turned to Motion’s longtime fingerprint sensor supplier AuthenTec to add convenient security to this innovative new tablet,” said Jerome Kearns, Motion’s SVP of Operations. “We believe that the AuthenTec fingerprint sensor helps simplify password management while increasing data security on highly mobile devices.”
“We are pleased to further expand our longstanding relationship with Motion, and we look forward to supporting the successful launch of their new semi-rugged tablet PC,” said Tom Aebli, AuthenTec’s senior director of PC Marketing. “Our durable fingerprint sensor adds convenient security to the F5. Today’s field service personnel will experience reliable and consistent operation when they’re ready to put the F5 to work. That’s because our TruePrint-based fingerprint sensor reads below the surface of the skin to quickly and easily image their worn, calloused or dirty fingerprints.”
The Motion Computing F5 tablet uses AuthenTec’s AES1610 fingerprint sensor. This small, secure, highly integrated sensor has been integrated into millions of laptop PCs and PC peripherals. The AES1610 is based on the company’s patented TruePrint® technology, the only solution in volume production that reads below the surface of the skin to the live layer where a person’s true fingerprint resides. This unique subsurface approach enables AuthenTec sensors to read virtually every fingerprint, every time.
May 6, 2008
Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC Review
With so may Tablet PCs available today what makes the Latitude standout?
It's all in the details.....ease of use, an exceptional screen, there is no question that Dell paid careful attention to detail when designing the Latitude XT Tablet PC and its accessories. Its sleek, sturdy and powerful, has a great pen and ink experience and the largest selection of connectivity options to date. Those are just some of the features that made the Dell Tablet PC stand out from the crowd.
Sized to go anywhere
ULTRA-mobile PCs meet a growing need, and here we take a look at a couple of the best.
Fujitsu LifeBook U1010
It's so tiny, cute and fully featured that it renders itself almost irresistible.
The Fujitsu LifeBook U1010 3.5G is currently the smallest and lightest laptop in the world. It weighs only 630g and is only 17cm long, making it roughly the size of a paperback novel and equivalent to Penny's Computer Book in Inspector Gadget.
Technology has moved on significantly since that cartoon series, however, and this computer book will not only let you communicate with your suspiciously intelligent dog, but it runs Windows Vista Business and lets you access all the Microsoft applications that come with that.
What's more, the touchscreen also lets you turn this tiny PC into a tiny tablet PC. The screen is mounted on a hinge so you can twist it around and sit it on top of the PC's keyboard, reducing its size even more.
'Natural Interface' will Become Affordable - Bill Gates
Bill Gates, chief of U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp., on Tuesday forecast that prices of more advanced user interfaces, including displays in tablet PCs, will become more affordable as they become more ubiquitous.
In a keynote speech at a digital forum in Seoul, Gates said that the "cost of natural (user) interfaces will become very, very low," while stressing the importance of software amid the increasing power of hardware in the future.
"The tablet device is just one thing that shows up in this next digital decade; screens will be everywhere," the chairman said, underlining that prices will drop as the devices become more ubiquitous.
A tablet PC, or a slate-shaped mobile computer, allows the user to operate the computer with a stylus or digital pen, or a fingertip, instead of a keyboard or mouse, on its touch screen.
"If you're in a meeting and want to take notes, it is far more effective," Gates said, while highlighting efficiency of interfaces such as stylus pens used in tablet PCs.
Such peripherals are getting smaller and cheaper, said Gates, while emphasizing that new means of interacting with computers will be one of the "big breakthroughs" of the next decade.
The chairman also noted his dream to replace textbooks in schools with tablet computers, with curriculum provided within table PC screens.
May 8, 2008
Strength by OtterBox: Pink Cases to Support the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Together we have the strength to fight breast cancer
Having the strength to overcome obstacles can be one of life’s biggest challenges. But imagine the amount of strength it would take to overcome breast cancer. For all the lives impacted by breast cancer every year, the word strength takes on a whole new meaning.
By purchasing an OtterBox for iPhone or iPod nano Defender™ Series Strength case, 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved.
May 9, 2008
TabletPc2.com 2008 Mothers Day Gift Guide
NEC rolls out new ShieldPRO rugged tablet PC for Japan
NEC's ShieldPRO ruggedized tablet PCs have never exactly put much emphasis on looks, but the company seems to at least be trying to spice things up a bit with its latest FC-N22A model, which ditches the usual nothing-but-business appearance for something designed to turn a few more heads. That brightly-colored exterior will still give you the same IP55-compliant dust and water resistance, however, along with enough ruggedness to protect it from three-foot drops onto a concrete floor. Otherwise, you can expect the usual 12.1-inch display, low-power Core 2 Duo U7500 1.0GHz processor, a promised 12 hours of battery life, optional built-in GPS, and good 'ol Windows XP for an OS. No word on a price just yet, but you can look for this one to hit Japan by the end of June.
A Digital Photographer and His UMPC
UMPC Portal publishes an interesting review of the Samung Q1 Ultra UMPC from Cristian Soregia, a digital photographer, who uses the UMPC for his work. Well worth a read as Cristian walks through how the device works for him and the pluses and minuses he sees whether through a lens or not.
May 12, 2008
Allegiance Technology and Motion Computing
Allegiance Technology and Motion Computing are sponsoring webinars about the capabilities of the Motion F5 Field Service tablet. We’ve found that after the training, people better understand the differences between the F5 and the C5 as well as the difference between the F5 and other rugged tablet PCs. The webinar is about 30 minutes followed by a Q&A session. The best part is that attendees are eligible to purchase one Motion F5 (any configuration) for $1,000 off the list price for themselves or their organization.
GBM Interview: An IM Conversation with Dennis Moore, CEO of OQO
Gotta Be Mobile
I had the opportunity this morning to sit down and chat with Dennis Moore, CEO of OQO, about keeping a company agile, his schedule, his team, the Model 02, Vista Lite, Tablet PC, touch, and the new ultra-portable entrants from Asus and HP. Keep up to date with what Dennis is doing by subscribing to his blog.
Rob Bushway says:
I noticed an entry on your blog about InkSeine and that it might be the app to make you start inking. I don't see a lot of marketing from OQO in regards to the tablet pc features. I know you can't comment about new / upcoming features, but do you see tablet pc support continuing in future models? What about capacitive touch?
InkSeine is a very cool application, and a great example of how Microsoft innovates. Another great tablet-oriented application is Mind Map, which my brother loves on his OQO. I can't speak to the future, but touch and ink are going to be important market requirements going forward.
MobileDemand xTablet T8600
Rugged PC Review
MobileDemand is now launching their latest rugged Tablet PC - the xTablet T8600 and RuggedPCReview.com is proud to be the first to offer a thorough review of this exciting new rugged PC. MobileDemand is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa based provider of mobile automation systems for streamlining operations, improving customer service, and just generally helping businesses improve their bottom line. MobileDemand is specializing in the beer wholesale market where they have over a thousand rugged computers deployed at over a hundred wholesalers nationwide. Anheuser-Busch, the nation's largest beer company, certified MobileDemand's rugged computers for route sales functions for all their wholesalers.
The xTablet T8600 is a latest generation rugged Tablet PC with very unique features that set is apart from most other Tablet PCs. First, the T8600 is a compact and rugged, full-function Tablet PC with an integrated numeric keypad that allows for exceptionally easy data entry. Second, it has a very high capacity battery that yields a minimum of seven hours of battery life without power management; and, third, the device is available with an integrated bar-code reader and signature capture/imager, making extensive, sophisticated data collection a snap.
MobileDemand is also covering insurance, warehousing, manufacturing, inspection, construction, and what could generally be called "field-based" applications. In other words, applications that require compact, mobile computer power, but also demand a good degree of ruggedness from the equipment.
GETAC 840XT ruggedized Tablet PC
Matt Faulkner has been braving the outside world recently, testing out one of GETAC’s rugged Tablet PCs. This particular model is similar to the E100 we saw back in January, using an Intel Stealey A110 ULV processor running at 800MHz, half a gig of RAM and an 80GB, shock-mounted hard-drive. However the 8490XT adds a keypad to the right of its 8.4 in. widescreen TFT Wide Angle View touchscreen.
May 13, 2008
OtterBox Announces On-The-Go Protection for Samsung’s Industry Leading Q1 Ultra & Q1 Ultra Premium Family of Ultra Mobile PCs
Otter Products, LLC. introduces the OtterBox 1990 a sleek, stylish, semi-rugged case to protect the Samsung Q1 Ultra and Q1 Ultra Premium UMPCs from Samsung Electronics America, Inc. As part of the Defender™ Series line, the 1990 safeguards from drops, bumps and scratches while still allowing complete interaction with all navigation keys, I/O ports, camera and webcam right through the case. Ultra-mobile enthusiasts and businesses employing ultra-mobile product solutions now have even more mobility!
The OtterBox 1990 comes in black silicone on a black polycarbonate shell or black silicone on a yellow polycarbonate shell. Black cases work perfectly for military, emergency services, government or general users, and yellow cases are ideal for construction, field force automation and industrial customers. The case accommodates standard (4 cell) and extended (6 cell) batteries. An included tethered stylus with external stylus storage and a flip stand for multimedia use provide the ultimate experience and protection in one compact solution.
Fujitsu and Socket Mobile Form Strategic Partnership to Improve Mobile Data Solution
Socket Mobile, Inc. and Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced a strategic partnership and plans for joint product offerings aimed at improving mobile data collection in a variety of industries. Combining the mobile data collection capabilities of Socket Mobile with the tablet and ultra-mobile computing expertise of Fujitsu will offer trusted, proven solutions for improving customer service by increasing the tools available to mobile workers.
The initial offering from this partnership is a mobile data collection and payment solution for the retail industry that enables workers in a retail environment to scan bar codes, swipe credit cards and finalize sales from anywhere in the store. The combined solution features the Socket Mobile CF Mag Stripe Reader, which reads and transfers magnetic stripe data into any Windows application running on the Fujitsu LifeBook® P1620 convertible tablet PC, creating a mobile Point of Sale (POS) terminal. When this combined device is used in conjunction with the Socket Mobile Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS), which scans and sends bar code data to the terminal via Bluetooth, it will create a complete, integrated payment solution, enabling sale completion directly from the sales floor.
With the solution in place, retail workers can scan the bar code on the physical product with the CHS, send the information to the tablet PC, swipe the credit card information with the CF Mag Stripe Reader and have the customer sign for and complete the transaction from anywhere in the store. This will enable retailers to greatly streamline the transaction process and enhance worker productivity and customer satisfaction. Offering a level of mobile computing power previously not available in the retail industry, the POS solution will be available to Fujitsu corporate customers and its resellers via the Fujitsu business-to-business e-commerce website.
The Fujitsu LifeBook P1620 tablet PC has historically been popular among highly mobile workers. It weighs 2.2 pounds, has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and offers advanced security features like a pre-boot authentication security panel and fingerprint sensor, allowing sales associates to easily and safely carry the tablet while staying connected anywhere in the store. It also runs full Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, which can help eliminate the need for additional development work and maintenance costs resulting from running multiple environments
Wireless technology gives Princess of Wales Hospital electronic records at the point of care
Clinicians at the Princess of Wales Hospital in South Wales are able to access clinical information, including test results and patient records, throughout the hospital using mobile devices as a result of the innovative use of wireless technology.
Part of the Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust, the hospital has deployed a Cisco wireless local area network (LAN) and wireless carts, with PCs, laptops, and tablet PCs. These will help clinicians spend more time with patients and deliver treatment faster by cutting out the need to go back and forth to other departments or office-based PCs.
Patients can leave the hospital soon after they are discharged instead of waiting for the relevant administration work to catch up. As soon as the patient is discharged from hospital the summary information is transmitted electronically to their GP.
“The Cisco wireless technology at the Princess of Wales Hospital is providing the opportunity to modernise the delivery of patient services. Clinicians will have immediate access to clinical information at the point of care. In the Emergency Department for example, consultants will use a tablet PC to look at a patient’s pathology test results while at the patient’s bedside,” said Carl Mustad, assistant director of information technology at the Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust.
May 14, 2008
Top Tablet PCs
Slate tablets and convertible tablets have the portability of a light laptop, with the added flexibility of a touch screen. Here are a few of our favorites.
Not all workers have the luxury of being able to sit down in order to use a laptop. If you have to input information or write notes while on your feet, a tablet PC may be the way to go. You have your choice between a slate tablet, which has no keyboard—you write or input data with a stylus or fingertip—and a convertible tablet, with an integrated keyboard and a screen that can be swiveled between laptop and tablet mode.
Convertible tablets are becoming popular among workers and students. Lenovo has long been a leader in this arena, with the
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet
our Editors' Choice in this category by virtue of its solid features, good performance and writing experience, and great keyboard. The
is a tiny laptop with a 7-inch screen. While other convertible tablets use a hinge to swivel the screen between modes, the Shift's screen can be pushed back to reveal a keyboard, and then tilted upward into tablet mode. The
HP Pavilion tx2000z
improves upon HP 's original tablet PC by adding Wacom digitizer technology to its touch-screen functionality. The
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010
is lightweight (3.9 pounds) with exceptional battery life. Though it has no internal optical drive, its battery lasted 5 hours 32 minutes running a DVD off an external drive—for more routine tasks, it should last much longer. All of the convertible tablets here run Windows Vista, which integrates tablet functions and provides particularly good handwriting recognition. The newest kid on the block, the
Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002
, offers a built-in optical drive (a rarity in this category), as well as excellent performance and superb "green" attributes (we actually gave it our PC Magazine Green Tech Approved seal).
Slate tablets, which present a flat writing screen but no keyboard, have become rarer and largely serve niche markets. For instance, the
Motion Computing F5
is geared to healthcare professionals as well as certain field workers. Apple doesn't have a tablet of its own—the Newton is the closest they came to one. The
was designed to help fill this void. The only tablet that runs Mac OS X Leopard, this slate tablet is a modified
, with the keyboard removed and the lid replaced by a Wacom digitizer screen. It should appeal to graphics designers and illustrators who would rather work with a pen than with a keyboard.
A tablet PC is a good choice if you work in a hospital, a lab, or other place where you need to do your computing or take notes while on your feet. Fortunately, there are plenty of good models to choose from depending on your needs and price range.
Summer Professional Development for K-12 Teachers: Tablet PC Academy
Hunterdon Central in New Jersey is hosting another Tablet PC Academy this year. The three day conference helps teachers, administrators, and others learn best practices on how to integrate the technology into the classroom for teaching and learning.
There will be two sessions this summer:
- July 15 - 17, 2008
- July 22 - 24, 2008
Registration is now open for a team of teachers or individuals. There is a discount if you register before June 1, 2008.
This is a fantastic effort by those at Hunterdon Central. It'll be more than just talking with someone else who uses the technology. The hands-on approach will allow you to learn to improve Windows navigation, discuss instructional techniques where Tablet PCs are integrated into the curriculum, and have help troubleshooting issues or concerns.
New Office 2007 add-on makes commands easier to find
Microsoft claims that Office 2007's ribbon interface saves time by putting the features people use most often closer at hand. For those of us who spent years learning where those functions were in previous versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the changes aren't the productivity boosters Microsoft envisioned.
I've done more than my share of rummaging around the ribbon in Office 2007 trying to find a particular command, and I've even used Microsoft's user-interface guides to hunt down the feature I needed. Now Microsoft Office Labs has developed the free Search Commands add-on for Office 2007 that lets you type in a command and access it in an instant.
After you download and install the add-on, the Search Commands tab is added to the ribbon. Click it (or press the Windows key and Y) and type the name of the command you need.
Office Labs' only other offering to date is the Community Clips add-on designed to facilitate finding and sharing how-to videos relating to Office 2007. The site describes three other projects: one that creates a wiki on a SharePoint server, one that is intended to improve the Tablet PC pen interface, and one designed to serve as a marketplace for freelancers.
May 15, 2008
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ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse Review
Tablet PC Reviews
The new ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse is Lenovo's answer to the portable mouse everyone has wanted to go with their new Thinkpad notebook or Tablet PC. This new mouse was created in the ThinkPad image, claiming great performance in a durable rubberized paint shell. Read on to find out if this new ThinkPad mouse is worthy of the name it bears.
Build quality is second to none, and I haven't felt a better built mouse in years. The only thing that I can remember that comes close was my first Microsoft PS2 Intellimouse. This thing is built like a tank, and very over engineered. The battery bay of all things is a beauty of engineering with a spring loaded hinge that makes the entire cover flip up like a car hood to replace the batteries. The paint is the same that you find on the ThinkPad, being the slightly rubber black texture, that holds up great showing little wear.
May 19, 2008
Review: Battery Life Gets A Boost
People in vertical markets who demand a truly mobile, full-function PC can often find themselves hitting the wall.
Long battery life, combined with full functionality, has continued to elude tablet PC manufacturers. Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., San Jose, Calif., though, has pushed improvements in this area much further than we've seen in earlier generations of tablet PCs.
In the CRN Test Center Lab, a LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC performed in a series of tests designed to get a look at how it might operate in different scenarios. The 3.5-pound evaluation unit ran Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) Windows Vista Business, with an Intel (NSDQ:INTC) Core 2 Duo U7600 processor at 1.20GHz and 2 GB of memory. Using Primate Labs' Geekbench software, the T2010 benchmarked a score of 1,337. It was absolutely fine for word processing, moderate Web browsing or entering numbers onto a spreadsheet.
To test the life of the 6-cell Lithium Ion battery, all the power-saving features were shut off and a video was played continuously from the hard drive until the system shut down. Here, the T2010 ran for a full four hours and 10 minutes before it went black. In a "real world" test, with power-saving features on, battery life stretched to more than eight hours.
Hugh MacLeod and the gapingvoid Cartoons on a Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile
Hugh MacLeod is a blogger, cartoonist, marketing strategist, and thinker I follow for a number of reasons. I got my first taste of his cartoons when I found out he sketched some of them on a Tablet PC. I noticed this morning on Twitter that he mentioned that his latest round of 11 cartoons where done on a Motion LE1700 Tablet PC, running XP using AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro(formerly Alias Sketchbook Pro).
Hugh came up with the Blue Monster cartoon about Microsoft that has sort of evolved into the Blue Monster Project that is working to help Microsoft tell its story better.
Manhattan Construction Company To Use Vela Systems' Mobile Software for Field Administration
Vela Systems, a developer of mobile field software for the AECO (architecture, engineering, contractor and owner) industry, today announced that Manhattan Construction, a more
than 100-year-old international construction company based in Tulsa, OK, will be using Vela Systems installed on Tablet PCs to help build the largest enclosed football stadium in the United States. Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the stadium's construction marks the continuation of Vela's rapidly growing popularity amongst AECO leaders who are enlisting The solution for its proven abilities to accelerate project delivery, save money and improve work quality.
May 20, 2008
AT&T Launches Free Wi-Fi for LaptopConnect Customers (Laptop, Tablet Pc UMPC)
Customers Can Now Connect in More Places with Addition of Nation's Largest Wi-Fi Network
Want to move your office to the hottest spot in town? Go right ahead. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that qualifying LaptopConnect customers can now access more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hot spots free of charge. Users can access Wi-Fi at nearly 7,000 participating Starbucks locations plus thousands more AT&T Wi-FiSM locations, including restaurants, airports, hotels and other convenient locations across the United States.
AT&T LaptopConnect uses AT&T’s wireless network to keep customers connected to e-mail, the Internet and business applications almost anywhere they can make a phone call. Qualifying LaptopConnect customers will now automatically receive a pop-up message alerting them to Wi-Fi availability when in range of an AT&T hot spot. At that point, customers who have downloaded the latest AT&T Communication Manager software to their laptop PC just need to click Connect to access the Wi-Fi connectivity. The offer is available to customers who subscribe to a DataConnect plan of $59.99 or more.¹ AT&T Communication Manager comes with new LaptopConnect cards and is available for free at www.att.com/laptopconnect.
Triple booting into Vista, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu on a Fujitsu U810 UMPC
A few weeks ago Jason D. O’Grady posted about the news that a person was able to get Mac OS X running on an OQO. Prior to that Kevin Tofel had Mac OS X running on a powerful Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC device. I have the Fujitsu U810, but use it as my primary travel computer and didn’t want to mess things up so I was hesitant to give this a try on my device. However, I just read on the GottaBeMobile forums that a brave individual was able to get Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Linux Ubuntu all running on his Fujitsu U810 UMPC device.
May 21, 2008
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 with WWAN Review
Tablet PC Reviews
The Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 is a solid Tablet PC. This updated model has AT&T BroadbandConnect HSPA integrated though. Besides that the design and chassis are the same. I actually have the lower end model with the ULV 1.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor and smaller hard drive. The big question though, does the built-in WWAN make a difference, especially for those road warriors or business professionals who are always on the go? Let's take a look and find out.
I didn't have any problems taking notes and since the T2010 has a bi-directional hinge it is great for presentations. I love being able to turn the tablet screen in both directions. It automatically changes orientation in tablet mode as well. The screen does have a glossy finish, but it's not that reflective. In fact it has great viewing angles and is readable outdoors.
The T2010, is one of the first notebooks in North America to offer a built-in wireless modem certified to access AT&T’s third-generation (3G) High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) BroadbandConnect wireless network. The ability to have this high speed access allows for faster download speeds and faster upload speeds, which enhances users' ability to send large files, such as emails with attachments, videos, photos or business documents.
I tested out the WWAN in many areas around my office and home in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. It worked great at the office and was hit or miss at my house. Downtown in the city I had good luck with connecting and reached way over the expected download speeds of between 600 Kbps and 1,400 Kbps and typical upload speeds between 500 Kbps and 800 Kbps. Besides that, I think that AT&T doesn't have the network coverage that Verizon and Sprint do in my area.
May 22, 2008
Samsung to persevere with the Ultra Mobile PC
Samsung is planning a next generation of its Q1 UMPC and even potential MIDs – but is holding off on thoughts of an Eee PC rival. TechRadar spoke to Jeongseon Euh, Principal R&D Engineer in Samsung’s Computer Systems Division about the company’s Q1 UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) device.
“This current Samsung Q1 ultra is second generation of the UMPC category since 2006,” explained Euh – referred to by his co-workers as ‘the Q1 guy’. “May 2006 we launched in US. As you understand, this UMPC category is still very small.”
The Q1, together with its upgraded version the Q1 Ultra has, by Samsung’s reckoning, been a modest success, especially in education. “Last year we shipped 100,000 units worldwide including the UK, Italy, United States and China.” That might not sound like much, but it’s hardly disastrous for a product category that, put simply, many just aren’t convinced by.
“We will refresh our design and upgrade our performance and specification. We will continue to invest in form factors. We will launch the 3rd generation of UMPC probably early Q1 next year,” Q3 in Q1 then. We'd expect to see a version ready in time for January's CES.
User Enhanced Vista Tablet Button Tool for Sahara i440D
Gotta Be Mobile
When you don’t have what you need, some of us create it for ourselves. That’s what harakan, a GBM Forum user, has done with the Vista Tablet Button driver on the TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Tablet PC.
As the standard Tablet Button driver provided by TabletKiosk for Vista is pretty limited, I have put together a replacement. This provides many new features, such as a one-button, touch-optimised task switcher, multiple functions per button (based on short or long-presses), and application-specific functions.
harakan has also provided a list of the standard default button definitions and how to edit them if you’re so inclined. Check out the full post in the GBM Forums
Mindjet acquires JCVGANTT- bringing ink-enabled project management bringing ink-enabled project management to MindManager
One of the most used programs on my computers is MindManager, the best mind mapping software on the planet. MindManager is not only a sterling mapping program but its support for inking on the Tablet PC is well known. JCVGANTT is another program I have used a lot as it integrates MS Project compatible project management with MindManager, and also supports inking very well. I am excited to report that Mindjet has purchased JCVGANTT and will be bringing this great project management tool into the MindManager family. For a video of both MindManager and JCVGANTT in action with ink take a look at the Tablet PC demo video I did a while back which shows what the two programs can do together. The press release about the acquisition can be found after the jump.
May 23, 2008
Toshiba M700-110 review
Since the Tablet PC (with a capital ‘T’) appeared in 2002, we’ve seen various ‘slate’ models come and go - but perhaps the more interesting version is the ‘convertible’, which can serve as a regular laptop or as a tablet PC. The Toshiba M700-110 is just such a beast, a well-specified tablet laptop that is relatively low in weight, powerful for business tasks and possessing good battery life.
To convert the Toshiba M700-110 to tablet use, you simply set the screen to the vertical, rotate it by 180 dgrees, then lay it flat against the body. Onboard sensors mean it will sense if it’s being carried in landscape or portrait mode.
Control of the system is then entirely through the touchscreen, either by fingertips to select and double-click icons, or with the plastic stylus that tucks into the side like on a PDA. Using the stylus also simplifies right-clicking, using a button on its stem.
For text input, Microsoft’s Tablet PC software gives the option of a floating keyboard on screen, or handwriting recognition in a floating palette. And this handwriting input method works impressively well, able to intelligently read even our less than perfect scribbling skills.
May 26, 2008
May 27, 2008
Sydney Pollack was one of the people I had the pleasure of teaching to use a Tablet PC. He had two of them, a Tablet Kiosk Sahara and one that came bundled with the software he used in his plane.
Besides being an academy award award winning director, Sidney loved technology and his office was filled with it. He was wonderfull man with a great sense of humor and kind heart who will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Acclaimed director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack has died of cancer. He was 73.
According to the AP, quoting Pollack's agent Leslee Dart, Pollack died Monday afternoon (5/26/08) at his home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by family and friends.
Though Sydney Pollack started out as an actor and acting coach and later ended his career doubling producer duties with cameo and supporting roles, it was as a director that Pollack will probably best be remembered. His films had the sheen of the Golden Era of Hollywood, even though most were made in the `70s and `80s. They also spanned genres and included The Way We Were (`73), Three Days of the Condor (`75), The Electric Horseman (`79), Tootsie (`82), culminating in what was arguably his greatest success, Out of Africa (`85)
OtterBox.com supports recent Colorado tornado victims!
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Idaho Dairy Implements MobileDemand Tablet PC in WirelessComputing Solution to Help Monitor Health and Breeding of 8,000 Cows
Box Canyon Dairy, a 2,500-acre dairy in Wendell, Idaho, recently partnered with rugged Tablet PC manufacturer MobileDemand and agricultural industry software provider ProfitSource to implement a mobile computing system that improved the efficiency of daily operations and provided access to the information needed to give each individual cow the veterinary attention it needs.
This simple implementation has resulted in significant time savings on the dairy that have helped streamline operations and reduce errors.
The MobileDemand xTablet rugged Tablet PC provided Box Canyon with the ability to run DairyQuest in the field and give them access to all the information necessary to make decisions regarding veterinary treatment of animals while standing right next to them.
"Box Canyon is a prime example of how the xTablet PC can increase productivity, and ultimately save both time and money," said Matt Miller, president of MobileDemand. "With the xTablet PC, Box Canyon is now able to upload all of the day's relevant data onto the rugged Tablet PC, and instead of looking for cows by their numbers and sorting them in pens, dairy employees are able to identify cows through the RFID tag in the ears of the cows. They use an RFID wand connected to the xTablet Tablet PC."
iTablet rumor rises from the grave once more
On February 27, 1998, one of the most iconic and unprofitable of Apple products, the Newton, was unceremoniously killed in a press release. "To realize our ambitious plans we must focus all of our efforts in one direction," said Steve Jobs. "Focus is all about saying no. To get [Apple] back on a growth track we have to be focused on that mission. Newton, although it is a great technology, did not fit that mission," said Fred Anderson.
Nonetheless, in the ten years since the death of the Newton, devotees of the tablet concept have testified to a multitude of portents and signs suggesting a second coming of Newton. It should come as no surprise, then, that in the days before a major Apple Event, WWDC, the Mac Tablet rumor has returned. This time it comes from Jason O'Grady at The Apple Core.
A little birdy tells me that Apple will announce a 12 or 13-inch tablet in the fall of this year. Most likely in the September or October time frame. It will run the full Mac OS X and have a slot loading SuperDrive, an “iPhone-type” GPS chip and an Intel Core Duo processor, presumably Intel’s Atom.
Time to Talk About Tablet PCs?
Broader support for tablet-style apps enables their maximized use for general office work.
Tablet PCs have firmly established themselves in certain vertical markets where users don't have offices or need to compute while standing. But as the tablet market matures, more sedentary office workers could benefit from using them, particularly when it comes to annotation and approval tasks. This presents opportunities for solution providers to spread the message about tablets.
According to IDC research, tablets doubled their market share in 2007 from 2006, accounting for more than 7 percent of the mobile market last year, and they are on a similar growth curve this year. What has changed to make tablets more popular? Three things.
First, as more office workers tote hardbound diaries in and out of meetings to keep track of commitments and to-do lists, tablets can play a more useful role. "I have a really bad memory, so I take a lot of notes in meetings," says Seth Fearey, Smart Valley Initiative director at Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Fearey has been using a Fujitsu tablet for more than three years and says he loves the built-in journal software: "I never run out of paper or ink, and easily erase and add notes."
The journal application is just one of many general-purpose applications that can record handwriting and allow fast text searches. The ink-recording feature of tablets can be useful for preserving diagrams, making quick sketches, and annotating PowerPoint slides and documents. This feature captures real-time meeting notes that can be shared with all participants.
Second, there is now wider and deeper support for tablet-style applications that can be used by general office workers. Windows Vista now includes tablet support for all enterprise-level versions, and its support is better than what was previously available for Windows XP.
Vista's tablet features also offer two important improvements over the tablet XP version: handwriting recognition and pen navigation, the latter being supported more completely throughout Vista and not limited to just a few applications and menu commands.
Finally, the tablet market has matured into two subspecies: the slate and the convertible form factors.
Allegiance Technology Partners is a tablet specialist that carries several models and offers a liberal four-day return policy. "You can't go into Best Buy and see a tablet PC. People had concerns, and people very rarely return these units," says John Hill, the company's CEO. "It is a fun product to sell, and the margins are better than with traditional desktops."
JLT sets the ultimate benchmark for mobile mapping and surveying
Mobile computing innovator JLT has set the standard for rugged PCs with its latest tablet PC - the JLT8404. Featuring a host of benchmarking features, including an extremely strong aircraft grade aluminium chassis and 8.4-inch colour touchscreen viewable in sunlight.
Offering integrated wireless communications – Bluetooth, WLAN, 3G/GPRS, highly accurate GPS, a choice of powerful processors and familiar Windows operating system, the MIL STD 810F rated device provides a future-proof investment for demanding mobile applications.
With the JLT8404 the company offers one of the most rugged tablet PCs available on the market today. Specifically designed without moving and external parts and subjected to severest tests – water and dust ingress to IP65, drop tests to 1.2 metres and extreme temperatures ranging from -20C to +50C – the device will provide years of trouble-free life.
“JLT has pushed the boundaries of mobile computing design and manufacture with the JLT8404. The tablet PC is small and light enough to take anywhere and work all day with, easily configured to any application and powerful enough to do all the tasks any field worker requires of it. It's a true mobile office that goes anywhere,”
May 28, 2008
Next-gen Windows to 'make touch natural part of user experience'
Microsoft has definitively confirmed it’s actually quite far down the line in defining the successor to Vista – currently dubbed Windows 7.
It’s not surprising this is the case. “When we shipped Windows 2000, we were already working on Windows XP and we started working on Windows Vista even before we released Windows XP,” explains Chris Flores of the Windows Client Communications Team. “So naturally, we've been thinking about the investments we made in Windows Vista and how we can build on these for the next version of Windows.”
The most headline-worthy feature of the new OS is the dedication to touch technology. Microsoft says it has “long been a key innovator in touch technology” in a PR missive today and we guess that it’s right – if you count the half-decade old but hardly, er, touched Tablet PC and last year’s Surface tech.
It seems Windows 7 will take touch to hitherto unseen levels, too. “With Windows 7, Microsoft will be baking (sic) touch right into the OS and the Windows development platform so that software developers will have a standard way of adding touch to their applications,” wrote a spokesperson.
Microsoft Chiefs Talk Past, Look To Future
It wasn't exactly a formal hand-off, but Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer shared a stage Tuesday night in what could be regarded as a symbolic transition of power as Gates gets ready to retire from his full-time job at the software giant.
The two men appeared together at the Wall Street Journal's "All Things Digital" conference in Carlsbad, California, where they were interviewed onstage by conference co-hosts Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Looking to the future, he told me "the day that the tablet (PC) is mainstream, that will be a fun day."
With Gates stepping down, Ballmer will now have to carry on without Bill in a nearby office. But, as Gates said during the evening's events, he won't be far away, and he will be available to advise Ballmer whenever called upon.
You can bet Gates will be happy to help. He might no longer be getting a paycheck from Microsoft, but with double-digit billions of dollars of company stock, he has a pretty strong interest in the health of the company he co-founded.
May 29, 2008
Dell Mini Inspiron First Look: like Asus Eee and HP 2133
Its great when we get to see a new product in the wild and today we are hearing that Michael Dell bumped into the Gizmodo Staff at All Things D, now that might be good for them but what’s good for the gadget loving world is what photos they have shown us. Michael briefly showed them the laptop he was carrying, as you can see in the photos it’s much like the HP 2133 and Asus Eee.
This is a first look at this laptop and its never been seen before Michael Dell showed it, he confirmed that it’s a “low-cost notebook meant for developing countries” and it could be a Dell Mini Inspiron, although we have no official name yet.
VIA Announces New UMPC Reference Design
We've seen the Everex CloudBook emerge from VIA's Nanobook reference design, so what's in store for the company's latest ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) venture? Today, VIA announced another reference design called the OpenBook, largely in response to the
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
. Despite the fact that the Mini-Note already runs a VIA processor, a second—perhaps an even more affordable—alternative would give its partners a chance to join an already crowded space of UMPCs.
At 2.2 pounds, the OpenBook weighs as much as the
ASUS EeePC 900
and sports a similar 8.9-inch screen. The keyboard will be slightly smaller than the HP Mini-Note's and will feature a touchpad and a built-in webcam above the screen. Even more compelling, however, will be the internal wireless options available for this reference design. Customers will be able to choose between WiMax, EVDO, and HSDPA modems—technologies that neither the HP Mini-Note nor the ASUS 900 offer internally. Additionally, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth come standard.
Multi-Touch Scenarios on a Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile
James Kendrick says he has yet to have anyone give him a single usage scenario where multi-touch on a normal sized device, like a Tablet PC, makes sense.
I can give him plenty that don't involve the traditional picture zooming:
- Math - interacting with clocks, manipulating objects for counting / sorting
- Modeling scenarios - cars, clay modeling, CAD, 3-D animation
- Practicing music where two or more notes need to be played at the same time to form a chord - guitar, piano, trumpet, etc. A person could practice the notes on a trumpet without having to put one to their lips. Heck, a 5" - 8" screen would be perfect for this. Think about holding an OQO in your right hand, with the three keys on the trumpet displaying, and being able to practice some music.
- Writing music and then wanting to test it out quickly on the screen with your fingers.
- Game playing with two people - play dough type of games for younger kids would be awesome. Take two fingers across the screen to form a string, then twist it with two fingers. Imagine the things kids could build. What about Legos - grabbing two or more pieces and putting them together, then manipulating them with your fingers. Picking up a bunch of Legos with your hand and moving them to another spot.
May 30, 2008
This Tablet PC Drawing from drawing from Vikram blog is just to clever not to share with you.
Somewhere down a yellow brick road ....
PhatPad 4.5 for Windows-Based Tablets, PCs and Windows Mobile Devices
PhatWare Corporation has announced the release of the company's notes organizer, PhatPad 4.5, is compatible with Microsoft Windows-based Tablet, Desktop and Windows Mobile-based devices.
PhatWare is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner and Microsoft Tablet PC Premier Partner. The Company specializes in handwriting recognition, digital ink, note taking, and database and network management software development.
Priced at $39.95, PhatPad 4.5’s new digital ink technology allows users to draw pictures, jot down notes, or put a mixture of pictures and typed text on a virtual scratch pad. The ink flow’s smoothness gives it a near ‘writing on real paper’ experience and PhatPad users can add images, voice notes, and text to animate their handwritten notes or pictures.
The desktop part of PhatPad also features two new UI themes, which are options allowing a change in basic application behavior, and an optional taskbar icon which provides quick access to the PhatPad application while also letting users hide the main window when it is minimized.
JLT rolls out new rugged Windows Tablet PC
JLT has released a new rugged tablet PC focused on the field work sector. It is called the JLT8404 and no specific pricing information is available as of yet.
The JLT8404 has a housing which is aluminum powder coated. It has been tested to survive multiple drops, higher operating temperatures and more. It sports a 8.4-inch SVGA screen which is daylight viewable and runs Microsoft Windows as its operating system.
Other features of the JLT8404 include up to 1GB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, touchscreen interface, 802.11 and Bluetooth wireless support and other wireless support options such as GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA and GPS.
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