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April 1, 2009

Toshiba intros innovative new laptop

Toshiba PetBook

Delicious and Durable 100% Organic Rawhide Casing

A highly robust and long-lasting enclosure made of vitamin-enriched 100% digestible organic rawhide keeps his data safe and tasty.

Toshiba Petbook K9

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Tablet PC causes ruckus in Iowa House Assembly Public Hearing

Matt from Mobile Demand Throws Tablet Pc on floor of Senete

Matt Miller, of Cedar Rapids, center, spoke at a public hearing on federal tax deductability held in the House Chambers at the Iowa Statehouse. On the ground to the far left is a tablet personal computer that Miller threw to the ground to prove it's durability and to get the attention of those attending the hearing. Miller is with Mobile Demand, maker of the tablet personal computer.

Miller is with Mobile Demand, maker of the tablet personal computer. A short time later, spectators were cleared from the galleries because of excessive cheering.

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April 2, 2009

MTV Games and Paramount Pictures Take STAR TREK  and Rock Band® “Where No Man Has Gone Before”  

MTV Games and Harmonix’s Rock Band® are joining forces with Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment to celebrate the May 8th theatrical release of the film STAR TREK from director/producer J.J. Abrams. The first-of-its-kind collaboration will fuse together the massive cultural followings of both STAR TREK and the video game phenomenon Rock Band to engage fans with free music, an in-game battle of the bands, and futuristic avatar creation contest.  

Beginning today, fans can register for a 15-day sweepstakes that will give away 500 free Rock Band Music Store downloads each day from April 7th through April 21st for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360(R) and PlayStation(R)Store for PlayStation3.

The Rock Band and STAR TREK promotion will culminate when the first-ever avatar creation contest launches on April 27th. Fans will be asked to create a futuristic avatar in-game and export it to RockBand.com for the community and Harmonix team to judge the winner. The Duke of Gravity will ultimately decide which avatar has what it takes to rock with the Enterprise crew. The winner will be chosen on May 11th and win "The Future is Now" prize pack including the top of the line Rock Band game accessories.

For more information on Rock Band and STAR TREK's collaboration, visit www.ROCKBAND.com\StarTrek.

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AT&T Offers $50 Netbooks With A Plan
InformationWeek

AT&T on Wednesday launched a trial offer of mini-laptops starting at $50 with a two-year contract Acer Netbooksfor wireless and wired Internet access.

The promotion, which AT&T is calling a "limited trial," is only available in the Atlanta and Philadelphia areas. The telecommunications company didn't say whether it would expand the offer to other cities.

While using heavily subsidized smartphones and mini-laptops, also called netbooks, to lure people to long-term data plans is not new, AT&T's latest deal takes the model a step further. While most offers involve only a wireless data plan, AT&T is looking to entice potential customers with a plan that includes an at-home DSL connection, along with access to the company's 3G wireless network. The two-year subscription starts at $60 a month.

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Most Popular Tablet PCs of March 2009
Tablet PC Reviews

Welcome to the March 2009 Most Popular Tablet PCs list. This report is made using the total page-HP tx2 tablet pcviews each product page receives in one month; so each time someone clicks one of the product links, they are submitting a vote in our monthly rankings. This list doesn’t always show which models are the best selling, but instead the models that readers want to research the most.

The HP Pavilion tx2500z is still holding a strong lead in the #1 position, with some minor shuffling between the HP Pavilion tx2000 and HP TouchSmart tx2z. A newcomer to the list is the Dell Latitude XT2, taking the #9 position away from the HP Compaq 2710p.

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April 6, 2009

Microsoft puts finger on better gestures
CNET

While much of the attention on multitouch surrounds what devices the interface will next find its way onto, Microsoft is also looking at how to improve the gestures themselves.

microsoft gestures

At a computer interface conference in Boston, Microsoft is presenting ideas for how to perform 27 different commands--ideas that stemmed by showing test subjects a set of commands and asking them to do the most logical gesture. Those that were popular among multiple people were the ones the researchers said made the most sense.

"If they are going to be universal gestures we want them to be very natural," Microsoft researcher Meredith Morris said in an interview last week.

The research comes as the use of such gestures is starting to take off. Multitouch gesture controls are already an integrated part of the iPhone and Microsoft's Surface and are also supported on some notebook trackpads. Windows 7 adds operating system-level support for multitouch gestures

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Computerworld

The New South Wales Department of Education and Training has awarded $150 million (Australian) in contracts to Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. to supply 267,000 netbook computers and software for students and teachers in the state.

"Production of the laptops for 200,000 senior secondary school students and 25,000 secondary teachers will begin immediately," said Nathan Rees, premier of New South Wales. "I want them in classrooms as soon as possible."

Lenovo said its share of the project will include about 220,000 IdeaPad S10e netbooks.

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New York Times

Microsoft has tried to address the potential Windows 7 netbook kerfuffle. On Friday, it put out a blog post championing Windows 7 as a netbook delight.

“Looking forward, we can confidently say that no matter how netbook PC hardware evolves, we’re gearing up to ensure that Windows 7 will run great on them,” Microsoft said in the post. “We’ve been testing Windows 7 onnetbook PCs since before Windows 7 was feature complete, and our plan is to enable these small notebook PCs to run any edition of Windows 7.”

Microsoft, however, remains mum about pricing for these different editions. And anything it does to dumb down Windows 7 for netbooks will only reduce the performance gap with Linux.

So far, consumers have shown their preference for Windows on netbooks, which bolsters Microsoft’s case. Linux went from almost 100 percent share on netbooks in the early days to just 20 percent after Microsoft started offering Windows XP on the systems.

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Motion’s F5 Rugged Tablet PC And C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant
Wireless Workforce Online

Motion Computing, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, recently announced that the F5 rugged tablet PC and the C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) are available for use on the Verizon Wireless mobile broadband network. Additionally, Motion is announcing upgrades to the devices including enhanced performance, the latest WiFi technology and a new 64GB solid state drive (SSD) option.

Tablet Upgrades Provide Improved Performance, Flexibility
Upgrades to the C5 and F5 include expanded communications capabilities with the Intel WiFi Link 5300 series 802.11 a/g/draft-n, Intel Centrino technology with the Intel Core2 Duo processor for improved performance and battery life, and a new 64GB SSD upgrade. An external battery charger is also now available for the C5 and F5, which enables users to quickly charge additional batteries for use throughout the workday.

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T-Mobile Making an Android-powered Tablet PC and Home Phone for 2010
Android Central

The NYT is reporting that T-Mobile has plans to make a Tablet-styled Device AND a home phone for next year (2010) and that both of those devices will run Android. Wow. We're not getting more Android phones, we're getting more Android devices.

The Home Phone is supposed to come with a docking station to handle syncing and re-charging purposes with a release earlier than the tablet device. The tablet device is shrouded in mystery but you can expect a 7-inch, laptop looking device that'll handle the basic computing tasks.

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Slash Gear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers-Hantech’s Siso Tablo
SlashGear

The Tablo turns any laptop into a tablet PC, enabling the user to write on, interact with, and control the computer through two deviced: a special pen, and a receiver that attaches to the top of the screen via a small magnet.Tablo Laptop to tablet pc

The demo we filmed gives a great overview of the features and abilities of this handy little attachment. Personally, I see it benefiting students and business types, with the ability to write on screen, take hand written notes on paper and have it written on screen, as well as used as a tablet for artists. Even more interesting is the ability to detect proximity of the pen to the sesor for use in 3D applications.

The Tablo is compatible with all of the Microsoft Office programs, as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Paint. The real draw to this awesome product is the price: $99 MSRP. Yes, you can turn your laptop into a presentation-worthy tablet PC for $99.

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LogMeIn is now offering netbook manufacturers and wireless broadband service providers the ability to deliver the power of desktop computing on a netbook. The new LogMeIn Partner Program for Netbooks allows OEMs and wireless operators to pre-install LogMeIn products for remote access and support on the netbook, giving users simple, one-click access to their full-featured remote PC or Mac, and providing IT service providers with easy access to support netbook users.

LogMeIn Ignition on a netbook, coupled with the LogMeIn remote access service on any full-featured Mac or PC, gives netbook users the ability to connect to a remote computer in just a few seconds and use it as if they were sitting in front of it. This can significantly increase the value of the netbook by giving users access to all the applications and data on their home or work computer, as well as features for remote printing and sound, and file sharing, synch and transfer(2).

Under the LogMeIn Partner Program for Netbooks, organizations that manufacture or sell netbooks can offer LogMeIn Ignition pre-loaded on their netbooks, letting customers access their home or work computers quickly and easily.

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Motion Computing C5 & F5 Tablet PC Now Supports Verizon Wireless F5 now in BlackMotion F5 Tablet PC in Black
gottabemobile

Motion Computing, who released their new J3400 just two weeks ago, today announced upgrades to their C5 MCA and F5 rugged Tablet PC. Both units now support Intel’s Core 2 Duo chipset, 802.11 a / g / draft n wireless, 64 gb SSD, as well as offering Verizon’s Wireless mobile broadband network. Previously, only Sprint broadband was offered. In addition, the F5 has undergone a color change, now being available in black, which should make all of those field force workers with dirty hands happy. Last but not least, an external battery charger is also available for both the C5 and F5.

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April 7, 2009

Gotta Be Mobile

Does Motion Computing’s new J3400 Tablet PC tickle your fancy? Well, if you are hankering to learn more, then be sure to attend one of their upcoming webinars. By attending, you’ll also get $500 off! The webinars are Tuesday, April 7 @ 11 am CST and Thursday, April 9 @ 1 pm CST. Details motionbelow:

Join us for a webinar to learn about the J3400’s integrated features and unique design and you can get $500 off a new J3400. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear how Motion’s tablet PCs are helping companies, across industries, significantly improve productivity by taking technology directly to the point of service.

Details on how to take advantage of the discount will be given at the end of each J3400 webinar presentation. Terms and Conditions found here.

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April 8, 2009

Computerworld Australia

The latest $218.5 million Star Trek film beamed down to one of the most advanced cinemas of its kind last night to blast Sydney-based Trekkies from their seats.

Some of the world’s most advanced audio and visual equipment was delivered to the Sydney Opera House for the premiere of the 11th instalment of the sci-fi series, which chronicles the early days of the USS Enterprise.

About 1500 Sydney viewers watched the premiere over the industry’s brightest and clearest Barco projectors, splashed over a German-designed 2048x1080 CinemaScope screen. They were also treated to more than 3 tonnes of forward-facing Dolby audio equipment, which swept audio horizontally across the complex.

The 125kg projectors, a Barco DP 3000 and 2000 sourced from Germany, were housed in a custom-built, sound-proof and air-conditioned booth and connected to an array of 30 Dolby surround sound speakers over Ethernet using the Dolby Dante protocol, as well as Dolby Lake processors and 30 amplifiers.

Controls were digital, which improved fault resolutions and monitoring, right down to the wireless tablet PC which replaced the mixing desk.

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PC Magazine

Gateway unveiled a whole new product line that includes two Gateway-branded netbooks and a pair of redesigned mainstream laptops, the EC and ID58.

Along with Acer's product announcements last night, Gateway unveiled a whole new product line that includes two Gateway-branded netbooks and a pair of redesigned mainstream laptops. Acer acquired Gateway in 2008, and this is the first time that the two are unveiling an arsenal of products at the same time. As you will see, their product lines are more closely aligned with each other than ever before.

The Acer Aspire One (10-inch) claims to be the best-selling netbook in the United States, so it was only a matter of time before Gateway jumped on board. The LT series is Gateway's first entry into the netbook space. The LT20 is a 10.1-inch netbook, which is basically a rebadged version of the One (10-inch). The LT series is available in red or black, and the automotive-inspired top bears a strong resemblance to the one on the Gateway MD7801u . It suffers from similar setbacks, though, such as a small 89 percent keyboard and an overly resistant touchpad. Otherwise, it runs Intel Atom parts and will be competitively priced like the Acer Aspire One.

Another new product in the LT series is the LT30, an 11.6-inch netbook, which, interestingly enough, is similar to the 11.6-inch Aspire One netbook Acer launched on the same night. The LT30 features industry firsts: an 11.6-inch widescreen and a full-size keyboard. Other notable features include a multitouch touchpad, Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth, optional 3G, and VGA-Out.

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Techtree.com

Dell Netbook roadmap

As per the available slides, different versions of Mini 10 will be rolled out in May. A Mini 1010v (Bear) with a 10-inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU with 2.5 W TDP, and 120GB/160GB HDD or SSD options at a price of $299 (Rs. 15,000 approx.).

The new Mini 1110 dubbed as Argos will be slotted in the very thin and light category and will have a 11.6-inch HD display. Packing 2GB memory for running Windows Vista

and a 250GB HDD, the Mini 11 prices will start from $499 (Rs. 25,000 approx.). This 11-inch Mini 11 version is expected to come out later this year.

In terms of pricing, the Mini 11 would ideally be priced between Mini 10 and Mini 12. In terms of hardware, we can expect the freshly launched 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor with a TDP of 2 watts. This processor is paired with the new Intel GN40 chipset that offers Intel GMA X4500HD graphics capable of encoding 720p HD movies.

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Computerworld

Almost all of the netbooks sold in February 2009 were running Windows, rather than Linux, says NPD.

According to the analyst firm, this is a complete reversal from the first half of 2008, when less than 10% of netbooks shipped with Microsoft's operating system.

"Not only are people overwhelmingly buying Windows, but those that try Linux are often returning it," said Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc in response to the NPD figures.

LeBlanc also claimed that consumers were choosing Windows because "it's easier to use, just works out of the box with people's stuff, and ultimately offers more choice".

Microsoft also revealed that it plans to put its forthcoming Windows 7 operating system onto netbooks.

"We've been testing Windows 7 on netbook PCs since before Windows 7 was feature complete, and our plan is to enable these small notebook PCs to run any edition of Windows 7".

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April 9, 2009

The HP TouchSmart IQ500 is in the house...........

Thunders Storm Checks out the HP TouchSmart HQ500

Thunders Storm, the kitty that loves technology has already figured out that touching the screen makes things move.   Come back for our "paws on" impressions of the HP TouchSmart  next week.

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Gotta Be Mobile

Physical therapists looking for some ways to improve their interaction with their patient should take a look at Active Ink Software’s new application Active PT. Details on Active PT can be found below. Active PT is $1000 + $200 per month.Active Ink Active PT  in use

Active Ink Software, Inc. announces the release of Active PT, a practice management solution for physical therapists. Active PT manages the interaction between the physical therapist and the patient by documenting the encounter and saving the physical therapist hours of data input. Active PT takes advantage of touch screen interfaces such as the tablet PC and other mobile computing devices while enhancing the therapist-patient experience. It integrates the scheduling, documentation, and billing processes into a complete records management solution.

Appointments, daily notes, and insurance claims are processed and managed much more efficiently saving the physical therapist time and money.

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April 12, 2009

Easter egg     Easter Bunny     Eastwr egg

Easter Bunny

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April 13, 2009

Toshiba r600 Easter Basket

A Tisket A Tasket A Toshiba R600 Easter Basket..........

How sweet it is, review coming soon

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VentureBeat

While Steve Jobs may claim he is taking time off from the day-to-day business of running Apple, that certainly does not mean he isn’t guiding the company’s direction. Jobs is still actively involved with business decisions, reports the Wall Street Journal. This includes work towards a netbook device, despite the company’s best efforts to deny that it is interested in the market.

How convenient that Jobs’ return would be confirmed on this day of Easter, the day of celebrated resurrection.

The device will come in at a size larger than the iPhone/iPod touches, yet smaller than any of its laptops, the WSJ reports (this would kind of obvious, though). It’s hard to say what this Apple netbook would look like exactly — it seems none of the Apple tipster sites have yet to get a good grasp on it, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation.

Apple has placed an order for 10-inch touchscreens from a Taiwan distributor for delivery in the third quarter, Reuters reported last month citing its own sources. But, this may not be for a netbook (in fact, a 10-inch screen would actually be on the big side considering most netbooks have screens smaller that that), and rather for the oft-rumored tablet PC that Apple is said to be mulling about.

There’s another possibility too: that these netbook/tablet PC rumors could actually refer to the same device. Microsoft’s Tablet PC, for example, has only found a niche market to date because full-featured PCs with touchscreen capabilities just aren’t in great demand. Related to that, you could argue that tablet PCs are essentially glorified laptops that don’t justify their price.

Consumers have found the netbook alluring because of its small, lightweight size and equally diminutive price. These devices aren’t meant to play the latest and greatest games or high-end applications, and thus contain things like expensive graphic chips — they’re meant to keep things sweet and simple.

A tablet netbook may solve these problems. That is certainly what MacRumors suggests: “Apple’s ongoing research into multi-touch, however, has generated speculation that Apple may incorporate more advanced gesturing into a future device.” In other words, who needs a keyboard, anyway?

 

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Computerworld

OK, let's not mince words here.  I've had Apple netbook/tablet on my brain for weeks.  We know there is a 10-inch touch screen en route to Cupertino.  Three different reports from reputable sources said so.

This isn't just any netbook screen, it is a touch screen, which implies tablet of some sort.  It may or may not have a keyboard.  I'd actually prefer a real one, even if it is exactly like the diminutive Apple Bluetooth Wireless one which I use daily anyway.  That is, unless Apple is going to change the world with some new speech recognition or other input method we've never even thought of before...  Nah, gimme a keyboard.

This device woudn't need a touch pad or mouse because the screen is multi-touch.  In fact, the keyboard could be removable and a soft keyboard like the iPhone's could become available.

That's just my take on this device.  I haven't yet heard any leaks from Apple which could help confirm an idea.

The Wall Steet Jounal says Steve Jobs is working on this device at home.   Perhaps he'll share it with the world upon his return. 

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April 14, 2009

CNET News

Just a year ago, this category didn't exist. But after several Atom-powered all-in-one PCs debuted at CES in January, it's officially the hottest grouping of desktops on the market. Asus all in one pc

A year ago I would have said Netbooks are not going to cannibalize the notebook market. Then the economy went kablooey," said John Jacobs, director of notebook market research for DisplaySearch. Since then, many people who needed a notebook have chosen to spend $400 on a Netbook instead of the typical $800 on a full-size notebook.

"I think we'll see something like that for Nettops," he said. "Either for retirees or younger folks who don't need the portability of a notebook, and just need something to get on the Internet and do basic computing. Nettops, and all-in-ones will be very attractive devices, and we expect to see a lot of retailers who have stayed out of it will jump into it."

A category long dominated by Apple's $1,200 iMac is suddenly rife with nice-looking imitators that pack less power than traditional Windows desktops, but are also gentler on the wallet. They're a subcategory of desktop PCs called Nettops, and, like Netbooks, they're generally defined as a computing platform powered by the Atom processor that runs either Windows XP or a version of Linux. Combined with the all-in-one form factor and a smaller screen than most desktops (between 15 inches and 19 inches), they're essentially the Netbooks of the desktop category.

The all-in-one category as a whole is expected to grow to more than 6 million units in 2009, and to over 7 million in 2010, according to DisplaySearch. That's almost an 80 percent spike in shipments, which was unexpected at the end of 2008.

Reinvigorating a tired category
In fact, the rise of all-in-one Nettops looks to be the most interesting thing to happen to desktop PCs in years. And, just as the economy helped bolster Netbooks' appeal, so too will it make Nettops more attractive to buyers, industry watchers believe.

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Ars Technica

As planned, Microsoft today retired Mainstream Support for Windows XP and Office 2003. However, for both products, Microsoft is not planning to retire Extended Support until April 8, 2014.

The main difference between the two support packages is that Mainstream Support includes complimentary and paid support as well as bug fixes for all those who purchase a retail copy. Both support packages include free security updates, so all users will still receive security patches as Microsoft issues them, and the company will offer per-incident support via phone and Web for everyone. Customers who purchased a machine with XP on it will need to look to their OEM for support.

These dates affect all versions of XP (except for Embedded): Home Edition, Media Center Edition 2002, Media Center Edition 2004, Media Center Edition 2005, Professional, Professional x64 Edition, Tablet PC Edition, and Tablet PC Edition 2005, as well as of Office 2003: Basic Edition, Professional Edition, Professional Enterprise Edition, Small Business Edition, Standard Edition, along with Student and Teacher Edition.

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jkOnTheRun

The title of the smallest full-featured Windows PC is still held by OQO, the tiny pocketable computer that has been around for a few years. I spent a good half hour with the newly announced Model OQO02+ early this year, the latest model that OQO was getting ready for release. That new model has not hit the market yet and rumors flying around a major OQO enthusiast web site have me wondering if it will ever be released.

Things don’t look rosy for OQO, but while we have blasted them for high return rates in the past we find the handheld computer to be extremely cool. We hope this is just a temporary situation for them and they continue to produce nice little PCs

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April 15, 2009

Channel Insider

Fujitsu’s LifeBook T2020 is the latest in a long product line of Tablet PCs and Fujitsu has pulled out all the stops to build what the company considers to be the perfect convertible tablet PC, so much so that Apple may want to take a long hard look at the T2020 before building their own tablet.

Fujitsu chose to go the convertible route with the T2020 to broaden the unit’s market appeal. The T2020 sports a slim keyboard, which can be folded under the screen when in tablet mode. Keeping a keyboard part of the tablet equation adds very little in the way of bulk to the system, in other words, pure tablet users won’t be penalized by any increase in size or weight due to the T2020’s convertible nature. More importantly, because of the integrated keyboard and hinged display, the unit works great as a small notebook.

In tablet mode, users will find four dedicated buttons that can be programmed to perform various functions. An integrated fingerprint reader is located on the bezel of the tablet portion of the notebook

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Reg Hardware

So how does the M750 perform as a tablet? Very well, actually. The 12.1in screen is large enough Toshiba M750 pEN DOCKto jot down notes on without being too cumbersome and writing with the stylus feels natural, although we often fumbled when it came to using the small slither of a right-click button.

Flip the stylus round and, just like a pencil with a rubber attached to the end, you can erase any mistakes by rubbing over the offending area. Furthermore, when scribbling with the stylus, the M750 will ignore your fingers, palms or any other parts of your anatomy that might be resting on the display. Move the stylus away from the screen and it will once again become touch-sensitive, allowing you to prod your way through Windows.

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April 16, 2009

MTV GAMES, HARMONIX AND EA REVEAL CONTENTS AND EUROPEAN PRICING FOR
THE BEATLES™: ROCK BAND®
 LIMITED EDITION PREMIUM BUNDLE


Reserve Your Copy and Become Eligible to Join The Beatles: Rock Band Pre-Order Club to Receive Access to Breaking News, Exclusive Game Elements Including Art and Behind-The-Scenes Footage, and More Beginning in May

Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Beatles Rock BandNetworks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic ArtsInc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today revealed the first details surrounding The Beatles: Rock Band) Limited Edition Premium Bundle which will include:

  • The Beatles: Rock Bandsoftware
  • Höfner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney
  • Beatles-inspired and Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drums with classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head
  • Microphone
  • Microphone Stand
  • Additional special content

In addition to the previously announced US MSRP of $249.99, The Beatles: Rock BandLimited Edition Premium Bundlewill retail in continental Europe for MSRP €199.00 and for MSRP £179.00 in the UK.

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HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
CD Freaks.com

It might be small in size but its big on usability, durability, and attractiveness. Packed with an HP 2133 Mini-Note PCimpressive combination of features, the HP 2133 offers you a full-function PC with the utmost mobility. Plus, its simple, refined design and all-aluminium case make it sleek and sturdy yet super lightweight

Technology That Keeps Things Moving

The HP 2133 comes equipped with the tools to help you conduct business efficiently on the go with features such as high-resolution, 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display; 92% full-size, user-friendly QWERTY keyboard; and touchpad.

Cut the Cords and Stay Connected

The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC helps you stay connected where you need to work by offering integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN1 and optional Bluetooth wireless technologies. With Wi-Fi Certified WLAN1 you can access the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, and bloggingat work, at home and at your favourite hotspots.

Reliability Built to Last

Scratch-resistant display improves the durability of your display by using an innovative treatment on the top surface of the notebook's LCD display

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UMPC Runs on XP Embedded and VIA NanoSamwell SR569 UMPC
jkOnTheRun

I often wonder why we don’t see UMPCs with an embedded operating system. File the Samwell SR569 under “better late than never” because it’s a new, rugged device that can indeed have the OS embedded. It runs Microsoft Windows XPe (or XP Tablet Edition) and my guess is that it’s capable of booting in around 20 seconds if you go the XPe route. Typical of original UMPC devices, it uses a 7-inch touchscreen display for input but enjoys a facelift in the CPU department: the SR569 is powered by VIA’s 1.0GHz U1700 Nano.

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Fizzbook Spin Intel's Convertible Classmate PC review
IT PRO

We review the latest educational PC on the block, the Fizzbook Spin.

The ideal of one laptop per child (OLPC) and the $100 portable never did come off, but in the meantime, Intel's Atom – coupled with the legion of netbooks spawned by Asus' original Eee PC – has steadily been working its very own revolution.

The difference is that the Convertible, true to its name, can be turned from plain laptop into a tablet. Swivel the screen around on its single hinge and fold it back, flat against the base and kids can use this versatile machine to draw on and write notes with the stylus, or simply poke and prod with a finger. Intel hasn't simply added a swivel hinge and touchscreen to the existing design, though - a good deal more thought has gone into the implementation than that. More so, in fact, than with many more grown-up tablet designs.

The first notable feature is that this netbook boasts an accelerometer, which means it can sense its orientation, just like an iPhone. In tablet mode it will flip the screen around so that, whichever way around a child wants to hold it, the screen will flip itself the right way up.

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April 20, 2009

As I’ve blogged about before, I’ve been non-plused with the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC in part Loren Heiny Incremental Bloggerbecause of the problems I’ve been have with its N-Trig digitizer. Let’s just say that between the digitizer having a mind of its own and just false clicking like you can’t imagine and unfortunate lack of solid multi-touch drivers to test Windows 7 with, the Dell Latitude is one of the most frustrating Tablets I’ve ever used. But that’s probably just me and my unique situation.

I’ve seen some complaints by others on Gottabemobile, about the Dell Tablet and the N-Trig digitizer, but it seems that most people have found some peace of mind in the device or at least have found workarounds. That’s good. I haven’t though.

This caught my attention. You see, the consumer priced HP Tx2 uses an N-Trig digitizer much like the one in the overpriced Dell Latitude XT. And because of the dev tools I use on the XT I hadn’t noticed the lack of pressure sensitivity in Photoshop on it. Fact is, I don’t have Photoshop installed on it.

So this led me to research the issue further and to that end I found this thread on TouchSmartCommunity.com that has 148 comments on this very topic.

Sure enough, the N-Trig digitizer does not provide a driver that Photoshop can use to control pressure sensitivity. That’s because the N-Trig digitizer knows how to “talk” via a HID interface and not the digitizer standard which Photoshop uses. (Fortunately, for owners of Tablet PCs with a Wacom digitizer there is a driver that’ll work. N-Trig doesn’t have a comparable.)

So where do we go from here? My guess is no one is going to step up and help. That’s just a guess. They would have done so by now if they were willing. Without that, I’m wondering if there’s something that we can do as a community. I have no idea if it’s even feasible, but is there a driver we could write? Is there a way we could convince Adobe and the others to better support the Tablet API? What do you think?

In the meantime, we really need to spread the word that for illustrators, cartoonists, graphic artists that use Photoshop and similar apps and need pressure sensitivity, Tablets like the HP Tx2 and the Dell Latitude, which both use the N-Trig digitizer, is not what you should get for a Tablet. Instead, look into a Wacom based Tablet PC, like one from Lenovo, Toshiba, TabletKiosk, Motion, etc.

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On-screen Keyboard UBoard Still Rocks
jkOnTheRun

Way back in 2005 I reviewed an on-screen keyboard utility for the Sony U that was great. UBoard was a keyboard designed by Nostram Studios, now defunct, that made text entry on the 5-inch screen of the Sony U very easy to do.Uboard

This weekend I was working with the Viliv S5 UMPC and remembered UBoard and wondered if it was still around anywhere and if it would work on the S5. I am happy to report a resounding yes to both of those questions.

When UBoard is run it puts a QWERTY keyboard on the screen to allow text entry into any program. UBoard is translucent (configurable) and most importantly it automatically resizes to fit the width of the screen when invoked. This means it works in both landscape and portrait orientation, something the pre-installed Viliv keyboard does not do.

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First Impressions of the Viliv S5 Premium UMPC
jkOnTheRun

I have only had the Viliv S5 Premium UMPC in my hands for 24 hours, but I can tell you it hasn’t Viliv S5 Premium UMPCspent much of that time out of my hands. It’s been a long time since a device has been such a joy to use, as it effortlessly handles anything I throw at it. I figured I’d better get my first impressions done, as I’m getting pinged constantly about it. It shows how this UMPC has triggered a lot of interest in us mobile-minded folk.

The Viliv S5 is a handheld PC about the same size as a PMP. It weighs less than a pound and sports a 4.8-inch screen running at an eye-popping 1024 x 600 resolution. Things can get tiny at that high resolution, but it’s pretty easy to customize things due to the Windows XP Home operating system it runs. This unit has 1 GB of memory paired with a 60 GB hard drive (1.8-inch) which handles XP with aplomb.

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The Next Era of Mobile Computing

While this site is going away, we are continuing to invest in the technologies that enable small PCs. We are executing on that by designing Windows 7 to run on the broadest possible range of hardware including small PCs. We also are continuing to invest in natural user interfaces (such as touch and ink) in Windows 7 for all kinds of PC form factors, small and large.

We look forward to the bright future of small PCs!

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April 21, 2009

Fujitsu Goes Green with 'wind-Powered' Laptop
CIO

Fujitsu began selling in Japan on Tuesday a laptop that runs on wind power -- well, almost. The company is purchasing wind power "green energy credits" for each of the "FMV Loox" laptops sold that are equivalent to the amount of electricity estimated to be used by the machine over a four year lifespan.

The move is a first in the Japanese market and seeks to tap into a growing eco-conciousness among Japanese consumers.

Fujitsu's calculations are based on an assumption that the computer will be used for 4.5 hours each day, left on-charge for a further 4.5 hours and switched off for 15 hours for each of 240 days each year over four years. The resulting amount of electricity is 45.55 kilowatt hours and that's equivalent to 18 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

The computer, which will be available through Fujitsu's Web site and not through shops, is among the company's smallest models and features a 5.6-inch screen that can swivel around and fold back on itself into a tablet PC-like form factor. While not positioned as a netbook it runs the Intel Atom processor that is common in most other machines of the same size. Other features include 1GB of memory, up to a 120GB hard disk drive and built-in cellular modem card in some models.

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Lenovo Shows Tool to Manage Encrypted Drives
PC World - USA

PC maker Lenovo hopes to give IT managers a helping hand with encrypted hard drive systems after announcing a new password management tool.

Called Hardware Password Manager, the tool is designed to allow system administrators to manage and reset staff passwords with all brands of hard drives, including those that have full disk encryption. A demonstration of the product can be seen here on YouTube.

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Netbook Computers: (Small) Size Does Matter
FOXBusiness

Bigger isn’t always better and computer manufacturers are well aware of that. That's why netbooks, which are basically shrunken-down, power-efficient, inexpensive laptop computers, are popping up everywhere these days.

Netbooks offer several key benefits. They’re incredibly light and small, with most weighing less than three pounds. They’re also pretty “light” in price, most going for under $400. As the name suggests, these mini computers are great for browsing the Web, most including WiFi and several models even have 3G mobile Internet access built-in. And, for the fun side of things, many models include built-in Web cams and come in several different colors -- black, white, silver, green, and even pink if that’s your thing.

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April 22, 2009

WD Enables Consumers to Save More, Delete Less on Their TiVo DVR With 1 TB Capacity My DVR ExpanderMy DVR Expander from WD

Expanding consumers’ TV recording capabilities by hundreds(2) of hours, WD® (NYSE: WDC) today announced in the U.S. that its My DVR Expander™ is now available with 1 TB capacity. Consumers can instantly and seamlessly expand their TiVo® DVR recording capacity by simply attaching the My DVR Expander to their TiVo DVR.

TiVo Verified™ compatible with TiVo Series3™ and TiVo HD DVRs, the new My DVR Expander is capable of storing up to 140 hours of high-definition (HD) television programming based on 1 TB of hard drive storage. The My DVR Expander, which utilizes an eSATA connection, is perfect for consumers who need more room to store the ever-expanding HD entertainment options offered by their service providers.

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Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook T5010
ZDNet Asia

The LifeBook T5010 is a business-focused 13.3in. Tablet PC weighing 2kg and costing £1,624 (ex. VAT). Fujitsu T5010 Tablet pc

Although the 2kg T5010 isn't exactly a featherweightt, its 13.3in. screen does provide plenty of working space. The 1,200-by-800-pixel resolution is par for the course and viewing angles are good, both vertically and horizontally. The screen uses an active digitizer, so you'll have to use the stylus for touch-based navigation and handwriting recognition: this lives in a housing on the front right edge of the notebook.

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Fujitsu Siemens offers a wide range of Intel Core 2 Duo processors to power the T5010, from the 2.26GHz P8400 to the 2.8GHz T9600. Our review sample had the mid-range 2.4GHz P8600 and 2GB of RAM. The maximum RAM capacity is currently 4GB, although 8GB is in the pipeline with future 4GB memory modules. Graphics are handled by the GMA 4500MHD module integrated in the Intel GM45 Express chipset.

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Top Netbooks: the Eight Best Netbooks Compared
Datamation

Picking the top netbook is a matter of choosing among small differences. After all, most of the bestselling netbooks offer remarkably similar features: the Intel Atom chip, a screen about 10 inches wide, and a low price that makes PC makers sob uncontrollably.

The factors that comprise the top netbook – for you – are less-than-huge differences in keyboard size (chiclet or almost full size), price (around $350), and a category loosely described as “special netbook options.” These include options like a slot for a TV tuner if you simply must watch Simon Cowell while you’re on the train.

But these simple options might not be so simple for long. The netbook market is changing – by the moment.

Consumers, meanwhile, face a blizzard of new netbooks. While early netbooks were designed for Third World children, these cheap portables quickly attracted more affluent users. When Asustek debuted the groundbreaking Eee PC in the fall of 2007, students and professionals alike responded like the second coming of Elvis.

The funky 7-inch machine flew off the shelves – more than 350,00 sold in mere months. Other PC makers saw the party and soon introduced a profusion of netbooks. By the end of 2008 users bought somewhere between ten to fourteen million netbooks, depending on who’s counting.

Zooming netbook sales taught the Dells and Toshibas of the world a sobering truth: consumer aren’t hungering for the old school, souped-up laptop. Instead they want a zippy hyper-mobile unit that delivers for cheap.

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April 23, 2009

Aliph Introduces Jawbone PRIME™ Bluetooth® Headset with EARCANDY™ Colors, Delivering up to Nine Decibels of Improvement in Noise Suppression

NoiseAssassin™ 2.0 Brings Users Approximately 5x Better Call Clarity in the Noisiest Environments

Aliph, the leader in mobile audio, today introduced Jawbone PRIME with EARCANDY colors. Jawbone Prime Jawbone PRIME brings consumers even better audio quality, improved comfort and fresh, fun color choices.   This release continues Aliph’s tradition of marrying technology and design to deliver the best Bluetooth headset on the market.  Jawbone PRIME and its EARCANDY colors are available today for pre-order at www.jawbone.com and will be sold in retail stores nationally starting May 2, 2009.

NoiseAssassin 2.0 Sets New Audio Standard

With Jawbone PRIME, Aliph has once again obsoleted itself with the latest in NoiseAssassin technology which delivers better noise elimination performance, an integrated digital approach to wind reduction, and a fail-safe solution if the Voice Activity Sensor (VAS) does not touch the user’s face.

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Toshiba has adds the Tecra® R10-S4411

Toshiba has added the Tecra® R10-S4411 to its business line of laptops.  The new thin and light Toshiba Tecra® R10-S4411Tecra R10 laptop is an Intel® Integrated Graphics version of the highly successful R10-S4401.  The laptop features a 14.1 inch high resolution LED Backlit LCD screen and Toshiba’s Standard Three-Year International Limited Warranty.  With an EPEAT™ Gold rating, the Tecra R10 is also Energy Star 4.0 and RoHS compliant, saving on energy at all levels of use.  As with all of Toshiba’s business laptops, the R10-S4411 also includes Toshiba's EasyGuard® Technology with PC Health Monitor. These enhancements can help protect your laptop from theft, spills and jolts as well as continuously check the performance and functionality of a system's critical hardware components and alert users when the system is in need of a tune-up.

Additional options for the Tecra R10-S4411 include the Toshiba Slice Expansion 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack for extended battery life and an Express Port Replicator to expand your laptop to a desktop environment conveniently.

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Windows 7 Tablet PC Features: Multi-Touch Keyboards, Text Prediction and more
jkOnTheRun

We’ve been yapping about on-screen touch keyboards of late, but let’s not forget our first love: ink! The Engineering Windows 7 Blog reminds us how easy it can be to ink in Windows by sharing all of the new and updated Tablet developments in Windows 7. I’ve already seen and made use of the new gesture “cheat sheet” animations, which come in handy when you’ve forgotten how to take action on some handwriting.

 

Microsoft has also incorporated smart word prediction, much like they have in their Windows Mobile platform. This feature is not only usable with text creation, but also comes into play with word correction as well: by changing one letter in a mis-recognized word, the Tablet Input Panel will try to predict the word you intended. This reduces the number of characters you might have to re-ink.

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Increase Sales In Construction With Tablet PCs
Business Solutions Magazine

This VAR earned $500,000 during the past year by selling tablet PCs to commercial construction companies to eliminate time-consuming manual processes.

Six years ago, Allegiance Tablet PC Experts (ATP) began focusing solely on helping its clients develop, purchase, and implement tablet PC solutions. The construction industry is one of the markets in which ATP found success with this venture. In the past year, the VAR increased its total revenue in the construction industry from 10% to 20%.

According to John Hill, president of ATP, it is common for general contractors to walk around a construction site with pen and paper to make a list of what needs additional work before construction can be considered complete, such as a tear in the carpet that needs repair or a scratch in the paint. The general contractor then takes this list, often called a ‘punch list,’ to the office and sends messages to each of the subcontractors. After repairs are made, the general contractor repeats the walk-through process until the construction is complete.

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April 27, 2009

Windows 7 brings boost for Tabled pcs
TechRadar UK

We've heard plenty about Windows 7 and its imminent arrival to save the day for Microsoft, but little about the new features it's likely to bring to the Tablet PC version.

Ahead of a probable July launch, it appears that Windows 7 will include something of a rethink for the Tablet PC interface that might breathe new life into the platform.

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The changes will include a simple way to handwrite mathematical formulae and Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese. There will also be the option to display a keyboard across the bottom of the screen for times when typing is preferred to writing.

Throw in a host of simple changes like predictive text and smart corrections that try to work out what you're writing during editing of a word and it looks like Windows 7 could give a boost to both Redmond and Tablet PCs in general.

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Freeware of the Moment- Rocketdock
jkOnTheRun

Rocketdock

My call for your favorite utilities for UMPCs has gotten me some good recommendations and one of those is our Freeware of the Moment. Our friend HG pointed out that the Rocketdock program is good for UMPCs as it provides a customizable dock that is very finger-friendly on UMPCs. I had to try it out right away, and HG wasn’t kidding; Rocketdock allows you to create a tailored launcher/ taskbar/ gadget dock that fits your needs as well as your screen.

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April 28, 2009

Geek With Laptop

The HP TouchSmart tx2 is a fully functional multi touch tablet PC. In the past tablet PCs have been hp touch smart tx2a big hit with business and medical professionals but haven’t really been designed for general use as such. This one is attempting to break that pattern by bringing multi touch features to everyone.

I like the reasonably sized 12.1” WXGA High Definition HP BrightView wide screen display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 which makes it a lot easier to see the screen in different kinds of light and you can make use of the multi touch feature either with or without a stylus.

 

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Arbor M1256 Medical Tablet PC
Slippery Brick

Arbor’s M1256 medical tablet PC is not your ordinary PC. It’s made for hospitals and features Arbor M1256 Medical Tablet PCcellular connectivity in addition to GPS navigation. Some features include: 12.1″ touchscreen display, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB/80GB hard drive, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, 2-megapixel camera, and RFID reader.

The Arbor M1256 comes with its own docking station, and is powered by Windows XP , Windows Vista or Linux operating systems

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April 29, 2009

HP Mini Notebook 1140NR Vivienne Tam Edition $549.00 at Overstock.com

High fashion meets high tech. Introducing the world's first digital clutch by award-winning designerHP Mini Notebook Vivienne Tam. Featuring the peony-inspired design in the vivid shades of violet and sophisticated reds found throughout her Spring 2009 collection, this HP Mini Notebook coordinates perfectly with stunning Vivienne Tam pieces and adds polish to everyday wear. The HP Mini Notebook 1140NR Vivienne Tam Edition lets you enjoy your own digital entertainment as well as online content. The spacious display enables comfortable viewing of e-mail, Websites, and streaming videos. You can even play a variety of casual games, online or off.

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Fujitsu UMPC is first with 2.0GHz Atom
WindowsForDevice

Fujitsu has reportedly become the first PC manufacturer to adopt Intel's recently released 2.0GHz Fujitsu FMVLUC50N UMPCAtom. The company's FMVLUC50N UMPC (ulta-mobile PC) includes a pivoting 5.6-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0, hard drive or SSD (solid state disk) storage, and an integral fingerprint sensor, according to specialist retailer Conics.net.

Fujitsu's FMVLUC50N is the latest iteration in a series of devices that has been previously sold, for example, as the LifeBook U820, with a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, and the LifeBook U810 (right), with an 800MHz A110 CPU. Resembling a convertible laptop that shrunk in the wash, the device again measures approximately 6.7 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches

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GMA booster increases your GMA based device’s graphical performance
umpcportal.com

A nifty little app called GMA Booster steps the GMA 950 graphics back up from 133/166 MHz, to the level that is found in non-ULV version of Intel 945, 400MHz. The nice thing about this is that it seems to be a simple instruction set sent to the chipset; it doesn’t change any voltage levels, and isn’t pushing the clock speed higher than it is designed to go, just up to its regular level.

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Dynamism Addresses Viliv S5 Order Problems
jkOnTheRun

The Viliv S5 Premium UMPC is apparently a popular item as Dynamism discovered yesterday when their orders went live. We heard from a few folks who tried to order one that the Dynamism system was slow and difficult to get through the process.  The folks at Dynamism were apparently slammed and have just sent the following announcement:

Thank you to everyone who ordered, or attempted to order, during our Viliv S5 promotional event. We anticipated high demand, but our server was simply unable to handle the huge number of simultaneous requests for the same single SKU. The result was an unacceptably slow, unreliable, and frustrating shopping experience for all. We would like to extend our apologies to all users of the site on April 27, especially those who tried to access or order between 1-3pm Eastern, when our server was hit hardest. Please feel free to contact us with any feedback or concerns about the event; we answer all e-mails to sales within one business day.

We have provisioned an additional 400 Viliv S5 to be bundled with the same accessory pack (car kit, spare battery, leather pouch $135 value) for the same cost of $599. These will be offered from our second shipment, due on May 24. This special will launch at 1pm Eastern time, on Thursday, May 14.

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April 30, 2009

Fujitsu gets official with M2010 netbook
engadget

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We already caught sight of Fujitsu's new 10.1-inch LOOX M netbook in Japan earlier this month, and it looks like the company has now gotten official with the seemingly identical M2010 model for some other markets, although it still hasn't made it all the way over here. The netbook itself is about as standard as can be, and includes a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and built-in Bluetooth, among other not at all surprising specs -- although you will apparently get a bundled DVD burner and wireless mouse with it.

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Windows 7 RC1 made available for download
zdnet

Microsoft made the first release candidate of Windows 7 available for free download on Thursday. In an unprecedented move for the company, the software will run on a user's PC for more than a year.

Windows 7 RC1 can be downloaded now by MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet subscribers, and the general public will be able to download it on May 5. There is no limit to how many copies can be downloaded. The software will run until June 1, 2010, in what a Microsoft marketing manager described to ZDNet UK as a "try before you buy" scenario.

"There is no cap on the amount of downloads [of Windows 7 RC1]," Laurence Painell said in a prebriefing session on Wednesday. "However, we only recommend that people with a reasonable amount of IT knowledge use it."

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D-LINK GIVES WINDOWS 7 THUMBS UP FOR DIGITAL NETWORK COMPATIBILITY
Dlink

D-Link, the end-to-end computer networking solutions provider for consumer and business, today welcomed the improvements to network compatibility with the much anticipated release of Windows 7, Microsoft's newest operating system for PCs.

As one of Microsoft Corp.'s Tier One Partners in the launch of Windows 7, D-Link was able to conduct extensive early testing of the program to ensure that all of its products can be installed and operate with maximum functionality in a Windows 7-based PC-networked environment.

"One of the most important innovations that we're seeing in Windows 7 is the ability for our network devices to be recognized and install automatically," said Steven Joe, president and CEO, D-Link Systems, Inc. in Fountain Valley, Calif.

"Connectivity is key," he said. "Windows 7 provides us with a platform and resources to ensure that D-Link products are easy to use out of the box. This will completely change the way users relate to their D-Link networking products and make it easier for them to realize the full potential of their investment. And it also will reduce technical support calls and product returns."

Joe added that "D-Link and Microsoft have a shared vision of anywhere, anytime access to the user's digital world. With our networking devices and Windows 7, this vision can be realized.

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Acer now leads the Netbook market ahead of ASUS
The Tech Herald

Despite having played a hugely influential role in the recent growth spurt attributed to ultra mobile personal computers (UMPCs), Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc. has now been eclipsed in the Netbook arena by regional rival Acer Inc.

That’s according to Acer president and chief executive officer Gianfranco Lanci, who this week revealed that surging demand for Acer’s Netbook devices outshone ASUSTeK’s eponymous Eee PC platforms in shipment units over the last 12 months.

The gap between the two hardware rivals is presently negligible, with Acer shipping a little over five million units in 2008, while ASUSTeK managed to shift some 4.9 million units. However, Acer expects to cement its positioning with shipment figures of up to 12 million units expected for 2009.

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April 30, 2009

Fujitsu gets official with M2010 netbook
engadget

fujitsu-m2010

We already caught sight of Fujitsu's new 10.1-inch LOOX M netbook in Japan earlier this month, and it looks like the company has now gotten official with the seemingly identical M2010 model for some other markets, although it still hasn't made it all the way over here. The netbook itself is about as standard as can be, and includes a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and built-in Bluetooth, among other not at all surprising specs -- although you will apparently get a bundled DVD burner and wireless mouse with it.

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Windows 7 RC1 made available for download
zdnet

Microsoft made the first release candidate of Windows 7 available for free download on Thursday. In an unprecedented move for the company, the software will run on a user's PC for more than a year.

Windows 7 RC1 can be downloaded now by MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet subscribers, and the general public will be able to download it on May 5. There is no limit to how many copies can be downloaded. The software will run until June 1, 2010, in what a Microsoft marketing manager described to ZDNet UK as a "try before you buy" scenario.

"There is no cap on the amount of downloads [of Windows 7 RC1]," Laurence Painell said in a prebriefing session on Wednesday. "However, we only recommend that people with a reasonable amount of IT knowledge use it."

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D-LINK GIVES WINDOWS 7 THUMBS UP FOR DIGITAL NETWORK COMPATIBILITY
Dlink

D-Link, the end-to-end computer networking solutions provider for consumer and business, today welcomed the improvements to network compatibility with the much anticipated release of Windows 7, Microsoft's newest operating system for PCs.

As one of Microsoft Corp.'s Tier One Partners in the launch of Windows 7, D-Link was able to conduct extensive early testing of the program to ensure that all of its products can be installed and operate with maximum functionality in a Windows 7-based PC-networked environment.

"One of the most important innovations that we're seeing in Windows 7 is the ability for our network devices to be recognized and install automatically," said Steven Joe, president and CEO, D-Link Systems, Inc. in Fountain Valley, Calif.

"Connectivity is key," he said. "Windows 7 provides us with a platform and resources to ensure that D-Link products are easy to use out of the box. This will completely change the way users relate to their D-Link networking products and make it easier for them to realize the full potential of their investment. And it also will reduce technical support calls and product returns."

Joe added that "D-Link and Microsoft have a shared vision of anywhere, anytime access to the user's digital world. With our networking devices and Windows 7, this vision can be realized.

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Acer now leads the Netbook market ahead of ASUS
The Tech Herald

Despite having played a hugely influential role in the recent growth spurt attributed to ultra mobile personal computers (UMPCs), Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc. has now been eclipsed in the Netbook arena by regional rival Acer Inc.

That’s according to Acer president and chief executive officer Gianfranco Lanci, who this week revealed that surging demand for Acer’s Netbook devices outshone ASUSTeK’s eponymous Eee PC platforms in shipment units over the last 12 months.

The gap between the two hardware rivals is presently negligible, with Acer shipping a little over five million units in 2008, while ASUSTeK managed to shift some 4.9 million units. However, Acer expects to cement its positioning with shipment figures of up to 12 million units expected for 2009.

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If you want the reliability and power of Windows XP, with the added benefit of pen and ink, the Tablet PC is the solution for you

The Tablet PC

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.

 

 

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