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July 2009


July 1, 2009

Touch in Windows 7: Just for show?


There's a reason that the first thing in Windows 7 that Microsoft chose to show publicly was its support for touch input.

That built-in ability to use two fingers to rotate, scroll, and zoom makes offers tangible proof that the operating system is different from its predecessor, not to mention being something not found on a Mac.



Multitouch chipset firm N-trig have announced a partnership with Fujitsu to produce their next breed of DuoSense touchscreen controllers.  The next-gen DuoSense system will not only be smaller than the existing version, but require less power and recognize “10 or more simultaneous touch points at very high refresh rates.”


Globe and Mai

Toshiba's newest Satellite notebook computers include the Satellite R20 Tablet PC, Satellite U200, three multimedia Satellite P100s, Toshiba's lowest priced Satellite A110 and five feature rich Satellite A100s.

The Satellite R20 Tablet PC convertible notebook computer ($1,999 Cdn.) has a 14.1-inch monitor with a WXGA plus resolution of 1440 by 900, which together make this the largest screen size and best resolution available on a consumerTablet PC. Designed specifically for students who take handwritten notes or need to make diagrams, this system's screen can be used as a Tablet PC notepad or easily rotated into a traditional notebook computer. It features an Intel Core Duo processor T2300 1.6GHz and includes a DVD Super-Multi Layer drive for burning data and integrated wireless capabilities for connectivity anywhere on campus.


July 2, 2009

Allegiance Technology celebrates 7 years in business with t7% off any online purchase

Allegiance Technology is excited to celebrate the 7th anniversary of our founding on July 2nd, 2002.  To share our excitement with existing and prospective customers, we are offering 7% off anything in our Tablet PC Store for the next 7 days.  Just visit www.alltp.com/shop/pc and the 7% will be deducted during the checkout process.  This includes all Tablet PCs!


Archos 9 PC tablet blurs the line between tablet PC and media player

Earlier this year Archos release its first netbook, a remarkably ordinary looking machine called the Archos 10.    Archos 9 Tablet PC

Now Archos has unveiled the Archos 9 tablet PC that features a 9 inch touchscreen, a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z515 CPU, and runs Windows 7. The Archos 9 looks a lot like the company’s earlier portable media players thanks to the lack of a keyboard. But it’ll have the guts of a netbook, and the ability to run a full desktop operating system and connect to WiFi or 3G networks (with an optional 3G modem). The Archos 9 will have an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and either a 60Gb or 120G hard drive. It should be available this fall. No word on pricing yet.


July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Fujitsu 4th of july sale


July 6, 2009

ZDNet Blogs 

Best Buy and Sprint have teamed up to offer a Compaq-branded HP Mini 110c netbook for only 99 cents when you sign a two-year data contract.cpmpac mini note

Normally, the system would run you $389 at Best Buy, no contract, and buying a similar model with Verizon (or a comparable one from AT&T) would still set you back $199. (Or, for free, if you sign up for Verizon’s Fios.)

But as you might have guessed, Sprint and Best Buy make their money not from the hardware, but the contract, which at $60 per month would cost you $720 per year, or $1,440 over the life of the contract.

The Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX offers a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory and a tiny three-cell battery. It weighs about 2.6 lbs. and is 1.3 in. thick, and it has a built-in camera and microphone, 92 percent-size keyboard, 3 USB ports, a 5-in-1 card reader and Intel GMA 950 graphics.


PC Magazine

Dell will begin adding GPS to its Dell Mini 10 netbook next week, hoping that users will want GPS functions in netbooks as well as mobile phones.

The GPS option will come as part of a Dell Wireless 700 card, which includes both Wi-Fi and GPS, and uses both for positioning, Dell blogger Lionel Menchaca wrote in a blog post.

Dell hasn't released pricing for the option.

Location services have proven to be a hit in mobile phones, and Dell is extending that logic. "We're betting that location services will be a hit in netbooks as well," Menchaca wrote.

The GPS option will be accompanied by mapping software from CoPilot navigation software to provide turn by turn directions, 2D and 3D maps, and trip optimization including detours. The software will be able to store up to 50 addresses.


PC World

TechCrunch blog founder Michael Arrington says his Crunchpad web tablet is getting closer to Crunchpadbecoming a reality, with prototypes due by month's end. Arrington also told the San Francisco Business Times that he has formed a Singapore company, Crunchpad, Inc., to manufacture the device.

The touchscreen tablet, designed for web surfing, video chat, and light email use, is eerily similar to Microsoft's failed "Mira" eHome wireless smart display, which PC World recently named one of the "10 Dumbest Tech Products So Far".

The question for this morning is what the CrunchPad will have to do differently to avoid making such a list in the future? My suggestions:

1. Be superthin, like a legal pad.

2. Run for days without recharging and use a cordless recharger.

3. Have a great color touchscreen.


July 7, 2009

Sony Joins the Netbook Market
PC Magazine

Sony on Tuesday announced the launch of its Vaio W-Series of mini-notebooks, or netbooks, which the company is billing as a "perfect family accessory." Sony W-Series Netbook

While some could argue that the Lifestyle PC was really Sony's first foray into the netbook category, the W-Series represents Sony's official notice that it's throwing its hat into the netbook ring.

The W-Series PC measures 10.5 inches high by 1.28 inches wide by 7.1 inches deep, and weighs in at 2.6 pounds. It comes in three colors – berry pink, sugar white and cocoa brown – and sports a 10-inch widescreen display, which is a pretty common size for netbooks. The screen comes in 1,366 x 768 resolution, which should give it an edge over the vast majority of netbooks out there. It offers 2 USB ports, VGA Out, and Ethernet ports, as well as a webcam and multimedia slots for Memory Stick Duo and SD memory.

Like most netbooks, the Sony Vaio W-Series comes with an Intel Atom processor, in this case a 1.66-GHz N280. The system has 1 Gbyte of system memory, and a 160-GB, 5,400-RPM hard drive. In terms of networking capability, the W-Series has Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g, and Bluetooth technology. It comes with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed.



Word has it that Asus will be offering three versions of the Eee PC T91 touchscreen tablet netbook. The basic T91 will come with a single-touch display, while the other two variants would comprise of the multitouch-capable T91A and 3G-enabled T91GO. The T91GO seems to be the coolest among the bunch with built-in 3G connectivity, GPS navigation and a digital TV tuner, tipping the scales at a mere 60 grams more than the vanilla T91. Expect Windows 7 to be included as the operating system of choice when all three devices are released.


Henderson Gleane

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Board voted Monday to set a $35-per-semester rental fee for the Hewlett Packard netbook computers that students at Bosse, Central, Harrison, North and Reitz high schools will receive in the upcoming school year.

The netbooks will be integrated into classroom instruction at the five high schools.

About 270 EVSC high school teachers have signed up for a training program Friday at Harrison High School.

The EVSC bought 7,200 Hewlett Packard Mini 2140 computers for $460 apiece.

At $70 per year, the four-year rental cost for a netbook is $280.



July 9, 2009

Los Angeles Times

The free operating system will initially be aimed at the mini laptops. With manufacturers no longer paying for the Microsoft operating system, prices could come down as much as $50.

Suddenly, mini laptop computers are no longer so mini, at least in importance.

Google Inc.'s new operating system, announced Tuesday, could be a huge boon to a relatively new breed of computers, the small, lightweight devices known as netbooks now offered by Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and a handful of other companies.

The Google Chrome OS, when released next year, will initially be aimed at netbooks, with the goal of making them speedier and more nimble.

It's sure to get netbooks -- which now make up about 15% of the portable computer market, according to IDC -- more notice on the part of the public.

But the most significant boost to netbooks with the introduction of Chrome OS could come from price reductions. Manufacturers using the free Google product would no longer be paying Microsoft Corp.'s operating system fees. That could knock as much as $50 off the price of netbooks, some of which already retail for as little as $200.

"The driving force behind netbooks is very much the price factor," Wilkins said. "When you look at the price point of netbooks now, that's a considerable savings."


E-Premier Women's Empowerment Expo

This is for the women who read this blog, it’s a few day for us at the ePremier Women’s Empowerment Expo.  You can purchase tickets to attend online and if you are interested in participating as an exhibitor there are still a few booths available.  If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor you can use the link to contact me the blog, it’s up at the top of the page in the “bar” area and I can get you set up.  There will be several pavilion areas available, one for non profits to help further your cause, health and wellness, business information, and a spiritual and holistic area to name a few.  All the forms are online at the site that you will need and are in pdf format.  If you market a product for women, this is the place to be. 


Technology Moves Toward the Paperless Office
Big Sky Business Journal

Remember the paperless office promised to us at the beginning of the computer age? While not yet a reality it is increasingly possible to reduce your paper use in the work place.

James Knox of KBS Computers stated that you can achieve significant savings and reduce your paper use by analyzing your office work flow and concentrating on the areas where technology can give you a hand.

By using a new product called X-paper, customers can fill out a form, sign it and have it downloaded into the record system. The special paper allows the pen to always know where it is on the page so it can fill in each blank as the customer did. This technology is targeted toward medical and dental offices, plus other users of forms. The paper, software and pen are helping offices to increase their work flow by up to 20% and reducing the amount of paper used.

Another hardware item to help with work flow is a tablet PC. These are the ones where the screen rotates 360 degrees to allow someone other than the writer to easily view the screen and sign a document displayed onto the screen. This type of PC is generally smaller and lighter than a traditional lap top.  They usually have software similar to the type used by major shipping companies to have the customer sign the computer screen to acknowledge delivery of a shipment.


Is a Tablet PC in your future?
Chiropractic Economics

While no one has a crystal ball to foretell the future, the Tablet PC has been steadily growing in popularity since its introduction in 2002.

They have been especially well received in several vertical markets including the medical field and many DCs are beginning to see how it can improve their practices’ efficiency. Specifically, they are using a Tablet PC to access and record patient data as they move throughout their office.

Tablet PCs run a version of Windows XP or Vista. This enables them to run any software that can be run on a regular Windows desktop or laptop computer. These operating systems also include special “inking” technology known as digital ink. This technology is what allows the user to write on the screen or annotate digital images and have the Tablet PC store the information.


July 13, 2009


Windows 7 will be released soon, and it promises to bring an enhanced experience for PCs with digitizers. The Tablet and touch features have generated excitement, especially in the area of multitouch capability. Netbooks and UMPCs with touchscreens are starting to appear in greater numbers, and owners are already planning to install Windows 7 on these devices. Some intrepid folks have already done so, and are discovering that all of the fancy tablet/touch bits don’t automatically come along for the ride. Here’s what I know about the tablet and touch capabilities of Windows 7, along with the requirements to get them going on today’s devices.

Many readers have expressed an interest in having a netbook or UMPC that can be used as a Tablet PC. Windows 7 is known to install the Tablet bits, but some folks are discovering that they have to go through extra steps to enable them. It is important to realize that a standard touch digitizer, while it can be used for inking, is not as good at that as a “real” Tablet PC. The resistive digitizer used in most touchscreens is not as resolute as an active digitizer, the piece of kit that makes Tablets so good at inking.

Windows 7 Home Premium and higher editions of Windows 7 bring these Tablet bits, including handwriting recognition and the text input panel (TIP) on all devices that have a digitizer. This includes touchscreens and active pen digitizers. The tablet bits are also installed on devices without any digitizer, but they are stashed away in Accessories/Tablet PC. The TIP will even work without a digitizer, but it must be started manually. It’s not much good without a digitizer, though.


Motion Extends Superior Display Technology to the C5 and F5
Business Wire

Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced that the F5 Rugged Tablet PC and C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) now include the Hydis AFFS+ (Advanced Fringe Field Switching) display as a standard feature. The latest in tablet PC display technology, AFFS+ offers lowered power consumption, improved transmission of color and images, impressive internal LCD panel reflection and LED backlight, for superior indoor and outdoor viewing.Motion  Tablet PC Display comparison

The Hydis AFFS+ technology was first made available on the Motion J3400. After experiencing the new display, rugged computing expert Conrad H. Blickenstorfer said, “Thanks to the AFFS+ technology, the screen is amazingly bright, vibrant and readable outdoors. What truly sets it apart is the ability to view and read it from all angles. Never having to tilt and rotate the display to see it properly gives it a rock-solid, natural feel that you just don't get anywhere else. Every mobile computer should have this display.”

The new display technology takes brightness measurement beyond that of nits. A combination of brightness, contrast and viewing angle create extreme brightness without increasing power consumption.

“The AFFS+ technology is the result of years of experience developing tablet-specific displays that improve brightness through a unique combination of technologies that optimize brightness without impacting power consumption or adding weight,” said O.S. Yang, General Manager, Hydis America. “We are pleased that Motion, as the leading provider of tablet PCs, has realized the mobile benefits of enhanced AFFS+ technology and made it available across platforms.”

Advantages of the new display technology include:

  • Significantly brighter LED backlight with lower power consumption
  • New LED backlight that more quickly reaches full brightness
  • Improved internal light reflections to utilize ambient sunlight for enhanced outdoor viewing
  • Enhanced display allows more of the internal light through to the user
  • Anti-reflective front polarizer lowers the reflectance and scattering of ambient sunlight

“Motion is excited about offering the new display capabilities on our complete line of tablet PCs,” said Mike Stinson, Motion VP of Marketing. “The combination of superior viewing capabilities and balanced power consumption is ideal for our customers, who require lightweight high performance technology that improves productivity inside an office or out in the field.


July 14, 2009

Thunders Storm on Toshiba R400 Tablet PC

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July 15, 2009

The Associated Press

Intel Corp. has had a near lock on supplying processors for netbooks — the cheap, tiny laptops that are the biggest hit in the computer market these days. Now there's an alternative from a Taiwanese competitor, Via Technologies Inc. It might be time to leave your Intel-powered comfort zone.

I took the Samsung NC20, the first netbook on the U.S. market with the Via Nano processor, for a spin. I found it to be a capable unit, comparable to the netbooks that use Intel's Atom chip, though there are some notable differences. If you're in the market for a netbook, perhaps for the fall semester, it's definitely worth considering.

First of all, the NC20 has a 12-inch screen. Netbooks have so far topped out at 10 inches, so the NC20 gives us a lot more space to work with. Intel has discouraged manufacturers from using Atoms with larger screens, saying the processor isn't powerful enough.



Multitouch is where it’s at for smartphones, with plenty of UI developers trying to emulate Apple’s success.

But can it cut the mustard on a notebook? Dell thinks so, and has introduced multitouch on its new XT2 Tablet PC.

My full review of this notebook will appear shortly, but I thought I’d spill the beans on multitouch in a blog post.

The XT2 has a capacitive screen, which is great as this means it responds well to finger-taps in general. I enjoyed prodding at the screen to make menu selections and to emulate pen flicks. Making a quick sweep up and down to scroll was intuitive once I got used to the fact that a downward scroll moves text up the page and vice versa. All these finger-friendly gestures worked well in both notebook and Tablet modes.

But that isn’t the end of it. Multitouch comes into play when more than one finger is on screen at once. The classic multitouch feature is pinch-to-zoom. Place two fingertips on screen and bring them together to zoom one way, sweep them apart to zoom the other.


Gotta Be Mobile

It has been eagerly anticipated and now we can begin to take a look at the Asus Eee PC T91 Tablet PC. Thanks to the folks at Asus I got to check out a review unit and film this InkShow. After a few false starts the Asus T91 Eee PC is available from Amazon and other retailers beginning today July 15 for $499. Some will probably find that on the high side, and I for one hope we reach a day when Touch (and Tablet for that matter) don’t mean a premium price point.

The T91 is all about Touch and Asus has obviously spent time and resources to provide a Touch UI for you to work with called TouchGate. Optimized for touching, (larger buttons everywhere) TouchGate sits on top of Windows XP (Note, not Windows XP Tablet Edition). As you’ll see in the InkShow there are three ways to access what Asus calls the TouchGate UI.


July 16, 2009

Get a 10-inch HP Netbook for $279.99 HP 1033CL Netboook

I learned something during my recent trip to San Francisco: Netbooks rock. Sure, they're a bit cramped, but for the kind of work I need to do while traveling (writing blog posts, checking e-mail, etc.), they're absolutely fine.

I also learned that it's worth spending a little extra on a model with a 10-inch screen and decent-size keyboard. For example, Buy.com has the HP Mini 1033CL for $279.99 shipped.

The Mini features the ubiquitous 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, a 60GB hard drive, and a 10.2-inch screen. Webcam, too.


Asus Eee T91: It's a Netbook and A Tablet PC Asus Eee T91 tablet pc

Asus's new Eee T91 is the first netbook that can swivel its screen and become a Web-enabled tablet computer...but it costs $499.

Asus has never had any difficulty expanding out its like of Eee netbook and nettop computers, offering a dizzying array of models and options that, if nothing else, have probably helped competitor Acer decide it's perfectly fine to confuse consumers with its own dizzying array of Aspire netbook models. However, the Asus Eee T91 does something no other netbook on the market can do: users can open up and swivel the unit's 8.9-inch display and convert the unit into a touch-screen, Web-enabled tablet PC.


July 20, 2009

HP Tablet PC for $699.99

Woot is offering a really good deal today for a HP Tablet PC using a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor.  HP Tablet PCs are one of the best in the market at this moment and this is an excellent price.

HP Tablet PC


Gateway Launches Second Netbook with Acer's Help
PC Magazine 

Big brother Acer has produced two netbooks, and now Acer subsidiary Gateway has added to the fold. Gateway LT2100u

After launching the Gateway LT3100 last month – an 11.6-inch netbook – Gateway has rounded out its netbook lineup with a 10-inch netbook. The LT2100u is basically a rebadged version of the Acer Aspire One ( the D250-1165 ), just like the LT3100 was a rebadge of the Acer Aspire One A0751h . It's like any other 10-inch netbook, only the LT2100u is one of the few that can be had for $300.

The LT2100u is available in NightSky Black or Cherry Red, but instead of just glossy plastics, the Gateway logo is engraved in a modern silver trim accent. It weighs 2.6 pounds with a 3-cell battery – about the same weight as the Aspire One.

There isn't much differentiation from the rest of the netbook field after that, and it's hard to blame the company when the price is ripe to sell. Gateway's new netbook comes with a Webcam and a 160-GB hard drive preloaded with Windows XP. It has 3 USB ports, Ethernet, VGA Out, and a multi-card reader. And the 1.6 GHz, Intel Atom N270 processor is about as generic as it gets. It is shipping immediately through Gateway's channel partners.


AT&T to Offer New Suite of Mobile Broadband Netbooks Online and in stores

AT&T* today announced an expansion of its mobile broadband-enabled netbook lineup. The new devices, which will be available in stores and online in the coming days, features three ultra portable mobile broadband netbooks - an Acer Aspire One, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10, and the Lenovo S10.

AT&T also announced it will begin offering AT&T ConnecTech(R) services specifically tailored for netbook customers through its more than 2,200 stores, providing three options of support for netbooks purchased from AT&T, with prices from $99 for remote online support to $199 for in-home technical support.

Netbooks from AT&T

AT&T will offer the Acer Aspire One throughout stores nationwide. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Lenovo S10 will be available in multiple stores and all devices will be available for purchase soon online at www.att.com and other direct sales channels. The netbooks will cost $199.99 after mail-in rebate via AT&T Promotion Card with a two-year service contract (see below for additional terms).

The netbooks feature 10-inch screens and weigh less than 3 pounds. The promotional netbook pricing requires the purchase of a two-year AT&T DataConnect plan



Last we had heard, ASUS' Eee PC T101 tablet (or T101H) still had a place on ASUS' massive Eee PC roadmap, and was on track for a late August / early September release after being pushed back from its original June launch date. According to DigiTimes, however, the device's future now looks to be even more uncertain, with it supposedly set for release this September "at the earliest." Some unspecified "industry sources" further go on to say that that the T101 (and other future ASUS netbook tablets) could either be pushed back further or scaled back on shipments if the company's current Eee PC T91 doesn't meet expectations, or possibly even canceled altogether.


July 21, 2009


The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nine newly granted patents for Apple Inkwell Apple Inc. today. The notables within this group include several industrial design wins for Apple covering Airport Extreme, earphones, Apple’s Universal Dock and iPhone’s retail packaging. Yet the one that hits a homerun today covers an Ink Phase Termination Engine that supports Apple’s Inkwell technology and a future Tablet device supporting handwriting applications. The evidence for an Apple based Smartbook-Tablet hybrid device is certainly mounting.

Ink Phrase Termination Engine and Tablet Granted Patent

Apple’s granted patent generally relates to an ink manager for acquiring and organizing pen-based ink information for use by pen-aware and other applications.

Although the current iPhone is dependent upon using your finger as the input stylus, a future larger tablet could in fact accommodate a stylus or pen-based input system as well so as to address both handwriting and drawing applications. Such a system would be able to tap into Apple’s Inkwell application that is noted a as a key technology under OS X Snow Leopard


PR Web

Raxco Software, the leader in PC performance software, today announced PerfectSpeed™, the industry’s first automated utility suite that includes a certified disk defragmenter, registry cleaner, duplicate file remover and advanced privacy protection. The suite includes the engine of PerfectDisk® 10, the award-winning Microsoft® Certified disk defragmenter and the world’s first defragmenter to support Windows 7.

PerfectSpeed includes a complete PC Performance Check and a set of intuitive and easy-to-use Wizards that help tailor PerfectSpeed to the unique needs of a user’s PC, laptop or netbook. After a quick one-time setup, PerfectSpeed runs automatically, ensuring the user’s system is optimized to peak performance and stays that way

PerfectSpeed’s components include:
-   Disk defrag and optimization powered by PerfectDisk® and including patented SMARTPlacement® optimization, exclusive AutoPilot Scheduling™ and the industry’s only total free space consolidation
-   Registry cleaner with exclusive SafeClean™ technology that eliminates system instability and problems caused by conventional registry cleaners
-   Automatic trace eraser that encompasses multiple browsers to protect users from malicious eyes
-   Military-strength file shredder that permanently deletes files so that criminals and others can’t recover data, even if they have forensic data recovery tools
-   Duplicate and temporary file remover that recaptures valuable space, including space-consuming duplicate music, video and picture files
-   Tweak tool to easily customize the performance, security and appearance of Windows® systems.


July 22, 2009

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing

Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next versions of its flagship desktop and server operating systems. With the completion of this development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 worldwide general launches. Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date


July 23, 2009

Doster Construction Deploys Motion F5 Tablet PCs

Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced that Doster Construction Company has selected the Motion® F5 Rugged Tablet PC for use on its Motion F5 Tablet PCjobsites. Using new quality control punch list software on the tablet PCs, Doster teams can now complete tasks more efficiently, saving time and money on their multifamily construction projects. Doster is the latest in a series of construction firms that have chosen the portability of Motion tablets over alternative choices such as laptops or handheld devices.

Doster turned to Allegiance Tablet PC Experts, an experienced provider of tablet solutions to the construction industry, for guidance in selecting the best device. Allegiance, a Motion reseller partner for over five years, recommended the F5 because of its durability, outdoor display and integrated features. The tablet’s ease of use allowed Doster to quickly train their teams and bridge the company’s technology gap.

“Motion offered the best solution because the F5 was an all-in-one, rugged tablet PC with the performance we needed to run our applications,” said CJ Rainer, Network Support Specialist at Doster Construction. “It fit all of our requirements – it was drop-tested, water resistant, and could be used with an internal or external data card. We really value the ability to take pictures on the jobsite, write notes on the images and immediately distribute them as needed.”

With the tablets and their software of choice, Encompass Product Suite, Doster can now complete in just three days what used to take two weeks. The F5s allow Doster to save time and money on the jobsite and in the office. The tablets, when not in the field, double as desktop computers, allowing employees to have resources and information accessible whenever needed. This has led to faster project completion, as Doster can now address situations at a moment’s notice and update information without the need to return to job trailers or carry reams of heavy documents.


Microsoft confirms Windows 7 family pack

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it does plan to offer a "family pack" for Windows 7 that can be used on up to three PCs. Windows & home Premium

The software maker acknowledged the move as part of a blog entry Tuesday afternoon. However, it still isn't saying how much it will charge for the family pack, which allows three installations of the home premium version of Windows 7.

The move was hardly a surprise, after Microsoft included references to the family pack as part of licensing terms in a test version of Windows 7 that leaked onto the Internet.

Windows users have been calling for a family pack since before Windows Vista, and Apple has offered a family pack for Mac OS X since 2002.


July 27, 2009


Rumors of an Apple tablet – essentially a large iPhone or iPod touch – have been swirling for over a year. Today the Financial Times is adding credibility to the rumors, reporting that Apple is rushing to debut the device in time for the Christmas shopping season.Apple Tablet PC

The article swings back and forth between the new device and a series of record label deals Apple could launch simultaneously, but here are the points specifically related to the tablet:

Screen size: “may be up to 10 inches diagonally”, touch sensitive (of course)

Phone capability? Unlikely – it’s more like a large iPod Touch than an iPhone.

Wireless connectivity: Same as the iPod Touch, with the ability to download media through iTunes.

Kindle Rival? May provide the ability to read books, creating a rival to Amazon’s Kindle.

Launch date: By Christmas, possibly as early as September.



Panasonic has launched its first Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) – the Toughbook CF-H1 in the New Panasonic Toughbook CF-H1 Tablet PCZealand market. The newest member of Panasonic’s Toughbook family of ruggedised mobile computing products, the Toughbook CF-H1 provides the healthcare profession with a full-featured mobile device that can withstand the rigours of a fast-paced healthcare environment, while offering improvements in workflow productivity, quality and mobility, all combining to achieve better outcomes for patients.

The CF-H1 has been designed in response to the needs of healthcare professionals, and Panasonic sought feedback from clinicians in all elements of research and development.

Mobile Clinical Assistants (MCAs) allow healthcare professionals to access and update medical records and critical information live at the patient’s bedside. The company says the proven benefit of an MCA is improved staff productivity, as valuable time with the patient is maximised instead of them searching through paper records, while easy access to critical information means errors can be reduced.

Panasonic’s CF-H1 MCA is a highly-durable solution. Its lightweight, ergonomic and rugged design means it will survive the knocks, bumps and drops that often occur in a busy medical environment. With a fanless design and no open ports it can be easily and safely sanitised with hospital-grade disinfectant, reducing the spread of infection. Long battery life and dual hot-swappable batteries means the CF-H1 is always working, so healthcare professionals have continuous access to critical information.


Acer's Aspire One Pro- business netbook with 7.5 hour battery
Fresh News

The Aspire One Pro is complete with its powerfully built battery that works for 7.5 hours with a single charge. This is a good deal for all those who were dissatisfied with Acer’s otherwise wonderful Aspire One D250 netbook which could hardly cross the 2 hour mark.

But the new business-focused Aspire One Pro, which claims a whopping 7.5 hours from a single charge.


July 28, 2009

Spellex releases 2009 versions of industry dictionaries for the Spellex Tablet PC Suite handwriting recognition tool.

Spellex has announced a new version of their popular Spellex Tablet PC Suite, which includes thousands of new medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and legal words to enhance handwriting recognition and spell checking capability.

Benefits:   The Spellex Tablet PC Suite 2009 allows your Tablet PC to better recognize handwritten industry terms while greatly enhancing the Microsoft Office basic English spell checker with hundreds of thousands of industry terms.

Hundreds of thousands of new medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and legal terms are instantly added to popular Tablet PC applications.  Comprehensive spell checking combined with increased handwriting vocabulary can be yours in one easy-to-use software suite!

Purchase only the industry dictionaries you need. The Spellex Tablet PC Suite 2009 is compatible with Windows Vista and can be used in your favorite handwriting enhanced applications including Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Office, Windows Journal, Franklin-Covey Tablet Planner, Windows Tablet Input Panel, and many others.  The Spellex Tablet PC Suite 2009 will also work inside your favorite Microsoft word processor, so there is nothing new to learn. There are no manuals to read, no commands to learn, and no more embarrassing errors.

Pricing for the Spellex Tablet PC Suite 2009 starts at $99.95 depending on the number of industry dictionaries.  Multi-user licenses and educational discounts are available. 

To order the Spellex Tablet PC Suite 2009, or to request product information or a free evaluation copy, visit the Spellex Web site at www.spellex.com or contact Spellex Corporation at 800-442-9673 or 813-792-7000.


Bill Gates still loves Tablet PCs
Mobility Site

Office Online Blog recently published an article from Bill Gates where he explains how useful is Office for him. The most important tool for him is Outlook, but look what he says about his Tablet PC and OneNote. 

I always take a lot of notes about ideas to think about or things to follow up on. I try to bring my Tablet PC to meetings as often as possible so that I can use OneNote 2007 to write notes in ink that can later be searched or converted to text. Even if I forget my Tablet, I can scan a document or piece of paper and add that image to OneNote. One of the nice new features in OneNote 2007 is that it automatically recognizes the text in those scanned documents, so that it’s easy to search for them later.


July 29, 2009

PC World

Acer remains on track to launch a version of its Aspire One netbook with Google's Android mobile operating system in the third quarter of this year, a company representative said Wednesday.

The company decided to reiterate its commitment to the project after news reports said the project had been delayed or changed.

The world's third-largest PC vendor plans to debut Android in an Aspire One with a 10-inch screen and an Intel Atom microprocessor. A similar Aspire One is currently available from Acer but it comes with Microsoft Windows XP.

At the Computex electronics show in Taipei last month, Acer displayed an Aspire One running both Windows XP and Android, prompting questions on whether the netbook would be a dual-boot machine or not. Executives at the show said the Aspire One with Android would not come with Windows XP installed.


Feedback for Tablet PC Speech Assistant Needed
Gotta Be Mobile

The developers of Tablet PC Speech Assistant are looking for feedback so they can improve the UI of a piece of software that helps those who have difficulty speaking communicate better.

If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment on the YouTube video page.

The software is opensource and is designed specifically for Tablet PCs. Here’s a full demonstration of the software in action. I haven’t had a chance to try the software myself, but it looks very useful. I’m going to see if my grandmother has any interest in trying this out.



July 30, 2009


Apple is said to be planning to unveil its portable tablet PC in time for Christmas, but users who can't wait that long can find alternatives.

The Financial Times on Monday reported that Apple plans to launch a tablet PC with a touch-sensitive color display measuring up to 10 inches diagonally.

The device is expected to have Internet access, but will likely not include phone capability, the Times reported.

The device, which could be available as early as September or October, could cost between $600 and $1,000, according to the Times' report, which can be read by clicking here.

The move by Apple into the tablet PC market comes at a time of intense interest about everything Apple, including its iPhone, iPod and other portable devices, and a time of fairly poor interest in the tablet PC market.

Tablet PCs have been around for over a decade, and come in a couple of different varieties.

Slate-type tablet PCs feature a touch-sensitive screen on which users can either use a stylus or even a finger to input data and run applications, and convertible-typetablet PCs include models that have a built-in keyboard similar to that of a notebook PC, and often feature a screen that can rotate independently of the rest of the device.

Vendors of tablet PCs include Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Motion Computing, TabletKiosk and Toshiba. Information on many of them can be found at the TabletPc2 Web site by clicking here.

The biggest roadblock to success in the tablet PC industry has been a lack of killer applications that appeal to a large number of users, along with a much higher price for standard mobile PCs that can run the applications most users require.


Ballmer: Ultra-thin PCs will be the answer to netbooks

Ballmer, unlike some Microsoft execs, wasn’t afraid to say the word “netbook.” In fact, he told FAM attendees that netbooks are synonymous with MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices).

Ballmer disputed the notion that netbooks are killing Microsoft’s Windows client revenue base.  He showed a slide he admitted the rest of his team had warned him was overly complex (and I have to say I agree) to try to show why netbooks aren’t going to keep chipping away at Windows’ margins.

Ballmer told analysts there would be a new class of “ultra-thin” PCs” — or high-end netbooks –coming this year that would combine the light weight of netbooks with high-power and high-performance of traditional PCs.

“When I talk to many of our customers, they say ‘I love the Netbook but can I get one with a bigger screen?’” Ballmer said.

Those new ultra-thin PCs, the first of which will be coming later this year and, presumably running Windows 7, won’t be as cheap as $299 or $399 netbooks, Ballmer admitted, but they will combine netbooks’ portability, with some unnamed but higher-sounding prices that will make shareholders, analysts and Microsoft happy. (We’ll see how happy they make customers who are spoiled by currentnetbook prices.)

“Our license tells you what a Netbook is. Our license says it has to have a super small screen, which means it probably has a super small keyboard and it has to have a certain processor and blah, blah, blah, blah,” Ballmer said.  But “we want people to be able to get the advantages of light-weight performance and be able to spend more money, with us, with Intel, with HP, with Dell and with many, many others.  So the shifting dynamics here will continue to evolve.”












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What is Tablet PC?

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.