Fujitsu PC Australia is pleased to announce today the Stylistic ST6012 slate tablet PC - a new semi-rugged sleek light weight tablet PC – with the latest work focused technology features. Built in Magnesium alloy, paint-less exterior and with rubber protection around the LCD display, the Stylistic ST6012 was designed for mobile professionals that demand industrial strength for travel and everyday use.
Suite of new security technology designed for a piece of mind, the Stylistic ST6012 offers Fujitsu 3D Shock Sensor to protect against excessive impact, minor accidents or vibration, BIOS lock, a HDD lock with a two level password system, Stylistic Lock, Anti-theft Lock system, a Smartcard slot, plus the Trusted Platform Module TPM. v.1.2 to ensure the owners’ data security at all times.
The 12.1-inch, SuperFine WXGA TFT screen with AR coating is designed for a combination of frequent indoor or outdoor use when working away from the office, allows the mobile professional to get the task done quickly and efficiently, all whilst on the go. The Stylistic ST6012 is ideally suited for on-your-feet professionals including insurance, education, healthcare, and retail or mobile sales teams.
The Stylistic ST6012 is comfortable-to-carry, being less than 1-inch thick and can be easily converted to a work-station thanks to its unique accessories. The most useful being the docking station with a Dual Layer Super Multi Writer, and 3 USB ports for connecting peripherals such as a wireless keyboard, mouse and external speakers.
Original band membersSir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, came together today to kick off the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit with the world premiere of The Beatles: Rock Band. The first-of-its-kind music-based video game offers a revolutionary tour of The Beatles' music, career, and legacy. Presented by Apple Corps, Ltd., and MTV Games’ Harmonix Music Systems, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), The Beatles: Rock Bandwill be released worldwide on 9/9/09, as will the release of the entire, original, digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue.
Of The Beatles’ epic catalogue, 45 songs will be available on-disc. Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project and Music Supervisor / Creative Producerfor The Beatles: Rock Band, unveiled the first ten songs that will be available on the game-disc: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “I Feel Fine,” “Taxman,” “Day Tripper,” Back In The USSR,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Get Back.” Additional songs will be announced at a later date. Along with these 45 songs, the entire Abbey Road album will be available for future download purchase, as will additional music from The Beatles’ catalogue.
For those who already own or are considering the purchase of a tx2z and want to install Windows 7 RC (a free download from Microsoft that expires June 2010)-- go for it! We recommend a clean install to avoid older drivers that might cause conflicts as well as bloatware that can bog things down. The standard installation installed all the drivers we needed except the N-trig Windows 7 driver (available here) and HP's control button software which you can download from HP's web site or you can hunt for it in the C:\SWSETUP folder on your tx2z.
The HP tx2z sells for approximately $1,000 after HP's rebate, and that's about half the price of the Dell XT2 tablet, currently the only other tablet PC using the same dual active digitizer plus capacitive touch display, a technology developed by N-trig. We expect to see tablets using the N-trig digitizer to bloom in the coming year since Windows 7 makes great use of its capabilities (more on that later).
Today Fujitsu launched the M2010, their first netbook in north america. Available in high gloss Ruby Red the M2010 boots in just 50 seconds, weighs 2.5 pounds and has a has a 10.1 inch backlit display. Other notable features include 3 USB ports (rather than the standard two), stereo speakers, webcam, bluetooth, wireless lan.
Fujitsu America today introduced the Fujitsu M2010 mini-notebook, its first netbook-class mini for the North American market. With an environmentally friendly 10.1-inch mercury-free backlit display, the 2.5-pound Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home-based Fujitsu M2010 mini-notebook is ideal for the K-12 education market and mobile professionals. Featuring a durable design, the stylish, glossy ruby red Fujitsu M2010 mini-notebook can withstand being casually tucked into handbags, messenger bags and backpacks.
The Fujitsu M2010 mini-notebook stands out from other netbook-class mini-notebooks with features including easy expandability up to 2 GB, three USB ports rather than the standard two ports, stereo speakers, digital microphone, Bluetooth and a quick 50-second start-up.
Portable at 2.5 pounds, stylish with a durable, non-painted, glossy ruby red finish, environmentally friendly with a 10.1-inch WSVGA mercury-free backlit display, and ENERGY STAR(R) qualified.
Powered by Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor, 160 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, and Microsoft Windows XP Home, the Fujitsu M2010 mini-notebook is ideal for the K-12 education market and mobile professional.
Easy user expandable memory from standard 1 GB DDR2 memory to 2 GB.
Digital microphone along with two-watt-per-channel stereo speakers and integrated webcam for recording/listening to webcasts or podcasts.
Comfortable typing experience with a 90 percent keyboard.
Offers three USB ports rather than the standard two found in other netbook-class notebooks.
Welcome to the April 2009 Most Popular Tablet PCs list. This report is made using the total page-views 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.
No new models entered the market to really shift up our Top 10 list much this month. Only two tablets shifted positions, being the HP TouchSmart tx2z and the Toshiba Portege M700.
Getac, the world's third largest specialist rugged mobile computing solutions brand, is upgrading its popular V100 fully rugged convertible with new performance features. The latest enhancements to Getac's V100 fully rugged convertible include; processor and memory upgrades, greater storage capacities and enhanced bandwidth and wireless capabilities. The new enhanced V100 will also boast ATEX (CATEGORY 3 / ZONE 2) certification.
The transformable Getac V100 features a swiveling LED screen for the ultimate in portability, allowing users to switch between notebook and tablet mode. It also features a Magnesium Alloy casing, shock mounted hard disk drive and sealed I/O caps and doors to prevent damage from solid particles. Although it weighs a mere 2.2kgs, the V100 is rough-and-tumble ready to withstand even the harshest working environments. It is fully compliant with MIL-STD 810F and IP54 standards for ruggedness including the ability to withstand heavy rain, airborne dust and debris. For further protection, the convertible notebook/tablet PC has a removable hard drive that is shielded by a special mechanism to prevent damage during operation; anti vibration compounds, which serve as a shock absorber during transport; and an anti-shock housing to further protect it if bumped or dropped.
On paper the Toshiba NB205 looks like most of the other netbooks we have seen over the past year (10.1-inch display, Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP), but in person it really stands out. With a unique design, stellar keyboard and trackpad combo, and a long-lasting battery that’s rated for a whopping 9 hours of endurance, Toshiba’s NB205 is a breath of fresh air.
Check out our impressions, gallery and hands-on video below to see why we think the NB205 could top the rest.
We have been seeing better and better looking netbooks, but the Toshiba NB205 is hands-down one of the most stunning we have seen and have had the chance to use. Toshiba is offering two different versions of the NB205. The $399 version we used has a well-designed lid with raised horizontal lines. Our model was Sable Brown and had an overall professional look. It will also come in Royal Blue, Posh Pink, and Frost White. The $349 version will be offered only in black, and will have Toshiba’s smooth fusion finish (rather than the raised pattern).
The netbook market is already pretty crowded, but today two more contenders enter the fray: Toshiba's NB205-310 ($400) and Fujitsu's M2010 ($449). Toshiba and Fujitsu are new to netbooks, they're no strangers to small machines. After all, Toshiba blazed a trail back in the 1990s with its Libretto subnotebooks, and Fujitsu has been dabbling in ultra-ultraportable-size models with its U810 Tablet PC.
n the initial bout between the two new netbooks, we can't announce a final decision because we haven't received and tested final hardware yet. But we can report the results of a subjective hands-on matchup of the two and let you know which one is currently ahead on points.
Netbooks, such as those AT&T is bundling with its data plans, are about to get a new module that helps connect to the Internet via cellular networks.
Ericsson is expected to launch on Thursday its latest mobile broadband module, called Ericsson F3307, specifically designed for mini laptops. The module is pre-certified with major cellular networks in 75 countries.
This means Netbook manufacturers can quickly equip their Netbooks with this new integrated wireless connectivity.
The Ericsson F3307 enables users to directly access the Internet through the HSPA standard, similar to that used by AT&T's 3G network. The HSPA standard is the most popular mobile broadband technology in the world with more than a billion subscribers in more than 100 countries.
Optimized for Netbooks, the new module combines performance and low power consumption. It offers download speeds up to 2Mbps. It's about the same size as a Wi-Fi module currently used in many laptops.
Apple is rumored to be working on something bigger than an iPod Touch, but smaller than a MacBook. Past patent applications filed by the company and whispers from contract manufacturers point to a midsize gadget with a screen of 7 to 8 inches in the works, perhaps scheduled to debut early next year.
Reinvent the category: First, Apple has to solve the major problem that has plagued all tablet-like devices until now: lack of interest from consumers, and a clear purpose for the device, which is no small feat.
"This must have a very different spin on the tablet phenomena," said Michael Gartenberg, vice president of analysis at Interpret. "What can (a tablet) do that neither (a phone or laptop) can do that causes a consumer to carry one more thing? Consumers maximum want to carry two, maybe three things."
The solution will be to make it as easy to use as possible, in a way no company has yet, and with features, such as those listed below.
Be thin and light: A device thinner and lighter than the 3-pound MacBook Air and slightly heftier than the 1.1-pound Kindle DX would make people more apt to carry it around. Clunky, heavy ultramobile PCs (UMPCs) like the OQO, for example, were portable in theory, but weren't practical for more than a niche business audience.
If people don't want to carry it around, they may as well stick with a smartphone and a laptop. This is what happened to tablet PCs, which currently occupy approximately 1 percent of the overall PC market, according to IDC. UMPCs' market share is essentially zero.
Have customized software: No-man's-land devices like tablet PCs and UMPCs/MIDs failed partly because their operating system, Windows XP, wasn't optimized for those devices. Apple has an advantage there with the iPhone OS. It could be tweaked for a midsize device between the iPhone and MacBook.
Built-in wireless 3G: This seems fairly obvious, but while the iPhone has this, the iPod Touch and MacBook don't. The point of a tablet would be to get online quickly, download videos, books, apps, etc., so this seems fairly certain if Apple were to make a tablet.
Innovative text entry system: Apple's already demonstrated this. And with more screen real estate on a potential tablet, a larger version of the iPhone's virtual keyboard seems like the most obvious direction for Apple to go here. It would vastly increase usability, and depending on the size, could even afford room to touch type with both hands.
Be able to watch multiple full-length movies on a single charge: A Mac tablet with a screen around 7 inches, as is rumored, would presumably be primarily for consuming media, so the ability to watch a full-length film on a long airplane ride would be great
Though some are hoping for mention of a tablet from Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference that's taking place in just over a week, it's probably not a good bet. Besides the fact that the focus of WWDC recently has been all iPhone, Munster says his sources in overseas manufacturing believe such a tablet device wouldn't be ready until 2010 at the earliest. In the meantime, let us know what features you'd like to
ASUS has added the Eee PC T91 to its highly-successful Eee PC line. This new model is the first to sport an 8.9" swivelable touchscreen and a suite of touch-optimized software that enables users to get the most out of finger or stylus input—thus transcending the capabilities of previous generations of devices in its class.
The Eee PC T91’s unique software applications, collectively known as TouchSuite, allow users to perform a myriad of fun tasks with their fingertips, such as touching up photos, creating photo albums, leaving handwritten desktop memos for loved ones, and sketching cartoons or custom emoticons.
The Eee PC T91’s tablet PC functionality makes it easy to cradle in one arm, enabling users to read documents, scribble ideas into digital notebooks and surf the Internet while traveling on foot. The EeePC T91 is also equipped with a TV tuner and Global Positioning System (GPS) for extensive entertainment options and advanced navigation capabilities on the go.
The Eee PC T91 is available in Black and White to match different moods, personalities and lifestyles.
A key benefit of the Eee PC T91’s touchscreen and tablet PC form factor is the flexibility they afford users. No longer must the device be used on a flat plane such as a table. With the EeePC T91 folded flat like a slate, users will be able to use it comfortably while standing up. Users will be able to read notes, sketch ideas directly onto the screen, chat on IM, surf the Internet, and play games while walking. Furthermore, the EeePC T91 accepts fingertip input and handwriting, ensuring that scrolling through documents and keying in text are simple affairs.
Viliv is a Korean company that’s making a big splash in the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) world. They sent me the S5 Premium model a few weeks ago and I liked using that handheld computer so much I bought it. This week they sent me the other configuration they have available, the S5 3G. This UMPC is also a Windows XP device but it has a 32 GB SSD and integrated 3G.
The 3G model is like the first model I tested but I was surprised to find it slower than the model with the standard HDD. PCs with a solid-state disk (SSD) should definitely be faster than HDD-equipped models, so I was understandably confused. These two models are almost identically configured otherwise, so it was even more surprising to find the model that should be faster was in fact slower.
June 7, 2009
Greg, Kiril, David & Trent
10 Tony Awards
David B., Frank, Tommy, Tanner, Hayden and everyone in else in the cast & crew who brings Billy Elliot to life.
Best Musical:Billy Elliot, the Musical Best Book of a Musical:Billy Elliot, the Musical Best Performance Leading Actor in a Musical:David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:Gregory Jbara Best Direction of a Musical:Stephen Daldry Best Choreography:Peter Darling Best Orchestrations:Martin Koch Best Scenic Design of a Musical:Ian MacNeild Best Lighting Design of a Musical:Rick Fisher Best Sound Design of a Musical:Paul Arditti
If there's been any doubt that Microsoft plans to use Windows 7 to put the nail in the coffin of desktop Linux, there's this news: Microsoft says it will no longer cripple the Windows 7 Starter Edition it's targeting for use on netbooks. Users will be able to run as many applications at a time as they want.
Microsoft generated quite a bit of controversy a little while back when it said that one of the versions of Windows it planned to target for netbooks was Windows 7 Starter Edition, which would only allow people to run up to three applications simultaneously.
Windows netbooks already far outsell Linux netbooks. The Windows 7 Starter Edition will allow netbook makers to keep the prices on their netbooks down, while offering the most important features of the newest version of Windows. Given that, Linux on netbooks will fade even further.
HP today launched the HP Pavilion dv6z Artist Edition 2 notebook PC with a stunning design inspired by the sea and sky in Okinawa, Japan, that earned first place in the 2008 HP MTV “Engine Room” Notebook Design Contest.
Inside and out, the Artist Edition notebook was designed by the youth, for the youth. Combining a bright, colorful design from 27 year old Hisako Sakihama, a unique software collection and the HP Pavilion dv6z notebook, the Artist Edition 2 offers new levels of innovation to inspire creativity from the classroom to the coffee shop.
It hurt the whole mobile community to hear the woes of OQO. Last month, the company that helped define the early UMPC and MID markets closed up shop due to financial challenges. As sad as someone’s bad times are, certain folks can find a little happiness in the situation in the form of closeout prices.
GottaBeMobile says that our good buddy Hugo Ortega can still get a handful of OQO Model 02 devices direct from the factory. Prices are ranging from $995 to $1,495, depending on the configuration. If you want a piece of history as well as a pocketable PC, I wouldn’t wait on this.
Apple offered a new explanation Monday for why it isn't playing in the netbook market, and potentially why it could.
Apple unveiled a
number of new updates to its MacBook lineup
at its WWDC conference on Monday, including a new 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,199. But the new 13-inch model, while compact, doesn't quite touch the $399 to $599 price points of what the market typically refers to as netbooks.
According to Todd Benjamin, director of portables for Apple, a MacBook can author a DVD, author a photo book, "anything you want to do," he said in an interview.
Netbooks typically lack features like slot-loading DVD drives, and are typically designed for content consumption. By contrast, Macs author content. "They don't have the things that you want to do on the Mac, which is make amazing things
Xplore Technologies Corp. a leader in the design and development of rugged tablet computers, today announced it has received approximately $2.8 million in orders to date from a major utility services firm. The total project has the potential to bring $10 million in revenue to the company over approximately two years based on the current planned roll out of several thousand Xplore iX104C4 Tablet PCs to be installed in service vehicles around the US.
American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) introduces a medically certified 8.4” and 10.4” Rugged Tablet PC for the Medical Industry. It features the latest N270 Intel® Atom Processor for ultra low power and high reliability operation. The tablet PC sports an elegant, practical design featuring an aluminum-magnesium alloy construction with individually sealed ports for complete IP54 compliance waterproof and dustproof protection. The unit has passed UL60601-1 Medical Equipment Certifications for approved electronic compatibility and reliability in the medical field. On top of the certifications the unit is engineered to Military 810F shock, vibration, and drop standards to withstand the most extreme applications used by in medical / hospital environments.
AIS’ medical certified tablet pc comes with a high capacity lithium ion battery, enabling it to be used on the go and in outdoor environments with ease. By utilizing the latest in Transflective technology and sunlight readable touchscreens, AIS can provide optimum visibility in direct sunlight conditions where standard tablets would fail. The ergonomically designed hand-held tablet PC features programmable buttons and touchscreen technology for quick and easy navigation. Additional accessories are available such as charging bases, barcode scanners, carrying straps, and GPS receivers to cater the tablet PC to your requirements.
Using a Tablet PC running Windows 7 with (currently) 4 points of multi-touch enabled is really fantastic, bringing the iPhone experience to a much larger screen, with more points of multi-touch to be software enabled on HP’s TouchSmart tx2 tablet (and coming on future devices).
I’ve been able to try it on that HP tx2, with the upcoming Windows 7 Touch Pack, and unlike some earlier demos I’ve seen on the web, the experience is smooth, very iPhone-like in some programs, and brings the entire Tablet PC concept to life – especially when you retain the ability to use a proper stylus as well.
The Win 7 Touch Pack includes a Virtual Earth app as seen on the Surface PC, the “photo” corkboard also from Surface that two people can independently manipulate photos on-screen, with fingers, at the same time (up to 84 fingers simultaneously on Surface however), the Blackboard which is similar to Crayon Physics, games and more, and is but a continuing indicator of a rich touch interface future to come.
ARCHOS once again is leading the way in innovation, with the introduction of the MiniPC of the future, the ARCHOS 9 pctablet. The ARCHOS design team has coupled groundbreaking design with the most advanced technologies, by leveraging their expertise from the design of the Internet Media Tablets.
What better innovation for a MiniPC than to get rid of keyboards?
ARCHOS once again is leading the way in innovation, with the introduction of the MiniPC of the future, the ARCHOS 9PCtablet. The ARCHOS design team has coupled groundbreaking design with the most advanced technologies, by leveraging their expertise from the design of the Internet Media Tablets. The new PC combines the performance of a high end PC with breathtaking aesthetics, excellent ergonomics and a tactile interface that ARCHOS has built their reputation on. Pure lines, extreme thinness (0.63''), less than 800g and a stunning black finish, the ARCHOS 9 pushes the boundaries of elegance and simplicity on a MiniPC, fulfilling all expectations of the most mobile users.
Intuitive and easy to use, the ARCHOS 9 delivers an unrivalled user experience, and is set to replace the traditional computer. Without a physical keyboard, it provides a virtual keyboard, very easy to use on the the resistive touchscreen, and has an optical trackpoint to let you surf the web, communicate, work and entertain anywhere.
The ARCHOS 9 incorporates the new Intel® ATOM™ Z515 processor, an 80 GB1 hard disk, Bluetooth to tether wireless accessories, and 2 antennas to receive DVBT TV with diversity reception.
And what's more, the ARCHOS 9 is running Microsoft® Windows 7, the latest version of the most commonly used operating system in the world.
In this video InkShow, I take a quick look at the multi-touch applications that will be a part of the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7: Surface Collage, Rebound, Blackboard, Garden Pond, Surface Globe, and the Surface Lagoon screen saver. Microsoft Surface technology can be felt all over this pack, from the screensaver to the globe. Playing with the Touch Pack on my Dell Latitude XT felt like I was playing on a minature Surface computer - the experience was that good. Keep reading for more and to watch the video.
The pack will be pre-installed by OEMs on computers that support multi-touch and meet Microsoft’s Logo requirements for Touch and Windows 7. Additional information on the upcoming Touch Pack can be found here on Microsoft’s Windows 7 Team blog, along with a detailed description of each game.
Hewlett-Packard’s Jim Vanides has 11 new reasons why tablet PC’s are better for teaching than whiteboards, Smartboards, and overhead projectors.
HP makes the tablets — laptop computers that let you write on their screens with a stylus — so the company has a stake in tempting professors to buy the gadgets.
But Mr. Vanides, who is responsible for HP’s higher-education grants, draws on the experiences of grantees to make his case for the tablet PC and digital projector in a new list on his blog.
He argues that, in contrast with a whiteboard, you don’t have to erase to keep going — helpful for students who aren’t fast note takers. You can also teach facing students, the better for managing them.
You’ve all seen them - those ultra portable computers, with ultra small screens and keyboards that fit darn near anywhere. What writer in their right mind would actually make use of such technology? Actually…there is good reason to look closer at this technology. On the heels of CES 2009 (where new UMPCs like S_blankony Vaio’s P Series made its debut) I think it’s important to shed light on these devices and how they can be great for writers.
What qualifies as “ultra mobile”?
The intro of the netbook has blurred the lines, but UMPC’s generally start with a 7″ screen and go down to as little as 4.5″. Anything smaller usually falls into smartphone territory.
UMPCs are first cousins to netbooks. Most of them are using the same Intel processor chip - Atom. Just like netbooks, power is not king in the land of UMPCs. These little devices are very mobile and they are designed to do one thing very well - access the web. But just like any computer most come equipped with USB inputs, a VGA port for extended monitors and projectors, SD card readers, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, ethernet, cameras, etc. They also have ample hard drive space (as much as 160GB+). If the machine is running Vista, make sure it has at least 2GB RAM. Some OEMs will still allow you to order their UMPCs with Windows XP.
Six Writer UMPC Scenario Usages
Scenario #1: [Cafe]
You’re at a cafe you frequent every Saturday just to get out of your writing headquarters and be amongst warm-blooded earthlings. Your friend is twenty minutes late. Suddenly a thought… What time is Meryl Streep’s new movie playing? This would be a great time to respond to a few emails. Let me make a Skype call to Freddy in England. In other words, a UMPC can actually serve as an excuse to give yourself a much needed break by not having access to your main computer. There are many type-A personalities who have to safeguard against themselves.
Fujitsu has dabbled in ultra-ultraportable machines for a while now, having released the LifeBook U810 and U820 tablet PCs. Now the company is ready to take baby steps into the netbook market, with its M2010. To be honest, though, this isn't the bold move that Fujitsu should have--or could have--made.
Fujitsu's M2010, according to company spokespeople, is geared a bit more toward kids. While not exactly child-size, the machine's keys seem reminiscent of the keyboard on the 10-inch Acer Aspire One: a little on the smaller side, but with perfectly serviceable buttons. At least the arrow keys are large on the M2010. And you'll need them--though the touchpad has a nice, textured surface, its size is about average for a netbook. That's hardly a crime, but since we're seeing new netbooks (like the Toshiba NB205) crop up with larger touchpads, I'm greedy and I want to see more, if only for the sake of my aching hands.
Not so long ago if someone had of told me I could pick up a notebook PC for under a thousand bucks, I'd have booked them a spot at the nearest psych ward. Then along came Asus with the ultra-affordable Eee PC Netbook and many notebook buyers haven't looked back.
Whilst the first crop of netbooks were affordable, buyers paid a hidden price in the form of anaemic specifications and near-glacial performance.
The original Eee PC had a tiny 7-inch display and an equally tiny amount of data storage. Worse still, most Netbooks also came with a Linux-based operating system installed which didn't go down terribly well with consumers bought up on Microsoft products.
Since then things have improved dramatically and the latest crop of netbooks hitting the shelves of retailers are a definite improvement in terms of both specifications and price on their older siblings.
Being small, light and consuming little power means there are limitations when it comes to netbook PCs, but depending on what you're wanting to use a netbook for, the pros can well and truly outweigh the cons.
With built in Wi-Fi and a web camera, a netbook has the making of a fantastic travel companion. Staying in touch with home using Skype and Wi-Fi is dead easy and holiday photos can easily be transferred off a digital camera for storage and/or be uploaded online from almost anywhere where there's Wi-Fi.
Their petite size also makes them great ultra portable media players when stuck in cattle class. Provided your netbook has a roomy hard drive instead of cramped solid state storage, carrying a reasonable collection of movies and music is definitely do-able.
t's no secret that Microsoft wants to charge more for Windows 7 on netbooks than it did for Windows XP, and now the company appears to have settled on a price range for the netbook-focused Windows 7 Starter edition.
According to a recent report by Digitimes, Microsoft is telling netbook vendors that it will charge between $45 and $55 for Windows 7 Starter, compared to between $25 and $35 for XP Home, the version that accounts for about 90 percent of the current netbook operating system market.
If Microsoft refuses to budge, some netbook vendors may decide to continue selling Intel Atom N270 and N280-based netbooks with XP instead of Windows 7, according to the Digitimes report.
most of the issues turn into bonuses once you fold the screen down onto the keyboard and use the device as a tablet. In portrait mode, the screen becomes a near-perfect facsimile of a small notebook. It's a still a bit hard to read, but Vista's Tablet PC support offers excellent handwriting recognition, so note taking is a breeze. The small size and low weight make holding the U820 for extended periods of time fairly easy, and the screen is just large enough to be comfortable, without taking up too much space in your hand. Spend an hour or so learning your way around Vista using a stylus and factor in the U820's long battery life, and you have yourself a respectable digital notebook.
Folks who have long clamored after the Asus Eee PC T91 tablet netbook will be able to do so from this week onwards (if you happen to live Stateside, of course), while our friends living across the Atlantic have already been able to enjoy it for some time already. Just to recap, this 8.9" tablet netbook will be powered by Intel’s Z520 1.33GHz Atom processor, aided by 1GB RAM and a 16GB SSD. Battery life is rated at up to 5 hours thanks to Asus' Super Hybrid Engine. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are standard, but there is the option to include HSDPA cellular connectivity as well.
The Disney Netpal by ASUS features two choices of stylishly designed lids; Disney Princess Pink boasts beautiful pink florals and Disney Magic Blue cleverly displays rows of miniature Mickey Mouse icons
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and ASUS, maker of the pioneering Eee PC™ netbook, have collaborated to develop the Disney Netpal, a netbook computer for children that’s fun, web-safe and easy to use. Developed with parents and kids in mind, the Disney Netpal by ASUS is durable, with a reinforced mechanical design, and offers a truly magical and engaging computing experience with a unique Disney user interface. Features include more than 40 robust parental control options, an 8.9-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi capabilities, Windows XP Home, and kid-friendly software featuring Disney characters and icons in stunning visual environments. Browsers and email have extra filters to assure that parents are able to control online safety and content for their children, and can easily select with whom their children can correspond via email. The Disney Magic Desktop “gadget tray” offers a creatively designed 2D menu displaying Disney-themed email, Disney-themed browser and a robust suite of Disney-themed parental control options.
Netbooks are an incredibly exciting new product category, and one that's undergoing constant evolution. Designed to handle e-mail, Web browsing, and some basic software apps, they are somewhat limited when compared with most full-size laptops, but how limited? I wanted to find out.
I've dug into a few dozen popular sites that I use, and made note of basic performance through extended use. Did they work? Did they not work? These were things I wanted to test.
The verdict: overwhelmingly positive. Besides a few issues with Adobe Flash performance (which we get into later), it handles most things with speed and agility.
Though Apple isn't saying whether it's working on a touchscreen tablet, the company may have shown its hand at its Worldwide Developers Conference last week.
Of course, the Apple tablet has become the Apple press corps' version of a Bigfoot hunt. Some believe the evidence is overwhelming. Others are, well, underwhelmed. And Apple doesn't discuss products before it's ready to.
However, based on the features demonstrated at the developer conference last week, the newest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.6, dubbed Snow Leopard, could turn out to be the most touchscreen-friendly Mac OS the company has ever built. Snow Leopard won't be available until September, and so far, Apple does not sell a touchscreen notebook ortablet . But some of the features in the upcoming OS at least show a path on which Apple could be headed toward offering a larger touchscreen device.
While it would seem like Apple could use the ready-made iPhone operating system for a tablet instead of a touch-friendly version of Mac OS X users, that could limit the device. Most users expect the freedom of having a Finder and the ability to download directly from the Web and not through the App Store only, as with the iPhone and iPod Touch.
If Apple does end up making a tablet that were to run Snow Leopard or some version of it, that means it probably wouldn't be announced until after Snow Leopard's official release in September. Others have speculated that it won't be ready until at least early 2010.
Powersoft Advanced Technologies, LLC, a world leading manufacturer of superior quality power amplifiers for the professional audio market, is introducing its new Audio Suite control software, dedicated to the live sound and installation market, at InfoComm 2009 (Booth 6384). Designed by the Powersoft R&D team, the new software has been developed following requests and suggestions from some of the most influential live system designers, installers and loudspeaker manufacturers. Through their combined feedback, Powersoft has been able to deliver an enhanced customizable graphic interface with drag and drop possibilities optimized for tablet PC use.
This week, Corel came out with a brand-new suite of office applications for XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users. Corel Home Office ($69.99) bundles in three applications: Write, the word processor, Calculate, the spreadsheet maker, and Show, the presentations builder.
Corel Home Office differs from other Corel office suites in two ways. First, it's been written with a new code base, so it's not a perfect continuation of Corel WordPerfect Office. It doesn't hurt that the suite is the near-spitting image of Microsoft Office 2007 in layout and design.
Second, it has been optimized for Netbooks, both in terms of a smaller footprint (just over 100MB) that translates into lighter features (Corel sticks to core tasks) and a couple concessions for the small screen. The best of these is the F11 button, which hides the menu bar, significantly increasing the amount of screen visible on aNetbook.
A computerised medication trolley using biometric identification is being pioneered by Sydney-based aged care provider Montefiore, which believes it will help ensure that the right resident gets the right medication at the right time.
Montefiore's system is a drugs trolley equipped with a tablet PC loaded with medication management delivery software. When idle, they are returned to a docking station, updated by TeleMedCare's web-hosting service.
You say you want value in your mobile computer? You say you want something super cheap? Not one year ago, we visited a very similar subject and found most Netbooks averaging $499. Now Netbooks are available for $299 or less, thanks to incredibly affordable new offerings from Acer--the just-reviewed Aspire One AOD250--and Dell's Mini 10v. A line has been drawn in the sand, and now we answer the question: what can $300 get me in a new Netbook?
The Viliv X70 UMPC is nice in its own right but it gets even nicer when special deals give buyers a bunch of free stuff. The folks at Dynamism have let us know that they are getting 777 X70 devices soon and they are going to run a special promotion for those who pre-order one. Here’s the deal as noted on their web site:
The long-awaited Viliv X70 will be available in limited quantity during our pre-order event starting at 1:00 PM Eastern time on July 6th.
The Viliv X70 is the latest Mobile Internet Device (MID) from Viliv that changes the way people think of mobile computing. And, we are thrilled to offer the following pre-order specials, available only for the first 777 units ordered on July 6:
Express Model Pre-Order Special: Free 1.3GHz Upgrade from 1.2Ghz, Car kit, Leather pouch, and Protective Film
Premium Models Pre-Order Special: Free Standard Battery, Car kit, Leather pouch, and Protective Film ($195 value)
Starting at $549.99, New Everyday Value Laptops Sport New Look and Features
a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a new look, new screen sizes and a new direction for its popular Satellite L Series of everyday laptops. Designed for budget-smart consumers and “Back-to-School” shoppers, the new Satellite L Series of laptops strike an ideal balance of style, performance and cost at price points starting at just $549.991.
“In this new economy, consumers are demanding more choice,” said Ron Smith, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We’ve expanded our entry level laptop line, adding more screen size options, new features and brought in our Fusion Finish to give the line a fantastic new look. It’s a great example of Toshiba’s ability to meet the market’s demands with solid, high-quality products that exemplify our commitment to value and innovation.”
The Satellite L Series consists of four model classes: the lightweight 14-inch Satellite L510/L515, the versatile 15.6- and 16-inch Satellite L500/L505 and the larger 17.3-inch Satellite L550/L555 desktop replacement. Each laptop is equipped with the latest processors and standout features like HD TruBrite™ widescreen displays, USB Sleep-and-Charge and hard drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB2.
Perfect for Back to School, Toshiba’s New Satellite A, M, P and U Series Laptops Combine Multimedia Performance, Style and Eco-Efficiency Starting at $699.99
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today unveiled the latest models in its top-selling line of Satellite consumer laptops. Built with the new economy in mind, the new Satellite line-up delivers performance, features and style, while answering consumer demand for more battery life and eco-efficiency. Offered at a variety of price points starting at $699.992, these Satellite laptops offer maximum value to students, home and power users alike.
With four different product series, Satellite laptops make it easy for consumers to find the laptop that’s right for them. The Satellite M and Satellite U Series offer great multimedia performance and everyday mobility, while the more powerful Satellite A and Satellite P Series, deliver an excellent platform for powering HD entertainment.
For Multimedia and Mobility:
The Satellite U500/U505:The Satellite U Series is not just a highly mobile laptop, it’s a fashion statement. With a unique textured finish on the outside and impressive multimedia performance on the inside, this ultraportable fuses function with style and travels well with a weight starting at just 5 pounds. Pricing starts at $849.99 MSRP2.
The Satellite M500/M505: The Satellite M Series is a versatile, upscale multimedia performance laptop for work and play for home users, students and mobile enthusiasts.
For Widescreen HD Entertainment:
The Satellite A500/A505: The Satellite A Series is an entertainment-packed performance laptop that combines high-end processing with Toshiba’s latest design elements – perfect for home users and tech enthusiasts. 16-inch diagonal widescreen HD Edge-to-Edge display
The Satellite P500/P505: Featuring a massive 18.4-diagonal widescreen HD TruBrite display, the Satellite P Series is designed with digital media enthusiasts and mainstream PC gamers in mind.
Whenever we mention desktop note-taking applications, two apps always stand out among the competition: Microsoft OneNote and Evernote. One is a commercial Windows app; the other is a free application for Windows, OS X, and many mobile phones. So which is better?
We've danced around this question in our Hive Five Best Note-Taking Tools, but pen and pencil won that contest hands-down. Both tools have their strengths and weaknesses. Many staunch OneNote supporters are quick to point out that Evernote has an unfair advantage in the voting department because it's free. Evernote does, however, offer pro accounts ($45/year) that put it at least somewhat on par with OneNote's price tag ($100 for a license). On the other hand, OneNote integrates like a dream with every corner of your Windows desktop.
We could go on, but ultimately both tools have a lot in common with subtle differences (the tablet PC-owner niche loves OneNote). So we want to throw it out to you:
Kohjinsha is about to launch a significant overhaul of its convertible tablet netbook that will bring it to the forefront in terms of features, a leak shows. The SK3 will have 802.11n Wi-Fi and, to draw on the better wireless, both outward- and inward-facing cameras for video chats or photography. It's also one of the first tablet netbooks to support Windows 7; what this involves isn't known by UMPC Portal, but it may involve either tighter integration with the touch elements of the Microsoft OS or else a more finger-ready screen.
The resulting system would still be one of the smaller PCs of its type with a 7-inch swiveling LCD, a 1.33GHz Atom processor and 1GB of RAM.
If carrying your computer like a plastic handbag appeals, and you’re also a fan of pen-computing, then Daewoo’s latest netbook may be the best thing for you. The SOLO C920-mini starts from humble netbook beginnings – an Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 60GB 1.8-inch 4,200rpm hard-drive – then throws in an 8.9-inch touchscreen and nifty carrying handle.
That should give you something to hold on to when you’ve flipped the touchscreen around and are using the C920-mini as a slate. The display runs at 1024 x 600, the same as ASUS’ Eee PC T91, and there’s a 1.3-megapixel webcam and stereo speakers sensibly located in the screen bezel rather than just above the keyboard where they’d be covered up.
Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, two USB 2.0 ports, ethernet and audio in/out. Thanks to Microsoft’s netbook software licensing policies, though, you can’t get the Daewoo machine with XP Tablet Edition, so there’s no standard handwriting recognition or any of the other pen-enabled niceties. No word on pricing nor availability outside of Korea.
Over the past week, I’ve really been enjoying the Fujitsu ST6012 Tablet PC. I’m still quite impressed by this light weight slate Tablet. Except for still feeling a little sluggish, I have not lacked for anything. From an integrated SD card slot to PC card slot to a 1280 x 800 screen, I have not experienced any compromises in going slate mode with the ST6012.
I’m really enjoying the rounded 6-cell battery. When holding the ST6012 in landscape mode, the rounded battery makes for a very nice grip.
The only thing I wish the ST6012 supported was touch / multi-touch. Although I have not been told anything regarding touch support, I’m hopeful that Windows 7 and a refresh will address that.
I’ll be recording an InkShow later in the week that I hope to publish by this weekend / first of next week. In addition, I’m getting a refresh of Motion Computing’s J3400 Tablet PC, so look for some head to head comparisons between these two fine Tablet PCs. Until then, enjoy these photos.
A lot of people are very interested in the new netbooks that are getting touchscreen capability. The Asus T91 is attracting a lot of attention as a “Tablet PC” with netbook pricing. Since the convertible nature of the T91 means the screen can be swiveled around into a slate form, one could make the assumption that this device (or any other convertible) would be good for inking on the screen. I hear from people all the time wanting to know if these types of devices will be good for inking and I need to set the record straight. The correct answer to that question is: almost certainly not.
Slate Tablet PCs are great for writing on the screen — the form factor screams for that ability. Taking notes in a meeting or writing out emails is a natural use for these convertible devices, but the fact is that there are some things that prevent most devices from doing this well. Netbooks have passive digitizers that are built for touch input; operating the netbook with fingertips is pretty natural and especially effective for slate devices. The problem sets in when writing on the screen is desired.
The biggest proponent of tablet PCs has always been Bill Gates. I remember talking to him about the technology at the turn of the century during one of my visits to Microsoft; he said someday the tablet PC would be the norm for mobile computing. I assume he's still high on the use of a stylus or touch as part of a computer's interface, hoping the concept will catch on with consumers.
While tablet PCs in the "slate" format have found their way into vertical markets (medical and hospital programs, as well as transportation and police and fire departments), they have not caught on with the mainstream. And even the laptops known as convertibles (because their swivel screens can be used in tablet mode) haven't taken off. But a new generation of tablets could finally give this concept some legs.
The most visible at the moment comes from TechCrunch's Michael Arrington, who has been working on something called the CrunchPad. He and his team have created a prototype 12-inch tablet that uses an Intel Atom processor and a Linux OS, designed for mobile Web browsing. Tablets like these have been used for a while in vertical markets, but they're normally priced at about $2,000—and up. The CrunchPad is supposed to cost about $200, however, and if that's true, it could have serious consumer appeal. This product is in its early stages, and there is no time frame for its release (other than talk of "a user event in July in Silicon Valley"), but Arrington's work has sparked new interest in tablets, especially because of his price goals.
Stylish designs with sophisticated touch technology could entice laptop defectors back to desktop PCs
But desktops could be poised for at least a modest comeback, in part because designs are finally getting more appetizing. More manufacturers are following Apple's (AAPL) lead in ditching ugly, noisy "minitowers" in favor of all-in-one units inspired by the iMac. And when the Windows 7 operating system arrives later this year, it's likely to attract a fresh look at desktops because the software has touch-control features that simply work better on a big desktop monitor than on a notebook screen.
Touch Tech Goes on Camera
Touch software, however, is likely to get a lot more interesting once software developers begin using their imagination to cook up applications for users of multitouch desktop screens. If you've ever watched a TV anchor "conducting" the news in front of a Magic Wall, you get some idea of the potential. HP, for example, has been demonstrating a program that lets you paint on the screen of a TouchSmart using artist's brushes.
Instead of using the screen itself to detect touch, both the TouchSmart and Studio One PCs use an array of cameras built into the frame around the screen to detect hand movements. This optical touch-sensing technology comes from a New Zealand company called NextWindow. The same relatively inexpensive technology, which adds around $25 to the bill of materials, is being built into freestanding monitors that could be used with any PC when they hit the market later this year.
UMPC Portal notes something that I’ve been watching for months. The trend for searches using the term UMPC is in vast decline. As a mobile technology community, this can’t be surprising to any regular readers. As much I as enjoyed the three UMPCs that I purchased, the device itself “got in the way” for mainstream consumers of effectively using it — ink entry just doesn’t work well on resistive touchscreens. Then of course there were the price challenges, and hardware that wasn’t quite mature enough for most folks.
Prices are down now and the hardware has matured. The addition of a small but very usable keyboard enabled far easier content creation. Yup, I’m talking about netbooks. Even with a soft spot in my heart for UMPCs, they did fail. But they succeeded at the same time. They succeeded in creating the platform that evolved into today’s netbooks. They drove hardware manufacturers and chipmakers to increase power efficiency without a total sacrifice of processing power.
n the above chart, I compared the trends for UMPC, netbook and MIDs in 2008. I would have carried it into 2009, but the netbook trend grows so much that it makes the other two terms almost meaningless by comparison. Based on the results, I feel reaffirmed that MID is essentially a silly term.
HP today announced it will offer the Microsoft Windows® 7 operating system on consumer and business PCs beginning Oct. 22.
To meet customers’ computing needs while protecting their investments, the company is participating in the Windows Upgrade Option Program to help customers transition easily to Windows 7. The program will enable customers who purchase qualifying HP PCs to enjoy the benefits of a new Windows-based PC immediately and receive a free(1) upgrade to Windows 7 when it becomes available in October.
Customers who purchase an HP PC starting today may be eligible for the upgrade program. HP customers can visit www.hp.com/go/windows7upgrade to check for upgrade eligibility, register and get answers about their PCs and current operating systems. Following general availability of Windows 7 on Oct. 22, qualifying customers will receive the Windows 7 upgrade and an upgrade utility disk(2) with a step-by-step guide for installation at their convenience.(3)
Throughout the development of Windows 7, HP has had an unprecedented level of collaboration with Microsoft to improve the user experience. HP has made a significant investment in hardware and software testing to ensure broad compatibility and a satisfying technology experience across its commercial and consumer PC portfolios.
First hints of the “special, time-limited offer” first surfaced several weeks ago when a memo from consumer electronics retail giant Best Buy was leaked to Engadget. The details in that memo were correct; in fact, the program is actually more widespread than it first appeared. Here are the details:
The program kicks off tomorrow, June 26, in the United States, Canada, and Japan. It’s scheduled to end July 11 in the U.S. and Canada and on July 5 in Japan—”or while supplies last,” Microsoft notes.
The discount is 50% or more over the normal estimated retail price (ERP) of the two mainstream consumer editions. In the United States, you’ll be able to buy a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade for $50 or get Windows 7 Professional for $100. Outside the U.S., Microsoft says, “the special low pre-order price will vary by country.”
The offer is available online at Best Buy and Amazon.com. For the first time that I can remember, the online Microsoft Store will match these discounted prices instead of sticking with the full list price.
A recent survey says that consumers have no idea about the weaknesses of netbooks versus notebooks, and have no idea how best to exploit the mini PCs. Disney meanwhile does understand, and has come up with a great netbook audience: Kids.
But Disney recently pulled the wrappers off a new netbook, built in collaboration with the netbook king Asus, and it may actually be the most well-targeted netbook yet. It's aimed at kids, for whom the mobility of the devices is a boon, and the low computer power doesn't matter. Disney's branded it the Netpal, given it a sealed trackpad, spill-proof keyboard, and reinforced corners so it resists thumps better. It's basically a typical 8.9-inch screen netbook inside, but Disney's bumped the parental controls significantly, and given it a dual-boot. One mode is standard Windows XP, but the other is a Disney front-end with custom browser, Disney-themed graphics, a "Radio Disney" app which plays music from its large stable of recordings.
The Netpal costs $350. And, if you think about it, it's the perfect netbook. Kids smaller fingers won't be irritated by the reduced-size keyboard, the limited battery life is a de facto time limit to prevent over-use of the machine (assuming parents keep control of the power cord.) And the machines are relatively cheap so you won't mind too much if their lifespan is limited by rough-and-tumbled treatment by your kids
Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional Offered Free for Qualifying Fujitsu America Notebooks
Fujitsu America announced that end users purchasing a qualifying LifeBook(R) notebook with Windows Vista(R) Home Premium or Windows Vista Business are eligible to receive a free comparable version of Windows 7 beginning today through January 31, 2010.
There is no charge for customers to participate in this program. Fujitsu will cover the costs of the disk, as well as basic shipping and handling charges. There is a limit of 25 copies of the upgrade per customer.
We first heard about the unique hybrid Touch Book from Always Innovating back in March, and as always with unique new concepts, we wondered if it would really see the light of day. We are happy to see that the Touch Book is in production and should start shipping next month. This hybrid is an 8.9-inch slate tablet with an optional, snap-in keyboard, making for a laptop configuration.
The slate is Linux powered and has an 8 GB SSD and 512 MB of memory working with a TI OMAP3530 processor. This sounds anemic, but it should actually run decently and for a very long time on a battery charge. The Touch Book is only $299, while the optional keyboard is $99.
he new Toshiba Satellite Pro® L300 models are designed for small- and medium-sized business as well as small-office and home-office professionals looking for performance, quality and durability at a great value. Engineered and manufactured by Toshiba, the Satellite Pro L300 series offers users an affordable desktop replacement which incorporates essential business features such as a 15.4-inch diagonal TruBrite® LCD screen, larger capacity HDD, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor, Genuine Windows® XP Professional (with Vista Business media), 802.11a/g/n, a built-in Webcam and Toshiba's one year standard limited Warranty. These features give customers what they need from a powerful PC – more storage, faster processing speeds and web conferencing capabilities.
Accessories available for these laptops include the dynadock™ U USB docking station, Toshiba 5–Pocket Ballistic Nylon Carrying Case and a Toshiba Keyboard Protector. Additional options include Extended Service Plans, memory modules, power adapters and larger capacity batteries.
In a world where first impressions are critical, Toshiba hit it right on the mark when they called the Mini NB200 "perfectly small and impeccably stylish".
Netbook? Mini Notebook? Mini PC? For all intent and purpose they are the one and the same so you call it what you like, Toshiba is calling the NB205 a mini notebook. I'm calling it the "Energizer Bunny" of netbooks becausethe battery lasted over 10 hours.
With its sleek stylish design, small size and light weight the new Toshiba Mini NB205 makes a great impression right out of the box.
One of the first things you notice when you have it in hand is how sturdy it feels. Small enough to tuck into easily into a purse, backpack or briefcase and sturdy enough to take anywhere.
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.