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May 2009


May 1, 2009

2009 Mothers Day Gift Guide

Toshiba Portégé R600 Ultraportable PC

With an assortment of Tablets PC's, Cutting Edge Laptops, Exciting Accessories and Sweet Treats I hope you will find the perfect Mothers day gift for the special woman in your life and in your heart.  From the technology savvy Mom to the Soccer mom I think you will find items that will delight Mom this Mothers day.


Spoil Your Kid With A Child-Resistant Laptop
PC World

If you don't want you child messing around with your precious new computer, then you might want to look into this: PeeWee PC introduced a splash-resistant tablet PC that comes with all the adequate perks to keep your kid entertained and browse the Internet safely.PeeWee Tablet PC

Coming in at $600, the PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop features a 10-inch touch screen and is powered by a 1.6-GHz Atom processor and 1GB of RAM memory, which can be upgraded to 2GB. With a 60GB hard drive, the PeeWee PC runs Windows XP, which might leave your child in a tantrum if they get stuck with some 'blue screens of death'.

The PeeWee PC is not light on additional specs either. The convertible tablet laptop has two USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, an SD/MMC media card reader, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and a 1.3-megapixel webcam to fulfill you child's needs of doing anything more than drawing on a very expensive version of their paper notebook.

PeeWee Tablet PC


Sexiest convertible tablet PC ever
Cnet Asia

The Moonlight laptop is not just any boring convertible tablet PC. Though the concept model looks amoonlight tablet pc little thick for our taste, the curvy body and dual LCD screens are enough to cause oodles of drool.

Both displays are touchscreen, with the smaller LCD serving as a mouse. The secondary panel can even be used to run a separate operating system or as an extension to the main one. Recognizing that a curve body is hardly a stable surface, a pair of flip legs props up the machine for a more ergonomic position.

This concept was designed by Modo forummer Teo Braun for a laptop of the future contest


Nexcom introduces Cost-effective Tablet-PC for Warehouse Applications

Nexcom, World Leaders in the Provision of Mobile Computing Solutions have launched a cost-Nextcom Tablet PCeffective Semi-Rugged Tablet-PC which is designed for indoor and warehouse applications.

The new MRC 2000 is a cost-effective 8.4” fan-less Mobile Tablet Computer which is based on the energy-efficient Intel Atom CPU.

For warehouse and retail applications the MRC 2000 can be equipped with a built-in laser barcode reader/RFID module enabling users to more efficiently track consignments/inventory. Its rugged, IP54 rated design allows the MRC 2000 to withstand a vertical drop of up to 4 feet (120 cm) and with the inclusion of the new docking station; the MRC 2000 is ideal for mounting onto forklift trucks.



May 4, 2009


Netbooks are hot. Anyone who tells you they're not hasn't been watching the industry very closely.gigabyte Netbook tABLET pc There are two core reasons behind the sizzle: 1)Netbooks are a new genre and we all like shiny new gadgets, especially ones that are tiny. 2) While we weather the tough economic storm, they're a cheap option as laptop replacements. Well, cheaper, anyway.

No, let's stick with cheap. Let's face it, they're not called, "Everything you always wanted in a portable computer books." netbooks are good for things you'd do on the Internet, and not much more. Miniscule amounts of memory, thimbles for hard disks (by current standards), and processors that chug rather than fly, are the hallmarks of the netbook.

We've unearthed seven netbooks that, while not quite on steroids, are trying to stick to the spirit of the downsized devices while dialing down the austerity with which they are so closely associated. It's not exactly clear how close the next breed will come to laptopville but one thing is certain: Apple may soon need to stop suggesting that the iPhone and the iPod are adequate substitutes for netbooks.


HP touchsmart tx2-1000 Notebook PC
PC World HP TouchSmart tx2-1000

HP’s TouchSmart tx2-1000 Notebook PC is one of the rare laptops that use an AMD Turion X2 CPU. It is also the first touch-screen laptop we have seen to be priced under $2000 and aimed at the home user rather than the business user. That’s a good thing.

The HP TouchSmart tx2-1000 Notebook PC is a good buy if you're a home user after a tablet PC. Its handwriting recognition is almost perfect, and it's comfortable to hold in the tablet position. We just wish it had a better mobile CPU and longer battery life.



The xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC is mounted in a Paint Shaker! To demonstrate ruggedness of shock and vibration, we mounted the xTablet in a Red Devil paint shaker along with a USB accelerometer to measure the G-forces the tablet endures while being violently shaken.


May 5, 2009

Windows 7 Release candidate Now Available To The Public

Your PC, simplified. You told us what you want in a PC. We listened. And made hundreds of little improvements and a few big ones that add up to a whole lot less. Less waiting, fewer clicks, and less complexity. With less of what you don’t need, Windows 7 helps you do more. More work, more play, and more of everything in between. Making every task simpler and every day easier. See for yourself—get the Release Candidate.Windows 7

How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you'd normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit downloads are available here 


Moto offers near next-generation multitouch tabletMoto says its multitouch prototype
Boston Globe

Moto Development Group (labs.moto.com/scalable-multi-touch) has a new, multitouch tablet, which comes close, by combining the best of the iPhone with the Microsoft Surface - or so they say.

Moto says its multitouch prototype (multitouch because you can use as many fingers on it as you've got), can be made much larger than Apple's iconic device, and lighter than the Surface, a device so immense that it functions as little more than a novelty at hotels. (Whenever I see the Surface, I recall the tabletop version of Ms. Pac-Man I used to play at the racquetball club.)


Amrel DR8 Rugged Tablet PC
Rugged PC Reviewrocky tablet pc

The ROCKY Patriot DR8 is a technology update to the company's DR7 rugged tablet computer platform. The DR8 comes in a military version, the DR8-M, and an industrial version, the black/gray DR8-I. The DR8 is a compact, lightweight and yet fully rugged tablet. It has a touchscreen and uses Windows XP, albeit not the Tablet Edition that requires an active digitizer. The DR8 measures just 9.8 x 7.4 inches and is 1.65 inches thick. It weighs a bit over four pound, so it's no larger or heavier than most commercial tablets. The housing is made of magnesium, in military green or black/gray, and the whole design is sealed to IP54 specifications.



The Netbooks Are Taking Over!

I’ve long been skeptical of netbooks, but clearly, I need to reassess my elitist attitude toward them. I wasn’t a fan partially because I don’t like using them and partially because I didn’t believe that consumers would really go for a machine that seems to call for so many compromises. Most early versions didn’t use the Windows software familiar to most consumers, and the machines still have crummy graphics performance and require expensive 3G contracts in order to make them truly mobile.

However, perhaps I was too hard on them, or maybe I just forgot the appeal of cheap gadgets, because this weekend I was treated to a taste of how popular netbooks seem to be. On Sunday afternoon, I saw an ad for an HP netbook in the Toys “R” Us weekly circular, and I stumbled across my latest Consumer Reports featuring on the cover an Asus Eee PC with ratings for netbooks, laptops and desktops inside. (The Samsung NC10-14GB was the No. 1 pick.)


May 6, 2009

Wired News

Amazon on Wednesday launched a next generation Kindle, an e-reader with a large, textbook and newspaper-friendly screen dubbed the DX.Kindle DX

With a screen that measures 9.7 inches diagonally — two-and-a-half times the size of the current-gen Kindle 2 — the DX is aimed squarely at penetrating for the first time the $9.8 billion textbook market, as well offering some life support for the struggling business of subscription-based electronic newspapers.

In its product launch, hosted by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon announced partnerships with three major textbook publishers representing 60 percent of the higher-education market. Five universities — Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Princeton, the University of Virginia, and Pace — have agreed to test the Kindle DX with their students. Bezos also announed that three newspapers — The New York Times, the NYTimes Co.-owned Boston Globe and The Washington Post — will offer a reduced price on the Kindle DX in exchange for a long-term subscription:


Daily Finance

In 2001, I reported on television about Motion Computing's new Tablet PC. It was billed as the PC of the future, and the future was then, they said.

Here we are eight years later, still using laptops with keyboards. How 1990s of us.Large Kindle

On Wednesday, Amazon is holding a press conference at Pace University in New York. It is set to unveil a Kindle on steroids.

Looking into the future, a larger-sized Kindle with a more functional web browser may be first in a race to see which company can create a hot-selling, tablet-style personal computer.

Such a device would make it easier to read newspapers and magazines, maybe even viewing them in the layout we've come accustomed to over the years, including the ads. Being able to display ads will help drive innovation for future tablet devices. Remember, it's about the money.

Is the race on?

Take your laptop, rip off the keyboard and you'd have the new tablet PC. A keyboard would appear on the screen when needed, or Chiclet-sized keys would be built into the product, which would be the size of a sheet of paper. You could read the news or a book, make calls, watch movies, listen to music and, as long as you have access to the internet, do things you would do on a computer.


Fujitsu LifeBook T2020 Tablet PC
Washington Post

Like most tablet PCs, Fujitsu's LifeBook T2020 caters to business folk. This laptop may shy away from sex appeal in favor of getting the job done, but it's angling to be a useful, lightweight (3.6 pounds), compact (11.7 by 8.6 by 1.3 inches) package. While it doesn't deliver in speed, it sure is ready for the long haul.

the T2020 that screams "2009," however, is its flawless 12.1-inch screen. The 1280-by-800-pixel panel looks exceptional, with much brighter and more-vivid colors than a typical matte laptop screen produces. Graphics, photos, and text are all very sharp and well defined, and the screen maintains its visually appealing contrast and intensity indoors and out.


May 7, 2009

Into the Storm: Lenovo PCs Power VORTEX 2 Tornado Research Project 
 Ultimate Business Tool Undergoes Ultimate Tornadic Research Field Test

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NCMay 7, 2009: Lenovo today announced a partnership with the non-profit Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) to power advanced levels in tornado and severe weather research. CSWR is bringing more than 50 Think-branded PCs into the eye of the storm as part of the $11.9 million VORTEX2 project - the largest and most ambitious tornado field research project of its kind. As the lead agency for the project, the CSWR team will use the Lenovo PCs to help track and store radar data, guide vehicles in the storm, provide weather briefings and analyze information for years to come. VORTEX2 begins May 8 in Norman, Oklahoma. Lenovo PCs Power VORTEX 2 Tornado Research

Research meteorologist Dr. Joshua Wurman, president of CSWR, coordinates radars and tornado pods from the Doppler on Wheels mobile radar, which he invented to advance the way tornadoes are researched. “This is without a doubt the largest tornado research project ever undertaken with the sheer number of participants, the breadth of organizations involved and the amount of equipment used. To pull off a project of this scale, we need rugged and reliable PC technology to collect, house and analyze every bit of data. A fleet of Lenovo PCs will help us see further inside the storm and to help bring some predictability to this natural phenomenon.”

ThinkPad X200s Tablet PC's – For lightweight and portability, the team is using these laptops to conduct tornado damage assessments.


May 8, 2009


Like most tablet PCs, Fujitsu's LifeBook T2020 caters to business folk. This laptop may shy away from sex appeal in favor of getting the job done, but it's angling to be a useful, lightweight (3.6 pounds), compact (11.7 by 8.6 by 1.3 inches) package. While it doesn't deliver in speed, it sure is ready for the long haul.

The LifeBook T2020 retains virtually all of the physical features of its predecessor, the sober, professional-looking LifeBook T2010. The only thing about the T2020 that screams "2009," however, is its flawless 12.1-inch screen. The 1280-by-800-pixel panel looks exceptional, with much brighter and more-vivid colors than a typical matte laptop screen produces. Graphics, photos, and text are all very sharp and well defined, and the screen maintains its visually appealing contrast and intensity indoors and out.


Asus Eee PC T91 launching by June!

The Asus Eee PC T91, the first touchscreen convertible netbook from the Taiwanese tech giant, will be twisting its way over to the UK within a month, and we now know how much for. Read on for the full scoop.

Although the Asus Eee PC T91 was unveiled back at CES in January, Asus UK has kept quiet about a launch date for the tablet cum netbook, but that’s just changed. The company has confirmed to us that the Asus Eee PC T91 will launch in Blighty in either late May or early June, with an RRP in the region of £449.


May 11, 2009

Lenovo S10-2 - Coming Soon!

An update to the current Lenovo S10 netbook, the new lenovo S10-2 is thinner and lighter and sports a new pattern and color options.Lenovo s10-2

What’s New S10-2

•Thinner & Lighter S10-2; 0.2kg lighter and 4mm thinner than S10
•ID change; special cover pattern and color design
•Equipped w/ Dolby sound
•89% sized keyboard w/ enlarged right-shift
•Larger touchpad
•Models with integrated 3G
•Additional USB for 3 total ports
•OneKeyRescue System
•Lenovo Quick Start

Peace of Mind Cutting Edge Capability
Dolby® Headphone
1.3M pixel camera
Lenovo Quick Start
Multi Touch Touchpad
OneKey™ Rescue System
89% Full Size Keyboard
Up to 6 hrs Battery life w/ 6 Cell
RohS & Mercury free
Energy star Compliant


Sexy Eee PC T91 boasts swivel touchscreen
The Tech Herald

A swivel screen, GPS, TV tuner and touch interface. Colour us suddenly interested

After last week’s steady procession of generic Netbook platforms, we hoped against hope that theEee PC T91 netbook hardware industry would grant us a little respite in having to reel off the same old specification lists while attempting to find something worth pointing out in terms of aesthetics. We’re foolishly optimistic, you see.

Meet the Eee PC T91, the latest Netbook offering shoved off the perpetual production line of Taiwan-based ultra mobile specialist ASUSTeK (ASUS).

Expected to arrive on European shores this coming June, the Eee PC T91 is slightly smaller in overall size but larger in price than some recent Netbook entrants, according to tech Web site T3, which highlights a modest 8.9-inch LCD display and a UK price of approximately 450 GBP (675 USD).


Netbooks with 10-inch displays dropping below $300

Several sites have noted that the latest Dell flyer includes an updated version of the company’s 10-inch netbook, the Inspiron Mini 10v, which will be available in mid-May for $299. The current model, the Inspiron Mini 10, sells for $399. Both look similar, but the Mini 10v uses the 1.6GHz Atom N270 chip found in most netbooks, rather than the Atom Z series. The Inspiron Mini 9, which starts at $279, already uses the Atom N270.

Computer makers are also cutting deals with wireless carriers to offer subsidized netbooks with data contracts. The latest rumor involves the HP Mini, which continues to be one of the better netbook designs. The mobile site Boy Genius Report says it has confirmed that HP and Verizon will announce the HP Mini 1151nr for $199 with a two-year contract on May 17. That’s the same day that Verizon will release the Novatel MiFi 2200, a tiny, battery-powered wireless router with a 3G modem that’s been getting some good reviews. So that’s another way to get your netbook or notebook online from virtually anywhere.


DialKeys Gen 2: On-screen Keyboard for UMPCs

No doubt one of the best parts of getting a new handheld device is investigating all the software tools that can be added to make the usage as good as it can be. I have shared some of the utilities that I have found to work well with the Viliv S5 I am enjoying, and today I get to share another.

JK on the Run DialKeys

You may remember the DialKeys on-screen keyboard utility from the original Origami UMPC days. DialKeys was preinstalled on “official” Origami devices; in fact, it was the only way to get the program. Today I got to thinking about DialKeys and wondered if it was still available, so off I went on the web and found it.

There is a 21-day free trial available to see how you like it, but if you’re like me you may end up buying it after just a few hours. The program is a little expensive, at $24.95, but I found it so useful I laid down the money for the unlocked version.


May 12, 2009

New Lenovo Netbook Steps Ups Design for Extra Portability and Style

Built Thinner and Lighter, Packed with Latest Entertainment and Wireless Connectivity Technologies

Lenovo today announced the IdeaPad S10-2 netbook to give online enthusiasts, social networkerslenovo deaPad S10-2 netbook colors and mobile consumers the latest in connectivity, entertainment and performance features to keep them better connected and enjoying their computing experience anytime, anywhere. The new IdeaPad S10-2 netbook gives consumers even cooler netbook features – models with 3G connectivity1 and 2, the rich sound of Dolby headphone technology for music and movies and long battery life. Lenovo also made the IdeaPad S10-2 netbook thinner and lighter than the previous IdeaPad S10 netbook, and packaged the netbook in an expressive, colorful new ring pattern design.

“With the netbook scene rapidly changing, consumers are telling us they want to merge the capabilities of their most commonly used sources of electronic entertainment, such as digital photographs, online TV, music and social networks all into one portable and affordable device,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “We’ve incorporated that feedback into our new IdeaPad S10-2 netbook, giving consumers around the world more ways to connect with options for wireless connectivity, a more portable and expressive design and entertainment-packed features.”

Slimming Down on Size and Pumping Up Performance

With consumers becoming more mobile today, thin and light laptop design matters, and saving space counts. Starting at just over two pounds and measuring less than an inch thick, the new IdeaPad S10-2 netbook is setting the bar higher in portability and affordability. Lenovo also revamped the IdeaPad S10-2 netbook with a modern and sophisticated ring pattern on the top cover for a distinct look personalized in grey, pink, white or black.


Microsoft Tech•Ed North America 2009 kicked off today with announcements of new technologies win 7 logothat enable IT professionals and developers to help their organizations save money and improve efficiencies during difficult economic times. As part of today’s news, Microsoft Corp. announced that the company is anticipating that the next version of its client operating system, Windows 7, will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is available today with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7.


Firefox Extension Linja Zax- Funny Name, Optimizes Web for Touch

The main reason I love Firefox is the ability to add extensions that increase the benefits I get out of heavy usage. Firefox is a big factor in the utility I get out of the Viliv S5 UMPC with the touchscreen due to the added benefits I get with the Grab and Drag add-on. A reader tipped me off to another extension that is looking incredible so far, and if you use a device with a touchscreen, I can almost bet you’ll want to give it a look.

Linja Zax is an add-on for Firefox that makes browsing the web a finger-happy experience. I am only beginning to scratch the surface of what Linja Zax does, but it’s already making a big difference to my handheld browsing experience. It adds zoom in/out abilities that are invoked by simply drawing a circle on the screen. Swoop one way to make things bigger and the other way to make them smaller. It is configurable, so you can make it as smooth as you want.


The Tablet PC Education Blog: New Era School Initiative

This sixth conversation with Dr. W.E. Doynit extends a series of descriptions of how to accelerate learning dramatically by increasing learning efficiency rates with and without Tablet and other mobile PCs.

Tablet PC Education: It’s good to have you back at this blog. Let’s review comments made by Robert Reed at the end of NESI Conversation 2: Doynit on School Reform.

He said he was of two minds about the New Era School Initiative (NESI) demonstration of school reform at the fictitious charter school.

Doynit: First, let me say that NESI demonstrates a way to defeat ignorance, at least in part, the generic reason education exists as a social institution.

Through NESI, educators may accelerate learning by reducing risks of student failure to meet learning criteria for grades K12. To demonstrate a potential of these results, students meet criteria in six (6) regular academic years.


May 13, 2009

Dell spins lower-cost netbook

Dell has announced a lower-cost version of its popular Mini 10 netbook, which runs Ubuntu Linux. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10v sells for $300, offering a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 10-inch display, 120GB or 160GB hard drive, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam, the company says.

Dell Mini 10v

Unlike the similar Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook announced in February, which starts at $350, or Dell's earlier Mini 12 model, the Mini 10v uses the 1.6Ghz Atom N270 processor typically found on netbooks. With the Mini 10 (pictured below, at right) and Mini 12, Dell had instead turned to Intel's Z5xx Atom CPUs ("Silverthorne").

Like the Mini 10, but unlike the Mini 9, the Mini 10v lacks an ExpressCard slot for a 3G modem. However, the device's 802.11a/g/n and optional Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities are said to be provided via PCI Mini Card slots. Like the Mini 10, the 10v features a keyboard that's "92 percent the size of a standard keyboard."


Verizon Wireless Netbook expected this week

Verizon Netbook

Verizon Wireless is expected to launch its long-awaited Netbook from Hewlett-Packard on May 17, according to a report from the blog Boy Genius Report.

The blog said the company will be offering the 115NR Netbook from HP with wireless broadband capability for $199 after a mail-in rebate. The subsidized device will come with a two-year service contract that will likely set users back $40 to $60 a month, the site said.

Verizon declined to comment on these most recent rumors. But the company confirmed earlier this year that it is planning to launch a Netbook on its network.

The big question now is whether consumers will actually buy the device and agree to a hefty service contract. Pricing details for the 3G wireless service aren't known yet. But Verizon currently charges $40 a month for a laptop data plan that offers 50 megabytes worth of data each month. And its $60-a-month plan offers 5 gigabytes of data downloads every month.

If the Boy Genius blog is accurate about the $199 price tag for the Netbook, and Verizon sticks with its current data plan pricing, Netbook users can expect to spend $1,160 to $1,640 over the life of the contract for the service and Netbook, depending on which plan they choose. (This doesn't include taxes or fees.) Considering that HP's Mini 1000 Netbooks retail for about $300 without a 3G service contract, this might seem a bit much for some consumers to stomach.

It's clear that Verizon sees Netbooks and other wireless-enabled devices as its future. Today, nearly 85 percent of the U.S. population owns a cell phone. As this penetration rate approaches 100 percent, it's unlikely that cell phone operators will experience much new growth simply by adding new cell phone subscribers.


Intel: Netbooks are about seeding next-gen customers (kids)

Intel made the case that its netbook focus isn’t hurting profit margins and isn’t cannibalizing notebook demand. Meanwhile, the chip giant provided a few statistics on how folks actually use netbooks. 

Intel’s exec parade and messaging regarding netbook demand seemed to resonate with analysts. Wachovia analyst David Wong wrote:

Intel showed data from the market research firm GFK indicating that netbooks have been a fairly constant mix of overall notebooks (13-16%) in each month December 2008 through March 2009. Intel interprets this as showing that Atom is not cannibalizing other notebook processors in any significant way, a conclusion that we agree with.

netbook focus

What’s uncertain is whether Intel’s contention that its Atom chip won’t hurt margins going forward. Why question that projection?

Intel’s Atom chip is taking a bigger chunk of the company’s product mix. Aside from a first quarter inventory correction, netbook demand—and therefore Atom demand—is expected to grow. 


May 14, 2009

Toshiba Launches World’s First Laptop with a 512GB Solid State Drive

Latest innovation improves access time, reduces power consumption
available exclusively at ToshibaDirect.com

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Toshiba Portégé® R600-ST4203today announced the world’s first laptop configured with a eSATA second generation 512GB2 Solid State Drive (SSD) with the Portégé® R600-ST4203.  Toshiba’s newest development shows its dedication to pushing innovation as the company has increased SSD capacities on laptops from 32GB to 512GB in just two years.  At just 2.4 pounds3 and 0.77 inches thin, the Portégé R600 with SSD provides customers with an enhanced level of protection, portability, reliability and fast data access.

“Toshiba invests more in research and development than any other laptop company. Its heritage of developing first to market advanced technologies that keep mobile professionals ahead of the curve is a unique asset to Toshiba’s business,” said Carl Pinto, vice president product development, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.  “We recognize that the market for SSD technology is growing, and to meet that market need, we produced a high performance laptop with the largest solid state storage capacity available today.”

The newest laptop in the Portégé R600 ultraportable series continues the tradition of offering a more durable chassis, a shock absorbing design and an enhanced LED backlit Indoor/Outdoor Transreflective 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen display.  It features Genuine Window Vista® Business, Intel® Ultra Low Voltage Core™ 2 Duo SU94005 processor, an eSATA/USB Combo Sleep and Charge port6, among other preferred features. 


Dynamism says order your Viliv S5 $599 UMPC today

Viliv S5 Umpc

Dynamism's first run of these sold out in 2 hours. Now they've got a second batch of 400 ready for order at 1pm EST today. They're due in on May 26th, so nope, it won't hit your doorstep tomorrow. Dynamism is throwing in an accessory pack valued at $135 if you pre-order: car kit, spare battery, leather pouch. This looks like a very cool unit and we're hoping to review it soon!

Check it out here: http://www.dynamism.com/#Product=viliv


May 15, 2009

Asus Eee PC T91 tablet netbook - full review
What Laptop

We tried a pre-production Asus Eee PC T91 – the Taiwanese company’s first netbook with a Asus Eee PC T9touchscreen display – a short while ago, but while it gave us a general idea of features and usability it was impossible to judge quality. We’ve now managed to get our grubby mitts on a full production model, giving a much better idea of what you can expect.

First off, it’s tiny. We’ve become accustomed to netbooks with screens of 10 inches and larger, also featuring bulky surrounding bezels that make them appear even bigger. The T91’s screen measures in at 8.9 inches – as with some of the earlier netbooks – and it’s all the more portable for it.

Swing the screen round 180 degrees and fold it flat, and the T91 becomes a mini Tablet PC. While we’ve generally found usability lacking on full-sized Tablet PCs, often hampered by large weights, it’s easy to hold the Eee for long periods of time in one hand, using the stylus with the other.

If ever there was a format that makes a natural switch to Tablet PC, then this is it. It takes a couple of minutes to calibrate the screen – simply following dots around the display, but once up and running we found it accurate and highly responsive.


May 18, 2009

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Acer's Aspire One D250 and 751 Hit Stateside

Acer America, a division of the world's third largest vendor of PCs, has announced today the US launch of the 11-inch Aspire One 751 and the 10-inch Aspire One D250.Acer Netbooks

“As the worldwide leader in the netbook market, we designed our new 11.6-inch AO751h after careful consideration about how customers use and most enjoy their netbooks,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America. “We predict that the larger display and keyboard will be a game-changer for mobile consumers looking to take it to the next level with the ultimate mobile device.”

As with most netbooks, users will be able to take advantage of the integrated WiFi b/g wireless solution, optional 3G, multiformat card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA out, webcam and stereo speakers. The 751 model makes quite an impression with the WXGA 1364x768 resolution and the secondary, dedicated SD card slot for increasing the netbook's storage. Price-wise you are looking at a starting price of US$379.99 and US$298,


Is the Viliv S5 UMPC Worth the Hype?
SwitchedViliv S5 UMPC

Welcome to another edition of Hype Check, where we give much-anticipated new gadgets or services a test drive and tell you whether or not they live up to the hype. Today, we set our critical eyes on the Viliv S5.

What it is: The Viliv S5 is a handheld UMPC -- ultra mobile PC -- that runs Windows XP and has specs comparable to that of most current netbooks, but also includes a touch screen and GPS.

Why it's different:
UMPCs have been around for a few years now, but almost all of them have failed to capture mainstream success due to high prices, sluggish performance, and/or wretched battery life. The Viliv S5, on the other hand, costs $599, runs XP like a champ, and has six hours of battery life (200 hours on standby) -- all in a sleek black chassis that fits comfortably in the hand.

What we like: The build quality of the S5 is extremely high, with no loose seams, sturdy plastics, and a weight that's just heavy enough to assure you of how solid it is. The high-resolution touch screen is also notable, though if you're someone who finds text on a netbook too small to read, the S5 is definitely not for you.

We also loved the long battery life.

Is it worth the hype? For a UMPC, the Viliv S5 is one of the best we've ever used. The size is just right, the battery life is best in class, and we had no issues with performance, whether we were streaming full-screen videos on Hulu, or simply browsing the Web with 10 tabs open in Firefox. The $599 price is also very reasonable to us, especially considering that other UMPCs -- such as the recently canned OQO model 2+ -- have sold for several times as much.

Ultimately, the S5 is a tiny Windows XP machine that runs well, is priced well, and is built well. Sure, it lacks a few hardware features, but the USB port and Bluetooth makes adding new hardware painless,


HP Australia Giving Away TouchSmart tx2 Tablet PCs
Gotta Be Mobile

Do you “live in the land down under” and have been wanting to get your fingers all over a multi-touch tablet pc? Then head over to HP Australia where they are giving away an HP TouchSmart tx2 Tablet PC. All you have to do is tweet an answer to their question of the week. Contest ends on May 31.


New York Times

Netbooks, netbooks everywhere, and not an end in sight.

From Samsung, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, MSI and others, the category continues to bloom this year, projected to grow to more than 20 million units by the end of 2009. With the price of Intel Atom chips falling as the netbook market expands and volume ramps up, the pressure is on companies like Apple and Sony: neither is yet a player in this high-stakes game.

Asus has long been involved, though, and among the more charming of netbook newcomers — along with Dell’s buck-busting $299 Mini 10v, just unwrapped — is the Asus Eee 1008HA, a k a the Seashell. Superlight at less than three pounds, the Eee looks to be handsomely tapered, with a 10-inch LED (not LCD) display and a prospective price of $429. Methinks that price could drop in view of Dell setting a strong $299 price point.


According to Todd Bishop at TechFlash, “one source who has been accurate in the past recently cited the possibility of an (J) Allard project reviving the Tablet PC.”

J Allard is Microsoft’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and might just be the right person to drive a new Tablet project.


May 19, 2009

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Standardize on Powerful, Flexible, Rugged, and Highly Reliable Fujitsu Tablets.

Fujitsu America continues to demonstrate its strength in theFujitsu Tablet PC education market, today announcing that Creighton University's School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in Omaha, Neb. and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy have standardized on the LifeBook(R) T Series convertible tablet PC, providing a new tablet to every incoming student to use for note taking, collaboration and other applications.

These schools are convinced that the versatile, thin and light tablet with an indoor/outdoor display, the Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor, and a built-in modular bay is the perfect solution for letting students input and access information using a keyboard or digital pen, no matter where they are on campus or at home. The LifeBook T Series tablet PC offers students years of reliable, high-performance computing while a built-in modular bay allows students to add a second battery for extra-long school days without adding much weight or increasing the system thickness.


Presenting to presenters: Hitachi StarBoard WT-1 wireless tablet

Hitachi Software announced Tuesday its new StarBoard WT-1 interactive wireless tablet. Basically, it's a mouse and keyboard replacement that lets presenters in educational facilities and corporate environments interact with their audiences.

The device has a range up to 30 feet thanks to RF wireless technology, and a battery life of up to 16 hours of continuous use. This seems nice as the PaperShow offer only a few hours of continuous usage, possibly because it uses Bluetooth.


May 20, 2009

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InkSeine 1.1.1714.0 improves Windows 7 support
Ars Technica

InkSeine is a prototype inking application for Tablet PC and UMPC devices developed for Microsoft Research. A new version of the software is now available: 1.1.1714.0. You can download it straight from Microsoft Research (18.6MB). Remember that since this is still a prototype, Microsoft is trying to figure out whether or not this technology is worth developing and won't necessarily be turning it into an actual product. Here's the changelog (thanks to the The AlpineInker blog):

  • Windows 7 Support: InkSeine's search features now work on Windows 7



May 22, 2009

OQO Inc. has closed

A Note from OQO Inc.

"We are sad to report that due to financial constraints, OQO is not able to offer repair and service support at this time.  We are deeply sorry that despite our best intentions, we are unable to provide continued support for our faithful customers.  Please accept our sincerest apologies"


Patents point to Apple tablet PC in 2010
PC Advisor

Apple will stay true to its word and snub the netbook market, according to a Wall Street Analyst who predicts that the company is in the process of designing a tablet-like device instead.

Gene Munster, a senior analyst for Piper Jaffray, cites sources in Asia and recent Apple patents relating to multi-touch in claiming an Apple tablet PC will launch next year.

"Between indications from our component contacts in Asia, recent patents relating to multi-touch sensitivity for more complex computing devices, comments from [Apple acting CEO]Tim Cook, and Apple's acquisition of PA Semi along with other recent chip-related hires, it is increasingly clear that Apple is investing more in its mobile computing franchise," said Munster in a note delivered to clients this week.

Munster predicts that the Mac OS X-based Apple tablet will feature a 7in - 10in touchscreen that's optimised for multi-touch, describing the device as a "sort of hybrid between the iPhone and the Mac"


May 26, 2009

Lenovo Energizes Mini-Computing with its First 12-Inch Netbook

Lenovo today announced the IdeaPad S12, the company’s first 12-inch netbook. The new netbook Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbooktakes the best in connectivity, style and entertainment features in Lenovo’s other netbooks and brings users the next level in netbook computing with improved usability and performance. These enhancements include a 12.1-inch screen, a 100 percent full-size keyboard and new graphics options with the NVIDIA ION™ platform.

“We’ve heard from consumers loud and clear about the need for affordable and extremely portable computing devices, and we’ve responded by introducing our third netbook with a completely new form factor, making mini-computing more usable and redefining value in today’s market,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “We are pioneering new territory in the developing netbook arena by being the first vendor to give customers high quality video and entertainment capabilities in a netbook with optional NVIDIA ION graphics.”

Whether it’s looking at photos, playing music, emailing or cruising online, consumers want smaller and more portable PCs. The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbook is raising the bar for higher levels of netbook computing with choices of the Intel Atom processor with Intel integrated graphics or the Intel Atom processor with NVIDIA ION graphics. Also, for the first time on a netbook with NVIDIA’s ION graphics platform, users will be able to enjoy brilliant 1080p high definition video with silky smooth playback.


Thin, Light and Loaded: Lenovo Brings More Features to Its Latest Slim and Affordable “Idea” PCs

Lenovo today announced three new PCs designed to give consumers and small-office-home-officeLenovo C300 all in one users cool, fun-to-use and highly reliable technology with the latest capabilities at surprisingly affordable prices. The new IdeaPad U350 laptop balances thin and light design with features that provide an excellent user experience without breaking the bank. The Lenovo G550 laptop brings small-to-medium business users the essential computing performance they need with fast memory and processing and powerful graphics in a new stylish, professional design. The Lenovo C300 all-in-one desktop completes the new additions to the Lenovo “Idea” PC line with slick entertainment features, like a 20-inch screen, making it perfect for families or students.

“Users are demanding thinner and lighter PCs with enhanced connectivity and extra long battery life to fit their increasingly mobile lifestyles,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “To meet this growing category for ‘thinbooks’, we’re bringing customers products like the new IdeaPad U350 laptop, the IdeaPad S12 netbook and our recently introduced IdeaPad Y650 laptop.”

IdeaPad U350 LaptopIdeaPad U350 Laptop

Lenovo is pushing the envelope on design to bring consumers ultra-thin, ultra-light and ultra-loaded PC technology. Encased in a sophisticated sleek silver shell, the IdeaPad U350 laptop starts at 3.5 pounds and measures one inch thin1. While thin and light to the touch on the outside, Lenovo loaded the PC inside with the latest entertainment and computing features to enhance and simply users’ digital worlds. A 16:9 aspect ratio high definition 13.3 inch LED screen and an HDMI connector allow users to fully enjoy watching movies or other multimedia in high definition.

Lenovo G550 LaptopLenovo G550 Laptop

Lenovo crafted the Lenovo G550 15.6-inch laptop to offer business professionals reliable, affordable and straightforward PC technology. The new laptop expands upon this value bringing users extra features, like style and design, making it ideal for personal computing too. The redesigned, thinner and lighter G Series laptops feature choices of either a hairline-like silver finish or a smooth and glossy slate-colored finish.

IdeaCentre C300 All-in-One Desktop

With space for desktop computers shrinking, Lenovo’s latest all-in-one IdeaCentre C300 desktop fits the requirements for even the most compact of spaces. The fold-away stand can be positioned between 12 and 40 degrees to help fit the all-in-one into the tightest nooks and crannies.

That leaves room for viewing crisp images on the large 20-inch 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen or watching movies from the all-in-one’s built-in DVD burner/player. Users can also video message with the built-in camera. They can even choose models that fit their lifestyle and décor with choices of red, black or white. Based on the Intel® Atom™ platform, the all-in-one provides ample computing power and performance. Since its fold-away stand and hand grip make it portable, it comes with WiFi in addition to its Ethernet connectivity. For flexibility in connection to other media and peripherals, it comes with six USB ports, a firewire port and a 6-in-1 multicard reader. For increased reliability and to keep users productive, the all-in-one also comes with the Lenovo Rescue System.


May 27, 2009

HP Expands Mini PC Portfolio, Delivering New Designs and Capabilities for People on the Go

HP Mini Pcs

HP today expanded the award-winning HP Mini family with three new models, offering customers sleek, lightweight companion PCs that come in a variety of configurations and designs -- all small enough to slip into most purses, backpacks or briefcases.

  • The new HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition were designed for Internet-centric consumers to stay connected to what’s important to them, while at home or on-the-go. The Mini 110 provides consumers with a choice of Pink Chic, Black Swirl or White Swirl HP Imprint finishes.

  • The HP Mini 1101 is ideal as a companion PC for small and medium-size businesses and frequent business travelers. The Mini 1101 offers business users a sophisticated Black Swirl design.
The new Mini models are as stylish as they are mobile, starting at 2.33 pounds and measuring just over 1-inch thick. With a 10.1-inch diagonal standard or optional high-definition LED widescreen display, a keyboard that is 92 percent the size of a standard notebook PC keyboard, and a built-in webcam and microphone, the new HP Minis are designed for consumers and business professionals who surf the web, check email, listen to music and need access to friends, family, co-workers or information while on the go.


May 28, 2009


This week, Lenovo launched its S12 netbook with an Nvidia Ion graphics processor as an option. lenovo s12 netbooksThough I haven’t had a chance to play with one yet, I've just completed two weeks using the Acer Revo Aspire, which is a similar configuration in a mini desktop. Combining the two, I have a pretty good sense of just how blurred the lines between netbooks and notebooks are becoming, and whether you could live on one of these hybrid products.

Size Matters

Netbooks usually have 10-inch or smaller screens, which relegates most of them to relatively light use. This means e-mail, short documents, picture viewing and some light video viewing. You could up the graphics, but the screen is so small, you'd have to go to an external monitor to get the benefit.

The 12-inch screen has, for some time, been the smallest useful size for a notebook. The Lenovo S12 is a netbook with a 12-inch screen, which means, if it has the power, it can function as a full notebook. It’s also thin, sexy, fully loaded , has over four hours of battery life (in realistic usage scenarios, not maximum), and comes in just under $500. Like most of the laptops in its class, it also has no optical drive, which helps both battery life and keeps that very thin look.

Putting the release candidate for Windows 7 on the Revo made a huge difference. If you don't mind running pre-release software, or doing a clean install of the final release of Windows 7 once it ships, this class of system loves Windows 7, and once it cache's your applications, you can go in and out of sleep very quickly. If you do need to reboot, with a single core processor, you don't see the huge boot time improvement you get on a multi-core system, but Windows 7 is leaner and noticeably faster than Windows Vista.

If you don't want to move to either Windows 7 or Vista any time soon, this is likely the last run of systems that ship with XP, so you can move at your leisure.

Before we move on: If you do put Windows 7 on one of these, pick up a USB ReadyBoost-compliant 2GB flash drive. You'll see a noticeable jump in performance if you use it in a system configured like the Lenovo is with 1GB of memory.


Rugged PC Review

The I980 is a member of Winmate's compact, rugged Tablet PC slate family that comes in a variety Winmate I980 Rugged Tablet PCof configurations. This review covers the R08I98M-RTU1 model that comes with an 8.4-inch SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) display with a 4-wire resistive touchscreen and a LED backlight that has a power consumption of less than 2 watts but can provide over 450 nits of backlight brightness (commercial notebooks usually have less than 200 nits). Onboard connectivity consists of three USB 2.0 ports, a RS232 connector, microphone and headphone jacks, and a docking connector. The dock features four more USB ports as well as analog video and RJ-45 LAN.

This is a basic tablet computer designed for use in applications where workers carry the machine around on the job and use it while standing up, which makes a notebook impractical. The I980 is also designed so it can survive being dropped, rained on, or used in extreme temperatures or other adverse environmental conditions. Winmate targets this machine to applications in field service, law enforcement, fire/emergency, transportation and distribution, construction, utility & energy, warehousing, patient information, and retail.


When is a Tablet PC Not a Tablet PC?

This morning I spent five hours at the doctor’s office having some routine tests, and it gave me the opportunity to observe how the practice is run. My doctor is a very tech-savvy guy, and he uses a Fujitsu Lifebook convertible notebook in the office. I observed him going all over his office with the Lifebook in hand, and it was common to see him standing with the Lifebook sitting on a counter in front of him typing away. The problem with that picture is the Fujitsu is a fine Tablet PC, yet he uses it as a notebook all the time.

I spoke to him about it, as he is familiar with my work here; in fact, he pointed out to me that my from-the-heart chronicle in which he is mentioned is in the top 10 results he gets when he googles his own name. I asked him why he doesn’t use the Fujitsu as a Tablet PC, and he actually got sad when he responded. He likes the Tablet PC and enjoys using one with the pen, which makes a great deal of sense, given how he works on his feet and is constantly on the move. The problem he has doing that is the special software that runs his medical practice, while written for the Tablet PC, is not easily user modifiable. The software uses templates for all of the modules provided, and those templates do not fit the way his practice works for using the Tablet PC.

This really irks him, as he specifically chose a software package (I don’t know which one) for use with the Tablet PC. He told me that in the beginning he spent a lot of wasted time trying to use the software templates with the Tablet, and he eventually had to give up as it wasn’t practical. He gets annoyed every day that he is using the convertible strictly as a notebook due to these templates.





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