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October 2009

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October 1, 2009

Wired News 

Intel’s Classmate PC

At face value, Intel’s Classmate PC looks like a standard netbook. But the internals are ruggedly constructed and resistant to the drops and rough handling kids are known for. Also notable is the nice large external handle for moving the unit around. Spec-wise, the unit sports a 1.6 Ghz Atom processor, 1 GB RAM, a 8.9″ wide screen at 1024 x 600, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an integrated web cam. Additionally, my demo unit had a traditional 60 GB hard drive, but solid-state drives are optional. Individual units can be purchased online and retail for around $480.
Intel’s Classmate PC

One of the most touted features of the new generation is the tablet mode. The screen swivels and folds down allowing kids to interact with the software with a stylus or their fingers. Intel has been making a lot of noise about their palm rejection technology, which enables students to write naturally with their hand on the display. The only experience I have with tablet PC’s is with my Wacom-based Lenovo X60 Tablet which never suffered from that problem, so likely this is an evolution of traditional resistive-touch displays. Regardless, the feature seemed to work fine as I never experienced issues where my palm caused problems with the tablet recognizing what I was trying to do, and resting my palm on the screen while writing was comfortable and natural. Additionally, the accelerometer rotates the display properly and quickly whenever I changed orientation of the laptop.

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PC Magazine

Gateway and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to release a new netbook equipped with Verizon's 3G mobile broadband service.Gateway LT2016u Netbook

The Gateway LT2016u will be available starting October 4 on verizonwireless.com and in Verizon stores. The device is available in "night sky black" and will connect to the Web via Verizon's 3G network.

The netbook will retail for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, which will be sent out in the form of a debit card. Customers will also have to sign up for a two-year Verizon mobile broadband contract. Options include 250MB of monthly access plus 10 cents per megabyte overage for $39.99 per month or 5GB plus 5 cents per megabyte overage for $59.99 per month.

The LT2016u features a 10.1-inch, high-definition WSVGA LED, a 6-cell battery that Verizon says will provide up to six hours of battery life, an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of memory, 160GB of hard drive space, and a digital media card reader.

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October 2, 2009

Tablet PC Reviews

Welcome to the September 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.

The top of the list, including the #1 spot stayed the same, with the HP Pavilion tx2500z still holding strong. Some change occured towards the bottom of the list, where the Wacom Cintiq 12WX moved its way from #10 up to #7, and the ASUS Eee PC T91 filling the #10 spot.

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October 5, 2009

Just a Touch Away, the Elusive Tablet PC

New York Times

The high-tech industry has been working itself into paroxysms of excitement lately over an idea that is not exactly new: tablet computers.  /Bill Buxton with multiple Tablet PC computers

Quietly, several high-tech companies are lining up to deliver versions of these keyboard-free, touch-screen portable machines in the next few months. Industry watchers have their eye on Apple in particular to sell such a device by early next year.

Tablets have been around in various forms for two decades, thus far delivering little other than memorable failure. Nonetheless, the new batch of devices has gripped the imagination of tech executives, bloggers and gadget hounds, who are projecting their wildest dreams onto these literal blank slates.

In these visions, tablets will save the newspaper and book publishing industries, present another way to watch television and movies, play video games, and offer a visually rich way to enjoy the Web and the expanding world of mobile applications.

“I can imagine something like the iPhone with a much bigger screen being a gorgeous device with great capacity, but I don’t know where I would fit that into my life,” said a former Apple executive, who declined to be named because of Apple’s secrecy policies, but who anticipates an Apple tablet next year. “Those are the debates that have been happening inside Apple for quite some time.”

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Soft Sailor

A series of photos hit the web today from an anonymous source that represented the first spottage of a new tablet PC from Gateway.

The rumored specs for the Gateway EC18T (as it was unofficially named) include a 11.6 inch screen, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor under the hood and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM memory in the trunk for some extra bass. In addition, a Mobile Intel GS45 Express chipset will be used to showcase the Windows 7 (Home Premium or Basic – not even the rumors are sure about this one) graphics or any other shiny application you’ll want to use.

 

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Apple Tablet PC Rumors Louder After Multitouch Patent Application
eWeek

Apple's long-rumored tablet PC received another burst of attention after Apple submitted a new patent application for touch-screen functionality. Despite a refusal by Apple to confirm any rumors, reports have suggested that CEO Steve Jobs has devoted a great deal of attention to the device, which may debut in the first half of 2010, include a 10-inch screen and run a version of the iPhone OS.

Apple filed a patent application in June 2009 for a touch-screen interface, indicating that its rumored plans for a tablet PC could be well under way, according to reports that surfaced on Oct. 2.

The patent application, which can be found here, describes a device whose screen could be manipulated with not only the fingers of both hands, but also palms. In theory, this allows for a broad range of activities beyond multitouch navigation, including typing or drawing.

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October 6, 2009

WELT ONLINE

Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) announced today that Corning® Gorilla™ glass has been added to Motion’s most rugged offerings. The C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) and rugged F5 Tablet PC now include the thin-sheet glass that was designed to protect against real-world events that cause display damage.

The Motion C5 and F5 were designed for highly mobile professionals across vertical industries such as healthcare, construction, field service and manufacturing. Both IP-54 and MIL-STD-810F rated, the tablets are fully rugged yet lightweight, making them the ideal solution for workers who compute while walking or standing. Designed specifically for mobile devices, Corning’s Gorilla glass improves screen durability without adding weight to the highly mobile tablet PCs. To view a video demonstration of the C5 and F5 with Gorilla glass visit http://www.motioncomputing.com/choose/spec_gorilla_glass.htm.

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Adobe and NVIDIA Deliver Rich Web on Netbooks and Mobiles
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NVIDIA and Adobe have announced that they are bringing rich web experiences to netbooks and mobile devices built using NVIDIA GPUs. Both of the companies have been working with the Open Screen Project to optimize and improve the new Flash Player 10.1 software to use GPU and graphics acceleration on a range of mobile internet devices.

NVIDIA customers like HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer, and more will be able to use Adobe 10.1 player on their machines. Adobe says that the use of a NVIDIA GPU and its 10.1 software will let users enjoy rich web applications and interactive content like HD video.

NVIDIA GeForce, Ion, and Tegra GPUs will be able to get much smoother viewing experiences when accessing rich content built with the flash platform including SD and HD video from Hulu or YouTube. “Consumers want the best Internet experience – whether it’s a mobile device in their pocket or a netbook at the coffee shop,” said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of NVIDIA. “Our engineers have worked closely with Adobe to make this a reality.”

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Healthcare Technology

In the last few years, expectations about patient privacy information, medical services, data retention, and health care provider availability have risen dramatically. These expectations have been largely driven by the regulations, and many hospitals and medical practices have responded by adopting strategic initiatives to increase worker mobility, enabling them to work more closely with patients and with peers. Overall, the independent market analyst, IDC, estimates that as many as 105 million workers will be considered mobile workers by 2006

Forward-thinking health care providers have armed their mobile workers with notebook PCs and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to provide them access to information while away from their office computers.

The Tablet PC combines the best features of paper, notebook PCs, and PDAs. It provides users with a complete solution to mobile computing, eliminating the trade-offs mobile users were forced to make in the past.

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PC World

"Tablets have been around in various forms for two decades, thus far delivering little other than memorable failure. Nonetheless, the new batch of devices has gripped the imagination of tech executives, bloggers and gadget hounds, who are projecting their wildest dreams onto these literal blank slates."

The Times reports Apple has been working on a tablet PC since 2003 -- or about as long as Steve Jobs has been publicly dissing the concept. (Jobs' alleged one-sentence dismissal: "What are these things good for besides surfing the Web on the toilet?")

No matter. Every week brings more "details" about an Apple tablet that Apple claims to know nothing about. A former Newton marketing weasel pro rejoins Apple, and it's yet another sign that the iPad will soon appear, borne aloft by angels next January or possibly February or maybe March.

The mania is hardly restricted to Apple. Last month HP announced the DreamScreen, which is really just a Net-connected digital photo frame on steroids, and bloggers breathlessly embraced it as a new tablet, even though it's a) not portable, b) has no touchscreen or usable input device, and c) what exactly are those guys at VentureBeat and Mashable smoking?

Gizmodo posts an animation of a proto-tablet called the Microsoft Courier and the blogosphere goes b***** crazy. (OK, pop quiz: When's the last time the blogosphere went wild over anything with the word "Microsoft" attached to it? Yeah, I can't think of anything either.)

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October 7, 2009

From an Entry-Level Model to a High-Performance Configuration, Gateway Brings Elegance, Simplicity and Advanced Features to Its New Line of Multi-Touch All-in-Ones

Ushering in the next generation of desktop computing and leveraging the advanced multi-touch Gateway One ZX Seriescapabilities of Microsoft Windows 7, Gateway today introduced the Gateway One ZX Series, all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs with multi-touch displays.

“While touch screen PCs to date have been cost-prohibitive and somewhat limited in their capabilities, Gateway is making this new technology more accessible to average consumers, while using an industry-standard solution that isn’t challenging to learn,” said Ray Sawall, senior manager of product marketing for Gateway. “The functionality of Windows 7 and multi-touch brings an entirely new computing experience to consumers, and our affordable all-in-one PCs are the perfect vehicle for showcasing this technology.”

Resembling a sleek flat-panel TV, the glossy jet black Gateway One ZX Series offers an ultra modern, luxurious industrial design, which enhances the look of any room in the home. Small touches add to the system’s clean streamlined design, including an adjustable back stand, integrated speakers, silver and clear acrylic accents and illuminated feet and keyboard – which provide a beautiful ambient glow – and make this PC stand out from the rest.

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GETAC ANNOUNCES TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH WITH RESISTIVE-TYPE MULTI-TOUCH TECHNOLOGY FOR "HANDS-ON" APPLICATIONS WITH OR WITHOUT GLOVES

New Technology Allows Touch-Screen Gestures to Move and Edit Documents; Navigate Files and System Applications in the Most Extreme Environments

Getac Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of rugged computers that meet the demands of Getac's V100 Tablet PC with multi Touchfield-based applications, announced that its line of rugged Tablet PCs will be the first rugged computers to offer a Multi-Touch screen for use with or without gloves. Having Multi-Touch technology on Getac's V100 Tablet PC will allow users to move and edit documents, rotate maps and photos, zoom in and zoom out the maintenance manuals, and navigate numerous system applications by using a series of "gestures" with their fingers. 

The new Multi-Touch technology uses a series of single touch, dual touch, "flick," and application gestures.  Users of Getac's V100 Tablet PC will now be able to quickly and easily perform numerous on-screen tasks such as move, copy, delete, zoom, and rotate by simply touching the screen and performing the task desired with their fingers.  Getac’s Resistive Multi-Touch technology is not based on capacitance sensitivity, which means users can perform these actions, and many others while wearing protective gloves.  This makes it ideal for industrial and field professionals who work with dangerous chemicals or perform their job in extreme weather conditions.  Even with gloves, the sensitivity and accuracy of the multi-touch screen is extremely high. The screen features 2048x2048 resolution, 100 points per second report rate, and less than 35ms response time.  

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October 8, 2009

Sony Vaio Touch Screen PC, Laptops Feature Windows 7
eWeek

Sony introduced a touch-screen TV/PC, a 1.6-pound laptop and a colorful line of notebooks — all boasting Windows 7, Microsoft’s newest OS, scheduled to arrive Oct. 22. 

Sony Vaio L Touch HD PC

Sony introduced three new Vaio PCs on Oct. 8, each of which will run the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

The Sony Vaio L Touch HD PC/TV is a 24-inch multitouch widescreen, with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. As the name implies, it’s as much PC as television, with an optional Blu-ray disc drive, an optional built-in tuner and a terabyte of storage.

“The L Series is the ultimate multimedia hub—it’s your PC, HDTV and DVR in one compact, stylish device,” said Sony Senior Vice President Mike Abary in a statement. “And with cutting-edge features such as multitouch, it’s ideal for media lovers who appreciate HD performance and cutting-edge technology.”

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October 13, 2009

Oct 13, 2009

Building upon its nearly 30-year history of touch innovation, HP today launched the next era of multitouch computing for consumers and businesses.

Among the new products, HP introduced three touch-enabled HP TouchSmart PCs and its first fully HP TouchSmart 600interactive, 42-inch diagonal, high-definition (HD) digital signage touch display, the HP LD4200tm.

“Since the launch of the first TouchSmart PC nearly three years ago, we’ve worked closely with a growing number of software companies and independent vendors to develop built-for-touch applications that give consumers and businesses rich interactive multimedia experiences,” said James Mouton, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “These collaborations have helped to make HP touch computing the most advanced touch experience in the market today.”

New consumer HP TouchSmart PCs packed with exclusive touch applications

HP now offers a choice of 20- or 23-inch diagonal widescreen consumer HP TouchSmart PCs – the HP TouchSmart 300 and HP TouchSmart 600. Each features a sleek, award-winning design that integrates either a stunning HD-capable or HD widescreen display with a multitouch enabled screen.

Users can simply pinch, rotate, arc, flip, press or drag a finger across the screen of the PC to access information, entertainment and social networks in a natural, intuitive way. Though accompanied by a wireless keyboard and mouse, new 16:9 widescreen tiles make multimedia, social media and other applications a rich and engaging touch experience.

The new consumer HP TouchSmart PCs feature exclusive built-for-touch applications(1) including:

Pricing and availability(14)

  • The HP TouchSmart 300 starts at $899 and is expected to be available Nov. 1.
  • The HP TouchSmart 600 starts at $1,049 and is expected available Oct. 22.
  • The HP TouchSmart tx2 starts at $799 and is expected to be available Oct. 22.
  • The HP TouchSmart 9100 starts at $1,299 and is expected to be available in December.
  • The HP LD4200tm 42-inch widescreen LCD monitor starts at $2,799 and is expected to be available in December.

Customers can reserve a HP TouchSmart beginning today at http://www.hpdirect.com/go/newfromhp.

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HP Brings Multi-touch Innovation to Consumer Notebooks

Powerful multimedia software puts digital content at people’s fingertips

HP today announced the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multi-touch technology HP tx2designed specifically for consumers.

Building upon the touch innovation HP developed for its TouchSmart desktop PCs, the HP TouchSmart tx2 Notebook PC was developed for people on the go who value having their digital content at their fingertips – literally.

The enhanced HP MediaSmart digital entertainment software suite on the tx2 allows users to more naturally select, organize and manipulate digital files such as photos, music, video and web content by simply touching the screen.

“Breezing through websites and enjoying photos or video at the tap, whisk or flick of a finger is an entirely new way to enjoy digital content on a notebook PC,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “With the introduction of the TouchSmart tx2, HP is providing users an easier, more natural way to interact with their PCs, and furthering touch innovation.”

The tx2 is the latest result of HP’s 25 years of touch technology experience, which began with the introduction of the HP-150, a touch screen PC that was well ahead of its time, in 1983.

Digital media powerhouse

The tx2 gives customers the choice to set aside the keyboard and mouse in favor of a more natural user interface – the fingertip.

HP’s multi-touch display delivers quick and easy access to information, entertainment and other social media. The tx2 recognizes simultaneous input from more than one finger using “capacitive multi-touch technology,” which enables the use of gestures such as pinch, rotate, arc, flick, press and drag, and single and double tap.

The convertible design with a twist hinge allows consumers to enjoy the TouchSmart in three modes: PC, display and tablet. With a rechargeable digital ink pen, users can turn the tx2 into a tablet PC to write, sketch, draw, take notes or graph right onto the screen – and then automatically convert handwriting into typed text.

Starting at less than 4.5 pounds, the tx2 possesses a 12.1-inch diagonal BrightView LED display and an HP Imprint “Reaction” design.

The tx2 notebook’s HP MediaSmart software lets customers enjoy photos, listen to music and watch Internet(1) TV or movies in high-definition.(2) The software is optimized for multi-touch input while also making it simple to search digital content. In an effort to provide consumers with rich content through the Internet, HP has expanded its partnership with MTV Networks (MTVN) by offering video content from 10 television channels and online brands within MediaSmart’s TV module.

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October 15, 2009

Toshiba Qosmio - TabletPc2 Editors Choice

Toshiba Satellite, Qosmio Laptops and Netbooks to Feature Windows 7

Laptops to Meet Every Need and Budget Feature New Stylish Color Options and Latest Processors From Intel and AMD

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its line of Satellite and Qosmio consumer laptops will be available with Windows® 7 beginning October 22. The new line of versatile laptops, pre-installed with Windows 7, are designed to match every budget, with the latest processors and spacious storage, in a wide range of screen sizes and styled for every taste.

“From faster performance and extended battery life to simplified navigation and connectivity to new ways to share media, Windows 7 greatly enhances the PC experience,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “With Windows 7 and our new laptops, people can get exactly what they want, innovations they can see and touch, at prices they can afford.”

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PC Magazine

Among the most noticeable changes Windows 7 will bring to the PC hardware world is the emergence of a large number of new all-in-one computers with multitouch features.

As with a lot of hardware design, Apple deserves some credit for pioneering flat screen all-in-ones with its iMac line.  But HP earns the biggest share of the credit for making touch desktops mainstream with its TouchSmart series, starting almost three years ago, and then broadening out to include new software in either 22-inch or 25-inch models.

A number of other vendors followed in the space, with systems that support a single touch on Hp Touchsmart 9100screen and systems without touch interfaces.

But with Windows 7, what we're seeing now are machines that support multitouch. In most cases, this means you can use two fingers to drag around photos and icons, resize things on screen, and more.   Announced earlier were a number of new systems such as the Gateway One ZX series. This includes the 20-in ZX4800 series (starting at $720) and the 23-inch ZX6800 series (which starts at $880 for an Intel dual-core system and $1400 for a quad-core one).

The Dell Studio One 19, which has a 19-in display, starts at $699 for the regular display and $899 for the multitouch version.   And last week, Sony announced its L-series, with a 24-inch display starting at $1300, offering options such as a quad-core Intel processor, discrete graphics, and Blu-ray drives.

HP on Tuesday announced its new line, which includes the 20-inch TouchSmart 300 series (based on an AMD processor, starting at $899); and the 23-in TouchSmart 600 (based on Intel dual-cores and starting at $1,049). Unlike the earlier line, these are now 16:9 displays. HP also announced a business version of the 23-inch model known as the 9100; a new version of its TouchSmart TX consumer tablet that starts at $800; and a new 42-inch digital signage touch display.


Most of these systems come with the Windows Touch Pack, which I discussed in my post about trying a Windows 7 based laptop, but most add a bit to it. Gateway, for example, has "TouchGadgets," which include individual gadgets for working with music, photos, digital media (such as video and slideshows), social networks, and memos.  

HP rewrote its TouchSmart applications: Now it's a series of tools instead of a single one. You can use touch for things accessing music and photos, controlling the integrated webcam, and so on. It now has five third-party touch applications as well, from Pandora, Rhapsody, Netflix (for streaming movies), Hulu, and Twitter. Having applications from independent software developers in addition to Microsoft and the hardware makers is a very good sign that developers think touch will go mainstream.  

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October 19, 2009

Fujitsu Launches New LifeBook T4410 &; T4310 Multi Touch Convertible Tablet PCs and Notebooks That Enhance the Windows 7 Experience

Fujitsu LifeBook T4310 Tablet PC
 

Size, Weight and Prices of New LifeBook Lineup Appeal to Business Travelers and Consumers

Combining the advantages of Windows(R) 7 with the latest trends in mobility, Fujitsu today expanded its line of LifeBook(R) laptops in North America, launching new ultra-thin notebooks, multi touch convertible tablets and desktop alternatives designed for business travelers and consumers.

With the attractively priced LifeBook T4410 convertible tablet PC for mobile professionals, available with multi touch/pen input Fujitsu LifeBook T4410 Tablet PCor pen-only input, and the LifeBook T4310 convertible tablet PC for consumers and students, available with multi touch input, Fujitsu rounds out the industry’s broadest tablet PC line. The thin and light systems with configurations starting at 3.9 and 4.2 pounds respectively and 12.1-inch wide displays offer unmatched flexibility with a modular bay and dual digitizer supporting two-finger touch. The dual digitizer delivers the ultimate experience by providing traditional pen-based input, as well as the ability to use two-finger touch to manipulate images, zoom into maps, and interact with the tablet PC in ways never before possible. The flexible bay allows users to configure the system the way they like — whether adding a second battery for all day computing, an optical drive or second hard drive — without changing the outside dimensions of the unit.

News Highlights
LifeBook T4310 multi touch convertible tablet PC designed for students and consumers
• Lightest configuration at 4.2 pounds with a 12.1-inch WXGA LED backlight display and bi-directional hinge
• Dual digitizer (active digitizer/capacitive multi touch screen) with gesture support

LifeBook T4410 multi touch convertible tablet PC designed for mobile professionals
Offers optional Windows 7 Professional, Vista Business, or XP Downgrade and all the features found in the LifeBook T4310 multi touch convertible tablet PC, plus a host of features important for mobile

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GETAC ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINE OF RUGGED NOTEBOOKS AND
TABLET PCs ARE FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7

Company Works Directly with Microsoft for Six Months to Ensure Products
Maximize New OS Features Including Multi-Touch Technology

Getac, a leading innovator and manufacturer of rugged computers that meet the demands of field-based applications, announced today that its complete line of rugged notebook computers and tablet PCs are fully compatible with Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 7 Operating System.  Getac engineers spent more than six months with Microsoft developers to ensure its product line would maximize all the features, functions, and performance of Windows 7, right out of the box.  In addition, Windows 7 will enhance Getac's newly-introduced Resistive Multi-Touch technology with an entire library of identified gestures for keyboard-free PC operation, even with industrial gloves.

Certified by Microsoft, Getac's Resistive Multi-Touch technology supports Windows 7 operating system, by using a series of single touch, dual touch, "flick," and application gestures so users of Getac products can quickly and easily perform numerous on-screen tasks such as move, copy, delete, zoom, and rotate by simply touching the screen and performing the task desired with their fingers. Unlike commonly used capacitive multi-touch technology, resistive multi-touch technology can perform these actions, and many others while wearing protective gloves, making it ideal for industrial and field professionals who work with dangerous chemicals or perform their job in extreme weather conditions. Even with gloves, the sensitivity and accuracy of the multi-touch screen is extremely high. The screen features 2048x2048 resolution, 100 points per second report rate, and less than 35ms response time.

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October 16, 2009

The AtlanticWire

Industry experts predict that e-readers will be the holiday season's hottest gadget gift, but tech bloggers have already moved onto the next big thing: Tablet computers. The excitement over the laptop's slimmer, slinkier, sexier cousins reached new heights over the past week, with news that Popular Mechanics magazine named the CrunchPad tablet computer one of the 10 Most Brilliant Products of 2009, crediting its creator, TechCrunch blog founder Michael Arrington, with taking a lead in the industry. However, as bloggers were quick to note, the long-in-development CrunchPad has no release date, putting it nearer to the fantasy realm occupied by Apple's Tablet than any of the other breakthrough products on the list. Why are tablets so interesting, especially unreleased ones? Here are the recent perspectives:

The Time is Ripe  Last month, PC Magazine's Lance Ulanoff offered 10 reasons why he thinks tablet PCs will succeed. He takes readers through a bit of early tablet history, when the devices first launched with embarrassingly weak technical specs. Ulanoff is confident that the new tablets from Apple, Microsoft, and yes, TechCrunch have done away with the previous generations' mistakes, that they can capitalize on the previously unimaginable speed of the modern internet, and will thus receive a much better reception from the public: "It'll only be the first wave, and there will likely be significant differences among these few products. However, they'll all share some common features: thin, easy-to-carry form factors, ubiquitous connectivity, light, lean interfaces, brilliant color screens, and gesture-based computing. They'll generate more excitement than any pen- or tablet-based computer ever did. And tablets will take their rightful place in the computing pantheon."

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October 22, 2009

Steve Balmer On MSNBC for Windows 7 Launch

Wall Street Journal

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

 

Microsoft Corp. formally unveiled Thursday its newest operating system, Windows 7, as the software giant tries to move beyond the disappointing performance of the previous system and Windows 7 Boxrecharge revenue growth.

"Today is an important day for the computer industry. Certainly for Microsoft," said Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer at a launch event in New York that was crowded by Microsoft partners and laptop-toting technology press.

The Windows operating system remains the world's most widely used, with some version of it sitting on roughly 90% of the world's computers. However, according to technology research firm Gartner Inc., more than 80% of Microsoft's corporate customers are still running XP.

Reviews of Windows 7 have been overwhelmingly positive. The program is designed to be simpler and run at faster speeds. It sacrifices features that can over-complicate the experience and place an unwanted burden on memory, according to reviews.

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Windows 7: An impressive upgrade
zdnet

Windows 7 is impressive. That word is rarely used in the same sentence as “Microsoft” and “Windows” – certainly not in recent years. But it fits here.

Windows 7 LogoUnlike its predecessors, this Windows version feels as if it were designed and built by a single, coordinated team instead of being assembled from interchangeable parts. In daily use, Windows 7 feels graceful and often (but not always) elegant. Although it builds on elements that debuted in Windows Vista, it fixes many usability sins and adds consistency and polish to an interface that had too many rough edges. And some very impressive new capabilities, especially the grossly underrated Libraries feature, offer rewards for digging deeper.

Windows 7 runs smoothly and efficiently on even modest hardware. Remarkably, it reverses the longstanding trend to make Windows bigger. From a standing start, Windows 7 uses less memory, runs fewer services, and consumes less disk space than its predecessor, Windows Vista, and in the 64-bit version it can address about five times more RAM than you can actually stuff onto a single motherboard. This year, anyway.

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Amazon introduces Kindle for Windows 7, Vista, XP PCs
ZDNet

Amazon announced on Thursday its “Kindle for PC,” a free application that lets users read e-books on their PCs.

The software makes it easier for a tablet PC to double as an e-reader that’s compatible with Amazon’s Kindle store and its 360,000-some books.

Like its namesake e-reader device, Kindle for PC uses Amazon’s Whispersync tech to automatically save and synchronize bookmarks and last page read across devices. (Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch and PC.)

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Reuters

Motion`s J3400, F5 and C5 Tablet PCs Now Available with Windows 7 OfferingMotion J3400 Tablet PC
Enhanced Productivity Benefits and New Features That Support Computing at the
Point of Service

Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions,
today announced that its complete line of rugged tablet PCs are ready to ship
with Windows® 7 Professional. Additionally, the Motion® J3400, C5, F5 and LE1700
Tablet PCs are supported for upgrading to the new operating system. With
enhanced tablet PC functionality, faster performance and improvements to power
management for extended battery life, Windows 7 helps mobile users extend the
productivity benefits of computing with highly mobile Motion Tablet PCs.

Windows 7 also supports tablet PCs with improved pen computing capabilities.
From enhanced handwriting features to customized dictionaries, users across
vertical industries can now more easily gather and input information without
relying on a keyboard. Tablet PC enhancements in Windows 7 include improved
handwriting recognition, the ability to support handwritten math expressions,
virtual keyboard text prediction and support for 12 languages.

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Thelatest News

Apple launches a portable tablet sized computer that can be used to surf the internet as well as to Apple Tablet PCread electronic books. This device has a 10 inch screen that is ideal to read books as well as news papers and hence can save papers and will in turn protect the environment by reducing the fast rate of deforestation.

* This gadget will surely redefine newspapers and magazines. The big media company’s, book publishers and magazine executives are negotiating with Apple to bring their content onto the device in some revolutionary way.
* The gadget will enable us to read electronic books or news papers that will get updated as new editions release or new definitions or news come by.
* The gadget also enables us to see animated pictures related to the books or news papers.
* Moreover the Apple is also aiming to make people listen to the actual speeches that are written in the books or news papers.

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Pocket-lint.com

Archos has announced the availability of its new Archos 9 PC tablet. Powered by an Intel Atom Archos 9 tablet PCprocessor and running Windows 7, the tablet is said to offer the performance of a high-end netbook with a multimedia twist.

With a full touch-sensitive 9-inch resistive screen, virtual keyboard, optical trackpoint and left/right mouse buttons, the 9 is 1.7cm thick and weighs in at 800 grams.

The adjustable leg stand means the device can be positioned upright for videos and there's support for 1080p files, with a 60GB hard drive plus 25GB online storage.

As far as movie content goes, Archos says the 9 comes with £80 worth of free movies to download from the Archos Media Club.

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October 23, 2009

Dell's first rugged tablet PC shows at FCC
Electronista

Dell Latitude XT2 XFR surfaces with 3G

An FCC filing (PDF) from Novatel has revealed that Dell plans to apply its rugged XFR badge to a tablet PC for the first time. Titled the Latitude XT2 XFR, it would take the company's familiar 12-inch XT2 convertible tablet but harden the system for use outdoors or in more dangerous workplaces: the body would have extra shock-absorbing protection, particularly at the corners and the hinge. It would also have protected ports to guard against dust or water.

Most internal details aren't revealed in the filing; however, Novatel does confirm the XT2 XFR will at least have an option for internal 3G both on EVDO and HSPA. A fingerprint reader is visible. The system on show at the US agency is running Windows Vista Ultimate, but Dell is now assumed to be using variants of Windows 7 that will likely include Professional. A capacitive screen that still offers stylus support is also a probable feature.

No immediate clues exist as to when the toughened Latitude will ship. [via Wireless Goodness]

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Windows 7 Launches With a Touch of Kindle
ADT Magazine

Reach out and Touch
There was one surprise: Microsoft said that Amazon will offer its Kindle e-book reader platform for Windows 7 PCs, specifically targeted at touch-based devices. A beta version will be available next month. By downloading the free reader, individuals can use a tablet as they would a Kindle. "It will work on any touch-based laptop," said Austin Wilson, director of Windows product management, during an interview in a partner pavilion at the launch.

While a Kindle-enabled tablet PC could function as a primary e-book reader device, Wilson believes it will be used to supplement the Kindle. "I think most people will use it as a companion, not a replacement," he said.

OEMs such as Acer, Fujitsu and others said they will release new tablet-based laptops that support capacitive-based touch functionality. Unlike traditional resistive-based touch systems, these devices will be more reactive to customer input, Wilson said.

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Taiwan market: Acer launches Aspire 1420P tablet PC
Digitimes

Acer has launched its 11.6-inch Aspire 1420P tablet PC in the Taiwan market at a suggested price of below NT$25,000 (US$772). The Aspire 1420P comes with a convertible design and is powered by Aspire 1420P tablet PCan Intel SU2300 processor and runs on Windows 7. The tablet PC is made by Quanta Computer.

The Aspire 1420P is equipped with a battery that Acer claims can run for eight hours continuously. The device also features 2GB DDR3 memory and a 250GB hard drive.

Acer president Scott Lin pointed out the launch of Windows 7 plus the maturity of panel technologies will help demand for table PC rebound. However, he believes tablet PCs will still be pushed in niche markets and will account for less than 10% of global notebook shipments in the future.

Nonetheless, Acer expects to play a big role in the tablet PC market,

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October 26, 2009

•  NEW! Special Pricing Through Oct 2009!

Businesses large and small view the xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC as a superior computing Mobile Demand xTablet T8700choice because of its exclusive feature combinations. Mobile workforces can depend upon the xTablet to perform mission critical tasks, including applications in field service, retail, food/beverage distribution, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and warehousing to name a few.

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Empowering your field workforce becomes critical as businesses expand their duties to include ever growing services for customers. Collecting accurate data is vital to an efficient process, so MobileDemand created best in class automatic data collection capability with the xTablet T8700.

"The xTablet was clearly our choice due to its combined power and ruggedness. We don't have time to contend with hardware problems on non-rugged computers."

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New Lenovo IdeaPad Laptops, Desktops and all-in-One Ready For Holiday 2009

New Lenovo IdeaPad Laptops and IdeaCentre Desktops Deliver Style, Ease of Use and Multimedia Features for Consumers New PCs Bundle Lenovo

Enhanced Experience Certification for Windows 7 and Complementary Intel Processor Technology

Lenovo today unveiled a lineup of new IdeaPad laptops-- U150, U550 and Y550P -- and IdeaCentre desktops -- B500, K300 and H230 -- designed to meet the performance, style and usability standards of multi-tasking consumers.

The new Idea PCs combine stylish designs and innovative features enabled by the ultra low power Intel® Core™ processor family of products and improved performance with an Intel® Core™ i7 processor. These new products ship with Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and also include the unique Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7 -- the result of joint engineering by Lenovo in collaboration with Microsoft to provide users with faster system boot and shutdown, richer multimedia features and easy system maintenance tools.

 

 

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Windows 7: Inside Multitouch
PC Magazine

Touch screen technology may seem shiny and new but any analyst will tell you that it has been Fujitsu T4319 Tablet PC with multi touch

around for decades: ATMs, grocery store self-check kiosks, even museum exhibits. But what makes Windows 7 so exciting is that no computer operating system ever incorporated native support for multitouch before. The new breed of multitouch laptops and desktops with touch screens don't need extra downloads or plugins-- multitouch just works.

A few Windows-based "multitouch" systems have come out as well—namely the HP TouchSmart TX2 and Dell Latitude XT line of laptops, as well as the HP TouchSmart desktop PCs . These systems used built-in hardware and software solutions to accommodate two-finger touch (though they still couldn't support three- and four-finger gestures). But it wasn't until early glimpses at Windows 7 this year that we saw Microsoft itself respond to the multitouch trend.

How Multitouch Works

A few months before those MacBooks hit the scene, Microsoft announced its plans for multitouch at the All Things Digital conference in California. Unlike any of its predecessors, Windows 7 natively supports multitouch functionality in touch screens and is built to accommodate up to 10 points of contact. On the Engineering Windows 7 blog, the developers highlight all the ways the OS was tweaked to optimize it for touch. It's everything from making keys on the on-screen keyboard glow when your finger is covering the letter to improving high dpi support to make small links and buttons easier to access with touch.

Though the software is similar across platforms, the PCs we've tested use different hardware solutions. The multitouch laptops we've seen so far, like the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet and Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 use dual-active digitizers, meaning they have one technology for the stylus and another, called capacitive, is activated for multitouch using your fingers. Non-tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad T400s use a capacitive touch screen only, and many more will follow this implementation (Toshiba and Acer have already announced capacitive touch panels on their mainstream laptops).

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Kohjinsha PA: Half Tablet, Half Netbook, All Awesome
I4U

Tablets are all well and good, but sometimes you want a real keyboard and the increased utility of Kohjinsha Tablet netbooka netbook. And netbooks are fantastic, but sometimes you'd like to be able to just navigate on the fly with a touch of your fingers. If only there were some sort of portable gadget that could bridge the gap between netbook and tablet PC. Oh wait, what's this? According to Pocketables, there is!

Japanese manufacturer Kohjinsha has just announced the release of their PA series of netbook/tablets. These nifty little gadgets feature a 4.8" WSVGA touchscreen, 1.33 GHz Atom CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and a 32 GB SSD. The battery life for this sweet tabletbook is listed at an impressive 7.5 hours, and it features an SD slot and 1.3 MP webcam. Altogether, the Kohjinsha PA looks like one of the more impressive gadgets we've seen.

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No surprise: Mac owners want Apple Tablet more than PC users
Bizjournals.com

Far more Mac owners than PC owners would be willing to pay more than $600 for the rumored Apple Tablet, according to a survey released Monday by consumer electronics shopping site Retrevo.com.

According to the survey by Sunnyvale-based Retrevo, 68 percent of Mac owners were willing to pay the price, opposed to 36 percent of PC owners.

Data for the survey came from a study of online individuals conducted by an independent panel, Retrevo said.

To the question of whether they plan to purchase their first netbook this year, 20 percent of PC users said yes, 22 percent of Mac users said yes and 33 percent if iPhone users said yes.


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Hantech, though, has now released the SiSo Tablo which, in addition to working on a piece of SiSo Tablopaper, can be used directly on the PC's screen like a stylus. To do this, Tablo includes a USB device that looks like a miniature desk lamp that attaches to the top or sides of a PC screen. It tracks the movement of its stylus using ultrasound; the stylus requires three tiny batteries, each the size of an aspirin.

Tablo ships with Microsoft software that makes Windows think the PC is a tablet PC and allows all the tricks that a tablet PC can do, including handwriting recognition.

Tablo can be handy for creating a quick diagram, sketch, or signature inside a document. It could also be useful for filling out a large number of check boxes on digital forms. And because it works with so wide a variety of notebooks, Tablo offers you more choice in terms of PC configuration.

For example, Tablo can be used with inexpensive netbooks with 10-inch screens, whereas most tablet PCs have larger screens -- and the extra weight that comes with them.

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October 27, 2009

Dell's New Ultraportable is Tough, But LightDell XT2 XFR Tablet PC
PC Magazine

Just because a laptop is rugged doesn't necessarily mean it can't be light. With that thinking in mind, Dell today announced the newest addition to its family of rugged laptops and tablet PCs, the Dell XT2 XFR.

Marketed primarily to customers in the military, police, border patrol, field service organizations, factory fulfillment and first responders, the XT2 XFR is a convertible tablet PC that measures 1.5 inches by 12.1 inches by 9.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.4 pounds (with the standard 4-cell battery and solid state drive included).

The 12.1-inch WXGA (1,280-by-800) screen has capacitive multitouch and is outdoor-viewable.

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NEC tablet PC prototype
UberGizmo

NEC does have a prototype tablet PC in the works, where it will resemble more closely to a mobile Internet device thanks to its form factor that will sport a touchscreen display at up to 8". Meant to function more towards a full-fledged PC, we still have no word on its technical specifications, and despite the mockup showing off Android, it might not be reflective of the final design. NEC has praised the device's speedy boot up time which might point towards cloud computing as part of its specifications.

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October 28, 2009

New MobileDemand® xTablet T7000 Small, Light, Rugged Tablet PC with Windows 7
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multi-functioning rugged Tablet PC has the capacity and performance to support all the applications mobile workers need at a price companies can afford. MobileDemand, a leading Tablet PC provider, introduced the xTablet T7000, a rugged UMPC (Ultra mobile PC) that combines the functionality of a notebook, full Windows OS of a tablet and the portability and data collection capabilities of a handheld in a light-weight slate form factor with a built-in numeric keypad, optional QWERTY keyboard attachment and 7" high resolution (1024 x 600 & 768) all-light-readable touch screen display.

MobileDemand, a leading Tablet PC provider, today introduced the xTablet T7000, a rugged UMPC (Ultra mobile PC) that combines the functionality of a notebook, full Windows OS of a tablet and the portability and data collection capabilities of a handheld in a light-weight slate form factor with a built-in numeric keypad, optional QWERTY keyboard attachment and 7" high resolution (1024 x 600 & 768) all-light-readable touch screen display.

xTablet T7000
xTablet T7000

"Our customers need a new kind of rugged Tablet PC; one that is small and light-weight like a handheld, yet still has a large screen and the performance and functionality of a full Windows OS device," says MobileDemand President Matt Miller.

"The xTablet T7000 delivers on all these requirements. Customers can run full versions of their business applications eliminating the need to create and support 'light' versions. An example is in the direct store delivery market for consumer goods: in addition to replacing laptops for field sales, beta tests indicate that the xTablet T7000 also has the potential to replace handhelds for route delivery. Plus, it offers customers additional capabilities to provide new revenue-generating products and services to their customers and make better decisions at the point of transaction," Miller continues.

A Workhorse Mobile Workers Can Carry All Day

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October 29, 2009

National Post

The Apple Tablet is coming. Or maybe it isn't.

For months, gadget blogs and rumour sites devoted to following all things Apple Inc. have been abuzz with unconfirmed reports that the Cupertino, California computer giant is hard at work developing a touch screen tablet, or "slate" portable computer.

So what do we know about the possible Apple Tablet, iSlate or whatever it's going to be called?

We've been told the Apple Tablet is a personal project of Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs, one which he has kept a close watch over since returning from this health-related absence this summer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller ignited fresh speculation about Apple's impending tablet earlier this week when he mentioned the "impending Apple slate" during a speech (skip ahead to the 8:30 mark of the video).

 

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October 30, 2009

PC Advisor

Dell has unveiled the Latitude XT2 XFR, which it claims is the world's smallest multi-touch rugged Dell Latitude XT2 XFRtablet PC.

According to Dell, the 12.1in tablet PC's design was inspired by discussions with US law enforcement and national defence bodies. The Latitude XT2 XFR is 38mm thick and weighs 2.45kg.

Compression-sealing and a rugged LCD display and keyboard means the tablet PC is resistant to moisture and dust, making it ideal for industrial use.

Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the Latitude XT2 XFR is available with up to 5GB of RAM and either 64 or 128GB solid state drive. Alternatively, users can choose a 160GB hard disk drive.

The 12.1in multi-touch display can recognise four simultaneous finger presses and can be used to record data, manipulate images, zoom into maps or scroll around documents.

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