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September 2009


September 1, 2009

Apple Launch set for 9/9/09

The biggest mystery surrounding Apple's Sept. 9 event may not be the products, but whether Steve Jobs will introduce them. Unless Apple plans more than most observers expect, there is good reason for Steve to remain out-of-sight.

The expected products--iPods with cameras--are evolutionary and won't support the legendary Jobs' "reality distortion field." What is there exciting about iPods that inherit old iPhone features? Or about a new Apple TV? Or even music social networking?

Better to leave Steve working on the tablet and let him introduce that, whenever it should appear. It will likely need a reality distortion field to help it over the initial skepticism and will certainly be new and different enough to deserve a Jobsian push into the world.

Steve could have introduced the 3GS himself back in June, but apparently chose not to. That went just fine and so will the Sept. 9 event.

In fact, Steve's first public appearance since returning from medical leave might take attention away from the new iPods, which will benefit from all the help they can get. Better they stand on their own

Steve and a new tablet, meanwhile, are likely to get equal coverage, perhaps one amplifying the other. Steve needs a triumphant, technology-driven return. The tablet can provide that and iPods won't.


September 2, 2009

Gotta Be Mobile

This month’s edition of Bluebeam Insider, the official newsletter of Bluebeam Software, is loaded with Tablet PC love.

At the top of their list is a Q&A with two real world users of Revu, their PDF creation and editing tool, on their Tablet PCs. Both are architects who use a Lenovo x61 and a Motion J3400, respectively, with glowing experiences using the products (one more than the other).

Announced is a partnership with Motion Computing to offer Bluebeam PDF Revu on Motion’s Tablet PCs. To celebrate, they’re offering “The Ultimate Field Mobility Bundle” at a discount of $550. The bundle includes a Motion J3400 Tablet PC with View Anywhere® display, Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, 64GB SSD and 4 GB RAM; a J3400 Mobile Keyboard; an additional battery; and, of course, Bluebeam PDF Revu Software. Promo ends Sept. 30, 2009.

Bluebeam PDF Revu v7


Apple’s riff on the Stones’ song title for the conference’s catchphrase is a little curious. “It’s Only apple logoRock n’ Roll” is either being used to put the Beatles rumors to rest, or as a red herring to get people off the Fab Four scent. Or it’s maybe just a catchy slogan that doesn’t need over-analyzing.

Outside of the Beatles remasters, Apple will likely announce new models of iPod Touches and Nanos with higher storage capacity and bigger screens and, possibly, video and digital camera features. Other predictions for theApple event include the announcement of iTunes 9.0, the Cocktail software that Apple was reportedly developing, advancements to AppleTV and, doubtfully, the rumored Apple tablet. Apple didn’t comment on whether Steve Jobs, who has been sidelined for six months following a liver transplant, will appear at the event.


Tablet PC Reviews

Welcome to the August 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.

While the HP Pavilion tx2500z still holds the #1 spot, the tx2000 finally dropped off the Top 10. With the tx2000 off the list, tablets 5 through 10 moved up one spot each, making room for the Wacom Cintiq 12WX to take the #10 spot.


September 3, 2009

Hey Apple, check this thing out! Toshiba just blazed into IFA on a 7-inch multimedia tablet, the Toshiba's JournE touch multimedia tabletJournE touch. It's dominated by the touchscreen display, but underneath there's support for a wide range of codecs (H.264, DivX, WMV), 802.11b/g WiFi, some online multimedia services like YouTube and Flickr, and some light internet duties thanks to Internet Explorer running on Windows CE 6.0 Pro. Despite the size and multimedia prowess (it can output sub-1080p video over an HDMI plug in the dock), the device measures a mere 14mm thick and weighs just under a pound. There's only 1GB of built-in storage, but that can be expanded via the SD slot, and the device can access external storage over USB. Word is it'll retail for 250 Euro in Q4 this year.

The device feels pretty nice in hand, but there's still a bit of a prototype vibe about it -- maybe because it's still a prototype. It's clearly a resistive screen, and the device will include a stylus for non touch-optimized apps. Toshiba seemed to be having fun with the multitude of Apple comparisons, namely since there isn't an Apple device to compare it to yet. They also call the video output the tablet's killer app, and promise to show more once they can track down a WiFi signal. Sure, it's just a MID at the end of the day, but we'll be happy to humor them -- it's a pretty hot MID.


At the IFA conference Toshiba seems to be wowing some folks with the introduction of its JournE Touch Multimedia Tablet. Yes, the emphasis is on multimedia and no, the Tablet moniker isn’t what you would hope this might be. By all appearances it looks like the 7 inch device is aimed squarely at whatever mythic device Apple might be cooking up and also the Archos Tablet.



Why the tablet PC may finally be a big deal
Christian Science Monitor

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has long been an evangelist for tablet PCs, laptops whose screens can be twisted around so that they’re on the outside when closed, instead of face to face with a keyboard. Back in 2001, he predicted that within five years, “the tablet PC will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.” While Mr. Gates still uses one as his everyday computer, few others do.

Perhaps ahead of their time, past attempts at tablets have meandered between being too kludgy, too bulky, and too expensive.

But the Web is now abuzz with tittle-tattle that two companies may have finally cracked the formula for an enticing tablet. The new approach? Stop trying to market them as inside-out laptops and instead make them feel like a smart phone’s big brother.


September 8, 2009

Tablet Pc 2 Review: The Beatles RockBand

The Beatles Rockband Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

I can't even begin to tell you how much fun The Beatles RockBand is to play, but I am going to try.....

The "band members" in our Beatles Rockband ranged from age 10 to 51 and everyone had a fabulous time following the "Fab Four" on a historical journey that began at the Cavern Club in 1963 and moved through landmarks in Beatles history including their appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show and Shea Stadium just to name a few. 

With the option to connect up to three Mics as many as six players can perform simultaneously. The Multiple mics allow players to sing Three-part harmony which is more fun you can ever imagine.

Full Review here


PC World

With consumers increasingly using laptop PCs around the home to access multimedia and social-networking services, Toshiba has designed a tablet PC intended to offer quick access to the same services without some of the hassles of a full-blown PC.Toshiba's JournE touch multimedia tablet

The JournE tablet has a 7-inch touch screen and is based on the Windows Embedded OS so it will instantly spring to life when switched on. It connects to a Wi-Fi network and supports a range of media formats including JPEG images, MP3 and Windows Media audio files and MPEG4, H.264, Divx and Windows Media video files.

Access to services such as YouTube, MSN Messenger, Picasa, Flickr and RSS feeds are built in as are Internet Explorer and Windows Multimedia Player 9.0. European models of the device will also support access to the Acetrax video on demand service.

A photo of the tablet released by Toshiba showed a home screen with 15 square icons, linked to the services mentioned and other functions including an organizer, user manual and settings screen.

An optional cradle adds a USB and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interactive) connector. The latter will enable it to be hooked-up to a TV set so content photos, video or content downloaded or streamed from the Internet can be viewed on a television. The JournE has 1GB of internal memory that can be extended to up to 32GB with a plug-in SD card.

Battery life is around 14 hours, according to Toshiba, so it will last considerably longer than a laptop



The finest entertainment and communication technologies on board a luxury sedan capable of reaching 340 km/h (211 mph): BRABUS has developed a business concept for the Mercedes S-Class that combines exclusivity, state-of-the-art technology and meticulous craftsmanship at the highest level of perfection.

At the heart of the system is an ultra-slim 3-GHz notebook computer housed safely in a docking station inside an electrically deployed drawer in the trunk, underneath the rear shelf. Thetablet PC notebook can be easily removed for use outside the vehicle.


September 10, 2009

Australian Personal Computer

Beginning its roll-out of Windows 7 systems, Acer is betting on the ‘multi-touch’ UI as a key selling point for desktops and laptops alike.

The top PC brands are all lining up behind the fluttering Windows 7 flag, but Acer is first off the Acer Aspire Z5610 all in one touch PCblock in unveilling its new line-up six weeks ahead of the OS’s official debut.

And if yesterday’s launch is anything to go by, touchscreen technology is set to become a major part of the PC landscape – or at least a show-stopping demo for the retailers.

Of the five systems unveilled yesterday, three sport a multi-touch screen, while Acer also launched a 23 inch touchscreen monitor to deliver multi-touch to anyone upgrading their existing desktop to Windows 7.

Each of the touch systems will be on sale from October 22nd and come reloaded with a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium.

Acer TouchPortal


Apple Tablet PC Rumors: New Expected Release

Well, the dust has settled after Apple’s Media Event yesterday and you can probably guess the inevitable headlines. After all the reports online turned out to be incorrect regarding the Apple Tablet, we have now learned of a new release for the mystery device.

One particular article stands out for us, which comes from Wired. It was dated July, and reports on the Financial Times ‘confirming’ the Apple Tablet for a release in September. Obviously, it didn’t happen at yesterday’s event, so when will it actually come?

Well according to PC Mag, the new expected release for the Apple Tablet is sometime in 2010, although we’ll take it with a pinch of salt this time I think. Check out their article for more information.


Tablet game reviews: Icewind Dale 1 & 2, Planescape

My tablet-based retro gaming obsession continues with a batch of mini-reviews describing how well some classic games do (or don't) work on the Samsung Q1UP. Some of the issues covered are also relevant for netbook gaming.tablet Dragon

Response to the previous two articles on my tablet PC gaming project (first, second) has been positive, and as long as people continue to express interest in it, I'll keep posting updates. So with this in mind, I thought it would be useful to dedicate the next few posts to describing how well different games do or don't work with the Samsung Q1's touchscreen interface, and what problems I've run into getting them going. Note that some of these issues will apply more generally to netbook gaming—for instance, a few popular netbooks have a 1024x600 screen size, so you see resolution-specific issues come up there, too.

In this first post, I'll just go through the games in my library that I've now had the chance to install and play on the Q1UP. I'd also like to solicit your feedback on which games from the GOG.com library you'd like me to try next, since GOG has kindly offered to let me have some download codes for this purpose.


September 9, 2009

Tablet PC offers sealed ports for IP54 compliance.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room

American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) introduces a Low Cost 10.4" Rugged Tablet PC into the AIS IP54 tablet pcmarketplace featuring the Intel® Atom N270 Processor for long battery life and high industrial reliability. The tablet PC sports an elegant, practical design featuring an aluminum-magnesium alloy construction with individually sealed ports for complete IP54 compliance waterproof and dustproof protection. The unit has passed UL60601-1 Medical Equipment Certifications for approved electronic compatibility and reliability in the medical field. On top of the certifications the unit is engineered to Military 810F shock, vibration, and drop standards to withstand the most extreme applications in the field.

AIS' Rugged Tablet comes with a high capacity lithium ion battery, enabling it to be used on the go and in outdoor environments with ease. By utilizing the latest in Transflective technology and sunlight readable touchscreens, AIS can provide optimum visibility in direct sunlight conditions where standard tablets would fail. The ergonomically designed hand-held tablet PC features programmable buttons and touchscreen technology for quick and easy navigation. Additional accessories are available such as charging bases, barcode scanners, carrying straps, and GPS receivers to cater the tablet PC to your requirements.


September 14, 2009

The Best Tablet PC's & More

Your Questions and TabletPc2.com Answers....


Photos: Archos 9 PC TabletArchos 9 PC Tablet

Archos is out with its very first tablet PC, the Archos 9. We got a quick hands-on with the 9-inch touch-screen tablet and managed to snap a few pics.

While it won't be ready for stores until October 22, when Windows 7 also officially rolls out, we have some details for you. Check out the slideshow below for more.



September 15, 2009

Fujitsu Adds "Touch" to Its Flagship LifeBook T5010 Convertible Tablet PC

Begins Rollout of New LifeBook Mobile PC Series Designed to Exploit Anticipated Windows 7 Features

Fujitsu gave mobile users in North America another reason to choose the LifeBook(R) T5010 convertible tablet PC today, announcing the convenience of multi touch input. The new dual digitizer's touch screen function on the 13.3-inch display offers a new level of interaction by supporting two-finger touch for actions including panning, rotating, flicks and zooming. With seamless switching between pen and touch, users can change tasks on the fly, from casual surfing to detailed editing or writing.

fujitsu lifebook T5010

The Windows Vista(R)-based LifeBook T5010 convertible tablet PC is the first in a line of new LifeBook platforms and form factors designed to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of Microsoft's soon-to-be-launched Windows 7.

Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product management, Fujitsu America

"The LifeBook T5010 convertible tablet PC represents our initial offering in a line of dual digitizer convertibles that take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the anticipated Windows 7 operating system. The benefit of touch is that it's intuitive and practical. Consumers, mobile professionals and students will immediately see the value and convenience it adds to the computing experience."





We've played around with various pre-release versions of Windows 7 for a long time now, but the prize for being the first PC maker to actually ship us a street-ready system with Windows 7 pre-installed goes to Lenovo.

Even better, this new version of the ThinkPad T400s also includes a multi-touch display, with custom touch software to take advantage of Win 7's built-in touch support.


HP Unveils New Designs Across PC Portfolio

HP today unveiled new PC designs that reflect its design philosophy of balancing material selection, product usability and sensory input to deliver a superior PC experience. hp mini 110

Among the new products announced:

  • The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje, the first companion PC from the critically acclaimed Dutch designer, features the industry’s first three-dimensional PC surface technology.
  • The HP ENVY series is a new line of hand-crafted premium notebooks that is designed to delight even the most demanding consumers.
  • The HP Pavilion dm3 entertainment notebook gives consumers the perfect balance of mobility and performance in an affordable “thin and light” notebook PC. Its meticulously clean design and iconic keyboard are enhanced by the brushed aluminum-magnesium alloy case. Select dm3 configurations deliver up to 10 hours of battery life.(1)
  • World-renowned designer Vivienne Tam and HP unveiled the design of her spring 2010 digital clutch on the catwalk during New York’s Fashion Week at Bryant Park on Sept. 12.
  • The HP ProBook 5310m, the world’s thinnest full-performance notebook(2) combines durable, black-anodized aluminum with a magnesium frame, wrapped in soft-touch paint that offers its sophisticated design at an affordable price.

“Design is not just about what the computer looks like or even what it does for us. It’s also about the experience of using the PC and ultimately what the computer says about us,” said Stacy Wolff, director of notebook design, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We look at every opportunity to design the ‘wow’ that people value in a PC – that surprises, delights and fulfills.”


HP Redefines the Premium Notebook PC with ENVY

HP today redefines the premium notebook PC experience with the introduction of the HP ENVY sub-brand, which offers customers precision-crafted, high-performance models featuring HP Metal HP Envp 13Etching and concierge service and support.

The new HP ENVY 13 boasts the brightest display in its class, and the HP ENVY 15 is the company’s fastest consumer notebook PC ever.

“HP ENVY includes the latest in materials and technology inside and out and pushes the technological and performance boundaries of what can be done in sleek, powerful and lightweight notebook PCs,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Discerning consumers will get a premium experience and performance.”

With HP ENVY, the focus is on designing an entire premium experience to satisfy the most demanding customers – from the products to the packaging to the service and support.

The lightweight heavyweight: ENVY 13

The ENVY 13 balances style and substance. Carefully crafted details inside and out will satisfy the cravings of demanding mobile customers.

The HP Radiance display is twice as bright as other notebook displays in its class – 410 nit (a measurement of display brightness) – and provides an exceptional movie and photo experience, even in high ambient light conditions. With 82 percent color gamut (versus standard 45-60 percent), photos appear richer with amazing color depth. Additionally, with fast 8-millisecond response time, customers can view movies with TV-like performance.

The ENVY 13’s strong performance is delivered in a small frame – less than an inch thin and weighing 3.74 pounds

The performance powerhouse: ENVY 15

This lean, mean, dream machine is HP’s fastest consumer notebook. The full metal case features a sleek, subtly crafted, laser-etched metal design on the lid that is repeated on the palmrest. The magnesium alloy casing provides lightweight durability in a 1-inch thin, 5.18-pound packag

Pricing and availability

The HP ENVY 13 and ENVY 15 are expected to be available in the United States on Oct. 18 with a starting price of $1,699 and $1,799, respectively.(5) Register for availability notification at www.hpdirect.com/go/newfromhp.


September 17, 2009

HP Announces New Line of Wireless Connected Screens with HP DreamScreen

People now can stay current with Facebook friends and photos, listen to Pandora Internet radio, share Snapfish personal photos and enjoy their music and pictures from home networked PCs(1) with a new category of connected screens from HP.

The HP DreamScreen, a companion to the PC, connects easily to a wireless or wired network to bring photos, music and video into any area of the home. The screen also transforms social media and web information into consumable, bite-sized pieces.

“Constant, always-on access to friends, information and entertainment is a common expectation today,” said Satjiv S. Chahil, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. “With HP DreamScreen, social media, web services and digital entertainment can be enjoyed in more areas of the home.”

The HP DreamScreen features a piano-black design with a vibrant, flush glass widescreen display. The DreamScreen 100 (measuring10.2 inches) was designed to fit perfectly on a nightstand or dresser. The HP DreamScreen 130 (measuring13.3 inches) is ideal for kitchen counters and coffee tables.

A product demonstration is available at www.hp.com/go/dreamscreen.


New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

The sleek, stylish HP DreamScreen adds a fun new dimension to your digital content. Easily view HP DreamScreenphotos of your last vacation, watch family videos, listen to Pandora Internet radio, get Facebook status updates, check the weather and more—all with this elegant wireless web-connected screen.

The HP DreamScreen’s sleek design and intuitive features give you and the whole family a fun way to enjoy digital content. Plus, functional features like an alarm clock and weather outlook1 allow you to get the information you need to start your day all in one place.



Lenovo has introduced new multi-touch ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC and ThinkPad T400s laptop. The new ThinkPad X200 equips 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core 2 Duo low voltage processors. The ThinkPad T400s notebook, with multi-touchscreen, packs 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Lenovo offers X200 with multi-touch for a price starting at $1,654 (Rs. 79,400 approx.) and T400s with multi-touch starts from $1,999 (Rs. 96,000 approx.).

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 tablet comes with an option of super bright optional screen that makes it viewable in the sun. The 12.1-inch X200 Tablet now can recognize two-finger touch on the screen. Along with Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the X200 tablet comes with 1GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM, up to 500GB 5400RPM HDD, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Intel GMA 4500MHD and 4-cell Li-Ion battery. Surprisingly, this X200 tablet with touchscreen still lacks Bluetoth.


September 16, 2009


We don’t hear a lot of Tablet PC news these days but Lenovo has stepped into the void. They are adding a multi-touch option to the x200 Tablet PC and the T400s notebook. The x200 is also adding an outdoor screen option to make working outside possible with the Tablet PC.

Lenovo has been gracious enough to send me a loaner T400s with the new multi-touch screen and it is pretty impressive. It is possible to manipulate objects on the screen with four fingers, and two people can even touch the screen in a collaborative effort to make things happen. I’ll be covering this advanced multi-touch in the near future.

The new x200 and T400s will be available with Windows 7 to support the multi-touch features in October. They will be priced starting at $1,999 and $1,654 for the T400s and x200, respectively.


September 18, 2009

ThinkPad x200 Tablet PC with Multitouch — First Impressions

admit I opened up a can of worms when I voiced my opinion that a slate form is required for lenovo x200multitouch on a notebook to provide much benefit. The folks at Lenovo were listening and sent me the ThinkPad x200 Tablet PC to prove it. The x200 they sent me is the convertible notebook / Tablet PC that has a dual digitizer. The active digitizer works with the included pen for writing on the screen and the capacitive touch digitizer lets you work directly on the screen with fingertips. I’ve only had the x200 in my hands (literally) for a few hours but I feel safe to say it is the best Tablet PC I have used to date.

The x200 is a true convertible Tablet PC with a swivel screen that locks into slate mode. The device can be configured to auto-rotate from landscape to portrait when swiveled, and also to magically rotate when the device is flipped around. This is done via an accelerometer. The pen lives in a silo on the side of the notebook, and pushing it causes it to pop out.

While the x200 is a very good Tablet PC, using the multitouch features in slate mode rocks. Having the slate in my hands and interacting on the screen with my fingertips is very comfortable and intuitive. Lenovo has very sophisticated multitouch enabled, with up to four touches detected simultaneously. The x200 takes full benefit of the touch features in Windows 7, and is a joy to use in slate mode


Tablet PC Program Enhances Education at Mount Notre Dame

Moving in a direction that aligns with 21st Century Skills, Mount Notre Dame is pleased to announce the decision to implement a One-to-One Tablet PC Program beginning with the freshman who enter in the fall of 2010 (Class of 2014). The program will be phased in, one class at a time, over the next four years.

A Tablet PC is a laptop computer with enhanced capabilities. The screen swivels and can lie flat like a traditional paper notebook. The tablet also has a digital pen, allowing students to “write” their notes and draw images. Other benefits include the ability to receive and store digital documents such as class worksheets, the capability to create multi-media projects and the means to store all academic information in one location. Students will also now have access to the same technological tools both during the school day and at home.

Mount Notre Dame’s Academic Dean, Mrs. Karen Day of White Oak, was instrumental in developing the study that led to the recommendation for MND to move in this new direction. She feels strongly that this is the next step in MND’s technological evolution. “The Tablet PC will definitely serve as a communication and organizational tool and will change the logistics of the high school classroom – no more binders and notebooks, creating a simpler and ‘greener’ academic environment.

The Tablet PCs, as with most technology, will also shrink the world for Mount Notre Dame’s students. “Imagine a foreign language classroom where every student can visit the Prado Museum at eye-level! We all hear that our ‘World is Flat.’ Tablets will make our educational classroom ‘flat’ so that we can utilize the abundant resources it provides,” said Mrs. Day.

Another important benefit to instituting a Tablet PC program is that it levels the playing field for all students. When a student misses class, she will be able replay class notes, in the step-by-step manner in which they were presented. A prolonged illness will no longer set a student back academically as the possibility will now exist for “attending” class remotely.

MND English teacher Mrs. Aideen Briggs of Anderson Township, feels that incorporating the Tablet PC will enable students to hone the skills necessary for textured or multi-layered writing which is becoming the norm. “They need to learn how to smoothly integrate linear writing with graphics and sound in order to be considered fully literate in the 21st century. The bottom line is that the Tablet PC Program will enable them to communicate more effectively and thus have a larger voice in the world.”


September 21, 2009

GBM InkShow: Touch on the Lenovo X200T Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

I’m really enjoying using the two finger touch on the Lenovo X200T Tablet PC. That’s saying something since I just don’t see touch as being necessary in my usage of a Tablet PC. Frankly, I pull out a Tablet PC when I need to Ink some notes in rehearsal or a meeting or when I want to browse the web with the device in slate mode in my lap.

That’s where this version of touch works for me. It is very easy to sit with the device and surf the web. Even more so the dual digitizer implementation makes it very easy to switch back and forth between the pen or touch. Although as you’ll see there are some calibration issues that I hope Lenovo takes care of before these devices start shipping when Windows 7 rolls out October 22. (check out the video after the jump.)

The bottom line is this. Lenovo has an excellent Tablet PC in the x200T, with our without touch. As a convertible Tablet it is tough to beat



September 22, 2009

TabletKiosk®, a leading provider of mobile business computing solutions, today introduced three tabletKiosk Atomnew systems powered by Intel® Atom(TM) Processors: the 7-inch eo(TM) a7330D Ultra-Mobile PC, the 7-inch eo TufTab® a7230XD Rugged Ultra-Mobile PC and the 12.1-inch Sahara NetSlate(TM) a230T touch screen Tablet PC.

This new generation of slate-style tablets is built for the Enterprise marketplace, and includes a number of new and innovative features designed specifically to deliver improved productivity and value to professionals working in the office or out in the field.


Windows 7 Tip — Make Scroll Bars, Windows Controls Bigger for Touch

I am having a good time running Windows 7 on a number of devices, but one of the things I miss from previous versions of Windows is how to optimize the interface for the small screen. I have been struggling in Windows 7, on touch-enabled devices in particular, due to the inability to make the scroll bars and other windows controls bigger. The min/max/close boxes on windows are just too tiny to tap with my finger on touch devices, and the scroll bars need to be wider to be useful. While surfing around the web this past weekend I stumbled across a free method to make these controls work much better with touch.


September 23, 2009

Toshiba Unveils High-Performance Qosmio X500 Multimedia Laptop with Multi-Touch

With Cutting-Edge Processing Power from Intel and NVIDIA, Plus Windows 7, Enthusiast-Class Qosmio X500 Laptop Delivers Advanced Mobile Performance for Demanding Hi-Def Multimedia Tasks

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information High-Performance Qosmio X500 Multimedia Laptop Systems, Inc., today unveiled the Qosmio® X500 Series, an enthusiast-class line of performance laptops geared for high definition multimedia and gaming. Featuring a striking design on the outside and packed with premium technologies and features on the inside, the Qosmio X500 Series offers hardcore gamers and digital content creators a portable, well-equipped “pro-class” laptop.

Qosmio X500 Series laptops feature the new Intel® Core™ i7 processor, delivering four cores of intelligent processing power, Windows® 7 and Intel’s®  Turbo Boost Technology, which automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits. The laptops also offer ultra-fast DDR3 system memory, dual hard-drive configurations, as well as NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250M graphics with 1GB of GDDR5 video memory. Together, this pairing of high-performance technologies allow consumers to rip through the latest 3D games at lightning-fast frame-rates or create hi-definition video and audio faster and more efficiently with smooth rendering and encoding. 

For hi-def lovers, select models of the Qosmio X500 Series laptops will be available with an integrated Blu-ray® drive.

Sporting a new premium design, the Qosmio X500 Series features Toshiba’s striking Fusion™ Finish in Omega Black with stylish red chrome accents and a comfortable full keyboard with LED Backlighting and numeric 10-key pad. An intuitive touchpad with multi-touch control, enables greater flexibility to browse and control what’s happening on-screen with gesture-commands, such as two-finger pinch, swipe, rotate and scroll.


It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we've all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft's astonishing take on the tablet.Courier Tablet

Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the "late prototype" stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it—Microsoft's brightest, like Entertainment & Devices tech chief and user-experience wizard J. Allard, who's spearheading the project. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies.


Courier: Microsoft's new take on the Tablet PC?

On the heels of my updated rumor on what Microsoft is doing to breathe new life into the Tablet PC, Gizmodo.com has published a video and screen shots of “Courier,” a new kind of Tablet-like PC allegedly in development at Microsoft.

I’ve already gotten a few questions from readers as whether this is the same Microsoft Tablet Take 2 that I wrote about recently. My honest answer: I don’t know, but I’d bet so.



September 24, 2009

"Teaching a large lecture course with a tablet PC"HP tablet PC
Colorado State University

Join us for the first fall "Teaching with Technology Workshop." The presentation will be given by Jake Roberts from the CSU Department of Physics.

(At right: An HP tablet PC)

What are tablet PCs?

Tablet PCs are notebook computers containing hardware and software that allow users to write on the computer screen, and have that writing stored and displayed. In the context of larger lecture courses, the tablet PC can replace the use of an overhead projector, allowing the instructor to work problems, add annotations to slides, and write answers to student questions while speaking and doing other classroom tasks.

This talk will describe how the Tablet PC is used in teaching introductory physics courses, and will note the advantages of using tablet PCs in presenting and recording lectures.


Archos 9 tablet due October 22 for $499

Here’s a little more info on the Archos 9 Tablet. Apparently it’ll be available here in the US on Archos 9 tablet pcOctober 22nd, the same day Windows 7 is available. The price tag is pretty aggressive at $499, too.

That’ll get you an Atom Z510 CPU at 1.1GHz, a 9-inch touchscreen with 1024×600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 60GB hard drive, Windows 7 Starter, four hours of battery life, and a weight of about 1.75 pounds.

UMPC Portal has a video of the device in action. Looks pretty nice. It seems a little sluggish but some of that might get hammered out before the official release.


September 29, 2009

Toshiba Packs Power, Not Price Into New Ultra-thin Laptops  

Sleek and Slim Satellite T100 Series Delivers Laptop-Class Performance With Windows 7, Intel Ultra-Low Voltage Processors and “All-Work Day” Battery Life 

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Toshiba  t100 Series in Redtoday unveiled the Toshiba Satellite® T100 Series, a new class of consumer ultra-thin laptops designed to meet the demands of everyday mobility with laptop-class performance and all-work day battery life – with price points starting at $449.99

Measuring less than one inch thick and starting at 3.49 pounds, the slim and sleek Satellite T100 Series laptops do not cut corners on features or performance. With Windows® 7 and power-efficient Intel® ultra-low voltage processors, the new ultra-thin laptops have the performance, flexibility and functionality consumers have come to expect from standard-sized laptops, yet in a highly portable package.

Setting the standard for the next generation of mobile computing, Satellite T100 Series laptops are ready at a moment’s notice, including extremely fast resume from standby times and power saving enhancements that deliver up to 9 hours of battery life



MICROSOFT Corp is developing a small tabletstyle PC to rival a similar product that may be launched by Apple, technology blog Gizmodo reported last week.Microsoft Courier Tablet PC

Code-named Courier, the tablet is said to be in the "late prototype" stage of development, Gizmodo reported, without identifying its sources.

The Courier has dual 7-inch screens that are touch sensitive and can be used with a stylus, Gizmodo reported.

Industry watchers said it looked like a cross between the Kindle, iPhone and a tablet, The Los Angeles Times said.

The development of the tablet was so shrouded in secrecy that many high-ranking Microsoft executives did not know it existed, said LA Times.



Those expecting Apple to introduce a new tablet computer soon may have another clue to the device's imminent arrival.

Apple has rehired Michael Tchao, one of the original developers of Apple's Newton personal digital assistant, according to a report Monday in The New York Times.Michael Tchao Apple

Rumors of an Apple tablet have been swirling for a couple of years, but speculation has ramped up in recent months, including reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been focusing intensely on a tablet device since returning to work in June after a liver transplant.

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday evening, but Apple has apparently been laying the groundwork for a tablet PC for years. The company was granted a patent in 2005 for tablet PC design, and the company was granted a patent last year for a tablet-like device that incorporated a touchscreen. Apple has also long had some of the key technologies for a tablet computer with Inkwell--a handwriting recognition feature having been in Mac OS X for some time



Scan the dyslexicon of products targeting the territory between laptops and mobile phones--e-books, mini-notebooks, mobile Internet devices, netbooks, smartbooks, smartphones, tablet PCs and tomorrow's cloudbooks--and you understand why consumers are confused.

They're not the only ones. Practiced market watchers admit to having been caught unaware by the netbook's popularity, for example, as consumers took to the products with an enthusiasm that even the leading PC companies failed to foresee.


September 30, 2009

For a limited time only and while supplies last,  TabletKiosk has lowered the price of Sahara Slate PC® i440D (white only) to $1,897  (save $498) list price is $2,395.

The Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

The Sahara Slate PC i440D features the following:
Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo LV L7400
3.0GB DDR2 5300 SDRAM
160GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
Built-in Wireless a/b/g Networking
Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR
12.1" TFT XGA Wide Angle View LCD Dual
Mode Active Digitizer / Touch Screen Display
Sunlight Readable Display (standard)
Biometric Finger Print Reader
Windows Vista® Business, Windows® XP Embedded, or openSUSE Linux
Pearl White outer casing

If you’ve ever considered purchasing a brand new Sahara Slate PC i440D, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.


Dueling tablet leaks: Apple and Microsoft vying for buzz?
Seattle Times

Are Apple and Microsoft playing PR games -- or trying to psych each other out -- with dueling leaks about their upcoming tablet devices?

The latest round in the whisper campaign told blogger Mary Jo Foley that Microsoft's "Courier" tablet runs Windows 7, builds on the OneNote concept, rectifies shortcomings of TabletPC apps and may be built and sold by Microsoft in mid-2010.

She's following up on the original Courier leak to Gizmodo.

With Microsoft getting some mindshare for its tablet, whispers about Apple's new tablet began appearing today.

The iLounge blog has a really tantalizing batch of details about the device, which now has a 10.7-inch diameter screen, runs the iPhone OS and will be available in early 2010 with and without 3G wireless service. It's not a netbook or productivity tool as much as a media tablet, bringing apps and Apple services to a larger device.


Apple Tablet PC rumours suggest Summer 2010 launch

It’s turning out to be a busy day down at the Internet rumour mill, with speculation rife about Apple’s possible Tablet PC.

It all stems from a report by the Editor in Chief of the iLounge blog, which claims that a reliable source has confirmed a number of facts regarding the Tablet.

The first point being that it definitely exists, of course.

Other details include the fact that Apple has created three prototypes, the first version of which had a 7 inch screen that was deemed too small. The current version has a 10.7 inch display.

The resolution of the touchscreen will be around five to six times that of the iPhone, in other words around 720p, with seven times the touchable surface area.

The device won’t be aimed at the netbook market. According to iLounge, the design philosophy is “to expand the iPhone and iPod touch media concept to its next potential level: As a slate-like replacement for books and magazines, plus all of the media, gaming, app, and web functionality of the iPhone and iPod touch.”

iLounge’s source also claims the Tablet is awaiting final approval by Steve Jobs, and its chances of becoming a reality are estimated to be 80%.

If it is approved, iLounge says the device will be announced in January 2010, with a view to a launch date in the summer. Plenty of time to let the hype sink in.








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