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April 2010


April 1, 2010

Official Netflix App Coming to Apple iPad
PC World

Apple has approved the official Netflix app for the iPad, which will be available in the App Store starting April 3rd. The iPad app will work as part of an unlimited Netflix membership, and will let you sync movies on your tablet with where you left off on your computer.

Screenshots from the Apple App Store, revealed initially by AppAdvice, show that Apple has approved the official Netflix app for the iPad. You will need to have an unlimited Netflix plan, starting at $8.99 per month, and of course, an iPad. The app is free to download.


For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device Walter S. Mossberg on the apple iPadfrom Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.

I was impressed with the iPad’s battery life, which I found to be even longer than Apple’s ten-hour claim, and far longer than on my laptops or smart phones. For my battery test, I played movies, TV shows and other videos back-to-back until the iPad died. This stressed the device’s most power-hogging feature, its screen. The iPad lasted 11 hours and 28 minutes, about 15% more than Apple claimed. I was able to watch four feature-length movies, four TV episodes and a video of a 90-minute corporate presentation, before the battery died midway through an episode of “The Closer.”


Verdict is in on Apple iPad: It's a winner
USA Today 

Months of speculation, feverish lust, an überhyped prize that could disrupt the status quo of computing. You wouldn't be the first person to compare the run-up to Saturday's arrival of the iPad to the prelaunch mania that surrounded the iPhone. Apple's freshly conceived slate-style computer promises to influence the media, mobile entertainment and publishing industries the way its close cousin the iPhone has affected wireless.

The first iPad is a winner. It stacks up as a formidable electronic-reader rival for Amazon's Kindle. It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money. At the very least, the iPad will likely drum up mass-market interest in tablet computing in ways that longtime tablet visionary and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates could only dream of.


Surprise iPad Potential: Great Gaming Platform

The Apple iPad will, by design, be many things to many people: a daily planner, a Web browser, a iPad Race Gamemedia player, an e-book reader, and much more. But even more interesting, and possibly more unexpected, is the potential for the iPad to turn into a major gaming platform.

Major game publishers are readying titles for the iPad, too. Electronic Arts and Gameloft, which release titles for mobile platforms and game consoles, also demoed iPad games during the launch event. Both companies expressed excitement about iPad gaming and promised more titles specifically for the iPad.

"The launch of a new Apple product line always makes you sit up and take notice," Bautista-Wiberg said. "If [Apple] can do for ultra-portable computers and tablets what they’ve done for portable media players and smartphones. That’s an opportunity developers can’t afford to miss."


Looking at the iPad From 2 Angles
NY Times

In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I’ve never seen a product as polarizing as Apple’s iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday.

But how’s this for a rare deal from a cell company: there’s no contract. By tapping a button in Settings, you can order up a month of unlimited cellular Internet service for $30. Or pay $15 for 250 megabytes of Internet data; when it runs out, you can either buy another 250 megs, or just upgrade to the unlimited plan for the month. Either way, you can cancel and rejoin as often as you want — just March, July and November, for example — without penalty. The other carriers are probably cursing AT&T’s name for setting this precedent.



Apple iPad vs Microsoft Hp Slate

HP Slate VS Apple ipad

The urge to bridge the gap between laptops and smartphones has resulted in the innovation of the slate PC. The midsize device with full PC functions has been produced by many IT giants including Apple and Microsoft.

Apple unveiled its own version of the slate called the iPad; likewise the HP slate powered by Microsoft which unveiled earlier. Surely these two devices are slated to rock in 2010, but the question is, which would rock more?

The iPad may have a higher platform over HP slate in terms of brand image, determining the way it was revitalised back into the PC world, through the iPod and iPhone, but Microsoft HP slate still has a chance in terms of functionality and added features. And there’s yet more distinction.


The iPad has no USB port or expandable storage, but the Microsoft HP slate features a standard 2.0 USB port.


The Apple iPad supports only the Safari browser, while the Microsoft HP slate supports any browser. Other areas are yet to be determined like storage capacity. The iPad has storage capacity of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB while for the HP slate is yet to be confirmed. The iPad boasts 10hrs of battery life, while for the HP slate is still uncertain.


Best iPad Apps: Awesome New Apps For Apple's Tablet
Huffington Post

While Steve Jobs has touted the iPad as a 'magical and revolutionary' device, consumers have had mixed feelings on what they'll actually do with the thing.

Play games? Read books? Watch movies?

Like the iPhone, the iPad's value is likely to be defined to a considerable extent by the apps developers create for the device.

In advance of the iPad's official release, we've put together a guide to the best forthcoming iPad apps. From racing games to DJ tools, you'll want to give these a try.


April 2, 2010

Motion Computing: Motion Computing Tablet PC Is Perfect For Pilots

Motion Computing, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, is delighted to share an independent video review showing the incredible outdoor capabilities of its Motion J3400 Tablet PC.


Motion Computing J3400 Tablet PC is perfect for Pilots
Test flight in Piper Cherokee Six from YMMB

Australia-based Tablet PC Blog took the Motion J3400 for a test flight from Moorabbin Airport YMMB and compared it to the 'trusty old' HP TC1100 (out of production). Specifically, Tablet PC Blog compared the screen performance of a typical Tablet PC with the superior Motion Hydis AFFS+ display.

As highlighted in the fantastic video, using a Tablet PC in the cockpit makes flight management much easier. Pilots can take down quick ink notes (frequencies, clearances, runways and so on) while also viewing maps and approach plates. In fact, it was suggested that a pilot could probably carry all of the information that they will ever need with them in the cockpit.


Many Apple iPad apps pricey but powerful
USA Today

The iPad doesn't launch until Saturday, but tons of new iPad apps are starting to show up in the iTunes App Store.

The list is headed by popular names such as ABC, Netflix and The New York Times, and includes apps for recipes, weather, travel and games.

Apple says the 150,000 apps currently in the store for the iPhone will work with the iPad, but that it expects some 1,000 new apps for the iPad as well on Saturday, when the iPad goes on sale. USA TODAY's iPad app will be among them.

iPhone apps tend to be priced for around $2 or $3, but many iPad apps are more expensive.  They're larger in scope due to the bigger 9.7-inch screen of the iPad.  An app from travel book publisher Lonely Planet is $19.99, for example.

New apps from ABC and Netflix have already appeared in the App Store.


The iPad's Killer Feature Summed Up by One Word: Multiplayer.

The web is abuzz about the iPad again and frankly, I’m stoked. There are a lot of things about the new Apple tablet that are interesting, from couch computing to a portable media player. But the feature I’m most excited about is Multiplayer.

Multiplayer what? Multiplayer games, multiplayer browsing, multiplayer video viewing, multiplayer iPad Chess Boardproductivity apps. Say that five times fast.

The iPhone is the powerful application platform, which enables developers to build awesome touch-enabled apps on the OS. The problem is the iPhone is way too small for more than one person to use at a time. A tablet computer the size of the iPad completely changes that, and enables full-fledged multiplayer experiences like you’ve never seen.

You’ll see people walking around with a portable electronic board game. Set the iPad down on a coffee table and start playing Chess. Take it in the plane and watch a movie with your girlfriend. Lay it down on your desk and draw on a two-person white board. The iPad will be the perfect size for these activities, and a whole new crop of applications will come about from the new screen size. The iPad will be like the Microsoft Surface, except portable and without the $10,000 price tag. This video of the Windows 7 touch interface might give you a good idea of what’s possible on the iPad.


Apple iPad FAQ's
NYTimesApple iPad Tablets

In my column in The Times today, I reviewed the Apple iPad—twice. Once for the techies who care nly about specs and feature lists, the other for regular people.

There’s never enough room to say everything when the product is this different, so you, lucky subscriber to my e-mail newsletter, get this special bonus edition: Pogue’s iPad FAQ’s. These are the most frequently asked questions I’ve received about the iPad.

Q. I don’t get it from your column. Should I get the iPad or not?
A.   Well, I thought I made it clear that it depends on your mindset. It’s a brilliant machine, a category-creator, a joy to use. I think it will be a big hit. The apps coming out for it represent some of the most exciting software ideas in a long time.

If you need a laptop, though, get a laptop.

Q. Can it print?  Answer: NO


April 3, 2010

Apple's Woz: iPad Great for Students, Grandparents
PC World

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has revealed he plans to get two iPads, one with and one without 3G connectivity, with a third earmarked for a friend. Wozniak, better known as Woz, will wait in line "just for fun" this weekend to pick up the Wi-Fi iPad from the Apple Store.Woz asked by Newsweek who the iPad was aimed at suggested students and older users would benefit most from Apple's new device.

"The iPad could lower the cost of acquiring computers for students. I think it's going to be huge in the education market. Think about students going off to college." Woz insisted. "They want an Apple product, but their parents don't want to spend that much. Now they have the ideal thing. They can go to college and someone may have a whacked-out $6,000 laptop, but the guy with the iPad will get all the attention."


Apple's iPad Hits Store Shelves
New York Times

Apple Inc's iPad hit stores on Saturday after months of buildup, igniting excitement and kicking off a critical sales period that will determine if the sleek tablet computer becomes the next blockbuster.

At Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, cheers went up from employees as shoppers entered the shop at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT), emerging a few minutes later carrying the devices touted as a bridge between a laptop and smartphone.


Bye-Bye Laptop: '40% Would Swap To Tablet PC'
Sky News

One in four people would swap their laptop for a cheaper tablet PC, an independent survey has found.The poll of British consumers coincides with the imminent release of the Apple iPad in the US, a device which is expected to revolutionise the tablet market.But although 40% of people questioned said they would give up their laptop for a tablet PC such as the iPad, nearly a quarter of those polled did not know what the iPad is designed to do.

But critics claim the iPad is flawed.

The first generation of the device does not allow more than one application to be open at a time, as is the case on the iPhone.

For example, you would not be able to listen to music on Spotify whilst browsing the web, or use the Facebook App and check your email at the same time.


Pimp your iPad: Top 10 essential accessories
TechRadar UK

A slew of new iPad cases and numerous other third-party accessories arrive this week, as has ipad trendy Digital casebecome traditional with any new computer or device from Apple.

New iPad owners will no doubt be all too eager to spend a few more of their hard-earned dollars pimping their new tablet PC to make sure it stands out from the crowd, looks cool, and is well protected and fully compatible with their digital cameras and various other peripherals.

Apple has also released a number of its own official iPad accessories, for those that like to stick with the official gear and merchandising.

Here is TechRadar's top ten list of the essential iPad accessories available to buy right now.

The official iPad Keyboard Dock ($69/ £45) is what you need to invest in should you wish to use Apple's new tablet computer as a regular desktop-style screen. It combines a dock for charging your iPad with a full-size keyboard, featuring a number of special keys that activate iPad features.


Of all days for this thing to arrive... it had to be today. Yes folks, as you can see in our gallery jooJoo tablet PC boxbelow, the JooJoo is not only real, but we've got one. We're not going to go into details right now, as we've got our hands kind of full this week, but we suggest you hang tight until our review hits (probably early next week) so you can make the final decision if it's going to be this thing or, you know, some other tablet. Or maybe you just want to keep that $500. Hey, it's your call, pal. For now, check out our unboxing, and at least breathe a sigh of relief that if you did shell out for one of these, it's likely going to hit your doorstep pretty darn soon.


April 4, 2010

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Wondering what’s inside the Apple iPad box and what the initial user experience is? In this video we’ll take you through opening the standard retail box to the required PC synchronization process.


Like some other devices, the iPad needs to be connected to a full computer (Windows or Mac) for initial setup, updates, and synchronization of certain data. Apple iTunes software application manages this process. Advanced users can access photos like you would use a flash drive and may sync contacts and more via Mobile Me service. We’re using iTunes 9.1 running on a Toshiba Portege M700 Tablet PC with Windows 7. This is a particularly mobile combination, as the Toshiba Tablet PC is used as a primary PC even during travel so frequent syncing of the iPad will be possible.


Apple's iPad: One Small Step for Tablets, One Giant Leap for Personal Computers

Apple has added some welcome innovations to the reading process, like a scroll bar that iPad First Lookmakes it easier to zip through chapters. Pages turn really fast. And the backlit screen makes the pages themselves clearer. But I'm not sure whether the backlighting is a plus — I found it easier to read with the brightness turned halfway down. After a bunch of long novels I'll figure out whether or not backlighting in "ludic reading" situations (intense, lengthy sessions) really does strain the eyes more than the Kindle's screen does, as some have claimed.

It's also clear that the iPad is well-positioned as a game platform. So far, some of the strongest games are those that use the touch functions and the accelerometers to bring traditional games into the digital world. I quickly got hooked on Labyrinth 2, which makes the iPad into a virtual wooden box that you balance to keep marbles from falling into holes in a maze.



Disney Preps for iPad Rollout With Apps, ExclusivesDisey ABC Player for ipad
Wired News

With Apple’s iPad launch Saturday, Disney is adding favorites like Lost and Toy Story to the array of entertainment that will be repackaged for the innovative tablet.

New applications and content created just for the iPad will let early adopters screen full ad-supported episodes of 20 or so programs and explore interactive e-books, videos and more exclusive material from Disney and its corporate children ABC and ESPN. The ABC.com website has also been optimized for the touchscreen device. A slick demo of the ABC Player shows off the new app’s capabilities.

The ABC Player (pictured right) also lets users download episodes from Apple’s iTunes Store.


Snikt! Marvel comic book app hits iPad

You’re now able to get your favorite neighborhood Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain Marvel comic book app for iPadAmerica and even the douchey Daredevil on your iPad because Marvel has released a comic book reader app for Apple)’s tablet and it looks pretty sweet.

The revered publisher teamed with ComiXology to create the app and the free program lets Apple users buy new issues on the fly. The comics cost $1.99 and are in high-resolution to fit the tablet’s screen. You’ll be able to preview two pages of a comic before purchasing and there will be new content every week.

It’s not just just a reading app though, as there’s also a comic book shop locator, a recommendation engine and a search feature. You’ll also be able to read the comics in the traditional manner, but you’ll also have the ability to go through the comics panel-by-panel by swiping your finger.

“The iPad is the first device that offers us a chance to present digital comics that are even close to replicating the experience of reading a print comic,” said Dan Buckley, CEO of Marvel, in a prepared statement. “This new world of digital comics distribution provides us great opportunities to reach new readers, allow consumers to sample our diverse stories and characters, and we believe it will drive these new fans into the App Store and local comic shops each week to find even more.”


Before you buy: 12 things to know about the iPad

You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews.

But maybe, like many gadget lovers, you're still debating whether you really need this new touch-screen computer from Apple.

To help you make sense of the hype, here are answers to 12 common questions about the iPad, Apple's much-anticipated "slate" computer, which goes on sale Saturday.

Buying an iPad? What will you do with it?

Is there anything else you'd like to know? If so, please post in the comments section below and we'll do our best to answer your questions.


April 5, 2010

HP's iPad-killer slate PC makes an appearance


During CES 2010, HP issued a preemptive strike against the still-unannounced iPad by showing off its own tablet PC at Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote. Only briefly seen, and largely undescribed, it may not have left a lasting impression on the audience, but it showed that, like Dell and others, HP was not going to cede the suddenly sexy tablet market to Apple.

In a cunningly timed more, a mere 48 hours after the iPad's retail debut, HP has released a new video demo of the device, which the company refers to as a "slate."

The very iPad-looking tablet is shown making use of different apps and features as part of a 30-second musical montage. The actual on-screen footage seems suspiciously simulated, but the key points HP wants viewers to pick up on include the built-in video camera, a USB port (perhaps mocking displayed using an iPod USB cable), an SD card slot, and most promising, the ability to use Skype.


At Home with the Apple iPad
PC Magazine


In my home, the Apple iPad is batting .250. That's not bad for a new, not-quite-market-tested product. Extrapolated to the general population and one in four people may want Apple's first tablet.

I noticed that this iPad was preloaded with a book I was currently reading on my Kindle. Later that evening, I actually took the iPad to bed for a comparison reading experience. The glow of the brilliant, black-and-white text screen was somewhat overwhelming in my darkened bedroom, but I got over that pretty quickly. The page turns are obvious, effortless, and startling realistic—almost enough to make you forget you're reading an electronic book. However, holding the iPad felt a bit unnatural. It's heavier than my Kindle and bulkier than your average pocket book. As is my habit, I began nodding off. Oddly, my hands didn't move, so the iPad stayed put on my chest. I honestly can't say if I'd give up the Kindle for the iPad.


Slate Wars: 15 Tablets That Could Rival Apple's iPad
PC WorldSlate

The iPad has captured many hearts and minds, but a fleet of rival tablets led by a separatist Android army is about to attack, armed with HD Flash video, multitouch screens, front-facing cameras, multitasking...even Windows 7. Let's take a look.

So the iPad has arrived to what can only be described as excessive fanfare. But will tablets become the gadget of choice for consumers who want to kick back and browse the Web, check e-mail, read an e-book or magazine, play games, or watch a movie? It's debatable: Tablets have tanked in the past. And yet a number of industry analysts believe that the iPad will kick-start a new category of media tablets that could become huge by 2015.


Xplore Introduces “Clean Room” iX104C4 Tablet PC

plore Technologies Corp. (OTCBB: XLRT), a maker of award-winning rugged mobile computers,Xplore iX104C4 Tablet PC today announced the launch of a new unit specifically designed for use in clean rooms. “The Clean Room iX104C4 Tablet PC represents a significant opportunity for Xplore and is an application of our technology that we believe will deliver significant value to clean room users,” said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore Technologies. Xplore is a leader in fully rugged tablet PCs according to industry reports.

The Clean Room iX104C4 design implements best in class indoor/outdoor AllVue Xtreme display technology, a flexible user interface with Dual Mode functionality, redesigned antennae, integrated wireless modules, Windows 7® compliance and improved overall performance. The iX104C4’s key features include:


Apple iPad Delivers on Entertainment, but Lacks Productivity Punch
Washington Post

The Apple iPad ushers in the era of tablet computing, with a slate-style handheld that looks nothing like a typical computer. in fact, the iPad is more reminiscent of an oversize iPhone than a laptop. But because the iPad's screen is three times larger than that of the iPhone/iPod Touch, you'll be tempted to use the iPad for activities you wouldn't consider doing with an iPhone. Innovative apps and content optimized for the spacious, high-resolution touchscreen make the iPad a treat to use. Nevertheless, the iPad's other limitations make it hard to recommend as a replacement for (rather than as a complement to) the devices you may be carrying around today.

Power up the iPad, and it immediately prompts you to connect to iTunes. I had iTunes open already; and it immediately recognized the iPad and ushered me through a series of screens to register my iPad and set up my iTunes Store Account.

Another oddity: The iPad has a single speaker, at the bottom of the unit--not a great arrangement if you want to lean it on your lap, since that action will obstruct the speaker. Though the iPad's speaker sounds better than the ones on, say, the iPhone or the iPod Touch, that's not saying much. Audio lacked bass and depth; and the lack of a stereo option feels was disappointing.

The Bottom Line
With the iPad, Apple is first to market with a tablet that may have mass appeal for viewing entertainment content--movies, TV shows, games, and the like. But delve a bit deeper, and the iPad feels like a first-generation device--complete with new-product hiccups--largely behaves like an iPhone (or iPod Touch) on steroids. Its lack of file-level control means that the iPad can't replace a laptop or netbook for core productivity activities. Nor is it a great candidate to be your primary e-reader. It's a great device for playing video and games, and for viewing photos, though--and for some consumers, that may be enough.


iPad Video: Apple iPad AppStore tour
By Will Park

The Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) AppStore has added a new section to its virtual store shelves to accomodate the iPad. In the process, Apple has birthed an entirely new genre of mobile apps. There are now thousands of iPad-specific apps to complement the hundreds of thousands of iPhone apps that will help you generate fart sounds, calculate tips, and track menstrual cycles – and there are surprisingly some slightly more useful apps out there as well. But, when it comes to the iPad and browsing apps on your new tablet, Apple has updated the look and feel of their AppStore. Take a look as we give you a quick HD video tour of the iPad AppStore!



Your next computer: Laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet?

Most iPad owners will most likely use their shiny new tablet to read books and magazines, watch movies, TV shows and YouTube videos, and do typical Internet tasks like check e-mail and surf the Web. But what about putting it to use in different business situations? Does it fit in at work?

In a recent survey, more than half of mobile phone users reported that they would use a tablet device like the iPad for business. There are, of course, many reasons a business or education user might want one -- for online research, reading downloaded texts and other content, working with Office-type apps such as Apple's iWork, and collaborating with others via e-mail and Web-based portals. But professionals in specific industries or particular jobs will likely find numerous ways to integrate the device into their workdays.

Over the past several weeks, I've talked to a diverse range of professionals about the new iPad, including doctors, lawyers, educators, IT staffers and others. And while many said they'll know more about exactly how it will fit into their businesses days after they've had a chance to try it out, I did get a broad consensus about how it will be used. Mobility, connectivity and ease of use came up often as the main attributes it offers, regardless of profession. But exactly which of those attributes is most important depends on who you ask -- and the task at hand.

What seems clear is that, more than anything else, the iPad offers versatility.


April 6, 2010

Apple iPad FAQ
Chris Pirillo

After unboxing the iPad and fiddling with it all day, I opened up the virtual floor for questions. Of course, I took questions from the chat room last night.

As you can see, we had several hundred people hanging out in the channel… all of whom were excited to talk about the iPad. I tried to answer as many of the relevant questions as possible, but I have a feeling I missed a few. It was impossible to keep up at times.



Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Toshiba CAMILEO Digital CamcorderInc., today announced its entry into the U.S. digital camcorder market with the introduction of its CAMILEO™ line. From the pocket-sized S20 to the compact touch-screen H30 and X100, the lightweight, Full HD resolution CAMILEO line is designed for the modern, mobile and digital lifestyle. Prices start at $179.99 MSRP1.

“The line is meeting a growing consumer demand for affordable HD camcorders that make sharing memories with friends and family easy and fun.”

Along with delivering 1080p Full HD resolution, key features of the CAMILEO line include a 3-inch LCD monitor, YouTube™ hotkey for instant uploading to the Internet, as well as the ability to take standard SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB, giving users up to 12 hours3 of video at the lowest setting. In addition, users can watch the videos on a big-screen HD TV and charge the camcorders with the included HDMI™ and USB 2.0 cables.


Apple iPad launch weekend roundup

As you've no doubt noticed, we at Engadget (and pretty much every other site on the known internet) have been doing what we can to blow out coverage of Apple's iPad. If you've picked up one of the over 300,000 units floating around the US, or if you're not but still have even a smidgen of interest, here are the essential pieces from over the weekend:


Marriott Courtyard seeks Apple iPad prestige with USA TODAY deal
USA Today

How is a hotel operator - namely, Marriott - cashing in on the hype surrounding Apple's iPad ipad usa today apptablet computer? Marriott's Courtyard chain inked a deal with USA TODAY to sponsor USA TODAY's iPad application for the first three months - until July 4. 

The deal gives Courtyard, which paid USA TODAY a sponsorship fee, exclusive access to the affluent, tech savvy consumers who are snapping up Apple iPads.

"We know that we have a tech savvy customer and we know from research that they're also USA TODAY readers," Gini Gladstone, Courtyard's marketing chief, told me. " That combination made it a nice fit for us."


Apple Confirms iPad Wi-Fi Problems; Try These Fixes
PC Magazine

The Apple iPad has enjoyed a successful launch, with over 300,000 units moved over a single weekend , but there appears to be a dark cloud hanging over Cupertino's wonder-tablet. Apple's support forum is being bombarded by user complaints centering on the iPad's inability to maintain a full, steady Wi-Fi connection.

A thread entitled "Weak Wifi Pages" already has over 10,000 views – remarkable since it's only been 48 hours since the official iPad launch.


iPad and tablets to dampen Netbook sales

The appeal of the iPad, HP's upcoming Slate, and other tablets will take a bite out of Netbook sales this year, according to a report released Monday by DisplaySearch.

Driven by the iPad, the tablet market will see dramatic gains this year, taking market share away from clamshell-style Netbooks, says DisplaySearch's "Quarterly Notebook PC Shipment and Forecast Report."

Most of the growth, especially for the iPad, will come from North America and Western Europe, where Apple has set up key distribution lines and created agreements with content providers. Overall, consumers are expected to pick up around 5 million tablets this year, forecasts DisplaySearch.

But don't count out the Netbook just yet. Traditional clamshell type Netbooks, or mininotes, are expected to continue to entice customers as their average selling prices have dropped from $400 to slightly less than $300. The Apple iPad, which will account for most tablet shipments this year, starts at a price of $499 and moves up to more than $800. The low prices of Netbooks will remain appealing to people looking for a second or third PC and help lure in first-time PC buyers in emerging markets.


April 6, 2010

Apple iPad FAQ
Chris Pirillo

After unboxing the iPad and fiddling with it all day, I opened up the virtual floor for questions. Of course, I took questions from the chat room last night.

As you can see, we had several hundred people hanging out in the channel… all of whom were excited to talk about the iPad. I tried to answer as many of the relevant questions as possible, but I have a feeling I missed a few. It was impossible to keep up at times.



Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Toshiba CAMILEO Digital CamcorderInc., today announced its entry into the U.S. digital camcorder market with the introduction of its CAMILEO™ line. From the pocket-sized S20 to the compact touch-screen H30 and X100, the lightweight, Full HD resolution CAMILEO line is designed for the modern, mobile and digital lifestyle. Prices start at $179.99 MSRP1.

“The line is meeting a growing consumer demand for affordable HD camcorders that make sharing memories with friends and family easy and fun.”

Along with delivering 1080p Full HD resolution, key features of the CAMILEO line include a 3-inch LCD monitor, YouTube™ hotkey for instant uploading to the Internet, as well as the ability to take standard SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB, giving users up to 12 hours3 of video at the lowest setting. In addition, users can watch the videos on a big-screen HD TV and charge the camcorders with the included HDMI™ and USB 2.0 cables.


Apple iPad launch weekend roundup

As you've no doubt noticed, we at Engadget (and pretty much every other site on the known internet) have been doing what we can to blow out coverage of Apple's iPad. If you've picked up one of the over 300,000 units floating around the US, or if you're not but still have even a smidgen of interest, here are the essential pieces from over the weekend:


Marriott Courtyard seeks Apple iPad prestige with USA TODAY deal
USA Today

How is a hotel operator - namely, Marriott - cashing in on the hype surrounding Apple's iPad ipad usa today apptablet computer? Marriott's Courtyard chain inked a deal with USA TODAY to sponsor USA TODAY's iPad application for the first three months - until July 4. 

The deal gives Courtyard, which paid USA TODAY a sponsorship fee, exclusive access to the affluent, tech savvy consumers who are snapping up Apple iPads.

"We know that we have a tech savvy customer and we know from research that they're also USA TODAY readers," Gini Gladstone, Courtyard's marketing chief, told me. " That combination made it a nice fit for us."


Apple Confirms iPad Wi-Fi Problems; Try These Fixes
PC Magazine

The Apple iPad has enjoyed a successful launch, with over 300,000 units moved over a single weekend , but there appears to be a dark cloud hanging over Cupertino's wonder-tablet. Apple's support forum is being bombarded by user complaints centering on the iPad's inability to maintain a full, steady Wi-Fi connection.

A thread entitled "Weak Wifi Pages" already has over 10,000 views – remarkable since it's only been 48 hours since the official iPad launch.


iPad and tablets to dampen Netbook sales

The appeal of the iPad, HP's upcoming Slate, and other tablets will take a bite out of Netbook sales this year, according to a report released Monday by DisplaySearch.

Driven by the iPad, the tablet market will see dramatic gains this year, taking market share away from clamshell-style Netbooks, says DisplaySearch's "Quarterly Notebook PC Shipment and Forecast Report."

Most of the growth, especially for the iPad, will come from North America and Western Europe, where Apple has set up key distribution lines and created agreements with content providers. Overall, consumers are expected to pick up around 5 million tablets this year, forecasts DisplaySearch.

But don't count out the Netbook just yet. Traditional clamshell type Netbooks, or mininotes, are expected to continue to entice customers as their average selling prices have dropped from $400 to slightly less than $300. The Apple iPad, which will account for most tablet shipments this year, starts at a price of $499 and moves up to more than $800. The low prices of Netbooks will remain appealing to people looking for a second or third PC and help lure in first-time PC buyers in emerging markets.


April 7, 2010

First look: iWork for iPad

If the iPad wants be taken seriously as a business tool, it's going to need an office suite. So iwork for ipadfar, the best examples of same are Apple's own iWork apps--Pages, Numbers, and Keynote ($9.99 each). How much work can they really do? Here's a first look.

The suite look

While the three apps are sold separately, they share a common look-and-feel.

When you launch each app for the first time, you'll be welcomed by a "Get Started" guide in that app's native format (a document in Pages, a tabbed worksheet in Numbers, and a presentation in Keynote). Take a couple of minutes to run through them; they're good, quick introductions.

Working in Pages on an iPad isn't all that different from working in a desktop word processor: You start with a blank sheet, you type in some text, then you embellish it with typography and graphics. The difference is that your tools for doing all that on the iPad are curtailed.


Apple's iPad can stay in bag for airport security screenings
Apple Insider

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that fliers who bring an iPad through security will conveniently be able to leave their device in its carry-on bag, unlike with a traditional laptop.

According to The Associated Press, the government agency said that most who travel will not need to remove the iPad from their bag, because the device is relatively small and doesn't have "bulky" accessories such as external drives. Those accessories can make it difficult for X-ray scanners, who see a cluttered image when a laptop and all of its accessories go through the machine in a bag.

However, the TSA cautioned that fliers may still be asked to remove their iPad if the scanners cannot get a clear image of the device.


iPad ink blogging comparison iPad ink blogging comparison

Normally I’d resent not being the guinea pig on this, but I honestly can only be glad that my favorite ink blogger, Jezlyn, is putting pen to screen to bring ink blogging to the iPad. The results are, well, see for yourself.

Her first ink blog entry from the iPad comes courtesy of an app called JotNote. As she points out, it’s not smooth. She’s also resting her hand on a cloth to keep her hand from registering on-screen.

The next app she tests is Scribble Notes. Also quite jagged but there are more customization options.

Third time appears to be the charm. This one is FastFinga, the inking app she demonstrated earlier on her iPhone. The trick, however, is that she’s running it as an iPhone app on her iPad without pixel doubling. No surprise that the results match what she got earlier, but I wouldn’t want to ink in iPhone mode on an iPad.


DataSource Mobility to Sell the World's Lightest Convertible Tablet PC, the Panasonic Toughbook C1
Business Wire

-DataSource Mobility is pleased to announce that it is one of a select group of Toughbook Preferred Partners to sell the Toughbook C1—the newest healthcare specific product from Panasonic, the world leader in rugged mobile computers.

Bill Presler, Managing Partner, DataSource Mobility stated, “Our customers have been asking us for a lightweight convertible tablet that they could depend on. Leave it to Panasonic to deliver. This is a major step forward for mobile computing in healthcare.” Visit www.datasourcemobility.com/c1 for more details.

DataSource Mobility will host an online seminar illustrating how the Toughbook C1 can help increase the quality of patient care and maximize performance for healthcare professionals. DataSource Mobility will be joined by Panasonic to present this informative session on April 22, 2010 at 1pm EDT. To register, visit www.datasourcemobility.com/c1.


April 8, 2010

Well, well -- what's this? We just got our hands on what looks like an internal HP Slate presentation given to cool down some of the iPad hype amongst HP employees, and it just happens to have specs and pricing details on the elusive Windows 7 tablet. As we'd heard, the Slate will run $549 in its base configuration, which has a 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback.        HP Slate vs. Apple iPad 

HP Slate vs. Apple iPad


Apple iPad Installed In Car Dashboard
coated.comapple in car dash

You probably have never had heard of Doug Bernards of SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, California, but he now holds the title of being the first person to have installed an Apple iPad into the dashboard of a car.

It’s a cool custom mod that he performed in his Toyoya Tacoma. In terms of the installation process, Bernards used not just the Apple tablet, but also an Audison Bit One Processor, an Onkyo ND-S1, and a McIntosh six channel amplifier MCC406M. The purpose of all of these devices was to improve on the sound quality, making it more suitable for a moving vehicle.


HP Slate Release Date 2010 – HP Slate 7.0 An Apple iPad Tablet Competitor ...
CNM News Network

HP Slate Release Date 2010 – HP Slate 7.0 An Apple iPad Tablet Competitor – Price and Hp Slate PCReviews.  Apple iPad is currently the only hot tablet on the market. It won’t stay exclusive for long, as HP has let it known that they plan on releasing an HP Slate Tablet.

The release date for the HP Slate is unknown, although it would be reasonable to assume it would be before Christmas if it were to happen this year.

The release of the HP Slate will remind us once again of the age old rivalry between the Mac and the PC.  Which is better? The sleek Apple tablet or the PC based slate with Windows functionality?

The HP Slate will boast a USB port, a built in camera for video conferencing, and will support Adobe Flash.  All of these are things that users complain about with the Apple tablet as there are no cameras, no USB ports, and no Adobe flash capabilities.

The HP Slate is also affordable.  The entry price is $549 – which is in line with the $499 entry price of the Apple iPad tablet.


Tablet computers to remain required for engineering students
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times

Students in the College of Engineering have mixed feelings about the tablet computers they Students with Tablet PC computersare required to have, but the college intends to continue the use of tablet technology.

On March 27, the College of Engineering updated computer requirements for the 2010-11 school year. Once again, incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to purchase a tablet computer. The Fujitsu Lifebook and the Toshiba

Portege are recommended models. The college updates requirements each spring for the following year.

Since fall 2006, incoming engineering majors have been required to purchase a tablet PC. The tablet was chosen for engineers based on its advanced technological features, such as the inking technology — that is, using a stylus to write on the screen — as well as its compatibility with the required software.

“The tablet is very convenient for active note taking,” Schneider said. “It’s just more intuitive to be able to touch something rather than using a mouse.”


Expect Tablet PC Ads To Be More Like TV Product Placements, Says Yahoo

Yahoo iPad app

Yahoo's got its eye firmly fixed on the tablet PC revolution, and the potential for new profits: It's been working on a whole new advertising system with the glossy PCs in mind. With Apple's rumored iAd system en route, it looks like good timing.

Mobile advertising is a massive growth industry--and with Apple and Google both making purchases of hundred-million-dollar mobile ad businesses, it will soon be growing even faster. But until now, the digital ad industry has had only two targets: the big screen on your laptop or desktop PC, and the tiny screen on your smartphone. The tablet, as Apple itself notes, is a "third way" and as a new class of mobile computer, it's expected to revolutionize how users think about portable computing. Hence, Yahoo's interest in expanding adverts in this new direction.

In fact, Yahoo seems to be planning some extremely clever and interactive ad technology, that's almost like its own user interface between the advert's content and the viewer. As part of the new Yahoo Entertainment iPad app, for example, the home screen appears like a typical living room complete with furniture (symbolizing the more relaxed, personal interaction one seems to be able to have with the iPad compared to, say, a typical netbook) and each time it reloads the user will get a different "experience." For example, a beverage standing on the coffee tablet could be a Coke can, or a Starbucks take-out mug--each symbol being a clickable hyperlink to that company's own Web site.

Yahoo's also pursuing HTML5 tech to power this new approach to tablet PC ads.


Nokia Plans to Take on Apple iPad With Rumored Tablet

Now that the floodgates to the fledgling tablet market have officially been blown off their Nokia Tablet PChinges by the arrival of the iPad, you can expect to hear a number of new announcements, press leaks, and rumors regarding potential “iPad killers” coming over the next few weeks. First it was HP, who released a video of their Slate, and now Nokia, fresh off a purchase of mobile browser and service developer Novarra, becomes the next company to remind people that they too have aspiration on the lucrative tablet market.

According to Thestreet.com, Nokia intends to push up production on their own long gestating touch screen tablet and hopes to push it to the market in September or October of this year.


April 9, 2010

Smaller, Cheaper iPad Next Year?

According to fresh reports emanating from the Far East, Apple might launch a smaller version ipad in two sizedof the Apple iPad in 2011. The iPad has been a success with over 300,000 of them sold on the very first day. However, there are people who think a 10 inch tablet is too big to use. For them, Apple might just announce a smaller version of the iPad. Digitimes, a Taiwanese website

, quotes "upstream component sources" saying that Apple plans to launch a new iPad in the first quarter of 2011. This should have a 5 to 7 inch display.

The shrinkage in size also comes with a price drop. The smaller iPad, if it ever arrives, will be under $400. The cheapest version of the iPad available now costs $500. This is the 16GB model with Wi-Fi and no 3G


Apple iPad – more of an entertainment device than a utilitarian one!

With less than a week into much-hyped April 3-launch of the Apple iPad, the early users find themselves on either of the two sides of what can be considered the apparent iPad ‘divide’ – with those admiring the capabilities of the touch-screen multimedia tablet on one side, and those slamming it as bulky, underwhelming gadget on the other side.

While those users who admire the iPad vouch for its portability and its 9.7-inch screen for reading, Web-surfing and other content consumption purposes; those who pan the device cite its hefty $499 price-tag, its problematic Wi-Fi connectivity, and its obvious limitations like lack of camera, physical keyboard, memory card or USB port.

Going by the reviews about the device, it appears more of an in-home entertainment gadget – a fun, family entertainment device - practically much more suitable for the living room or bedroom rather than for the users on the go.


April 12, 2010

BlackBerry Tablet PC Coming August

RIM (Research In Motion), the manufacturer of BlackBerry devices, is reportedly working on a Apple Ipadtablet PC of their own with an expected release date of Q3 2010 (August to October).

The information leaked out from their manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, who currently manufactures the Amazon Kindle e-reader. The information stated that RIM had commissioned them to manufacture 8.9 inch screens which is within the tablet PC range (the iPad measures in at 9.7 inches).


NYT: Google Android Tablet Imminent
Wired News

Google is almost ready to start selling its own tablet. The device, according to the New York Google Tablet PCTimes, will be “an e-reader that would function like a computer.” So close is it that Eric Schmidt, CEO at Google, was describing it to friends at “a recent party in Los Angeles.”

The slate-like computer will run Android, and anonymous sources say that Google has already been working with publishers to put books and magazines on the device.

The choice of Android seems odd, given that Google is committed to the Chrome OS on the netbook platform. But Chrome will be an almost non-existent operating system, offering just enough software to load a browser and access Google’s online services. Android, on the other hand, is already well-developed and full-featured enough to offer all that you get from Apple’s iPad. It is also designed to be used on a touchscreen device, something that can’t be said for a skinned desktop OS like Windows 7.

A Google tablet could be the only tablet capable of actually challenging the iPad, avoiding the iPod whitewash in which Apple thrashed everyone, even Sony. It would also have some advantages. Google’s services, for one. Apple still doesn’t get the cloud, and getting data on and off the iPad is still largely done over a USB cable. Android is also the only other real player in apps with the Android Marketplace. It is way behind the iTunes App Store in numbers, but is at least in second place.


The GBM iPad Series: Review and InkShow

The iPad has been called all sorts of things in its short one week life and to a certain degree I find that most of the descriptors are correct no matter which direction a particular commentator or reviewer is aiming from. In a short preamble, after a stressful and very non-normal week I find that Apple’s iPad does indeed open a window into the future that shows great promise for what computing will be years from now. The combination of hardware design and performance sets a bench mark that others will have to live up to. If you think, as I do, that the iPad is the next step towards a future of computing where the device becomes irrelevant when compared to what you’re doing with it, then Apple has moved the ball closer to a goal line that will always be moving as fast or faster than innovation can catch up. Is it magical and revolutionary? It has already become a cliche to say it is more evolutionary than revolutionary but I’ll jump on that cliche with everyone else.


New German tablet PC dubbed WePad to rival iPad
The Associated Press

The German maker of a new tablet computer is setting out to rival Apple's iPad with the promise of even more sophisticated technology.

Neofonie GmbH says the WePad outperforms the iPad by sporting a bigger screen, a webcam and USB ports for connecting printers and other devices.

The WePad is to be officially presented on Monday, along with information about its pricing.


Google Tablet PC Details: 'iPad Killer' In The Works
Huffington Post


The rivalry between Apple and Google has intensified as the two companies increasingly tread on each other's turf. Steve Jobs, who accused Google of wanting to 'kill us,' recently unveiled an Apple ad platform called iAd that's set to challenge Google's mobile advertising strategy.

Meanwhile, it seems a Google tablet PC, Google's answer to the iPad, is in the works.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt knocked the iPad at Davos earlier this year--"You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet," he said--and recently leaked details about the Google tablet that is in the works.

Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. People with direct knowledge of the project -- who did not want to be named because they said they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the device -- said the company had been experimenting in "stealth mode" with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on a tablet.


iPad gives Apple an unbeatable lead in tablet PCs, analysts say
The Australian

THE lust factor for the iPad touchscreen tablet is so high, it would take a miracle for Apple's rivals either to compete or to catch up, analysts say.

The iPad frenzy shows no signs of abating with sales inching close to the 500,000 mark in the US.

Apple Australia says the iPad will be available locally this month.Computer users are hoping Apple's rivals such as Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Dell and Lenovo will hasten the launch dates for their tablet offerings.

However, these vendors have adotped a a wait-and-see stance, letting Apple dictate how the tablet PC game should be played.

Among the major names, only one company, HP, has confirmed its Slate product will be sold locally by the end of the year, but with no further details.


Review: Why iPhone OS 4 will make Apple's iPad a knock-out hit

So it passes the cool and trendy gadget test. But Apple has not only inspired techno-lust with Meet iPadthis luxury item; it has also thought about how to make this device have lasting value. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, demonstrated that Thursday with the unveiling of version 4 of the iPhone operating system, which will run on the iPad when the software debuts in the summer. The new iPhone OS will fix some of the big flaws in the iPad which critics have moaned about.

I believe that the iPad is indeed poised to be the hit device that establishes the tablet computing category. And after hearing what Apple had to say on Thursday, I can look at the iPad in a whole new light. After the hype has died down, as people get their hands on it, I think they will conclude that Apple’s device will fill a void they didn’t know was there.


Highton 10" Tablet PC Might Be A Competitor
Hot Hardware

It's a Tablet PC kind of year in 2010, and as if the iPad's launch wasn't any indication that these things are gaining steam, the onslaught of alternatives from relative no-names should cement the fact in your brain. Just about everyone seems to be coming out with their own tablet these days, and even a company called Highton is getting in on the action.

Surfacing over at eCrater, this 10" tablet PC is slightly larger than the iPad yet slightly smaller than the JooJoo, and it boasts some rather unusual specifications. In fact, this feels more like a netbook than many other tablets out there, but of course, without a keyboard and with a touch panel to navigate. Specifications include a 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, support for Windows XP or Linux, a 1024x600 resolution, 1GB of DDR2 memory (up to 2GB can fit), and a 2.5" hard drive with 160, 250 or 320GB of capacity.


Microsoft Shows Off Finger/Stylus Combo Multitouch Magic


For many touchscreen applications, fingers are your best bet. For others, the precision of a stylus is required. Microsoft shows how using both in conjunction might be the best option of all, delivering users to digital scrapbook nirvana.

The demo shows how a finger and a stylus can be used together to manipulate digital objects in a variety of interesting ways, quickly copying them, stacking them, slicing them or tearing them apart.


Rivals try to play catchup to iPad
St. Louis

Just as Apple’s iPhone shook up a complacent cell phone industry, the company’s iPad is provoking PC makers — and non-PC makers — to fight back with new devices.

Google — a search and advertising company — is soon expected to begin selling its version of a slate computer, like Apple’s iPad, while Nokia — the world’s biggest cell phone maker — is planning to enter the digital book market through a slate-cum-e-reader as well.

Microsoft, the maker of computer software, is flirting with the idea of selling its own version of a slate, joining traditional computer companies like Hewlett-Packard that have already committed to such products.

For consumers, it could all be good, as more companies offer their version of the slate, a new breed of consumer electronics, in a design free-for-all. The products, which will generally cost less than $600, provide different, and in some cases unusual, features that reflect the companies’ visions of what matters most to people.


April 13, 2010

WePad Tablet Pricing And Launch Date Revealed

A few weeks back, the WePad had it’s moment in the sun as the tablet seemed to offer the wepad tabletslim design of the Apple iPad, yet it came with some features that were unavailable on the Apple tablet.

Out of the box, the WePad comes with an SD card slot and has support for Flash, USB and Multitasking. As an Android tablet, it will also have access to the Android Marketplace. Though many were excited by the new tablet, what was not available in the original announcement was the tablet price and release date.

This additional information has now been made available as has the fact that Adobe and will be official partners with the WePad. Just like the iPad, the WePad will come in two flavors


Apple iPad to Gain Time Inc. Subscriptions: Report

Time is planning to offer iPad users subscription services for its publications, beginning with Entertainment Weekly and People, according to Bloomberg. Starting in three months, Time will roll out a new pub each month.

Beginning with Entertainment Weekly and People, Bloomberg reported April 9, Time will begin adding one magazine title a month to the iPad app store. With a commitment to purchase a certain number of issues, Moore said, customers should expect a discount.
“We're thrilled with the iPad because it’s really putting pressure on everybody to get into a color world,” Moore told Bloomberg. “I couldn’t convince Amazon to do it alone.”

Despite its success, the iPad is not without its flaws, primary among which is its deliberate lack of Flash technology. New York Times tech reviewer David Pogue, in his review of the iPad, complained that “thousands of Websites show up with empty white squares on the iPad—places where videos or animations are supposed to play.”
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has called Flash a “CPU hog” and an old technology and has worked to persuade organizations, such as the Wall Street Journal, to instead use a different video compression standard.
The Associated Press and publishing giant Conde Nast—which offers titles such as The New Yorker, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and Glamour—have both committed to creating iPad-friendly content.


Companies Aiming for Color and 3D for eBook Readers
GBM Sharp Tablet PC

Some have summarily dismissed stand alone eBook readers as headed for the recycle bin now that the iPad has begun the Tablet/Slate revolution. To some I guess that makes sense. Why have a stand alone device that reads only in black and white when you can read those same eBooks in color on a device that allows you to do other things? That’s not going to stop the innovators though, and I hope it doesn’t because this whole personal mobile/portable device thing is really still in its infancy.



Apple iPad: 7-Day Test Drive
PC World

When I wrote my review of the iPad last week, I'd had the tablet for only a day or so. It was enough time to evaluate the look, feel, and overall operation. But you don't really get to know a piece of gear like the iPad without spending some time with it.

So I spent the last week integrating the iPad into my everyday life, including work hours, because iPad system administration tools are already available. Here's what I discovered.

The most noticeable problem with the iPad is the lack of multitasking. After decades of using computers that run more than one app at a time, I reflexively tried to use the iPad in the same way -- and got mad when it doesn't work.


Apple's iPad is perfectly suited for a classic tabletop game
Globe and Mailipad playing game

Aside from bringing a whole new dimension of geekiness to Hasbro’s word game, it may also be the most expensive way to play: The app is only $9.99, but add an iPad and four (optional) iPhones and the price skyrockets to about $3,000.

Still, old-fashioned board games like Scrabble are what excite me most about gaming on Apple’s new tablet. Its large touch screen, which is big enough for several people to view comfortably and can handle simultaneous interactions by multiple users, is perfectly suited for a classic tabletop experience – especially if you have a few iPhones on hand to conceal cards.


Adobe vs. Apple is going to get uglier

Usually I write about security here, but Apple's iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apple's face. Sources close to Adobe tell me that Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks.

It was bad enough when Apple said, in effect, that Adobe Flash wasn't good enough to be allowed on the iPad. But the final straw was when Apple changed its iPhone SDK (software development kit) license so that developers may not submit programs to Apple that use cross-platform compilers.


German tablet PC takes on Apple's iPad

The German maker of a new tablet PC is setting out to rival Apple's iPad with the promise of even more technology such as a bigger screen, a webcam and USB ports.

It is not, however, an "iPad killer" as it has been dubbed by some blogs but an alternative to its bigger rival, Neofonie GmbH's founder and managing director Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen told reporters in Berlin.

Ankershoffen stressed the system's openness: Two USB ports allow users to connect all kinds of devices with the WePad, from external keyboards to data sticks.


April 14, 2010

Hanvon Touchpad tablet PC comes with Windows 7

We might think that tablets are all about the Apple iPad, but guess what - the world is bigger Hanvon Touchpad tablet PCthan Apple products alone. Hanvon has released its Touchpad tablet which is powered by Windows 7, where it will be accopanied by a multi-touch sensitive display coupled with handwriting recognition and handwritten input. Functioning as an ebook reader and digital photo frame as well, you will find that the Touchpad is equipped with up to 2GB RAM, a maximum 320GB hard drive, an SD/MMC memory card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a mini HDMI interface, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and an aluminum black case covered in anti-scratch material. The 10.1" LED backlight panel has a resolution of up to 1,024 x 600 pixels. No idea on pricing or availability, but good hardware alone isn't going to make a great selling device these days


Apple iPad Keyboard Dock Review
Tablet PC Reviews

The Apple iPad's onscreen keyboard is usable for moderate typing, but if you're planning on iPad Dockwriting the next great American novel, you're going to want an external one. That's where the Apple Keyboard Dock might come in handy.


It is basically a standard iPad Dock and an Apple keyboard merged together that does the job of both; it holds the tablet at the proper angle for use and you enter text.

Its major drawback is a complete lack of support for landscape mode, making it a poor option for holding your device while watching movies


Testing Apple's iPad On The Road

I recently took a business trip to San Francisco. I brought the Apple iPad with me and put it through its paces as a potential laptop replacement. How did it fare?

The iPad slips perfectly into the pouch of the airplane seat in front of you, so you have a place to store it when you're not using it (like during take-off). I typically watch movies on my phone during flights, so using the iPad was a bit of a change up. Since I don't use the Apple-made iPad case, I had to hold the iPad. It gets a little old after a few hours. The iPad's 1.5-pound weight may not sound like a whole lot, but I found my hands to be fatigued after holding it at a viewable angle. (Glare can be an annoyance).

HD movies look fantastic on the iPad. It's great that the iPad's display is HD-capable. It makes movies much more enjoyable. For in-flight entertainment, the iPad scores high overall marks. I typically don't work when on a plane, and since Continental doesn't yet offer in-flight Wi-Fi, I didn't get a chance to see how its Internet capabilities performed.

On my return trip, I used the iPad at the San Francisco airport to keep in sync with my email and feeds and again to watch movies on the plane ride back to Newark.

Battery life? I left Newark with a 100% charge. By the time I returned to Newark 48 hours later, the iPad still had 22% of its battery life left. I didn't charge it at all in San Francisco.

Final verdict? The iPad is not a full laptop replacement, but it comes close. For shorter business trips that require only light email and simple document creation (Pages, Keynote, Numbers, etc.), the iPad could suffice. Most business users, however, will still require a full laptop for heavier computing tasks.


Watch Out, Apple: HP Has The Magic Touch

For those who think it's game, set and match for Apple with the launch of the iPad this month, they may want to consider Hewlett-Packard approach and think again.

That's because HP has done yeoman's work at integrating multitouch technology into its Windows 7-based PC platforms -- even before the soon-expected launch of its rumored touch-screen slate.

Take, for example, HP's TouchSmart 9100, an all-in-one desktop PC. It runs Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, and the evaluation unit came to the CRN Test Center lab with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 at 2.10GHz and 4 GB of RAM. It was built with a 300-GB HDD for storage. It scored a comparatively low 2,363 on Primate Labs' Geekbench 2 benchmarking software, but given all of the other functionality and strong points that's a misleading number.

Here is why HP will give Apple a run for its money with a slate and other PC products over the long haul: The company is able to serve both older and new use models -- past, present and future -- in one box and provide a bridge to newer technology that many need. HP has figured out a way to make it all work and, while the company hasn't begun to shake up the market like Apple appears to be doing, some would say there's value in stability, too.


Why A Tablet PC Might Be Right For You

Of all the personal technology advances we’ve seen over the past five years, the Tablet PC has to rank among one of the most significant. And thanks to the marketing clout behind Apple’s iPad, the form factor is just now starting to get a lot of recognition. With business and social lifestyles becoming more demanding, many industry sectors are adapting their workforces to embrace Tablet PCs due to the increase in productivity among workers and lower administration costs compared to pen and paper.

Far and away, the best thing about Tablet PCs is their mobility. Their robust form factor and durable screens mean you can take and use them anywhere you go, the same way you would a notebook and pen. That means that when your boss bumps into you in the hallway and gives you a number of assignments, you can write them down. Or, if you’re at a jobsite you can easily connect with the office to access or share customer details, thanks to integrated wireless connections. Tablet PCs are also useful in meetings or customer interactions, because you write on them like an actual clipboard and paper, so you don’t have a screen impacting your interaction.

When you’re working out of the office you have the full power of your desktop computer with you (including the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously), either working at a client site, or doing office tasks while commuting. In addition, you have all your phone numbers and schedules without having to synchronise with another computer and just as fast as launching a PDA. You also have all your standard software and files - everything you need to make effective use of the Tablet PC in the enterprise environment.


April 15, 2010

Toshiba working on Windows, Android tablets

Can’t decide whether Google Android or Windows 7 make for a better touchscreen experience toshiba journe tablet pcon a tablet PC? Why not release two tablets, one with each operating system and see what happens. That appears to be the approach Toshiba is taking.

Reuters reports that Toshiba will bring a dual screen tablet to market running Windows 7.

There will also be a smaller, presumably cheaper model powered by Google Android.

Toshiba is taking a very Apple-like approach to these tablets, claiming that both are built for consuming media rather than creating it. if that’s the case, I have to say, Android probably makes a lot more sense. It’s cheaper, built from the ground up for touch input, and can run on low power ARM-based processors. Adobe and Google are also working to bring Flash support to Android — something which won’t work on the iPad.

On the other hand, Windows 7 is a more powerful OS and offers the possibility of running full Windows apps including Office, Photoshop, or other apps — which might not sound that useful if you’re using an onscreen keyboard and your fingertips. Bu I’m guessing the Windows 7 tablet will have a few USB ports for peripherals, meaning you can use it to read the morning paper over a cup of coffee at the dining room tablet, and then take it to the office and plug in a mouse and keyboard to get some work done.


Business Laptop Delivers Performance, Durability and Security
With New Stylish Design and Three-Year Limited Warrany

Toshiba Tecra M11 Laptop

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the new Tecra® M11 Series, high-performance business laptops designed to meet the demanding needs of mobile professionals. With an all-new look featuring a unique textured finish in Charcoal Black that helps reduce fingerprints, the Tecra M11 perfectly balances performance, durability, security and style.

The Tecra M11 laptop features a vibrant 14-inch diagonal high definition LED backlit anti-glare display, which brings presentations to life with bright and crisp colors. Equipped with Windows® 7 Professional, all-new 2010 Intel® Core™ processors, ultrafast DDR3 memory, high-speed hard drives and optional discrete graphics, Tecra M11 laptops offer the performance necessary to maximize productivity.


History Tablet PC (PHOTOS): A Pictorial Timeline Of Tablets
Huffington Post

The latest crop of tablets--including the iPad, the JooJoo, the HP Slate (to name only a few)--early tablet pcsprings from over two centuries of research and development, starting with Elisha Gray, whose 1888 "Telautograph" (U.S. patent No. 386,815) is believed to be the forerunner to the modern tablet.

The first tablets, as we would recognize them, didn't come about until the late 1950s and early 1960s. These "tablets" consisted of a large computer terminal attached to a receiver pad, which accepted electrical or magnetic input from a stylus. They were extremely expensive to make and extremely heavy. Over the years, as tablets became functionally more complex, they also became more compact. The rest is history.

Yes, we've come a long way. See just how far by viewing our slideshow of the tablet's evolution since the 1960s.


April 16, 2010

Toshiba Portégé M780 (Intel Core i3) Tablet PC

The Toshiba Portégé M780 is the latest addition to the company’s long line of Tablet PCs. Toshiba Portégé M780 Tablet PCIgnoring the trend for slate devices, ala Apple iPad, the Toshiba Portégé M780 is a clamshell tablet with 12.1-inch screen and attached full-size keyboard. Read on to find out more about the Toshiba Portégé M780 and its use of Intel Core i3 processors.

The Toshiba Portégé M780 has a 12.1-inch touch-sensitive screen that allows you to enter data either with the tip of your finger or with the supplied pen. The magnesium-alloy casing gives the Toshiba Portégé M780 plenty of strength without impacting on weight, while the Toshiba designed pivot means you can easily switch from laptop mode to tablet position in seconds.

The good-sized keyboard means the Toshiba Portégé M780 is every bit as much a laptop as it is a tablet. What’s more, the spill-resistant keyboard should give you up to three minutes to save your valuable data should you spill liquid on to it.


WePad Tablet is Set to Step in Vs iPad this July

a Berlin based company, is set to release a Tablet PC called “WePad” that rivals Apple’s iPad, wepad tablet pcin July of this year. Its highlights include a Webcam, bigger screen, USB ports and (hopefully) better WiFi. It will come with Open Office pre-installed, a Linux based OS and you will be able to run the application of your choice to play music.

Other details that give it an edge over the iPad are the ability to multi-task, built in support for Java, Flash, Adobe AIR and Android apps as well as an 11.6″ 1366 x 768 Resolution Display. An in-depth comparison can be found here.


Israel Bans Apple iPad Because of...Wifi?
CNM News

iPad Banned? Israel Bans Apple iPad Because of…Wifi?  Citing non compliance with European wireless standards, Israel has banned the Apple iPad from entering the country.  So far, 10 iPads have been confiscated while the owners were trying to enter the country.

Foreign iPad Release Date

IF you bring your iPad along with you to Israel, they will hold it at customs until you leave the country, or you can opt to ship it back to your home.

The Communications Ministry in the country states that since the wireless connection is stronger than that allowed by European standards, allowing the device in would “create chaos.”

The Apple iPad falls under the FCC regulations, which allow for stronger wireless signals than do their European counterparts.


Toshiba To Debut iPad-Style Tablets Later This Year
PC World

Toshiba, the world's fifth-largest personal computer maker says it will launch slate devices Toshiba  iPad-Style Tabletslater in 2010, including models that run either the Microsoft Windows 7 or Google Android operating systems.

Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, tells Reuters that his company is exploring several tablet form factors, including a dual-screen tablet that runs Windows, and another slate with a 10-inch display. He predicts that these new tablets won't cannibalize netbook sales, despite the overlap in functionality. The Android-based device would cost less than the Windows tablet, Reuters reports. Both tablets, like the Apple iPad, would be used primarily for media consumption, including online video, music, e-books, and other digitized content.


Microsoft's 'Manual Deskterity' Enhances User Touchscreen Experience


Microsoft’s “Manual Deskterity” adds power and a more natural user experience to the tablet PC.

Microsoft’s aims are to combine pen and multi-touch input into a more natural . For example, moving papers around on your desk and jotting notes on them, and then dropping them into folders for filing. The pen input is great for certain tasks, but not others; the same holds true for touch.

’s new exhibits many interesting features when combining the pen and touch interaction on the . Take for instance, if a user wanted to copy an object, they can do so by holding it down with one hand and dragging the pen across the image to peel off a new one and place it anywhere on the desk.


Waikiki caricature artist uses a Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

My cake-making sister was out and about in Waikiki and snapped this photo of a street artist practicing his craft with a Tablet PC.

Even though he’s on the street, he clearly has access to a power source, running both a Tablet PC and a printer. I’d ask for a digital copy as well as a print, which is good reason to carry a USB flash drive around. Reminds me of the caricature artist I saw at CES this year



April 19, 2010

My iPad Second Impressions
CBS News

I’m “stuck” in Paris (poor me), volcanic ash from Iceland has closed the airports. Stranded but not ignored. I have my iPad. In business meetings, in cafés and restaurants, the iPad is, as I reported two weeks ago, an all-around "guy-and-chick magnet." Sit down, stroke the screen, and Parisians, not normally the outgoing sort, admire and strike up a conversation. Norway’s Prime Minister, stranded as well, used his iPad to govern remotely…très chic. I’ve never seen anything like this.

Has the long-suffering tablet device finally emerged? The iPad isn’t perfect but, for me, it’s more than good enough, and extrapolating from the iPhone trajectory since 2007 we’ll see a steady string of improvements, especially if competitors such as HP and (the now-disliked) Google spur Apple and drive investment and creativity.

A final word…for Bill Gates. In 2001, he predicted that within five years, the Tablet PC would be the most popular form of PC sold in America. The timing was off, but he might end up being right, even if he might not enjoy the fruits of his vision. Being a visionary is a bitch. Bill’s prediction was only one of a long string going back to Dynabook, Newton, Grid, Go and other prophecies. The iPad might be the real thing, finally.


tegra compal tablet pcNews continues to trickle out about Toshiba's upcoming tablets, which we learned just last week would come in both Windows and Android flavors and would be shipping before the year is through. Now it seems that both versions, despite offering different designs, will offer NVIDIA Tegra 2 internals. That both tablets will be manufactured by Compal makes us wonder if we weren't given a preview of the future Tosh model when playing with a 7-inch Android prototype at CES in January, pictured above. There's a video of that after the break to refresh your memory, a relic dating from the pre-G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra era. Simpler times, those.


Apple iPad 3G to Ship May 7
PC Magazine

Ipad 3g shipping May 7th

The 3G version of Apple's iPad will be shipping on May 7, the company confirmed on its Web site.

Apple's online store says the 16 G-Byte, 32GB, and 64GB 3G versions of the tablet will start shipping in just over two weeks.

The Wi-Fi iPad made its debut in stores on April 3, but Apple told customers they would have to wait several more weeks for the 3G version of the device.


Sim Basics

It seems even animals can’t hide their excitement over the new iPad, but a video on YouTube showing a cat interacting with Apple’s tablet PC has become a viral sensation.

Given that it brings two of the internet great obsessions together; cats (see lolcats for the inexplicable stratospheric popularity of felines on the web) and cutting-edge technology it isn’t a great surprise that this video started getting hits, but no-one could have predicted that it would have surpassed the 4 million mark.



First Legal News App Release For Apple's iPad
iPad News Tracker

The first legal news app developed specifically for Apple’s iPad was released today by the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association. The free app can be downloaded from iTunes here.

The app features breaking legal news updated continuously every business day, all of the monthly magazine’s in-depth articles, and the latest blawgs featured in the Journal’s directory of more than 2,500 legal blogs.


April 20, 2010

New Lenovo ThinkPad L Series Laptops Help Businesses “Do More, Save More”

Highest Amounts of Recycled Content and Enhanced VoIP Web Conferencing

Lenovo today introduced a new series of ThinkPad laptops - the L Series. Designed for lenovo laptopbusiness, government and education customers, the ThinkPad L412 and L512 laptops feature high performance with the latest Intel processing technologies, military tough durability and strong web conferencing features in an affordable laptop starting under $700. Additionally, the laptops are the greenest on the market by integrating the highest amounts of post consumer recycled content.

“We designed the new L Series to give users the most important features for being productive like cutting-edge processing performance, long battery life and a VoIP-optimized design without sacrificing the reliability and durability ThinkPad is known for.”


Sprint iPad case - FREE at Best Buy locations

The iPad is a great device for casually surfing the web and potentially getting some work done Sprint iPad case with Sprint Oerdrivewhile hanging out at a cafe or on the couch. But, the thing about the iPad is that it currently is only available in WiFi-only trim. That means you’ll either have to limit yourself to your living room, or frequent caffeine-selling establishments with WiFi service. That is, unless you have a Sprint MiFi or Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. In that case, you can go nearly anywhere in the US and always have a wireless internet connection handy. If you’re in a Sprint 4G market, you’ll even get 4G data speeds up to 10x faster than 3G. So, it makessense that Sprint is pushing their Overdrive onto iPad customers. To that end, the carrier has just announced they’ll be giving away their new iPad case for free at participating Best Buy stores


HP Slate more Netbook than iPad

What is smaller than a mainstream laptop, uses an Intel Atom processor, and runs Windows? Both a Netbook and the upcoming HP Slate fit that definition, which will pose problems for the Slate when reviewers inevitably try to compare it with the iPad.


Apple iPad 3G to be delivered April 30

Apple [AAPL] today announced officially that the iPad 3G models will be shipping next week and will be delivered to customers on Friday April 30. For those who want to collect an iPad 3G, they will go on sale at 5pm the same day at Apple retail stores.


April 21, 2010

HP Slate v. Apple iPad: Which is Better?
PC World

The Apple iPad has only been physically available to the general public for a few weeks, and tablet pc slatesthe HP Slate is still a prototype waiting for a launch date, but that hasn't stopped the two from being compared head-to-head as the defining epic battle for tablet supremacy.

Apple did not invent the tablet. The Apple iPad is not alone. There are a wide variety of tablet devices already available or coming soon. However, ever since Steve Ballmer unveiled the HP Slate at CES earlier this year--when everyone was expecting to see the rumored Microsoft Courier tablet--it has become the poster child for all things anti-iPad.

Truthfully, it's a false comparison. The two are both tablet devices, and they both deliver many of the same functions, but it's an apples and oranges comparison of different devices, with different goals, and different intended audiences. You don't see any epic comparisons of the HP Slate and the Barnes and Noble Nook even though they're both tablet devices.


Rutgers and Apple team up to offer iPad business courses
The Star-Ledger

Forget cranking out software code and hoping to strike it rich with a hit iPad app. ipad eric greenberg rutgers

Rutgers University said yesterday it will offer business courses — rather than application development ones — that revolve around Apple’s hot new tablet computer.

The program will be the first of its kind in the country and is a collaboration between Rutgers officials and Apple’s higher education team. The week-long pilot, a digital marketing course, will launch July 19 and will award certificates to students.

MBA students can even choose to count it toward their degrees.


Coated: Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 Tablet Computer
NewsFactor Network

We’ve seen lots of Android tablets and Windows based tablets, so how about starting the week off with a tablet that will be designed upon the open source Linux platform.

Coated: Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 Tablet Computer

Sharp has confirmed that they will be launching the Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 Tablet PC within the Japanese market. The tablet uses a Linux OS as the operating system and in addition to this, will come with an 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 processor. The display measures 5-inches in size and is a WSVGA touchscreen. The Sharp tablet also comes with 512 MB RAM, 8GB hard disk drive, WiFi and Bluetooth technology and the specific distro of Linux that it will ship with is Ubuntu Linux.


Next Gen Rugged Tablet PC For Real-Time Management
Data Collection Online

Featuring a 8'' TFT display, NEXCOM MRC 2300 tablet PC introduces LED backlight TFT NEXCOM MRC 2300 tablet PCtechnology to get better power consumption while adapts a more reliable 5 wire touch screen which provides outstanding endurance and faster response time. The new battery design for MRC 2300 provides a hot swappable feature to be working more efficiency. With the powerful 3.5G mobile broadband engine, the MRC 2300 benefits users with efficiently utilizing existing broadband service coverage.

A thoughtful design of front panel of MRC 2300 provides a option of front-side colorful camera from 0.3M pixel to 2M pixel. With a built-in barcode scanner and RFID interface, the MRC 2300 provides various accessories to match your application and business requirement. On board GPS and daylight readable LCD make the MRC 2300 ideal for outdoor application.


April 22, 2010

Dell Looking Glass tablet leaks: Tegra 2 coming your way in November

Dell Looking Glass tablet

We'd already heard that Dell was working on larger tablets, and tonight's huge leak brought us tons of info on the Looking Glass, a seven-inch big brother to the Streak 5 that's due out in November. For starters, it's running Android 2.1 on a Tegra 2 processor, with an optional TV tuner module so you can watch ATSC or DVB-T programming on the seven-inch 800x480 display -- the same resolution as the Streak, which is sort of weak. In addition, the render on the slide shows an AT&T U-verse browser, though, which is interesting --


HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC

More than a decade before Apple stole headlines with its iPad, HP was among the first to offer a convertible laptop that could serve as a standard notebook PC or as a tablet. Its latest HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PCprogeny is the EliteBook 2740p, a fast 12.1-inch ultraportable that also happens to be a killer tablet. That's not to say it's flawless: The $1,699 price puts the EliteBook 2740p on the high end of price continuum, and we were disappointed with the battery life. But if you need a business-rugged laptop with plenty of power and features—and you genuinely need its tablet abilities—the 2740p is a strong choice.

Weighing 3.8 pounds and measuring 1.25 inches thick, the EliteBook 2740p isn’t the thinnest or lightest machine in the 12-inch class. Part of the blame falls to the screen and its digitizer overlay, as the top half of the EliteBook 2740p is noticeably thick. HP also had to accommodate the thermal needs of a full-voltage Intel Core i5 processor here; thinner notebooks get by with low-voltage or ultra-low-voltage CPUs to squeeze into a thin chassis. The EliteBook 2740p isn’t as slim as the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet Multi-Touch tablet, but it delivers much better performance. And it’s a quarter of an inch slimmer and half a pound lighter than the Fujitsu LifeBook T4310, although that 12.1-inch convertible tablet comes with an optical drive (tucked in a swappable bay, no less). That's a feature the 2740p lacks.


California hospital plans to utilize 100 Apple iPads
Apple Insider

Nick Volosin, director of technical services at Kaweah Health Care District in Visalia, Calif., told Network World that he bought three iPads for testing, and plans to implement more than 100 at the facility in the next two months. Various patient monitoring programs will be accessed through Citrix virtual desktop and application delivery software. Using the Citrix Receiver, the hospital will be able to have its workers access desktop applications without writing proprietary software for the iPad.

Volosin told author Jon Brodkin that the iPad and its 10-hour battery life will replace a laptop for many employees, particularly because it will eliminate the need to charge multiple times throughout the day, and it doesn't need to be turned on and off. In addition to patient-related services, employees will also be able to use the device to do traditional office tasks like check their e-mail.


Google Acquires Another Piece of the Tablet Puzzle
New York Times

This week, Google took another step toward bringing its popular Web tools onto a myriad of non-traditional computing devices like tablet computers. It acquired a mysterious Silicon Valley startup called Agnilux. PEHub first reported the acquisition on Tuesday; a price was not disclosed.

We’ve had our sights set on Agnilux for awhile, and despite our unannounced visit to its San Jose offices earlier this year, discovered little other than its fascinating pedigree. The super-secretive Agnilux is run by employees who once designed custom silicon chips at PA Semiconductor, which was acquired by Apple in 2008. But then some PA Semi employees left Apple to create Agnilux, over what in some cases appeared to be compensation issues.


April 23, 2010

Beyond the iPad: Massive MultiTouch Displays Are Group-Friendly
Wired News

Apple appears to have been right in betting that people would embrace a big version of the iPod Touch;Multi touch display the increased sense of intimacy with no keyboard or mouse chaperons is palpable. But even larger touchscreens, like the one the Finnish company MultiTouch let us play around with last week, can track each fingertip of a large group of people — a key distinction that enables a more social set of behaviors, because multiple people can use them at the same time.

These screens maintain their sensitivity to touch even when mounted behind bulletproof glass up to one inch thick, which makes MultiTouch’s screens equally suited to the board room, a university lab or public displays. Though they are probably too expensive to put one in your home, unless your home has been featured on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous or Cribs.

The best uses of these massive tablets is in a group setting, and other solutions exist — most notably Microsoft’s Surface technology — but to date, according to MultiTouch general manager Timo Korpela, none have offered the high resolution and responsiveness to multiple hands necessary for the platform to take off in a big way. As the company rolls out its efforts in the United States in the coming months, on the heels of a multitude of early successes in Europe, we’re likely to encounter these massive touch-sensitive displays in more walks of life — and, possibly, the sidewalks of life, too.


How the iPad Has Changed One 99-Year-Old Woman's Life


We’ve seen iPads and cats go viral. We’ve seen iPads and dogs go viral. But the latest iPad YouTube) sensation is far more special: It depicts how the device has changed one 99-year-old woman’s life.

99-year-old Virgina Cambell of Lake Oswego, Oregon is an avid reader, according to The Oregonian. Unfortunately she has glaucoma, which affects her vision and makes it difficult for her to read books.

Her solution? The iPad, which is her first computer according to the now-viral video depicting her with the device. Its ability to change fonts and increase screen brightness has given her the ability to read again. It has “changed her life,” according to one of her daughters.

She’s even used the device’s virtual keyvboard to write limericks, like this one about her new Apple tablet:

To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.



Getting Touchy with Windows 7 Touch Pack
PC World

Windows 7 was designed to leverage new, cutting edge interfaces and input mechanisms like touchscreens. Unfortunately, some of the cooler stuff that Microsoft developed for the touchscreen interface was reserved for OEM manufacturers to bundle with touch-enabled Windows 7 systems-until now.

now Microsoft is making the Windows 7 Touch Pack available for download--providing anyone with Windows 7 and a touch-enabled display to take advantage of some of the games and applications that were previously reserved for the Microsoft Surface, or certain Windows 7 touch-enabled offerings.

The Windows 7 Touch Pack site describes the included games and applications:

The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a collection of games and applications that are made available to computers with multi-touch enabled displays running Windows 7.

The Touch Pack includes:
Microsoft Blackboard, an intricate game of physics in which you solve a puzzle by creating a fanciful machine on a blackboard.

Microsoft Garden Pond, a tranquil game that takes place in serene Japanese water gardens.

Microsoft Rebound, a game in which you use your fingertips to control Tesla spheres with an electrical field between them to catapult a metal game ball into your opponent's goal.

Microsoft Surface Globe, a program that you can use to explore the earth as a flat 2-D map or as an immersive 3-D experience.

Microsoft Surface Collage, a program that you can use to explore and interact with your photos and arrange them as a desktop background.

Microsoft Surface Lagoon, a screen saver and interactive water simulation, complete with a meditative rock arrangement and playful, shy fish.


Socle To Introduce Android-Based Tablet PC In Second Half Of 2010
Hot Hardware

Now, the Tablet PC world is experiencing the same phenomenon. The latest Tablet revolution was sparked by Apple, and now Asus, HP, Dell, and Acer are following suit. Beyond that, a load of companies that we've never heard of before this year are doing likewise, with Socle Technology being just the latest. Apparently this company is best known for producing somewhat mundane system-on-chip solutions, but with the Tablet sector scheduled to boom, it's about time for Socle to jump onboard the bandwagon.

During the company's quarterly reporting, they also took the opportunity to debut a new Tablet PC design aid platform: sPad. This solution will launch fully in the second half of this year, Socle promises that sPad will be even more powerful than the iPad, and it will utilize Globalfoundries's 65nm low-power process. When complete, the product will support 1080p playback and feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Android. There aren't any renders or photographs of the device yet, but given that the Tablet form factor can only be spun so many ways, you probably have a good idea of how it'll look.


April 26, 2010

iPad camera adapter supports USB audio, keyboards

A handful of discoveries in the past day have revealed that the iPad's Camera Connection Kit can be used for USB devices beyond just cameras. One test by TidBITS has discovered that it will work with most any USB headphone, headset or microphone, making it possible to either listen to music or take a VoIP call with normally computer-oriented add-ons. The call quality is "terrific" and could make it considerably easier to use Skype for those who don't want to use Bluetooth headsets.

The functionality also extends to keyboards, as a near-simultaneous check has shown that USB keyboards will work as well, although this was partly expected given the functionality of the official iPad Keyboard Dock. The convenience of the USB keyboard is also reduced as there's no stand when using the adapter



Would Microsoft-HP tablet steal Apple's limelight?
By ipad_admin

Microsoft Corp, the software giant has introduced a touch-screen tablet computer which is HP tablet PCmanufactured by Hewlett-Packard Co. The company’s CEO, Steve Ballmer said that the new device will be available this year and added that US sales of PCs running Windows jumped 50% over the holidays.

According to the company, the new device will be easy to use like Smartphone, but as powerful as a PC running Windows 7.  HP, a pioneer name in the touch computing, will ship the full-fledged tablet computer. However, the question is – whether Microsoft and HP could generate as much consumer excitement as Apple’s tablet?

Microsoft-HP tablet

It seems that the company wants to emphasize the touch-screen features of its recently introduced operating system, Windows 7. Hewlett-Packard and PC makers have been selling such devices with Microsoft software such as Windows XP Tablet PC Edition since 2002, with little success. But, this time, the new tablet will leave its “stylus” and allows option of human touch with powerful graphical support


Rugged Convertible Classmate PC Design Moves the Way Kids Do

Intel Corporation today unveiled the most flexible and durable Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design yet. Supported by local computer manufacturers which are part of the Intel(R) Learning Series, this new addition combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-learning capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency.

Featuring the Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor and a 10.1-inch LCD monitor, the new convertible classmate tablet pcclassmate PC includes increased memory and storage to run education applications that help students excel in their studies and build skills for the future. The new design can change instantly from a clamshell to a tablet PC, allowing students to naturally switch form factors as they move between activities and locations in the classroom, an observation that Intel ethnographic researchers have termed "micro-mobility."

Built to move the way kids do, the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC features a touch-screen with a user interface optimized for eReading applications, water-resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen, improved ruggedness with drop test from desk height, bump and scratch resistance surfaces and structures, and an optional anti-microbial keyboard. In tablet mode, the "palm rejection" feature ignores the touch of hands resting on the screen, allowing students to write and draw intuitively.


Netflix and ABC streaming videos on iPad - Badass or just bad?


Depending on your movie tastes, I’d argue that Netflix is a bit of a letdown. I assumed, somewhat naively perhaps, that the Netflix on iPad experience would essentially be like streaming all of the movies in my local Blockbuster’s New Releases section. That’s not the case. The selection is a bit limited.

On the upside, though, you get a varied selection of movies through Netflix. Regardless of your movie genre preferences, you’ll probably find a movie to keep you busy on any random night. The app is responsive and loads movies quickly over a broadband WiFi connection. If only it had a broader selection of movies.

The ABC Player iPad app comes off as a little more polished than the Netflix app, but offers far fewer available streaming video titles. You get access to all of ABC’s headlining TV shows, but not all shows give you current episodes. That’s a bit of a letdown. I like the scrubbing feature that lets you move around the episode at will, especially when you have to continue watching, say, Castle halfway through the episode. Overall, great execution of the app, but I’d like to see more available episodes for all shows.


Camangi WebStation WS-171 Android Tablet PC
Benchmark Reviews

The Camangi WebStation is a compact tablet WiFi or 3G-connected PC that utilizes the Google Camangi WebStation WS-171 Android Tablet PCAndroid Operating System. Similar to the Apple iPad, the Camangi WebStation adds all of the features an Android smartphone offers and combines them with tablet size and functionality. Weighing a mere 13 ounces, the Camangi WebStation tablet can double as an eBook reader with the installed Aldiko or Google Books applications. Internet phone calls can be made using Fring, and the 3G Wizard adds connectivity when WiFi is unavailable. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Camangi WebStation Google Android Tablet PC in a combination of everyday uses to see how well it can replace other compact computer devices.


April 27, 2010

How Important is the iPad?
PC Magazine

On two occasions, Steve Jobs has called the iPad the "most important product" he has ever steve jobs with iPadworked on. Keep in mind, this is the guy who, along with Steve Wozniak, essentially invented the personal computer. Jobs was also the driving force behind Apple's desktop publishing vision. He also gave the world the iPod and iPhone, products that have gone on to redefine the way we think about their respective spaces.

Yet Jobs calls the iPad the most important product he has ever worked on. I've been pondering this statement since the Apple CEO first proclaimed it upon the launch of the device in late January. Jobs clearly believes that there is something "magical" about the iPad. To understand his thinking, one has to realize that Jobs doesn't think like a techie. He doesn't concern himself with speeds and feeds. Jobs focuses on the ways in which people use technology. He is also interested in how the finished product looks and feels and how it becomes a part of a person's lifestyle.

There are four key reasons why Jobs considers the iPad his most important achievement. The first has to do with making the computer experience transparent to the user.

What Jobs seems to understand about consumers is the fact that most of the time we're on our computers, we're consuming information, not creating it. The third reason Jobs considers the iPad so important is the fact that the device is optimized for consumption, accommodating 70 percent of what we actually do on computers. The tablet form factor makes it much easier to consume data in all manner of positions. The same can't be said for laptops and desktops. You can use the iPad on the couch, lounging by the pool, or even lying in bed.


ASUSTeK preparing a powerful tablet based on Intel Core iX and Windows 7
IT Chuiko

According to the German resource Netbooknews, the company ASUSTeK Computer is preparing a new Tablet PC. Moreover, it would seem, is a full-fledged computer, not the Internet Tablet is a stripped-down functionality. He will be running Windows 7 operating system and based on the Intel Core series of i: i5 and i7. According Netbooknews referring to Taiwanese sources, work on this device is the end of last year. 


Kindle Lover Oprah Fawns Over the Ipad
Wall Street Journal

The question comes to mind following some comments by Winfrey–a prominent past booster of Amazon’s Kindle–during a short segment of her influential TV show last week that featured tech analyst Omar Wasow and the Apple iPad.

Winfrey gushed about the “amazing” new device, which she said she got the day of its launch. One reason is that “books move,” she said, as she demoed how the iBooks app (featuring the Oprah Book Club) keeps e-books on a virtual shelf and how some books can feature interactive elements. “It’s going to change the way kids learn,” she said.

She also said that she loved the iPad because it is back-lit, which makes the screen good for sharing digital photos and playing games like Scrabble. “Gosh, those Apple folks,” she said.


Apple iPad: Love at First Sight, No Buyer's Remorse
PC World

First a quick bit of background information on me. I primarily use Windows 7 (a desktop machine) at home and OS X (on a MacBook Pro) at work. I own a netbook (running Windows 7) that converts into a tablet. My phone is a Motorola Droid. The iPad was my first real experience with Apple's App Store, though I am of course familiar with the Android Market. I've been attracted to the tablet form factor for a while now, but the netbook makes a lousy tablet. It's too thick, too slow, and the screen needs constant calibrating. Just not a pleasant experience.

Now I'm going to confess something to you. When I got caught up in the hype and purchased my iPad, there was a little voice in the back of my head telling me it was a huge mistake; that it'd be something I'd use for a few days and then get tired of. That I was signing up for a heaping helping of Buyer's Remorse.

That little voice was wrong (so far). I use the iPad constantly. In fact, it only took a few days for my girlfriend and I to realize sharing an iPad wasn't going to work, so we're now a two iPad household.


April 28, 2010

Luxa2 H4 iPad Holder Review

Try holding the iPad out in front of you for any significant length of time and you’ll likely discover that Apple’s tablet doubles as a decent arm exercise as well as a tactile, multitouch marvel. On the SlashGear desk today is the Luxa2 H4 iPad Holder;

Luxa2 H4 iPad HolderLuxa2 H4 iPad Holder

The H4 concept is simple: an iMac-like base supports a tilting, rotating cradle assembly with four posable arms. At the extremities of each arm there’s a rubberised peg which – by sitting the iPad in the middle and pushing the arms closed – can tightly grip the tablet without scratching it. iPad removed and it looks a little like a headless acrobat performing jumping-jacks, but the benefit to the overly-flexible adjustment is that you needn’t remove your tablet from its case; the H4 will grab on even if there’s a little extra bulk to accommodate.


AIS Introduces 10.4" Rugged Tablet PC For Jungle Warriors
Hot Hardware

Tablet PCs may just be approaching the mainstream, but "tablets" in general have been AIS Rugged Tablet PCaround for years. One sector that never really died out was the rugged tablet, with many working in the field needing a touch-based machine with a chassis that could take a beating. American Industrial Systems (AIS) has been making hardcore tablets for awhile, and the company has an all-new one designed to MIL-STD-810F compliance standard for withstanding shock, drops, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, dust and water. Pretty tough, huh?

The new Ruggedized Military Tablet PC is engineered to last even in harsh environments, and while it's not the sexiest machine out there, it can definitely hold up a lot longer than your fancy new Dell Studio XPS or MacBook Pro. The unit features an aluminum-magnesium alloy construction with individually sealed ports for complete IP54 waterproof and dustproof protection, and it's built to Military 810F shock, vibration, temperature, humidity, dust and drop standards to withstand the most extreme mobile applications.


April 29, 2010

iPad vs. Everything Else
PC World

Can Apple's much-hyped tablet replace your notebook, e-reader, smartphone, audio player, magazines, or gaming device? Here's the verdict from our experts.

In short, Apple's tablet competes with an array of existing devices without mimicking any of iPad vs Everythingthem. And the best way to figure out whether it's a plausible alternative to a PC, an e-reader, a game console, or any other better-established gizmo is to give it a whirl. So we did--read on to see what we found

Let's state the obvious: The iPad isn't going to be your only computer. It tells you that yourself the first time you turn it on, when it asks to be connected via USB cable to a PC or a Mac running iTunes. Even if you don't want to buy music, movies, and apps on a computer and transfer them to the iPad, you'll want to sync from time to time, especially since that's the only way to back up an iPad.

So the question isn't whether you want an iPad instead of a computer-it's whether you want both. If you're happy with PCs in their current form, you may find the iPad's limitations crippling, especially if you're creating content rather than consuming it.


Apple Doesn't Have To Worry About The HP Slate Anymore
San Francisco Chronicle

Apple's iPad team doesn't have to worry about the HP Slate tablet for a while, if it ever did, anyway.

During a call with analysts to explain its purchase of Palm, HP was evasive about whether or not it will still release its Microsoft Windows-based Slate.

An analyst asked what HP would be doing with its iPad-rival. HP's Todd Bradley responded, "We haven't made roadmap announcements," but that HP will explain its Slate plans in more detail when the Palm deal closes.

That's at least a few months away: HP expects the deal to close during its fiscal third quarter, which ends at the end of July. And building Palm's WebOS operating system into HP tablets could take much longer -- perhaps even a year or more.


Experience the Garibaldi Panorama on Surface

Garibaldi Panorama on Surface

Imagine you have a 140 year old print that is almost five feet tall, nearly the length of a football field, and printed on both sides. How do you provide this resource to scholars for study and teaching to others? The Garibaldi Project by Brown University with support from Microsoft Research’s External Research and the British Library, offers access to the panorama on Microsoft Surface with images, documents, web pages, video and audio narration. You can even use a pen to make notations. With a large vertical screen on the wall, you can also share both the panorama and other resources with others. This was a joint project at Brown with the Department of Italian Studies and the Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives where most of the effort started late last summer. The video below first reviews a concept for a Digital Scholarship Lab at Brown University, provides historical background on the Garibaldi panorama and concludes with a demonstration of the Surface application.


April 30, 2010

What a wild week in technology it has been. Sony has been sued, HTC now has to pay Microsoft each time they sell an Android phone, Adobe and Apple are publicly humiliating one another, Palm was purchased by HP, and now Microsoft has decided against following the herd and producing a tablet of their own. Wait, what? Currier Tablet PC

For those who don't closely follow Microsoft's every move, the death of a product you've never heard of probably comes as somewhat of a shock. You weren't hidden under a rock or anything, it's just that Microsoft never actually came forward and confirmed that a so-called "Courier" was a real product before. Well, until they did so today by announcing that the very product that had been rumored for years was in fact no longer moving forward towards production.

he tale is a long and winding one, but the story sadly ends today. Well, at least for now. Or so they say. It's a confusing story that has an even more confusing conclusion, particularly when you consider that just about everyone is either already planning to enter the Tablet PC arena or is shipping a tablet as we speak. Microsoft has never been one to back down; they introduced the Zune even in the face of unsurmountable competition from the iPod, and Windows Mobile was effectively put on the back burner as they created Windows Phone 7 to compete with iPhone OS, WebOS and Android. So, why pull out of the Tablet sector?


Trading Markets

Samsung Electronics Co. (KSE:005930), Asia's most valuable technology company, said Friday it plans to roll out a

tablet PC as early as July, as the company looks to steal the iPad's thunder with a new touch-based portable PC.

"We are developing a tablet pad-related product and plan to release it in the market after the first half (of this year)," a executive told analysts during a conference call.

The remark came in response to a question from an analyst over whether Samsung plans to release a product between laptop computers and smartphones, which could exceed sales of the iPad, a hugely popular tablet PC that Apple Inc. launched in the United States in April.


Microsoft Courier Tablet Canceled!
PC World

Gizmodo reports today that Microsoft’s much-hyped Courier tablet has been canceled. Microsoft CourierPrototypes of the Courer featured folding dual-screens that relied on stylus and handwriting recognition as its primary input. The “digital journal” took a very different approach to the tablet PC as the polarizing iPad- one which many iPad haters considered a welcome difference.

The official announcement came from Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications Frank Show, who said, “At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”



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