There are countless ways to express your feelings on Valentines day. For those of you looking for something a little more unique than hearts and flowers this year, I've gathered a few things to inspire you...... Red & white laptops, notebooks, netbooks, a Tablet PC, Absolutely Amazing Caramels, an iconic Blue tooth headset, The perfect handbag/ computer case and some fabulous iPhone accessories. Big things, little things, something for everyone.
Steve Colbert flashed an iPad during the song of the year award at last night’s Grammy Awards. The funniest part occurs when he asks Jay-Z, “Did you not get one in your gift bag? Am I cooler than you?”
Love it or hate it, the $499 entry level iPad is much cheaper than anyone expected. Tablet PC makers which were hoping to ride the wave of enthusiasm Apple was bound to kick up, are now being forced to step back and really question if they have what it takes to compete. Unnamed sources from within Asus and MSI claim they were counting on an iPad that would debut at $1,000 or more, making room for a more powerful and open device for $200-$300 less. Now that the new price to beat is less than half of what they expected, they will need to determine how they will differentiate if they can't win on price.
How important is the ability to multitask on tablet-class devices like Apple's iPad? Important enough that the feature will likely be touted as a trump card for Intel-based smartphones such as a tablet-size phone from LG due later this year.
How do we know this? Watch the embedded CNET video below, which I took at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, and find out. Toward the end of the video (the 2:55 mark), Pankaj Kedia, director of Intel's Global Ecosystems Program for Mobile Internet Devices and Smart Phones, makes it clear that multitasking--in this case using Intel's Moblin operating system--is a marquee feature for devices running on Intel's Moorestown chip technology, due sometime in the next few months.
I’ve owned a Tablet PC for roughly seven years, nearly as long as they’ve been around. In fact, I’m composing this post on a Dell Latitude XT2 running Windows 7. That hardware/software combo supports multi-touch in addition to accepting input from a pen. So when Apple announced the iPad last week, I looked at it from a slightly different perspective than most. It’s clear that Apple has also been looking carefully at the technologies that Microsoft has been refining for the past decade, and I can confidently predict that Apple will do a much better job of implementing those features than any of Microsoft’s partners have done so far.
Why? Because Apple understands something that Microsoft has yet to figure out: Apps matter. Nearly eight years after its introduction, the Tablet and touch technology in Windows is nothing short of spectacular, especially the parts that recognize handwritten input. And yet it’s still nearly impossible to assemble a full suite of Windows apps that were designed to work well on a touch-enabled PC.
The history of tablet PCs is littered with products that didn’t deliver, lackluster sales and poor software and hardware integration. It’s not surprising that consumers never went gaga for the tablet PC. Business has been a different story.
Simply put, you can find tablets in industries such as healthcare. And there are business applications for tablet PCs. Vertical industries may be the only place where you’ll find more than a dozen tablet PCs in the wild.
Now Apple’s iPad enters the picture. The iPad’s snazzy design and selection of apps could make it a hit with the enterprise. Will the so-called “consumerization of IT” carry the iPad to a business near you? Like the iPhone, it’s quite possible that workers will bring the iPad to work. The business case is a bit unclear at the moment, but TechRepublic has been putting a lot of thought to the iPad and business implications.
Officially, Google won't confirm any solid plans to release a tablet device when their new netbook-ready operating system, Chrome OS, debuts later this year. However, documentation appearing recently on the Chromium project website, the home of the open source code on top of which Chrome is built, shows that a tablet PC is a form factor the Internet giant is definitely considering. Assuming such a device was ever to launch, it would pit Google's vision for the future of mobile computing up against that of Apple's iPad
Before we get ahead of ourselves here, it's important to clarify one thing: these mockups and design schematics do not confirm the existence of a Google tablet computer. Posted to the official Chromium site by Google Chrome designer, Glen Murphy, they only represent concepts Google may be considering for their new operating system.
Just when we thought the Apple tablet rumors were all behind us, they are back with a vengeance. A bevy have popped up since Steve Jobs unvieled the iPad. Some rumors suggest future products like an OS X-like Apple tablet, a camera slot for the iPad, and a Chrome OS tablet user interface.
Let's break these speculative tablet dalliances down one by one.
If you weren't satisfied by Apple's offering of the iPad, basically a large iPod Touch with a few extras, then get ready for the possibility of a MacPad, according to anonymous sources who spoke to TechCrunch. This rumored tablet would purportedly run off an Intel chip, and a touchscreen that could be as large as 15.4-inches
Apple's iPad launch marks the start of a new market segment for media tablets that - according to analysts at ABI Research - will see four million units shipped this year. By 2015, shipments are forecast to reach about 57 million annually."Apple's iPad is not the first media tablet," says senior analyst Jeff Orr.
"But it does help define this new device category. The main focus of media tablets is entertainment. A tablet will not replace a laptop, netbook or mobile phone, but will remain an additional premium or luxury product for wealthy industrialized markets for at least several years."
Fujitsu has stayed committed to Windows-based tablet PC’s longer than most, and it’s not stopping now. The company has just made its new LifeBook T900 series available on its Website, a 13.3-inch portable most notable for packing some of Intel’s latest mobile processors. Fujitsu offers a pair of base configurations: Both sport a Core i5-520M CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD writer, and LED-backlit display and run Windows 7 Professional. The $1,989 version offers capacitive multi-touch screen capabilities in addition to pen input, while you get pen input only for $100 less. Upgrade options include Core i5-540M and Core i7-620M processors, up to 8GB of RAM, hard drives up to 500GB capacity, or a 64GB or 128GB solid state drive. Not surprisingly given the form factor, you’re stuck with integrated graphics, though this might be a gamer’s last choice for a fragging system.
And then Steve Jobs showed up with the iPad. Apple's new $500 tablet computer can do almost everything a Kindle can, and much more. And to the delight of publishers, he was offering not only 25 million new potential customers but also a new business model in which Apple would serve merely as a distribution agent for the publishers, rather than a wholesaler. Under this arrangement, publishers are free to set retail prices as high as $15 per book and pay Apple a flat fee of 30 percent of the price.
With a higher price for both the tablet and the books, you wouldn't expect this new model to pose much of a challenge to Amazon's dominance in digital books. But then over the weekend, Macmillan told Amazon that if it didn't agree to the same terms it had hammered out with Apple, Amazon would no longer have access to new books from the publishing house until several months after they were released through bookstores and Apple. Amazon's initial response was to prevent users from buying Macmillan books on its Web site. By late Sunday, however, Amazon had raised the white flag and announced that it would go along with the new arrangement. Other publishers are now expected to follow Macmillan's lead.
From the realm of sci-fi to Steve Jobs' stage: The iPad is official. What is it? What can it do? How does it work? Here's everything you need to know about Apple's newest creation, all in one place.
It's almost impossible to overstate the buzz leading up to this device. Immediately after the death of the Newton, rumors began trickling out about a followup from Apple; in the last five years, speculation and scraps of evidence about an Apple tablet have been a fixture in the tech media; in the last year, the rumors were unavoidable. Today, Apple's tablet has finally arrived, and we've got the full rundown—from specs, features, content and price to what it's like to actually use one.
The company said it expects shipments of the JooJoo to reach customers at the end of February. If true, this would out the tablet in customer hands slightly before the Apple iPad -- although it's probably safe to say that preorders for the $499 JooJoo will be less than the iPad, which also starts at $499.
Several large textbook publishers have inked deals with ScrollMotion, a software company, to bring learning materials to Apple’s (AAPL) iPad, according to the Wall Street Journal.
ScrollMotion will use its software skills to develop textbook applications, test-prep and study guides for the iPad, the Journal reported.
The publishers involved include McGraw-Hill, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt K-12 (a unit of Education Media & Publishing Group), Pearson PLC’s Pearson Education and the Washington Post Company’s Kaplan, according to the Journal.
Publishers have been investing heavily in digital education in recent years, and many developers are working on applications that will bring textbooks and other learning materials to the iPad and other e-book readers, the Journal reported.
Apple's splashy launch of the iPad marks the start of the media tablet market that will see shipments reach 4 million units this year, a research firm says.
By 2015, shipments will reach about 57 million units annually, ABI Research predicted Wednesday. While the iPad is not the first media tablet, its high-profile introduction last week at a San Francisco news conference is expected to help redefine the category of devices with a focus on entertainment.
"A tablet will not replace a laptop, netbook, or mobile phone, but will remain an additional premium or luxury product for wealthy industrialized markets for at least several years," ABI analyst Jeff Orr said in a statement.
ABI defines media tablets as having a touchscreen from five to 11 inches in size, with Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and video and gaming capabilities. Before Apple's announcement, a number of computer makers unveiled tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Asus. Besides major players, smaller vendors, such as ICD and Notion Ink, also introduced products.
In a sign that Amazon wants to upgrade its Kindle e-reader to compete head-on with the Apple iPad, Amazon has acquired Touchco, a New York-based start-up specializing in touch-screen technology, The New York Times’s Nick Bilton and Brad Stone reported Wednesday, citing a person briefed on the deal.
Touchco’s technology uses resistors that are sensitive to different levels of pressure. It has said its screens can distinguish between the touch of a finger and the pressure of a pen or similar pointing device. The company had designed its technology to work well with full-color LCD screens, similar to those used in the iPad and Hewlett-Packard’s coming line of tablet PCs.
The technology could allow Amazon to introduce a full-color touch-screen Kindle, raising the question of whether the device’s current displays, which are made by a company called E Ink will play a role in the next round of reading devices.
Well, we just saw a ThinkPad X201 Tablet turn up in a Lenovo roadmap earlier this week and, wouldn't you know it, something called the ThinkPad X201T has now also surfaced at the FCC. What's more, while the FCC isn't dishing out any details beyond the usual test reports, the convertible tablet has already turned up at Australian retailer TechBuy, which just so happens to have the complete specs for the device. Those include a 12.1-inch WXGA touchscreen, a Core i7-620LM processor, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a fingerprint scanner, and an 8-cell battery, to name a few features. A 12-inch, Core i7-based convertible ThinkPad? Yeah, that should turn a few heads. Still no indication of a release over here, unfortunately, but TechBuy is apparently taking orders right now for the local equivalent of $3,230.
When the folks at Netbook Navigator first asked me to write about the company’s new 9 inch tablet PC I had a hard time getting past the high price tag of nearly $1200. But that price was for an early model that packed 3G capabilities and was intended for early adopters. Now Netbook Navigator has updated the pricing for the Nav 9 tablet and the base model costs just $799. Yeah, that’s still enough money to pick up 2-3 netbooks, but here’s what you get for the money:
Netbook Navigator has also put together a handy chart comparing the Nav 9 tablet to the upcoming Apple iPad and the already-on-the-market Archos 9 tablet. The long and short of it is that the Nav 9 supports multitasking, supports USB peripherals and SD card expansion, and comes in more varieties. Oh yeah, it can also run most Windows applications. On the other hand, it’s thicker and heavier than the other tablets.
The Tablet PC Market has seen quite a lot of news as of late, the release of the iPad getting the most of it. With five more tablets on the verge of launching, photographers who may want to invest in one may be wondering which tablet is the right tablet for them. Over the next 5 days I’m going to take a look at these tablets and try my hand at deciphering which tablet would be a good tablet for photographers. The first being the HP Slate.
The HP Slate is collaboration between Microsoft and Hewlett Packard and is supposed to be the main rival to the Apple iPad. While the prototypes look sleek, there is a lot of speculation as to whether it will be a success or not. However, lets not judge a book by its cover and see what kind of guts this thing has.
The Slate is going to run a full Windows 7 Operating System on it. This means that you will get all the functionality of a regular computer, which is what HP & Microsoft were shooting for. The Slate has multitasking, word processing, internet, flash, any web browser, and can do everything a PC can. Since Windows 7 is already touch enabled this allows for a lot of mobility. The real question is, “Does this come with a price?” The reason why I ask that is because for our means here at The Phoblographer and any other photographer this tablet needs to keep up with high demanding photo editing software such as Photoshop.
But Apple executives are apparently willing to lower the price point for the iPad if the device fails to gain traction in the market. That would be similar to Apple’s decision to slice the price of the iPhone by $200 some two months after the device’s release. Apple later extended store credit to early adopters who had paid the iPhone’s initial $599 price.
Immediately following its Jan. 27 unveiling of the device, Apple listed a variety of price-points for the iPad based on options. The 16GB version will cost $499 with Wi-Fi, and $629 with Wi-Fi and 3G. The 32GB version will cost $599 with Wi-Fi, and $729 with Wi-Fi and 3G. The 64GB version will cost $699 with Wi-Fi, and $829 with Wi-Fi and 3G.
Move over iPad! Sitting on our test bench is Australia's latest Tablet PC, a beautiful 10 incher from the House of Tegatech. You may know Tegatech as the key distributor and seller of UMPCs and ruggedised tablet PCs to list a few of their niche products. And you may know them from previous reviews we've done, like the MediSlate and the Ruvo Avox.
This time Tegatech has used their expertise to develop their own device. It is a 10.2" Tablet PC with built-in 3G modem and they are calling it TEGA. They worked with the Chinese manufacturer K.R.T. to develop an Australianised Tablet PC by adapting firmware and the touchscreen to suit our climate.
So what are the main features of this tablet PC?
Here's a quick summary and some comments.
The 1024 x 600 display is a Resistive touch screen and viewable from most angles (at least through 150 degrees or so).
It's very responsive, helped by a reasonably fast Atom N270 ULV Processor from Intel, clocking in at 1.6 GHz.
Despite having only 1GB of DDR2 RAM
Handheld introduced today the new Algiz 7 rugged tablet computer. The Algiz 7 is an ultra rugged mobile 7-inch widescreen tablet that runs Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system and features an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor with 64 GB Solid State hard drive and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. Weighing in at a mere 2.4 lbs, this compact tablet is one of the lightest 7" tablets on the market today.
The Algiz 7 comes standard with Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS as well as a built-in 2-megapixel camera with LED light. Optional 3G cellular capabilities provide high-speed GSM/UMTS/EVDO data transmission. The Algiz 7 is ready for Gobi(TM) 2000 technology and has built in antennas, which means that you'll be able to work on your choice of wireless frequency anywhere in the world. The Algiz 7 is rated IP65 and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for withstanding humidity, vibration, drops and extreme temperatures.
Netbook users worried about storing sensitive data on their portables are being offered the world's first whole-disk encryption that will run useably on Intel's Atom processor.
According to UK distributor, Security IP, C4KNetbook from Spanish company Secuware has been written from the ground up to enable transparent hard disk encryption on a class of processor not normally thought to be capable of handling its demands.
The C4KNetbook software does have some limitations. It only runs on Atom-based systems
Everyone seems to be getting into the tablet PC game, hoping to steal some mind (and wallet) share from Apple’s iPad, and that includes Sony. According to reports from PC World and the Financial Times, Sony’s CFO Nobuyuki Oneda recently stated that “Sony is very much interested in this segment of the market and we have [the] necessary technology.”
Considering that Sony completely whiffed on its chances to compete with the iPod and failed miserably with the Mylo family of mobile communication devices (remember those?), it might not be the best competitor to take on Steve Jobs’ latest creation.
Is Sony the top company to challenge the iPad? If not, who else is best equipped to rumble with Apple, tablet style? And how can they beat the iPad at its own game (running simultaneous apps would be a good place to start)? Or can they?
With the iPad, customers will purchase their AT&T wireless from Apple, not directly from the carrier. The pricing, at $29.99-a-month, is nothing special. But, the lack of a contract certainly is.
"So, how do you turn (the iPad) on and manage it?" Steve Jobs asked during the Jan. 27 iPad introduction.
"You don't have to go to a store, you don't have to call anybody. You can activate this right on the iPad itself. And, there's no contract. It's prepay. There's no contract, and you can cancel it anytime you want." Jobs called it "a breakthrough deal."
With no-contract pricing, Apple could be setting the stage for new devices that are easier to purchase and easier to pay for, but that may cost more upfront because the hardware is sold at full price. Gone will be early-termination fees, though it remains to be seen what service activation fees customers might face if they decide to disconnect and later restart service
Now that tablets are the flavor of the season, Panasonic is launching a tablet computer. But unlike the sleek, sophisticated Apple iPad, Panasonic’s tablet is a rugged machine built for some tough love.
The Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field is a tablet targeted at maintenance workers, law enforcement and field sales personnel.
“Customers love the ruggedness and the swappable battery concept in our ,” says Kyp Walls, director of product management for Panasonic Computer.
The Toughbook H1 has a sunlight readable 10.4-inch resistive touchscreen and runs a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor. It offers about six hours of battery life and comes with an integrated RFID and barcode scanner, camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Toughbook H1 weighs about 3.4 lbs and includes a 64 GB shock-mounted solid state drive. It can run Windows 7 though there is an option to choose Windows Vista or XP.
The Toughbook H1 will be the first real rugged tablet that Panasonic has created, says Walls. In the past, the company has launched about five notebook convertibles or slates as they were called and it has a popular line of rugged notebooks.
Fujitsu launched an ultra mobile PC that fits inside a pocket or a bag. This handheld PC runs on Windows 7, weighs less than 500 grams, and includes multi-touch support.
The LifeBook UH900 has a 5.6-inch WXGA screen that is able to display a full-width webpage, 62GB solid-state drive, and five touch buttons on the screen that allows a user to change the screen resolution, extend battery life, or launch media programs. Users can also program three buttons to their favourite applications.
The UH900 is powered with an Intel Atom Z530 processor, has a ThinkFree Mobile software for easy access and editing of presentation slides, word documents and spreadsheets, as well as a thumb-glide point and buttons that substitutes the use of an external mouse. It also offers multi-touch capability for two finger touch output and comes bundled with a stylus.
Seattle's Hard Rock -- opening Wednesday in the gentrified former smut zone near Pike Place Market -- has a Microsoft Surface computer in the lobby and a 52-inch touchscreen "Rock Wall" display for exploring the chain's rock memorabilia collection.
While the Vegas store has seven Surface computers and an 18-foot-long Rock Wall, Seattle's does have Hard Rock's first interactive audio tour, a phone-based system the company is trying out here.
To find out about the rock artifacts in the cafe -- including guitars owned by Seattlelites Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder -- you can dial 206-204-4666 from your mobile phone and enter the number displayed next to each artifact. For instance, Nos. 19 and 20 describe the 1969 Fender Stratocaster and a leather satchel that belonged to Hendrix.
One of the most interesting Android-based tablet PC products to be demonstrated at CES last month was the 'Adam' tablet/e-reader device that has been three years in the making at Indian company Notion Ink.
The device combines the ease-on-the-eye of electronic ink technology alongside the option to view HD video powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 graphics tech. It promises to offer the best of both worlds, but will it make a dent in Apple's market dominance with the iPad in 2010?
Diskeeper Corporation announced the availability of HyperBoot™ boot-time optimization software.
Boot up performance is now a major issue and purchase consideration for consumers evaluating new systems. To address this concern, Diskeeper Corporation has made its proprietary boot-time optimization software available globally to OEMs.
Extensive Windows lab tests performed utilizing different hardware from a variety of manufacturers show significant boot time improvements on every system tested. One such example shows two laptops side by side with a 118% performance increase and 54% decrease in boot time (see YouTube video available at http://www.diskeeper.com/hyperboot/resources.aspx).
“HyperBoot was specifically designed for OEM laptops and netbooks running Windows 7,” notes Derek De Vette, VP Global Alliances. “But with the 20% – 50% boot time slashes we’ve been seeing in our tests—major Fortune 500 corporations have written and called in, unsolicited, requesting access to the software.”
These thoughts have been echoed across the Web the last two weeks since Apple announced the iPad. It was only today that an opinion sprang from Bill Gates. Here's what he had to say:
You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard -- in other words a netbook -- will be the mainstream on that. So, it’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, "Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough." It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, "Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.”
As Amazon's e-book business continues to evolve in the wake of the Apple iPad announcement, a new rumor suggests the company is exploring the possibility of giving a Kindle reader to its best customers.
Michael Arrington of TechCrunch reported Friday that Amazon is considering a promotion that would give a free Kindle to subscribers of its Amazon Prime service. At a cost of $79 per year, Prime offers free two-day shipping on selected items, and one-day shipping for just $3.99.
This might be a little irritating for folks who were thinking of using the iPad as an eBook reader, but it seems that the iBooks application is not available by default on the App Store. Of course, it shouldn’t be too big a deal to download it from the App Store, but this could bring up a couple of undesirable situations:
iBooks probably won’t be available in the App Store in countries where apple doesn’t have any content to offer.
If you’re giving it as a gift to someone who’s not familiar with tech (such as a relative), the lack of the app might be troublesome
The excerpt from Apple reads: “The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books. Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore.”
Microsoft told T3 today that they were considering building Microsoft Office for the iPad.
Microsoft has revealed to T3 that it is looking at thepossibilyof releasing Office for Mac for the Apple iPad, although any official word is far from confirmed.
That is a pretty big non-statement, especially considering we are a year into Microsoft Exec Stephen Elop's hint that they'd building Office for the iPhone which is the same as the tablet with a smaller screen ---as far as office apps are concerned.
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s second-largest mobile-phone maker, plans to offer a tablet computer to ride the wave of demand it expects for Apple Inc.’s iPad.
“We will respond,” J.K. Shin, president of Samsung’s mobile-communication division, said in an interview last night in Barcelona, Spain. Apple’s tablet computer “will create a new market and new demand,” adding that it’s “too early” to give more details on Samsung’s plans.
Samsung’s tablet computer plans also show how the Suwon, South Korea-based company aims to offer more higher-end mobile devices. The company said on Feb. 14 that it will start offering a 1-gigahertz processor handset, called the “Wave,” as it aims to bolster its smartphone business
Hewlett-Packard's first smartbook, the Compaq AirLife 100, announced on Friday, could be a rival to Apple's iPad as the two companies aim to attract buyers looking for netbook alternatives, analysts said.
AirLife is a hybrid laptop that combines the hardware and software usually found in a smartphone with the design of a netbook. It is as portable as a netbook but offers longer battery life of up to 12 hours. Apple will soon start shipping the iPad tablet, a handheld device designed to let users browse the Internet, play games, read e-books and view video content.
Though some features differ, the iPad and AirLife share several characteristics, including simplified software interfaces, similarly sized touch-screen displays, and an emphasis on making it quick and easy to access online content. Both devices also have Arm processors, while most netbooks use Intel processors.
The AirLife includes a 10.1-inch touch screen and comes with Wi-Fi b/g or optional 3G wireless broadband connectivity. The device weighs around 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz. It includes 16GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage. It also includes an SD card slot for external storage.
The time for speculation is over. Apple sent its legion of owls out across the country (if not the world) to
deliver the news
: they're ready to reveal whatever it is they've been working on for the last few years, and now we're all being summoned back to Hogwa—er, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco to see the magical device. It's almost inconceivable that this "Special Event" will not include the fabled "iSlate," "iTablet," "Apple Tablet," or "The Tablet to End All Tablets." With that in mind, I've already started planning how I'll use the device. Here are 10 essential ideas. (Note: I have not been pre-briefed by Apple. This is only what I hope for and expect to see in an Apple Tablet.)
There's something surreal about the image above--it's Mattel CEO Bob Eckert unveiling the Fisher-Price iXL, an app-powered tablet for preschoolers. Do preschoolers need an app-powered tablet? Apparently they do now. Here are some details from Mattel:
"iXL Learning System is a child's portable window to a whole new world of learning and entertainment with six great applications: Story Book, Game Player, Note Book, Art Studio, Music Player and Photo Album. iXL, which is PC and MAC compatible, features an SD card slot for expanded memory and comes with a USB cord to connect to the computer. A software management CD enables users to add their own photos and songs (MP3s and WMAs). iXL can also store multiple software titles, songs and pictures with no cartridges needed. iXL will be available in July 2010 for approximately $79.99; licensed software CDs will also be available, sold separately for $24.99."
Apple is getting all the attention right now for its shiny new tablet device the iPad, but Google and its partners may be about to steal the spotlight. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, VentureBeat’s Matthaus Krzykowski had chance to play with a tablet device using Google’s Android operating system, and he’s super-impressed.
What Matthaus saw was an application built on Adobe’s AIR technology running on top of Android. It was an app for Wired magazine built by the CondeNast Wired developer team. The presenter moved the tablet around, touched the device to focus on the magazine’s details, and so on. It was all quite cool.
The device in question is the ICD Ultra running onthe next generation of Nvidia Tegra processors. More specifics about the device and the platform are coming on Wednesday, but for now we can tell you that it offers an incredible experience: This is a device that you will want to touch constantly, that you will want to hug. It includes a sleek touchscreen and an accelerometer.
The T101MT comes with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen that works with the bundled touch-based software as well as PenWrite technology for stylus-based interaction. It sports the Intel Atom N540 CPU, though it sadly doesn’t pair that with Nvidia Ion graphics platform. You can get it with 1GB or 2GB of RAM, a 160GB or 320GB hard drive, and your choice of Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium. There are the other netbook accoutrements, like built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, three USB ports, SD/MMC card reader, and so.
But, most importantly, with its multi-touch and tablet features, the T101MT makes for an interesting iPad alternative that runs your Windows programs out of the gate and offers a physical keyboard built in when you need it. No release date or pricing info is available yet, but it should be competitive with Apple’s tablet device given the T91’s $500 price.
When Apple launches its iBook store to sell titles for its new iPad device in March, many of its titles are expected to come with a set of handsome digital locks designed to deter piracy.
Veteran iTunes customers will recognize the locks as FairPlay, a digital rights management software that once limited how many times digital songs can be copied onto different computers. (Apple phased out FairPlay for music a year ago, and now sells unfettered tunes.)
Next month, Apple will be dusting off those digital cuffs for books, according to sources in the publishing industry.
Except for Apple, Adobe is forging ahead with Google and other makers of smartphone platforms on making Flash work well on them -- as well as with a range of publishers. What gives?
Lynch was only a tiny bit less cutting in his blog reaction to the lack of Flash in the iPad at its launch: "Some have been surprised at the lack of inclusion of Flash Player on a recent magical device."
Of course, he was not surprised at all, which is why Adobe has very busy lately, announcing a wide range of initiatives.
Such effusive touting is now Lynch's most important job as the head techie in charge of Flash. The ubiquitous video technology is under siege from not only Apple, but also many others, including Google, all of whom are aiming to make the Web work someday without the need for it in an HTML5 universe.
See AllThingsD.com for a video of Lynch himself talking about the flashpoints over Flash, including his feelings about what Jobs said and efforts to keep Flash innovative.
The HP Slate will use Windows 7, but what isn't known is which chip will power the Apple iPad rival from Hewlett-Packard.
This is an important question, as there's a world of difference between an Intel Atom processor and, let's say, a low-power Core 2 or Intel's latest-and-greatest chips based on the "Nehalem" design, referred to commercially as the Core i3, i5, and i7. Atom chips (with one exception) use a single-core processor--which can struggle under moderate to heavy workloads--while the more powerful Core 2 and i series chips use two processing cores.
HP has been careful not to reveal the silicon inside. And the company has declined to answer queries about internal silicon specifics. So, let the guessing games begin.
VentureBeat’s Matthaus Krzykowski was raving yesterday about a demonstration he saw of Wired magazine running on an Android tablet device. At the time we didn’t have any images to share, only Matthaus’ slightly-creepy exclamations like, “You want to touch it constantly!” Now, thanks to a video released by Adobe and Wired (embedded below), the rest of us can see the app in action.
To be clear, Adobe won’t confirm that it’s an Android device. But that seems like a safe bet, given what Matthaus saw yesterday — and the fact that the application was built on Adobe’s AIR technology, which is moving onto mobile devices starting with Android. (When asked about the tablet, a spokeswoman only reiterated that AIR applications will be “cross platform,” and that Adobe “expects” to include a feature for exporting apps to the iPhone and iPad.)
Apple has been awarded a patent for a multipoint touchscreen. U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607, entitled “Multipoint Touchscreen,” more specifically covers a larger, two-hand touchscreen, or as mentioned in the patent itself, a “tablet PC.” The patent’s summary descibes a transparent capacitive sensing surface that can sense multiple simultaneous touches and at distinct locations, similar to the technology seen in the recent announced iPad. This allows the computer to react to the multiple touches at once, allowing for more advanced interation than possible on a single-touch sensing surface.
HP's slate PC should cost less than an equivalent iPad when it goes on sale, a leak has revealed late on Wednesday. Sources say that an entry version of the Windows 7 tablet with 3G will have similar specs to an iPad but will cost less than the $629 Apple wants to charge. Executives are reportedly meeting both in the US and Taiwan to lock down the costs and feature set within the next few weeks.
No extra details were given by the WSJ insiders. However, as it runs Windows 7 it's extremely likely to use a variant of Intel's Atom as the processor. Using a full desktop operating system will also likely push up the minimum storage as Windows 7 officially requires 16GB of drive space, or enough to consume all or a large part of a flash drive.
Similar contacts also claim that Microsoft is still developing its Courier dual-screen tablet through its low-key Alchemy Ventures lab and that it could also be an iPad rival. However, as in past rumors, the design is still considered a concept and may not necessarily reach production.
Roll over Apple ipad, the big dog is in town! Lenovo’s amazing Tablet/PC Hybrid brings a tablet and a PC together in an amazingly elegant way. It’s a tablet. It’s a notebook computer. This amazing technology marvel from Lenovo – shown at CES 2010 for the first time — combines an Apple-killing tablet with an amazing laptop computer! Lenovo ideapad U1 Hybrid at CES lenovosocial.com
The Apple iPad is expected to help rejuvenate the tablet industry, with other PC makers also looking to cash in with their own slate products. But, what will it take to emerge leaders in a market that is gradually getting crowded with players eager for a slice of the pie?
According to research firm In-Stat, the global table market is projected to move some 50 million units in 2014, with Apple's upcoming slate expected to inject an additional US$4.1 billion into the semiconductor industry.
PC manufacturers such as AsusTek, Hewlett-Packard, Dell Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) also announced plans or revealed prototypes at last month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in a bid to assume first-mover position in the nascent market segment.
However, what will it take for these players to succeed in this space? ZDNet Asia spoke to industry watchers and players who highlight key factors that should go into designing and producing tablets to stand out against the competition.
Crestron, seemingly the first control manufacturer to do so, has unveiled a home automation app for Apple’s iPad.
Just like its iPhone and iPod touch app, the iPad app “transforms the Apple iPad into a full Crestron touchpanel.”
The iPad App will use 3G, 3GS or Wi-Fi to communicate with the Crestron system and control lighting, shades, room temperatures and more.
This surely is only the beginning of a slew of home control apps that will be released in anticipation of the iPad’s arrival in late March (3G models will ship in April). Savant, which plans on releasing an iPad app, says the iPad will redefine home automation
The system I reviewed came in a fairly decent configuration, sporting an Intel Core 2 Duo 9600, 4GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GT230. This makes the TouchSmart a fairly capable machine, albeit mainly useful from a media and internet appliance standpoint. It is worth noting, however, that HP recently came out with an upgraded version of the hardware, including a option to select a Core i7 720QM or Core i7 820QM processor.
The part that makes it stand out from other systems is, of course, the touchscreen. HP built a custom interface over the top of Windows 7, and it works really well. The interface allows you to access Hulu, Twitter, Netflix, and a really nice recipe program. For the most part, the Hulu and Netflix interfaces are customized and optimized to work with the touch screen. The Netflix interface is particularly well done, and scrolls by nicely with the flick of a finger. I also (being a photographer) enjoyed the Canvas program. It really takes advantage of the multi-touch functionality, allowing you to shrink, enlarge, drag, and otherwise manipulate your images on the touchscreen. If you move at a slower pace, the screen is about 98% accurate. If you move too fast though, you do lose a bit of accuracy. The screen is responsive, but you do have to be careful not to flick too fast. Running programs in the background will definitely have an impact on the responsiveness.
Apple might start taking pre-orders for the iPad as soon as next week, one rumor claims today. A supposedly reliable source says orders would start "as soon as" February 25th, or about a month before the projected late March target for shipping. AppAdvice hears these would be limited to US buyers and would only apply to Wi-Fi models, as 3G versions officially ship a month later.
In a recent meeting with Wall Street Journal executives, Apple [AAPL] CEO told them the reason that Adobe Flash will not be on the Apple iPad, according to Mr Jobs using Adobe Flash for video on the iPad would reduce the battery life from 10 hours to 1.5 hours.
Of course he was talking about the current version of Adobe Flash, which uses CPU acceleration, he also described it as a ‘CPU Hog’ with security holes, I guess we know his final opinion on Flash then he really doesn’t like it.
In 1993, Apple had a virgin marketplace - while it is getting the iPad to market as one of the first next-generation tablets, it is not the first to jump in. There are some very capable looking competitors coming to market before and after its midyear launch. Many of the future competitors look apt to bring more firepower to the table than Apple as well.
The iPad will have about a 10" multi-touch screen, a half inch depth, and weigh about 1.5 lbs, all wrapped up in a sleek, modern, minimalist design. It will start at $499, and Apple says it will run more than 140,000 apps from its much heralded App Store. Items notably absent from the spec list include a built in webcam, a flash memory reader, and USB port.
Lenovo is the other major new player coming to market, and it is perhaps the most unique of the new breed. The IdeaPad U1 Hybrid combines an 11.6" notebook, with an 11.6" tablet - each with its own processor and operating system. When combined to for the notebook, the device runs Windows 7 on a Core 2 Duo processor and has a keyboard and touchpad for navigation. When the screen is removed, it runs a 1 GHz Snapdragon Processor and a lightweight, custom Linux O.S. The combined device weighs 3.8lbs, is supposed to retail for under $1,000, and should be available June 1.
There are also rumors of new tablets from HTC, Amazon, Dell, Archos, and many upstarts and unknown brands. The new breed of computer may be the perfect solution for many people, those with little tech experience may be able to use such a device much easier than a traditional computer, and for certain professionals, the tablet will surely be a boon to the means of production. But the question remains, will Apple's iPad succeed where the Newton failed?
-Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the new Portégé® M780 Tablet PC and Satellite Pro® U500 laptop with multi-touch display. These laptops are designed to deliver an enhanced computing experience to students, educators and business professionals through the benefits of touch and provide new alternatives to everyday computing.
The new laptops feature Windows® 7 Professional and take advantage of the built-in touch capabilities of the operating system, making everyday interactions simple and intuitive. Now, users can easily scroll through Web pages and documents with the touch of a finger. Instead of pointing and clicking, users can quickly tap to launch programs and open files. The laptops also include Toshiba’s touch-enabled ReelTime™ and Bulletin Board applications, which help users more easily find and organize information.
Toshiba’s Tablet PCs offer full-featured performance and interactive capabilities that have proven popular with educators. The Radiologic Science program at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., incorporated Toshiba’s Tablet PC into their curriculum. Cynthia Liotta, an assistant professor and program director, says the Toshiba technology has increased productivity and connectivity between students and teachers.
“With the digital inking capabilities on the Tablet PC students have been able to access all materials and information without constantly printing out paper — allowing us to become a paperless program,” Liotta said.
As a result, students have been able to write and manipulate images of X-rays on the screen to complete assignments and receive feedback faster from professors.
Lenovo today is breaking barriers for thin and light performance with the new ThinkPad X201 laptop, the industry’s fastest ultraportable laptop1. Lenovo is also introducing five new Think-branded products to give customers a new level of value with more choice, unparalleled performance and greater productivity. These include the ThinkPad X201s laptop, the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad, the X201 tablet, the smart tablet for business users, the powerful W701 and W701ds mobile workstations, the most powerful ThinkPads, and the ThinkServer TS200v tower, Lenovo’s first server with unprecedented management capabilities and solid reliability at a desktop price.
A Smart Tablet for Business.
Lenovo optimized the ThinkPad X201 tablet for a smart business computing experience. Unlike slate devices designed for consumers, the X201 tablet features:
More than Fingers:
· 12.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen with a touch-based hardware interface and Lenovo SimpleTap navigation application
· Dual functionality as a pen or finger-based slate and a full-size laptop with keyboard
Oh sure, the world may be off creating underpowered, web-based tablets, but Lenovo's not giving up on those who still need an old-fashioned, fully-powered tablet PC (all 10.1 of you). Truth be told, powerful is exactly how we would describe the new X201 Tablet with its new Intel low voltage Core i7 CPU and 4GB of RAM. But beyond being one of the speedier 12-inch laptops out there, its capacitive touchscreen now lets the touch-happy among us alternate between taking notes with its Wacom stylus and putting two fingers down to zoom or scroll. Sounds like a near perfect experience to us, but before tossing over $1,900 we figured you'd want to make sure it really is. We've been putting the X201T through the paces over the last few days, so hop on past the break for our full review.
Don’t like Android? Can’t stand the iPad? You’re in luck! On March 3rd you’ll be able to order DigitalRise’s new X9 multi-touch tablet PC powered by Windows 7. The X9 offers a 10.2-inch (1024×600) touchscreen, Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, 3G via SIM, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. Price: $799 @ ChinaGrabber.com. However, if you can’t wait ’til then, or you don’t need multi-touch, you can pick up the original Digitalrise S1 touch tablet — with essentially the same specs — for $659.99 today. Below is a video demo of the DigitalRise X9 in action.
When Apple debuted the iPad, one of the promotional videos showed the NYTimes displaying flash content correctly. Apple later removed that video to show lack of flash with white space where the original flash content was. It got to the point of the FTC coming after Apple for false advertising. However, over the weekend, that same video is back up.
In a talk intended to woo investors, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said the iPad will win over potential netbook buyers, but not because of specs or features.
No, Cook said the iPad's magical properties will seal the deal. "The netbook is not an experience people are going to continue wanting to have," Cook said, according to Macworld. "When they play with the iPad and experience the magic of using it ... I have a hard time believing they're going to go for a netbook."
With the introduction of iWork for the iPad, the iPad indeed accomplishes the original goal of the netbook, which was to provide a simple device for Web browsing, e-mail, and word processing. But the usefulness of netbooks has expanded, and they're now considered mini-computers. When my old laptop kicked the bucket, I used a netbook for work every day until I scraped together enough cash for another notebook, and it was fine.
For nearly any household or lifestyle task or interest, there is, as the commercials say, “an app for that”. Add to that impressive list the RedEye universal remote control system, which consists of a free app bundled with a Wi-Fi-to-infrared bridge and an assortment of adapters that can turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a multi-room, multi-component remote control.
RedEye will also be available for the coming iPad, with special features that take advantage of the iPad’s screen real estate. And to get ready for the iPad, RedEye has just launched a refer-a-friend sweepstakes. For every friend you refer that purchases a RedEye universal remote control system before March 31, you’ll be entered in a chance to win an Apple iPad. More here.
Even if you’re a keyboard junkie, we all jot down notes in some way, shape or form. But whether it’s on paper or on the screen of your Tablet PC, with software such as OneNote and Evernote, your handwritten notes can be nearly as searchable as anything you type, as celebrated today by jkOnTheRun.
Calling it the “Best Little-known Technology of the Decade”, James Kendrick raved about his ability to instantly find 3-year old handwritten notes in OneNote. What makes this especially impressive is what the software had to work with. That word highlighted in yellow is “Jericho”. James’ legendary handwriting is difficult enough for a human to read. For a computer to do it, well, wow.
Later, he showed some love to Evernote, the web-based, sync-centric solution for note-taking. Evernote 3.5 for Windows does offer ink input on a Tablet PC, but you can also scan or photograph paper notes and send it to Evernote for recognition. It’s not as accurate as inking directly on a Tablet PC, but it’s pretty darn good even with photos of notes.
Toshiba announced the new Portégé M780 Tablet PC and Satellite Pro U500 laptop with multi-touch display. Both laptops target students, educators and business professionals with their touch capabilities. The laptops take advantage of the built-in touch capabilities of Windows 7 Professional, letting you scroll through Web pages and documents with your finger. The laptops also come with Toshiba’s touch-enabled ReelTime and Bulletin Board applications.
The Portégé M780 Tablet PC builds on the success of its predecessor by offering Intel Core processors, faster DDR3 memory, Toshiba’s eSATA/USB combo port with Sleep and Charge, and a 12.1–inch diagonal LED backlit display. Toshiba’s EasyGuard technology helps to protect the tablet from bumps and spills with a hard drive impact sensor, LCD display protection, spill resistant keyboard, and PC Health Monitor. The Portégé M780 Tablet PC is available with a number of configuration options starting at $1,279.
Computerworld - Lenovo Group Ltd. this week quietly claimed that its latest ultraportable laptop, the ThinkPad X201, has set a new endurance mark.
According to Lenovo, the base X201 laptop can run for up to 11 hours with an optional 9-cell lithium-ion battery. Using the low-wattage Core i7 LM processor would improve the new laptop's portable life to 12.2 hours at a time, says Lenovo's senior worldwide product marketing manager Mika Majapuro.
With the 9-cell battery, the X201 and X201s still weigh just 3.5 and 3.1 pounds, respectively, accoding to Lenovo.
It turns out Apple isn't the only company readying a touch-screen tablet computer.
We say that half-jokingly, of course. In the last few months, quite a few companies have signaled their intentions to go head-to-head (or at least offer an alternative) to Apple's much-ballyhooed iPad, which should hit stores in March.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, and Sony have or are in the process of readying gadgets they say will compete with the iPad. We've seen some demonstrations at the Consumer Electronics Show and other trade shows, but several gadget makers admitted to waiting to see what Apple was going to do before setting the specifications and price of their competing touch-screen tablet.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.