Tablet PC News Archive
July 1, 2010
Artist uses Apple iPad to create modern finger-paintings
They combine the bright vivid colours of photography with the stylish flourishes of an accomplished painter.
But at closer inspection theses remarkable images are fact finger paintings drawn directly onto the screen of Apple's iPad.
Like a modern Etch-a-Sketch, the paintings are the creation of prominent New York artist David Kassan, 33, each painting of life models is drawn directly onto the iPad screen using his fingers.
Continuing Mr Kassan's work with hyper-realistic paintings, his iPad art is shaped by running your finger along the nine-inch by seven-inch screen of the £429 revolutionary device.
Using a simple £5 'app' called Brushes, Mr Kassan has moved his elegant and expressive painting skills onto the very definition of 21st century technology.
The app allows the user to re-create accurately a paintbrush stroke and even creates bristly lines and broader touches to match an artist's use of a canvas.
And now Mr Kassan has begun travelling into Manhattan's crowded Washington Square Park to paint random strangers pictures on his iPad.
Nexcom launches cost-effective 8” Semi-Rugged Tablet PC
Nexcom has launched a new semi-rugged tablet pc which is designed for mobile workers requiring real-time information in a variety of working environments.
The sleek new MRC 2300 is an economical, yet durable 8” tablet PC which is designed for mobile workers requiring real-time information in a variety of working environments.
Designed for a number of mobile computing applications within industrial, field service, medical, logistics and point-of-sale markets, MRC 2300 is equipped with a 2 Mega pixel colour camera, built-in 1D/2D barcode scanner, RFID interface and on-board GPS. In terms of wireless connectivity MRC 2300 is equipped with Bluetooth version 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and has optional WWAN support for GSM/GPRS/HSDPA/WCDMA. Utilizing LED backlight TFT technology, MRC 2300 is equipped with a reliable 5 wire touch screen which provides outstanding endurance and faster response times.
HP Completes Palm Acquisition, Tablets In The Works
Wall Street Journal
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) has completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm Inc., giving the world's largest computer maker well-regarded software that will likely be at the center of its strategy for the burgeoning tablet market.
July 2, 2010
Coming in July on Tablet PC 2:
A New Editors Choice Tablet PC - iPad & iPhone Accessories
What's on the Editors Desk and More.........
July 6, 2010
Tablet Reading 10 Percent Slower Than Printed Book
Top Tech Reviews
According to a new study by Dr. Jakob Nielsen, a person can read a printed book up to 10 percent faster than the same book on an iPad, Kindle 2 or a PC monitor. Although the study shows you can read the printed word faster, all the test subjects hated reading via the PC monitor.
24 regular book readers were given short stories by Hemingway to read. Overall, each finished reading in about 17 minutes. Those numbers changed when the reading was done on the iPad or the Kindle 2, up to 10 percent slower in some cases. Even though the numbers were slower for the two devices, there wasn’t any findings to say the iPad or the Kindle 2 were better for reading than the other.
Apple iPad Stylus Input Device - Pressure Sensitive Drawing App Possible?
Due to the nature of the Apple iPad’s impressive touch-screen display, up until now it has been impossible to do any real free hand drawing on the device, as its display isn’t pressure sensitive. However, thanks to the guys at Ten One Design and their incredible iPad software development, they have enabled such a feature and intend to share it with developers around the world.
So OK it is never going to be in the same bracket as the likes of the Wacom Graphics Tablet range, but never the less this is a fun, if not necessary inclusion in the development of apps allowing users a lot more freedom in the way they interact with the iPad with a pressure-sensitive drawing tool.
In addition to that it may mean that the iPad could become seriously capable of handwriting recognition with the further development of the new technology – the very thing that Bill Gates wanted so much from those early Microsoft efforts at tablet devices.
iPad Hacked to Run Adobe Flash
Hell may freeze over before we officially see Adobe's Flash run on Apple's iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, but that hasn't stopped the jailbreaking community from trying.
Take one jailbroken iPad, Safari browser, and a compatibility layer to get the hack to work. Apple, and particularly CEO Steve Jobs, are known not to be fans of Flash, calling the technology buggy and power hungry.
A YouTube video offers the following additional information:
"Frash is a port of the Adobe Flash runtime for Android to the iPhone, using a compatibility layer, by comexFrash can currently run most Flash programs natively in the MobileSafari browser. Frash uses a multi-process model similar to Chrome on the desktop, so a crash in the Frash/Flash plugin doesn't take down the browser.
The DreamBook ePad A10 tablet from Pioneer Computers
Pioneer Computers of Australia has gone on the offensive and has launched two new tablet PCs in one go. And of the two tablets PCs, it is the 10.6 inch model which is smaller in size among the two tablets and has caught the fancy of most out there, one reason for which is the affordable price tag that it comes with.
But that is not to undermine the sleek and svelte looks that the DreamBook ePad A10 tablet sports though many would readily agree the uncanny similarity of the ePad A10 with the Slate device supposedly in the making at HP. So for those who have been hit hard by the Slate yet playing ‘hide n seek’, here is something to drool over. And the DreamBook ePad A10 will set one back by $AUD599 in Australia.
Th highlight of the ePad A10 is its 10 inch screen (10.1 inches to be precise) that packs in 1024 x 600 pixels. On the other side of the widescreen multi-touch WSVGA LCD panel is an Intel Atom N450 processor that clocks in at 1.66GHz. Coupled to the Atom N450 is a 1 GB DDR3 memory which can be stretched further by another gig. As for onboard storage space, the ePad A10 comes with 32 GB solid state drive. The Micro SD card reader allows for further expanding the storage capacity.
Coming to the ports on offer on the ePad A10 tablet, there is a mini USB port as well as the standard USB 2.0 ports
Samsung and LG to launch Android-based tablets this year
Apple's successful strategy of moving a mobile OS up to a touchscreen tablet is proving popular as manufacturers look to produce tablets based on Google's Android OS. Both LG and Samsung plan to launch such products by the end of this year.
LG says that it plans to have a product ready to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report. Meanwhile, Samsung said that will launch a tablet with Galaxy branding in the third quarter.
Can HP's WebOS tablet better the iPad?
The tablet sector definitely needs some competition for the Apple iPad in order to liven it up a little. Can HP’s WebOS tablet provide the answer?
But can the new and improved WebOS HP Slate really compete against the iPad? In a word, yes. And here’s why.
I think the world is crying out for an alternative to the iPad. The Apple tablet has so far flown off the shelves, and whetted the appetite of a wide range of people as to the opportunities touchscreen slates can offer in the future.
However, the vast majority of people who have bought an iPad so far are Apple fans, with a recent survey showing that most already own an iPhone, or a Mac, or, in most cases, both.
There are a shedload of tablets on their way, any one of which could prove to be THE key to knocking out Apple’s stranglehold on the market.
My money is on Hewlett Packard, though, as it has the operating system, the good name, and the power to create a tablet computer that is better than the iPad in every way. Now watch me eat my words in a few months when the WebOS tablet makes it debut.
Nexcom - Cost-effective 8-inch semi-rugged tablet PC for tough environments
The sleek new MRC 2300 is an economical, yet durable 8inch tablet PC which is designed for mobile workers requiring real-time information in a variety of working environments.
Designed for a number of mobile computing applications within industrial, field service, medical, logistics and point-of-sale markets, the MRC 2300 is equipped with a 2 Mega pixel colour camera, built-in 1D/2D barcode scanner, RFID interface and on-board GPS. In terms of wireless connectivity MRC 2300 is equipped with Bluetooth version 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and has optional WWAN support for GSM/GPRS/HSDPA/WCDMA. Utilizing LED backlight TFT technology, MRC 2300 is equipped with a reliable 5 wire touch screen which provides outstanding endurance and faster response times.
Surprise! HP Reveals Plans for WebOS Tablet
HP has officially completed the acquisition of Palm, making it the proud owner of Palm's coveted intellectual property including WebOS. It is hardly a surprise that before the ink was even dry on finalizing the purchase, HP announced its intent to build an array of mobile devices around the WebOS platform--including the predicted WebOS tablet.
From an enterprise perspective, the HP tablet may make more sense than the Apple iPad. Like its Windows 7-based predecessor, the HP WebOS tablet is expected to have most of the features and functionality missing from the iPad. A tablet built on a mobile OS, but including USB or SD memory card ports, front and/or rear facing cameras, and compatibility with Adobe Flash content offers business professionals a number of compelling reasons to shun the iPad.
Cisco Systems Inc. Brings Out Tablet PC
Cisco, the networking giant, said its new 7” tablet PC will could be ready for shipment as early as the third quarter of 2010. The tablet is the culmination of the company’s strategy to “combine voice and data communications on networks over a common Internet Protocol architecture,” says CEO John Chambers.
The company also notes that the tablet, named the “Cius,” is aimed at business users, whereas the iPad is aimed at consumers.
July 7, 2010
MobileDemand Launches Public Sector Group, Application Development Program for Rugged Tablet PC Market
MobileDemand, a leading provider of rugged Tablet PC computers for mission-critical computing, announced today the formation of its Public Sector Services Group focused on the development and deployment of mission-critical applications and solutions for federal, state and local governments. The company will focus primarily on public safety, including law enforcement, emergency management, fire investigation, building code compliance, homeland security and other computing solutions for rugged environments. MobileDemand also announced its Application Development Partner Program aimed at helping value-added resellers develop solutions for rugged tablets that are field-ready and compliant with current and future public sector specifications.
MobileDemand offers the xTablet T7000, a rugged Windows-based Tablet PC (www.ruggedtabletpc.com) that gives users one-hand operation, providing not only ultra-mobility but additional safety, letting workers, like police officers, keep one hand available and unencumbered at all times. Data input with the tablet is highly flexible as well, with an integrated numeric keypad, optional QWERTY keyboard, and barcode and credit card readers. These features allow customization to fit the needs of diverse agencies.
Starbucks' free Wi-Fi & Apple's iPad
You can now bring your Apple iPad or other mobile device to Starbucks and enjoy free Wi-Fi with your Espresso, Frappuccino, or any other assorted beverage and snack. That’s right! Finally, Starbucks if offering free, unlimited wireless internet access at all 6,700 company-operated locations, nationwide. AT&T is still the Wi-Fi provider.
Six months ago McDonalds introduced free, unlimited Wi-Fi at 11,500 locations across the country. McDonalds, with its richly assorted McCafe line of beverages, has emerged as probably the largest competitor to Starbucks. Wi-Fi at McDonalds is provided by AT&T too.
The Starbucks Digital Network is going to provide free access to exclusive and premium news, entertainment and other content over the network in its stores. Content providers so far include the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Zagate.
LG Joins the Tablet PC Market
Top Tech Reviews
It was announced by LG that it is going to become the part of the tablet PC market. It looks like LG is following the steps of HP. But the company has decided to abandon the tablet prototype based on Windows 7 and instead promote a table that is based on a mobile OS platform.
As a result, the company is going to produce a tablet PC that will run the Android mobile OS. The iPad’s competitor is expected to be based on Android 2.2 and it is planned to be available in the market by the end of 2010.
About a month ago LG unveiled its prototype of the UX10 tablet. It comes with a 10.1-inch touch screen and is powered with an Atom Z530 processor. . Moreover, the UX10 features a 1.3 megapixel camera that is considered to be front-facing. Also it is equipped with an HDMI output and SD memory card slot. Apart from that the device includes a 120Gb hard drive and offers the full Windows 7 Home Premium desktop OS.
Russian based Rover computers released five tablet PCs
There have been released five tablet PCs by Russian company Rover computers. The tablet PCs which have screen size in the range of 5 to 7 inches run either on Android or Windows CE, and have encapsulated basic Samsung, Marvel, and RockChip ARM CPUs.
The all released five tablets are: TegA W70, RoverPad Go G50, RoverPad Go G72, RoverPad 3WG70, RoverPad Air Go G70. Amongst all mentioned tablets, the smallest one is RoverPad Go G50. Featuring 5 inch WVGA screen, the tablet PC runs over Android 1.5 OS, and has numbers of quality specs including GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G, USB connectivity, microSD card slot etc.
Channel Insider First Look: Motion Computing Tablet PC J3500
Motion Computing has released a new lineup of rugged tablet computers with improved battery life, enhanced security, increased system storage, a better webcam, and other new features. Move aside iPad, this machine is built for business in the rough and tumble field. Channel Insider took a quick look at the new J3500 tablet PC.
July 8, 2010
Will Tablets Close the Book on e-Readers?
The price war is on in the e-reader market as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com duel to increase market share for their nook and Kindle devices, respectively. However, the larger question for these companies is whether there's a future for e-readers -- which are designed mostly for reading books, newspapers and magazines -- in a consumer world that is becoming more and more enamored of tablets that can do it all, say experts at Wharton
Businesses like Wells Fargo like the iPad
San Francisco Chronicle
Wells Fargo spent two years studying the iPhone before letting bankers use the device at work. Apple's iPad, released in April, took just weeks to get cleared.
Apple, known for courting consumers with sleek designs and easy-to-use software, is making inroads with corporations that say the iPad can make workers more productive without putting sensitive customer information at risk. SAP, Tellabs, and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz are using the tablet computer for tasks as varied as accessing work e-mail, approving shipping orders, and calling up on-the-spot auto-finance options.
As popular as the iPad may be for businesses now, it may soon face competition from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, which plan their own tablet computers. Cisco said last week that it will release a tablet that will be able to handle high-definition videoconferencing and may be available in early 2011.
Google preps tablet-friendly Chrome that knows 'what's up'
As part of its effort to graduate its Chrome browser to the upcoming Chrome OS, Google is working to add device orientation to the browser's capabilities.
Not that orientation — the ability for an app or OS to know that up is up and down is down — is all that revolutionary of a breakthrough. Developers have been tapping to that ability on the iPhone (UIDeviceOrientation) and Android-based devices (SensorManager) for some time.
But adding it into the browser itself is another step towards the Google Grail: the browser as operating system.
But Firefox isn't an operating system, and Google's Chrome OS will be. Google has said that Chrome OS will debut in "late fall", with devices running on it to follow close behind. When they do, expect developers to use "[Chromium] DeviceOrientation plumbing" not only to allow a Chrome OS tablet to display photos right side up, but also to power games such as the Apple iPad's Real Racing HD and Labyrinth 2 HD.
July 9, 2010
The biggest losers from tablet sales: Intel and Microsoft
Market research from Barclays analysts is predicting strong unit sales of tablet computers such as the Apple iPad through the rest of 2010, and an even bigger surge in 2011. However, unlike others in the technology industry, the Barclays analysts do not see tablets as yet another device that users will add. Instead, they see tablets directly cannibalizing sales of Wintel laptops.
Analyst Ben Reitzes wrote, “We believe the initial phase of the tablet surge will cannibalize a portion of the notebook category, particularly a chunk of the netbook market and low-end notebook market… Most industry players insist the tablet is incremental but industry data and our checks point out otherwise — especially now at the beginning of the market’s formation.”
According to Barclays estimates, sales of tablet computers are expected to hit 15 million in 2010 and will grow to 28 million in 2011. The Apple iPad is expected to sell 10 million units in 2010 and 18-25 million units in 2011, so it is controlling a large share of the market.
However, in the second half of 2010 we’re going to see a slew of iPad competitors hit the market. The Dell Streak is coming this summer, Cisco’s enterprise tablet goes into customer trials in Q3, and Hewlett-Packard is expected to unveil its touchscreen tablet based on Palm’s webOS.
These tablets — and others like them that we’ll see in 2010 and beyond — have two things in common: 1.) They run on ARM-based processors, and 2.) They are powered by non-Windows operating systems (Apple iOS, Google Android, or Palm webOS). As a result, the growth and user acceptance of tablets hurts two tech industry giants more than anyone else: Intel and Microsoft.
Apple iPad is already breaking through in the enterprise
As we talked about the iPad’s big sales numbers, I told Jeremy that I was skeptical about whether the brisk sales would continue and turn the iPad into a bigger trend. After all, I said, the sales could all be to tech geeks like us who can’t resist trying the latest gadget. The iPad is simply the flashiest gadget any of us have ever seen, but I argued that that doesn’t mean that it will be useful to regular people.
Jeremy emphatically disagreed, saying the first million sales were likely to tech geeks but the next wave of sales after that were to others. At the time, neither he or I had many ideas about who those “others” might be, but we were both interested to see how things would shake out when more information surfaced about who was buying iPads.
On Wednesday, we learned where a chunk of those sales are coming from: Large corporations.
Bloomberg reported that Wells Fargo, Mercedes-Benz, and SAP are among the enterprises buying iPads. Forrester analyst Ted Schadler said, “This iPad thing has taken the world by storm. It came in as a consumer product and very quickly the people who actually bought them were business people.”
Dan Shey, director for enterprise at ABI Research, said, “A lot of businesses right now are in experimentation with these devices.”
July 12, 2010
Xplore Launches iX104C4HD
Technologies Corp. a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs
today announced the launch of its new iX104C4HD Tablet PC.
"With the new interest surrounding tablet PCs this year, Xplore is excited to bring the iX104C4HD to market," said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore. "We have already been receiving new requests for this unit, which withstands 2 meter drops -- a specification that is currently unmatched by our competition and establishes the iX104C4HD as the highest rated mobile computer on the market for operating drop tests."
The iX104C4HD design implements best in class indoor/outdoor AllVue Xtreme display technology, a flexible user interface with Dual Mode functionality, Intel Core Duo technology, Windows 7(R) and Military Standard 810F (MIL-STD-810F) compliance for mission critical computing.
A video of the operating drop test is available for viewing at http://www.xploretech.com/whyxplore.html
Ballmer Says Microsoft is “Hardcore” on Tablets
Gotta Be Mobile
Steve Ballmer spoke today in Washington DC at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and said that Microsoft is “hardcore” on Tablets, having a range of Windows 7 Tablets. A user reported his remarks to Business Insider along with the snapshot of the screenshot below that lists Tablet Partners Microsoft is working with.
The talk was mostly about Cloud services, but it sounds like Ballmer is going to start beating the Tablet drum saying that Windows 7 slates will start appearing this year. Of course it will take more than words and cheerleading to make this happen. I still remember an MVP keynote when Ballmer took notes on a piece of paper wishing I could have asked him why he didn’t use a Tablet PC at that point.
Unleash your inner artist with tablet devices
Apparently Wacom wants to make sure that you get artistic value out of the Intuos; so the company allows you to download software that takes full advantage of the device. Download two of three applications -- Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Sketch Pad or Autodesk SketchBook Express, as well as plug-ins for these. Once you start using these packages with your Intuos, you'll see the most amazing feature -- the ability to change the way you lay your ink on your digital canvas based on how hard you push the pen and on what angle at which you hold it.
I found my inner artist when I experimented with SketchBook Express and the Intuos 4 -- as I experimented, I got more excited about the way the Intuos allowed me to control what my image looked like. When teamed with the truly simple SketchBook, the Intuos changes the computing experience altogether, especially for visually creative tasks.
In case you get tired of the pen or have applications that are better suited to using a mouse, the Intuos comes with a mouse that uses the same electromagnetic technology as you slide it across the Intuos pad, which then acts like a mouse pad.
July 13, 2010
Microsoft touts tablet PC plans
Investor's Business Daily
The software giant's CEO said Windows 7-powered tablets from about 20 manufacturers, including Acer, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony, are in the pipeline. A notable exception to Ballmer's list was Hewlett-Packard , which plans to build slate devices running the operating system devised by Palm, which HP bought this year. Microsoft's announcement comes as Apple's popular iPad threatens to curb sales of desktop and laptop PCs dominated by Windows. Microsoft climbed 2.3% to 24.83.
Stagnant PC industry rocked by tablet market
In the young but fast-growing market for tablet computers, a market propelled by the force of Apple Inc.'s popular iPad, two of the biggest players from the PC's heyday are mostly standing on the sidelines.
Instead, the more popular duo in the emerging field of tablets is some version of the Linux operating system, or Google Inc.'s /quotes/comstock/15*!goog/quotes/nls/goog Android operating system, itself based on a modified version of Linux, and chips based on lower-power consuming designs of ARM Holdings PLC /quotes/comstock/15*!armh/quotes/nls/armh . Consumers who buy tablets for reading or watching content want devices with longer battery life.
Now, many analysts believe tablets will cannibalize netbooks and low-end notebooks.
"We believe tablets may pressure the outlook for the consumer computing market (65% of the market) and specifically netbooks with some modest tempering of lower end notebooks," Barclays Capital analyst Tim Luke wrote in a recent report, where he also trimmed estimates for both Intel and AMD, as possible companies that may face pressure from growth in tablets.
Microsoft Files Patent for Apple's iPad Page Turning
Tom's Hardware Guide
Apple was very proud to show its fancy page-turning animation for its iBooks app on the iPad and iPhone. The touch-gesture controlled motion would translate into a page flipping animation that would go as slow or quick as the user wanted. It's commonplace for Apple to incorporate little touches like that in its user experience – except Microsoft
may have thought of it first.
In a patent application submitted by Microsoft on January 7, 2009 called "Virtual Page Turn," Microsoft describes:
One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.
July 14, 2010
Seven Windows 7 based tablet PCs is coming to the market this year
South Asia Blog
It looks like Microsoft is making up for its mistake of underestimating the power of Apple’s tablet PC. The company is now collaborating with various manufacturers to release as much Windows 7 supported tablet PCs in the market as possible.
At Microsoft’s Annual World Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, said that tablet devices running on Windows 7 will be launched in the coming months. He said that it is “terribly important” to Microsoft.
At the conference, he announced that seven tablet PCs running on Windows 7 will be released this year but he did not mention specific release dates. The tablet PCs would come in various forms some dockable, some with keyboards and other features.
Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba, and Sony are among the manufacturers who are currently working on to bring out their own tablet PCs running on Windows 7 OS.
Apple iPad : An Amazing, Sleek and Trendy Tablet PC
Headlines Dot Com
Tablet PC was the only area untouched by Apple Inc. With almost all the products related to the world of computers, Apple Inc. has always provided the best to the user. Be it mobile phones, laptops, music players, Personnel Computers or even computer softwares, Apple Inc. is every where. Lot many expectations were there regarding tablet PC, and with Apple iPad, Apple Inc. has proved that they bag the best of the technology and are just not comparable when it comes to design.
Apple iPad released in April 2010, proved to be a huge success with more that 3 million devices sold in the first 80 days. This itself proves the trust and faith that people have in the company. Like the Apple phones, Apple iPad Contract deals are also available in the stores. The reason for such a large sales figure lies in the options that the iPad deals provide.
Fortune names iPad creators Steve Jobs & Jony Ive two of the smartest people in Tech
Fortune has recently released the results of its annual survey naming 50 people who made the greatest contribution to tech in 2010. This list of “The 50 smartest people in tech” is the prelude to Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, which will be held this year in Aspen, Colorado (July 22–24).
At the top of this list is Steve Jobs, who was named “Smartest CEO”. Mr. Jobs returned to Apple after a 12 year absence instigated by bitter infighting among Apple’s top executives. What Mr. Jobs found when he came back was that Apple was on the cusp of bankruptcy. I remember reading at the time that Apple’s share of the market had fallen so low that major software companies were considering no longer writing software for Apple computers. Microsoft had won the PC war.
Today, just 13 years later, Apple has surpassed the once indomitable Microsoft to become the most valuable technology company. How? “The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament,” Mr. Jobs said.
Microsoft to take on Apple's iPad as it concentrates on 'slate' devices that run Windows 7
New tablet-style devices that run the Windows 7 operating system will be launched in the next few months, Microsoft announced today
New Windows-powered tablet or slate devices - small, hand-held, wireless computers - are in the pipeline from Acer, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony, and a dozen other PC makers.
The move underlines the giant software company's eagerness to counter the massive success of Apple's iPad, which has already sold more than 2 million units worldwide.
Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer was speaking at the company's annual partner conference in Washington which was broadcaste live on the internet.
'This year, one of the most important things that we will do in the smart device category is really push forward with Windows 7-based slates,' said Ballmer. 'This is a terribly important area for us.'
Rumors of smaller Apple iPad models with OLED screens persist
Despite the high cost of OLED displays and Apple's continued support of LCD screens with IPS technology, rumors of a next-generation iPad with an OLED screen continue to resurface.
Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported on Tuesday that its sources within overseas component makers indicated that Apple plans to launch a second-generation iPad as soon as the fourth quarter of 2010. The new hardware would reportedly use 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED displays, with Compal Electronics in the running to supply Apple.
July 15, 2010
Fujitsu LifeBook T4310 Tablet PC
The Fujitsu LifeBook T4310 Tablet PC with Multi-Touch Screen ($999 after $50 mail-in rebate) has a swiveling keyborad, a 12-inch WXGA display, 4GB of RAM, Windows 7, a 320GB hard drive, WiFi, a Webcam, and an HDMI port. You can get it from Fujitsu direct, and if you act quickly take another $300 off with coupon code FASALE300.
Acer, Velocity Micro readying their Android tablets for later in 2010
Are Android-based tablets ready to compete against the iPad? We’ll be finding out soon, according to word from boutique PC maker Velocity Micro and reports concerning Acer’s upcoming plans.
Best known for gaming PCs and laptops, Velocity Micro is an unlikely tablet provider, but the company is planning to release its Cruz line of tablets on September 1. According to Velocity Micro’s Cruz Web site, the Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet (pictured) will each sport a 7-inch color display, built-in Wi-Fi, accelerometer, SD card slot, and, of course, the Android OS. The $199.99 Reader is cheaper than the $299.99 Tablet, as it has less RAM, less storage, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi instead of 802.11n, and a resistive touchscreen instead of a capacitive one. You do get a docking station with the Reader, though it’s optional for the Tablet. No word on the type of processor running these devices.
You’ll also see 7-inch tablets from Acer, as well as 10-inch ones before 2010 ends, if the latest DigiTimes report holds true. No specs have been disclosed, though DigiTimes says the tablets would be based on ARM chips and Acer is working with mobile carriers to offer some 3G support.
Intel Eyes Tablet Market
International Business Times
Yesterday, Intel announced its best earnings quarter ever based on the strength of enterprise customers loading up on PC spending. But Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said the company is looking at the tablet market also, especially in the wake of explosive iPad sales.
"In terms of Intel participating in the tablet market we remain very optimistic about this. We feel pretty good about our opportunity to participate in the growth as it happens," Otellini said, during a conference call Tuesday.
According to Patrick Wang, analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities, Intel has a chip in mind for the tablet market.
Brendan Furlong, analyst at Miller Tabak, says even if tablets do cut into the notebook and netbook market, Intel will be in a good position to compete. "Outside of Apple, anyone that's building a tablet like device will need to use a processor. If the tablet market takes off, even if it cannibalizes the netbook market, it's not a negative for Intel, it's a positive. Where is HP and Dell going to go? They will have to get a processor," he said.
Furlong and Wang agree Intel could run into some trouble if the iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, much like the iPhone has with smartphones. "The potential negative is that if the iPad cannibalizes notebooks/netbooks alone, and no one gets a decent slate out, that is trouble for Intel," Furlong said, though he added he did not see that happening. "I find that highly unlikely. I think HP, Dell, Acer will all come out with competitive tablet computers."
Acer Preps 7-Inch and 10-Inch Tablet PCs for Q4
June was a very busy month for Acer, and most any other PC suppliers worldwide. Virtually all companies brought out at least one, but usually multiple products or product lines, especially netbooks and notebooks based on AMD or Intel chips. Even more recently the Taiwanese company revealed a series of professional displays. Now, rumors have started circulating that Acer is intent on once again making a push, albeit on a different front, namely that of tablets.
Per the report, there are two products on the way. One of them is a 7-inch slate, while the other one is a full-fledged tablet PC with a screen size of 10 inches. Both of them will have support for multimedia entertainment capabilities, unlike the 7-inch color e-reader or the 6-inch gray-scale model. The newcomers will also reportedly boast compatibility with Adobe Flash, if Android 2.2 is used. The un-named devices will be powered by ARM central processing units.
Getac updates V100 rugged Tablet PC
Rugged Tablets PCs have a niche set of markets, but in those markets they perform vital jobs. The rugged nature of the devices means they can be taken into situations in which everyday machines would not survive. Environments which experience temperature extremes, places where the notebooks have to survive on bumpy roads and being thrown from place to place, and locations where water is a constant menace, for example.
The updated Getac V100 runs an Intel Core i7 processor, hard drive storage has been boosted to 320GB (with an SSD option), and RAM has risen to 8GB. These are the kinds of specifications you’ll find on top notch notebooks destined for the office, so it is good to see them being used on a rugged notebook.
July 19, 2010
Grand Prize Drawing is for a new LifeBook T730 Tablet PC — our 12.1" convertible tablet with Dual digitizer for both pen and finger touch input!
Use your fingers for an interactive touch experience and zoom into maps, rotate objects, launch applications and more. Use the pen for digital inking and signature capture.
The LifeBook T730 is a flexible and powerful convertible notebook with a modular bay that lets you swap out the optical drive for a 2nd battery, 2nd hard drive or weight
J3500 Tablet PC Review
The technology used in the J3500 allows for enhanced remote management. With it, you can secure or repair a PC even if it is in sleep mode or powered off. Additional features include better multi-tasking support, anti-theft technology, hard drive encryption support, and self-adjusting processing speed. The J3500 has a dual hot-swappable battery design that can power the tablet for a whopping 7 hours.
There is a reason why the J3500 is considered among the most rugged PCs in the market today. It is tested rigorously so that it meets MIL-STD-810G and IP-52 ratings which ensures protection against drops, bumps, rain and other harsh conditions that can wreak havoc with a standard commercial grade computer. With these specifications, you can use it without having to constantly worry about damaging a “fragile” piece of equipment.
Finally, don’t have your hopes up for a price cut. The J3500 comes to you at the same price as before, starting at $2,299. Considering all the features this tablet offers you, we feel it is a fair bargain. Especially if you are the kind of person who’s always on the go and want something a lot more solid than the standard stuff in the market.
SuperShuttle Introduces the NEXCOM Mobile Tablet PC
SuperShuttle International, Inc., the nation's largest shared ride airport shuttle company, along with NEXCOM has begun rolling out the Mobile Tablet PC to all its franchise drivers. The Mobile Tablet PC enhances the SuperShuttle customer service experience by providing:
Prompt pickup service and efficient routing: Sends a reservation directly from the dispatch to the driver's NEXCOM Mobile Tablet PC, where the driver will see the exact pickup location on a map, with software that optimizes the route automatically with the Geospatial Navigation toolkit provided by Telogis Geobase.
"We think the NEXCOM Mobile Tablet PC is a real game changer for our customers and our drivers creating a seamless customer service experience for our franchise drivers and the customers alike," said Mike Hogan, Chief Information Officer for SuperShuttle International and Veolia Transportation On Demand.
A gadget designed by a student out of necessity, wins first-place trophy from the 2010 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals
Those who have trouble seeing the board in class may no longer have to worry.
ASU students David Hayden and Andrew Kelley created a device that helps those with low vision see a professor’s lecture more clearly.
Their creation received first place in the Touch and Tablet Accessibility category at the Microsoft-sponsored 2010 Imagine Cup held on July 8 in Warsaw, Poland.
Their project, the Note-Taker, is a portable assistive device made up of a tablet PC connected to a motorized camera with high optical zoom.
Users are presented with a split-screen view on the tablet’s display. One half of the screen displays live video of the lecture while the other half contains a digital notepad where the student can take handwritten or typed notes for class.
A student can follow a lecture by aiming and zooming the camera through gestures, such as tapping and dragging, applied directly to the video screen, allowing the student to quickly switch between viewing lecture material and taking notes.
HP Android Tablet Postponed?
If Hewlett-Packard has delayed the release of an Android-based tablet as reported, then the computer maker has likely decided to direct additional resources to the development of an iPad-competing slate computer powered by HP's recently acquired WebOS.
Quoting sources in the know, All Things Digital reported Thursday that HP has postponed the Android device expected in the fourth quarter of the year. The site said the slate computer won't ship this year and HP's reasons for the delay were unclear.
HP on Friday declined comment. "At this time we’re not sharing information on future products, operating systems or roadmaps beyond what we’ve already released," the company said in a statement e-mailed to InformationWeek.
Apple expands iPad sales to 9 more countries
Apple Inc plans to start selling the iPad tablet PC, its latest hit product, in nine new international markets on Friday, making the device available in a total of 19 countries.
The new markets are Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. Apple had previously said it would add those countries some time during July.
Ballmer: Microsoft slates to appear within a year
Microsoft is building up the momentum for its slates built on the Tablet PC version of Windows 7.
At the Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Microsoft chief executive (CEO) Steve Ballmer claimed there would be a flood of slates with varying specifications and price points within the next year.
In his keynote, Ballmer claimed users do not just want thin clients, such as iPad-like devices, but also what he called rich clients.
“They'll come with keyboards, they'll come without keyboards. They'll be dockable. There’ll be many form factors, many price points, many sizes but they will run Windows 7. They will run Windows 7 applications. They will run Office,” he said.
Android Tablets Still Nowhere In Sight But Hopes Are High
Prior to Verizon iPhone rumors, speculations were rife that we would soon see Android Tablets. Well as we see no progress on Verizon iPhone issue, standstill prevails over Android Tablets also. It may be recalled that NY Times had dubbed 2010 as "The Year of the Tablet" but so far, 2010 has been the Year of the iPad.
Analysts believe that Google might use the Tablet ploy to divert attention from Apple’s iPhone 4. The Apple’s smartphone is presently gaining all the limelight and would not be a surprise if iPhone 4 sales reboost after Apple announces fixing of antenna issues. The tablet is expected to have multifarious features and pit against Apple’s tablets. Android tablets are going to have high-end features, apps and other facilities on the lines of Droid X.
Maker of iPad Cases Wins Shopify Competition (and $100000)
New York Times
The Shopify Build-A-Business competition for new Web stores today announced the winner of its $100,000 grand prize.
The store that achieved the highest revenue total during any two consecutive months from January to June — using Shopify’s e-commerce platform to sell its wares — was San Francisco-based DODOcase, makers of protective cases for the Apple iPad Tablet that have the look and feel of a luxury, hardcover notebook.
July 20, 2010
Dual-screen Windows tablet takes on iPad
Sydney Morning Herald
Toshiba Australia has launched the first major assault on the tablet market since the iPad with the announcement of a dual screen device called the Libretto W100.
Due to land in Australian stores next month, the Libretto W100 is the first tablet to be built on the Windows 7 operating system, and it boasts two touch screens and a reversible keyboard so it can switch from clam-style notebook into e-book reader.
Toshiba Australia has launched the first major assault on the tablet market since the iPad with the announcement of a dual screen device called the Libretto W100.
Due to land in Australian stores next month, the Libretto W100 is the first tablet to be built on the Windows 7 operating system, and it boasts two touch screens and a reversible keyboard so it can switch from clam-style notebook into e-book reader.
Blood donors could win Apple iPad in Lincoln Park
Donors will be eligible to win an Apple iPad with Wi-Fi when they donate blood through July 25 at Community Blood Services’ donor centers in Lincoln Park.
Donors can donate at the Lincoln Park center, 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304, on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, call 201-251-3703 or visit communitybloodservices.org.
NYC Built App Helps Users Make Calls From iPads
M5 Networks, a NYC based VOIP provider phone system provider, developed an app that will enable users to make phone calls on their iPad. M5 currently offers mid-size businesses and organizations the technology to make work calls via the Internet as well as transfer connections from one device to another mid-call. This new app, still in testing, will facilitate work calls through the tablet, and any mobile or computer device.
In The Wall Street Journal, M5 Chief Executive Dan Hoffman acknowledges that once the iPads can multi-task like the new iPhone, the Apple tablet "could become an ideal device for looking at slides, or manipulating shared documents while simultaneously taking a call."
iPad as the ultimate navigation tool
Conventional wisdom says Apple's iPad doesn't belong on boats, mountainous trails or strapped into makeshift holsters on car dashboards. After all, the tablet computer is pricey ($499 to $829), large (9.6 inches by 7.5 inches) and somewhat fragile.
Nevertheless, some iPad users are employing the tablet like a portable navigation device (PND) to map out routes while they are sailing, hiking and driving. The practice is encouraging developers to tailor map-based iPhone applications to the iPad and could boost sales of the already popular gadget.
Pete Ostrowski also hikes with his iPad. The device, he says, picks up global positioning system (GPS) signals better than the iPhone (even in forests), boasts longer battery life and fits in his backpack without adding much weight or bulk. With its bright display and pinch-and-zoom touch screen, the iPad feels like a "giant interactive map," Ostrowski says. On a recent cross-country trip he opted to use his iPad for trail and road navigation instead of a $300 handheld GPS device.
Bolstered by users like Andersen and Ostrowski, developers are adapting their location-based applications to run on the iPad. (Most of these apps work best on the 3G version of the iPad, which has built-in GPS,
Analyst: Tablets to Account for 40% of Notebook Demand
Tablet PC Review
Citing a report from investment firm Goldman Sachs, the Chinese-language Commercial Times claims that 40% of total notebook demand in 2010 and 2011 will come from consumers clamoring for tablets.
Breaking down the numbers, the report claims total tablet shipments will reach 16.4 and 35 million in 2010 and 2011, respectively, with the Apple iPad accounting for 93% and 75% of the total number.
At least two financial analysts agree that tablet computers and tablet PC sales will affect netbook shipments the most.
Survey: iPad edging out e-readers, game devices
Apple's iPad may be putting a damper on demand for e-readers and portable game consoles, according to the results of a new survey by Resolve Market Research.
The study examined the spending habits and attitudes of current and potential owners of iPads and other mobile devices.
Among those who own or plan to pick up an iPad, 60 percent see the tablet as most enjoyable for playing games. As a result, 38 percent say they won't buy a dedicated portable game console after picking up an iPad.
E-readers may also take it on the chin. Among the folks who own or will buy an iPad, 50 percent say they won't purchase a dedicated e-reader after bringing home Apple's tablet.
July 21, 2010
Toshiba Stake Their Claim On Mobile PC Market
Toshiba has staked their claim at the top end of the Australian portable devices market by reinforcing their 25 year heritage while also launching a raft of new models – including the dual-screen Libretto W100 and a natty under-$500 cloud computing device.
They have also confirmed that they will be a player in the tablet PC market, with a sleek new iPad-style tablet that will be available with either an Android or Windows operating system. The device is expected by October.
Australian MD Mark Whittard brandished a prototype of the tablet – though it wasn't running – during his presentation on the StarShip luxury cruise boat moored at Sydney's King St Wharf.
Whittard, who was promoted last year to run Toshiba's overall operations in Australia, believes that the secret to Toshiba's success in the "brutally" competitive notebook range is being able to deliver a range of notebooks spanning the top end 3D gaming and multimedia market to a discount range at the bottom end.
Attack of the Pads: Tablets Take On Apple
Tablets that could potentially take on the iPad are getting closer to market — and some of them are taking direct aim at Apple.
PC maker Lenovo has chosen a name for its Android tablet that it says will be in the hands of consumers by the end of the year. The device will be called the “LePad,” and will debut in China. Last week, HP trademarked the name “PalmPad” in a move that signals the company may be set to bring out its own tablet, based on Palm’s webOS operating system. Separately, Dell offered its Streak to some U.S. gadget reviewers and said it expects to make an announcement about pricing and availability of the device in the next few days.
Lenovo’s LePad is likely to combine ideas from Lenovo’s Skylight smartbook that the company showed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and the IdeaPad UI notebook-tablet combination to create a new device that could potentially compete against the iPad.
Lenovo to launch Android tablet by year's end
Lenovo is launching its own tablet to debut in China by the end of this year.
Dubbed "LePad," the tablet will run Google's Android operating system, according to comments made by Liu Jun, senior vice president for Lenovo Group, as reported by TradingMarkets.com and other sources. Details are few so far, and there's no word from Lenovo or other sources on whether the tablet will venture abroad after its initial debut in China.
Tablets launched in the U.S. and many other countries face competition from Apple's popular iPad. But China is one country where so far the iPad is a no-show. Earlier this month, Lenovo Chairman Liu Chuanzhi said that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is missing out on a big opportunity by not selling its tablet in China
Asus Tablet: Hello Android, Bye Windows?
Beyond Apple's iPad, the tablet computer market is a murky place inhabited largely by vaporware. While product announcements abound, few tablets are actually shipping. That's likely to change soon, however. The Dell Streak, for instance, will be available in late July, according to Dell's site. And various reports have HP and other hardware makers rolling out 20 or so slates this year.
Asus has set its sight on tablets too. In May it announced two devices: Eee Pad EP121, with a 12-inch touchscreen and Windows 7 Home Premium; and Eee Pad EP101TC, with a 10-inch touchscreen and Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS. But now it appears that Asus may ditch Windows Embedded on its smaller tablet and go with Google's Android OS instead, according to Netbook News.
For mobile workers, a tablet ecosystem dominated by Android-based devices has its pros and cons. The pros include a proven touchscreen OS designed expressly for portable computing, a large and growing Android Market with 70,000 apps (give or take a few), solid integration with Web-based productivity apps such as Google Docs, and the upcoming App Inventor tool that lets non-coders build their own programs.
The cons? The verdict is still out on how well Android tablets would play with business applications, many of which are made by Microsoft. Redmond has the upper hand here. Why should Microsoft strive to make Office, Exchange, and SharePoint work seamlessly with Android-based tablets, a move that could cripple the growth of Windows in the mobile market? Then again, if Windows 7 proves to be a clunky mismatch for slate devices--it is, after all, a desktop OS being retrofitted for touchscreens--Android would likely win another victory.
July 22, 2010
Tablets Arte On The Rise But Don't Count Out E-Readers—Or Amazon
However, by the time we enter 2012, tablet PCs like the iPad will surpass e-Readers. At that point, a healthy 15.5 million adults in the US will own an e-Reader. And the number will continue to climb, though slowly compared to tablet PC growth. By 2015, we see the e-Reader market starting to cap at just under 30 million U.S. adults. That’s nearly all the people who read 2+ books a month.
At that point, many bargain e-Readers will cost just $49 and some of the best will cost only $99—a price point we believe some Amazon competitors may toy with as soon as this holiday season, especially for bare bones models like the Sony Pocket Reader. One reason that prices will be so low is that by 2015, tablet PCs will compete more directly with high-end e-Readers—they’ll have reflective displays capable of color at very low power consumption rates. This will make the distinction between high-end e-Readers and low-end tablets nonexistent.
The Microsoft Tablet PC: will it work?
Mobile Computing News
As the tablet PC market heats up, and everybody scrambles to catch up with the runaway success that is the iPad, two long-time rivals look set to cross swords again in the mobile OS department: Microsoft and Google.
The fighters and their training camps
With virtually every noteworthy computer manufacturer rushing to ship a tablet PC after Apple validated the market with the iPad, Microsoft with its Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS finds itself locking horns with Google Android OS in trying to woo manufacturers into adopting their mobile OS.
And in the Ballmer corner
Microsoft have the distinct advantage of having relationships with many different OEMs, even manufacturers we’ve never heard of, meaning in sheer volume, they’re likely to outdo Google Android (note: likely, not definitely). The Archos 9 tablet features Windows 7 for tablets. As do tablets by fringe companies like Viliv, FIC, CZC, CTL. But the tablet we think could be Microsoft’s big ace in the hole is the MSI Windpad. That tablet has a lot going for it aesthetically, even at this early stage.
The rank outsider
One competitor many are overlooking by focusing on the Microsoft tablet PC OS and the Google Android tablet OS solutions is HP with the inevitable HP Palm webOS tablet. Incidentally, HP was one of the earliest supporters of Microsoft’s foray into the tablet PC space, when the two companies announced the HP Slate at CES 2010.
In brief: Reliance in talks to invest in tablet PC maker Notion Ink
|Hyderabad-based firm plans to launch Adam tablet later this year.
Reliance Industries Ltd. is in talks to invest in unlisted tablet PC maker Notion Ink, the Hindu Business Line reported Wednesday, citing a source it didn't name.
HP seeks PalmPad trademark; Is a WebOS-based iPad killer on the way?
Hewlett-Packard Co. is seeking to trademark the name "PalmPad" for computer hardware and mobile devices, providing a solid indication that a tablet computer borne of HP's purchase of Palm and its WebOS operating system is under development.
HP could be preparing a tablet designed primarily to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad, and could possibly put it on sale by year's end, industry analysts and bloggers said. HP didn't comment. However, a recent trademark application that HP submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office speaks for itself, according to industry experts. Trademark applications are usually tantamount to receiving a trademark, unless the same trademark is found to be in use by another party, noted Jack Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates LLC.
Gold said HP is expected to build a WebOS tablet
HP had shown a tablet called the Slate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but the Slate ran on Windows 7. Some blogs have reported that HP dropped Windows 7 from its tablet plans, but HP has not publicly stated whether Windows has been dropped entirely.
The significance of the trademark filing is that WebOS is likely to appear in an HP tablet sooner rather than later. The tablet is expected to compete directly with the iPad and will include touchscreen capabilities and other features, according to Gold and others.
HP's Slate Tablet Appears on HP's Site
HP's Windows-based Slate tablet apparently has had a stay of execution.
The 8.9-inch HP Slate 500-1002tu PC is currently listed on HP's Web site, and lists Windows 7 Premium as its operating system.
But when will you be able to buy it? That's another question.
"We are in customer evaluations now and will make a determination soon on the next steps," an HP spokesman said Wednesday, when asked if HP was currently selling the device.
July 23, 2010
Is the iPad Raising Awareness of Tablet PCs?
When the iPad was officially announced back in January a lot of us speculated that it would drive awareness of Tablet PCs. While the success of the iPad has kicked development of consumer slates into high gear, it hasn’t resulted in a lot more people seeking information about Tablet PCs. There’s still only one Tablet PC available at Best Buy, North America’s largest electronics retailer, and consumers seem to think that Apple invented the slate form factor.
Tablet PCs are awesome tools, especially for those who work on their feet or use pen-optimized software. But just because something’s good doesn’t mean companies will market them to the masses.
The TouchSmart tm2 is pretty much the only Tablet PC most consumers will ever have a chance to touch and play with before buying. But at $949 at Best Buy (and about the same on Amazon), it’s a tough sell to a student/parent that’s not familiar with Tablet PCs. There are plenty of sub $700 notebooks on the market with more impressive specs (drive, processor, battery life, etc.) that are sold by the truckload.
Dell's first Android-based tablet to make U.S. launch in late July
Dell Streak, the new Android based tablet, is right around the corner for a release in the US. The multinational information technology corporation company, Dell Inc. has never seen a much buzz around a single Dell product than this.
According to the product page view seen on Dell website, the Dell Streak tablet will be available for purchase in late July.
The Dell Streak seems to be too small for a tablet, but analysts predict that the new device from Dell bridges the gap between a tablet and a smartphone.
Unlike other tablet devices in the market, the Dell Streak device acts as a phone too. So that makes it a bigger smartphone and a smaller tablet. If that is the case, then it would be good to compare Dell Streak with other tablets as well as other smartphones in the market.
Report: Lenovo to unveil iPad rival
Triangle Business Journal
Lenovo reportedly plans to add a tablet PC to its line of products, bringing the computer maker into direct competition with Apple’s iPad.
Reuters reports that Lenovo was developing a tablet PC, called LePad internally, that would run on Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system. Lenovo spokeswoman Wu Hwa told Reuters that no launch date for the product has been set and that the name may change. Hwa said Lenovo chose Android in order to make the tablet PC compatible with the company’s LePhone smart phone, which is sold in China.
July 26, 2010
January 26, 1961 - June 25, 2010
There are no words to express the depth of pain in loosing Loren last night. Loren was a kind gentle and loving man. He was a wonderful son, brother & friend who will remain forever in our hearts
Loren loved technology and he was a shining star in the development of Tablet Pc technology
Loren Heiny developed applications, such as the Silverlight-based Search TIP and Math TIP, MathPractice, WebcamNotes, ShareKMC, and many more. His personal blog is a great resource for Tablet PC and UMPC developers. Loren has written numerous books on programming and is an experienced commerical software developer. His first love is Robotics. Microsoft has awarded Loren a Tablet PC MVP each year since 2003.
July 27, 2010
Kmart bringing 7-inch Android tablet for $150
The little-known Augen is bringing out a 7-inch Android tablet soon and a Kmart circular indicates it will only retail for $150.
That is not a lot of money of what this Android tablet is going to pack, as the product page says the device, dubbed “GenTouch78,” will rock the 2.1 version of the software, an unspecified 800 MHz processor, an 800 x 480 touch screen (no word on if it’s capacitive), 720p video support, 256 MB DDR2 RAM, an SD/MMC slot for up to 16 GB, WiFi, access to the more than 70,000 apps in the Android Market and the ability to play multimedia files and e-book files.
Motorola Droid Tablet likely in November
Tablets are the craze right now and the de facto rule going round seems to be this: if you for a manufacturer of consumer electronic goods, then you must have a tablet device in your line-up. Motorola is too big a company and maintains too big a presence in the smartphone business to ignore that rule. The company has been high in the list among those who are rumored to be making tablet PCs and the good news is, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed a tablet is indeed in the making.
Details of the new upcoming tablet are scarce at best and all we know right now is that it’s likely to have a 10-inch touchscreen display. Motorola has also been using the 1GHz OMAP3630 processor to power their DROID X and the soon-to-be-released DROID 2 smartphones and it’s believed they might continue with a somewhat similar setup for the tablet device as well.
However, the thing that’s almost a certainty is that its going to be the Google’s Android 3.0 Gingerbread that would be doing the OS duty. Google has already let it be known that they are focusing on the visual end of Android to make their next release more iPad-like.
And lastly, the good news is that the tablet will in all probability be hitting the markets during November. We don’t have to tell you that that is the holiday season is at its prime. However, the expected release date of the Motorola tablet clashes with the likely date when Google has announced the Gingerbread will be made available, which is ‘early next year’. So it will be interesting to see which comes first
Best iPad Accessories: Pimp Your iPad
Now that you’ve got your Apple wonder device, you’re probably realizing that you’re going to need to add a few accessories to get the most out of your iPad. If you’re willing to spend a minimum of $500 on the tablet, why not deck it out a little bit to protect your investment and to unleash its full potential? We’ve rounded up our favorite iPad accessories, which will give the tablet more functionality and some needed protection from the elements.
Fujitsu releases tablet PC, iPad killer
SYDNEY, NSW: The self-styled of convertible tablets, Fujitsu, last week released the Lifebook TH700, coupling keyboard comfort and practicality with tablet functionality and connectivity.
Fujitsu offers a fair range of convertible tablets, and despite a less affordable price point compared to a straight tablet, the Fujitsu tablet computing range remains prolific and popular, according to a Fujitsu spokesperson.
The tablet’s media features include built in Bluetooth, 3G connectivity options and HDMI connection. However, geared more towards productivity and not just online media, the Lifebook TH700 manages to pack in a lot, in a robust, yet compact looking set up. It features a 12-inch widescreen, 500GB hard drive, 2GB memory, Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, fingertip multi-touch, a pressure sensitive digitiser pen as well as a fingerprint security logon.
India's $35 Computer Tablet PC
The First Reporter
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal recently revealed the prototype of a $35 touchscreen tablet device, which is claim to be world’s cheapest computer PC.
It should be noted that in 2005, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) – has developed a prototype of a $100 laptop, especially for children of developing nation. But, at that time, India has rejected the offer, quoting it too expensive, and decided to develop a cheaper alternate of its own.
The $35 tablet prototype from India, which was developed by research teams at IIT and the Indian Institute of Science, is expected to go into production by 2011.
July 28, 2010
Celebrating Loren Heiny's Life — Incremental Blogger
Loren Charles Heiny passed away from Cancer on Sunday July 25. Please consider joining our family as we celebrate his life. We are gathering to celebrate his life
and all the joys he brought to our lives. Please join our family on Saturday, July 31 at 2pm.
German Android Tablet Interpad Released with 10 inch Multi-Touch and nVidia Tegra2
The German company E-Noa has developed a Tablet PC Interpad, functioning operating system Google Android. The basis of the gadget went to a hardware platform nVidia Tegra second generation, which includes dual-core processor ARM Cortex A9 1 GHz. New bears on board 1 GB of RAM and flash-module capacity of 16 GB. You can use plug-in cards with microSD up to 32 GB
10-inch touch screen tablet is made by capacitive technology, supported by the interface “multitouch”. In the arsenal Interpad
Apple tablet Europe's mobile TV launch pad?
Apple's iPad has been on sale in Europe less than two months now and only in selected territories but Euro networks are showing geek-like glee embracing the new tablet technology, launching i-capable apps and mobile services.
Two continental giants -- RTL in Germany and France's Canal Plus -- this week launched apps providing live streaming of their top-rated network broadcasts. In Britain, the BBC said fully 10% of all requests made by portable devices for its popular iPlayer catch-up service last month came from iPad users. In the Netherlands, where iPads go on sale for the first time Friday, commercial network SBS and pubweb NOS already have Apple-ready services a-waiting. Even struggling commercial net Five is jumping on the iPad wagon, announcing plans to launch a catch-up TV app this fall to coincide with the relaunch of its on-demand service Demand Five.
European networks are clearly hoping Apple's iPhone and its trendy tablet could provide the launch pad for mobile TV and with it new lucrative revenue streams.
10 Ways Apple's iPad is Changing Healthcare
Recently, iMedicalApps published a multi-part story about how iPad is making “the hospital rounds” as a tool for doctors and patients. While medical texts are still in the future, apps for the iPad — often developed by doctors and hospitals — have pushed the iPad into the medical realm. In this list of 10 ways that Apple’s iPad is changing healthcare, you can see that the iPad is used globally for learning and for many doctor-patient (and nurse) interactions and well as by individuals who work in health administration.
ABC NEWS' iPAD APP DOWNLOADED MORE THAN 140900 TIMES IN FIVE DAYS
Dedicated to connecting users with ABC News’ reporting anytime and anywhere, in its first five days the ABC News app for the Apple iPad was downloaded more than 140,900 times since it launched on July 21st.
The new application takes full advantage of the form and functionality of the iPad, using as the principal navigation tool a unique interactive three dimensional globe on which news stories appear. With the unique three dimensional interface,users can spin the ABC News globe by touching the face of the iPad and then can choose the stories of most interest to them (ABC News iPad Demo Video
The Slate PC: Haven't We Been Down This Road Before?
Windows IT Pro
Apple didn't need to even release the iPad for Microsoft and its PC maker partners to feel the heat. Back in January, when the iPad was still a rumor but widely expected anytime, CEO Steve Ballmer showed off an iPad-like device called the HP Slate. He referred to these types of devices as having "a new form factor," something that's almost as portable as a phone but also as powerful as a PC. It is, in fact, just a PC, and it's running Windows 7. Or it will be if it ever ships.
Of course, we've been there before, haven't we? In 2002, Microsoft, in tandem with its PC maker partners—including , incidentally—released the first generation of underpowered but actually quite innovative Tablet PCs. There were two form factors at the time, the keyboard-less slate design that we're now calling "a new form factor" almost a decade later, and the convertible design, which looked like a laptop but featured a swiveling screen that allowed the device to also be used in slate mode.
Oddly enough, PC makers still sell convertible PC-type Tablet PCs today. Including, you guessed it, HP.
Turns out they're doing both. The HP Slate will still ship with Windows 7 sometime later this year, but it will target the enterprise.
July 29, 2010
Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion has been long rumored to be on its way to bringing to the market its very own BlackBerry tablet, and it seems that the company might actually be closer than expected from doing so. Recently, the smartphone designer purchase the blackpad.com domain, a move that for many means only one thing, namely that RIM is gearing up for the release of the said slate.
For what it's worth, the BlackPad name did emerge previously related to the rumored BlackBerry tablet from Research In Motion, even if nothing was officially confirmed for the time being. This is one of the names RIM is expected to choose for the device, just as Apple named its slate iPad, but it might not be the only option in the end.
As far as the rumors on RIM's tablet PC go, we should be able to have it in our hands as soon as next year, if not sooner. Moreover, a 7-inch touchscreen display is expected to be include into the mix, along with back and front-facing cameras. The tablet should be powered by a 1GHz processor, which means that RIM took into consideration the performance levels it would be able to offer to users.
HP Commits to Windows 7 Slate for the Enterprise
HP executive Phil McKinney said that, contrary to reports, HP hasn't given up on the Windows 7-based slate or tablet computer that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show back in January.
Following HP's blockbuster $1.2 billion purchase of Palm earlier this year, there was wide speculation the company was ready to dump Windows 7 in favor of a slate line based on Palm's WebOS.
But McKinney, CTO of HP's Personal Systems Group, made it clear the company is still committed to Windows.
"We will ship the Windows slate with Windows 7 to the enterprise," McKinney said during a Q&A session following his talk here at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford University on Wednesday. "The WebOS is for our consumer slate."
The market for tablet/slate devices has exploded with the arrival of Apple's iPad, which has already sold millions of units and continues to sell basically as fast as the company can make them. While Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) has marketed the iPad to consumers, there hasn't been much slate activity on the enterprise side except in niche areas where the devices have been used for years.
But Cisco recently announced plans to deliver a tablet computer called the Cius (pronounced See Us) that's targeted specifically at the enterprise with collaboration and communications features. The first limited shipments are scheduled for later this year, but Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) said the Cius wouldn't be broadly available till next year.
Even after shelling out $1.2 billion for Palm and its webOS, HP said it still plans to use Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system for its line of business-centric slates.
July 30, 2010
Microsoft's Ballmer: We're Planning a Rival to the iPad
CEO Steve Ballmer made it official: Microsoft plans to have a tablet computer that will rival Apple's iPad. When that will happen is quite another question. "They'll be shipping as soon as they're ready," Ballmer said during a presentation to analysts in Redmond, Wash. on Thursday. "This is Job 1 around here. Nobody is sleeping at the switch."
But that was as specific as Ballmer was ready to go, telling listeners in the audience that "they'll be shipping as soon as they are ready."
"I relish the competition," he said. "I wish I could hold up a couple for you today. It's not today. I relish having to do it tomorrow."
But he did drop some hints about what would run the units. With Windows 7 expected to start shipping within the next couple of months, Microsoft is apparently going to fashion a version of its new operating system for tablet computers
Microsoft Says Tablets Top of Mind Amid Apple Success
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said tablet computers are high on his priority list as Apple Inc. takes the lead in a market his company has tried to foster for more than a decade.
“Today, one of the top issues on my mind is ‘hey there’s a category we have had Windows on for a long time and Apple’s done an interesting job of putting together a synthesis and putting a product out,’” Ballmer said today at Microsoft’s annual analyst meeting at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Tablets based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system have struggled since their initial release in 2002. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, sold 3.27 million iPads last quarter, outselling all comparable computers. The device debuted April 3.
“We’re coming. We’re coming full guns,” Ballmer said.
Ballmer said the company is working with hardware partners to produce compelling tablet computers and will be aided by the release early next year of a new Intel Corp. chip, code-named Oak Trail.
Oak Trail is a dual-core version of Intel’s Atom chip for tablets. It will improve battery life by using half the power while offering enough processing to provide smooth video and fast Web surfing.
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