EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC A Twist of This. A Touch of That.
Tablet PC with a 12.1-inch diagonal display, plus pen and touch capabilities
HP EliteBook 2740p – an ultra-thin, multitouch-enabled convertible tablet that provides an interactive experience for businesses in health care, education, sales and more;
Pen and multi-touch display
Use the pen or the pen and finger touch to easily navigate
applications, turn pages and complete tasks. This tablet PC
converts your digitally handwritten notes to text or saves them
as your script. Using the multitouch-screen gestures, zoom in or
rotate documents or images, quickly making on-screen
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It's not a new concept, but the tablet is back with new hype, thanks to Apple
In case you were hiding under a rock the past several weeks, Apple made another big announcement for another slick gadget for the masses—this time, the iPad. Apple hopes this new device will be a game changer in the tablet market, which seems to be on more minds than just Apple's right now. Could 2010 be the true year of the tablet?
Magazine publisher Condé Nast revealed this week it will create iPad versions of Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, but not all of the publications will receive full interactivity due to the ongoing dispute between Apple and Adobe over Flash.
The New York Timesrevealed this week an internal memo from Condé Nast announced the company will have the April edition of GQ available for the iPad. That will soon be followed by June issues of Vanity Fair and Wired, while The New Yorker and Glamour will follow in the summer. The publisher will reportedly test a number of different prices, types of advertising, and approaches to reproducing content for the iPad as it experiments with the new format.
Say the words "tablet computer" and ten bucks says it's Apple's iPad that springs to mind. But that doesn't mean other companies aren't busy building their own version of a touch-enabled, multimedia-sporting, slab of portable computing goodness.
Dell's first effort at a tablet will be the Mini 5 (a name that is still in beta) -- a slice of plastic and glass with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen that according to Michael Dell will debut "in a couple of months."
The Mini 5 will sport a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a separate front-facing camera that can be used for video conferencing, a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor.
Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced from the 2010 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, new peripherals and solutions for its tablet PCs. The new ReadyDock™ with Ethernet and Mobile Dock with built-in lock for the Motion C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) and F5 Rugged Tablet PC offer more storage, charging and management options while the Motion Medical Dictionary streamlines documentation processes for healthcare professionals.
ReadyDock with Ethernet
The ReadyDock is a complete solution for charging, storing and securing the Motion C5 MCA and F5 Rugged Tablet PC. Now available with Ethernet, the ReadyDock enables IT to connect, control and manage the tablet PCs while they are stored throughout the day or overnight. Tablets automatically connect when stored, enabling direct 10/100 Mbps remote connectivity for efficient management. The ReadyDock can be configured to store, charge and connect five, ten or 20 tablet PCs, offering a convenient, secure, space-saving solution for healthcare environments. The ReadyDock is manufactured by Advanced Technical Support, Inc. and used around the globe to support tablet PCs use in hospitals, field service and more.
“Adding an integrated Ethernet connection to the ReadyDock provides significant value to the solution’s usability in healthcare,” said Dan Hurd, co-founder of Complete Tablet Solutions, a value-added reseller of Motion Tablet PCs, services and solutions. “Now IT can continuously update and manage the devices without interrupting clinical workflows, efficiently ensuring that the tablets are continuously charged and ready for clinician use.”
Mobile RAM Dock with Lock for Added Security Lightweight and thin, the RAM® Mobile Dock for the C5 MCA and F5 Rugged Tablet PC can be mounted to cabinets, poles, walls and vehicles for convenient access to the mobile devices. Now available with a built-in lock for added security, the RAM Mobile Dock also offers full port replication (VGA, USB 2.0, and Ethernet), charging capability, as well as vibration protection and durability for mobile environments. The RAM Mobile Dock is manufactured by RAM Mounting Systems, the industry-leading mounting and docking provider specializing in the development of custom mounting and docking solutions specifically designed to support the mobility and adaptability of rugged computing solutions.
Motion Medical Dictionary
The Motion Medical Dictionary in English, available for the Motion C5, F5 and J3400 Tablet PCs, installs 250,000 words into the tablet input panel for rapid, accurate recognition of handwritten healthcare terms. This allows clinicians to get the same productivity improvements that the tablet input panel provides for standard terms by ensuring that common medical terms are quickly recognized enhancing clinical documentation, efficiency and productivity.
ntel on Tuesday introduced its new Convertible Classmate netbook design, which includes slate-like features for users to read electronic books, surf the Web or take notes.
The chip maker has added more functionality so users can take advantage of a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen, said Agnes Kwan, an Intel spokeswoman. The screen will be able to swivel around and fold over the keyboard, transforming the device into a slate, which is a handheld device similar to a tablet PC, with on-screen keyboards that allow users to play games, read e-books or surf the Web.
This isn't the first swivel screen on a Classmate PC for Intel. In 2008, the company put a swivel screen design on the product. The difference this time is the added emphasis on the e-reader and other functions.
PC makers are betting the attention on an upcoming generation of consumer tablets could help generate interest in their less attractive cousins–convertible notebooks that are also referred to as tablets.
HP has announced a new touch-enabled notebook that can twist into a slate-like tablet and open up to offer a traditional full keyboard laptop. Separately, Panasonic has launched a rugged convertible notebook called Toughbook C1, while Lenovo introduced its X201 convertible notebook earlier this month
HP’s convertible notebook, the EliteBook 2740p tablet PC, is targeted at “users on the go.” The machine starts at 3.8 lbs and has a 12.1-inch diagonal LED display. Compare that to the 1.5 lbs iPad and its 9.7-inch screen. But, unlike the iPad, HP’s convertible tablet–priced starting $1600–has a multi-touch touchscreen and a full size keyboard.
Panasonic’s tablet also weighs 3.7 lbs (with two batteries) and has a stylus in addition to a touchscreen and a keyboard.
“It’s light enough to carry around but also tough enough so if you drop it you are not going to fry it,” says Kyp Walls, director of product management at Panasonic Computer.
According to Reuters, Stephenson said, “My expectation is that there’s not going to be a lot of people out there looking for another subscription,” continuing that Apple’s new tablet computer would be a primarily “Wi-Fi driven product.”
This might be where it really becomes evident that the iPad is not an enlarged iPhone. It may look it, but besides the lack of phone capabilities and a built-in camera, it won’t be used in the same ways or at the same times you would use an iPhone. Would you really pull 9.7-inch tablet out of your bag while waiting for the bus? No. But you would do that with a smartphone, thus the need for 3G networks then and not in the case as much for the iPad.
Write anywhere on your screen in continuous words and phrases, in smooth electronic ink. Watch your handwriting converted into text and entered into any application. It's that simple.
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ritePen® is an advanced handwriting recognition software for Microsoft Windows-based pen-enabled computers. Users of ritePen can write anywhere on their screen or other input surface and have their handwriting instantly converted to text for use in any Windows application, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and numerous others. ritePen is a seamless extension of normal writing because it accurately recognizes virtually any handwriting style, does not require learning or training, and allows you to write in whole sentences, while automatically segmenting your handwriting into words and lines. Watch ritePen walkthrough video
The HP Elitebook 2740p looks almost exactly the same as its predecessors, but its multi-touch display and faster processors will make a lot of people smile. I got a chance to take a look at the 2740p and shot a quick video of the new tablet.
The Elitebook 2740p will ship with a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which means you’ll be able to crunch a lot of data with this 12″ tablet. HP is boasting “up to” 11 hours of battery life with an extended battery, but your mileage will vary, especially if you opt for the 2.66GHz Core i7 processor and crank up the display. Warner Crocker already detailed the 2740p’s specifications here if you’re interested in more details.
The iPad, and to a lesser degree, the other tablets due to be released in 2010, have that special aroma. But at this point, we’ve only heard the fanfare and the overture. So many simple and practical questions have yet to be answered; I’m still navigating through a list of concerns that I had immediately after Apple first showed the iPad off.
Craftily unhidden at the tail end of its press conference, Acer's long-awaited Aspire 1820PT convertible laptop has finally passed into our hands for ever the briefest of moments. Let's cut to the chase, shall we? Strong hinge, accelerometer for tablet mode, capacitive multitouch, and the ability to use stylus for input (protected in a slot just below and to the right of the screen when not in use)
Finding rugged cameras isn't all that hard, and honestly, finding any sort of rugged "accessory" doesn't take too much effort. When it comes to notebooks, however, your options are limited. For better or worse, Panasonic has had the rugged laptop market on lock-down the past few years, as their Toughbook lineup is generally seen as the go-to product line if you need a portable machine that can take a beating (and keep on computing).
With tablets becoming all the rage once more, it's no surprise to see Panasonic venture their Toughbook line into that sector, and now we have the Toughbook C1 Tablet PC to consider if the iPad just feels too fragile. It's hailed as the world's lightest 12.1" convertible Tablet PC, offering 10 hours of battery life a Core i5-520M processor, an optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband chip and a weight of just 3.2lbs. Put simply, this one offers "desktop-class performance in a lightweight, convertible tablet form factor." It's the best of both worlds, and it can survive drops and jostling that would seriously hamper other notebooks.
Retail Giant Features Samsung R80 Series Notebooks with Blu-ray Drives, Along With N210 Netbook Offering Options to Families and Students
Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, will launch the new line of multimedia powerhouse R80 series notebooks at Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com on March 7th. The new line features Blu-ray Disc drives, nVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and Samsung’s unique Crystal Wave design. Best Buy also features Samsung’s stylish N210 netbook currently on sale in stores.
“Best Buy continues to be an important retail partner for Samsung, and we’re excited to offer a range of notebook and netbook options to our customers that deliver exceptional craftsmanship and performance,” said Todd Bouman, director of product marketingat Samsung Electronics Information Technology Division. “True to Samsung’s unique, customer-focused design aesthetic, these mobile PCs are flexible enough to be used as mobile devices or desktop replacements for all-day use.”
It's lights, camera, and almost "action" for Apple's iPad tablet. During Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony Apple trotted its iPad down the Hollywood red carpet (so to speak) launching a television advertising campaign. According to reports Steve Jobs himself joined the roster of stars attending Sunday night's event in person.
According to the commercial, Apple's iPad device will launch on April 3. Pre-orders for the iPad will start on March 12 for the Wi-Fi only version in the U.S., and 3G enabled versions will come out later in April.
Apple's iPad, as we learned back in January, will be sold in two editions: a Wi-Fi-only edition, set to become available on April 3, and a 3G-enabled edition, set to go on sale later in the month with contract-free data plans from AT&T.
What had been unknown up until now was whether Apple's Wi-Fi-based iPad would have the capability to tether to an iPhone, thereby letting you harness the data connection from your mobile plan to surf the Web that way as well.
As Apple recently launched iPad across the globe, Microsoft delivered some good news with its tablet PC. I found some interesting stuff from different trusted news sources about the gadget and I love to share the leaked information with you. The Microsoft Courier is a "digital journal" which is less than one inch think, weighs less than half a kg and the size is similar to 5×7″ photo card after folding. That is much smaller than many people expected.
Microsoft's secret 'iPad' killing Courier tablet computer is secret no longer, with the first snaps and details leaked on the web.
The courier's interface takes the form of a booklet, with two 7-inch screens.
A serious of videos on Technology blog Engadget shows how the device, which will function as a kind of 'digital journal', can be used to organise contacts, browse the web and send emails.
Its screens are touch-sensitive, but a stylus can also be used to operate it. Impressively, individual hand-writing will be recognised and, rather neatly, there will be a website that stores everything the user has scribbled in a blog format.
The Courier is light, too, weighing in at just over a pound and measures 5x7 when closed – so it's highly portable. It will also have a built-in camera (unlike the iPad) and 3.5mm headphone jack, so it can be used as an MP3 player. The bells and whistles don't stop there, as it will also function as an ebook reader.
So far it sounds like the Courier, which will be powered by the Tegra 2 operating system used in the Zune HD, could well give the iPad a run for its money.
Xplore Technologies Corp. a maker of award-winning rugged mobile computers, today announced the launch of a new unit specifically designed for use in clean rooms. "The Clean Room iX104C4 Tablet PC represents a significant opportunity for Xplore and is an application of our technology that we believe will deliver significant value to clean room users," said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore Technologies. Xplore is a leader in fully rugged tablet PCs according to industry reports
"The Clean Room iX104C4 was developed based on the requirements of a major pharmaceutical company that provided valuable input in our development process. To date, approximately 500 tablets are being used in their clean rooms, enabling a more cost-efficient process, and Xplore is in a great position to target other pharmaceutical and food companies that work in sterile environments," said Holleran.
What will HP's Slate Tablet have that Apple's iPad won't? It's Adobe Flash, a key Internet technology that HP is touting as the key difference between the two platforms. And, HP is right, though how Flash support will translate into sales remains to be seen.
While Apple has its App Store to provide applications for iPad users and iTunes for content, Flash gives HP users access to Web content and apps that iPad users can only dream of. Adobe's AIR provides a framework for developing applications for the HP Slate tablet and other devices that iPad also will not support.
HP has posted two new videos that use Flash and AIR support to take aim at the iPad ahead of its April 3 release.
The videos, demonstrating HP's likewise forthcoming (but not-as-soon) tablet, show how the Slate "will access the full web, and just a part of it," according to Adobe's Alan Tam, who does a four-minute demonstration of Adobe Flash and AIR running on the Slate in one of the videos.
Look at Apple's main 'hero' shot of the iPad and what do you notice? Yes it's a big iPod touch, but as Wired points out if you look more closely you'll notice there are certain core apps missing, namely: Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos. But why is perhaps the most interesting aspect.
Acclaimed blog Daring Fireball claims to know the answer and it is a surprisingly superficial one: they look ugly on the larger 9.7in display.
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Update: Oh, snap! We just landed a few more official slides from an internal Dell document, and it's safe to say that the company is going to call this beauty the Streak. Or, at least that's the internal codename. Better still, it looks as if it'll launch with an Amazon content partnership, which will bring a Kindle e-book reader app, Amazon MP3, Amazon video streams and pretty much any other material that Amazon sells in digital form right to the slate.
The launch of Apple’s iPad next month will pave the way for the arrival of more than 50 tablet PC devices this year, an ARM executive said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press event in Taipei, ARM worldwide mobile computing ODM manager Roy Chen said the company rented more space at the Computex electronics trade show to head off competition from primary chipmaking rival Intel.
Chen reportedly said that tablet devices will first arrive in Q2 from mobile carriers, with the full onslaught coming in Q3 2010, according to Computerworld.
The company showed off two tablet devices at the press conference, both based on the Google Android platform.
Apple Inc. plans to build at least 5 million units of its forthcoming iPad tablet in the first half of 2010, according to an analyst, who cited production checks.
Five million units of the iPad is good news for several chip suppliers, including Broadcom Corp., according to Craig Berger, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets & Co. Berger had previously estimated that Apple (Cupertino, Calif.) would build between 4 million and 5 million iPads in the first half of this year. The iPad is believed to utilize a Broadcom WiFi and Bluetooth transceiver combination solution like the iPhone 3GS.
Toshiba is gearing up some extra competition for the iPad. Company execs have announced that they will have their own line of tablet computers to launch by early 2011 at the latest.
It seems like a day doesn’t go by where we don’t hear about a new tablet computer being developed. There were definitely plenty of naysayers, and there still are some who don’t believe the tablet will be taken seriously as an essential gadget. According to Fortune, Toshiba’s head of U.S. notebook business Jeff Barney says that ”it has proved to be a mistake to underestimate these new categories.” I’m sure there will still be opposition until we see enough of these devices on the shelves and in knapsacks.
He also argues that the innovation and development of the tablet market is essential right now as “we need new category creation to grow our industry.”
Asus chairman Jonney Shih insists a tablet needs “an operating system that runs Adobe’s Flash” and that he can’t believe Apple left that out.
Toshiba’s slate computers could even hit stores as early as the end of this year. That would certainly make the holiday shopping season more interesting.
200 tablet PCs have been something of a pipe dream. There was the Crunchpad, which was supposed to be $200, but that didn’t last very long, coming out as the $400 Joo Joo. If what Freescale showed off at Mobile World Congress becomes reality, though, the dream may finally come true.
What Freescale announced, and demoed in the video below, is the i.MX51. It is a 7-inch tablet that comes in multiple colors, and can run three different operating systems: Android, Chromium OS, or Linux. The demo tablet is used with a keyboard and mouse, but touch features exists as well - The Chrome Source reports that there was another demo tablet running a capacitive touch version of Linux.
Apple's iPad is now available for pre-order through the Apple Online Store. The company is also allowing customers to reserve iPads and pick them up at Apple Retail Stores.
Apple is promising free delivery to customers' doors on Saturday, April 3, or in-store availability between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. the same day. In areas where Saturday delivery is not available, the company says delivery will happen on April 5.
Reservations are limited to two per customer.
Pricing starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. A 3G radio raises the cost to $629 and also adds a delivery delay: The company is promising 3G-equipped iPads in late April. The 32GB model lists for $599 and the 64GB model sells for $699, both of which cost $130 more with 3G capabilities.
Three days after Apple started taking orders for the iPad, Lenovo has dropped a bomb with its own version of a touch-enabled tablet -- with the added convenience of a physical keyboard.
The IdeaPad S10 is not only the first touch-enabled low-cost tablet to hit India, it is also one of the first notebook to have iPhone-like 'multi touch' feature that allows 'pinch and zoom'. Apple is currently in court trying to prevent companies from implementing the feature, which it claims as its own.
With the release, Lenovo has become the first manufacturer from the Windows camp to take on Steve Jobs in the tablet market. It has also beaten other netbook majors such as Asus, Acer and HP which were expected to be the first to launch touch-enabled netbook-tablets.
Normally when the battery dies on a gadget, the company replaces the battery for some sort of service charge. Not so with the iPad - Apple is planning on giving you another tablet in its place for $99.
According to Apple’s FAQ page on the iPad battery, should something go wrong with your iPad that wasn’t your fault (meaning you didn’t drop it because you’re clumsy with shiny objects), Apple will replace it with a “replacement” iPad with factory settings (meaning all of your saved information and settings are gone).
I assume Apple will refurbish the iPads and re-sell them on their online site to maintain that “green” image and not look like they’re just tossing dead gadgets by the wayside. But what they might be shipping back to consumers could be a refurbished iPad, as the FAQ page states “replacement,” not “new.”
But note that with the $6.95 shipping charge, this will all actually cost you $105.95. I wonder if that can be avoided by taking it straight to the Genius Bar and making the exchange there, as I have done in the past with one of my old iPods.
Apple’s iPad looks set to be a huge success, and this has competing companies worried. If competing companies do not improve their products that are meant to compete with the iPad, these products simply won’t sell and will be overshadowed by the iPad. Obviously they do not want this to happen, so companies such as Amazon, HP, and Microsoft are hard at work creating products that will be able to compete with the iPad.
Amazon wants to hire a software developer to improve its Kindle by adding web browsing capabilities to it. HP has been heavily promoting its Slate tablet, especially the fact that it will support Adobe Flash (Apple’s mobile devices famouslydo not support Flash). Even Microsoft has said it intends to make a tablet called the Courier.
The iPad might be an expensive device, but Mervis Diamond Importers has done its part to ensure Apple's pricing will always look cheap. The company announced on its site recently that it will offer a Diamond iPad for $19,999.
According to the site, the Diamond iPad boasts 11.43 carats worth of diamonds displayed in a "micro-pave styling." Mervis states that the diamonds are graded highly in color and clarity.
A senior Samsung executive has confirmed that the company will release a ‘slate’ PC in the second half of this year.
While remaining coy on the platform the slate would use, the director of Samsung Australia’s IT division, Philip Newton, told APC that PC-grade processing power and connectivity would be cornerstones of the device.
“I do feel that that slate-type platform has legs but I think the legs need to be far more powerful, for example an Atom-based product which has far greater flexibility, not to mention inputs and outputs. This has more potential than an iPad.”
This hints that it could run on Intel’s Atom processor, and perhaps even the forthcoming ‘Moorestown’ platform, rather than the ARM chip favoured by Apple’s iPad.
Emmanuele Silanesu, national product and marketing manager for Samsung Australia’s IT division, told APC that Samsung would release its slate “in the second half of the year” and the device would have a clear focus on the consumer market – unlike its Q1 UMPC device
On April 3, Apple's long-awaited tablet computer, iPad, hits the streets. Despite the initial mixed reviews it received when it was introduced, there is no denying this new device will change the way you do web business.
More specifically, the iPad is going to hold huge appeal for:
People who don't like computers: The iPad's touch-screen interface is exceptionally easy to use. Anyone who has ever got lost moving from program to program on their computer is going to love Apple's new tablet. Key demographics fitting this description include middle-aged people and senior citizens who enjoy e-mailing friends and family, surfing the web, watching videos, and sharing photos--but hate all the hassles associated with a regular computer.
People who travel: The iPad is a smaller, more lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop--which makes it ultra-portable. This ensures that people will take their iPad to places you normally wouldn't imagine taking a laptop. Imagine being in a restaurant with hungry kids--kids growing restless and fidgety as they wait for their meals. Why not distract them--and save your fellow diners
Students: Kids are used to lugging around backpacks crammed full of heavy, expensive textbooks--textbooks that are used for one course or semester, and then never opened again. As more textbooks get converted into an iPad-friendly format, students will flock to the Apple Store to purchase this tablet in droves.some frustration--with a movie or game on your iPad?
So What Does This Mean for you?
Even if you have no interest in ever buying an iPad yourself, you need to pay attention to how Apple develops and markets this device.
As the iPad and other tablet computers become more popular over the next few years, the amount of time people spend consuming online content is going to explode. If you want your internet marketing to take advantage of this emerging trend, then you'll make sure your website provides them with the kind of appealing content they're looking for.
As per information currently available, Microsoft Courier builds up on Microsoft Office OneNote. Perhaps the ideal term to describe the functioning of this device would be “Infinite Journal”. For in terms of its use, it can be used as a journal and as a continuous and traceable document, which can collect a variety of text, diagrams, web pages, contact list, and a lot more items. You can publish the journal either online in part or whole. The journal contains a library where you can store anything ranging from notebooks to applications and subscriptions and everything else which you might think of and collected over a period of time.
So what’s new about this device? The new idea of Courier is that you can guide through the pages, move images, and drag data around, all this using the multi-touch finger gestures. What this means is that you now have a spontaneous way to manage your contacts and appointments, all of which can be achieved with just a touch of your finger.
While the secret of Microsoft Courier is still alive with rumors and speculations floating all around, information of pricing and other functions are yet to come our way. Microsoft is clearly in a denial mode as far as sharing any info related to Courier is concerned. This leaves us with no other option than to wait in anticipation and curiosity and use whatever little information Microsoft reveals to us. Just as we kept our fingers crossed with the Apple’s iPad.
An all new segment in the hardware market is trying to find its feet. It is the tablet PC segment. The iPad has already generated a huge interest. With the launch of the Apple iPad in the US the tablet PCs are already being discussed all over the world.
To add to the excitement we have had an all new PC manufacturer like Notion Ink unveiling the Adam. Not to be left out of the race are HP and Lenovo. The IdeaPad S10-3t by Lenovo is now on the shelves in India. You can pick it up for Rs 30,740.
HP has already launched the HP Slate. The IdeaPad S10-3t has a LED based 10.1 inches display with 16:9 factor. It has integrated the NaturalTouch technology.
Intel’s Kapil Wadhera was kind enough to get on camera and walk me through the second generation convertible Classmate PC. There are some significant improvements that will hopefully move more schools away from the clamshell Classmate PC and towards the convertible. Having the inking and touch capabilities in the classroom makes a heck of a lot of sense.
According to Intel, approximately two million Classmate PCs have been distributed to schools and students worldwide so far. About 500,000 of the devices are being used in Portugal, with every student in the first through fourth grades have one. Portuguese parents pay 0%, 20% or 50% of the cost of the Classmate PC depending on their income, with the government picking up the rest of the tab.
What was known to only a few key engineers at Microsoft was leaked earlier this month and referred to as the iPad killer. We now have more information on the Microsoft Courier, and it appears to be a good contender in the emerging segment of tablet devices. But is it a tablet, a digital journal, or a tablet and a digital journal all rolled into one? Perhaps its part of a new segment of devices named Smartbooks. Regardless of what it is, Microsoft is going up against Apple and their latest offering: the iPad.
The Courier is in fact a digital journal and its goal – will wonders never cease – is in fact to make folders and diaries obsolete. If you’re in class or attending a power lunch and even writing down an important individual’s phone number, scribbling on the palm of your hand or a napkin is unnecessary. It looks like paper might just be a thing of the past sooner rather then later. Which is a good thing, because more trees, equals more oxygen for all of us.
All input on the device will be done through a pen stylus, which will allow writing, painting and sketching so you can doodle on the Courier while traveling the subway to your heart’s desire. The pen combined with courier’s hand writing recognition programming architecture, will allow you to write down a note and even type in a URL web address of a site. Where the Apple iPad sits in this department is still unknown, if using any type of stylus it would have to be of the sausage type, as the capacitive touch-screen will not operate with a traditional pen stylus.
Of course the Courier will support Flash, the much desired and unsupported feature Apple has managed to dismiss in the iPad.
Despite an across-the-board upgrade of the Intel Atom processor line just a few short months ago, the Netbook landscape since has quickly settled down into sameness and predictability once again. Most manufacturers are offering similarly-specced products at similar prices. What makes one superior to another? It all comes down to fine details, and more often than not, design.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 is the third-generation update to the IdeaPad Netbook line, a successor to the IdeaPad S10-2 we reviewed last August. A lot has changed since then, and yet, not much has changed at all. Cosmetically, the S10-3 features a more compact shape, cleaner lines, and of course it has an Atom N450 processor. It also has a great new keyboard, which we'll get to in a moment. Does this make its $369 price palatable? That's up for debate. While $369 is still relatively affordable, perfectly good and increasingly well-designed Netbooks are available for as little as $299, with few appreciable differences. We think the S10-3 is a great upgrade to the S10-2, but the extra premium should be seen as something reserved for those who love a great keyboard at any cost.
When chipmaker Marvell told us its technology would power $99 smartphones, we took the company at its word. We weren't expecting a sub-$100, 10-inch tablet PC, however -- and we definitely weren't expecting Marvell itself to build it. Marketed at students looking to lighten their textbook load, the Marvell Moby will be an "always-on, high performance multimedia tablet" capable of full Flash support and 1080p HD playback -- thanks to those nifty Armada 600 series processors -- and supporting WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS and both Android and Windows Mobile platforms for maximum flexibility. No release date has yet been announced; like the OLPC, Marvell will introduce the Moby in pilot programs at participating at-risk schools
So much has been discussed about the upcoming HP Tablet but the pricing was still anybody’s guess where we thought that HP will like to keep it below the 3G enabled iPad. There is some unconfirmed news coming from an HP insider and as per him, the HP tablet will be priced at €400 which is about $546 although the US cost remains a mystery for this unquoted source as well.
As far as the specs are concerned, we already know that the tablet will run Windows 7 and it will support Flash with possible hardware acceleration
The J3400 is the latest Motion Tablet PC to feature integrated access to Verizon Wireless' 3G wireless network
Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced from International CTIA WIRELESS 2010® that the rugged J3400 Tablet PC now features integrated access to the Verizon Wireless 3G mobile broadband network. With a growing high-speed network that covers more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, Motion customers can easily browse the Internet, download files and sync information while in the field, all at broadband speed.
Verizon Wireless Network Enables Broad Coverage
The Motion C5, F5 and J3400 Tablet PCs are now Verizon Wireless network ready under the Open Development program, which is designed to offer businesses and consumers the ability to use wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company on its nationwide wireless network. Motion will be displaying the tablet PCs throughout the CTIA event in the Verizon Wireless Open Development booth #1034.
It seems the Apple iPad’s launch is what other tech companies were waiting for to bring out their own tablet PCs. Every other week we are getting to hear a new tablet pc entering the world scene and all have their eyes firmly set on toppling the iPad’s apple cart.
Well, the newest entrant to this hot new segment is Micro-Star International or MSI as we know it. And MSI’s new baby is the Nvidia Tegra based tablet PC that it intends to roll out in the second half of this year.
As per reports coming in, a 10-inch color and touch sensitive screen is going to be the most striking feature of the PC. The PC has been attractively designed with special emphasis accorded to making it extremely light. The sleek new device will have absolute wireless support and will feature quite a handful of aspects that users expect out of a new age tablet. The device though is still in development stages. It’s going to be thin, and this combined with its light weight will give a boost to mobility. And that’s not all. For you also get all the features that you come across in the latest notebook.
Feature-wise, there isn’t much that we didn’t expect. The application will let you continue reading from where you’ve left off on the Kindle, or any of the other Kindle applications. You’ll also be able to purchase books from the Kindle Store within the app. Unlike its Mac version, Kindle for tablets will allow you to create notes, annotations, and highlights, and view those that have been created by other Kindle software.
It also appears that Amazon has spent some time making the application visually shine on tablets.
The official Apple iPad release is just a few weeks away, and pre-orders for the Apple tablet have already kicked off.
But before you plunk down $500 (minimum) on what Apple claims is a 'revolutionary' and 'magical' device, why not take a look at the competition?
Here are 9 alternatives to the iPad--and what they offer. Do you think these could these be iPad killers? Let us know in the comments below.
Want to learn more about the Apple iPad? The Huffington Post has a guide to '13 Things You Need To Know About The iPad,' as well as rundown of the '9 Worst Things About The iPad.' Also check out pictures and video of the iPad.
Want to get the latest news on “Courier,” Microsoft’s rumored-but-not-confirmed answer to Apple’s iPad? Microsoft doesn’t want to talk about it. But Redmond does have a suggestion for you: Read the gadget blogs.
That’s the advice offered via the company’s JobsBlog, an HR site aimed at Microsoft (MSFT) job seekers. It comes in a post touting Microsoft’s overall awesomeness and the fact that the company is “constantly pioneering the future of technology.”
Get ready to kiss Adobe Acrobat good-bye because PDF Annotator 3 is now available and it is packed with so much new functionality it’ll leave you saying “Acrobat who?
the stars of the new release are all the new annotation tools. Instead of sloppy scribblings, you can now opt for clean straight edges with line, arrow, rectangle and ellipse tools with several line styles, fill options, 45° snap, and create-your-own customization. Also offered is the ability to rotate and flip annotations.
Another new feature which is critical for me is the ability to print to PDF Annotator. So not only can you markup PDFs, but you can turn any other document you can open into a PDF for markup. What I like best about the implementation is that it sends the document straight to PDF Annotator first, then lets me work with it before saving.
The idea is that this Moby Tablet would be part e-reader, part netbook and Web browser. Add it up and the Moby Tablet could be a handy textbook or student companion. Marvell says the Moby Tablet will change the way students learn. In its statement, Marvell said the Moby is designed to keep textbooks current, cut costs and lessen the load students lug around in backpacks.
price point matters. At $99, the Moby Tablet is built for mass adoption. First, the Moby Tablet will be used in a pilot for at-risk schools in Washington D.C.
Everyone who jammed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 27, 2010, knew what they were there for: Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ introduction of a thin, always-on tablet device that would let people browse the Web, read books, send email, watch movies, and play games. It was also no surprise that the 1.5-pound iPad resembled an iPhone, right down to the single black button nestled below the bright 10-inch screen. But about an hour into the presentation, Apple showed something unexpected — something that not many people even noticed. In addition to the lean-back sorts of activities one expects from a tablet (demonstrated by Jobs while relaxing in a comfy black armchair), there was a surprising pitch for the iPad as a lean-forward device, one that runs a revamped version of Apple’s iWork productivity apps. In many ways, Jobs claimed, the iPad would be better than pricier laptops and desktops as a tool for high-end word processing and spreadsheets. If anyone missed the point, Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive gushed in a promotional video that the iPad wasn’t just a cool new way to gobble up media — it was blazing a path to the future of computing.
March 25, 2010
This Sunday at the Honda Grand Prix, the Luczo Dragon Racing team will be supercharged by HP technology at every stage of the race.
Award-winning HP workstations, mobile PCs and HP OfficeJet printers are used to design the cars and manage everything from the telemetry to the engine of the team’s car during the race. Raphael Matos, 2009 Apex Brazil IndyCar Rookie of the Year, will be behind the wheel of the HP-powered Luczo Dragon race car. Davey Hamilton, one of the most experienced drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series, will pilot a second HP Luczo Dragon car for three races.
Using HP technology, the Luczo Dragon Racing team is able to maximize performance on and off the track. HP technology is used in every aspect of performance, engineering, reliability, management, mobility, robustness, raw computing power and design.
This is nice surprise, at least for me. I’ve never considered myself to be in the market for a smaller netbook-sized Notebook, but I could see where this would be of value. Lenovo has created the ThinkPad X100E that features all of the Lenovo magic we’re accustomed to, in a much smaller package, and priced starting at $450.
Yes, it’s small and it’s inexpensive. The review unit I’m working with is just a delight to tote around. It is running the AMD Neo processor, so there’s no Intel inside, and from what I’m experiencing in early testing, it is handling just about everything I’ve thrown at it, with the exception of playing back HD video.
The X100e also features a multi-touch trackpad that allows you to use two finger scrolling and some other gestures. This is a welcome addition, but I find the small trackpad doesn’t leave my fingers a lot of room to do this too effectively.
We noticed a minor textual change on the JooJoo order page just a few days back, and apparently it was no mistake -- Fusion Garage has announced today that its long-awaited tablet PC has started to ship from the factory. For those who pre-ordered (and stuck with it), they'll get theirs as early as March 29th, while everyone can get in line by plopping down their $499 after the fact.
PadGadget did some digging in the iTunes database last night and it looks like Apple has already approved and listed several iPad apps in the App Store. You won’t find any of these iPad titles using your standard iTunes browser, you need to use Apple’s more recent web interface to find the new titles mixed in with the thousands of regular iPhone and Touch titles.
We did a quick scan and were able to find several titles clearly marked as “HD”, a common label developers are now using to indicate an iPad specific version of their app. HD is not a universal title for iPad apps, some developers are instead choosing “XL” to denote their iPad version or simply creating a universal build so that both the iPhone and iPad versions are contained in a single app.
While the word+dog is talking about Apple's iPad, Redmond appears to be readying a tablet which will wipe the floor with it.
Ubergizmo has spotted a Microsoft job ad which confirms that Microsoft is building its Courier dual-screen tablet. Initially the advert mentioned something about a "Courier digital journal" and that info has been hurriedly taken down.
News of Microsoft's Courier has been around since early last year. It is supposed to be less than an inch thick, weigh just over a pound, and is roughly the size of a 5x7 picture when both touchscreens are closed.
The interface will be pen-based and focused on providing users with tools for writing and drawing, including handwriting recognition and a Internet-based portal for keeping track of journal entries.
For many people, getting their jobs done involves the use of laptop computers. An unfortunate fact is that one must often trade durability and performance for the convenience of being able to use your computer on-the-go. If you miss the features of your desktop – but you need the portability of a laptop – Panasonic's latest Toughbook Mobile Computer might just be for you.
The Panasonic Toughbook C1 is the newest in the line of Panasonic's mobile computers. As a convertible tablet PC, it enables you to enjoy the lightweight design of a laptop while you navigate menus and take notes directly from a screen that conveniently swivels. Panasonic boasts that it's the "world's lightest 12.1 convertible tablet PC" in a recent press release that introduced this innovative machine. They also promise that in addition to its many attributes – including a 30" (to base) drop rating and optional Gobi2000 broadband – the Panasonic Toughbook C1 is a wise investment for mobile computer users.
The Panasonic Toughbook C1 can claim many firsts in mobile computing. It's the first heavy-duty convertible tablet PC that has hot swappable twin batteries, offering up to 10 hours of use. Even with both batteries contained within the tablet, it still only weighs a little over three and a half pounds. The Panasonic Toughbook C1 is also one of the first laptops in which users can use a finger, a flick of the wrist or a stylus pen on the screen to operate the computer. Lastly, the Panasonic Toughbook C1 is the first convertible tablet PC that has a triple hinge design. A set of hinges opens and closes the screen; the third hinge allows the user to rotate the screen when he or she wants to utilize it as a tablet.
Apple has released a series of iPad tutorial videos for the iPad tablet and ebook reader. As of this morning there are 11 videos are available for using the Ipad with Safari, Mail, Photos,Videos,You Tube, iPod, iTunes, IBooks, Keynote, Pages & Numbers.
Shoppers can buy Apple Inc's iPad computer this weekend at Apple and Best Buy ) stores, Apple said on Monday, one day after noting that some online buyers must wait a bit longer for the highly anticipated device.
Shares of Apple jumped to an all-time high of $233.86 in early trading on Monday amid signs of strong demand for the tablet computer, whose retail sales start early on April 3.
Analysts have said that Apple has had some difficulty ramping up iPad production due to issues in its supply chain, but that several hundred thousand have already been ordered.
Apple said versions of the device with Wi-Fi wireless Internet capabilities will be available in all 221 U.S. Apple retail stores and most Best Buy stores, for prices ranging from $499 to $699. Models using 3G wireless systems will hit stores in late April.
The iPad is just days away from when customers will get their hands on the tablet device, and maybe then will be able to answer the critics questions. Apple managed to beat Microsoft in bringing out a tablet device, although the latter will be bringing out its own version in due course. However, the iPad will have a head start and with the help of the iBookstore, both working together will change everything.
The iPad has had its critics – but so has the iPod and the iPhone, we do not need to go into the success of both them devices. Ok we will, what made them so good was iTunes and the App store. The iPad will have access to both of these as well as the new iBookstore – allowing you to download eBooks for you to read wherever you are.
The iPad will have a big battle on its hands with the Amazon Kindle, but recent publisher signings and more flexibility – Apple’s tablet device could end up taking a huge chunk of the Kindle’s market share.
Samsung is soon joining the crowd of tablet PC. As per company sources, Samsung has made it known that they are readying a Tablet PC and hopes to have it in the market by the second half of this year.
There is not much information available as of now though. However, what we do know is that Samsung wants the device to be more like a Netbook rather than a Smartphone. This perhaps is an indication that the Tablet is going to be powered by Intel’s Atom processor. This, the company believes, will endow the device with far greater flexibility and more potential than the iPad.
Also what seems likely is that the Samsung slate will be more akin to the HP Slate than the iPad from Apple. This in fact brings to light two different segments of Tablets taking shape – one characterized by highly portable touchscreen devices that is closer to a laptop like the HP Slate and Samsung Slate with the other segment being that of web based media devices where there is the iPad and the JooJoo.
A mad race to enter the Tablet computing segment began with Apple unveiling the iPad and there are a lot of companies who have either already released their Tablets or are in the process of doing so. Like for instance, we are soon going to have the Slate from HP, Adam from Notion Ink, Mini 5 from Dell or the Toughbook from Panasonic. JooJoo has already entered the ring. Microsoft too is readying the Courier. At last count, Samsung’s Tablet is the last product to be vying and jostling for market space.
Apple has exhausted the supply of iPads slated to arrive at customers' doorsteps this coming Saturday, according to the company's online store.
Starting early yesterday, Apple's store noted that pre-ordered iPads might not ship until April 12, more than a week after the tablet goes on sale. People who placed orders before the cut-off of March 27 will still receive their iPads next Saturday, April 3, an Apple sales representative said today.
Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad on March 12, when it also allowed customers to reserve the tablet for pickup at Apple retail stores. At the time, it promised to ship pre-ordered iPads so that they would arrive April 3.
Users who purchase Cupertino's tablet-style device at an Apple store will enjoy configuration services at no charge
Apple is promising free setup services for customers who purchase an iPad at one of its retail stores. The services includes e-mail configuration, application loading, "and more," Apple said Monday.
The iPad is slated to be in Apple retail stores and available for online purchase starting Saturday.
In addition to setup services, the stores will offer iPad "workshops" to help users learn more about the tablet-style computing device, which combines the functions of a notebook, e-reader, and portable video and music player.
"iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement. "We can't wait for users to get their hands and fingers on its this weekend," Jobs said.
Apple’s iPad will not be the only tablet device making a debut in April. The Archos 7 Home Tablet, first announced just before CeBIT a few weeks ago, has popped up for pre-order in certain regions and should be shipping next month.
It appears that the Android OS-powered tablet will be available in Germany first, already appearing for pre-order on a few different retail sites based there, with an updated price set at €179.99 ($243) for the 8GB storage capacity model.
The input screen on the tablet PC is also capable of handwriting inputs. This is a really smart function and we hope it will hit the markets really soon. The price of the tablet PC is being tagged at $499.
ASUS, unveiled its latest Tablet PC, being the first, in the netbook family it has been running for years. The convertible tablet has been named the Eee PC T101 MT which delivers powered performance, mobility and strong processing power.
The 10.1 inch touchscreen display has the ability to fold down for use in tablet mode while many experts are eying it as a competitor for Apple's iPad.
The iPad Camera Connection Kit gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera: using your camera’s USB cable or directly from an SD card. iPad and the Camera Connection Kit support standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW
With the iPad Camera Connection Kit, it's incredibly easy to download photos from your digital camera to your iPad so you can view them on the gorgeous iPad display and share them with family and friends.
The kit includes two connectors, each with a different interface:
The Camera Connector features a USB interface. Just plug it into the dock connector port on your iPad, then attach your digital camera or iPhone using a USB cable (not included).
Use the SD Card Reader to import photos directly from your camera's SD card. Connect it to your iPad, then insert your digital camera's SD card into the slot
After you make the connection, your iPad automatically opens the Photos app, which lets you choose which pictures to import, then organizes the selected photos into albums. When you sync iPad to your PC or Mac, the photos on your iPad are added to your computer's photo library.
iPad and the Camera Connection Kit support standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW.
Netbook Navigator has released their new 8.9-inch tablet PC
, an under-reported mobile device with a solid feature offering. The Netbook Navigator Nav 9 Tablet PC features an 8.9-inch multi-touch display and a surprising hardware system
This writer hadn’t hear much about the Netbook Navigator Nav 9 Tablet PC, and while the brand doesn’t hold a lot of wide consumer recognition, the offering in this device may change that.
The Netbook Navigator Nav 9 Tablet PC is shipping now
Apple customers tend to be more loyal than their PC-using counterparts, and Cupertino is using this to their advantage with the iPad. Just like the iPhone and its iPhone OS, the iPad will get periodic updates to its iPad OS throughout its lifetime. Some of those updates will be minor bug fixes, while others will be more significant, feature-laden updates. Turns out, Apple now plans to charge users for those major updates down the line!
This is what the documentation says about the situation:
Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.
Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, not to be confused with Seton Hall University in New Jersey, will be giving all full-time students an Apple iPad in the fall of 2010.
The iPad initiative kicks off the University's Griffin Technology Advantage Program. This new program provides students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools, ensuring that Seton Hill students will be uniquely suited to whatever careers they choose - even those that have not yet been created.
Rich media mobile ad network Greystripe has announced it's extending its iFlash ads product to Apple's iPad, enabling advertisers and developers to make use of Flash-like content and interactive ads within applications on the device.
Apple's iPhone, iPod and iPad do not support Adobe's Flash video plugin, but Greystripe's technology workaround essentially interprets and re-encodes Flash files to be viewed on those products' operating systems. That means less work for developers, and easy translation of existing online creative and campaigns to Apple devices for advertisers.
With this weekend’s release of Apple’s iPad, everyone wants to know if consumers are willing to ditch their laptops or iPods in favor of the new device. The latest issue of Newsweek devotes its cover to the iPad and makes the statement that “The iPad will change the way you use computers, read books, and watch TV—as long as you’re willing to do it the Steve Jobs way.” NewTeeVee took a peek at Apple’s official “how-to” video tour of the iPad and dissects the way in which video content is addressed.
Many have grumbled that the iPad won’t be Flash-enabled, making almost any video player besides iTunes and YouTube, incompatible with the tablet. Without a Flash plug-in, the next step would be utilizing HTML5 video, something NewTeeVee has contemplated with regards to a market shift away from Flash (which is doubtful but interesting)
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.