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Tablet PC News Archive

August 2011

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August 1, 2011

TabletPc2.com Product of the Month  August 2011

KODAK ESP 9250 All-in-One Printer

KODAK ESP 9250 All-in-One Printer McCaw Photo

I decided switched to the Kodak 9250 in my home office because  after using another brand of printer exclusively for more than 10 years I was tired of their printers getting worse instead of better.   I'm glad I made the change because the wireless Kodak All-In-One printer was easy to set up, prints beautiful photos and allows gives me the ability to scan, copy and fax when I need to.   Adding additional Tablets, Tablet PCs and laptops is equally as easy.

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Toshiba Thrive Tablet PC
Video Gaming ProsToshiba Thrive Tablet Backs in five colors

the perfect back to school tablet

The tablet buying public has known a Toshiba tablet has been on its way for some time, Toshiba having been teasing us with bits and tidbits of information for over a year. Well finally, the Toshiba Thrive Tablet PC is here. And instead of rolling out the same old visual look and feel as 90% of their competition, Toshiba has released a very attractive 10 inch tablet that sets itself apart due to a couple of options. Those options concern onboard memory and the ability to customize your Toshiba Thrive with a variety of bright-colored backing plates.

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AuthenTec Smart Sensor Enhances Security of Fujitsu's New STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet PCFujitsu's New STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet PC
press release

AuthenTec, a leading provider of security and identity management solutions, announced today that Fujitsu has incorporated its AES2660 smart sensor for one-touch security in its new STYLISTIC Q550 tablet PC. The Fujitsu SYLISTIC Q550 incorporates AuthenTec's AES2660 sensor on the back of the tablet where it provides convenient enterprise-class security for users of this new Windows 7-based tablet PC.

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Electronic Arts claims iPad is fastest growing gaming platform
CNET

In yet another victory for Apple in the mobile arena, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitello claims that ipad 2 gamesApple's iPad is the fastest growing platform for EA development.

The report from gaming industry Web site IndustryGamers interviews Riccitello concerning the role of consoles in today's gaming climate. Riccitello holds that while the standard operating procedure for console makers was to release new hardware every few years, nearly in unison, that model no longer fits.

"Consoles used to be 80 percent of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40 percent of the game industry, so what do we really have?" Riccitello said.

What we have is the iPad. Riccitello says that EA is putting out software every 90 days for Apple's tablet. "Our fastest growing platform is the iPad right now and that didn't exist 18 months ago."

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iPad Users 'Most Satisfied' as Apple Dominates Tablet Market
International Business Times

it's no secret that Apple iPads and iPad 2s outsell rival tablet makers, but a new survey indicates that iPad users are the most satisfied among tablet users, a trait that poises to perpetuate Apple's lead.

When U.S. tablet owners were asked if they would recommend their tablet to friends and family by market researcher IHS, Apple users ranked the iPad an 8.8, higher than any of the 11 other brands in the survey.

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August 2, 2011

Review: Motion Computing CL900 tablet
Rugged PC Review

Category pioneer Motion Computing presents an inexpensive lightweight, rugged, state-of-the-art Windows-based tablet computer with a high-res 10-inch display and dual inputMotion CL 900 Tablet PC

As of early summer of 2011, 25 million iPads have been sold, which clearly indicates an appetite for tablets that far exceeds the modest numbers sold before Apple entered the scene in early 2010 with the effortless elegance of multi-touch. Problem is, the iPad runs iOS whereas computers in the corporate world run Microsoft Windows, an operating system that just doesn't work very well on tablets. The question then becomes whether tablets that are more like the iPad might work better, and still fit into corporate IT. Motion Computing, one of the true pioneers in innovative tablet computers, believes so, and the product to prove it is their CL900. In this review, we examine the Motion CL900 and tell you what it can and cannot do.

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Exclusive: New information about Sony tablets Sony Tablet
cnet

CNET has learned some new details on Sony's upcoming S1 and S2 tablets.

A source familiar with the company's plans for the Android devices tells us that four versions of the S1 will be available at launch: 16GB Wi-Fi only; 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G; 32GB Wi-Fi; and 32GB Wi-Fi and 3G. The S2 will come in 16GB and 32GB models that have both Wi-Fi and 3G, but no separate Wi-Fi-only variant like the S1, the source says. Those desiring more capacity will be pleased to know that the S1 tablet has a full-size SD memory card reader onboard for additional storage.

The source also pointed out that the S1 features an 9.4-inch IPS display with TruBlack and Bravia display technologies.

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Skype for iPad goes live
9 to 5 Mac

 

Skype has finally released their native application for the Apple iPad. The application brings everything you love from the iPhone version to the iPad’s larger display. This includes instant messaging, audio chatting, and video conferencing. Just like the iPhone version, everything works over both WiFi and 3G cellular data networks.

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August 3, 2011

Motion Computing Announces New Accessories for the CL900 Tablet PC

Motion CL series SlipcoverMotion CL-Series Portfolio   Motion Carry Sleeve  Motion Cl 900 Carry Kit

Designed to enhance the portability and durability of the CL900 Tablet PC The CL-Series Silicone Slip Cover, Portfolio, Carry Sleeve and Carry Kit these new accessories from Motion are available now available for order in the us, starting at $41.99.   Details Here

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Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet PC Introduced with AuthenTec' Smart Sensor for for Enhanced Security
AZoSensors

The Vice President of Smart Sensor Solutions at AuthenTec has revealed that the AES2600 sensor Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet PCadds to their portfolio of identity management and security solutions for the ever growing tablet PC market. He also states that their company was delighted to work along with topmost tablet manufacturers such as Fujitsu for offering strong and robust security.

The tablet is powered by the Z670 Oak Trail processor developed by Intel and includes a 10.1” touch screen display with a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, an in-built 30/62 GB solid state disk (SSD), 2 GB RAM, an optional user interface (UI) layer, an active pen/digitizer, a front-facing camera, which would be used for video webcam chat and a rear-facing camera, which would be used for taking pictures. Superb connectivity is provided by Bluetooth, WLAN and 3G/UMTS for facilitating collaborations such as sharing of documents while traveling.

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Apple iPad vs. Android Xoom: Judgment day arrives
ZDNet

I’ve been an iPad fan since Apple first released the ubiquitous tablets; with instant-on and long battery life, these devices are an ideal traveler’s companion. This post describes iPad love, Android lust, and a reluctant return back to Apple.

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August 4, 2011

Pierre Cardin Tablet PC pierre cardin tablet
Ubergizmo

First it was Vivvian Tam and now designer Pierre Cardin with the first designer tablet PC in the UK, known as the Pierre Cardin Tablet PC. Expect this particular model to combine both elegant design and user-friendly technology in a single package.

Specially developed to meet the needs of brand-conscious technology users, the Pierre Cardin Tablet PC will be powered by the Android operating system

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What to Consider Before Buying a Laptop for College
TechNewsDaily

Many universities require that students arrive on campus with a personal computer of some kind, and some universities are very specific about what types are acceptable.

Be sure to check the school's requirements before your student heads off this fall. Some schools have a general student requirement, but departments within a college may have their own list of acceptable devices.

At Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, for example, students are required to have a tablet PC, a rule that was established in 2006, long before the launch of the iPad. Students have a short list of five Windows 7-based tablets to choose from.

Compare before you buy

Many schools have partnered with computer companies to offer discounts on approved devices for students. However, it's a good idea to do some comparison shopping before you buy.

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August 8, 2011

Archos G9 Tablet Price & Release DateArchos G9 Tablet
Phones Review

In September, The Archos G9, will be available in two versions an 8-inch 250GBpriced at $369.99 and a 10-inch model for $469.99.

Has the Apple iPad got 250GB of internal storage? The answer is no, but the new upcoming Archos G9 Tablet PC featuring Android 3.2 Honeycomb has. This device has been tweaked to give performance like a flash drive; here are a few details about it.

The Archos G9 tablet comes with many features, but the main one that stands out and one that even the Apple iPad cannot compete with is a 250GB hard disk drive with a 4GB flash drive.

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e-ink based e-readers not impacted by Tablet PC'sTablets and e readers
Good E-Reader

Tablet Computers have not really hurt e-inks business in the reading sphere and many think tank companies are saying that tablet and e-reader sales are neck and neck. Can tablets continue their growth? This is the question most companies are facing. The founder of ACER in a recent interview famously said that “The Tablet crazy is going to be very short term.” Most people find tablets are too expensive for the good ones, ranging in price from $400 to $800. While e-readers have come down in price to retail for $130 to $220.


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Weekend with the HP TouchPadHP TouchPad
ZDNet

When friends and family ask me what tablet they should buy, I am still going to recommend the Apple iPad because I think it is still the leader in the tablet market and there are so many apps and services available for it that there is very little it cannot do. HP’s webOS is my 2nd favorite though and I see more potential and desire to improve it than I do with RIM and the PlayBook.

 

 

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August 9, 2011

TOSHIBA DITCHES THE GLASSES WITH ANNOUNCEMENTOF WORlD’S FIRST GLASSES-FREE 3D LAPTOP
 
Qosmio F755 3D Ushers in New Way of Experiencing 3D Entertainment; First Laptop to Simultaneously Toshiba Qosmio F755 3DDisplay 2D and Glasses-Free 3D Content on a Single Screen

Toshiba Just announced pricing and availability for their New Qosmio F755 3D laptop, the world’s first laptop that is capable of displaying glasses-free 3D and 2D content on one screen at the same time.

The Toshiba Qosmio is a long time favorite of TabletPc2.coms Editor.    Starting mid-August, 3D entertainment enthusiasts be able to “ditch the glasses” and enjoy 3D movies and content along with enjoying all the amenities of a premium, high-performance laptop


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Vizio Tablet $299Vizio Tablet

Vizio has released an 8-inch tablet priced $299. Of course, which makes the Vizio tablet one of the least expensive Tablets on the market.

The Vozio Tablet runs Android 2.3 and features an 8-inch touch screen, is Wi-Fi Only and can be used as a remote control.   

The Vizio Tablet can be purchased from Wal-Mart, Costco and Amazon.

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Top tablets with HDMI connections
CNET

While there is no question that the iPad is the most popular tablet around, it's still missing some quite a few features that are important to users.   One of the features is integrated HDMI output.  While Apple thinks  that selling users a HDMI dongle adapter for an additional forty dollars solves this problem - most think its wrong for Apple to charge extra for something that should be integrated into the device.

Fortunately, there are plenty of non-Apple tablets that deliver an HDMI connection. Having a built-in HDMI output on your tablet makes it easy to share slideshows on a family TV, play videos at a friend's house, or display documents or presentations at company meetings.

With so many tablets on the market striving for an edge over the iPad, HDMI connectivity is an increasingly common feature. Still, some tablets pull off this feature better than others. To help you sort out which tablets do the best job of getting your media onto your TV, check out our CNET roundup of tablets with HDMI.

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Windows 8 is the real deal, not iPad, Android tabletsWindows 8
Myona News

“People will progressively expect more and more from the device they have. I’m not saying our competition won’t evolve with that, but certainly we believe we’re there already.”

Microsoft has been saying that people should be ready to expecting more from tablets than what is being delivered by the market, currently being topped off by the Apple iPad and a raft of what it calls ‘me too’ devices in the sense of Androids.

The firm argues the tablets on the market at the this point are heavily advertised devices – in that they are only really made for watching movies or surfing websites – but that the next generation will be a ‘richer experience’ and much more skewed towards creating things.

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August 11, 2011

Rugged Tablet PC Technologies Enable Paperless Supply Chains
ruggedtabletpc.com
Mobile demand tablet

Paperless supply chains enabled by Rugged Tablet PC systems eliminate paper trails and reduce costs. These ruggedized mobile computers let field sales and service workers access the data they need, update records and transfer data when and where they need to. They also hold up to the bumps, drops and vibration of real-world field environments to optimize uptime and improve mobile workforce efficiency and productivity. Read more…

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Dell has just launched its third generation Tablet PC.  The Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC clearly shows Dells Dell Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC evolution in technology and functionality.

Designed for mobile professionals who want all the productivity, power and functionality of a laptop combined with the flexibility and dynamic interface of a responsive touch-screen tablet the The Latitude XT3 allows people such as healthcare professionals, educators and service personnel, to work almost anywhere.

The Dell Latitude XT3 features include Intel Core i processors, a 13.3” HD LCD screen , capacitive four finger multi-touch , pen, touchpad, full keyboard.  An optional outdoor viewing screen for working in sunlight is also available.  

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HP TouchPad Price Dropped to $399 Permanently
PCWorld

HP has permanently slashed the price of their TouchPad tablet to $399.99.   The HP’s website now lists the TouchPad for $100 less than it was priced at launch, which could signal the begriming of a price war with other tablet manufacturers, who are all struggling to at least match the price of the iPad.

HP TOuchPad Price Cut

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August 10, 2011Vinci Tablet for Babies and Toddlers

The new tablet for babies and toddlers
Fortune

The Vinci Tab for babies & toddlers runs the Android 2.3 operating system has a 7 inch display surrounded by a non toxic red rubber handle,  a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and a 3-megapixel camera . Hardware-wise, that puts it in league with other tablets from the likes of Apple and Samsung.  There is no WiFi or 3G connectivity in the Vinci Tab so that radio emissions which can be potentially harmful young users are reduced.  The Vinci Tab come loaded with games, music videos and story books for that are geared towards the development of fine motor, language, cognitive, and sensory skills.

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Always On: Samsung, HP edge closer to the iPad
Houston Chronicle

The Parade of Tablets continues as more competitors continue to join the battle to knock Apple's iPad off of the top spot for tablets.

Eventually the tablet market will level out, competing products are getting better. Here's a look at two new of the new tablets that offer a glimpse at what's to come.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 — $499/$599, Samsung. One of the first Android tablets was Samsung's original Galaxy Tab that was only 7 inches diagonally and noticeably thicker than the iPad. It's a nice little tablet, but "little" is the key word there. Samsung now has a larger tablet in the 10.1-inch design, and it's a fine piece of hardware.

TouchPad - $499/$599, HP. The long-awaited tablet using Palm's webOS software was finally released in late June, and last week HP delivered a critical update to the tablet, which had gotten dinged in early reviews. The update makes a significant difference in how fast the TouchPad feels, but it's still not as responsive as high-end Android competitors or the iPad 2.

That said, webOS makes for an excellent tablet operating system. Running apps appear either full-screen or as large thumbnails you can scroll through. Of the mobile operating systems I've tried, it's the best at multitasking.

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August 15, 2011

ET Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 750
Economic TimesSamsung Galaxy Tab 750

Competition for the iPad is heating up. No one denying that Apple has created demand for a product that no one knew they wanted.   But the question that needs to be asked is why has no one able to successfully compete with Apple in the Tablet space.

From the amount of time and effort Apple is putting into fighting Samsung, it's clear that Apple sees Samsung as a threat.   With Samsung's latest editions of the Galaxy Tab Tablet. Available in 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch both new Galaxy Tabs have exactly the same hardware specifications (accept the screen size and weight ).

The 8.9-inch ( Tab 730) is aimed at those who need or want a little more portability while the 10.1-inch ( Tab 750) is aimed towards those who want or need a larger screen.  The new Samsung Galaxy Tabs are actually thinner than the iPad 2.

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LifeShield Security Groundbreaking LifeView App That Allows Users to Manage Home Security Systems From Their Apple iPad
PR Newswire

LifeShield™ Security has just announced availability of their new LifeView application.  Lifeview allows users to manage their LifeShield home security systems from their Apple iPad.

LifeView is LifeShield's new internet portal that gives users easy and complete interactivity with a LifeShield home security system.    Available from the Apple App Store, The LifeView app for iPad provides significantly more functionality through a simple interface with clever graphics and instinctual navigation.

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Why the HP TouchPad may be the tablet for you
PC Advisor

HP's WebOS - is a very different from the Apple and Android Os's . Here's a guide to the HP WebOS, and why it might be a mobile platform for you.

From the moment you first boot up The difference is apparent your WebOS tablet, even before you get to the impressive meshing of contacts from multiple web services and sources, the ability to print, Touchstone inductive charging, and touch-to-share.

At the heart of WebOS's approach are the Just Type search bar (present on every home screen) and the concept of "activity cards" to represent each open item.

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Acer Iconia Launches as First 7 Inch Android Honeycomb TabletAcer Iconia A100 Tablet
Headlines News

The Acer Iconia A100 Tablet is finally available in stores – Acers first 7 inch tablet PC running Androids Honeycomb the Acer Iconia A100.  An excessive amount of time had passed since the Iconia's unveiling last fall, which was then followed by a sneak-peak at CES.   Plagued with honeycomb compatibility issues the May launch was pushed back, and very little was heard in the interim.

The new A100, which is the sibling of the W500 and A500 is now available . The new Iconia tablet features a powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset for faster processing speeds, 512 MB of RAM, a 7 inch 1024 by 600 display, dual cameras, 8 or 16GB of internal storage and of course, the highly-prized Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.

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NVIDIA To Launch Tablet With Quad Core
StocksandShares.TV

NVIDIA Corporation announced that the Tablet PC configured with quad-core Kal-El processor chips will be available in the fall of 2011.

NVIDIA processors are currently used many Tablet PCs, including the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Toshiba Thrive and the Acer Iconia Tab A500.

Sony's new Tablet PC will also be using an NVIDIA Tegra processor.

NVIDIA said that the quad-core processors will offer users higher performance as well as being more energy efficient in the future.

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August 16, 2011

Samsung Galaxy tablet ban lifted in most of Europe
ReutersSamsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 &  iPad2

Samsung can sell its latest iPad rival in most of Europe again after a German court lifted most of an injunction it had imposed at Apple's request.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Tablet is considered to be the best alternative to and Apple iPad. .

Apple as well as others are aggressively trying to to defend their intellectual property in the Tablet space against the Google's Android software platform, which is the platform that the new Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet is built on .

Android, is the main target because it rapidly turned into the world's most popular smartphone platform.

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MobileDemand Announces Partnership with GB TechMobile Demand Rugged Tablet PC for Law Enforcement

Rugged Tablet PC Systems Now Available on GSA Schedule 70 through GB Tech

Today Mobile Demand, the leading provider of rugged Tablet PCs for military, government and public sector agencies, announced a partnership agreement with GB Tech, a leading provider of logistics and IT services to the aerospace, homeland security, energy and healthcare industries.

Mobile Demand has also announced that its rugged Tablet PC computers are now available for purchase on a GSA Schedule –

The Mobile Demand xTablet T7000, xTablet T8700 and xTablet C1200 ruggedized Tablet PC's, with specific configurations, options and accessories are now available on the GSA IT Schedule 70

Mobile demand has been providing products to government and military and agencies for many years.  The USDA uses the Mobile demand rugged Tablet PC for field inspections. The US Army uses xTablets for asset tracking, and mapping in the battlefield.

Mobile Demand Tablet PC

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Tablet showdown - Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
PC World

Apple's iPad 2 may be the leader in the Tablet space, but Samsung has definitely has them running scared with its upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet — Apple has spent a fortune in court to and managed to blocked the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from going on sale in Australia,  Which forced Samsung to postpone their launch event.  So, what's all the fuss about the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and how does it compare to the iPad 2?

Galaxy Tab is both thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 is

Believe it or not,  To begin with, even with a larger display than the iPad2, the Galaxy Tab is both thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 is.    The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is just 8.6mm, thin enough to be described by Samsung as "the world's thinnest mobile tablet".   The iPad2 is 8.8mm thick.  While 0.2mm doesn't seem like it would be noticeable, if you're comparing it directly to the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 10.1's weight is only 565g, and that is a big deal. The lightweight design of the Galaxy Tab makes it easy to hold for long periods of time and easy to use with one hand.

Apple's Operating system is a closed platform which means that the iPad 2 doesn't offer users the flexibility of an Android tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1.   However, the iPad 2 user interface and experience are more polished than Android tablets.

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7 Winning Tips for Medical Equipment MakersCentricity Advance-Mobile iPad app
EBN

General Electric's decision for the health-care division of to develop Centricity Advance-Mobile, which is an Apple iPad application developed for primary care physicians in small practices, says a lot about the demand of the tablet PC in the health market.

The Centricity Advance-Mobile software app allows doctors to access GE's electronic medical record and practice management system from an iPad.

Vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT's Clinical Business Solutions, Mike Friguletto, explained why the company is focused exclusively on the iPad over any of the other available tablets. "The market demand for the iPad by physicians was greatest," he said. "GE Healthcare does not currently have plans to expand Centricity Advance-Mobile into other mobile devices, but we will consider this as market demand evolves."

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Android Tablet PC Supplier Chinavasion Launches Its First Android Gingerbread Tablet
press release Ingenium 2.3 tablet pc

Android Tablet PC supplier Chinavasion has unveiled its latest Android Tablet.   The 7 inch Ingenium 2.3 tablet pc is powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Features include WiFi, capacitive screen, 3.0 megapixel front facing camera and a 4GB internal memory.

People come to Chinavasion looking for for high quality, low priced Android Tablet PCs. After successfully releasing its Android 2.2 tablet Eximus, Chinavasion worked hard to working to bring a 7 inch tablet pc with the Android 2.3 operating system to the market.  Chinavasion is now launching the Ingenium 2.3 Tablet PC.

According to Chinavasion's Rose Li, Chinavasion is expanding its Android Tablet and Smartphone categories to make more China made Android Tablets & Smartphones available to people in the West. “Not everyone can afford products from a name brand like Apple".

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August 17, 2011


Enter to win a Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Slate PC.win a fujitsu Q550

The STYLISTIC Q550 Slate PC combines a brilliant 10.1" wide-angle display, pen and multi-touch input, along with all the tools needed for creating content and collaborating. Running the Microsoft Windows® 7 Professional operating system, the STYLISTIC Q550 integrates perfectly into existing Windows® environments. Security features like its Fingerprint Sensor, SmartCard reader, full disk encryption, and TPM protect your valuable information, and its removable quick-swap battery lets you stay productive longer.

 

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet PC

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ViewSonic Brings Dual OS Intel Atom Processor-Based Tablet to Market
viewsonicviewsonic tablet

ViewSonic has announced the North American launch of its 10.1” dual OS Windows / Android tablet: the named the ViewPad 10pro.

by offering a True Dual Windows and Android OS Experience The ViewPad 10pro give users the Best of both worlds in a single 10.1" Tablet.

The ViewPad 10pro is one of the first tablet PCs using the new 1.5GHz Intel Atom™ processor Z670.  The Z670 was designed specifically for tablets to minimize power consumption, while enabling smaller and thinner product designs. 

Without sacrificing on performance, features of the ViewPad 10pro include a 1024x600 capacitive multi-touch panel, Full HD 1080p video playback, fast Internet browsing and extented battery life.

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August 18, 2011

HP To End Tablet BusinessesHP sign
Associated Press

According to the Associated Press Hewlett-Packard says it will end its tablet computer and smartphone businesses, and is also considering selling its PC business.

The phone and Tablet Pc announcement came as a surprise but the rumors have been swirling for six months that HP was negotiating to spin off or sell the PC arm of the business.  

Hewlett-Packard Co. Even though HP recently lost the top spot in computer shipments to Apple and they are the biggest maker of PCs and printers.

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Samsung tablet is the best one whose name doesn't start with 'i'
Boston Globe

By trying to have one of them outlawed, Apple found a new way to create excitement around Tablet computers making them exciting again.

A german court issued an injunction that stops Samsung from selling the new Galaxy Tablet in Germany.   Apples message had come through loud and clear: Apple is afraid of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1.   That said, I had to try the Galaxy Tab for myself, to find out why.

Sure enough, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the best tablet whose name doesn't begin with the letter “i.’’

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a larger, thinner version of the seven inch Galaxy Tab is superior to the original in every way.  The fact is , if it had hit the market sooner, it's entirely possible that Samsung would now be neck and neck with Apple in tablet sales

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Dell: Android, Windows 8 Only Real iPad Tablet Competitors
eWeek

In a conference call on August 16th, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computers, told analysts and journalists that Android and Windows 8 will become the only options outside of the iPad in the tablet space, calling other platforms “other noise.”

According to Michael Dell,  Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 and the Google’s Android OS are the only viable alternatives to Apple’s dominance the tablet space.

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Apple Retakes Top Mobile PC Market Share Position from HP
press release

Taking away the top spot in from HP, Apple shipped over 13.5 million mobile PCs in Q2’11 for 136% increase in shipments.   Close to 80% of Apple’s mobile PC shipments were iPad's, with over 10.7 million units shipped, Apples mobile pc shipments increased for 107%. .Apple’s total mobile PC shipments (notebook and tablet PCs) were 3.9 million units more than HP’s nearly 9.7 million units for the quarter.

Tablet PCs continue to grow the mobile PC industry. Tablet shipments were up nearly 70% Q/Q and over 400% Y/Y with nearly 16.4 million units shipped in Q2’1

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Delta testing the iPad for pilots
flightglobal.com

Delta Airlines started with making iPad's available for in flight use and now they are testing the ipad Delta Airlines iPadfor pilot use.

Steve Dickson of Delta Airlines has reveled that revealed the carrier has deployed 22 of the tablet devices to pilots for testing in flight.

"We're loading Jeppesen Mobile TC charting software, a GoodReader document viewer that contains all of our manuals in an electronic format, and the Journey browser, which allows access to iCrew. A Delta Meteorology app provides access to pilot-tailored graphical weather information and real-time looped Delta radar. Each pilot will have access to their Delta e-mail account and calendar," said Dickson.

"The tablets have also been loaded with a writing app for notes, an Atomic web browser, a PDF viewer, a Wi-Fi finder app, and crew rest and cruise rest period calculators. Both Wi-Fi and 3G are available domestically."

Once the iPad tests are complete, Delta will begin testing with Motorola Xoom Tablets loaded with Android OS by mid-September.  The airline is also evaluating options for a third tablet device.  The third Tablet was not mentioned by name so we don't know which one it is.

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August 19, 2011

Best Buy offers free Galaxy Tab 10.1 with purchase of Samsung TelevisionBestBuy Logo

from Sunday August 21, through saturday August 27, Best Buy customers who purchase a 46-inch 3D Samsung HDTV TV (priced at $1499.99) will get a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet.

According to a Best Buy spokesman, the free tablet offer is part of a dedicated campaign that is aimed at selling big-screen TVs, not tablets.

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August 22, 2011

Stonehenge Telecom Intros Tablet PC
Channel Partners

Stonehenge Telecom is debuting the Stonehenge Slate Tablet PC at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo.   The Stonehenge Tablets runs Android 2.3 on the 7 inch screen and your choice of Android or Windows 7 on the 10 inch screen.

The 7-inch Stonehenge comes with Wi-Fi and optional 3G support, 512MB DDR3 memory with up to 64GB of storage, front-facing camera, and an HDMI port.  The 10-inch Stonehenge Tablet comes with with Wi-Fi & optional 3G support, 1GB DDR3 memory, expansion up to 2GB of memory, 16GB SSD internal storage, a Micro SD slot and front and back cameras.

The Stonehenge Slate Tablet PC has the ability to turn into a virtual Hosted PBX phone using the company’s application, called Merlin.

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Idolian.com Launches Tablet PC Online Store
press release

Idolian Mobile, a tablet PC manufacturer and distributor in the US who recently began offering a tablet PC below $200, has launched their online store.

The Idolian line of Tablets includes, the Touch Tab and Turbo Tab, Touch Tab T8, TouchTab10, TouchTab8, Mini Turbo T8, Turbo Tab S and the popular Hero Tab.

Since tablet PC's have become popular gift items, Idolian.com will be add 5 more models to their online store before the holidays.   Idolian's motto is “Tablets for Everyone,” that said, Idolian.com will soon offer a  Tablet PC for Teens, Kids, Mom and Dads all at affordable prices, so everyone can have their own tablet PC.

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Why the Tablet Market Is Really the iPad Market
AdAge.com

"Apple created the tablet castle and various competitors have tried to storm the walls, but nobody has made much of a dent," said Forrester analyst Charles Golvin.

HP's decision to scrap the Touch Pad, despite a splashy and expensive add campaign featuring comedian Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, and Glee's Lea Michele came as a surprise to many. In general .Reviewers were unimpressed with the HP Touch Pad*

A few weeks ago an insider from Hp lamented, "How do you fix it?  Marketing alone can't do it." He also acknowledged there were major clashes between the employees from Palm and HP in both product development and marketing for the TouchPad.

* HP never sent a review unit to TabletPc2.com.

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August 23, 2011

Schools using iPad apps to help special-needs students
Asbury Park Press

Anthony Leuck communicates in ways that arena’t as conventional as other people do.iPad being used for special needs children

18-year-old Anthony, has an undiagnosed disorder that makes speech and muscle control extremely difficult. He is able to interacts with people through eye gaze, or by tapping his head against a switch on a communication device that enables him to spell out words.

Recently at Lehmann Center, which is a special-needs school in Lakewood, Anthony was given a different challenge: making music with his hands.

Anthony one of hundreds of special-needs students who will be working with iPad's in the classroom this year.   Since its launch, the iPad has been gaining popularity in the special-needs community.

The reason for their growing popularity in the special needs schools is that in addition to being lightweight and mobile, iPad's are easily customizable to and individual child’s needs. T

Anthony Lehmans teachers credited his love of music, instant reward (when he touches the screen he immediately hears the chord )and, the iPad itself – for his small but important victory.

“These children can access and enjoy everything a typically developing child would enjoy – they just have to access it differently,”

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Apple's iPad Replacing Cash Registers
All Things Digital

Retailers accepting payments on Tablets may still be in beginning stages, but mobile devices, especially those from Apple, are becoming mainstream at retail stores across the country.

Some of the more significant deployments that are in progress include,

Lowe’s, which last week announced announced that they were rolling out 42,000 handheld devices in their stores across the U.S. and Canada.  Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Home Depot,  have also announced the deployment of mobile devices in their stores.

For the most part all of the retailers using Apple products.  Currently, the he majority of the devices are being used as tools for salespeople to check on product availability from the floor.  In the future the tablet devices may eventually be used to accept payments.

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Lenovo aims to take down Apple as tablet market leader
ZDNet

Lenovo’s CEO, proclaimed to the The Financial Times that Lenovo “will be one of the strongest of the Lenovo LePad Tabletplayers in the Tablet arena,” adding that Lenovo will be focusing on offering tablets across a broad price range, including lower-end models, so that everyone has an opportunity to own a tablet pc.

“Apple only covers the top tier,” he says. “With a $500 price you cannot go to the small cities, townships, low salary class, low income class. I don’t want to say we want to significantly lower the price, rather our strategy is to provide more categories, to cover different market segments.”

When Lenovo announced its first quarter earnings last week, they confirmed their plans for a consumer-meets-enterprise ThinkPad tablet in the United States.

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HP TouchPad Suggests Cheap Tablet Strategy vs. Apple iPadHP Touchpad tablet
eWeek

Hewlett-Packard might have accidentally discovered a way to kill the ipad. Charge $99.00 for a tablet with decent hardware and enough memory memory, and watch as as customers fight to get their hands on it.

Unfortunately, HP didn't slash prices to increase touchpad adoption.   Instead, last week, HP announced that it no longer in the Web OS Tablet or smartphone business

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August 24, 2011

Showdown - Apple iPad 2 vs Lenovo ThinkPad
PC World Magazine

Apple's iPad 2 is still the number 1 selling tablet, but the upcoming launch of the new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet (available in September) will certainly make the battle more interesting. Although the Lenovo Thinkpad tablet is an Android tablet, it is one of the first tablets that is going to be targeted directly at corporate and business users.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet comes with a 10.1 inch touchscreen, runs the latest version of Android 3.1 'Honeycomb', supports Adobe Flash and has an HDMI out port.  Lenovo also includes a digitizer pen.

Apple iPad 2 vs Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet: Specifications 1

Apple iPad 2 vs Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet: Specifications 2

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United & Continental Airlines Replaces Paper Pilot Manuals with iPad's
mashable

United Airlines has announced that they are switching their pilots to iPad's and eliminating paper on United Airlines piolots in the cockpit with their iPadstheir flight decks.  The Airline is providing 11,000 Apple iPad's to both their United and Continental Airline pilots. The iPad tablets will replace all of the paper flight manuals.   This is the first major airlines to go completely digital.

The iPad's will be equipped with an app on the tablet that give pilots access to all of their aeronautical navigational charts.   United begun distributing tablets to their pilots in early August.

Each 1.5 pound iPad, will replace approximately 38 pounds of paper in the pilots flight bags.  The average flight bag has 12,000 sheets of paper for each pilot.   Moving to Electronic Flight Bags (EFB's will save 16 million sheets of paper a years and reduces fuel consumption.  United airlines projects the switch to EFB's will save more than 1,900 trees and 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3,208 metric tons.

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August 25, 2011

The Lenovo ThinkPad is now Available for Pre-Order
International Business Times AU Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet with Pen

Lenovo has just announced that its new ThinkPad Tablet is now available online for pre-orders

Lenovo's new The 10.1 inch ThinkPad is ready to forge ahead and take a a piece of iPad market away from apple.   The think pad has good chance of succeeding where HP's TouchPad failed because Lenovo has aimed the ThinkPad at business users rather than the consumers.

The ThinkPad several advantages over the HP TouchPad, including the Android OS and hardware features such as a USB port, SD slot, and a mini HDMI port that the iPad does not offer.   (Apple offers a optional dongle for HDMI connectivity)

Lenovo had made sure that the New ThinkPad's features are skewed towards the business market. Including a pen that allows users to write, draw and create content.   The Thinkpad also allows both the viewing and editing of Microsoft Office documents and the ability to synch with desktops via USB or Bluetooth.  The new Lenovo tablet also supports a Citrix Receiver that allow users access to PC desktop applications from outside of the office.

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HP's TouchPad Sells Out, Lenovo Releases ThinkPad: Is iPad's Advantage Slipping?
International Business Times

Lenovo's ThinkPad is touchscreen Tablet , with a powerful dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Terga 2 processor. The features on the thinkpad set it apart from Apples other competitors and some reviewer believe that Lenovo can find an opening in the Tablet market by directing their new tablet toward corporate users and IT departments because it offers additional hardware and software that is not offered on Apple's iPad or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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August 26, 2011

Fujitsu Iris  - A New Transparent Tablet PC ?
Haute Living

Fujitsu Iris Tablet PC   Fujuitsu Iris Transparent Tablet PC

From what I can see, this is more scanner than a Tablet PC, but hauteliving.com has the above photos and information on a transparent touchpad with an OLED display from Fujitsu that uses a wireless charging technology and has the ability to to scan documents, translate texts and work as as a locations navigator.

According to the article, features of the the Fujitsu Iris include, a scanner, speaker, camera, text translation, the option to sketch and navigation.    The divide screen design of the IRIS allows two people to work at the same time and when using the the navigation function, the directional signs appear as if they are on the street which would increase the accuracy of pedestrian navigation.

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NFL's Buccaneers issue every player an iPad 2
Apple Insider

The coaching staff of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers has equipped every Tampa Bay Buccaneers iPad for players one of their 90 players with an iPad 2 to view playbooks and watch videos.

Using the iPad 2 has allows the staff to save time, energy and paper.    In the past players were provided with documentation the size of an average phone book.  

According to the St. Petersburg Times, all of the teams plays have been digitized and installed on the iPad's issued to each player on the roster.   In addition brush up on the team's extensive list of plays, players also use their iPad's to watch video files of NFL games and practices.

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Prototype Windows 8 tablet PC with a quad-core processor spotted in New Zealand
Tablets Planet

   Microsoft's yet to be named quad-core Windows 8  slate style tablet was shown at the Tech-Ed 2011 developer conference in New Zealand this week.  The Two photos below were captured by Alan Burchill of Smartergeek.info.

Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet in New Zealand

Windows 8 isn't expected to be ready until the first quarter of 2012, and the mystery quad-core tablet shown above has no release date at this time.

Quad-core tablets should start rolling out in time for the 2011 holiday season and Apple is expected to introduce a quad-core equipped iPad in 2012 as well.

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Wall Street Journal  posts Video about Apple's iPad 3 In the Works
WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is working with their component suppliers in Asia gettting ready for the trial production on upcoming the iPad 3.

 

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Portability, Productivity Attract Business Users to Tablets
Channel Insider

More than 40 percent of people polled say that staying connected with colleagues and clients was their primary motivator for purchasing a tablet.

Tablet computers like the iPad, Google Android-powered tablets and others are the latest technology devices aimed to bridge both home and office.  In a recent survey, about 80 percent of tablet owners said that because of their convenience, ease of use and portability, that they enjoy a marked improvement the the balance between work and life because of tablet technology.

Those polled said that the the main draw was increased productivity – close to 60 percent said that they get more work done using a tablet. 

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August 29, 2011

A lesson in pricing Tablet PCs
News & Observer

Tablets have taken a 400 percent increase in sales over the previous year.  Analysts are forecasting mammoth holiday sales for the iPad and have declared the era of the laptop over. HP discontinued its TouchPad tablet and Apple share of the market tablet market continues to skyrocket. The momentum is certainly with Apple , marking the end of what originally was thought to be potent competition for the iPad.

The question is, what people are willing to pay for tablets?  A low end 3G iPad sells for $629. When HP discontinued the TouchPad they went on sale for $99.00 for the 16 GB model, the demand for the discontinued table was so great that HP's servers crashed. 

HP, spent over a billion dollars to buy Palm and used the Palm OS software as the basis touchpad tablet, and then pulled the plug before even giving it a chance to compete in the Tablet market. 

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HP-licensed iPad 3 to as a successor to the HP TouchPad?
Beatweek Magazine

Sensing that computers are going by the wayside tablets are growing by leaps and bounds in popularity HP is moving away from PCs.  But for HP to withdraw permanently from the tablet and computer arena, may not sit well with stock holders. 

With technology geeks, not listening to what HP is saying or not hearing that HP is saying its done in Tablet and computer markets they are clamoring for HP to launch an tablet in the already crowded Android market to replace the TouchPad.   Is the answer for HP, to repeat history and license the iPad 3 from Apple?   It wouldn't’t be the first time HP did something along those lines, so the question is would Apple ever agree to a licensing deal with HP?

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August 30, 2011

Lenovo has just announced their first commercial and consumer tablet PCs for The Asian markets.

On a quest for a 10% share of the global Tablet PC market within the next three years, Lenovo will launch three devices launched in Thailand tomorrow. 

the first three devices in Lenovo new tablet family included the ThinkPad Tablet, for commercial and business users, IdeaPad Tablet K1, i Wi-Fi and 3G versions for consumers.  These are Lenovo's first tablets that feature the Android 3.1 OS.

Lee said the ThinkPad Tablet was designed and built to provide a combination of mobile entertainment, security and productivity for both commercial and business users.  It features an optional digitizer pen, an a full-sized USB port, SD-card slot, and a mini-HDMI giving it it the ability to easily connect easily to external projectors and displays.

"This is the first time Lenovo has launched tablets in both the commercial and consumer markets at the same time.                       

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Amazon's Tablet PC
24/7 Wall St

Amazon is likely to succeed where HP , Dell , RIMM and other consumer electronics companies failed. Their new Goggle Android-based tablet is expected to sell as many as five million units when it's released in the fourth quarter of 2011.

According to Forester Research “Apple will maintain a strong lead in market share, but Amazon will gain ground quickly and give product strategists from media, software, retail, banking, and other firms a reason to kick app development for Android tablets into high gear.”

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August 31, 2011

coming soon - Firefox for Android Tablets 'Firefox for Android Tablets
zdnet.com

The Mozilla Mobile team unveiled some of thenew  user interface design decisions that it made in developing a version of Firefox for tablets.

Mozillas User interface designer Ian Barlow takes us on a tour of the UI.

First there’s theming, making Firefox look at home on Android 3.0 while retaining the familiar look, feel and visual elements of Firefox on the desktop. Notice the forward/back buttons, bookmarks button and reload button.

Thanks to the fact that there is a larger screen on Honeycomb tablet PCs, Mozilla has also added the “Awesomebar” feature to the new Firefox interface.

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Sony may stumble in bid to become tablet No.2
Reuters

Sonys new tablet computers, which are expected to be launched Wednesday, face an uphill battle against dominant players Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics , with the gadget's expected pricing in particular raising red flags.

"Sony really must be in the tablet market and must succeed," said Mito Securities electronics analyst Keita Wakabayashi.

Sony has said that it is targeting Samsung's No.2 slot in the tablet market, where the Korean company's Galaxy Tab range is a distant second to Apple's blockbuster iPad.

At an industry event in Germany on Wednesday, Sony is expected to launch its tablets, which were first shown off at a Tokyo event in April.

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HP may resurrect TouchPad, weighs PC spin off
Reuters

Hewlett-Packard Co is considering resurrecting their TouchPad with a spin off of its personal computer division., The head of its PC division said, suggesting HP might revive a tablet that lasted just forty eight days on the market before they discontinued the touchpad tablet because it couldn't co,peat with the iPad tablet.

Tablet computing is a segment of the market that's relevant, absolutely," he said, without elaborating. He said a spin off of the Personal Systems Group will bring the "best value" to HP shareholders for taxation and other reasons.

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