Tablet PC News Archive
December 1, 2004
TabletPc2.coms 2004 List for Santa
Microsoft Corp today announced that New Zealand-based Ambient Design Ltd., creator of ArtRage, is the $100,000 grand prize winner of the Microsoft(R) Tablet PC Does Your Application Think in Ink? contest, a competition challenging developers to utilize the Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition Software Developer Kit (SDK) 1.7 to create new applications or ink-enable existing Windows XP-based applications.
We are very pleased to have the Tablet PC application contest draw such a strong international response from the developer community said Frank Gocinski, Tablet PC ISV and business development manager at Microsoft.
The first runner-up collecting $15,000 is Agilix Labs Inc., a leading developer of mobilized software solutions, for its development of GoBinder. GoBinder helps faculty and students take notes and organize assignments, research projects, schedules and class work.
Applications were submitted for evaluation by independent judges from Ziff Davis Media Inc. and the Enderle Group, who selected the winners based on a number of criteria including usability, innovation and creative use of pen-and-ink functionality. The 12 top winners will share cash prizes totaling $165,000, with first place collecting $100,000.
The 12 top winners will share cash prizes totaling $165,000, with first place collecting $100,000.
In alphabetical order, the remaining 10 finalists included the following (order does not reflect judging scores):
-- Active Ink Form Designer from Active Ink Software Inc.
-- eDrawings from SolidWorks Corp.
-- EMS Field Bridge from Image Trend Inc.
-- MathJournal from xThink Inc.
-- OrangeGuava Desktop from OrangeGuava
-- PDF Annotator from GRAHL software design
-- P'Ink from XAND Corp.
-- SignDoc from SOFTPRO (Software Professional GmbH & Co. KG)
-- TalkWrite from Revelation Computing Pty Ltd.
-- VisualClip 1.0 for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition from Graftabl.com
Initial screening of applicants was performed by Tablet PC Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), customers who are recognized, credible and accessible with Tablet PC expertise and who carry with them the voice, strength and value of the Microsoft customer.
ArtRage is a painting package designed to provide a realistic and fun simulation of using paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools. You can run ArtRage on a normal Windows machine with a mouse, but it works particularly well if you have a graphics tablet. Even better, running ArtRage on a TabletPC takes advantage of the unique interaction of pen and screen to produce a realistic painting feel
ArtRage is all about playing with paint without the mess, and having fun in the process.
Download Art Rage
December 2, 2004
News Bits: Fujitsu & Biometric Security, Intel Alviso, AMD Roadmap ...
Fujitsu Computer Systems has announced that it will be releasing a version of its LifeBook S7000 notebook and Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PC with built in Biometric security. IBM last month introduced its ThinkPad T42 with such an offering. With Biometric security a user can login to their notebook using a swipe of their finger instead of a password login.
Windows Messenger 5.1
Microsoft Windows Messenger allows real-time communication with other contacts who use Windows Messenger and who are signed in to the same instant messaging service. It is the instant messaging client of choice for businesses in managed environments.
Mi-Co Chief Technology Officer to Present on Mobile Data Entry for Clinical Trials at Radiological Society of North America’s Annual Meeting
Four mobile electronic data entry platforms were tested: a standalone PDA, a Tablet PC, a hybrid PDA/digitizer tablet and a Digital Pen. Standard paper data entry was used as control and the forms content was taken from UNC mammography interpretation worksheets. Mi-Co’s Mi-Forms Software was used to convert, verify and validate the handwriting data collected by all four platforms.
The study concluded that the Tablet PC and the Digital Pen platforms were equally fast and easy-to-use data entry methods. In addition, Mi-Forms software for both the Tablet PC and the Digital Pens handled handwriting capture and conversion more accurately and in significantly less time than manual keyboard and mouse data entry.
December 3, 2004
TabletPc2.coms 2004 List for Santa
One thing that seems to be missing when people talk about Tablet PC’s is that they truly are (now) as powerful as a good desktop if not more so when talking about graphics.
The other day Charlie Wood added a few great posts on his Tablet PC blog. My favorite is his Tablet poetry. No, not an ode to Tablet. One day Charlie was in a meeting and had his Tablet PC take dictation of the conversation and the result was a like poetry... kinda. Now, the Tablet PC speech recognition is trained to an individual voice
MIKE WENDLAND: Microsoft CEO's spam count: 10 a day
Detroit Free Press
By the way, Ballmer was visibly excited to see me using a Tablet PC. During the interview, I took handwritten notes with a stylus on the screen, simultaneously running the built-in audio recorder on a Microsoft program called OneNote.
When it came time to review my notes, all I had to do was tap the line where a particular point was made, and the Tablet went to that exact place in the digital audio recording and played it back.
"Honestly," he asked, "after using a tablet, do you have any doubts that every notebook one day is going to have tablet functions?"
He had me there. Tablets really do rock.
New LifeBook Tablet PC for Corporate Users
FUJITSU PC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has launched the LifeBook T4010, a convertible notebook that easily transforms to a Tablet personal computer (PC) with its swivel-hinged 12.1-inch display.
The T4010 weighs less than two kilograms and is powered by Intel Centrino mobile technology, which is Intel Pentium M Processor 725 running at 1.60-gigahertz. It also comes with Intel Pro/Wireless 2915ABG network connection, thus allowing users to connect to wireless networks," she added.
Among other features of the T4010 are a built-in combo drive, Microsoft Windows XP Professional Tablet PC Edition, 512 megabytes of DDR333 memory, 60-gigabyte hard disk and security features including basic input/output system (BIOS) lock, hard disk lock, anti-theft lock slot and smartcard.
December 5, 2004
Windows Anywhere: The Tablet PC and Mobile PC Developer Conference - Limited Offer
Register for Microsoft Windows Anywhere: The Tablet PC and Mobile PC Developer Conference before December 31st and receive a software package with a value of over $1000. Use MSMWA code when registering.
Software gift may include (subject to change):
- Microsoft Office Professional 2003
- Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office System 2003
- Microsoft MapPoint
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- Microsoft Rise of Nations Gold Edition
- Microsoft MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries
- Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
Offer good only to registered event attendees with confirmation of attendance at any two Microsoft Windows Anywhere sessions. Microsoft is not responsible for non-delivery of gift due to incorrect postal information provided by registrant. This offer is non-transferable. Limit one gift per person. Register today to take advantage of discounted conference fees as well as this offer, good until 12/31/04 while supplies last. (MSDN
December 6, 2004
The second annual Alias SketchBook™ Pro contest is goin' Hip-Hop!
Here's a fantastic opportunity for you to design a male or female character with all the style and attitude of a B-Boy or B-Girl.
There are several BIG rewards, but only one character design will be used in a future Hip-Hop game title to be produced by Artificial Mind and Movement Inc. (A2M). Will it be yours?
So what are you waiting for? Load up Alias SketchBook Pro on your Tablet PC or digitized tablet and send in your concept sketches. Come and jam with the best!
Microsoft plots out Tablet PC roadmap
Microsoft last week sketched out the future direction for its Tablet PC platform, and how it intends to address some of the perceived shortcomings of the technology.
The next full version of Tablet PC will ship with the forthcoming Longhorn release of the Windows client in 2006, according to Microsoft's UK head of Windows, Cynthia Crossley. However, the software vendor will continue to add new functionality to Tablet PC with service pack updates in the interim.
Microsoft had not decided whether to offer a Tablet PC edition of Windows Longhorn, as the company currently does with Windows XP, or whether to integrate the two into a single product.
Although take-up of Tablet PC has not been as high as Microsoft hoped, it is now gathering pace, according to the firm. Shipments of Tablet systems grew by 64 percent over the past quarter, Crossley said, and they are now selling particularly well in the small business sector.
"Tablets are following a typical adoption curve, with the first units going to early adopters and the vertical markets," she said. "To go mainstream, we are now looking to lower the price and create solutions around it.
Local projects targeted in federal spending bill
Boston Globe, MA
"It's all in the eye of the beholder," said Michael Mershon, press secretary for US Representative James P. McGovern, a Worcester Democrat. "If federal money is being distributed, we're going to fight to make sure Central and Southern Mass. get their fair share." McGovern helped obtain $150,000 for Dean College to use toward increasing the use of Tablet PC technology in the classroom.
The college's application said the program could be used to help students with disabilities because a screen projection is easier to view and comprehend than a chalkboard, and the material can be downloaded to students' computers.
Le Meridien Cyberport
New York Times
THE BASICS There is a goofy, meet-the-Jetsons self-consciousness to the Cyberport (100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong; which announces its cutting-edge credentials at every turn: in the wireless tablet PC's on which the concierge checks you in
December 7, 2004
Getac's New Slate TabletPC Steps into Rugged World, Aptly
Getac Inc., the leading pioneer of rugged portable computers, today announce their next generation of TabletPCs, the MobileForce™ CA27. The MobileForce™ CA27 is a rough and rugged powerful slate TabletPC manufactured by a company with experience backed by a full product line of portable computers and devices that fully complies with the rigorous requirements and standards of the military yet provides advanced capabilities and an aggressive price point needed by retail users. About the size of copy paper, and under four and a half pounds, the new MobileForce™ CA27 is ideal for such diverse applications from input pads on shipping and delivery docks, notepads for police, fire, and homeland security personnel, flight briefing plans for pilots, and work books for architects and general contractors.
Water, dust, and dirt proof, the lightweight MobileForce™ CA27 slate-type TabletPC provides a reliable device that meets the military's tough 810F standard (Mil-STD 810F), which requires computing devices survive, among other extreme conditions, a minimum of a 3 foot drop impact on hardened surfaces such as concrete and steel plating. This is an important capability since real-world applications of any TabletPC is in the field, warehouse or conditions where applications are rough and risk of falling from a table or desktop is common.
Tech*Ed 2005 - Call For Papers - Mobile Solutions with Windows Mobile and Tablet PC
Apparently Microsoft MDC (Mobile Developers Conference) will be again combined with Tech*Ed 2005 (general conference for developers in all areas) - as it was in year 2004 - because one of topics of Tech*Ed 2005 will be:
Mobile Solutions with Windows Mobile and Tablet PC
Adobe takes document workflow management beyond PDFs
The Malaysia Star
ADOBE Systems Inc has introduced its Adobe Acrobat 7.0 suite of desktop applications that provides capabilities far beyond converting documents into the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).
Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Acrobat 7.0 Standard for Microsoft Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 2), Windows XP (Professional, Home and Tablet PC editions) and Mac OS X (v10.2.8 and v10.3) are expected to ship by the end of the year.
Fujitsu ready to drop pricing on its new T4000 Tablet PC
Fujitsu Canada has been shipping its new LifeBook T4000 Tablet PC this month and during the first week of December will drop the price to attract more users.
The second-generation tablet replaces its thin and light LifeBook T3000 Tablet PC that was targeted at vertical markets and didn't house a modular bay. The new LifeBook T4000 has been shipping throughout November at a Canadian price point of $2,799. According to Tamara Keserovic, Fujitsu Canada's marketing manager, mobile computing products, resellers will be able to start selling the device at $2,649 in early December.
"The reason being has nothing to do with the adoption rate of the product, it's just that we have seen a lot of success for a relatively new product launch and we want to capitalize on that even further and lower prices and start selling tons of volume," Keserovic said. "Because we have seen a lot of success with the T4000 convertible form factor in the consumer market, we wanted to capture that market and hit a sub-$2,500 price point."
Kinetic Data Signs Partnership with Motion Computing; Partnership Will Promote Enhanced Mobile Field Sales and Service Solutions for Tablet PC
Kinetic Data, Inc., a global provider of tailored and packaged service industry software solutions for users of Remedy(R), a BMC Software business unit, today announced it has entered into a partnership with Motion Computing, a leading provider of slate tablet PC products for vertical markets, including field sales and service.
Kinetic Data offers a unique survey software solution, Kinetic Survey(TM), which is compatible with Motion Computing's tablet PC products and field sales and service focus. Kinetic Survey users acquire real-time product and service data from one-on-one contacts with customers, partners and resellers; as well as qualify and take advantage of sales lead opportunities, and register event participants.
"Not only is Kinetic Survey a good fit with Motion Computing's ink-enabled, tablet PC technology, we are actively working to develop additional software modules designed to take advantage of this technology. Our goal to develop software that maximize its functionality and to create solutions that exceed the expectations of the field service industry," John Sundberg, president of Kinetic Data said. "Partnering with Motion Computing gives us a jumpstart on our goal, with technology that represents the future of field service and support."
"Motion Computing is committed to the development and deployment of compelling tablet PC products.
December 8, 2004
Motion Computing Earns Recognition as Red Herring Top 100 Innovator
Motion Computing®, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, today announced it has been selected as a Top 100 Innovator by Red Herring.
The prestigious award is Motion’s 14 th major industry recognition of 2004 and the second from Red Herring. In May, Motion was named to the Red Herring 100, an annual list of the most promising private companies.
Motion’s tablet PCs and related ultramobile products enable people to use computers in new ways and places. Marketed through an experienced international reseller network and directly through its Web site, each Motion product is built to customer specifications. The company’s new M1400 Tablet PCs and accessories are designed for users who need a combination of true mobility, power and versatility.
ChevronTexaco Products Company Adds Computex MMS to Its Reliability Solutions Portfolio
Two proprietary components of Computex MMS that significantly simplify the creation and ongoing use of the solution are Computex Survey Client, a software program installed on a Tablet PC Computer for field specialists to use during the system set up process and ongoing in-plant data gathering.
December 9, 2004
Agilix(TM) GoBinder(TM) 2005 Takes First Prize Award in Microsoft Tablet PC Developer Contest
GoBinder Recognized for its Mobile Learning Benefits for Students and Educators on Mobile Computers With Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Agilix Labs, Inc., a leading developer of mobile software solutions, today announced that GoBinder 2005 received First Prize in the Microsoft Tablet PC Developer Contest for its rich support of digital ink for the education market. Additionally, GoBinder provides universities and students with a replacement for expensive paper and printing costs while preserving and even extending the usefulness of the paper-like experience into the digital realm.
When we first saw the Tablet PC, we knew immediately that digital ink in the classroom would have a huge impact on teaching and learning," said Curt Allen, President and CEO at Agilix. "We are pleased that GoBinder demonstrates the benefits of the Tablet PC so well for students and educators, and believe this award validates what we're hearing from thousands of customers who are using GoBinder to improve their grades, organize their research, and mobilize their course management systems."
Vianeta Adds Speech Recognition to Harmony Health Information Management Platform Using ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking SDK
ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking SDK is integrated in Vianeta Speech Recognition Enterprise Server (SRES) to enable the back-end batch-processing of recorded speech from a range of devices, including digital recorders, PDA's, Tablet PC's and telephone dictation systems.
ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), the global leader of speech and imaging solutions, and Vianeta Communications, the leading provider of Web-based XML health information management (HIM) solutions, announced today the integration of ScanSoft(R) Dragon NaturallySpeaking(R) with the Vianeta Harmony Health Information Management (HIM) Platform. Dragon NaturallySpeaking enables the automatic conversion of speech into text at up to 160 words per minute, and allows users to control software applications simply by speaking.
Electrovaya Announces Fourth Quarter And Year-End Fiscal 2004 Fiscal 2004 Financial Results
Revenue increased by 47.3% to $6.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2004 from $4.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2003. The year over year increase in revenue primarily resulted from growth in sales of the Scribbler Tablet PC and work for NASA.
Electrovaya's goal is to become the leading provider of tablet PC's, portable power for the notebook computer, aerospace and wireless sectors, and to apply its technology to a broad spectrum of alternative energy applications including UPS, stand-by power and zero-emission vehicles. It develops, manufactures and sells high value products globally using award winning patented proprietary lithium ion SuperPolymer(R) rechargeable battery technology, which delivers the highest energy density of any battery technology on the market today. Electrovaya has designed, developed and markets the Scribbler(TM) Tablet PC which offers longer run time than any other Tablet PC currently available. The Company's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol EFL.
Making it easier for Tablet PC users
The Malaysia Star
Making it easier for Tablet PC users
MICROSOFT has released the latest upgrade to its Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, with enhancements that can best be described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
The changes in the new version of the Tablet PC operating system were added as a result of extensive user feedback and is meant to make the whole user experience more comfortable rather than adding a host of new features, the software giant announced at its “Experience More” event in Singapore.
Among the changes in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is how the handwriting-recognition system works now. In the older version, a user was required to write in a special area called the Input Panel that pops up at the bottom of the screen, after which the writing was converted into text.
In Tablet PC 2005, the Input Panel now pops up in an area of the screen which the user is currently working on, thus minimising the distance his hand has to travel.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is built on Windows XP Service Pack 2, and thus offers all the latest security enhancements that comes with the service pack, claimed Microsoft.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is on most new Tablet PCs and is available as a free download for existing Tablet PC owners from www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/upgrade/default.mspx.
Into the Stacks, Tablets in Hand
New York Times
HUNDREDS of public libraries nationwide have turned themselves into wireless hot spots to draw laptop-toting patrons. But for one small library, cordless computing was a way to enhance customer service rather than a service in itself.
Before they came up with the idea of a public-access network, the librarians at the Salem-South Lyon District Library in South Lyon, Mich., got their own reference desks up and moving around.
The staff of four librarians in South Lyon, on the outskirts of Detroit, have two Acer TravelMate tablet PC's, linked to library and Internet resources through their Wi-Fi network. With the tablets in hand, they can wander the building and offer help to visitors, sometimes even before they are asked. .
"We call it roaming reference," said Holly Hibner, adult services librarian.
The idea for South Lyon's roaming reference service arose in 2003, when Derek Engi, the library's network administrator, attended a technology conference and saw a demonstration of tablet PC's being used in medical applications.
WE-DIG to discuss smart client development
The next monthly meeting of the Windows Embedded Developers Interest Group (WE-DIG), to be held January 12th on Microsoft's Redmond campus, will focus on current and future technologies for building Smart Mobile Clients. Guests will discuss Smartphone, Pocket PC, and Tablet PC development topics
December 10, 2004
I asked him if he likes those crossword puzzles and he said “Yes, I do”. So, I asked if he uses computers on any type of regular basis. He said “no, not since I retired”, which was probably 10 years ago based on my assessment. I just had to do it, I pulled out my Motion 1400 with the cool View Anywhere screen and fired up the NY Times crossword puzzle and handed it to him. At first he looked intimidated, I told him it’s a Tablet PC, use the Pen to write and the eraser to erase. Just go ahead and play.
Ok, so that’s was the last time I saw my tablet during the flight. He picked it up and starting working the puzzle, correct answers too. Within minutes he was flipping the pen around erasing his mistakes – just amazing.
Tablets will open new opportunities, they will get you new customers and they will become mainstream computing devices. My friend in seat 23d who now wants a Tablet PC has verified this for me once again…
Mom is at Layne's place and just messaged me from the Sahara iTablet, which Layne's school has been reviewing. She likes it -- better than many of the Tablet PCs that she's used. Is it just because it's white? I thought you'd like to see what she IM'd me:
Embedded Macromedia Flash Proliferating in Mobile and Real-Time Computing
Vibren’s many embedded Flash projects span a range of product types and complexities. In just the past 30 days Vibren has optimized one of the world’s fastest microprocessors to run Flash and transformed tablet PCs into web browsing devices that can be used as research devices, personal organizers or desktop PC replacements.
Hot Electronic Gifts
you'll love the new Averatec Tablet laptop! This powerful PC even has a pen so you can write notes right on the screen. And while writing you can listen to an MP3 player - in your sunglasses!
Crossgates Commons Circuit City Manager Brian LeBaron says, "They're actually Oakley sunglasses so just like you would go to any sunglass place and buy Oakley sunglasses, they are actually Oakley sunglasses with the MP3 player built right into the side of them.
Microsoft Looks to Broaden Tablet PC Appeal with Games
Microsoft Corp. is readying a Tablet PC game software development kit and a new Tablet-PC-specific game, both meant to attract new developers and users for Tablet PCs.
The Redmond, Wash., software maker is co-developing both the SDK and the new game, called Arcs of Fire, in conjunction with software partner 3 Leaf Development. 3 Leaf officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Microsoft expects to release a first beta of both the new game and the SDK in early January, confirmed Frank Gocinski, ISV and business development manager for Microsoft's mobile platforms division.
Microsoft is hoping that by making the Tablet PC more of a gaming platform that it will encourage more of these kinds of customers to test-drive Tablets, according to Gocinski.
The game SDK "will focus on the intersection of Tablet Development and Game Development to provide functionality common to games that leverage the Tablet's pen capabilities," said a posting on 3 Leaf's Arcs of Fire Web site.
December 13, 2004
Partners target Tablet PC solutions
Kinetic Data, Inc., a global provider of tailored and packaged service industry software solutions for users of Remedy, a BMC Software business unit, has entered into a partnership with Motion Computing, a leading provider of slate tablet PC products for vertical markets, including field sales and service. Kinetic Data offers a unique survey software solution, Kinetic Survey, which is compatible with Motion Computing's tablet PC products and field sales and service focus.
Toshiba Portege M200 Review (pics, specs) and Tablet PC Overview
Expressing an opinion on the Tablet PC platform is much easier than passing a verdict on the M200. The tablet concept is amazing. In my opinion it is inevitable that some day all laptops, and maybe all personal computers, will offer the same degree of input options as the Tablet PC does.
If you told me before starting this review that I would soon consider selling my desktop to use a tablet PC exclusively, I would have called you nuts. After using the M200 for a few weeks, I am starting to consider that very possibility. With a port replicator and a nice big external hard drive or two I think the M200 offers enough power to satisfy all but the most hard-core gamer or system builder. But it isn't quite perfect.
My Tablet PC! First Thoughts
Punzie describes the Tablet PC experience: "The Japanese and Chinese recognition is pretty accurate - for Chinese I don't even have to use the character pad, and the stroke order doesn't have to be right if the recognizer sees a character closely resembling whit I was trying to draw."
Anycom BT-100 Bluetooth mouse review
Geekzone, New Zealand
The device is very small (28.5 X 48 X 100.5 mm or 1.12 x 1.88 x 3.397 inch) and very light (only 48 grams without the batteries). It feels silky smooth when touched and it looks very professional with its black body with silver detail. Even without a mouse pad it glides on desks and other surfaces. This includes fabric: I’ve used it on a sofa with my Tablet PC while watching TV.
December 14, 2004
Microsoft Tablet PC Games
eWeek has an article on how Microsoft Corp. is readying a Tablet PC game software development kit and a new Tablet-PC-specific game, both meant to attract new developers and users for Tablet PCs." From the article: "The Redmond, Wash., software maker is co-developing both the SDK and the new game, called Arcs of Fire, in conjunction with software partner 3 Leaf Development. 3 Leaf officials did not respond to a request for comment. Microsoft expects to release a first beta of both the new game and the SDK in early January."
Misys Healthcare Systems Positions Itself For Even Faster Growth in Ambulatory Market
Misys EMR is a flexible, content-rich EMR solution that expedites record keeping processes and enables physicians to retrieve and input patient data anywhere, anytime, from a PC, handheld tablet or wireless device. The product is fully integrated with both of Misys' practice management solutions: Misys Tiger(TM), a Windows(R)-based solution that allows small- to medium-sized practices to collect revenues faster and more fully by streamlining routine office activities such as claims processing, accounts receivable management, and patient registration and scheduling; and Misys Vision(TM), a comprehensive solution for larger organizations that utilizes a single patient database to provide a patient-centered approach to practice management.
Intellisync Rounds Out Mobile-Carrier Platform With Addition of New Wireless Email Solution That Targets Mass-Market Devices
Enterprise data push. -- Wireless push email (with attachments) and sync of PIM/custom data and files for smartphones, PDAs, laptops and tablet PCs, including Windows Mobile for Smartphones, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Palm OS and Symbian.
Newham Council chooses HP for £14 million deal
14th December 2004 Hewlett Packard has been selected to run the controversial IT systems for the London Borough of Newham, in a 10-year deal worth £14 million.
HP will update Newham's infrastructure, including building a new server farm based on blade technology. It will also rollout new PC's across the council, including a range of tablet devices.
Fujitsu puts the finger on tablet PC security
Fujitsu Canada is now arming its new Stylistic ST5020/D Tablet PC with a number of layers of protection, including an integrated biometric fingerprint swipe sensor for enhanced security.
The new slate tablet incorporates an integrated biometric fingerprint reader, imbedded TPM, built-in SmartCard reader slot, Fujitsu Security Application Panel, and theft protection with the Kensington Lock slot.
December 15, 2004
Library Buildings 2004 -- Great Libraries in the Making
"I'd be surprised if each reference librarian didn't have a tablet PC they could take with them into the stacks to access the ILS," said Alan Gray, director of technology. In fact, Gray also expects librarians to be communicating with patrons electronically in real time, possibly with IM to patrons in the library but also to patrons at home, work, or school
Intellisync adds new wireless email solution that targets mass -market devices
-- Wireless push email (with attachments) and sync of PIM/custom data and files for smartphones, PDAs, laptops and tablet PCs, including Windows Mobile for Smartphones, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Palm OS and Symbian.
EmergeCore's 'IT IN A BOX'(R) All-In-One Network Solution Named Server Appliance of the Year By PC Magazine
The IT IN A BOX appliance can support PCs, Macintosh workstations, Unix machines, or any device with an Ethernet or wireless access point, including laptops, Tablet PCs, PDAs, and smart phones.
December 16, 2004
Bluetooth on my Tablet PC
I was a little bit worried when I bought my Tablet PC: very good looking, not so heavy for a convertible, fast and now with 1GB RAM it's even better. But it didn't have Bluetooth built-in, and I wanted to use it with my other Bluetooth devices around here.
At first I've used the Bluetake BT009-M. It's my second Bluetooth dongle around here (the other one is a TDK). The BT009-M is a USB 2.0 Bluetooth adapter with 128MB flash memory. But it sticks out from the side of the Tablet PC when inserted on the USB, making it not the best option for this use
I quickly installed the driver, rebooted the Tablet PC, and it's Bluetooth enabled again without the USB adapter sticking out from the side! Now I can have the CF card always inserted since I don't have other PC Card devices, and use my Bluetooth mouse with the Tablet PC, ActiveSync my Pocket PC, connect to GPRS (Smartphone) or CDMA EV-DO (Harrier Pocket PC), copy files, etc.
NORTHERN BORDER: Watching smarter
Grand Forks Herald
With a camera the size of a tennis ball, a tablet PC and a laptop computer, industry representatives demonstrated Wednesday how Sen. Kent Conrad's proposed Smart Border technology would work.
Microsoft Designates Mi-Co as a Premier Partner for Tablet PC Solutions
Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, announced today that Microsoft has designated the software company as a Premier Partner in its Tablet PC Alliance Program.
"This demonstrates once again that a pen perfect mobile data capture application for Tablet PCs sets Mi-Forms Software apart from other digital ink solutions," stated Jim Clary, Mi-Co CEO.
This is just the latest aspect of the ongoing relationship of Mi-Co and Microsoft. In August of this year, Mi-Forms Software was verified for inclusion in the Microsoft Windows Tablet PC Application Catalog. This verification program was developed by Microsoft and implemented by Quality Logic, to allow end-users to easily identify software products that are compatible with Microsoft Tablet PC devices. This verification process assessed the Mi-Forms features and measured them against Microsoft's requirements.
In late 2002 at the launch of the Tablet PC in New York, Bill Gates stated, "What you'll see in the years ahead is constant evolution of the hardware, you're going to see more and more software partners coming along.... So this is just the beginning but it's quite an amazing beginning."
"The Premier Partner program and the application catalog process demonstrate that Microsoft is leveraging its marketing power to let people know about enterprise and productivity applications on the Tablet PC. The success of the Tablet PC continues to be emphasized at the highest levels of Microsoft."
December 17, 2004
Review: Electrovaya Scribbler SC 2100
Tablet PC Community Meetup - CES 2005
Great news! We have a time and place for a Tablet PC Community Meetup during CES 2005.
Microsoft Mobile Platform Division Tablet PC group is graciously hosting refreshments and lunch for us on January 8th from 10AM to 1PM in their meeting suite. Community members attending CES are invited to talk Tablets to your heart's content. Also, some Microsoft Tablet PC group members will be there to answer your questions.
If you would like to join us, please email me your full name and email address (or leave it in comments) and I'll add you to the list. I'll confirm the room details also.
I've set up a Spaces blog so people can keep track of the CES 2005 Tablet PC gathering.
Clifton's Fourth Beach is Best Place to Surf ... the Net
'Tis indeed the season to be wireless, with several wireless internet services already live over the skies of the Mother City, its malls, hotels and airport lounges.
And now Intel has taken it one step further - they've turned one of the city's hottest beaches into a wireless hotspot.
To add to the fun, Intel will be flying in the world's first wireless computer-equipped surfboard from Europe - voted by Time magazine as "one of 2004's coolest inventions".
The surfboard, a Gulfstream longboard, features a tablet PC sealed in a watertight plastic shell, with a solar-powered battery charger.
MiCo Joins Microsoft Tablet PC Alliance
Local Tech Wire
Mi Co is the newest Premier Partner in the emerging Microsoft Table PC Alliance.
MiCo has developed mobile data capture solutions that work with Tablets.
The inclusion of MiCo by Microsoft is another sign that the software giant embraces the “digital ink” data capture technology developed at the RTP-based firm, MiCo says.
Earlier this year, MiCo software was approved through Microsoft’s verification process for inclusion in its Tablet PC Application catalog.
'Critical' XP SP2 Update Fixes Windows Firewall Bug
According to the article, the Windows Firewall bug affects Windows XP Home Edition SP2, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2.
December 20, 2004
From Tablet PC's, accessories, software, cameras, Bluetooth headsets and phones
TabletPc2 2004 List for Santa
Our List for Santa has something for Everyone !
Review: Electrovaya Scribbler SC 2100
Motion Computing Raises $25 Million; Tablet PC Leader Accelerating Business with Series-C Growth Capital
Motion Computing(R) today announced it has raised $25 million in its third round of venture funding. A top-tier provider of slate tablet PCs worldwide, Motion offers ultramobile computing and wireless communications products and expertise for mobile healthcare, field sales and services, education and government workers.
In 2004, Motion continued its history of product innovation and sales success with the industry's first third-generation tablet PC, the award-winning Motion M1400. Motion has launched a wide array of mobile accessories and peripherals for its ultramobile computers, rapidly expanding its value-added software and peripherals business. With these accomplishments, Motion has grown dramatically in the U.S. and Europe and has an established base of top-tier customers in healthcare, pharmaceutical sales, insurance, education and other vertical markets. With business and industry recognition of its management team, an efficient build-to-order business model, and innovative products, Motion has enjoyed a successful year.
The teacher-technology divide
The Malaysia Star
Microsoft is collaborating with Singapore on a research and development project on the “Classroom of the future.” It is also studying how the use of Tablet PCs can transform the learning process.
December 21, 2004
Market for embedded Macromedia Flash in mobile and real-time computing lifts off
Vibren has optimized one of the fastest microprocessors in the world to run Flash. Tablet PCs have been turned into research devices, personal organizers, and replacements for the desktop PC, while price-checking systems have been transformed into POS stations capable of cross-selling. Stock traders will soon have a mobile device for gathering real-time data and make decisions on the trading floor. Airlines are in the process of expanding passenger entertainment choices with small-screen devices. Many businesses are replacing posters and newsletters with LCD displays that can communicate targeted and time-sensitive messages.
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Software Development Kit 1.7
The Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Software Development Kit facilitates building ink-enabled applications for Tablet PC.
The Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Software Development Kit facilitates building ink-enabled applications for Tablet PC. The combination of software and hardware in a Tablet PC enables these methods of user interaction and allows for a rich, interactive, and productive computing experience for users.
The Tablet PC platform encompasses Windows XP and its extensions that enable input and output of handwriting and speech data on a Tablet PC as well as interchange of this data with other computers. The Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Software Development Kit (SDK) enables you to build ink-enabled, pen-enabled, and speech-enabled applications and supporting hardware for the Tablet PC.
- Visual Studio version 6 with Service Pack 5 or Visual Studio .NET (Both may be installed on the same computer.)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (recommended)
Consult the SDK documentation for more information on system requirements. Note: You must be running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 to install the Tablet PC Development Kit on a Tablet PC .
December 22, 2004
Microsoft Aims to Transform Lodging, Dining Experiences with with Smarter Hospitality
Microsoft has teamed up with 26 partners to build this bridge to help redefine the lodging and foodservice experience. For example, NCR's EasyPoint Xpress Check In provides a hotel lobby touch-screen kiosk guests can use for easy check-in. Ameranth's E-Menu allows restaurant patrons to make their own selections using a Tablet PC. Diners can view pictures of the menu offerings, read descriptions in multiple languages, choose their favorite side dishes and beverages, indicate how they want their food prepared or even check nutritional information. Orders are transmitted directly to the kitchen, and wait staff is notified through a wireless communications device when orders are ready so that food may be served fresh and hot. If customers want a glass of water or need additional silverware, they simply page their server by pressing a key on the Tablet PC.
Digital Dimension's 'Blade Trinity' Visual Effects Highlight Collaborative Power of Microsoft Technologies
Microsoft Corp. today announced that Digital Dimension, a four-time Emmy Award-winning studio specializing in high-end visual effects, 3-D animation and motion graphics, used Microsoft® technologies to create and manage 167 visual effects for the newly released box-office hit "Blade Trinity."
Mobile interactivity was enabled. Early in the deployment of SharePoint, Digital Dimension realized that many of its project managers were highly mobile. To accommodate their mobility, the company outfitted each project manager with a Tablet PC with wireless network connectivity. Using the Tablet PC, it became even easier for project managers to interact with key information -- anywhere, anytime.
Outline at Padua Porsche Jazz Festival
From 11th to 14th November ’04, the beautiful setting of the Verdi Theatre and the exclusive Caffè Pedrocchi hosted the seventh edition of the “Padua Porsche Jazz Festival”, one of the most prestigious Jazz festivals in Italy.
The event, promoted by Porsche Italia, Miles Cultural Association and the Cultural and Show Policy Department of Padua Municipality, attracted top artists on the Italian and international jazz scenes.
Outline sound reinforcement systems were chosen for the entire festival. The floor-stacked Butterfly Vertical Line Array at the Verdi Theatre consisted in ten Hi-Packs + two Low-Packs, processed by two Lake Contour controlled via wireless tablet PC
December 23, 2004
Now Available: Agilix InfiNotes
WHY BUILD TABLET PC APPLICATIONS?
Agilix InfiNotes™ makes it very easy to develop Tablet PC applications with integrated rich note taking. Equally important to using InfiNotes is being convinced to develop a Tablet PC application in the first place.
The Tablet PC is the optimal computing device for a mobile workforce and for mobile professionals. In the past, a "mobile application" meant something that ran on a PDA or smart phone. While still important, mobile computing is more important than just the form factor. Data input is equally important. Giving a mobile professional a full Tablet PC instead of a PDA provides significantly more power to the mobile application.
Mix Text & Drawings
How easily can you draw with your keyboard? How easily can you draw within a field on a form? Pretty hard with a standard laptop. Pretty easy with a Tablet PC! The Tablet makes it very easy for anyone to take notes that mix text and drawing together. And add drawing objects to a field with ease. Go beyond the limits of the standard keyboard with the Tablet PC.
ADD NOTE TAKING ABILITY TO YOUR APPLICATION
Agilix InfiNotes™ is the first framework and control available for developers creating applications with integrated rich note taking.
Agilix InfiNotes is a collection of .NET controls that add rich ink note-taking functionality to new and existing applications. InfiNotes is available in two versions-Standard and Professional Edition.
nfiNotes Standard Edition is available FREE of charge for anyone who wants to incorporate ink note taking into their .NET application or Web site. InfiNotes Professional Edition is licensed per developer with no royalties.
Microsoft Windows Journal Reader Supplemental Component
for the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Development Kit 1.7
Journal Reader Component for Tablet PC SDK 1.7
The Microsoft Windows Journal Reader Supplemental Component provides programmatic read access to files in the Journal format. This simple component takes a stream containing a Journal file and returns a stream containing the file’s content in XML format. The XML returned by the component conforms to the Journal Reader schema. This schema is documented in Journal Reader Schema Reference.
Windows Messenger 5.1
Improvements in Tablet PC and laptop support. Specifically, this includes improved support for ink as well as improved performance when using power saving features in portable computers such as standby or hibernation.
December 24, 2004
Happy Holidays From TabletPc2.com
December 27, 2004
The 2004 Engadget Awards: Cast your nomination for the Tablet PC of the year
It’s time for the 2004 Engadget Awards, and we’re asking for your nominations for the best Tablet PC of the Year.
Tablet PC on Santa's Sled
Courtesy of the folks at NORAD... I've received exclusive information about Santa's navigation methods last night. While Rudolph's nose continues to be a very useful tool, Santa apparently felt the need to go high tech to avoid any possible navigation delays on the big night. Thanks to exclusive camera work, the big guy's new system was caught on film while he was flying over the Great Wall, in China -
December 28, 2004
Sheet Music "MuseBook Concert"
Tablet PCs are a natural for musicians to use for composing and viewing sheet music. AMuseTec Co., Ltd. of South Korea also sees advantages and has turned the potential into reality with MuseBook Concert.
MuseBook Concert series can be run on any windows based PC systems. But tablet PCs are most recommended because they can be easily mounted on the music stands. Using a stylus pen, users can make annotations likewise when they use a pencil on a music book. This function is likely to be welcomed by the lecturers of master classes. Through a projector and a big screen, they can show the audience the live annotations on the music using MuseBook Concert series. MuseBook Concert uses scanned sheet music for its electronic score music. This method makes it easy for the users to obtain scores by themselves. MuseBook Concert can be used for all the musical instruments and any kinds of music.
Pocket PC Magazine January 2005 issue in MS Reader format
Get the January 2005 issue of Pocket PC magazine in MS Reader format and read it anywhere on your Pocket PC, desktop PC, laptop PC, or tablet PC.
December 29, 2004
AT&T Customers Beware!
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Tulip Computers Sells Commodore to Yeahronimo Media Ventures Inc.
Besides this expansion, the Commodore transaction creates the opportunity to speed up the development of the recently acquired tablet PC product line. Tulip Computers' subsidiary in Taiwan, develops and distributes these innovative tablet PCs worldwide under the brand name PaceBlade.
December 30, 2004
Here Are Real Estate Trends to Focus on in 2005
The trend towards bundling services will forge on in the new year. Everyone’s doing it—from banks to brokerages. Even technology companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Case in point, HP’s new specially designed bundled technology package for Realtors including everything a real estate pro needs to get wired like a Tablet PC, a handheld iPAQ, a mobile printer, digital camera and more. Remember, the driving force behind the bundling movement: convenience. If the bundle doesn’t make things easier for the consumer, it won’t be around for the long haul.
Commodore rights sold
Tulip, once a maker of IBM clones, survived its own financial crisis at the turn of the century. It said in a statement it would use proceeds from the sale to fund its current businesses selling PC-related equipment and handheld tablet PCs.
December 31, 2004
Tablet PC 2
Wishes all of its readers a very Happy New Year
Sahara iTablet i213 Tablet PC Arrived
Remember that ultra-cool, orange Tablet PC that was used when Tablet PCs were announced? People got excited about it, then wondered why all the manufacturers went back to traditional charcoal gray, silver, and black when they actually released the product.
"Yes, Virgina there really is a Santa Claus." Today, the ultra-cool Tablet PC exists and you can even buy it and use it.
If you prefer yellow, blue, or gray, instead of the original orange, you can have that too. And if you want white, then just take off the plastic skin (called a "bumper") and you have the original white.
Here is TabletPc2.com's Sahara dressed in blue
Desperately seeking Spears
Google’s shopping web site, followed by the terms “digital camera” and “mp3.” Among popular computer goods searches on Froogle, tablet PCs led the way, followed by “computer” and “laptop.” Mr. Peterson of Jupiter Research said it was interesting to see how the tablet PC was right at the top despite low sales figures. He predicted that the tablet PC could gain popularity in 2005.
abletFactory Announces OneNote EMR Toolkit (BETA)
Now you can have a complete EMR system based upon the power, versatility and features of OneNote. This creative solution, optimized for Tablet PCs lets the practitioner have complete and thorough control of all patient record keeping for a successful private practice. The philosophy behind this solution is to take advantage of the features and capabilities of Microsoft’s OneNote program and provide a user friendly interface to directly import information from external systems, such as PMS (Practice Management Systems) or your current paper charts and records into the OneNote system.
1. Directly import existing patient data
2. Use your own or provided Templates
3. Publish data to a Patient Portal, or email to Patient directly.
4. Password protect data for HIPAA compliance
5. Share data with others
6. Search for data, text and even search ink
7. Combines easy to use ink data entry with custom formatting
8. Insert flags, notes, and audio messages directly into charts
9. Time Stamp entries for auditing and accountability
10. Use the resources of Microsoft as your application developer
11. Directly scan paper charts into Patient’s OneNote EMR record
Request BETA Here EMRToolKit107.zip