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Well, it won’t compete with ultra-portables, but as expected, Apple announced the 17-inch MacBook Pro today, with shipments expected to start next week. Weighing in near 7 pounds, the 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo powerhouse will set you back $2,799 from the online Apple store. Included […] Read more »

James occasionally has a "Freeware of the moment", so I thought to shake things up with a free service instead. is a fantastic online service that allows you to edit photos without any fancy expensive software on your device; I could see this handy on […] Read more »

MacBook Pros ship with the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics cards that run at 470 MHz but owners have discovered the cards are underclocked to 310 MHz (CPU) and 278 MHz (VRAM).  Apple is probably underclocking the graphics to provide better battery life and perhaps to allow […] Read more »

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Sony has announced the licensing of LocationFree software for Windows Mobile and cellular phones to ACCESS.  ACCESS is to develop software that will allow Sony’s LocationFree Base Station to stream video to Windows Mobile devices, cellular phones, and the PSP.  Sony indicated licenses will be granted […] Read more »

A new photographic tool calculates various optical equations such as depth of field or hyperfocal distance to let photographers make more effective use of photographic equipment Hampshire, United Kingdom. – April 24, 2006: Douglas Software announces today the release of version 1.1.0 of Camera module for […] Read more »

Kool Kiwi and Tablet PC blogger Craig Pringle just received a SlateGlove from Motion Computing and has his initial thoughts and pics of the installation steps available. Craig’s Tablet is an older M1400 from Motion, but the magical mitten looks fairly functional so far. Like Craig, […] Read more »

Beta 2 preview, also known as Microsoft Vista Build 5365, became available a few short days ago. I usually wait a few days to grab new builds, mainly to let the initial traffic jam in "Download City" clear out, so the new build is on it’s […] Read more »

Listen here (16.4 MB, 48 minutes) or Subscribe to the show with this link  (RSS) Join us on K-PEN radio where  Marc Orchant and James Kendrick gives us the latest news and views of the Tabletscape.  Show #20 debunks the myth that UMPC/ Origami will displace […] Read more »

Top Stories: Kevin Tofel joins jkOnTheRun! Kapsel Media Center; small enough to carry along Sling TV progamming on your Mac via Windows virtualization More than you wanted to know about Kevin Origami Project contest- win a Samsung Q1 and Slingbox Vista’s Media Player coming to XP […] Read more »

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Jarred Walton of AnandTech has written a comprehensive article comparing the speech recognition included with Microsoft Office (and the Tablet PC) to Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS).  He provides a complete overview of each program and then proceeds to test the two methods for accuracy and CPU utilization.  […] Read more »

I’m addicted to Gmail. There, I said it. Now that I’ve come out of the closet, I wanted to briefly share my reasons for this infatuation, along with the one beef I have. The fact that I can access my email from any Internet connection wherever […] Read more »

Love at first sight is common with sexy computing devices, but the Lenovo X41? Let’s just say it took six long weeks for Hugo Ortega to admit his feelings for this Tablet PC he first likens to the 1967 VW Bug he once owned. Turns out […] Read more »

Ultranauts recently published a Top 10 UMPC Predictions that while an interesting read I think two of the predictions are dead wrong.  Never one too shy to speak my mind I want to address those predictions head on. Prediction 8:  The UMPC will reap the rewards of […] Read more »

Your friends call you a geek and you don’t disagree with them.  You are tethered to the Internet 24 hours a day and you actually know what RSS stands for.  What you need are geek accessories to constantly prove you are who you are and are […] Read more »

No, not a "hokey" requirement; it’s wonderful that schools are embracing Tablet PCs. Mandating them appears to be a different story however. Want to study at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering as a Hokie? Get your credit card and your digital pen ready because you’ll […] Read more »

The two juggernauts are at it again. I’m talking about Google and Microsoft. Each has designs on providing near-limitless storage for your personal "digital safe-deposit box" as one source dubbed it. Want to look up your archived and scanned tax return from 1994? No problem, just […] Read more »

The New York Times has figured out what Eric Mack, James and so many of us already know: additional monitors in your workspace can increase productivity dramatically; up to 30%. "Adding a second monitor turned out to be the easiest, mostcost-effective and significant improvement in my […] Read more »

Hauppauge, long time players in the PC TV tuner world, have announced a USB stick that contains a WinTV tuner.  The Nova-t Stick comes with an antenna and supports SDTV, HDTV and digital radio, all run through WinTV’s tuner software.  Come on, go ahead and admit […] Read more »

Josh Bancroft of TinyScreenfuls is attending a convention in Portland and was not happy that the provided WiFi connection was going to cost him $12.95 per day.  So he did what any proper geek would do, tethered his Sprint phone with EVDO to a PC and […] Read more »

Tablet PC ReviewSpot is reporting that Gateway has confirmed an option for a dedicated graphics chip will be available for the newly announced dual core Convertible Notebooks.  Previous Gateway models were available with ATI dedicated graphics and this will continue with the dual core models offering […] Read more »

Looks like Seagate needs to increase the buffer on their website, not their hard drives. DailyTech found some leaked information on the Seagate site yesterday that described the company’s newest perpendicular drives, ranging from 200 GB to a whopping 750 GB of storage. The new 7200 […] Read more »

Although this announcement is really geared towards Tablet PC OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers), it grabbed my attention by explaining a little more how both passive and active digitizers work on Tablet PCs. InPlay’s subsidiary, FinePoint Innovations, has a new battery-free digital pen, the MP820, that uses […] Read more »

TabletKiosk today announced the availability of hard plastic covers for their line of Tablet PCs.  The hard plastic covers come in either white or black and can be snapped onto the slate for the ultimate in protection.  TabletKiosk has always provided good solutions for protecting the […] Read more »

ZDNet is reporting that a number of critical security holes have been plugged with the latest version of Firefox and users should upgrade immediately.  Many Firefox users prefer to hold off on upgrades as some plug-ins have a tendency to break with new versions but the […] Read more »

The stars appear to be aligning for a new Apple portable computing device. Will it be a Tablet? Perhaps a UMPC-contender? Difficult to say, but consider various evidence: Apple just filed a patent for an on-screen keyboard similar to the DialKeys application that various UMPCs are […] Read more »

With the integration of MP3 playback on mobile phones, this is probably the first of many dual-ear headset / microphone combos coming down the pike. Plantronics jumps into this market with their MX203S stereo headset so you can pump the tunes into both ears from your […] Read more »

Oops. It’s a "self-righting" device, not a "self-righteous" one. Above-Net presented their TopNote prototype at the recent Embedded Systems Conference, and expects device availability after September of this year. The TopNote is a Windows CE 5.0 device, not to be confused with a Windows Mobile handheld, […] Read more »

If peering into the mind of TabletKiosk’s Director of Marketing peaks your interest, you’ll want to read this two part interview conducted by Ultranauts. In part one, we find out that Gail Levy started in the new position less than six weeks ago; right around the […] Read more »

Apple rumor sites are buzzing with the word that Apple will soon be announcing a 17 inch screen version of the MacBook Pro.  This notebook will be the flagship on the Intel MacBook Pro line and is rumored it will be announced at the National Association […] Read more »

I’ve owned mobile devices since 2000 when I purchased my first Pocket PC; a Compaq Aero 2130 for you trivia buffs. In the past six years, I’ve really never had concerns with any viruses on my PDAs or phones, but the times are a-changing. With all […] Read more »

One of the best constructed PDAs I have worked with in the past is the Sharp Zaurus.  I reviewed the SL-C3000 last year and the Linux-based PDA is a real workhorse that unfortunately is only available in Japan, with the exception of a few importers.  I […] Read more »

A new study shows that the use of mobile devices to check email or browse the web is growing worldwide, even outpacing laptops in some areas.  The study shows that a big growth area is mobile phone users over the age of 35, something that I […] Read more »

Gateway will announce today two new models in the successful Convertible Notebook line of Tablet PCs.  The M285–E is the model for professional customers and the CX210 is intended to appeal to home/ home office customers.  Both new models sport shiny new Intel Core Duo processors.  […] Read more »

Thanks to the new email notification service at Feedburner, you can now get a daily notification via email informing you of posts made during the day.  I know some people don’t really like RSS feeds and aggregators and prefer to get an email with new post […] Read more »

Palm has released the AKU2 update for the Palm Treo 700w.  The update provides push email capability for those who use Exchange Server SP2 along with the following updated features: Includes Microsoft®’s Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) with Direct Push Technology for automatic wireless synchronization […] Read more »

The small form factor of the Origami has gotten people buzzing about mounting one in a car to provide true mobile functionality and lately I have seen a few people excited about the prospect of mounting a UMPC in a plane.  The Origami could provide navigation […] Read more »

You know me, I am always looking for ways to improve my mobile setup, which I call my Virtual Cubicle.  You can never be too mobile nor too efficient in my book.  PC Magazine has taken my Virtual Cubicle to an extreme and have built a […] Read more »

Rob Bushway has posted a video review of the TabletKiosk eo and has a lot of footage of the Origami device in actual use.  Rob shows all the software on the device and gives his honest opinions of what he likes and dislikes about the UMPC.  […] Read more »

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