Posts Tagged ‘Tablet PC’

Joining scores of other vendors, Sony has just announced its very own ultrabook / tablet effort with the VAIO Duo 11, and it certainly packs in some decent hardware to help kick its way into this increasingly-competitive market. When Microsoft first announced the Surface, it was praised as an innovative median between notebook and tablet, and since, a string of manufacturers have joined the potential gravy train.

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Microsoft unveiled Windows 8’s new tablet-specific user interface on Wednesday. On that same day, at Computex 2011 in Taipei, Foxconn, Wistron and Quanta all unveiled new prototype hardware that’s designed to work with Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating system.

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We’re sure everyone remembers the Microsoft Courier, the much-anticipated though ultimately cancelled dual-screen tablet. The idea was an intriguing one – two screens and an operating system that utilized both pen and gesture inputs. It was funky, but Microsoft said they could never put it into production and a little bit of every geek on the planet died along with it. If only our iPads could recreate some of that magic.

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I was going through YouTube this morning when I came across this video showing a comparison between a Windows 7 based Slate PC and an Apple iPad. What was surprising for me was how in some places the Windows 7 based “Hanvon” Slate did better job than its iPad counterpart – Internet Explorer 8 was faster to load pages than Mobile Safari, the YouTube web app on Windows 7 was certainly loading videos much faster than the native YouTube app on iPad and so on.

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It looks like Microsoft is set to launch a new multitouch capable mouse which will take advantage of touch gestures in Windows 7 to take on its Mac counterpart the Apple Magic Mouse. Microsoft enthusiast Long Zheng of iStartedSomething is reporting on this new upcoming product which according to him could be announced as soon as Tomorrow.

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We were really willing to see the HP Slate PC in action but sadly HP pulled the plug on it, stating that Intel’s hardware is power hungry and Microsoft’s Windows 7 is not a good Tablet PC operating system. But now, ExoPC has come up with a similar Slate PC, that runs Windows 7 and does 1080p videos.

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Now things are taking a U-turn again, or sort of anyway. If you thought that Microsoft has buried the Courier project somewhere in their labs, you might be wrong, as it now looks like that some parts of that ambitious Courier project may return in the upcoming Tablets from Microsoft. Recently, Bill Gates in an interview said that Microsoft is working on Tablets which would use a pen-based input method (as opposed to finger-only mechanism in Apple iPad) which would go mainstream in students.

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According to the sources at TechCrunch, HP has dropped Windows 7 + Intel based hardware for its ambitious tablet project because “It’s too power hungry”. This news, which is yet to be confirmed by HP comes only a few hours after it was confirmed that Microsoft Courier Tablet wont see the light of day.

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Sad news for quite a lot of people, including us. The Microsoft Courier Tablet won’t go into production and has been confirmed by Microsoft itself that they’re pulling the plug on the Courier Tablet project.

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A trusted source has informed Engadget about the upcoming Microsoft’s Courier tablet/e-book device which was first surfaced back in September last year. With just under an inch thickness and weighing a little over a pound, Courier is designed to function as a “Digital Journal”. It is going to feature a dual 7-inch multitouch capable screen which will be designed to work with both multiple fingers-input and stylus.

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Human-computer interaction has now stretched far beyond keyboards and mouse into a whole new world where in some cases we are using multiple fingers for interaction, or just motion in other technologies like Project Natal. Thanks to the trendsetter iPhone, today, almost all consumer electronic items like smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and even bigger screen monitors are opting for touch or multitouch displays because that is what most of us want. Now just imagine how amazing it would be if you could simply convert your existing display into a an interactive touchscreen simply by sticking a thin polymer film.

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The year 2009 can rightly be dubbed as the year of Netbooks. Almost every company from the technology world launched its own brand of Netbook into the world computer markets. The year 2010, on the other hand, started altogether on a different pace. Right at the break of the year, on 27th of the first month, Apple welcomed the new year with its mysterious product, iPad. This unique product, Apple Tablet was already talk of the town for last few months. After the unveiling of iPad, we now see a flood of rumors that are breaking out about various brands of Tablet every other day. Among these, HP Slate of Microsoft and Tablet from Google are the hottest in the rumor world. Year 2010, no doubt, will be the year of Tablets.

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