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News Week of November 16, 2008

Five Gadget Which Were Killed by The Cellphone


 The Ultra Mobile PC was a failed experiment, although once in while a company will drag the rotting corpse from its comfortable grave, slap on a bit of makeup and try to sell the idea again. The reason? Cellphones. Think about it: The UMPC was a full-fledged computer crammed into a tiny box with an impossible-to-use keyboard, with pathetic battery life and a hilariously high price tag. The phone, in contrast, offers an operating system and interface designed for the modest hardware on which it will run. It's cheap, and the battery lasts for days.

Better still, phones are only getting more powerful. The iPhone and the G1 are both handheld computers which happen to have a phone attached. And if you really do need a bigger screen, you can pick up two or three netbooks for the price of one UMPC. (Source: Charlie Sorrel, Wired Bog Network)

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 by ChrisD
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Mouse Gesture app launcher, free today only. Good for Tablet PCs?

Giveaway of the Day is featuring a Windows application launcher today and normally, I'd skip this type of utility over. What caught my eye though is that the software brings up your customized application list through a mouse gesture. I presume it would work with a Tablet PC and pen and/or a quick touch gesture on a touchscreen device as well. It looks simple to use and it's free today only so if you need a diversion as we start the work-week, this could be a good one for a few minutes. You'll need a Windows XP or Vista machine for the 6.21MB download.   (Source: jkOnTheRun)
Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 by ChrisD
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Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1

Like all hardened devices, you pay a big premium for the privilege of splash and dust resistance.

Those looking for a device with more performance, or a full keyboard, may want to consider Panasonic's larger ToughBooks, which include the CF-19 and the CF-30. The warranty on the Panasonic ToughBook range is three years.

Panasonic currently has a large chunk of the market share in Australian rugged devices. They have a number of big customers, including Sydney Water, Telstra, National Foods, Coca-Cola Amatil, Bluescope Steel, Mitsubishi Motors and Ambulance Victoria.  (Source: Alex Serpo, ZDNet Australia)

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 by ChrisD
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Fujitsu Siemens launches mobile clinical assistant

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has announced the launch of the Esprimo MA, a tablet PC designed for mobile working in the healthcare sector. It is based on the Intel Mobile Clinical Assistant platform and features the new Intel Atom low-power processor designed to give long battery life for mobile devices. It closely follows the launch of the Panasonic MCA earlier this month, which also features the Intel Atom. It will be available in production quantities in the second quarter of 2009.

The Esprimo MA weighs only 1.3kg and is fanless, which enables it to have a fully sealed housing that can be sterilised for use in healthcare environments. It has integrated high-speed 3G/UMTS (3G is optional), WLAN and Bluetooth wireless communications.   (Source: BJHC&IM)

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 by ChrisD
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