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Shiny, shiny, shiny

If you’re impressed by shiny little boxes you’ll love Pano System, a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solution from Pano Logic, which features a unique “zero client” device in the form of a glossy three inch metal cube.Unlike traditional thin clients, designed to work with Windows Terminal Services, the tiny Pano Device has no CPU, memory or any kind of local storage.

November 30, 2009 by First Take

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Toshiba TG01 running Windows Mobile 6.5

When we first saw the TG01 from Toshiba we were both delighted and displeased. There was a lot to like, but Toshiba’s cranky front end to its operating system Windows Mobile 6.

November 18, 2009 by First Take


Mobile business social network tools coming on BlackBerry

The APIs that RIM is opening up for the BlackBerry platform leapfrog what’s available on other mobile platforms, with free push updates, unified advertising and payment options and not just the standard ‘where you are’ geolocation but the innovative ‘when will you get where you’re going’ option.

November 11, 2009 by First Take



I’ve spent a few hours with HTC’s latest Windows Mobile based smartphone, the HD2. Much anticipated, this device represents the leading edge of Windows Mobile smartphones.

November 9, 2009 by First Take


KBOX update simplifies Windows 7 migration

KACE is updating its K2000 systems management box to include a module that allows you to migrate to Windows 7. Although there are plenty of products that promise similar benefits, KACE seems to be cornering the market for appliance-based products that are very easy to use — see our full review from August 2009.

November 5, 2009 by First Take


HP Mini 5101

There are plenty of netbooks around, but those aimed specifically at businesspeople are few and far between. Hewlett Packard’s Mini 5101 is just that, though, and we like it.

November 4, 2009 by First Take


SharePoint 2010

With a public beta still a few weeks away, Microsoft used its recent SharePoint conference in Las Vegas to unveil the upcoming 2010 release of its collaboration and content management suite. The most obvious change is the name – SharePoint is no longer part of the Office family, even though it’s the intranet host for the Office 2010 Web Apps.

October 22, 2009 by First Take


Lexmark laser gets touchscreen

It’s become customary for every new printer to be just a little bit faster than its predecessor or, maybe, a little bit cheaper to buy or run. Radical new features are few and far between nowadays, but Lexmark has come up with a new angle it hopes will change the way businesses look at what printers can do — a built-in touchscreen.

October 16, 2009 by First Take