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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service using tablets
Mobile hardware also came in to play as Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service showed off some of the tablet computers it is using to better prepare firefighters for tackling blazes and other call-outs.
Firefighters in the service use terminals to pinpoint the location of fires and other incidents, and to learn about potential hazards - such as gas cannisters near a blaze or information on a chemical that has been spilled.
Pictured is a firefighter using mapping software on a mobile data terminal, which allows the crew to access information on the location of ongoing incidents.
To find out more about how Hampshire uses tablet technology to help it tackle fires, check out Fighting fire with tablet technology.
Photo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
HP TouchPad tablet
Tablets also featured on silicon.com last month when editor Steve Ranger got a hands-on with HP's soon-to-launch TouchPad device.
The TouchPad tablet runs the Linux-based webOS and is aimed squarely at the business market.
For more on the TouchPad, as well as the Palm3 smartphone, see HP TouchPad tablet turns up the enterprise heat on Apple's iPad.
Photo: Steve Ranger/silicon.com
RBS Marketplace PlayBook app
Also last month, investment bank RBS showed off the next iteration of its RBS Marketplace app for the BlackBerry PlayBook - pictured above - which puts personalised research data at the fingertips of its customers. The bank reckons tablets are a better device for reading this data than smartphones as research articles can be hundreds of pages long, making the slate's bigger screen a boon.
The updated app includes a Trends view feature which lets users see at a glance what other RBS customers have been reading and thereby judge whether an article is worth their time.
For more on RBS' updated PlayBook app, see RBS Marketplace app for BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet.
Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com