If you thought the tablet was the savior to the ailing PC market, we may need a better alternative if the latest tablet growth forecasts are to be believed.
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The retail group's store on Tottenham Court Road in London will mark the occasion on Friday with a giant touchscreen running Windows 8, and a number of special offers.
For civil servants wanting to dodge the crowds in central London, the Cabinet Office has set up a low-cost alternative hub, hoping to entice the Whitehall-bound into Croydon instead
Lenovo is now the number-two PC vendor worldwide and has just posted record results for the 2011/12 financial year ending 31 March. Little wonder, then, that Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of the company's ThinkPad Business Unit, was in bullish mood when I met him this morning in London (not even a two-hour cab ride from Heathrow managed to dent his enthusiasm).
Dell showed off a raft of new products in London yesterday, including the Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet, an all-in-one touch screen PC, an M101z netbook, and the latest Dell Streak mobile phone. One of Dell's staff also had a Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7.
Having had a few days to reflect upon Enterprise 2.0, gather alternative perspectives and, purely by coincidence, attend and participate at SAP Inside Track London, some important pennies have started to drop into place.
Back in the days when I had a dedicated Grafitti area on my Palm OS devices I discovered an alternative text entry method (2002 to be exact) that was designed with overlays that you placed on top of the Grafitti area. This text entry method was optimized for stylus entry to minimize the distance you had to travel to enter text since QWERTY keyboards are designed for two handed computer entry. Exideas developed the MessagEase form of text entry that has allowed me to enter text accurately and quickly on various Palm and Pocket PC devices over the years. They have now developed and launched an iPhone solution in case you want to use something other than the default QWERTY keyboard provided by Apple.
PC World, along with several other sources, reported today on Microsoft's dire warnings that an injunction imposed on Word sales would threaten an entire industry. In particular, the Microsoft statement that made me chuckle was"Even if the injunction will not affect Microsoft's existing Office customers, consumers and businesses who require new copies of Office and Word would be stranded without an alternative set of software.
The National Museum of Computing's PC Gallery in London recently opened and Nick Heath of sister site Silicon.com was on scene to relay the evolution of the computer.
Here's a picture of Kayak, the "PC alternative" for emerging markets that Qualcomm announced yesterday. It looks pretty much the way the company described it: sort of a cross between the Apple Mac Mini--bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse--and the OLPC's XO laptop with its rabbit-ear antennae.
Qualcomm on Wednesday entered the Internet device market with a "PC alternative" designed to give netbooks some competition in emerging markets.The device, dubbed Kayak, is designed to use 3G wireless connectivity and be completely free of landlines and other accessories to connect to the Internet.
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A collaborative technology developed several years ago at ETH Zurich in Switzerland is now being used in a theater in Scotland. The Living Canvas technology allows performers on stage to interact with recorded visuals projected on them. As said the lead developer, who teamed with a theater director for this project, 'Living Canvas frees the artist by following the performer on stage using very fast machine vision technology and adapting the projected video according to the position and pose of the moment.' A demonstration of this technology should be seen during the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts event in London in July 2008. But read more...
I was given a trial account of Boingo Mobile to use with Nokia Nseries devices here at Mobile World Congress 2008 and it is a great way to get connected for only US$7.95 per month for unlimited worldwide access. Boingo announced that they have updated their clients to now run on Windows Mobile 6 and UIQ devices so now even more mobile users can enjoy low cost WiFi while on the road. I plan to download this latest client to the HTC Advantage and my T-Mobile Shadow to give it a try here at MWC. If you travel or live in one of the many thousands of areas covered by Boingo Mobile then I highly recommend you check them out as a good alternative for connectivity. FYI, the US$7.95 access is for access from a mobile device and is not the same plan as if you access the Boingo network from a PC (prices starting at US$21.95/month) as I found out at the Newark International Airport.
Lenovo is to start offering Linux-powered notebooks as an alternative to Windows. This means that now two of the top three PC makers will have a Linux line.
ASUS and Intel have actually created an alternative for Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) called the "Eee PC". The difference here is that the ASUS Eee PC is actually something that looks usable and perhaps even desirable for everyday use as a super cheap UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC).
Linda Epstein at TabletPc2 has put together a heavily illustrated, comprehensive review of the new ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC. The unit Linda reviewed is essentially the same as the one I'm evaluating with one notable difference - she's using the multi-touch display which supports both stylus and finger input. Although it runs at a lower resolution, it sounds like a great alternative and, as Linda points out in her review, is excellent for doing demos.
HTC was believed to be working on a UMPC/Tablet PC device, but the HTC Athena may actually be a high-powered Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition with UMPC-like functionality and capabilities. If you are looking for a portable device for surfing, GPS navigation, email, and more then this may be a better alternative than a full laptop or Tablet PC.
While the current generation of viruses for mobile phones are largely a theoretical problem, their rapid evolution means they will pose a major threat in the future, security experts have warned."What took 20 years to develop on the PC has taken about two years on mobile devices," David Emm, senior technology consultant for Kaspersky Lab, told a conference on business continuity in London recently.
They may not be for students, but handhelds might be a nice alternative for teachers who don't need a full-blown desktop or laptop PC.
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