Saturday, September 30, 2006
Unfortunately at that price - $199 - I doubt that I'll ever buy it. I got enough with Microsoft's high prices. ;)
Friday, September 29, 2006
This program allows you to synchronize your copy of Outlook in your UMPC with the one you have installed in your main PC. And the most important thing is that it merge whatever changes you have in both PCs. This is a completely new feature never seen before in any other solution. Until now all I have seen are programs that overwrite the PST file in your PC with the one from your UMPC if this one is a newer file.
You can download a 14 days trial version of this program here.
Update: I just received this second note about this program. It seems to me that Sony is preparing another surprise to be released soon ;)
You may be happy to know that we included a feature that will auto-configure the Window XP firewall to allow UltraSync to communicate over the TCP/IP sockets. Also, some people have had concerns about "sharing" the UltraSync folder during partner setup. I hope people will know that this folder share is just temporary and the folder can be "un-shared" as soon as the initial partner setup is complete. The actual sync process does not use folder sharing.
BTW - UltraSync is preloaded on the new Sony UX-280P (????!!!!) and should be shipping in Oct.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
This is about the most exciting release I’ve been able to forward to you – the Q1 is Officially Available inYou can read more about this news here.
. While for most of you in the Australia it will come as a shock that it actually isn’t available! It is for us too. The official availability means that USA is now finally on the Origami Map! Australia
Lenovo and IBM's move to recall ThinkPad batteries brings the number of battery cells recalled to more than 6 million since Dell Inc.Wow!!!!!!!!! That's a huge number! I never have seen a recall like this.
Intel provided a sneak peek at one of the UMPCs planned to hit the market in 2007 - a Yahoo-branded mobile device - that packs a comprehensive feature set into a small form factor. Technical details were scarce, but the presentation and hints given by senior vice president Dadi Perlmutter indicate that this will be the UMPC Microsoft and Intel should have introduced earlier this year. According to the executive, the devices will not use Core 2 Duo processor, and "consume approximately half the power of today's CPUs with approximately one-fourth the package size." Looking at Intel's current portfolio we would speculate that the device will use a low-voltage or ultra-low voltage Core Solo processor with 1 MB of L2 cache.
They did not say during the event anything that we have not hear about it already. One thing is for sure, we should see other UMPCs from Asus in 2007.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Optimize for resizable windows using a standard screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Support the minimum Windows Vista screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.So, one more time I'm asking: is Microsoft really supporting UMPCs?
Thanks God, I was close to my company building and from the parking lot I picked the WiFi signal, got connected with my UMPC and bought that song before I entered the building. Probably if I was using my UMPC has a car companion pc I would have done that right there at that moment while the song was playing but in my case I have to connect via BT my UMPC to my Phone and I would need to buy a car stand or rack for my UMPC and I have not done that yet. "Why things have to be so complicated?"
Well, I guess my UMPC saved me today from losing a song that I wanted in my collection because once I'm inside of that building I would not have time to buy that song and in few minutes I would have forgotten about it.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
According to ABC News, Switchback PC - this is the name for this UMPC- has a built-in keyboard. Black Diamond is calling it a condensed QWERTY keyboard, similar to the one found on the latest BlackBerries. It's basically a thumb board with two letters on each key, and it learns your typing habits as you go.
The screen is a sunlight viewable display measuring at 5.6 inches and sporting a 1024-by-600 resolution. Other impressive features include built-in GPS, Bluetooth, and WLAN. The hard drive and batteries are hot swappable. And Black Diamond has something called a User-Defined Module which attaches to the back of the unit and lets you define your hardware needs. You have a wealth of modules to choose from, such as modules for extra USB ports, high definition audio outputs, terrestrial radios, barcode scanners, digital cameras, breathalyzer, joystick controls, and the list goes on.This UMPC will use a 1GHz Celeron M processor and 1 GB of RAM. So far the price is unknown but one thing is for sure, this is not going to be a cheap one.
Monday, September 25, 2006
You can find the list of cities, locations and dates here.
The TabletKiosk team is joining forces with Apex Software to sponsor four roadshows held in conjunction with the Apex CE Training Seminars.
The TabletKiosk Demo Days Roadshow is open to all UMPC enthusiasts, Windows® XP Tablet Edition fans and TabletKiosk customers. Please join us for these hands-on seminars where you will have the opportunity to see and try out the full line of TabletKiosk products, chat with members of the TabletKiosk team and meet some of your fellow Tablet PC and UMPC enthusiasts. In addition, all attendees will have the opportunity to win a $300 gift certificate to the TabletKiosk.com web store.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
I received a few days ago a Mini Bt Keyboard from Brando to review and here are the first pictures of this really portable keyboard.
I was very surprised to see how small this keyboard is and this could make it in a perfect companion for small devices such as Pocket Pcs and Smart Phones where to have an extra input method that will be faster than those integrate within the device is a big plus.
In the Second Part of this review I'll talk more about the configuration of this keyboard and the drivers for other devices.
So far, I have not found an UMPC that has been released free of "little" issues. Asus had 6 months to learn from the competition mistakes but if you check the list posted in the above link you will find problems that are common in all units current being marketed. And these issues are mostly relative with screen calibration and screen rotation.
Taking in consideration that Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is present in all of them and that the screen shape (800x480) is the same in all of them, I ask myself, are these signs of an Operating System that's not capable of handling the 800x480 resolution? And right after this first question a second one comes to my mind: is Microsoft taking these devices and this new resolution in consideration in the new coming Operating System Vista?
I Know for fact that Microsoft Origami Team never thought that users are going to want to use or ask for screen rotation and that they know about these calibration issues and that they know about screens/Windows included in the new office 2007 that were not designed taking in consideration the 800x480 resolution. So the last question that I ask myself is:
Is Microsoft really supporting this new Market? Come on Microsoft, We believe in this new market, are you believing?
Friday, September 22, 2006
So eo v7110 owners, do not waste your money in iTunes movies. QuickTime and Amtek T700 are just a bad marriage... thanks to VIA video drivers I should add. The Amtek T700 aka eo V7110 has enough recourses -including 64 MB of shared video memory - to play movies no matter what program is used.
Update: Somebody (Jeff from LA) has pointed me that probably the problem here is QuickTime and iTunes that are very well known resource suckers. And I would say that probably are both, Apple and VIA the cause of this issue in Amtek T700. The reason why I blame on VIA drivers is because for example, PowerDVD and WinDVD have the same problems if they are using filters that are not prepared to use VIA video drivers. I think that that's one of the problem here. Quicktime can't use any of the hardware capabilities of VIA video chip.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Hum... How many people do we have in China now? One thousand million? I hope that they are reading this. ;)
Steve has publish a full review of the new Vega UMPC.
Its not a gaming machine or a tool for office professionals and the lack of built-in WiFi is going to attract a lot of negative comments but combined with it's class-best mobility (only the much more expensive OQO beats it) its style and ability, I rate it very highly as a UMPC.He is probably is right but I still think that 4 to 5 inches display in UMPCs are for casual tasks. I also read a comment in somewhere saying that Raon is preparing a second version of this UMPC with WiFi and BT integrated.
You can read the full press release here and if you decided to buy this device here is the link to their store. The ago7 has 512 MB of RAM and a 40 GB HDD.
Well, what I can say... I'm happy to see that we are getting close to the price range between 600 to 700 dollars. This is the range price that I believe is fair for these devices.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
You can find a long list of other issues and in some case solutions here.
Seems good to me, as long as they do not impose the use of WMV file format in this service.
Monday, September 18, 2006
According to JKK, Vista is not good in this device if you are planning to use applications that need to process a lot of graphics. I have been following all JKK's video and it seems to me that Vista is running very fast in his device. In mine IE 7 opens a lot slower than in JKK's Amtek!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The application name is CTWarranty and it allows to keep a database with all electronics or appliances that you own and keep track of their warranties. I still working on it and I probably will release it as a Commercial application with a very small price tag.
I'm working on it on my eo so the screen size of all forms is designed to fit in the 800x600 resolution of UMPC devices. And of course it will work in any Tablet PC. Opinion and desired features are welcome.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Some of my albums in iTunes do not have an artwork, this video shows what I'm doing to create these artworks with just the "Copy and Paste" option of Snipping Tool and iTunes.
Friday, September 15, 2006
The same experience is reported by users that have installed Vista in the eo v7110 from TabletKiosk and in Samsungs Q1. We are getting close to Vista official release and still no drivers available for Vista in any of the UMPCs in the market.
Probably Dennis got wrong what the "Vista Capable Logo" means, it means "Eventually you will be able to run Vista in this device". But he is lucky that he got that logo in his UMPC. As a UMPC owner that did not have that "Vista Capable Logo" in my device I wonder if I should stick a logo in mine that says "Probably I'll see Vista Running in this device". And I use the word probably because all depends of what the OEMs want to do. The market moves very fast and in 6 months the priority of these manufacturers is going to be other newest devices. So this is the best time for us to ask about "Vista compatible Drivers" for our devices.
I really think that XP is not for a 5 inches or less screen but looking at what Steve is doing makes me think that there is market for any Small Factor PC. Take as an example what happened to Hugo Ortega and his famous P1610 video, hundred of thousands unexpected downloads.
No doubt about, despite the bad reviews written by some called "experts" the UMPC concept is probably the most revolutionary idea since "laptops" apparition in the market.
I don't know if you have checked the JKK's video about Vista installed in an eo V7110, if you did it I'm sure that you noticed how JKK was really impressed with how good was ink recognition in Vista.
Talking about JKK, he is posting some screen shots of Vista in his blog.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
From what he is saying seems to me that Vega is less powerful machine than the eo V7110. For example he is reporting problems with iTune 7 which I installed yesterday in my eo V7110 and run perfectly - btw, I like the new iTune look and the 3D browsing of albums. Google Earth worked very slow in Vega while in eo v7110 is not perfect but it's not slow at all.
But here is the most important complain:
The lack of Bluetooth and Wifi is causing me a problem. For Internet access via my cellphone and WiFi its just not practical to be having to remember to take and insert a USB stick in every time. Wifi performance using the USB stick was below what I get with a DLink CF card but as it's a USB add-on, it can easily be changed - said Steve.Come on guys we are living a new era of connectivity. Releasing this beauty without any connectivity is just a bad joke. Do not you think?
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I would like to thank JKK for answering my questions. I really appreciated.
What I like from the P1610?
- It's small
- It has a PCMCIA slot
- It has Ethernet and Modem Integrated
- It has a touch screen that is not affected in anyway when you lay down your hand on top of it to write notes.
- It has integrated 3G connectivity.
This keyboard use rechargeable batteries that can be charged attaching the keyboard to your PC using a supplied USB Cable. I contacted Brando to check if that added also USB functionality to this keyboard but the answer was No.
Monday, September 11, 2006
I hate the USB WiFi stick. Its such a good looking device and then you have to plug the the stick in. I don't know why Raon thought they should leave it out. Mad. The same goes for Bluetooth. Without Bluetooth, it will seriously limit it's use in a car. GPS, Cellphones and Audio devices could all be integrated with this device but if you have to put a USB stick in, it will reduce it's appeal.I agree with Steve. For me an UMPC without an integrated WiFi and BT is not an UMPC.
Well, We have now the answer thanks to one of the proud owners of this device (link).
A 256 MB Memory Module. This is a nice feature from Asus that allow owners to upgrade their devices with more Memory without "voiding the warranty".
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The battery design in this UMPC is a lot better from the point of view of creating Extended Batteries. Being a flat Battery the weight is distributed along the whole back surface making the unit easier to handle.
Also in one of the pictures can be seen a compartment that probably could give access to memory banks or mini PCI slot.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
But even the Sun has dark spots. The eo with this battery is noticeable heavier up to the point that I think that with 9 cell battery it won't be comfortable at all to hold it for long period of time. The problem is with the location of the battery in the top. The extra weight and the battery shape unbalance the gravity center of the device pushing it toward the top and that makes you feel a sensation like if the device is trying to turn your hands on that direction. With 6 cells you still have good control of the eo but 3 more cells, for a total of 9, probably won't be a very good idea.
I like the design. I like the slope because it hides the battery no changing the front view of the eo.
I also like the pieces of rubber located in the portion of the battery that touch the horizontal surface if you lay down the eo.
But I don't like the unfinished end of the battery shown in pictures 3.
It just does not look good compared with whole eo design.
Another thing that I noticed is that this battery fit in the battery bay a lot better than the original Battery.
In conclusion, I'm very satisfied with this battery. It adds an extra weight to this unit but that's the price to pay for more battery life. I would recommend the 9 cell Battery when it's released by Mugen Powell (Unifirm) only when to have 6 hours of battery life is very important. The extra weight added with that kind of battery could make the eo very difficult to be handled.
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Thursday, September 07, 2006
The first picture of this device made in Germany was published at Gagetzone.nl
The only details known about this device is that it has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, onboard GPS, DVB-T tuner and webcam.
I ran a test against my new eo v7110 extended battery using Battery Eater Pro. During this test, it measured a minimum battery life of 3:05:23. In my earlier test against the standard battery, the same test recorded a minimum battery life of 1:35:02....
...It is very important to keep in mind that the standard test with Battery Eater Pro is designed to stress the system as much as possible with a goal of identifying a minimum battery life. Both tests were also run with wi-fi and Bluetooth active and with the screen at 50% brightness. Most of the time, the battery is going to last quite a bit longer during real world use. I frequently have seen a battery life of over 2 hours with the standard battery, which means that the extended battery is likely to often last for 4 hours or longer.
The expected result for a Battery with 6 cells, exactly the double of cells than what we have in the Standard Battery. With BT OFF, WiFi ON (Browsing) and 25% of Brightness this battery should last around 4 hours. I have to add that we have another Extended Battery coming soon made by UNIFIRM. This battery will have 9 cells so the battery life will be in the range of 4.5 to 6.5 hours. Off course, with this battery by UNIFIRM the eo v7110 will look a little bit bigger and heavier than with this 6 cell battery from TabletKiosk.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Now I am sitting on my couch with my touchscreen surfing the web and playing with Vista Media Center. Wifi works, audio works, screen calibration works. I am still downloading the bluetooth and camera but I hope those will works just as well.
He is actually talking about his i7210 with Vista installed on it. The drivers for this device can be found here.
We're at Chapter 1 in this story, so naturally, things aren't evolved as we would all like. The eo 7110 is essentially a mini Tablet PC without a keyboard. It's bulky, not exactly lightweight, gets hotter than your standard laptop, and has meek battery life. Early adopters and those who find themselves wanting a smaller iteration of a Tablet PC will enjoy this device. Me, though, I'm staying on the sidelines for now.This review is fair in many points but when he said that the eo has redundant buttons. I can see clearly that we could live without at least two buttons but the fact that they are there gives us the possibility of using them with other programs or functionality.
Steve Irwin, the passionate conservationist who shot to international fame as the Crocodile Hunter, was killed today in a freak accident while diving off the north Queensland coast.
My condolences to his wife and son and daughter. The World never will be the same without you Steve.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
I would ask for:
- A commitment to create drivers for Vista
- c3 State Support
- Better Video drivers with screen rotation support
- A better Brightness configuration program or tool that could allow owner to set whatever brightness level they like while running on battery or AC power.
- Screen calibration in Log On screen
What you would ask for?
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Origami Team - Dustin: Over time we see the UMPC as appealing to a broad range of consumers from the busy professional, to the active student, to the stay at home parent. Initially new technology always appeals first to technical enthusiasts and early adopters and the UMPC is following that predicible trend. From Microsoft you can expect to see us continuing to deliver software that will focus on consumer scenarios such as media, entertainment, navigation, etc. to further the broader consumer appeal.I have to say that I have been in contact with Origami team a few times and it's a wonderful team.
Are you listening Amtek? Are you listening Intel?
5 hours Battery life. Yes, it looks like the VIA C7-M is finally being used to good effect. They are quoting 60% more battery life.
Friday, September 01, 2006
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I appreciate your taking the time to offer us this feedback and encourage you to continue to let us know how we can improve Google Book Search. As this is still a young program, new features are under consideration and your feedback is very helpful.
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the Q1P will also have an increased battery life: up to five hours. I'd expect that some of the increase battery life is due to the Via chipset, but it's likely that we'll see a larger capacity battery than we have with the current Q1 model.
Wow! 5 hours of battery life is really good! That's the way to go Samsung!
A few days ago I reported here about a new program for UMPCs called GPS.Radar. Well, GotaBeMobile has just published a InkShow about this program. Check this video review and you will see why GotaBeMobile is one of my favorites.