News-June, 2008

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 Lenovo's x200 Tablet PC Details Emerging

I love my Tablets, there's no doubt.  I also love the Lenovo X300.  The keyboard is Thinkpad'-famous, and the weight is less than that of the X61 yet includes an optical drive. Now, rumors of the next Lenovo Tablet PC, the X200, are starting to emerge.  Personally, I can't wait. Although it doesn't look like the X200 will be an X300 in Tablet form (a bit thicker, and no widescreen), it's sporting a powerhouse with 2.4GHz Centrino Core2 Duo process and solid state drives (SSD) up to 64G. 

A JkontheRun reader spotted this in the Manageability section of Lenovo materials - "UltraBase dock reference indicating that the accessory is common to the "X200, X200s and X200 Tablet" which seems to verify the rumors.

Engaget reports a full line of specs including the following:


HP Bridges Work, Play, Home and Entertainment with Global Personal Systems Product Launch

Massive unveiling includes breakthrough touch-based PCs, high-performance Voodoo offerings, billion-color LED display and 17 new notebooks

In a massive announcement of next-generation personal systems, HP today unveiled a broad portfolio of products featuring elegant design and inviting new digital experiences.

Among the announcements:

The new HP TouchSmart All-in-One, a new generation of touch-enabled PC that brings digital entertainment to life through a natural user interface. A tap or swipe of a finger lets people engage with photos, music, video, games, the Internet, television, family calendars and more.(1)
Seventeen new notebooks, ranging from the value-based Compaq brand to the premium HP brand to an ultra-mobile Voodoo that showcases a fresh look in the luxury category.
A breakthrough display co-developed by HP color scientists and DreamWorks Animation animators that can bring more than 1 billion colors into view.

The series of announcements took place at the HP Connecting Your World media event in Berlin, where more than 600 journalists, bloggers, HP partners and other industry influencers from around the world are gathered.


HP Redefines Home Computing, Putting the Digital Lifestyle at People’s Fingertips with New TouchSmart PCs

HP today unveiled a new generation of all-in-one PCs that change the way people interact with their computers by making digital entertainment a truly compelling, hands-on experience.

The new HP TouchSmart family of PCs features HP software designed specifically for touch. A finger tapped or swept across the high-resolution screen delivers quick access to information, entertainment and social networks. Without using a keyboard or mouse, consumers can play music and create playlists, zoom in or out of photos, and quickly check the weather or watch TV.

HP TouchSmart PCs are designed to resemble the lines of a messenger bag and to fit wherever life happens, whether in the living room to entertain friends, in the den as a social hub, or in the home office. The simple yet sleek design and natural user interface adds style and elegance anywhere it is placed.

“Our engineers have created a fun, engaging and simple touch experience for the home that nobody else offers today,” said John Cook, vice president of marketing, Worldwide Consumer PC Business, HP. “We’re changing personal computing from just feeds and speeds to an experience influenced by consumer trends and design that anticipates customer’s needs. The HP TouchSmart PC is all about reinventing the personal computer experience.”


HP Delivers Stunning Design, Personalization and World-class Engineering in New Voodoo Portfolio

HP today announced a new portfolio of Voodoo-branded computing devices targeted at the growing segment of consumers who demand products that combine luxurious quality, personalized styling and unmatched technology innovation.

The first two in the portfolio – the powerful Voodoo Omen desktop and the ultra-mobile Voodoo Envy 133 notebook – were unveiled at the HP Connecting Your World event.

The new Voodoo Omen and Voodoo Envy 133 set the tone for the new portfolio with striking design elements, world-class engineering and extensive personalization options.

“The new Voodoo portfolio is designed to appeal to consumers who have very high expectations for form, function and looks,” said Mike Perkins, vice president and general manager, Voodoo Business Unit, HP. “Our new Voodoo systems exemplify technology excellence while also looking like they would fit as well at an art gallery as on a desk.”


HP Introduces World’s First Affordable Color-critical Display

HP today introduced its new color-critical computer professional display, available for less than a quarter of the cost of competing offerings.

The HP DreamColor Display features a new liquid crystal display (LCD) that provides a range of more than 1 billion colors in a 30-bit, LED-backlit display. The display is now shipping worldwide for a U.S. list price of $3,499.(1)

The display is the result of an unprecedented technology collaboration with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (NYSE: DWA) and addresses an increasingly critical need for affordable and consistent color accuracy in the animation, game development, film/video post, broadcast, product design and graphic arts categories.

The HP DreamColor display is expected to disrupt the economics of color management, making it possible, for the first time, to have a color-critical LCD display on every desk to make color checks, redesigns and multiple proofs a thing of the past.

“With the new DreamColor display, HP has broken through barriers that have existed in display technology for the past decade,” said Ed Leonard, chief technology officer, DreamWorks Animation. “The new DreamColor display packs a list of significant advances into one amazingly powerful display, enabling an unprecedented level of color management and fidelity in our production process. It’s a digital filmmaker’s dream.”


HP Fuses Style and Mobility for Consumers and Business with Its Largest-ever Notebook Introduction

HP today marked the broadest and most innovative notebook rollout in its history with the introduction of 16 new models designed with new materials and software features that enrich the user experience.

Unveiled at its Connecting Your World event, the newly redesigned notebook families are available in an array of sizes and configurations – including the all-new HP EliteBook premium series – providing a broad selection of mobile computing options to meet the personal style and performance needs of most anyone.

“HP is creating notebook computers that captivate users with striking design and the right features to deliver a great user experience,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Our new lineup further enhances our brand leadership with notebooks that are tailored for the ever-changing mobile lifestyle.”

HP’s new lineup of consumer notebooks features the sleek new liquid-metallic HP Imprint 2 surface design, while the durable, aircraft-inspired HP EliteBook is one of 10 additions to the company’s business notebook portfolio.


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ZD Net - Computex and Ultra Low Cost Computers (ULC)

When Asus first unveiled its Eee PC at Computex in 2007, the industry viewed it as curiosity. One year later, Asus says it has sold more than a million Eee PCs and a new category, the ultra low-cost PC, is suddenly one of the biggest trends at this year’s tradeshow.

The emergence of this category is fueled in part by Intel, which officially released its Atom processors and related chipsets. Atom is designed for two different types of products, Mobile Internets Devices (MIDs), which are essentially powerful handhelds with wireless WAN connectivity, and these ultra low-cost PCs, which Intel refers to as netbooks and nettops. Because of the low price tags, these stripped-down systems are geared toward both emerging markets and mature markets, where they’re popular as a second or third PC for Web browsing and e-mail. Intel believes the category will grow to 100 million units by 2011–the majority of which will be netbooks.



Donation to Arbor Day Foundation Part of Pledge to Plant 1.5 Million Trees Worldwide by 2025

Toshiba America, Inc. (TAI) today announced a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 80,000 trees in Southern California national forest areas damaged by wildfires last October.

A check will be presented Friday by Toru Uchiike, TAI’s chairman and CEO, to John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Next spring, Toshiba volunteers will assist the Arbor Day Foundation in planting the new trees to help replace those lost to the fires.  The tree planting will help prevent soil runoff and the growth of invasive plant species, while better protecting local watersheds and restoring indigenous forest habitats for wildlife. 

Toshiba Corporation of Japan announced in June 2006 its group-wide initiative to plant 1.5 million trees worldwide by 2025, a year chosen to celebrate Toshiba’s 150th anniversary, and to demonstrate its long-term commitment to help saving the global environment. The reforestation effort in Southern California is an important part of this initiative.

“Four of our Toshiba America companies are located in Southern California and we studied what we could do as a corporate citizen to contribute to the recovery of the area,” said Mr. Uchiike.  “Last year, more than 500,000 acres of national forest were burned in California alone.  That’s why we believe it’s important to support the Arbor Day Foundation and plant trees in the area damaged by the fires.”

“This initiative reflects the overall mission of Toshiba Group’s Environmental Vision 2050, our commitment to environmental management practices that promote harmony with the Earth,” said Mr. Uchiike.

“We applaud Toshiba for its commitment to help plant trees in the Southern California national forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Toshiba’s commitment will help restore native wildlife habitat, clean the air, protect soils and waterways, and renew these beautiful and valuable natural resources for the benefit of generations to come.”

Toshiba Group’s “1.5 Million Tree Planting” global initiative is built around three pillars: the Afforestation Program, which plants trees through financial contributions and the efforts of employee volunteers; the Education Program, which raises environmental awareness through lectures and hands-on learning events; and the Financial Program, which marshals funds and other resources to help the forest.  Currently, global tree-planting projects in Japan, China, Thailand, Kenya, Philippines, India, and Paraguay are planned or underway.  


About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education and conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at


About Toshiba America, Inc.

Toshiba America, Inc. (TAI) is the holding company for five Toshiba operating companies in the United States, including more than 10,000 employees.  TAI is also responsible for managing the U.S. implementation of Toshiba Corporation’s Environmental Vision 2050, a commitment to environmental management practices that promote harmony with the Earth and contribute to the creation of a richer lifestyle for society. Environmental Vision 2050 includes initiatives to reduce Toshiba’s own environmental footprint while offering products and services that will help businesses and consumers reduce theirs.  For more information, please visit:


Competing Mobile Device Visions for the US: UMPCs, MIDs, and Smartphones

Research and Markets has announced the addition of “Competing Mobile Device Visions for the US: UMPCs, MIDs, and Smartphones” to their offering.

As categories of mobile devices converge, We have identified four primary types of productivity tools—the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), the mobile Internet device (MID), smartphones, and smartphones with mobile companions. To determine which of these may have an advantage among US consumers, We commissioned a survey to test attitudes and perceptions. Based upon the preferences of 1,759 respondents, it appears that there are two “winners,” a potential winner, and one with an uncertain future.

The clear winner in the survey is the smartphone, either alone or with a mobile companion. Nearly half of the respondents chose the benefits and capabilities associated with smartphones. Helping its chances for success are the established and successful channels of distribution and that the actual pricing of this solution is somewhat less than end-user expectations. That smartphones are established as a valuable solution today makes the sales process easier than for the other mobile device options.

To derive these results, the survey asked questions about the devices respondents currently own, carry with them regularly, that they plan to buy in the near future, and what devices they plan to retire. This information is meant to help any participant in the mobile device marketplace, including the software and accessories ecosystem, better anticipate customer demand and expectations.




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