Saturday, July 31, 2010

Smartphones, tablets seen boosting mobile health care

IDG News Service - Smartphones, tablet PCs and other wireless devices are poised to play a greater role in health care as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said Thursday.

A study from Manhattan Research found that 71% of physicians consider a smartphone essential to their practice and 84% said that the Internet is critical to their jobs.

"Physicians are opportunistic in finding ways to improve efficiency," said Monique Levy, a senior director with Manhattan Research. Smartphones allow doctors to check e-mail, use mobile applications and surf the Web, and also lead to collaboration between physicians and patients, she said at the World Congress' Summit on mHealth.

Doctors can use a device like a tablet to pull up patient information during a consultation, then use it to show a patient how disease spreads or how curvature of the spine occurs. It may be easier to share information with patients in this way than sitting in front of a PC.

The use of mobile devices in health care has expanded in the past five years and will continue to grow as U.S. smartphone use increases, said Harry Wang, director of mobile and health research at Park Associates. By 2015 more than 70% of people in the U.S. will own a smartphone, according to a study by his firm.
Smartphones and health care intersect today in the area of applications, he said. His company's research found that the most commonly used mobile health applications are for fitness and workout programs, nutrition and gathering health news.

Future developments could allow patients to use their iPhones as glucose monitors, for example, he said. In fact, some hospitals are experimenting with such applications already.

People with sleeping disorders could use a wireless device to monitor their sleep patterns and transmit data to their doctors over a wireless LAN. This would lead to health care savings since labs often charge $1,200 for testing, and some home monitoring options cost $300, Wang said.

Using mobile technologies for critical care is still a developing market, however, Wang added.
Some obstacles need to be addressed before wireless health care moves forward, Wang said. He cited a lack of standards, the need for more safety regulations and the need for more marketing to both doctors and patients. The greatest challenge will be aligning the interests of stakeholders like health care providers, patients and hospitals, he said.

During a question-and-answer session, an attendee asked if wireless carriers can provide adequate bandwidth to make mobile health effective.

Levy said that while wireless health could involve a patient using a smartphone to hold a video conference with a nurse, consumers have demonstrated that they use technology for more basic health care needs.

"I don't think bandwidth will be a limiting factor," she said. "The Internet didn't revolutionize the way people take care of themselves. They use the Internet to look up information."

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Negroponte Offers OLPC Technology for $35 Tablet

The nonprofit organization One Laptop Per Child wants to join forces to help develop the Indian government's planned US$35 tablet.

In a congratulatory note to the government, OLPC Chairman Nicholas Negroponte said the world needs the $35 tablet, and he offered the country full access to OLPC hardware and software technology.
"I repeat my offer: full access to all of our technology, cost free. I urge you to send a team to MIT and OLPC at your earliest convenience so we can share our results with you," Negroponte wrote in a blog entry, which was published on Thursday.

OLPC has its own plans to ship a low-cost tablet. The organization has said it hopes to ship a $100 XO tablet by 2012. Negroponte said India's $35 tablet wouldn't compete with OLPC's offerings, but that both could align efforts to promote education.

"India is so big that you risk being satisfied with your internal market. Don't. The world needs your device and leadership. Your tablet is not an "answer" or "competitor" to OLPC's XO laptop," Negroponte wrote.

The Indian government last week announced the $35 tablet targeted at students, but didn't announce a release date. The government has previously announced low-cost devices, including a $100 laptop, but has failed to deliver. Some observers believe the tablet won't see the light of day.

A similar promise of a $100 laptop came from OLPC, when it announced the $100 XO laptop in 2005. However, the effort was afflicted by production delays and rising costs, which caused the laptop's estimated price to rise to $200. But OLPC says it has now deployed 2 million laptops in 40 countries. OLPC has been shy about revealing official sales figures.

As part of its deployments, OLPC has rolled out XO laptops across projects in India, but the organization has shared a hot and cold relationship with the Indian government. The country in 2006 declined to purchase OLPC XO laptops, instead opting for Intel's Classmate PC. However, in 2009 two Indian government organizations placed orders for XO laptops.

Negroponte advised the Indian government to make the tablet as desirable as Apple's iPad, but not to design it as a media consumption tool. The device should be an education tool.

"Caution is needed with regard to one aspect of tablets: learning is not media consumption. It is about making things. The iPad is a consumptive tool by design. OLPC urges that you not make this mistake," Negroponte wrote.

The organization is also urging the Indian government to stick to the open-source Linux OS for the tablet.
OLPC has been praised for implementing innovative hardware and environmentally friendly designs in its laptops. The XO tablet may include new display technology from Pixel Qi, which makes screens that absorb ambient light to brighten screens and save power by reducing the need for the backlight, which is used to light up conventional screens.

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HP Helps Designers Push Limits of Innovation on Lifetime Television’s Hit Series “Project Runway”

Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-330UM (1.20 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) + Intel(R) HD Graphics
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-330UM (1.20GHz,3MB) + 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5450 switchable graphics
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-430UM processor (1.20GHz,3MB) w/Turbo Boost up to 1.73 GHz+Intel(R) HD Graphics
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-430UM (1.20GHz,3MB) + 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5450 switchable graphics

4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
FREE Upgrade to 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
640GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

12.1" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Touchscreen (1280 x 800)

External Tray LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
External Tray Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer

HP TrueVision Webcam and FingerPrint Reader (on the display)

Francisco De Jesús. July 31,2010 
A project not only for fashion designers but for graphic using the Adobe CS4/5 suite and artist painters,sketching on the HP touchsmart tm2, totally improved  of it predecessors. Besides is an interesting tablet option for general work.
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HP Helps Designers Push Limits of Innovation on Lifetime Television’s Hit Series “Project Runway”

NEW YORK, July 29, 2010

HP today announced a second season of computer use by design contestants of Lifetime Television’s hit show “Project Runway.”
The use of HP technology allows the show’s designers to realize and elevate their creative visions through the use of the latest HP touch-enabled PCs based on Intel® processors. “Project Runway” season eight will premiere July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
Throughout season eight of “Project Runway,” designers have the option to trade pen and paper for HP PCs with Intel processors, giving them the ability to expand their vision and design strategy for each challenge.

“The HP and Intel design challenge – where designers created custom fabric patterns for use in their final garments – was one of our most popular episodes for season seven,” said Lance Still, executive vice president, Promotions and Integrated Marketing, The Weinstein Company. “HP’s touch-enabled computers are an exciting medium for the designers to work with, furthering the scope of what they can create. Stay tuned to see the inventive uses of technology in Project Runway season eight.”

HP’s history of merging fashion and technology started with the unveiling of the HP Mini Vivienne Tam “digital clutch“ notebook on the catwalk of Tam’s 2008 fashion show at New York Fashion Week. The company’s collaboration with fashion trendsetters continued with Tam in 2009 and relationships with other fashion heavy hitters, such as “Project Runway” and this year’s trend-defining “Sex and the City 2” film.

Technology on the show
The “Project Runway” designers use the latest HP TouchSmart PCs and HP TouchSmart tm2notebooks, both powered with Intel Core™ i5 processors, to unleash their creativity throughout the season. Rotating its screen turns the TouchSmart tm2 into a digital sketchpad, which enables designers to sketch with a plethora of color and brush options.
The winning designer of season eight will receive a $50,000 prize package from HP and Intel to create, design and run his or her own business.

Viewers can visit to find more information on the technology being used on the show and get a behind-the-scenes look at the designers’ sketches.

About “Project Runway”
Hosted by supermodel and fashion maven Heidi Klum, the hit series “Project Runway” provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eye of mentor and Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer Tim Gunn. “Project Runway” is 2010’s No. 1 rated and most watched competitive reality program on ad-supported cable among Women 18-49, Women 25-54, Women 18+, Adults 18-49, Adults 18+ and Households.
“Project Runway” is produced by The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Jon Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim-Murray Productions, Heidi Klum, and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture. Barbara Schneeweiss oversees the production on behalf of The Weinstein Company.
About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multimedia company that officially launched on Oct. 1, 2005.

About Lifetime Networks
Lifetime Networks is a diverse, multimedia company, committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming that celebrates, entertains and supports women. Through its award-winning public affairs initiatives, the Company also advocates a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ (which includes myLifetime.comLMN.tvLifetime Games, and are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Bloomberg's Miller Reports on RIM's Tablet Plans

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Hugo Miller talks about Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad. Miller speaks with Scarlet Fu on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness." (Source: Bloomberg)
Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans.

The device will have roughly the same dimensions as the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, said the two people who wouldn’t be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. The device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology that will allow people to connect to the Internet through their BlackBerry smartphones, the two people said.

RIM is racing to come out with a product to rival the iPad in the fast-growing market for devices that bridge the gap between smartphones and notebook computers. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, last month said it sold 3 million iPad tablet computers in 80 days after they debuted in the U.S.

“They can’t wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they’ll fall too far behind,” said Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Inc. in New York.

RIM rose $1.83, or 3.3 percent, to $57.53 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading, reversing an earlier decline of as much as 2.5 percent. The stock has dropped 15 percent this year, as Apple has climbed 22 percent.

Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for RIM, declined to comment, citing company policy not to comment on rumor or speculation.

Blackpad Pricing
RIM plans to call the tablet Blackpad, according to one of the people familiar with the company’s plans. RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, acquired the Internet rights to this month, according to the Whois database of domain names.

Pricing for the device will be in line with the iPad, which starts at $499, the person said. RIM is focused on reaping additional profits from the tablet effort, rather than competing on price to sell a large number of devices, the person said.

RIM is stepping up its competition with Apple on multiple fronts. The company is hosting an event in New York Aug. 3 at which it will debut its BlackBerry 9800 slider phone, according to one person familiar with its plans. The device will feature a full touchscreen like Apple’s iPhone and a slideout Qwerty keyboard to allow for easy e-mail typing, the person said.

RIM plans to use the phone to regain the market share it has lost recently to its U.S. rival. RIM’s share of the smartphone market fell to 19.4 percent of global shipments in the first quarter from 20.9 percent a year earlier, according to researcher IDC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Apple claimed 16.1 percent of the smartphone market, up from 10.9 percent a year earlier.

Uphill Battle?
In the tablet market, RIM will have to demonstrate how its device can stand out against products including the iPad, which has attracted buyers because of its integration with Apple’s iTunes service and many software applications, or apps. More than 225,000 apps are available for Apple devices, the company said in June. RIM said in April it had more than 6,000 apps.

“With the success of the iPad, RIM faces an uphill battle,” said William Power, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., who has a “neutral” rating on the stock. “RIM really has yet to demonstrate that it can roll out touchscreen technology to match the leaders in the space, most noticeably Apple.”

RIM’s tablet will capitalize on the BlackBerry’s e-mail capabilities and the phone’s popularity with corporate users, one person said. The tablet will be closely integrated with the smartphone’s e-mail system and will have similar security for messaging, the person said.

Cameras for Video
Wi-Fi would allow the device to connect to the Internet anywhere the wireless technology is available, including a home, office or coffee shop. When not near such Wi-Fi “hotspots,” people could connect wirelessly to their mobile phone with Bluetooth and then to the Internet. The device will not be able to connect directly to the cellular network the way some iPads can, the two people said.

The RIM tablet will also have front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing, Rodman & Renshaw’s Kumar said, citing sources at suppliers in Asia.

“I don’t think it’s a zero-sum game,” he said, saying that innovation by Apple, RIM and other competitors will increase the size of the tablet market.

Hewlett-Packard Co., which bought smartphone maker Palm Inc. this month, said it plans to produce a tablet device that runs on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system. Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. said this month it plans to introduce a tablet computer in the fourth quarter that runs on Google Inc.’s Android software. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said yesterday the software company plans to increase its focus on tablets. 

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HPs McKinney Lays out Dual Tablet Plans

Hewlett-Packard will use Windows 7 in a tablet exclusively for enterprises, while making a consumer-oriented unit based on WebOS, Personal Systems Group executive Phil McKinney confirmed Wednesday at the annual AlwaysOn Stanford Summit.

The sprawling technology vendor is taking a targeted approach to its upcoming tablets, which will go up against Apple's blockbuster iPad and other devices, including Cisco's recently announced Cius business tablet. Asked whether HP is also interested in Android devices, McKinney said HP is focusing exclusively on two operating systems, Windows 7 and WebOS. McKinney is vice president and chief technology officer of the Personal Systems Group.

Facts and speculation about HP's tablet plans have been trickling out in recent weeks. Online documents uncovered by IDG News Service last week indicated the company was preparing a Windows 7 business tablet called the HP Slate 500 and also seeking a trademark on the name PalmPad. HP had announced plans for a Windows 7 tablet called the HP Slate earlier this year before it acquired Palm in April for about US$1.2 billion.

Looking into the future, McKinney said Wednesday that shared Internet connectivity through a hub device will play a big role in HP's mobile vision. The Palm Pre already offers this feature, in which the phone can link to the carrier's wireless wide-area network while linking to other devices nearby via Wi-Fi. The Palm phone is one of several cellular-to-Wi-Fi hubs on the market now, including Sprint's Overdrive and Evo 4G phone and the MiFi from Verizon.

Separating the wide-area radio from a mobile device will allow HP to update those devices more frequently, McKinney said. It eliminates from the development process two time-consuming steps: certifying the device with the carrier and developing the radio interface layer software that communicates between the device and the wide-area radio. That layer is the most complex software in a mobile device and changes every time the manufacturer adopts a new radio, he said. By contrast, the software that interfaces to Wi-Fi rarely changes significantly, he said.

Other types of local networks could also make the local connection in these hubs, McKinney said. For example, HP has experimented with UWB (ultrawideband), he said.

HP still isn't planning to actually make a hub device in the form of a watch, which the company showed off as a concept five years ago, McKinney said. However, another manufacturer saw the idea and has built a prototype, which should come to market soon, he said.

HP also wants to separate displays from mobile devices, taking advantage of future platforms such as foldable displays and large screens that sit in a room and wait to link up with mobile devices. Displays could be printed on mylar film and placed anywhere, he said.
"Everything will become a display," McKinney said.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

HP Mini 5102. A Multitouch Netbook Hit.

Francisco De Jesús July 29,2010
Finally a multitouch netbook you have been waiting for.

With Integrated Marvell Ethernet  (10/100/1000 NIC), 
HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi™) with GPS
Intel® WiFi Link 1000 802.11b/g/n, 
Broadcom 4322G 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi,
HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® 2.1 Wireless Technology,

2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM,
From: 160 GB, Up to: 320 GB HDD,
 Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) or
 Intel® Atom™ Processor N470 (1.83 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
10.1" diagonal LED-backlit WSVGA widescreen 
or 10.1" diagonal  LED-backlit HD, 
6-cell (66 WHr): up to 10 hours 
or 4-cell (29 WHr): up to 4 hours and 30 minutes
Check out the  video and the specifications options bellow.

HP Mini 5102

4-Star Editor Rating!
"The HP Mini 5102 netbook
is one of the best in its class, and 

features such as a touch screen, a carrying handle, and an
 optional 11-hour battery are now part of its impressive arsenal."


Mini Executive. Maximize your mobility with the lightweight HP Mini 5102, available in three
 fashionable colors (red, blue or black) with touch capabilities for easier navigation, Face
 Recognition for easy log-in, and Corel® Home Office.

Touch capabilities:

Touch it or type it. Get your work done faster and more intuitively based on your choice of input devices: optional touch with finger on the screen or use the included touchpad.

Office productivity:

Corel® Home Office is automatically included on your HP Mini 5102. A sleek office suite for word processing, spreadsheets and presentation projects and is compatible with Microsoft Office documents.

Industrial design, thin and light appearance:

The HP Mini 5102 empowers mobile professionals to get more accomplished with a stylish, lightweight design (10.3-inch x 7.1-inch x 0.91-inch in front) and a starting weight of only 2.64 lbs. (1.2 kg).

Type, don’t text. The 95% full-size keyboard, plus a touchpad, offer full-sized notebook familiarity in contrast to smaller keyboards of competing companion PCs.

Spill-resistant keyboard. Help protect sensitive electronics and key components from minor spills that might otherwise cause system failure with this thin layer of Mylar film under the keyboard.

The optional handle makes the HP Mini 5102 easy to carry wherever work takes you.

Business doesn’t sit still. Neither should you:

Integrated HP Mobile Broadband powered by Gobi allows you to conveniently access the internet, corporate intranet, e-mail, and mission-critical information in more places around the world where you need it.

Flexible battery solutions:

The HP Mini 5102 offers two battery solutions. Choose either the 4-cell battery for lighter weight or the 6-cell battery for longer battery life.

Convenient access:

Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools lets you log into Windows and websites, 
simply by using your face. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

System features
See detailed specs
US QuickSpecs » html » pdf
Operating system
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 32 Genuine Windows® 7 Starter 32 Genuine Windows® XP Home
SUSE Linux Enterprise 11
Windows XP Professional (available through downgrade rights from
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional)
(Contact your reseller or HP sales representative for additional operating system choices and domain join support)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N470 (1.83 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Intel® NM10 Express

Dimensions and weight
Non-touch screen: starting at 2.64 lb (1.2 kg); Touch screen: starting at 2.86 lb (1.3 kg)
Dimensions (w x d x h)
Non-touch screen: 10.30 x 7.09 x 0.91 in (262.0 x 180.0 x 23.2 mm); Touch screen: 10.30 x 7.09 x 0.98 in (262.0 x 180 x 24.8 mm) ()

Memory, maximum
(Supports up to 2 GB maximum. All memory modules operate at the maximum system supported speed of 667 MHz)
Memory slots

Internal drive
SATA (7200 rpm)
From: 160 GB
Up to: 320 GB
Solid State Module
Up to: 80 GB

10.1" diagonal LED-backlit WSVGA widescreen; 10.1" diagonal LED-backlit HD
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Optional Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator

Expansion features
3 USB 2.0
1 external VGA monitor
1 stereo microphone in
1 headphone/line-out
1 AC power
1 RJ-45
1 Secure Digital
IDT 92HD75B High Definition audio; Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated stereo microphones; Stereo headphone/line out; stereo microphone in
Integrated camera
Integrated 2 MP webcam
95% full-sized keyboard
Input devices
Touchpad with scroll zone and two soft-touch buttons

Network interface
Integrated Marvell Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi™) with GPS
Intel® WiFi Link 1000 802.11b/g/n
Broadcom 4322G 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® 2.1 Wireless Technology
Service provider
AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless

Power and operating requirements
Energy efficiency
ENERGY STAR® qualified configurations available
Power supply
External 40-watt AC adapter; HP Fast Charge (supports 4-cell battery only)
Battery  type
4-cell (29 WHr) Li-Ion
6-cell (66 WHr) high capacity Li-Ion
Battery life
6-cell (66 WHr): up to 10 hours
4-cell (29 WHr): up to 4 hours and 30 minutes
Operating temperature range
32 to 95° F (0 to 35° C)
Operating humidity range
10 to 90% RH
Storage humidity range
5 to 95% RH

Security management
Security management
HP ProtectTools Security Manager
HP Disk Sanitizer
Setup Password
Power-On Password
Kensington Lock Slot

What's included
Software installed
Software with Windows Operating Systems:
HP Support Assistant (Windows 7 only); HP QuickLook 3; HP QuickWeb; HP QuickSync; HP Connection Manager; Corel Home Office; Microsoft Office Ready with 60-day Office Professional 2007 Trial Edition (select models); McAfee Total Protection (60 day trial period for McAfee Total Protection for Small Business software. Internet access required to receive updates. First update included. Subscription required for updates thereafter); Adobe Flash Player; PDF Complete; Skype; WinZip;
Software with SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: OpenOffice Suite; Evolution Email; Evince Document Viewer; OpenOffice Draw; F-Spot Photo Brower; Gnome CD/DVD Creator; Helix Banshee Music Player; Real Player 10 Media Player; Firefox Web Browser; Gaim Instant Messenger; Gnome FTP File Transfer; Liferea Feed Reader; Mutt Mail Client
HP Services offers limited 1-year standard parts and labor warranty, pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support (depending on model); 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. On-site service and warranty upgrades are also available.

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