News Bits: Motion Computing Giving Away Free Wireless Kit with the LS800, Flybook V5 Tablet PC Now Available, Intel to Announce New UMPC Design

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Motion Computing Giving Away Free Wireless Kit with the LS800

For a limited time, when you buy an LS800 Tablet PC with 1GB RAM from Motion, you will also receive a free wireless broadband solution kit. Unfortunately this is for U.S. customers only. The Wireless Broadband Solution Kit includes a Motion Computing EvDO Bump Case and a Motion Computing Right Angle Extender Cable. Free stuff is always good, so if you are in the market for a new slate Tablet, you may want to check out these offers. The offers are good from April 9 – June 29, 2007.


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Flybook V5 Tablet PC Now Available

Dynamism is now carrying the Flybook V5 with prices starting at $2,449. This tiny Tablet sports an Intel Core Duo ULV 1.06GHz processor, a 40GB hard drive, 1GB RAM and an 8.9" touchscreen. It weighs in at 2.6 pounds and comes in your choice of black, silver, red or gold. It also has integrated wireless and a 1.3 mega-pixel camera, so if you are looking for an ultra-portable with a good array of features the V5 might be it.

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Intel to Announce New UMPC Design

Intel is set to announce a new set of processors for the next generation of Ultra-Mobile PCs at the Intel Developer Forum on April 18th. This could be good news for UMPC users who are looking for more productivity or for users who were afraid to buy a UMPC before.

The new design is supposedly codenamed "McCaslin" and will feature a new CPU dubbed "Stealey." The new CPU is a low-power unit designed to compete with chips from Via like the C7M and according to a performance test commissioned by Intel, the Stealey chip outperforms the Via offering on a variety of benchmark tests, despite running at a much lower clock speed.

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Notebooks and Tablet PCs on the Rise

With the prices of notebooks down and the fact that portable technology is just as good if not better than your average desktop, it’s not surprising that notebooks are outselling desktops. According to the IDC, global notebook sales grew by 26 percent last year, while desktop sales grew by an almost flat 2 per cent. At this rate desktops may become extinct before we know it.

Another option for consumers now is the Tablet PC, even though it is traditionally found in specific industries, many students have taken a liken to them. They may catch on with the mainstream crowd soon enough. In fact, according to Mark Whittard, Toshiba ISD Australian general manager, Toshiba has already sold out of its original Australian shipment of the Vista-only Portege R400 Tablets. There is also a rumor that Toshiba will be releasing a Portege R500 UMPC mid-year, no word if it will hit the U.S. market though.

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