News Bits: Motion Discontinuing LS800 Tablet, Asus 10-inch Eee PC Rumors False, Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC

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Motion discontinuing LS800 Tablet PC

Motion plans on discontinuing the LS800 platform by January 1, 2008 or while supplies last. The LS800 was introduced in July 2005 and has been a market success for the past two and a half years, but advancements in mobile technology and wireless communications have resulted in shorter than normal product and component lifecycles. Unfortunately, many of the LS800 components have reached end-of-life and thus limit Motion’s ability to continue producing this product.

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Asus 10-inch Eee PC Rumors are False

This is not a 10" screen Asus Eee PC, nor will there be one anytime soon — says Asus (view large image)

There has been a lot of discussion going around the web recently that Asus is going to ship a 10-inch screen Eee PC at the beginning of 2008. Having just reviewed the Asus Eee PC 4G 7-inch screen notebook we decided to reach out to our contacts at Asus and ask why they wouldn’t have told us about this upcoming version. Our question to Asus was: "Several different sites are picking up on the following story and running with it. We don’t recall hearing anything about a 10-inch Eee PC at that press event on Monday.

Apparently, a German Asus PR rep said that the 8G is going to have a 10-inch screen. If this is true, that’s news to us. The last "official" word we received was that the 8G will be available in late November with a 7-inch screen just like the 4G.

Please let us know if Asus is indeed planning to launch a 10-inch version of the Eee PC and please keep us informed about other news from Asus."

The response we got from our contact at Asus in California was:

Asus: "I have just spoken to our product manager for the Eee PC and he said so far there has been no plan to introduce the Eee PC with another screen size for the North American market.  I don’t think other regions will have them either.  As you know the demand for the existing Eee PC is already overwhelming, they can’t make them fast enough."

Asus is usually not shy about telling the world what they have coming, so the fact they’re denying these rumors and pretty much acting clueless as to what it’s about is a probable sign we won’t see a 10" screen Asus Eee PC anytime soon.


Toshiba R400 named Best of What’s New 2007

Toshibas innovative Tablet PC, the R400, is regarded as one of the top 100 tech innovations in 2007. The Port g R400 Tablet PC won Popular Science magazine’s 2007 Best of Whats New Award in the Computing Category.

The Port g R400 is truly a phenomenal Tablet PC that sets the standard for what the future of mobile computing will be, in a system that is available today, said Mark Simons, vice president and general manager, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Toshiba takes great pride in this achievement and we are honored to accept one of the esteemed Popular Science 2007 Best of Whats New Awards for the Port g R400, as well as have this breakthrough technology recognized as one of the Top 100 Tech Innovations in 2007.

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PDF Annotator receives award and releases update

Grahl Software Design, manufacturer of Tablet PC software PDF Annotator, recently announced that they took Second Place at the 2007 Epsilon Awards. They also announced that they have released a Maintenance Update for the software. This update will help with some of the problems caused within Windows Vista. The update is free for existing users.

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Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium PC Coming

Samsung will be releasing the Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC soon. This will be a nice update from its predecessor the Q1 Ultra. It seems the Q1 Ultra Premium will have more power with its 1.33GHz ULV Intel Core Solo Pentium processor. It still will have the same design and split keyboard though. I wish they would consider some name changes too, I mean how about the Q2?

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SanDisk Vaulter Disk combines SSDs and hard drives

SanDisk has introduced a solid state storage solution that works with the PC’s hard drive to enhance system performance. The Vaulter Disk is a flash-based PCI Express module. It only needs enough memory to host the operating system and optional user data while the hard drive stores everything else such as documents. It will be offered to notebook manufacturers next year in 8GB and 16GB capacities.

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OLPC now available in U.S. 

The OLPC is now available in the U.S. via the "Give One Get One" purchase program, which allows a customer in the U.S. to buy two laptops; one laptop will go to a child and one to the buyer. The price of two laptops is $399. The program will last from November 12 through the 26.

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