News Bits – Sony Tablet PC in the Works?, AuthenTec Wins Award, Personalize Your Tablet

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Another Sony Tablet PC rumor points to an ultra portable unit in the U series

It’s probably only a matter of time before we see Sony jump into the Tablet PC market, with a device that actually runs the Tablet PC OS. They’ve moved out of PDAs, but continue to flirt with the form factor as seen in their U series devices. So far the U’s have been purely about form rather than function, but this might change according to the latest rumor.

Apparently, this new model may be a hybrid of the recent U50/U71P models and the original U (U101, U3, U1, etc). It is not clear whether this means that the new model would borrow the keyboard or the flip screen or both. The source reports that early designs show the unit with a FlyBook like swivel screen.

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AuthenTec has won an award for advancing biometric security

I’m a big fan of biometric security. While it’s not perfect, it does serve as one more layer to proect your machine. I think we’ll see this as optional hardware on all business-oriented machines in the next year or two. Motion and IBM have adopted biometrics in their Tablet PCs and others will surely follow suit.

AuthenTec was one of only 16 companies worldwide whose products were recognized by the Info Security Products Guide for advancing information security in 2005. AuthenTec fingerprint sensors provide advanced security to nearly 5 million devices worldwide, including more than 100 different models of notebook and tablet computers, portable hard drives, password managers, mice, pens, keyboards, memory keys, cell phones and others.

AuthenTec sensors are widely used in notebook and tablet PCs to provide advanced security and to replace the need for passwords — allowing authorized users to easily and quickly access their files by simply touching or sliding their finger across the sensor surface, while restricting access to the computer and its files to only those enrolled. In cell phones, AuthenTec sensors authenticate the phone’s user – protecting buddy lists and stored photos, and providing additional security for m-commerce and mobile banking services that are gaining popularity worldwide.

If you ever get tired of that plain black lid, here’s an easy way to personalize your Tablet PC

For $35 PolyGFX will send you ad adhesive skin for your notebook or Tablet PC. One size fits most and the product is guaranteed for 3 years. They have a ton of artwork to chose from or you can upload your own for no additional charge.

More info at the PolyGFX site.



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