News Bits: TabletKiosk adds Eyesboard to Tablets, Microsoft Surface on MSNBC, Intel SSDs

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TabletKiosk adds Eyesboard to Tablet PCs and UMPCs

TabletKiosk recently announced they will be including the Eyesboard, on-screen virtual keyboard, on all of its systems as well as offering it as a free download for existing TabletKiosk Tablet PC and UMPC owners. Looks like a innovative idea.

The Eyesboard is created by PlazaLOGIC and is an on-screen, virtual QWERTY keyboard that enables users to type directly on the screen with their fingers or a stylus. This keyboard is highly customizable to best fit each user’s unique needs.  

TabletKiosk Press Release

Microsoft Surface on MSNBC

That’s right the Surface is going to be helping Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, this 2008 election and campaigning season. This customized Surface Table is running software from Vectorform and should turn quite a few heads.

Check out the video below of the Surface in action:

Full Story (blogs.msdn.com)

Intel introduces solid-state disks

Intel announced that its X18-M and X25-M Mainstream solid-state disks (SSDs) are now shipping. They are designed for use in both notebook and desktop computers. The X18-M is a 1.8-inch drive, and the X25-M a 2.5-inch. SSDs run cooler, quieter, and are faster than traditional hard disk drives.

The 80GB versions of the drives are shipping now, carrying a price of $595 in quantities of 1,000. 160GB drives will begin sampling in the fourth quarter of this year. Intel claims the 80GB drive has a 250MB/s read and 70MB/s write.

Intel Press Release

Google working on floating data centers

Google filed for a patent that details a "water-based data center." The floating data centers would be on barges or platforms, and bring computing to areas where land-based data centers are not practical.

Full Story (NYTimes.com)

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