News Bits: Unique Panasonic Toughbook, Fujitsu Partners with Socket Mobile, OtterBox Introduces Rugged Cases for Samsung Q1

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Unique Panasonic Toughbook is all the talk

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Check out this red Panasonic CF-28 touchscreen notebook. One of our forum users over on my sister site,, has turned this bland Toughbook into a big red machine. It has started a great discussion in the forums and the owner even explains how he powdercoated it. I think it looks great and agree with the other users, this Toughbook would be perfect in any Firehouse. If you are interested in getting your hands on this notebook the owner is selling it on eBay, but hurry the auction ends May 15.

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LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen, a new spin on writing

LiveScribe recently introduced the Pulse smartpen. This innovative pen puts a new twist on the good old pen and paper phenomenon. New York Times writer, David Pogue, had the opportunity to check one out. The pen is about as thick as a Sharpie, has a camera, microphone and surprisingly loud speaker. It also has a bright black-and-white screen (18 x 96 pixels) that displays messages, menu commands and even little animations. There’s a nonremovable, rechargeable battery (6 to 7 hours a charge), a headphone jack and contacts for a USB charging cradle. And it’s also a ballpoint pen. Wow, the future of pen-computing is really changing.

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Check out these videos of the Pulse in action.

Fujitsu partners with Socket Mobile to improve mobile data collection

Socket Mobile and Fujitsu recently announced a partnership and plans for joint product offerings aimed at improving mobile data collection in a variety of industries including retail, but with hopes of extending into healthcare and automotive. Combining the mobile data collection capabilities of Socket Mobile with the tablet and ultra-mobile computing expertise of Fujitsu will offer solutions for improving customer service.

The partnership has created a payment solution for the retail industry that enables workers in a retail environment to scan bar codes, swipe credit cards and finalize sales from anywhere in the store. The combined solution features the Socket Mobile CF Mag Stripe Reader, which reads and transfers magnetic stripe data into any Windows application running on the Fujitsu LifeBook P1620 tablet PC, creating a mobile Point of Sale (POS) terminal.

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OtterBox announces new cases for Samsung Q1 UMPC

The OtterBox case is ideal for those working in harsh environments to everyday on-the-go users, the OtterBox 1990 case provides sleek, stylish protection for Samsung Q1 Ultra and Q1 Ultra Premium UMPCs. The case safeguards from the elements while allowing complete interaction. Make your UMPC more rugged with the stylings of OtterBox.

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Student Discount gets you Microsoft Office Ultimate for $59.95

Microsoft is wrapping up their "Ultimate Offer" promotion in which students can buy a fully licensed copy of Office Ultimate 2008 for $59.95 if you’re enrolled at least half time in school. Truth be told, there is no check of your class syllabus, all you need is an email address to sign up and receive this offer from

Via: Microsoft Office 2008 Student Discount



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