News – Ilium Software’s InScribe Available for Free, Toshiba Newest Victim of Battery Recall, Asustek R2H UMPC Available Worldwide by End of Month

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Ilium Software’s InScribe Text Entry Software Available for Free

Ilium Software is offering their brand spanking new Inscribe text entry software for free to UMPC and Tablet PC users. The software has been available in beta version for a while and is now available in finalized form. InScribe functions as a normal tappable onscreen keyboard but the real fun begins when you start to use its alternate input method that lets you slide the stylus across the keyboard fluidly selecting the characters that you change direction on. I haven’t had a chance to actually try this input method out, but it sounds like it could be really interesting when you get used to it. InScribe also has some other nice features but we’ll save those for a future review. In the mean-time head over to Ilium’s website and give the software a try for yourself- you can’t beat the price!

 

Toshiba Newest Victim of Battery Recall

Somebody at Sony is definitely out of a job by now. Toshiba is the latest computer manufacturer to announce a recall of batteries made by Sony. The official company line is that the batteries do not pose a fire hazard, but that they may fail to charge correctly causing the computer to unexpectedly shut down if not plugged in causing traumatic loss of data… Well I guess that’s good enough reason for a recall, but I suspect if the specter of exploding batteries didn’t hang over them, they wouldn’t be so hot to do a recall. For the lowdown and to check out if your battery is subject to the recall, head over to Toshiba’s web site.

 

Asustek R2H UMPC Available Worldwide by End of Month

Asustek has announced availability by the end of this month of both their R2H UMPC and their RF1 Tablet PC. The company hopes to ship a total of around 3000 of the units per month. As we reported earlier, the R2H is packed with highly-desired features such as a built-in web cam, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, agb Wi-Fi and what appears to be a well-thought out user interface in both hardware navigation and software add-ons. The RH2 also sports an infrared fingerprint identification system. The RF1 is a 13 inch, Core 2 Duo Tablet PC. Look for more info on both these units in our pages in the coming weeks.


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