Ultralight Tablet PCs Announced in Germany

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KEVIN J. O’BRIEN reports that
Microsoft and two electronics companies, Samsung of Korea and Asus of Taiwan, plan to unveil ultralight tablet computers on Thursday that melds a laptop and media player into a thin, new device.

The Q1 from Samsung combines a laptop computer with a media player. It weighs in at 1.7 pounds. Samsung’s device, the Q1, will use Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system. It is a product of Microsoft’s so-called Origami project — an effort to shrink and redefine the laptop, while bolstering the company’s software sales for new hand-held devices. Asus will also produce a version.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.