Friday, July 31, 2009

Asus Eee T91 shipments to distributors delayed

I’ve just gotten word that all Asus Eee T91 [Portal page] shipments have been delayed due to a production delay. Details are short but it may be that manufacturers couldn’t meet the demand that they promised resellers. As a production…

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mobile Computing News Links for July 30th

The UMPCPortal team is continuously monitoring the Internet for news and interesting articles about UMPC’s, MIDs and related technologies. As we find them, we add them to the middle column on the front page. Here are the links we added…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mobile Computing News Links for July 29th

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mobile Computing News Links for July 28th

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Mobile Computing News Links for July 27th

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mobile Computing News Links for July 25th

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Mobile Computing News Links for July 24th

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

PC World: Hands-On With the Samsung Mondi

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sony VAIO UX series: The Celebrity UMPC?

Sony, along with others such as Samsung, was one of the early companies that jumped into the idea of the UMPC with some great devices. For a company that hesitated to jump on the netbook bandwagon, Sony was surprisingly passionate…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MIDPhone News. Leo, Mondi, X3 and TG01

As time goes on, more and more of my time is being taken up reading very interesting smartphone news. WVGA, Android, WM6.5 and Cortex are the important keywords and every time a device comes up it becomes clearer that the…

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Monday, July 20, 2009

10 Things to Know about NESI and Tablet PCs

1. NESI (New Era School Initiative) educators use learning efficiency to increase learning rates and fight ignorance faster. They use the motto, "Decrease ignorance to increase choices." That means, less ignorance is best. School educators accept this commitment over other reasons and practices for schooling.


2. NESI shows how to increase learning rates through lessons based on existing empirical, experimental, behavioral research descriptions of how people learn, including with Tablet and other mobile PCs. NESI is a proof-of-concept description of what’s possible in schools today. This concept is set in a fictionalized school with students and educators in Normsville, California. NESI identifies necessary parameters that educators as well as Tablet and other mobile PC education software developers may use to offer programs that increase learning rates.


3. Educators and mobile PC education software developers use empirical, experimental, behavioral research findings to know how people learn. Behavioral researchers have expanded this body of principles for over a century. Students use fewer resources to learn faster with fewer errors when educators, instructional procedures and material follow these principles.


4. Board of education policies prescribe acceptable minimum learning rates for students to exceed minimum state academic standards. This policy establishes an external validity check teachers may use to refine instruction intended to meet standards. The board accepts educator recommendations of how many minutes on average teachers have and how many steps learners must take on average to meet and then to exceed each standard.


5. School board budgets distribute necessary resources, without revenue increases, for students to exceed state standard. Budgets include contracts with a research university to provide real-time feedback to educators of student learning progress. The board accepts NESI as a core, not an add-on approach to learning. It distributes resources accordingly to insure that all students increase learning rates promptly and dramatically.


6. Teachers count and record lessons at least in seconds and trial-blocks to calculate learning rates. Teachers count, for example, elapsed clock time and number of student response errors as they meet each lesson’s learning criterion. Teachers select new instructional software to use that monitors such counts in real time.


7. Developers refine descriptions of experienced teachers’ instructional patterns to increase learning efficiency with Tablet and other mobile PC software. These descriptions exist in reports of empirical studies ranging from direct instruction to leading Harkness table discussions.


8. Teachers work with software developers and learning analysts to decrease lesson preparation and increase instruction time within the normal school day. This time balance occurs through sequential revisions in instructional software that refine the fit between learning principles and lesson content.


9. Educators and education software developers decide how much and how fast learners will exceed each learning criterion. They choose instructional procedures, material, and manual as well as electronic communication technologies for learners to meet and exceed those rates for each student. Teachers make these selections from a large library of databased options for each lesson. These data indicate which options will likely result in prompt learning.


10. Teachers report fewer classroom distractions from students as learning rates increase. The more focused the lessons, the more students attend to lessons and meet learning criteria.


For more information about NESI, check under key words New Era School Initiative


NESI Teachers' Motto


Accelerated K12 Mobile Learning: Press Release


New Era School Initiative (NESI) Interim Report Summary 1

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gigabyte TouchNote T1028M comes to the US

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dynamism’s MID Summer Night’s Dream campaign

Dynamism seems to have had great success selling the Viliv S5 [Portal page] and X70 [Portal page] devices to a limited number of people who were able to order them right as they were released. Now that the premium models…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Asus Eeepc T91 Video Reviews

Following on from the review round-up I want to highlight two video reviews of the T91 that you need to check out. The first is from Liliputing and the second from Gottabemobile. Related posts:
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Raon Digital No More?

We’ve been tracking this for months now and have heard stories from all quarters about reduced service levels, lack of stock and new offices.  We’ve lost our main contact point in Raon, haven’t heard from our other contact points and…

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Weekly Netbook Roundup - 7/13

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Inkia plans on bringing two MIDs to market

Looks like a Chinese company called Inkia plans on creating two MIDs and is looking for partners to bring them to North America. All we can see for now are renders of the devices, but specs seem to be listed…

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Dynamism expecting the Asus Eee T91 on the 31st, announces pricing

As just revealed by our short little poll, many of you really looking forward to the Asus Eee T91 (so are we!). Asus just recently officially announced that the Asus Eee T91 would be released on the 15th and Dynamism…

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Preparing for a Mobile Month

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Brief Omnia Pro Review by Phone Arena

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

News Highlights 07 July (S7, SK3, Vodafone)

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Asus planning three versions of the Eee T91 including multitouch

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

CrunchPad event possibly at the end of this month, unit for less than $300

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

jkk takes the Viliv X70 apart

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Kohjinsha SK3. Ultra-Portable and Portfolio-Ready! (Unboxing video)

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

S5 Premium Air (3G) on Sale July 16th

 


If you’ve been waiting for the 3G version of the Viliv S5, the wait is nearly over. Dynamism have just posted this info:


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