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IDC: Worldwide tablet market continues to decline
According to IDC, the worldwide tablet market declined 7% on year in the second quarter of 2015 with shipments totaling 44.7 million units. Marked by little hardware innovation and limited vendor portfolio updates, the market also declined 3.9% compared to the first quarter of 2015. In terms of shipments, Apple remains first with a 2Q15 24.5% marketshare (2Q14 27.7%), Samsung is second with 17% (2Q14 18%), Lenovo third with 5.7% (2Q14 4.9%), Huawei 4th with 3.7% (2Q14 1.7%), tied with LG. -- Posted Friday, July 31, 2015 by chb

Thai-based home product center goes mobile with rugged Panasonic tablets
The Panasonic Solutions for Business Blog reports how Thailand's HomePro Centre chain was looking for mobility solutions to help employees more efficiently track inventory, pricing, promotions, and other in-store operations. Like many retailers, they experimented with supplying their sales team with consumer-grade tablets, but this proved to be an expensive proposition, and HomePro ended up going with the Toughpad, Panasonic’s enterprise-grade rugged tablet line. [See Thai-based home product center goes mobile with rugged Panasonic tablets] -- Posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 by chb

Trimble rugged handhelds being used for traumatic brain injury assessment system
The image on the right shows the Trimble Juno T41 rugged handheld computer, which is being used by a company called BrainScope, as it has developed assessment software for football concussion injuries directly on the field. BrainScope has been awarded more than $27 million of U.S. Department of Defense research contracts for the development of its TBI ( traumatic brain injury) and concussion assessment technology and has received significant funding from private investors to accelerate its development efforts. [See Brainscope media release and Trimble Juno T41 page] -- Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by chb

HZO and Dell partner to protect the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
HZO, Inc, which provides manufacturers and device makers with a nanotechnology solution that inoculate electronic components and devices from damage and failure caused by exposure to any kind of liquid, announced it has partnered with Dell to protect its new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet. HZO says that the new rugged Dell tablet is one of the first devices with HZO Protection that is built to withstand long-term exposure to the harshest weather and industrial conditions. [See HZO media release] -- Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by chb

Samwell releases speedy Intel Bay Trail-powered 10.4-inch RUGGEDBOOK 752 with excellent connectivity
A substantial tech upgrade from its predecessors, the Samwell Ruggedbook PC-752 provides full Windows functionality in a rugged tablet form factor. Of compact size and weighing just over three pounds, the PC-752 is considerably lighter than most full-size rugged tablets. Its 10.4-inch resistive touch screen with 1024 x 768 pixel XGA resolution offers plenty of space to run Windows comfortably (a 9.7-inch procap screen is also available). There is excellent wired connectivity on board, all the connectors are standard size, and there is a wealth of wireless functionality, and also dual integrated cameras. [See description, analysis and specs of the Samwell RUGGEDBOOK PC-752] -- Posted Monday, July 27, 2015 by chb

Full review: Getac V110 Gen 2 rugged convertible notebook
Getac's second generation V110 is a remarkably thin and light rugged convertible notebook computer that's been upgraded with Intel "Broadwell" 5th generation Core processors and a variety of functional and technology improvements. Benefitting from the latest version of its LumiBond display layer bonding process and a new glove-capable operating mode, we found the second gen V110 an impressive upgrade to an already compelling mobile computing solution for tough jobs. [See full review of the 2nd gen Getac V110] -- Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by chb

Dell launches Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
Dell announced the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet to complement its line of rugged laptops and rugged convertible notebooks. The new tablet has a 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch screen that can be operated with gloves, weighs 3.6 pounds, is IP65-sealed, and is available with ATEX and C1D2 certification for use in hazardous locations. Based on Intel's super-efficient Broadwell-M processors, the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet has up to 12 hours battery life. Modular expansion can cover even unique interface requirements. Dell's new tablet starts at around US$1,600 and will be available by the end of July. [See description, analysis and specs of the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by chb

Panasonic explains the EMV/NFC relationship
Panasonic's Solutions For Business Blog explains how Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR) technology has been the primary payment method for credit card carriers for decades. EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) and NFC (near-field communication) payment technologies have made their way onto the landscape and are becoming more integrated into mainstream payment methods. [Read about the EMV/NFC Relationship] -- Posted Monday, July 20, 2015 by chb

GammaTech to feature rugged tablets and notebooks at NAPO 2015
GammaTech announced it will showcase its latest mobile rugged tablet and PC options for the public safety industry at NAPO's (National Association of Police Organizations) 37th Annual Convention in Savannah, Georgia from July 19 to July 23. GammaTech will exhibit its popular models — the R11 rugged tablet (see our review), the R8300 fully rugged notebook (see our review), as well as the U12Ci convertible and SA14 semi-rugged notebook (see our review) — at its booth to leading public safety communications professionals. [See GammaTech site] -- Posted Friday, July 17, 2015 by chb

Finnair pilots use purpose-built Panasonic enterprise tablets
Panasonic's Solutions for Business Blog describes how Finnair pilots are using Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged enterprise tablets for their electronic flight bags, or EFBs, to replace all-in-one user manuals for their aircraft. Finnair started with a review field of 20 different Windows 8 tablets before they decided on the Toughpad. [See Finnair Pilots Stay in the Air with Purpose-Built Enterprise Tablets] -- Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by chb

Full review: ARBOR Gladius 8 compact rugged tablet
With the Gladius 8, ARBOR Technology presents an elegant, rugged and very compact 8-inch class Android tablet for IoT (Internet of Things) and numerous other applications. RuggedPCReview examined the 1.35-pound Gladius 8 in detail and found it to be a technologically advanced multi-purpose handheld tablet computer with industrial-grade scanning and NFC capabilities, a very good 12mp camera, IP65 sealing, excellent drop and temperature resistance, and a bright 7.85-inch capacitive multi-touch display. [See full review of the ARBOR Technology Gladius 8] -- Posted Monday, July 13, 2015 by chb

Digitimes voices concerns about tablet sales
In an article about supposed upcoming Apple products, Digitimes expressed general concerns about the tablet market: "With demand for tablets weakening a lot faster than expected, sales of iPad, white-box and brand tablets have all been seriously impacted recently. Strong popularity of smartphones with 5-inch and above displays plus the fact that [the] tablet is lacking new innovative applications are also major factors seriously undermining tablet sales." -- Posted Monday, July 13, 2015 by chb

10 things to love about Windows 10
In a new entry on their Ruggedized Computing Blog, Mobile Demand points out that the launch of Windows 10 is just 20 days away, and lists ten features of Microsoft's new operating system most users will love. The list starts with the Start Menu being back and ends with the fact that Windows 10 will be free for most users who have a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 license. [Read 10 Features of Windows 10 That You'll Love] -- Posted Friday, July 10, 2015 by chb

Microsoft announces restructuring of phone hardware business
Microsoft announced plans to restructure the company’s phone hardware business (i.e. the former Nokia Devices and Services business) to focus and align resources. This includes a reduction of up to 7,800 jobs, primarily in the phone business. The new layoffs are on top of the 18,000 layoffs Microsoft announced July 2014. [See Microsoft media release] -- Posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by chb

Janam introduces XM2-RFID UHF
Janam introduced the XM2-RFID UHF, a compact, rugged keyboard PDA with RFID reader and industrial-grade scanner. Based on Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Janam's new handheld RFID reader is designed to fill the need for a light, quick, and affordable device for the rapidly expanding deployment of EPCglobal Class 1 Gen 2, ISO18000-63 RFID data capture applications. [See description, analysis and specs of the Janam XM2-RFID UHF] -- Posted Monday, July 6, 2015 by chb

Article: 'Blue light' segments in transition — rugged computers a game-changer in critical field rescue situations
Handheld Group CEO Jerker Hellström explains how new advanced technological solutions — both hardware and software — are changing the security, public safety, and law enforcement sectors to the very core — and for the better. Advanced mobile applications and rugged mobile computers have greatly improved these professions' ability to perform in time-critical situations and in less than favorable environments. [Read 'Blue light' segments in transition] -- Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 by chb

Xplore reports record revenue and net income for fiscal 2015
Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2015 that ended ended March 31, 2015. For the entire fiscal year 2015, Xplore reported record revenues of US$42.6 million, up from US$35.6 million for fiscal 2014. There was net income of US$0.25 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$1.76 million in 2014, attributable to increases in revenue and reduction in operating expenses. Note that these results do not include anything from the Motion Computing side, as Xplore only executed that acquisition on April 15. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by chb

8 reasons WHY the (Tablet) PC is thriving
In its blog, Xplore has been explaining why they believe tablets will be the PC form factor driving the predicted resurgence of the PC in the enterprise, as outlined in a recent InformationWeek article by Andrew Froehlich. In a new blog entry, Xplore's Bob Ashenbrenner shares eight reasons of his own for why the tablet PC is not only not dead, it's just as well positioned for growth in the coming year in many enterprise sectors as the traditional PC. [Read 8 reasons WHY the (Tablet) PC is thriving] -- Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by chb

17 things to consider before buying a rugged handheld
People often ask us which rugged handheld to get. The answer is always "it depends." That's because every job and every project is different. Hardware that's perfect for one deployment may be completely unsuitable for another. The folks at Juniper Systems know that and just posted the "17 things to consider before buying a rugged handheld." -- Posted Friday, June 12, 2015 by chb

Five highlights of the new Microsoft Windows 10
MobileDemand's Ruggedized Computing Blog reports on highlights of the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10, which will be released July 29. MobileDemand summarizes Redmond's latest as "the Windows you know, only better" and comments on some other important areas of the new OS. [Read MobileDemand's Ruggedized Computing Blog: 5 Highlights of the New Microsoft Windows 10] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 by chb

New: DT Research DT311 Series of rugged 11.6-inch tablets
DT Research also introduced the new 11.6-inch DT311 Series of rugged tablets that are available with either an Intel 5th generation "Broadwell" 2.4GHz Core i7 processor or a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron. Both versions come with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband. The DT311's capacitive touch display offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, the battery is hot-swappable, and the IP65-sealed tablet weighs well under 3 pounds. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT311 Series] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 by chb

New: DT Research DT398 rugged 9.7-inch Broadwell tablet
DT Research has introduced an updated version of its 9.7-inch DT398 rugged tablet. The new DT398H is based on an Intel 5th generation "Broadwell" 2.4GHz Core i7 processor, and also gets speedy 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband. Unlike the still available DT398B, the new version uses capacitive touch. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT398H] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 by chb

Wearable market remained strong in the first quarter despite the pending debut of the Apple Watch, says IDC
According to IDC, the worldwide wearable market recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of growth in 1Q15. Vendors shipped a total of 11.4 million wearables in 1Q15, a 200.0% increase from the 3.8 million units shipped in 1Q14. In terms of marketshare, Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin, Samsung, and Jawbone were the top 5. While current devices primarily cover health and fitness, functionality is certain to soon include numerous other applications. [See IDC release] -- Posted Thursday, June 4, 2015 by chb

IMG database of thousands of cloud-hosted keyboard layouts
With rugged tablets being used in more and more applications, there's often a need for specialized, customized on-screen keyboards. IMG has been offering just that with their My-T-Soft keyboards, panels and boards for the past two decades. The company also offers a variety of powerful pen and touch utilities that can greatly improve the productivity of tablet-based applications. [See IMG's Build-A-Board board browser page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by chb

Motorola Solutions announces LEX L10 mission-critical Handheld purpose-built for public safety deployments
Public safety personnel need state-of-the-art handheld technology, but their requirements are very different from what standard consumer smartphone can provide. Motorola Solutions' LEX L10 is an advanced, rugged IP67-sealed Android 4.4.4 handheld with a 4.7-inch multi-touch display, comprehensive wireless broadband and radio connectivity, superior voice capabilities, and Motorola's specially developed PSX ("Public Safety Experience") interface. [See description, analysis and specs of the Motorola Solutions LEX L10] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by chb

Zebra releases Symbol TC75 ultra-rugged Android handheld
As part of their announcement of its "Mobility DNA" (a set of enterprise mobility software solutions), Zebra Technologies introduced the Symbol TC75 ultra-rugged Android handheld. The TC75, which has a 4.7-inch glove-capable dual-mode capacitive touchscreen, is based on the company's TC70, but adds 4G LTE mobile broadband wireless capabilities for deployments in the field. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra Symbol TC75] -- Posted Saturday, May 16, 2015 by chb

JLT Mobile Computers announces significant upgrade to wireless connectivity across product range
JLT Mobile Computers, the Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced a significant technology leap for its range of rugged panel and vehicle computers by upgrading their wireless connectivity. Available now are dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, as well as 4G LTW WWAN mobile broadband with assisted GPS/GLONASS support. All of JLT’s computers also come with built-in high-sensitivity Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) technology for both WiFi and Bluetooth radio, delivering higher coverage in environments that offer poor RF coverage. [See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by chb

AOL got mail: Verizon bought it
How the mighty have fallen. Email and internet access were once almost synonymous with AOL, the company that easily passed pioneer Prodigy in the early 1990s with its customer-friendly demeanor and truly world-wide access. In 2000, the deal between Time Warner and AOL was worth US$162 billion. Now Verizon picked up AOL for just US$4.4 billion. No one had a map for THAT. [Read Verizon news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by chb

RAM Mounts now has No-Drill mount for the new Ford F150
Ford's F-Series trucks have not only been the overall best-selling vehicles in the US for many years, the new 2015 Ford F150 revolutionized the industry by saving as much as 700 pounds through extensive use of aluminum. RAM Mounts equally revolutionized their industry with its no-drill vehicle laptop mounting system, and it's now available for the new F150. [See RAM Mounts RAM No-Drill mount for Ford F-150] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by chb

Zebra introduces Mobility DNA Suite
Zebra Technologies, which now includes the former enterprise business of Motorola Solutions, launched Mobility DNA, a set of enterprise mobility software solutions designed to enhance efficiencies and productivity for businesses, mobile workers and channel partners. New solutions include SimulScan Document Capture, Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk (PTT) Pro, AppGallery, Swipe Assist and All-Touch Terminal Emulation. Previously announced tools such as RhoMobile, Mobility Extensions (Mx), Enterprise Browser and EMDK for Android are also part of the Mobility DNA suite. [See Zebra news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by chb

Full review: GammaTech Durabook R11
GammaTech views their Durabook R11 as part of a new class of fully rugged high-performance tablets for use in the field and in harsh environments, one that is lightweight, versatile, has a large display, and represents state-of-the-art technology. Can this elegant 11.6-inch, Haswell Core i5-powered Windows tablet that looks just as sleek and slick as a consumer tablet deliver? [See full review of the GammaTech Durabook R11] -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by chb

Janam introduces pistol-grip rugged lightweight mobile computer with industrial scanning options
Janam introduced the Janam XG3 mobile computer, a rugged gun-style Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 device that offers scanning options, compact size, and low weight. Offering the choice of two industrial grade scanners, a laser from Zebra/Motorola and an imager from Honeywell, the 22 ounce, ARM Cortex-A8-powered XG3 can handle six-foot drops, carries IP65 sealing and has a -4 to 140F temperature range. The hot-swappable Li-Ion battery is good enough for full-shift operation. [See press release and description, analysis and specs of the Janam XG3] -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by chb

Microsoft buys N-trig "technology and talent"
For a very long time, anyone wanting an active pen on a tablet essentially had their choice of either Wacom or N-trig, which is based in Israel, with the Wacom pen having the advantage of not needing a battery. Microsoft, however, had switched from Wacom to N-trig for their Surface 3 tablets. In February 2015, Reuters reported that Microsoft was buying privately held N-trig, which was gearing up for a public offering, for at least $200 million. Apparently that didn't happen, but now the Wall Street Journal says Microsoft is buying N-trig's assets for just $30 million. Microsoft has a history of buying pen related technology, such as aha! Inkwriter that became Microsoft Journal, and the Paragraph recognition engine, parts of which live on within Windows. [See Microsoft Surface Blog] -- Posted Saturday, May 2, 2015 by chb

Honeywell releases Dolphin 75e rugged handheld with either Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android 4.4
Honeywell Scanning & Mobility released the Dolphin 75e rugged handheld as the first of a next-generation of products running either Windows Embedded 8.1/10 Handheld or Android 4.4/5.0. Based on the powerful 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the Dolphin 75e uses capacitive multi-touch on its 4.3 inch display, has five sensors, a dedicated 1D/2D imager, fast 802.11ac WiFi, dual high-res cameras, and Voice over IP. [See description, analysis and specs of the Honeywell Dolphin 75e] -- Posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 by chb

IDC: Samsung reasserts global smartphone shipment lead with focus on lower-cost models in 1Q2015
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 336.5 million smartphones worldwide in 1Q2015, up 16.7% from the 288.5 million units in 1Q14 but down by 10.9% from 377.5 million in 4Q14. In the overall mobile phone market (smartphones plus feature phones), vendors shipped 458.9 million units worldwide, flat from the 459.3 million units shipped in 1Q14. Samsung led in smartphone markets share with 24.5%, followed by Apple with 18.2%. Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics fill the top 5, each with about 5% share. [See IDC media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by chb

Full review: innovative, affordable MobileDemand xTablet Flex 8
With their new xTablet Flex 8 8-inch tablet, MobileDemand breaks new ground by combining a modern, competent Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 8.1 tablet with a specially designed and preinstalled case that provides very respectable ruggedness. The whole package, including the industrial-grade briefcase carrying handle and heavy duty handstrap costs less than an iPad mini 3! Yet, the 1.6 pound tablet's specs are impressive. Quad-core Z3775 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10-point capacitive multi-touch, and a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet Flex 8] -- Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by chb

Scottish ambulance service to use 1200 Getac T800 rugged tablets for emergency operations
Getac reports that the Scottish Ambulance Service has signed a deal with leading ICT supplier Terrafix to use Getac’s T800 fully rugged thin and light Windows 8.1 tablets within its fleet of emergency vehicles. Each ambulance will be equipped with two tablets - one for use in the front of the vehicle for mobilisation and routing, and the other positioned in the rear of the vehicle, but remaining portable to be used as a method of recording Electronic Patient Report Forms. [See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by chb

Xplore Technologies acquires Motion -- How it came about
Today I listened to the full Investor Call broadcast Xplore held on April 16 about its acquisition of Motion Computing, and a lot of things are clearer now (listen to it here). So here's a more complete picture of what happened. [...read more] -- Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 by chb

Xplore Technologies to acquire Motion Computing
Two pioneers in rugged mobile tablet computing are joining forces as Xplore Technologies announced it has agreed to acquire Motion Computing. Xplore has been a driving force in ultra-rugged tablets since 1996, Motion burst on the market in 2001 as a primary provider of enterprise and healthcare market tablets. Both have recently expanded their offerings with complementary tablet products. Xplore (fiscal 2014 revenues of $36 million) and Motion (unaudited fiscal 2014 revenues of $83 million) are both headquartered in Austin, Texas, within ten miles of each other. “Nearly fifty percent of Motion revenue comes from outside the United States,” said Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore. “Leveraging the mature distribution channels that Motion has developed over the last 10 years, Xplore will significantly expand its international reach. “Motion is excited about what this combination brings to its customers and business partners,” said Peter Poulin, CEO of Motion. “The capital backing of Xplore supports a robust product pipeline and customer service capabilities that are critical to enterprises with whom Motion has had long standing relationships.” RuggedPCReview wishes the combined companies luck and success. [See press release] -- Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015 by chb

Xplore Technologies acquires Motion -- What it means
On April 16, 2015, Xplore Technologies and Motion Computing announced that Xplore was acquiring Motion. This was not a total surprise as both companies are in the rugged tablet computer market, both are pioneers in tablets, and both are located within ten miles from each other in Austin, Texas. And yet, the announcement came as a surprise to me. [... read more] -- Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015 by chb

Panasonic 4K Toughpad receives updates, much lower price
While most users consider 10-inch tablets the norm, Panasonic's Toughpad 4K tablet, initially launched in 2013, has a 20-inch screen. That means four times the display real estate. Better yet, the display offers 4k resolution, 3840 x 2560 pixel! But while everyone loved the razor-sharp display, few liked the $5,999 price tag. That's changed now. Panasonic introduced a much appreciated update that includes a switch from 3rd gen to 5th gen Core processors, HDMI 2.0, and, best of all, a much lower price. The updated Panasonic Toughpad 4k, which has a magnesium alloy frame enclosed in a reinforced glass fiber case, will cost US$2,999 when it becomes available in July. [See Panasonic media release] -- Posted Monday, April 13, 2015 by chb

Full review: 2nd generation Handheld Group Algiz 10X
The Handheld Group gave its ultra-rugged 10.1-inch Algiz 10X Windows tablet a significant technology upgrade that includes a quad-core Intel Celeron N2930 processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics and ancillary technology, much faster wireless, USB 3.0, and a much better display. RuggedPCReview tested the 2nd gen Algiz 10X and found an overall 2X performance improvement as well as better battery life. [See full review of the Handheld Group Algiz 10X] -- Posted Saturday, April 11, 2015 by chb

Windows 7 still leads by a very wide margin
According to Net Applications, Windows 7 continues to rule the desktop with a 58% marketshare. In second place, surprisingly, remains the by now ancient Windows XP with 17%, solidly ahead of Windows 8.1 with 10.6%. No other major Windows or Mac OS release even reached 4%. [See Net Applications Desktop OS Market Share] -- Posted Thursday, April 2, 2015 by chb

SDG Systems enhances EPX Barcode Framework for Android, adding Honeywell and Intermec driver support
SDG Systems, a leader in system and application software integration for Android on enterprise platforms, has enhanced the EPX-Barcode (EPX-B) software in its Enterprise Platform eXtension Framework software solution for Android. SDG has created EPX-B hardware drivers to support Honeywell and Intermec barcode scanning engines on Android. With EPX-B, Android OEMs and ODMs can select from an increasing number of scan engines meet their system requirements. [See SDG Systems EPX-B Barcode Scanning for Android page] -- Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by chb

AMREL releases rugged 5.3-inch multi-purpose Android handheld
AMREL introduced the APEX AH53, a handheld that represents a meld between a modern big-screen Android smartphone and a tough, durable mobile computer with industrial-grade features and components. IP67 sealing, a wide operating temperature range, a 5-foot drop spec, NFC, 3.75G WWAN, and the availability of a dedicated 1D/2D barcode reader mean that the AH53 can be used for any number of field data collection, communication and computing assignments even under the most trying conditions. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the AMREL APEX AH53] -- Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 by chb

Cypress's TrueTouch touchscreen solution helps rugged Kyocera DuraForce smartphone handle harsh environments
Cypress Semiconductor announced that Kyocera has selected Cypress's TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen solution for its new, rugged DuraForce smartphone. DuraForce is designed for operation it in harsh environments where water, dust and other hazards are present. The Cypress-enabled, 4.5-inch touchscreen display allows users to make calls, check messages and email, take pictures and use other key features even if they are wearing thick gloves or the screen is wet. [See Cypress media release] -- Posted Friday, March 20, 2015 by chb

Full review: Winmate M101H rugged tablet PC
RuggedPCReview conducted a full examination of the thin-and-light Winmate M101H 10.1-inch rugged tablet. We found a compelling combination of a bright, super-high resolution capacitive multitouch display, very good performance thanks to an Intel 4th gen "Haswell" Core processor, attractive design, and full-shift battery life, all in a light but sufficiently hardened package for numerous applications that require Windows in the field, but don't need the extra protection (and weight and cost) of a fully rugged device. [See full review of the Winmate M101H rugged tablet] -- Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by chb

Full review: Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme
There are only a few fully rugged convertible laptops, and the Dell Latitude 12 RuggedExtreme is one of them. Equipped with a unique flip-hinge, the device can be turned from conventional laptop to tablet in a couple of seconds. The Dell convertible is based on ultra-low voltage Intel Haswell processors, has a bright 11.6-inch resistive multi-touch display that works with gloves and in the rain, and offers excellent outdoor view ability. There's ample onboard connectivity, and the machine is tough enough to be used just about anywhere. [See full review of the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme] -- Posted Friday, March 6, 2015 by chb

Next-gen Intel Atom chips will come in 3/5/7 varieties
Intel announced that starting with the next generation of Atom processors, chip branding will employ the same good/better/best 3/5/7 naming system as has been used in Intel's high-end Core processors for several years. There will be entry-level X3 (codenamed "SoFIA") 28nm chips that support both Windows and Android, and "Cherry Trail" 14nm Atom X5 and X7 processors on the higher end. The latter with include somewhat wing-clipped versions of the powerful Broadwell-class graphics. All are SoCs (Systems on Chip), and just as Core processors, the upcoming Atom X chips will come with various levels and degrees of a very large variety of technologies and Intel features. No word on whether this will be the end of using the Celeron and Pentium brand names, as is the case under the current Bay Trail series. [See Introducing Brand Levels for the Intel Atom Processor] -- Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 by chb

Wacom unveils the Cintiq 13HD tablet
Tablets are everywhere and some also have pens, but when maximum precision matters, a dedicated graphics tablet may be the answer. For that, Wacom announced the US$799 Cintiq 13HD touch, a 13-inch tablet that can display 16.7 million colors, has a perfect viewing angle, full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, senses 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition. Wacom's goal with this new Cintiq tablet is to provide a digital workflow that emulates drawing or painting on paper or canvas. [See Wacom Cintiq 13HD]
-- Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 by chb

Illustrated report: Getac V110 used at Cirque du Soleil Kurios

It's always nice to see rugged mobile technology in action. A particularly impressive application is the use of a Getac V110 convertible notebook computer at the Cirque du Soleil Kurios touring production. The V110 runs the show's automation software, all of their inspection systems, operational and safety documentation, virtual sign-off processing, document management for all the schematics of all systems and every single connection and datapoint in the system. [See RuggedPCReview's detailed illustrated coverage of Getac V110 at Cirque du Soleil Kurios]
-- Posted Friday, February 20, 2015 by chb

Microsoft announces first Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones
On their blog, Microsoft announced that the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is available now for Windows Insiders. Microsoft says the preview is still very much under development and those installing it will see some rough edges. Fo now, the build is limited to a number of Lumina phones (630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830). [See Microsoft blog] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by chb

Panasonic releases Toughbook 54, a lighter, thinner and state-of-the-art semi-rugged laptop computer
Panasonic introduced the Toughbook 54, a semi-rugged notebook that emphasizes light weight and a slim profile while providing high performance with a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processors as well as very good battery life (up to 18 hours with two batteries,). The new Toughbook is designed to a highly portable tool for mobile professionals who need durability, power and feature sets beyond what a standard consumer laptop can offer. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook 54] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by chb

AMREL announces new rugged night vision computing solutions
AMREL reports it now offers a full line of turn-key night vision solutions, fully compliant with MIL-STD 3009 and CECOM (CSLP) standards. The widespread use of night vision goggles has necessitated the adoption of light restricting filters for mobile computers. AMREL’s Night Vision Computing Solutions virtually eliminate all infrared emissions completely, which is important, since night vision goggles usually work in that part of the spectrum. AMREL Night Vision Computing Solutions are available for their ROCKY RS11 13.3-inch laptop, ROCKY DK10 12.1inch tablet, as well as their ROCKY DB6 handheld. [See AMREL media release -- Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by chb

Corning plans to add sapphire-like scratch resistance to Gorilla Glass concept
At the annual investor meeting of Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning, Corning Glass Technologies president James P. Clappin noted that the cover glass market is expected to grow, in part due to more and growing smartphones, and increasing business in emerging markets. Clappin also said “we have developed a new product that will provide sapphire-like scratch resistance while maintaining the legendary toughness and break resistance of Gorilla Glass.” The new glass is supposed to become available later in 2015.[ See Corning press release] -- Posted Monday, February 9, 2015 by chb

Motion releases Broadwell-based C5m and F5m rugged tablets
Motion Computing unveiled the next generation of its popular F5 and C5 rugged tablets. Both get a substantial performance increase with a switch to Intel "Broadwell" 5th generation Core processors (i3, i5, and i7 versions available), ultra-fast Gobi 4G XLTE WWAN, 802.11ac WiFi, m.2 instead of mSATA solid state disks, twice the base and maximum RAM, a higher resolution user-facing camera, and optional self-encrypting drives. The big news is the two generation processor leap, from Ivy Bridge to Broadwell, bringing higher processor performance, much more powerful graphics, and a 40% increase in battery life. [See Motion press release] and Motion CEO Poulin's blog] -- Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by chb

iPhone 6 Plus isn't so big after all
Blast-from-the-past department: while Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is considered huge, it is actually dwarfed by Apple's Newton MessagePad 2000, which was introduced in 1997. Equipped with two full-size PC Cards and four AA batteries, the MP2000, which was considered small and handy at the time, weighs 1.48 pounds, almost four times as much as the sleek iPhone 6 Plus. Also of note: last used in 1998, the MP2000 came right up upon inserting four new AAs, all data intact. Will the 6 Plus do that in the year 2032? -- Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by chb

Handheld Group strengthens product management
The Handheld Group announced it has strengthened its product management department with two new appointments: Johan He'd (left) is the company’s new Director Product Management and joins Handheld’s management team, while Johan Sätterman (right) is appointed Handheld’s new Product Manager. The new appointments are part of Handheld’s increased focus on product development and product management. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015 by chb

Panasonic Toughbook CF31 now with Intel Broadwell power
Panasonic has not seen a need to physically redesign its long-running Toughbook CF31 in many years. The company, however, has kept its flagship rugged notebook computer meticulously current with periodic technology updates. The latest upgrade brings an Intel 5th generation ("Broadwell") Core i5-5300U (see here) processor that also includes Intel HD5500 graphics. The latest CF31 also supports high-speed 802.11ac WiFi and Panasonic states improved battery life of up to 18 hours on the main battery alone. Pricing starts at US$3,699. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 by chb

They had wireless handhelds back in '94? They did.
Dusting off stuff in the RuggedPCReview archives we came across a bunch of old product review pics for our old Pen Computing print magazine from the dawn of mobile computing. The two little handhelds in the picture are the Motorola Marco and the Motorola Envoy back in 1994. One ran Apple's Newton Intelligence OS, the other General Magic's Magic Cap. Both communicated wirelessly. See our Facebook page for more handheld and tablet pics from 1994 (and like us while you're there!). -- Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by chb

Microsoft reports promising smartphone and tablet financials
While it doesn't have a direct impact on rugged mobile computing markets, it's interesting to monitor the fortunes of Microsoft's smartphones and Surface tablets, as their success or failure can has an impact on rugged markets that have remained with Microsoft software more than mobile consumer markets. As is, Microsoft reported that for their quarter ending December 31, 2014, they had phone hardware revenue of $2.3 billion, with 10.5 million Lumia units sold driven by growth in affordable smartphones (i.e. low-end ones, not the ones with the super-high res cameras), and that they had Surface revenue of $1.1 billion, up 24%, driven by Surface Pro 3 and accessories. [See Microsoft release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by chb

Janam introduces rugged handheld with multi-OS support
Janam Technologies introduced the XM5, a rugged handheld weighing just ten ounces. The IP65-sealed XM5, which has a 600 nit 3.5-inch full VGA display and a choice of two different keyboards, combines legacy functionality with current trends by being capable of running both Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 or Android 4.2. The XM5 has embedded RFID and NFC reading capabilities and is available with integrated industrial-grade imagers and scanners. [See description, analysis and secs of the Janam XM5] -- Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by chb

RAM's new GDS Technology with IntelliSkin can truly be The Last Dock You'll Ever Need
With tablets and handhelds becoming ever more popular in the workplace, there's an ever greater need to have those devices communicate with desktops and other backend systems. Which usually means numerous docks and cables. RAM Mounts addresses this problem with their new GDS Technology with IntelliSkin. Billed as "The Last Dock You'll Ever Need," GDS sets a new standard in tablet and smartphone docking, mounting and protection. IntelliSkin is custom designed to fit all popular models of tablets and smartphones and features a molded integrated connector making it compatible with any GDS dock. [See RAM's GDS Technology with IntelliSkin] -- Posted Sunday, January 18, 2015 by chb

96% of retailers are ready for the Internet-of-Things, according to Zebra Technologies' commissioned survey
Zebra Technologies Corporation, which now includes the former Motorola Solutions Enterprise Business, released survey results that revealed nearly all retailers are ready to make the changes required to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT). The survey, conducted in October 2014 by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Zebra Technologies, also showed that a majority of retailers believe IoT will be the most important technological initiative of the decade. [Read Internet-of-Things Solution Deployment Gains Momentum Among Firms Globally] -- Posted Sunday, January 18, 2015 by chb

Panasonic introduces robust enterprise-class 7-inch Windows mobile POS tablet with full EMV reader capabilities
Panasonic took the occasion of the 104th annual National Retail Federation Big Show to launch the Toughpad FZ-R1 with integrated EMV reader, billed by the company as the industry's first 7-inch all-in-one mobile POS tablet running Windows 8.1 for retail environments. The Intel Bay Trail N2807-powered tablet also includes MSR, a capacitive ATM-style pad, NFC, and enterprise-class security and management capabilities. [See description, analysts and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1] -- Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by chb

Peter M. Poulin appointed CEO of Motion Computing
Motion Computing announced it has appointed Peter M. Poulin, who has served as Motion’s vice president of marketing since July 2012, as its Chief Executive Officer. With more than 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the public and private sectors, Mr. Poulin will capitalize on the company’s deep mobility expertise to expand Motion’s reach within target vertical markets. Our deep domain expertise radically reduces deployment risks, and users are able to complete their work more efficiently, accurately, and safely. Companies benefit by lowering their operational costs, preserving their existing investments in IT infrastructure, and improving customer service levels.” Poulin said. [See Motion press release] -- Posted Monday, January 12, 2015 by chb

Full review: 5.5-inch ARBOR Gladius rugged Android handheld
With the Android-powered Gladius 5, ARBOR Technology provides an interesting, elegant-but-rugged 5.5-inch/270 dpi "phablet" handheld suitable for emerging Internet of Things projects, but also as a technologically advanced multi-purpose dual-SIM handheld for numerous warehousing, transportation, healthcare, mPOS and general industrial and enterprise deployments. And its starting price is no higher than that of an iPhone 6 Plus. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius 5] -- Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015 by chb

Intel unveils 5th gen "Broadwell" U-Series processors
Intel announced the 5th gen of Core processors for notebooks and similar. Codenamed "Broadwell" and using 14nm process technology, the initial lineup includes 14 mobile processors with 15 and 28 watt watt TDPs. Sold as "U Series" processors (as opposed to the already announced "Y" Series for tablets and ultrabooks), Broadwell-U has 1/3 more transistors on a die that over 1/3 smaller. Compared to Haswell, graphics can be up to 25% faster, video conversion up to 50% faster, and there's lower power draw. Integrated GPUs are now Intel HD Graphics 5500, HD Graphics 6000, and Iris Graphics 6200, the latter having EDRAM (embedded DRAM) and increased 3D performance. These enable 4K Ultra HD display, enhanced decode support for VP8, VP9 and HEVC, and support for DX 11.2, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. Initial Broadwell-U chips come in dual-core/quad-thread i3/i5/i7 as well as dual core/dual thread Celeron and Pentium levels. Two new differentiations are i5 vPro and i7 vPro. [See Intel 5th gen fact sheet] -- Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015 by chb

TCI to relaunch Palm as Silicon Valley company
Chinese electronics giant TCL announced that it has purchased the Palm trademark from HP and intends to relaunch Palm in the form of a US-based subsidiary. What that means, exactly, is unclear. TCL has smartphone expertise (they sell Alcatel OneTouch phones), but many of Palm's patents and technologies are now either gone or rest with different companies. Simply reusing the name of a once great brand doesn't necessarily guarantee success, but the prospect of a new Palm is at least intriguing. -- Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by chb

Full review: Ultra-rugged Winmate IH83 tablet PC
The boxy, no-nonsense Winmate IH83 provides full Windows functionality in a classic ultra-rugged tablet form factor. Powered by an Intel "Haswell" processor, this latest version of Winmate's classic ultra-rugged provides four to five times the performance of earlier versions, and it does so without the need of a fan. It gets up to 7 hours of battery life, feels nearly indestructible and overall offers a significantly updated version of Winmate's tough, non-nonsense workhorse tablet platform that's now technologically state-of-the without losing its legacy support, simplicity, and straightforward design. [See full review of the Winmate IH83 Ultra-Rugged Tablet PC] -- Posted Thursday, January 1, 2015 by chb

Full review: Motion Computing's 12.5-inch Haswell-powered, highly configurable dual-mode input rugged R12 tablet
The uniquely designed R12 from Motion Computing is the sleeker, lighter, and faster successor of the company's J3600 tablet. The Intel Haswell-based R12 is a rugged, modern and highly configurable Windows tablet with strong performance and a bright, sharp 12.5-inch capacitive multi-touch display large enough for complex applications. Enterprise and business customers will appreciate its excellent connectivity and and integrated 8-megapixel documentation camera as well as the ability to add scanners, RFID, and even a legacy serial port through its optional "SlateMate" bolt-on modules. [See full review of the Motion R12] -- Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by chb

Chromebooks passing iPads in US schools
According to PC World, Chromebook shipments to U.S. schools passed iPad shipments in Q3 of 2014 and are nearing 50% of the educational market. PC World attributes that to the high cost of iPads combined with a lack of a keyboard and multi-user support. Google’s Chromebooks, on the other hand, offer the keyboard, low prices, simple management, and support for easily passing Chromebooks among students. -- Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by chb

Honeywell buys DataMax-O'Neil
Honeywell announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Datamax-O’Neil, a global manufacturer of fixed and mobile printers used in a variety of retail, warehouse and distribution, and health care applications, for $185 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. Interesting situation: for the past few years, both Honeywell and Motorola were on rugged company acquisition sprees. Now, Honeywell buys one of the two largest mobile printer companies, whereas Motorola Solutions was bought by another large mobile printer company (Zebra). [See Honeywell press release and DataMax-O'Neil press release] -- Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 by chb

Fujitsu launches two new Stylistic enterprise tablets
There was a time when Fujitsu dominated the tablet scene with its various semi-rugged and rugged Stylistic models, but over the past several years Fujitsu tablets were less visible. Now, Fujitsu announced the launch of its next-generation tablets, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q555 and STYLISTIC Q335. The Q335 is an 8-inch 1280 x 800 pixel Intel Atom quad-core Z3735F powered Windows tablet ideal for business users requiring enhanced portability, the 1.47-pound 10-inch 1920 x 1200 Q555 a semi-rugged 2-in-1 with enterprise-grade security. [See Fujitsu press release] -- Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by chb

Xplore Technologies extends contract with large airline
Xplore Technologies announced additional orders for its XC6 Windows tablet PCs by one of the world's largest and most well-known airlines. The new order extends the previously announced multi-million dollar project, arming the airline's ground crews with ultra-rugged tablets at airports across the U.S. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014 by chb

Full review: Motion Computing CL920
Motion's CL-series was among the first serious enterprise market Windows tablets with capacitive multi-touch when the platform was launched in early 2011. Now in its third generation, the new Motion CL920 is much faster and much more powerful thanks to its Intel Bay Trail Pentium N3540 processor. Ancillary technology (WiFi, BT, USB, WLAN, GPS, cameras, etc.) was updated as well, and there's now a superb new display with Gorilla Glass 3. [Read full review of the Motion Computing CL920] -- Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by chb

IDC: Worldwide tablet growth slows to 7.2% in 2014
According to IDC, worldwide tablet market growth slowed to 7.2% in 2014 as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. Of OS platforms, the worldwide marketshare in tablets and 2-in-1 devices saw Android in the lead with 67.7% (159.5 million devices), then Apple's iOS with 27.5% (65 million), and Windows with 10.9% (10.9 million). IDC expects Windows' marketshare to grow to 11.4% by 2018, at equal expense of Android and Apple. [See IDC press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by chb

Full review: Cedar Tree Technologies CT4
In this era of 2-year contracts and installment plans to get the latest fragile consumer smartphone, many wish there'd be something less expensive and more durable. There is. RuggedPCReview.com performed a detailed review of Cedar Tree Technologies' CT4, an economically priced (US$489), dual-SIM, fully rugged, and remarkably advanced 4.3-inch Android handheld designed for harsh environments. It's IP68-sealed, virtually indestructible, and has superior cameras. [See full review of the Cedar Tree Technologies CT4] -- Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by chb

Full review: MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10
With their new xTablet Flex 10 10.1-inch tablet, MobileDemand breaks new ground by combining a modern, competent Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 8.1 tablet with a specially designed and preinstalled case that provides very respectable ruggedness. The whole package, including the industrial-grade briefcase carrying handle and heavy duty handstrap costs less than an iPad Air 2! Yet, the 2.25 pound tablet's specs are impressive. Quad-core Z3770 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10-point capacitive multi-touch, and a 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10] -- Posted Monday, November 24, 2014 by chb

Corning introduces Gorilla Glass 4
Corning announced Gorilla Glass 4, which the company says is up to two times tougher than any competitive cover glass design now in the market. The new Gorilla Glass 4 has been especially formulated to address screen breakage from everyday drops. Gorilla Glass was first introduced in 2007. RuggedPCReview.com reported on it when tablet pioneer Motion Computing began using it in 2009 and we had an insightful conversation with Corning's Dr. Nagaraja Shashidhar back then (see here). Since its launch, Gorilla Glass has been used in more than 3 billion devices. The new Gorilla Glass 4 offers enhanced retained strength after use, higher resistance to scratch and sharp contact damage, improved drop performance, and superior surface quality. [See Corning Gorilla Glass 4 press release and detailed Gorilla Glass 4 specs]] -- Posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 by chb

MobileDemand announces 11.6-inch rugged xTablet T1600
MobileDemand announced the xTablet T1600, a rugged "thin & light" tablet with a large 11.6-inch 10-point capacitive multi-touch display, Intel "Haswell" U-Series Core i5 power, good onboard connectivity, optional 1D/2D scanner or HF RFID, as well as IP65 sealing and a 3-foot drop spec. Pricing starts at US$1,995. [See description, analysis and specs of the MobileDemand xTablet T1600] -- Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 by chb

Data Ltd introduces two Bay Trail-based rugged mobile POS multi-touch tablets for either Windows or Android
Data Ltd introduced the 8-inch DLI 8 and the 9.7-inch DLI 10 compact rugged tablets. Both are based on the 1.83GHz Intel "Bay Trail" N2930 processors, both offer capacitive multi-touch, and both can run either Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) or the full or embedded versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. While suitable for a variety of markets and applications, want sets these new DLI tablets apart is the availability of an add-on 5-in-1 module that adds RFID/NFC, MSR, scanning, smart card and pin pad for full-service mobile payment processing. [See description, analysis and specs of the Data Ltd DLI 8 and Data Ltd DLI 10] -- Posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 by chb

Full review: Samwell RUGGEDBOOK PC-760
The Samwell RUGGEDBOOK PC-760, geared towards mobile point-of-sale and data collection applications, provides Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 functionality in a refreshingly unique rugged tablet form factor. Slender and weighing under three pounds, the Intel Bay Trail-powered PC-760 has a sharp and bright 10.1-inch touch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, capacitive multi-touch, and includes an industrial-grade 1D/2D scanner. Available options include bolt-on magnetic card and Smart Card readers, as well as HF RFID. [Read our full review of the Samwell RUGGEDBOOK PC-760] -- Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 by chb

Intrinsically safe ecom Tab-Ex: another rugged tablet based on Samsung hardware
em instruments launched the Tab-Ex, an 8-inch rugged Android 4.4 tablet with a Zone 1/Div. 1 intrinsic safety rating, meaning that the device can be used in certain types of hazardous environments with flammable gasses present. The unusual aspect of the Tab-Ex is that it is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Android tablet, which is inherently IP67-sealed and can already handle 4-foot drops. Applying their own patented technologies to the platform, ecom will be able to offer the Tab-Ex at various levels of intrinsic safety. [read more] -- Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by chb

Full review: ARBOR Gladius G0975 rugged Bay Trail tablet
RuggedPCReview tested the elegantly designed and Intel Bay Trail N2930-powered ARBOR Gladius G0975 tablet that provides full Windows functionality in a rugged tablet form factor. Intended for use in field service, transportation, mobile point of sale and logistics work and weighing just over two pounds, the Gladius is considerably lighter than most traditional full-size rugged tablets. Its bright 9.7-inch multi-touch screen with XGA resolution offers enough space to run Windows comfortably and even works with thin gloves. There is sufficient wired connectivity on board, as well as a wealth of wireless functionality. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius G0975] -- Posted Monday, November 3, 2014 by chb

Happy 25th Anniversary, Getac!

This month, Getac is celebrating its 25t Anniversary. It all started 1989 when GE Aerospace and MiTAC of Taiwan formed Getac to build the company's first product, the T3020 mobile computer that was designed specifically for military field use. Today, Getac is one of the largest providers of rugged notebooks, laptops and handhelds in the world. The company celebrated the event at the US Marine Corps 2014 Miramar Air Show. RuggedPCReview.com was there, and here is our illustrated report: See Getac celebrates 25th Anniversary!
-- Posted Saturday, November 1, 2014 by chb

Zebra Technologies Corporation completes acquisition of Motorola Solutions' enterprise business
Zebra Technologies Corporation and Motorola Solutions announced that Zebra has completed the acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business for US$3.45 billion in cash. The transaction was funded with $200 million of cash on hand and $3.25 billion in new Zebra debt. Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business, which provides mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies, had 2013 sales of US$2.5 billion. [See press release] -- Posted Monday, October 27, 2014 by chb

Say goodbye to the Nokia Lumina. It's all Microsoft from now on.
Microsoft announced that in the coming months, there will be gradual change from "Nokia" to "Microsoft" in the Nokia websites, packaging and other areas. Most importantly, the Nokia Lumina smartphone brand will become the Microsoft Lumina. Microsoft, however, will continue to sell Nokia-branded, entry-level category of phones, such as the Nokia 130. [See announcement] -- Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 by chb

Full review: The Handheld Group's handy, multi-talented Nautiz X1 rugged Android-based mobile computer
What the Handheld Group offers with the Android-based Nautiz X1 is an ultra-compact mobile computer that also provides most of the power, features and functionality of the leading consumer smartphones, but in a package that is much tougher than any of them. Equipped with a crisp WVGA 800 x 480 pixel 4.0-inch capacitive multi-touch display, the Nautiz X1 can reliably and efficiently perform data capture and data communication tasks out there in the field. And also serve as a smartphone that won't ever break. [See full review of the Handheld Group's Nautiz X1 -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by chb

Motorola Solutions launches rugged Symbol TC70 Android-based Touch Computer with 4.7-inch auto-sense procap display
Motorola Solutions launched the Symbol TC70 Touch Computer, a rugged Android 4.4-based handheld with a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixel Gorilla Glass-protected auto-sense capacitive touch screen that offers both effortless multi-touch as well as glove touch and a precise capacitive stylus. IP67-sealed and able to handle 6-foot drops, the Symbol TC70 also offers industrial grade 1D/2D scanning, NFC, MSR, WorkForce Connect Push-To-Talk with three microphones and a very loud speaker, long battery life, as well as the company's Mx enterprise and security extensions to Android. [See Symbol TC70 product page and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Motorola Solutions Symbol TC70] -- Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by chb

Doctor says mHealth apps useless
Health IT Outcomes quotes Australian health expert Dr. George Margelisas saying, “The health app world is still very immature, despite the plethora of apps out there," and "“There is a strong need for better education of developers and healthcare professionals on developing models of care that utilize the technology effectively.” Dr. Margelis explains that in order to create useful apps, designers must have a background in the medical field or at least some knowledge of the area they intend to design an app. [See Health IT Outcomes article] -- Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by chb

GammaTech to display at IACP, Orlando, FL Oct 26-28
GammaTech Computer Corp. announced it will showcase its DURABOOK line of mobile rugged tablets, notebooks and convertible PCs during IACP 2014 — the 121st Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition — in booth 2230. The expo will take place from October 26-28, 2014 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. GammaTech will display a variety of computing solutions with customizable features that meet the unique needs of today's public safety professionals. [See IACP Conference] -- Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014 by chb

Bsquare and Aava Mobile introduce MobileV reference design for rugged handhelds and tablets
Bsquare and Aava Mobile announced the release of MobileV, a complete hardware and software reference design for OEMs building durable and rugged class handhelds and industrial tablets. MobileV combines Microsoft Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro with Aava Mobile Intel board reference designs based on the quad-core Bay Trail Z3745 chip, along with Bsquare software. MobileV is sold as a package of production-ready reference designs and licenses. The reference design shown by bSquare had a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 multi-touch screen with pen support, with IP67 sealing, 5-foot drop spec, GPS, NFC, LTE, 5 sensors, etc. [See press release, MobileV product page, and MobileV data sheet.]
-- Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by chb

Juniper System announces next gen Allegro 2 rugged handheld
Juniper Systems announced the Allegro 2, a new and significantly enhanced and optimized generation of the company's long-running line of Allegro rugged handheld computers. According to Juniper Systems, the Allegro 2 was “designed for the data-intensive,” with special attention paid to engineering and design. The new Allegro 2 has a larger, higher resolution display, uses procap, is faster, has more storage, better GPS, faster WiFi, a new keyboard, much longer battery life, and it's now IP68 sealed. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Allegro 2] -- Posted Monday, October 13, 2014 by chb

RuggedPCReview welcomes Cedar Tree Technologies as its newest industry sponsor
Cedar Tree Technologies has joined the RuggedPCReview industry sponsor family, thus helping us spread the word of the uses and benefits of ruggedized computing equipment, and generating the detailed product reviews our organization is known for. Launched by the founders of Juniper Systems, Cedar is where ultra-ruggedness and affordability meet. Cedar provides rugged handheld computers equipped with the power and versatility of Android to professionals in a wide variety of markets. Initial products include the CT7 tablet, CT4 handheld/phone, and CMP1 MiniPhone. -- Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by chb

Touchscreen notebooks face weak demand
According to DigiTimes, demand for touchscreen notebooks is far weaker than expected and notebook vendors have stopped developing touch-enabled notebooks for the fourth quarter. Adding touch means extra cost and higher retail prices when most notebook users still prefer a mouse or trackpad, and touch on a notebook simply doesn't feel natural. That lesson should have been learned back in 2002 when Microsoft abruptly changed the emphasis from pure tablets to convertible notebooks during the development of the Tablet PC initiative. -- Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by chb

F4 Tech announces easy-to-use mobile forest inventory solution
F4 Tech, which makes the Flint and Forge Echo lines of rugged mobile computers, announced the release of its newest software offering, SilvAssist Mobile software. The app presents foresters a simple work flow solution for field data collection and which the company feels is the easiest to use mobile Forest inventory solution on the market today. [See F4 Tech press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by chb

8 Ways to Automate Your Home with Your Phone
It can seem difficult to keep track of all the new apps and technologies that make your life easier. Fortunately, there are a variety of technologies and apps available for your home that can help you manage your manner remotely. Whether you are looking for convenience, safety or are looking out for the planet, there are a variety of ways to automate your home through your phone... [See 8 Ways to Automate Your Home with Your Phone] -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by chb

Handheld launches the ultra-rugged capacitive touch 4.7-inch Nautiz X8 with Windows Embedded Handheld or Android 4.2.2
Handheld Group announced the launch of its Nautiz X8 rugged mobile computer, which features a large, bright 4.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display, IP67 sealing, a very wide operating temperature range, 12 hour battery life, and an extension cap expansion system. The Nautiz X8 is available both in Windows Embedded Handheld and Android 4.2.2 versions. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X8] -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by chb

The unpredictable nature of screen sizes
It's a mad, mad, mad world as far as the screen size of mobile devices goes. Witness... For smartphones, 4.7 inches or so now seems the least customers will accept, and 5.5 inches or larger is better. When Apple introduced its iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6+ (5.5 inch), the demand was such that both Apple's and AT&T's websites couldn't keep up. Dial back a couple of decades to the dawn of handhelds. The first Apple Newtons and Tandy/Casio Zoomers and such all had displays...[read more] -- Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 by chb

Sony falling on hard times
There was a time when Sony could do no wrong. It was the Apple of its era. But those days are long gone. While the PS4 gaming console pulled off a fairly clear win over Microsoft's Xbox One, Sony greatly struggles in smartphones, had sold off its PC business, US office building and even its Tokyo headquarters. With the clout of such brands as Walkman, Trinitron, etc., in the distant past, Sony now expects a US$2+ billion loss and won't pay a dividend for the first time. -- Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by chb

Janam introduces rugged 5.9-inch Android tablet for enterprise and mobile workforce applications
Janam announced the launch of their Android-based rugged XT1, perhaps the handiest and lightest of currently available rugged tablet offerings. Powered by a 1.5GHz OMAP4470 processor, the XT1 has a 5.9-inch capacitive multi-touch screen and weighs just 13 ounces. The XT1 blends advanced consumer phone technology with enterprise-relevant key features such as ruggedness, sealing, industrial-grade barcode scanning and rapid battery recharging. [See Janam press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Janam XT1 ] -- Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by chb

Apple introduces new iPhones, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch
Apple introduced the iPhone 6 with a 1334 x 750 pixel 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6+ with a 1920 x 1080 pixel 5.5-inch screen. Powered by a new A8 chip and M8 co-processor and running iOS 8, the new 802.11ac and NFC-equipped iPhones, which can be pre-ordered on Sept. 12 and ship on Sept. 19, have powerful new cameras with optical image stabilization, will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, and start at US$199 (4.7") and US$299 (5.5") with 2-year contract. Apple also announced Apple Pay for secure payments via finger touch and NFC. And Apple announced the US$349 Apple Watch, available early 2015, which has a novel crown and sensor driven user interface and works in conjunction with iPhone 5 and 6. Judging by Apple stock movement, Wall Street seemed excited over the new iPhones, very excited over Apple Pay, but not excited over the watch. -- Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by chb

Winmate releases next-gen industrial Android PDA, now with replaceable, more powerful battery
Winmate's rugged 4.3-inch E430 Android handheld platform has been quite the success. The company is now following up with a 3rd generation, the E430RM2 that now has a replaceable battery with larger capacity, easier access to expansion card slots, and productivity-enhancing new accessories. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate E430RM2] -- Posted Monday, September 8, 2014 by chb

German Forest Service uses Juniper Systems' Mesa Rugged Notepad to manage sustainable forests
Junipr Systems announced that one of Europe's most influential forest services, the Hessen-Forst Enterprise in Hessen, Germany, recently purchased 580 of Juniper Systems' Mesa Geo Rugged Notepads to manage the nearly 1.7 million acres of forests in Hessen. Hessen forests are unique in that they are managed in a way that makes them completely sustainable. Trevor Brown, Natural Resources Market Manager at Juniper Systems, said, "With the level of detail with which they manage their forests, it is essential that they have a high-quality data collection tool that is easy to use and has reliable GPS performance under heavy tree canopy. The Mesa Geo fills that need perfectly for them.” [See Juniper Systems press release and Data Management Keeping German Forests Sustainable blog entry]
-- Posted Friday, September 5, 2014 by chb

Added: ARBOR Gladius G1056
With their rugged Gladius G1056, ARBOR Technology took Intel's Mobile Clinical Assistant concept design with its integrated handle and optimized it for use in the field. That includes extra protection, four USB ports, RS232 serial, LAN, VGA and even DisplayPort. The Gladius G1056 is powered by a dual-core AMD G-Series APU, has a large 10.4-inch AFFS+ resistive touch screen plus active pen, and can be equipped with dual 5mp cameras, RFID, and 3.75G WWAN. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR Gladius G1056] -- Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by chb

Microsoft cleans up Windows app store
Customers of Apple's AppStore can pretty much rely on knowing what they get in an app, and that it won't be against any of Apple's rather stringent rules. That's not always the case with other app stores where apps have been known to be badly mislabeled/misleading at best, and entirely inappropriate at worst. Microsoft has now announced in its blog that Windows Store requirements have been modified and that more than 1,500 apps have been removed. [See Microsoft blog "How we’re addressing misleading apps in Windows Store"] -- Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 by chb

IDC: Smartphone market strong and still growing, with emphasis on emerging markets
IDC reports that smartphone outlook remains strong, with over 1.25 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2014, and 1.8 billion in 2018. Considering that smartphones are really PDAs, John Sculley's 1990s' prediction that this will be a trillion dollar market no longer looks foolish at all. Note that according to IDC smartphone mature market share in 2014 is just 26.5% and will drop to 20.5% by 2018, which means the challenge for phone makers will be to maintain a (profitable) presence in high-margin mature markets while also compete in the much higher volume low-margin emerging markets. -- Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 by chb

Microsoft One Note for Android now with handwriting/inking support for improved tablet experience
Millions are using Microsoft One Note, but Android users didn't get handwriting on it, which makes the app less useful for many. That's now changed as Microsoft introduced One Note for Android with handwriting/inking support to provide a fuller tablet experience. With current advances in truly useful capacitive pens for tablets, annotation capability will become increasingly more important. [See One Note for Android] -- Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 by chb

Western Digital celebrates 10th anniversary of its external drive
Western Digital is commemorating the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of storage. To celebrate, they're issuing the elegant metal-clad My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive in limited numbers (1 TB $89.00 and 2 TB $139.00). [See Western Digital My Passport Anniversary drives -- Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 by chb

MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10 for less than an iPad Air
MobileDemand announced its second thin and light tablet of the year, the xTablet Flex 10. It's an Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 8.1 tablet with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS capacitive multi-touch display. Inside its specially selected dual-layer protective case and behind a special protective screen cover, the Flex 10 can handle four-foot drops onto concrete and steel balls falling on its display. And it costs just US$695 with 64GB of storage, less than a 64GB WiFi iPad Air. [See description, analysis and specs of the MobleDemand xTablet Flex 10] -- Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 by chb

Opticon releases rugged Android enterprise terminal
Opticon has added the Opticon H27 rugged Android enterprise terminal to its lineup of handhelds, scanners and data collectors. The Snapdragon MSM8960-powered H27 runs Android 4.2.2 on a bright 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touch screen measuring 4.3 inches diagonally. Equipped with an industrial grade 1D scanner or 2D imager, GPS, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, the H27 weighs just 8.5 ounces, but can handle extreme temperatures, survive 5-foot drops and carries IP65 sealing. [See description, analysis and specs of the Opticon H27] -- Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 by chb

Smartphone sales pass 300 million Q2 2014, Android dominates
According to IDC, the worldwide smartphone market reached 301.3 million a new milestone in Q2 of 2014, up 25.3% from the 240.5 million units shipped in Q2 of 2013. Android and Apple's iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4% for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors. In fact, Android alone accounted for 255 million devices, dwarfing even Apple's 35 million. Windows Phone marketshare was 2.5%, down from 3.4% Q2 2013. "With many of its OEM partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets," said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager at IDC. [See IDC press release] -- Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 by chb

An easier way to port Windows Mobile apps to Android?
With Android dominating consumer phones, many enterprises contemplate porting Windows Mobile applications to Android. That's never easy. An alternate solution to direct porting might be using the Xamarin Mobile Platform for iOS and Android app development since Xamarin includes a subset of the .NET framework and a C# compiler. Motorola Solutions' Brian Reed examines the issue in "Porting Obstacles: 5 Considerations With Xamarin Android" -- Posted Monday, August 11, 2014 by chb

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