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A Real Tablet has a Stylus

A Real Tablet has a Stylus

2011 may be the year of the tablet, but as a segment it's still painfully immature. Our hands-on with ASUS' Eee Slate EP121 last week triggered the usual arguments, dismissing the 12.1-inch tablet out of hand because of its perceived "old" technology. Admittedly, there are plenty of points where the EP121 could fall short: ASUS reckon users will see up to 8hrs runtime, which seems hopelessly ambitious for a relatively slimline slate with a Core i5 processor, and the display was frustratingly glossy. Still, the dual-mode hybrid touchscreen is its crowning glory for those who understand that there's more to a stylus than most - Steve Jobs included - would have you believe.

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Microsoft Courier-style pen & touch patent application filed

Microsoft Courier-style pen & touch patent application filed

Microsoft's Courier project, which endeared itself to tablet-philes with its promise of dual-displays and an innovative pen-and-finger interface, but then was cruelly axed before launch, keeps spawning patent applications.  The latest - Bimodal Touch Sensitive Digital Notebook - describes the different ways in which two types of touchscreen input, using fingers and a more precise digital stylus, could be implemented for better control of a slate.

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Microsoft Courier Patent Acceptance Opens Old Wounds

Microsoft Courier Patent Acceptance Opens Old Wounds

The life of the Microsoft Courier over the last few months has been one for the script of a soap opera. From seeing video of what the Courier concept would be, to its terrible cancellation, to some software confusion, the Courier has lived and died in such a roller-coaster fashion that it could be tough for anyone to keep up with. Even when Microsoft execs were being shuffled around (supposedly due to the Courier's axing), the Courier was always the main focus. And today, based on a patent months old, we're reminded all over again about what could have been.

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Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

How foolish I've been. Five months ago I wrote that tablets had come of age, and even sifted my way through the line-up cherry picking what must-have features would make for the perfect device. A month later, in the afterglow - or should that be aftermath? - of the iPad announcement, I marvelled that, while Apple's slate wouldn't necessarily satisfy every user, there was nonetheless plenty of choice on the horizon for those given a taste for tableteering. Our analyst contributors wisely told me not to count my touchscreen chickens before they'd hatched onto the market, but I wouldn't listen. I thought the iPad's arrival would rejuvenate the tablet segment, but all it seems to have done is killed off any attempt at innovation.

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Microsoft confirm reshuffle: Robbie Bach & J Allard depart (but “unrelated” to Courier)

Microsoft confirm reshuffle: Robbie Bach & J Allard depart (but “unrelated” to Courier)

Having been rumored late last week, it's now confirmed that Robbie Bach and J Allard of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division will be leaving the company.  Bach, who for five years has led the division, will not be replaced, as part of a scheme that will see Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer take more direct control of the Windows Phone and Xbox teams.  Allard, meanwhile, will take a new, less time-intensive role as "advisor" to Ballmer; he told TechFlash that, contrary to speculation, the change is unrelated to Microsoft cancelling the Courier dual-display tablet.

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Microsoft’s J Allard Could be Leaving Over Courier Cancellation

Microsoft’s J Allard Could be Leaving Over Courier Cancellation

There's no doubt in our mind that when Microsoft pulled the plug on the Courier, a lot of people got upset. We know that's probably the case because we're definitely in that pool. It was definitely one of the most attractive and interesting Microsoft concepts to come out in years, but, as Fate would have it, it's just not going to happen. But, you know who was more angry than anyone else? J Allard.

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Apple, iPad & why the stylus isn’t dead

Apple, iPad & why the stylus isn’t dead

"It's like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it." The audience sniggered. There was no small sense that Steve Jobs had carefully prepared that line earlier and had it waiting; that like the repetitious declarations of the iPad as "miraculous" by every person to take the stage at its launch, this snub at Microsoft's expense had similarly been rehearsed, a barbed nugget guaranteed to set the gathered journalists, bloggers and Mac-faithful a-titter. A stylus is, after all, old-school; a flawed halfway house before the advent of the iPhone and iPad. Jobs' Apple can't see a reason for one, and they reckon you should think so too. And yet, as input methods go, the stylus remains one of the most misunderstood.

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Courier is dead, long live Courier?

Courier is dead, long live Courier?

Ah, Courier, we hardly knew you. "We have no plans" Microsoft say "to build such a device at this time." Now, perhaps it's my tablet-addled, ever-hopeful mind, but that doesn't sound quite the same thing as "you won't see a Courier-style device." In fact, you could easily interpret it as a carefully worded workaround: we're not going to build a Microsoft Courier, the company says, but other firms might. After all, they've already mention that "its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings."

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