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1. a medicinal formulation made of a compressed powdered substance containing an active drug and excipients
2. a slab of stone, wood, etc., esp one formerly used for inscriptions
3. NZ a token giving right of way to the driver of a train on a single line section


A rectangular separate panel or flat slab, often bearing an inscription or carving of an image.



a solid dosage form of medication. Tablets are manufactured commercially by molding or compressing medicinal substances combined with such neutral substances as sugar, starch, sodium chloride, talc, and alcohol. Some types of tablets are coated.


1. A regularly shaped, separate panel, or a representation thereof, often bearing an inscription or image.
2. A coping stone, set flat; also called tabling.
3. A plaque, often inscribed and carved, usually affixed to a wall surface or set into the surface; sometimes used to serve as a memorial or to commemorate a special event.


A query language.

["Human Factor Comparison of a Procedural and a Non-procedural Query Language", C. Welty et al, ACM Trans Database Sys 6(4):626-649 (Dec 1981)].


(1) See digitizer tablet.

(2) A general-purpose computer contained in a touchscreen panel. Although earlier tablets required a stylus, modern tablets are operated by fingers, and a stylus is an option.

iPad, Android and BlackBerry
In 2010, Apple's iPad created a tablet revolution as dramatic as it did with the iPhone. However, Android tablets have given the iPad a run for its money with numerous models from many vendors. BlackBerry introduced a tablet for its customers, which was later discontinued (see BlackBerry PlayBook). See iPad and Android.

Windows Tablets
In 2000, Microsoft introduced a tablet version of Windows (see Tablet PC). However, Windows tablets were not widely used until Windows 8 changed the game in 2012. Any program that runs on a Windows PC can run on a Windows 8 or Windows 10 tablet. See Windows tablet.

Thousands of Applications
Just like smartphones, tablets come with a Web browser and a variety of installed apps; however, a huge number of free and paid apps are available from the vendor's online store (see online app store). See mobile compatibility.

Full Size and Mini
Left to right are the Lenovo IdeaTab (Windows 8), Apple iPad (iOS) and Acer Iconia (Android). The small tablet is the Amazon Kindle Fire (Android).

State-Of-The-Art in 1999
Although seriously bulky by today's standards, the Qbe ("Cube") Windows tablet included voice recognition, camera, analog modem, Ethernet and a keyboard for desktop use. (Image courtesy of Aqcess Technologies Inc.)

The Tablet Newspaper Prototype
In 1994, Knight-Ridder's Roger Fidler predicted newspapers would be viewed on tablets in the future. Watch the video:
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The Nokia N810 is powered by maemo Linux based OS2008, updatable also on the Nokia N800, the previous internet tablet generation hardware.
* Sistema operativo Internet Tablet OS 2007, basado en Linux
Browse the Web, check e-mail and send instant messages from the palm of your hand with the Linux-based N800 Internet Tablet. The N800 has a 4.1-inch, 800x480-pixel touch screen, 380MHz CPU, dual SD memory card slots, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 256 MB of flash RaM, 128 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.0 and a built-in Web camera.
One of your newest products is an Internet tablet that doesn't have any cellular technology in it at all and relies on public Web calling and open-source operating systems.
* Open hardware refers to computers that run open standards-based software like Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, relying on Linux.
Nokia has launched its first device in the new Internet Tablet category, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and email communications in a sleek pocketsize format.
Whether it's a Pocket PC, a thin client, an Internet tablet, an automotive or home electronics device, this software development kit provides developers with the tools they need to implement Bluetooth technology.
* Added output formats for some devices, such as HTC Surround,Nokia N8,LG Quantum,Blackberry PlayBook,Samsung Galaxy Tab,Sony Ericssion Xperia X8,Dell Streak,Creative ZiiO 10,Archos 101 Internet Tablet and so on.
Maemo is a Linux operating system, mostly based on open source code and powers mobile computers such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. The Maemo platform has been developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects.
Nokia is providing its expertise in mobility, along with an Internet Tablet which is compatible with WiMAX 2.5GHz.
The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is the most recent version of the N series available here in the U.S.
Finnish mobile communications company Nokia (NYSE: NOK) said on Wednesday (11 July) that the Internet telephony service Skype is now available on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, bringing Skype conversations anywhere in the world where there is an available wireless Internet connection (WiFi).

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