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Music industry prepares suit against Yahoo China

A recording industry group is preparing to file a lawsuit against Yahoo China for allegedly infringing its members' copyrights by providing links to illegal music download sites, a spokesman for the group confirmed on Tuesday.

Microsoft enters the robotics market

Microsoft released the preview version of a software toolkit for building robot applications on Tuesday, pledging to ignite the robot market in the same way it did the PC market some 20 years ago.

Parts of JPEG patent rejected; Forgent to appeal

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected 19 of the 47 claims in a patent held by Forgent Networks, which the company has been using to assert licensing rights related to the JPEG digital image standard.

Microsoft advises switching Word to 'safe mode'

Microsoft is advising people to run its Word application in "safe mode" to help guard against a Trojan program that surfaced recently, although security experts on Wednesday said there still appears little cause for alarm.

Google to sell video ads

Google will soon begin selling video advertisements on the Web, opening a new front in its battle for a bigger slice of the online advertising market.

Skype patches medium-risk security hole

Skype is advising users to upgrade to a more recent version of its VoIP software to fix a security bug reported late last week by a security researcher in New Zealand.

Scientists build high-energy batteries using viruses

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S. have figured out a way to use viruses to build ultrathin lithium-ion batteries that pack three times the normal energy level for their weight and size.

Microsoft buys maker of 'Fable' Xbox game

Microsoft has acquired U.K. gaming company Lionhead Studios for an undisclosed amount, ensuring some exclusive content for its Xbox console from the company that designed the popular "Fable" games.

Apple puts Windows XP on the Mac

Apple has released beta software that lets Mac users run Microsoft's Windows XP operating system on Intel-based Macintosh computers, it announced Wednesday.

Samsung moves 1GB flash to advanced production process

Samsung Electronics has begun mass-producing 1G-bit flash memory chips using a more advanced manufacturing process, the company said Tuesday, helping to fuel the rapid growth in flash memory use for gadgets like digital cameras and MP3 players.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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