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IBM PCs add extra security to Adobe Acrobat 6.0

Adobe Systems has tweaked the cryptography features in its Acrobat 6.0 software to let users take advantage of a security chip included with IBM's newer notebook and desktop computers, the companies said Thursday.

Consumer electronics industry rallies around Linux

In a move that could potentially bring Linux to the masses, eight of the world's top consumer electronics vendors have formed an alliance to promote development of the open-source operating system (OS) for use in digital devices including audio and v...

Big names work on standards for digital home

Seventeen high-tech and consumer electronics companies have banded together to develop standards that should make it easier for home users to share digital content between their PCs, televisions, stereos and other equipment in the home.

RealNetworks to unveil major European wireless deal

RealNetworks expects to announce a deal with a large European mobile operator next week that will see its software used to provide audio and video services in 28 European countries over wireless networks that support data delivery.

Dell reports 18 percent jump in revenue

Dell Computer Corp. reported an 18 percent jump in revenue for its first fiscal quarter, citing strong demand for its Intel Corp.-based servers and storage equipment.

Microsoft plans new Xbox Live pricing

Microsoft will offer new pricing in North America for its Xbox Live online gaming service, later this year. It will raise the price of its "starter pack" by $US20 and offer a new monthly subscription option for $US5.99.

Microsoft expands Windows CE shared source program

Microsoft Corp. is expanding a program that provides access to the source code for its Windows CE .Net operating system, allowing device manufacturers, chip makers and systems integrators to make modifications to the code that can be used in commerci...

iAnywhere readies mobile database upgrade

iAnywhere Solutions Inc. is preparing an upgrade to SQL Anywhere Studio that should make it easier for companies to develop Web services applications that link its mobile database software with back-end computer systems.

Microsoft kicks off giant Office beta program

Microsoft on Monday is set to release the public beta of the of the next version of Microsoft Office, aiming to reach half a million users in one of its biggest programs ever to test out new software.

Sun to release StarOffice 6.1 beta this week

Sun Microsystems is gearing up to release the first public beta of the next version of StarOffice, hoping to boost the level of competition in the market for desktop productivity software.

SOAP author says enough specs already

A Microsoft engineer had harsh words this week for vendors contributing to the plethora of Web services specifications, and advised developers to read less of them and get on with writing applications.

Macromedia reports critical hole in Flash player

Macromedia warned Monday of what it called a critical security flaw in the latest version of its Flash animation player and advised users to install a new version that it released on the Web to fix the problem.

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Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

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

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

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

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

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.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

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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