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Microsoft, Panasonic get backing for HighMAT

Microsoft and Panasonic Consumer Electronics on Thursday announced additional hardware and software makers who will support HighMAT, a technology co-developed by the two companies that aims to provide better interoperability between PCs and consumer ...

Sony unveils new 1G-byte Memory Stick format

Sony introduced Memory Stick Pro at the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday, a new version of its storage format that will debut by mid-2003 with a capacity of 1G byte, or enough space to record 24 minutes of DVD-quality video or 16 music CDs.

Gates speech highlights smart gadgets

Bill Gates kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday evening by unveiling the first products based on a futuristic technology that can turn everyday items into "smart objects" that receive information through the airwaves.

CES - Microsoft "Smart Displays" begin shipping

Microsoft 's plan to let people access their PCs from wireless "Smart Displays" located about the home draws closer to reality this week. After a slight delay, ViewSonic Corp. on Wednesday will release the first product in the US based on Microsoft's...

Lawsuit targets 'deceptive' banner ads

An Internet company that allegedly duped millions of computer users into visiting its Web site by causing fake error messages to pop up on their screens has been slapped with a class action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Sun details plans to sell Linux desktops

Ending weeks of speculation, Sun Microsystems Inc. on Wednesday unveiled its plans to offer desktop computers running the Linux operating system in a bid to undercut archrival Microsoft Corp. in one of the software giant's key markets.

Intel reveals plans for tomorrow's chips

Intel Corp. uncovered details Thursday about some important techniques it will use to make computer chips in the years ahead, advances seen as essential for the company to continue its steady progress toward faster, smaller, cheaper microprocessors.

AOL floats test version of AOL 8.0

America Online Inc. (AOL) Wednesday released a beta version of AOL 8.0, the next release of its Internet service provider software, that includes features it says will make it easier for parents to monitor and restrict what their children do on the I...

Software seen as key to Itanium 2 success

Hardware and software makers lined up in droves to support Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 processor launch Monday. While the servers and workstations will be important for the chip's success, equally vital will be the software programs being written to take...

Intel says tests show Itanium 2 performance gains

Hoping to spark enthusiasm for the second generation of its 64-bit chip family, Intel Corp. disclosed results from a series of tests Wednesday which it said illustrate the performance gains on offer from its forthcoming Itanium 2 processor.

Dell reports slight dip in Q1 net income

Dell Computer Corp. Thursday reported a slight decline in net income for its first fiscal quarter, but managed to inch ahead of expectations thanks to what it characterized as strong sales of servers, workstations and storage gear to corporate custom...

Adobe wins patent trial against Macromedia

A jury in Delaware has determined that Macromedia Inc. infringed on technology patents held by Adobe Systems Inc. and has awarded Adobe US$2.8 million in damages, the companies announced last Thursday.

PwC Consulting IPO set for August

A jury in Delaware has determined that Macromedia Inc. infringed on technology patents held by Adobe Systems Inc. and has awarded Adobe US$2.8 million in damages, the companies announced last Thursday.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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STYLISTIC Q572

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

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

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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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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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