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RealNetworks, Sony get tighter over digital media

RealNetworks and Sony have extended their partnership in the area of digital audio and video, announcing a revised agreement Tuesday that should help both companies widen the reach of their respective digital media technologies.

EPF - ARM readies new chip design for smart phones, PDAs

Promising to boost the quality of audio and video playback for users of PDAs (personal digital assistants) and other portable gadgets, ARM Ltd. is offering a sneak peek this week at the next major release in its family of embedded microprocessor desi...

Intel to launch new mobile chips Tuesday, source says

Intel is set to roll out a faster version of its Pentium 4 processor for notebook users on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the company's plans. In addition, the chip maker on Sunday cut prices by as much as 27 percent on some existing mo...

Brisk XP sales can't save Microsoft Q3

Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal third quarter revenue climbed 13 percent from a year ago, to US$7.25 billion, helped along by what it said were brisk sales of its recently launched Windows XP operating system. But the results fell short of what financial an...

‘Brisk' XP sales can't save Microsoft Q3 results

Microsoft's fiscal third-quarter revenue climbed 13 per cent from a year ago, to $US7.25 billion, helped along by what it said were brisk sales of its recently launched Windows XP operating system. But the results fell short of what financial analyst...

Intel matches Q1 forecast

Intel Corp. reported first-quarter earnings Tuesday that matched analysts' predictions, but saw net income decline from a year earlier thanks in part to continued weak spending on IT products in both Europe and the U.S.

CEBIT - Intel claims a small milestone in chip making

Intel Corp. has produced prototypes of high-density memory chips using an advanced manufacturing process, and will use the technology in faster microprocessors scheduled for introduction in the second half of next year, the company announced Tuesday ...

Hardware glitch knocks Yahoo Groups offline

Yahoo Groups, the community message board hosted by Yahoo Inc., remained inaccessible to users late Monday afternoon after a hardware glitch knocked the free service offline for much of the day.

Gates puts Microsoft at heart of digital home

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates previewed new technologies for Windows XP Monday evening that transform the humble PC into a kind of digital control center, allowing users to access their applications and digital content wi...

MTV, DataPlay offer 500MB digital music player

MTV Networks is slapping its brand name on a digital music player due out in April that can hold up to 11 hours of music stored in the MP3 format, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show Monday.

Intel rethinks transistor design for end of decade

Intel Corp. will outline small but important changes next week to the way it expects to make transistors in the latter half of the decade, as it continues to battle the laws of physics to build ever-faster microprocessors.

OnStar to test new in-vehicle services

OnStar Corp., the General Motors Corp. subsidiary that provides wireless data services for automobiles, will test new services in the coming months including one that would let customers adjust their home heating or security systems while they're on ...

Apple unwraps iPod digital music player

Apple Computer Inc. leapt into the consumer digital device market Tuesday with the release of the iPod, a US$399 digital music player that can store up to 1,000 songs on a miniature 5G-byte hard drive.

Intel engineers boast world's fastest transistor

Intel has made what it claims are the fastest silicon transistors ever built, and said its achievement shows that semiconductor performance can continue its rapid advance through the end of the decade without the need for radical changes in the way c...

Intel aims high with Itanium server chip

Intel pulled back the curtain Tuesday on its long-awaited Itanium processor, promising a new wave of competition in the server and workstation markets which eventually could result in lower prices and more choices for end users.

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

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