Stories by James Niccolai

Shockwave virus upgraded to high risk

An Internet worm that disguises itself as a Shockwave Flash movie is gaining traction among corporations around the world, and at least one anti-virus software vendor upgraded the virus to "high risk" Friday afternoon.

HP's Fiorina touts Nokia deal, Net services

Carly Fiorina, HP's president, chairman and chief executive officer, outlined a strategy Monday to provide a broad range of software technologies for enabling new types of Internet-based services.

Intel expects Pentium 4 to hit 2GHz within a year

In an upbeat presentation to financial analysts Wednesday, senior Intel executives outlined the company's plans for the next year. The forthcoming Pentium 4 desktop processor is expected to hit the 2GHz mark by the third quarter of next year, and the...

Rambus claims a victory with Samsung patent deal

Samsung Electronics has signed a patent licensing deal with Rambus that calls for the South Korean manufacturer to pay royalties to the US-based designer of high-speed memory interface technologies, the companies said Wednesday.

Intel takes the axe to PC chip prices

Intel has slashed prices on its desktop Pentium III and Celeron processors by as much as one third, as the giant chip maker prepares to launch its new, high-end Pentium 4 processor in the coming weeks.

Macromedia strikes back at Adobe lawsuit

A legal spat that flared up in August between Adobe Systems and Macromedia grew uglier Wednesday after Macromedia countersued Adobe with its own claims of patent infringement.

Antivirus vendors gear up for phones, PDAs

With the emergence last week of the first virus aimed at Palm computers, antivirus software vendors are scrambling to develop products that protect against malicious code aimed at PDAs (personal digital assistants), mobile phones and other wireless d...

Microsoft aims at embedded systems market

Microsoft Monday unwrapped a handful of initiatives designed to promote the use of its operating systems in embedded devices such as Web-enabled mobile phones, handheld computers and industrial equipment.

Intel to push notebooks to 850MHz, source says

Get ready for a little more speed on your notebook. Intel plans to release three new processors for notebook computers, including a mobile Pentium III that runs at 850MHz with the help of Intel's SpeedStep power management technology, sources said.

McAfee offers VirusScan for remote workers

Network Associates' McAfee division is preparing to launch a lightweight version of its desktop antivirus software designed for workers who access corporate networks via dialup modems, a McAfee official said this week.

Creative groups slam Napster in court brief

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), along with 19 other organisations representing creative artists, have asked a US Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court ruling that would effectively shut down music file-sharing service Napster.

US government deals Napster a blow

The US federal government has dealt a blow to Napster in the company's legal battle with the recording industry by arguing that the music file-sharing service is not protected by the Home Recording Act of 1992, as Napster had claimed.

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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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