Stories by James Niccolai

Ballmer puts XML at the centre of the Internet

Just as the graphical user interface helped personal computers become widespread, so XML (extensible markup language) will provide the enabling technology for delivering new types of applications and services for the Internet, according to Steve Bal...

IBM backs emerging chip making technology

IBM on Monday announced that it will join with other leading chip makers to develop a new manufacturing technology viewed by many as critical for the continued advancement of microprocessors and other types of silicon chips.

Transmeta gets a new CEO

Chip maker Transmeta announced Thursday that David Ditzel, its chief executive officer, will step down from that position and be replaced by the company's president and chief operating officer. The CEO slot will be filled by Mark Allen, who will also...

Barrett: Intel will ride out the economy's storm

Faced with an uncertain economic climate, Intel president and chief executive officer Craig Barrett sought to deliver a strong message Tuesday that the chip giant can ride out the current economic downturn on the strength of its broad product offerin...

Intel sees a roadblock ahead

At a closely-watched chip conference that kicks off in San Francisco Monday, Intel will highlight some emerging obstacles that need to be overcome if semiconductor performance is to keep up its giddying rate of advance.

AOL hit with password-stealing virus

Members of America Online (AOL) were warned Thursday to be on the lookout for a trojan horse virus that can steal their passwords, potentially allowing a hacker to access their e-mail and other personal information.

DoubleClick cleared of wrongdoing

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has closed an investigation into DoubleClick, after concluding that the Internet advertising company did not misuse personal information collected about consumers.

HP co-founder dies at 87

William Hewlett, the technology pioneer who co-founded Hewlett-Packard in a Silicon Valley garage more than 60 years ago and helped grow the company into a global electronics giant, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Palo Alto, California. He wa...

Motorola's new PowerPC chip reaches 733MHz

Motorola has launched its new MPC7450 PowerPC microprocessor, designed for a variety of applications including networking equipment, high-end embedded systems and desktop computers.

Samsung phone, Bluetooth in Palm's future

Samsung Electronics became Palm's latest customer Tuesday, announcing plans to deliver a smart mobile phone based on Palm's software that combines voice calls with the functionality of a PDA (personal digital assistant).

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.

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GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


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

Anthony Grifoni


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

Steph Mundell


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


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


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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