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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.

Microsoft posts higher revenue, earnings

Microsoft Corp. said revenue increased 10 percent in its second fiscal quarter to US$8.54 billion, a fraction less than analysts had been expecting. It also announced a two-for-one stock split and an annual dividend for its shareholders.

CES - Microsoft's SPOT technology has humble origins

The technology behind Microsoft Corp.'s futuristic "smart objects" has humbler origins than one might expect. It's used to pipe music into elevators and was tested by Atari two decades ago as a way of sending new video games to its consoles, a develo...

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.

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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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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.

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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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