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3Com serves Xircom with patent lawsuit

3Com said last week that it has served Xircom with a patent infringement lawsuit, accusing the rival networking vendor of illegally using patented 3Com technology to make PC Cards.

1.1GHz Athlon systems due this month

Advanced Micro Devices has started shipping a 1.1GHz version of its Athlon processor to PC makers, and expects the first desktop systems based on the new chip to go on sale August 28, AMD announced yesterday.

Sun, MS Java battle delayed

Sun Microsystems will have to wait a little longer to find out when its epic Java lawsuit against Microsoft will come to trial, now that a case management conference scheduled for Friday is postponed until October 18.

Toshiba Develops New LCD for Cell Phones

Toshiba 's American division has claimed this week to have developed a breakthrough display technology that could extend the standby life of mobile phones by as much as 23 percent.

Apple Goes to Court to Protect Trade Secrets

IT and software companies appear to have discovered litigation as a means of controlling speech that is critical of their products, or perhaps undermines their marketing efforts. This time it's Apple demonstrating that millions of dollars of sales an...

Microsoft Argues for Appeal in Lower Court

In court papers filed on Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear its appeal in its antitrust case directly, arguing instead that the case should move to a lower court of appeals.

Sun Opens StarOffice Code, Delays StarPortal

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Wednesday that it will release the source code for its StarOffice suite of productivity applications, a move that will allow software developers to modify the product to suit their needs.

Intel, Via settle bulk of patent dispute

Intel and Via Technologies have settled much of a legal dispute that spanned courtrooms in the US, Singapore and the UK, the companies said in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

IBM claims to double memory

IBM's research group has unveiled a new technology designed to double the memory capacity of servers based on Intel processors.

AltaVista Offers Slicker Translations

Students having difficulty with their French homework can breathe a small sigh of relief. AltaVista on Wednesday launched an updated version of its Babel Fish translation service

Intel promotes ease of use in Linux appliances

Intel is preparing to release a new software developer kit that could allow vendors to offer Linux-based Internet appliances and home networking products that are much easier to configure and use, the chip maker announced yesterday.

Apple, RealNetworks partner on Web streaming

RealNetworks will license technology from Apple Computer for streaming audio and video content over the Web, and support Apple's QuickTime format in its RealServer 8 software product, the companies announced this week.

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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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