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AltaVista stages raging page

Looking to broaden its reach among consumers, AltaVista has launched a new search engine site today designed to offer a faster, simpler way to search for Web pages.

Compaq admits possible floppy drive problem

Compaq Computer has discovered a potential floppy disk drive problem with certain models in its Presario desktop PC family that could cause systems to malfunction under certain "extreme circumstances," a company spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

AOL Class-Action Suits Pile Up

America Online (AOL) has been slapped with two more class-action lawsuits. The lawsuits allege that the latest version of AOL's Internet software makes changes to customers' PCs that make it hard, if not impossible, for them to connect to alternative...

Intel Cuts Prices, Readies Faster PC Chips

Intel has cut prices by between 20 and 30 percent on its Pentium III, Celeron and Xeon processors. The move makes way for the release of faster chips by the end of next month, according to one source close to the company.

Gates calls new OS most ambitious project ever

Ending years of hype and anticipation, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates yesterday took the wraps off the software maker's long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system . Calling it "the most ambitious software project ever," he promised that the new OS wil...

RealNames gets RealHacked

RealNames, which provides a service that converts complex Web addresses into simple keywords, has quietly warned customers that criminals had broken into one of its databases and may have stolen credit card information belonging to its customers.

ETrade, ZDNN confirm hack attacks

Online brokerage ETrade Group and Ziff-Davis' technology news site ZDNet have become the latest victims today of a string of hacker attacks aimed at popular online destinations.

Intel to acquire DSL chip maker for $US150m

Intel has agreed to acquire Ambient Technologies, which makes semiconductor chips for use in DSL (digital subscriber line) and analog modems, for approximately $US150 million in cash, Intel said on Thursday.

Judge reinstates Java ruling against Microsoft

A California district court last week reinstated a preliminary injunction against Microsoft in its long-standing legal battle with Sun Microsystems, limiting the way the software giant can use Sun's Java technology in its products.

Startup looks to reinvent surfing the Web

Software startup SpotOn will launch a free browser add-on today that aims to make surfing the Web faster and more efficient. In addition to the existing Back and Forward buttons, the program adds a new concept: a "Next" button.

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

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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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