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Gates puts Microsoft at heart of digital home

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates previewed new technologies for Windows XP Monday evening that transform the humble PC into a kind of digital control center, allowing users to access their applications and digital content wi...

MTV, DataPlay offer 500MB digital music player

MTV Networks is slapping its brand name on a digital music player due out in April that can hold up to 11 hours of music stored in the MP3 format, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show Monday.

Intel rethinks transistor design for end of decade

Intel Corp. will outline small but important changes next week to the way it expects to make transistors in the latter half of the decade, as it continues to battle the laws of physics to build ever-faster microprocessors.

OnStar to test new in-vehicle services

OnStar Corp., the General Motors Corp. subsidiary that provides wireless data services for automobiles, will test new services in the coming months including one that would let customers adjust their home heating or security systems while they're on ...

Apple unwraps iPod digital music player

Apple Computer Inc. leapt into the consumer digital device market Tuesday with the release of the iPod, a US$399 digital music player that can store up to 1,000 songs on a miniature 5G-byte hard drive.

Intel engineers boast world's fastest transistor

Intel has made what it claims are the fastest silicon transistors ever built, and said its achievement shows that semiconductor performance can continue its rapid advance through the end of the decade without the need for radical changes in the way c...

Intel aims high with Itanium server chip

Intel pulled back the curtain Tuesday on its long-awaited Itanium processor, promising a new wave of competition in the server and workstation markets which eventually could result in lower prices and more choices for end users.

Check Point signs partners for new security architecture

Check Point Software Technologies Tuesday announced new technology and partnerships designed to help businesses boost the performance of their virtual private networks and firewalls in order to keep pace with the growing volume of data flowing over n...

Crusoe finds a home in Microsoft's Tablet PC

Microsoft is working with Transmeta to incorporate Transmeta's Crusoe processor in the software maker's Tablet PC, a portable computer due next year that will allow users to jot down handwritten notes using a touch-screen pen, Transmeta announced Mon...

Ballmer: Microsoft wants a piece of your phone

Speaking at a cellular industry conference in Las Vegas Tuesday morning, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's president and chief executive officer, was expected to announce partnerships that highlight the software maker's ambitions to provide software used in...

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.

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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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