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McAfee offers VirusScan for remote workers

Network Associates' McAfee division is preparing to launch a lightweight version of its desktop antivirus software designed for workers who access corporate networks via dialup modems, a McAfee official said this week.

Creative groups slam Napster in court brief

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), along with 19 other organisations representing creative artists, have asked a US Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court ruling that would effectively shut down music file-sharing service Napster.

US government deals Napster a blow

The US federal government has dealt a blow to Napster in the company's legal battle with the recording industry by arguing that the music file-sharing service is not protected by the Home Recording Act of 1992, as Napster had claimed.

Industry Groups Object to Napster Ruling

Several large US industry groups, including the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Digital Media Association, filed court briefs Friday protesting bitterly against a verdict issued last month against Napster, the Internet file-sharing ser...

McAfee aims to shield networks from PDA viruses

Network Associates's McAfee division released new software Monday that's designed to protect corporate networks from viruses carried on PDAs (personal digital assistants) and other handheld computers.

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.

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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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