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High-speed USB is in the pipeline

A higher speed version of the Universal Serial Bus is on its way, Intel has announced at its developers forum this week. USB 2.0 will offer up to 10 or 20 times the speed of the current USB specification

Gateway to use AMD chips

AMD has found the support of another PC vendor with Gateway announcing plans it will ship value-priced PCs incorporating AMD processors

Red Hat, IBM strike Linux deal

IBM and Red Hat Software have struck a deal to offer Red Hat's version of the Linux operating system with IBM servers and PCs

Intel previews Pentium III

Seen the Pentium III ads on TV yet? How could you miss them? Well you haven't seen anything yet -- the company is planning to spend around $US300 million on the marketing blitz. This week: a preview event featuring 200 IT vendors who have optimised t...

Internet2 network poised for US launch

Get ready -- a better and faster Internet is in the works. Internet2, a project which is expected to help dramatically improve the Internet, will see its first major step in the launch of a US-based network this month. Called Abilene, the high-speed ...

Microsoft to say no to Windows refund requests

You may have heard it's Presidents Day in the US, but you may not have heard it's also "Windows Refund Day" -- hundreds of open source users are reportedly approaching Microsoft for their money back. They say they haven't used the Windows OS, which c...

Intel, AMD cut PC chip prices

Good signs for cheaper PCs, bad signs for chipmakers Intel and AMD. The two companies are slugging it out in the "budget" end of the PC market, slashing Celeron and K6-2 prices.

AMD warns of first-quarter loss

Chipmaker AMD's shares have dropped 10 per cent in value this week with news that the company has issued a warning that it may incur an operating loss in its first fiscal quarter

Microsoft restates consumer OS plans

Microsoft has no firm plans to release a new consumer operating system based on the current Windows 98 kernel, it has said in response to recent reports.

Intel to unveil Pentium III in February

Intel is preparing to unveil its forthcoming Pentium III processor in San Jose next month, pulling out all stops in an event bringing together hundreds of the company's industry partners

Intel to add personal ID numbers to chips

Intel plans to embed a personal identification number in future PC chips in a move designed to provide users with greater security on the Internet, a company spokesperson said today.

Intel to offer home networking products

Intel said today it will release home networking products in the U.S. next quarter that will allow consumers to link together two or more personal computers using existing telephone wiring.

Microsoft Q2 earnings soar 74 per cent

Strong growth in PC shipments combined with software purchases made in preparation for expected year 2000 problems helped push Microsoft Corp.'s revenue and income to record levels in the second quarter of fiscal year 1999.

Microsoft to get more time to fix its Java

Microsoft is likely to be given extra time to comply with a US court order requiring it to make changes to key software products that include Sun Microsystems' Java technology, officials from both companies said today.

Intel beats Wall Street in Q4

Strong PC demand in the second half of 1998 helped lift Intel Corp.'s fourth-quarter revenue to US$7.6 billion, a record for the company and a 17 per cent increase from the $6.5 billion revenue reported for the same quarter last year, Intel said yest...

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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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