Stories by Marc Ferranti

Wall Street Beat: M&A, VC funding stay hot

Merger and acquisition news from companies as diverse as Yahoo Inc., Cognos Inc., and MetroPCS Communications Inc. heated up IT investor interest this week, shoring up confidence in the sector even as credit-market concerns continued to buffet the st...

Wall Street Beat: BEA offers peek into market psyche

Market reaction to BEA Systems' stock options backdating inquiry this week provided a clue to investor psychology, while RealNetworks and Microsoft offered a look at the future of aspects of the software and services business.

CES - Vendors push multimedia connectivity for the masses

Facing an explosion of content for PCs and handhelds via Internet, cable and wireless technologies, vendors at CES are spotlighting products designed to make it easier to transmit and manage multimedia data across many types of devices.

Samsung executive pleads guilty in DRAM case

An executive at Samsung Electronics, the world's largest manufacturer of dynamic RAM (DRAM), has agreed to plead guilty and serve jail time for participating in a global price-fixing conspiracy, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Avanquest jumps on iPod accessory bandwagon

Avanquest Software is adding fuel to the burgeoning iPod accessory market with the launch of six new software titles designed to provide multimedia editing and content, as well as organizational tools to a growing number of users.

Show fuels digital media revolution

Judging from products and services announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and comments from industry movers and shakers, the digital media revolution is just beginning.

The top 10 stories of 2005

Midway through the decade, new pricing and business models championed by relative upstarts such as Google and Salesforce.com are forcing established players to reinvent themselves. Meanwhile, old-line companies that have failed to meet the challenges...

Ex WorldCom CFO Sullivan gets 5 years in jail

Former WorldCom Chief Financial Officer Scott Sullivan was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for his role in engineering the US$11 billion accounting fraud that led to the bankruptcy of the telecommunications powerhouse.

Wall Street: Apple, Google make history

Tech-company investors this week faced a mixed bag of news, including some historic events, as Apple Computer and Intel joined forces, Texas Instruments (TI) issued an upbeat earnings forecast and Google shares headed skyward in a moment reminiscent ...

Apple, RealNetworks clash fuels industry debate

The increasingly rancorous feud between Apple Computer and RealNetworks over technology that lets tunes from the RealPlayer Music Store play on the market-leading iPod is refueling controversy about Apple's business model, copyright law and the impac...

RealNetworks offers Harmony for music devices

Hailing the move as one that brings choice to online music services users, RealNetworks has introduced software that lets songs downloaded from its own music store be played on a variety of devices, essentially breaking Apple's proprietary grip on it...

Conference shows doubts still plague online music

Despite the fact that major music companies have finally joined Internet services to offer a much greater variety of authorized online music, market growth is sputtering as the industry remains mired in legal and business problems, said entertainment...

US cable operators to trial Microsoft TV software

After throwing its marketing might, development resources and billions of investment dollars trying -- and failing -- to gain traction in the market for cable television software, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer Monday announced...

Magix debuts music software upgrades

Music novices and home-studio pros alike have new song-creation tools at their disposal with the Monday launch of Magix's new versions of its Music Maker and Music Studio software programs in the U.S.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

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

STYLISTIC Q702

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

STYLISTIC Q702

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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