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Under the hood: an inside tour of the Pentium 4

The Pentium 4, unveiled this week, is Intel's first new microarchitecture since 1995 when the current x86 architecture made its debut in the Pentium Pro. This new generation is designed to provide blazing speed, especially in handling multimedia cont...

One Click: Downloads made simple

Installing and running programs you've downloaded from the Web can be a whole lot easier. Instead of slogging through a series of dialog boxes, then searching for the installation file on your hard drive, the whole process will take just one click - ...

Battery Alternatives Rev Up Slowly

While chips like Transmeta's Crusoe and other energy-scrimping components grab headlines, numerous companies have been toiling to transform -- sometimes even replace -- batteries themselves. Although they promise battery lives and recharge cycles tha...

2000: Hard drives double up again

Expect next year to be another banner year for desktop hard drives. Drives that debuted in 2000 are likely to offer even higher capacities at the same sub-$US200 prices of recent years, with the price/capacity "sweet spot" of 10 to 12GB per drive exp...

A PC-free hard drive

Soon you'll be able to offload files from your digital camera and stash them on PC mass storage -- while leaving the PC behind. A new device called Digital Wallet combines a portable hard drive with its own operating system and processor.

WordPerfect to be Web-enabled

Corel's WordPerfect will be Web-enabled with a view to rent the office suite out through Application Service Providers, the company announced this week.

URLS you can understand

Imagine being able to type plain-English names into your browser's URL line instead of long strings of cryptic characters. Then imagine being taken immediately to the page you want instead of to a list of pages that merely mention the document, as se...

FireWire rekindles on Windows PCs

FireWire is finally ready to ignite. Long after it became a hit on Apple's Macintosh, the super-fast link to digital cameras, scanners, and external drives may soon arrive on a PC near you.

AOL upgrades instant messenger

America Online has upgraded its instant messaging service, adding file transfer, a directory of online communities, and a link to AOL's search engine to its basic chat functions.

Intel, PictureTel plan videoconference calls

Videoconferencing competitors Intel and PictureTel last week announced a joint distribution and product development agreement that they hope will speed the growth of global audio/video collaboration.

Hard drives ramp up in 1999

Hard drive capacities are likely to double or triple in the coming year, while the size of drives remains stable and performance improves somewhat, according to analysts and desktop PC vendors.

High-speed Rambus coming in 1999

High-performance RAM technologies are set to debut this year in high-end PCs and workstations, while per-megabyte prices will likely hold steady at their current low levels, according to chip experts and PC makers.

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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