Stories by Rick Perera

Red Hat offers Compaq-based e-commerce suite

The electronic-commerce market may be facing tough times, but to open-source software maker Red Hat Inc. that just means more opportunity for the little guys. The company announced Monday it is teaming with hardware maker Compaq Computer Corp. and sy...

Pssst ... Wanna see some skin?

As the saying goes, sex sells. And here in none-too-prudish Germany, entrepreneurs have been quick to make a Deutsche mark off of the fleshy side of life. There's hardly a train station or downtown shopping district where you can't find a clean, well...

Microsoft caves to criticism, drops Smart Tags

Microsoft has decided to drop the controversial Smart Tags feature from its forthcoming Windows XP release. The feature will not appear in the final version of the operating system, scheduled for release 25 October or in the new Web browser Internet ...

Compaq expected to overtake Palm on PDA revs

Compaq is poised to topple Palm from its position as the number-one earner in the PDA (personal digital assistant) market, according to a new report from research and consulting company Dataquest.

German digital signature law goes into effect

Germany's new digital signature law went into effect Tuesday, making the country one of the first in the European Union to implement regulations giving electronic signatures the same legal weight as handwritten ones.

IBM chooses Opera browser for Net appliance

Opera Software has delivered its newly developed Opera Internet browser for the QNX operating system to IBM, for use in IBM's NetVista Internet appliances, Opera announced Wednesday. The Norwegian browser maker developed the QNX version especially fo...

Iranian police shut Internet cafés

Police in the Iranian capital Tehran have closed down hundreds of Internet cafés, leaving thousands of people without access to the Web or e-mail. Authorities say the businesses lack the proper permits.

Hands-free car phone kit talks back

Siemens' wireless communications subsidiary plans to release a new hands-free mobile phone kit that for the first time reads aloud names of callers and senders of SMS (short message service) text messages.

Gartner: AOL, Microsoft in messaging war

America Online (AOL) and Microsoft are heading for a showdown over Internet instant messaging technology, as the service becomes increasingly important to business users, according to research and consulting company Gartner Group, which released a ne...

Law firm drops Holocaust suit against IBM

A US law firm is dropping a class-action suit against IBM over its alleged business ties to the Nazi German regime during World War II. The action will be "voluntarily dismissed," the law firm Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll said in a statement.

Via announces successor to Cyrix III processor

Via Technologies officially launched its new low-power C3 processor Sunday, at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover. The device will be priced at $US54 per unit in quantities of 1,000, the company said in a statement Sunday.

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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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