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AMD woos gamers with 4x4 platform

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) launched a four-core chip platform for video gamers Thursday, continuing to battle Intel for buzz in the high-end "enthusiast" segment.

Google knocks Microsoft off Dell PCs

When consumers boot up their new Dell desktops and notebooks next week, they will find a Google homepage and search tools, not the familiar Microsoft versions, the world's largest PC vendor confirmed.

Dell plans AMD servers; Q1 profit falls

In a surprise move, Dell on Thursday announced it will use Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in its high-end, multiprocessor servers by the end of the year.

Record labels sue XM Radio for selling music

XM Satellite Radio is infringing the copyright of music labels by allowing its subscribers to record songs, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Toshiba picks HD-DVD for laptop

Movie fans can watch high-definition video on their laptops using the Qosmio G35-AV650 computer launched Tuesday by Toshiba America Information Systems.

Handheld device sales still slumping

Unit sales of handheld devices fell below 1.5 million in the first quarter, marking the ninth consecutive quarter that worldwide shipments of PDAs have declined from their year-over-year marks, according to a study from market research group, IDC.

Nokia and MIT seek smarter mobile phones

In search of ways to make its mobile phones better networked and easier to use, Nokia has unveiled a lab where it will collaborate with academic researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.

Intel profit falls steeply

Blaming a slump in PC growth rates, Intel reported $US8.9 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2006, down 5 per cent from the same quarter last year.

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Kathy Cassidy

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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